20(ish) Questions

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I’ve decided to take a bit of a break from blog awards, but when I’m nominated for awards I’ll answer the questions posed to me in this 20(ish) questions format, along with assorted other question tags and the like.  Feel free to join in the fun with your own answers to any or all of the questions 🙂


Questions from Rory at A Guy Called Bloke and K9 Doodlepip:

  • What are your thoughts on the new slouchy denim Versace boots worn here by J-Lo?  I could forgive boots that look like falling down jeans if they were worn with leggings, but without pants of any kind they look like like bad 90’s rap style, like Kriss Kross taken to the extreme.
  • What is your personal credo or catchphrase that you use constantly?  Fuck that shit, or some other combination of swear words.
  • Do you prefer the company of people or do you prefer your own company more… or do you prefer to have a healthy balance and if the latter what do you consider healthy? Balance might be healthy, but I’m just rolling with the fact that I can’t stand people.
  • How productive and organised are you …. no l am serious – really?  Productivity varies, but I’m uber-organized.  It’s actually quite helpful in compensating for functional deficits when I’m depressed.
  • What advice would you give someone who was just about to go on their very first date?  Run for the hills!  Don’t do it!
  • When we were young/er what things did your parents tell you that you find yourself repeating or performing now?  One thing that unfortunately I’ll never forget is my mom’s sing-song version of her recipe for French toast.  I wish I could knock that out and use that memory for more useful things, but it’s just not happening.
  • Have we become too automated or digitally reliant upon computerised technology as a society?  Having been a kid in the 80’s, I remember the day when the height of technology was playing Oregon Trail on a dinosaur computer that had a floppy drive that took disks that were actually floppy.  When I was really young our telephone was on a party line.  Banking involved going to the bank and getting your bankbook stamped.  Getting your own music playlist going required a dual cassette deck and whatever tapes you could manage to borrow from your friends.  We’ve come a long way, and I think that is a very, very good thing.
  • With the way that ‘mankind’ a term l use loosely is slowly causing the extinction of animals – how do you think a world of no animals would look in the next 100 years?  Without guinea pigs I would have offed myself already.
  • Do you think you personally spend too much time on the Internet, social media platforms or involved with Smartphones, TV’s or other gadgets and if so, what is your weekly use, roughly in terms of hours?  That depends on whether Jupiter is aligned with Pisces and how diva-ish the guinea pigs are being.  They can be quite the little attention hogs.
  • What mythical or crytpzoological creature do you wish actually had actually or did actually exist and why?  Unicorns, particularly glittery ones.  I would dispatch my unicorn to ram its horn up the rear end of certain well-deserving individuals.
  • What was the most unsettling film you have seen? [provide link]  I’m going to throw it back to my childhood and go with either Stephen King’s It or one of the Child’s Play movies.  It gives me shivers just thinking about them.


Questions from Carrie at Bipolar in Order: A Confessional:

  • What are you most proud of about yourself (non-academic or professionally)?  I’m proud of the amount of education I’ve done.  I figure if you’re not learning something then you’re just stagnating.
  • What keeps you going through all of your ups, downs, and diagonals?  My guinea pigs, although they prefer around in circles.
  • Which member of your family, immediate or distant, has influenced and inspired you the most? (alive or not)  My grandma who’s 101 and still going strong.  She doesn’t take anything too seriously and can always find humour in any situation.
  • Which figure in history has influenced and inspired you the most?  That’s a tough one.  I guess I’ll pick Sir John A. MacDonald, the first prime minister of Canada.  Not that he specifically has influenced me that much, and apparently he did some bad shit, but I think being Canadian is a major factor in how I look at the world.
  • What is your spirit animal?  The phoenix.  I have a large one tattooed on my left side, and it’s very important to me.
  • What is your creative/emotional outlet besides blogging?  Journalling.  It was something that had fallen by the wayside, but I really got back into it earlier this year.
  • How have you advocated for mental health (illness) awareness in your family and/or community?  I’ve been pretty open about my illness since I first got sick in 2007, and it was a few years afterwards that I started speaking to broader audiences about it.
  • Do you go to therapy and/or are you in any support groups?  Not currently.
  • Have you had any difficulties regarding conventional work and employment? If so, what have they been and what have you had to do?  I’ve had issues with employers’ reaction to my illness.  It really frustrates me that the mental health care field holds so much stigma towards mental illness.
  • What is one act of self-care you practice on a daily basis?  When I get up in the morning I have quiet time to myself to drink tea (and lots of it).
  • Do you know that I am here for you and you are validated? Validation is the balm for all ailments.  Validation is so important.  I think sometimes people think it’s helpful to try to minimize the problems that you might be experiencing and get kind of cheerleader-ish, but often, what I need to hear is “wow, that really sucks”.


Come on, you know you want to answer a few – that’s what the comments section is for!


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18 thoughts on “20(ish) Questions

  1. aguycalledbloke says:

    Excellent once more Ashley – truly – l loved this!

    “Without guinea pigs I would have offed myself already.”

    Plus, l can totally relate to both IT and the child’s play movies – TOTALLY!! LOL! 🙂

  2. easetheride says:

    I use my organization as way to stave off the depression too; it’s the one thing that brings me comfort when literally nothing else makes sense or feels worthwhile. Also, yay for tea! I’m having a cup right now.

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