Book Tag: The Versatile Blogger Award

Happy Hump Day, Nerdos!

I’m like 80% sure I’m coming down with a cold, so my brain is basically sleepy mush today and I had no idea what kind of post I’d be able to write that wasn’t completely half-assed.

And honestly, I don’t want to put out half-assed stuff. I’d rather post less often with high quality (for me) stuff then post daily with shit I’m just tossing out there, hoping it sticks.

Thankfully, Dora @ Swift Coffee has given me the perfect out for today by nominating me for the Versatile Blogger Award!

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I have no idea what that means, but I’m grateful!

Honestly, while we’re on it, I never have any idea what most of these blogger award tags are for. Best Actor? Best Director? Worst Blowjob Scene?

What we need is some description of what these awards are far, what was the qualifying criteria? Am I to assume I’m versatile in some way? Because I can assure you, I am not. I’m a fickle, stubborn, cranky bitch who is very difficult to please and if you change plans on me last minute I’m gonna throw a fit.

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But here we are… Versatile Awards for me!

The Rules:

• If you are nominated, you’ve been awarded the Versatile Blogger Award
• Thank the person who gave you the award
• Include a link to their blog
• Select 15 blogs/bloggers that you’ve recently discovered or follow regularly
• Nominate those 15 bloggers for the Versatile Blogger Award
• Finally, tell the person who nominated you 7 things about yourself


7 Things About Me:

🔪When I was a child, I was scared of moustaches. My childhood best friend’s father had a moustache, as well as my grandfather and my father’s friends. Whenever any of them approached me, I would run away. Occasionally I would hide in a closet. I literally have no idea where this fear came from. I still don’t like moustaches and usually find they make any man look like a potential child molester, but I’m not scared of them anymore.

🔪If I start watching Bar Rescue, I cannot stop. This is the dumbest thing ever, but I’m serious. There is a marathon of this show every Sunday. I always say I’ll just watch one or two episodes to get my fill of John Taffer turning red yelling at idiots, but before I know it I’ll have watched five or six hours and will have been completely ignoring my family (sometimes eating dinner alone in bed so I don’t miss anything) and I can’t find the willpower to move or pee or shower. I have to hold the remote in my hand, ready for the last episode to end and immediately change the channel because if I even get a hint of what dumpster fire of a bar Taffer is going to remodel, I can’t turn away. I have to see the outcome. It’s a real addiction.

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🔪I have a dog. His name is Finnegan. And I love him more than anything. You know those millennials who would rather have dogs than children? Yeah, that’s me. I bought my boy, Finn, last July and he’s easily the best thing I’ve ever spent my money on. He’s the happiest, sweetest pup you will ever meet in your life and I don’t know what I would do without him. He makes everything better, he even manages to turn me into a morning person most days with his affection and excitement to be awake with everyone again. My husband finds him a little bit annoying because he is the definition of a “velcro dog” (can never be alone.) Finn sleeps under the blankets with us at night and it stops my husband from being able to spoon and cuddle. I’m definitely guilty of spoiling my dog. I’m way over-the-top and I know it. He eats a raw food diet, he gets bully sticks and pig ears regularly. And recently I bought him $200 worth of Canada Pooch clothes to get ready for the winter. He got a new jacket, a onesie for sleeping and a fall sweater. I can’t help it.

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🔪I strive to find silver linings in everything; to be proactive instead of a whiny bitch. This is not something I learned overnight, but rather something I tried to cultivate in myself after ending an abusive relationship in my mid-20s. My natural inclination has always been to get down and upset and dwell when things didn’t go my way. But after I left that abusive relationship, I realized that I could get through anything and there was no reason to not look for solutions in even really shitty situations. I also believe in perspective as a tool for appreciation and a mood lifter. There are people who need face transplants, who don’t have clean drinking water, who have ageing parents who can’t remember who they are. I am a fortunate person and I think it’s important to remember that when I feel some depression or negativity creeping up on me telling me that I should waste precious time in my life being upset about bills or body image issues. Yes, I still have moments where I need to have a bit of a dramatic meltdown, but I have a quick turnaround time now. I pick myself back up, try to formulate a plan and find my perspective again. Optimism mixed with realism is my choice for how I view my life and the world around me. And I have a very limited amount of patience for people who interfere with my vibe. Very, very limited.

🔪I have blonde moments sometimes. I’m a natural blonde, though I do get some bleached help to make it more obvious. Not to toot my own horn too loudly, but I do consider myself to be someone who is intelligent, well-informed, with educated opinions and the skill set to be an excellent debater and influencer. In most rooms, I’m usually the smartest person. Like, I’m just being honest. Haters to the left. In some other life, I probably should have been a lawyer or a political analyst or an activist of some educated status. So, it usually comes as a surprise to me when I think something so fucking stupid and it literally takes minutes, or someone else correcting me, for a thing to become clear. For instance, yesterday, I was in the kitchen at work looking at the Halloween potluck sign-up sheet. Someone had written “Cherry, Beef/Rice.” And as my food was heating up and counting down from 3 minutes, I literally stood there with a disgusted look on my face thinking, who the FUCK wants to eat cherry flavoured beef and rice? It took the whole countdown on the microwave before I realized Cherry is the name of a woman in my office. Another example: I was driving home with a friend (during my college days) and we passed by a sign in someone’s yard that read “LAB PUPPIES.” I turned to my friend, indignant as fuck and completely repulsed, and asked her, “why would any be selling puppies for animal testing?” She looked at me like I was fucking stupid, but I dug in and ranted about animals being bought by labs and used for testing. My friend let me go on for a while before she stopped me and said, “You’re a fucking moron. They are selling labrador puppies.”

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🔪I love video games. I hesitate to call myself a “gamer” because I’m not hardcore about it. I have a job and relationships and a house and other hobbies that usually take precedence over playing anything during my day-to-day life. But when a new game I’m super excited about falls into my hands I will tell my husband, “sorry but I’ll be playing all weekend.” This last weekend I had Friday off, so I spent 3 days playing Far Cry 5. In total my game time was 28 hours, so that’s like an average of 9 hours a day. LOL. I’m very much into open world RPGs. Dragon Age and Mass Effect are two of my favourites. But I also love the story mode games like Hard Rain or Until Dawn. Borderlands 2 is my all-time favourite and it’s one of the ways my husband and I bonded when we first started dating. We even have some engagement pictures with game controllers in the frame. I took the Friday after my birthday off next month because I fully expect to be getting the new Assassin’s Creed as a gift and I’ll need another 28 hours to dive into it. If you’re on PSN you can add me as a friend at kikirayXIII.

🔪I’m a little bit of a stoner. I’m not really a drinker, haven’t been since college. I don’t really like the feeling of being drunk. And a little buzz just puts me to sleep. I might drink some wine during a girl’s night but that’s about it. I don’t smoke cigarettes and I’ve never done any hard drugs or psychedelics. But I love weed. I’m basically convinced it’s a miracle plant and everyone should be ashamed of themselves for keeping it illegal when it’s been proven to help with everything from cancer to Parkinson’s, stress and depression and anxiety and pain. My anniversary gift from my husband was an Air II Vape and I’m completely in love with it. And what’s even better, last Thursday Canada officially legalized marijuana nationwide!! Oh, Canada, eh.

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I Nominate:

  1. Use Your Words
  2. Zuky the Bookbum
  3. Kristin Kraves Books
  4. A Literary Life
  5. Live, Read and Prosper
  6. The Belgian Reviewer
  7. A Lovely Book Affair
  8. Reader Voracious
  9. Third Person Limited
  10. B’s Book Blog
  11. BW Reviews
  12. On The Shelf Reviews
  13. PH Diva
  14. Ambivert Words
  15. The Contented Reader

My nominations are a mix of the people I’ve known the longest, and newer accounts I’ve just become acquainted with. There’s no obligation to do this, but if you do I’ll obviously like you more than the people who chose to ignore me.

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Until next time, Booknerds…

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11 thoughts on “Book Tag: The Versatile Blogger Award

  1. Thanks for the nomination, and I’m sorry but your “blonde moments” were hilarious, and also not something you should feel bad about, because it happens to everyone, brains just do that on their own. Playing video games nine hours a day is the dream, and something I also do when I get a new game. I’m super excited for Assassin’s Creed: Odyssey but I’m gonna have to upgrade my laptop first, which is the worst. Congrats about the legalisation! Drugs are decriminalised here (addiction is an illness not a crime), which amounts to the same thing. Weed has always made me sleepy though, and kind of slow in a way I don’t enjoy but it’s absolutely miraculous at curing my migraines, just instant relief, nothing works as well. I’ve been meaning to get a plant (every household is allowed two) so I can make my own tea. Edibles are the worst tho, either that or I’m fatally white, because I hate how spicy they are.

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    1. Thanks Carolina 🙂 x If you don’t mind me asking, where is “here”? I definitely think you’re doing it the right way in the approach to drugs, but we’ve made a big step here that I’m quite proud about. We’re allowed to grow 4 plants per house, so I think that’s something my husband wants to take up as a hobby. I don’t have the time to focus on growing good weed LOL. I always use Leafly to check the affects of the weed I’m buying. Any heavy Indica strains definitely make me sleepy as well, so that’s why I lean towards hybrids or straight Sativa strains. They just make me happy and stress-free, which I need or I have a tendency to fall into depressive spells. But edibles, forget it. It’s a totally different experience and I’ve never not fallen into the best naps of my life LOL.

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      1. Ah sorry I’m from Portugal, we decriminalised drugs back in 2001 and basically solved our drug problem overnight. A lot of people support the specific legalisation of weed so it can be sold in easily accessible shops but I for one don’t like it (although I agree the extra tax money making its way to the state would be great) we already struggle as it is with too much tourism, if that happened it would be much worse. It’s easy enough to get for Portuguese people who want it, doctors don’t shy away from recommending it to patients so I don’t care if the tourists miss out. I do think Canada took a great step, and I hope more countries do it too, but I think the decriminalisation of all drugs (as long as the country has a public healthcare system, otherwise it’s a disaster waiting to happen) is the right way to go — if anyone profits or not from it I don’t really care, as long as severe addicts are getting help, and people taking harmless drugs like weed are left alone.

        I don’t know anything about strains, we usually identify it by the regions its from, weed from Alentejo (hot weather, vast plains at sea level) is the best, and highly sought after, it can also be grown outside of greenhouses which makes it even better, everything else depends on whatever techniques they used to grow it but I don’t know too much about it. I just know everyone loves weed from Alentejo because it’s strong and all natural.

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  2. I dont trust men with mustaches because they also look like child molesters to me.

    I’ve never heard of Bar Rescue but it sounds like that show Gordan Ramsey does where he visits hotels? I could binge watch that show too!

    Your baby is so cute I love him!

    I totally get the I swear I’m smart but sometimes say the dumbest shit. I’m not like, super smart, but I’, switched on and also know I could have gotten a lot further academically if schools knew how to teach people outside of the one way they do.
    But god do I say some dumbass shit, a lot of the time because of the brain fog.
    And I know that a lot of the smart shit I say can take a second to sink in for people because I tend to say it in the dumbest way possible when I’m speaking verbally.
    I get underestimated by middle-aged to old men a lot because of this and then they’ll get into a political argument with me thinking it’ll be an easy win. Think again fuckers!

    I need to find some time to play video games soon! I miss them very much and I recently bought the sims and I’ve had Assassin’s Creed Chronicles for ages but I know once I sit down to play either of them I won’t be getting up again for at least 8 hours. I’ll have to add you on PSN, which I’m sure I’ve said before but I’m still yet to actually play it since saying it the last time ahah.
    I’m getting my mum into gaming a little as well. I have Overcooked which is such a stupidly fun game to play with a group of people! It’s always very funny, especially if you have someone who’s maybe a little over-tired or stoned because it’s a game that relies on communication! It’s a really goo family game too!

    I miss weed so much man. Used to be a big pot head and had to quit for a number of reason, mostly I have a super addictive personality. As soon as using medicinal marijuana is legal here, I’ll be on that though!
    Like you, the buzz from alcohol tends to make me sleepy which is great because I usually get a solid 8-10 hours sleep after a night of wine and movies by myself ahah.

    Thank you for tagging me! I’m back to blogging this week!! I look forward to getting to this one probably next month since I have so many banked up from being away.

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