Sunday, December 13, 2009

Thank You, Whye and Megan...

As you'll note on the sidebar, my friend Megan from All I Need Is Everything and the beautiful blogger of recent acquaintance, Whye, of I wonder Whye, have bestowed awards upon this blog.

A heartfelt thanks to the both of you. According to Megan, I am to tell you seven things you may not know about me and then choose seven blogs deserving of the award. The award from Whye requires that I reveal six things you may not know about me, and choose the same number of bloggers to receive this award.

The first time I received an award and attempted to do that, my choices declined, saying that there are so many worthy blogs and bloggers, they did not wish to be singled out. With this in mind, I invite all bloggers to celebrate their unique and varied content and perspectives. Here is my combined list of thirteen:

1. I have become a night owl, much to my dismay. It seems my body clock now prefers sleeping into the afternoon to slumbering at night and waking during day light. I've tried a number of things to combat this problem with little success.

2. I have always been one who could never settle on one path in life and remain content. According to research, this is often a trait found amongst the very creative. When I worked as a writer, the stories and content I was working with changed all the time, thus, I was rarely bored. Unfortunately, the place in which I live doesn't provide its writers much more than a subsistence wage, so I became a librarian, and have since joined the ranks of the unemployed.

3. People often ask what one learns in Library School. The short answer: Research Skills. These are great to have no matter your profession.

4. I love languages and miss being in a multi-lingual environment. I speak more than one.

5. I would love to learn French...especially in France! I pick things up from films and radio, but that is not the same as having a proper teacher. The recent purchase of a workbook should help speed vocabulary development. I'll see.

6. Presently, I am studying Hebrew in preparation for reading Torah and bat mitzvah as an adult. I find Hebrew very difficult.

7. My first kiss was in primary school. The last was last week. I'll leave it there except to say that the last and the first were from different people and have nothing in common.

8. If I were able, I would probably join the Peace Corps.

9. I resent the loss of my knee, pain and restricted mobility. While I try to put a positive spin on things, that is the unvarnished truth. I am trying to work through this feeling, but quite frankly, I keep wondering why this happened and I'm angry that there is no good answer.

10. Chocolate is often better than sex.

11. There is more to life than work, but sometimes life is work.

12. I have lost faith in American political and other systems and institutions.

13. My favourite colour: Blue, especially the eyes of my Siamese cat.

17 comments:

Mike said...

You could always have sex covered in chocolate!? lol Leave it to me to pervert anything haha!

e said...

Well, Otin, now you mention, I did try something like that...ended up in the emergency department where I got to watch a young doctor blush!

Barbara said...

You have a genuine quality that I really like a lot. I can identify with your love of languages. If we lived closer, we could practice French together.

RLM Cooper said...

I'm afraid I will mostly have to agree with item number 12. I think there is not a single representative in Congress who actually represents the American people. No. They represent the interests of big business, instead.

And I love aqua - which is the eye-color of my Tonkinese. :)

Aren't cats the most wonderful friends?

Leah said...

You are going to have your Bat Mitzvah! That's so wonderful. It was one of the most meaningful days of my life. Probably will be even more so, as an adult.

This is a great list. I just posted mine, and it's much sillier than this one.

Lizzie said...

I loved learning a bit more about you. Wow...and studying Hebrew?!? Whoa. Hope you have a good week.

nick said...

Some interesting insights there. I've never managed to settle for one path either. Nor do I have much faith left in politicians and governments.

So many people seem to have strange sleep problems. I tend to wake up very early, sometimes at 4 am, and whatever I try I seldom go back to sleep for very long.

Good that you're multilingual. So many Brits still assume that the entire world should speak English and not all these weird foreign concoctions. My Italian's fairly good though not fluent as I've never lived in Italy.

Mike said...

HAHAHA! Just like me, every time that I experiment in any fashion I always get in trouble! LOL!

Kabbalah Rookie said...

I wondered how you were going to make 13 points but now I think that 30 would probably not be enough! Love your response to otin - you are a dark horse indeed!

The situation with your knee must be very frustrating - I can understand why you feel angry about it and also take my hat off to you for not letting it stop your life. Logistical issues aside, the Peace Corps are definitely missing out - their loss is our gain...

Brian Miller said...

ha. love the reply to otins comment...there has to be a story there...i think i might join the peace corp as well, if circumstances were different...

Baino said...

Ooh e you're generally quite a private person so nice to know a little about you. I have this one tucked away somewhere for a rainly day. I'm sorry about your knee too. Must be an awful hassle. I'm pathetic at Languages but would also like to go to France just to give it a try! Good luck with Hebrew.

Candie said...

Bon alors on va parler en français!Je suis contente d'apprendre un peu plus sur vous et j'adore l'Hébreu,je trouve que c'est l'une des plus belles langues à la prononciation et à l'écrit.Je l'ai étudié un an mais je pouvais pas l'apprendre serieusement car j'avais déjà trois autres langues et trop de travail.Mais je me rappele comment on écrit Shalom et je me souviens aussi que le professeur était charmant!lol.

karen said...

congrats on your awards! I enjoyed reading all your 13 interesting facts. I don't blame you for feeling that way about No 9, but you are really amazingly positive about it all.. i do admire you! Blue of a siamese cat's eyes is definitely one of the most amazing blues, isn't it?

Kat Mortensen said...

I am so #2 with you!
Way to go on the Hebrew. I imagine that must be really tough.
I love Siamese cats. My husband's parents have one called, "Diva". (no explanation necessary)

Oh, and #10? Why do you think I indulge every day? (in chocolate,that is!)

Congratulations on your well-deserved awards, "e".

tattytiara said...

"I have always been one who could never settle on one path in life and remain content."

I'm the same way. It bothered me until I read the biography of DaVinci. No, I ain't no DaVinci, but if it's good enough for him it's good enough for anybody,

Anonymous said...

So which languages do you speak?

I would love to learn Italian ( nothing to do with a certain Italian dance coach, I might add)

Lucky you, having a kiss only last week. My last one was well over a year ago :(

Elizabeth Bard said...

Hi E - so nice to learn some more about you - and share in your memories of Paris. I remember every detail of my first trip to Europe - though it wasn't until college...

On your next trip to France, I'll be happy to be a conversation partner - over hot chocolate at Angelina's or Jean Paul Hevin (less well known, but my fav).

Happy Holiday!