Friday, July 10, 2009

A nice welcome home!

I received a surprise 'welcome home' blog award from Laura of Ciao Amalfi! Thank you so much for including me among your list of 'brilliant blogs to follow'! What an honor and and a great way to discover new and interesting blogs out there. 

While I am thrilled to be passed on an award, gulp, not so sure how I feel about the stipulations of the award, i.e., 'sharing ten honest things about myself'! I tend to keep my blog on the descriptive and not too private side, but hey, this could be fun?!?!?  So here it goes...


10 Honest Things About Myself

1) I haven't lived at the same address for more than 2 consecutive years since graduating from college. We're talking 15+ years! Let's see if Sicily (and a child) can keep us more grounded.

2) Even though I have been living in Italy on and off for 8 years and have Italian citizenship, I still feel like a foreigner and wonder if that feeling will ever go away. 

3) I am not a phone person, so much so that I struggle to keep in touch with friends and family via the telephone and force myself to pick up the phone to make the call. That said, once on the phone, I am always happy to have connected with loved ones far away and am even happier to be on the receiving end of the call as if being given a special gift from someone who doesn't mind picking up the phone first. 

4) Even though I am attracted to skirts and dresses and own many of them, I am more of a pants/shorts/jeans kind of gal and find myself grabbing those out of the closet over and over again.

5) I think I have the best job and miss working in the big city every day. 

6) I feel incredibly lucky to have the opportunity to live next to the Ionian Sea and try to enjoy and take advantage of all the benefits of seaside living every day. But I can't seem to get the California girl out of me and on many levels still prefer the sound of waves crashing on a beach and all that is associated with a Pacific Ocean beach over the Mediterranean. 

7) I greatly dislike getting my haircut and in my lifetime have left many hair salons teary-eyed. I admire people who change their looks regularly and without fear.

8) I love being driven on two-wheeled vehicles and can't believe that I know how to drive a vespa. 

9) Being a mom is the most joyful and challenging adventure I have yet to undertake. 

10) Spending time outdoors on a sunny day brings me happiness, whether it be hiking on a mountain trail, hanging out in our vegetable garden, or jumping off the rocks into sea. 


And now for the easy part of the award, sharing with you some brilliant blogs to follow:


  1. Congratulations! I wanted to give you the award, but Laura already had, lol.

  2. A nice welcome home indeed!! I have been away from the blog world for a bit, but your kind gesture has me planning my next post... Thanks, and welcome back!!

  3. Reading your blog is like jumping into the sea on a sunny day :)

  4. Ciao! Welcome home! What a fun list! I also don't write too much personal on my blog, but I enjoyed writing the 10 honest things list. We have a lot in common, especially with the telephones and the sunny days! Wishing you a sunny weekend in Sicilia!

  5. I am honoured to be included, Lost. Thank you. I'll have to have a think about the 10 things! You are clever and fearless, being able to drive a Vespa!

  6. Thanks so much! Looking forward to being done with all of this moving stuff so I can have more time for sleeping, blogging, reading, playing, and anything not related to moving! I'll try to do the ten list when that happens.

    Enjoyed reading your list. I wholeheartedly agree with #9 and #10! Motherhood is the ultimate adventure! And sunny days are hard to beat...wishing you lots of those.

  7. Wow great award from Ciao Amalfi..:-) see that you have Sicily Scene on your list...brilliant to see, have been following her since she started, and also we chat on the phone everynow and again, she is great!

  8. Wow, 1,2 and 3 sounds like me!
    Anyway.....Congratz with your award!!!!
    Didn't you leave a comment in which you wrote that you'll having a few days off at Lago di Garda??? If so, have a great time over there and visit Verona as well. ;-)

  9. Ciao! Me again! :-) I am going to be doing some writing and research about Sicily in the near future, and I thought of you right away this morning. I was wondering if I could touch base with you about some good resources for information. Starting with guidebooks, but also more in depth art or history books. I am not sure how to contact you, but if you could drop me a line at I would love to hear from you! Grazie mille!

  10. Hello Lost, I enjoyed your list: you definitely sound well worth knowing. Discovered you thanks to my recent - and already hugely valued - acquaintance with Herself of Sicily Scene. And I agree with her about the Vespa-riding - those things terrify me!
    Greetings from La belle France.

  11. Thank you so much! You have made my day (blush.) I just got back from my own trip and found your sweet award :) I love finding out a little about you, and I completely agree with #3. I would LOVE to know how to ride a Vespa, and to own one!
    I will get to writing my award post soon. Thanks again.

  12. i've kind of done a 10-honest-things about myself before, i feel i havent changed much since then!

  13. I love it! Very creative!That's actually really cool.



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