My lovely friend Maurnas nominated me for the Liebster Award! I was so shocked to receive this, I almost couldn’t believe it was happening. Since when have I been popular enough to get an award? (Thank you, Maurnas!)
I love lists in real life, but sometimes think they’re cheesy on blogs. But… because it was Maurnas, I decided to oblige. 🙂 (Because who else can I gush about LoTR and Elvish and lembas and Lothlorien and the Shire with, and who else would understand why I know Elvish curses?)
1. How long have you been blogging?
In general, I’ve been blogging since I was 14 years old and discovered Blogger (that’s 11 years). I had a Xanga back in the day, after I got tired of Blogger. After Xanga, I used my Facebook Notes for awhile, and now here I am on WordPress. I’ve been on WordPress for about 4 years, and on this particular blog for 2.
2. What inspired you to start your blog?
I started my blog because I felt really alone as a shooting survivor. It’s a really unique experience, and I was desperate to try and find other people who understood it. If not the shooting piece, the trauma piece. This blog has changed and morphed since then; I gratefully discovered The Rebels Project in December 2012 and that gave me a wonderful community to process being a survivor in. Now, I also write about my addiction recovery and surviving the household I grew up in, and what my life looks like now.
3. What is your favorite color?
I have two or three. I am absolutely obsessed with this particular shade:
I also love orange and fuschia. Bright colors all the way!
4. What is your all time favorite movie?
I don’t really have all time favorite movies… I DO have movies that I really can’t get over, though. By which I mean, I cry like a little child when I watch them. A couple are:
Suckerpunch – I feel like this movie is a Jungian perspective of my life story. I cry every time I watch it.
Slumdog Millionaire – this movie gives me so much hope when I look at all the crap in my life. Love. Also, I cry. “This is our destiny.” *bawls*
American Beauty – the best scene is the one where Ricky Fitts looks at Lester Burnham’s face right after he dies, in reference to his earlier quote:
“It’s like God’s looking right at you, just for a second, and if you’re careful… you can look right back.”
… holy fucking shit, I cried so hard. I know exactly what he meant.
Frozen – because I have serious love for my sisters. ❤ Wish I could have had an Elsa moment for real. Figuratively do for my remaining little sis.
Honorable Mentions: The Place Beyond the Pines – gutwrenching and fantastic and Drive – ridiculously violent, but ohhhhh the MUSIC.
5. When do you typically work on your blog?
I work on it at work a lot because I am allowed to go on WordPress between when I take calls. So I do segments at work. Either that or at night when I get off work and am chilling out.
6. Coffee, tea, or neither?
Or both?? I love, love, LOVE coffee in the morning. It’s so soothing. Especially after dragging myself out of my nice comfy bed in the morning.
But when day turns to night, I love tea. I’m one of those early-old ladies who makes herself a cup of tea before bed, and it is delightful. My favorite one right now is the Traditional Medicinals Nighty Night tea. Mmmmm.
7. Is writing a career or a hobby for you?
I don’t get paid to write, but I wouldn’t mind getting paid for it. 🙂 But I don’t know if I would call writing a mere hobby, either. It’s kind of necessary to my life. I don’t know what I’d do if I stopped writing… I’ve written as a form of processing since I was 10, and to lose that now would be awful… I don’t know if you call that a hobby. It’s more a way of life.
8. What do you love most in this world?
I have lists for everything (just as Maurnas mentioned), so I can’t pick just one. Here’s my list:
1. My little sis, Grace… I’ve worked hard to have a good relationship with her and she means so much to me.
2. My bestie Carly. I’ve known her since I was 5. She’s practically my sister. I would be so lost without her and her ghetto ass in my life. 😀
3. My recovery!! The chance to live the life I have today… AWESOME.
5. Meeting new people
and bonus – 7. The aforementioned Elvish curses: nino hithighlia lasto bethdir, reeohneein bruinin dan een oo lire… Typed phonetically from memory, just sayin. That’s the curse that Arwen calls down on the Ringwraiths at the river in Fellowship of the Ring.
9. Can you share something that you have learned recently?
Still in progress: that I am allowed to have a center within myself, to be connected to it, and to stand in that center, no matter what’s going on around me. This lesson is a bitch and keeps getting tested.
10. Where is your favorite place to shop online?
I probably buy the most from Amazon. But I love looking at Anthropologie… their stuff is beautiful even if it’s totally unaffordable. Also True and Co. and Eberjey. Yum.
11. What is your biggest pet peeve?
Grammar mistakes. People driving badly on the interstate. Arrogance of any kind. Getting catcalled walking down the sidewalk (I’m looking at you, Sayulita, Mexico).