I'm currently reading her blog from the beginning (as I do with every blog I come across...more on that below), but send her some love back if you have a moment, will you? And now...on to my award.
The seven things:
1) I am an obsessive researcher. Actually very few people save my sister (who is also an obsessive researcher) and the Canadian know this about me. (I can assure you, it comes in handy when getting a Ph.D.) Even with every day items not related to academia, like Meyer lemons. I probably spent 2 hours scouring the internet for lemon and meyer lemon recipes to make for the food swap. Also, this is why I read blogs from start to finish -- I can't help myself, I love research!! I could say more...but you know, it gets boring after a few sentences.
2) I secretly wish I were a spy. When I was a kid I wanted to be a spy, a pilot, a journalist and a veterinarian. Since my B.A. is in Mass Comm/Journalism, I learned enough about the industry that it sort of lost its luster for me. The veterinarian thing I grew out of pretty quickly. The pilot aspirations stayed around for awhile (when other girls had pictures from Tiger Beat on their walls, I had F-14 Tomcat photos plastered all over the place.) My eyesight is just rotten though, so piloting is out. The spy dream, however, hasn't really gone away. I wrote my M.A. thesis on covert propaganda and spent days in declassified records of spy operations. Heaven.
4) All of the art in my house is original. On my very first trip to Europe I came home with the crappiest souvenirs which I completely loathed after about 20 minutes and then threw them away. So I decided that instead of cheesy junk, I would make one large art purchase and bring home artwork as a souvenir/memory of my travels. Those pieces coupled with the gifts from my incredibly talented artist friends (see the My Favorite Things page for their art), are all hanging all over my house.
5) I really like felons. That is to say, I have worked with/sat on the board of directors of a non-profit that transitions felons back into the community after incarceration. I prefer to work with groups and individuals that are the most marginalized, the most persecuted, the most shunned by society. Felons tend to fit the bill, especially those trying to make a life after a felony conviction -- most people don't want to hire them or live near them. I love it and I'm inspired by it -- and believe me, there's nothing cooler than having a chat with a guy who used to run a pretty large gang organization. Felons rock, won't you hug one today?
6) I am not afraid of public speaking but I am paralyzed with fear by cockroaches. I taught for five years, have given tons of presentations, sat on panels...no real fear of public speaking. But, a tiny (or worse, huge) bug that doesn't even bite causes me to turn into a shrieking banshee, screaming for the Canadian to come kill it and remove it from my sight. Thankfully in five years in this house I've only seen two roaches but one those of times a roach put in an appearance when the Canadian was away. It is indelibly printed on my memory how I was trying to get it (after I had sprayed it) with a piece of paper, while explaining to myself that there was nothing rationally to be afraid of -- all the while my body is shuddering, and I'm gagging and almost in tears. You should also know I have no fear of spiders, snakes, or mice. Only roaches.
7) I always knew I'd marry a foreigner. I just didn't envision a Canadian. In my head I *knew* that I would never marry an American. I'm not sure how I knew this, but American boys were just so...American. I liked the different cultures and sort of assumed I'd end up with a lovely Englishman, or a spicy South African, or maybe a hot Australian or a delectable Frenchman. Note, Canadian was not on that list. Nothing against Canada or Canadians -- I love both!! A lot!! They just never really crossed my mind before I met the Canadian...
Not From Around Here -- A Minnesota girl moves to the UK for a job. She loves her sister as much as I love mine and she always has great posts that engender lively discussions (her Dear So and So are wonderful!)
Le Fabuleaux Destin de Brenna-- Sassy pants English teacher living in France with gorgeous photos of her travels
Is there such a thing as too much cheese?-- a lass from Oz who lives in the south of France with her marathon running boyfriend. She's a teacher and her posts are refreshing and hilarious! (She also loves books as much as I do...)
Sara in Le Petite Village-- J'Adore Sara and her adventures in Le Petite Village -- she has a fabulous cast of characters that often make appearances in her post, not the least of whom is her dog Fifty! (She's been tagged before, but I think it's time for another time around the block n'est pas? We want more!)
International Woman of Mystery-- I love her posts, they are little novellas and some of them (like the countryside post), are stuck in my head for days after I read them...spicy and awesome!!