Okay, Samara nominated me for this thing (mainly because I’ve never been nominated for anything on the internet or off it), so let’s see if I can follow the rules as she gave them to me.  Bear in mind that the resulting post for this is going to be FREAKISHLY LONG.  So, if you’re really interested in the information this thing generated, be warned, okay?

sunshineawardThe Sunshine Award Rules:

Post a picture of the Sunshine Award:


Post 11 random facts about yourself:

    1.  I have ADD (Attention Deficit Disorder).  That means I don’t have to be drunk or stoned to act in ways that bewilder my friends.  The basic mechanics of the disorder are that the parts of my brain that have to do with paying attention to stuff don’t always connect, so I end up staring off into space, daydreaming and/or telling myself stories instead of doing what I’m supposed to be doing or listening when someone is speaking.  I’m easily and quickly bored, so I don’t generally like to follow a routine, even though routines are good for me.  I can be in a conversation that interests me one minute and get distracted the next without even realizing what happened.  My memory is so bad that everything has to be written down.  I carry an old style PDA (Personal Digital Assistant) to help me remember things like appointments, birthdays and other important things.  If I lose it, it’s like losing my mind!

    2. I’m death on handheld electronic devices, apparently.  I’ve had two tablets, four PDAs and three cell phones.  Remember the previous fact?  Break one and it’s complete mayhem!  Now, whenever I have a new device (What I have now is really an old, outmoded, has no connection to the internet whatsoever handspring), I try to treat it like it’s made of glass.  More often than not, it is!

    3. I was once engaged to marry a man who has the same first name as my current husband.  Same first and last initials, too.  Close call, I’m telling you.  In case you haven’t read any of my comments on other blogs, the man I’m talking about is Mr. P, the man who decided to scare me to death with a letter when I told him I only thought of him as a friend.

    4. I met my husband at a church function.  I thought he needed a friend and he thought I was flirting with him, which I was, although I wasn’t aware of it at the time.

    5. I’ve written almost a hundred stories and poems and never been paid for one of them.  I even tried to have one or two published.  So far, no dice, and no dough either.  I’m not as tenacious as most, and, I don’t have a clue which magazine would take my kind of work and pay me for it.

    6.  I’m an amateur storyteller.  That means I can sit down and tell people stories from my head, rather than from a book.  My favorite of all time is a story I like to call How Thor Once Dressed in Drag!  Curiously, I’ve never been paid for this, either, but I’ve considered setting up my YouTube channel with stories like that, just to see how interesting people would find it.

    7. Most kids are named after a family relative or friend.  I was named after another baby.  Seriously, my mom and dad had realized that the chances of me turning out to be a girl were pretty good (50:50 are good odds).  A friend of theirs had just had a baby and they liked the name their friends gave her, so they picked that.

    8. I was addicted to AD&D (Advanced Dungeons and Dragons) at the age of ten.  My dad hosted a game with a number of boys from the local community college, but wouldn’t allow me or my brothers to play until we were 12.  My first character was a grey elf named (get this) Tina.

    9. It took me ten years to graduate from junior college because I kept running out of money.  While I tried to graduate from junior college, I also worked for my local library system.

    10. I once volunteered as a receptionist for a non-profit organization called Care Bearers that helped people with AIDS and HIV to live as close to normal lives as possible and still be able to afford the medications they needed to keep their conditions under control.  I answered phones, organized the filing cabinet and setting up the computer system.  The director of CareBearers was a card-carrying New Yorker from the island of Manhattan.  When she heard that I’d never seen Cats, and it happened to be playing at a theater in my home town, she paid for me and a friend to go see it.  I took my dad’s binoculars and my mother, because I didn’t know anyone else and we went and fell in love with the play.

    11.  Probably the least fun thing for me to admit to you is that I was molested at the age of ten by a seventeen year old boy I have referred to online as Mr. X.  He made two attempts on successive nights and, deciding I was too small for him to successfully have sex with, even with the aid of Vaseline™, he stopped trying to get me to trust him.  Soon afterward, my mother put him on a bus and I never saw him again.  However, his actions have had a lasting influence on my life.  I have had to fight for the ability to trust men that care about me, like my husband and my own father (neither of whom have ever hurt me).  I have spent a good amount of my life fighting depression and I actually spent the better part of an hour and a half when I was twenty-two trying to forgive him so that I could heal.

If you’re interested in having me expand on any of these stories, just let me know about it in the comments below.


Answer the 11 questions from the blogger who nominated you:  Samara suggested I answer the same questions she did.  Here they are, with my answers.

1. What is the first thing you do as soon as you wake up in the morning?

Usually, the first thing I do in the morning is make my lemonade donation to the toilet goddess.

2. What is your greatest fear?

I used to think my greatest fear was for people to know I was afraid.  Now, I think it’s to be betrayed and abandoned by someone who has said they love me.  Can you guess why (hint: random fact 11)

3. Do you have a new years resolution for 2014?

I weigh something past 300 pounds.  I’m committed to losing a hundred pounds this year.  It’s not just a resolution.  It’s a plan.

4. What is your favorite song at the moment?

You’re going to think I’m totally crazy, but the song that’s currently stuck in my head at the moment is “Viral Song” by Toby Turner (aka Tobuscus)

5. What is your favorite childhood memory?

The thing I remember best from my childhood is my mother’s father pulling me into his lap and saying, “[Cimmy], if you ever smoke, I’ll haunt you from the grave.”  You might think this a strange thing for a grandfather to say to his granddaughter, but my grandpa started smoking at the tender age of nine.  He was never able to quit, and died soon after this incident of brain cancer.  However, Grandpa always talked to me as if I was a person and he never said anything that he didn’t mean.  So, although the memory is bittersweet, it is my favorite.

6. Facebook or Twitter?

This is a crappy choice, but if I had to pick I’d probably pick twitter, since you get fewer game requests on Twitter than on Facebook.  I love gaming, but I’m not that much into social gaming.

7. What did the last text message you received say? 

“Last chance!  Get 270 Total Mins with a TracFone 120 Mins Card.  Use promo code 59450 by 12/31″.”

8. What bugs you the most?

Honestly?  When people tell me to “just let go” of my angry feelings.  “Just forgive Mr. X, Cimmy.”  “Grow up, Cimmy.”  The fools who say things like these have obviously never been abused, raped, or molested at any time in their lives.  If they had they would NEVER say stupid stuff like this.  I could go on and on and I probably will if you get me started, but I’m trying to be upbeat here.  This is an award, not a bitch session.

9. What do you consider to be the most important appliance in your house?

Hmm!  The most important appliance in our house is probably jak’s sleep titration device.  What’s that, you ask?  A sleep titration device blows air into your nose to help you breathe properly when you’re sleeping if you have sleep apnea.  That’s one you should ask jak about, but I help him set it up from time to time by refilling the water reservoir with distilled water.

10. If you could have one song that would play whenever you entered a room, what would it be?

Provided that it played quietly enough that it didn’t irritate anyone else, like right in my ears, the song I’d love to have play when I enter a room is the Mission Impossible theme, since the main reason I enter rooms is to clean them up.

11. What’s your favorite movie quote?

Buckle up, you guys, this is a long one.  It’s from my very favorite movie in the whole world and probably the only Rated R movie I’ve ever watched.  The two main characters are played by my two favorite actors of all time, Michelle Pfeiffer and Bruce Willis.  I like this quote in particular because it reminds me so much of how I feel about my husband, jak (love ya, hun.)

“That’s not why I’m saying Chow Funs. I’m saying Chow Funs because we’re an us. There’s a history here, and histories don’t happen overnight. In Mesopotamia or Ancient Troy there are cities built on top of other cities, but I don’t want another city, I like this city. I know what kind of mood you’re in when you wake up by which eyebrow is higher, and you know I’m a little quiet in the morning and compensate accordingly.   That’s a dance you perfect over time. And it’s hard, it’s much harder than I thought it would be, but there’s more good than bad and you don’t just give up! And it’s not for the sake of the children, but God they’re great kids aren’t they? And we made them, I mean think about that! It’s like there were no people there, and then there were people and they grew, and I won’t be able to say to some stranger Josh has your hands or remember how Erin threw up at the Lincoln Memorial and I’ll try to relax, let’s face it, anybody is going to have traits that get on your nerves, I mean, why shouldn’t it be your annoying traits, and I know I’m no day at the beach, but I do have a good sense of direction so I can at least find the beach, which isn’t a weakness of yours, it’s a strength of mine. And God your a good friend and good friends are hard to find. Charlotte said that in Charlottes Web and I love how you read that to Erin and you take on the voice of Wilber the Pig with such dedication even when you’re bone tired. That speaks volumes about character! And ultimately, isn’t that what it comes down to? What a person is made of? That girl in the pin helmet is still here ‘bee boo bee boo’ I didn’t even know she existed until you and I’m afraid if you leave I may never see her again, even though I said at times you beat her out of me, isn’t that the paradox? Haven’t we hit the essential paradox? Give and take, push and pull, the yin the yang. The best of times, the worst of times! I think Dickens said it best, ‘He could eat no fat, his wife could eat no lean’, but, doesn’t really apply here does it? What I’m trying to say is, I’m saying Chow Funs because, I love you.”

–Katie, “The Story of Us”


Nominate 11 bloggers.

These are the eleven people I think most deserve this award.  You’ve brought Sunshine into my life.





Rob Ross

Madame Weebles


Margy Rydzynski


Aussa Lorens



Write 11 questions for them to answer: I’m going with the way Samara did this, with one slight change.  Go ahead and use the same questions.  I’ve listed them below so that they’re easy to copy. 

1. What is the first thing you do as soon as you wake up in the morning?

2. What is your greatest fear?

3. Do you have a new years resolution for 2014?

4. What is your favorite song at the moment?

5. What is your favorite childhood memory?

6. What’s your favorite social media platform and why?

7. What did the last text message you received say?

8. What bugs you the most?

9. What do you consider to be the most important appliance in your house?

10. If you could have one song that would play whenever you entered a room, what would it be?

11. What’s your favorite movie quote?


Let the nominated blogger(s) know you have nominated them

These are on their way.  I can’t wait to read your answers!