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I am so behind that it sometimes frightens me. OK, here we go:
40blogSpot has received:
–           the Kreative Blog award, from Working LondonMummy (alias Nazima);
–           the Versatile Blog award from Jenn at Serendipiditylibrary
On top of this, 40blogSpot has been nominated for the MAD blog awards (Best Writer) and has been mentioned as “something different” by Mummyattheschoolgate (which I find a very nice compliment ).
Where to start: First of all Thank You, Thank You, Thank You…I find it really funny that I get more support from fellow bloggers all around the world rather than my family, friends and colleagues.
The rules are:
1.       I need to pass on the Kreative Blog Award to 10 blogs, notify them and tell you 10 things about me that you don’t already know;
2.       I need to pass on the Versatile Blog Award to 7 blogs, notify them and tell you 7 things about me that you don’t already know.
OK, here we go. For the Kreative Blog Award, here are the winners:
1.       Isabelle and her funny stories about life in London as an actress http://isabellegregson.blogspot.com/
2.       Cathy, the advanced writer. Her writing is simply breathtaking… http://cathykozak.com/
3.       Jenn, from Serenpiditylibrary  http://serendipityslibrary.blogspot.com/
4.       DathaiC, or the adventures of an Irish expat in England http://daithaic.blogspot.com/
5.       Kenya’s stories about LA and sleep deprivation: watch this space, one day Kenya will be a very famous writer. You should also check out her book, Depth Of Focus, simply a gem. I will write a more detailed review eventually. But remember: you saw it here first! http://kenyadwilliamson.blogspot.com/
6.       My Self Care Blog http://myselfcareblog.blogspot.com/
7.       Mummy And The Beastie http://mummyandthebeastie.blogspot.com
8.       Valerie at Life 4 me by me. http://life4mebyme.blogspot.com/
9.       The Accidental Londoner. Being an accidental Sloane Square mum, I can only like this blog: http://theaccidentallondoner.blogspot.com
10.   And, last but not least, Janine’s beautiful photos and stories: http://reflectionsfromaredhead.com/

And for the Versatile Blog Award, here are the winners:
1.       Nazima, or the WorkingLondonMummy, http://www.workinglondonmummy.com/
2.       Mummyattheschoolgate. I especially like the story with her au-pair!!! Hilarious (and so British – I hope I am not offending you!!!) Check it out! http://mummyattheschoolgate.blogspot.com
3.       Crankymonkeys in London, at http://crankymonkeys.com/blog
4.       The expert blogging of geek mummy http://www.geekmummy.com/
6.       Deborah’s life about life in Provence   http://deborah-lawrenson.blogspot.com/2011/04/wisteria-and-shutters.html
7.       Yankee Texan Mum: http://yankeeturnedtexan.blogspot.com/
I have decided to bend the rules and instead of telling you things about me that you don’t already know, I am going to reply to the Guardian Q&A. This is also because I am really, really behind and I was tagged by Mummy And The beastie to do it anyway, so here we go:
Which living person do you most admire, and why?
Must other bloggers say that it is their Mum. Well, I am coming from a dysfunctional family, so I have to think laterally here. I will have to say that it is my Grandmother’s Grandmother (that would me my great great grandmother I think), because she bought and kept a piece of land that I am now using for my business. Thank you and well done for following your instincts!
When were you happiest?
I think that it was the first time I went to Venice with my then boyfriend, now husband. I felt like I was flying!
What was your most embarrassing moment?
Learning to drive and smashing my parents’ car in front of them. They still mention it today.
Aside from property, what’s the most expensive thing you’ve bought?
I would have to be the setting up of my business. I had to talk to bankers, lawyers, accountants. Scary stuff!! That said, I have never looked back…
What is your most treasured possession?
I don’t really like things. I tend to prefer people. If really pushed, it would be a neckless I bought in Rajasthan. Sentimental value rather than anything else.
Where would you like to live?
I would like to live in Bali and never to have to work again!
What’s your favourite smell?
I like the smell of the earth when the rain starts. It is as if it was breathing.
Who would play you in the film of your life?
I am a very normal person, I am not sure that anyone would want to play me. If I had a choice, I would like Juliette Binoche to play me.
What do you owe your parents?
They taught me discipline, hard work and resilience.
What is your favourite book?
The Count of Monte Cristo, by Alexandre Dumas. I don’t know why, I just love it.
What is your most unappealing habit?
I touch my hair and my nose when I am bored or stressed.
What would be your fancy dress costume of choice?
I don’t really like fancy dresses (I know, I am a killjoy).
What is your earliest memory?
Running in the Marseille zoo with my mother following me.
What is your guiltiest pleasure?
Chocolate, junk food and tiramisu.
To whom would you most like to say sorry, and why?
I would like to say sorry to all the people I have offended by being too direct. That’s just who I am.
What or who is the greatest love of your life?
My husband and daughters without a doubt.
What does love feel like?
Having projects together, and wanting to build something.
What was the best kiss of your life?
My daughters’ first kiss.  A dream come true…
Which words or phrases do you most overuse?
“I am not sure”
What is the worst job you’ve done?
Working in a can factory in Germany when I was 17. I had to work in shift and everybody was drunk during the night.
If you could change one thing from your past, what would you change?
I would have learned to speak English at a much younger age!
What is the closest you’ve come to death?
I was on the Tube, in London, on 7th of July 2005. It was my second or third day back, after my maternity leave.
What do you consider your greatest achievement?
Having two beautiful & intelligent daughters!
When did you last cry, and why?
I am a serial weeper. I cry all the time. I probably cried last time I was watching a cheesy movie on the TV!
How do you relax?
With a book, reading in the sun if possible.
What single thing would improve the quality of your life?
Not having to work anymore.
What is the most important lesson life has taught you?
Keep an open mind.
Muriel – A French Yummy Mummy In London