Saturday, April 25, 2015

Liebster Award

Aaaaaaaay, hellew darlings, I am mildly inebriated and screwing around on the internet and Franny over at The Curious Professor Z tagged me in an award thingy and I don't know how to play this game but what the hell.  I like Franny, she's good people.

The Rules:
1. Post award on your blog.
2. Thank the blogger who presented this award to you and link back to their blog.
3. Write 11 random facts about yourself.
4. Nominate 11 blogs who you deserve this award and who have fewer than 200 followers.
5. Answer the 11 questions posted by the presenter and ask your nominees 11 questions.

My entire blog is a compilation of random facts.  

1.  I'm pretty sure that somewhere in a past life, I made ceremonial headgear for some sort of temple.  It is the only possible explanation for my compulsive need to make ridiculous hat things.  They're so not wearable, and becoming a storage problem, but I just can't help myself.  Wire Anubis head?  Carnivore flower feather fascinator?  Fictional star system?  Bunny ears?  Rat ears?  Moth antenna hatband with all five patterns of caterpillar  instar?  Elaborate witch hats?  It's getting ridiculous in here.  If I were a better photographer, I'd show y'all.

2.  My house, which was my grandmother's, is a mishmash of Japanese antique furniture, midcentury modern, 90s upholstery draped in canvas dropcloths, and gold plastic dinosaurs.  Most of the rooms in this house are heavily pink, except my guest room, which is where all non-pink and non-Japanese-antique objects live.  It's olive green and brown and leopard.   I strive for tackiness, but usually I just achieve total disorder.

3.  After working outdoors for 13 years, I am reluctant to spend any of my free time there.  The idea of going hiking or camping makes me grumpy, because it's too much like being at work.  I don't want a table on the patio at a restaurant.  I'm not even super fond of sitting in my yard, much to my cat's dismay (he requires supervision outside, and he wants to be outside all the damn time).

4.  The day I realized that having children was optional was one of the best days of my life.  I have no desire to be anyone's mother.  I find babies and young children utterly uninteresting.  I will interact with elementary school kids because I am paid to do so, but if I'm off the clock.... no.  That said, I like certain individual children, and I am very nice to kids that I come into contact with.  Kids often like me because I'm silly and I have purple hair and I tend to have candy and treasures on me at all times.  I'm a very good teacher.  I'm just glad there aren't any children in my house.

5.  I do not like suspense-and-startle movies, and will probably not go see Jurassic World because of it.  I love dinosaurs, and I love Chris Pratt, and I love ridiculous campy plot lines, but I have enough problems with anxiety. I also do not do gore.  Nope.  Not interested.

6. I love my dog into the cores of my bones, but I am really more of a cat person.  

7.  I am extremely open about my mental health issues (ADHD peppered with OCD and chronic mild-to-moderate depression) because I do not think that they are shameful things that should be hidden.  I wish more people would be up-front about their own issues, because I think we'd all be a little gentler with each other if we could see how scarred everyone is.

8.  I don't know what I want to be when I grow up.

9.  I am a creature of habit.  I order the same thing at a restaurant every time.  I wear the same basic outfit every day.  I have M-W-F shoes, T-Th shoes, and weekend shoes.  I have carried the same purse since 2007.  I don't like interrupting my routines.  When I deviate from the choreography of my life, I get sick.  

10.  My bedtime was 15 minutes ago, and I am sleepy, but I will finish this.

11.  I am allergic to cherries.  

11 Questions:

1. When and why did you start blogging?  I can't remember anymore.  Years ago.  Mostly because I needed a place to vent.  It's cheaper than therapy.

2.  With MP3s and internet streaming, do you still buy CDs and DVDs?  DVDs yes, CDs not usually.  I'm not super into music.  I never have been.  I listen to podcasts more than music nowadays, but usually- it's just quiet.  I generally only buy DVDs if they're not super readily available.  I don't have "The Lord of the Rings," because I know I can probably find someone to borrow it from, but I do have "A Midsummer Night's Dream" and "Waking Ned Devine" and "Oscar" because you don't generally run across those movies on the usual platforms.

3.  How would you describe your style of dress?  "Total apathy."  I wear jeans and a tee shirt every day.  I have two pair of minimalist Merrells that I rotate during the week, and a pair of Crocs I wear on the weekends because I have plantar fasciitis and they're the only shoes that don't hurt.  I buy clothes maybe once a year, usually jeans and black hoodies.  I hate shopping, and I don't like trying to put together an outfit.  It's that "creature of habit" thing.

4.  What religion of philosophy do you ascribe to?  In the voting booth, I am a secular humanist.  In my personal dealings, I strive to be kind.  I hero worship Steve Irwin and Bob Ross and Carl Sagan and Jim Henson. I like stories about Deities.  I am distrustful of organized religions and anyone who thinks there's only one way up the mountain.  I'm not worried about what happens after death, I'm worried about suffering in life.  I am always aware of the phases of the moon and the equinoxes and solstices.  I like seasonal holidays.  I've read a lot of the books, but didn't feel compelled to buy any of them.  When I am old, I want neighborhood children to whisper about me.

5.  What are your favorite TV shows on the air right now?  I don't watch TV.  The only current shows that I bother to stream are Archer, Bob's Burgers, and Miss Fisher's Murder Mysteries.  I listen to podcasts more than anything else.  I currently rotate through StarTalk, The Infinite Monkey Cage, The Nerdist, Girl on Guy, The Smartest Man In The World, and Welcome to Night Vale.

6.  What other hobbies to you participate in, besides blogging?  I make stuff.  I sculpt, I sew, I paint, I draw, I build, I jury-rig, I cobble, I cook, I dye, I design, I costume.... I'm pretty creative.  Let's see.... I read a lot, all non-fiction.  I walk the dog.  I play with the cat.  I entertain the rats.  I make my hair funny colors.  I sometimes watch birds.

7.  If you participate in the arts, which ones do you participate in?  Are you a hobbyist or a professional?  Well, I do all the stuff I mentioned above... I also do makeup for the Pageant of the Masters in the summertime, and I've been doing it for 13 years, but that's a volunteer gig.  I am not good at exchanging money for art.  I'm not opposed to it, but I usually do things because I enjoy the creative and technical challenges.  I'm not prone to making more than one of anything.

8.  If a movie was made of your life, what actor/actress would play you?  It'd probably be animated.  Maybe puppets.  I wanna do my own voice.  I've got some rather distinct speech patterns and vocal tics.  I'd like to see people's impressions of me, though.  

9.  Choose one:  Coffee or Tea?  Plain black tea, iced is better than hot.  I don't drink coffee.  I gave up Diet Pepsi last summer.  Now I drink a lot of plain seltzer water.

10:  What colors have you dyed your hair?  I have had basically every hair color that is possible in the human hair color spectrum- from platinum blonde to black, and all points in between.  I have also gone every shade of purple, every shade of pink from lychee to magenta, reds from fire engine to burgundy, orange that faded to yellow, various blues from periwinkle to cobalt to navy, all the turquoises from aqua to teal, and the greens from mint to lime to emerald.  I am currently mostly blue-purple, with blonde-grey-lavender around my hairline.

11.  Introvert, extrovert, or ambivert?  Introvert.  I interact with a lot of people at work (mostly children, who are energy vampires).  When I get home, I have nothing left.  I love revolving sushi bars, the self-checkout lanes at the grocery store, text messaging, and online tutorials, because they do not involve interacting with others.  I like people well enough, but they're exhausting.  I'm a friendly hermit.  

Everyone I read has basically already done this one before, so how about this- if you read this, and you want to answer questions like those up there, consider yourself nominated, and link to it in the comments, so I can read about you?

Tell me all about yourselves, darlings.

Whoa, I really WAS tired when I hit "publish" last night, that was REALLY badly formatted.  I think I fixed it?  


  1. You're good people, too! I really wanted to see what kinds of things that you would share because I love the way your brain works. In ancient societies you would be the shaman or the keeper of some temple on high.

    I feel the same way about kids. Ick. I didn't know you are a Miss Fisher fan! Do you know when the next season is scheduled to hit Netflix? I truly enjoyed the "in joke" last episode: wherever Miss Fisher happens to be there's a murder. I got the feeling the actors were having a hard time keeping a straight face when they said that. hehehehe ... Ed yelled out, "YES! HOLY CRAP! YES!" hahahaha ... that's one series that I'd like to see the outtakes.

    1. I'm pretty sure that as long as my temple had wi-fi, I'd be happy as a clam. I'd come down for snacks, though.

      Yeah, I love Miss Fisher. I signed up for AcornTV because I was getting impatient when Netflix didn't have season 2 up yet. It's just the absolute best kind of costume porn.

      Remember that moment when Jack asks Phryne about her childhood dreams? Remember her response? I had to turn off the computer and go sit very still for a few minutes to process the emotion that triggered within me. I still don't know what to do about that emotion.

    2. oooh, i'm going to have to watch that episode again. i have a feeling i was watching it late at night and was too tired to process.

    3. "I'm living them."

      Ohhhhh, Phryne. Now I have to reevaluate my entire life.

    4. I kinda wanna cry at that. of course she is independently wealthy which makes living dreams easier, yes?

    5. Yes, but still.... there's bravery behind it. I'm not very brave lately, no matter what my hair-bleaching escapades would suggest.

  2. I would love to see some of your crazy headgear!

    Your house sounds like a place I would love! Can I see pictures? Or can you teleport me there? :P

    I hate jump scares too!

    Yes, mental illness should not be considered shameful. I am being more open about mine now too.

    I have kept on buying multiples of the same style of boots for years now. I have to keep on getting new ones as I wear down the left heel badly and they are cheap enough just to replace instead of re-soling. I have had problems with resoling in the past not really being up to scratch.

    Your philosophy is fantastic! I have wanted to see Pageant of the Masters in real life since I heard of it!

    1. Someday I will be a better photographer! >and I will clean the house so it's presentable for pics<

  3. i can vouch for the epic awesomeness of her house. it is a very comfy place to crash for a weekend.

  4. how did i not know you were allergic to cherries? or maybe i just forgot. E was very excited about your purple hair when she saw it on FB in the pic with the bird. also, you are the best friendly hermit ever. that is all.

    1. It's somewhat recent- in the last 5 or 6 years or so.

      I kinda want business cards that say "Friendly Hermit." Ever since I typed it, it's been stuck in my head.

  5. I think you're a very interesting person! Always thought so though ... this just reinforces it. :)

    1. Aww, you're too kind. Interesting people are good people to be and to be around.

  6. I've just finished my post and thought I'd read some of the others. You sound very similar in a lot of ways to me and I can totally get being an introvert. I love people but my bf knows when I've "over-people" as I feel totally wiped out. My answers are over here if you fancy a read

    1. Excellent! And yes, human beings are exhausting. Seems like your job is very people-heavy.... sometimes I dream of a solitary job, so I'd have energy for other people when I'm off the clock!