Big thank you to geejenmotw for this award nomination and yes, it has proved a distraction ( whilst I’ve been down with an infection and wondering if my child in New Delhi is doing ok). geejenmotw is a local lass despite being some 1,000 kms away. I have enjoyed her take of life in rural Australia, as in a professional, family and spiritual sense. Plus, we seem to read many of the same books and both love theatre!
1 Thanks the blogger who nominated you (as above )
2 Answer the questions you are asked ( if you’re comfortable doing so!)
3 Create 10 questions for the bloggers you’ve nominated.
4 Nominate at least 3 bloggers for the Special Blogger Award.
5 Comment on your nominees most recent blog post to let them know you’ve nominated.
6 Have fun!
Answers to questions follow:
1. How often do you blog and what motivates you? A bright young thing at the office who managed all the social media once told me that blogging was self indulgent. After having played good daughter,sister,wife, business partner, mother and general dogs body the thought of self indulgence appealed. I earned it in spades.
2. Favourite author and/or book? Depends on my mood. Different books, authors and genres for different moods.
3. Do you support abortion? I was raised not to discuss politics, religion or sex without a glass of wine in my hand.
4. Where would you like your next holiday destination to be? Just back from a trip to Melbourne, to Margaret River WA in the New Year, Papua New Guinea in May, Darwin and East Arnhem Land in August. Oh, and The Oracles of The Bush Festival in Tenterfield in April. Trying to squeeze in a trip to Longreach too though that will mean selling a kidney.
5. If you were to start learning something new tomorrow what would it be? I attend a fortnightly Literature Workshop, and am enrolled in a distance education course on Multiple Sclerosis ( my youngest daughter was diagnosed six years ago). Am off to a Mosaics Workshop next month and am looking to complete a course on Dementia through the Uni of Tasmania in February. Oh, and I attended a poetry workshop recently. Epic disaster! I will post about my pitfalls with poetry soon.
6. What do you do to de-stress? Cook for friends, listen to music, read, and watch movies. Love live performances- both music and theatre. Paint ceramics. Grow Rosemary plants which I then sell to raise funds for Wounded Heroes. Move books around the community.
7. What is your favourite sport? None. My father was an A Grade sportsperson and laid similar expectations on his daughters. Silly move. Just let me play in the surf and I’m a happy girl. Too cynical to enjoy sport as a spectator – money has killed all games.
8. Beach, lake or river? I have always turned to the beach when under pressure. The sound of the waves, the salt air on your face, and a battering by waves is a great workout. (Did you know that if you get dumped by waves into the sand enough times you don’t have to shave your legs? True)
9. What country does your family originate from? The psychic tells me I have a connection to Ireland and thus my love of music and storytelling.
10. What’s been the highlight of your year so far? Every day is a highlight, and I treat them all with respect accordingly.
1. The last theatrical production or musical performance you attended?
2. Your next holiday destination?
3 Do you set yourself goals?
4 So many books are made into a movie. Do you have a favourite?
5 If you could invite any three people – dead or alive- to a dinner party who would they be?
6 You wish your Super Power was?
7 If you could do one thing to change the world what would you do?
8 Please share a secret about your childhood
9 Name two things that are on your MUST DO LIST
10 Do you have a song, movie or book that you return to when in need of comfort?
My Nominations (with zero pressure attached!):
Cupcake lives on the other side of my world, is an educator who has worked in Korea and Abu Dhabi. As well as sharing tales about alligators, dogs and the keto diet this lass is courageous and will give most things a go.
2. The Obstinate Fig
Rachelle describes herself as a “hot mess writer”. I’de describe her as totally authentic. This is another blogger who shares American culture and the trials of finding a life balance. Her photos of the National Parks of the USA are fascinating. Chatting with Rachelle is the same as Cupcake : it’s like sitting across a table with a cup of tea.
3. Feed My Family
Jillian lives just up the road literally – hey, should we organise a coffee sometime? – and continually encourages new ideas. She is a woman of faith, family and community which I respect.
Thank you to these three bloggers for their inspiration and for geejenmotw for keeping me occupied whilst my daughter sends short cryptic emails like “ I’ve ordered toilet paper online” and “That was an out of body experience” – sent from a four storey sari shop.
Oh, and please, no more of these. Too, too hard on the old noggin.