This week, the completely wonderful Heather, from The Destiny Manifest, tagged me to play a little game called ‘Five Things About Me – Old School Blogging’
Now I know very little about ‘Old School Blogging’ (enough to know that if you want it to be truly retro, it has to be spelled ‘Skool’) but I can tell you five things about me, and I DO like Heather. I have no recollection of how I stumbled accross her blog, but I adore it – her posts are often very insightful, very beautiful, funny, and sometimes heartbreakingly sad. She and I have bonded over events in our lives, and are on our way to becoming good bloggy friends.
So I thought that I could do this Ten Things by halves, and answer the fives from the tag, and then add five ‘proper’ Things of Thankful at the end.
Without further ado, a rather indulgent and narcissistic ‘Five Things of Me’
- Books, as anyone who’s been here during the new bookshelf saga will know. I adore books. I breathe reading. Words are my crutch, my comfort, my escape, my pleasure and my challenge. I love to learn. I love to think new thoughts. I love to read any time I can. I sometimes even dream in words!
- Writing. A bit of a spin-off from books, perhaps, but I love writing as a vehicle for conveying thoughts, for sharing information, for Making You Feel!
- Blogging. Okay, now I’m cheating a little (only not really) because yes, ‘blogging’ should be a sub-category in ‘writing’ but it’s so special and unique it deserves its own place. I love the connections I can make with other people. I love reading about their worlds. I love getting to know the people behind the blogs. I adore developing conversations in comment sections. I love finding people scattered across the world who are in some way MY people, with whom I connect as well (but in a different way) as any in Real Life.
- Adoption. Long before Husby and I discovered we are unlikely to have biological children, we decided that we would adopt at least one child. I have a real heart for these children in the care system and fervently hope that one day I can be matched with one and offer them the home and family they’ve been denied thus far.
- Poverty and homelessness. These things really cut me up because I feel that NOTHING separates most wealthy people from most poor people but a serendipitous accident of birth. Read more about my feelings (at length) on ‘Taking advantage or taken for granted‘ – a post which probably caused the most controversy of all that I’ve written so far.
- I *would* like to write a book
- I would like to be a mother
- I would like to be a little, ugly old lady, walking down the street with her ugly, little old Husby, still holding hands. I saw this once, and it was so touching, and such an inspiration.
- I would like to climb to the top of a mountain. Not necessarily a huge, enormous one, but one over 1000ft.
- I would like to own my abode (even with a mortgage)
- “I think…”
- “It’ll be alright in the end”
- “These things happen”
- The lost and forgotten languages of Shanghai – Ruiyan Xu
- How to teach quantum physics to your dog – Chad Orzel
- The Big Issue Magazine
- The Registrar’s Manual for Detecting Forced Marriages – Sophie Hardach
- Aesop’s Fables – Aesop
- Flight of the Navigator
- Gone in 60 Seconds
- The Secret Garden
- Fast and Furious
- Corfu – to see where Gerald Durrell grew up
- The Yellow Mountains of China
- Mauritius, because I read an account where there were “no less than five rainbows looped across the mountains”, which sounds incredible
- Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, because it’s AMAZING (and I want to convince them to let me have a go in Alvin)
- Indiana – I have a lawn there to cut.
- Shanique, from Adventure of a Willow Wimp
- Terrye from The Adventures of a Misplaced Alaskan
- Denise from Girlie on the Edge
- Dyanne from I Want Backsies
- Mrs Random from Mrs Always Random and Usually Shallow
(I didn’t realise that this is an *actual* thing, so if you’re doing it, please go here and link up)
1. I’m thankful for my baby sister’s baking skills. She made EPIC cakes for my beach birthday picnic today. There were plenty to go round and everyone loved them. They were SO pretty. Not to mention that she was such a darling to make time to bake them for me.
2. For the *perfect* picnic spot on top of a grassy cliff, under tall, shade-casting pine trees, overlooking the sparkling sea, under the widest and most perfect upturn of blue sky you ever did see. And masses of that sunshiney stuff tempered with a trickling and refreshing sea breeze.
3. For my wonderful Cinema Friend, who was charged with taking the official photos on his iPhone (with fancy switch-a-roo camera which can take photos in both directions, who did a grand job, but also got a number of candid shots of me, not least this one, where he pretended I should look at *something* on his phone, then snapped this.
4. Music. In particular, this weekend, discovering that a song I’d heard on my favourite radio station and *loved* was by the Beatles, which is weird, being a die-hard Beach Boys fan. I guess I can adapt.
5. Water. Again. I do like my water, and am so grateful that I live in a place where there’s such an abundance of it, in clean, clear, disease-free amounts. And that my best friend decided to have an impromptu water fight with me at my picnic. And I lost (really badly) and got totally soaked and had to stand in the sun to dry for an hour. It was so refreshing and fun (and gave her the opportunity to crow a little bit about getting one over on me, and also to nickname me ‘Lucy Leather’ for all the rays I was trying to catch – her comment “When you’re 40, you’re gonna look about 80, you Lucy Leather” and it stuck. So now I sound like a dominatrix. Thanks bestie xXx)
Last week I attempted to hold a raffle. It fell *totally* flat on its face because I hid it too subtly in the ‘spiel’ at the beginning of the post. So this time a heads up.
I’m going to hold a raffle next week.
The winner will get a button for their blog made by the lovely Elizabeth from Rocks No Salt Mommy, because I’ve seen her buttons (she’s going to be making me a couple) and they’re gorgeous.
Further details next week.