Wednesday, August 21, 2013

six things

You know Selena, right? She's my buddy from Oh, the places we will go who moved from Texas (not too far from where I'm from either) to London with her English husband and now they travel all about. Like right this second, Selena is cruising around the Baltic Sea and I'm sure she's taking loads of beautiful photos to show us when she comes back. So yeah, if you don't know her you should because she's pretty cool.

Anyway, Selena passed on the Six Things meme that has been making it's way around lately. Here's the deal... she asked me nine questions, I chose six to answer and share with y'all and then I pass on another nine questions to six bloggers. It's a getting to know you, getting to know all about you kind of thing. (Did you just get that song from the Kind & I stuck in your head? If you did, then I won, and if you didn't, well then I failed.)

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What is the best advice your Mother ever gave you? 
There are two pieces that have popped into my head and since I think they are equally important, I'm going to share both with you.
1) Do not bother worrying about things that are out of your control. There's absolutely no point (this one has served me very well in France).
2) When you are feeling really down, buy yourself a bottle of Champagne (or anything sparkling), pour it into a crystal glass, and drink... instant mood lifter. (Champagne doesn't have to be only for celebrating you know.)

If you had a million dollar investor, what business would you open?
I would love to open a French style épicerie and wine bar back in the States. A place where you can buy delicious French nibbles and enjoy them there with a glass of wine or take them away. Plus, I'd have the shelves stocked with goodies like truffle oil and tapenades.

What is the biggest challenge that you have overcome? 
That would definitely be living in France and the last few years of my life. Gregory and I have weathered a lot of obstacles and stressful happenings together... moving to new countries, new languages (for both of us), moving house three times in three years, the death of my father and a bunch of other bad juju stuff that has happened that I have chosen not to blog about because I like to keep Sara in The LPV a fuzzy wuzzy happy kind of place. But the bottom line is this, we can take a licking and keep on ticking.

If you were a super hero, what would your super hero powers be? 
Without a doubt my super hero power would be the ability to teleport. I'm tired of the cost of flights and the time involved. Teleportation = every expat's dream. And of course I would be able to fight crime all over the world at the drop of a hat. All Fifty and I need are teleportation skills, some capes, and we're all set. Watch out bad guys.

If you could live anywhere in the world, where would that be? 
I'd like to go back to my roots and take on Manhattan. I love, love, love NYC... the buzz, the attitude, the non-stop vibe. A lot of fantastic childhood memories for me have sprung out of that city and I'd love to go back and make some new ones.

What is the best gift that you've ever received?
Life. Thanks Mom and Dad.
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Would you be so kind as to answer six of the following nine questions please?

1. What is your favorite time of the day and why? 
2. If you could invite five people for a dinner party (alive or dead) who would you choose?
3. If you could live anywhere in the world, where would you live?
4. If you could go back in time and change one event in your life would you, and if so, what event?
5. What would your last meal be? 
6. If you were given €50,000 what would you do with it?
7. What is your dream holiday destination? 
8. If you could switch careers to anything you'd like (and be instantly qualified for it) what career would you choose?
9. If you could live in any other point in time other than this one, when would that be?

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  1. Oh look, it's me! I will be delighted to ma belle. *little curtsy*

    I loved your answers--sincere, from the heart, straight-shooter and just enough to make me dream a bit too...

  2. Take a licking and keep on ticking! You crack me up! :o) I love your outlook on life!

    I wouldn't mind living in NYC either, but like the Baz Luhrman song from the 90's says, I'd "leave before it makes me hard". Big cities are amazing, but my heart will always belong in the country.

    Thanks for the tag! Selena tagged me, too, so I'll join in next week!!

  3. Great list!I'll always love NYC too.

  4. Oh thanks, Sara! I can't wait to answer your questions! :)
    I definitely agree on the teleportation, that would be so awesome. I want this superhero power too!
    And I would be a regular customer at your wine bar, that is for sure!

  5. My superpower would also be teleportation! In fact I think every expat's superpower would be teleportation!!!

    Erin | Quintessentially English

  6. You aren't kidding about the teleportation, sigh.

  7. the advice from your mom is spot on. and I would choose teleporting too!!

  8. Love your mom's advice, especially # 2! (Hey look, I can comment from my iPad)

  9. You do make it look easy. It's always fun to learn more about people!

  10. I'm hoping for that teleporter too, let's hope those science geeks are onto it ;o)

  11. What awesome answers!!! My Mom always says to drink champagne when I'm down too! :)

  12. I think I need some champagne right now. ;) Nice post!

  13. Totally agree about champagne being for more than just celebrating!

  14. Your mother is a smart woman; good advice! I hope your investor comes along so I can come to your French style wine bar and epicerie. Not sure I have ever seen one of those in France. But I am sure it would reflect all the things you don't like about the bar in LPV.

  15. Love this!

  16. Good read!!!! Got a fave vegan restaurant in paris?

  17. Teleportation... definitely! Life would be so much easier!

  18. Please move back to the states (preferably by me), and open that store!!!! LOL Thanks for the tag. Love ya! xo

  19. Love these posts bc I always want to know more about my blogger friends. I was just talking about wanting to be able to teleport this morning. Could really use a beach day today. ;)

  20. (you won.)

    I'm so sorry about your dad - I didn't know. it's nice to visit a fuzzy wuzzy place, but if you ever need shoulders you know we're all here, right? because we are! much love.


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