more red carpet treatment….

one-lovely-blog-award

It’s always feast or famine.! When it rains, it pours.! Yes, all those little trite-isms sum up my dustball drought of award nominations.!! But no more dear bloggers, the drought has given way to a deluge of awards.!!! Ok…not really…I only received two 🙂 But two is way more than I had last week or last month for that matter.!

Last week, Sandy Liang, from http://thatdailyfix.wordpress.com/, nominated me for the One Lovely Blog Award.!! How sweet is that.!! Thank you Sandy.!!! She wrote:

Hello darling, I have nominated you for the One Lovely Blog Award! Congrats 🙂

So on to accepting the award….

The rules:

1. You must thank the person who nominated you and include a link to their blog.
2. You must list the rules and display the award.
3. You must add 7 facts about yourself.
4. You must nominate 15 other bloggers and comment on one of their posts to let them know they have been nominated. (I only did 7. It seemed to fit the 7 facts theme.)
5. You must display the award logo.

7 facts about me:

1. My given name is Ruža which means Rose in Croatian. My dad changed my name to Rose when I went to kindergarten. But my family and really close friends sometimes still call me Ruža 🙂

2. Speaking of my name, it was supposed to be Mariana. But when my mom was in labor and in no place to debate – my dad argued for Ruža. Apparently, he won. Though Mariana is my middle name.

3. Speaking of my dad, he has about 10 to 15 nicknames for me. My personal favorite is tornado.!!

4. Speaking of names, I have a lot of names.! Somehow Rose is not enough.! People call me Ruža, Rosa, Rosita, Rosalinda, Rosamunda, Rosey Posey.!

5. For some strange reason, when I worked in Mexico, they mixed up my first and middle names. So my email at the hotel was actually Mariana and my last name and not Rose and my last name.!

6. Speaking of emails, when I returned to my current job. They put my email name under Rosa and not Rose.!! jajaja

7. My favorite boy has a host of nicknames for me too. But for some strange reason, ‘crazy girl’ is my fav 🙂

I nominate in no particular order:

1. http://greeneyedchess.wordpress.com/

2. http://infjramblings.wordpress.com/

3. http://rookienotes.wordpress.com/

4. http://arabbitinargentina.wordpress.com/

5. http://spacegoonsblog.com/

6. http://ilargia64.wordpress.com/

7. http://nwframeofmind.wordpress.com/

Congratulations to everyone.!! And thanks again Sandy 😉

and the nominees are…..

liebster

It’s been awhile since I’ve been nominated for an award.! I’m not sure if that means I’m doing something wrong.! Or something right.! hahaha 🙂 The last time I was nominated for the Liebster award, I had only written 100 posts and probably had that many blog followers. This time around, I’m on post 250 with about double the blog followers. So thank you.! Thank you.!!

And somehow, the bloggers who nominate me seem to share much in common with me. Last time around, Loca Gringa at http://locagringa.wordpress.com/ nominated me for the award. Clearly, I was a loca gringa at some point.!! jajaja… This time around, pearlgirl90 did the honors.! I love pearls and I’m girl.!! What more is there to say. Please check out pearlgirl90’s lovely blog at http://infjramblings.wordpress.com/

Pearlgirl90 wrote:
“Hello! I just wanted to let you know that I nominated you for the Liebster Award. If you want to accept the post can be found here, and if not, that’s fine too. 🙂 https://infjramblings.wordpress.com/2014/11/06/liebster-award/ Have a wonderful evening!”

Thank you so much..!! I have received so much love and support regarding my blog.!! I never ever thought that anyone would be interested in reading one iota of my sojourn in Mexico. I thank everyone who reads, follows, and/or likes my blog and blog posts. I thank all of my friends for their support. And I thank all my friends who let me write about them and our lives in Mexico and outside.! It is truly more than a one woman blog.! I could not have done it without my friends, my fellow bloggers, and Mexico 🙂 Now to accept the award…..

11 Random Facts about me:

1. I have tattoos..! And I like tattoos on the men I date 🙂 I think they are sexy.! Though they tend to get them after we break up.!

2. I love ladybugs. In fact, I want a tattoo of a ladybug because they remind me of my mom.!

3. I have a knack for spotting most FBI agents in the field.! No really, I do.!

4. I used to want to be a race car driver.! In fact, I still love to drive. I always tell people I’m a driver not a wheel holder.

5. My family thinks I killed the family pet, Cujo the newt.! But really, I don’t know what happened to him.

6. I am not good at following rules. Hence the reason, I did not create new questions for the nominated bloggers. Or nominate those with 200 or less followers. Outside the box, baby.!

7. My friends channel me in bars when rude men are hitting on them.! They always ask themselves, “What would Rose do?” And then they do what they think I would do.! hahaha….I’m not sure how I earned that reputation.!

8. I recorded an album when I was sixteen.! Ok, so it was with my high school choir, but still, there is an album out there with my picture on the cover and my voice on the vinyl.!! lol…

9. Speaking of bands, my dad used to own a hotel when I was growing up. Really cool lesser known bands from all over the states (and the world) used to stay there. I always made a point of collecting 45s and getting autographs.!!

10. I used to be a lifeguard. So yeah, I could probably save your life if you were drowning.

11. I have ghost fingers. My fingers are not recognizable on Iphones or other gadgets. I need a stylus 🙂

Questions to be answered from nominator:

1. Coffee or tea?

Coffee.!! ummm….no…. Tea.!! ummmm….do I have to choose.??

2. What makes you feel welcomed in someone else’s home?

Coffee or tea.! hahaha 🙂 No, I’m serious.!

3. If you were to choose between being a bestselling author or the star of a famous movie, which would you choose and why?

Ok, finally, an easy one.! Bestselling author.!! I’d rather be rich and successful and slightly famous; then super famous.! Even bestselling authors can be more incognito than famous movie stars.! No doubt.!

4. Phobias?

Really.? Do I have to choose.? Hmmm…I’m not a fan of small confined spaces.

5. What have you accomplished this week that you are proud of?

I worked out everyday this week.! Some days even twice.!!

6. You’re in a dark forest. Out of the trees something, or someone, emerges. Who or what is it?

Hopefully the big bad wolf.! I’ve always wanted to be Little Red Riding Hood 🙂 And yes, I do see therapy in my future…hahaha 😉

7. Which element do you identify the most with?

Silver.

8. If you had to give a superpower to your worst enemy, what would it be?

Do I have to.?? pouting..

9. If you could live in another time period, what would it be?

The 1920s.! I’ve always been fascinated with flappers, the Great Gatsby, and bootlegging.!

10. If you could live to be 200, but had to outlive all of your friends and family, would you do it?

It depends….how good do I look….??? Do I age well…? If so yes. If no, forget about it.

11. Are there any natural abilities that you don’t have but wish you did? And if so, what are they?

I can sing alright. But I wish I could SING….like Nina Simone or Alicia Keyes or Romy Madley Croft from the xx.

I am supposed to make a whole new list. But as I am always running late accepting awards, I ask my fellow nominees to please just answer the questions supplied by pearlgirl90.!

Nominated blogs in no particular order:

1. http://felinecreatures.com/

2. http://cookingwithawallflower.com/

3. http://mitziemeeblog.com/

4. http://friendlyspanish.wordpress.com/

5. http://globalresidence.me/

6. http://eyewillnotcry.wordpress.com/

7. http://reddogarage.wordpress.com/

8. http://janeyinmersin.com/

9. http://restlessnightsincheaphotels.wordpress.com/

10. http://hanshengchinese.wordpress.com/

11. http://travelmorgantravel.com/

And now for the nominees, it’s all up to you now to keep the love going, here are the rules:

1. Thank the person who nominated you and include a link back to their blog.
2. List 11 random facts about yourself.
3. Answer the 11 questions given to you.
4. Create 11 questions for the bloggers you nominate.
5. Choose 11 bloggers with 200 or fewer followers to nominate and include links to their blogs.
6. Go to each bloggers’ page and let them know you have nominated them.

Congratulations to everyone.!! And thanks again pearlgirl90 😉

cien más…

After I posted que milagro tres the other day, I realized I had posted my 100th blog.!! Who knew.?!?! Where has the time gone..?!  It seems like just yesterday when my friend M. was trying to convince me to write a blog.  And now, I am at 100.!  Well, technically 101 with this blog post.  The other day, M. told me that I should officially put professional blogger on all of my credentials because I have earned it.  Thanks M. 🙂  I just might..!! Now to get the next 100 in.!! hahaha…..

The other amazing revelation that I want to share is that I was nominated for the Liebster award by Loca Gringa at http://locagringa.wordpress.com/. How exciting..!! Loca Gringa is an expat Canadian who lives in the Dominican Republic. I heartily endorse everyone to check out her blog about living in DR..!!

Loca Gringa wrote – “i’m so thrilled I get to pass this on to you! Love your blog and want to see it grow, blossom, and flourish! Huggz Rose! I realize that it is a tremendous amount of work to accept this award and of course do understand if you do not have the time to do so! Jejeje, it’s taken me months to getting around to accepting this myself! Congratulations! Keep up the good work. I enjoy your work immensely! I am awarding you the Liebster Award for the quality of your work.”

Thank you so much..!! I have received so much love and support regarding my blog.!! I never ever thought that anyone would be interested in reading one iota of my sojourn in Mexico. I thank everyone who reads, follows, and/or likes my blog and blog posts. I thank all of my friends for their support. And I thank all my friends who let me write about them and our lives in Mexico and outside.! It is truly more than a one woman blog.! I could not have done it without my friends, my fellow bloggers, and Mexico 🙂 Now to accept the award…..

11 Random Facts about me:

1. I have tattoos..!  And I like tattoos on the men I date 🙂  I think they are sexy.!  Though they tend to get them after we break up.!

2. I love ladybugs. In fact, I want a tattoo of a ladybug because they remind me of my mom.!

3. I have a knack for spotting most FBI agents in the field.!  No really, I do.!

4. I used to want to be a race car driver.!  In fact, I still love to drive.  I always tell people I’m a driver not a wheel holder.

5. My family thinks I killed the family pet, Cujo the newt.!  But really, I don’t know what happened to him.

6. I am not good at following rules.  Hence the reason, I did not create new questions for the nominated bloggers.  Or nominate those with 200 or less followers.  Outside the box, baby.!

7. My friends channel me in bars when rude men are hitting on them.!  They always ask themselves, “What would Rose do?” And then they do what they think I would do.! hahaha….I’m not sure how I earned that reputation.!

8. I recorded an album when I was sixteen.!  Ok, so it was with my high school choir, but still, there is an album out there with my picture on the cover and my voice on the vinyl.!!  lol…

9. Speaking of bands, my dad used to own a hotel when I was growing up.  Really cool lesser known bands from all over the states (and the world) used to stay there.  I always made a point of collecting 45s and getting autographs.!!

10. I used to be a lifeguard.  So yeah, I could probably save your life if you were drowning.

11. I have ghost fingers.  My fingers are not recognizable on Iphones or other gadgets.  I need a stylus 🙂

Questions to be answered:

1. Who is the one person you most want to have an audience with? Dead … or alive?

I know I am supposed to pick one person.  But it’s a toss up between my brother and my mom.  I would love one last conversation.  I don’t really have a penchant to meet anyone famous.

2. If you could have a “do-over” what would you do over?

There is a relationship I would do over.  For sure.  And I might just be getting that chance 😉

3. If ______ now, finish the sentence …

If not now, then five minutes ago.!  I’m impatient.

4. Mountains or beach and why?

Beach.  I love the sand between my toes, the water, the air, the sky.!

5. What is your greatest personal asset?

Hmmmm…….I’m a warm caring person.  I’m funny too 🙂

6. What is your greatest personal liability?

Do you want the whole list or just the top 10.?  For starters, I’m impatient.  And I can overreact.

7. If money was no object, where would you like to live and how (lavishly or simply)?

If money was no object, I would live everywhere.!  I would want a beach house in Mexico, a home on one of the islands in Croatia, a high rise in downtown Chicago………..etc, etc….. but I would live simply.

8. Happiness is ____ finish the sentence…

Happiness is knowing and accepting yourself.

9. What is your favourite past-time?

Napping.  No seriously, I love to sleep.

10. Where do you find your inspiration?

From my life.  From my friends.  From my family.

11. If you had to do without one of these, which would it be, deodorant … or toothpaste?

I could live without deodorant.!  I could bathe.  But I neeeeeeeed  toothpaste.!

I am supposed to make a whole new list.  But as I am always running late accepting awards, I ask my fellow nominees to please just answer the questions supplied by Loca Gringa.!

Nominated blogs in no particular order:

1. http://survivinginitaly.com/

2. http://thesavvysenorita.wordpress.com/

3. http://traveltipsandpictures.wordpress.com/

4. http://danimclean.wordpress.com/

5. http://feetfromshore.wordpress.com/

6. http://mysardinianlife.com/

7. http://osvaldopace.wordpress.com/

8. http://distantdrumlin.wordpress.com/

9. http://andrawatkins.com/

10. http://bilinguish.com/

11. http://ilargia64.wordpress.com/

And now for the nominees, it’s all up to you now to keep the love going, here are the rules:

1. Thank the person who nominated you and include a link back to their blog.
2. List 11 random facts about yourself.
3. Answer the 11 questions given to you.
4. Create 11 questions for the bloggers you nominate.
5. Choose 11 bloggers with 200 or fewer followers to nominate and include links to their blogs.
6. Go to each bloggers’ page and let them know you have nominated them.

Congratulations to everyone.!!  And thanks again Loca Gringa 😉

shine on…

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Sorry I was absent – I have been celebrating my birthday weekend..!! I’ve had a great time, but now back to blogging. During that time, the lovely Emma at http://addyourpieceofhistory.wordpress.com/ nominated me for the Shine On Award..!! Thank you Emma..!!

THE RULES ARE PRETTY SIMPLE:

1. Display the award logo on your blog.

2. Link back to the person who nominated you.

3. State 7 things about yourself

4. Nominate 15 other bloggers for this award and link to them.

5. Notify those bloggers of the nomination and the award requirements.

Things About Myself:

1. I have great parking karma. Even if friends who have bad parking karma are in the car with me – I can negate it and find rockstar parking 🙂

2. I love ladybugs. In Croatian they are called bubamaras and in Spanish, katarinas. They remind me of my mom.!

3. Twins run in my family. I have twin brothers, a twin aunt and uncle and twin cousins. I’m personally hoping for twins – 2 for the price of one.!

4. In my family of six, four of us were born on the 23rd of the month. Pretty cool…

5. I have many names/nicknames. My father alone has 12 nicknames for me. But my friends all have names/nicknames for me too 🙂 Rose, Rosa, coffee girl, tornado, Ruza, rosita fresita, rosey posey…etc.

6. I am addicted to diet coke.! It’s pretty bad…I probably need help.

7. All my neices and nephews would tell you adamently that I am younger than them.! Even though chronologically, it is not true. I think they think I don’t act like all the other adults they know 🙂

Nominate Others:

1. http://luluandthemoon.wordpress.com/
2. http://nwframeofmind.com/
3. http://www.mrwalkntalk.com/
4. http://leannecolephotography.com/
5. http://ilargia64.wordpress.com/
6. http://everydayinadress.com/
7. http://locagringa.wordpress.com/
8. http://edmooneyphoto.wordpress.com/
9. http://ohgodmywifeisgerman.com/
10. http://crochezjulie.com/
11. http://africafarandwide.wordpress.com/
12. http://globetrottermama.com/
13. http://andrawatkins.com/
14. http://culturemonk.com/
15. http://addyourpieceofhistory.wordpress.com/

Thanks again Emma..!!