versatile? c’est moi (and no, I don’t know how to say it in arabic)

It’s (another) beautiful day in Abu Dhabi but I’m gloomy. The semester looms, the unfinished manuscript(s) languish, the (feral) children bicker, the husband business trips, I drive around doing errands.


Then I get home and discover that a woman who writes a column called mynewfavoriteday emails me to say she’s giving me an award: Most Versatile Blogger. I like this woman’s writing, admire her story, and am all kinds of flattered.

See? Even with a badge and everything:

Versatile. I like that word. Versatile as opposed to the words I more frequently use to myself when I describe this blog–random, scattered, diffuse, unfocused, niche-less, grab-bag.  But versatile? That’s…groovy, flexible, hip, MacGyvery.

So thank you Shannon, for a much-needed lift and now for the rules for the Versatile Blogger Award:

1. Thank the award-giver and link back to them in your post.

2. Share 7 things about yourself.

3. Pass this award along to 15 recently discovered blogs you enjoy reading.

4. Contact your chosen bloggers to let them know about the award.

Yay for fifteen new writers.  Ugh, seven things about me.

About Me:

1. I can pick up almost anything with my toes. My feet seem very close to our monkey ancestors.

2. In some parallel universe where I can sing (or even lip-synch), I’d like to be a rock star.

3. Turning forty felt fabulous (probably because I spent so much time alliterating) but I’m already fearing fifty, which doesn’t happen for two more years. Fifty feels…final.

4. Writing a blog is the closest I will ever get, I imagine, to being an eighteenth-century gadfly, ala Addison (or Steele).

5. I have really good name-face recognition, which is one of the greatest assets I have as a teacher (besides my total brilliance, of course): students realize that I’m going to know if they’re not in class.

6. I love awards shows (and the crucial pre-game commentary).

7. I have a crush on my new iphone.

And now I’m off to spread versatile joy around the interwebs.

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9 Responses to versatile? c’est moi (and no, I don’t know how to say it in arabic)

  1. Stasha January 11, 2012 at 2:18 pm #

    Well look at you. ALl this toe picking was inevitably going to bring you fame and an award!! You are by far one of my favorite writers. Goes without saying. So this is well deserved and congrats. I Hope Babble is noticing this too!
    PS Thank you ever so much Ms Versatile!

  2. Lady Jennie January 11, 2012 at 2:25 pm #

    I am terrible at names, but I’m really good at remembering every detail of stories people tell me.

  3. Ado January 11, 2012 at 4:43 pm #

    I had no idea that “business-trips” was a verb. I am really excited about this.
    Loved your list.
    Congrats on el award!
    PS: You should consider getting innoculated against feral children – they carry a lot of weird diseases…(-:

  4. Alexandra January 12, 2012 at 12:32 am #

    I’m awful at faces.


    People start looking alike to me, especially at a distance.

    I am that mad woman waving at everyone in town.

    Hello! er…sorry. Hello! er…. sorry.

  5. Shannon from 'mynewfavoriteday' January 12, 2012 at 9:28 am #

    Loved the piece and the 7 things…thanks for the nice blurb about mnfd!

  6. Melissa January 12, 2012 at 11:45 am #

    Having been gone from the blogosphere for a while, yours is one of the first I came back to check in on. Versatile is cool! Scattered is interesting! Grab-bag is always full of surprises! You are a veritable tapestry of information and I keep coming back for more!

  7. Jamie January 12, 2012 at 1:44 pm #

    We play a little game at dinner with cards that asks questions and one last night was what’s one possession you have that you wish for never dying, fading, expiring, etc. I said my phone. We have a problem!! I’m glad to be in your company though!

  8. Alison@Mama Wants This January 14, 2012 at 12:49 am #

    Thank you for the award!!! Truly, truly flattered.

    I’d really like to see you pick up chopsticks with your toes. What? I’m fascinated.

  9. emy January 14, 2012 at 3:46 am #

    congrats! am a new reader (also living in abu dhabi) and really enjoy your take on this crazy place (especially the humor you bring!). and as far as the arabic word for your title . . . i believe my students would put it, “ANA! ANA! ANA! ANA!”

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