Dragon’s Loyalty Award!

I’m not sure what this is really; WordPress seems to have all these delightful little awards that have no purpose beyond fun and perhaps a writing prompt. And considering that I haven’t written anything here since the end of March (*cringe*), perhaps this will help me get back in the swing of posting somewhat regularly (in my defense, I’ve shifted work locations several times over the past few months to help out with serious short staffing issues in the library system I work at- things should be back to normal in a few weeks!).


Anyways! Here are the rules:

  1. Display Award on your Blog.  (Done)
  2. Announce your win with a post and thank the Blogger who awarded you.  (This is that post, thanks to follow shortly.)
  3. Present 15 deserving Bloggers with Award. (Everyone I would have sent this too has already been awarded this so…I’m just going to skip to #5.)
  4. Link your awardees in the post and let them know of their being awarded.
  5. Write seven interesting things about you. (See below!)

Many thanks to Jubilare for the nomination. Her blog is always excellent and her thoughtful comments on my posts generally make me wish I could just delete what I wrote and paste what she said instead. Be sure to check out the post she wrote (transcribed?) when she accepted her nomination- it’s far cleverer than what I will be posting.

Without further ado, here are 7 interesting things about me:

  1. Water makes me happy. I don’t know why but if I get into a lake/ocean/pool, I will stay there until I have to get out. There is something so blissful about floating or swimming for me. And if I can’t get a large body of water, even charming trickling rills will lift my mood by a thousandfold.
  2. The first thing I wanted to be when I grew up was a farmer. Decades later, I realize that what I really want to be when I grow up is… a farmer. Don’t get me wrong- I’m a public librarian and, mostly, I love what I do. But there is something so appealing to me about the self sufficiency that farming could provide. I do realize that I have a tendency to idealize that lifestyle so I read as much as I can about it and grow what I can in my townhome.
  3. I’ve had pet cats my entire life but I’ve never wanted anything more than I want a dog. I love cats- they are affectionate and independent and absolutely crazy. But a dog! It would be a completely different experience than cats and one I hope to experience soon. Ideally, I would have an Irish Wolfhound. Their large size, strange appearance, and gentle demeanor makes them irresistible to me.
  4. I almost went to school for costume design. Two years into college, I realized I was deeply unhappy with the school I was at (the school was fine, but just wasn’t right for me). I had grown up sewing and had recently taken a costume design course that I loved. I actually chose the school I transferred to based on the fact that they offered a costume design major. Sometimes I regret that I ended up with a history major instead. (Only sometimes.)
  5. I have never been to Ikea. I’m not sure if this is a big deal. There is an Ikea in my city. I’ve never felt a strong desire to go there but when I tell friends I have never been, they seem shocked. Is it a big deal? It seems exhausting and expensive and potentially very bland. Am I wrong? Is there some specialness about Ikea and its wares that I will only discover once I visit?
  6. I love wearing skirts. In fact, I almost never wear pants, at least not outside my house. I own 2 pairs of jeans but usually an hour or 2 into wearing them I am regretting the decision. There’s something very feminine and comfortable and elegant about wearing skirts for me.
  7. I want to go to New Zealand more than anywhere else in the world. And if I could have a farm in New Zealand…heaven on earth.

3 thoughts on “Dragon’s Loyalty Award!

  1. jubilare says:

    “generally make me wish I could just delete what I wrote and paste what she said instead.” If you did that, I would cry. Like a little baby. I would miss your insight and wit.

    “post she wrote (transcribed?)” It’s a fine line, ain’t it. I’d say it’s closer to the latter.

    1. Ach, I love water, too. It seems to sap my energy to an incredible extent, though! Just wading will cause me to take a nap in the near future, and swimming turns me into a zombie.

    2. I hope you get to do that some day.

    3. I’ve only ever known one Irish Wolfhound, but he was adorable.

    4. Hah! That explains your discerning eye for film costumes. Very cool.

    5. Ikea is… well, I would suggest going once just for the experience. I’ve only ever been once. It’s kind of fascinating from a store-design standpoint, but I’m not much of a shopper (and there isn’t one in my city) so I haven’t bothered to go back.

    6. I like skirts, but am more comfortable in pants… I guess because I’m more used to them. May have something to do with mother not letting me climb trees when dress-clad as a child. 😉

    7. I hope you get to do so! It’s pretty high on my list, too… the visiting, not the farm. A friend of mine went a few years ago. I was very jealous.

    Thanks for taking the time to post this! My dragon thank you, too. 😉


    • Mary says:

      Ha, you know, it’s just sometimes I feel like I take 4 paragraphs to explain something that you come and comment on and say in 1 sentence.

      Perhaps you feel so tired after swimming because it’s so relaxing? That’s certainly the case for me.

      A good friend of mine insists that we are going to go to Ikea any day now. But as she has been insisting that for over a year, I’m not sure it’s ever going to happen. Although we do actually have a real reason to go- apparently their poster frames are very cheap and we both need some. Anyways, I’m not much of a shopper either so I’m pretty sure it’s going to be a one time deal, if it ever happens.

      It’s funny, during middle school, I hated skirts and wore pants/shorts as much as I could. But after that I went to a private school with a uniform (skirts for girls) and maybe I got used to them then? The past several years I’ve noticed that they just seem to fit me better.

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      • jubilare says:

        It’s easier to condense something after you’ve read someone else’s attempt to explain it, I think. ^_~

        Maybe. However water does it, it makes me feel heavy and sleepy like nothing else. …no, I take that back. It’s like being sedated, only without the attendant memory loss.

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