Friday, November 16, 2018

The Boyfriend Tag

First of all, thank you to Anne at Forever the Wanderer blog for the tag! This looks like a fun one. You are given questions to answer by the person you are tagged by, and you have your boyfriend/partner answer them! 
My boyfriend proposed to me this February so although he's not technically my boyfriend anymore as a fiance, we spent a loong while getting to know one another as boyfriend/girlfriend so I'm semi confident that we've got this tag.
I have some memory problems from being in hospital, however, and he's got a shoddy memory so there may be lots of ummmmms and errrrrs along the way.

*Note- I have changed the text color in this post at least ten times and cannot get it to stay the way I set it, so I apologize for the odd text color changes.




 The Boyfriend Tag


Where did we meet? 

"We met first in the parking lot at your old apartment. Well, we met online first."


That's right! I wasn't into the idea of online dating but a friend who had recently reconnected with an old love after a really traumatic relationship convinced me to give it a try so I did. I didn't hit it off with anybody or even accept a date from the people I matched with until we matched and I realized we only lived 45 minutes away, and he had gone to the same school as my half brother so we might know some of the same people.
 

Where was our first date?

"It was that Mexican place, right? Or was it the 99? It was after you got your blue dress, I think."


I thought it was Fridays, and it was the black dress? I don't remember either! 😅 But I know we took a cab there because neither of us had a car yet. There's few options in a small town!



What was your first impression of me?

"She's just as pretty as I thought she would be."


MAD blushing right now.



When did you meet my family? 

"When we went out to dinner with your dad, and (Sister's name), and (BIL's name) and all the kiddies that I definitely know all the names of."


😂  There are seven nieces and nephews to remember, I don't expect him to remember them all. To be completely honest I can't remember if he has 7 or 8, but I know there's another on the way so god help us both in remembering all of that!



Do I have any weird obsessions? 

"Why do these 'Most Compelling Police Interrogations" keep showing up in my recommendations?"

I'm often susceptible to clickbait. What can I say? I'm human.


How long have we been together? 

"Four years and seventeen days."


Um. Okay.... Mr. Exact Numbers. It helps that we just had our anniversary last month.


Do we have any traditions?

"Eh."


I'd have to agree, honestly. We used to order in Chinese from a specific place every other Friday on pay day, but we don't have any holiday traditions yet or anything. 


Where was our first holiday?

"I guess our first was going to see Ingrid 2 years ago when we were in Portland. That was awesome."


It was soooooo awesome. We stayed in a hotel connected to the theater that had a heated salt water pool, so after going out to eat and seeing one of my real life heroes, Ingrid Michaelson, we came back to the hotel and relaxed in the pool. I'd worn heels which I do rarely, and my poor feet were so sore! But I didn't care, we'd just seen my hero in concert for the first time ever. I can't wait to see her for Christmas this year!!! Ingrid + Christmas, two of the best things on Earth colliding.


What was the first thing you noticed about me? 
 
"Well, first I thought you were cute. Then I opened your profile and saw the pictures of you and your guitar, and you and Roscoe (my father's dog), and I thought you were nice. Then I saw we liked all the same stuff, the Princess Bride and Doctor Who and all that."



It's true what they say about dogs. They ARE babe magnets! I'm glad I put my interests on my page now, because mutual interests are what really sparked our relationship and getting to know eachother. Once we discovered our mutual love for Josh Ritter, we were sold on one another.

What is my favorite restaurant?

"You always just want to go to Applebees! It's because they have french onion soup, I know." 


It's true, unless I have a specific place in mind I wanted to try. We moved closer to the city this year and have been trying out fun little places, but Applebees always has 2 for $20 deals if I know I want steak and potatoes, and their peach mint sangria is one of my favorite drinks.



What do we argue about the most? 

"Money."


Ugh, true. And the situations money puts us in, and the situations that lead to us not having enough money.  e_e
 
Who wears the trousers in the relationship? 

"You do, one hundred percent."




I'll take that.


If I’m watching tv, what am I watching? 

"If you're watching anything it's on YouTube and it's games and commentary."


That's true. We've never had cable and only have a TV to cast shows, movies, and streams onto.
 
What is one food I don’t like?

"You don't like maraschino cherries. And almond flavor."




That's the fake cherry flavor!!! Real cherries are delicious and amazing. Fake cherry is made from almond flavor which I hate. Disaronno can get the hell out of my face, I will barf.
Pro tip to parents- don't drug your children on flights to keep them quiet. It'll put them off cherry flavor for life, and maybe also they needed ear surgery and weren't just fussy. End rant.




What drink do I order if we go out? 

"Usually one of those fruit lemonades, or a Sprite. You like those muddled peach drinks at Applebees too."


He knows me too well.

What size are my feet? 

"Nine."


WRONG. Nine and a half. I have long ugly Gollum feet and nines pinch.



What is my favorite kind of sandwich?

"BLT with mayo and pickles."


😍😍😍 I want to marry this man. Oh wait, I'm going to.



What is one talent that I have? 

"You're really good at knitting."




😊 That feels nice to hear.
 
What is my favorite cereal?

"I don't know. Sometimes you like oat cluster things."



Yeah, we don't eat a lot of cereal. Sometimes granola with yogurt. We're both lactose intolerant so if we buy lactose free milk, we usually save it for cooking and for putting in coffee and tea. But if I do eat cereal, I like Frosted Flakes. 
 
Where was our first kiss? 

"At your apartment, on that grey couch."

It was the first time I felt a spark. It made sense what people had been talking about. I've never been a super fan of kissing, putting your slobber on someone else's... but this time I was like oh! That's what the spark is!
 
What color are my eyes?

"One blue, one green."



Yes! Well, sort of. Blue and then one has a blob of yellow. Sectoral heterochromia, woo!



What is something you do that I wish you wouldn’t? 

"Yell at video games."




Yep. Scares the shit out of the cats, too.
 
What kind of cake would you bake me for my birthday? 

"Probably a lemon cake. "




Mmm, I love cakes that have fruit in them. Like vanilla cake with a layer of raspberry jam, mmmmm.
 
What can I spend hours doing?  

 "Fawning over the kitties, definitely. Or knitting."


  

He makes me sound like a crazy cat lady... but he's not wrong.  
 

If I could live anywhere where would it be?

  "Scotland."



100% spot on. I daydream of running a B&B in the Northwest of Scotland.


And now we get to the part of this tag I'm not sure about. As my interests & audience include a lot of LGBTQ areas, I found it hard to tag anyone because it feels sort of unfair to single out certain peers or followers to tag because of their relationship. Maybe if I were also tagged in LGBTQ related and/or aro related tags I would feel better about including more people, but as it is I think for the first time I may not pass on this tag.





Shout out to my fiance Ed, who is amazing and not only puts up with my silliness but compliments it with his own. 






Wednesday, November 14, 2018

To shout into the echo- Things I keep hidden but fuck it

To shout into the echo:
Silly perhaps, but therapeutic. No one effected by the sound but yourself and the mountains. It's a nice thought.


November 9, 2018

i thought it would go away

but it returns with the rain
with my thoughts
in reflection

i thought it would go away

with work
with distraction
improvement and exercise
outlets

i thought it would go away

with time, with love
recourse, companionship
not hanging on beside
making me feel a monster

i thought you would go away

from my wondering
from my world
nothing here for you but struggle and confusion
to make home feel more secure
saner

i wish i knew

why you felt, after all this time
I didn't deserve chance to say
that despite this apparent curse
like you, I plan to thrive

no regrets but this, no expectations, nothing changing
I don't know what you expected me to say but

i wish you thought me worth the chance of saying it




 __________


Nov. 14, 2018


 Is this how you wanted me?
vile and villainous, seething

is this what you wanted the first time?
you should know it never stays

as I would have told you, I will only
take this, break it down, consume it
to fuel me forward

as I poured myself into my work many times before
with the agony of not knowing

it will not work
but for the first time, I would have laid a hand against you

arrogant enough to enter my world
in the days we are tearing one another open, here
to be met in an open carry state with the bite of scorn alone
I doubt if it has been thrown back in your face before

I will not be dehumanized
deserving at least a voice, and decency
how low you must think of me, to think me below that
how twisted am I to be upset missing it

bear your consequences
whether you are free in your life or carry on without confidant
do not live without the chance of saying
for she has given you one






















Sunday, November 4, 2018

Sunshine Blogger Award

 

 

I've been nominated for this post by a lovely blogger over at Our Chaotic Mess, which I'm very thankful for!! I love these questions and especially the Octobery questions which are perfect for summing up October and heading into November!
Read her answers to the questions she was given (they're different for every post) and see who she nominated besides yours truly HERE.

 

Sunshine Blogger Rules

  1. Thank the blogger who nominated you and link to the original post!
  2. Answer the 11 questions they’ve asked you.
  3. Nominate 11 other bloggers and ask them 11 questions.
  4. HAVE FUN!
 


1. What made you start blogging?

I started blogging originally in 2009, as a place to share train-of-thought posts and some exposition. I left it for a while after writing on there for a few years, and started this blog in 2016 as a place to share my poetry and artwork. 

2. What post of yours do you wish had received more attention? 

Hmm. This one is a hard one for me, because having only recently implemented a posting schedule, most of the post that didn't get as many views are my fault- at the time of posting them they weren't on a schedule and being shared on my social media with relevant tags and post labels.
That said, I do wish my post about my photography portfolio picks had gotten and would get more attention, because so often in conversation or in feedback I'll hear "Do you do photography as well?" or "Oh, I didn't know you liked to take pictures!" and I feel I must be misrepresenting myself somehow. (HERE is a shameless plug to that post)

3. What is your go to Fall recipe? 
 
Pumpkin bread! Would you like it? (U.S. measurements only, sorry!)






This recipe is from before I started on the Autoimmune Protocol diet, so it's not as health-forward as the recipes I usually use and share these days. I do also have a pumpkin carrot cake muffin recipe that's fully paleo and is really yummy and Autumnal, because it uses shredded apples.






4. What would you ask for if the answer was a guaranteed yes?

I think it would have to depend on who I was asking! I like to think this question is like a magic 8 ball that I know will answer yes, so my question will be "Will I sell every one of the paintings in my next series to raise money for my book?" 

5. What is one tip you have for promoting your blog/content?

The right hashtags, tagged promoters, and post labels! Using the right hashtags will not only promote your post to the users that follow those specific hashtags, but it will also allow the algorithm that directs posts to people who have already expressed interest in reading certain topics. 
Tagging the right promoters will allow your post to reach a wider audience as like-minded accounts share your post to an audience different to yours but interested in similar things, and so on until your content is reaching people who usually wouldn't seek it out but are interested enough to click. Isn't social media cool that way? It just has to be harnessed properly (I will soon be writing about why Comcast's "I voted... for you!" ads for sharing political ads based on viewing preference is a heinous misrepresentation of the Democratic voting system) . 

6. Where do you blog from? (office, couch, bed, etc)

I blog from my desk in our living room/office. We have a long desk that has my fiance's computer at one end, mine at the other, and our printer and router in between. My chair being at the end of the desk allows me to have a little nook in the corner where I hang my calendar and will have a bulletin board up to keep track of my projects.
It's also very PTSD-typical, it's in the corner furthest from and facing the two doors, between the windows and not in front, and with my monitor facing away from the rest of the room.  


7.  What is one thing about you that surprises people?

I think what surprises people about me often is how odd I am once opening up. It's not that I hide who I am, but I don't go controversial opinion- forward.  The thing about embracing your individuality is that it won't always be celebrated by others- you have to find a community you feel safe expressing yourself in. So, there are places I open up easily- LGBTQ groups, Unitarian Universalist churches, around other artists. But usually, within the limits of being true to myself (I will stick up for what I believe in), I keep rather quiet and gauge the people and the situations before expressing my opinions. It comes of growing up in a small town, in conservative communities, and hearing people with similar views as myself vilified.

8. What are three of your highlights from October?

I think, oddly, Blogtober was definitely a highlight although I didn't meet the goal I set for posting and reviewing every day. I got to write about a lot of my favorites in the spooky genre, and see some new things that I had been planning on and putting off.  On top of that, I was nominated in some really fun blogger tags that were a highlight of the month, and taught me a little more about my fellow bloggers. And then there's the paintings I've been creating this month, surprising me with what they turn into. Those have definitely been the highlights of my October.


9. Who’s your favorite blogger and how did you discover them?

Oh boy, I think this question may be a bit of a problem for me. As I go on blogging and interacting with other bloggers, I meet so many other inspiring individuals that, come Friday, I have tons more amazing bloggers that I want to promote that my Follow Friday threads are going to be ten tweets long. 
Soooo I think I will cop out and mention a blogger that inspired me to blog and go to school for photography back in my early days, a photography blogger out of Seattle, WA named Jamie Spiro. I'm not sure if they are even blogging still, but I remember when I started, and Blogspot was basically the interactive platform that Wordpress is now, I got a lot of inspiration from them and seeing the lifestyle of photojournalism. The platform aspect is gone from using Blogspot now, but the "next blog" button is still there and, if I recall correctly, it's how I discovered their blog while looking for similar topics using Blogspot and (showing my age?) Stumbleupon.


10. How do you wind down after a long week? 

Although I don't work a regular 9-5 job with weekends off, I do still try and treat the weekends differently. My regular posting day is Fridays, with other posts coming in on Mondays and Tuesdays if there's extra content for that week. So, once the weekend hits I've already posted what I need to and just need to share it periodically throughout the weekend.
On an ideal weekend, Saturday is cleaning day (vacuuming, refill the cat box, etc.) and then Sunday I'll relax and have a self-care day. Now that services are at the usual times (summer service starts too early for me to get a ride), I'll go to church at my local UU church in the mornings and the atmosphere of a sermon on charity, brotherhood, or whatever moral topic it is that week and singing with a community make me feel like I'm feeding my soul.
UU churches are a great place for people like me, who would rather be the friend that listens quietly than be the center of attention. I can sit in a cozy chair and listen as people talk about their families, humanist values, the books they've been reading, or whatever and just knit and chime in if asked a question. I also get a lot of spiritual healing and connection by going to groups on other faiths- one of my favorite things about UU churches. The one in my hometown often had buddhist meditation nights, regular Native American healing circles, and Pagan groups that met on the greater and minor Pagan holidays.
When I get home, I like to have a longer shower than just washing, exfoliating, and rinsing. I'll spend extra time with the conditioner in,  using a face mask or maybe a new lip scrub. Afterwards I feel nourished and glowy!



11. If you could create your own blogging tag what would it be?

After getting started on this blog and getting used to promoting it on various social media, I've used the tag #artblog hashtag probably the most, but it's a very quiet theme online still. I feel it's a perfect description of what I do, tying in my art to the other parts of my life and explaining how it's all connected, and it's also the type of blog that I'd love to immerse myself in and follow a lot more of.  So.. I guess I would make a hashtag-tag? The questions would be about how art ties into the rest of one's life- What famous artists inspired you when you were younger? Are there any songs come to mind in stressful situations that calm you down? Basically questions recognizing the wide array of what is art and how it affects different parts of our everyday life.





My Questions

 

I want to highlight the sunshine in the blogger community. There's so much support for one another and belief in one another's content. I think we all understand what it's like to go through chaos, whether it's physical or mental illness, traumatic events, loss- it makes us all so much more supportive of one another. 
We know how strong you have to be to make it in this world, and we're willing to help our friends be strong and step in and fight for our friends when they're not. That, to me, is the brightest light you can shine on other people.
 

1. Are there any posts you've done that you otherwise would have scrapped, were it not for the words of other bloggers or followers?

2. What bloggers do you see as your role models?

3. What new, up-and-coming bloggers do you think deserve more attention?


4. Have you surprised yourself with anything in your course of blogging?

5. What self-care tips have you gotten from other bloggers?

6. What topics are you excited to write about in the coming months?

7. Are there any collaborations you dream of doing?

8. What are your favorite blog niches/topics?

9. Is there a topic outside of your norm/comfort zone that you'd ever want to attempt writing about?

10. What tips would you give others about embracing your personal blogging style?

11. Did you have fun doing this tag and are you excited about coming up with your own questions and tagging others to answer them?



I nominate

@ItsNicoleCarman NavigatingDarkness.com
@TGirlWhoWrites thegirlwhowrites.co.uk
@the_rolling_20s therollingtwenties.com
@foreverwander12 foreverthewanderer.ie/wp
@BeccaBlogsItOut beccablogsitout.com
@navig8happiness navigationtohappiness.com
@medbus97 nadimame.wordpress.com
@BlanketFortBlog onlineblanketfort.com
@amywriteslife amywriteslife.com
@gpw_ria gettingpersonalwithr.co.uk
@samcomparone samspace1.wordpress.com








Thursday, November 1, 2018

Book Review

Let's talk about poetry, shall we? It's a topic that's been more active in my life lately, a change from writing one down a few times a year as they come to me. Isn't it funny how things come to you once you start thinking about them more?

Recently a fantastic young writer named Marlo Smith reached out to me about potentially reviewing a book of poems and I'm so glad about that, because this is exactly the type of writing I enjoy the most. Situations, time, and perhaps even fate bring people together who understand one another's experiences and I feel like the universe dropped this super meaningful book of poetry into my lap just at the right time.

The book is called Drugs Are Cheaper Than Therapy and can be found in print and e-book form. The author can also be found here on Instagram

Click on the images below or the links here to check it out!                          

buy from: Amazon | B & N





       Every now and then, for everyone and especially those of us dealing with mental health issues, it's vital to have your perspective checked, seeing a situation in a different way, and being able to relate to someone else's experience. For me, when it comes to the darkness of mental illness, it's important to keep a small level of mindfulness as you make your way through to brighter days instead of just trudging along with blinders on. There is beauty in how an artistic soul can put their experience into words, art, and music, even though it came from an unhappy source. There's a beauty in being able to put it down on paper and into the world, letting go of what feels like a secret, and being able to look back on it later and be happy at how far you've come.

       I was about seventeen when I realized making art to deal with the dark emotions and experiences I was having was what really got me to produce amazing art, and it allowed me to look at my struggles in a different way. Not as positive experiences, but valuable as experiences and beautiful in their own way. What really helped me in this, and what Drugs Are Cheaper Than Therapy strongly reminded me of in a beautiful way, was reading The Darkest Garden by Michael G. Stone. It was sent to me as an early PDF copy by the author in an email. At the time my depression was preventing me from doing things I loved, namely reading as much and being able to concentrate, but having the book in digital form meant that I could open it up again on my laptop every now and then while browsing when I felt particularly miserable and read bits at a time that gave me incredible perspective.

       Reading this now, six years later, I'm again connected to that point where I can gain perspective and be awed by how usually negative and stigmatic topics can be sculpted into such beautiful poems. The writing in this book touches on raw and powerful subjects like depression, love, loss and prejudice in a way that makes you feel as though the writer is speaking directly to you, not just thoughts on a page. It's an incredibly powerful message and really my favorite kind of poetry.

"I wanna find time in the day to appreciate the sky
But looking up as the clouds move makes me jealous
I want to be that free
And flow that easy..."

       It's not just the content of the poems that I love, it's also the placement of the poems on the page, shorter poems put together on the same page but on opposite sides, facing one another and complementary. The progression of the book tells a story, not in a direct timeline but with all the poems invoking the same emotions.

       If you enjoy poetry and books of guaranteed thought-provoking and powerfully emotive moments, I really suggest you pick up a copy of this book. The fantastic thing about books of poems is that they aren't meant to be consumed in one sitting. Having a book of moments encapsulated in a few paragraphs means a journey taken in small steps- a few poems read by a window on a rainy afternoon and pausing to reflect while watching the rain, another read on the train or bus home and causing you to look up and consider the people around you, how different their thoughts may be. 

       Unlike fiction or fantasy genres, a book of poems tells a story by giving you small snapshots of one thing- whether it's a lifespan, an emotion, a secret, a season. It forces you to read and process the  book differently, and as we know, going out of your comfort zone a little is good for personal growth.
I find often that reading poetry gives me perspective, either knowing that I'm not the only one thinking along an unusual train of thought, or in contrast knowing other people see things differently and will have different ideas and answers. 


       I hope you enjoyed my thoughts on this book! Thanks for reading.


Saturday, October 27, 2018

Blogger Tag: 10 unusual things



Today I'll be doing the 10 Unusual Things About me tag! I was tagged tagged by Anne Carty, whose post on it can be found here and by Ruth Skelley, whose post can be found here. I really enjoyed reading their answers and seeing the unusual facets of my friends and fellow bloggers that I didn't know about and sometimes wouldn't expect!


Here are mine: 





No. 1- different colored eyes







This is called sectorial heterochromia iridium. It made me feel weird as a child and it's not  really nice embracing something that people's first reaction is "Oh, like a dog?" (although it was better than "four eyes") 

But over the years I've learned to accept that it makes me unique and special, which is why I'm considering it one of my nicest qualities and putting it first! Although I still mostly see it referenced talking about David Bowie (not heterochromia) and animals. So I'm still in competition with white cats and sled dogs :/


My eyes often pass as blue but are sometimes more pronounced depending on what color I'm wearing.



It usually doesn't photograph well but I once during my career of having better cameras I managed to catch a pretty high res picture of the coloration- but it's a gooby-eyed picture that freaks me out a little to look at.









No. 2- I knit like a grandma




Okay, so this one is partly because it was my grandma taught me how to knit and sew when I was little, but also largely because I'm a huge fidget and I discovered a while ago that knitting allowed me to fidget while also feeling productive and I could end up with wearable things after.

Over the years I've gotten better at it and it's become a big hobby of mine and although it feels a little vain to say, I've gotten good at some things and I get compliments from older ladies when I'm seen knitting in waiting rooms and things like that.






No. 3- Too many hobbies

After starting to go to school for photography and then painting, I didn't jump into a specific art career so I've spent the last few years trying avariety of hobbies- linoleum stamping, fluid pouring, knit and crochet, digital illustration, abstract art, portrait drawing, card making, sewing. This means my apartment is full of all sorts of odd things at any given time (but somehow I always end up having to run out for something).







No. 3- Graduating in a barn

Yep, I graduated in a barn where the town/state holds horse & tractor pulls (an event where horses and heavy machinery compete to drag concrete blocks across the floor).






No. 4- Country Roads






I grew up on dirt road with stone walls across from a field that used to be a sheep farm. There was a gate that at one point latched closed into a hole drilled into a big rock beside it that my brother told me a snake lived in that would bite my finger if I poked one in there so I never dared to.











No. 5- My Autoimmune disease


I have been taking artificial thyroid hormones for poor thyroid function since the age of 7 (along with both my parents and my brother having low thyroid function as well) and when I was 17 I was diagnosed with Hashimoto's Thyroiditis, which is an autoimmune disease that affects endocrine function. Because the endocrine system regulates the hormones that the body uses for mood stabilizing, temperature control, skin and hair health and much more, my Hashimoto's affects other areas of my health and causes me to rely on an often-changing regimen of daily medication for my whole life. This past year I began the process of controlling my autoimmune disease through diet & exercise and started on the Autoimmune Protocol diet, and working with a nutritionist. But it's a long process, and I will still need to take my thyroid meds and specific supplements to avoid vitamin deficiency, especially as winter approaches. 

The meds I have to take. This selection is actually pared down from the 9 I had to take daily in the past few years.




No. 6- My Travels

I am always amazed and at least a little jealous when I visit travel blogs and see my fellow bloggers write about their adult travels, because I have never been financially stable enough to do that sort of traveling on my own.
I have traveled to 26 states and to UK and Mexico, but not through having a lot of money or independence (though I have been privileged in my life and don't deny where I have benefited from it). Growing up, I went on many road trips and was able to travel through church missionary aid, family friends living abroad, getting bumped on flights, and trips my mother was able to take us on. A little while after my parents got divorced and we didn't have a place to live, my great aunt died and left my mom some money in stocks, which she was able to use the to buy us a house and take us on a few trips, which is how we began getting double-bumped and being offered free travel vouchers. Because of this, we were able to go to the Grand Canyon, Disney World, and San Diego. So, by the time I was a teenager I had been on many planes and had 2 passports, which I still have and giggle at my silly younger faces.




Apaxtla, Mexico 2005




No. 7- Frission

Frission is the ASMR-like response to strong emotional stimuli that causes tingling sensations and goosebumps down the base of the neck and the arms, and in some people the legs, and causes the hair to stand up on end.
For me it's always been from music and a big part of why specific songs mean so much to me, but recently also happens when writing poetry or reading a particularly awe-inspiring piece of writing.









No. 8- Cat Ladyship

This one's not so unusual, especially if you've met me and seen my personality and discovered my love for cats and mostly useless store of cat trivia. What's unusual here is that I am a pagan Universalist and unintentionally have 2 black cats.

I've always adopted cats, the ones I had growing up were either re-homed from neighbors and friends whose cats had kittens, or rescued from somewhere (in my case from beneath the woodshed where they had been stashed but mumma cat hadn't come back to in a while... there were fisher cats and coyotes around 😢)


Both of the cats I have now are adopted, and my fiance and I didn't know what color they were before picking them up. After seeing the first one in person, I laughed and said it figured that a heathen like me would end up with a black cat, and when we arrived to pick up the second one and it was a little black kitten we just embraced it and became the black cat family.























No. 9- My love for cacti/cactuses/cactopodes 😝

I've always loved the warm atmosphere of a sun room, and I think this stems from spending time at my grandparents' house when I was a child. They had a big garden and sunny windowsills lined with different types of cacti and houseplants, and a sun porch with comfy 80s patterned chairs and a wicker basket of picture books- some nursery rhymes and some books of wildlife photography. 



I have a love for all cacti, hope to one day have a succulent garden with cacti of every color of the rainbow, and desperately want to visit the Desert Botanical Garden in Phoenix.





No. 10- The Pink Glasses


Although I do look absolutely awesome in these, the pink glasses not just a style choice. They're for blocking out some of the light for migraines that trigger photosensitivity. While these are just sunglasses frames with the heaviest tinting option and UV/polarizing coating (Thanks Zenni!) there are some places you can get red tinted lenses specifically for migraine photosensitivity. Here are two links on the topic
https://www.theraspecs.com/blog/tinted-glasses-for-migraines-research-shows-fl41-tint-is-better

https://www.axonoptics.com/





Who's Next?

I tag these amazing bloggers to share 10 unusual things about themselves!

thepatchworkfox.com

nicoleeloise.wordpress.com

imogenchloe.co.uk

ellieslittleworld.com



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