Well well! Mariana Blaser at the Randomities blog has given me the Happy 101 Award! According to Mariana’s description, it means that we are supposed to list ten things that make us happy, and then pass the Award to five people.
Mariana has become one of my special pals, both on Twitter and then on Facebook, and I visit her blog as often as I can. Which was how I noticed this little matter of the award. 🙂
Some of you may have noticed that when I get one of these, I’m usually so frantically busy that I say “I’ll come back to it,” and then usually forget. And I’m also a bit reluctant about them, anyway; I don’t pass on chain emails either. But I really appreciate Mariana’s friendship, and her concern during February and early March, when I’d been sick (and I returned the concern for her, for similar reasons). And I’m really honoured to be so highly regarded. So here are the ten things that make me happy, and then I’ll list five other people (only five?? eeek!) who I also admire.
- Cats. Sorry, but this one always comes first for me. There is nothing on earth that makes me happier than looking into a little cat face, stroking soft cat fur, and holding a sleeping cat along my side at night in bed. I look at a cat and my soul sings. So this one’s first.
- Great friends. This one did, at least, come in at #2! I grew up being bullied by virtually all the kids in my schools right through high school, and only ever had one friend at a time until I was about 19. So when I say I love and appreciate the astonishingly large number of friends I have now, both online and in person, I really mean it.
- Writing. My passion and my joy. I feel like I was born with a pen in my hand. I love my stories and my characters, and love my non-fiction writing too.
- Mythology. There’s a reason I always list this as one of my main interests on any online community I register on. I love mythology! Greek, of course, which I grew up on, but that’s been overtaken and surpassed by other greater loves: Celtic, Hindu, Norse, Egyptian, Mesopotamian, with smatterings of Teutonic. I’d study myth all day long if I could. Well…half the day, since I’d be writing during the other half.
- Anime. I can hear some of you: “What? It came as low as fifth??” But I do madly love certain anime series, and the genre in general. I’ve just been watching Rah-Xephon again, and marvelling anew at the richness of the coloring and drawing, the fascinating, dramatic characters, and the utter incomprehensible nature of the story. (Heehee!) The artistry of anime is a wonder to me, but some series have such great stories that I feel happy every time I see them. My favourite? Of course, anything relating to Fullmetal Alchemist. But beyond that, all the Gundam series I’ve seen, Noir, Maria Watches Over Us, and the delightful Princess Tutu. With Steam Detectives as a guilty pleasure. (Ah, LeBled, we hardly knew ye!)
- Ancient history and languages. Another thing I could read all day. If, you know, I wasn’t writing, and reading mythology, and watching anime. Hm. This is getting complicated. My favourite areas of the world for ancient history are Egypt, India, Greece, Mesopotamia, and Turkey. Languages that fascinate me most: Sanskrit, Latin, the gleanings we have of original Indo-European, and languages that used cuneiform. (I joke that when it comes to history, languages, and even myth, my personal motto should be “The Deader the Better.”)
- Libraries. Honestly, give me a university library and I could live in it.
- Toronto. I am happy every day to be living in this most multi-cultural city in the world. I love that I can walk a few blocks and have Indian food or hop three stops down the subway and get Greek or Thai. I love that Toronto will regularly shut its streets down for Caribana or the Pride Parade, or the Word on the Street celebration of books. I love Doors Open Toronto, where we get to explore our heritage buildings for a weekend. I love the diversity and the fact that in the apartment complex across the street from mine, there are at least ninety-seven different languages spoken from almost every culture in the world.
- Indian food. I lived for much of my life without ever having discovered this. NOM.
- Books. This may be cheating, since I already mentioned libraries, but no, I don’t think so. I have books of my own too, you know. (2000 or more by now.) There have been times when I’ve been very depressed, and walked into the room with most of my bookcases, and just stood looking at all the shelves, and felt better. I love my books. I love my books. I love my books.
So there are the ten things! And now five people who I really admire and appreciate. They may not be the sort of people who pass awards around from blog to blog, but I want to at least mention them.
- Kiirstin, from the A Book a Week blog. I love reading her blog, and just generally chatting with her, there and on Twitter. She’s a Canadian librarian.
- Another Canadian librarian! Am I collecting them?? Melanie, from the Indextrious Reader blog. Another person I really enjoy chatting with on Twitter, and whose blog I love.
- Stephanie, from the Rocket Scientist blog (she really is!) and the Ask Me Anything blog (go ahead — ask her; she gives great, thoughtful answers). (In fact, the most recent question she answered was one that I had asked, about the idea of having an “elevator” to space.)
- Nicola at the Alpha Heroes blog. I’ve learned so much from her, about a genre I haven’t paid much heed to until now.
- Daisy (and Harley) at Daisy the Curly Cat. If you’re a cat lover and haven’t yet discovered this utterly delightful cat, run to this blog — now. Daisy is, among other things, a very fashionable cat.
And there ya go. One of my more…wordy…missives. Have a good weekend!