To Thine Own #Selfie Be True

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Here’s one I took earlier

What is it about the cult of the #selfie? It has to be one of the most interesting and baffling things to come out of the 21st century and specifically off the back of this cray social networking phenomenon.

I am the worst culprit there is, posting several a week. I am sure my friends are sick to death of my stupid face.

I can’t tell you why other people do it but I suppose I can try to explain why I do. Why I can’t go into the bathroom at work on a school day and not take a picture of the nice outfit I’ve chosen to wear.

For me, it’s not because I think I am the bomb. I do not think my latest #selfie should appear underneath the definition of sexy in the Oxford English Dictionary (I’d be at least 100th in line).

I am not the most confident in my looks as a rule. Sure, who is? But I have been horrified in the past by pictures of me caught unawares at weddings and parties. Horrified. So I think part of the #selfie thing is about control. I can delete, delete, delete at will and chose my best angles, my favourite environments, lighting, etc. Horribly vain, isn’t it?

It’s only just now that I have allowed people to capture me au natural in the wild and tag me on Facebook which is why there are pictures of me now that I haven’t taken. *gasp*

I want to record what I currently look like, how I looked before I found exercise, how my body has changed since I started fueling it with better things.

I feel a lot better these days (20lbs down and counting) but I think it’s confidence that has made me look better. For me confidence comes with weight loss, I wish it didn’t. I’m also coming to terms with the fact that even Angelina Jolie takes a bad picture every once in a while†.

As for the #ootd toilet mirror snaps? Sometimes a girl just wants to show off a cute dress. Where’s the harm in that?

So there it is: for me it’s about #control, #cutedresses and #recording #change. Maybe I’ll cut down. Maybe I’ll get worst, who knows?

Incidentally, the other day when encouraging my nine year old step son to get in shot for a family #selfie, he shouted “Nooooo! I don’t want to be a hashtag selfie on Facebook!” and ran away. Sign of these modern times?

Where do you stand on the #selfie? Are you a fan or do you abhor them? I would love to know!

†Yeah right!

Summertime Sniping

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Les chuchoteuses by Rose Aimée Boulanger in Montreal, Canada (via Google)

Last week at some point a horrible woman wrote a newspaper article about fat people. I won’t link to it, not will I utter her name because frankly, I feel like contributing to any publicity for her is what she wants, even if it is negative. At this point I can’t even bring myself to slag her off.

As my nasty ex’s great-grandmother used to say, you just have to feel sorry for people like that.

But. In her article, said woman calls out three “size 18, at least” girls for having the audacity to stand in front of her at the airport and not be ashamed of who they are. Oh, did I not point out that all three were “fat, not chubby” and seemed “unconcerned” about their apparent hideousness? I think they might even have been – whisper it – laughing together like they were happy.

Not one of them had the common decency to be covered from head to toe in black, instead choosing to rock a colourful Summer wardrobe.

Say whut?!

The Fattist let’s call her, for she is a ‘self-confessed Fattist’, seems to think that the world should fall in line with what she deems attractive. This to me is like throwing shade on every man and boy with a naked chin.

Apparently, TF has a weight and size restriction on the things she will tolerate and anybody who doesn’t fall in line with this will pay the price. By being slagged off in a national paper (if indeed you can call it that).

Anyway, she’s obviously just ‘being honest’ and speaking out of ‘concern’ for these poor, disgusting creatures right?

The thing is, she could be talking about me. I’m a size 18. Sometimes smaller, sometimes bigger but I’m that size generally. Should I be covering up for fear of upsetting poor souls like TF? Am I that revolting that I should be considering hibernation?

I hate the whole thing. Yes, it is okay for you to have your own personal tastes. Your opinion is yours. If you really feel that way and think that these abominations are seriously harming their health by eating badly and not exercising, fine. But keep it to yourself.

For a start you don’t know what these girls eat (besides the ‘I kid you not’ bag of crisps they munched while waiting to check in their luggage. On a holiday! The horror!). You sure as shit don’t know what exercise they do on a day-to-day basis. Not all fit people are thin and vice versa.

I’m hardly the template for healthy living but apart from cake too many times a week, I watch my calorie intake and workout at least twice a day for 30-40 minutes. It’s ignorant to assume things when you don’t know.

What seemed to perplex her so much more than the ‘dimpled thighs’ and ‘rolls of fat’ hanging over the tops of their vests was the fact that all three girls seem to be living life without being self-conscious. Again, how dare you, girls? Come on, now – self-hatred is the only obvious state for you, duh.

Personally, if the world were full of more people like those three and less like TF in her size 8-10 dress, I think it might be a better place.

And, while we’re at it, I’d give up the notion of ever being thin for genuine self-acceptance. I think we can all learn from these beastly rule breakers in their Summer gear, pissing off strangers without even realising it.

Now, hand me the motherf**king crisps, bitch!

Please note: I may have paraphrased a tad throughout this post but you get the gist.

Very Inspiring Blog Awards

very-inspiring-blog-award-logo-23-6-14I never win anything. I’m not the least bit competitive in life and sometimes I wish I was a bit more ‘out there’ when it comes to showing off my skills and being rewarded. I’ve always figured that being good at stuff means you will just naturally be recognised.

Ha, tell that to my current boss.

Anyway, on Friday I learnt that I had been nominated for a very grand award indeed, a Very Inspiring Blogger Award. Cool, huh?

My lovely nominator is Hannah of Hannah Reads Stuff, a girl after my own heart. Not exclusively but mostly when it comes to books and literature.

I have been following Hannah since before her book blog but it is here that we have become friends. Not only have I been inspired to pick up a large portion of the titles she has reviewed, we also share a passion for collecting Lego mini figures (Hannah helped me with suggestions on how to display them). In short, she’s bloody brilliant and I’m glad I found her. Thank you love for this nomination!

Here are the rules of the award:

  • Thank and link to the person who nominated you
  • List the rules and display the award
  • Share seven facts about yourself
  • Nominate 15 other amazing blogs and comment on their posts to let them know they have been nominated
  • Optional: display the award logo on your blog and follow the blogger who nominated you

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Here goes!

Seven things about me

  • Up until about six months ago I thought the first lines of lyric in The Cure’s Just Like Heaven were: “Show me how you do that trick, the one that makes me scream seasick” – which makes more sense to me, so I’m sticking to it
  • My favourite literary character is Lisbeth Salandar
  • I hate tomatoes and get lectured on this fact almost daily – get over it world
  • Until I got a job in Starbucks in Penticton, B.C a good few years ago, I though lattes were made with ‘Expresso’. After my first day of training I came home all excited, my Uncle said; “Did you learn that it’s actually called ‘Espresso’?” and I pretended I didn’t know what he was talking about
  • I don’t want children, yet I have a name picked out for the daughter I will never have. It’s Dorothy Pearl
  • I love the artist Ray Caesar and if I could I would buy all his paintings
  • I love B-Movies and really shit horror (and good films) but sometimes a gal just needs Troll Hunter, you know?

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So, that’s me!

But now to my own nominations. I don’t even know if I will be able to make the 15 blog quota but let’s see.

In no particular, I nominate:

  • Cloud in a Teacup ~ Man, this girl can take a mean photograph! Shivani makes me want to trail around after her all the time, visiting all the places she does because she makes them seem so cool. Plus, she is cool so win-win!
  • It’s a Marathon AND a Sprint ~ Colby, for being lovely and also supportive about my running (or rather lack thereof)
  • Belle of the Bluegrass ~ my lovely friend Lydia who shares my love of beards and sparkle is honest and funny so go visit her sometime
  • Almost Erica ~ my darling Erica who has been away from Blogging for a while has recently returned and I am most excited about it. One of my favourite people on this planet, she’s my friend from back home, the Canada edition
  • The Lightle Side of Life ~ my boo Meghan is both clever and a wonderful writer. And definitely in my Top 15 of best people ever (actually, Top 5)
  • Umbrella Weather ~ Emma is another person I feel blessed to have become friends with through our blogs. I think our relationship has been going for the best part of a decade and that is massive
  • The Lucky Apple ~ funny and insightful, go read my friend Daisy!
  • Random Daydreaming ~ I really enjoy this blog and have been an anonymous reader for a good year or two. Rebecca is into all sorts of cool things and have been very wise when it comes to my running worries (as above I think a lot about running but haven’t done much yet). Also two gerbils called Ser Jorah and Tyrion…
  • Odd Socks & Pretty Frocks ~ another case of me secretly creeping for a long time, Alex’s blog is fab, a good mix of book loving and fashion and I adore it
  • I Wish I Could Wink ~ Faye is adorable, lovely and has a great fashion blog. Also, we share a big love of nails and nail art
  • Adventures of a Love Bird ~ a relatively new blog to me but full of more gorgeous photography it would seem silly not to include Amy. Makes me wish I was far more talented with a camera
  • Lip Smackin’ Treats ~ as if I would forget to mention my friend Becky who is a shit hot baker. Visit her blog for some mouthwatering recipes and never look back! Mmmmmmm
  • Read & Survive ~ another new blog but a great one, Anastasia is a big book lover and that is fine with me, always happy to be inspired to read new things

That’s it. I made 13 out of 15, which only serves to remind me that I need to spend more time out there with new blogs. There are plenty of amazing blogs I read that I haven’t nominated because they’re already so popular.

This has been really fun though and it is always really nice to be recognised for my writing, even if it is a little goofy at times. So thanks again Hannah. If you hadn’t nominated me, you totes would have been in my list.

Happy nomming peeps!