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Spreading the Happy

At the end of a long, hard day, it is the little things that mean so very much. Someone offering to make dinner. A headbutt from a cat who is happy to see you. And even (especially!) a sweet blog award!

Jolene of Graceful Agony popped out of the woodwork to completely surprise me with this little bit of appreciation. This is only my second blog award so I am super-flattered!

In accepting this award, I need to:

  • Post the reward in my blog together with the name of the person who has granted the award and his or her blog link.
  • Pass the award to 15 other blogs that you’ve newly discovered.
  • Remember to contact the bloggers to let them know they have been chosen for this award.

I must confess, my last award I think I did a terrible job of notifying folks since I didn’t do it all at once, so this time I will be better! This becomes tricky though, since Jolene and I are fans of many of the same blogs, and I have not been very proactive in hunting out new blogs lately. As such, I am going to tweak the protocols just a bit by listing a few folks who I have been following for some time, but they are a joy and an inspiration read, and hopefully they will be new for you! I am also going to list only five and focus on quality rather than quantity.

I read blogs on a wide range of topics for a variety of reasons. I am entertained. I am learning. Or I feel a personal connection with the writer or subject. In the case of Our Asperger Family, I am a friend of one of their family members. This is an incredibly tender blog about raising a child with Asperger’s Syndrome and the joys and challenges therein. I taught young children for many years and worked with “special needs” students of many ages so I remember some of these lessons clearly. My brother and I both faced similar challenges during our school years, and this blog is a warm reminder of how rewarding and full of discovery those years can be.

Occasionally I cast about for other blogs related to Rheumatoid Arthritis, just to see how others fare and what I can learn from them. I recently stumbled across The Opening Year. Laura’s shared challenges of RA and interest in yoga keeps me peeking in, and her different approach to wellness gives me insight into possible paths I have not yet tried.

Annie at It’s Time to Get over How Fragile You Are is one of my favourite people, and she helps keep me blogging when it’s hard for me stay focused or find my motivation. Her blog is sweet and funny and poignant, and I shake my pom-poms to cheer her on!

Katie of Overflowing Brain writes the kind of blog that I want my blog to grow up to be. She writes with verve and humour, even when life keeps throwing everything it can at her. Her despair is all too familiar to anyone who has ever stared in the face of the presumed incurable, but despite it all she is a warm and driven individual, and I respect her all the more for it.

I have always been aware of and interested in assistive technologies. With a deaf father, a partially blind sister, and my early learning disability and now limited mobility, it is natural that I would bring this awareness to my professional and technical life, designing accessible websites and other online teaching resources. Hand to Mouth: Assistive Technology is a wonderful resource for those new to assistive technologies, or the more experienced who want to learn the ins and outs to maximize their chosen tools. As my institution moves closer to mobile learning environments, these concerns only become more important to me personally and professionally.

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Blog Award!

There are some really cool things going on and some really crappy ones as well, but I find myself too tired and achy to post about either at the moment- I am mostly trying to figure out how I will get through the rest of the day and do grocery shopping on the way home.

HOWEVER, in Very Cool News, I am ridiculously flattered to be the recipient of The Fabulous Sugar Doll award, gifted to me by my blog-friend, Annie!

As I understand it, the conditions of accepting the award require that I share 10 things about myself, and pass it forward to four (or more) notable bloggers, so here goes:

1. I am a complete and utter cat person. The moment a cat, or even a picture of a cat, comes within my immediate vicinity my IQ drops 40 points and the “Awwww!” falls out. It’s most embarrassing (both for me, and for the cat).

2. I am coated in freckles. Moving to Florida has not lessened my collection in any way. I am not overly fond of them, and my younger sister used to torment me by connecting the dots. These two facts are most probably related.

3. While I do wear my arthritis gloves only when my hands hurt, a part of me loves having an excuse to wear fingerless gloves pretty much whenever I want.  ❤

4. I hate to shop for clothes. Because of this, I rarely purchase clothes. So the clothes that I do own are getting terribly worn out. See the first sentence in this recursive loop.

5. I have worn glasses since I was five years old. I cannot imagine what it would be like to not have to wear them. Someday they will make contacts for my type of astigmatism and I will probably freak out trying to decide whether I can make the transition or not.

6. I am a bit of a blanket-hoarder. I have 3 blankets that are not used on my bed, down the other 5 I regifted when I moved. You’d think that I would not need blankets in Florida, but thanks to my thyroid, snuggling under a blanket is still the best thing in the world.

7. Autumn is my favourite season. The only good bit about the recent freeze that sent Florida into a tizzy was that the leaves actually changed colour and fell this year.

8. I enjoy making and giving gifts. I am not always adept at words and expressing my appreciation of others, so I give little gifts and help out as much as I can. I have not been able to do this nearly as much as I used to, and it frustrates me that I can’t as easily express myself the way I know best.

9. Dark chocolate-covered orange peels is my favourite candy in the entire world. It also has the added bonus that no one else cares for them, so I get them all to myself!

10. I found this incredibly difficult to write. It’s so hard to think of interesting things about me- I think I have been too focused on my health and need to do more fun things.

Now, here is the hardest part- I read many wonderful blogs, but Annie beat me to most of my regulars! So here are my tags:

Barbara (Le Femme Chronique)

Laurie (A Chronic Dose)

Christine (But You Don’t Look Sick)

Jodi (AutoImmune Photo Project)

Thank for the award Annie! And thanks to all the wonderful bloggers who help keep sane and informed!

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