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Rules: Answer 20 questions, then tag 20 followers that you want to get to know better.

1) Name: Holly Marie

2) Nicknames: Holly, Vyne (pronounced Vine, not Vin), Vee, The Baby (by family), Hollz, Holly Berry, Hozza/Hoz, Goose

3) Height: 5ft 3-4inches

4) Orientation: Former lesbian, current hetero

5) Nationality: Spanish, Afro-Portuguese, Mexican

6) Favorite fruits: Watermelon, cherries, kiwis, blueberries, peaches

7) Favorite Season: Winter because snow, Christmas, and hot chocolate.

8) Favorite Flowers: Roses, Jasmine

9) Favorite Scents: Eucalyptus spearmint, Adidas Moves for Him, Clean Linen, gasoline, paint, ashtrays, nail salons

10) Favorite Colors: Purple, Red, Teal

11) Favorite Animals: All of the animals!!!!!

12) Coffee, Tea, or Hot Chocolate: If I could only have one, then hot chocolate, but I drink all three.

13) Average Sleep Hours: Uhhh this is tough because I alternate from too much sleep to not enough sleep.

14) Dog or Cat Person: Both! But probs dogs > cats.

15) Favorite Fictional Characters: Jay Gatsby, Edward Cullen, Gideon Cross, Mickey Mouse, Animal from the Muppets, Louise and Linda from Bob’s Burgers, Archer and Lana, Death (George Pendle’s version)

16) Number of Blankets You Sleep With: One

17) Dream Trip: Australia to see Rara.

18) Blog Created: Tumblr in April 2014, WP in June 2015.

19) Number of Followers: 49 on Tumblr, 56 on WP.

20) Random Fact: One time I had a bug in my head. It crawled in through my ear when I was asleep.

Tagging: @leeleesupreme @rinavenue and also Rara on my WP blog, because this will be posted there as well.

Bucket List Item #1

When you are faced with terminal cancer, one of the things that you inevitably end up doing is evaluating the things you want to do before you die. I was fortunate enough that my family accommodated one of my last wishes by planning a family trip to Disney this last May, where I was able to meet some of my friends from all over the world whom I met playing FFXIV. Since that trip, I managed to find my small notebook filled with various other bucket list items, and there is one item that wish to start/complete, but it requires help from those I care about.

People know that I am a giant book nerd, and I feel that books are telling of the people who read them. I’m always open to reading new genres and recommended books, and a while back I decided that I want to start a collection of books that is reflective of the people in my life. Here is where you come in.

I would like to have a copy of your favorite book, with a handwritten message inside from you. Your message can be why you enjoy the book or your favorite quote, or whatever you feel you’d like to say. I have no expectations when it comes to genre or quality. It can be whatever you choose, a children’s book, the Bible, a used copy, etc. I would just like to get started collecting these books that are pieces of the people who I’ve met along this journey of life. And yes, I will read them. After all, between treatments and my inability to work at the moment, I have oodles of time.

So, if you feel so inclined to add to my collection, feel free to give/mail me your book. Don’t forget to inscribe the book with something from you! ❤

Thank you in advance,

Holly Marie

Mailing Address:

Holly Marie Anderson

4240 N. 100th Avenue

Phoenix, AZ 85037

The Scars of Battle

It was a pretty lazy, uneventful day for me. I’ve been dealing with a horrible headache since Sunday. Honestly, it’s rather frustrating that no matter what I do or what remedies or medications I try, the pain doesn’t ease up. I’ve take Tylenol, ibuprofen, Excedrin, and the Vicodin I was prescribed. I’ve slept, made sure I’ve been eating regularly and healthy. I tried my essential oils, had Mosha massage my neck and head, used my head cold pack, and throughout all these things, I’ve pleaded and prayed to God. For whatever reason, I’ve not received any type of relief from the pain. As a result, I’ve been completely unproductive since Sunday.

Oddly enough, I experienced a moment of relief, not from the physical pain but a mental moment of relief, from one of the most unlikely places: a fictional world called Eorzea, the setting of my favorite game.I’ve been playing FFXIV for about two years now. It’s been such an experience, and my life has changed in so many ways since I started playing. I’ve made long-lasting friendships with other gamers through this particular game. Looking at how close I’ve become to some of them, I simply cannot imagine my life without them. They’ve gone beyond strangers behind fictional characters and become an integral part of my day-to-day life. Despite the distance between us, we are close, and they are genuine people. They care for me just as I care for them, and I’m grateful for all the times that they’ve been there for me.

This may sound silly to most, but in-game there is the ability to purchase housing. It’s something I always aspired to do, but I was never able to do so because of availability and pricing. However, today, I was able to purchase an apartment. Then the fun began: decorating.

I ended up bankrupting my character’s bank account (a little less than $2 million) in one day by purchasing and furnishing my place, but it was worth it. I’m sure you’re probably wondering what this has to do with my real life struggles, and here’s why it matters: it made me happy, happy enough to momentarily place my physical pain at the back of my mind.

I know that in the scheme of reality, this game doesn’t matter, and some would even call it a waste of time, but this game allows me to escape my daunting reality, however briefly, and experience a world where there is no cancer and wounds can be healed by others instantaneously. I’m able to spend time with my friends, create and modify my character and surroundings and partake in a mesmerizing story. So call me crazy, laugh at me, or roll your eyes, but I had a grand ol’ time today in my fictional world.

I was slightly disappointed in the size of my apartment at first (there are no size options when you purchase your place), but after I started furnishing it, it became my space, and my love for it grew. The cherry on top was when one of my previously mentioned in-game friends presented me with a housewarming gifts: an orchestrion and an armoire.

I have been wanting an Orchestrion for such a long time because there is one song that I am obsessed with called The Scars of Battle but you can only hear it in a specific dungeon. But now, with this Orchestrion, I can listen to the song whenever I want!

I tell you, it’s the little things in life that make me happy. ❤️

Dia de Gracias

Today was a good day.

It started with being able to sleep in until 9am. I was still tired and sluggish from the night before (we stayed up playing Hand & Foot with the Finches until about 2am), but I knew that I had to get up and get to cooking. To my surprise, my mom had gotten up early and helped by already putting the turkey in and doing the prep work for the candied yams and stuffing. I told her to go lie down, since I’m sure she’d been up since extremely early (which she had). I then put the yams and stuffing in the oven while I made the mashed potatoes, and then after that was all done I made the ham.

By the time we finished everything (my mom woke up later and came to help finish up) it was near 2pm, our usual eating time. My pops had left to go pick up my Tio Art so he could join us, and Dev had come in from working out and getting ready. Everyone helped to set the table and get everything ready so we could get straight to the eatin’!

We ate relatively quickly, then dispersed. Myself, D, Tio Art and Pops ended up lounging on the couch watching football. Lisa showed up with Andrew, so they visited with mom. I started nodding off (as did D) so we headed to the room to take a nap. Clearly we overate ourselves into a slumber. When I woke up, D was getting ready to drive Tio Art home, and Pastor John & Mary had just come by to wish my mom a happy birthday and visit with her for a bit. I came out and started addressing my graduation invitations (YAY!), waiting until D got home so that we could go visit his side of the family.  It took him longer than I thought, so I ended up falling asleep for abuot 20 minutes on the couch (again!) until he got home then we left.

We went to see Aunt Nita and the rest of the clan, and I have to say that its nice for them to finally be accepting me and treating me like family. It wasn’t always like this, so its nice to feel their love for me and to feel like I’m part of D’s side of the family.

We got home not too long ago, and D cleaned up the kitchen while I ate (again…). I came to the living room to email my bro (only one more Thanksgiving without him, then he’s home!!). I think that mom wanted to play games (probably card games) after she’s done in the kitchen, so that’s probably what we will do next. I’m grateful to have been able to spend this day with family and to be in contact with friends throughout the day. Days like today remind me how blessed I am and how full my life is.