Well I’ve been blogging for about 9 months now, and I can honestly say it has been an incredible journey. I learn so much from people every day, and having the opportunity to share my thoughts and know that some people actually READ them and THINK about them, it just so incredibly awe inspiring. So I wanted to say thank you to everyone who has ever stopped by this little corner of the blogoverse. In particular, over the past couple of months, I’ve been nominated for a couple of blog-awards. I’ve been extraordinarily busy (which, if you follow this blog regularly, you would have figured out by now), but I am incredibly honored by both of these, and am thrilled to finally have the chance to act upon them. I’ve been nominated for 2 such awards, by 3 different people (4 if you count the one back in December which I turned down). As such, I am going to combine powers some, because otherwise this post would go on for more pages than you have hours to read. I’ll be splitting the post into two: one for each award. The second will launch tomorrow and can be read here (link will be added tomorrow)
Back in May, I was nominated for the One Lovely Blog Award by ProfMomEsq, a supremely interesting blogger, who is part Mom, part Lawyer, and part Fantastic. It’s a great blog, and very insightful and entertaining, simultaneously. Here’s what she has to say about my blog:
“7. The Third Glance. Another One Lovely Blog nominee. This blog is written by E, who is a Ph.D student and Autistic. What I love about this blog is the way E shares stories. E expresses thoughts about autism based on concrete experiences, which puts thoughts, actions and communications into a context for me that I think helps me – as a parent – better understand and communicate with my daughter. E is an honest, compelling, smart and thoughtful writer. E’s site also has a fountain of other spectrum-related resources.”
Thank you so much, ProfMomEsq, for your kind words and lovely award. I’m so glad my blog has helped you. And for hooking me up to a number of other wonderful blogs to follow as well.
Here’s the rules for this particular blogging honor:
One Lovely Blog Award:
- Link back to the blogger who nominated you
- Paste the award image on your blog, anywhere
- Share 7 facts about yourself
- Nominate some other blogs
- Post a comment on these blogs letting them know you nominated them
7 Facts about me:
1. I once broke a bone in my foot WHILE SEATED – takes klutzy to a whole new level. If you must know, it was Thanksgiving dinner, around the age of 11, and I was sitting at the edge of the table, swinging my leg because my parents couldn’t see it, and my foot got caught on the edge of the table leg – my foot went one way, my pinky toe went the other way. Because I have such a high pain tolerance, I only had the thought “oh, my toe feels funny” and ignored it for many days, until I looked down one day and noticed that it was completely upside down. Because it had already started healing that way, the doctors told me we could either re-break it and set it right, or we could just leave it. I opted for the “just leave it” deal, because it really didn’t hurt and wasn’t a problem. I’ve since broken it several more times, and now it’s only turned about 90 degrees to the side. Each time, I set it a little bit more upright. Maybe one day it’ll be back to normal.
2. I used to have pet mice. When I was growing up, I kept a number of adorable little mice as pets. I built them all sorts of things out of plastic tubes and cardboard toilet paper tubes. They were adorable and friendly. I only sort of miss having them as pets. But I am 100% a cat person, and as you probably know, my beautiful black cat is my hero.
3. I have a really cool secret life. It’s a little like being a super hero. I fly and perform crazy feats of strength. That’s all you’re getting on that topic. If I told you what it was, it wouldn’t be secret anymore, now, would it?.
4. When I’m bored, I try to prime factorize the time in my head. I work on a 24 hour clock for this, because that makes it more of a challenge. I try to factorize it before the minute is up. You learn a lot of big prime numbers doing this. (I have a thing for prime numbers. As an aside, my mother forced me to go to my senior prom, which was definitely not a highlight of my time in high school. Along the same vein as the above, we were each branded with a wristband that said we’d been checked for possession of alcohol. The wristbands had 7 digit serial numbers. Mine was prime. Yes, I did it in my head. That was how I survived the 4 hours of hell that was my senior prom. Can you tell I have a thing for prime numbers?)
5. I am addicted to podcasts. Utterly addicted to them. Mostly science ones, but some others as well. I love hearing science news from fields outside of my own – I like to think it keeps me well-rounded and more of a critical thinker. But really, it just fills up my hard drive.
6. One of my stims is knitting. I love to knit – big things, small things, whatever. I am very good at it, but I don’t particularly like doing fancy patterns or anything that slows me down. I can turn out a single-colored winter hat in about 3-4 hours. Sometimes I’ll find the discipline to work on fancy projects, but most of the time, I just like to knit. I’ve been making blankets for years.
7. I used to be a competitive gymnast. I wasn’t Olympic level or anything, but I was pretty darn good. I thought about going for collegiate gymnastics (DII or DIII – I definitely wasn’t good enough for DI) early on in high school, before my body decided that it had exactly no interest in continuing past the age of 17. But I still try to take a picture of me doing a handstand at every special place I can.
And my nominations for a One Lovely Blog Award are as follows:
Leah Kelly’s 30 Days of Autism – Leah’s beautiful blog chronicles her life with her 13 year old autistic son, H, who is developing into an incredible young man and autism self-advocate. She has a unique perspective that makes me smile every time she posts.
Outrunning the Storm – Outrunning’s writing flows beautifully, as she chronicles both the highs and the lows of parenting her Aspie son, Charlie. She is a great role model in a number of respects, and her blog is one I look forward to reading her every time I turn on google reader.
Nominassima/The Quixotic Autistic – The fact that I have a blog at all is all Nominissima’s fault (and that’s a good thing). Please go take a look at her phenomenal blog and discover how amazing she is. Reading her blog for months on end is what inspired me to finally write my own, and shortly thereafter, she even nominated me for a Versatile Blogger Award. She’s going through a rough time right now, but she’s an amazing, beautiful person, and I love having the honor of reading her blog. Please go show her some love!
Ariane – Emma’s Hope Book – I happened upon Ariane’s blog several months back. She was just beginning what she describes as her own personal journey towards understanding and listening to Autistic Adults. During the time since then, I’ve seen Ariane’s eyes open and her see her beautiful daughter, Emma, in a whole new light. Her blog really is lovely, and I know you’ll love reading it and learning about the spectacular Emma as much as I do.
Restless Hands – This is a newer blog, written by a wonderful friend of mine. It’s open, raw, and incredibly honest in describing her struggles with Depression, her friendships with Autistics, and a number of other things. While it is a new blog, it is also an incredibly lovely blog, and deserves to be seen.
And there you have it. These are some of the “loveliest” blogs I’ve read, and I hope you will enjoy them as well. Stay tuned tomorrow for the Versatile Blogger Award and more fabulous blogs to come.