Days 18-21

Feb. 4th, 2008 04:24 pm
bironic: Neil Perry gazing out a window at night (memoryfest - spelling)
Sorry, I know I still need to get to a few comments from the last one.

Can you guess today's theme, kids?

18. Middle School

The elusive candelabrum. )

19. Middle School

No better luck the next year... )

20. College

The moral: Crazy professors can come in handy in unexpected situations. )

21. Elementary School / Middle School

It's an unlikely animal for a spelling game; I wonder what the logic was behind that. )
bironic: Neil Perry gazing out a window at night (memoryfest - nsuh)
Just back from the hepatologist's office, where my doctor sent me to follow up on some scans I had last year. (I'm fine; we're just, er, making sure that's true.) Her office is on the main campus of the huge teaching hospital three-quarters of my family used to work for, though not always in, and I love going there. I'm sure that says a lot about how I was never very sick growing up, nor was my family, that I would enjoy a hospital, but I do; it's big and bustling and exciting and has cutting-edge facilities and the elevators are deep so beds will fit in them and there are people in scrubs and lab coats joking with each other and I'm familiar with the place, know the system of entrances and roads and many of the hallways, remember eating in the front cafeteria when I was a kid, remember visiting wings like the maternity ward and emergency department as part of my job; and now it's fun to reimagine it as Princeton-Plainsboro Teaching Hospital too, or rather to soak up more details for possible future use in a House fic.

The points are:

(a) I will be going for a second MRI at some point, which I continue to think is cool, and this time I will finish the House/Wilson MRI PWP WIP (and many other three-letter acronyms) I started after the first scan; and

(a.1) You know you've been hanging out in fandom too much when... #64: While waiting for your gastroenterologist, you get out of the exam chair to squint at an anatomical diagram of the anus and rectum for research, and think about doing a semi-parody House/Wilson fic where they use all the crazy medical terms for the tiniest muscles and things. I want a sex scene that uses the terms "anal crypt" and "squamocolumnular junction."

(a.2) Relatedly, care of my sister: There is apparently a Burger King in the midwest somewhere with a typo on its front sign so that it is advertising "Black Anus Burgers."

(b) Here are some memories associated with this building, from when my dad worked there.*

*I know many of you follow my themes when you post your own memories, and that most people probably have unpleasant memories associated with hospitals, so you're just as welcome to post "the time I went to work with my parent" memories as hospital ones. As if you needed my blessing for that. Right. Memories now.

14. Elementary School

A trailer, a hallway, Christmas toys and candy. )

15. Middle School

Visiting a friend at a different hospital. )

Days 10-13

Jan. 28th, 2008 08:01 pm
bironic: Neil Perry gazing out a window at night (memoryfest - malted easter eggs)
10. College

It still makes me wince. )

11. Pre-school

The Ten Commandments )

12. & 13. Elementary School

Easter with E.'s and K.'s families )

Days 7-9

Jan. 23rd, 2008 11:36 am
bironic: Neil Perry gazing out a window at night (memoryfest - bell)
[ profile] thirdblindmouse and I ended up chatting a little bit about children's books in the last post, which made me remember this one. Does it ring a bell for anyone? ETA: Found! Ha, the cut text turned out to be the title.

7. Kindergarten

Five Chinese brothers... )

Speaking of ringing bells:

8. Middle School

Bells, bells, bells, bells, bells, bells, bells. )

Tangent: I heard a very cool song version of "The Bells" on the radio last weekend in honor of Poe's birthday. Each group of four "bells" had a melody, so it didn't just sound like the same word over and over and over.

9. Middle School

Same class, different day. )

Days 4-6

Jan. 19th, 2008 01:22 pm
bironic: Neil Perry gazing out a window at night (memoryfest - honeysuckle)
What's this?

4. Elementary School/Middle School

Embarrassing reading on the Albuquerque flight. )

5. Elementary School

Honeysuckle at recess, and pineappley weeds. )

6. Elementary School (hm, I seem to be stuck in an era here)

Pop Secret sleepover. )

Day 3

Jan. 16th, 2008 11:48 am
bironic: Neil Perry gazing out a window at night (memoryfest - hands up)
What's this?

3. Preschool/Kindergarten/Elementary School

Music sessions at day camp. )

Wow. Just listening to those songs on YouTube throws me right back there and then.

Day 2

Jan. 15th, 2008 09:42 am
bironic: Neil Perry gazing out a window at night (memoryfest - barbie)
Holy crap, guys. Day one has more than doubled the largest single-day comment count from last year. I'm so thrilled by the turnout (so far: 14 participants, 6 countries), and hearing all these memories, and seeing everybody talk to each other, and just, yay.

A memory today that should not result in a page full of descriptions of people's injuries:

2. Elementary School

Because they didn't make a Chloroform Barbie set. (...Oh my God, what a terrible thing to say. Special hell, here I come.) )

Day 1

Jan. 14th, 2008 09:22 am
bironic: Neil Perry gazing out a window at night (memoryfest - broken glass)
What's this?

And thank you to [ profile] elynittria for the extra icons, so there can be a new one for each day. ♥

1. Elementary School

What I remember of falling through the door is this: )
bironic: Neil Perry gazing out a window at night (Default)
What is Memoryfest?

For the last two years, I've dedicated the month of January to Memoryfest, where I post a memory a day and invite everyone to add one of their own in the comments. We've gotten into some great conversations in which we discover cultural and individual similarities and differences, coincidences, etc., and follow tangents into the oddest topics. It's a lot of fun. This year we're starting a little late because I've been so busy, but the premise is the same: take advantage of the new year to wind down and reflect, and get to know all of you a little better—and I hope you'll get to know each other better, too. There are a lot of people here who weren't here last year, and I'd be so happy to see some mingling goin' on in the comments.

There aren't any official rules… )

Here are the indices to Memoryfest I (2006) and Memoryfest II (2007) if you want to see what we've gotten up to before (if you're new) or refresh your memory (if you're a veteran).

Changes planned for Memoryfest III )

I'm glad to be doing this again, especially with so many new "faces" around, of a range of ages and nationalities. I hope you're looking forward to it too.


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