Saturday, January 17, 2009

Flattery will get you everywhere

You guys sure know how to make a girl feel loved - not one, not two, but THREE different people sent some bloggy love in my direction in the comments on one single post. Wow. If I look in the mirror I can see my head swelling before my very eyes.

Cheryl from Adventures of a Somewhat Crunchy Mama sent the Butterfly award my way, which almost makes me feel better about the fact that she's an entire decade younger than me. Almost. (Just kidding Cheryl, I think you're wonderful.) Go check out her blogs, she's got a great take on things and really great dreams for her future.

I'm going to pass this one on to Dawn from Weldable Cookies for being so incredibly cool and for never being afraid to tell it like it is. Dawn describes herself as a cranky, middle-aged lesbian building contractor, though she doesn't strike me as all that cranky ;-), but I definitely dispute the middle aged bit - she's only a few years older than me! (Warning, some of her content is not family-friendly. Choose your moment wisely).

and to our own Ima on the Bima, Phyllis, for being such a force for good in blogosphere.

And then before I could turn around both Jjientje and Libby, two of our little corner of the blogosphere's loveliest and most generous of spirit bloggers, were sending the Honest Scrap award my way. This one comes with a catch though, you have to list ten honest facts about yourself. (Thankfully Dawn skipped me for this one, I don't think I could manage to keep up with her level of honesty LOL.)

Ten things? I'm pretty open here so you guys already know an awful lot about me. Let's see...

1. My number one escapist fantasy destination is Tahiti. When life gets rough I always fantasize about running away to Tahiti. Someday I may even get there.

2. I learned to ski when I was five.

3. I haven't skied in about ten years, but in all honesty I don't miss it that much. I've gotten too used to being warm!

4. I'm a dyed in the wool folkie, i.e. I love love love (English language) folk music. No, not just the Sixties Revival stuff, the really old stuff too - like ballads that have been handed down orally for five hundred years.

5. Neither of my children have middle names. They aren't common here in Israel and my own tends to really confuse things, so we didn't bother giving them one.

6. I used to speak fluent French, even writing college papers (in French of course) on medieval French literature, but when I moved to Israel and learned Hebrew it drove my French straight out of my head. Now it's all I can do to order dinner.

7. I've never been to South America.

8. My utter lack of willpower in the face of a good cream sauce is legendary, and apparently also not my fault - it's those Hungarian genes!

9. My dining rooms chairs are getting a bit worn and I keep getting poked in the butt by upholstery nails - and those suckers are sharp!

10. I'm finally seeing an allergist tomorrow to hopefully figure out why every mild cold that comes through lands in my lungs and leaves me with a miserable asthmatic upper respiratory infection.

There, that's ten. Now to pick my victims recipients...

I'm going to go with:

Susan (or perhaps Trevor) - the coolest rocker/writer chick around

Lea - an amazing beautiful soul, and an artist and labyrinth designer too!

Janet - a fantastic photographer and blog-turned-in real life friend

Nancy over at Marie Millard - for always putting a smile on my face

Thank you all - for the awards, for reading this blog, for commenting, and for making this little corner of cyberspace the warm wonderful place that it is.


Anonymous said...

A warm spot indeed. Well done you on your awards, well deserved. Sounds as if your home is suffering similarly too mine - too many kids in our case I think or maybe just too many bodies.

Libby's Library said...

Thanks for being a good sport, and playing! How long did it take you to learn Hebrew?

Julia Phillips Smith said...

Congratulations x 2!

I like your endorsement for 'Weldable Cookies', along with the warning - I blog at work on my break and on my lunch hour, so I'll save that one for home only ;-)

Phyllis Sommer said...

aww, Robin, thanks! you're so sweet and very deserving of all the accolades:-)

shavua tov....may this week bring peace.

Scribbit said...

You deserve every one!

Twisted Sister said...

Kudos! I so enjoy your blog and it has motivated me to work more on my own. Around the Island is one of my favorite places to visit these days.

anymommy said...

Congrats - they are well-deserved. I look forward to visiting you!

So, a trip to South America is in order?! Also, Hebrew and French? You have my undying admiration now, and envy!

Millennium Housewife said...

Aren't bloggers fab, feeling the love! MH

RivkA with a capital A said...

#9 -- me too!!

Someone told me that I should try re-uphostering my chairs by myself. I am a little daunted by the prospect, but I want to try... (before forking out big bucks for something I can do myself... in theory...)


Anonymous said...

Oh, Dawn definitely IS that cranky. And she can't be middle aged, because she's considerably younger than I am, and I am merely approaching that status.

Lis, who is not a blogger, but So enjoys Dawn's and all she links to.

Robin said...


Nancy said...

Awe, thanks for the nod Robin.

And I always enjoy coming here not only for your great writing abilities, but for those photos that I keep prodding you to open an Etsy account and sell!

Dawn Fortune said...

I am humbled and flattered by your praise. OK, and dumbfounded. I don't think you could pick two more different women out of a crowd than the two of us, but I love reading your blog and you love reading mine. Go figure. For whatever reason, we stumbled across each other's worlds and seem to enjoy visiting. What a gift that is. That you and I, as different as we are, can call one another friend. Wars are fought over lesser differences than there are between you and me. I am glad that we are able to go beyond what makes us different to what makes us alike and to be friends. Thank you again.

Robin said...

I'm thinking about it Nancy, I'm thinking about it.

Anonymous said...

Hi! Robin,
I really enjoy reading your posts! And all those great pictures you take.

Jientje said...

I loved reading this!!So you used to speak French huh? Probably better than me!

Lea said...

You have to know that none of this is flattery... it is the TRUTH!!!!
Thank you so Robin, not only for entrusting me with the honest hammer... but your sweet words! I will add to the "scrap" pile, but it might take me awhile!

Janet said...

Awwww, thanks Robin :-) Not as much for the tag (which I enjoy) as for the words :-)

Anonymous said...

Man, I can't believe I hadn't said thank you before this... I have a bad habit of doing this. I'll open the tab so I include this in the post I'm working on, and then I forget to say thanks!

No wonder you left me a comment after I'd already seen this!

Stay tuned... you're going to get double exposure for throwing it my way... *grin*

Robin said...

I didn't actually know that you'd been here, I just figured I'd give you a heads up in case you hadn't seen it :).