In recent weeks, I’ve been honoured by my fellow bloggers, not once, not twice, but three times! In case you’re starting to get sick of this all new ‘gushing, happy Expat’, I’ve decided to deal with all three in one post, like a kind of awards pile-up, in an attempt to keep it relatively short. I’m going to cheat a little on the rules – answer some questions, not write 22 things about me (because after I answer all the questions, you’ll already know everything there is to know) and nominate some bloggers that I’ve recently started following.
However, blog etiquette (bletiquette?) means that there is one rule that I absolutely cannot skip, and wouldn’t want to, and that is thanking the lovely people who nominated me. Massive thanks to Marie Ann at 1 Write Way for the Super Sweet Blogger Award, and Polyglot Fun and Wellies and Wickets for the Liebster nominations.
The Super Sweet Blogger Questions
Q: Cookies or Cake?
A: Cake, cake, cake. This morning, straight after my breakfast, I had a chocolate and caramel cake – for no particular reason. And then later, because it rained, I had an icing sugar-topped cream bun. So, reason, no reason, it’s always a good time for cake.
Q: Chocolate or Vanilla?
A: Vanilla for ice-cream, chocolate for cake. Did I mention I like cake?
Q: Favorite sweet treat?
A: A pain au chocolat from the French bakery around the corner – for second breakfast.
Q: When do you crave sweets the most:
A: When I’m bored.
Q: Sweet nickname?
A: Not so sweet, but ‘fat midget’. I’ve always been a midget but the cakes are clearly starting to show.
The Liebster Questions:
1. Have you ever told a joke so bad that you had to explain it, which only resulted in a worse situation?
I don’t think so but I get told jokes by my students all the time, which may or may not be funny in Latvian/Russian but definitely don’t translate. Another student then joins in, trying to explain it to me. It’s still not funny. The whole class joins in with the explanation. It’s still not funny but I attempt a laugh, turn to the board and give a (hopefully inaudible) sigh of despair.
Here’s a Latvian joke I found online:
First Latvian: “What is one potato say to other potato?”
Second Latvian: “I am not know.”
First Latvian: “Premise is ridiculous! No one have two potato.”
2. What was the most embarrassing thing you’ve ever done in front of someone you were/are attracted to?
Too many to remember I’m sure, but in Latvia, opening my fridge was probably the most embarrassing. Latvian/Russian men kind of expect their ‘woman’ to be just like their mother so that they can transition from her bosom to yours without any sort of culture shock. So, opening my fridge to reveal an egg, a bottle of water and a bottle of wine put me firmly in the ‘non-wife material’ category. I was still the laughing stock of the local bar weeks later…
3. Which country will you travel to next?
England. I’ll be working in a summer school in Rugby for 5 weeks.
4. Which country will you never go back to?
Probably Poland. After spending 9 months in Radom (don’t worry, even some Polish people haven’t heard of it), the thought of returning gives me chills.
5. Do you enjoy being the center of attention?
It depends on the reason!
6. Have you ever experienced a natural disaster?
I experienced a small earthquake in New Zealand. I decided that as I was in bed anyway, I may as well be comfortable when the end came, so I stayed there. It stopped a few minutes later. I was glad I’d stayed in bed.
7. Have you thought about becoming a great writer, only to experience writer’s block immediately afterwards?
I’ve never even made it as far as the writer’s block stage.
8. Your favorite city in the entire world?
Memphis, Tennessee. Beer, blues and blue suede shoes. What more could a girl ask for?
9. Sea, land, or sky?
All of them!
10. How do you motivate yourself when you face something you don’t want to do?
Promise myself a bottle of wine as a reward for when I finish.
11. Do you enjoy tongue twisters?
I enjoy trying to say šaursliežu dzelzceļš (narrow railway) in Latvian. I haven’t done it yet.
From Wellies and Wickets:
1. What is your favorite color?
2. Why did you decide to start a blog?
Mainly to keep myself sane!
3. How many countries have you been to?
I’ve never counted! Quite a few in Europe, America, Australia, New Zealand, South Africa, Singapore. And Latvia.
4. What is the one food you can’t stand?
Mushrooms. They actually scare me. If they happen to be in something I order, I end up with a mushroom graveyard at the side of my plate by the time I finish.
5. If you could only pick 5 beverages to drink for the rest of your life, what would they be?
Tea with milk, Club Orange (it’s an Irish thing), wine, beer and vodka.
6. Would you rather have four eyes or two noses?
Four eyes definitely. My nose is already big enough for two.
7. Which of the seven dwarfs do you most relate to?
8. What is your go-to karaoke song?
‘Son of a Preacher Man’ by Dusty Springfield.
9. Which is worse – being too tired or too hungry?
Too tired. I’ve got a twitch in my eye now as a result of tiredness. I keep running to the bathroom mirror to see if I can see it move but I’m too tired to get there quickly enough.
10. What was the last article of clothing you bought and why?
A blue, strapless summer dress. Because it’s summer and I don’t like tan lines.
11. Did you find it as difficult as I did to come up with 11 facts about yourself, answer 11 questions, find 11 blogs to nominate and write 11 questions for someone else?
I’m cheating so it’s not so bad 😉
And finally, my nominees. These are some bloggers I’ve discovered recently that I’m really enjoying, so hopefully they’re happy to receive my nomination! You can choose the Super Sweet or the Liebster, or you can take both! Congratulations!