Share Your World 2015 – Week 7

This is week 7 of Cee’s Share Your World. Here are her questions (and my answers) for this week.

Is the paper money in your possession right now organized sequentially according to denomination and with the bills right side up and facing the same way?

It is rare that I carry paper money and there is never any order to it. The bills face every which way and occur in whatever order I shove them into my wallet. Since each bill is a different colour, it’s easy enough to find what I am looking for. Got to love that Canadian “Monopoly money”.

What is your favorite type of dog?  (can be anything from a specific breed, a stuffed animal or character in a movie)

My favourite dog was Snoopy when I was little. I had a stuffed Snoopy in a raincoat that I loved. I also had a giant red bloodhound that I love. I can’t remember where he came from. He wasn’t Clifford. He came with a Christmas elf hat. I named him Poinsetter because he was red like a poinsettia.. In terms of real dogs, I love Bernese Mountain dogs. Their markings are gorgeous. I hear they are friendly and intelligent too.


If money was not an issue, would you go on a cruise?  If so where would you go?

I would try it. I’ve never been on a ship before, so I’m not sure how I’d fare. I get motion sickness of cars and buses, but not  speed boats, trains and planes. Who knows what could happen on a ship. I would like to do a Caribbean cruise. One that hit a bunch of the smaller islands.

Would you dare to sleep in haunted house overnight?

No. You’d have to offer me a lot of money. I love my sleep. It’s really hard for me to get a good night’s sleep. There would have to be a pretty big reward for me to purposely put myself in a situation where I know there’s no chance of good sleep.

Bonus question:  What are you grateful for from last week, and what are you looking forward to in the week coming up?

Last Week: I am grateful that my second bout of stomach flu was short lived!

This Week: I am looking forward to finding some time to catch up on art journaling. I thought I was going to have some time last week, but it never happened.

Joining the Sisterhood


I really appreciate blog awards. In the blogosphere, no one knows what I look like. No one sees my CV or cares whether or not I get a Ph.D. None of the usual things I look to in defining my worth matter. All that is here are my words. Words that come from an uncensored, more raw version of me than people in my real life see. Being nominated for an award says that despite my insecurities and without external accomplishments I am appreciated for just being myself. No feeling is more uplifting than feeling appreciated. Thank you Wee Blue Birdie for nominating me for the Sisterhood of the World of Bloggers Award and for making me feel appreciated. I am honoured. Her blog, Little Steps to Somewhere is beautifully written. She reminds me that there is more to life than the big picture. Birdie’s prose and sketches show that life is a series of moments and by slowing down enough to absorb the details of the present, whether is be the view from your window or the quiet of the night, you can really make a difference in your own life.

The guidelines for accepting this award are as follows:
• Thank the blogger who nominated you and link back to their site.
• Put the award logo on your blog.
• Answer the ten questions sent to you.
• Nominate seven blogs.
• Make a list of ten questions for your nominees

Here are the questions from Wee Blue Birdie:

  1. What kind of bird would you be, and why?
    I should ask my friend Lynne, the one with colorectal cancer, what she thinks. Lynne is a birder. She knows so much about birds, she can identify a bird by it’s call. It’s really quite amazing. I, on the other hand, don’t know much about birds, so this will require some research. A Buzzfeed quiz told me I would be a cockatiel because I’m smart, quirky, proud to be a nerd and don’t care what people think. Sounds about right, but that last part isn’t me at all. Another random quiz said I would be an owl because I love knowledge (true) and am a night person (Not!). Have you ever heard of the DOPE-4 Bird Personality Test? Some people argue that it is more accurate than Meyer-Briggs. This one says that I am a dove, which I think I agree with. The dove is a symbol of peace. I am peace-loving, empathetic and hard working. I prefer stability and am not so great at being assertive……a dove it is!
  2. Which period of history had the best clothing?
    I would say now because clothes are practical. You can pretty much wear anything you want. That’s a boring answer though, so I’ll go with Victorian Era, 1870s. At this point in time women were wearing a structured bodice with a natural waistline. The corset was in, but this was before it got really uncomfortable. Sleeves had slimmed down from the big poofs they used to be and usually ended in ruffles around the wrists. I like ruffles! Skirts weren’t as heavy as they used to be and were usually supported by a single small hoop. I think this era is closest to what we would call steampunk today.
  3. In which film do you wish you had played the lead? What would you have brought to the role?
    There are so many to choose from! I love Anne of Green Gables but, then there is Mulan, Jo March (Little Women), Elizabeth Bennett (Pride and Prejudice), Lisbeth Salander (Dragon Tattoo), Katniss Everdeen (Hunger Games), Daenerys Targaryen (even though she is from TV) and Alice (Resident Evil). I think I’ll have to go with Leia Organa (Star Wars) though. I would like to think I’d bring a little more kick butt to the role. It would be an excuse to use my karate skills!
  4. What was your favourite toy when you were a child?
    Do pencil crayons count? I couldn’t live without those. Otherwise, Puppy in My Pocket was my favourite. Collecting them was all sorts of fun. It was like collecting Lego minfigs today. They come individually packaged so you don’t know what you are getting. My sister and I would play with them for hours. I learned to recognize all the dog breeds. I used to draw them all in my sketchbook too. Eventually they came out with kitty versions and bear versions too.
  5. If you could be in the Olympics, what would your sport be?
    I would do snowboarding. I think it would be fun to do Snowboard Cross and Snowboard Slopestyle. Snowboard Cross is the event where boarders race down the hill is small heats. The terrain varies, challenging boarders to maintain control at top speed. Slopestyle is a series of obstacles and boarders get points for tricks on jumps, beams, etc.
  6. If you could cure one human illness or disease, what would it be and why?
    It would have to be cancer. It is devastating. It can happen at any age and it can happen slowly causing a lot of suffering, or it can happen quickly leaving loved ones in shock. Cancer has both genetic and environmental factors, making it nearly impossible to predict or control. Most lives today have been touched by cancer somehow. Lifting the burden of cancer would benefit all of humanity I think.
  7. What is your favourite urban myth, and why do you want it to be true?
    My favourite urban myth is that we only use 10% or some ridiculously small percentage of our brains. The notion that it is possible to activate the brain’s unused potential is based on folklore, not science. In many ways, brain function is still a mystery, but mapping studies have shown that all areas of the brain have a function. I think it would be great if this myth were true. Wouldn’t it be great to be psychic? Or telekinetic? Or even just smarter?
  8. What is your favourite unusual word?
    It was serendipity. It’s a pretty word with an even prettier meaning: a fortunate accident. It’s not that unusual anymore though. Prestidigitation is more unusual, I think. It’s fun to say as well. It means to perform magic.
  9. How would you like your writing to influence the world, or affect those who read it?
    I don’t know about influencing the world, but I’d like it if people who read my words either learned something new, could relate to me or were at least entertained.
  10. What is the best thing about being you?
    The best thing about being me is getting to enjoy my family. I have a wonderful supportive family. Growing up, I thought all families were pretty much like mine. As I’ve gotten older and gotten to know more about other families, I’ve learned to appreciate mine even more. I’m very lucky.

My Nominees

Many bloggers don’t accept these awards. I’m beginning to see why. It’s really hard to decide on nominees! You want your favourite bloggers to know you love their blogs, but you don’t want to leave anyone out or hurt feelings. I’m going to pass this award on to my favourite bloggers that don’t already have it and are likely to answer my questions 🙂
No pressure to participate if you don’t want to or can’t

Amber Dawn’s Non-paper Journal

Carrie Cordero Designs

My Weary Mind

Nerd in the Brain

Normal in Training

Patchwork Journeys

The Realm of The Chaos Fairy

Here are my questions for nominees….

  1. What story does your family tell about you over and over again?
  2. If you could choose anyone, who would you choose as a mentor?
  3. What are the top three places you’d like to go on vacation?
  4. What is one of your grandest achievements?
  5. If you had 30 minutes of free time, how would you spend it?
  6. What is the worst bit of advice you’ve ever taken?
  7. Do you have a recurring dream? What is it about?
  8. What was the last movie you watched? What did you think of it?
  9. What were you doing the last time you had a really good laugh?
  10. Which three words best describe you?

Share Your World 2015 – Week 5

Share Your World is hosted every week by Cee’s Photography. Here are this week’s questions….

Do you prefer shopping or going to a park?

I would say going to a park. Living is a metropolitan city, shopping is so accessible. The mall is a ten minute drive away. There is a little shopping village at the end of my street. I go to school downtown and can go shopping on breaks. I pass shops everyday. Going to a park is more of a treat, especially if it’s the type of park with walking trails, water, gardens and what not.

If you were a shoe, what kind would you be and why?

I would be a black lace ballet flat. Those are my favourite pair of shoes I currently own and I think they say “Me” quite well. The fact that they don’t have a heel make them practical and functional. Black shoes usually aren’t showy and blend in, just like me. The lace makes them a bit girly, but also versatile. You can dress them up or down. Unfortunately, I probably wont own these shoes much longer. I wore them to death and they are kinda of falling apart (kind of like me! haha).

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What’s the story behind a time when you got locked out?

Oh brother! This is a classic story in my family.

During undergrad, I would babysit my cousin’s kids one afternoon a week. It was a great arrangement. She would get a break to go out and run some errands. I’d get some pocket money and I’d get to spend some time with the little guys. At the time, my cousin just had her two oldest boys. She might have had the third boy, but she would take him with her, so I would stay with the older two, R and S. These two are about 18 months apart and at the time, they must have been almost 2 and almost 4. They were truly a hand full!!

It was winter, the three of us were playing out in the front yard with the family golden retriever. S was entering the terrible twos early and was prone to tantrums. The problem with his tantrums was that he was a runner! I don’t know what we were playing, but S didn’t get his way and a tantrum ensued. I was ready for him to bolt down the driveway, like usual, but this time he didn’t. He ran into the house, slammed the door and turned the lock.

AGH!! A toddler has just locked me out of the house and he is in there alone with my phone and my keys! I was standing out in the yard completely dumb-founded, not quite believing what had just happened. I knew that he was a pro at locking the door. He always liked to do that himself when we came in from playing, but he hadn’t quite gotten the unlock part, so there was no hope there. I was thankful that my cousin leaves her doors unlocked most of the time. I grabbed R by the hand and ran around the back of the house to check the backdoor. Locked. Rotten Irish luck! The ones time disaster strikes, nothing is as it usually is!

We run back around the front where I’ve left the dog tied up. I can see S still throwing his fit through the frosted glass by the front door. He’s ok. Now, think! They don’t hide an extra key outside, so that wont help. I could go to a neighbour, but they wouldn’t have a key either. I could use a neighbour’s phone though. Who could I call? My aunt. She would have a key to her daughter’s house. What’s her number? Of course, I have no idea because this is the age of cell phones and no one memorizes phone numbers anymore….argh!!

Now that panic is starting to rise. R is starting to feel my worry too. My mind goes back to the normally unlocked doors. They have a door that leads from the house into the garage. My cousin wouldn’t lock that. The second fridge is in there and the garage door is always locked, so she wouldn’t need to. R and I dash over to the garage. The only way to open it is via key pad. What’s the code? My cousin never told me. It’s guess time! What could the code be? R’s birthday came to mind first, so I type it in: 2-0-0-1. I hear the rumble of the motor start to lift the garage door. Thank God! I run to the inner door. It’s unlocked!

Crisis averted.

Do you prefer eating foods with nuts or no nuts? 

I guess it depends entirely on my mood. There is nothing I would refuse to eat because it has nuts in it. Sometimes it’s nice to have chocolate without nuts because it just melts in your mouth, same with fudgey brownies. My husband prefers not to have crunch, so we usually buy things without nuts. I do like crunchy peanut butter though. That’s always a treat.

Bonus question:  What are you grateful for from last week, and what are you looking forward to in the week coming up?

Last Week: I am grateful whatever stomach bug I had last week didn’t get scary. It was truly awful, but I didn’t get dehydrated and have to go to the hospital. That was something I was afraid of.

This Week: I am looking forward to driving to Toronto with my mom. We are going to meet my sister there and shop for her wedding dress. We’ll be staying with my aunt and I’ll get a chance to see some of my friends. It’ll be nice.

Share Your World 2015 – Week 3

This is Share Your World, a blogging event hosted by Cee’s Photography. Thanks to Cee for all the effort she puts in to coming up with fun new questions every week. Here’s week 3!

Given the choice of anyone in the world, whom would you want as a dinner guest?

I never know how to answer this question. The thought of having any dinner guest gives me anxiety, nevermind a stranger that I admire. I’m not much of a cook. I usually do easy things, not the kind you’d want try to make a good impression with. I’d go with a friend, familiar and safe! They wouldn’t mind my cheesy taco pasta or sweet potato chilli. If I had to pick a stranger, it would be a chef, someone who would volunteer to cook for me, like Rachael Ray or the guy that drives the toaster-mobile. I think his name is Bob Blummer. He’s called the Surreal Gourmet. Always entertaining.


When did you last sing to yourself? To someone else?

I think I was singing in the car Saturday morning while driving to meet a friend for breakfast. “Shake it Off” came on the radio. I couldn’t help myself. The last time I sang to someone else was probably Ewok. I sing to her all the time. I make up dumb songs about how cute she is. I usually take a well known tune and change the lyrics. Hubby hates it (haha), but then he starts singing them too.

If you could wake up tomorrow having gained any one quality or ability, what would it be?

Confidence. I think if I had confidence I would get so much further in life and recover from set backs much quicker.

What, if anything, is too serious to be joked about?

Sometimes there is a need to joke about serious things, it’s how we cope. I think whatever situation you are in, you have all joking rights. When you are talking about someone else, the rules are different. Rape, abuse, murder, suicide, kidnapping, child molesting….I can’t find humor in these things no matter which way you spin it.

Bonus question:  What are you grateful for from last week, and what are you looking forward to in the week coming up?

Last Week: I am always grateful for the support network I have, but especially last week. I don’t have much control over things in my life right now. In order to gain control I need to start making tough decisions about school and what to do about hubby’s job situation. I have hubby, friends and family I can discuss these things with. I know some people aren’t so lucky. This is something I’ll never take for granted.

This Week: I am looking forward to doing some more art journaling and getting some new Lego minifigures. *Please, please, PLEASE let me get the unicorn!*


Share Your World 2015 – Week 2

This is Share Your World, a blogging event hosted by Cee’s Photography. Thanks to Cee for all the effort she puts in to coming up with fun new questions every week. Here’s week 2!

Are you a hugger or a non-hugger?

I LOVE hugs! I need several everyday. I guess that makes me a hugger? I don’t hug just anyone though. Most hugs are for/from Hubby, my parents or Ewok. Sometimes Ewok doesn’t want to hug me, I take them anyway, hehe. I guess thats one of the disadvantages of being so little. I usually hug friends and relatives on hellos and good-byes. That’s it for the real hugs. In Montreal, the traditional greeting is the double cheek kiss….or triple if you are from the Russian community. That sort of involves a hug, so I participate in that with people that I am less friendly with. They have to initiate it though.

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Above is Ewok with the annoyed face she gives me when I hug her without permission. In this pic, she was annoyed because we put on her Santa hat. Poor baby, haha!

What’s your favorite ice-cream flavor?

That’s hard. It depends who made it I think. Lately, if I buy from the grocery store, it has been Chapman’s nanaimo bar frozen yogurt. It is relatively cheap and not too bad (for a frozen dessert) in terms of nutrition. If we’re talking Ben and Jerry’s then it’s Half-baked. That way I don’t have to choose between brownie chunks and cookie dough bits, it has both. There’s a new flavour, Peanut Butter Half-baked. That sounds even better! I’ll have to see if I can find that one here. The Haagen daz favourite is coffee, hands down! Baskin Robbins had a Birthday Cake flavour once. I loved it, but I haven’t seen it again. It was cake batter ice cream with cake bits, chocolate fudge, sprinkles and frosting swirled throughout. We also have an independent ice cream guy down the street. He makes his own flavours. He makes the best red velvet I’ve had yet!

Do you prefer exercising your mind or your body? How frequently do you do either?

At the moment, I’m fed up with both. I just don’t have enough energy. I guess I prefer exercising my mind. I don’t handle being bored well. I need to be learning, I need to be challenged. I exercise my mind every day whether it be through research, reading, creative arts or crosswords and logic puzzles. I used to enjoy exercise so much, I don’t know what happened, but I started hating it a couple years ago. Now, I’m exercising a couple times a week. Usually walking or using an elliptical. I got a mini stepper for Christmas. I’m hoping being able to exercise while watching TV will encourage me!

Are you more of a dog person or a cat person? Why?

I am a cat person. My family got two cats just before I moved out. They still live with my folks. Maggie-Mae (above) is a really pretty girl. Her sister, Ruby-Tuesday refused to sit still long enough for a photo. Then, there’s Ewok, you all know her. Cats are adorable, especially my Ewok! No, I’m not being biased at all!

It’s not that I am not a dog person. I just don’t have much experience with dogs. I didn’t have pets growing up, but some of my friends and my aunt had cats. I didn’t know anyone who had a dog until I moved to Montreal when I was in university. My cousin had a huge golden retriever (Teddy Bear). I babysat for Teddy and her kids all the time. Teddy was a good dog, but he didn’t get along with other dogs, so I couldn’t handle him on a walk. He was also a little bit greasy, not so great for cuddles. My aunt (the one with cats) recently got a dog who is pretty sweet. Maybe I’ll start being a dog person too. Meet Kai!

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Bonus question:  What are you grateful for from last week, and what are you looking forward to in the week coming up?

Last Week: I got another week away from work. Psyc wasn’t back from his vacation yet, so I couldn’t get my work schedule approved like my supervisor wanted. I’ll see him this week. The thought of work is creating a huge knot in my stomach, so I was grateful for the extra time.

This Week: I’m looking forward to starting all the art journal challenge I signed up for. Maybe three was too many. I hope I’ll find time. This isn’t school though. It’s fun, I’m not being graded.

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