Liebster Award

liebster-awardWe interrupt our regularly scheduled programing for something a little different: the Liebster Award. I’ve been graciously nominated by Life, the Universe and Lani – a blog about an expat teacher’s life in Thailand. She’s easy-going, funny (so darn funny), smart and interesting. Please take a second to stop by her blog to be enlightened and entertained!

Since she nominated me for this award, I don’t think she’ll mind if I quote her explanation of the Liebster Award:
“Basically, the Liebster Award is a Favorite Blog Award – Liebster is German for “favorite”. It is awarded to a blog that has less than 200 followers (although I actually have a hair more, but who’s counting). It’s a great way to interact with other smaller blogs and to get everyone more connected!”

The rules for the Award (which Lani modified, and which I will, too) are as follows:
1. Each person who is nominated must post 11 things about themselves.
2. You must also answer the questions that the tagger set for you in addition to creating 11 questions for the people you nominate to answer.
3. Nominate new bloggers.
4. Go to your nominees’ pages and tell them.
5. Thank and link back to the person’s blog who nominated you.

I won’t write 11 things about myself.  If you have a specific question, you can always just ask! And I won’t nominate more bloggers, although I’ve listed a few of my favorites below that you should definitely check out. I will, however, answer the five questions given to me by Lani:

1. How do you decide what to write about?

The premise of my blog is our big move from San Francisco to the Detroit area, and since I’m only five months in, I have a lot of material to work with. Everything is new for me still.

2. What inspired your blog name?

That’s easy. My new town: Grosse Pointe.

3. What was the best present ever given to you?

A motorcycle jacket. I had been dating my now husband for about 3-4 months. We sometimes went for rides on his motorcycle and one day he announces that I should have my own jacket. He took me to a store, where we settled on a feminine-cut bird’s egg blue jacket. That to me, was significant because it told me he was in it for the long haul, that he planned to take me on many more adventures. I don’t know how many girls can say they received a motorcycle jacket as a first gift. It’s pretty romantic.

4. Where is the most beautiful place you have ever been?

I should say the Seychelle Islands, because it’s the most exotic (and expensive) place I’ve been. But if I really think about it, I’d have to say Tuscany. Italy has my heart as much as San Francisco does. And San Francisco is a close second to Tuscany, if not tied. Some of the most beautiful, awe-struck, there-is-a-God type moments I’ve experienced have been in these two cities.

5. What is the best job you’ve ever had?

Serving as the director of contract administration at Papyrus. I loved working with artists and agencies and I loved all the copyright law stuff. I also loved being in downtown San Francisco and working in a loft-style open environment. Plus, it took me away from the worst job I ever had, which was working for a toy company, but I met some of my very favorite people there, so it served its purpose.

Now for some of my favorite WordPress blogs:
-Scarlett @ Hello Scarlett Blog. Beautiful shots and sweet posts. A really lovely blog.
-Ehren David Edralin @ Masculine Manhattan. Because who doesn’t love NYC street style, especially when it focuses on the gents?
Street Smarts for Suburban Moms. Like me, she moved from the city to suburbia. I like to read her take on things and she often poses issues that make me think about how I might handle similar situations.
-Annie @ This Northern Belle. She’s super cute and here in Michigan. A fun, happy lifestyle blog.

Thanks again, Lani! You rock hard.





Blog Snack


I had planned to get another Hawaii post done today. But the craziness that is moving has kicked in this week. Calling health insurance brokers, filling out paperwork, posting stuff on Craigslist (and filtering emails from crazy people – ahhhh!), sorting through the dumbest piles of things (old magazines that I MUST have kept all this time for a reason. So having to look through every page before throwing away).  AND on top of that there’s Valentine’s Day and our little girl is turning five next week.

So. Instead of Hawaii, I give you one of my favorite blogging snacks: Trader Joe’s Caramel w/ Black Sea Salt chocolate bar with a few pinches of Roasted Coconut Chips. Paired with a full-bodied red wine (my fave: Cabernet Sauvignon), it’s pretty perfect combo. Having some right now (except with Cotes du Rhone instead of Cab).

Come to think of it, I often (always?) snack when I blog.  What’s your favorite blogging snack?