Mystery Blogger Award!

One of the big upsides of participating in the Blogtober challenge, is finding inspiration in posts by other Blogtoberists. The amount of topics obviously vary enormously but it’s so motivating to read fun, creative pieces from all over the world! One of the treasures that came across my path was Tsetsewaa’s notes. She also happens to be the one that nominated me for the Mystery Blogger Award. So thanks again for that, Kukie!!

Questions for me to answer

The question she came up with for me and my fellow nominees are listed below, along with my answers:

  • Who inspires you?
    • I was deeply inspired by the interviews and speeches Michelle Obama gave during and after the US electoral campaign. She comes across as such an extremely balanced person, managing to be warm and kind as well as strong and determined. She stands for women’s empowerment but without ever letting go of her husbands hand (figuratively speaking). She rocks.
  • What were you like as a kid?
    • I’m the youngest of three and the only girl, at that. I was definitely spoiled in some ways but was raised pretty strictly when it came to manners and politeness. I loved climbing in trees and goofing around with animals. Knees were permanently scarred or green from ages 4 to 12. I was probably a pain in the ass for my brothers, but they always had my back when necessary.
  • What’s the best advice you’ve given anyone?
    • Stop drinking.
  • What’s your least favorite household chore?
    • This in an unrankable category. All household chores are annoying and I can confidently say I pretty much suck at all of them… Sorry mom, I know you tried.
  • Describe your favorite shoes!
    • I once owned a pair of beautiful brown leather flats that were not only super comfortable but also fit in at any occasion. My current shoe collection (or the part of it that I actually wear regularly) consists of palladiums, leather army boots, desigual ballerinas and running shoes. I’ve been trying to find a nice pair of neat and comfy shoes for a while now, but my small feet and picky taste have not led to success as of yet.

Mystery Award origins & rules

Happy as I am with this nomination, I do have to mention that there are a few strings attached. The rules are as follows:

  1. Put the award logo/image on your blog
  2. List the rules.
  3. Thank whoever nominated you and provide a link to their blog.
  4. Mention the creator of the award and provide a link as well
  5. Tell your readers 3 things about yourself
  6. You have to nominate 10 – 20 people
  7. Notify your nominees by commenting on their blog
  8. Ask your nominees any 5 questions of your choice; with one weird or funny question (specify)
  9. Share a link to your best post(s)

OMG, I’ve only read the first rule and I’m already stressing out… Where is the logo? What does it look like? Every other nominee I’ve visited seems to be adding a different image… Ok, I’ll just pick one from Google images then…

The Mystery Blogger award itself is the brainchild of Okoto Enigma, meant to bring interesting blogs out of the shadows and into the light for more people to enjoy! So I give thanks to you too, oh award creating being!

Rules 1 through 4: Check! On to the next.

Three Epi Facts

  1. I really feel letting up balloons should be forbidden.
  2. I’m allergic to shrimp, since I ate a a bad batch somewhere in my teens. It’s unfortunate as I would love to be able to eat a beautifully BBQed gamba skewer or a fresh seafood paella.
  3. There’s a robin in my garden who I have named Patrick. I get worried when he doesn’t come out for breakfast when I sit down by the window and have my own.

 I nominate…

Cagedunn, Bonnywood manor, Deutscher wanderwulf, A lot from Lydia, broadsideblog, Notesfromcamelidcountry, Stoner on a Rollercoaster, Observing Hermann, Travel with Intent, psychologistmimi, sarcasticbohemian.

…and I have the following questions for you:

    1. Which animal matches your character and why?
    2. What’s your absolute favorite dessert?
    3. What is an opinion you have but don’t (always) dare say out loud?
    4. What would you save from your burning house, if you could choose only one thing?
    5. What does your alarm clock sound like?


The posts I enjoyed writing the most are:

I realize that the blogs I am most proud of are all quite heavy on the morality scale and not exactly feel-good posts… I apologize for bumming you out but I am glad if it made you think about the world and your position in it.

What you do, say and write matters, I’m convinced of that.


Rage against the tangerine

If I were to describe what my absolute best day would look like, it would always include several hours of brainless surfing on the internet. Time spent this way is the ultimate chill-out for me. If someone were to ask me to tell them what I had been up to during ultimate chill-out time, I wouldn’t even be able to explain. Not out of shame or lack of words, but because it’s the time my brain is in partial shut down. I watch and read stuff but don’t really bother to store any of it. Straight in-and-out. I recommend this to everyone.

brain memory abstract.jpg

I must admit I haven’t been getting enough of this brain downtime in recent weeks. This has resulted in me having a slightly shorter fuse and my jokes being a tad more cynical. The upside? Today, having a whole day (until my bf comes home) of absolute me-time, there is a treasure of unwatched videos to binge on.

The Daily Show is one of my go-to channels during brain chill-out. It does require some brain activity (compared to, let’s say, the daily squee), but I estimate that of every ten hours of video footage I remember no more than 15 minutes of it. Excerpts of these fifteen minutes will then pop up randomly during conversations as “witty” quotes or in blogs like these.

All I’m really trying to do with this incredibly long introduction, is explain why the title of this blog is referencing something I saw only yesterday but is actually from a Daily Show episode late last month…

The reason why this particular vid stuck with me, is not only because of the fact that its Rage Against the Machine reference made me laugh out loud. It was also because the realization set in that last week was the one year anniversary of Trump’s election.

trump tangerine

Earth has somehow managed to complete a full rotation around the sun without slinging out of orbit or exploding, since he came crashing into the control room.

The video above shows how the Republican party itself is still trying to come to grips with this and that not everyone has been able to accept this new status quo. I’m not saying this out of epicaricacy (I just learnt a new word!!) but because I think it’s a very interesting process that could lead anywhere.

It may end up redefining GOP entirely, as all moderate, non-racist politicians head for the life rafts and abandon the ship. This may actually restore stability within the party. Or it may result in an out-of-control ship, incapable of staying on course.

Happy anniversary, POTUS.


BloPoMo conclusion

I’ve run out of October days, which means Blogtober is over. And just like the time I tried to post a blog a day a couple of years ago, I found it really hard. I don’t understand how other people do it…

At this point I am satisfied I managed an average of a post “(almost) every other day”.

As far as work stress is concerned, I probably should have chosen a different month… I’ve been really tired after work, feeling like I never get enough sleep, even though I did usually manage my 7-8 hours of shut-eye.

C&H timeout.gifSo maybe I should give it a go again in the new year, when things have settled back down at work and my energy levels are restored.

To all of you that completed the Blogtober “blog a day” goal: you are awesome!!!


Oh hi there, November… You sure sneaked up on me. Make yourself comfortable, old friend. You are most welcome here!