So, in case you hadn't noticed, this blog is pretty much one giant "about me" page. But I totally understand the desire to get a bit of a Cliff's Notes version of someone before investing time into deeper exploration of their blog - I do it all the time on other blogs! Usually, the "about me" page kind-of turns into the little blurb on the back of a novel: something to give you a general idea of what is inside the book. ... of course, when I think of it like that, I get totally intimidated at the thought of writing this page... so, maybe we should just take things slow and see what happens?

I never know quite what to say on one of these kind of pages... I love to talk about myself; I'll admit it. But, what is important? What do people really want to know and what is useless fluff? I don't know, so I am just going to write some stuff and see where it goes.

I am now almost thirty, though I really don't feel mentally any older than, oh, about twenty-four. I am just barely thirty now, and for the first time in my life, I actually feel mentally older than twenty-four. I like to have fun and be spontaneous and silly (I am an ENFP here), but I can actually remember the moment when I left childhood behind - it was almost like wearing a new pair of glasses; the world was the same, but the way I looked at it and processed it was different.

I am married to my best friend and though we've only been married 5 years, we've been committed to each other for almost twelve years - and that's the number I usually go with. When I say "best friend", I really mean something more like "kindred souls"; we're two peas in a pod and we can't imagine fighting the good fight through this life with anyone else(except, maybe, for our munchkin). 

My husband used to be enlisted in the Marine Corps, but I am overwhelmingly delighted to say that I get to hang up the "Marine Wife" hat and be done with it. It was an interesting experience that offered some opportunities for growth but, by and large, was an incredibly damaging experience for both of us. We're still recovering, and probably will be for quite a while.

My husband and I share a daughter and a whole charm of zebra finches. We started with just humanely housing just a pair of finches, and have had babies popping out ever since! Lol. We've been caretakers and enthusiasts for just about every category of animal: more reptiles than I can count on two hands, a handful of cats, a few dogs, a jerk of a rabbit, fuzzy food for our reptiles (I am totally down with the "circle of life"), a beta fish named Bruce, and now the finches. We have decided to put a ban on rodents (which, according to my husband's definition, includes cats - which I am actually pretty okay with). My favourites have been our reptile menagerie and now the birds; they are actually quite similar in care and temperament. 

Uhm, what else? Oh, I am gluten-intolerant. I've never been tested to know if I have Celiac or not, but I do know that eating foods with gluten makes me feel bad. Ironically, my birth name is "Molica" - it is a variation of the Italian word "mollica", which is... bread. Yep. (and if you think it is pronounced anything like "Alicia", you are just like almost everyone else and are so wrong!)

I love inspirational and spiritual music - bands like Switchfoot and Collective Soul. I also love a lot of 80's and 80's-inspired genres: synthpop, new wave, punk/post-punk, and many of their revivals (though I usually don't like the words, so stick to spiritual variations). I enjoy much of the SteamPunk movement. I love Art Deco and Art Nouveau as well as Impressionism and Post-Impressionism. My favourite books are science fiction, in the sense that they are fiction wrapped around science, and I love a good thriller. I love Michael Crichton and H. G. Wells. I also enjoy Rudyard Kipling and other turn-of-the-20th-century writers and novels.

I believe that colour should be embraced, boldly. I love the bright, unashamed colours of India. My art has been described as "eye candy" because of all the bright, bold colours I like to use. I am not afraid of them and I think the world could use more colour. Think Lisa Frank - now do you understand what I mean? ;)

And, I am a counselor at heart (ENFP here, remember? lol), so I am very open and very chatty and I love to help. If you have any questions about what I do, who I am, my experiences, etc, just ask. I am not a trained professional by societal standards, simply very experienced with many things and willing to share what I have learned. 

I am also pretty darn direct. I don't play games. I don't do passive aggressive. At. All.
If I have a problem with something or someone, I will let them know - as kindly as possible. Feelings are important to me, so I try my very best to not run off on a trip being a jerk. But I thought I should warn you - because I am direct, I often hurt feelings without realizing it, and I don't mean to. Just let me know if I am crunching any toes, and I will do what I can to rectify the problem. ;)

I have a list of rules for myself. I suppose it is something akin to a mission statement. I was gravitating toward the idea when I was inspired by the television show "NCIS: Naval Criminal Investigative Service". In it, there is a character named Special Agent Gibbs, a veteran Marine, who has an unwritten list of rules that he lives by. Many of my rules match Gibbs' rules, because I find them to be of sound value. Other rules I have put in there on my own based on past experiences. As I find that a new rule is needed, I add it, and if an old rule no longer applies, I remove it - so it adapts with me as I grow and learn as a human being. I find it an admirable quality to have a code of behavior to live by, and if rules do it for you like they do it for me, then power to you! It is far better, in my opinion, than to run amok!

  1. Never lie to Mollie!
  2. Don't believe what you're told; double check.
  3. Never screw over anyone.
  4. Never burn your bridges.
  5. Never be unreachable; never isolate yourself.
  6. Never take anything for granted. Always be thankful and grateful.
  7. Always be open to new things and educate yourself.
  8. When in doubt, ask.
  9. Never compare yourself to others!!
  10. Be optimistic and positive at all opportunities.
  11. Never blame others (or your life and circumstances) for your failures.
  12. Never let your so-called failures prevent you from continuing on. (After all, you really only fail when you stop trying.)
  13. Find your own inner peace and happiness.
  14. Look after yourself - be mindful of your emotions and what your body is communicating.
  15. Set yourself a goal every day.
  16. Be patient.
  17. Always come prepared.
  18. Always try something three times before making a decision.
  19. Don't take life so seriously. Take time to have fun, relax, and enjoy the moment. Right. Now. (You only live today once.)

I'm not "allowed" to play The Sims or Minecraft video games any more. It was a decision that my husband and I jointly came to because I am actually quite addicted to both of them. Seriously, sometimes I can't sleep at night because I want to build houses in The Sims. Once I get involved with playing the game I get lost and lose hours upon hours of time. In the past, this has led to problems. So I nipped it in the bud before it could go any further and both of those games are now "blacklisted". My husband has to remind me occasionally that I can live without them... :/

... and, if you're still with me, that's all I can think of for the Cliff's Notes version of me. See now, I did warn you that I like to talk about myself, didn't I? ;)

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