If there is one thing I suck at, good folks, it is talking about me in public. I just find other people, cultures, ways or issues so much more interesting, so I rather ask the questions than answer them – maybe it is an occupational hazard?! But now a few lovely lovely bloggers have nominated me for awards, and they have great blogs, which you definitively should take a look at:
- The Blackberry boys, a Hungarian mum with two adorable boys, blogs about their life. What I love about her blog is that she is real and sincere, and they lead a normal life and do stuff that I’d enjoy too. She nominated me for the Sunshine Award, and Sunshine is definitively accepted up here in the north! PS She nominated quite a few other blogs I love, so you may want to take a look at those too!
- 2. Citramanica on havefunwithkids nominated me for the Liebster Award, and already the name of her blog reveals why I like that one! She blogs from Singapore, and has had great ideas for fun with kids without breaking the piggy bank.
- 3. And then I was “getaggt” by Mamasein -fraubleiben who blogs in German about being more than a Mum, also a woman, and among others about combining work and kids.
Now, accepting those awards means answering questions, and then sending my questions to the ones I nominate. If I am not good at focusing on me, there are a couple of things I am good at: creating short cuts and not quite following all the rules 😉 So this is what I’ll do: I’ll first recommend you take a look at 10 more blogs I truly enjoy – and be warned: even though I was nominated by 3 blogging Mums, I also enjoy other type of blogs. Then I’ll give these nominees five questions they may or may not answer, however, to accept the award (and they even get to choose which one or all of them!) I’d be happy to see them nominate a few of their favourite blogs for me and others to find. After this, I’ll do my best with the 25 (!!) questions I’ve gotten. This must become the longest post I’ve made.
- A couple of crafts blogs with great ideas: Easy crafts for children and Summer camp at home.
- A Mum blog that soooo reminds me of the days when both my kids were under 2. It was intensive but fun. To read about a strong and capable mum with great sense of humor, take a look at Broken Condoms. Another admirable Mum who makes it all on her own: Mummy flying solo. And to make your day, take a look at the cartoons on Momtimes4.
- Two great blogs that go hand in hand are Me man you woman and Me woman you man – where a husband and wife blog about the same theme from their own point of view. Great idea for a blog and very entertaining reading! I hope they’ll be happy together ever after!
- And it wouldn’t be me if I wouldn’t add some other cultures/ travels to it: Jonas Journeys – exciting travels!, a gutsy middle aged woman writing about living in UrbanUkraine and expat Mum on Life in Japan with Toddlers.
All of you above have great blogs that I enjoy. You make me think and laugh and you educate me. I hope more people will find you now.
1. If you’d get 10 000e what would you do with it?
2. Do you believe you can make a change by blogging? Or does it matter?
3. If you’d get a day as somebody of the opposite gender, what would you do?
4. What is important to you?
5. How do you relax?
1. How do you drink your coffee? I don’t. I drink tea or V (I wish. There is none here, so I have to settle for sugar free Mad Croc)
2. What is your favorite breakfast? Yoghurt and berries
3. What is your favorite dessert? Ice cream. Easy.
4. What’s your current profession? I have specialised in job descriptions no one else understands or has 😉 I majored in Developmental Psychology though (and before that in German language and literature, and later on, just for fun, I did a diploma in Massage Therapy. Did I mention education is free in this country ? :)).
6. Would you like any more children? No. My dream is fulfilled with two.
As to the questions of favourite book, movie and song: I love books but can’t name only one, for the last 3 years I’ve seen maybe 3 movies without falling asleep in the middle and can’t name a single one, and I’m the last one in line to decide what music we listen to in this house…
2. What is the scariest thing that has happened to you? This is difficult. There’s been a few scary moments but everything has at the end turned out ok. I think the first time I was *really* scared, was when I was 18 and in Germany, walking to the train – I was on my way to Paris and it was afternoon – and three guys jumped me. A conductor saw this from the other side of the track and pulled the emergency break, I kicked so hard that I am certain that guy didn’t get to be a father ;), which made the others flee. At the end all was good and over in seconds.
3. What is the best thing that has happened to you? Life.
4.Have you read a book that was so bad, you had to give up before you finished it? Yes.
5. Have you watched a movie so bad you had to escape from the theatre? Yes.
1. Was ist für dich Glück? What is happiness/luck to you? This became hard when translated… Family, fun and meaningful things to do are a part of a good life to me.
2. Wie viele Kinder gehören für dich zum Glück? 2 kids is plenty, enough, and what I wished for.
3. Schlimmster Eltern-Spruch, den du bisher gebracht hast? Weiss ich nicht.
4. Schlimmste Kinderkrankheits-Erfahrung? The worst experience of kids being sick would be the time we got bumped out of the airplane and rushed to a hospital in Bangkok. This was followed by hubby being sick on the actual return flight and me as soon as we got home. That was a very thorough katharsis…
5. Bist du Einzelkind oder hast du Geschwister? I have an older brother who used to be a surf bum and live in a van
6. Wann hattest du die letzte erholsame Nacht? Lately the nights have gotten a lot better in our house, I often even get to sleep until 6 am without getting up in the night! This pleasant turn of things is very recent though.
7. Alter, in dem du Mama wurdest? Was I an old or young first time Mum at 32?
8. Wohnst du auf dem Land oder in der Stadt? I live in a city.
9. Was ist deine Meinung zur Betreuung unter Dreijähriger? I don’t think under 3 yo’s require daycare, however, I don’t think that harms them in anyway either, so I think the whole situation of the family should determine how the care of the kid is organised. There are many good ways to do this and as long as children are loved and cared for, I don’t have a problem with any of the solutions.