Dans de soleil.

This is the Sunshine Blog award. I should just take the “awards free blog” notice off my sidebar and change it to “selectively and randomly accepting awards because I don’t want to offend anyone, but don’t expect me to play by the rules” or something like that…

So in that spirit, let’s just call this “nine random questions” asked by:  Robert C. Day of levishedated, shall we?  My friend Diane D. of ladieswholunchreviews, also gave me a nod for this award without twisting my arm to join in, so I’ll give a shout out to her as well. If you aren’t following these two bloggers you’re missing out. Both are lovely people and talented writers with marvelous senses of humor.  Without further dithering, here goes…

  1. Where in the world would you like to live for the next 6 months if money and responsibilities were of no concern?  Paris, France. Art, history, culture, food, wine… Need I say more? I am already practicing the language.
  2. What is your favourite part of a rainbow?  The apex.
  3. Why do you not forgive your worst enemy?  Assuming I am my own worst enemy, which is what I think you’re getting at… I am working on it.
  4. How many smiles do you think you could give people in a single day?  Um, till my face hurts?
  5. When will you be famous?  Probably the day after I die. img_4026
  6. Who is your idol?  Idol… Nope, can’t think of any one person I idolize. Fangirl over? Now that’s a whole other thing. I have an extensive list. How long can this be? Seriously?
  7. Do you dream in colour (do you dream at all?)  Yes. Full color, high definition!
  8. Describe the sensation of falling off the edge of a tall building in a dream. Undoubtedly, it was my fault for getting too close in the first place. I love the sensation of peering over the edge and it will be the death of me someday. So the sensation is exhilarating. I tumble over and over until I’m dizzy. I laugh out loud (because it’s a dream, right?) and flatten out so I slow a little and watch the ground come up to meet me. With inches to go, I take a deep breath, close my eyes and… 
  9. What are the 3 most interesting things about your wardrobe?  1) there is almost no color besides black and blue. 2) I have a dozen of the exact same black scoop neck t-shirts.  3) I have some surprisingly high heeled shoes even though the rest of my wardrobe is rather monotonous. Viola:


That wasn’t too tedious, was it? Hopefully, I won’t be subjecting you to another of these type of things for a while. Now, back to my French lessons… Adieu!


Self Care

The awards notice on the top of my sidebar seems to be of no consequence to my dear friends here on WP! I do appreciate being nominated. It’s just that I feel weird trying to pass the award on to others. And for either one of two reasons: 1) leaving someone out or 2) forcing the burden of passing it on to another. Nevertheless, my recent nomination by Tarnished Soul for the Miranda Sings Award presented an opportunity to do something that I might actually need right now. Find seven things to love about myself. I know, it sounds a bit egotistical, doesn’t it? I suppose it would be if you were a naturally confident, self assured, positive and extroverted person. Yeah, I’m not…tmsa.png

Seven things I love about myself. Uh, here goes..

  1. I have excellent reading comprehension skills.
  2. I am extremely inquisitive. (Though some would say that’s not a good thing).
  3. I really like my current haircut. (I know that’s stupid, but I’m already struggling with this.)
  4. My boobs are nice. (TMI, but they are!)
  5. I have a good sense of humor. (Obviously!)
  6. Oh yeah… I guess I’m good at this writing thing. Maybe. Or at the very least I like what I write!
  7. I must be humble because I can’t think of another damned thing…

Here’s where I deviate from the rules. I’m not going to pass on the nomination to anyone else. But thanks again my friend Tarnished Soul for thinking of me! You are a sweetheart!

Aw, you shouldn’t have. No really…

I admit it.  I am really bad at responding to these awards!  With a day job, regular blogging and a disciplined writing schedule, sometimes adding one more thing isn’t easy to do!  However, I find myself with a little extra time and I decided to be a good sport and respond to the lovely folks who nominated me.

Visakha at Worldy Words and Kaushal at Expressive Human both nominated me for the Dragon’s Loyalty Award, an award whose name alone will make you feel guilty for not responding!  😀  Also, Anand at blabberwockying nominated me for something a while back and I never got back to it so I’m including him here, too.  Also because he’s awesome!

Award Rules:
•Display the award on your blog.
•Announce your win with a post and link back to nominator.
•Present 6 deserving bloggers with the award.
•Link your awardees in the post.
•Write 7 interesting things about you.


I nominate:

*see bottom of post

7 interesting things about me:  (I hope you find this interesting, anyway)

  1. I am not afraid of heights
  2. My dream job would be backup singer (except I can’t sing!)
  3. My dream home would be a travel trailer so I could pick up and move all over the place whenever the spirit moved
  4. My response to tense situations is to joke around
  5. I don’t like to shop.  For anything.  Not clothes, shoes, furniture, food, etc.  I’d like the drones to deliver everything to my door!
  6. I don’t like when people pretend to be smarter than they are.  There isn’t a prize for that.  There’s no shame in admitting you don’t have the answer.
  7. I can’t come up with a 7th thing!

Next, Shilpa at iamabloggertoo, nominated me for the Sunshine Blogger Award:


The Sunshine Blogger Award rules:

• Thank the person that nominated you. Thanks Shilpa!
• Answer the 11 questions from your nominator.
• Nominate 11 bloggers and give them eleven questions to answer.

How would you rate your level of positivity ? It’s completely dependent on the situation.  Overall, I’d say I’m pretty positive but there are certain issues I have real struggles with.  If someone wanted to, they could make me feel bad about myself pretty easily.
What is your biggest achievement ?  It’s a tie!  I’m a Doctor so that’s pretty cool, right?  But I’ve also published 2 novels which fulfills a lifelong dream!
What do you think is your biggest strength? Ability to see beyond outward appearances.  Not an innate quality but one I’ve cultivated.
Which books do you like to read ?  That’s a tough one because I have so many favorites.  I’ll tell you what I’m currently reading and loving:  A Desperate Fortune by Susanna Kearsley.  It’s the story of a woman who is autistic but is a brilliant code breaker.
What inner talent/skill did you not know that you actually had but came to know of it later?  I’m a decent golfer!
Which is your lucky number ?  zero, just kidding!  I have no idea!
How would you define happiness?  Happiness is a rainy day with a book and a cup of tea.
How many places have you travelled to so far ? I’ll list countries: Canada, US Virgin Islands, Bermuda, Ireland, The United Kingdom, Belgium, France and Italy.  I have a huge list of places to visit, too.
Which is your favorite color ? I know black isn’t technically a color… 
How would you rate your level of patience ?  Again, depends on the situation.  I can be very patient as a teacher but very impatient when trying to assemble something that needs assembly!
Do you think you are a creative person ?   Yes!  I can make up a story about anything!
Which is your favorite vehicle ?  Spaceship!

Now about those nominations.  I’d have to nominate a total of 17 people between these 2 awards.  Heres what I’m going to do instead:  I’m going to post a link to Blogger’s World and let anyone that would care to participate, have a go.  Hear that Blogger’s World?  You’re all nominated!