siobhan63 (siobhan63) wrote in 2017revival,

Always interested in making new friends

Hi all. I did not come to this community via the Facebook group as I am not on Facebook -- saw it listed on the main LJ page a few weeks back and decided to join.

Name: I prefer to not use my real name on the public side of the internet. However, Siobhan is the gaelic version of my real name.
Age: 53
Location: Canada (more precisely, Toronto).

Tumblr/Goodreads/IG, etc:? I am on Twitter (@procedurepols), but it's not a personal account -- follow it only if you are really interested in Westminster parliaments and politics (UK, Canada, AUS and NZ primarily). I did create a Goodreads account a few years ago and have since completely ignored it. I was briefly on FB but hated it and deleted my account over 3 years ago. I have a separate wordpress blog that I use to write about parliamentary procedure and related matters. So that's it.

Describe yourself in five sentences or less: Married to a younger man, Table Research Clerk for the provincial Assembly, two pet degus, like to cook, read, try to keep fit, love, love, love my job, find it sad that that what I do bores the pants of pretty much everyone else because parliamentary procedure is, quite frankly THE BEST thing on the planet. I am most likely one of those "elites" everyone keeps warning us about. Atheist, no kids, slightly aspergic, sarcastic and definitely an introvert.

Top 5 fandoms: I always thought "fandom" simply meant liking a show, and then discovered it was a whole lot more than that. I don't do fandoms. I do have a number of TV shows that I really enjoy and will happily discuss, but, as a general rule, I don't do/read fanfic, make gifs, get all into the actors and all that sort of thing. Some of my current fave shows that I will happily discuss with others are: The Expanse, Outlander, Vikings, Black Sails, Game of Thrones, Walking Dead, Star Trek (all of them, even Enterprise), The Fall, Unforgotten, Silent Witness, The Last Kingdom, Designated Survivor and a bunch of others. I quite like TV, not much into movies.

That said, I guess I do have one real fandom -- parliamentary procedure. I totally fangirl over UK House of Commons Speaker John Bercow.

I mostly post about... Just the goings-on in my life -- work, personal, etc. I don't tend to discuss politics much because my job requires me to be totally neutral. I'd talk about TV shows more, but don't seem to have any current friends who share the same interests in that area. Would love to connect with other fans of any of the shows listed above. I am not exciting. You have been warned.

My last three LJ posts were about... The degus (and a few other bits); a link to a really interesting (IMO) article I found on Twitter; and the latest installment of the utter madness that is apartment hunting in Toronto.

How often do you post? How about commenting? Posting: I would say that I post at the very minimum of once a week. More often, I post daily, or at least every other day, and some days I may post more than once in a single day. Then occasionally, I won't post anything for 10 days or so. I'm a researcher, so my work means I do a lot of writing, and sometimes I just don't have the energy to post on LJ. The vast majority of my posts are F-locked, so if you go over to check me out, you won't see much. However, I have started doing some public posts to track what books I read (I know that's what Goodreads is for, but I can't be arsed to use that site at all). I never abandoned LJ, so I don't have any month-long or year-long gaps with little to no posting. I also have a mirror account on Dreamwidth just in case LJ gets problematic now that it's totally Russian and on Russian servers.

Commenting is a whole other kettle of fish. I read LJ daily, and usually check in several times a day in the hopes that someone has posted something. However, I comment only if I have something to add. And when it comes to new people, I might go weeks, maybe months before I start commenting regularly because it takes me time to get a sense of you, understand the people in your life, what's going on, etc., especially if you have some complicated, long-running family or other dynamics happening. I'm like that in real life too -- I don't talk much unless I have something valuable to contribute, and prefer to listen when new people are around until I get a proper feel for them. I don't do small talk (as mentioned above, I'm on the ASD scale -- Aspergers). So while I may not say much, especially at first, please do know that I am reading everything you post.

A GIF to describe how your day has been today so far: I don't do gifs. In fact, I really effin' hate most of them. Just sayin'.

Other: As I said, my LJ is mostly friends-locked, so just go ahead and add me if you want to see what I'm like. I will grant you access and reciprocate. If we don't click, just unfriend me -- I won't take it personally. I mostly keep my LJ for my own sake. It's nice if others are interested in my life, but not mandatory!
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