Wednesday, December 15, 2010

versatility award

the lovely kellie from dear olive awarded me a versatile blogger award a month ago & it's taken me this long to respond. i'm versatile alright. architect. mama. tardy blogger. but i'm a super wife right husband?? i have to divulge 7 things about myself. here goes.

1. one of my favourite words is modernity. i like how it sounds. i like what it stands for. say it. you'll like it too.

2. i can get lost daydream-designing. it's true. if i get stuck somewhere without pen & paper i'll start designing places, normally houses, in my head. when combined with sleep deprivation, this can lead down a strange path. when mirka was a newborn, my coping mechanism for being awake at 3am & staring at the wall while settling her back to sleep would be to design-daydream. i knew i needed to get some real sleep when i started designing a house for the octomum & her tribe.

3. i'm a total piggy when it comes to chocolate. oh to be one of those people that take out a block of chocolate, snap off a row (one row! come on!) and put the chocolate away. so civilised. so unlike what a surveillance tape of me would look like. it would be ugly people. ugg-lee.

4. i enjoy making decisions. once it's made. it's made. hmm, that makes me sound quite close minded doesn't it? i hope i'm not. i like to think of myself as open minded but decisive. the only decisions i truly leave open though are design ones, because gawd knows a client will throw something in the mix later down the line. but that's ok because it gives me another opportunity to design & problem solve.

5. i love accelerating. not speeding. i'm too much of a goody 2 shoes for that, but i love planting my foot. so good when i'm driving somewhere & join a freeway. zero to 100 as fast as the subi will do it. it's no alfa romeo & not as much fun as the smartie, but it's as good as i got.

6. i like being naughty with kingsley. in front of her, so she tells me off. example? vivi had a terrible habit of giving the old elbow, nudge-nudge, when she wanted to point something out.. anyway after a car trip full of elbow nudges from vivi, i got out of the car & started singing "don't go nudging my arm"..  you know, to the tune of "don't go breakin my heart". anyways, vivi was oblivious until i could contain my laughter no longer, but kingsley, kingsley, was giggling & giving me daggers, telling me to be quiet. joy.

7. number 7. well i've blurted my way here & now i've got nothin' for number 7. well, you've come this far. it's been years since i've been on a big holiday. my last big adventure was to the u.s. & before that was to italy. so, at the moment in my daydreaming head of mine, i'm toying with the idea of going to thailand to stay in a treehouse and ride an elephant or to travel to turkey & be blown away by the hagia sophia, like i was by the pantheon at night in rome. magic.

update: forgot to mention the image is a lot of thumbnail snaps of one of my projects nearing completion a few years ago.


  1. Lovely list, thanks for sharing. Turkey and Thailand.... what a hard toss up. Why don't you do both!!

  2. you should definitely go to istanbul! the first time, i was a bit meh but then i went back and i just fell in love. just don't go in july, it's waaaaay too hot :)

  3. Very enjoyable! I LOVE the chocolate one. Oh I fear what people would see if I were under surveillance. haha Also, you should be very proud for being so decisive. I am so not and try to be. I've been missing your posts!
    (By the way, my husband went to Turkey and said the people were the nicest he has ever met! He loved it!)

  4. I like designing too! It relaxes me! Have a beautiful day, Kellie xx

  5. Lovely list. I particularly like the daydream-designing! It's funny what comes to you in those moments when you're stuck with only your own thoughts. I've been wistfully hoping for an overseas trip too. I think it seems perfectly reasonable for you to go to both your destinations. In fact, I think you must. Kellie xx

  6. Thanks for the award KK, right back at ya! I have some in common with your list. Let's see... Modernity, YES! Design-daydreaming, double YES!. Chocolate - I just ate a Ferrero Rocher, I want another three (I die when I think back to when I was a kid and mum would only let us have two squares from a block of chocolate. Two squares! That was torture mum). The decisions one is where it gets a little pear shaped. I hate making decisions and I am terrible at it. And yes accelerating is fun. As is being naughty. ps. You should take that holiday, you deserve it :)

  7. I get the chocolate obsession BUT only since being pregnant! I didn't care much for it before but now I can't get enough!

  8. Lovely list! Number3 made me laugh! probably because I understand the obsession all too well (what is it with us women and chocolate?). I dream of visiting Thailand (we were about to book our tickets when we found out I was pregnant so trip postponed for now!) and I took Mr. Franglais on a surprise trip to Istanbul a couple of years ago and it was A-MA-ZING! If ever you do book that trip abroad, let me know and I'll send you heaps of good tips. xx


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