I Return With Answers!

I am back!

I know, I use that phrase a lot. Or at least I have done in the last few months. I can’t tell if my random hiatuses are going to get better or worse at this point. I was happy blaming college, but then that ended for the year and I thought I’d have time to do this blogging thing. Then, I don’t know, I needed a rest, from everything.

But for now, I return. And I am (maybe) just in time to answer some questions posed by Suzie over at her blog. She has been encouraging anyone who wishes to answer 7 questions over the last week, because she likes getting to know her blogging buddies. Isn’t that sweet? I love the idea! So, naturally, I want to participate. Here are my answers…

1. Why have you chosen your blog name?

Because it’s very ‘me’. Two of my favourite words that just happen to sum up not only who I am, but what this blog essentially delivers: Whimsy and eclecticism.

2. When you have an hour of free-time, what do you do?

Blog? Okay, I guess I can’t claim that as truth, knowing that I have had many hours free the last couple weeks. I like to write, or socialise. If I can’t find someone to converse with, I’ll sit down to converse with myself or a page.

3. If you could choose to stay a certain age forever, what would it be?

Um… that’s tricky. I was leaning towards younger, as to avoid responsibility, but I like knowing what I know now and assume I’ll be more aware and/or wiser in the future. I may not have reached my ideal age yet. I’m not sure. I am getting fed up with how easy I injure myself playing sport now though. I miss that youthful, sturdy body I once had.

4. If you could learn to do something, what would it be?

I wouldn’t mind learning how to cook really, really well. That’d be neat.There’s many things I could list here, but that comes to mind almost instantly.

5. What would be the first thing you would buy if you won the lottery?

A monkey. I mean, why not?

Actually, if we’re being serious, I suppose it depends on how much I’m winning. Enough for a party with friends? Enough for my desired Kombi? Enough to travel the World? Enough to follow Dave Matthews Band on tour? Enough for a house at the beach? Enough to start my own business? Those things.

The party first.

Then a monkey.

6. What is the thing that makes you absolutely unique?

Perhaps my perception. It’s difficult to answer, because uniqueness cannot be dialed down to one factor. It is the unique combination of all traits and such. But I think my perception of the World around me is very unique.

7. What is your favourite blog?

You mean blogs, plural, right?

A couple faves include:

The Girl Who Blogs

Words Become Superfluous

Awakening To Awareness

Suzie81’s Blog

I’m Just Super Saiyan

But there are sooooo many good ones I’m aware of, and many more I probably aren’t. Explore the blogosphere, it is inhabited by so many amazing people!

Funny Game Show Answers

And now for a laugh!

I have, for some time, been in love with funny gameshow answers. Here’s a quick few compiled. I only really picked this one because #21 is far and away my favourite. I just love the host’s reaction. He’s found far too much humour in it. Haha. Enjoy!

Embrace it!

So, I just read some article about 20 things to do to truly embrace your 20’s.

I figured I’ve done a fair bit. Surely I have most of that list covered.

I’d done about 5. Well, that was depressing.

And they weren’t the fun five, either.

But then I found two more similar articles. I had about 15 in each of those covered. That cheered me up a little.

And then I found a list of the 8 biggest life mistakes you can make in your twenties. And I had made all of them.

But in the last year, I have also done the opposite to all of them. Perhaps even rectified all of the ones I made early.

So, perhaps I have finally begun to embrace, well… life. And my twenties, thankfully while I’m still in them. And it points to positive signs for the future.

I had a friend say the other day, “Wow, you have achieved so much already.”

Well, maybe, I guess, in list form of experiences. But not as far as my true desires are concerned. I still have much, MUCH to achieve.

But I think I’m headed there now.

Better late than never, right?

What’s In A Name?

In a fit of poetic oddity, I realised the four words that best describe me (or at least 4 of my favourite words) spell out my given name.

Eclectic

Whimsical

Empathetic

Nurturing

What would your name look like in this form?

NOW it’s a challenge

NaNoWriMo is upon us. I blogged briefly about how I desired to take on the challenge of writing a short novel (50,000 words) in a month.

And I do. I will.

However, I have barely started. I knew I was going to be a week behind, though. I had my last week of University to contend with. And you know what “last week” means…

Major Assessments!

I handed one in today (Thursday) and have JUST completed the other due tomorrow. Once I hand that in, I am officially free!

And I’ll need to be.

If I thought 50,000 words in 30 days was a challenge, what does that make 48,000 in 23 days?

Impossible? Let’s find out.

I think I could… maybe… do it. I will have a lot of free time all of a sudden. If I write just over 2,000 words a day, every day, I’ll hit the target. That’s doable, right?

Absolutely.

I think the hardest thing for me is having a good idea I can write that freely on. I often wrestle with my ideas for aaaaaaages. I’ll write a bunch, and then stop and contemplate absolutely everything. For some time. And then write a bunch more. And continue that cycle. I can’t afford to do that here. I need to be on autopilot. I’m not sure I can do that with my current idea. Maybe I’ll have to re-invent my story. Hmmm… tricky one.

I’ll keep you all posted. And I will be continuing, or restarting, tomorrow night.

Talk to you then, lovely bloggers!

Sunshine Award

I got a Sunshine Award!

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The absolutely, spectacularly, amazing Super Saiyan M over at I’m just Super Saiyan decided to throw the above treat at me. And I caught it, gratefully.

I think the deal with this is to share ten things about myself, and then throw the Sunshine at another ten people who are deserving. Sounds like fun.

But firstly, I want to pimp out Super Saiyan M’s blog, because her blog is just as magnificent and funny as she is.

Seriously, why aren’t you worshiping this girl and her blog already? She’s the bee’s knees, folks!

Okay, now that you have finally caught up to speed with the most-worth-following-blog on the interwebby blogosphere, I have ten things about me to share! Well, actually I have decided to answer ten questions, for I feel they may be more revealing.

1. Put your music player of choice on shuffle and list the first 10 songs.

  • Alabama Shakes – ‘I Found You’
  • Johnnyswim – ‘Heart Beats’
  • Death Cab for Cutie – ‘I Will Possess Your Heart’
  • Alexi Murdoch – ‘Orange Sky’
  • Jason Mraz – ‘Make It Mine’
  • Norah Jones – ‘Turn Me On’
  • Donavon Frankenreiter – ‘Day Dreamer’
  • The Beautiful Girls – ‘La Mar (The Ocean)’
  • Gomez – ‘See The World’
  • Charles Bradley and the Menahan Street Band – ‘The World (Is Going Up In Flames)’

2. If you could spend a week anywhere in the world, where would it be and why? Would you take anyone with you?

Oh, too many options! Right now, I’d probably spend a week in New York. And I’d take my housemate with me. I’ve been to the US once, but want to return, and he has never been, and really wants to go. And I know we’d have a blast together. So that’d be cool.

Wait, California! I choose California! You all know who lives in Cali… Sophia Bush!

3. What is your preferred writing implement? (eg. Blue pen, pencil, green pen)

Black pen, typically. I don’t mind a pencil, either. I like the feel of it. It feels lighter to me. Less industrialised. More rustic. There’s a word I’m circumventing, being almost 2 am, but the feel is somewhere around there. And I much prefer jotting notes with pen than computer or other electronica. I’m old school, baby. I’d write my novel in fountain pen if I could.

4. Favourite month and why?

December, I think. It gives us Christmas, which is great family time. Plus lots of warm weather here. You all know by now I am a summer person. The hotter the better. And I’m hoping to spend most of the month down the beach this year. January a close second.

5. Name 3 items you could pick up from where you are.

Well, I have just retreated to bed. From here I could grab Sara Bareilles’ new album ‘The Blessed Unrest’, a deck of Dave Matthews Band playing cards, and a book entitled “The Greatest Hockey Stories Ever Told’.

6. What is your desktop background currently?

Right now it’s a photo of a baby lemur I took at the zoo that turned out quite nice. I posted about it here.

7. What pets do you have? What are their names?

Right now, no pets. 😦

I know, I hate living in an apartment. I grew up with plenty of pets. My first was Kipper, our German Shepherd. He was the nicest dog ever. So gentle and chill. When I was really little I used to ride him. Mum and Dad had him for a few years before I turned up. He was 17 when he died. I was 12. I was devastated. Best. Dog. Ever. Miss ya still, Kip!

8. Inspiration behind your blog title?

I think I’ve tried to explain this one before. Probably struggled then, too. I just wanted something that reflected who I am, and who I want to be perceived as. ‘Eclectic’ is one of my all time favourite words, and suits me to a ‘t’, so I wanted to use that in some form. And the blog was always going to be about a bit of nothing. Just fun. Just whimsy. Eventually it all clicked!

9. Favourite item of clothing?

That’s tough, there’s a couple I love. I’ve never been much of a material possession lover, but I adore my hippie pants. They are so comfy. I’ll have to throw up a photo on the weekend so you know what I’m on about. I also love my Chicago Blackhawks Jersey. That’s my favourite winter-wear.

10. Name at least one book you loved as a child.

My favourite book ever from childhood is ‘The BFG’ by Roald Dahl. Dude was such a tripper. I loved everything he wrote. But that was just perfect to me. I still adore it. I’m due for another read, actually.

And now, I throw Sunshine at 10 amazing bloggers. If I could give one back to Supersaiyan M, I would, but she’s got one. So I give them to…

Amb at Words Become Superfluous

Kaela at The Girl Who Blogs

Suzie at Suzie81’s Blog

Michaela at The mmmmm Family

Escaping Elegance

Alienorajt

Zooboo

Christy at Words for the Weekend

Meka at Love Mekanism

Jolene at Valley Girl Gone Country

Well done you lot, you’re all some of my favourite bloggers. Why? Because you’re all awesome. Your bloggy ways mean a lot to me, and this experience here would be naught without you all. Thanks for being my bloggy buddies!

Face Change

Okay, so it’s not a proper face change. But I did just change the profile pic on my Gravatar, or whatever that blasted thing is called.

That other one wasn’t recent. I mean, it was prettier, but not a true representation of the current me.

It was like, 4 years old now.

I’m not so pretty anymore. I’m feeling old.

But this new one is via the beach. From last weekend. So, it’s right current.

If it scares anyone I’ll switch it back. Promise! Haha.