So I was nominated for a little bloggy award by the lovely Cara from Cara’s Closet. Thanks Cara!
1. Post a picture of the award, or create your own
2. Link to the person who nominated you
3. Give 10 random facts about yourself
4. Nominate other bloggers
So here is my list of random things you never wanted to know about me:
1. I knew from the time I was eleven years old that I didn't want to have children.
2. I learned to cook and love cooking on a coal fed aga range while working in northern Scotland as a scullery maid in a private hunting lodge without electricity, accessible only via boat.
3. My eyelashes and eyebrows are super blond and basically invisible without makeup. I have my eyebrows dyed with my hair. Last year I wore eyelash extensions for 13 months and loved them. I've stopped to give my lashes a break but I really miss them.
4. I have a nose like a bloodhound. This isn't great as you'd think. Many smells irritate me or make me sick and I can no longer wear perfume.
5. I hate beer.
6. I've trained to be a chef.
7. I imagined my husband before I met him in France. (French, dark hair, green eyes, great smile, looks like he hasn't shaved even though he has, super smart, volatile. Kind of wishing I'd left volatile off that list…)
8. Before I got married I was rarely satisfied with dating only one guy at a time. At one time I was dating 3 different guys by the name of Michael. That was confusing! I called one Mike, one Mikey and the last one Michael.
9. I worked at a pub a short walk from Hampton Court Palace just outside of London in Surrey called The New Streets of London Pub. I also lived upstairs above the pub.
10. I've taught two spoiled rotten (literally) teenagers English in Brescia, Italy while living in their home. Their father owned large factories and most of the town and looked like Mussolini, but his wife was actually worse. A real dictator. I hated that job.
Did any of these facts surprise you? : )
Now here are my nominees of bloggers I really enjoy that I want to know more about…
Sue – A Colourful Canvas
Ally – Shy Biker
Liz – With Wonder and Whimsy
Alice – Happiness at Mid Life
First of all: congrats on your nomination! Second: what a surprising list!
Me too I knew I did not want children around that age. How remarkable, since that is really unusual.
How sweet and cool what you write about your husband! And yes, I dated three guys at the same time. as well. Fortunately they all had different names, LOL.
Wow, you have been to places and you sure did all sorts of jobs. Amazing. So funny what you write about Mrs. ‘Mussolini’;-).
two birds says
they all surprised me to a certain degree! i loved reading them!
Heather Lindstrom says
Congrats on your award! I always enjoy reading these posts to get to know each other better. I love your story about imagining your husband and living in Italy would be a dream (but not with that job). Serial dater eh? I was more of a singular dater but still ending up dating or marrying 4 guys named Brad. Go figure. Loved this post!
Sue @ A Colourful Canvas says
I just learnt that I am boring, haha! I mean Scotland, Italia, France, London…and three Mikes! Yowza! And contrary to the award, I find these all very interesting. All righty…looks like I’m up to bat next! Wahoo, coming soon…10 things nobody wanted to know about Sue…
Happiness at Mid Life says
Thanks for the nomination Suzanne! Love getting to learn these facts about you! I never got eyelash extensions but I have been using Latisse forever and can’t live without it.
Val S says
Congratulations! And yes, there were a few things that surprised me, mostly all the work you did overseas. Cooking in Scotland, taking care of brats in Italy, barmaid in London – sounds fun and exciting. Not to mention the volatile French husband!
You are greatly satisfying my need to know all with your answers. What an interesting past you’ve had – travel, intrigue, romance galore. And a wicked witched and ogre for drama in the future telling, although it must have been hellish at the time. You found your dream man. How great is that?! Yes, your blog IS golden.
Congratulations on the award. I didn’t know you were so well-travelled in your working life, and how anyone cooks on an Aga is a surprise to me! Laughed at the volatile comment – he wouldn’t be the same man without the Gallic fire and flair, now would he?! Three Michaels… well done for managing that potentially tricky situation, you are a woman of many talents! xxx
The part about cooking as a scullery maid was something I never knew- almost sounds like going back in time (not always fun, I’m sure, but interesting).
I taught kids English in Italy too. I liked the family I was with, but it was definitely a different style of parenting than I was used to.
Debbie Stinedurf says
A scullery maid in Scotland? You never cease to amaze me…
Patti @ NotDeadYet Style says
Lots of surprises here – and I love stuff like this. You know people become psychotherapists because we are basically nosy as hell. Love the three Mike story!
I always knew you’ve had a rather interesting life! 🙂 You and your Michaels….
That is surprising! It isn’t often I meet someone else that didn’t want kids at that age. Hmmm…tango dancing…travelling, art and blogging…are you sure you’re not me? LOL
I remember you writing about that with your husbands. That is just weird! LOL
Well I was rambunctious as a youngin’ LOL
Can’t wait to read your list!
I want to get some of that Latisse. My sister got it but said it turned her eyelids red.
Europe is one of my favourite places. The whole idea with marrying a Frenchman was that I would be in the south of France painting still life in a field of lavender. Something went amiss along the way.
Oh the stories I could tell about that stay in Italy. One day I need to write them out. It is a shame I no longer have my diaries. They were brilliant.
Wait! The best part was the aga only had a crack in the glass where the temperature gauge should be, so when the line was close to the crack, that meant the ovens should be at the correct temperatures! LOL When the Madame of the house told me that I literally started laughing thinking it was all a joke. I had never seen anything like an aga before. In the meantime I’m sure she was thinking, “oh these silly peasants from the Colonies!”
These kids were so spoiled!
It was like going back in time in Scotland. Especially since we had no electricity and used oil lamps and coal for the oven and fireplaces for heat. But I must say although it was very tough and different from what I knew, and lots of work, I loved that time. They were decent people, very uppity, but so much nicer than the people in Italy.
See? I can still surprise some people ; )
Ah…when I was young ; )
I was a bit wild back-in-the-day : P
No Fear of Fashion says
Didn’t know anything of the things you told us. Loved them all. You are an adventurous girl. What happened that you live in Canada with your French husband? Are you Canadian?
And congratulations on your nomination.
Tamera the Menopausel Supermodel says
wow Suzanne!!! You have had an interesting life!!