The One Lovely Blog Award, Take #2


Thanks for tagging me for this Rachel! This couldn’t have come at a better time. I was supposed to do today’s Top 5 Tuesday but I got super lazy. Then I came close to doing a Tumblr meme I swiped but it turned oddly personal so I decided not to. I guess I can share some facts from that meme, though!

The Rules

  • Thank the person who nominated you and link their blog.
  • Add the One Lovely Blog Award logo to your post.
  • Share 7 things about yourself.
  • Pass this on to as many people as you like (max 15).
  • Include this set of rules.
  • Inform your nominees.

7 Facts About Me

1) I live in New York City, and I would give my left pinky toe to leave (okay, maybe not any of my actual extremities, but you get the idea).  I hate that’s it’s so ridiculously expensive to rent closet-sized apartments, I hate the noise and the crowds, I hate that there’s no nature, and I hate how dirty it is all the time.  Just this morning as I was walking to work holding my breath, I thought, “God, what would it be like to walk outside without having to inhale the scent of piss!” Anyway, it’s nothing personal against NYC in particular (which definitely has a ton of upsides!), I’m just not a city person.

2) I don’t really have a “bucket list” but one thing I really want to do before I die is see the Northern Lights in person. A few years ago I charted a trip to Abisko, Sweden and even found a lodge I could stay in and everything.

3) My fashion sense is very casual/cozy/comfy while still trying to maintain some semblance of professionalism.  Basically, I dress like Clara Oswald, so lots of dresses over tights/leggings with boots/booties.  I even have a leather jacket.  But yeah, comfort is my top priority.  I haven’t worn jeans in nearly a year.

4) I really want to get an MFA (Masters in Creative Writing) at some point soon in my life. I’ve looked up various programs that are fully funded and I’ve got a good idea of where I would like to go.  I’m not sure when I’ll do this, but I’ll probably start looking towards the ~next step~ in my life as soon as I get my MLS (Masters in Library Science), which I’m working on at the moment.

5) As much as it pains me to admit it, I’m a terribly messy, unorganized person. I really want to be organized and every now and then I’ll make an effort to be less of a mess of a person, but inevitably it all comes crashing down around me.  I’m a bit flaky and absentminded to go along with it, so I’m always misplacing things and forgetting things. I really admire people who are super organized and color coordinate everything and whatnot, but I never seem to be able to achieve that #aesthetic.

6) I am not musically inclined at all.  I really wish I could sing, but according to everyone in my family I have a horrible singing voice and can’t carry a tune to save my life.  I took that “Tone Deaf Test” and I’m not actually tone-deaf at all, but I’ve never had any musical training and I know exactly zero about music.  I wish I could play an instrument but only in that abstract way where I don’t have to put any effort into it.  Singing, though, I wouldn’t mind putting effort to become better at; I really admire people who can sing.

7) I’m a really nostalgic and obsessive person and I have trouble letting go of things.  It could be a website or a fandom or a place or even a mood; I have a tendency to find a comfort zone and want to stay there forever. Needless to say, I struggle with change.


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Perspective of a Writer


The One Lovely Blog Award


I was nominated by the lovely Chelsea @ Spotlight on Stories! Thank you so much for the nomination; I love things like this!


  • Thank the person that nominated you and leave a link to their blog.
  • Post about the award.
  • Share seven facts about yourself.
  • Nominate at most 15 people.
  • Tell your nominees they’ve been nominated for one lovely award.

7 facts

  1. 95% of my family lives in Cairo, Egypt.  It absolutely sucks because I miss them all the time, plus I’m never there for big events like weddings, births, baby showers, etc. I visit as often as I can, but transatlantic flights ain’t cheap, so I end up missing a lot of their lives.
  2. I went to twelve different schools before college.  My parents were always moving back and forth between New York and Cairo, sometimes every other year, so we were never in one place for too long.  Also, my mother had really high standards for schools, particularly in Egypt, so if I was in a school for a year and she didn’t like it she’d move me to a different one.
  3. I love children, but I don’t want any of my own.  Like, I enjoy spending time with kids (especially babies!) but I also like knowing that at the end of the day I still have my peace and freedom. My brother wants several kids, so I’m very excited at the prospect of being an aunt and babysitting a lot. But the idea of having to care for another human being for the rest of my life with no respite freaks me out.
  4. I can’t sing to save my life, but I really, really wish I could.  I’m not tone-deaf, exactly, but I struggle to carry a tune and my voice isn’t the greatest.  Oddly enough, though, I’ve been told by several people that I’m really good at rapping.  But I’d be happier to be able to sing like Jasmine Cephas-Jones, who has the best voice in the world, hands down.
  5. I own one single pair of jeans because 99% of the time I’m wearing a dress of some sort. I never thought I would be the sort of person who eschews pants, but I’m very taken with how pretty dresses are.  Also, they’re suuuuuuper comfortable and versatile. I can pair them with leggings in the winter when it’s cold and wear them with shorts in the summer when it’s hot.  They’re fabulous, and they’re sucking my bank account dry.
  6. I’m casually interested in Wicca and paganism. I have a couple of intro books and my shelf, and I also have a deck of tarot cards and a how-to book for tarot. I’m not actually a believer, but I think the aesthetic of witchcraft as a religion is really cool.
  7. In the third grade, I was going to school in Egypt, and I was best friends with this boy.  We were both nerdy and liked to read, so we got along. A few months into the school year, this group of girls began to spread some nasty rumors about us, like that we were seen making out and going into a single bathroom stall together.  A group of boys began to call my friend a sissy for only hanging out with a girl.  These were Very Serious rumors so they made it all the way to the principal and ended with the girls begging me not to have their parents called in.  I relented and forgave them and they became my friends but my guy friend and I stopped hanging out. I tell this story because I think it’s hella weird for this to happen to a bunch of third graders, but also because I remember distinctly that after all this happened to my guy friend and I, one of us approached the other hoping to keep hanging out, but was turned away. Only, I can’t remember who rejected the other.

i nominate

Ann @ Ann Reads Them
Savannah @ The Book Prophet
Sumaya @ Sue’s Reading Corner
Flavia @ Flavia The Bibliophile