- My nephews-No matter how much the rest of my family gets on my last nerve sometimes, my nephews can always, always make me smile or laugh.
- The Supreme Court marriage equality ruling-I believe love is a good thing, and that same-sex couples should have the same legal rights and protections under the law as opposite-sex couples enjoy. No one deserves to be undervalued or treated as less-than in this day and age.
- Reading books/fanfiction-These two things are my escape when life gets too hairy. When I'm reading, my physical limitations don't hamper the experience for me, and I can use my imagination to feel what the characters feel.
- Writing-I like to paint pictures with words. I want to write things that make people think and make people feel, even if only just a little. If my writing makes someone feel something, then I've done what I set out to do.
- Music/singing-It's just something I love to do and experience. I like all kinds of different music, and I feel there is something healing in it.
I'm going to tag:
nenne, alisanne, veritas03, roelliej
1. Find a fanwork that is different from what you normally read. This can be a new genre, pairing, kink, fandom, or even just an author you've never read anything by.
2. Enjoy and leave some comment love for the author/artist.
3. Report back in a post and challenge three other people to do the same.I'm tagging:
veritas03, josephinestone, and digthewriter
Have fun with this. I promise it's not painful.
As most of you will likely know, I read. write and dream Harry/Draco when it comes to the things I read, and mostly write as well. Recently, I've started to branch out a bit in terms of what pairings I pick to write, but I had never yet read a Ron/Draco fic that was not my own creation. I am happy to report that I can no longer claim any such thing. I have read (and officially squeed over) a Ron/Draco fic. Maybe it was cheating to read something by the person who tagged me, but if so, it was well worth it, because that fic was hot enough to almost scorch my keyboard. And it had a side pairing that was quite surprising as well, so either way, it qualifies according to the rules. I'm normally not big on fics with infidelity in, but in this, it works.
Out of the Woods goes straight into my memories. Check it out if you're in the mood for something different.
Hope everyone is well. Going to find a blanket and curl under it. Good morning/evening/midday, depending on which timezone you are in. I will shut up...now...
Bye. Thank you for reading this pointless post. I will now return you to your regularly scheduled programming.
Rules: In a text post, list ten books that have stayed with you in some way. Don’t take but a few minutes, and don’t think too hard — they don’t have to be the “right” or “great” works, just the ones that have touched you. Tag ten friends, including me, so I’ll see your list. Make sure you let your friends know you’ve tagged them!
1. Harry Potter series-I feel I would be remiss if I did not put these on my list. These, probably moreso than any other fiction books, have truly impacted my life in ways that I didn't expect. And the funny thing is, I almost didn't read them because there was so much hype about them, and generally, hype produces disappointment when it goes unfulfilled. My sister talked me into getting them, and I've never looked back since. I take some teasing for my Harry Potter obsessions, but considering all the good it's brought into my life, I can deal with that.
2. A Tree Grows in Brooklyn-We had to read this one for sixth-grade English classes. I have always been grateful that our teacher let us keep the book. I felt a certain sense of kinship with Francie, especially when it came to her relationship with her father.
3. Little Women-This was one of my most favorite books ever growing up. I related to Jo in a lot of ways.
4. The Diary of Anne Frank- I can't say that I loved this book, especially knowing what happened to Anne and the people in hiding with her, but it is one that I've read numerous times. I have both the definitive and the original publications. When I first read it, it pulled me into her world, and it is one that has stayed in my mind and heart ever since.
5. The Lovely Bones- It is difficult to verbalize the affect this book had on me. All I can say is that it made me think about life and death in a different way. It made me question a lot of the things I'd been brought up with, and I feel a deep sense of connection to it.
6 Latter Days-This is one of my favorites, no question. I identify a lot with the character of Aaron and the struggles he goes through in the book. I also like the movie that came from this book as well, but the book is a little more detailed and goes into greater depth.
7. The China Garden-I loved this one when I read it in high school. It's got romance, mystery, and fantasy. I always hate to put this down and come back to the real world.
8. Tiger Eyes- Not the first Judy Blume book I read, but it's one that I love. I can still pass the time reading it and feel satisfied that the day has been well spent.
9. A Little Princess- I have read this book so often that I nearly have it memorised. It's like comfort food for my brain.
10. The Crucible- This was a another thing I had to read for school and loved. I was fascinated by the Salem Witch Trials and the reasons behind them. Technically a play, I know, but I felt I had to include it.
I think most of the people on my flist have done this by now, but if you haven't and you want to, consider youself tagged.
Looking back over this list, I realise that most of these books have influenced who I am as a person and how I treat people. It was really hard to narrow it to just ten, but I'd say these books have probably had the most effect on my life in one respect or another.
The parts of the trip not related to food or being sick were a bit better. I enjoyed the museum we got to go to very much. There was a really interesting nature show about birds that I enjoyed seeing. I got to see a screech owl up close, which was spectacular. Also, none of the birds defecated on me, which I was extremely happy about. After we left the bird show, we went on rides. I rode two roller coasters, a Ferris wheel, and two water rides. My uncle and my brother-in-law were really amazing about helping me on and off the rides. I'm really pleased that I let myself have that experience.
The shopping portions of the trip weren't quite so fun for me. We went to a Christmas shop and a quilt outlet where they also sold wall art and things. The Christmas shop had some really cute things to look at, so it wasn't horrible to be there. The quilt shop was definitely not my cup of tea. I don't sleep in a bed, and I had no inclination right then to buy a picture, so I was in quite the sour mood there, especially considering the food situation during the trip. I feel quite sorry that my aunt and my sister had to deal with me. I did apologize afterward, but I'm not proud of myself for being a Negative Nellie.
All I really wanted was a T-shirt, which we didn't end up getting because it was nearing time to get food. We went to eat at Golden Corral, and something I ate there disagreed with me, because I woke up with my stomach rolling like a tidal wave. It was painful and rather malodorous.
Overall, I was quite glad to see the end of the vacation and get back home. I did get to see elks, a bear cub, and deer when we drove through a national park, which was nice.I think I'd have enjoyed everything more without the copious amounts of fast food. If I go anywhere again, I'm taking at least some of my own food. I don't care if they think I'm weird and rude for doing so, I'd rather have my system comfortable than in a giant upheaval for three days.
So, those were the ups and downs of my vacation. I'm not really in a rush to take another. The upside of it all was getting to spend time with my nephews. They just make everything better.
I'm currently recovering from a slight sunburn I got while going swimming with my sister, aunt, cousin. and nephews in my cousin's pool on Wednesday. How I managed to get burned when I carry SPF 85 sunscreen and reapply often is beyond me, but it happened.
We're having a family dinner tomorrow after my nephews get in another round of swimming. It's homemade Mexican food, so it should be delicious.
I hope everyone is doing well. I've missed you all. Yesterday was the first day I felt able to come online since the vacation. I spent massive amounts of time sleeping after we got home. It was just so nice to get back into a more normal routine again that I more or less reveled in being home and eating proper food. I don't mean to sound odd or snobbish, but it was truly a relief for me.
Bright blessings to all.