Wednesday, April 22, 2009

Yippie Ki-Yay, Motherfucker

Liberality has given me The Honest Weblog award - and the first rule that goes along with this honor is that you absolutely, positively must brag about receiving it. I'm going to reference Rule #3 while doing this bragging since I got this award because somebody considered me Brilliant. Since the person who publicly declared I am Brilliant is a socially conscious, politically aware, psychologically sophisticated, self-declared Old Hippie who reads all kinds of stuff all the time because she's a librarian - I'm particularly honored that she thinks my blog is worth reading at all, much less Brilliant. My ass has been dragging lately because of work related BS and because I have had to admit that I over-reacted during the recent family drama on account of my emotional gestalt being All Fucked Up, so getting this recognition from someone I admire and respect is better than those chocolate cupcakes Velvet's girlfriend made from scratch. Chocolate cures a lot of ills, but besides being fattening, those cup cakes were Velvet's. This award is, in fact, All About Me. Yippie Ki-Yay, Motherfucker!

1.You must brag about the award

2. You must include the name of the blogger who bestowed the award on you and link back to the blogger
3. You must choose a minimum of seven (7) blogs that you find brilliant in content or design
4. Show their names and links and leave a comment informing them that they were prized with Honest Weblog
5. List at least ten (10) honest things about yourself. Then pass on the instructions.
Within my list of seven blogs are some folks who I absolutely cannot imagine playing along with the award thing - particularly the 10 Things About Yourself - but I'm naming them anyway because I like them. We still live in a free country, after all, and they can choose to ignore as many of the rules as they please.

Alternate Brain
Bruce M. Hood
Drinking Liberally in New Milford
Fading Ad by Frank H. Jump
Of Course I Could Be Wrong
Swerve Left

Now for the list of ten honest things about myself.

1. This list reminds me of that list of 25 Random Things about yourself on Facebook. I kind of like Facebook even though the new format really sucks.
2. I almost gave into an impulse to post my real name here at Menopausal Stoners so we could all be friends on Facebook - then I remembered all the good reasons why I use PENolan as my name here on the blog. You never know about stalkers and/or ex-husbands, boyfriends and fiancees.
3. Mostly, I'm so afraid of other people that I'm surprised I can leave the house. When I first moved to New York, I was so afraid of getting hollered at by people that I couldn't call in an order for Chinese food and had nightmares about giving taxi drivers a bill larger than a twenty.
4. One of the main reasons I work as a preschool teacher is that I consider a preschool an emotionally safe environment.
5. I hate my body
6. I like my hair
7. I'm a sucker for wild flowers and chipmunks
8. I wish I had the guts to send out my stories to be published in a real magazine. I'm getting there, but I'm still a dang chicken.
9. I'm better off financially than lots of people, but I wish I could pay my bills on time and didn't owe my shrink a fortune and could afford to get my teeth fixed. Unfortunately, there's no relief in sight even if I phased my therapy down to once a week and I'm not quite stable enough to do that yet since I've only been totally off Depakote for three months. Maybe by September.
10. I'm proud to be a Welsh Witch like Stevie Nicks - even though I'm not really a witch and I don't think she is either.
11. I still can't figure out how to create a link in somebody else's blog. Every time I try, I wind up with an entirely separate post in my blog that gives the link to their blog. I wish somebody could explain this process to me since the Blogger Help on this task positively sucks.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

1. I think you are brilliant!
2. You are a vibrant, beautiful soul!
3. Are you kidding? you are gorgeous and very smart!
4. You are entertaining as hell with all your intellectual diversity.
5. You are a great friend!
What else can I are like one of those cupcakes: Yummy, Rich and Tasty!!!

April 22, 2009 at 8:48 PM  
Blogger Fergie said...

you totally rock and deserve the award, honestly.


April 22, 2009 at 9:45 PM  
Blogger Life As I Know It Now said...

Part of the therapy process is to find those in your network who will support you and then listen to the supportive feedback they give you. I think you are a really good writer dear. Really, I do. You should be getting published. End of discussion. And thanks for all those sweet things you said about me

April 22, 2009 at 10:07 PM  
Blogger Fixer said...

Thank you greatly!

April 23, 2009 at 5:58 AM  
Blogger Kitty said...

Congratulations on your award - very much deserved. As for the 7 things about you - I cannot imagine why you hate your body: in the pictures I've seen you are clearly a BABE! x

April 23, 2009 at 9:52 AM  
Blogger Gordon said...

I add my thanks to Fixer's.

"Menopausal Stoners" reminds me of a line from The Fabulous Furry Freak Brothers after Freewheelin' Franklin falls down while runnin' from some thugs who are tryin' ta steal his stash and breaks about fifty ampoules of amyl nitrate and gets up and wails on 'em:

"Look out, Leroy! That's the meanest damn hippie I ever did see!" Heh.

April 23, 2009 at 12:05 PM  
Blogger Gordon said...

OT, but I just noticed the picture of Lake Tahoe. I live just over the hill from the north end of it. I hope you enjoyed your visit.

April 23, 2009 at 2:39 PM  
Blogger Comrade Kevin said...

You crack me up, Nolan. ;-)

April 23, 2009 at 4:21 PM  
Blogger Gail said...

Hey there-

Congrats on your award. SO well deserved. As I think back on my comments to you over the months - I have been in awe of your intelligence, writing style, humor, honest portrayals of all topics, and see you as my favorite MSNBC news newscaster! :-) Not to mention your amazing acronyms and phrases for folks in your life, my favorite being "Doublewide" :-)

Keep on keeping on- you are excellent.

Love Gail

April 23, 2009 at 6:01 PM  
Anonymous dissed said...

After weeks of computer meltdown, I just caught up on your posts -- lo and behold, you've been awarded. This is a highly satisfactory development.

P.S. Still snorting over the Dick With Ears experience.

April 23, 2009 at 8:34 PM  
Blogger PENolan said...

dissed! I've been missing you and hoping it was a computer issue instead of health or work or something stupid.

Getting this award is pretty cool. Actually, this whole blogging thing is pretty cool. Thanks everyone.

April 23, 2009 at 9:05 PM  
Blogger themom said...

Very interesting and insightful. Thanx for stopping by my place. I have added you to my blogroll and I shall return.

I'm no help on adding the links. I'm still learning new things all the time.

April 23, 2009 at 10:01 PM  
Blogger Kimberly M. Wetherell said...

Yay you!!!

I'm going to email you the link-help you seek. But I tried to paste it in here, and Blogger doesn't let you, so it'l be no help when posting to others' comments sections if they're on Blogger.

Stupid Blogger.

April 23, 2009 at 10:56 PM  
Blogger emily said...

I love it when smart women get some recognition. Shine on, lady...

April 24, 2009 at 1:58 PM  
Blogger PENolan said...

I'll give it a whirl, KMW - and that's why I passed the award on to you, emily!

April 24, 2009 at 5:03 PM  

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