The object of the award/ meme is to post ten scraps of information about yourself and then pass the award on to seven other bloggers.
1. I don’t deal with compliments well. I am learning to be more gracious and simply accept them as they come my way, but I have strong internal compulsions to tone down or laugh them off with a self-depracating joke or two. I’m not entirely sure why I do this, but it seems to be about deflecting attention away from myself (which makes me nervous) and defusing any possibility of envy or animosity.
2. I care too much about what people think of me. I find blogging a genuine challenge due to these first two traits, which is why I have tended away from writing anything too personal here. I guess one of my unconscious resolutions for 2010 was to come out of my shell a bit in this forum, expose myself a bit more and admit that, heck, I have opinions! I have things to say!
3. Two of my longtime passions, cooking and knitting, are traditionally non-vegan pursuits, and the history of each craft is deeply and emotionally tied to animal use. I love witnessing the reformation of these pursuits, being one of the compassionate voices simply by creating things I love using the sweet bounty of the plant world.
4. Green is my very favourite colour, and I sometimes wonder how much of my love for green foods (broccoli, pistachios, asparagus, celery, Granny Smiths, gherkins, grapes, olives, kiwi fruit, snow peas, avocado, mint) is influenced by the appeal I derive from their aesthetics.
5. I use words like ‘aesthetics’. I used to read a set of big, heavy, A-K and L-Z dictionaries for fun when I was younger. This fascination with words led me to the glorious field of linguistics, in which I studied an introductory unit in my first year at uni, and promptly changed degrees to study it further. I would love to go back to that line of study some day and finish that stale and languishing degree.
6. I attended a bible college for a year, a fact which often surprises people. I drew from that time a ferocious desire for integrity, expecting it of myself and others ever since. It seems to be a rare trait in this postmodern world, but when I come across an individual or organisation embodying this virtue, it makes my heart sing.
7. I get pissed off sometimes about the limited vegan dining options in this town, and dream of starting a plant-foods burger bar, but then remember just how much I love being able to cook for myself. I work out my frustrations in the kitchen, so I get to make exactly what I feel like without having to settle for some cook’s idea of what a vegetarian eats.
8. I rarely take photographs of things other than food or craft. I, along with my partner, recoil against the concept of recording events and/or relationships through static images, so there are only a handful of said images for which we have willingly posed together.
9. We are both way too stubborn for our own good.
10. I haven’t gotten the hang of Continental knitting. I feel it is the way of the future, as it seems like the most energy-efficient technique, but I’m too lazy to practice the technique in order to build up my speed. Maybe I’ll challenge myself to knit Continental for the Ravelympics.
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