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Tuesday, 14 April 2009

100 Bloggy Doo-Dahs!

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Mes dahlinks, this is my 100th Post...

Cue applause... Bring on the plus-sized strait-jacket, the dancing men, and some wax crayons...

Please, get my cell ready and, do you know, they do not allow sharp pointy things here in my padded cell up in the bat-encrusted belfry of creepy Crawford Towers...

So here are 100 Things About Moi in the fashion to which we have become accustomed when one reaches one's centenary... Me and Bloggus Nuttus both, and nary a wrinkle between us, I'll wager!

Let's start -- Have you read Jane Eyre, mes bloggy chums?

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1. I am The Madwoman In The Attic...

2. I have my very own Mr Rochester, in that he does keep me very short of money, much as a Victorian employer of a governess would... Especially when we are on holiday, when he hoards the folding stuff as if he were auditioning to play a modern-day Mr Scrooge...

3. I am A Woman Of No Importance.

4. It's worth repeating that I took my blogname from Oscar Wilde's least well known play... They're filming it this year, with the ever-fabulous Annette Bening.

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5. When I started writing my blog, I was at home with undiagnosed but scarily painful leg and back problems, and it is likely I was feeling a little sorry for myself, so the name felt very me...

6. I have a habit of feeling sorry for myself... Sometimes; I blame being an adult orphan...

7. ...And I do suffer from the mortal sin that is Envy of other People's Lives...

8. I also suffer from scaly skin - Dry Eczema - My dad also had it. Do you think it's divine retribution for my mortal sin, or am I perhaps transmogrifying into a lizard?! If that's so, do you think I could make more money in a travelling show?

9. I am a vegetarian. I eat no flesh...

10. With the exception that I choose to eat Mussels (usually Moules Mariniere) whilst on holiday - My OH says I'll eat anything that hasn't got a face... or whiskers...

11. I love Christmas and all its promise...

12. I love giving presents, however small, and seeing the recipient's face shine if I've got it right...

13. In another life, I'm a professional buyer of the right gift for the right person...

14. Here are some favoured awards which I have treasured recently... They are over there in the right hand sidebar, and I am most grateful to the lovely people who thought so well of me that they left me little offerings - Much as I do on the Temple Steps of La Wiki, as you well know...
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15. Sisterhood Award. This came into my loving arms from the fabulous Artist Unplugged... Please go check her out. She means a lot to me; I am an only child, and I once discussed with a girl from a similar background to me, how much only children look for meaningful sibling relationships in others all through their lives. ...This is true.

16. I am most proud of my sisters who are scattered across the globe, and who I love with a deep, bloggy passion...

17. Diane

18. Blognut

19. Braja

20. Clippy Mat

21. Pinklea

22. Saz

23. Meredith

24. Ann

25. Deb

26. Lola

27. Ladyfi

28. Rosaria

29. Pen

30. Carolina

31. Woman In A Window and Carma

32. Michelle

33. For this award I must tell you my 5 addictions -- Ta da! Chocolate

34. Coffee

35. Wit

36. Wisdom and Learning (I can't count, remember?!)

37. Friends

38. Zombie Chicken Award

I received this fantabulous award over at The beautiful Blue Kimono from the wonderfully talented and elegant sallymandy, whom I shall forgive for loving la Birkin - The woman, not the Hermes handbag... Sallymandy said (much better than I...):

"The blogger who receives this award believes in the Tao of the zombie chicken - excellence, grace and persistence in all situations, even in the midst of a zombie apocalypse. These amazing bloggers regularly produce content so remarkable that their readers would brave a raving pack of zombie chickens just to be able to read their inspiring words. As a recipient of this world-renowned award, you now have the task of passing it on to at least 5 other worthy bloggers. Do not risk the wrath of the zombie chickens by choosing unwisely or not choosing at all..."

It’s hard to choose five people to pass this on to. I follow all your blogs as I do because I love them and you make me smile, laugh out loud, and often want to hug you all.

Here are five and the reasons I’ve nominated them are between them and me:

39. Derrick

40. Dedene

41. Vodka Mom

42. Aleksandra - Sandra

43. Ann from Ann's Rants

44. A Heart for All Reasons

I can't even remember the backstory to this award - Forgetfulness is one of my sins... I think... This beauty came from the lovely Reasons to be Cheerful, 1, 2, 3, who makes adversity look like a cakewalk. Such a brave lady... I shall pass this on to five folk, if that makes any sense... Just because they are wonderfully brave and just wonderful...

45. Cynthia

46. Saz

47. Reggie Girl...

48. Moannie

49. Right back at Reasons - because she deserves it twice!

50. I know many of you don't do awards. I won't take offence if you put them away in a drawer never for them to see the light of day again... It's the thought and the love that counts...

51. Always...

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52. The - Your Blog is Like My Coffee - I Like It First Thing In The Morning Award from Dumdad -- Many thanks, Sir! I am very much in awe of those who offer awards to others when they write like angels, and make their living with their art. This is not faint praise, and would you believe it that I blush fully like a real blonde would, so...

53. I offer this award up, as Bold Dumdad did, to anyone who hasn't got it and would like to treasure it... and because I send you my love, all of you who stop by my fiercesome rambling -- Please take it. Go on... I'm not even looking! You deserve it, because you put up with me!

54. I don't blog about my parents yet... Much... I still can't fully face staring over that precipice.

55. I love Monsieur Hulot's Holiday with Jacques Tati.

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56. When I grow up I want to be an opera singer (I've got the bulk)...

57. A famous actress - But you knew that one... I could be a grande dame - I love Maggie Smith and Judi Dench - I saw Judi on stage in fact when she was very young - She lit up the stage and had such fantastic presence...

58. I'm finding this harder to do than I thought with my foot-in-mouth big gob...

59. I have blue eyes...

60. I have a ruddy kind of complexion - Attractive, non?!

61. My hair is mid blonde... It always has been, now highlights and sun-light make it twinkle.

62. My dad made me promise never to dye it.

63. So I haven't.

64. I have ugly fingernails.

65. I have ugly feet.

66. I have been needing to take toe nail polish off my toes for at least two weeks...

67. I can't really be arsed...

68. I'm like that.

69. Prone to the terminally lazy.

70. But I'm nice with it...

71. Really nice...

72. Unless I don't like you.

73. And then you'd be able to tell, by the expression on my face.

74. You can read anything and everything there...

75. I keep secrets well, if you trust me with them.

76. I like Real Ale...

77. And I'm a Guinness Gal...

78. And I drink wine, usually white these days, and less and less of that...

79. My secret and most deadly nibble is cheese and crackers...

80. As a child, I played the Vile Din... Badly.

81. I've been an au pair to a French aristo family. It was an experience...

82. I've been a Childcare Worker -- Briefly!

83. I've wanted to become a teacher since I was a little girl (I never was that little!)

84. I didn't because I failed Maths at school.

85. I went on to pass my Maths exam when I was 30, and I thought I might get made redundant and use the money to train as a teacher... I didn't do either

86. I can no longer use my dizziness in Maths as an excuse in life...

87. I've only had a handful of boyfriends in my life... and I am ashamed to have been responsible for abandoning a French boyfriend originally from Lille whom I met at my aunt's party and who looked like a younger and more handsome version of Eric Cantona.
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88. I was only 17 - I was terrified of my whole life being dictated by his wishes and his religion... I sometimes wonder what version of me would I have been had I spent my life with him -- I might have been an Catholic engineer's wife, and much thinner, living in the north of France, with probably five kids and a great big extended family...

89. I feel I've led a bit of a sheltered life, but I don't feel I've missed out -- Does that make sense?

90. I am bored with me, I'm not that interesting a person... I hide here, among friends, terrified that you'll not love me if you were to meet me in the lizard-flesh...

Okay, ca va... Too much neurosis... and information - TMI!

91. Now I have space for 10 questions - That I'd like YOU to put to ME - the confident, bolshie, Franglais-speaking one... THAT Fhina! Allez, et merci mes potted shrimps! Mwah!

And, by way of reward, here are many feathery-soft kisses from the angels! I hope you can feel them.

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28 comments:

K @ Blog Goggles said...

Wow, that's quite a list.

Mainly, I love that you used "transmogrifying."

Congrats on your 100th post!

jinksy said...

What is the first thing you notice about anyone? Assuming you've never met them before, of course; next time, does this one thing change? Ok - guess that's cheating, as it's two questions...or could you take it as two halves of the same one?!

ladyfi said...

You love me! How sweet... And you have twinkly hair - gorgeous! I'm also a vegetarian... except for the very odd occasion when there is nothing else to eat except grilled salmon. Then a little piece may be swallowed to still the hunger pangs. Haven't eat meat since 1985.

Congratulations on your 100th post! Way to go!

A question from me to you...mmm... If you planted your dreams, what would you hope would grow?

Derrick said...

Fhina! What a treat! Zombie chicken award??!! Now, I wonder what made you think of me?

And such a list of tantalising snippets! You deserve a medal for that! I would be struggling at ten!! I shall leave the questions to those with greater gifts to tease out that soupcon more!

Protege said...

Ah, 100 more things to learn about a very important woman; so please scratch your number 3.;))
I am a Guinness gal too.;))
Wishing you all the best with your next 100 and congratulations on your award.;))
xo

kapgaf said...

Ma chère Femme Sans Importance,

Thank you for number 54, I teeter on that brink every day and thought I was alone. Perhaps we could hold hands and dare to look together....

What is the best thing that writing a blog has given you ?

Lisa said...

happy 100- and many more xx

The Dotterel said...

What a milestone - many congratulations! And my question? It is this...
'If Hitler had one, Goebells had none and Schubert was blessed with three, what was the score after extra-time under Duckworth-Lewis calculations?'
Take your time.

Dumdad said...

Congrats on your centenary!

Michelle said...

Hip Hip Hooray to you Fhina!!! Congrats on your 100th post! I am proud of you - I am so elated that I have found your blog and that I found you!!!!

I love you!!!

blognut said...

Do you dare to let yourself know, I mean really know, how much we love you, Fhina?

I am proud to be counted among your bloggy sisters and I will shine brightly all day because of it.

54 - Take your time; do it, or not. That's a nasty, tough place to go sometimes and you know I understand that. I'll be here for you either way.

90 - I will absolutely love you just as much as I do now if I get to meet you someday. You are one of the most interesting people I know and no one could be bored with you. Plus, I will firmly 'boot anyone up the arse' who says otherwise.

Congrats on 100, Lady Fhina! xxoo

Heather said...

Wonderful list - so enlightening! Congratulations on your 100th.. you did it beautifully. :)

Belle said...

Congratulations Fhina. 100. Quite an achievement.I love you and I love your posts. I have begun to find them addictive. I love scrolling down and finding all the exciting treasures you share. Here's to the next 100!

Artist Unplugged said...

Wow, it's as if you have done a striptease!!!! Only without the pole (as far as I know). You have certainly revealed a bit more of yourself. First, thank you for your kind words, I am touched......in the good way, not in the head...well, I probably am...but who isn't. We all have unpleasant places inside ourselves but you know, we would not be who we are now if we didn't. You are an exceptional woman....that can be the next title to your blog - An Exceptional Woman. I suffered with excema as a child on my feet...it itches to high heaven! I used to have to wash them, put ointment on them and wrap them in plastic wrap sealed by scotch tape air tight overnight. Love you like a sister..........

Lola said...

I'd love you if you were covered in poo. You are among the most interesting, witty, deep and giving writers in blogland.

Thank you so very much for counting me in among your bloggy sisters, I am dancing the Fhina jig. Grazie! I raise my pint of Guinness to you, lovely lady.

Congratulations on your 100, a wonderful 100 windows on Fhina.
Ciao adorable

Diane said...

I wish you really were my sister... we COULD be sisters, I think, based on how alike we are... but I'll settle for bloggy sisters :)

XOXOX

A Woman Of No Importance said...

Blog Goggles, I like it! Any time I can get a dodgy word squeezed in edgeways, I will!

jinksy: Thank you so darling Jinksy - Two questions is just fine! x

ladyfi: I do with all my heart! And thank you so much for fielding a question, lovely ladyfi! x

Derrick: And you deserve the infamous Zombie Chicken -- Very vous, non?! I did struggle with my 100, I must admit - I am a deadly boring person...

Protege: Bless you for your kindness, Z! And Guinness, well who wouldn't? I could tell you would be very much with the black stuff with your darling man and his wonderfully wayward ways, non?! Lovely, and have a great week! x

kapgaf: Thank you for that, cherie - I just had to ask myself why I don't say and do more about mes parents, and it came to me like a thunderbolt - I am afraid of never being able to stop... Thank you for sharing, it is heartening that you no longer feel alone knowing that someone else feels just the same - That is why blogging is such good therapy, non -- And among such treasured friends... I would be happy to hold your hands and peek over from time to time, when we felt strong enough... Thank you so for your tricky wicky question - Lovely! x

Lisa: Merci millefois! x

The Dotterel: Ah, you slippery moule you, Sir! Hitler has only got one ball they sang on Dad's Army, so I know which direction you are counter-attacking from with that one! You are such a treasure, Sir!

Dumdad: Merci bien, cher Dumdad!

Michelle: You are such a sweetie, Michelle, I am so proud to know you and of what you accomplish every day - The way your mind bumps and grinds with your readers and commenters - You are a true athlete, madame! xxx

Bloggus Nuttus: Well, my darling, when I get that warm, fuzzy feeling down below, and at my age it's not incontinence just yet, then I know it is because I am surrounded by love and held up on little Blogger Wings - Only the very best flutter here in Blogland, and you are a true (and pert!) princess among angels, BN! Love you to buggery and back, but not in that way, you know! It's a British saying, you know! LOL... xxooxx

Heather: Thank you precious Heather...

Belle: You are a sweetheart, truly! Thank you for your wit and goodness, my friend!

Artist Unplugged: A striptease? And the best possible kind, one where not one inch of my wizened flesh is shown! And you are so funny, AU, and soooo talented, and such a lovely mum/mom and critter nurturer! You are very kind, ad I wouldn't dream in a month of Sundays of calling myself exceptional... I am peculiar, definitely, eclectic, probably, mad as a box of frogs - undoubtedly, and you are as bright as a button and could never be termed 'touched', except by the angels... I would be proud to come within a mile of being loved like you love a sister, AU - Thank you so... xxx

Lola: Only you could say, "I'd love you if you were covered in poo"... To bring such a tear to my eye - Of laughter as well as childlike glee, you lovely woman you! Thank you for putting up with me, and for all that you do to grace Blogland with your words, your pictures, and you! Slainte to you and that Guinness! x

Darling Diane: We are sisters, 'nuff said, non?! Do we have to do that cutting our hands and exchanging virtual blood thing? ...And, as sisters, Bloggus could be the younger sister that we just take turns to each drive mad, and be dead jealous of!

Love you dear bloggy sister under the skin, and please take care of your good, good heart and fabulous writing talent... xxooxx

blognut said...

Fhina, you know I really am a youngest sister of 3, and I really did take that role very seriously as it relates to making sure the others knew I was there AT.ALL.TIMES.

I can't wait to start short-sheeting you and Diane, and turning back your bedside clocks, and changing out the breakfast cereal for cat food, or drawing mustaches on you while you sleep. How much fun are we going to have?

You see? I really do know how to do this little sister thing! :0) When can we start?

Reasons to be Cheerful 1,2,3 said...

Can we have a party?! I'll bring the cake. You deserve a party, you are wonderful. All the best people have ugly feet :-) xxx

A Woman Of No Importance said...

Bloggus, Dahlink! And then there were 3! I just knew you could fill those l'ill sis big shoes! Cat Kibbles instead of breakfast cereal - Yikes! What have we unleashed?!

Drawing a moustache on me won't be necessary, mind, I already have several real ones - Have you seen a picture of Salvador Dali?! Love you, younger sis, BN -- And I'm already jealous of your loveliness and sassy texts! Mwah! xoxox

Reasons: We can defo have a party, and you can be the host - You are the life and soul of any party, Jo! Go for it! You are such a treasure about my bugly feet and tootsies - Although I have been shamed enough to remove that toe-nail polish last night, after writing this post! xox

Fat, frumpy and fifty... said...

Sooo many reasons d'etre! A millions thank you's!!

I thank you for my sisterhood, I feel it too you know!! And to be given a heart I thank you twice!!

Lovely, lovely post. I'm tired but will pop back the morrow to reread in peace and quite!

the pace here is slowing and I am awash with a quite contentment.....

FFF xx (hug)

lizspin said...

Congrats on 100!

I'm sure my feet are uglier than yours. . .

carma said...

Fhina-
Congratulations -- and I must join the chorus of those saying "but you ARE interesting," because it's true :-) and I'm proud to be one of your blogging buddies...
My question: At what point in your life were you at your happiest and if you were to go back to school to study something, what would it be" (I've combined 2 questions into one!)
carma

pinklea said...

Ma chère Fhina, thank you so much for including me as one of your sisters-in-blogging. I KNEW there had to be a reason for memorizing almost every Fleetwood Mac and Stevie Nicks song - I was meant to sing them with you!

xoxo

Vic said...

Happy 100! I enjoyed your list!

The Things We Carried said...

I love your blog name because it is ironic. I believe you are A Woman of Importance! Truly, I adore your blog. Happy 100th post! I am so glad you are among us!

I, too, have wondered which direction my life would have gone had I married a different man. I am thinking a French man, I never met, so I could have lived abroad in beautiful Paris, perhaps!

Now, why have you not written of your parents? If the question is not too personal, you have intrigued me.

xxMeredith

The Things We Carried said...

PS Am I to bold to hope I am in the Meredith you have mentioned :)?

A Woman Of No Importance said...

Super Saz: Bless you, I am pleased you are happy with your sishood - I have some lovely sisters over the pond and would not swap them for money, but you are my Treasured Sister on this Sceptred Isle! I hope you are now feeling refreshed and so like you you wolf-whistle at your reflection, dear Saz! Hugs always x

lizspin: Merci mille, I am certain nothing that you have, dear Liz, is as ugly bugly as moi! x

carma: Thank you, you are kind - But I am an interesting fiction, and the real me is a right disappointment - Not even any juggling to add interest! LOL... And thank you so for the tricky dicky question, dear Carma! x

pinklea: Ma chère Pinkie - We are Stevie Sisters, non - Sisters of the Moon, black robes trailing... Intense silence as we walk in the room... I am so pleased we found our Stevie-reflection in each other - Sometimes I feel a little isolated over here in my love of the Goddess of Rock! ~Sing on my sister! xoxo

Vic: :) Grazie!

The Things We Carried: Of course you are THAT Meredith - How many other beautiful Merediths would I know?! Thank you for your great kindness and wonderful talents! Ahhh, and Paris! x

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