Sisterhood of the World: Catching up and paying it forward

When I participated in the Ultimate Blog Challenge in July, I was honored to receive a boatload of awards and soon discovered that I wasn’t able to keep up with making acceptance posts, so I kind of “parked” them onto my Awards Cornucopia page and subsequently did a post to pass on the awards by having my readers DIY the awards in the Award Yourself post.

My blogging stalled out after the challenge due to a variety of factors and has been spotty and inconsistent since then.  As expected, readership dipped low and leveled out.  However, some faithful readers who are fellow bloggers and are becoming friends have continued to visit, comment, and let me know they have nominated me for awards.

It honors me and is something I am grateful for because one of the primary factors for my infrequent posts is the fact that the depression has been dulling my ability and desire to write, read, or reach out to the lifeline that having this blog has been.

Thanks to invasive technology and Apple, my phone tells me when someone has taken the time and made the effort to comment.  Having these intermittent reminders that what I have written and said touches others and contributes to their journeys in meaningful and significant ways, combats the negative and apathetic voices in my head that say I have nothing of value to say that is of value to anyone other than myself and what value it is to me is debatable.

So, this is me expressing my gratitude and honoring those who have chosen to honor me:

Sisterhood of the World Bloggers Award

Here are the rules:

1. Thank the giver.

2. Post 7 things about yourself.

3. Pass the award to other bloggers and let them know of their nomination.

4. Include the logo award in a post or on your blog.

My thanks for this award go to several lovely ladies I have been blessed to meet in the blogosphere: Emily from My Inspired life with FibromyalgiaJamie from Grandmother Musings, Sara from Recovery Corner and Kathy from Bipolar and Breastless.  Each of these women are inspiring, wise, and strong in their own ways and what they have to offer is so much more than I can describe here.  Please go visit and see for yourself.

My nominees are:

  • Angie-Hottentots-Laurel of The Daily Hotentots. Here are her own words to describe herself and why you should read her blog: “I am a Libertarian Socialist, activist, silent film fanatic, and a bit cracked in the head . . . If you like music, quotes, and old movies (especially the silents), you might be interested in dropping by and staying a while.” She’s one hottentot chick, go check her out.
  • Mary from My Electronic Jukebox. I love this woman.  You never know what you’re going to find playing on her jukebox. Oldies, Metal, Madonna, LL Cool J, Schoolhouse Rock, and Disney to name a few.  The best thing about what she posts is how she shares her thoughts on the current events in her life or in the world that reminded her of these YouTube videos she links to.  Even if you are like me and tend to avoid listening and watching music videos online (what can I say, I’m a bit odd) the content is easy to read and relate to.  This middle age, middle class, white woman from the suburbs” has got it going on.
  • Diana Schwenk from Talk To Diana.  This caring and classy lady has taken it upon herself to be one of the encouraging and supportive voices that counter the ones in my skull and she does it publicly and consistently.  I appreciate her kindness and her commitment to her belief, “I believe we owe it to the world to courageously step out and do our part.”

Now for seven things about myself. I don’t know what I haven’t already shared in all my previous posts.  So, I’m going to confess the details of my television addiction.

  1. I have a love/hate relationship with television.  I hate that it is my current substance of choice when numbing out from the depression and fatigue.  That being said, it has also been a wonderful tool for me to stay current, connected and engaged with Luna as we watch Disney Jr. shows together.
  2. One of the best things about being a 40 something mom of a preschool girl is the fact that I can watch all kinds of fun, animated, musical shows and not only enjoy them myself, but experience her fascination and enjoyment.
  3. The money-grubbing, soul-sucking cable company has created a dastardly service where I can access complete collections of tv series and watch episodes, in sequence from Pilot to Series Finale throughout the seasons. I now understand the convoluted relationships of the various Heroes and villains. Lost may be next.
  4. I like sci-fi, fantasy fiction and really like watching it on television.  It doesn’t have to be wonderfully well produced as long as it’s decently acted and written.     So, yes I watch Lost Girl, Warehouse 13, Alphas, and Doctor Who. I enjoy Grimm and am looking forward to new efforts of old shows on the regular networks.
  5. I am laughing and crying my way through Private Practice.  It’s kind of a cathartic process for me. I’ve never really wanted to watch the medical melodramas, but something about this one has definitely captured my interest.
  6. Now that Jerry is home full-time again (oh yeah, I have a LOT to update you all on) Nostalgia TV is the order of the day: The Rifleman, Mod Squad, Emergency, and Remington Steele have been some of the most recent to occupy the screen.
  7. The Disney Jr. app on my phone has been used way too much to manage Luna’s public outbursts and keep me sane in a moving vehicle.
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