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An Award!

I got a pleasant surprise this morning when checked my comments and messages.  My dear blogging friend Mimi has passed on this lovely award to me. Mimi lives in Dublin, my native city and I hope to meet her whenever I visit there (whenever that is!  Hopefully sooner rather than later, but that's another story).  I have to list eight facts about myself and pass on this award. 

  1. Although I turned vegetarian after marriage in order to be more compatible with my husband and in-laws, you could say I am flexible about it.  I switch non-veg every so often when the opportunity presents itself.  The kids are all veggie by choice, though!
  2. I love chocolate, the richer the better.
  3. I love red wine too, but can't get my hands on it these days.
  4. I gave up smoking when I got married too.  I didn't miss them much, though.  It was just a habit really.  A bad one.
  5. I used to work as a secretary.  That's probably why I can type up my posts so fast. Sometimes my readers ask how I can keep up with the blogs and the busy life too, that's probably why.
  6. If my kids don't want me to know what they are talking about, they can confuse me and switch to Hindi.
  7. When I had my children, I had four normal deliveries.  Living in India nowadays, that's really something.  Practically every Indian woman I know delivered by caeserean operation. I suppose I seem to be bragging but I don't mean to.  I just can't understand how I escaped the operation...
  8. I was 23 when I met my husband and my life stood still!  Now I feel like a 23 year old trapped in a 47 year old body.  I got a great compliment from my son Neil the other day.  He said 'Mom, you are 47 but you look only 39'.   I suppose I should be thankful for small mercies.
 And now, to pass on the award!  I nominate:

 All great bloggers with blogs which I visit regularly!

Thanks again Mimi!

Comments

  1. I didn't know that you live in India. Congratulations on the award!

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  2. Interesting facts.. particularly about the high C-section rate. Congrats on your award.

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  3. Interesting facts. Recently, a friend about five years older than me had a birthday party. My daughter looked at me and said, "She looks so much younger than you." Sigh.

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  4. Congratulations. You certainly deserve to be called a versatile blogger.

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  5. Congrats on the award...and thankyou so much for passing on to me xx

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  6. thank you for the awrd, im bloody excited!!!

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  7. Congrats on the award! I've always wanted to go to India and I'm enjoying reading your posts. :)

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  8. hehe. some fun facts...kinda glad my kids dont know a second language yet...we might get over run...congrats on your award...

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  9. Nice facts. Loved the kids switching to Hindi (you should learn it in secret and surprise them!). I guess age is a state of mind!

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  10. Congratulations on the award! Interesting snippets about your life. You seem to have given up quite a few things when you married, what did your husband give up for you?

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