they really like me

I’m pretty late jumping on this, but I was named one of the top 40 arthritis blogs by! Most of the other blogs on there I already have on my Google Reader list, but there were a few new ones I can’t wait to devour.

Thanks, (and Corrine for letting me know!) Happy reading, guys!

round of applause

So, I was at about the three-quarter mark in a very long day, when I ventured a peek into my e-mail, not expecting much of anything. Instead, to my surprise, I found an award!

As it has been a pretty rough day pain-wise, it was a nice little pick-me-up to get an accolade. I’m glad people find my rambling helpful; I know it certainly helps me to get stuff off my chest here, instead of either bottling it up or spewing it all over the Professor (or both).

A lot of other great blogs were honored, too. Click on the image to find out who; maybe you’ll find a new blog to start reading; I know there are some on there I’ve never ventured into before.

putting the ‘style’ in versatile … or something

The lovely Dana of I Already Gave My Right Arm To Be Ambidextrous has honoured me with the Versatile Blogger Award. Thank you so much, Dana! A bit about her:

I have avascular necrosis in my shoulders, hips, and knees, psoriatic arthritis, sjogren’s, fibromyalgia, and hypermobility. I had my left hip replaced in 2003, and now I had my right shoulder replaced in March of 2010. I literally am giving my right arm to be ambidextrous!

As far as I can tell from an albeit limited Google search, I have to say seven things people may not know about me and nominate seven others for the award. Hmm… Well, here goes:

  1. I went to school in two languages until I was about 12 years old. I grew up in Canada, near Toronto. My mum is French Canadian. When she and my dad met, neither one of them spoke the language of the other. Still, they got married and eventually had me. When I was really young, my mum would speak to me in French and my dad in English. Consequently, I know both languages. Mum told me I would use my abilities to speak both to get things out of my parents. She said when I was about three years old, I asked her for a cookie. She said no. Then, I went to my dad and asked him for one. He said yes because he hadn’t known Mum had already turned me down. I was sneaky even as a toddler.
  2. I really, really, really enjoy the Backstreet Boys and don’t care who knows it. That’s right. The Backstreet Boys. My devotion went so far that I used to write fan fiction about it. Oh yes. I was that girl.
  3. I am a journalist who hates going up to people at events and asking them about it. Really, really hate it. If there was anyway I could do my job without doing that, I would. In fact, I hate it so much, I have been thinking really seriously about getting out and going into teaching. I’m so serious about it, I have narrowed down the schools I would like to attend to get my master’s.
  4. When I attended a large university in Toronto, my friends there called me V-Bot. The explanation is pretty simple: My nickname was already Vee and everyone seemed to think I was a robot because I didn’t sleep much, didn’t eat much and was generally electronic in nature. (As an aside, not too long after I left U of T, I started flaring for the first time.)
  5. I sang in the chorus at my middle and high schools, including a select chorus when I was in grade eight. I only tried out because a friend wanted to audition, and the choral director had everyone do so in pairs. I got in; she didn’t.
  6. I really enjoy playing video games. I had a Sega Genesis as a kid before moving on to Sony consoles and the Nintendo GameCube. My favourite games to play alone are the Final Fantasy series, but I have so many amazing memories of playing Mario Party or Mario Kart: Double Dash in my friend’s basement in high school. I spent many a-night in that basement being a big dork. It was  awesome.
  7. I had a perhaps unhealthy obsession with Jane Austen, Charlotte Bronte and other similar novels when I was about 10 or 11 years old. I’m sure that fueled some of my less modern notions about relationships.

That’s it! Now, onto my nominations. I’m going to say none of them are chronic bloggers, mostly because I have other interests than in learning about PsA and am more than just a sick girl.

  1. My good friend bEsther, aka sequesthered, over at esther has a blog. I met her while in university, and she is super smart. She’s also super talented! I am a little jealous of her musicality, truth be told. Right now, she is in Korea.
  2. I am kind of obsessed with Kendi over at Kendi Eveyday. She is a fashion blogger with a sense of humour. I rarely get dressed in the morning without popping over there to see what she’s wearing. We have different styles, but I think being fashionable and taking care of myself in that way is important. Most importantly, she’s hilarious. Really.
  3. Marisa at New Dress A Day was in a bit of a style rut when she decided to start blogging. She gets dresses that have seen better days, alters them and shows of her shiny new outfits for the world to see. She is doing it for an entire year and spending only $365. No shopping for clothes other than the ones she’s going to alter. She makes me wish I could sew!
  4. This one isn’t a blog, so much as Stuff Journalists Like. Even on days I hate my job, SJL always makes me laugh. And it’s pretty much all true. Maybe non-journos won’t find it finny, but it is pure comedic gold to me.
  5. Gabe at Pit of Despair is a friend of mine, and his journal comic is really good. It’s about his various adventures as a husband, dad, drummer and artist. He hand inks everything, which is really impressive! Like Marisa, he makes me wish I could draw.
  6. Everything the klutzy chef makes looks delish. It makes me wish I could cook. … I’m noticing a theme, here.
  7. Pammy Girl of Hey There, Pammy Girl! is someone I wish I knew in real life. She sounds like a blast, and her blog is awesome. For real.

Thanks again, Dana! Everyone, I hope you enjoy the blogs.

you like me! you really like me!

The lovely and talented Wendy over at Transform Your Chronic Life turned a bad day into a good one when she gave me the One Lovely Blog Award. Thank you so much, Wendy!

To receive this really awesome honour, the recipient must:

  • Accept the award and post it on your blog with the name of the person who has granted the award and his or her blog link. √
  • Pass the award to 15 other blogs that you’ve newly discovered (if possible). √
  • Remember to contact the bloggers to let them know they have been chosen for this award. √

So, finding 15 blogs to recommend — that hadn’t already been done by Wendy or some of the previous recipients of the award — was really hard, but here’s what I came up with:

  1. Lindsay over at runlindsayrun writes really touching and funny posts about mommyhood (her daughter is the cutest little kid I have ever seen!), chronic illness and life in general. I feel like I know her because her blogs are just so personal and lovely, even though I’ve never met her. Plus, she’s a fellow Canadian, so I’ve got to give her some love.
  2. Jodi of Jodi McKee Photography takes portraits of people with chronic illness. I love that I see myself in so many of those she photographs. She was recently featured in Arthritis Today. Go Jodi!
  3. Assiya at For A Fairer Today writes about all kinds of things, like being a student with chronic, daily migraines, ableism and her love/hate relationship with her body. She’s sweet and funny, and I really enjoy reading her blog.
  4. Sharon at After Gadget is an amazing writer. She blogs about life after the death of her service dog Gadget; about Barnum, the puppy she’s training to become her service dog; and life with chronic illness. The entries about Gadget brought me to tears.
  5. TiredGuy and TiredGuysWife at Feeling Better Yet? blog about Chronic Fatigue Syndrome and its effect on every aspect of life. I love that they blog about it from each of their perspectives; it helps me get a glimpse into what my own husband must go through watching me deal with PsA.
  6. I love Rheumatoid Arthritis Guy.  This superhero, with his swanky blog and funny comics, writes really great and often practical blogs about living with RA. Even though I don’t have RA, there is plenty to like about his writing style and his advice. Plus, he’s convinced me I’m kind of a superhero, too. And who doesn’t need that in her life?
  7. Arthritic Quaker is a lovely mix of the practical and the ethereal — with a hell of a sense of humour. LOVE.
  8. Amanda at All Flared Up is hilarious and poignant and someone I wish I knew in real life. Her blog — about life and RA — is definitely a must-read.
  9. Pollyanna Penguin’s RA Blog is quirky and fun and lovely. She’s trying to look on the bright side of things, a gentle reminder I could definitely use every now and then.
  10. Helen at Pens and Needles, another fellow Canadian!, is my age-ish, living in my old city and works in media. We could be doppelgangers. Seriously. Also, her blog name is so good, and I wish I would have come up with it.
  11. Mariah at From This Point. Forward. gets it so spot on all the time that I sometimes feel I should just post links to her blog and call it a night. That’s how awesome she is.
  12. Skye at Struck At 21 With RA; Coping With It reminds me of myself when I was that age and first diagnosed with PsA. It’s a bit like reading an old diary, but she is so much stronger and fiercer than I was back then.
  13. Robyn at “How Are You?” writes about weird advice and all kinds of stuff. Like the rest of us, she may not blog every damn day, but when she does, it’s a good one.
  14. Laura at A Time To Heal writes about her daughter’s journey with CFS. Among many, many other reasons, she’s awesome because she posted that episode of the Golden Girls about CFS, which is great.
  15. She hasn’t posted in a long, long time, but Jenny at Understanding Psoriatic Arthritis is a God-send. She live-blogged her first Remicade infusion and has lots of great articles posted about PsA.

Whew! That was hard, but fun. Now, I just need to notify everyone about this. I can’t wait to see who they post about!