Blog Introspection Challenge #8, 9, 10 and 11

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Well, it’s been an exciting several days, with the premiere of Hannibal last week, the appearance of the Urban and The Shed Crew trailer, and our first good look at Raymond De Merville.

blog-intro-challengeThese distRActions have resulted in a brief furlough from the 15 day Blog Introspection Challenge, but luckily I don’t think Guylty plans to flog anyone who gets behind. So it’s been a few days since my last Blog Introspection Post, but today is a Tuesday “Muse-Day” so I thought I’d knock out a few questions this morning before the afternoon gets busy.

[In case anyone is interested in joining this Challenge, which was originally initiated by Guylty a couple of weeks ago, the rules of are here.]

 

8. Which post was the most difficult to write?

This would have to be a relatively recent post about the loss of my clinic cat, Noobie. I couldn’t talk out loud about him, and I could hardly write about him without tearing up. But the process was definitely therapeutic, and many of you offered kind condolences and words of comfort. Thank you.

9. Which post do you regret writing?

There are a couple of posts I wrote where I may have come across as snarky, and usually these had to do with some piece of fandom drama or another. But I don’t really regret them.

10. What do you find most difficult/challenging about blogging?

There was a time, during and for quite a long while after my young love was hospitalized at Children’s Hospital for 5 days with his viral eyelid infection, that I wasn’t all that Preoccupied with Armitage, and the inevitable fandom brouhahas just irritated me. Sometimes real life just takes precedence, and that’s normal and healthy. And I think sometimes we’re forced to look at things that make us reflect on the troubles of others, and put the troubles in our own lives into perspective. Yes, my kid was sick and I was heartsick that he had to have all those IV catheter attempts and that his eye was swollen and blistering and painful… but you can believe I was still very thankful that my kid had a virus, and not lymphoma. That it was his eye, and not his lungs, or his kidney, or his heart. There was a Code Blue over the intercom system while I was there, and I knew that some child had just arrested, and I stroked my own child’s head and wept. That time period also changed my blogging, as prior to that it was almost all about Armitage. When it became challenging to write or care about Armitage, I wrote instead about some more personal issues, and I guess if you’ve followed this blog for a while, you’ll notice I go off topic quite a bit now.

11. Your favorite aspect about blogging?

I’ve always loved to write, and the blog gives me an outlet, and an audience, but with no set schedule or deadlines I need to adhere to. I can be as absurd or as serious as I want to be on any given post, or I can just post lovely pictures with very little writing at all, as the mood strikes. And needless to say, I truly enjoy the back and forth in the comments sections.

 

 

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26 comments

  1. hjw2707 · June 9, 2015

    Is your clinic fridge going to get an update? 😉

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    • jholland · June 9, 2015

      Great idea! I think the answer is YES, with Raymond and a suitable puppy or kitten. =)

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  2. Helen · June 9, 2015

    By the way this isn’t a new lurker, it’s Helen who finally got a gravatar, whatever that is…

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    • jholland · June 9, 2015

      LOL. Well, and when I clicked on the gravatar, it led me to a blog site. So I followed it. Just in case. =)

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      • Helen · June 9, 2015

        Thank you, you may be disappointed though… Not really planning on blogging but wretched WordPress made me create a title 😉 Hopelessly sidetracked sort of sums up my relationship with RA, who distRActs me far too much… 😉 Now there a thought, I could have just called it DistRActed…

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        • jholland · June 10, 2015

          LOL. Yes, I read over at Obscura’s blog what you were up to. *giggles*

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    • jholland · June 9, 2015

      And that’s a cute lamb!

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      • Helen · June 9, 2015

        It’s a vampire lamb 😉 Couldn’t resist 🙂

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        • jholland · June 10, 2015

          Lol. Not your lamb, then?

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  3. Hariclea · June 10, 2015

    i like what you are saying and feel very similarily 🙂 one of the reasons i like reading you is because there is that mix of fun and seriousness, real life happening and richarding 🙂 it blends in rather well 🙂 and i need to get back to the challenge too (and they day needs to have more than 24h!)

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    • jholland · June 10, 2015

      Isn’t that the truth? I’m behind on my charts and need to buckle down, so may have to limit my blogging and attend to my RL obligations for a few days. Thank you, Hari… I sometimes have doubts about posting off topic but then I think well, nobody has to read this stuff if it bores them, so I’ll just carry on writing about what interests me day to day, and RA is likely to be the topic more often than not. =)

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      • Servetus · June 10, 2015

        Yay for writing about what we want to write about!

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        • jholland · June 10, 2015

          I almost feel a limerick coming on. “The Blogger’s Prerogative” =)

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  4. Guylty · June 11, 2015

    Hehe, no, I am not flogging anyone – I am really not into inflicting pain 😉 But I am glad that you have obviously got more resolve than I do, and you are plowing on with the intro challenge.
    It’s nice to know that your Armitageblogging has opened the way for more personal, public posts, too, like the ones you mentioned (Noobie and young love’s eye infection). That way the blog serves more than just one purpose, and may even be a mechanism for you to work through the stuff that occupies your mind – apart from the more frivolous admiration of the OOA. However, I hope that you will *not* have too many sad reasons to post 😉

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    • jholland · June 11, 2015

      You’re right… the blog can be simultaneously a way to work through something that’s bothering me, or an escape from what’s bothering me. I can write all about it and get it off my chest, or I can GIF Richard Armitage all afternoon and share the GIFs of my oh-so-productive afternoon with fellow admirers. =)

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      • Guylty · June 11, 2015

        And we benefit. Win – win, for me 😉

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  5. linnetmoss · June 11, 2015

    I missed the post about Noobie. Just went back and had a bittersweet look at all the darling photos. What a sweetie, and so is Charlie. I’ve never had a sphinx, but I can imagine what it must be like to touch that bare skin–warm and wonderful!! My favorite is the surgical masks 🙂

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    • jholland · June 11, 2015

      Yes, petting them is like petting a fuzzy warm peach! And I agree, the medical personnel photo was singularly fantastic! (It only took about 30 attempts to get it right! They kept turning their heads and the caps or masks would slip, or they’d mistake us trying to get them to look at the camera as an invitation to stand up and come get some loving!) We really miss him. On the bright side, the new cat Priscilla is A LOT like Noobie and we adore her. She’s a bit of a thug (the kind of cat who jumps onto a counter and surveys it to see what would be the most inconvenient item to bat to the floor, then does it. Today it was a fecal flotation. LOL) but she’s such an adorable imp and so loving that we immediately forgive all acts of thuggery!

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      • Servetus · June 11, 2015

        what, for heaven’s sake, is a fecal flotation?

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        • jholland · June 11, 2015

          We take our stool sample, mix it with a supersaturated sugar solution, and that causes parasite eggs to float to the surface. We place a microscope coverslip on the top of the little jar of poopy sugar juice, and after 5-7 minutes, any intestinal parasite eggs will be adhered to the coverslip, which we then place on a slide and examine under the microscope. SO all this to say, she slung poop juice all over the floor. The dog the sample came from wasn’t too happy, either, as it meant he had to have the another sample taken by inserting our “poop loop” into his rear end for a second time. Like I said, she’s a thug. LOL

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        • Servetus · June 11, 2015

          Wow. What a job.

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        • jholland · June 11, 2015

          We have been heard to quietly chant “I love my job I love my job I love my job I love my job” when preparing fecal flotations. =)

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      • linnetmoss · June 12, 2015

        Ah, thuggery. I have one of those cats. He moves something an inch or two and then looks up to see the reaction!
        And here I thought the surgical photo was a candid 🙂

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        • jholland · June 12, 2015

          Not a bit candid, I fear! LOL. Yes, Priscilla definitely jumps up onto the shelf and starts her mischief, pausing to guage whether we’re paying attention. It would be no fun if she didn’t have an audience. LOL

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  6. linnetmoss · June 11, 2015

    %&*$ spell check–sphynx!!

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    • jholland · June 11, 2015

      Yes. My top three autocorrects on this blog lately are Ermitage (that’s obvious), Guilty (Guylty), and sphinx. =)

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