I’ve been awarded!

Amanda at The Urban Homesteader and Kate at Wading Thru My Head have both awarded me with the Honest Scrap Award! Woohoo! Thank you, friends! Apparently, I now need to divulge ten honest things about myself and then pass the award on to "a fellow blogger whose blog’s content or design is, in the giver’s opinion, brilliant.”

Here goes.

1. I used to be painfully shy- to the point of fantasizing about being unexpectedly hospitalized in lieu of giving a speech that day… This no longer affects me the way that it used to, and has been a constant source of gratitude for some time. I still get nervous, but I no longer let it stop me, and I always survive. I have since realized that I even have some good things to share, if I let myself open up and share them. I have theories as to why this has changed, but mostly I chalk it up to a good diet, a spiritual life, and the belief that while I know I’m important, I’m not really that important. I don’t know if that makes sense, but it has helped me.

2. Big department and grocery stores make my brain feel like it’s frying. My tolerance for florescent wonderlands has only gone down since becoming a never-buy-new/locavore/urban farmer, and it’s actually kind of amazing how crazy I’ll feel if I have to go to one of those stores now. I tend to wander around, forgetting what I wanted in the first place, and usually buying something random and unnecessary (like Pringles or a frozen lasagna). Perhaps this is how most people feel.

3. I’ve always considered myself the "real" middle child of my family. There are four of us, and the other middle child is the only boy. I have never minded being the middle child, but it’s always seemed significant in some way for me. I believe that birth order has a lot to do with family dynamic, and that certainly helped shape who I am today.

4. I believe in radical nonviolence. Basically, this idea is rooted in the philosophy that all violence is interwoven, and that to allow for some allows for all. Violence, under this definition, includes things like poverty and inaction, etc., and even things like killing in self-defense. This, believe it or not, has been the basis for many unsolicited arguments between myself and some of my friends/acquaintances. I think what bothers them is that they consider themselves to be nonviolent, but will make exceptions for many of these things in their non-violent philosophies. I make no judgment, do not wish to restrict choices, and do not pretend to be a nonviolent person. However, the longer I maintain this belief system, the more true I have found it to be, and the more I hold myself to that ideal.

5. I have become a bit of a social anarchist, and am eager to meet others with similar belief systems. I believe that small, self-sufficient, free communities have as more of a chance for peace than what we have now. This is coupled with my belief that people are generally good when they have not been afflicted by violence (i.e. poverty and neglect, amongst the more obvious forms).

6. I used to hang upside down as a kid. A lot. My mom would frequently turn to me at the dinner table only to find my feet flailing in the air. I still occasionally really like to flip around on the couch and hang, although I now refrain from doing it at the table. I don’t know. I just like it.

7. I have a terrible time finishing books. I love to read, and will usually have my nose in 4 or 5 books at a time. This contributes to my never finishing one- by the time I make it around to the first book again I’ve forgotten a bunch and I have to read whole sections of it over again and… it’s just silly. I know this about myself, and yet I can’t seem to just COMMIT. I’ve considered forming a book club, because I think that becoming accountable to other people will actually get me to finish some books!

8. Giving birth was one of the best experiences of my life. I can’t help but be excited to do it again. It was very hard, but it freed me from the idea that pain has to be a bad thing or has to limit me in some way. This opened the gates to experiencing elation and utter joy in the midst of one of the most challenging and painful experiences of my life. It really brought to life Kahlil Gibran’s words on pain. I will always be grateful to have been able to do that, and I really wish that more women could hear that it can be that way.

9. I make up ridiculous songs, all the time. Jeff is really the only person who is a witness to this, as I’m too self-concious to come up with them in other settings. At home, though, I dance through the house singing about this and that, making up words and tunes. My own little jingles to life. I’m pretty sure this is a genetic trait that I inherited from my dad, who all through my childhood would make up little wordless songs- kind of like skatting.

10. I used to play guitar and write songs. I stopped playing about 4 years ago, just because life happened and I got distracted, and I really wish that I could get the gumption to get back into it. I plan to do this soon, and to learn to play the banjo and mandolin. I want my kids to grow up with music all around them, and to have fond memories of their parents singing in harmony. This will happen!

Alright. So I get to choose a few of my bloggy friends. I know so many interesting bloggers, so I’m just going to randomly select a few.

Tisha at Finding Inspiration in the Everyday




Okay, I better stop there. All of my friends are great to read about, and should do this regardless!

I’d really be interested in anyone who’d like to write this, so consider yourself awarded by me!


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Comments (20)

  1. brigittefires

    Miss Grace, whom I haven’t seen in forever and never get to hang out with, I have an odd question for you. But first, here’s the situation.

    I work a lot. And I have these boxes of washing soda and borax which have been purchased for the purpose of making laundry soap. But I haven’t gotten around to making them into laundry soap, especially since I just realized last week or so that it required at the very least grating bar soap into flakes, or making a liquid thing, and both require time and energy and motivation. None of which I really have, and the bottle of detergent I DO have is getting low.

    So what I’d like to know is if/what you would like to trade to make this whole laundry soap thing happen for me. I’d be happy to grab another box of washing soda and borax, and purchase proper bar soap from the co-op; then if you made it we could split the product. Alternatively, I could cook you an awesome lasagna or something that you could freeze for some day when you would like a break but need to feed the family. If this type of thing is an exchange of resources in which you’d be interested in participating, let me know!

    1. Gracie (Post author)

      Absolutely! So, basically, you want me to combine all your ingredients and grate the soap for you? I’d be happy to. I actually have a bunch of that detergent and so I don’t need any more right now, but I’m sure we could work something out. 🙂

      1. brigittefires

        Yeah, that’s pretty much all I need. It seems silly, I know, but life if just crazy right now and I don’t have a day off until July 21 so I know I need to reserve my energy for the most important things (like sex and cooking and laundry, apparently in that order of importance lol).

        So do you use it dry or do you make the liquid version? And if you use the dry version, do you have a problem with it in cold water? I don’t mind grabbing a bottle of woolite or something for my cold water washes since I keep reading about the soap not always dissolving with the dry version, I’m just curious how well it works.


        1. Gracie (Post author)

          I’m happy to help. I only have the dry version. My sister in law made it, and I haven’t had any problems with it. Once I run out I planned on making it for myself anyway, so this will be good experience. It’s so cool that you only have to use like a teaspoon per load. Anyway, I’m gonna ask her how she did it and if she’s had any issues, and I’ll let you know if I get any tips. Just let me know when. 🙂

          1. brigittefires

            When is good for you? we can set up a time to meet up at my work or something. And what would you like to trade?

          2. Gracie (Post author)

            Weird. I posted a reply to this yesterday, but it never showed up. So strange! I live really close to your work. Maybe you could stop by with the stuff before you go in sometime this week. I know your brother knows where I live, it’s seriously like 2 blocks from the Corner. Let me know if you’re up for that and I’ll give you the address. I can always come down there, too. Either way is fine really.

            Lasagna is always good, I love it!- You could also always sit with Chris and I and buy me a drink sometime soon! I’m always a fan of time spent with people. 🙂

          3. brigittefires

            Lasagna and beer. Sounds like a deal to me! I can drop off the stuffs tomorrow afternoon, actually, and even have time to sit and relax with you for a little bit if you wanted. CRAZY TALK!

            So how much/what kind of bar soap do I need for this?

          4. Gracie (Post author)

            Well my sis-in-law said just to use a bar of castile soap per cup of everything else. I’m not sure what recipe you’re using, but they seem pretty standard for the dry version (bar soap, cup of borax, cup of washing soda, cup of baking soda). I also read you can use a bar of Fels Naptha (I guess it’s a soap made specially for laundry) or any other hypoallergenic soap.

            Oh! And I also read that you may have trouble dissolving it if you use too much per load- you only need 1-2 tablespoons.

            Anyway, this afternoon works fine- although I am going to this appointment in A2 at 1pm. I’ll be back at the latest 3pm. I hope that works. 🙂

          5. Gracie (Post author)

            p.s. I guess the baking soda is optional… so if your recipe doesn’t have that don’t worry about it.

          6. brigittefires

            Ugh. I’m actually going to take a nap and try to kick this cold rather than sharing it. I didn’t even think of that yesterday. Maybe next week we can meet up for beer? I’m not sure when I’ll have the chance to get the lasagna fixings and the soap, but hanging out sounds nice anyway 🙂

          7. Gracie (Post author)

            No problem. And don’t stress about getting me the lasagna. I’m happy to help you out either way. Keep me posted.

  2. pithy_epigrams

    Yikes! I don’t think I’m interesting enough to write this. But, for the sake of updating I will. 🙂

    1. Gracie (Post author)

      Um, you most certainly are interesting enough… Psh!

  3. unicorntapestry

    I don’t understand. What exactly is this award?

    1. Gracie (Post author)

      The Honest Scrap award. Duh. I don’t really know much more than that. You just write ten honest things about yourself and then pass it on. I won’t hold it against you if you don’t do it, though. 🙂

  4. stupidfool

    awww, i like #10! i can totally see you guys just sitting outdoors, making music together, in a totally free, organic way… and used to play the mandolin. it was really cool! you should definitely learn it, if you can find the time…

    1. Gracie (Post author)

      Yay! You say “used to”. Why did she stop? Oh, and that kitten you posted about- too cute to pass up, I think.

      1. stupidfool

        i don’t know for sure that she’s stopped completely… she played it while she was at princeton, and everybody she hung out with was doing music of some sort, so she picked that up. i learned two chords when i went to visit!!

  5. see_anotherside

    Ooh, I feel honoured that you chose me to do this 😛
    I have no internet at home right now, but hopefully I’ll get that sorted soon. In the meantime I’ll work on writing this and post it when I’m back online!

  6. pearlstreetdiva

    this will take me awhile to do but i’ll try!

    <3 u!


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