Sisterhood of the World Bloggers


Hey y’all! So, this may come as a bit of a shock, but people other than my mom read this blog. Well. It’s shocking to me, at least!

The lovely Little Misadventures nominated me for the “Sisterhood of the World Blog Award”– not an actual award, but another cute little meme where bloggers can appreciate each other’s sites. It’s like a nice pat on the back. I’ve done a few of these things before, I know. You’ll have to forgive me for doing another one!

Anyway, the “rules” are as follows:

1) Link to the blogger who nominated you and say thanks.

2) Nominate blogs that you find a joy to read.

3) Link to the nominees and tell them about the nomination.

4) Include the award logo in your blog post.

5) Answer the ten questions listed below.

1) What is your favorite color? 

At those darned get-to-know-you-icebreakers, I usually tell people my favorite color is green.

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And I do like green. But honestly, I think colors look best in combination with one another. My favorite color combo, then, is cerulean and spring green.

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Though what I should really do at those icebreakers is tell people the names of Crayola crayons.

2) What is your favorite animal?

This is going to sound odd, but in elementary school I used to have an obsession with beavers.

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I used to draw them on everything.

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For one of my school projects, I even made a board game on beaver trivia.

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It’s Castor fiber, by the way. The American beaver is Castor canadensis.

My love was short-lived, though. That same year, I bought my first Gameboy along with the game Kirby: Nightmare in Dreamland. My obsession with beavers soon gave way to an obsession with Kirby.

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3) What is your favorite non-alcoholic drink?

Almond milk. Is that weird? It’s weird.

The thing is, I don’t drink it because of this whole deal:

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Nah, while all that is very concerning, I drink almond milk because:

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Unfortunately, my gallons of unsweetened almond milk has a high price. It’s literally double the price of milk.

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4) Do you prefer Facebook or Twitter?

I’m a Facebook person, I admit. I’m just not witty enough for a Twitter. Besides, I like taking photos, and Facebook is photo-friendly.

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Facebook is fun!

5) What is your favorite pattern?

I always thought fractals were pretty cool.


Fractal art is even cooler!

6) Do you prefer getting or giving presents?

Man, I’m just going to say it straight: receiving presents is awesome. What kid at Christmas didn’t like receiving presents? Not me, that’s for sure.

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But I also like giving presents. The only problem is that I really, really suck at gift-buying. So while giving gifts is sometimes fun…

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…sometimes, it’s not so fun.

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7) What is your favorite number?

Back in 9th grade, I joined the lacrosse team on a whim. It was the only season that I have ever played lacrosse. As a total beginner, I sucked at it.

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That year, we got to choose our own uniform number. The coach piled up all the old jerseys and let the girls have at it.

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By the time I got to the pile, only one jersey was left.

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It was the number 13.

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An abandoned, unloved, unlucky number.

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And for the rest of that season, I continued to suck at lacrosse. But even now, I’m fond of the number 13!

8) What is your favorite day of the week?

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9) What is your favorite flower?

An idea I stole from my sister– Gerber daisies! Because they’re so bright, obnoxious, and in-your-face.

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10) What is your passion?

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Yeah. Not surprising, I guess.

And now, some blogs that I happen to enjoy reading!

This Japanese Life.

Wings for Liberty

The Japanese Role Playing Game

Incidental Comics

Zen Pencils

Mister G Kids

Gourmet Gaming


Can I, like, ACTUALLY write? (Vy gets blog-tagged again)

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I draw crappy comics all the time, but can I actually write? 

Well, I’m going to take this game I was tagged in by the lovely kindredspirit23 and let you be the judge. Being blog-tagged sure is fun! (not sarcasm)

Anyway, here’s the rules:

1)  Go to page 7 or 77 of your current WIP.

2)  Count down 7 lines.

3) Quote the next 7 lines (finish the thought, if you need to)

4) Choose 7 more authors to play

As I mentioned earlier, I’m not exactly a writer. I have no awesome novels-in-progress at the moment. Kindredspirit23 suggested that I use a school paper, since I have definitely written papers over 7 pages before.

And so I have. But none of them are saved on my current computer.

Well, unless I double-space the paper I wrote for my Advanced Writing class on the misregulation of lncRNA in cancer cells. It’s single-spaced, 5 pages right now– but if I double space it, we’ll be smack-dab in the Works Cited section!

My 7 lines: (or, more accurately, 7 and a half on the original Word document, since I had to finish that last citation there. Knowing the page numbers are important!) 

  1. Hutchinson AD, Hosking JR, Kichenadasse G, Mattiske JK, and Wilson C. 2012. Objective and subjective cognitive impairment following chemotherapy for cancer: A systemic review. Cancer Treatment Reviews. 38(7): 926-934. DOI: 10.1016/j.ctrv.2012.05.002.
  2. Kaida D, Scheider-Poetsch T, Yoshida M. 2012. Splicing in oncogenesis and tumor suppression. Cancer Science. 103(9): 1611-1616. DOI: 10.1111/j.1349-7006.2012.02356.x.
  3. Xi LF, Schiffman M, Koutsky LA, Hulbert A, Lee SK, DeFilippis, V, Shen ZP, and Kiviat NB. 2012. Association of human papillomavirus type 31 variants with risk of cervical intraepithelial neoplasia grades 2-3. International Journal of Cancer. 131(10): 2300-2307. DOI: 10.1002/ijc.27520.

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Okay, okay. That’s a dick move.

I’m going to do this properly. I’m going to triple-space my essay to get us 7 lines of actual content: (or, in this case, 6.5 lines on the original Word document)

“miR-31 then suppresses several metastasis-promoting genes, including RhoA and WAVE3, which are linked to p53. LOC554202, in this case, is only a part of a long chain of gene interactions, which could be detrimental when developing TNCB treatments based on LOC554202. For instance, LOC554202 and miR-31 appear to be regulated epigenetically via CpG island hypermethylation. When researchers altered the DNA methylation in an attempt to upregulate LOC554202 and miR-31, the miR-31 levels did not reach those of the lncRNA host transcript. This could possibly be attributed to other factors regulating mi-R31, making LOC554202 an ineffective target for therapy.”

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There’s a reason I draw instead of write.

(Thanks again to kindredspirit23 for tagging me! This was very entertaining to write!)