Tags & Awards (The New Page On The Block)

It’s with heavy heart (or possibly heartburn) that I’ve added a new page to my menu toolbar.  It describes, briefly, how I’m taking a break from tags & awards.

If you’re interested, follow the link to read more.  I’ll update it if &/when I change my opinion on nominations.

The past couple of days, you might have noticed a wild posting spree of awards & tags.  That’s because I procrastinated filling them out right up until I decided to go on hiatus.

While I didn’t have to do them, it means a lot to me that people tagged me – the least I could do is post ’em.  &, by taking days/weeks/months/lifetimes between “award” & “post,” I think I surely did the very least I could do.  😉

Thank you to everyone who has nominated/tagged me.  ❤

Happiness Tag

I thought B, over at Getting Through Anxiety, tagged me to do this, but now I can’t seem to find the post on her page!  Well, whoever tagged me did it a looooong time ago.  I’m happy that I’m finally able to respond!


Five Things That Make Me Happy

  1. My Dad.  We’ve had a ton of issues – & we still do sometimes – but he’s become a much better person than he was when I was a teenager.
  2. My offline friends.  I don’t reach out to them enough, but they’re always there for me.  I have some of the best friends imaginable – including one I’ve known since 2nd grade. They might be far away (the one I mentioned above is 3000 miles away right now), & I might not call enough, but it’s like no time has passed when we hang out.
  3. My online friends.  I think these friends & my offline friends each deserve their own space on this list.  They’re both very special to me.  Before I started following Carla’s blog, I was in a very low place, dealing with my physical & mental health issues, for a long time.  I felt like I was doing nothing with my time & that was all I was meant for. However, after finding all the wonderful people here on WordPress, & deciding to try my hand at writing my own work again – in addition to writing about my personal life, feminism, & other issues – I feel like I’ve been renewed.  & my online friends played a big part in getting me to where I am now.
  4. Books make me ridiculously happy (I have to agree with B… or whomever tagged me, I guess… there!).  I love searching for them online, peeking through bookstore shelves like a naughty kid in a sweets shop, taking home my purchases (or opening them, if I ordered them online), organizing them, smelling them, touching them, reading them, writing reviews of them, & writing down my favorite quotations in journals.
  5. Finally, & definitely furriest, my beautiful mini-panther Loki.  Much like me, Loki was not named for a Disney (owners of Marvel) character.  True, Loki of the Avengers & Thor movies is loosely based on the Norse myth, but I named my Loki after the original – The Norse G-d of Mischief & Lies.  I didn’t realize he would live up to that name.  He may not speak, but he lies with those bright amber eyes – blaming me for him missing the bed after a jump falls short, attempting to convey innocence when he takes my spot the moment I move, claiming with plaintive meows that I haven’t given him a bit of tuna after he’s licked my fingers clean.  The mischief, well, you can imagine.  😉

Five Songs That Make Me Happy

    1. Teeth – Lady Gaga
    2. Beautiful Liar – Beyoncé (feat. Shakira)
    3. My Shot – Hamilton: The Musical
    4. Burn It To The Ground – Nickelback
    5. Think Of Me – Phantom Of The Opera: The Musical

3 Days, 3 Quotes Tag

Rules:

  1. Thank the person who nominated you.
  2. Post a quote for 3 consecutive days (1 quote for each day).
  3. Nominate three new bloggers each day.

  1. Thank you to Laura Beth at Hot Shot Headlines for tagging me!
  2. See below!
  3. I’m not nominating anyone, today or otherwise, but feel free to do this tag if you so choose!

This one was a tough-y!  I really love both Edgar Allan Poe (who captures a sense of “odd” that resonates with me) & Mark Twain.

Twain won, of course.
Mark Twain - Anger
This quote hits me right to the core; it speaks to the type of person I want to be & for what I strive.

I try not to say that I “hate” anything or anyone.  I think that, to give someone I dislike that much of my attention is really counter-intuitive.  Also, I think that hating someone doesn’t harm that person whatsoever – the only one affected is you.

That, & being angry gives me a tummy ache… but I don’t think he meant that type of acid.  Still applies, though.

3 Days, 3 Quotes Tag

Rules:

  1. Thank the person who nominated you.
  2. Post a quote for 3 consecutive days (1 quote for each day).
  3. Nominate three new bloggers each day.

  1. Thank you to Laura Beth at Hot Shot Headlines for tagging me!
  2. See below!
  3. I’m not nominating anyone, today or otherwise, but feel free to do this tag if you so choose!

President Obama - From His Glamor Article

This quotation comes from a BRILLIANT article that President Barack Obama wrote for Glamour about why he’s a feminist, & proudly so.  I think this really speaks to the crux of the issue when it comes to gender equality – we start training children, from the moment they’re born, to fit very narrow gender roles that exist only as a cultural construct.

From that stems almost every issues that people face as adults: not fitting into either gender’s constructs, being accused of presenting as too feminine, being accused of presenting as too masculine (although this is an accusation rarely lobbed as male-presenting people), & on & on, ad infinitium e ad nauseam.

I am going to truly miss President Barack Obama when this election cycle ends.  I think he acted with the best interests of the people at heart & he was stymied by people who either didn’t like him because he was a Democrat, or didn’t like him because he was African-American.  I have to say, I think the latter had a lot to do with it.

3 Days, 3 Quotes Tag

Rules:

  1. Thank the person who nominated you.
  2. Post a quote for 3 consecutive days (1 quote for each day).
  3. Nominate three new bloggers each day.

  1. Thank you to Laura Beth at Hot Shot Headlines for tagging me!
  2. See below!
  3. I’m not nominating anyone, today or otherwise, but feel free to do this tag if you so choose!

She is Fierce - William Shakespeare

I’m a huge Shakespeare fan.  I’m even named after one of his characters, if I remember my Dad’s stories correctly.  This particular quote comes from A Midsummer Night’s Dream & it really speaks to me in this, the shortened form, & in its entirety, which is:
“Oh, when she’s angry, she is keen and shrewd!
She was a vixen when she went to school.
And though she be but little, she is fierce.”

It reminds me of myself… or, at least how my friends would describe me. 😉

Personal Tags – The Handwriting Tag!

Thank you so much Laura Beth for tagging me!  This was fun.

Questions:

1. Write your name
2. Write your blog name
3. Write your favorite word and its definition
4. Write something nice
5. Write the name of your favorite song right now
6. What’re you writing with?
7. Write a fun fact about yourself
8. Write/draw your favorite emoticon
9. Write a silly message
10. Write who you’re tagging

The Handwriting Tag

If anything is unclear (I know my handwriting isn’t the best), feel free to leave me a comment & ask me what the heck I’m trying to say.  Tagging Rae & Carla Louise, but there’s no pressure to do this if you don’t find it as fun as I did.  🙂

~ Ariel Lynn