Tuesday, January 25, 2011

even more style

A thousand thanks to Biscuit from And They Lived Happily Ever After. Biscuit has kindly passing on this award to me. And can I say, I love the name of Biscuit's blog. I'm going to let you in on a little secret, every time I make a wish for something, like blowing candles out, or throwing a penny in a fountain, or what not, I always wish to live happily ever after, and Biscuit's doing it, so that's pretty great.

The Rules: Thank and link back to the person who awarded you this award (check). Share seven things about yourself (see below... check). Award fifteen recently discovered great bloggers (fifteen is a tad excessive... kinda check).
It's getting harder to come up with unknown tidbits about me because it feels like you guys know me up, down, inside and out, but I'm going to give it a go (apologies in advance for boring tidbits).

One: My favorite faux food is Haribo gummy/jelly candies (fun fact: there's a Haribo factory in Marseille). I can eat them all the time, day or night, and can often be heard moaning, "I'm full of jellies" as The Husband pries the almost empty bag out of my hand.

Two: When I met The Husband I knew he was 'the one' within the first five minutes. There weren't fireworks or rockets or anything, but a wonderful sense of calm and I knew. Strange feeling. It was like an instant recognition of my other half. I'm not saying that we knew each other in another life or are soul mates (hate that word) or anything. But it was like, "oh, there you are." Followed by, "where the hell have you been?"

Three: I miss my career and my city life. Even though I am totally happy with my decision to move here to the middle of ass nowhere, I still miss it. I miss the buzz. But as long as I can get to a city to run around in every few weeks, I'm OK. (fun fact: the bank that I used to work for ceased to exist as of 31st December. That's right, shut down thanks to the worst depression recession in Irish history. Or maybe because I left, it's a toss up).

Four: I wish I was one of those flawlessly put together girls but fail miserably when I try. You know the girls I'm talking about; perfect hair, perfect makeup, perfect outfit, perfect home, and even, perfect blog. No matter how hard I try I will always be slightly askew somehow, like the little girl with the uneven pigtails, sticky with graham cracker crumbs and apple juice. That was me. Still is.

Five: In ten days it will be the sixteenth anniversary of the day my father slipped into a coma for 45 days. It also happens to be my birthday (not the best birthday present he's ever given me). But, the miracle is that the doctor told us he wouldn't wake up from the coma, and he did. Then they told us that he wouldn't live longer than a year, and he did. Sixteen years later... (he's very stubborn).

Six: My mother and I had the amazing fortune of visiting the Sistine Chapel and seeing it with only three other people inside. To have space and time to see the Chapel and Michelangelo's ceiling without being crammed with loads of other tourists, elbow to elbow, is a blessed occurrence and one of my most treasured experiences. And I am thankful to have experienced this with my mother.

Seven: I feel extremely blessed that as a woman, I was born in America and not someplace that treats women like it's the Dark Ages (Afghanistan and Sudan, I'm looking at you). And I'm constantly in awe of the fact that life and the luck of the draw can come down to something as simple as geography. The world is a crazy place.

Jenna @ jennaventures

Becca @ Wright at Home

Alex @ Mutual Weirdness 

It's your turn to share seven tidbits. 



  1. I eat Haribo candy like it's my job. The raspberries are my absolute favorite, but I also love the gummy bears which I put in the freezer and eat cold! I am addicted!!!

    Congrats on the blogger award :)

  2. I miss my "career and city life" too. But instead I'm playing stay at home mom to my 2 little hooligans and I do love it too.
    Somedays I wish I was the old me but then I get over it pretty quick.
    I too adore Haribo candy. Husband won't touch them because he says it's most definitely "faux" food, a petroleum bi-product in fact !! Who gives a poop!, I still could live on them (and pasta of course)....

  3. I love Haribo gummies as well, especially the bears, coke bottles, and peaches.

  4. When you look around the world at the way women are treated it's a case of 'there but for the grace of God go I'. There was a campaign by Avaaz just this morning on 'corrective rape' on lesbians in South Africa.

    I'm not a soignée perfectionist and wouldn't be if you paid me - imagine the stress of getting ready each day!

    Your dad sounds a cool guy. Love the way he doesn't do what anyone expects. :)

  5. Ohh how i miss my career sometimes. It must have been the feeling that people needed me, and ever since I've been in Brazil I am sort of lost in the fish tank. I had a very hard time letting that go, still do to realize that this was the best decision. And I often wonder if those so put together girls know they are watched and admired for being so put together... on days I try I just don't feel like me so there we are back in my comfy jean shorts and messy pony tail, its better that way =)

  6. I love # 5. What a great and happy ending

  7. Oh God, we have a new 21 yr old retail clerk in the flower shop who is perfection every moment. And there I am, hair all over, dirty hands and apron, knife in dirty hands, eyebrows overgrown and not 21. And yet I like her, I hate her of course, but I still like her.

    Quite a story about your father. Glad it had such a happy ending.

    xo Jane

  8. Yay! That's ME!!

    Okay, as an art history nerd and as someone who has a life's ambition to see all of Michealangelo's pieces HOW did you get to see the Sistene ceiling with only 3 other people? Backstory please?

  9. Linds - I'm going to try that freezer trick!

    Nikosmommy - ugh! I didn't need to know about the petroleum!

    Tee Passports - I love them all!

    Sarah - "there but for the grace of God go I" is exactly righ

    Jana - there is something perfect about the comfort of tee-shirts and messy ponytails :-)

    Jill - It is. He surprises me everyday :-)

    Jane - I hate it when they're nice too!

    Lisa - sweet :-)

    Jenn- The backstory,,, I can be very charming :-)

  10. That's funny...I felt the same thing when I met the Canadian. No fireworks, just like, oh hi person that I'm going to marry -- lovely to finally meet you. All of my friends said the same thing as soon as they met him as well - oh, that's the guy.

    And I also feel incredibly grateful that I'm born where I am, and feel so obligated to give back in some way as gratitude for that opportunity.

    I can't believe that happened to your dad, but what a story now that everything is ok. That is fabulous (16 years later...!)

    It's good you did this because I tagged you too on my blog, but I only said something on Twitter...should have written on your blog :( I'm a bad blogger...

  11. I completely understand what you mean about #4. I was once babysitting a pile of luggage in the Bordeaux train station and watched so many effortlessly chic European girls running past me -- I wish I were like that, too.

    P.S. I'm SO SO SO happy that #5 had a happy ending! :)

  12. That is so funny that you got tagged by so many of us (I am a bad blogger like Sarah B and didn't necessarily inform people of their being tagged... thankfully you noticed! ha!)

  13. Thanks for your sweet words on my blog last week! And so glad that Alex is one of your favorite bloggers as she's one of my best friends even outside the blogging world! :)

  14. Awww, I'm sending you a thousand "you're welcomes!"
    This was such an adorable blog post and thank you for your kind words. I laughed out loud when I read about your gummy candies. Mr. Muffin is also known to forcibly remove treats from my paws- say at midnight, when I've decided coffee ice cream is a good choice. Haha!
    P.S. 15 bloggers is an insane requirement... good choice to amend it!

  15. Oh hey thaaaanks! I've done this before but for you, I shall do it again. I'll mix up the seven tidbits and give them a theme. Maybe food? Cheese, specifically? I'll think of something!

  16. I just love this! I love your sense of humor... you never cease to get a chuckle out of me. Wow, amazing about your Dad! Hey, there is something to say for being a bit askew... overly put together is just that... overly done. xo

  17. ahhh! I'm still cracking up from #2--Sara you have an amazing sense of comic timing in your writing. Keep it up.

  18. Glad that your dad defeated the odds, that must have been a frightening time for everyone! Great to learn more about you =)

  19. funny, the french fry adores haribo too! it's the only bon bon he eats. i love the countryside and would give up my city life to be there, but then, i worry that i would miss the city after a while. grass greener other side, i guess.

  20. i adore the "husband meeting" story as far as i felt exactly the same when i saw my lover for 13 years... Love is this big so simple deal !!!

    Love your father coma story : it must be a kidding man , no?


  21. Isn't it strange how, when you meet The One, you just know? I expected fireworks and lightning bolts and rainbows. I didn't get any of those. I got this amazing feeling that I was finally comfortable, happy, and didn't have to try. I immediately loved him without forcing it. It was incredible. (And still is.)

    Congrats on the award. You totally deserve it. You are one bad-ass chica for moving to the middle of East Jesus nowhere out of your comfort zone. I applaud you for that. Hell, I couldn't do it.


  22. I always make the wish to live happily ever after too! So neat, I didn't realize anyone else did that. Thank you for your sweet comment on my blog, and for leading me over to yours- which is so lovely. Can't wait to read more!

  23. Congrats on the award, darling! This post was even more fun for me, because I don't know you at all, but now I come from it with such a respect and admiration for you and everything you posted about. You have a lovely way of writing, and your wit is so on point.
    And, you have now given me hope that there is someone out there (not a soulmate, yuck), but someone that can make me feel secure without having fireworks and music playing - so thank you, dear!
    Your blog is definitely one that I will be coming back to :)

  24. I ALWAYS buy those gummy bears, it's actually a problem, haha!


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