What a week it’s been! I was privileged to be the recipient of the “Metromorphosis” Award at work for leading with patience, perseverance, and good humor in the midst of change. Suddenly I find myself being reminded almost daily that I’m the most senior member of the team and it is both gratifying and uncomfortable. I guess you just rub long with these two feelings as well as you can.
The semester ends next week and I am excited to be sharing one of my projects! We are traveling to Utah to visit my family, so next week will probably be another quote and then you’ll get a “real” post.
I’d also like to invite you over to The Relationship Blogger to talk about spoons.
I am proud to announce that I have been nominated for The Versatile Blogger Award by Ashley! I have to admit, I’m pleased that this blog seems to versatile to people on the outside. It can be difficult to spot the versatility in your own head, haha.
There are a few requirements that come with this nomination. They are as follows.
1) Nominate 15 fellow bloggers
2) Inform the Bloggers of their nomination
3) Share 7 random things about yourself
4) Thank the blogger who nominated you
So first, for the people that I want to nominate
Curses in Cursive – A graduate student at Fairfield University pursuing her MFA and working on her first novel. In this blog, it’s quality, not quantity, that matter.
Life 2.0 – a mother writing about life through the lens of a new mom. I hope to be as cool as she is when I have kids someday :).
Bookbabie – A writer and reader sharing thoughts and amazing photographs from her life.
One Sister’s Rant – Beautiful Bella makes me laugh every time I stop by her blog. A fantastic writer with a big heart and a great camera.
Brute Reason – Miriam looks at the world in such a great way. To be honest, she sees things a lot like I do. I find it refreshing to have another 20-something with similar thoughts to me. (And yes, I know how selfish that sounds, haha.)
Clarissa’s Blog – An insightful blog talking about a variety of topics. Definitely very versatile. Sometimes Clarissa makes me laugh, sometimes she makes me think. But always she makes me want to be a better person.
Ashley Mashley – A refreshing view of life and it’s many twists and turns.
Love Ashley– I know you might think it’s a cop-out to nominate the person that nominated me, but I honestly can’t think of anyone more deserving. She writes about a variety of topics and I love all of them!
Style Souk – I discovered her a few months ago with a fabulous entry about Adelle. Since then she has continued to amaze me with her approach to fashion.
Minnesota Transplant – I always enjoy reading what my fellow Minnesotans (at home and abroad) are doing. This is no exception 🙂
Love Letters to Strangers – The title alone would make me love it. The authors proclaim it as a self-exploration blog. Here you will find beautiful photos and amazing thoughts.
Journey of Discovery – I don’t honestly know what to say (because there is so much!) All I can say is that the title is very telling about what you’ll find here.
The Feminist Files – My nomination list would be incomplete without this one! She’s studying psychology and writing about her feminist thoughts. I always feel uplifted after leaving here.
TemporarilyLost.com – One of the best travel blogs I’ve ever come across. Many travelers say “Oh well, you have to be there to understand.” That is not the case here. I actually feel like I’m visiting the places he’s going. I love it!
So Real Tonight – This is the newest on my list of blogs I follow. Jaimie is a fellow Minnesotan and student. You can always find a great poem or quote on here.
On to number two. . . I will be informing the nominees as soon as this post is published!
Numero trois. . . Seven random things about myself.
1) I come from a long line of paper eaters. That’s right, people who eat paper. It’s kind of a family joke at this point.
2) I bite my nails. Especially in stressful situations. This blog entry is only the third since the semeter ended that I type without pain in my fingers. I bit my nails down pretty far the first two weeks in December.
3) I love bread. Seriously, I love it a lot! I feel lucky to be able to wear a size 8 pant because if there’s any truth to bread making you fat, I should be really fat.
4) I almost never wear “regular” clothes when I’m at home. As soon as I get home from being out it’s into baggy-ish t-shirts and sweat pants.
5) I run through many, many scenarios in my head to figure out how I’m going to react in any given situation. I’ve become so adapt at it that these thoughts can just run in the background while I do other things. If you ask me what I’d do if I found a rinocerous in my living room, I could probably give you a detailed plan as to what would happen.
6) I hate my teeth. They’re really crooked and I’m not a huge fan.
7) I have a blood blister on my left thumb. I got it last night.
And again, thank you so much to Ashley for nominating me for this award. I sincerely appreciate it.
This morning as I was doing my Twitter rounds I came across this article by Courtney Martin. She argues that while young people are less religious they are actually reimagining what she calls “the ethical life.” I have to admit, it’s a really good argument and I absolutely agree with what she has to say. My question is, what does this look like in real life? Specifically, what does this look like in a romance?
Over the last several months I’ve been hammering out an idea in my head for an unlikely love story. The idea was presented to me by a man living in South Carolina. The story is one in which an MRA (men’s rights activist) and a feminist fall in love. As I’ve grappled with how something like this could actually happen I’ve gone over my own romantic history. How did I end up falling for guys that fit the profile of my MRA character? Because, well. . . let’s just say that I married the first guy I dated that didn’t fit that profile.
This article that Courtney wrote helped me to solifify an idea that came to me just a couple days ago. It occured to me that maybe this guy became a full blown MRA after going through some kind of traumatic even brought about by a break-up of some kind. I took it a step further and though to myself “What if this guy was going to a Catholic divinity school and left it for a woman? And then the woman brutally dumped him after he was inelligible to return to school?” I’ll obviously have to do some research into how those types of schools work. I was raised in the LDS church, so I have no idea how something like that works. Officials in the LDS church do not go to school to learn how to be clergy. In fact, the clergy of the LDS church aren’t paid at all. It’s certainly a different model.
What I do think would be a compelling story is if this guy slowly realizes that it is possible to be ethical without being religious? But also that the woman in the story realizes that you can be ethical and religious.
I have to admit, I’ve spent less time thinking about the woman. I know a lot of people like her. I don’t know many MRA’s, and certainly not well enough to mesh characteristics together to a convincing character.
It looks like my research on Catholic divinity school will have to wait though. I was recently nominated for the Versatile Blogger Award by Ashley and I’m really excited to start nominating others!