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Thursday, June 25, 2009

And the winner is....

I don't deserve this award, but I have arthritis and I don't deserve that either. ~ Jack Benny

Sandra has given me an award. Don't you just love awards?! They make me feel all warm & fuzzy & temporarily keep the howling dervishes at bay.

So I have to tell you 7 things about me & then pass the award on to 7 other bloggers. Hmmm. I have mastered the knack of saying a lot without saying anything at all really so let's see what I can say without saying anything this time.

* 1. I am an extroverted introvert. Ditz is an introverted extrovert but I'm the other way round. See if people think you're all out there then they don't bug you about being shy & introverted & suffering agonies of angst, which needs privacy to be really anguished & angsty & how can you think deep thoughts without anguish & angst? Or write poetry? Or paint Starry, Starry Night? Or sing Carmen?

*2. My fist memory is of before I was 2. I was being rushed through the dark with whooping cough. I've checked with my mum & it's all good. I remember my first day of school too, which I hated. The sense of fear & abandonment never quite went away. I hated school with a passion but school is where children go. For a quiet introverted child who preferred reading or contemplating her navel in the middle of the bush it was hell on earth. No peace. No quiet. Organized to within an inch of my life. No time to really think. Once I could read I had no further use for school. What hope has Ditz got?

*3. I have a preference for useless thing: degrees that don't provide work in their fields [Yep! I have one of those]; wind chimes tinking under the eves in a summer breeze; cats sprawled in the sun; pretty shells spilling from a wooden bowl; knights in shining armour...I will choose the useless but pretty over something useful but prosaic every time.

*4. All the men I first fell in love with never existed. Sad but true. I wanted to marry Peter Wimsey. Loads of money & the man could quote Donne. What wasn't to like? So he wasn't any Adonis to look at & had a preference for red wine but the man could speak French like a native & quote Donne. Did I mention Donne?

*5. I play a mean hand of 500. Together Dearest & I are quite formidable. We stopped playing because so many people take their cards far too seriously & got peeved when we wiped the floor with them. I learnt to play as a child when it was one of the few activities everyone trapped on a boat in the wet could do.

*6. I can't play chess but I taught all my children to play. Joss initiated chess marathons during wet school holidays. When Theo started beating him Joss quit but Theo was the only one to ever take Joss on & win. I never played once I'd taught a child the basics ~ but then I really hate to lose.

*7. I have never read Lord of the Rings. That's right. I think I once got about halfway through the first book but seriously! Tolkien needs a good editor. He never knows when to stop. One of the few books improved by a transition to the big screen.

Now for the fun part if you are still with me.

#1. Diane at Tomato Soup Cake who writes a completely engaging blog ~ & she likes cats & children. Need I say more?

#2. Jan Lyn at Off the Beaten Path for writing with serenity & simplicity. Lovely, lovely style.

#3. Lobstar . Yes, I know I own her but I think she writes a good blog when she can be bothered to keep up with it. No~one said I couldn't practise nepotism.

#4. Jillian at Homeschooling for Christ. A fellow Aussie with interesting links.

#5. Seeking my Lord for spiritual wisdom, homeschool advice & art in her lovely restful bloggy space.

#6.elizasinterests. Not updated regularly but some gems hidden away here. The pics are the writer's own watercolours & photos & she blogs about a variety of different interests ~ sewing, music, art, crafts & gardening. Well worth a dip.

#7. Allison at Keep Calm & Carry on because she is witty & funny & interesting & she has impeccable taste. She told me so.

O.K., ladies. Your turn now. Have fun.


Persuaded said...

Lovely list ya got there m'dear;) I so hear you on the extroverted introvert... people who don't know me terribly well, assume I am an extrovert. But I am not. Actually in many ways I think I'd be happiest as a hermit, especially if I could have the internet;) I call myself a "fake extrovert," lol.

And speaking of "fake" things... regarding your number 4: My girls have what they call their "fake boyfriends".. someone they admire but for whatever reasons a relationship with is impossible. Amelia's fake boyfriends are almost always literary characters, so you two would have a lot to talk about there;)

Have a good day dearie♥

Ganeida said...

Oh Diane! You do make me laugh! People who talk a lot [like me] are often introverts. All that gabbing is a defense mechanism. I love your Amelia. I love that someone besides me lusts after the impossible. lol. How is kitty doing?

Mrs. C said...

I'm curious as to how you taught the children to play chess if you don't... I had a hard enough time and I *do*.

Sandra said...

Very good list, you managed to say a lot in a little space! I am also an extroverted introvert and I didn't fit into school either.

Ganeida said...

MrsC: A little book called How To Play Chess. lol Basic moves then I left them to it. If they argued they had to look it up. I think they *agreed* on some highly irregular plays for a while but they did all learn. Ditz isn't very good. She plays like me & no~one will play with her so she's not really learnt.

Sandra: Only another introvert understands an introvert ~ especially when they masquarade as extroverts. ☺

Aussie Therese said...

I love being with people and talking to them but I am very shy. A lot of people think that an extrovert is not shy but I am a very shy extrovert.

Anonymous said...

Hi Ganeida,
I also have an award waiting for you at my blog. :)

I, too am shy when it comes to meeting people. My husband usually starts the conversation until I get to know the person. Blogging is easier!


seekingmyLord said...

How sweet! Thank you for the award, Ganeida.

I am also an extroverted introvert. Unfortunately, I am so "introverted" that I don't even know seven bloggers to whom I would pass on the award, but I will try to honor you with seven things about myself at least...that is, if I can think of how to "short list" my complexities.

Jan Lyn said...

How kind, Ganeida!

Thank you for the award and oh how I loved reading your seven descriptions! I have some very early memories as well.

MamaOlive said...

Liked your #7. I have read the Rings trilogy 2 or 3 times, but there are parts I skim more than read. He wrote those novels based on his love of languages, which most people don't care anything about. Some of his shorter stuff (I think Farmer Giles of Ham) is pretty good. Silmarillion is impossible! Unless of course it wasn't the poetry parts you minded.... I forget that whole left brain/right brain thing. ;-P