Let’s Sip Tea

Friends, long time no blog…right? As you know I was in the hospital for 6 days.  While I am over the moon to be home, recovery has been slow.  Since being in the hospital was such a downer, I thought I would make my first post hospital blog a fun one. You know, keep it light.

Recently I was nominated by the amazing Nena for two blogger awards. YAY!! I must say it feels so good to have people think enough of me to include me in these awards.  Well friends, this blog will be my acceptance speech for those two awards which will give you an opportunity to get to know me even better. I gotta say though, I really feel like we are pretty close already given that we have previously discussed second base, chronic illness and pain, and shit. I mean really, what else is there to know about a person?

I digress. The first award I was nominated for, which I accept, is the Dragon’s Loyalty Award.  

The rules for the Dragon’s Loyalty Award are:

  1. Display the award certificate on your website
  2. Announce your win with a post and link to whoever presented your award
  3. Present 15 awards to deserving bloggers
  4. Drop them a comment to tip them off after you’ve linked them in the post
  5. Post 7 interesting things about yourself

The second award I was nominated for, which I accept, is the Infinity Dreams Award.  

The rules for the Infinity Dreams Award are:

  1. Thank the blogger who nominated you and link back.
  2. Post the award badge and rules.
  3. Tell 11 facts about yourself.
  4. Answer the questions that were set for you to answer.
  5. Nominate 11 other bloggers and set questions for them.

Again, thank you again Nena for nominating me for these awards. I will address both awards concurrently, but have taken a few liberties. So, I will give you 18 facts or interesting things about myself, answer the questions posed to me by Nena, and nominate 10 bloggers for the above awards, and give them questions. Let’s go:

Interesting Facts (I know I don’t have 18, but I will give my best try)

  1. In my younger/healthier days, I played basketball…point guard actually. I was even offered a college scholarship to play basketball.
  2. When I was younger, I wanted to be a Christmas Tree.
  3. I was fired from my first “big kid job” as a crossing guard for my elementary school after I let my sister wear the crossing guard belt one morning when it didn’t match my outfit. Listen, before you get all self-righteous, the neon orange crossing guard belt DID NOT go with my purple track suit. What was I to do? *No children were injured due to my neglect of duty or my sister’s failure to help the kids cross the street because she disappeared into the corner store for candy before school.
  4. While my husband and I dated other people in our younger days, we have never actually “been” with other people…that’s all I will say.
  5. Close talkers make me extremely uncomfortable. I REALLY value my personal space…and I am also a germaphobe. So, when people lean in to speak to me, I always pull back or actually take a step back.
  6. As a kid I electrocuted myself…clearly I survived.
  7. For a science experiment in elementary school, I hypothesized that the ear, nose, and throat were connected. I proved my hypothesis by forcibly laughing as hard as I could while eating bacon, and making it come out of my nose. Yes, it is totally possible to get bacon chunks to come out of your nose. You’re welcome!
  8. By age 8 I was already a published political activist.  At age 8, which would’ve been 1988, I had a poem published in our local newspaper demanding Nelson Mandela’s freedom. I submitted it using mostly my real name (I made one slight deviation), but wrote that I was 19.  My parents were VERY supportive of my political activism. In fact, my mom proudly took my poem up to my school.  In middle school I protested the content of the required sexual education class…specifically masturbation shaming.  I also protested a class assignment in home economics class where all female students were required to care for a fake baby for 3 days, but this same assignment was optional for male students.
  9. I have an actual crack in my skull from jumping off a roof while wearing a cape. Definitely not one of my finest moments…I will not elaborate.
  10. My favorite holiday is April Fools Day! YES, it is totally a holiday!!! Given my favorite holiday, my interesting facts are likely making more sense.
  11. I spent several years purposefully making my body language confusing/ambiguous. I loathe people that put too much emphasis on behavioral cues, so I routinely give off inconsistent behavioral cues to irritate them. I have a BA in psychology and while I ABSOLUTELY LOVED studying psychology, one thing that frustrated me was the consistent refusal to account for cultural differences to explain behavior. For example, we’ve probably all heard that a person that fails to make eye contact with you is likely being deceptive. Well, in my house direct eye contact with my parents was “eye balling” and could you get slapped. See, direct eye contact in my house…and honestly my family, was actually disrespectful.  You had to quickly make eye contact to demonstrate “yes, I hear you speaking to me and I am paying attention”, but not look long enough to be “eye balling”. I actually make intense eye contact with people when I want to be disrespectful…weird right?
  12. I never read instruction manuals. This applies to electronics, furniture, games, and everything else.  I like to just jump right in and think things are so much more fun that way. I also get EXTREMELY frustrated working with people that “have” to read instruction manuals.
  13. It makes me angry when people whisper or try to get me to read their lips. Not sure why this is so disturbing to me…it likely relates to my Type A inpatient tendencies or the space issue.
  14. I will TOTALLY fart in the elevator then abruptly exit, even if that means exiting onto the wrong floor, just to make it look like the fart belongs to the remaining people on the elevator when new people get on.
  15. In the early 90s, I was given a vocal audition with a director of A & R for a well known record label but declined after the director waited too late into the evening to ask me to sing. It was actually an audition for my sister’s group, which I was a member of until about 2 hrs before the car arrived to pick us up for the audition. I spent 3 hours watching the group audition and try out songs. Around 11pm, the director asked me to sing a solo, and I said “no thanks, I’ve actually been asleep with my eyes open for the last 2 hours”.  If you care, no one received a record deal…I was also permanently  replaced in the group.
  16. Ya know, I will actually end my interesting facts early. The more I write, the more I think I may need to see someone….So, I will now answer the questions posed to me by Nena.

My Answers To Nena’s Questions

  1. A night out or night in? It really depends. I LOVE a great movie while cuddling with the hubs under a blanket by the fire. But, I also like activities when my pain level is low enough to allow it, like bowling (on a GREAT day), dinner, movies, kickboxing, go carts, or Dave & Busters. Based on how I am feeling, I am up for just about anything.
  2. Write on paper or type on a computer? I prefer to type on a computer. My handwriting looks like a serial killer’s writing. Seriously, it does. But, typing feels better with the arthritis in my fingers. Holding a pencil or pen is extremely painful after more than 3-5 minutes.
  3. A shower or a bath? I like both, but my favorite is a bath. I love to run a nice warm bath, sit back, and wash off a horrible day. I also like to sing in the tub, and the acoustics are better there.
  4. Home workouts or gym? I like home workouts…or at least when I workout in my mind that is where they take place. I will say the only reason I am thin is because of Crohn’s Disease because I do absolutely nothing to assist with keeping a reasonable weight. In fact, everything I do should have the opposite effect. But, I do have a personal yoga instructor and do water aerobics…which make me feel better about not being as active as I used to be.
  5. Soup or salad? Neither, give me a bacon cheese burger or a steak.
  6. Netflix or cable TV? Hummm, this is a hard one. Nextflix is always buffering which makes me angry. But, I haven’t had cable since college. Honestly, I watch very little TV. But, if I had to choose, I guess it would be cable TV.
  7. Bungee jump or sky dive? Sky dive. If I jump off something tall, I am all in. It is not in my nature to do something half way. So, if I am taking a risk and jumping off something high, I might as well truly jump from the sky. Go big or go home!!!!
  8. Adventurous vacation or relaxing vacation? It depends on my energy level. My normal personality is high energy. I walk fast, talk fast, love intense sports. But, my body feels the exact opposite. So, it really depends on the day I go so a great vacation for me would include a little of both. My mind and body are never on the same page…and both are such DIVAs.

My List of Nominees

  1. Dear Lilly June
  2. Randoms by a Random
  3. The Imperfect Girl
  4. Embracing Adult ADHD
  5. In My Own Little World
  6. Time No Matter
  7. Yarn, Books, and Roses
  8. Ellen’s OCD Blog
  9. Musings by Megha
  10. A Directory of Wonderful Things

My Questions For My Nominees

  1. Whitney Houston or Mariah Carey?
  2. Why do you blog?
  3. How do you feel about bacon?
  4. If you could be trapped in an elevator for 30 minutes with anyone, who would you want it to be?
  5. What would be your superhero name?
  6. Cat or dog?
  7. How would your close friends describe you?
  8. How do you want to be remebered?

15 thoughts on “Let’s Sip Tea

  1. Ack. Life has been pretty hectic lately, so I’ve been a completely negligent blogger. I never even say this until today! Forgive me, my friend, for my delay. I promise to get to this once I completely the quotation challenge I started and catch up a little on reading blogs first! 😉

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    1. No worries at all…SERIOUSLY! I understand better than ANYONE how life happens. That actually is one of the perks of having a friend with chronic illness and pain. What other see as “flaky”, I see as COMPLETELY UNDERSTANDABLE AND FINE…AKA life! No worries at all. I appreciate your continued support!

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  2. Writing your list is not the first time you thought you might need to see someone. 😂 you are an eye baller. I’ve seen you do it. You are a beautiful mess & I’m glad to call you my friend!

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