That’s Ms.Versatility To You

My friend, Gabrielle Bryden, poet, blogger and emu-photographer extraordinaire has kindly bestowed on me the Versatile Blogger award.

It makes me happy when someone refers to me as versatile because versatility suggests to me a level of spontaneity, open-mindedness and generosity of spirit that we should all aim for. I’m not saying that I am all those things but it is nice to be considered versatile every once in a while.

Versatility is also a good survival skill because at its very essence it suggests adaptability and isn’t that what we all want?

I get knocked down, but I get up again

You’re never gonna keep me downΒ 

Anyhoo, enough about the positive atttributes of versatility, you don’t just get this award for nothing you know.

The β€˜rules’ of the award are to share seven facts about yourself.

I thought about the facts about myself over the weekend because I wanted to come up with something you didn’t already know about me. It was hard because as you know I am of a rather garrulous disposition (yes, garrulous does mean verbal diarrhoea…) but I did manage to come up with something.

And here they are:

1. I love animals very much and wanted to be a vet when I was in High School. I worked part time on the weekends at an animal shelter and got involved in a few wildlife rescue groups. I did lots of work experience with established veterinary surgeons and even assisted on a few operations (thank God I don’t get squeamish at the sight of blood and guts.) I loved every minute of it but had to give it up due to the ferocious nature of my asthma and eczema. I have quite a serious allergy to cats (even though I love them) and ended up being really sick and miserable all the time. Not becoming a vet was one of the hardest things I have ever had to do and I still regret it, but my allergies were just so debilitating. When people tell me they have no allergies to anything I am completely envious of them. Alternatively, when I see people who are wheezing or scratching I feel a great deal of kinship with them.

2. I would wear black every day if I could (and I usually do.) I started wearing black when I became a Goth when I was 17 and haven’t looked back since. I intersperse the black with other colours these days but there was a time when it was black on black on black. Sometimes I used to freak my more cheery-colour-wearing friends out.

3. I am not a vegetarian but I just cannot bring myself to eat pork. It’s not because I have a particular love for pigs over other animals (although who doesn’t love a piglet?) more that pork to me just smells very, well, er piggy. I just can’t get past the smell and unfortunately have offended some of my friends when I have been invited over to dinner and been unable to partake of their delicious and succulent pork roasts.

4. I love blackmoor goldfish and lost three of my beloved little guys – Belli, George and Fatty Boom Boom – a few years back. When I eventually get a house of my own and know I don’t have to move ever again I am going to get a large Fatty, George and Belli tribute fishtank full of blackmoors. I can’t wait.

* Image via Modern Pet Centre

5. When I am feeling really stressed or depressed I carry my grandmother’s antique rosary beads in my pocket. I don’t consider myself to be particularly devout when it comes to religion but they do afford me some kind of comfort. They were handed down to my grandmother from her grandmother so they are quite old and frail. I am afraid that one day they will just crumble away. I keep them in a velvet lined box when they’re not in my pocket.

6. I wish I hadn’t been so afraid of facing my creative spirit when I was younger (and had stood up for myself a little more) because I would probably have studied film-making instead of the education degree I ended up doing. But my conservative Scottish accountant father thought making films was rather namby pamby and for people who were drop outs…..

7. I often get very discouraged at the state of the world – not just the environment but things like the uneven distribution of wealth, the sickening power of corporations and the rise in illnesses like depression. So many people seem so alone. It upsets me a lot. But you know what has helped me deal with this? The people I have met through the internet. The incredible writers, poets, photographers, artists and just downright fantastic people out there on the web. That means YOU. Yes, you. Thank you for alllowing my hopefulness to flourish.

I’m supposed to tag seven people but please if you don’t want to do this there is absolutely no obligation.

I would like to tag Stafford, Roshan, Tex, Mags, Josie, Deborah and Susannah who are some of the most versatile bloggers I know.

(But please, only do this if you really want to.)

And as we all know, versatility rocks!

22 thoughts on “That’s Ms.Versatility To You

  1. Hi Selma,
    Thank You very much for thinking of me.
    I have to agree with you about the gold fish, I love watching fish do their thing, it is really very relaxing to watch them and sometimes funny as well. I haven’t got one myself, but a couple of friends have a tank and they do look very nice in the room.


  2. Congratulations Selma!
    Well deserved, I would ‘definitely’ call you versatile… your openess, humour, compassion and realness ‘shines’ out of your blog.
    I just loved reading your 7 things :o)
    … thank you everso much for tagging me x


  3. you are versatile. I am quite sure you would be able to do just about anything, even lift mountains, though I don’t recommend it.

    have a lovely day.


  4. I’m pleased to meet you too, Selma. And look, right off the bat, I get to learn some interesting factoids about you.

    And hey, somebody (Dorothy Parker, maybe) once said “You can never have too many pairs of black pants.”


  5. Hey Selma, you certainly deserve this award! I loved learning more about you … we have #2 and #7 in common, probably lots more. Hope you are having a wonderful day!


  6. Hello ms. versatility πŸ™‚ thanks for the pingback. We have much in common – I wanted to be a vet, have multiple allergies etc., don’t like pork (it smells funny – except bacon πŸ˜‰ ), used to always wear black, wished I had gone my own way more when younger, get depressed at the world (and like to wear my mothers little gold cross on a chain when I feel the need for safety). I do love fish but find fish tanks to much work and worry about the fish all the time – are they getting bored, is the tank clean enough – haha. What I’d like to know is more about this punk band you were in – another post maybe!


  7. Hi MAGS:
    You are very welcome but only do this if you want to. I currently have three fishtanks with a total of 8 fish. They are cute little guys and have a lot of personality. They actually come up to the glass and chat to you. It’s very funny. One day I would love to get a large tropical tank but it requires a lot more work, so I’ll really have to research it first!

    My pleasure. But once again – no obligation.
    I like being versatile. I might hold onto it for a while. Makes me feel all young and fancy free πŸ˜€

    Hi LISSA:
    You are far too kind to me but thank you. I might just have to settle for lifting mountains in my mind πŸ˜†

    Hi PATTI:
    Hahaha. It sounds like something Dorothy Parker would say. Good one. So nice to see you again!

    I could tell you were a like-minded person the first time I read your blog. I absolutely love where you live. It is a truly beautiful spot!

    Hi MELEAH:
    I occasionally eat bacon but it has to be so well-cooked it is almost burnt. I live with two major pork and bacon eaters so they are always complaining about me not buying enough of their favourite food for them. It’s quite funny, really.

    OMG. We are so alike. That is amazing. Once you get into a routine with fish it is not so bad but you do have to be vigilant when it comes to things like water quality and monitoring for disease. It can be time consuming, for sure.

    I can see I will have to do a post on my former band exploits. I’ll try and find the old photos. They wear hilarious. Talk about bad hair days!


  8. I am honoured. I will take the award and think about the seven things. Like you, I don’t really have much hidden… Oh yes I do, but we can’t talk about THAT! I will put it off for a few days while I finish the bloody chain locker then come clean, I mean dirty! XX


  9. Hi Selma, I loved reading your 7 things.

    Like you I have worn black for years, and now though I still wear black a lot! as a compromise, and because I love colour so much I have taken to wearing colourful scarves with my black clothes. πŸ˜‰

    Thanks so much for tagging me. πŸ™‚


  10. wonderful, selma! i appreciate how you feel about so much in there. and the fish is so pretty, and the goth black, very cool. it’s easier to be making film in one way or another these days, especially video, so….it’s never too late! i bet you’d make wonderful films!
    check out maya deren (1946) amazing woman filmmaker


  11. Hi STAFFORD:
    I will look forward to that. I am sure, being the multi-faceted person that you are, that there will be a few gems in that list. I can’t wait!

    Now that’s a good idea. You can’t beat a colourful scarf. Some of them are so beautiful, aren’t they? They just make you feel good. I shall need to invest in some!

    Hi MELEAH:
    Almost burnt bacon is nice. Crispy goodness !!

    Hi TIPOTA:
    Thanks for that link. I’ll go and check it out. I dabble with films but seriously, I’m not really that good. You, you are the talented one in that area. I admire you very much!


  12. Hi again TIPOTA:
    What an amazing film and very sophisticated for its time. Loved the use of light. It is quite striking. I will need to go off and learn a little more about the film maker now. Thank you.


  13. hi back again selma, she was way ahead of her time, and did so many unique films with a very very low budget, she is/was a genius, one of the first avant garde female filmmakers. there was little more than light/shadow to use as an expressive element back then i think.
    and also check out mary ellen bute, a short bio, with some of her works in the right column. again, the use of light was utmost.
    both of these women were pioneering. but you almost need to take an intensive film history course to even ever hear of them.


  14. I zeroed in on the Number 5 on this list. What a lovely idea. I am not religious either but I think rosaries and crosses hold special meaning for many of us. We have a rosary on the inside of our front door, in addition to some other charms, symbols etc, it makes me feel better, being there too.

    congrats on the recognition Sel.

    Wishing you a very good weekend, G


  15. I had to laugh,” pork smells…well.. rather piggy” lol Somehow I can hear you saying that in a combination of both accents lol

    I’m not a religious person either but I do carry my mom’s rosary beads that she was given for a wedding gift complete with a statue of the virgin mary by her godmother who WAS very religious. And they do bring comfort


  16. Hi TIPOTA:
    I am so excited to learn about these incredible women. It is an area I confess I know very little about but I am really keen to know more. Thank you so much for all the info.

    Certain symbols make me feel better too. Maybe because there is energy invested in them from the people who previously owned them – I don’t really know – but in my mind they really work. Hope you are having a great weekend too!

    Hahaha. It is a strange way of describing it and you’re right – it does sound funny with my hybrid-like accent. LOL.

    They really do bring comfort, don’t they? I couldn’t get by without my rosary!

    Hi ROSHAN:
    Awwww. You are so sweet!


  17. It’s so tough to be allergic to animals — I hate it! A few months ago my allergist put me on some meds and I’ve been responding much better to homes where cats live. Still, I don’t know if I’ll ever be able to own one of my own. Sad face.

    I love black, too, and so does my husband. It’s the basis of both our wardrobes. Too much color is overrated. πŸ˜‰


  18. Hi KATE:
    Oh, you too? I really love cats and have owned a few in the past but I was in agony most of the time – scratching, sneezing and so on. It really sucks coz I loves me kittehs. I’ll join you in the sad face 😦

    Black rules. It hides a multitude of sins but also makes us look arty and hip. I love it too!!


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