Sunday, February 26, 2012

Ten Things That Fed My Brain or Made Me Smile

Thing One: Look! It's me!


Violet from Creative Devolution drew me. I love it. It's absolutely perfect.

Thing Two: Why We Build The Wall
This is my favourite song from Anaïs Mitchell's Hadestown. I've been kind of obsessed with this album for the past six months. And by obsessed, I mean that I listen to it pretty much non-stop. In fact, it's playing right now, as I type this. Hadestown is a folk opera re-imagining of the Greek myth of Orpheus and Eurydice, set in a post-apocalyptic America. Odd? Maybe. A little bit. But in a good way.
* I'm not sure that the song that I've linked to is posted with permission. Does anyone know the best way to find out?

Thing Three: I Want my (Liberal, Loving) Religious Liberties Upheld
This post on Late Enough was just fantastic. While I don't talk much about politics or my personal beliefs on this blog, I've been horrified by some of the things that have been in the news lately. Alex is much better at talking about these things than I am.
Edited to remove the words "I'm a feminist". I am a feminist, but I that's not why I've been horrified. I've been horrified because I'm a human.

Thing Four: Why the PS3 is Stealing my Husband
Oh, can I relate. Odd But Nice is one of my favourite illustrated blogs, so I'm always excited when she posts a new story.

Thing Five: Did You Guys Know I Could Time Travel?
So imagine you could go back in time, and talk to your parents. And when they ask what you do now that you're all grown up, you tell them that you write. A blog. Ha! From Haley's Comic.

Thing Six: Blood Chocolate
Crack You Whip, an illustrated humour blog, takes on a very serious issue in this post: the global chocolate trade.

Thing Seven: Tree Branches are a Thorn in my Side
Disagreements start out as small branches, but if we keep watering them, they grow and grow and grow. This post on My Life Concocted By Me made me smile.

Thing Eight: I'm not leaving my house again until this is a real thing
Emergency kits for the socially awkward! Another great illustrated blog post from This Is Not That Blog.

Thing Nine: Willpower
This is what happens when the brain, the heart and the body meet to discuss a problem. This post on Just a Mum? is smart, funny and very well written.

Thing Ten: blog awards

Over the past week, I've been suprised by blog awards from some very talented bloggers:

Crack You Whip
Creative Devolution
My Haven
The Incoherent Ramblings of a Moose

Thank you. It means a lot to me that you've chosen to link to Clay Baboons! The best part of blogging is interacting with readers, and it makes me so happy to know that you enjoy my work.

You may have noticed that I don't pass awards on, or do any of the memes (ie. 10 random things about me, or 5 things I love, etc). While I truly am honoured and humbled when people - especially bloggers whose work I respect and love to read - choose to highlight my work on their blogs, this isn't really a "do all the memes" kind of blog. I tell stories, and every now and then I share links to stuff that I think is cool. That's it. I will always acknowledge and appreciate the people who recognize my work, but I won't pass the awards on. I hope that I haven't hurt any feelings, or ruffled any feathers, or stepped on any toes, or mixed any metaphors by not following the award rules.

So, to reiterate (with a lot fewer words): Thank you. I kind of love you guys. I appreciate every single shout out, even if I don't jump on the meme-wagon. And also, I kind of love you guys.

47 comments:

  1. I didn't pass on the first one I ever got. I totally understand. I felt that it would not mesh with the way I do my blog. I pass them on now, but I understand. Love your blog.

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    1. I used to pass them on my other blog, but I really want this to be a storytelling blog. The only non-story posts that I plan on putting up are these sharing posts. And that's mainly because no one clicks on any of the links that I put on twitter, so I had to find a new place to put them. Twitter kind of hates me.

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  2. Here's the MOV award! It's a drinking award, so you can, like, totally participate. Any one reading this can, too, just greab a litlte glass of iwne and drink up! We lovs you, Sephantie!!!!

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    1. Thanks MOV. Now THAT one I'll pass on. ;) And judging from your typos, you've gotten that award A LOT tonight. Ha!

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    2. *winks* I am good at awards. Should be an Oscar category just for me..........

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  3. Congrats on all the awards! Now I need to check out all these links because I'm sure you have good taste...

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    1. I think I have pretty good taste! Of course, everyone always thinks they have pretty good taste...

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  4. Yay! More cool stuff to check out, and just in time, as there is laundry to fold (and I was looking for a distraction!)

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    1. Oh, I'm so glad you decided to come here. Imagine if you'd had to fold laundry instead! The thought makes me shudder.

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  5. Thanks for the shout out and I don't think the blog police will be chasing you because you didn't pass on an award! You rock, Stephanie!

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    1. Blog police? Is that a real thing? (nervous now)

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  6. I don't usually pass them on either Stephanie, except on my dogs blogs, but this time I kind of had to because my mind is in too many places to actually write a blog on my own, this was a cop out. I love getting them and made a stand alone page to put mine on. I do give out my own awards from time to time, never with any rules or passing along attached, as a matter of fact when I can think straighter I do have a few I want to give out. I try to do it now and it could turn into a disaster none of you would forgive me for. LOL

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    1. This is completely unrelated to your comment: but I love your pug Lola.

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  7. I'm here! Thanks so much. And the drawing of the clay you is awesome and a little bit meta.

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    1. Confession: I had to google what "a little bit meta" means. And I'm still not quite sure. I'm so very unhip.

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  8. I love the drawing of you. There's something really perfect about it, and it's like it looks even more like the clay version of you than the clay version looks. That makes no sense, but I think it's the hair!

    Thanks for sharing more links---I always enjoy the things you link to.

    I did one of those award/list things, and I felt uncomfortable about it, so I don't do them anymore. Weirdly, I like it when other people do it. But. I think this blogging thing is all about each of us just putting out there what feels right!

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    1. Ha! I know exactly what you mean. The picture that Violet drew looks way more like me than the clay figurine...and she's never even seen an actual photo of me. Now THAT is talent!

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  9. I agree with what you said about the memes. Awards for me, are a chance to show how much I appreciate someone's blog.

    Again, you deserve all the accolade that you've received Recently. And I see many more winging their way towards you in the future.

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    1. Thanks Lily! I just wanted to make sure that I don't seem ungrateful for not passing them on. :)

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  10. Congrats, and thanks for all the new cool stuff to check out :)

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  11. You totally deserve some recognition - hilarious and original are a really great combination.

    Thanks for the mention, I appreciate it. :)

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    1. I loved that post of yours about willpower! The writing style was really creative. And you surprised a laugh out of me with the ending.

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  12. That picture of the clay-you is so adorable. If you ever wondered what you would look like as a cartoon character, well, wonder no more! Now *off to the links*

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    1. I know, isn't it fabulous? As Lisa mentioned in an earlier comment, it actually looks more like me than the clay figurine does.

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  13. WOW!! I told myself I was going to get allllll my laundry done today, clean my closet, and clean out my purse. I told myself I would do all of these things BEFORE even thinking of jumping on my laptop.
    Laundry is done,closet is clean, and purses are clear of drive thru receipts, and my spilled box of Junior Mints.
    I put my jammies on, turn on the Academy Awards, and my laptop (yes I am a multitasker) and what an AWESOME SURPRISE I receive when I log onto my blog and start reading......

    Thank you Stephanie for mentioning my blog! You are a truly talented person, and each week I look forward to the Whimsy, quirkiness, realness, sweetness, and story telling of your blog. Not to mention your clay creations! LOVE THEM! Air Hug sent to you (I'm a hugger)

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    1. Ha! You can consider this like your very own Academy Award. Except much more prestigious. Obviously. ;) Thanks for your kind words, J.R.!

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  14. I always feel you don't need permission when you say you're "obsessed" with something.

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    1. If that were everyone's philosophy, then the world would be in big, big trouble! Ha!

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  15. aw....and we love you, stephanie!
    that first drawing of you is adorable!!
    i enjoy seeing the links that you feature - you open up a whole new world of blogs to read, as you highlight features that are new to me - thanks for expanding my world and offering new ideas to read!
    i hear you on choosing not to pass on awards. i like your style of graciously accepting them and then "c'est tout." happy writing!

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    1. I love that you stick in random French expressions in your comments. :) I remember you doing a grab bag on your blog once. Honestly, I'd love it if everyone did it regularly! I'm always so interested in seeing what other people find interesting. But then, I'm nosy.

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  16. Your first pic is awesome! Looks so much like your clay self!

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    1. And it actually looks more like the real me than the clay figurine does!

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  17. Oh, I know you...you've stepped on a lot of clay toes on the way to the top!! ;-) Love the drawing of you too...it's Perfect!!

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    1. Ha! Love the visual. Might have to take a picture of me stepping on clay toes one day...

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  18. Thanks so much for sharing all of your great finds in the blogging world! Loved them. (Also meant to tell you I couldn't stop watching the stop-motion Post-It artist last time you posted his work--it was mesmerizing.)

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    1. That really is a cool video. I have a minor obsession with stop-motion animation. I might have to put up a post with links to my favourite stop-motion videos one day.

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  19. I love that picture of you!!! It really is perfect!

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    1. And it actually looks more like me than the clay figurine does.

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  20. thanks for sharing these interesting links. i can't believe the blood chocolate story.
    happy monday!

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    1. Chocolate is one of the few things that I try to buy fair trade all the time.

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  21. The first time I saw the Socially Awkward Emergency Kit (Harry Potter edition) I thought of your last post with lil Stephanie, thinking she was hiding because she couldn't see anyone.

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    1. I saw your tweet about that! I read a book when I was a kid called What The Witch Left. Two girls found an invisibility robe, and one of them wore it on stage at the school play before realizing its powers. And she was a NOTHING BUT A FLOATING HEAD! (I really need to get one of those.)

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  22. I could use the Socially Awkward Kit (I could use several...okay a hundred of them). I have only been "awarded" once, which I really appreciated, but remember there were so many "rules" too...

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    1. Do you think they're one-use only? Because I'm pretty sure that one socially awkward kit would meet your needs... ;)

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  23. I love your blog! I couldn't stop laughing at the posts and the clay figures you use to illustrate it are amazing!

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    1. Thanks Rachel! I'm glad you stopped by for a visit!

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