|The Laughing Mom|
1) Thank and link to the person who nominated you. (Check.)
2) Share seven random facts about yourself. (Wait for iiit...)
3) Pass the award along to 15 new-found blogging buddies.
(Hopefully seven will suffice!)
4) Contact those buddies to congratulate them. (We'll see. I am
pretty sure my comment would get lost amongst those from Wil
Wheaton's 1.8 million-ish other followers.)
7 Random, Unabashed Facts About Me
1) I have worn many professional hats. Amongst a few other roles, I have worked construction (my dad let me get my hands dirty for his company one summer) and as a restaurant hostess, a waitress (got my hands dirty again), bartender, preschool teacher, nanny (for a family with a set of twins AND a set of triplets), university VA department auditor, special education program assistant and case manager, child welfare case manager, coffee shop barista (mmmm, free coffeeee), airline communications coordinator (wrote the newsletter for US Airway’s PHX Hub for a few months) and higher education ESL and math tutor. Phew! Just reviewing the list, I am ready for a vacation!
2) I create art. Note that I didn’t say “I am an artist,” because that might imply I am more of one than the next person. I believe art is an important part of the human experience, and that creating it is an enriching activity that we too often think of as being intended for people with particular artistic “talent” or education, of which I have very little. We all have things to say in ways that no one else can. So artistic expression is an element of my attempts at a well-rounded life.
3) I am passionate about civil rights and diversity issues. I think one of the most important features of our society is the promise of equal opportunity, regardless of our sex/gender and ethnicity and income level and sexual orientation and mobility, etc. I also think that a diversity of cultures, religions, ethnicity and other perspectives enriches our lives. The notion that there is one, Right way for everyone to live undermines and dulls the broad, rich complexity of humanity. I would like to think my convictions naturally stem from compassion and reason. However, my southern-raised mom marched for civil rights in the sixties. She also refused to have a wedding, opting instead for a small, family-only ceremony without other guests, after her parents (who we loved dearly nonetheless) insisted she not invite her African American girlfriends in order to uphold some sort of twisted social code. So I have been well-influenced. I count my blessings.
4) I love, love, love wintertime. I guess I described this affinity pretty thoroughly, and then some, in Merry Holidays! Enough said.
5) I am a big Science Fiction fan. Mostly, I am an avid reader, and not generally of sci-fi. But I am also a math and science enthusiast, and so fiction that delves realistically into these realms and projects their applications onto hypothetical future contexts is way too fun for the nerd in me. While I normally take my fiction via the written word, I tend to consume sci-fi through television or film (the giant exception being the novel Anathem by Neal Stephenson, which holds a strong place on my short list - there is a long list, too - of favorite books). For example, Randy and I recently finished watching each episode of Star Trek TOS chronologically and are currently making our way through The X-Files. He also introduced me to the series Battlestar Galactica, which was extremely cool. My sci-fi caveat is that I generally avoid anything violent, but if the plot is otherwise terrific I will deal with it, like with the Alien or Terminator movies... so awesome.
6) I won my school’s spelling bee in the sixth grade. Our challenge words included 'quarter,' 'spaghetti' and 'hammock,' so please don’t think I was Scripps National Spelling Bee material. (Those kids are legendary.) When I went on to the regional spelling bee later that year, I was eliminated almost immediately after quickly misspelling the word 'semolina' (a wheat product, apparently, that I had never heard of and will certainly never misspell again). The day of the regional spelling bee was one of the most valuable of my life, though. (Wonder Years moment!) I learned the terrific lesson that “smart” is an elusive, nearly fictional concept. Practice and effort are the things that really set the successful apart from others. I had thought that maybe I was inherently a good speller. I learned otherwise, and to invest actual time into the things I really want.
7) I have moved 900 times since I turned eighteen. Well, that’s a rough approximation. The precise number is… (I am counting…) ...okay, got it: I have moved nineteen times in the last twelve years and now, for the first time since becoming an adult, I have lived in one place for longer than two years. It feels really nice.
And The Versatile Blogging Awards Go To...
(along with a little critical review)
· 101 Cookbooks
All-natural, vegetarian recipes presented with fun pinches of
meaningful personal context and generous sprinkles of obvious
joie de vivre.
· Penning Photography Daily
Lovely, simple, thought provoking photographic journal
· The Elegant Variation
Literary blog. Maybe I will end up finding one more finely-tuned to
my palette, but it is good for now. Really good.
· The Laughing Mom
Self-deprecating wit and everyday humor. The self-deprecation is
entirely unfounded, but we all can relate... and it is comforting to
laugh about it.
· The Drunken Scoundrel
Music blog/internet radio station, paired with potent shots of
relevant politics and personal ethics in its accompanying blog,
The Vexatious Monkey.
· Where there's a Will, there's a way
Local environmental activist. I so appreciate the work he does
fighting the good fight, shedding light on corporate crimes against
· WIL WHEATON dot NET: in exile
Fellow sci-fi fans likely know who this guy is. His Tweets and
blogs, mostly unrelated thereto, are solidly clever and interesting...
and thoroughly addictive.
· Zen Habits
The difference between Leo Babauta and me is that he is super
fit... and wildly successful... and terrifically wealthy... etc. ad
infinitum, almost. But we are both simplification bloggers of sorts.
His ponderings consistently serve up good, outside-of-the-box-of-
overly-processed food for thought.
(Posted July 28, 2011)
My good friend John Clay - an honorary member of our Arizona Phillips Family, a multi-decade radio professional of many stripes, and the World's best amateur dessert chef - sent a terrific personal response to my Versatile Blogging post. Not previously aware that I am a Sci-Fi and Wil Wheaton fan, after reading the post he sent some really fun pictures from back in the day.
The backstory: Circa 1988 Universal Studios opened a Star Trek "ride" in a theater with a stage replica of the Enterprise bridge. They filled up the theater, selected some audience members to dress in Star Trek uniforms and participate, then taped a scene using the new bridge crew. John was assigned by his San Diego radio station to attend the attraction's grand opening, after which he participated in interviews and a private party with Star Trek cast members, thus getting his picture taken with a few of them. (John is the handsome one.)
|Luckily, Scotty didn't beam him up! I don't think that technology has been fine-tuned yet.|