Blogiversary and Book Giveaway!

17 March 2009 at 1:57 am 10 comments

Ciao Bloggisti!

It’s a very special moment for me. This proud mammina is thrilled to celebrate my baby’s 1st birthday with y’all.


Yes, Milanese Masala is a year old! Well, to be honest, the actual blogiversary was a couple of weeks ago but (surprise, surprise!) I didn’t get around to writing this post till now. Maybe it’s the change of season, maybe it’s my latent narcolepsy waking up again. Whatever it is, I’m just too exhausted to stay up late and write like I used to in the early days.

In honour of her birthday I’ve decided to give the old broad a facelift. It’s just what best friends do. You like? It’s still a work in progress but I think it’s much easier to read. I plan on improving my photos and start putting myself on a stricter schedule but I ain’t making no promises!

I guess now I should take the customary stroll down Blogiversary Lane,  look back, take stock of the past year, etc, etc. What have I learned? Well, that I’m a touch crazy to have decided to embark on a blogging career considering that a) I already have a full-time job b) we moved into our new house 2 years ago and still have a garage full of boxes to unpack and c) I have two little ‘uns, one of whom is a terremoto toddler who leaps small cabinets in a single bound.

So why in the hoo ha did I start blogging in the first place ? Truth be told, despite my busy life, I really love writing and I thought what better outlet to spew my senseless ramblings in than a blog. Plus, it would get me in the habit of writing regularly (or so I thought). I was also muchly inspired by my pal Joanne at Frutto della Passione. She’s taught me so much and helped this tech numbskull out on many a occasion. Thanks Jo! And of course, there’s a great community of expat bloggers that I wanted to get to know better. I “met” so many cool people because of my blog and for that I’m grateful.

Now, on with the shoe…

To celebrate my blogiversary I wanted to subject you to a meme that I did on FB. Some of you have probably already read this but for those who haven’t, it’s a way for all you newbies to get to know me a little better. Here are 25 Random Things About Me:

1. I believe humour and music can save your soul…

2. … so at the ripe old age of 30-something, I’ve decided to learn to play the guitar! Funny, eh?

3. I am slow at everything except driving.

4. Yet I was picked to be a part of a 4×100 relay team in Gr.8

5. I’m crazy for cats. They are the smartest, coolest, calmest, most beautiful animals in the world.

6. I’m a plant killer. I love flowers and gardens so I’m hoping to change my homicidal ways.

7. There’s nothing sexier than talking to a man who’s actually listening to you. A sense of humour don’t hurt either.

8. It’s terrible but I love gossip, from reading it to doing it. All harmless but it’s a bad habit I hope to kick.

9. I’d like to be a writer. Of some sort. I think.

10. I used to throw cutlery from our 6th floor balcony when I was a toddler.

11. My 2 yr old is obsessed with dinner knives. Coincidence?

12. I once sang The Greatest Love of All in an audition for a high school musical. I vaguely remember people chuckling during my heartfelt performance. I didn’t get the part.

13. I’ve had a love affair with the city of Paris ever since I first went there at 16 and did everything possible to live there, which I finally managed to do at university.

14. I think dictionaries are cool

15. Is there anything better than hugging a baby/child who’s just woken up, all toasty and warm?

16. If you want to ride in my car you have to listen to music. My music. Unless you’re a kid which means you can choose from either Raffi or Sharon, Lois & Bram.

17. If I had the chance to meet one famous person it would have to be Paul McCartney.

18. I’ve been married twice. To the same guy. Still waiting for that engagement ring, though.

19. I’ve been to India five times.

20. I used to have straight hair when I was a kid. My hair started going all wonky at puberty. I was so desperate to fix it I even had two perms when I was in high school. No joke.

21. I love lists. I love it when a plan comes together. I absolutely hate it when they don’t, especially if it’s due to somebody going back on their word.

22. I’m a terrible procrastinator. I really should be doing something else instead of writing this list.

23. I used to collect dryer lint.

24. My people can’t dance. Well, that’s what my father used to say.

25. I really wish I could have heard him say that to his grandkids.

I am also commemorating the blogiversary by doing  my very first giveaway. Yes, you read right! I am giving away an autographed copy of renowned novelist and translator Tim Parks‘s latest book, Dreams of Rivers and Seas.


As Jane Shilling of the Sunday Telegraph says, Dreams of Rivers and Seas is “a love story (or rather several love stories), an oblique and engrossing mystery, but above all a story about language and its limitations.”

If you want to win a copy of the book, all you have to do is post a comment from today (17 March) till Thursday 19 March. You can leave any comment you wish (be nice!) but it would be nice to hear  about your experiences with language limitations or even read what you have to say about the meme or even do your own. The winner will be chosen randomly from all those who posted comments. I will send the book anywhere so all you international lurkers can start speaking up for a change!

Can’t wait to read your comments!

p.s. Don’t forget about the Ultimate Blog Party 2009 at 5 Minutes for Mom from 20-27 March. I’m doing a giveaway there too!! Yes, la sciura è impazzita!

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10 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Sierra  |  17 March 2009 at 6:30 am

    Congrats on your anniversary! I’m just starting a blog myself so you are giving me some inspiration!

    Thanks so much Sierra! And I will definitely check out your blog 🙂

  • 2. sue  |  17 March 2009 at 6:49 am

    I like the new layout! Clean, fresh, full of impending Spring! And you’re giving away something for free! Congrats on your anniversary. You’re faring better than that audition for your high school musical! 😉

    Happy St. Paddy’s Day!

    In this economy I had to help out with some free literature. Were you there for that high school audition? I think so. Worse than those reject auditions on American Idol. Oh the shame!!

  • 3. Beatriz  |  17 March 2009 at 10:25 am

    Congratulations on your first year! I hope you get to be much older… it is always such a pleasure to read your fun filled posts. Loved the list, loved the self-deprecation, the glimpses of your family life, and the energy behind it all. I also like the new format, was it easy to change? I have been thinking about it too. See you at the ultimate blog party! Cheers.

    Hi Beatriz!! Glad you enjoy the blog. It’s not much compared to your writing but I get a kick out of it when I’m not feeling guilty about not doing more. It was very easy to change formats. Just took a click. Write me a line if you want some advice.

  • 4. joanne at frutto della passione  |  17 March 2009 at 10:49 am

    First of all CONGRATS!!! Both for the aniversary and finishing the post 😉
    Love the new layout, it is very inviting and cheerful. Think about editing number 18 to reflect the fact that you are not going for Liz Taylor’s record!!
    All kidding aside, keep at it, there will always be rough patches when real life gets in the way, but you’ve already made it to one year!!!

    I know! It took me long enough, eh? I edited no.18. Don’t want anyone calling me Linda Taylor Todd Fisher Burton Burton Fortensky etc. 😉

  • 5. nyc/caribbean ragazza  |  17 March 2009 at 12:48 pm

    Happy Blogiversary!

    Love the new look.

    Your 25 things were hilarious. I can’t believe people had the never to chuckle when you were singing “The Greatest Love Of All”.

    I agree with you, cats rule. I wish I was allergic to them or I would have one or maybe even two.

    Glad you enjoyed the list! Yes, they laughed but I’m sure Whitney got the same treatment back in the day. Um, well maybe not then but certainly now 😉

  • 6. nyc/caribbean ragazza  |  17 March 2009 at 12:48 pm

    dang. that should be WASN’T

  • 7. LuLu  |  17 March 2009 at 8:32 pm

    Congratulations!! 🙂 Happy Blogiversary!!! It is always great reading your blog!!

    Thanks Lulu!! I appreciate the support 🙂

  • 8. Kristen  |  17 March 2009 at 9:45 pm

    Hey Linda!
    I like the new layout. Clean and bright. Happy 1 year!
    I can’t think of a language limitation story, and you’ve read my 25 things. So I’ll add five more random things about me for your reading pleasure:
    1. If I’m not assigned to a particular task I will be sitting somewhere staring off into space. Or watching TV.
    2. I have been trying to develop a unifying system for organizing everything in my life for as long as I can remember. I believe that this system, whenever I have that eureka moment, will be my last artwork.
    3. I have a recurring dream that I am late for a flight to France and I must rely on inefficient and unreliable means of getting to the airport.
    4. I will never again believe in the validity of alternative medicine, and that makes me sad.
    5. I always want to live in the smallest space possible and am frustrated that I don’t.

    Thanks for the list, K. I think if you can come up with a way to organize my house you will win a Nobel. And I also have recurring transportation dreams. What does it all mean????

  • 9. Val  |  18 March 2009 at 5:48 pm

    Well done! Happy Blogiversary to you! I have several of your entries to catch up on. I’m a bit old and bloglically-challenged, you still have to get back to me on how to ‘subscribe’ so I don’t miss anything!

    You’re doing what you should be doing (writing) – keep it up!

    Thanks, mahn! There are many ways to subscribe. If you have a Gmail account you can do so using Google Reader. Easy peasy!

  • 10. Addicted to DVDs « Milanese Masala  |  20 March 2009 at 12:38 am

    […] Like I didn’t have enough to do! p.s. There’s still time to leave a comment for the book giveaway! You have until midnight (ET). The winner will be announced next week. p.p.s the Ultimate Blog […]


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