The Versatile Blogger Award


Thank you to Created ˜ for awarding me the Versatile Blogger Award!

This is my first award and I am elated to feel part of the blogging community.

The rules for accepting this award are:

  • Display the award certificate on your website.

  • Announce your win with a post and include a link to whoever presented your award.

  • Present 15 awards to deserving bloggers. 

  • Create a post linking to them and drop them a comment to tip them off.

  • Post 7 interesting facts about yourself

I have discovered amazing blogs in the past few months.  The Awards go to:

  1. shenrydafrankmann
  2. under the skies of arkansas
  3. My French Heaven
  4.        My life as a single mom     
  5. Susie Lindau’s Wild Ride
  6. Untitled Adventure
  7. Books Outside the Box
  8. LeBohemianWriter
  9. brickthomas’s Blog
  10. Tranquil Dreams
  11. The Victorianachronists
  12. travelerreport
  13. Sybaritica
  14. il mio sogno nel cassetto blog
  15. The Landy – Out and About

7 Interesting things about myself:

1.  I learned to crochet on YouTube: I was talking to my friend Felipe about two years ago and I mentioned that I can’t really sit still and just watch TV.  He suggested knitting.  So I went to YouTube and learned to make an amazing granny ripple blanket that I sent out to my grandmother in Italy.   It was my first try, and I’m sad to say I don’t have a picture of it.  However, it turned out so well that my grandmother’s sister has sequestered it, determined to learn how I made it.  I’m trying to teach them how to use YouTube!

2.  I dove off a cliff this summer and it still hurts!  I went to the beautiful, fantastic, amazing island of Milos, Greece this summer.  Caught up in the beauty of the landscape, I decided to follow my daredevil brother in a 40-foot dive off a white cliff at Sarakinikó Beach.  I was more worried about losing my wedding ring or my bikini top than I was about hitting the water “straight as an arrow.”  I basically “sat” into my fall, and it still hurts sometimes- I know I should see a doctor.

Sarakinikó, Milos, GreeceThe cliff in the middle distance was where I jumped off

Sarakinikó, Milos, Greece
The cliff in the middle distance was where I jumped off

Yes, the dots at the top are people…  I should have known when nobody but my brother was diving off that side…

3.  Even though I’m Colombian, I can’t really dance.  Sadly, this is true.  I was never a good dancer, but not for lack of trying- I love to dance.  One of the things that I love about living in the U.S. is that no matter how bad my merengue is or how terrible my salsa, its better than most!  But with dancing as with anything else, I just close my eyes, pretend nobody’s watching, and have a great time…

At my friends Catalina and Manuel José's wedding, 2005

At my friends Catalina and Manuel José’s wedding, 2005

4.  I carry disinfectant wipes in ALL of my purses.  This summer I was cleaning out my closet with my brother and my friend, Nicolás.  When we got to my purses and began emptying them, we found that I had a small pack of Wet Ones or other wet wipes in EVERY SINGLE PURSE.

5.  I’m learning Greek.  My husband is Greek and we visit his family there every year.  His family is fantastic and they are the best hosts.  However, many do not speak English.  Learning the Greek words for all types of food has been a breeze- I had that down by my first week there (on my first visit)- Its kind of become a family joke.  The rest of the language is not so easy.  I have the first Rosetta Stone lessons and they are very good, I’m slowly learning- I just wish it were as easy as the food…

My mother-in-law sets an amazing table

My mother-in-law sets an amazing table

6.  I’m really into cemeteries.  I don’t know why, but I always visit cemeteries when I’m on vacation.  Call it my goth-wanna-be side.

Vourvura, Greece

Vourvura, Greece

7.  I’m Colombian and can’t make a cup of coffee to save my life.  I don’t know why, but my coffee is never good.  Everyone who has ever tried my coffee will be up on their feet as soon as I suggest making coffee myself.  “It’s ok, I’ll make it.”  Fine.  For the record, I like my coffee.