I talk honestly and openly about my experiences with mental illness, fibromyalgia, and chronic fatigue syndrome through the lens of feminism, fat acceptance and process theology. I also do recipe and book reviews. My mission is to spread the message that hope is always real for a better life, despite living in a world that is often very harsh.

Sunday, April 24, 2011

15 Sort of Random Things You May or May Not Know about Me

Years ago there was a fad where people would list about fifteen things about them that no one else knew. I loved reading these lists, as they were usually pretty interesting and I desperately wanted to write one of my own, but my self-esteem was too low. I thought everybody that saw my list would think that I was too self-absorbed. Well, these kinds of things are pretty self-absorbed, but since I’ve got a facebook and twitter account AND my own blog, I really don’t think I can use a fear of being seen as too self-absorbed as an excuse anymore. I was also afraid of what people might think, because I’m a pretty open person, so if there’s something about me that you don’t know, then it’s probably because I’m scared you won’t like me or will judge me if you know. Fortunately, partly because of these tools of self-absorption like FB, Twitter, and blogging, I now have better self-esteem. I am, of course, still working on making it better… So even though this is years late, I am now posting my list of…..

15 Sort of Random Things You May or May Not Know About Me

1.If I ever get married, I am in no way changing my last name.

2.If I ever have children, I am adopting. I have many reasons for this, but here is my most cynical one: The world is already overpopulated, so I see no reason why I should add to the population. Personally, I think it’s a far more constructive option to try to better the lives of the children that are already on this planet.

3.I love working with people with developmental disabilities, but my favorite population to work with is geriatrics. They’re so appreciative.

4.I may be more feminist than Christian. I am totally okay with this.

5.I detest the season of Lent and am a little bit bitter that it is the longest Christian season. I always consider leaving the church and returning on Easter. As a depressed person, I find it a bit much.

6.In the same vein, I even more detest it when people tell me what they are giving up for Lent. Please don’t tell me-I don’t care. I think comparing giving up chocolate to someone giving up their own life is extremely insulting and self-righteous.

7.I have always found the idea of the Easter Bunny to be rather bizarre. Even as a child, I found it a bit silly and extremely weird.
8.I absolutely believe in a resurrection of the spirit, but I have difficulty in believing in any resurrection of the body. One of the reasons why I increasingly feel sort of alone as a “Christian” around Easter time.

9.This is my secret shame: My favorite part about Easter is buying and wearing a new dress.

10.I am polyamorous.

11.I totally think that one can be into kink and be a feminist. I am. I am really tired of hearing that those things are incompatible. Just like I’m tired of hearing that one cannot be feminist and Christian.

12.I desperately wish for a feminist mental health organization.

13.My favorite number is 41. This is from my years working at retail: it’s the number you get when you combine a penny, a nickel, a dime, and a quarter.

14.My second favorite number is 42. If you don’t know why, then you really don’t know me well enough.

15.I think I may like the movie, Shock Treatment, more than Rocky Horror. I know, I know, this is blasphemy. The only thing I don’t like about ST is that it doesn’t have Tim Curry in lingerie.

Sunday, April 17, 2011

2011 March Books

First off, I promise that there will be other posts besides my monthly book reviews! I have been dealing with the stress of being a supervisor and getting up at 5 or 6am on a regular basis for the first time in my life. THEN, for almost two weeks I had a fibro flare-up and then I had a super stressful week that was topped off with terrible allergies. Whew! It is my hope that I will be able to at least do a blog posting a week. I have a lot of things I want to write about, plus some great recipes I want to share and I have really missed this blog! Here are the books I read in March. I'm not sure if there will be any in April, as I have not really had the chance to read anything so far this month, except for e-mails and facebook postings. Hopefully, I will be able to read something...

Parable of the Talents – Octavia E. Butler – A great read and another book on my recommended reading list! This book is hard to read at times, as it follows Olamina’s community becoming enslaved and enduring tragedy and violence. The book is both sad, tragic, and yet incredibly uplifting and inspiring at the same time! Even though this is a work of fiction, I have adopted some of the main character’s beliefs as my own. This book is a wonderful character study where one begins to really understand just how complex and complicated human beings and our relationships are. It also shows just how fine the line is between righteous passion and obsession are and I found myself constantly flipping back and forth towards the end of the book between supporting the main character’s vision and being pained by her obvious flaws.

Vampire Kisses: The Coffin Club Book 5 – Ellen Schreiber – Chrissy picked this book out and I am embarrassed to admit that I actually enjoyed reading it! I fully expected to hate this book, just as I have not liked other books from the Vampire Kisses series, but this book seemed more imaginative than the rest. This book had a surprise ending that even fooled me. No, this is not enlightening literature, but as a fun preteen read, it’s alright. I want to party at the coffin club!

Gypsy Rizka – Lloyd Alexander – Lloyd Alexander died just a few years ago and I believe he is one of the best children’s fantasy writers EVER! His books are wonderful literature for children and adults-his best known work is The Black Cauldron, which I highly recommend reading. I tried to convince Chrissy to read this book instead when we saw it at the library, because I knew that we could not go wrong with any book by Alexander, but alas, she chose the vampire book, so I checked it out and read it myself. It’s a quick and fun read about a half-gypsy girl’s adventures in a small town in Eastern Europe who is smarter than just about everyone else in the town. I loved it! This is a book that I think would appeal to girls and boys alike and I found it simply charming. This book was a pure delight to read.