rockin' my 50s!
Join Date: Oct 2013
Location: from Houston, TX ; now in Washington DC area
am I really an alternachick?
Name: Fiona, but you can call me Fi (pronounced "fee")
Birthday: February 22, 1955 (Pisces sun, Pisces moon, Aquarius ascending)
Appearance: Think Scandinavian, except short...Long, slightly wavy, naturally blonde hair (varies from light to darker depending on sun exposure) w/ scattered strands of silver that no one but me can see, greyish-blue eyes, semi-fair skin that easily tans to golden brown. I usually wear oversize tees w/ leggings & long skirts, like black rock-band tees w/ black leggings, also tie-dye & wearable art, long bead necklaces and silver jewelry, plus Birkenstocks all year 'round (socks w/ sandals? you bet!), black work boots in snow & ice.
Status: Married for 35 years to a botanist (trees) and all-round nature lover who has naturally multihued hair (brown, blond, copper, & silver) that is even longer than mine and a beard that was once red but is now mostly white. We are childfree by choice. Think of us as hippies/bohos and intellectuals, and you won't be too far off the mark.
Pets: None currently, but we are deeply committed to living with oriental shorthair cats: we've had two consecutive pairs of them, always littermates, brother & sister, and are currently awaiting the birth of our third pair.
Weights: See under avatar.
Career #1: Academic psychiatrist (M.D.) with special interests in teaching longterm psychoanalytic psychiatry, research in psychiatry/neurology overlap (mind/brain duality), & psychatric issues of medical/surgical patients.
Career #2: Nonfiction writer specializing in book reviews, essays, author interviews, & columns in horror literature & true crime.
Career #3: Collage and mail artist.
Interests: Mind/brain issues, horror literature, sailing, sharks, dinosaurs, rocks & fossils, art (mostly late 19th, 20th & 21st centuries), collage, mail art. I like writing long letters w/ a fountain pen, making envelopes by hand & decorating them with collage. I'm getting into languages these days: currently teaching myself French & Sanskrit.
Colors: Black, purples, blues & greens. But I love all colors, including red & orange. I look best in black, royal blue, turquoise, bright red, & sage green.
Exercise: Currently doing daily non-weight-bearing leg exercises to rehab an injured knee, plus light free weights for upper body. Plan soon to add swimming & walking. After I get into low 200s, will join a gym for body shaping/building. I want muscles!
Books: The more the merrier! My house is absolutely stuffed with them. Titles I read over and over again include Edgar Allan Poe's collected works, T. S. Eliot's Four Quartets, Rainer Maria Rilke's Duino Elegies, Herman Melville's Moby Dick, Don DeLillo's White Noise, Malcolm Lowry's Under the Volcano, Hunter S. Thompson's Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas, J. R. R. Tolkien's Lord of the Rings, Stephen King's The Shining and The Stand, Cormac McCarthy's Child of God, Suttree, and Blood Meridian. Favorite authors not already mentioned include Oscar Wilde, James Salter, Jorge Luis Borges, George R. R. Martin, Sylvia Plath, Patti Smith, Wallace Stevens, William Gay, Joe R. Lansdale, Flannery O'Connor, and whoa...too many more to list. I love just about all of horror literature. Currently reading the Civil War novels of Howard Bahr. I also like alternative comix, like Herriman, Crumb, Larry Marder, Jhonen Vasquez, and a bunch of graphic novels. My husband is a manga otaku.
Music: Ever since hearing her perform on my college campus in 1976, I'm been a huge fan of PATTI SMITH, all through her career. I was a teenager in the 1960s and early 1970s, so I love old rock-n-roll, early rock, and psychedelic rock. Also blues, blues rock, 1980s New Wave, industrial, grunge, garage, alternative. Too many favorite artists to list, but top faves include Rolling Stones, Grateful Dead, Jimi Hendrix, Neil Young, George Thorogood & the Destroyers, Allman Brothers, Talking Heads (plus David Byrne's solo career), Laurie Anderson, REM, Phish, Foo Fighters...I've been avidly listening to rock radio w/ live deejays ever since I was 9 yrs. old, including decades of alternative/college radio. Now I listen to Sirius XM, especially the channels called Deep Tracks, Jam On, B. B. King's Blues, Tom Petty's Buried Treasure, and Little Steven's Underground Garage.
Movies: Lots of sci-fi, horror, foreign, suspense thrillers, shoot-em-ups. Flicks I see over and over include everything by David Lynch, James Whale's Bride of Frankenstein (see avatar), Rocky Horror Picture Show, The Ghostbusters, Fight Club, the Alien(s) series, The Adventures of Buckaroo Banzai Across the Eighth Dimension. But most of all I like splatter pics in the tradition of Herschell Gordon Lewis, like Peter Jackson's Dead Alive and Sam Raimi's Evil Dead 2. Every summer for over 20 years now I hold a splatter festival with fellow splat fans, watching around 23-25 flicks in a five-day marathon.
TV: Not much actually, but I've been an ardent fan of The Twlight Zone, Star Trek (all the series), Twin Peaks, The Sopranos, Game of Thrones, and Breaking Bad.
Religion: Pagan (Indo-European wiccan/druidic with a significant dash of Hinduism.)
Politics: Lifelong Democrat on the far left end of the spectrum, Populist, Socialist, Progressive.
Activism: Peace, fat acceptance, shark conservation, civil rights, gay rights, animal rights, anti-commercialism, against power-seeking & money-seeking of all kinds.
Abiding Passions: Patti Smith, sailing, the ocean, omnivorous reading, sharks, Dada.
Piercings: Just two in my earlobes right now, but I've had others in the past. I'd like to have an eyebrow piercing, but have fears about rejection.
Tattoos: None yet, but I plan to get a Sanskrit tattoo of "shanti" (inner peace) three times on my inner forearm after I reach goal weight, and probably more.
Problem in Weight Loss: Emotional/compulsive eating of sweets. Also not very motivated because I genuinely like being fat.
What's Different This Time: I'm taking a vacation from my Big 3 problem foods (see sig), and I'm highly motivated because of some health problems that have arisen.
Weight Loss Plan: Atkins "induction" phase with all-organic veggies & dairy products, and meat that is humanely raised w/o antibiotics on organic feed.
Parting Thoughts: The Alternachicks section needs a regular chat thread! I hope we can get one started.
Current mini-goal: Get down to 260
Pounds to go: 12
Mini-goal 1: 30 days binge-free —> done 12/21/13 & binge-free now
Mini-goal 2: Get down to 280 —> done 5/22/14
Last edited by Fiona W : 11-11-2013 at 06:55 PM.