sunshine award

Tuesday, December 10, 2013

I've got sunshine, on a cloudy day...
When it’s cold outside, I've got the month of… December!!??

Thanks to Lisa from Meanderings, Adventures and Crafty Inspirations for choosing me for the bloggers ‘Sunshine award’.  There’s nothing like a bit of extra sunshine on these cold, dark December days.

For those of you that haven’t heard of the ‘Sunshine Award’ from what I can gather it’s a way to bring bloggers together, share a few random facts about ourselves and then pass the baton on.  If you google 'Sunshine Award' you'll find many blog posts about it from all over the show! Rather exciting.

Sunshine - Brighton, UK
a small snap of sunshine from earlier this year

So without further ado, here are 11 random facts about myself…
  1. My favourite musical is Les Misérables – and if asked I could sing you the whole thing, both acts word for word.
  2. The only person who’s had to suffer that fate is my husband when we were road tripping a few years ago on a 6-hour stretch in a car with no car radio.
  3. I love yakitori chicken hearts.
  4. When I was a child (ages 6 – 10) my favourite food was Heinz Cream of Tomato Soup. And for Christmas 1990 it was the only thing I would eat. (Who needs turkey anyway?)
  5. I have a degree in music performance – violin – though I haven’t played seriously for about 10 years now.
  6. I have terrible handwriting.
  7. It looks very similar to my nanas – no one could read hers, and no one can read mine. Thank goodness for computers.
  8. I have never broken a bone. Touch wood.
  9. I have never been stung by a bee or wasp. Touch wood.
  10. I've never been bitten by a snake either. Though I have mistakenly stood on one in Costa Rica.
  11. As much as I love travelling, I am petrified of flying.
And here are my answers to Lisa’s questions…

What is one thing you couldn't live without?
Sunlight. I struggle sometimes living in the UK – and can get very grumpy over the winter months.

What's one thing you LOVE about yourself?
My ability to turn anything into a song. Lol.

If you could learn any skill or hobby, what would it be?
I wish I was fluent in another language. Any language. Learning and speaking languages.

Where is your 'happy place'?
Bed on a Sunday morning, with the sun coming through the window, a good book and fresh brew.

Favourite kids book
Matilda by Roald Dahl.

A quotation
Right now that would be: Be the change you want to see - my mentor at work.

Piece of advice to a younger you
Screw the arts degree. Go to business school, do a few hard years and learn some transferable skills that will allow you to earn well later in life.

What song/artist is currently playing?
Ahem, snapped listening to an old favourite. Will you be there by Michael Jackson.

Favourite thing about winter
Snow, and mulled wine. And cheesy Christmas tunes :)

What's something you aspire to do one day?
Start my own business that helps career focussed woman stay in work when they have children.

Where would you like to travel to?
I have a pretty long travel list that’s continually growing. On the cards for 2014 includes Morocco, Japan, Vietnam, Cambodia, Latvia, Turkey, France. I plan all my holidays in January each year so watch this space.

Sunny day in Hyde Park, London
a sunny afternoon in Hyde Park

Here are the eleven bloggers I'm nominating for the Sunshine award. Some of these guys I met last month when participating in #BEDN, and others, well I just really enjoy their blogs:
  1. Leanne from Knit me a cake
  2. Charli from Charlotte Rose
  3. Dave from espresso coco
  4. Beth from Plasticrosaries
  5. Elizabeth from Rosalilium
  6. Janet from Words That Can Only Be Your Own
  7. Emma from Emma Made
  8. Katherine from Lady loves Cake
  9. Melyssa from The Nectar Collective
  10. Mar from t.o & fro
  11. Anyone else that would like to join in...
And here are my eleven questions for them…
  1. When and why did you start blogging?
  2. What’s your no.1 blogging tip to new aspiring bloggers?
  3. Favourite blog?
  4. Favourite motivational quote?
  5. Favourite Christmas tradition?
  6. Your signature dish?
  7. Biggest disaster in the kitchen?
  8. What artist/song are you currently listening to?
  9. Favourite person and why?
  10. Addicted to?
  11. Finish this sentence: “On a regular Friday night you’ll find me… “
And finally, here are the rules to participate:
  • Acknowledge the blogger who nominated you
  • Share 11 random facts about yourself
  • Answer 11 questions the nominating blogger has created for you
  • List 11 bloggers
  • Post 11 questions for the bloggers you nominate and let them know they have been nominated

That’s all folks.  Don't forget:

“keep your face to the sun and you will never see the shadows”

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  1. It's fun getting to know you through this little award! I didn't realize you were so musical, even if it was awhile ago...and I'm totally with you - Roald Dahl is amazing!! Now I tutor ESL students and find myself reading his books again, oh the joy!

    1. That's cool. Do you teach English in Peru? I used to teach English in Japan, and loved it!!