Friday, January 14, 2011

Pleasantly Surprised...

This week was a good one for me in blogosphere.  We got a snow day which allowed me to blog a little more!!  Always a good thing.  

And, two talented and stylish bloggers, Casey from Loft and Cottage and Maureen from Eclectic Revisited passed along the Stylish Blogger Award my way!  Thank you, ladies!!  It's great to be recognized! 

So, without further adieu, here are 7 things about myself:

1. I live in the coldest and draftiest house in all of New England.  Our house is old and I hate the cold.  
2. During my single years, I lived in Manhattan for eight years working for an investment banking firm.
3. My husband and I got set-up through a mutual friend and our first date was a friend's wedding.  He lived in CT and I lived in Philadelphia, PA.  After our first date, he drove down every weekend to see me and we got married exactly 365 days after our first date.
4. I have an ungraduate degree in Accounting and two Master degrees in Organizational and Counseling Psychology.
6. I have had the opportunitiy to live in many places: PA, NJ, Riyadh (Saudi Arabia), TX (boarding school), Brussels (Belgium), Rottweil (Germany), FLA, NYC, and now CT.  
7. I speak German fluently and taught German boys English at a boy's boarding school in Rottweil, Germany.  My first day of teaching, I was standing in front of a room of teenaged German boys and I will admit, I was nervous.  Thinking of ways to break the ice, I thought I would say "Don't worry, I'm cool".  Well, little did I know that the formal word for 'cool' in German also has a second slang connotation.  So, what I really said and what they heard was, "Don't worry, I'm horney!"  I never lived that day down and it was an uphill battle from that day on.....:)
8. And, one more, I love to laugh.....I have a stupid/silly kind of sense of humor and l love movies like 'Airplane' and the cartoon 'Far Side' cracks me up!!

Now, I get to pass along the Stylish Blogger Award to some recently discovered blogs.  I'm always amazed by the talent I find and I am sure you will love these blogs as much as I do:

As part of accepting the award, they'll...
+ Thank and link back to the person that awarded them {me}
+ Share seven things about themselves.
+ Pay it forward to some recently discovered bloggers.
+ Contact those bloggers about the award! 


  1. Hi Fran,
    that is too funny about the boy's school and first day of class...sounds like you've had a few adventures in life though, with all the awesome places you've lived...
    congratulations on the Award...
    I enjoy your blog..
    have a great day..

  2. Thank you SO much, Fran! I've adored reading your blog and learning so much through it. I have to tell you, the German classroom story has made my week for sure!

    Have a lovely weekend (with hopefully no more snow in the forecast)!

  3. Thanks Fran!! What a pick me up on a cold, snowing January day!

    I spit out my coffee in a fit of giggles when I read about your German Boy's School experience. O needed that!! So funny :)

    Have a great weekend and THANKS AGAIN (for the award and the giggle)!

  4. Oh this was so fun learning more about you- I did this yesterday and it was kind of hard figuring out what to speak about. Anyhoo..loved reading yours and what a fabulous life you've had so far. All of the travel and great learning- my 1st degree is in Psychology too and I lurv Brussels- how lucky that you got to live there. Great post!

  5. Thanks so much, Fran! I can't believe you lived in Saudi Arabia. Would love to hear more about that!

  6. So great to read your 7 things. You have traveled quite a bit--and love your Germany school story! Congrats on the award. Very well-deserved! Stay warm!!

  7. You are so interesting Fran, I loved learning a little more about you.

  8. That German experience is one you'll never forget, ha ha! Congrats on your award Fran and it was a treat to get to know more about you.

    BTW, that image of the kitchen is gorgeous! Enjoy your weekend.


  9. hi Fran! thanks so much for the stylish blooger award, sorry I am just getting back to you but I have been home with a sick baby all week :) So happy you enjoy my blog!!! Will post award on my blog next week, thanks again!


  10. that is the funniest thing that I have ever heard! (your first day at the school in Germany)

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