The Sunshine Award might just about be my very favourite.
I’ve been really, hugely fortunate enough to receive several now, from different bloggers who’ve all nominated me for the most wonderful of reasons – that my writing, my person, brings them light and warmth and happiness. And that’s TRULY the stunning, sunning power of the internet, of words and of the blogosphere.
Those connections; like lights on the darkest, drizzliest days.
I wouldn’t change nor swap this for the world. I love it big.
So my HUGE thanks to the lovely Sarah Summerlin (of Amycake and The Dude), and the wonderfully mysterious Inion N. Mathair (of Two Voices One Thought), who sent this beaming, lovely award in my direction*
And so we have The Rules (aren’t there always)
Offer 7 interesting/quirky/random/obscure facts about yourself
Answer the 7 questions posed by the blogger who nominated you
Nominate [mutable number of] other bloggers to receive the award, posing them 7 new questions
I figure this gives me 14 (*owp!*) quirky facts to give you (will you stay with me to the end? Even just to keep me company?). But only 7 questions to answer, because (thankyouthankyou!) Inion N. Mathair didn’t pose me any.
As for nominations – wait and see! No skipping ahead…
1. I have green eyes, which don’t show up well in pictures, but which have a dark rim around the outside of the irises. I’m a bit vain about my green eyes and very happy with them.
|At the kinda request of Sarah – cos we BOTH have green eyes, so we swapped|
2. I took Japanese class for a year as a teenager, because I once learned from a Reader’s Digest article about a Japanese POW camp, how to count to ten, and my child-self would return to the magazine, softly repeating those weird syllables and listening to the oddness as they became audible on my lips ichi, ni, san, shi, go, roku, shichi, hachi, kyu, ju, and I wanted to know more. Now I have a considerably better grasp of the language. In addition to 1-10, I can also tell you you’re pretty (kawaii), famous (yumei), an apple (ringo desu), to go straight ahead (masagau itte kudasai) or that my local vicinity is a post office (anata wa uchi no yubinkyoku desu) (?!). Money and time well spent, right? Let it NEVER be said that the English are too Empirebound to learn new languages…
3. When I was little I had a very legitimate terror of any toilet which wasn’t the one at home. I was terrorised by at least two (one which filled up while I was on it, because someone had unplugged the bath and the whole system was jammed, and another which flushed itself unexpectedly (coupled with a door lock which wouldn’t budge)). My poor mother spent YEARS (like, probably nearly into my teens) with her foot jammed under the door of public toilets, which I refused point blank to lock in case I was trapped again while the toilet filled up the world with water and drowned me to death in other people’s piss.
4. I’m more annoyed than I can say that I fell TOTALLY in love with a new song today. And came home, with the lyrics buzzing round my head, ready to find out who sang it (I didn’t catch the details on the radio) only to find that it’s a band I already love to hate, because their songs are awesome, but the members were all born in the 90’s. Which makes me feel oldish. Which I guess I should get used to, but hmmmmmm no. Not cool!
5. In spite of being thirty and TOTALLY in charge of my own self, I’m still
a little a lot anxious about telling my Dad about the tattoos I’ve been thinking about for ages, and which have finally passed the two-year-test, and which I might just get this weekend. Because I think he’ll have fifty fits. And I’m due to see him today. Perhaps I should just tell him via my blog, because I’m totally chicken about it…
6. In true Ten Things of Thankful style, I’m co-opting the dance for the Seven GuardVirgins and stealing the Secret Book of Rules to see if I can apply any of them to wriggling out of posting a 6th Quirky Fact. Turns out I can. It’s in the back: Appendix D – halfway through the Chart Of All Things.
7. I LOVE spicy food. The hotter the better. And I cannot RESIST a challenge. I will sit at the table, tears streaming down my face, mouth on fire, being laughed at/with by friends as I determinedly work through whatever spicy delicacy has been put before me as a dare. I WILL CONQUER IT!
8. I just this second got asked (and decided) that if I had to die in a pulse-poundingly, heart-stopping way, it’d be a heart attack after being tazered. I heard you get a HUGE endorphin hit off being tazered, and I’m pretty curious about that…
9. I haven’t had anyone for the LONGEST TIME to make up stories with on Twitter. Lovely Piper used to fulfil that role – we’d go on epic journeys into space on our friendly whale, Orca, and slide round the rings of Neptune or dip into a passing Nebula for coffee; and before her, the wonderful Shanique and OH the stories Shanique and I would tell, but Anansi himself would’ve been jealous. But now my 140-character story-heart lies wasted and unused. So I’m recruiting. Tweet me with your intro, and if it’s awesome, we’ll story it up.
10. Too many of these are starting with ‘I’. Yeah, it’s about me (rules of the game, yo!) but it’s slightly depressing (for a writer) to realise that I really haven’t found that many creative ways of introducing each new quirk. Nuts!
11. I did some heavy landscaping this week (got covered in mud and ended up with achey muscles and everything…) and I wrote a luscious poem about it, popped it over on The Well Tempered Bards. And ONE PERSON looked. What’s wrong wit’ ya? You not a fan of poetry? *gives you side-eye*
12. Had a ninja fight online just now. Pretty sure I lost. Crashed and burned after missing a spear (thrown with surprising velocity). Hate losing fights!
13. I only discovered the show ‘Three’s Company’ this week (I was one year old when it finished. I was one year old in ENGLAND when it finished. I was one year old, in England, with no TV, when it finished). I watched the first two episodes, courtesy of the ever madsillygorgeous Joy, and I LOVE IT!
14. I hate jigsaw puzzles with a passion normally reserved for toy soldiers and mosquitoes. I’m good until there are more than 24 pieces and the picture gets complicated. I find them dull, soul-crushing exercises in utter pointlessness and I’ve discovered that life’s too short to die piece by piece as I start with the outsides and fill in the insides and the hours I’ll never get back just keep leaking away.
Onwards, lovelies – to the Trial By Seven (questions) from Sarah
1. In what form do you prefer your chocolate?The scarcely-seen kind. I’m not a big fan, and if it comes to taking or leaving it, I’d usually leave it. BUT I do like salted chocolate. And have discovered a new joy in the form of Peanut Butter Kit-Kats. One of them a month and I’ll be just dandy.
2. What did you major in in college (or university)? Do you still do something related to that field?Awwwwh I didn’t because there was nothing I wanted to go and study so much that I was willing to endure the debt and student lifestyle (I know most people see this as a plus. I definitely did NOT). So I have no degree; no major. And on paper I’m pretty basic in terms of academic smarts. Which sucks. I yearn for a degree, but oh the COST! And it’d be for vanity anyway – I KNOW I know English well enough to bend it to my will. I KNOW I can write gud (no kidding!). I KNOW I wouldn’t be doing anything differently if I HAD that piece of paper saying I’d jumped through the examining board’s hoops…and yet, and yet…
3. Name a word you love to say.Perspicacity. I LOVE it. It sounds suave and slightly sardonic. Possibly a little bit vicious. And it can be wielded at the unwitting in manners most beautiful.
4. Name your three best physical features (your favorites, not society’s).Smile – when I smile, people smile back. I can feel my face getting happy and that grin just cracking out across my cheeks. It’s a whole-face smile – eyes and all.
Hair – always a plus – thick, dark chestnut, slightly wavy with red glints, which shines really nicely and does that swishy shampoo-ad thing if I want it to.
Muscles – odd for a girl (but whatevs) perhaps, but I LOVE being a bit hench, toned and (increasingly) defined.
5. What is something that has made you proud in the last week?That my beautiful Niece and Neff both DEMANDED time with me. And got it (cos I’m on holiday this week, yo!) and it was beautiful. Niece and I went for ice-creams in an ice-cream parlour for her birthday, and she sat all proud and 4-years-old atop a BIG stool, and grinned at me and chatted as we licked our ice-creams. Then Neff came round and we wrote to his pen-friend in Texas, and he showed me the most gorgeous picture he drew of the two of them, then we snuggled up and ‘looked at the world on Google’ before watching Giant Squid videos on Youtube. The snuggling was the best part.
6. What is one of your favorite aromas?Traction engines. Oil and smoke and grease and fire and coal and steam, shining paint and glinting metal (yes, I can smell those last two- if I could, I’d smell the *chuffchuffchuffchuff* noise they make and the quake of the earth as they rumble past in all their massive gloriousness). Gorrrrrgeous!
7. If you could only have a bathroom or a kitchen, which would you choose?
Kitchen. I can bathe in a tin bath in front of the fire. And I can have a ‘gazunder‘ in the bedroom. But I can’t, can’t give up cooking. There’s something utterly magical about taking fresh ingredients and slicing, dicing, sauteeing, marinading, massaging, chopping, stirring, adding, testing, spicing, herbing, spooning, grating and tasting my way to the perfect meal, filling the kitchen with redolent scents of whatever it is, revelling in being at one with the pans and knives and wooden spoons.
Final push now, dears! NOMINATIONS AND QUESTIONS
Which puts me into a *teensy* bit of a quandry. I’ve given lots and lots and lots of lovely sunshine lately, because I’m hugely fortunate to know so many beautiful, sunshine-y people here in the Blogosphere.
So I’m gonna do this my own way, and nominate the people I’ve had GOOD conversations with today (that’s not to say that I’ve had crap conversations with anyone today, more that the extent and sumptuousness of the interactions was noteworthy). I do enjoy the potential for conversation afforded by social media. And LOVE talking to and hearing feedback from other bloggers.
In no particular order:
Clark Scottroger – The Wakefield Doctrine
Denise – Girlie on the Edge
Chris Carter – The Mom Cafe
Sandra Salin – Apart from my Art
*drags self up from floor and pulls errant throwing star from side, trying to ignore the blood-loss, narrows eyes and fixes on target, staggering back into combat position*
Beth Teliho – Writer B is Me
Your questions (if you choose to accept them) are as follows
1. What’s the last thing that made your stomach clench (in a good way)?
2. How did you make someone’s day better today?
3. Which (and why) do you practice; forgiveness or vengeance?
4. Which language(s) would you love to be fluent in?
5. What was the last song you fell in love with?
6. In what circumstances were you last out of control?
7. Describe the last thing you read which made you think “WOW!”
*As per a recent (and by the way totally un-responded-to) post on the Considerings Facebook Page (Hey, when you see something written there, you’re totally allowed to write back. Especially when the end of the sentence has one of those ‘?’ thingies…) I have this awful, nagging feeling in the back of my brain that there was, in fact, a THIRD person who nominated me for this award. And told me. And I was really SO happy that right there and then my brain expunged all information pertaining to WHOM THAT WAS! So if it was you, and you gave me this award and I’ve horribly, horribly snubbed you by not including my response to your generosity here, PLEASE forgive me, let me know (again) about it, and I will definitely make sure I write you down and respond properly next time!