Palmarès de la semaine

  1. J’ai eu une rencontre de collègues jeudi pour discuter de notre blog. C’est la seule raison pour laquelle j’y allais et on en a pas parlé.
  2. J’ai vu une amie hier. Sa mère a le cancer du poumon droit. Ça fait du bien de parler mais c’est épuisant en même temps. C’est le genre de personne qui ne laisse pas aller les choses sur lesquelles elle n’a pas de contrôle. Ex : le médecin a assumé que c’était juste une autre bronchite. On a mangé comme des cochonnes…
  3. Les bornes Bixi sont pleines à Verdun. Pratique le matin quand tu veux un vélo. Pas pratique le soir tard quand tu veux une place pour ancrer ton vélo. Après avoir 1)tourné dans tout le quartier pendant une heure pour voir si une place se libérait, 2)après en avoir trouvé une mais défectueuse et 3)après que la borne de cette station-là ne me donne pas la possibilité de demander 15 minutes de crédit, eh bien…4) Il a fallu que je garde le vélo chez moi pour la nuit !
  4. J’avais une rencontre de travail dans un autre quartier, presque une autre galaxie et je voulais revenir en vélo au travail. Je me suis perdue parce que les indications de Google maps n’étaient pas claires. J’ai dû rebrousser chemin et prendre le métro.
  5. J’ai vu le chirurgien hier. Il faut que j’aie l’opération avant de tomber enceinte alors j’espère que je ne le suis pas. On va savoir ça d’ici la semaine prochaine. Ce chirurgien a peu d’ancienneté à l’hôpital alors sa liste d’attente est courte. Il a mis mon dossier en priorité, je pourrais me faire opérer dans les prochaines semaines. Il va falloir que ça soit vite parce qu’on va à Québec au début du mois d’août. Tout est payé et c’est non remboursable.
  6. Une collègue m’a dit que j’avais maigri. Yé.
  7. Ma boss m’a encore dit que je suis appétissante. C’est drôle.
  8. Il a fait beau cette semaine alors j’ai porté des jupes et une robe.
  9. Une de mes jupes est super confo quand je suis en vélo.
  10. J’ai découvert une autre chocolaterie : Cocoa Délices. Elle est située sur Laurier Ouest. Hmmm.

Thought Question 400 : What is the closest you have been to your 15 minutes of fame ?

I would like to say it was this week when I brought a salad and dessert to a friend’s house. I would like to say I saved a life.  But no. I was featured on BlogHer though. That’s a bit like fame. I think so.

Hm. Maybe I’m always a bit near a 15 minutes of fame for one reason or the other. I know it seems like a lack of modesty but I have to be honest, I am always this near. I get away and say to myself to be invisible and just do my job, please fly under the radar and then I do something like create a blog, participate in another and re-tweet stuff that land me on blog lists.

Do I sing, dance, design stuff ? Nope. Do I have money ? Nope. Am I a model, an actress ? Nope.

I’m just a *insert profession here*. In the past I have been on television, in magazines and the newspaper because of what I did at the time. I was doing projects at a municipal level, provincial and national levels and even on the international level (not alone, of course). I’m not doing this anymore and my fame is more in the form of people asking me for ideas or people subscribing to my professional blog and Twitter account.

People ask me for ideas on food. For example, someone asked me on Facebook for brownies recipes. At work, someone asked me what she could do for kids at Easter that had no chocolate. Also, I was contacted by a company to test their new platform because I send them many requests for improvements.

I’m famous in the shadows, you see. 🙂 Maybe I would be really famous if I did sell my cookies again. But I don’t want to spend my time cooking.

I’m this close, I can feel it. But I don’t want to become famous.

Informing people

I have a blog at work and I decided to create it to inform people about the tools we use and how I make decisions about them, what the words I use mean, why something happens, etc.

It is important to me that people at work understand those tools. They often think there is a problem when what they see is normal and they should know how to use what is offered to them.

Also, they are the ones who have to answer questions by other users and they need to know what to say.

I guess I put lots of information in that blog. I think transparecy is important.

This morning my boss told me that maybe we could do a blog for the employees with lots of information and another blog for users with informations more on the 101 side. I think I would like that.

Information is not what my job is but I’m the only one using those specific tools and lots of people depend on the work I do. I didn’t know I had it in me to communicate so much info to so many people.

Blog Love – Versatile Blogger Award

This neat button was made by Becky, she thought it needed to be pimped (like Pimp my Ride, but this is my comparison). She gave me this awesome award and I am grateful because I have been having a hard time this week and although I felt better, this award and some blog love I received by Mel on this post has tipped me over the bump into grateful-content-happy-I am moved mode.

The Rules for the award are:

1. Thank the person who gave you this award

2. Share 7 things about yourself.

3. Pass the award along to 15 bloggers who you have recently discovered and who you think are fantastic! (in no particular order…)

4. Contact the bloggers you’ve picked and let them know about the award.

I have started reading Becky when I started doing the You Capture challenges. I just really like the name of her blog The I Heart Blog and her picture and I love to read her posts because they make me feel happy and energetic. She is a fellow lover of cupcakes too, she’s crafty, and funny. She’s « my kind of people » too. So thank you for awarding me !

I have been blogging for a while so I don’t know what I can tell that those who read almost every post don’t know. But I will get this a try.

1. In high school I took any class that was not advanced maths or science which means I had drama, beauty, technical drawing, visual arts. I have studied in arts in college (we call it Cegep here) before studying in library stuff (specific enough but not too much).  I am now taking psychology for fun because I need to be intellectually challenged. People at work think it’s crazy because I have a demanding job that keeps me analyzing, adapting, thinking so why would I need even more challenge ? I decided on a short program of 3 courses. I have only one more to do and I will have done it. I’m very proud of myself because I doubted I would be able to do university courses and I’m doing it from home.

2. Vacationing in Acapulco with my dad at 15 and then in the States with my mom and her boyfriend and my two sisters at 16-17 convinced me I didn’t like travelling. I reassure you, it was not the country that made me feel this way, it was my family. For years I have been depressed when going away from home.

I don’t need to see the world like some people do. I feel like a tourist in my own city, my own province and my own country. But I started to do small trips to get used to travelling. And now it’s getting more exciting to me. One day I hope to go to Boston again because I don’t remeber much from when I was 16-17. I want to go to Colorado because of the snow and that is where Diane Mott Davidson’s books are set. Vancouver is a must and why would I want to pass up Saskatoon ? Prince Edward Island is a big dream of mine and so is Kuujjuuak. Alaska, Greenland and England. Louisiana is also a dream and that’s all because of Charlaine Harris’ books.

3. I read a lot. People say that. I don’t read as much as I used to. Some years I have read a few hundred books and now I read from 50 to 80 books a year. I have been told I should write a book myself. I have been told I should talk more about what I read.

I love choosing books for people and I really don’t like telling people why I like what I read. I like books for some reasons that are probably different from what others like. My friend C. reads even more than I do and we read the same books sometimes (Sookie Stackhouse and Stephanie Plum books for example) and we never like the same things ! When I really love a book, I talk to her about it and she makes faces, not convinced at all. We are so not attracted by the same things. The same with J-L. He will like a book as much as I did but he will not see all the cultural references which made me love the book even more. He will have focused on something else. I highly dislike analyzing books. Maybe because I have been paid for that and I hated it, took all the fun out of reading. I like a book or I don’t.

4. In my past I have been a very negative person. I see myself as a realist and I am more positive than I ever was. Strangely enough, some people perceive me as negative. It never fails to astound me. Because I will always compare myself now and myself then and I love the person I am now.

5. When I was a kid and as a teen I was afraid of water, cars, eating in public, my dad, my mom, bees, spiders, any kind of bug that could be found in basements, anything that was really noisy, change, yelling, speaking in front of people, that noone would sit with me on the bus, inviting friends over, dogs, large groups of people, and I’m probably forgetting some things. Like brussel sprouts.

6. As a young adult, I was afraid that people would see I had cellulite, varicose veins, a belly, boobs, that I became red when I was stressed or shy, and I’m probably forgetting things.

7. Now, I know how much time I spent worrying about what people think and how much time I wasted thinking people would stare at me, how much time I wasted thinking about my damn  cellulite while I could have worn anything I wanted. I am not afraid of most of the things I enumerated in 5 and 6. I’m still afraid of water and I still have cellulite and veins (although I got that treated so they don’t show as much anymore) and I don’t care about what people think because most of the time people are worried about what I think of them. I have a belly and boobs, I’m still red when stressed, tired or shy.I have a woman’s body.

But I love going to the beach even if I’m afraid of water, even if whatever because the fun is much greater than being hot, the water makes me feel alive and wonderful. Even if I have to wear a bathing suit, even if my thighs jiggle, even if I am afraid of being eaten by a shark, or touching weird slimy things in the water, even if I don’t see the bottom. I have fun on the beach looking at people as imperfect as I am, I have fun playing in the water with my boyfriend, reading on the beach, eating a picnic.

The bloggers I give this ward to are :

  1. MyInfertilityWoes
  2. PurPlume
  3. IShouldBeFoldingLaundry
  4. ThisEclecticLife
  5. AdventuresofaBettyCrockerWannabe
  6. JustAnotherReasonToEatChocolate
  7. LifeandAllThatComesWithIt
  8. HamsterCentral
  9. OnTapforToday
  10. DreamingofQuietPlaces

I’m sorry I have no more blogs to add ! I don’t follow that many blogs that I can name in the list or I lurk about but not regularly enough. The others would probably not put an award on their site or they don’t give a crap care. I am missing 5 blogs. Maybe you could suggest blogs to me so I can expand my horizons ?

Celebratory Society !

Think of this as the most interesting delurking project you’ll ever participate in.  After giving back to others at the Celebratory Society, I have decided to participate in it myself.  You can understand the project in full by clicking here, but in brief, the Celebratory Society is an online festschrift for a blogger–a way for you to tell me what my blog or actions mean to you.  But this isn’t about me–this is about you too.  And I would love it if you returned to your own blog, started your own Celebratory Society post, added it to the main project list, and gave me the opportunity to tell you about…you.

Kreativ Blogger Award !!

This is a huge surprise to me ! It makes me very happy so I thank you Gerardine for nominating my blog. Thank you also for providing a blog to read which is a source of wonder and mystery :

The Rules for accepting this award are:

1.Thank the person giving you this award.

2.Copy the award to your blog

3. Place a link to their blog

4.Name 7 things people don’t know about you.

5.Nominate 7 Bloggers.

6.Place a link to those Bloggers.

7.Leave a comment letting those Bloggers know about the award.

7 things people don’t know about me…

  1. I like to go to bed alone so I get to sleep without snoring sounds. But I still love when he comes to bed. I love sleeping next to him.
  2. At the moment, I am procrastinating so much  I fear I won’t be able to do all my class reading in time. I’m usually a disciplined and organized person.
  3. I don’t like eating oranges. Too much trouble, too much potential for leakage.
  4. I love weird words (they are to my ears) like Moist which made me giggle like a 5 year-old when I would watch Dead Like Me. Also, fluid, flabbergasted, and others I can’t recall at the moment.
  5. I intensely dislike meetings and team work. Nobody knows how much I do. I love my work because I don’t have to talk to anyone, I don’t depend on anyone (almost) and I have learned so much (on my own) that noone else knows what I do or how I do it…my boss is freaking out because she fears having to replace me. Well, I’m not gone yet.
  6. I used to blog on Dandelife where there is no fancy tool bar, no Kreativ blogger award, no statistics. Just a neat timeline.
  7. This blog was created in May or June 2009 after I was fed up with not being able to go into Dandelife to write my stuff. I have not regretted it even though I had to build a new readership. Hum. I still don’t have a readership per se.

7 Bloggers, not easy to choose ! Many blogs I read are only in French. Also, after reading one of Mel’s post on Delurking, I think I’m a lurker. I may be on your blog everyday and you might not know about it…as in the case of Mel, see #6. I go there every day ! All the blogs listed are blogs I find funny and/or inspiring and they make me think and laugh and go forward with plans, dinner, posts, life. DebOnTheRocks and SassyMonkey contribute to BlogHer also and are very good reads. I consider those bloggers as brilliant !

  1. On Tap for Today
  2. Sharon’s Blog on Sister Village
  3. Culinspiration
  4. Sassy Monkey also the author of the blog Sassymonkey reads
  5. DebOnTheRocks
  6. Stirrup Queens
  7. OneLadyInTheWorld S. is my cousin and she needs to be encouraged to post more often and please ask her to post about her many adventures in the universe of buses, metros and trains. She takes beautiful pictures ! She is an endless source of stories in person. I wish she would write them on her blog ! I also wish she could write them in French and she could install a translator and then everyone could read her stories. She was my inspiration to buy a Kodak and start taking photos. Blame her for my restrrom posts. She created a monster. 🙂

7 bloggers to nominate

Who would have thought that I would have trouble choosing 7 bloggers to nominate for the Kreativ blogger award ? I read so many blogs. I just don’t know if some I read can be nominated either because I don’t think they are « community-sensitive » or because they are in French.

What do you think ? Are there specific guidelines ?