Thursday, July 26, 2012

Tag, You're It!!

So it turns out that some people who participate in this blog challenge have created awards and ribbons to pass along to other bloggers.  The idea (I think) is to draw positive attention to other blogs and rewards those writers whose content you enjoy reading.   I've now been tagged in two such examples which have actually proven to be fruitful for me when I've been suffering from writer's block.  The idea behind this particular one is to give others a glimpse into who I am.  I feel like I've never been too shy about talking about myself so I'll give it a whirl. 

I happened to be tagged by the lovely Cheri which was flattering and a nice surprise.  I guess I just figure that even though I read tons of blogs included in this challenge and am starting to go back for seconds and thirds, I just assume that no one is doing that with me.   So thank you Cheri for thinking of me and tagging me in this game of Tagged!  I'll do my best to answer all your questions and give you some insight into who Holly is. 

Ok so the logistics of this particular game are as such:

1.  Post the rules.   Check
2.  Answer the questions the tagger has set for me in her post.   I shall try not to disappoint.
3.  Create 11 new questions to ask those who I'm going to tag.   Wait, what?  Eleven?  Who picks these numbers???
4.  Tag eleven people on the Facebook page with a link to this post.   I hope I can pull that off.

Ok, I think I might have this under control!  Let's rock and roll, shall we?  Here are the questions Cheri posed for me:

1. What is the thing that makes you want to get out of bed each day?

Work ethic.  Having it sucks, yet it's something I'm adament about teaching to my kids.  Go figure. It's a charactor trait that is sadly lacking more and more these days.  But on the tough days where I want to curl up in a ball and die?  Well I suppose my kids are my motivation to keep on keeping on.  (Thankfully that rarely ever happens and hasn't happened in years and years.)

2.  If an alien landed on Earth, what would be your top tip for living here? 
Make friends.  It will make your time here much more bearable.  But always keep in mind, it's still very much an 'every man for himself' mentality.  It's up to you to make your own happiness.  Relish in the little things and find silver linings in every bad situation even when you're pretty sure there can't possibly be one. 

3.  What's your happy song? 
Currently it's Die Antwoord -  I Fink U Freeky.  It makes me want to leave my face on the dance floor and dancing always makes happy. 

4.  Do you have a special place, real or imagined, where you go to in your mind or reality to regroup, seek peace or just be?
A dance floor.  Any dance floor with my ladies where I can close my eyes, feel the music and move my body.  Not ever a care in the world when I'm in my dance floor zone. 

5.  What childhood fable, fairytale, or movie stretched your imagination and sticks with you today? 
Oh man, that's a good one. I've got a few that stand out for me.  Not really in any particular order after the first one I mention.  The first one is my ultimate fantasy and hands down favourite. 
  • Harry Potter (I have wanted to go to Hogwarts and be a witch in training for years now.)
  • Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory (Who couldn't get wrapped up in this fantasy world?)
  • James and the Giant Peach  (How wonderful would it have been to travel in a peach with giant bug friends?)
  • X-men (What I wouldn't do to have super mutant powers...wanting to enrol in that school is right up there with Hogwarts)

6. What's your idea of the perfect evening? 
Spending time with Eric and/or my boys laughing and making memories.  Knowing that I have the following day off work is what makes it perfect!  Not having anything to do or anywhere to be is nice too. 

7.  As a kid, what did you want to be when you grew up? 
Hmm, first an archetect, then a funeral director, then a pathologist and then back to a funeral director once I realized I'd have to put in 7 years of school to become a doctor first.  No thanks.  Kind of regretting that decision now, although I don't have any student loans left over at this point in my life and I'm pretty sure I wouldn't be able to say that had I followed through with medical school although my paycheques would be so much higher.  But I digress. 

8.  What's your favourite kind of movie? 
Lately I've been all about the documentaries.  Addicted almost.  Thank goodness for Netflix.  They have an awesome selection of some hidden gems.  I'll give you two must sees (don't rob yourself of the experience, just take my word for it):

I Think We're Alone Now
Dear Zachary

9.   If you won the lottery would you tell anyone? 
I don't think we get much of a choice here in Canada, it's all public record.  But if that wasn't the case and I was left to my own decisions, I'd tell my family and close friends because if it was any sizable amount, they'd be reaping some of the benefits themselves.  If it trickled out from there, then so be it.
10.  If you could visit anywhere in the world, where would it be? 
There are so many options it's hard for me to narrow it down to just one.  I've been lucky enough to travel a lot in my life but I'm not nearly finished.  Some dream places would be Iceland, Africa (a safari trip), Australia, other parts of Canada and the US, the Caribean, Europe, blah, blah, blah. 

11.  Do you believe in destiny? 
Haven't given it much thought.  I suppose I'd like to believe in it, but I'm a science girl so I don't put too much weight into that sort of stuff. 

Now the questions I'd like my fellow bloggers to answer for little old me are: 

1.  What are your guilty pleasures (you know those ones you love but are ashamed to admit) for the following:  Movie, Music and TV show. 
2.  What's one thing you did as a child/teenager that you know disappointed your parents?
3.  If you could have one super power, what would it be?
4.  What is your biggest fear?
5.  If you could go for a beer or coffee with any one person, dead or alive, living or fictional, who would it be?
6.  What song do you want played at your funeral?
7.  What's one mundane thing you have to day just about every single day that you wish you could do without?
8.  What talent do you wish you possessed that you currently don't?
9.  What did you wear to your highschool prom?  Describe your outfit.
10.  If you didn't require extra training or schooling, what would your dream job be? 
11.  What is your favourite household chore?

And now the lucky recipients of my choosing.  I'm opting to learn more about you because I find your writings entertaining and enjoyable.  Please don't feel pressured to fulfil this request if you don't want to divulge or don't have time or it's not your thing.  No pressure.  No one's going to die because you didn't follow the rules within 7 days or anything.

1. Anita,   Cracks in the Armour
2.  Melinda,  A Mom of Two Special Needs Children
3.  Melinda,  Musings
4.  Paula,  Rock Your Life
5.  Danielle,  Cloakeynotes
6.  Nikki,  It's Simply...Life
7.  Minette,  byDesign
8.  Ally,  Wish Simple
9.  Kina,  Human in Recovery
10.  Rachel,  Suburban Style Challenge
11.  William,  A Healthy Lifestyle for Mind, Body and Spirit

Okay ladies and germ, Tag, you're it!


  1. Questions for Holly via Cheri, but my answers…
    “Let’s rock and roll, shall we”
    1. What makes me get out of bed? ... The potential for love. I’m a hopeless romantic. There is no better feeling than falling. I’m falling right now. It’s great.
    2. Tips for aliens? … Unless you have death rays, run for your lives and avoid humans at all costs. We already plan on stripping your alien world of resources and conducting cruel medical experiments on you.
    3. My happy song? … I listen to “Baby’s On Fire” by Die Antwoord three dozen times a day. I have a giant crush on Yo-Landi Vi$$er, and the beat to that song is infectious.
    4. Special place, real or imagined? … I once had a R.E.M. dream which encompassed years. I awoke with an entire new set of memories, in which I lived in Paradise with my “sjalsfrande”. In times of trouble, I retreat there, and focus on how happy a human being can possibly be… Because I know how happy a human being can be… And it makes people jealous.
    5. Childhood fable and movie, stretched the imagination, and still with me? … My Gram made me read Tolkien as soon as I knew the alphabet. I finished LOTR by the time I was 8, so that stuck with me. Elves have serious philosophy issues about choice and immortality. As for a movie, The Princess Bride… I wish life could be as whimsical as it is in that movie… “As you wish…”
    6. Perfect evening? … I love new experiences. Someone special I connect with turning me onto something new sounds fabulous! Then, of course, really connecting (wink wink nudge nudge say no more!)
    7. What I wanted to be when I grew up? … An archaeologist. Thank you Indiana Jones. You instilled in me as a young man a passion for history, anthropology, and mythology. The real world started too soon for me, so it turned quickly into “employed”.
    8. Favourite type of movie? … Any movie that deals with exploration of the human experience, change, and evolving. I hate when people say “I can’t change”… I reply “Yes you can, you are doing it right now, you just don’t notice”. Two of my favourite movies are “Trainspotting” and “The Fountain”.
    9. Would I tell anyone if I won the lottery? … If I won the lottery there would be such a spectacle it would cause angels to weep and lament. They would fall from the sky with their wings smoldering. That would be hard not to notice. I would set up as many of my friends as I could, set myself up for a comfortable future, then take the rest of the money and chop it into two. One half goes to charity, the other half to a massive blowout with a level of decadence that would make Satan give me a high five.
    10. Visit anywhere in the world? … The generic answer here is all of Europe. A dream vacation for me would be to take a year, and take my time exploring all these places I’ve only read and dreamed about. Reference from “Good Will Hunting” here… “I bet you can’t tell me what it smells like in the Sistine Chapel”. No, I can’t.
    11. Believe in destiny? Absolutely. It just doesn’t always coincide with our plans. Ride the wave, you hit the beach.

  2. Questions for readers via Holly, my answers…
    1. Guilty pleasures? … I know what the intent of the question is, but to be honest, I am not guilty about anything I like or makes me feel. I refuse to feel guilt over anything I like during my experience on this planet.
    2. Disappointed my parents? … Good question! Oh fuck me. When didn’t I? I think the major one was when I was expelled from high school. Was on the honour roll that year too. Decided to assault another person. They lost teeth, my infamy grew, I was expelled, and criminally charged. Not my proudest moment, but not too many people thought it was a good idea to use me as a scapegoat after that, so win win.
    3. Super power? Hyper pheromones just like Spider Woman. Wow is Spider Woman ever HOT! I’d probably do anything for her… Point proven.
    4. Biggest fear? … Eternal loneliness. And spiders. Fuck spiders.
    5. Beer or coffee with ANYONE? … Another toughie. I have three. Leonardo da Vinci, the man was brilliant, anyone who rolls with him probably becomes smarter by osmosis. The Devil (of Christianity), alright mate, I’ve heard the other side, what’s your version? And my “sjalsfrande”, and that’s no one’s business but mine.
    6. Song at my funeral? … “Ashes to Ashes” by Faith No More
    7. Mundane thing I wish I could do without? … Cigarettes. Man, I hate these things. For now they have me… But I am trying.
    8. Talent I wish I possessed? … The ability to draw, definitely. I envy artists as they turn their thoughts into paintings or sculptures. I have the ability to manipulate words and express my thoughts on paper, but since most of the world seems to hate to reading, or only has time to look at the pictures, it is quickly becoming a useless talent. Maybe I should start writing with crayons?
    9. High school prom outfit? … Sadly I abstained. But had I gone, I would’ve looked pretty dapper. Well-tailored black tuxedo, kickass shoes, and some sort of accessory with just the right amount of green.
    10. Dream job, with no extra training? … A photographer for Playboy. And not JUST because of the naked girls. It would be an opportunity to be around some brilliant journalists, and feel a part of a major cultural movement of the last 70 years. And did I mention the naked girls?
    11. Favourite household chore? … Doing the dishes! When I was young, my Gram always had me help her clean up the kitchen. We would talk and listen, she would share her wisdom, or jokes with me. To this day, my hands in a sink full of water and soap is a soothing, centering exercise.

  3. Starting with 11. I think if there is a favorite household chore it is making the bed before I get to far into the day. It is a must because it marks the start of the day.(Side note, I love to cook so anything to do with cooking is not considered a chore)
    Number 10, My dream job, I wouldn't mind being the personal chef in the White House (I really don't care who the President is, it's cooking for so many different heads of state that appeals to me)
    #9 I have no idea, I am sure it as something very simple (and probably in bad taste, I was a kind of "Black leather jacket, rebel without a cause kind of person at that time in my life)
    #8Missing talent, I would like to play a balalaika. It you remember the theme song from "Dr. Zavargo" (Spelling is wrong)it was played on a balalaika.
    #7 Walk my dog before I've had my tea. It's between 4:30 and 5 a.m. I love my dog, but he keeps crazy hours.
    #6 I have two, "Danny Boy" and "One toke over the line" and it they really get into a music thing, "What a difference a day makes" might be a nice touch.
    #5Dead would be a cup of green tea with Lao-tzu so he could explain the Tao as he would like it read in the 21st century. Living would be a couple of beers with Bobby Flay, just talkin - cookin.
    #4Biggest fear, After I leave this life, I wake up to find that it really is The Matrix, and I'm not Neil. Choking to death on a chicken bone runs a close second.
    #3What is a Super power, I thing that means different things to different people. If I were to have one super power it would need to be something to do with the human mind. With the proper use of the mind I believe everything is possible, thus the other powers would be within ones reach.
    #2I was raised in Foster homes, but I believe that my real parents could not understand the Rebel without a cause, long hair, lifestyle I chose at the time.
    #1My guilty pleasures. I really don't know, I try not to feel guilty about much and I try to make most of what I do, a the saying goes "Life is to short to drink bad Wine"

  4. Not to add to the list of random questions you're being asked because bloggers do stuff like this, but I wanted to let you know that I tagged you in my latest post. Congratulations - you're the proud new owner of The Sunshine Award. :)

    1. I fulfilled my desitiny and answered your questions as well Melissa. See next post and thanks for thinking I'm worthy of some extra sunshine (or you've seen my pictures and also think I need some more colour, way too pastey and white!!). :)