And the Nominees Are…

 

After being recently nominated for the fantabulous Versatile Blogger Award, it is now my honor to present to you 10 intriguing, intelligent, and otherwise completely cool blogs worth looking at. Some of these are writing related, some are not, but all are completely awesome. Ready? Here we go, in no particular order:

 

 

  1. http://delilahpaints.blogspot.com/

This is Delilah S. Dawson’s blog. A great romance writer and hysterical Twitter-er.

 

  1. http://laughingfrommysickbed.blogspot.com/

A must-see type blog for any spoonie out there.

 

  1. http://tuneintoyourautoimmune.wordpress.com

Another inspiring and though provoking blog for anyone dealing with autoimmune issues.

 

  1. http://foodmancingthegirl.blogspot.com/

If you’re at all a foodie (which I completely am, can’t lie… love getting my creative vibe going on in the kitchen) then this blog is definitely worth checking out. I’m nowhere near Charleston, but still get a major kick out of the extensive food porn on this blog.

 

5.  http://terribleminds.com/ramble/blog/

While absolutely on the NSFW side, this blog has some of the BEST writing advice I’ve ever come across. “Finish your sh**.” Enough said.

 

6.  http://www.writersdigest.com/editor-blogs/there-are-no-rules

This blog from the editors of Writer’s Digest is full of insider advice. A must read for new and experienced writers.

 

7.  http://www.simplyforlovers.com/blog/

Well sure, this blog mostly makes the list because I am the new official writer for it. BUT, I feel the need to let you all know that it’s actually quite full of fun and sexy ideas, tips, tricks, and steamy fantasies. (Also, NSFW, obviously)

 

8. http://www.lamebook.com/

Everyone needs a laugh break. When you should be working but would rather be cracking up, check out these hysterical Facebook status FAILS blog.

 

9. http://myhusbandisannoying.com/

This blog, where a woman bares her soul to the Internet in an attempt to avoid divorce or homicide, is not only relatable, it’s hilarious.

 

10. http://theinvisibledisease.blogspot.com/

A fantastic blog for anyone living with or supporting someone who has an invisible illness.

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What Was I Talking About Again?

 

So Saturday night, I was in my kitchen, baking a cake to take to a family Mother’s Day celebration the next afternoon. And I was confused. Seriously confused.

 

Sure, I had flour in my hair and a vague handprint on the butt of my shorts, but that’s not what was confusing me. Hey, that’s pretty much par for the course for me when it comes to baking. I love to get all creative in the kitchen, and can cook a five course meal without a problem, but can’t seem to create a dessert without creating a subsequent mess all over myself. No, my befuddlement was a direct result of simple math.

 

See, I was doubling the recipe for cake batter, in order to create a two layer cake for my grandma. And that meant I needed to figure out what 2/3 of a cup of melted butter was, twice. Pretty basic calculation, and on any other day I would have quickly melted up a cup and a third and been on with my mixing and mess-making. Only that’s not how it worked. I was just standing there, butter dripping onto my socks, concentrating as hard as I could to figure this out. And the harder I tried, the cloudier my thoughts became. It was like trying to add simple numbers with a head full of oatmeal.

 

Fibro fog. Brain fog. Cognitive dysfunction. Call it what you like, it’s one of the most frustrating and difficult aspects of fibromyalgia to deal with. Whether it comes from the sleep disturbances that accompany fibromyalgia or as a result of your brain’s response to all that pain, or another reason altogether, doctors still aren’t sure what causes the memory loss, clouded thinking, confusion and panic attacks that come compromise fibro fog.

 

For me, brain fog is also one of the hardest symptoms to try and explain to other people, as well. How do articulate that your mind seizes up and simply won’t work? How do explain that you walked into the same room four times and still can’t remember what you’re doing there? Or that you suddenly can’t remember how to spell basic words or add 2/3 and 2/3? And that the harder you try the more likely you are to fly into a blind panic about the whole thing?

 

I guess you just try your best. And, when you can’t add measurements, remember that Google is your best friend.

A Little Awareness Coming At You

So May has arrived, and seeing as though ‘tis the month of lupus and fibromyalgia awareness, and seeing as though I carry the badge of both lupus and fibro warrior (I’ve got the scars to prove it!) I thought I’d share with you some websites and blogs that are doing a whole lot to increase awareness and funds to fight these two big bad diseases.

 

Don’t know much about lupus or fibromyalgia? Don’t feel too bad… neither is very well understood, or spoken about much. And despite the fact that lupus affects more people every year than AIDS, MS, Sickle Cell Anemia, Cystic Fibrosis and Cerebral Palsy combined, there is actually very little happening in the way of research and new treatment options. In fact, the last major advancement in lupus treatment was about 50 years ago. I will be adding some more info throughout the rest of May on Lupus and Fibromyalgia. For now, here’s a look at some websites that are representing the fight.

 

Metal Mama Designs on Etsy

http://www.etsy.com/listing/130342621/spoonie-pendants-awareness-jewelry-for?ref=shop_home_active

So, the problem with most awareness jewelry is that it’s, well, ugly. Sure a purple rubber bracelet is ok and all, but it’s not really a new and inventive concept any more. Nor is it winning any fashion awards. This Etsy site has all kinds of cool handmade spoonie jewelry that’s cute, fresh and downright pretty. Plus the creator will personalize absolutely anything for you. It’s all surprisingly affordable, but for an extra 10% off, use the code AlannaRocks.

 

The Spoon Theory

http://www.butyoudontlooksick.com/wpress/articles/written-by-christine/the-spoon-theory/

 

Anyone who’s ever tried to describe what it’s like living with an illness or chronic pain has probably struggled with how to tell their friends or family about their daily fight. The spoon theory, written by Lupus fighter Christine Miserandino is hands down the best way I’ve ever found to explain my situation. (It’s also where the term “spoonie” comes from.)

 

Tune Into Your Autoimmune (Facebook Page)

So I was lucky enough to meet this page’s mod, Lena, via Twitter. She’s a feisty chick who doesn’t let her MS or her fibro stop her. Plus we share an off-beat sense of humor and she bakes zombie cakes. So yea, cruise on by the FB page and say hi to her. And if you know anyone who’s dealing with an autoimmune disease, send them there. Now. Do it, I’ll wait…

 

Hurry Up!!!

 

Ok, so that’s my starter list for awareness pages that rock. I’ll be adding to it as the month rolls by, so if you happen to know of any pages, blogs, or other sites that are fighting the good fight, let me know! Otherwise, go give these pages some love.