(the misadventures of an expatriate corporate dropout)

Wednesday, July 2, 2008

Arte y Pico

Wow. It seems I have received an award. what better Bon Voyage than recognition for my angst and random streams of consciousness ? or (un) ... All of my best finery is packed and on its way to France, so I guess I'll just have to wear this old thing. (use your imagination, I'm sure it will be better than any description I could provide!) 

So. Not only do I get to have an amazing adventure and write about it and actually have people read what I write and sometimes even comment but now someone, namely Utah Savage, goes and gives me an award! An Arte Y Pico award. With rules and guidelines and stuff. Man, I forgot to write a speech. Or I wrote a speech and left it in my seat. or my purse. or my car. or the bathroom. So I'll just have to make do with thanks, and coming from a completely talented and gifted writer such as herself, it is quite amazing!

Now then. to the fine print. Apparently here is where I tell you more about the honorable award and what rules that are meant for you to abide by.  Since no one is the boss of me, you'll know that rules aren't exactly my bag.  But it is what it is.  So.

Upon accepting this award, one is asked to 1) select five blogs that they consider deserving of the award. Criteria is creativity, design, interesting material, and for contributing to the blogging community in any language.

2) Include the name of the author and a link to the blog, for each award designated,

3) Award winner must display the award graphic and put the name and blog link of the blog author that gave the award,

4) Include a link to the "Arte Y Pico" blog, in order to share the origin of the award.

My goal was to include some of my favorite blogs that haven't already been nominated or that some of my stateside readers might not have yet discovered. I couldn't find any references regarding declining the award, so get ready recipients ... that just ISN'T an option.

So, I've already covered numbers 3 and 4.  Now for the remnants.  And recipients.

My first award goes to Bête de Jour...an ugly man's guide to life, love and happiness. An Englishman with a wry writing style who demonstrates a voice unafraid of revealing raw emotion when sharing his past and present experiences.  I was hooked with the first read and I'm sure you will be, too.

Secondly, I would like to introduce you to Nunhead Ramblings, nunhead mum of one. Nunhead's blog is easy reading and you are quickly engaged with the goings-on of life, home and family; all presented in a friendly, humorous style that draws one in. The feel is similar, in my opinion, to Armistead Maupin's "Tales of the City".

Third for me would be The Bloggess, like Mother Teresa only better. Now The Bloggess isn't for everyone, only crackpot madpeople such as myself with entirely warped senses of humour. This is one of the few blogs where I get withdrawals between posts. The Bloggess may be too big of a celebrity for my humble recognition ... but even so, if you haven't read her and you are twisted and sick and crazy ... do yourself a favor and do it DO IT!

Fourth on my list to share is Missing You Already, also known as MYA. MYA is a London expatriate living a life in Southwest France, sharing anecdotes and local color, while also writing a book. She makes me chuckle ... and can simultaneously make me take pause and long for my move abroad.

My fifth introduction would be Halfway To France. One discovers endless tips on the french relocation experience, peppered with unique insights of an American transformation to French ... and all the steps along the way. All provided with generosity, humor and kindness.

While I'm sharing this great idea called Arte Y Pico, I'd also like to introduce another blogging recognition site called Post Of The Week, where bloggers nominate their favorite posts for recognition. Check it out, all!

exits stage left.


Utah Savage said...

Good job darling, now I have some new bloggers to read. What's the leave date? I want to put it on my calendar so I can have a good cry for myself, and then a party for you.

Any chance you'll post that story before you split? God, I'm pushy.

Jenny, the Bloggess said...

You totally made my whole night.

For real.

Je ne regrette rien said...

U.S. - July 12th. and I'm trying woman, I'm trying. Nothing like 2 pushy broads up in a blog.

Jenny! OMG. I searched and searched for a way to contact you that didn't involve being number 104 commenter, lost in the fray. and here you are!!! Damn it all to hell, I love your blog. truly.

La Framéricaine said...


Aw shucks...

I was very, very busy sucking my thumb and weeping at stop lights over the fact that f.o.t. got a real life, complete with issues; you were busy doing herculean tasks before departing; LBRouge didn't invite me to her private party; OJL is in mourning; and, although a nice little swath of global humanity has been stopping by to check on me, no one has been leaving me any messages in the knothole in the old oak tree! (Thank you for yours, BTW!)

I am very touched by your inclusion of me in your equal eclectic blogger choices--you put me in some pretty high-class company. I sure never expected such a thing.

I will do my best to follow the rules (Man! Homework on 4th of July Weekend!)--although I'll probably have to print them out to accomplish my mission! This is gonna be fun!

The 12th of July means that you will be in France for Bastille Day, Le Quatorze Juillet!!! Yippee! What a way to move into France! You gotta stay in Paris for that one! Anywhere will be interesting, no doubt, but Paris is over the top AND it will be Sarkozy's first 14 juillet as Prez.

Thank Utah Savage for me, too.


Je ne regrette rien said...

LF- I know, great timing, eh? and what DID happen to LBR? Am I the only one in the dark? I'm so sad.

Jenny, the Bloggess said...

I always show up for awards and funerals. And free drinks. And in the men's room for some reason.

I should stop now.

Mya said...

Oooh thankyou, my dear. How very kind. I shall go and check out the other blogs - although I am already familiar with the superb Bete de Jour. And Nunhead Ramblings is great, isn't she? Very readable indeed - she should write a book, dammit.

Good luck with the move. France is going Betancourt bonkers at the moment. And it's hot. Very hot.

Mya x

La Framéricaine said...


You have no idea how happy I am you didn't get invited over either! OK, just kidding. But after the Bloggess love fest in Portland, I figured you would be at the top of the list and I just had blahg BO.

Whatever... It definitely wouldn't be the first time mothers didn't want their kids to play with me. Or was that kids who didn't want me playing with their mothers?

Anyway, now you can quit using 4 lines and a hash mark to count the days and just use your hands! Yippee!!!

Just bear in mind, there are worse things than being a woman without a country, such as being a woman with out a room of one's own or a woman without a desk!


Je ne regrette rien said...

MYA-hot? HOT?! wow, weather sucks here so that could be okay for awhile. anxiety mounts! oh and you're welcome...I so enjoy your writing!

Jenny-my kind of woman!

LF-don't take it personally, hon. please!