Getting to Know You

As we have some new friends who recently joined our blog, or popped over for a chat, I thought it would be nice to share some facts about each other (a fun meme).

Here goes:

i) What's your quickest legal route to joy?
Eating Ben & Jerry's, watching a good film and snuggled in a cashmere throw


ii) What do you ask yourself most often?
"Does my bum look big in this?" (well what do you expect after question 1 ;-)



iii) What was left on your To Do list last week?
Nothing-I micro-manage with military precision (sad really!)

iv) What's your biggest pet-peeve?
Arrogance



v) What is the last book you read?
I've just finished 're-reading 'Embracing Uncertainty' by Susan Jeffers and 'Water' by Dr Batmanghelidj (one of the best books I've ever read. Should be compulsory reading)

vi) Favorite iPad app?
Epicurian, and any apps related to recipes and cooking




vii) What words do you try to live by?
"If you have the choice of being right or kind......always choose kind" and,
"If you can't say anything nice, don't say anything at all".





viii) What's the most daring thing you've ever done?
Living in Hong-Kong, then moved to the island Mallorca and then to the Spanish mainland.

ix) Favorite Indulgence?
Luxury travel and best ingredients I can buy when on a "cooking mission".



My fav earrings at the moment http://bit.ly/zaYku5


x)What is the most interesting thing in your handbag right now?
A ring-sizer (someone always wants to know their ring size!)


Please join in the fun (you don't have to answer all the questions if you don't want too). I would LOVE to get to know you each a bit better xx


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41 comments:

  1. Hi

    What fun!! I will try to do this. Can't today because out the door for basketball, hair appt, then dinner out, but maybe soon...How long are you keep the link open?

    Are you on pinterest? You would be good to follow.

    I don't do much there, but you find the cutest photos.

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    1. Haven't mastered how Pinterest works; I must look into it. TY Leigh for popping by xx

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  2. Love this idea and learning more about you as I am one of your new followers...happy weekend!!

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  3. What I hate in people, um thats easy, the ones who believe their own hype and are so up themselves!

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    1. LOL! I know what you mean. Have me "put down" if I ever get like that ;-) xx

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  4. Great questions Van....I'll be back!

    And I love those earrings :) XX

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  5. i) My gorgeous little dog
    ii) WHY am I doing this? (at least 50 times a day)
    iii)To do list? Nothing!
    iv) Pet peeve? Sanctimonious, prim, humourless people.
    v) Read? Selected journals of L.M. Montgomery
    vii) Words to live by? I'm not a £100 note - so not everyone's going to like me!
    ix) Indulgence? Travel & books.
    x) In my handbag? My French homework - which makes me sound like a 12 year old!

    Great post Vanessa! xx

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    1. Hi SK. TYSM for playing. LOVE your words to live by; you can't resist being funny. I LOVE it!!!
      Have a great week despite the French homework xx

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  6. Always good getting to know you that much better! Do you miss Hong Kong? I can only handle about 3 weeks of it and it's enough... then I go back to missing extended family, food, shopping (like big time)!

    Have a lovely weekend V!
    x.o.x.o

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    1. Yes Sandee, I LOVED every minute.
      Happy Chinese New Year Sweets xx

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  7. I wish my bum looked big. I just don't put weight on there, I'm all belly fat.
    Not good unless you're Santa!

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    1. That pic of you in your lace dress in todays post shows NO belly fat Tabitha. I'd take that waist and stomach any day ;-)

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  8. Ah I just stumbled across your blog now! That's so cool that you live in Seville; I'm going to Madrid in the fall possibly!

    i) What's your quickest legal route to joy?
    A huge, steaming cup of black tea with milk and splenda.

    ii) What do you ask yourself most often?
    "What am I DOING?!"

    iii) What was left on your To Do list last week?
    Finishing cleaning my dorm...

    iv) What's your biggest pet-peeve?
    Arrogance

    v) What is the last book you read?
    The Time Traveler's Wife, so sad!

    vi) Favorite iPad app?
    Angry Birds. Guilty. As. Charged.

    vii) What words do you try to live by?
    "It's better to die of exhaustion than boredom."

    viii) What's the most daring thing you've ever done?
    Oh my gosh, this is so lame, but probably my first kiss. I need to get out more.

    ix) Favorite Indulgence?
    Hum...Shoes. Definitely shoes.


    x)What is the most interesting thing in your handbag right now?
    I don't even have a regular purse right now!

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    1. TYSM for playing. Must check out the book you've suggested. I've had it on my list for years.And I LOVE your words to live by ;-)

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  9. Vanessa,
    This was such fun!! I agree with you....kindness over being right, every time! Had never seen the quote about the ark/titanic and just love it!!! I am going to write that one down!

    Best book I've recently read was Rules of Civility by Amor Towles. Wonderful book!

    Hope you've had a fantastic weekend!!
    xo Elizabeth

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    1. TYSM for popping over to play. Your book has been noted ;-)
      Yes, I loved that quote when I saw it too.
      Have a lovely week Sweets xx

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  10. Hi dear, this is such a fun and interesting post. I am also a micro-mamager so I can relate to you.
    I am going to look out for those books you've mentioned. Its so great that you lived in different exotic locations
    Awesome words to live by!

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    1. TYSM Sam. I haven't lived in SA but holidayed there many times and regard it as more exotic than Spain ;-) Love Durban and Cape Town so much xx

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  11. Love learning more about peeps/blogs. So glad I came upon your blog. I love your content.

    Red Soles and Red Wine

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    1. Dear Jen
      TYSM for popping over and leaving your very kind comments; they really meant a lot to me :-)
      Will pop over and check out your blog too xx

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  12. Oh a ring sizer! I always need one of those! :) Loved getting to know u even better! You're so adventurous :) xoxo

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    1. TYSM Dawn. Always love seeing you here xx

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  13. Oh my friend, what a lovely post and it was wonderful getting to now you even more! Thank you for joining in for afternoon tea. Wishing you a fabulous week, blessings, xo HHL

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    1. TSYM Angel.
      Your tea party was extremely civilized; if only I could have popped round for real ;-)
      Have a lovely week Sweets xx

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  14. Hi Vanessa! Before I answer the questions, wanted to say thanks for your sweet comment ... you're always darling, darling. Okay, here goes (loved your answers)!

    1. Shop. Pretty window displays and boutiques and being around people makes me joyful.
    2. I ask myself if there's a way to do this better? (for whatever I'm doing.)
    3. Only thing left on my list was to stop WORKING and go out for the evening with my husband! And I can check that off!
    4. Probably when someone thinks that because I work from a studio at home that it's not "really" a job .. or thinking that I can stop what I'm doing at the drop of a hat and do my work later.
    5. "Bonjour Happiness" by Jamie Callan.
    6. Don't have an ipad yet.
    7. Do unto others ...
    8. Probably scuba diving for the first time without lessons (with a trusted diving friend).
    9. Luxury hotels and dessert.
    10. So funny -- I just bought a small cross-body Coach bag that hardly holds anything because I wanted something light that I didn't have to hold when running errands, etc. it only has room for my wallet, my phone, a lipstick and a pack of gum! (not very interesting!)

    This was fun! Have a great week, sweet Vanessa!

    Sandy at Ooh La Frou Frou
    http://oohlafroufrou.blogspot.com

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    1. TYSM Sandy for playing :-)
      LOVE your answers. Scuba diving without an instructor??!!! You're a braver girl than me Sweets.
      I've made a note of your book also ;-)
      Lovely getting to know you further Sandy.
      Have a wonderful week xx

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  15. What a fun thing to do! :-)

    1 - Sitting on my back porch looking out over the bush, something delicious to drink and my journal at hand.
    2 - What are you going to do about it?
    3 - Wrap (very belated!!) Christmas pressies for family overseas.
    4 - Unkindness.
    5 - The Blue Castle by LM Montgomery.
    6 - Scrabble.
    7 - I'm going to steal yours because it sums up my thoughts beautifully: "If you have the choice of being right or kind......always choose kind" :-)
    8 - Sell nearly everything and move to Europe and then move to Australia.
    9 - Traveling First Class on the train.
    10 - Brightly colored leather card holder from Malta.

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    1. TYSM Krista for playing. I knew your answers would be very interesting as you've lived such an interesting and spontaneous life.
      Wow! No. 8 is definitely a really BRAVE thing to have done (and with such success also) ;-)
      Also love No.1-wish I could join you on that lovely porch of yours.
      Have a lovely week Sweets xx

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  16. Aww! So fun to get to know you better! :)

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  17. Hi Vanessa! I love all your questions and answers. You have such a kind heart and it always shows through in your post. One thing about me and it drives my hubby and daughter crazy is: I don't know how to relax before EVERYTHING is done in my house. Can't sit if a find a crumb, have to get it. The best book I have ever read is a very small book "Mr. God This is Anna" by Sydney Hopkins under the pseudonym "Fynn" This small book has never left my heart.

    I always enjoy your post.
    Dee xoxo

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    1. TYSM Dee. I love seeing you over here. I can just imagine you at home buzzing around making everything perfect for your lovely family ;-)
      Dee, I've made a note of the book .

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  18. These comments are from the lovely Lori from Wildflowers:

    i) What's your quickest legal route to joy?
    Lately is has been a bubble bath and a book ~ then putting on my favorite body cream and slipping into clean jammies.

    ii) What do you ask yourself most often?
    Why have I not yet started by fitness routine I promised myself I would start in January ~ good thing I still have some days left!

    iii) What was left on your To Do list last week?
    Pick up my parcel at the post office ~ did that today.

    iv) What's your biggest pet-peeve?
    Cruelty to children or animals and 2 faced people.

    v) What is the last book you read?
    The Good-bye Quilt by Susan Wiggs

    vi) Favorite iPad app?
    The Weather Network ~ I am a loser!

    vii) What words do you try to live by?
    Live, Love & Laugh

    viii) What's the most daring thing you've ever done?
    Wish I could say that I went sky diving or bungee jumping ~ but alas I have nothing!

    ix) Favorite Indulgence?
    Other than my bubble baths I would have to say chocolate

    x)What is the most interesting thing in your handbag right now?
    I got this cute little flashlight for Christmas that looks like a tube of lipstick ~ I love it!

    Lori

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  19. Loved getting to know you a bit more...I had to pin "Does my bum look big in this?" on Pinterest. So funny and adorable.

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  20. Love this post so much Vanessa! It´s always so amazing to learn something more about my blog friends :) Love the Ben & Jerry part, the book recommendation and the quotes, so inspiring!
    Have a wonderful day!

    xx Ivana

    This is the last week to enter my "Perfect nail polish" event on Facebook! Check it out here

    Stop by sometimes :)
    Macarons and Pearls

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  21. Love this idea Vanessa. So fun getting to know blog friends better. Thanks for the great link on juicing!!

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  22. I can't believe I've never come upon your blog before but I'm thrilled to find you! I love this and your answers make me like you and want to get to know you!
    xo
    Sharon

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  23. Dear Vanessa, I am tres envious of your organisational abilities (number three on your list). My to-do list is never finished and there are some really old items on it. I am constantly playing catch-up both at work and at home. If you felt so inclined, a post on how to be efficient and up-to-date would be much appreciated by those of us a little lacking in this area!

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