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Day 269: Be a Darling.

Bonjour February! It's so good to see you! I'm really not a fan of January and am so glad that it's over. I welcome February (the month that brings us closer to spring) with open arms!

What I discovered on this frosty February morning in Paris was a little cadeau...

...from Miss Emma, ma petite australienne at 

It's a surprise! 
What could it be? What could it be?
Ooooooh, the suspense!
I can't take it!
et voilà!
I was nominated for a Liebster Blog Award! 
Trop mimi!

The idea behind the Liebster Award (German (adj) for darling, sweet, lovable, kind) is that it is nominated to up and coming bloggers who have under 200 followers and are an inspiration for the new blogging community. C'est chou!
 
I just love these interblogger awards. It reminds me of why we all blog in the first place; the support that we have for each other. I once read on a blog that I had stumbled upon at random, refer to these awards as a chain letter, and frankly it disturbed me. I know that Emma took the time to think about who to pass it on to and would hardly dismiss her consideration to be as trite as a chain letter. I thank you Emma for this sweet gesture.

Saying that...without further ado, I pass this Liebster Award to Madame Kristen whom I had the pleasure to meet yesterday over wine and snacks in the Marais, at the fabulous hipster hangout Café Charlot. This was the first time I had met a reader of the blog or as she called it a "girl blind date" which seems to be the norm in the Paris expat community and I have to say it certainly didn't feel like a blind meeting. 

After communicating with her for almost six months on both of our blogs, we already knew so much about each other! Obviously, we leave out specifics on our sites, so it was fun going into top-secret, behind the scenes detail. We dove deeper into our stories, where we've worked, characters on our blogs who are in fact real people, chuckled at the middle-aged men who were drinking fluorescent green cocktails with glowing neon straws bobbing out of the top which then turned into me sipping their drink after they offered (I'm so gross) and shared our opinions and struggles of being foreigners in France.

She is my favorite up and coming blogger who is finding her way through the City of Light while sharing with us readers her love of kale, wine, farmer's markets, spandex, Madonna, her neighbors and of course, her husband. 

I woke up to a text this morning from her saying: "How did we not talk about Madonna yesterday?" Seriously, how did we not talk about Madonna? Truly the 8th wonder of the world...

Bisous ma belle, ça c'est pour toi!


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24 comments:

  1. No wonder my drinks offer was turned down yesterday! Well now I just feel uncool. ;)

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    1. You're so cool...come on! You're one of the original Pairs bloggers and I'm honored that you comment on my site.

      I hope that drink offer didn't expire. : )

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  2. Congratulations on your Liebster Award!!! And bravo for passing it on to Kristin! I'm glad that the two of you hit it off during your blind date that wasn't really a blind date. I definitely agree with you about the supportiveness of the blogging community. There are a lot of great people online and blogging is a wonderful way to "meet" them.

    Your photos are very clever - I've always loved those Valentine's hearts with the messages.

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    1. Thanks MK! This blog introduced me to such amazing, smart and interesting people! I feel lucky.

      Kbh and I certainly hit it off and we want to capture you for the next round of drinks! On vous aime!!!!

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    2. MK: Let us know when you're ready for girls drinks :)

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  3. I always wondered if you Paris ladies got together to meet! Girl blind dates is the norm for me too and I've met some lovely ladies because of it.

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    1. It was the first rdv for me and it was a lovely success. I'm glad that we braved the cold to warm up over wine and gossip!

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  4. Miss Ella! Merci beaucoup! So sweet and such FUN on Thursday!! PS: Madge's new song is so-so...yes, i pre-ordered the album.

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    1. Soooo fun! Did you check out that women's cruise couture line? And where did you guys end up for dinner? I hope Les garcon dans la cuisine had a table for you two. I love that place!

      Oh and I'm going to youtube the new Madge song now. I'm curious.

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    2. No not yet. Most likely I'll just lose the biz card in my purse or Sir L will use it for old Nicorette. We did end up at Les Garcon dans la Cuisine! It was lovely :) Let me know what you think of Madge! x

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  5. Oh, I'm so jealous of your girl blind date! But I'm so happy for you that you had fun! Before I moved here and started blogging, I never would have dreamed I'd meet up with people I met on the internet (shock. horror) but now some of my closest friends here are people from the blog world. It's really wonderful :-)

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    1. It is wonderful, isn't it? :)

      I think being expats we do things we wouldn't normally do back "home". One of them is blind girl dates! LOL. I just love that!

      You know when ever you come to Paris, you will be kidnapped for drinks and gossip? You know that, right?! : )

      Happy Birthday!!!!!

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  6. I bet this girl wouldn't kick you out of her apartment at the lowest point of your life because she believed someone who was lying about things you said. Quality friends are priceless. Congratulations on yet another step forward in your full fabulous life!

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    1. Ah, you've read some back posts about the creepy Phil. Yeah, that was just the icing on the cake. That asshole took all of MY friends out for drinks when I was in NY licking my wounds and told them that I was saying nasty things about them, to come back to Paris and have NO friends..and no flat.

      When I confronted him he said "It is no one's fault but your own"...My fault? I forced him to spread lies and rumors about me? People are sick.

      Thanks for your comment! : )

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  7. Yeah, I totally blog stalked you. But my husband was out of town for a week and I made the mistake of watching true crime shows and needed something else to distract me so I could sleep.

    Your life is a step up from being stabbed and shoved in a sealed garbage bin and dumped in a river. Congratulations. ;)

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    1. LOL...Thank you! Lovely comparison! When you put it that way, yeah my life is perfect!! :P

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  8. Ah darling, everyone loves you:)

    By the way, we're going to Paris for Easter and we'll be staying in an apartment in your neck of the woods, near rue Charlot:)

    When are you leaving your chambre de bonne to move to the 11th, by the way?

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    1. Thanks Duchess!

      Easter..I will actually be away. Seb and I were invited to Easter dinner in NY.

      My lease is up in April and will leave the cdb then. It's time...this apt. makes me sad. MF, KM and Phil...too many creep ball memories!

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    2. NY again?! Goodness!:)

      Oh well:) We're heading back to Ottawa on the 1st of June, so it'll most likely be our last trip to Paris in 2012. I'm pretty sure I'll manage to go back by myself in 2013 (before coming to The Hague, I'd try to go once a year), so we can meet then:) Or who knows? Maybe it'll be in NY?:)

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    3. My grandparents feel excluded because they didn't meet Seb! So we're heading out for Easter Feaster! : ) !

      You're heading back to Canada forever? :(

      Why do I keep missing you?!?1 : (

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    4. Oh no, not forever!;) Just for a few years while I finish my Master's and then I'll head back abroad for another UN assignment. My guess is, it'll be NYC:) That would be TOO excellent!:)
      Timing, my dear, timing:)

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  9. Oh.My.God.

    What an asshole!

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    1. Truly...

      Il était manipulateur...100%. Il m'a dit qu'il a des sentiments pour moi et il espérait si j'étais toute seule j'aurais besoin de lui. C'est pour ça il disait n'importe quoi à mes copines. En fait, ça bien marché car j'etais toute seule pendant 4 mois et il était mon seul "ami".

      Quand on était "amis", Il me disait que je faisais rien dans la vie, j'étais alcoholic, j'étais arrogante, je pense que je suis la plus belle fille de monde (débile!), j'etais profiteuse et je souffrais d'hyperactivité parce que j'essayais passer à autre chose après le rupture (dance orientale, ce blog, cours d'italien, etc..)! C'est dingue!

      Il essayait de casser mon esteem de soi....

      Au fait, Il lit ce blog...mais il ne lit pas en français... :)

      Ca fait mal, cette histoire...

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  10. Il est de ces gens qui ont besoin de diminuer les autres pour se sentir grands... Il fait pitié! Mais ces gens-là viennent dans nos vies pour pousser nos limites et nous montrer ce que nous sommes prêts ou non à accepter. J'en ai connu plein quand j'étais dans la vingtaine (j'ai 39 ans aujourd'hui) et les relations les plus abusives que j'aie vécues se sont toutes nouées pendant que j'étais à l'étranger... en fait, les PLUS abusives de toutes se sont nouées dans mon petit bled pourri en Finlande, où j'étais vraiment seule et sans le sou. J'ai toléré l'intolérable pendant trop longtemps parce que, comme toi, je me remettais d'une rupture très douloureuse qui m'avait fait perdre confiance en mes moyens. J'ai vraiment fait du chemin depuis! Fort heureusement!

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