Brrrnnngggg (that's the doorbell). Flowers. Flower delivery for MademoisElla Coquine to say thank you for presenting me with the Versatile Blogger Award!
As Mlle Ella's ability to weave lone words into entertaining stories always leaves me impressed, I feel truly honored that she decided to pass the Versatile Blogger Award to me. Reading her blog, Tales from the Chambre de Bonne, usually makes me laugh, occasionally makes me blush and always makes me admire this single woman who remains firm in her resolve to create a life for herself in Paris, even when she encounters some sketchy characters along the way. Thanks, Mlle Ella!
Now comes the hard part because I'm supposed to share 7 things, or "fun facts", about myself that aren't already posted on my blog.
7. I don't like Speculoos spread even though most people think that it's as addictive as crack cocaine. Since I feel guilty about throwing things away, I tried to pawn the jar off on our daughter by telling her that she would like it even though I suspected that she wouldn't. It's still taking up space in the pantry.
6. I'm not always out and about in Paris - lots of the time I'm at home in my pajamas (even at noon) in front of a computer screen. It freaks me out when there's an unexpected delivery and I have to answer the door looking like a sloth -- but not enough to make me get dressed before I'm ready to go out.
5. One of my most exhilarating experiences was reaching the summit of Semeru, an active volcano in Indonesia, and seeing it cast a perfect conical shadow on the island of Java at sunrise. After a grueling hike and a sleepless night worrying that the howling wind would tear my tent from the side of the mountain, I clawed my way to the top in the dark past the graves of people who had died during the same ascent and momentarily felt invincible. And then I had to turn around and go down.
4. I still think that Anderson Cooper is sexy, even after his giggling fit while reporting about Gerard Depardieu urinating on an Air France plane in front of the other passengers. When I was in high school, I had a crush on Robert Plant (Led Zeppelin) - my how things have changed.
3. One of my most challenging, yet gratifying, experiences was returning to school as a "mature" student to finish my bachelor's degree because there's nothing more daunting than walking into a classroom full of people half your age. Fortunately, they accepted me and I loved being a student so much that I started working on a master's degree. My dream was to complete a Ph.D., but we were transferred back to Switzerland. Who knows, maybe I'll get one when I'm 60.
2. I gladly accepted the offer to stay a couple of days with two men whom I didn't know after contacting them to propose a home exchange when I wanted to visit our son during his first year at college in Boston. Even though Stephane and my friends expressed some concern, it turned out to be a wonderful experience and they're still my "friends in Boston".
1. And now for one of my deepest, darkest secrets that most of my friends don't even know - Stephane asked me to marry him 5 days after we met and I agreed. Our children think that it's romantic but are amazed that their normally conservative parents were ever so impulsive.
Whew! Now that the hard part is finished, I get to have the pleasure of passing the award to Joseph, whose blog, Joseph the Butler Recommends, encompasses versatility. Whether he's busting Martha Stewart for the incorrect placement of cutlery or giving advice on how to select the right champagne for your New Year's Eve bash, Joseph's blog is a delight to read. Plus, he reminds me to slow down and savor the simple joys of doing things, like making pomanders with Stephane, Sara and Philippe for Christmas.
Thanks again, Mlle Ella, for honoring me with the Versatile Blogger Award! I hope that your future plans include writing a book because you're very skilled at conveying the essence of your friends (and enemies) in a most captivating manner. It's a gift to be shared...
|Our Christmas pomanders inspired by Joseph's blog - Stephane's is the one with the Eiffel Tower, of course!|