I’d like to thank the Academy…

What?  Me?  Stylish?  Oh, thank you very much Tuula!

It was a Wednesday afternoon, I think, when I read Tuula’s post.  I was at my mother’s house in Markham, still on a high from our wedding the previous Saturday.

I love Tuula’s blog mainly because she loves a lot of the things I love (good food, good wine, having a good time) and she takes some mighty fine photos!  So, I was totally stoked to receive a shout-out from her.

In accepting this award I have to share with you 5 things about myself /my blog and then pass this award on to another blogger.  So, first things first:  my 5 things.


1. My husband D and I met online 3 years ago.  Yup, online folks.  It works…sometimes.  Meeting me was quick work for D whereas I’d been dating wanna-be princes.  I met some real duds courtesy of the internet but I also met some great guys who just weren’t for me.  The secret to finding the right person, whether online or at the bar?  Go about it like you would a job interview.  Determine what you are looking for and decide what things are important.  You know, the must-have list.  The things that are deal breakers if they aren’t met.  Take your time.  Date.  Have fun.  Most importantly, don’t go into it thinking that the next guy/girl is going to be your husband/wife.  That is just way too much pressure!

2. I have always dreamed of living in France.  Ever since being introduced to the French language at the age of 8 I’ve been enthralled by the language, the culture, and (of course) the food.  I was introduced to the language late (by Canadian standards) and quickly earned a D for my efforts.  Well, I worked hard at improving my language skills thereafter.  I still have that report card too.  So, with this love for a country and language, it’s not strange that I married a Frenchman and moved to France.

3 . I love food and I love to cook.  I love reading cookbooks, modifying recipes, watching cooking shows, and looking at pictures of food.  I love the fact that food not only nourishes but can awaken memories.  The lovely smell of potato pudding in the oven always reminds me of my grandmother.  Reviewing a favourite cookbook or recipe always inspires me.  I love going to the market with my lunch/dinner menu in mind but I also love grocery shopping on a whim.  The challenge then becomes what to make.  I love when D says “it smells good in your kitchen Tanya” because food is about the senses.

4. I love watching football.  (That’s soccer for those of you in North America.)  There’s nothing like 22 pairs of legs running around a field chasing a ball.  My favourite matches are the friendly matches or international matches such as the Euro or the World Cup.  Why?  Well, in those matches the players’ jerseys sport the date and the name of their respective countries.  And you’re saying “so what Tanya?”  At the end of the match, the players exchange jerseys.  Yes ladies, we’re talking naked torsos.  No belly hang, no food babies, no brioche…just lovely washboard abs.  Ah, I love football!  (This makes me wonder if these players wax or shave their chests…  Have you ever seen a hairy football player?)

5.  I love learning new languages.  I’m not sure when this slight obsession started or, for that matter, why.  I think I was a little girl when I realized that communicating in another language could be fun.  My father used to speak to me in Spanish, you know, sending me on little errands but giving instructions in Spanish.  It was fun and I tucked that in my language tool belt and moved on.  In my arsenal of languages I have French, Dutch, Spanish, and Russian.  (Well, my name is Russian so why not?)


That’s it from me.  I’m passing this award out to a fellow Canuck:  Geeky Chi-Chi (aka Jane).  She’s certainly got style folks and her posts do make me chuckle.

To Tuula:  thanks, that made my morning.  It was a little stressful trying to think of what to share but there you have it.

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I am a woman in transition. I left my job of 13 years to find happiness and self-fulfillment...in France!

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2 Comments on “I’d like to thank the Academy…”

  1. October 15, 2010 at 2:02 PM #

    Yay! I’m so happy you liked the award & I so enjoyed reading your 5 things – can relate to just about all of them…
    Me & the boyfriend met in a pub about 2 years ago, lol, never know where you’re going to find true love…& a nice pint of beer at that!
    I totally dreamed of living in France too…first it was more Italy but I have to say I like la belle France just a tad more – maybe it’s all those football players in their short shorts 🙂
    I follow the matches as well…played a bit when I was younger but there is really nothing like watching those boys run around for 90 mins (yeah, *naked torsos* get it)..
    Cooking…totally into it but learning more everyday – think it’s really fun especially now I have more time to enjoy it….still mastering French too, but could spend rest of life studying & still find more to learn 🙂
    Thanks for sharing Tanya, très cool 🙂

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