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Comment to this post and I will give you 5 subjects/things I associate you with. Then post this in your LJ and elaborate on the subjects given. The meme is from all over, but these subject/things are from elmocho.

1. Acceptance is not defeat.
This life philosophy comes from many places, I think. It may be rooted in growing up around and with disabilities, as well as my training as a therapist. It is also from body image circles- Self-acceptance is not defeat. It is also a big peace of mindfulness and cognitive behavioral therapy. It is also why I am still going and a big piece of both my personal resiliency and our family resiliency.

2. Wine knowledge and lore.
I am not sure about the knowledge. You know more more about beer than I do wine. Wine is nostalgic for me. It reminds me of California and the Central Coast and my Dad. I love to find wine from the Santa Rosa vineyards and other local wines from both Santa Barbara county and from Arizona.
I find something therapeutic about drinking wine. It is more than the alcohol. There is a ritual to it- uncorking, pouring, the feel of the glass in your hand. I don't drink unless I have me time, so it is also associated with time for myself and relaxation.

3. Practical cleaning knowledge (use of vinegar and other non-packaged items).
Years of poverty and gleaning tips from elders and peers. Lemon juice, tang, baking soda, denture tablets, vinegar- all wonderful cleaning products.

4. Science Fiction fandom
We talked about this on the phone. Since you meant fantasy, I will take it as that. I never considered myself a 'fan' but just an enthusiast. I do have a large collection of traditional fantasy, which I grew up reading. It is pure escapism. I am surprised you didn't say princess, but that piece is related to reading fantasy and putting myself in the heroine's role. I preferred heroines who kicked ass, and did not realize I was reading a separate genre of feminist fantasy until my late 20's. It is also, similar to [livejournal.com profile] spookyfish24, it is also related to my background in Roleplaying games.  We were partners in crime, and I will let it stand at that.

5. Baking
I miss baking.  The feel of dough on my hands.  The rhythmic movement of kneading.  The smell of cookies fresh out of the oven. The first bite of gingerbread still hot.  My mom and dad did most of the cooking, but the one thing they really involved me in was the baking.  I remember making dozens upon dozens of cookies every Christmas for Dad to take to work with him.  I made my first efforts at real bread in high school and started to take homemade bread to all SCA events.
Making bread is cheap.  You can buy the basic ingredients fairly easily, and if you had storage, in bulk.  We survived the 2 months before we lost the house in Flagstaff on my bread.  I had a ton of left over baby cereal (fortified, yaknow) and dried milk that I used to increase the nutrition.  Beans and bread....  the staff of life.
I don't really bake now because I don't have the time nor energy.  I will again, and I know I have the skills to keep my family fed no matter what happens.  I have even made bread in clay ovens before.

And now you know.
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