It’s Friday, I’m in Love

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It’s Friday!

I hope you’ve got some epic plans lined up for the weekend, and by epic I mean I hope there’s a considerable amount of downtime, preferably involving some pet interaction, maybe some cake consumption, possibly a cocktail or two… It’s the weekend! There are no rules. If you want to scatter jumbo marshmallows across your carpet and then lie down and make marshmallow-angels while laughing maniacally, you can do that! You’re an adult. No-one can stop you now.

Just don’t eat them afterwards. Do you even remember how long it’s been since you cleaned your carpet?

Anyway. Recently, two very nice things happened. One was that I somehow reached over 100 lovely readers (hi!), and the second was that I received some of those blogger awards that make me feel both embarrassed and flattered at the same time.

Look at those! They’re so pretty.

I received the floral awards from Yumie at Falling for Snow – thank you! – who is a really astoundingly lovely blogger with many, many, many cats and a very well curated, cool-toned instagram account. Her blog is an oasis of calm (and cats).

The geometric award comes from the beautiful and brave Bex at BEXoxoBlog, who has been through a lot and yet still has the strength to share her story and keep her attitude, humour and sense of adventure intact.

Each of these awards come with rules to post seven facts about yourself, and then pay it forward. I am bundling these together so that I don’t have to think of twenty-one facts about myself. That just seems like it would be too many facts for any decently relaxed Friday. So here we go:

  1. I was a very cute baby, and one day as my parents pushed me around Stephen’s Green park in my pram, they were stopped by Tom Cruise and Mimi Rogers. They asked if they could hold me and paid me many baby-related compliments. So, Tom Cruise played with me once. #CloseEncountersWithScientology
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    I like to think they were wearing these exact outfits at the time.
  2. I really took the lead with a weird fact there, so let me gently drag the conversation back to relative normality; two of my toes are sideways. I don’t know why. That’s just the way they choose to live their lives.
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    Here is a hideously deformed artistic representation of my rebel toes. They’re not actually this frightening.  I hope.
  3. I’m short, but not the kind of short that makes people look dainty and elfin and petite. No, I’m the kind of short that makes you wonder if I’m just standing sort of far away. It really tends to sneak up on people. Every so often, someone I’ve known for quite a while will be standing right next to me and will be suddenly surprised by the fact that I only reach up to their shoulder. So that’s the kind of short I am; ninja short. Optical-illusion short.
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    If you’ve never watched Father Ted… You should.
  4. I’ve traveled quite a bit but I think I still have a lot of globe-trotting left to do. So far I’ve visited England, Wales, France, Bulgaria, Italy, Andorra, Spain, Gibraltar, Slovenia, Austria, Monaco, Germany, Morocco, the United States, Curaçao, Egypt, India, and Japan.
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    There’s still a lot of adventures to be had in those unexplored grey patches!
  5. I drink about a litre of milk a day. I’ve tried to slow down my milk intake, but so far I haven’t managed it. It’s an addiction. Oddly, it doesn’t seem to matter what type of milk it is; it can be whole milk, skimmed milk, UHT milk, lactose-free milk, almond milk… I’m not picky. Just so long as it’s not water. I need to be in desert-like conditions suffering from severe dehydration to choose water.milk
  6. I am crazy about animals. I always have been. I’m not sure there’s anything that makes me as happy as watching animals just… be. I have my favourites (dogs, sharks, binturongs and pangolins), but by and large I’m fascinated by all and any of them. Doesn’t matter if they’re cats or capybaras. I also obsessively take photos of them everywhere I go, so in typical fashion I’ll come back from a holiday and have two photos of me and fifty photos of the scorpion I found on my bedroom floor*. 

  • I didn’t drink tea or coffee until about three years ago. It took that long for the Irish tea pushers to finally wear me down. The peer pressure here is intensez  4cè3a-drinking. Irish people drink an awful lot of the stuff, and there’s only so many years of “Would you have a cup of tea? Ahhh you would. Are you sure you don’t want just a small cup? Ah, go on!” a person can realistically handle before they snap and start drinking it out of courtesy. Then, before you know it, you’ve acquired a taste for the same drink you used to think was vile, and one day you have somebody over and you are surprised to hear yourself ask, ‘Would you like a cup of tea? Are you sure, now? Ah go on, just a small cup…mrsdoyle

    So there we are. Seven Friday facts about yours truly.

    As far as paying these awards forward to other bloggers, I’ve forgotten how many I’m supposed to choose and I could go back and look, but I’m not going to because trying to think of seven facts that weren’t my favourite colour/song/holiday destination/food has tired me out. Instead I’m going to just pick five for each one.

    For The Versatile Blogger Award I’m going with great blogs I read that cover a variety of different topics with either a lot of thought, or a lot of humour, or a mix of the two:-

    SC at Selectively Curious

    Gypsie at On Gypsie Mountain

    Kristen at Commuting With Kristen

    Belle at Belle of The Library

    Jess at You’re Fine

    …And for the Blogger Recognition Award, I’m linking to blogs that have more of a theme, and are engaging and well-written:-

    Bex at Bexoxo Blog

    Lauren at This Stuff is Golden

    John at John Tesi

    Matt at Must Be This Tall To Ride

    …and a joint one for LA at Lost Astronomer and P&C at Pyjamas and Crumpets because they’re husband and wife, blogging about the same thing from both sides of the coin.

    Is that cheating?

    Possibly.

    If you’re reading this and are not one of the people above, then don’t worry, I have not forgotten you. It’s Friday. You made it through the week. Well done! You are also deserving of an award, just for being awesome.

    Using the advanced skills of a toddler with access to Pixlr, I have made you a Good Job dinosaur sticker, because nothing says well done like a tie-dye velociraptor.

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    See you on Monday when we’ll be back to the regular scheduled programming.

    Have a great weekend!

    *This actually happened.