It’s Friday, which means it’s almost the weekend, woohoo!
It also means it’s time for another round of questions from a new blogger friend! This week I swapped with Echo from Domain of the Mad Mommy. Echo describes herself as “a wife, mother, homeschooler, blogger, and partial lunatic.” When I read that- “partial lunatic”- I was pretty certain we’d have a great swap! Please be sure to check out her site to see her answers to my questions, and while you’re there, check out the awesome crafty kiddo activities she has!
And now, my answers for her…
1. I had never seen the term “spoonie” before reading your blog. Do a lot of people ask you what a “spoonie” is? (I’m not ashamed to admit, I Googled.)
I had thought I had linked to Christine Miserandino’s The Spoon Theory somewhere in my bio, but clearly I imagined that haha! My gal Dawnie actually introduced the term to me, so many of my friends/readers are already familiar with the history. I do get asked occasionally, and am always happy for the opportunity to raise awareness for the chronic/invisible illness community.
2. What are some of the coping skills that you have developed to handle your chronic illness?
I’m still learning new coping skills every day, since no single day is the same. Good ones to remember: Have patience with yourself. Learn to ask for help. Rest as often as your body needs. Keep a notebook to jot down symptoms and questions. Live in the moment.
3. I see that you enjoy cooking! What is the best thing that you have EVER eaten?
Oh man! I love food, I’m not ashamed to say it. LOVE, LOVE, LOVE food. Best thing I have EVER eaten? Probably the shrimp fettuccine alfredo I had at a little restaurant in Lincoln City, Oregon. They have an herb garden, all their dressings and sauces are homemade and the seafood was fresh that day. It was a flavor explosion that I’ve never been able to duplicate.
4. To go with #3, what is the worst thing you have EVER eaten?
I can’t think of a particular meal, but here are some things I hate to eat: Green beans. Peas. Pretty much anything that gets mushy, like soggy bread. Avocados (I know!). Tomatoes (mostly cuz they’ll kill me- I’m allergic). Onions. Cooked spinach. Beans. Bananas.
5. What are your 3 favorite hobbies?
Reading. Puzzles, any kind. Games with my fiance.
6. I deal with mental illness on a daily basis. Between my son and I, it is a never ending battle. If you could, would you change your mental illness or is it too much a part of you?
There are certainly days I wish I was “normal.” But honestly? I think it’s an integral part of me. Would I have the same understanding and compassion if I hadn’t fought my own battles? I don’t think so. And that understanding and compassion has lead to some of my greatest joys, so I wouldn’t want to change that.
7. Tell me about your family! (Human and Animal)
I have 12 brothers and sisters (blended family), but am only close to two sisters. I have rough relations with a few, but technically have three sets of parents. I have more aunts, uncles, and cousins than I can count, and sadly, I’m not very close to most of them. (Are we sensing a pattern here?) I have my fiance, my 13 year old son, and our 6 year old Lhasa Apso-Todd. I also have adopted my best guy friend as my brother and many of my best gals as sisters of my heart. They and their families have become mine, and are closer to me than blood.
8. If you had an expense paid trip handed to you, but you had to get on a plane IMMEDIATELY, would you go?
Assuming “IMMEDIATELY” would at least offer enough time to pack, grab my meds, etc, HECK YES! There are so many places I have yet to see, and money is often too tight to just pack up and go.
9. What is your favorite part about blogging? (Mine is the wonderful people I have come across!)
There’s so much about it that I love! It’s cathartic to write about this crazy life. I love “meeting” new readers and fellow bloggers, it’s fascinating to see how much we have in common with relative strangers. And I love that my words might be helpful to someone, I know there are blogs that have helped me.
10. You enjoy reading! What is one book that I should read this year?
I love reading like a bear loves hibernation. It is such a piece of who I am, I feel myself slip away a bit when I haven’t been able to curl up with a good book. One book this year? The obvious answer is The Fault In Our Stars. Even though it might be intended for a younger audience, it touched me deeply and I loved it, even as I cried. If you’ve read that, my go-to recommendations are always the Outlander series by Diana Gabaldon and the Merry Gentry series by Laurell K. Hamilton. The second can be a little racy, but they’re both so very well written, the reader is drawn into their worlds. Which, to me, is the best thing about reading, and the mark of a great author.
I am really loving this Ask Away Friday series, and getting to share more about myself while also discovering new blogging friends. If you’d like to join, please check out their Facebook group. And don’t forget to stop by Echo’s site, tell her I sent you!