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Archive for April 25th, 2012

Yes, it is I, the inimitable Chauceriangirl, able at last to post from my own lovely new laptop. We have had the dickens of a time with our computers at home–I managed to break the screen of my last laptop. My husband improvised and purchased a monitor that we hooked up and all seemed well, until Monday when my computer decided to give us the fatal error of death screen and figuratively rolled over and breathed its last.  Okay, I’m exaggerating a wee bit, but we did decide to buy a new computer and then we’ll get the other one working again and then Joe and I will each have our own laptop. That’s important, because sometimes he wants to check the weather whilst I want to play Words With Friends, or he wants to record music whilst I want to write a book. And so it goes.

Anyway, I said all that to say this: I’d like to thank the incomparable Izzybella for getting my posts up when my computer wasn’t cooperating. Let’s give her a big huzzah, shall we? Huzzah! Huzzah!

V things to like. Well, let’s start with….

Vagina. I’m a woman. Women tend to have vaginas, and we don’t always appreciate them like we should. And some people whisper the word, like it’s dirty or something. It’s not.  It’s a very important part of a woman’s body. Here’s to vaginas!

Vegetarian/Vegan. Ideally, I’d like to be vegan. I was, for a while, and enjoying it, but got off kilter and somehow never got back on. My husband finds my being veg*n unexplicable and for some reason thinks it’s unhealthy. He gets as upset about the word “vegan” as some people do about the word “vagina” (see above). But I have lots of lovely veg*n cookbooks, and enjoy cooking and eating a healthy veg*n diet, and if I were smart I’d get off my fat butt and do it.

Virginia. That used to be my first name, and I absolutely HATED it. Seriously? You do not want to be named Virginia when you’re in elementary and/or middle school, and possibly into high school. The elementary school stuff was mild–Virginia ham, etc. Then in jr high it was “Hiya, Virgin!” and then I’d say, “It’s not Virgin, it’s Virginia!” and then they’d say “Oh, so you’re NOT a virgin!” and it was all rather childish and immature and embarrassing because I was a teenage girl, after all.  I like the name well enough now, since it’s officially my first middle name. See, when I was born I was given a first name, a middle name, and then a last name. Then my brother comes along and gets a first name, a first middle name, a second middle name, and a last name. Then when the incomparable Izzybella made her arrival, she, too, got a first name, a first middle name, a second middle name, and a last name. I felt left out. Different. But it’s all good now. I have a first name, a first middle name, a second middle name, a maiden name, and a married last name. So there! Booyah!

Vinegar. You can do all kinds of interesting things with vinegar. Like if you have a sunburn, you can pour vinegar on the burn and it will take out the sting. If you make a mixture of hot water, honey, and apple cider vinegar, and drink it at night, it will help your allergies. Of course, if you do like I did and use Bragg’s organic apple cider vinegar, the mixture will, as Izzy so eloquently put it, smell like foot. And if you need buttermilk and don’t have any or if you need soured milk, just stir a little vinegar into your cow’s/soy/almond/rice milk, and let it set for a few minutes and voila! Soured milk! (Don’t look so disgusted–it makes all the difference in certain baked goods.)

Victoria. Queen. As in the episode of Doctor Who where the 10th Doctor and Rose get whisked away and have an encounter with Queen Victoria and a certain alien lifeform that could explain a LOT about Queen Victoria’s descendants. And for the record? She was not amused.

Victoria Rose Barrett. She’s a character in the book Izzy and I are currently writing, and I adore her. She is short and plump and says damn and hell a lot, and can’t cook worth a hill of beans, but she’s absolutely awesome!!!!

Is that a good batch of V words? Have I missed any of your favourites? Let me know!

And don’t forget to leave a comment if you want to win a True Blue CD by the awesome Pat Autrey!

I’m off to bed, so ta to you all, and tune in on Thursday for the wily wonderful world of W!

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