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
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.