I’m chuffed to have received the One Lovely Blog Award! I was nominated by reader, writer, editor, minimalist poet, new blogger WREADITOR– go check out his blog! The honour came with the responsibility of carefully selecting seven facts about myself to share. I hope they surprise and amuse you. Some contain facts within the facts, giving you even more inside knowledge!
1. My dosha is pitta-vata
2. I keep a gratitude journal
I write in it every night. I find that even on the shittiest days, I’m not short of things to jot down. The joy I get from blogging and connections I have made here often gets a mention.
3. Decaf soy flat white, please
Although I favour a long black when aero pressing.
It is possible to be a coffee snob while drinking decaf – only swiss water method thanks! I think I’m a bigger coffee snob now in fact…There are the usual factors of barista ability and brand of soy, but add to that their approach in heating the soy and the rarity of a decent decaf blend, and one has to either drop their standards or limit their options. Of the plethora of cafés within the vicinity of my Melbourne CBD office (exhibit A below), there are only two that do my order to my liking. A third is a tram ride and walk away but worth the trek when I have time, and it also happens to be where I get my beans from to make my own.
In case you are wondering, I don’t work at Coles (a supermarket), Sea Life (an aquarium), Crown Melbourne (a casino), or St Paul’s Cathedral (a place of worship).
4. I’m a Leo born in the year of the dragon
Consider yourself warned.
5. Paris was my home for a year
I worked 6 days a week at a supermarket (Franprix in La Motte-Picquet Grenelle) with barely any french, earnt a pittance, and didn’t have time for language classes that I couldn’t afford. Consequently, mon grammaire est merde, mais j’ai un trop cool vocabulaire des fruits et legumes. Tu vas deux kilo des pommes de terre?
I supplemented my income by advertising my English language skills on a site called Kelprof (a play on quel professeur, meaning which professor). Most of my clients were after English conversation exchange or editing of their resumes they’d drafted in English.
The experience of being a broke Parisienne living almost exclusively on cheese, bread, wine, coffee, and cigarettes (it’s okay, I’ve been a non smoker for close to 7 years) for a year was one of the best times of my life to date. The bread was occasionally from the batch of baguettes that were given to Franprix staff on the closing shift. The wine was normally a ridiculously good and cheap Côtes du Rhône, also from the supermarket.
Looking it up on Google Maps to potentially add a pic here, I came across reviews of the supermarket (who reviews supermarkets? 8 people apparently)…anyway, it seems the store has been on the decline since my time there, with comments including:
- “Very rude security guy and shop assistants.” Okay, I did say “vas tu faire futre” to a customer on my last shift, but that was long before the reviewer’s comment
- Another customer, unhappy at buying very old yoghurt for his daughter says: “Le 18 août 2016 j’aurai dû ne pas faire confiance à Franprix quand j’ai acheté des yaourts pour ma fille … Date de péremption : 28.12.2015”
6. My adorable little boy lights up my life
He’s always turning the switches on in our house. This is my attempt at paraprosdokian…a word I love and a humour style I love even more.
Great examples of paraprosdokians are:
My wife – it’s difficult to say what she does – she sells sea shells on the sea shore. – Milton Jones
Marriage is a great institution, but I’m not ready for an *institution – Mae West
I saw a sign that said “watch for children” and I thought, “That sounds like a fair trade” – Demetri Martin
I was asked to name all the presidents…I thought they already had names. – Demetri Martin
I have used Demetri twice because he is one of my favourite comedians and according to Entertainment Weekly, is the ‘reigning king of the palindrome and paraprosdokian’.
7. I’ve dipped in Lake Baikal
At Gremyachinsk in fact, as I chickened out on Olkhon Island. The water was 10 degrees celcius, but worth the pain as it is said to add 10 extra years to your life. With bonus years to this life, it’s just as well I have plenty I’m grateful for! Here’s to plenty more…
I am supposed to nominate 15 other bloggers, but every blog I read is lovely and choosing only some would be like picking a favourite child (well, I only have 1, but you know what I mean). I’ll leave it up to you, dear reader, to take the baton if you choose and give us seven facts about yourself, either in the comments below or in a post accepting this award.
If you do accept the award, make a mention of who gave you the award, share seven facts about yourself, and nominate fifteen bloggers to whom you’d like to bestow the honour of the One Lovely Blog Award.
*Mind you, those who are in same-sex relationships are, so if you are in Australia, do the right thing and vote ‘Yes’. Kudos to WordPress for the rainbow banner that has been on the site of late.
Postscript: It’s always a surprise how images show up in reader. The result in reader on the mobile app was brilliant so I had to share (along with pics of Derrick’s mum’s 70th,😊 although now that I’ve added the screenshot, the image in reader has changed):