One Lovely Blog Award

I’ve never considered myself a blogger. I’m a person who keeps a blog. (Mainly because I hate writing the same thing in fifteen different emails in a row, and I figured this was a good way to share updates and photos with all of our friends and family while we’re expats.)

However, about a month ago (I know, I’m super-late on this) I had an “Oh my gosh, I’m a blogger” moment.  The ever-so-lovely Rose from How Do You Say Taco in Spanish nominated me for the One Lovely Blog Award.  Go check out her blog HERE–she spent lots of time as an expat in Mexico–and the expat community is a close one online. Thank you so much for the nomination, Rose!


The rules:

1. You must thank the person who nominated you and include a link to their blog.
2. You must list the rules and display the award.
3. You must add 7 facts about yourself.
4. You must nominate 15 other bloggers and comment on one of their posts to let them know they have been nominated.
5. You must display the award logo.

7 facts about me:

1. I only watch one football game a year–Lafayette vs. Lehigh. This year, the Pards won the 150th meeting, which was held at Yankee Stadium. Despite being on a last-minute trip to the US, I wasn’t able to get tickets and get it all sorted out to physically be there. Instead, I had my parents TiVo it, and they got the joy of watching me watch the game, despite knowing absolutely nothing about it. And you know what? It’s not as fun without the tailgating. But still, GO LAFAYETTE!

2. I only majored in Spanish in college because there was only a two class difference  between the minor and the major. I figured, why not? I honestly had no plans to ever use my Spanish again–and here I am!

3. I find going back to the States after a few months to be a jarring experience–so much consumerism, so fast-paced, just so American.  I’ve found the best way to reintegrate myself into US culture is to eat at a Mexican restaurant–I don’t need to remember what language I’m speaking after being in transit for 30 hours.

4. I desperately miss stupid little things from the States: I  miss flushing toilet paper (the sewer system can’t handle it here, so there’s a trash can in every stall). I miss the little ledge underneath shopping carts (you know, the one you always rest your foot on while you’re waiting to check out?). It’s really the silly little things.

5. I found out that I love spinning classes. I tried to do Jillian Michael’s Body Revolution, got about halfway through, and then somehow lost momentum. At that point, I joined what I call the “disco gym” (for its disco ball) and now do spin class three times a week. It’s super-old school (I think the bikes are from the mid-70s), but is a great workout. The only downside? There’s no air conditioning in the gym–so it’s definitely a hot workout when it’s 100 degrees outside!

6. Our visiting coworkers have learned the way to T and my hearts is easy: tabasco sauce, buffalo sauce, peanut butter, and Reese’s peanut butter cups. One of our bosses recently surprised us with an amazing care package–lots of American foods like peanut butter cups, candy canes, stuffing, cheesecake mix, and pumpkin pie filling. I may or may not have nearly cried looking at some of it.

7. I am slowly cutting out soda from my diet. It’s a long, hard road–but I’m trying it. So far, I’ve gone since November 15 with absolutely no soda whatsoever! (The longest I have gone in… years.) We’ll see if it sticks this time. Who knows, maybe I’ll take up mate to get my caffeine fix!


I nominate in no particular order:

1. Ruins and Relics –I love museums, and this blog does the greatest hits, plus always gives me another off-the-beaten-path one to put on my list.

2. Diary of a Rig Wife –Because I know what it’s like to be the trailing spouse, and I love how real the blog is. It’s the ups and downs of expat life.

3. Cooking With a Wallflower –Yummy, yummy recipes! I love looking at beautiful food, and sometimes I even try some new recipes. 🙂

4. When North Met South –Another Argentina expat, based in BA.

5. Teaching Wanderlust — An awesome blog about teaching in Venezuela. Definitely one of the countries I’m intrigued by (though a little intimidating to visit)!

I know it’s not 15–but I’m choosing quality over quantity!


Congratulations to all!