Before I began blogging a little over a year ago I knew nobody who lived in Canada, England, Norway, the USA, even Western Australia or Tasmania. And now I do. And not only have I formed friendships, I have learnt more of these people's countries, their states, their ways of life. All opportunities I would have missed out on had I not begun to document our life.
I most certainly couldn't have said I had a Tasmanian friend, a sixth-generation Tasmanian friend, a sixth generation Tasmanian friend who is also also a lawyer, mother and friend to many.
Now I can.
And this lovely lady Jane has very kindly passed a 'blogging award' to me this week. Upon acceptance of this award the recipient (that would be me) is to post seven facts about oneself and pass the award onto three other deserving recipients (preferably new to the blogging world).
So here we go:
#1. I despise housework with a fervour bordering on a phobic disorder. Vacuuming, dusting, toilet-cleaning, clothes-folding, not to mention ironing. No thankyou! I do however appreciate clean, neat, ordered homes, and therefore spend my life dealing with this perplexing conundrum. Sometimes the turmoil is too much!
#2. Having been pregnant four times and therefore approximately three years of my life I can honestly say I have never experienced even a minute of morning sickness. In fact I delighted in telling other pregnant mums-to-be that it was all a state of mind! (Okay, you can stop booing now).
#3. All I ever wanted to be when I grew up was a doctor, a surgeon in fact. Devastated when my TE Score saw me miss entry to Medicine, I settled on Science and spent eighteen months at uni learning many and varied things, not so much biochemistry and parasitology, more how to cook rice 3000 different ways and how to drink dollar pots of beer! (Sorry Dad). The calling back to rural Australia then overcame all academic pursuits, and here I am. (Still watching Gray's Anatomy with some sense of longing). Or is that just a Patrick Dempsey issue???
#4. I loooove to cook!
#5. I have spent the better part of my adult life worrying about my weight. Jenny Craig, Weight Watchers, Tony Ferguson, BodyTrim, you name it I've tried it! (See #4 above).
#6. I really love an opportunity to "frock up". With a day to day uniform consisting of jeans or shorts, workboots and battered hat hiding a mop of dishevelled hair I love to glam it up at any given opportunity. (My Dad instructed me as a young working woman, "Just because you work like a man, you don't ever have to look like one"). Good advice!
#7. I consider myself as having an extremely fortunate life. A husband who I love and respect, four healthy, amazing children, a paddock full of cows for a backyard and parents who love each other. I live in a community of people who respect each other, in a country where hard work is valued and in a world that gets smaller the more people I meet via this blog.
What more could I ask for?
And now to ask seven deep questions of three fellow bloggers. I pass the baton to:
Sarah of 'Oesch & Doots', from whose blog-writing I sense a calm, serene and beautiful mother.
Niki from 'Keepin up with the Joneses', possibly not new to blogging, but a fun-filled Mum of four boys who I would love to sip a margarita with one day. (and having four boys should be reason enough for an award).
and third, a Farmer's Wife from 'Life in the Country', who tells the tale of adapting to country life as only a stylish city girl could.
There are many other blogs I love reading, some though are far from new to this caper, others whose privacy I respect and know their blogs aren't really meant for perusing by the masses, but to all of you who blog, you provide me with great distraction from my washing pile ... and for that alone I thank you .