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dark Dean

It's Wednesday, so it must be sharing day.

Posted on 2008.06.18 at 16:33
Current Mood: exhaustedexhausted
Current Music: Seth Lakeman
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Gakked from all over the place, chiefly lozenger8 and jantalaimon

You know how sometimes people on your friend’s list post about stuff going on in their life, and all of a sudden you think “Wait a minute? Since when are they working THERE? Since when are they dating HIM/HER? since when???” And then you wonder how you could have missed all that seemingly pretty standard information, but somehow you feel too ashamed to ask for clarification because it seems like info you *should* already know? It happens to all of us sometimes.

Please copy the question below, erase my answers, put yours in their place, then post it in your journal! Please elaborate on the questions that would benefit from elaboration and feel free to ask for elaboration from me as well!



1. First Name: Sheila. Let's think - I'm named for St Cecelia, the patron saint of music, which has always pleased me. My dad had a thing about giving us names with patterns, so my sisters and I all have names with the letters e, i, l and a, and no other letters repeated in any of the names. Clever, eh? If I was a boy, apparently I would have been Malachi. And when I was little I didn't like Sheila, because I thought it sounded like a dinner lady's name. Little snob.

Oh, and something odd. I read a thing in a newspaper recently, forget what the point was, but you had to say your own name out loud for a minute. I can't do that. It scares me to death. Anyone explain that?

2. Age: 39

3. Location: The Black Country. Which is an industrialised (and pleasingly rural in parts) area of the West Midlands in England, to the north and west of Birmingham. I'm about ten miles to the north, near Walsall. Bonus points if you've ever heard of it. (I live just over the hill from the area where Martin Shaw grew up, and where his parents, I'm told, still live).

4. Occupation: I'm a primary school teacher. But I'm having time off at the moment to bring up my kids. It's a family business - my husband's a teacher, also my father and mother, my mother-in-law and sister-in-law, my brother-in-law's a Uni lecturer, and my father-in-law used to be Pro-Vice-Chancellor of Birmingham University. (Ooh, hyphen overload there. Sorry 'bout that).

5. Partner: Tim. Husband since 1996. He's great. He's History and Politics teacher, so all knowledgeable, but also a deeply talented pianist and composer. And a great dad. And he has this ability to get on with people that I can only watch with envy, and hide behind at social gatherings. Actually, he's great for hiding behind, being 6'6"!

6. Kids: Two boys. Aidan (6) and Gabriel (3). Both bright enough that I've gone beyond 'ooh look how wonderful they are they are' to 'OMG what am I going to do about this?'

7. Brothers/Sisters: Three sisters. Claire, Pauline and Imelda. See the letter pattern there? Pauline has reinvented herself and is now known as Maeve, which buggers that up a bit! I'm the eldest.

8. Pets: No. And don't say that word anywhere near my kids. They want one, they're not too bothered what species. (And yet, will they go to sleep with a spider in the bedroom?)

9. List the 3-5 biggest things going on in your life:

a) I've started volunteering at my son's school, 2 mornings a week. This is big because it means I now have free time for the first time since I had my first child, also it's the first time I've been back in the classroom in 2 years, and I'm loving it. It's made me realise that teaching actually is my vocation, and that I really will go back to it one day.

b) I'm doing a lot of singing, in a lot of different genres, performing at jazz festivals (solo - I'm turning them to the folky dark side!) and recording for the BBC with my choir, also I'm in demand all over the place. I'm feeling confident about Sheila-the-musician.

c) The writing, actually. It makes a huge difference to the quality of your life when you're drifting along, not really sure you're good at anything or what your purpose is, and then suddenly you can write! (Also I love the idea that stereotypical women in their late thirties, with two children, a husband and a mortgage, can be getting on with their stereotypical lives while dreaming up ways for one hot male to give another hot male the shafting of his life! :DDD)

d) Obsession with TV, specifically Classic Who at the moment. The more I read about the reasons why people don't like the 5th Doctor, the more evangelical I become!

10. Where and for what did you go to school for?: I was educated at a Convent school as a scholarship pupil. (Second hand uniform, looked down on by the pony-owning upper-middle-classes, the works. Day pupil though, thank god.) Took French and Italian VCom. Hons at Birmingham Uni, which included a year in Italy where I became fluent in Italian, lived in bars and coffess shops and didn't study at all. About 8 years after graduating I went back and did a Postgraduate Certificate of Education.

11. Parents: Irish father, part-Irish mother, both strict Catholics - I wasn't raised in Ireland but might as well have been. For all his principles, Dad found it in him to run off with a family friend when I was 20. There was a certain amount of ill-feeling, but it was all reasonably amicable as these things go, except that we all hated the other woman! (But we weren't that sold on her before, to be fair).

Dad died of lymphoma in 2001. I miss him a lot. He was the only person I've ever met who thought the same way I do.

Mum is a nun - this is true! She's a lay Carmelite (ie still lives in the outside world)as things stand, but is looking into going into full nun-ship at some point and occasionally goes off and lives in a convent for a couple of weeks to see what it's like.

12. Who are some of your closest friends?: Um. Tim. Tina, the mother of my son's best friend at school. And a collection of degenerate pisshead musos who are outrageously talented despite relentless alcohol and drug abuse.

Comments:


Strike while the irony is hot
draycevixen at 2008-06-18 17:24 (UTC) (Link)

It must be nice to be a fascinating person. :D And jazz, HELL YES!
I, being poor, have only my dreams.
bistokids at 2008-06-18 18:34 (UTC) (Link)
Everyone's a fascinating person. Or not, depending how you choose to look at it.
/cod philosophy

It's taken me a long time to come to terms with jazz, but it was worth it. And I'm still pretty specific about my tastes. None of your freeform weebling for me!

(ps is there an award for the campest icon of all time? Cos you just won it! :DDDDD )
Strike while the irony is hot
draycevixen at 2008-06-18 21:01 (UTC) (Link)

I'd like to accept this award...


What's the old saying? The only normal people you know you don't know well yet?

My whole life I've been *that* person the one absolute strangers tell their deepest darkest secrets to so, no normal people, but I don't know if everyone is fascinating.

I love people like Nina Simone, so I hope you don't consider her to be a free-form weebler.
I, being poor, have only my dreams.
bistokids at 2008-06-19 15:52 (UTC) (Link)

Re: I'd like to accept this award...

God, no! Nina Simone is a full-on genius. (And of course I sound exactly like her when I sing in the shower! :D)

By freeform weebling I'm thinking of the sort of stuff jazz-haters think of as jazz. Wailing and gratuitously fast riffs carried out by people who are two wrapped up in their own technical brilliance to actually listen to each other properly. Musical wanking, I believe the term is.
Strike while the irony is hot
draycevixen at 2008-06-19 16:18 (UTC) (Link)

Re: I'd like to accept this award...


I've always been utterly stunned by her ability to play one famous tune on the piano while singing a completely different song.

Also, her cover of "I Put A Spell on You", rules the universe... naff vid but bloody great song...



I also love Carmen McRae



and have a bit of a thing for torch singers working with small combos... like Julie London...



Do I really have to mention Ella and of course, Sarah Vaughan?
Callisto
callistosh65 at 2008-06-18 17:46 (UTC) (Link)
My God, but you're an interesting gal! And we share a first name and profession, so us together in the same fandom must be karma..*g*
I, being poor, have only my dreams.
bistokids at 2008-06-18 18:38 (UTC) (Link)
Ha! Dinner ladies of the world, unite! and write hawt mansecksin

I rarely feel particularly interesting, so I'm pretty touched to be told I am! Thanks :D
Mrs Tufty
fawsley at 2008-06-18 18:53 (UTC) (Link)
The more I learn about you the more I like you! And now I really am going to have to do this meme to. Though supper might just have to come first - I have my own hungry jazzman to feed!
I, being poor, have only my dreams.
bistokids at 2008-06-19 15:55 (UTC) (Link)
The more I learn about you the more I like you!

Um *gulps* *is a bit speechless*

Thank you! ♥

We feed our Tims, we send them out to entertain the masses and bring home some dosh, we pour the wine (or in some cases light up the spliff!) and get on with our fannish obsessing! Not a bad life, all in all!
Mrs Tufty
fawsley at 2008-06-19 18:20 (UTC) (Link)
You do realize, don't you, that we have to get ourselves and our menfolk together at a gig at some point. They can slag off freeform weebling, we can talk filth.
I, being poor, have only my dreams.
bistokids at 2008-06-20 12:18 (UTC) (Link)
That sounds great! :D

*thinks* Are you coming up to Stratford at all to drool over David Tennant immerse yourself in some Shakespearean culture? If so, maybe we can work something round that.
Mrs Tufty
fawsley at 2008-06-20 15:45 (UTC) (Link)
I am, but not with himself, rather with my grrrl gang of dock_leaf and farothiel and staying in Gloucester at DL's place. We're going to see Love's Labours Lost one day and Hamlet another. And squeeing muchly, no doubt. So that may not be a good time to meet but I'm sure we'll manage it one day!

Himself is rather out of the loop having been head-down over his degree for the last two year... Where to you usually go to see jazz? Maybe I could poke him into getting a gig or two up your way! He is in Leicester in November but that's probably too far away for you.
don't mess with the Pie Ho, oh no!
jantalaimon at 2008-06-19 15:06 (UTC) (Link)
I was educated at a Convent school as a scholarship pupil. (Second hand uniform, looked down on by the pony-owning upper-middle-classes, the works. Day pupil though, thank god.)

...sister-at-arms! XD Except my school was Lutheran, but yeah, otherwise rather similar. What was worst was when there were extracurricular activities for which uniforms were not necessary, because any clothing I had that wasn't uniforms was...hopelessly outdated. I joke now that I was simply way ahead of the curve for when bright red bellbottoms were going to eventually come back into style, but...D:
I, being poor, have only my dreams.
bistokids at 2008-06-19 15:59 (UTC) (Link)
Oh now you've got the memories kicking in - school discos, aaargh! I tended to get round it by going for stuff that was just odd, rather than old-fashioned.

Also, my mum was one of those who buys things you can 'grow in to', and I was very small for my age, so I spent most of the time in voluminous tunics with my socks round my ankles! Happy days...
don't mess with the Pie Ho, oh no!
jantalaimon at 2008-06-19 17:02 (UTC) (Link)
Did you say school disco?!?! XD

I did that when I was older. It helped develop my rather eclectic fashion sense. When I was too young to know any better, though, and just had stuff out of the church rummage sale and basement and garage sales...oooh, it was murder. And my mother too was one who was all "you'll grow into it."

Very happy days indeed. Actually one of my favourite moments (looking back anyway) was when I entered a lip-synching contest at my summer camp. Summer camp was murder in itself because while the stuff we did there was fun, of course we all wore casual kid clothes, not uniforms. I distinctly remember having had my one and only perm then, so I looked like a poodle. So here's little poodle-headed girl, bouncing around in purple velour leggings (my grandma made those for me, and I thought they were well cool until...hrrm, about 19? XDXDXD) and a black t-shirt that said, in large spangly stylised letters across the front, "NEW WAVE."

What was I "singing" and dancing to, you ask? Why, a complete and utter hair metal song. XDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDD

*shakes head*
I, being poor, have only my dreams.
bistokids at 2008-06-20 12:22 (UTC) (Link)
HAHAHAHAHAAA! XD I've got a brilliant mental image of that! What a sweetie!

Eep, I'd forgotten the rummage sale aspect of life. I cringe all over again to think of the inadvisability of some of the purchases my mum made there. And me too, I can't blame her for all of it, I totally didn't have a clue!
magenta_blue
magenta_blue at 2008-06-20 08:36 (UTC) (Link)
I love the idea that stereotypical women in their late thirties, with two children, a husband and a mortgage, can be getting on with their stereotypical lives while dreaming up ways for one hot male to give another hot male the shafting of his life!

Oh that is so funny!! Made me laugh lots... *g*

And your list is great - so many interesting things going on for you! The jazz sounds great - especially perfoming solo - eek! And recording for the Beeb - you are a very cool person, dontcha know?! :)

I, being poor, have only my dreams.
bistokids at 2008-06-20 12:24 (UTC) (Link)
Thanks! *blushes* I don't know so much about cool, I'm certainly a very busy person at the moment! Which I like, even though I whinge about it like mad.

I do find myself eyeing up unprepossessing people in supermarkets these days, wondering which if any are sekrit slashers!
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