Hello there my lovely virtual friends! Two of my wonderful WordPress amigos nominated me for awards. Erika Kind nominated me for the Sunshine Award. Here is her original post, which will show you what an inspiring and amazing person she is. I really can’t say enough Kind (see what I did there, eh? EH?) things about her.
I was also nominated for the Infinity Dreams Award by Spence’s Girl. Her post is here and I got insanely excited reading it because we have so much in common. So if you even kind of like me (and you do, right? *nervous laugh*) then you will love her!
Thank you both so much ladies, not just for the awards but for being really amazing women!
Anyway, as much as I love awards, the posts always take forever to write, and then I inevitably forget to nominate someone and my pizza goes cold. And that is just THE WORST. So instead of following the rules….I’m gonna rebel…again.
I have wanted to use that video for so long…..
Both Erika and Spence’s Girl left great questions to answer as part of their posts, so I will answer those and that’s doing half of it right at least….*clutches at straws*
So without further ado, here are the questions from Erika’s post:
1) Which decade do you miss the most?
Like most ’80’s babies, I can’t say enough amazing things about the ’90s. Life was much simpler back then, before smartphones and social media. And let’s not even talk about the cartoons, the Nickelodeon shows, the amazing fashion, girl power and hair mascara. HAIR MASCARA. I’ll stop now, because I might genuinely cry. *Sobs through Kenan and Kel theme tune*
2) To which poet do you feel most connected to?
This is a difficult question for me to answer since I taught students about poetry for so long, and I really connected with so many poets. I have loved Shakespeare’s sonnets, T.S. Eliot, W.B. Yeats, Elizabeth Bishop, Adrienne Rich, Emily Dickinson, Robert Frost, Patrick Kavanagh and Seamus Heaney…I could go on all day. If I absolutely had to pick, I would choose Sylvia Plath. Her poetry is so raw, honest, intense and personal that it just evokes something so strong in me every time I read it. One of my favourite poems of hers is the poem Elm, which is actually so intense and emotional that it is difficult to read.
3) Your spirit cartoon character/TV show artist?
Garfield. He hates Mondays and he loves lasagne. If he wasn’t a cat….I’d marry him.
4) Your favourite indulgence when in stress?
Chocolate, specifically Kinder Buenos or Galaxies. Or a fancy coffee…or both.
5) How has your blog helped you the most?
I don’t even know where to start. I was going through a pretty difficult part of my life and I felt kind of….lost. I started my blog to serve as a place that I could come and just be silly and forget about the stresses of the real world. I never, ever thought that anyone would actually read anything I wrote, not to mind actually be so kind to me. I have met so many people here who have helped me, sometimes without even realising it. So to answer this question, my blog has helped me by connecting me with such a wonderful, supportive community. I never feel lonely.
And now…….*drumroll*…….Spence’s Girl’s questions:
1.What is your favorite comfort food?
I make a lovely shepherd’s pie. It is so lovely on a cold evening.
2.Do you have siblings?
Yep! I have an older sister and an older brother. They are amazing.
3.Live to eat or eat to live?
Live to eat, totally…I adore food. I once fell asleep on a pizza. I may have been slightly intoxicated.
4. Swim in a lake, ocean or a pool?
I’m actually not a great swimmer. I really need my feet to be able to touch the bottom. I’d feel safest in a pool…in an inflatable ring.
5. Coffee or tea?
I actually adore both. Coffee in the morning, tea in the evening.
6. What is your favorite time of day to blog?
Usually the evening, when I’m not distracted….by…all the….shiny…..things…..
7. Name something from your “bucket list”
This is going to sound crazy…but I would really (times a million) LOVE to find a meteorite. I love astronomy and space, so finding something that is billions of years old and has fallen from space would be so amazing. I’m actually buying one next week. But finding my own one will always be the dream.
8.What scares you?
I struggle to even type this without shuddering….*whispers* spiders. I really am terrified of them. I’m also terrified of tidal waves (random, I know). That scene in Interstellar caused me to actually struggle to breathe.
9.Cats or dogs?
Both! I have two dogs, Molly and Oscar and a cat called Kit. I also have guinea pigs…so a zoo, basically, I have a zoo.
10. Best childhood memory?
I have a few. They are really simple, but I think its their simplicity that has made them so appealing. I loved playing outdoors in the summer nights with my friends. We lived in a beautiful yet tiny village in the south of Ireland. I also loved visiting my grandparents, which I wrote about here.
11. What or who makes you laugh?
Everything. Literally….everything. I am one of those people who laughs all the time. I just can’t help it. I actually spent a long time today conversing with an African Grey Parrot called George, who was HILARIOUS. He wolf-whistled at me, which meant I was totally working my sensible fleece jumper.
So there you go guys. I’m sure you learned absolutely nothing but…we all survived, which is the main thing.