It seems the longer I do this blogging thing the more awards I receive. Which is a good thing, of course, even though it seems like my sidebar is soon going to be filled with awards various people have given me over the course of this blog's life.
That being said, I'd like to thank Stephanie of Hatshepsut: The Writing of a Novel for gifting me with The Silver Lining Award.
Apparently, the "rules" of being given the award are that we have to share things that make us happy/help us to relax and potentially pass the congratulations on to our fellow bloggers.
Well, I can do the first part, but the problem with the second part is many of the people I'd give this to already have the award. I think I'm going to continue saying if you don't already have the award then consider yourself honored. It's kind of a cop-out, but it's also the only truly fair way to pass this along.
Things that make me happy/help me to de-stress:
1. Video games. There's something quite freeing about playing a good old-fashioned RPG like Dragon Age: Origins or one of the Final Fantasy titles. I've become a devotee of the Xbox 360 ever since my wife bought one for herself a few years back.
2. Reading. Sadly I don't get to do this all that much. Between working 65 hours a week, household chores, and various other demands on my time I tend to not have a lot of quality reading periods thrown in there. I still loves me a good book when I get the chance though.
3. Meditation. Again, something that I don't do too often anymore, but it's very helpful to just concentrate on your breathing and nothing else.
4. Movies. Much like reading, it's relaxing to lose oneself in a good story.
And that's pretty much it for the window into what helps me to de-stress and see the "silver lining" in life.
NOTE: The Ten-Word Novel Contest winner(s) will be announced this Thursday, January 7, 2010. Thanks to everyone for their entries!