A couple of weeks ago I received an email from Darnielle of Spectajuular, notifying me that she had nominated ME for the Sunshine Award. My first thought was, “They love me, they really love me!”, and the second was, “I’ll fill it out after I eat”. Well, much food has been consumed since then, and now here I am with red ears, probably arriving much too late to the party. Anyway, I’ll pretend it isn’t so, and that I am still relevant. (Might use this as a future mantra).
Thank you so much, Darnielle. It has been great fun to fill this out.
The idea behind the Sunshine Award is “that you nominate 11 bloggers who put a little sunshine in your day, who are positive, creative and inspiring”.
Sunshine Award Rules
You have to post a picture of the Sunshine Award in the blog post.
Post 11 random facts about yourself.
Answer the 11 questions from the blogger who nominated you.
Nominate 11 wonderful bloggers.
Write 11 questions for them to answer.
Also let the bloggers you nominated know you have nominated them.
11 Random Facts About Me
- I don’t like water.
- My stomach feels like pizza dough.
- I almost always wear dresses (or skirts).
- The lamp section is my favorite in IKEA.
- I am wearing a pajama-onesie with flying pigs as I am writing this, and that’s a perfectly normal attire for me.
- I’m 24 years old and I still doodle in the margin of my notebooks.
- I can’t hear when people whisper. I also can’t hear when I am chewing. Sometimes I can’t hear when I am thinking reeeally hard.
- After hitting adulthood, my eyes have begun to squint whenever I relax my eye muscles. That means I can’t daydream in public anymore.
- I suffer from epilepsy, sleep apnea, and migraines. On top of that, I have a bone disease that causes my bones to be abnormally dense and fragile. I currently have small fractures in my hips, legs, shoulders, my feet and my back. I’m supposed to wear a fabric corset to keep my back in check, but I don’t like it because it makes me feel claustrophobic and confined. (Real reason: I can’t close it due to the 30 pounds I have packed on since I had it made).
- I’m always on a diet; It’s become a joke among those who know me. Now, pass the chips.
- I’m terrible at applying mascara, and always have to use 10 q-tips afterwards to fix the black mess around my eyes. It’s pretty hard when you can’t see a damn thing without your glasses.
What got you into blogging in the first place?
I got into blogging in 2002-2003 and called it my “diary”. I think it was in Danish back then. I updated it five times a day, usually putting it all in the same entry with time-stamps. I guess my life was interesting enough in my mind to validate that many updates. Or maybe I was just super excited about this new medium. Then, as I grew older, so did my ambitions for my blog, and I dropped the constant updates and smilies and chat-lingo and actually started spell-checking. Oh, and I switched to English, because it didn’t feel like there was a lot of Danish blogs around at the time. I also liked the idea of being able to follow people’s lives across the globe, and it was like my own little (big) world away from my real world (which, because I was a teenager, automatically blew). Nobody else knew about my little corner of the internet and in many ways I grew up with these people. I don’t know what I would have done without it in those dark years where I really wasn’t feeling well at all. Blogging was the perfect outlet for me, as I know it has been for many others of my generation.
What attracts you in a blog?
This might be singing a familiar tune, but honesty, humor and personality are very important to me.
What do you value most in a friendship?
This is something I have been thinking a lot about lately, and I am not sure I have a final answer to this, but I think one particular friendship has taught me a lot about what I want and what I don’t want. To me, the alpha and omega of a friendship is for there to be equality. I don’t want to be talked down to, or to not be able to finish my own sentences, and I have lived for enough years to know that I don’t want to be made to feel weird, or judged, or to be put in a certain box in our friendship. I want someone who treats me exactly the same, whether I’m in a good phase or a bad phase physically. Someone, who doesn’t consider me ineligible for latte-walks around the lakes because I have to use my free hand on a crutch and therefore can’t walk arm in arm with them. I understand that you have friends you do x with and then others you do y with, but it has to be satisfying for both parties. I think what hurt the most is when my role is determined by my sometimes being sick. I would, for the most part, go to the ends of the earth to keep up a “normal” life.
(I needed immediate crisis therapy from Andrew after answering this one because I realized how hard it has been for me to find someone like this).
What’s the most beautiful place you’ve ever been?
I think Copenhagen is really gorgeous in the summertime. Why does it sound kind of conceited to find your own city to be the most beautiful?
What is your favourite band and why?
THE BEACH BOYS, hands down. They are my musical soulmate — in fact, I don’t think I have ever connected as strongly to anything as I have to their music.
Where do you see yourself in five years from now?
I see the New York skyline, so I guess that must mean I’m in New York. And I see some babies. And I see Andrew bringing me home some KFC. And I see myself writing still, while maybe also working at a museum, or doing ancestry research? I just don’t know.
When you were younger, what did you want to be when you grew up, and does it differ from what you ended up becoming?
When I was little, I wanted to be either a doctor or a social worker. When I was a teenager, I wanted to be a psychologist. Now I’m a History Major and I have no idea what I want to be.
What is your favourite way of accessorizing with your outfits?
I think earrings and nail polish.
What are your thoughts on eco-conscious living?
It’s extremely important, and I do my very best to do right by the planet.
If you could live anywhere in the world, where would you want to live?
New York or California.
What is your fondest childhood memory?
Lying in a hammock under the stars on a hot and breezy summer night with two of my friends, gently swinging back and forth while talking about things that I no longer remember. I also remember the warmth of my grandmother’s hug and the smell of her deodorant (She’s still alive! It almost sounds like she’s not). I remember going out to get running shoes with my grandfather, and playing The Sims with my then-bestfriend. I turn to all of these memories for comfort, and then it makes me sad.
Okay, now it’s your turn. I hereby nominate D of allerdings, Manda of Break The Sky, Cantaloupe of Arrivals and Departures, Lexie of Girl in Progress, Kristine of Kristology, Ani of Love Well Crafted, Sarah of Midnight Rambler, Alice of Of Books, Kayla of Something Beautiful, Angie of Sunday Belle, and Liz of 6birds for the Sunshine Award.
Questions for the nominated bloggers:
- Why did you pick your website/blog name?
- What is your favorite color?
- Are you doing what you thought you would be doing at this point in your life?
- What is your favorite thing about your personality?
- What is the worst thing you have ever tasted?
- What is your worst habit?
- How do you feel about people wearing fur?
- Are you a typical “x”? (your zodiac)
- If you received $10,000 to donate to any cause, what would it be?
- What is your most treasured item and why?
- What is the best and the worst thing about being a blogger?
GOOD LUCK and HAVE FUN!