Awarded For Blowing Angel’s Mind

I realised the other day that its been a HELLA long time since I awarded bloggers for blowing my mind! So here’s the newest list of seven. The following bloggers get this here award to display on their sidebars- or wherever because for numerous reasons I keep going back to them…

Some of them I identify with on a very deep and personal level. Some of them are so smart and insightful its like “woah“! Some of the are hysterically funny. One of them is family ~~smirk~~ but thats not why she’s getting one. And several of them I have been lucky enough to meet and greet in real life! And some of them are all of the above!

And I just realised that this whole set of awardees are blogging chicks!!! You go girls! Right-click and save-as and so on and so forth!!!

Because I Can

Glad To Be A Girl


The Jackson Files


Mommy Is Moody

Restless Housewife

There’s a link in my sidebar if you’d like to see who else got this here award.

Just 11 Sleeps Till I No Longer Have A Landlady!

Damien and I lived in the flat she owns for almost 13 years, in fact, it is 13 years at the end of September (the end of my two month notice period) as I moved into the place as of October 1st 1995. Granted, I haven’t spent much time there in the last 8 months and we haven’t spent the night there at all in 2 months, its still 13 years.

The place has been painted once, about 3 years after I moved in, and she took out the shitty carpets that used to cover the beautiful and easy to clean stone tiled floor in the living room (but left the equally shitty carpets in the bedrooms and passage- covering up equally pretty flooring there).

That’s all she’s done.

Her excuse was that if she did more she’d have to put my rent up, which I said she couldn’t do since she’s only allowed to increase it by 10% a year.

She wasn’t going to make extra money off me so she did nothing. She put in new built-in cupboards and an exquisite new kitchen in the flat next door between tenants… but nothing in mine.

Ooh I lie- she put up a new security gate on my front door once. And then she lectured me for 20 minutes over the phone over what to do with the spare key.

What she did do was promise for years to enclose mine and my neighbour’s parking spaces with gates (she owns both flats) but she never did.

So lemme telly you, the kitchen is bloody dreadful; I have never had any working space and the stove is about 30 years old with only 2 working stove plates. The other two plates trip the power if I switch them on. She’s had electricians out to look at it once or twice- but it would have been better to replace it long ago. I go through light-bulbs like cookies because the wiring in the place is the same as was put in when the block was built 30+ years ago. The bathroom can so be organised with a shower as mine is the only flat where the bath has a wall on three sides instead of being directly under the window, and the plumbing needs regular tweaking as its also 30+ years old!

A few years back the owners of the flats put up new security gates all around the place, with remote controls for the parking lots which was awesome for keeping our cars safe- but it also limited access all over the fucking place. From then on I could not get to the garden or newly constructed braai-area unless I BOUGHT a key for those gates! The stairwell outside my front door is supposed to be an emergency exit as well as being conveniently close to the door for me, but I don’t have a key to the gate that locks the entrance at the bottom of the stairs. The fact that I had to buy keys for all these gates drove my bat-shit! And for a while I did have a key to the gate at the foot of the stairs outside my door- but they kept changing the fucking padlock!

I never once- not one single time- paid my rent late or missed a payment. One year I increased my stop order a month late but that’s been the only discrepancy ever. I was behind on my electricity payments once or twice, but not so much it got cut off.

Granted, there’s some “damage” (for lack of a better word) that Damien and I have inflicted over the last 13 years- paint chips and a couple of cracked windows- and Damien destroyed his cupboard door, but I flat refused to fix it. At one stage the logic behind my argument for that made sense but I can’t remember it anymore.

And now I’m not going to bother because I already told her to keep the deposit I gave her when I moved in.

She really bugged me very little in the last 13 years. She wasn’t constantly hammering on my door to check on me and she didn’t have a key to the place. But every time my phone rang and her name showed on the caller ID I sighed in exasperation.

What it boils down to is that she treated me like a teenager. The spare-key-new-gate discussion being a perfect example. And most recently, when I reminded her that the wiring in the flat is old and may need work, she phoned me the next day (I missed her call thank goodness ‘coz I may have lost it) and left a message that I must please switch off the geyser to save electricity and switch off the mains switch so there won’t be a fire.

WTF woman!!?!?!??? I’ve lived there for 13 years and there’s never been an electrical fire! And I’m still paying the forking electricity until the end of September so whether I want to save electricity is my prerogative!!!

I am so looking forward to never speaking to her again…

I Am In Some Littybit Pain Today…

I am absolutely terrified of dentists.
If they could do so, I would gladly opt to have even the simplest procedures- like them cleaning my teeth- done under anaesthetic.
I am so afraid that I am practically hyperventilating by the time I arrive in the rooms! When I’m actually in the chair I grip so hard onto whatever’s closest (yesterday it was my own wrists ‘coz the chair had no armrests) that I shake when I get up. And I try to reverse myself away from the drills and such into and through the seat, and I actually hurt my neck.
And to complicate things, my teeth are so sensitive that even the cold air of winter hurts when I inhale through my mouth! I brush my teeth with warm water! So you can see how a dentist visit is pure torture.
I took Damien and myself earlier this month, just for a check-up and because Damien said he had a hole in one molar. We went. I sat in the chair after Damien’s tooth was fixed and all but cried as she cleaned my teeth. Thankfully she took pity on me and didn’t spray my teeth with the cold water at the end… but she sent me for x-rays and said I had two holes she’s have to fill. Bottom right between my two back teeth, and top left between the two back teeth.
This means at least 2 shots and a completely numb mouth! But I was brave and made another appointment.
Another issue that I forgot about- that came up again yesterday while the dentist was busy- is that I cannot keep my tongue still and out of the way! The assistant ended up holding it down with the suction pipe and in the process practically dislocated my jaw so that’s LANK stiff and sore today! And then of course the one injection in the bottom jaw didn’t work like it was supposed to, so I had to have another one. So today my gums feel bruised- top and bottom- where the needle went in and in and in…
I just close my eyes and grimace and hope to hell she gets finished as fast as possible… and then hope and pray that nothing goes wrong and I have to go back again!

All About Moi. ‘Coz It Isn’t Usually Donchaknow

It would seem that pilfering some of these long-ass list-type memes is the thing to do lately… at least, it is with this one… so I am following suit! I stole this from Goblin, who swiped it from Expensive Mistakes Cheap Thrills, who pinched it from Scrapbooking With Words, who nicked it from Ghost Angel, who in turn lifted it from someone else!

01) Bold what is true about you

02) Underline what is half true
03) Italicize what you wish was true about you
04) Strike through anything you sneer at or that is completely inaccurate when it comes to you
05) Add one true thing about you to the end of the list (and this makes it longer and longer of course…)
I miss somebody right now
I don’t watch much TV these days
I own lots of books
I wear glasses or contact lenses
I love to play video games
I’ve tried marijuana
I’ve watched porn movies
I have been the psycho-ex in a past relationship
I believe honesty is generally the best policy
I curse sometimes
I have changed a lot mentally over the last year
I carry my knife/razor everywhere with me
I have broken someone’s bones
I have a secret that I am ashamed to reveal
I hate the rain
I’m paranoid at times
I would get plastic surgery if it were 100% safe, free of cost, and scar-free
I need/want money right now
I love sushi
I talk really, really fast
I have fresh breath in the morning
I have long hair
I have lost money in Las Vegas
I have at least one sibling
I was born in a country outside of the US
I have worn fake hair/fingernails/eyelashes in the past
I couldn’t survive without Caller ID
I like the way that I look
I have lied to a good friend in the last 6 months
I am usually pessimistic
I have a lot of mood swings
I think prostitution should be legalized
I slept with a roommate
I have a hidden talent
I’m always hyper no matter how much sugar I have
I have a lot of friends
I have kissed someone of the same sex
I enjoy talking on the phone
I practically live in sweatpants or PJ pants
I love to shop and/or window shop
I’m obsessed with my Livejournal
I don’t hate anyone. I dislike them.
I’m a pretty good dancer
I’m completely embarrassed to be seen with my mother
I have passed out drunk in the past 6 months
I’ve rejected someone before
I have no idea what I want to do for the rest of my life
I want to have children in the future
I have changed a diaper before
I have a lot to learn
I am shy around the opposite sex
I’m online 24/7, even as an away message
I have at least 5 away messages saved
I have tried alcohol or drugs before
I have made a move on a friend’s significant other or crush in the past
I own the “South Park” movie
I have avoided assignments at work/school to be on Livejournal/another blog site
I enjoy some country music
I would die for my best friend(s)
I’m obsessive, and often a perfectionist
I have used my sexuality to advance my career
Halloween is awesome because you get free candy
I have dated a close friend’s ex
I am happy at this moment
I’m obsessed with guys
Conservative Republican
I am punk rockish
I go for older guys/girls, not younger
I study for tests most of the time
I tie my shoelaces differently from anyone I’ve ever met
I can work on a car
I love my job
I am comfortable with who I am right now
I have more than just my ears pierced
I walk barefoot wherever I can
I have jumped off a bridge
I love sea turtles
I spend ridiculous amounts of money on makeup
I plan on achieving a major goal/dream
I am proficient on a musical instrument
I hate office jobs
I went to college out of state
I am adopted
I am a pyro
I have thrown up from crying too much
I have been intentionally hurt by people that I loved
I fall for the worst people and have been hurt every time
I adore bright colors
I usually like covers better than originals
I hate chain theme restaurants like Applebees and TGIFridays
I can pick up things with my toes
I can’t whistle
I have ridden/owned a horse
I still have every journal I’ve ever written in
I talk in my sleep
I’ve often thought that I was born in the wrong century
I try to forget things by drowning them out with loads of distractions (or I sleep…)
I wear a toe ring (I lost the one I adored and never replaced it)
I have a tattoo (I have five!)
I can’t stand at LEAST one person that I work with
I am a caffeine junkie
I am completely tree-huggy spiritual, and I’m not ashamed at all
If I knew I would get away with it, I would commit at least one murder
I‘ve COSplayed or know what COSplaying is
I have been to over 15 conventions
I will collect anything, and the more nonsensical, the better
I enjoy a nice glass of wine with dinner
I’m an artist. I like to draw
I am ambidextrous
I sleep with so many stuffed animals, I can hardly fit on my bed
If it weren’t for having to see other people naked, I’d live in a nudist colony
I have terrible teeth
I did this Meme even though I wasn’t tagged by the person who took it before me
I have more friends on the internet than in real life
I have lived in either three different states or countries
I am extremely flexible
I want to own my own business
I smoke
I spend way too much time on the computer
Nobody has ever said I’m normal
Sad movies, games, flics and the like can cause a trickle of tears every now and then
I am proficient in the use of many types of firearms and combat weapons
I like the way women look in stylized men’s suits
I don’t like it when people are displeased or seem displeased with me
I have been described as a dreamer or likely to have my head up in the clouds
I have played strip poker with someone else before
I have had emotional problems for which I have sought professional help
I believe in ghosts and the paranormal
I can’t stand being alone
I have at least one obsession at any given time
I weigh myself, use the toilet, and then weigh myself again
I consistently spend way too much money on obsessions-of-the-moment
I’m a judgmental asshole
I’m a HUGE drama-queen
I have travelled on more than one continent
I sometimes wish my father would just disappear
I need people to tell me I’m good at something in order to feel that I am
I can speak more than one language
I can fall asleep even if the whole room is as noisy as it can be
I would rather read than watch TV
I like reading fact more than fiction
I have pulled an all-nighter on an assignment I was given a month to do
I have no piercings
I have spent the night in a train station or other public place
I once spent Christmas completely alone because there was a miscommunication on which parent was supposed to have me that night
I’ve been married and am now divorced
There have been times when I have wondered “Why was I born?” and may/may not have cried over it
I like most animals better than most people
I own a collection of retro games consoles
The thought of physical exercise makes me shiver
I have hit someone with a dead fish
I have written/read erotic stories
I am compulsively honest
I was born with a congenital birth defect that has never been repaired
I have danced topless in front of dozens of complete strangers and not been ashamed
I have gone from wishing I was a boy to reveling in being a girl to feeling like a boy again in the span of five minutes, and not cared a whit for my actual sex
I am unashamedly bisexual, and have different motivations for my desires for different genders
I sometimes won’t sleep a whole night or eat a whole day because I forget to
I find it impossible to get to sleep without some kind of music on
I dislike milk
I obsessively wash my hands
I always carry that something significant around with me
Sometimes I’d rather wear a wig in day-to-day life than use my own hair
I love talking about myself to the point where I need to be stopped
I often sing whenever I can and I’m good at it too

I have experienced some type of traumatic abuse in my lifetime

I’ve experienced visions and dreams which I know/believe are from my past life
I have deja vu so vivid that I feel faint
I love Harry Potter
My parents are not together
I don’t believe in love
I hate people who walk incredibly slow
I have extreme contempt for the vast majority of people
Sometimes I don’t shower before work (because I showered the night before)
To me, procrastination is like a disease! Procrastination is all there is!
I want to sleep now
I enjoy watching two guys kissing each other
I am a typical Gemini born
The more I searched the less I’ve found
As a child I was a huge cry-baby
I’m feeling alone very fast
I’m living in a fairytale and I’m the noble Princess, who saves the day
I always have to spell my (real) name
I want to die in my sleep
I have a strange laugh
If they let me, I can sleep 12 hours in a row
I wish I could transform myself into a boy every now and then
I dance in the rain and don’t feel like a fool
I have a favorite stuffed animal that I will not ever get rid of
I sing 80’s hair metal songs into my hairbrush on a daily basis
I have a speech disorder
I’m infatuably attracted to men with long, blond, curly hair.
I sometimes have the urge to take a shot of whiskey or open a can of beer at odd times in the day
I have a weakness for guys with nice bodies
I plan to move to another country at some point in my life
I have wanted to be a certain fictional character
My dreams are so vivid, they feel real
I’m a huge geek, the comic-book and video game kind, not the smart kind
I can get jealous easily
My computer and hard drive are pretty much my most prized possessions
I prefer to buy CDs than download music, free or otherwise
I haven’t had my first kiss yet
I have had teeth pulled
I listen to music in at least five different languages
I think boys/guys/men are icky
I prefer dim lights or candlelight to bright lights
I fully acknowledge that I love lame jokes, because they’re lame
I get happy when I buy food on sale
I can find beauty and something to love in anything around me
I am desperate to find where I belong
I am a home-owner
I more often feel like an outsider than that I belong
I’m very spiritual, but not religious at all
I’ve been to 10+ concerts in my life
I worry a lot about my future, but at the end of the day, I know I’m going to get everything I’m working for
I own 20+ band related clothing items
I’m absurdly nervous around beautiful people
I don’t believe I can be fully happy unless I’m crushing/in a relationship with someone
I’m angry at someone and they don’t know it
I recently failed some exams, for the first time in my life
I am more than likely to get married to a guy I will never love because he’s rich
I don’t feel like I have any talents at all some times. Other times, I feel on top of the world
When I/they are away, I miss my siblings more than my parents
I am so awfully afraid of what future brings and that I will die alone and as virgin
I will never have children, and I’m happy with that
Being a mother is the most important thing in the world, to me
I cook better than my mother-in-law-to-be
I’m far too stubborn for my own good

I am a hoarder… I have a hard time throwing anything even vaguely sentimental away