To accept this award, I need to reveal seven things about myself.
This is hard for me - who wants to hear about my life??? I tried to make it interesting. :) Here goes:
1. Although I majored in business, I took a detour for part of my university time and studied fine arts in London. During that time, I learned to appreciate why Shakespeare deserved all that good press! BTW, Oregon has a renowned Shakespeare Festival - if you haven't been, I'd recommend it!
2. Lest you think I'm a culture snob, you should know that my musical tastes are a bit eclectic. I love Metallica as much as I love Mozart, and have seen live performances of each. Loved 'em both. Does that surprise anyone?!?
I decided NOT to include a picture of Metallica, only Mozart - he's nicer to look at. :)
3. I spent most of my high-tech career living throughout California, including several years in the Russian Hill neighborhood of San Francisco with views like this. During that time I really fell in love with beautiful design and the good taste that so defines San Francisco's reputation as a sophisticated and beautiful location. To me it doesn't get any better than San Francisco.
4. My otherwise very traditional, yet open minded parents took me to visit the now infamous Rajneeshpuram commune in Oregon when I was a child. They weren't thinking of giving away all their assets and joining, which many professionals at that time were doing (Our tour guide was a doctor from Chicago who had left his family and turned over all of his assets to the commune so he could live there). Fortunately, my parents were only curious about this very interesting phenomenon that went on in Oregon at that time. I think that I got my curiosity for exploring exotic places from my parents, don't you?!!
All of the members wore "energy colors" and the leader had a collection of Rolls Royces...
5. I have a mental list of future hobbies to explore, including glass blowing and pottery. I'd LOVE to learn how to make something like this:
6. I started skiing when I was 4 and went on to work on ski patrol as well as race. I still love skiing and I am starting to really get back into it now that my kids are at an age where they can ski too! Thanks Dad, for all those years of patient instruction and hot chocolate!
7. After four years in Munich, I am relatively fluent in German which was a huge personal goal for me. I'm also working on reviving my Spanish. The good and bad news is that my kids have easily passed me on both langugages already! Seeing my kids pick up languages so quickly has made me a total evangelist for early language education in America!
Well, that's enough about me! Now for the fun part. I am passing this award on to the following very deserving bloggers - some of which I have been inspired by for a while and others that are new to me that I am just getting to know. Please stop by their blogs and say hello:
- Eclectic Revisited
- The Design Pages
- Field Stone Hill
- Haus and Home
- The Vintique Object
- Home Bunch
- Hyphen Interiors
- Living Savvy
- My Wishful Thinking
- The Lennox
- Belgian Pearls
- Karina Gentinetta
- Splendid Market
- The Buzz Blog
Thank you again Debra - I'm honored!
Also, thanks for all of the feedback yesterday on Eat-In Kitchens. It was very interesting to hear everyone's comments. There were a variety of opinions which I found great - we all have different needs and ideas of perfection, and that's what makes all of this design stuff soooo interesting! :) Bis Morgen! (until tomorrow...:))