cassidyrose: (me laughing)
[ profile] rmjwell also interviewed me. Enjoy. Or not:
1. Has being a mom affected how you view dance?

Yes, in some ways. I value the time I get to spend in class just working on my own technique a lot more than I used to. I also have to weigh more carefully the cost-benefit of dance-related work that I take on because my time is so much more limited than it used to be. Also, as much as I love dance and dancing, I am wary of my child(ren) engaging in it on a serious level due to the CRAZY body-image garbage it breeds and feeds, as well as the fact so many young dancers destroy their bodies and are encouraged to do so. If my child(ren) want to be dancers I want to try to find a way for them to do so healthily.

2. What was the worst pick-up line ever used on you?

I am removing from the pool the violent pick-up attempts as that is a different story...

Anyhow, there have been many bad pick-up attempts, but one that stands out in my mind was back when I was in high school (I think, it may have been early college) some guy left a note with his phone number on my car in the health club parking lot essentially saying he'd seen me around, etc., etc. and was interested, etc., etc. and he had a blue truck. The blue truck, I think, was supposed to be a selling point as it had no relevance to the note otherwise . Yeah, not so much.

Oh I just remembered another that probably trumps that one. There was a guy I met while in grad school who aggressively pursued me and asked me, in the interest of getting me in bed, "Don't you wonder what it would be like to be with a black man?" There are so many things wrong with that I don't know where to start.

3. How did you and [ profile] klwalton meet?

I knew her online back in the late nineties on a mailing list. I first met her in person when she and [ profile] mactavish stopped by the coffee social at Cafe Leviticus probably in 1999 or 2000.

4. Who are five burlesque acts that you love?

Kitten on the Keys, Hot Pink Feathers/Kellita, Jukie Sunshine, Diamond Daggers, Heather MacAllister/Reva Lucian (yes she's dead but I loved her and what and how she did it)

5. What position of Presiden Obama's are you most concerned about?

Anything related to GLBT rights. His refusal to endorse same-sex marriage in the campaign made me cranky and it is something I remain concerned about.
cassidyrose: (looking over shoulder)
[ profile] wordweaverlynn interviewed me. Here it is:

1. Where did your username come from?

For some time I knew I wanted to use a the name "Cassidy" for a female child as it is a Grateful Dead song and both my sister and I were named after rock songs and I wanted to continue the tradition. Anyhow, ~nine or ten years ago I was musing about what would be a good middle name for "Cassidy" and I came upon "Rose" which was both my grandmother's name and part of another Dead song name. I really liked the combination. Since I was in no position to have children at the time, I adopted the name in various online forums for myself and have used it since.

2. Please tell me a favorite quotation of yours.

"Beginnings are sudden, but also insidious. They creep up on you sideways, they keep to the shadows, they lurk unrecognized. Then, later, they spring."--from "The Blind Assassin" by Margaret Atwood.

3. What great dancer of the past would you like to see dance and/or take lessons from?

Mr. Gregory Hines. I have danced with many people who had the opportunity to take classes or study with him and I am sad I never had the opportunity. He really helped keep tap alive at a time when it was dying and he was simply amazing to watch. I do know one exercise that he taught one of my teachers, so I have little bit of Gregory with me, at least.

4. If you couldn't live in the Bay Area, where would you go?

San Diego would be at the top of the list. I have a really hard time envisioning not living in California, but if I had to I would probably go to Florida where my sister lives so I could at least be near her.

5. "It's got a good beat, and you can dance to it." Is there any kind of music to which one cannot dance?

No. There is music that lacks a "beat" and some that cannot be traditionally counted, but it can all be danced to in some manner. Some music is much more difficult to create choreography to and some that you really have to work with to find a way to bring movement to, but in the end all music can be paired with movement in some way, shape or form. The movement may not look like what one would expect it to, but it can be made to work. I have danced choreographed works to spoken word, rock music, pop music, classical music, hip hop music, country music, machine music (from old game machines), ocean sounds, random vocalizations, mystery noise, show tunes, taiko drumming, jazz music and blues music. The possibilities really are endless.
cassidyrose: (dancing bear)
How could I resist a music meme? Besides it is a good distraction while I ice my back.

Put your music player on random.
Post the first line from the first 32 songs that play, no matter how embarrassing the song.
Let everyone guess what song and artist the lines come from.
Cross out the songs when someone guesses correctly.
Looking them up on Google or any other search engine is CHEATING!

your challenge awaits here )

Some of these are really flippin' hard and I will be impressed with anyone who gets them. Some are super-easy.

I counted "first lines" to be first coherent phrase of singing--not random noises or other "stuff" (e.g., recorded phone messages, etc.)

I will post answers in a few days.

cassidyrose: (looking over shoulder)
I need to wind down as I just spent the past couple of hours working on choreography for two dances. Figured I'd do this survey as it does have some interesting, if not necessarily controversial, questions.

let the controversy begin!! )

movie meme

Jun. 23rd, 2008 11:45 pm
cassidyrose: (loooking up)
Last seen at [ profile] loracs and I kept her commentary on not seeing movies I am pretty sure I will dislike.

Entertainment Weekly has just posted a list of the 'Best Movies of the Past 25 Years'.

Bolded: "seen it."
Italicized: "want to see it"
Strike: "couldn't stand it"
Underlined: "saw part of it..but not the whole thing"
Asterisked*: "own it"

I think if I would have seen more of these movies I would have had more stiked titles. I'm pretty good at not going to see movies that I'm fairly sure I'll hate.

list o' movies here )

What, no "Wonder Boys" or "Little Miss Sunshine"? Those movies are far better than many on this list.

quote meme

May. 20th, 2008 11:29 pm
cassidyrose: (glasses/high contrast)
Go to this site and read until you find five quotes that speak your truth.

"Patterning your life around other's opinions is nothing more than slavery."-- Lawana Blackwell, The Dowry of Miss Lydia Clark, 1999

"Reality is that which, when you stop believing in it, doesn't go away."--Philip K. Dick (1928 - 1982), "How to Build a Universe That Doesn't Fall Apart Two Days Later", 1978

"Do not be too moral. You may cheat yourself out of much life. Aim above morality. Be not simply good; be good for something."--Henry David Thoreau (1817 - 1862)

"I have learned to love that which is meant to harm me, so that I can stand in the way of those who are less strong. I can take the bullets for those who aren't able to."-- Margaret Cho, weblog, 01-14-04

"It is wonderful how quickly you get used to things, even the most astonishing."--Edith Nesbitt

music meme

Feb. 15th, 2008 01:23 am
cassidyrose: (dancing bear)
Trying to unwind to get to bed. Figured I'd do this meme...

List 10 artists you've seen live in concert.

1.) Pearl Jam
2.) U2
3.) Midnight Oil
4.) Phish
5.) The Grateful Dead
6.) Paul McCartney
7.) Blues Traveler
8.) Ben Harper
9.) Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers
10.) Ministry

(Don't peek till you've made your own list ) )
cassidyrose: (looking over shoulder)
I was going to do one of those end of year memes but none of them seemed quite right. I also don't have the energy to answer a bunch of questions that don't mean all that much to me. So, here are some of the highlights and lowlights of my year, along with some of the purely mundane:

  • I started dancing again four months post-partum. I'd stopped dancing about one month prior to S.'s birth, so I had about five months off.
  • I performed with the Fly Girls at El Rio at Heavy Rotation
  • S. and I were still attending Baby and Me twice a week.
  • The acquisition of our Ergo Carrier saved our backs. I spent many hours with S. asleep or resting in it while I walked and/or shopped.
  • S. and I started Music Together classes.
  • Heather died. I don't have many more words about that right now except to say that I still cannot find it in me to remove her email address from the Big Moves mailing list.
  • My parent's cat, Betsy, died at the age of eighteen. We got her when I was a freshman in high school
  • I taught a dance class to sixty high school kids. Yikes.
  • S. turned six months old and started crawling.
The rest of the year here )

Favorite books read this year: "In the Time of the Butterflies" by Julia Alvarez; The Robber Bride by Margaret Atwood; "Yo" by Julia Alvarez; "Maybe the Moon" by Armisted Maupin.

Most useful baby item purchased: The aforementioned Ergo Carrier and this Fisher Price booster seat. That seat has made it so easy for us to take S. other places to eat. It is quite possibly the best $25 we have spent.

Favorite new recipes:: Peruvian Quinoa Stew, Peppery Potato and Fennel Soup, Stewed Garbanzos with Zucchini Quinoa, Navy Bean and Celery Root Soup, and Couscous with Garbanzos and Vegetable Sauce.

Favorite new song: Eddie Vedder's cover of "Hard Sun". I love it to pieces despite its heavy rotation on KFOG. Of course, Eddie Vedder can cover just about anything I will love it. There have been a few exceptions, but I am truly in love with a lot of what he has done, including this song.

Least favorite new song of the year: Anything from the new Eagles album. ::shudder:: I fucking hate the Eagles, man! (name the movie I am quoting and you'll get a cookie, or something).

Most enjoyed TV shows: The Sopranos, Big Love, Weeds, South Park, and Kathy Griffin: My Life on the D-list.

What sucked up most our money: Taxes, rent, groceries and medical bills.

Our most precious resources: Time and sleep. (so why am I up so late writing an entry? Ah well...)

Some of my biggest accomplishments this year: Performing and producing as much as I did even with a new child. Breastfeeding almost full-time (~6-8 times a day) still at sixteen months. Maintaining some semblance of order in the house. Cooking all of S.'s food and our food (these are quickly becoming one and the same, but there are still extra things I have to prep for him because he cannot eat all our food). Managing to still have sex despite all the craziness a small child brings.

Biggest failures of the year: Finances not kept as controlled as we would have liked. Not enough sleep and too much distracted diffusion late at night. Behind on a lot of administrative Big Moves thing. Not keeping up with friendships--I have gotten so overwhelmed at times I just can't deal with email or posting much of substance.

Biggest goal for new year: More social outings. More interaction with adults. Re-establishing friendships. Getting our finances in better order.

Happy New Year everyone!
cassidyrose: (looking over shoulder)
Last seen from [ profile] klwalton

20 years ago I was 12 and in eighth grade. I had just switched from a K-12 private Catholic school with about 100 students total to a public junior high with about 1,200 students total. I was excited about making the volleyball team and was trying to make friends. I was about a month away from getting involved with my first boyfriend.

15 years ago I was 17 and had just started college at UCSC as a computer engineering major and hated my classes. That major did not last long. I was living in the dorms with a girl who was about one hundred times more whacked out than I was and it was stressful, to say the least. My eating disorder(s) was in full swing and I was getting thinner by the day. Soon I would crack and end up in on-campus therapy. Despite all that, I was enjoying the people I was meeting and made some decent friends.

10 years ago I was 22 and overwhelmed with my life. I was working as a research analyst and was in my second year of grad school. My social life was mostly centered about the south bay bi community. I had been married for almost one year, had been involved with [ profile] poetgrrl for about four months and [ profile] ptor for about a month. My relationship with [ profile] ptor unhinged about a million things in both our lives and that iteration of our relationship only lasted a few more months. My life ten years ago was quite tumultuous.

5 years ago I was 27 and was living with [ profile] catzen. I was working at a large tech company and attempting to finish grad school. I had been invovled with Big Moves for about a year and had just come off a large-ish show in Marin. I was also teaching jazz and had just created the first real pages for the site (it was a skeleton before), which I would continue to create/manage/maintain for the next four years. I was also dancing burlesque in the Fat Bottom Revue and was gearing up for a couple of shows. [ profile] ptor and I had just started speaking to each other again and several years of silence. My grandmother had just had a fairly bad stroke which was terrifying and sad. Finances sucked really, really badly for me and [ profile] catzen and we were a couple of months away from moving into my grandparents' house to care for it until they sold it.

2 years ago I was 30 and was gearing up for Big Moves' fifth "Bodies in Motion" (I was performing and doing loads of production work as well) and was really excited about the piece Chris Black created for us. I was in full production madness and was ready to lose it/collapse at any second. I was working as a market anaylyst for a very small firm and had read enough 10-K's and 10-Q's to last me a lifetime. [ profile] ptor and I had been married for almost four months and were trying to get pregnant.

1 year ago S. was six weeks old and I was producing Big Moves's sixth "Bodies in Motion". I had to leave S. with [ profile] ptor for seven hours at a time three nights in a row and that was really, really hard. I had to pump milk in the dingy theater bathroom and one night I forgot the horns for the pump and my breasts got really engorged. I was still in pain from the c-section and S. was a screaming demon. I had just started going to the local Baby 'n' Me support group which I largely credit with helping me maintain my sanity for the first few months of S.'s life. Other than Big Moves, I was no longer working outside the home (but damn if I wasn't working my ass of everyday inside the home).

Yesterday I took S. to the doctor, collected yet another stool sample from him (oh fun) and read a bunch in the car at the park while he napped in car. Later in the evening I saw [ profile] catzen and [ profile] klwalton briefly and [ profile] ptor, S. and I had dinner. I read "Mr. Brown Can Moo" to S. approximately 513 times and "Barnyard Dance" roughly 307 times. I did laundry and cleaned and [ profile] ptor got some really nice time to ourselves much later in the evening. Oh my glamorous life.

Today I went to rehearsal with S. and [ profile] ptor in tow (they took a walk while I danced). Afterwards, we drove down to our PO box to pick up mail while S. napped in the car. Then we all had lunch at our local falafel place, went grocery shopping and then came home and hung out. Then dinner. Now it is time for a bath and bed for S. More laundry and kitchen clean-up will ensue in a bit.

Tomorrow we will probably do something outside. Don't know.


Dec. 27th, 2006 11:01 am
cassidyrose: (small self)
Got this from various places. S. is sick again and is finally sleeping so I figured a quick survey might help me relax:

1.) Where did you ring in 2006?
I honestly cannot remember what we did on NYE. I am pretty sure we were here at home. I was about six weeks pregnant and was starting to get really sick, so perhaps I was just sick.

2.) What was your status by Valentine's Day?
Married to [ profile] ptor. Valentine's is not a big deal to me though. We probably went to dinner or something.

3.) Were you in school (anytime this year)?

4.) How did you earn your keep?
For the first half of the year I was working as research/market analyst. I quit my job in June to be home for the baby. Now I do not do work for pay, though I still hold my Big Moves positions (have always been unpaid) and provide full time care for S. during the day. I also manage our stock sales and other money matters.

5.) Did you have to go to the hospital?
Yes, too many times.
  • At 33 weeks pregnant I was having regular contractions and had to go to the hospital to be monitored--I was given meds to stop the contractions and was released that same day.
  • At about 37 weeks pregnant I got a horrible flu and was sent to the hospital by my OB to make sure I didn't have a silent UTI and to monitor the baby. I didn't have to stay overnight, just in for many hours of monitoring, blood tests, etc.
  • A few days after the aforementioned flu the babe was hardly moving at all so I had to go in for several non-stress tests (he was fine, thankfully).
  • Finally, I went to the hospital in the very early morning hours of August 23rd about eight hours after my water broke. I had S. by C-section at around 8pm that night. I was a patient in the hospital until the morning of the 27th when I was discharged and S. was discharged from Special Care after determining that he did not have a blood infection nor menigitis
the rest of it here )
cassidyrose: (glasses/high contrast)
That yes/no meme. Finally doing it as I am up working and sick and it is a nice distraction.

1. You can only say YES or NO.
2. You are NOT ALLOWED to explain ANYTHING unless someone messages you / comments and asks!

1. Taken a picture naked? yes
2. Painted your room? yes
3. Made out with a member of the same sex? yes
4. Drove a car? yes
5. Danced in front of your mirror? yes
6. Have a crush? yes
7. Been dumped? yes
8. Stole money from friend? no
9. Gotten in a car with people you just met? yes
10. Been in a fist fight? no

the rest of it is here )

song meme

Feb. 17th, 2006 04:43 pm
cassidyrose: (dancing bear)
Seen everywhere:

Post a comment with at least five of your all-time favorite songs (post more if you want). They can be any language, any degree of popularity. This isn't a meme, just sort of getting a sense of the aggregate musical taste of the friends list.

If at all possible, make your list before looking at mine.

my list, by no means comprehensive and way more than five )

survey time

Feb. 1st, 2006 01:30 pm
cassidyrose: (glasses/high contrast)
Swiped from [ profile] serenejournal...

What time did you get up this morning? woke up at 7ish...dozed for a while trying to quell the nausea, cuddled in bed with [ profile] ptor until a little after 8, then bolted out of bed and ran to work

Diamonds or pearls? I like both, though they are not my favorite stones. I do like diamonds in white gold or platinum and my wedding ring hosts a recylced diamond (the ring is white gold). I love fresh water pearls, especially when they are set in a piece with gemstones like garnets. Garnet, amythest and peridot are probably my favorite stones.

What was the last film you saw at the cinema? Rize.

What are your favorite TV shows? The Daily Show, The Sopranos, Homicide (long gone but I love it), South Park, The Colbert Report, Seinfeld (yes still) and King of the Hill

What did you have for breakfast this morning? a few slices of smoked cheddar cheese and a few Trader Joe's wheat crackers

What's your favorite cuisine? Tough call between Italian and Mexican. What I really love is a really good salad, like the romaine gorganzola salad at Willow Street.

What foods do you dislike? Anything with enough turmeric for me to smell or taste it (so, yes, a good deal of Indian food), meat (including fish and poultry), milk, maple things, mint in savory dishes

What is your favorite chip flavor? cheddar and sour cream

What's your favorite CD at the moment? "Like Swimming"--Morphine

What kind of car do you drive? A Scion XB

Favorite sandwich? grilled cheese, but i really prefer burritos

What characteristics do you despise? cruelty, self-importance, lack of self-awareness, bigotry

more here )
cassidyrose: (Rosin Coven backstage at GAMH)
How many songs? 1761

Sort by artist
First artist: 112 & Notorious B.I.G.
Last artist: Ziggy Marley

Sort by song title
First song: "40" - U2
Last song: Zooropa - U2

Sort by time
Shortest song: Ask for Janice - The Beastie Boys (0:11)
Longest song: Mr. Completely - Phish (30:47)

Sort by album
First album: 10/31/98 D2 Las Vegas, NV - Phish
Last album: Zooropa - U2

First song that comes up on Shuffle: Marianne - Tori Amos

How many songs come up when you search for "sex"? 5
How many songs come up when you search for "death"? 1
How many songs come up when you search for "love"? 90
How many songs come up when you search for "you"? 141
How many songs come up when you search for "why"? 5
cassidyrose: (looking over shoulder)
From [ profile] sistercoyote and [ profile] klwalton:

Go to your Calendar and find the first entry for each month of 2005. Post the first line of each entry in your journal and that's your "Year in Review".

January: Today's oneword:

deep in the pit of my stomach
my heart
my bones
my blood
walking, looking, searching
for this hunger to be sated.

February: Oof.

March: I am improving slowly post-surgery.

The rest of 2005 is here )
cassidyrose: (Rosin Coven backstage at GAMH)
Stolen from [ profile] sistercoyote:

"If you read this, if your eyes are passing over this right now, (even if we don't speak often) please post a comment with a COMPLETELY MADE UP AND FICTIONAL memory of you and me.

It can be anything you want - good or bad - BUT IT HAS TO BE FAKE.

When you're finished, post this little paragraph on your blog and be surprised (or mortified) about what people DON'T ACTUALLY remember about you."
cassidyrose: (glasses/high contrast)

INTJ -The Mastermind

You scored 45% I to E, 47% N to S, 52% F to T, and 42% J to P!

You are more introverted than extroverted. You are more intuitive than
observant, you are more thinking based than feeling based, and you
prefer to have a plan rather than leaving things to chance. Your type
is best described by the word "mastermind", which belongs to the larger
group called rationals. Only 1% of the population shares your type. You
are very strong willed and self-confident. You can hardly rest until
you have things settled. You will only adopt ideas and rules if they
make sense. You are a great brainstormer and often come up with
creative solutions to difficult problems. You are open to new concepts,
and often actively seek them out.

As a romantic partner, you can be both fascinating yet demanding. You
are not apt to express your emotions, leaving your partner wondering
where they are with you. You strongly dislike repeating yourself or
listening to the disorganized process of sorting through emotional
conflicts. You see your own commitments as self-evident and don't see
why you need to repeat something already expressed. You have the most
difficulty in admitting your vulnerabilities. You feel the most
appreciated when your partner admires the quality of your innovations
and when they listen respectfully to your ideas and advice. You need
plenty of quiet to explore your interests to the depth that gives you

Your group summary: rationals (NT)

Your type summary: INTJ

My test tracked 4 variables How you compared to other people your age and gender:
free online datingfree online dating
You scored higher than 58% on I to E
free online datingfree online dating
You scored higher than 61% on N to S
free online datingfree online dating
You scored higher than 52% on F to T
free online datingfree online dating
You scored higher than 35% on J to P

Link: The LONG Scientific Personality Test written by unpretentious2 on OkCupid Free Online Dating, home of the 32-Type Dating Test
cassidyrose: (san diego 'boink--window)
Because everyone is doing it...

How I met my friends: Damn, I've met a lot of you )

That's a long list.


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