I was actually considering skipping today’s post since I have completely succumbed to the world of math revision, but then I got tagged by Abby over at Beyond the Read for the Black Cat Blue Sea Award. Thank you so much, Abby!
Anyway, since this tag is rather short – or so I thought, anyway – I decided it would be the perfect thing to do today! After all, it’s good to take study breaks every once in a while, and even though this turned out longer than I thought it would, I had a lot of fun answering the questions 😊 So I hope you enjoy reading, too!
The meaning of the Black Cat Blue Sea Award: “This award is for bloggers who strive to write for everybody, and no matter how many viewers they get, make an impact on a reader. This award is an expression of gratitude to the nominee. It should be awarded to anybody that you choose deserves it, and it doesn’t mean that they must have hundreds of followers and likes.”
- Anybody nominated can nominate seven (lucky number) other bloggers.
- Anybody nominated answers three questions.
- The questions you ask while nominating can be any three questions.
- If any of the questions asked are offending or the nominee simply does not want to answer them, the nominee does not have to answer them to earn the award.
1. What is one thing you’d like to accomplish by the end of your life?
I really want to be a published author! I’ve been writing pretty much ever since I could hold a pen, so having a book out there that I’m really proud of has been a life-long dream of mine.
Also – this sounds so cliché – but I really want to meet someone who just gets me, weirdness and all, and whom I could see myself having a family with someday. I love kids, and would love to be able to read bedtime stories and explore the world with mine someday 🙂
And I want to travel! I want to see every continent! Every country would be cool, too, but I’m a little too intimidated to go into war zones, and all those visa applications would probably be very stressful… Plus, I’d probably need a lot more time and money if I wanted to travel that much 😅
Also: I want to learn more languages! I’m eyeing Spanish, Arabic, and Chinese as potential candidates, but I want to at least get my Russian to a B1 level and freshen up my French before I add any new ones. I’m already getting confused enough as it is… But it’d be really neat to become fluent in at least five and know the basics of about ten languages before I die – I think that sounds achievable! 💪
Finally, it’d be really cool to prove Goldbach’s conjecture (Every even integer greater than 2 is the sum of two primes). But since many people much smarter than me haven’t managed it in hundreds of years, I highly doubt it will happen. But it’s good to dream big, right?
I know that was five things, not one. But what do you expect? It’s me, and I love to ramble 😁
2. Do you have a book that’s your go-to for autumn?
Not really. I usually reread my favorites year-round, though I do have a few specific books I whip out for Christmas. But I can’t say I have any special go-to reads for fall…
However, I am itching to reread Bitterblue by Kristin Cashore again. I love that book to death, and I haven’t read it yet this year! And I do think its somber atmosphere makes it the perfect autumn read, so I guess you can take it as a fall recommendation if you want one 😉 (I also don’t think you necessarily have to have read the other books in this series if you want to read this one. They are pretty independent of one another, although you do get a bigger picture if you read them all. And they’re all great, too!)
3. How do you deal with stress?
Badly. Honestly, I am probably the worst possible person to ask this question, because the way I cope is really unhealthy… I am absurdly perfectionistic, so my way of dealing with anything stressful is pretty much overpreparing for it in every way possible (even if that includes sacrificing my own well-being in the process) 🙈
You’ve seen the way I’m handling exams – I’ve basically become a study machine, so that I will be as prepared as can be for any topic that might possibly be asked. Before I travel, I obsess over everything that might go wrong – so that I can figure out what to do in those scenarios in case they actually happen. (Spoiler alert: They never do.) I hate calling people to make appointments because the uncertainty of those telephone conversations freaks me out. What if I don’t understand the reception lady? What if she doesn’t understand me? What if they ask me questions about my schedule that I can’t answer immediately? The amount of time I spend staring at my phone, pre-planning what I will say, is ridiculous… And the first half of 2019, when absolutely-idiotic-me decided it would be a good idea to take a double course load and refused to be any less than perfectly prepared, I was so sleep-deprived it was actually a miracle I was able to keep functioning somewhat normally.
Still, the 2019-debacle was a wake-up call, and I’ve gotten a bit better at taking breaks and doing fun stuff when I’m stressed out, too. My favorite coping mechanisms are probably reading trashy books or watching trashy movies, taking long bubbly essential oil baths, or going for short walks in the forest behind our house. And music! I actually memorized bunch of stuff for my English exams by singing it along to my very inexpert ukulele playing (and people wonder why I don’t like studying in the university library… 😁). I’ve also played way more violin and piano in the past few weeks than I did at the beginning of my study phase. It’s just so soothing!
Anyway, that’s it for this week! This turned out way longer than I expected, considering there were only three questions… I have to get back to math now 😉
But before I sign off, I tag the following people to also receive this award:
- Althea @ Althea Reads
- Emer @ A Little Haze Book Blog
- Line @ First Line Reader
- Marjolein @ Url Phantomhive
- Nefeli @ BiblioNebula
- Pilar @ The Bookworm Shelf
- Riddhi @ Whispering Stories
Their blogs are all wonderful, so you should really go check them out!
Also – no pressure if you don’t want to do this! I won’t be mad if tags and awards aren’t your thing, or if you just have a lot on your plate right now. Trust me, I get it!
- If you had to write a bucket list, which three things would be right at the top?
- What is/was your favorite subject in school and why?
- If you could trade lives with a fictional character, would you do it? And if you had to, whom would you chose?
Anyway, I hope you had fun reading, and please feel free to let me know your answers to some of these questions below! Can you relate to any of my weird idiosyncrasies? I’d love to know!