(the misadventures of an expatriate corporate dropout)

Thursday, November 13, 2008

feeling all superior.

Utah Savage recently awarded me with some recognition of the *pass it along* variety. Apparently, we DID learn something we needed to know in Kindergarten ... cos here I am being called a Superior Scribbler!

Utah has a generosity of spirit and is lavish with her praise ... we just need to get her to see the same in herself! Her writing and courage is inspirational ... she has put herself and her life out there in very raw form, and I hope someday to be as brave as her in my writing.

I struggle with these award things because the tradition is to 'pass it on' to other bloggers. I confess I have been fairly insular in my blog reading. Having discovered a core group of blogs that resonate with me, providing entertainment and distraction ... I haven't ventured as far out into the blogsphere as one might. So I think sometimes I've become a bit redundant in the matters of tagging. I also admire some blogs that have authors that are either already too famous for such frippery ... or just don't want to be bothered.

So I'll try and do a mix here, introducing one or 2 blogs that I maybe haven't touched on yet ... and thanking some dear favorites.

First up is one of the dear favorite variety ... La Belette Rouge. La Belette has amazingly soothing properties for a she-weasel. She is entirely relatable ... having had the honor of meeting her in person, I can confirm that those properties translate to the human form. She has a kind wisdom in her eyes that engender confidence in her words, belief in her smile. She can wax rhapsodic on an amazingly wide variety of topics ... from life's gut-twisting improprieties to the secret savings code on this week's best beauty product to insightful tips for budding authors to how to assemble the absolutely MOST desirable J Crew ensemble and many other stops in between. That sense of *ommmmmmmmmm* you get from reading her posts ... t'is the genuine article kids. Not to mention her comments are a balm to my soul.

There's a new fellow I've been reading cos I think he has a novel approach to blogging. Ask A Frenchman blogs on in response to questions he solicits from his readers. That's right, anything and everything you wanted to know about France & the French can get a response straight from the ... erm... cheval's mouth! I find this a bit ballsy ... sluffing off the work to one's readers in order to come up with blog topics ... but hey, it is working cos I keep going back (probably because he hasn't answered MY question yet ... ). He is frank and direct and a bit snarky ... well, you get it, everything one would EXPECT from a frenchman!

I've tried with No Place Like It before, maybe she is one of those bloggers who is anti-awards...but I have to drop her in the mix because of recent postings concerning her reaction to the elections and being Canadian and having her voting rights mucked with because of expatriate status. At least US Expats can vote! Also because she was subjected to some bullying by her countrymen and instead of ignoring it (it came in cowardly email fashion) she STOOD up to them on her blog and didn't just roll over. MY KIND OF BLOGGESS! And all this time I thought Canucks were mild mannered wussies who didn't know how to pronounce about. *ducks*

Okay, here's some late-breaking news ... a blog just introduced to me yesterday that I just HAD to include because of the raunchy, rock and rolling, irreverent, shockworthy socially relevant content that I am only just beginning to sift my way through ... Pour Quoi Pas defines itself in part in the following way... "This blog is a joint venture by a number of people. All members have a basic “common ground” in their outlook on life. Yet, we are all different. Some of us are religious, some atheist. Some are politically mild and “center-ish” (meaning with no particular tendency nor affiliation) - some are extreme left wing. Some are not even concerned with politics at all, but are about ecology and the welfare of this planet as a whole."

That said, the authors are a diverse cast of characters that are sure to provide, if not some controversy, a lively read.

My fifth recognition was destined for L'Ennui-Melodieux or Monsieur le 2 Ells (as I prefer) but EVERYONE fucking gets to him before I do. grrrrrr. So I'm just gonna say that I love his blog because 7 out of 10 blog readers prefer it more ... and where else can I go and have to read the post at least 3 times before I figure out what the hell he is gone on about this time? And seriously, the man can write. The man can throw down. He can serve you up some poetry, some prose, some satire AND bring home the bacon (I'm doubting there's much frying it up in the pan but what can I say? After all, he still is only MERE man. cut him a little slack). So RG, no passing it on required, just accept my much love and shout out because you truly are one of a kind.

Like I've said, I think part of the fun with these awards is the chance to be introduced to a new blog. So check one out if you haven't seen it. And now I'll have to do some more homework for the future ... (just in case!)
*small print*

*Each Superior Scribbler must in turn pass The Award on to 5 most-deserving Bloggy Friends (L'ennui-Melodieux is exempt, if he so chooses).
*Each Superior Scribbler must link to the author & the name of the blog from whom he/she has received The Award.
* Each Superior Scribbler must display The Award on his/her blog, and link to This Post, which explains The Award.
* Each Blogger who wins The Superior Scribbler Award must visit this post and add his/her name to the Mr. Linky List. That way, we'll be able to keep up-to-date on everyone who receives This Prestigious Honor!
*Each Superior Scribbler must post these rules on his/her blog.


Our Juicy Life said...

thank god it's not just me who has to read Randal's posts over and over just to understand what he is saying...I do love his writing though...and you Ms. Love your blog, it will always be on my short list. One day we will meet!

La Belette Rouge said...

Dear JNRR: Congratulations to you Ms. Thing. You are a fantastic scribbler and I love the honesty you bring to your blog and the variety of topics that reflect your extraordinary range.

Merci for the kind award. You are far too kind in your praise. But I am a weasel who has learned to just say thank you and breath in the compliments. I am honoured and will display this lovely award with great pleasure.

Mrs C said...

OMG! Did I ignore an award from you? ARGH! I'm so sorry!

I am not anti-award. I am clueless. Boo me.

Thank you so much. And I will take absolute pleasure in perusing the new reads you've pointed out to me. Yay!

Randal Graves said...

Boy, look at you laying down the heavy stereotypes: snarky Frenchmen, wimpy Canucks, men who can't cook; what's this all aboot?

My wife's a better chef than I, but I do the dishes AND virtually all the laundry. Washing, drying AND folding. Now that's sexy, you man-hating lovely, you.

Do people still use the word 'lovely' as a noun? Ah well, you're a bloggy goddess, nonetheless. Now I've got more new stuff to read. Mort au travail !

Non, Je ne regrette rien said...

OJL-I KNOW! wassup with that?

Mrs. C - it was ages ago and I prolly didn't even go tell you... I'm still pretty much a blog novice.

Lbr- *blush*

Monsieur double-ell~ mais non, j'aime bien les hommes mais les hommes deteste moi! le sigh!

and now that you mention it, I was particularly loose with the pejoratives now wasn't I. hmmm.

(who cares what 'people' do, being referred to as a lovely is just lovely in my book, ahem blog)

Non, Je ne regrette rien said...

btw, RG-does it annoy you that I call you double-ell when there is only une ell? lol.

Valérie said...


"because of the raunchy, rock and rolling, irreverent, shockworthy socially relevant content "

LOL, I'll have to tell WhyNot, he'll smile I'm sure. He used to go around visiting other blogs a lot in the early years of his blog. But now he has lost interest, I think he and his wife had put so much into a cause for so many years, his fighting spirit gave up when they separated. That was before I joined PP. Now he doesn't have any links, any advertisement, he has disabled trackbacks, it's like he does all he can to keep PP isolated from the blog world.

But I go around and stick my nose everywhere, LOL and if I see interesting things I share them on PP. I found a blog from a Bulgarian girl that is really wonderful: it is so artistic, beautiful sensual and erotic poetry and photography.

Oh, is it you who posted a comment under the nickname of Kimberlee? If yes, ShitStirrer has replied something funny to you.

Randal Graves,

"Mort au travail !"

LOLLL, yes I agree with that!

Non, Je ne regrette rien said...

Valerie - yes, I guess I should have called myself by my blog but I used my name. Disabled everything, eh? well that IS cranky! lol

Randal Graves said...

Pas tous les hommes ! Not that that helps, but I never said I'm a helper.

Annoy me? Hell no. I've got an unsurprisingly long list of things that annoy me and, surprisingly, that isn't on it!

How the hell can anyone write erotic poetry without it sounding ridiculous? Bastards with skill!

Non, Je ne regrette rien said...

rg-erotic poetry? how'd I miss that?!