Merci Beaucoup!!!

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Many thanks to Daniela from New Zealand for honoring me with a nomination for the Reader Appreciation Award!  She shares wonderful writings and stories on her blog, “Lantern Post”  ~ Please be sure to click over to her site for a read-around-tour!

I am thrilled to participate in this award process, so without further ado and per her direction…

  • 1st  I will share 7 interesting facts about myself 
  • 2nd  I should go on to nominate 5 – 10 other bloggers
  • 3rd  Then I will let them know how nifty I think they are when I notify them of the nomination!

So let’s see, 7 interesting facts in chronological order…

International Brotherhood Days on Pine Ridge Reservation, SD (1994).

#1  My parents are Canadienne, but I was born in the U.S.  Sadly, I do not have the pleasure of dual citizenship, but I love me some maple cookies & Tim Horton’s Iced Capps just the same!

Rockclimbing at the Falls

Rockclimbing at the Falls

#2  During my college years, I was a rock climber under the misguided perception that dressing like David Lee Roth correlated to climbing agility and ability… I think the picture really says it all.

#3  At an annual Native American Pow Wow called “International Brotherhood Days”, I camped out for an incredible week at Pine Ridge Reservation in South Dakota and won the Rabbit Dance competition partnered with one of the assistant arena directors.  It was totally waste {pronounced wash-TAY, which is Lakota for “good’}!!!

#4 For the 4th of July parade held in Washington, DC on Independence Ave., I participated 2 consecutive years by operating the tail of a Chinese dragon for my kung fu school.  It’s a great workout no matter which section you choose to handle, however, the tail will guarantee a full sprint as it whips around behind the weaving trail of the dragon dance team!

Chinese Dragon Dance in the 4th of July parade
held in Washington, DC.

#5  I once started a fire with tater tots ~ to be filed under the headings, “Dumb Things to Do before a First Date” and “Don’t Try This at Home”… Yeah, THAT’s a story for another time…

#6  When my church decided to host a fundraising dinner theatre production of “Godspell”, I designed & painted the stage set, choreographed all of the musical scenes and then applied stage makeup to the cast before every performance… Ahhh, to be in my 20′s on summer break with a limitless supply of creative energy!

Sound checks before the concert at Longchamp.

#7  By the amazing grace of God, I was blessed with the opportunity to harmonize alongside some of my dearest friends during the 12th Annual World Youth Day in Paris, France.  We performed during this week long event on sound stages throughout the city, in Bercy Arena and in the final afternoon concert on a stage constructed at L’Hippodrome de Longchamp… an experience that I will always treasure for countless reasons!

Aerial view of L’Hippodrome de Longchamp at 1997 World Youth Day, Paris, France.

This is a tough one, with soOoo many terrific sites I have had the pleasure to read in this WordPress Blogosphere.  But now ‘paying it forward’, I will introduce some of my favorite blogs through my nominations for the Reader Appreciation Award (drumroll, please):

http://jumpforjoyphotoproject.wordpress.com  I love the premise behind this photographic project, and you will find plenty of inspirational quotes along the way!

http://rich-full-life.com  I find myself laughing out loud when I read these posts!

http://shesamaineiac.com  Another happy-place that keeps me on a steady chuckle-mode!

http://lesleycarter.wordpress.com  If you haven’t been here before, this is a great down-to-earth place for travel and general ‘getting your game on’ inspiration.

http://searunner.wordpress.com  I live vicariously through these traveling photo-posts.

http://irisinteriors.wordpress.com  This designer shares fabulous examples of decorating your interior personal spaces in your own unique style.

http://makinglifepretty.wordpress.com  More super DIY ideas for making your world beautiful and not breaking the bank to get there!

http://joyandwoe.wordpress.com  For more fun and hilarity in the world of Mom-blogs, this is a gem of a read!

http://aimsphotos.wordpress.com  Enjoy browsing through Amy’s warmly expressive portfolio of photographs… 

http://maplemousemama.com  When I need to go to my Disney happy place, this is a great place to start! :)

Have a wonderful weekend!!!

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11 responses »

  1. Congrats on your award and thank you for mine! I also love Tim Horton’s iced capp…a little too much. I get the whipped cream and chocolate drizzle and before you know it, I’ve consumed about 1,000 calories.

  2. Wow, this is great Michelle and thank you so much for the nomination! I love your seven interesting facts and you have made me put on my thinking cap for my own ;-) No matter the outcome, what a great idea!!

    Suz

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