While I was taking a short hiatus, I received a surprise: my fellow blogger, simpleek, was kind enough to nominate me for the Sunshine Blogger Award! It’s a bit late, but I wanted to thank her for honor of being considered an inspiration to others in the blogosphere. I started Gagging on Sexism as a way to get my thoughts out there and get myself writing with the hopes that maybe others would find what I have to say interesting. I’m very thankful to everyone who reads my posts and to everyone who takes the time to share his/her own thoughts by commenting. That always motivates me to write the next post. So, thanks to my readers and thank you, simpleek, for this wonderful award nomination and more inspiration to keep writing!
Here are the rules for the Sunshine Blogger Award:
1. Use the award logo in a post and/or on your blog.
2. Include a link back to whoever nominated you.
3. Offer 10 pieces of random information about you.
4. Nominate ten other bloggers who ‘positively and creatively inspire others in the blogosphere.’
5. Let your nominees know about their much deserved award.
And here are some random facts about a certain blogger called Erin:
1. When I was in elementary school, my brother was having problems in school and my family was moving to a new area that my parents weren’t sure had good schools, so my brother and I ended up getting homeschooled. That was one of those decisions in life that has a huge affect on one’s life. I certainly don’t think homeschooling is a good idea for everyone as there are definite downsides, but overall, I think it worked out well for me. While I missed out on things that my friends got to experience, I also gained some big opportunities that I’m very thankful for.
2. As a little kid, I once had the brilliant idea to get my hair cut like my brother’s. After the initial excitement of getting my locks chopped into the classic bowl cut, I came home, decided I’d had my fill of having short hair, and told my mom I wanted long hair again. Whoops.
3. Even if I only got a few hours of sleep and had the whole next day off, I cannot sleep in really late. The latest I’ve slept is until 9:30 a.m. and that’s unusual. I look at people who can sleep until noon with a combination of awe and disbelief. How is it possible, I wonder. I have never been able to do that.
4. I tend to worry about what others think of me and I guess you could say I’m what they call a “people pleaser.” Therefore, I don’t like to tell many people I know that I write this blog because if I know they’re reading it, I’m afraid it might affect how I write about the issues I talk about.
5. I really don’t like talking on the phone. I have no idea why or when I started to feel that way, but I don’t like making calls or taking them.
6. Speaking of phones, I took my time getting a cell phone. Even after I gave in and got a smart phone, it wasn’t with the intention of making calls and texting, but actually so that I could use it to look up Japanese vocabulary words on the spot and look up kanji characters. In others words, I got one for the purpose of studying.
7. I recently developed an addiction to anything matcha(green tea powder)-flavored. In Japan, I could often be caught in a convenience store buying a new type of chocolate with matcha in it and I loved the matcha-flavored shaved ice. And of course, drinking tea made from matcha was delicious! Before I left Japan, I made sure to buy a stock of matcha KitKats to take home with me to hold me over for now.
8. I used to draw manga when I was younger. I practiced for a number of years, but, as life usually goes, I got busy and gave it up. I was never great at it, but it was a fun hobby while it lasted.
9. I’m the type of person who has too many interests and not enough time to really delve into them all.
10. I love watching BBC dramas and mysteries. I often get shows based on classic novels such as Pride and Prejudice or modern retakes on old stories like Sherlock. Those shows are always so rich and addicting that I just want to marathon the series because I just can’t wait to see the next episode.
Finally, here are the bloggers I’d like to nominate:
4. Shojo Corner
That’s it for now. I’m once again reminded that I need to read more blogs and unfortunately, I only have five to name right now, but they’re great ones! So, if you haven’t checked them out yet, they’ve got some interesting things to say. Two of them are on hiatus right now, but I’m hoping we’ll hear more from them soon. And to those of you waiting for my next commentary post, I’m still trying to get caught up with everything since I’ve been away for two months, but my next post will have more meat.