Versatile Blogger Award

So, the fantastic Jennifer Knowlton of The Loving Llama nominated me for the Versatile Blogger Award! It definitely made my day to see that, and I want to say thanks for thinking of me as deserving of this award (this lady has a blog worth following, herself; just saying). I can’t say I entirely understand how this works, but basically to me it seems like a great way to compliment blogs you like, suggest them to your followers, and get connected with other versatile blogs out there that you might find you enjoy. I think it’s a great idea, just for that! The “rules” that accompany this prestigious nomination include:

  • Show the award on your blog.
  • Thank the person who nominated you.
  • Share 7 facts about yourself.
  • Nominate 15 blogs.
  • Link your nominees’ blogs and let them know.

Seven Facts About Me

  1. I really love kids. I grew up with lots of younger siblings and got used to babysitting them, and that naturally translated into actual babysitting jobs once I hit 13 or so. I’ve worked at a daycare, done near-nanny childcare, and generally am a hit with most children I meet. HOWEVER, having recently started a new regular babysitting job with a few really young children, I’ve kind of gotten a little fed up with the idea of parenthood and am finally willing to be patient and have kids whenever God sees fit to bless me with them, instead of crying over the fact that I don’t have a baby yet. I do truly love the kids, I’m just grateful I have more time to grow as a person and focus on myself than I thought I would. I’m pretty sure I need all the time I can get, to make myself the best parent I can be.
  2. My mom sometimes forgets that I don’t know how to do a whole lot of cooking stuff. Or any kind of sewing. I’ve only picked up the whole cooking thing in the last year or so, and I’ve done exactly one solo sewing project, which was only successful by virtue of not having fallen apart at this point 5 years later. For someone who wanted to be a homemaker most of my life, I don’t have a lot of skills to show for it. I’ve got the mothering attitude down, though. And I can play “nurse” really well.
  3. I have Hashimoto’s Thyroid disease, which is an autoimmune disorder that unfortunately has to be treated like a regular thyroid problem. I was diagnosed when I was 9 years old, after the doctors finally agreed to test me instead of telling my mom I was just a fatty who ate too much junk food. As far as I know, the Japanese school of thought on this is that it comes from mercury damage of some sort, but my mom thinks I may have been born with it so either the Japanese are wrong, or I experienced some sort of mercury exposure in the womb/shortly after my birth. Either way, I gained a lot of weight when I was 8 or so and never really shed it. I’ve learned to live with the condition and work with doctors as much as possible to make sure it’s under control, and it’s become one of those things that is just part of who I am instead of a trial I really feel I’m struggling with.
  4. I’m pretty sure I’m an ambivert. I didn’t even know that was possible until a couple of months ago because I was always given the impression that you had to be either an extrovert or an introvert, and that was that. It was neat to realize it’s actually a spectrum and that hey, I actually do fit in somewhere! I always thought I was an introvert because of how my depression influenced my life, and then I started to overcome it and suddenly found myself not really fitting the actual definition of an introvert. So, if anyone else out there feels like they are a misfit and don’t identify totally as an introvert or extrovert…hey, now you know–you’re in the middle instead. And that’s a thing.
  5. I’m a cat person. I used to…not hate dogs, but not particularly care for them at all. Puppies were cute, until the potty training thing when I’d let everyone else deal. When it comes to cats, however, I’ve always been cool with getting scratched, cleaning litter boxes, finding cat hair everywhere…. It’s truly a different sort of existence. I do enjoy dogs a lot more now, but I don’t have a ton of patience and sometimes dogs scare me more than they should. Oh well!
  6. I’m gluten intolerant. Not officially diagnosed, but I cut gluten out of my diet a couple years ago and lost a couple of pounds, generally had improved health, and whenever I eat gluten I get sick. That’s all that really matters as far as that’s concerned. Oh, and I don’t really go for substitutes. I just kind of dropped my carb intake WAAAAY down.
  7. I love reading fantasy novels; my favorite series is Garth Nix’s Old Kingdom trilogy, which features a neat magic system, coexisting/conjoined but separate worlds (with all the great differences between technology and horseback-riding times), necromancy, and quests by the main character(s) to save the world and discover themselves. Just read the books.

That took me a while to figure out; I forget everything there is to know about me as soon as someone actually wants me to share. But there you go. Any questions, feel free to ask, and if there’s anything this makes you want to share, please do! Whether it’s in the comments, or in your own blog post that you link to in the comments. I’d love to see. And now, for MY nominees (I’m not following enough for the full 15 but I’m working on that haha).

That’s a bit of variety right there, and I want to say they’re all really solid, awesome blogs. There’s humor, knowledge, inspiration, personal experiences, and lots of thinking. You guys all rock!


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