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03 April 2003 @ 12:42 pm
Tell me - can you feel it too?  
I got the most amusing voicemail from my sister yesterday. Actually, it was my sister and my niece, announcing that my niece had peed in the potty! I'm glad it was a voicemail, because I laughed really hard. I know this is important stuff, and I'm sure that whenever I finally have a baby I too will find this a momentus occasion, but right now it just makes me laugh.

So I called my sister when I got home last night to congratulate her and see how she was doing. She says that she now looks like she's about 5 months pregnant, even though she's barely into her second trimester. Gotta love twins. Most likely I'm going to go down and visit her and my niece some Saturday in the next couple of weeks, and she's going to come up while zorac is here next as she insists on meeting him. Yes, you should all comfort poor Mark, as most likely he will be stuck meeting my entire family this next visit. But luckily it will only be for lunch, and then we can escape. >:D<

My sister was horrified to learn that I'd seen nothing but the inside of Mark's flat during my visit: "You went halfway around the world and didn't do any sightseeing???" Well, yes, I did! I would've done a bit more if the stupid train strike hadn't happened, but there you go! >:0!!! Besides, I felt it was rather more important to spend time with my boyfriend. Hrrrumph. I'll see more next time with a bunch of t00bs.

I also lamented that it was more than 5 weeks 'til I could see my boyfriend again, and my sister said, "It's only two weeks."
I went, "Huh?"
She said, "It's only two weeks until you see him again."
I said, "WHAT are you talking about??"
She finally explained, "You know that Hubby and I were doing the long distance thing most of the time before we got married, although not as long distance as you are (well, DUH), so that's how I managed it. I told myself it was just two weeks, and then I did a day-by-day countdown until the actual time we saw each other."
Me: "...."
Her: "Well, it worked for me!"
My sister actually DOES have a master's degree. However, it's obviously not in either math or physics. *facepalms*


1. What does your first name mean? Victory
2. What does your middle name mean? Gracious
3. What does your last name mean? Well, that's a damned good question. I have no idea. I did research online (oh SHUT UP), and I couldn't find it listed in any sites on Polish surnames. I'd been told that it's fairly unusual - for a long time, if someone had that last name in this country, I was related to them (that's no longer the case). So I had a look at the Ellis Island Database site, which is supposed to list all of the people who came through there, and what I found was verrrry interesting. There are a number of listings for people with my last name (I don't know my great-grandfather's first name, so I'm not sure which one it is), but NONE of the people with my last name came from Poland. They're from Germany, Russia, Austria... Very very strange. I'll have to talk to my dad about this...
4. So what does your name mean when put together? Victory with grace? Haha.
5. What would you have been named if you were the opposite gender? David Alan - which is my brother's name. My dad really liked that name for a boy.
6. Any other name oddities? Well, I was named after one of the nurses who delivered me (a friend of my mom's as she worked in that hospital), on the spot, because - as the story goes - neither of my grandmothers liked the name Jessica, which is what my parents had intended to name me. My grandmothers both denied this when asked, which makes it all the more funny. Also, my initials are VD, because my parents really didn't think.
7. Do you like your name? I didn't when I was younger but I do now.
8. What do you like best about it? I think it's a fun name in terms of the nickname version, and the longer version is elegant. Not sure if either of those adjectives really apply to me, however.
9. What do you like least about it? I HATE being called Vic. OH HOW I HATE IT. Call me Vic only if you'd like to die. >:0!!! (unless of course you're a family member, in which case you've been doing it all your life and I can do nothing about it -.-)
10. If you HAD to change your name (witness protection program, whatever), what would you want it to be? I'd say Morrigan but wouldn't I be easy to find then? :)) Probably some unusual Celtic name like Siobhan or Bronwyn.
 
 
I feel: Hermione
 
 
 
Teesside Snog Monster: treguardjiggery_pokery on April 3rd, 2003 12:34 pm (UTC)
When you say "Bronwyn" to most people in the UK, they associate it with a so-named character in the Australian light-hearted soap opera Neighbours that used to be very popular over here and now is still vaguely popular.

This scarily comprehensive web site reveals she was there in episodes filmed in 1988, so I must have been watching the epsiodes with her broadcast in about 1990, when I would only have been 14 or 15, so I can just about get away with it while retaining vague credibility :-/
Zorac: dinwiddy snurdlezorac on April 3rd, 2003 03:10 pm (UTC)
Sorry, but I don't think it's possible to retain any credibility in the face of ever having watched Neighbours under any circumstances.
Teesside Snog Monster: gamesjiggery_pokery on April 3rd, 2003 05:18 pm (UTC)
Harsh, y'bitch.

Not actually unfair or incorrect, but definitely at least a little harsh.
Zorac: zorakzorac on April 4th, 2003 12:50 am (UTC)
Neighbours is inherently evil on the grounds of it taking over the 5:35-6pm slot every weekday - that was where a lot of my favourite shows used to be! Hence, anyone who watched it must be disparaged at every possible opportunity.
infinitus on April 3rd, 2003 02:46 pm (UTC)
I'm sure that whenever I finally have a baby I too will find this a momentus occasion, but right now it just makes me laugh.

Oh yes. When you become a parent you will find yourself celebrating all sorts of bodily functions and inflicting those stories upon hapless bystanders.

And I feel for you on the long-distance thing. Did it for two years while engaged. On the plus side, became very skilled at phone sex, so if my current career doesn't work out, I always have that to fall back on.
Vicki: HOTcha!hermorrine on April 3rd, 2003 04:17 pm (UTC)
And I feel for you on the long-distance thing. Did it for two years while engaged. On the plus side, became very skilled at phone sex, so if my current career doesn't work out, I always have that to fall back on.

*DIES*

Oh, and I don't know if I could handle 2 years when 2 weeks seems forever. How in the world did you manage that???
infinitus on April 4th, 2003 11:20 am (UTC)
Before he got his grown-up job, B. was an actor in Japan. He would fly over to visit me between gigs, about 3 or 4 times a year.

Also, I have brought him to orgasm in public phone booths all over Tokyo. (Take that, killiganhashope! Pre-marital sex, wanking, defacing public property -- whee!) It helps to keep that special spark alive.
Vickihermorrine on April 4th, 2003 07:37 pm (UTC)
Re:
Wow. You only saw each other 3-4 times a year? I could never handle that. I would go completely and utterly insane.

As for the public playfulness, we really wanted to do some serious fooling around on the bus to and from the airport, but we decided that the security cameras made that a risky proposition. Pity. ;)
Queen Saritabeadgalsarita on April 3rd, 2003 03:17 pm (UTC)
it's emigration!
but NONE of the people with my last name came from Poland. They're from Germany, Russia, Austria... Very very strange. I'll have to talk to my dad about this...

a possible answer: my great grandmother emigrated to the US in the early 1900's. She spoke polish, lived the polish culture, was polish, but insisted she was from austria. My best guess is that polish boundaries were so fluid during that time period, that one could be polish but from austria, germany, russia, etc. Just a thought!

~S
Vicki: ME and the ME and the MEMEMEhermorrine on April 3rd, 2003 04:18 pm (UTC)
Re: it's emigration!
Hmmmm, verrrry interesting. That could certainly be it. Thanks for the suggestion, and hello there! *waves*
Queen Saritabeadgalsarita on April 3rd, 2003 07:06 pm (UTC)
Re: it's emigration!
*waves back*

now I just gotta find a place in the city to buy some kick ass keilbasa from for easter and see if they'll ship it to me *drool*

~S
Vicki: Hrrrrmmm?hermorrine on April 3rd, 2003 08:45 pm (UTC)
Re: it's emigration!
*gives you all the keilbasa* I'm a great disappointment to my Polish father because I cannot stand sausage of any sort. Yucko! Hey, what part of IL are you in?
Queen Saritabeadgalsarita on April 3rd, 2003 10:06 pm (UTC)
Re: it's emigration!
that is truly a shame (the kielbasa thing) The store bought stuff is good, but it doesn't quite compare to the fresh stuff my relatives occasionally ship down from mass for the holidays..mmm. kielbasa, borscht, rye bread, and pierogis..and to think i'm only 1/4 polish..lol.

what part of illinois? I'm in champaign, but not from around here. I'm here just to attend the lovely university and intend to flee the state once I get my degree :-)

~S
Zorac: t00by boyfriendzorac on April 3rd, 2003 03:20 pm (UTC)
Yes, you should all comfort poor Mark, as most likely he will be stuck meeting my entire family this next visit.

Um... I though it was just your sister this time, and that I wasn't meeting the rest until July. Oh, well, probably easiest to get it over all in one go. I'm sure they're all lovely people. Besides, I got on fine last time I had to meet the family - still exchange Xmas cards with my ex's mum, so...
Vicki: All is woehermorrine on April 3rd, 2003 03:25 pm (UTC)
Eeeek. Well, they - my parents at least - will want to see my sister and Lauren too, so they will come to lunch. Can't say about my brother for sure. I could try to get out of it if you wanted...
Zorac: reunionzorac on April 3rd, 2003 03:34 pm (UTC)
I could try to get out of it if you wanted...

No, that's fine. It's just lunch. What's the worst that can happen? *swigs Dr. Pepper*
Vicki: MWAHhermorrine on April 3rd, 2003 03:53 pm (UTC)
*laughs uproariously* I know you only said that because you knew I'd get it now.

And honestly, my parents are very laid back. I really can't imagine it being difficult or horribly awkward, even. *pats* Don't worry?
Zorac: youngzorac on April 3rd, 2003 03:56 pm (UTC)
*grins*

I'm sure it'll be fine, and I won't worry.
Valeriesteelmagnoliaca on April 3rd, 2003 06:31 pm (UTC)
2 more weeks!
I use the two more weeks schedule myself for my LDRs.
Whenever possible we do not leave withouth the next trip planned and usually the last words we speak to one another are "two more weeks".

It's silly but it does work, besides it's a great feeling when it actually *is* just two more weeks! Ok, so, not every day in a LDR is sunshine and roses but you gotta work with what ya got ya know :P

V.
Vicki: HOTcha!hermorrine on April 3rd, 2003 08:37 pm (UTC)
Re: 2 more weeks!
Whenever possible we do not leave withouth the next trip planned and usually the last words we speak to one another are "two more weeks".

We've got trips planned for May, June and July (10 whole days together! Wheeee!) already, and it is comforting to have those. As for the "two more weeks" thing, I can see how it might work for some people, but you know me - not so good with the suspension of disbelief. :/

Ok, so, not every day in a LDR is sunshine and roses but you gotta work with what ya got ya know :P

Yeah, no kidding. I said for a loooong time NO MORE LDRs and you know what's bound to happen when you set yourself up like that... Oh well, he's amazing and like no one I've ever known, and I would indeed go to the ends of the earth for him. Luckily it's not quite that far to England. ;)
and still, the lobster held onpirouette on April 3rd, 2003 06:57 pm (UTC)
#3
If it's Rutkowski, you do know that is the most common Polish surname right? (Polish relatives in Chicago. Lots of them.)
Vicki: Nas Alleyhermorrine on April 3rd, 2003 08:39 pm (UTC)
Re: #3
*laughs* Nope, it doesn't have a "ski" in it at all. Most people, when they hear it, think it's Italian or Spanish, of all things. And Chicago does have the largest Polish population of any city outside of Warsaw, so I'm not surprised.
and still, the lobster held onpirouette on April 4th, 2003 11:02 am (UTC)
Re: #3
Yeah, my mom is 100% Polish, and that's third generation or something...No wonder she came to VT. Fresh meat. ^_^
Toritortietta on April 3rd, 2003 08:06 pm (UTC)
::laughing::

I read through this and thought, "How did she know my name and my sister's name?", and then promptly berated myself for thinking something utterly brain-less. You see, my first name is the same as yours, and my sisters name is Bronwyn.
And I likewise detest the name Vic. It's evil!

::mildly amused::
Vicki: MWAHhermorrine on April 3rd, 2003 08:40 pm (UTC)
*laughs* Wow, that IS funny! My sister's name also starts with a B, but it's Barbara. And yes, people calling us Vic need to be hit over the head repeatedly. Bleh. -.-