Have you noticed that the beautiful blogger award has been going around? Once you get it, you’re supposed to write ten things about yourself and pass it on to ten new bloggers. I was quite honored (and slightly shocked! :) that as many as seven wonderful girls thought of me when compiling their list of people to pass it on to! Thank you so much faeriecollege, agirlinwinter, knitterlyanne, myfibreobsessedlife, wool-and-cotton, wherethenoddingvioletsgrow and mooncalfmakes! You made me smile again and again and again… :) Make sure you visit their blogs – since everyone had to list ten bloggers they liked, there are plenty of new reads just waiting to be discovered! By the way, while we’re at the make sure you stage, make sure you enter the giveaway – time’s almost up!
Now, for my ten things. I’m just going to type them off the bat so I don’t overthink it.
1. I have vitiligo. I call it a cosmetic disease, because the only effect it has is to cause gradually increasing loss of pigment in your skin. Since there are some really bad and painful conditions out there, I really don’t feel justified (or inclined) at all to complain about this one, when it is not harming my health or causing me any discomfort. Also, since I have super-white skin (this always used to annoy me, but it’s coming in handy now!), you cannot see my white spots except in the summer, when the rest of my skin tans. That also means that I get to assess every summer how much it has spread in the past year. :) So far the white spots are mainly on my hands, around my elbows and a few on my feet (they usually start around your joints for some unknown reasons), but there are a few showing up on my face and I’m thinking of taking a course on make-up some time in the future – I’m not a big expert on applying make-up, and I’ll definitely need to get better at it to hide my white spots as they spread…
In case you’re interested, vitiligo is an auto-immune disease, no one really knows why it develops and it is non-treatable. People react differently to it (some improve with sun exposure, some get worse). It’s my second auto-immune disease (the first one is hereditary problems with my thyroid, which is super-common these days, and also causing me no problems), and whenever I catch a cold and people say stuff like “Your immune system must be weak”, I can counter by saying “No, my immune system is super-strong, it’s so strong that it’s bored with not having anything to do so it attacks things in my own body just for fun…” ;)
2. I’ve always been good at school. It kind of loses its value after a while, I mean I don’t feel like I’ve made a big accomplishment if I get an A in an exam. On the other hand, I am much less confident with learning skills (it took me four attempts to pass my driving exam, and I was always bad at gym), so becoming good at a physical skill, such as knitting, makes me super-proud of myself. :)
3. About a year and a half ago, I started dancing Argentinian tango. I had never danced anything before in my life and I fell in love completely. I’m on a tango hiatus at the moment because the London scene is not so good (surprizingly and sadly), but I’ve started taking ballroom dancing classes in the meantime. I’m always surprized by how much I enjoy each and every lesson and I have a sneaky feeling that I’ll be dancing for the rest of my life…
4. I learned German for four years in high school, and then completely neglected it. Now I can barely mutter a few words. I’m sad about neglecting something that I already had at my fingertips, if I had only kept at it I could’ve been fluent now.
5. My dream travel destination is Easter Islands. They just seem to be out of this world!
6. There are always too many things in my bag, it gets quite heavy from just the ‘necessities’. What with the planner, book, knitting, and other things that I wish I could always have with me, umbrellas usually get kicked out. I hate having to carry them around anyway.
7. I’ve read the whole of Marcel Proust‘s “In Search of Time Lost”. When I was doing a year abroad in the US during my undergrad, I had a very inspired literature teacher (he was like those literature teachers you see in the movies, very bohemian and always challenging his students in a good way), and he suggested a course with only a few people, where we spent the whole semester reading and discussing Proust’s six volumes (I think each was about 500 pages). Before we started, he warned us: “No one is ever going to believe you that you’ve read the whole thing.” I don’t really care if people believe me. It was an amazing experience. I had hated Proust’s writing before and thought it was boring as hell, but that year I discovered an affinity for him and thoroughly enjoyed myself!
8. My baby sister is ten years my junior. She graduated high school a few days ago. When I was 15 and she 5, people would ask me at the beach if I was her mother! It would get me terribly offended! :D
9. I very very very rarely wear high heels. My mom usually tears up with pride when I do. Yes, it’s that rare! :D
10. When I start talking to my friends, I can’t stop. Have you noticed? ;))))
ENOUGH about me! Wanna look at some beautiful bloggers? Here you go!
Untangling Knots is currently looking for test knitters
Caim and Coracle has just finished her first Zimmerman
Blue Garter is expecting and glowing :)
Owl in the Dark‘s description of the solstice celebrations at Stonehenge mesmerised me
Juicy Knits revealed that Principal Skinner is a knitter
Simulacra is taking a short break from blogging, but there’s plenty of good content to catch up on
A Black Pepper was published in Artful Blogging
Permission to Unwind has the Goldilocks Syndrome
Reading while Knitting – I wish I could do it
Knit a While also has a pattern book giveaway going on at the moment
Three Little Purls – I can’t think of a cuter name for a knitting blog :)
These are ten random links from my massive list of beautiful bloggers! I hope that some of them are new to you and that you enjoy them! :)