Tuesday 18 January 2011

Stylish Blogger Award

My blog post is a little different today, on account of being able to announce that I am now the proud owner of a Stylish Blogger Award.  Yes! Really! I know!  I’m very grateful to BookAngel, it was a truly lovely surprise.  I’m just happy anybody reads my blog at all - if it makes them chortle, sympathise or empathise, well, that puts a good dollop of icing on the cake.  Well done to Faye (BookAngel) for winning her own Stylish Blogger Award as she had to win one herself before she could pass it on to me.  Faye reads and reads and reads so if you want to know what’s out there, visit her blog:  http://faybaysbooks.blogspot.com

Here are the rules:
1. Thank the person who gave you the award and link back to them in your post.
2. Tell us 7 things about yourself.
3. Award 15 recently discovered great bloggers.
4. Contact these bloggers and let them know they have won!

So now I have to tell you seven things about myself.  I know, I know, but those are the rules.  And I’m a Virgo and we have to follow rules or we spontaneously combust.  Trust me, I annoy myself with it, let alone anyone else.

I suppose I could tell you about putting my arm in a spin drier which hadn’t switched off. That caused quite a stir, not to mention great inconvenience to me and my family with my children then only three and two years old.  My three year old was cross with me for being so stupid – hmmm, out of the mouths of babes...Let’s just say the arm in question flew out and I dread to think what would have happened if, after dislocating at the elbow, I hadn’t caught the spinning forearm with my other hand.

I woke up during an anaesthetic.  Or rather, I like to say I did.  My anaesthetist friend has since told me that I would simply have come out of recovery a little earlier than they might have expected – which doesn’t sound quite as impressive. It was pretty horrific though, I have to say.  I’ve used some of the images from it in my book, Glass Houses, when my main character, Tori Williams, is having dreams and hallucinating whilst in a coma. 

The anaesthetist at the operation (with whom I had fallen madly in love, it always happens to me after a general anaesthetic and is very embarrassing), eventually managed to convince me that I was no longer being pushed in an enormous wheel chair by Michelin Men type staff with huge monocles the size of ships’ port holes around the spiral stair cases of the hospital and hadn’t, actually, moved from the operating theatre for the duration.  I will never forget him saying, ‘Nicht weinen, Maedel, nicht weinen...’ in the softest Swiss-German accent (I was on holiday at the time).  Who says German can’t be romantic?

I am five foot one and three-quarters (you think that’s small, my mum’s four foot eleven and has size three feet!) and have found out just today, that I weigh the same as a new born hippopotamus – or half a baby elephant – which, I would like to add, is not as much as you might think.  I wouldn’t want to birth either of them, however.

I also found out today that I am 38% right and 62% left brained which in layman’s terms means that I’m just under two thirds dull and over a third scatty nightmare.

And my most embarrassing experience?  There are a few to choose from but a clear winner has to be... well, if you’ve been following my blog for a while, you will know about the fire exit for extremely strong visiting pets.

That isn’t quite seven.  But I shall stop there before I start talking about running...

I also get to award 15 of my favourite bloggers with their own Stylish Blogger Award.  I know I will have missed someone so ask your forgiveness in advance.  Please blame it on ever decreasing brain cells as opposed to any malice.  Please also overlook the fact that the list currently stands at 14.  I’ve left myself a space to sneak in the most excruciating miss. It’s a Virgo thing, we like to cover our selves...

www.talkaboutwasted.blogspot.com/  (Nicola has a few blogs so I didn’t really know which one to pick but the way she writes just makes me chortle, whatever she’s talking about.)


  1. Congrats Late Night Girl. You rock!

  2. Ah, thanks my favourite late night companion - enjoy your lunch :-)

  3. Glad you caught your arm!
    Welldone i'm not surprised you were the winner!keep up the blogging and writing!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  4. Thanks Antonia! The gods were smiling on me the day I caught my arm. Even with the amazing surgeons, I still think it could have been a whole different ball game. Still, at least I got a story out of it ;)

  5. Well done Jackie, and thanks too.

    Was the spin dryer that caused the accident a twin tub? Those things were lethal.

  6. ...which half of the elephant ?? Front or back ?? Or are we talking "Damien Hurst-esque down the middle" ?? I'm a Pisces and need to know details !!!

    Seriously though - well done you. Excellent !!!

  7. Congrats! And thanks for sharing the images about your arm. I was hungry, but now think I'll skip on lunch! ;-)

  8. So Charlie, now you need to do the squirmy seven things about yourself piece - look forward to it! The spin drier was an electric one which started by closing the handle on the lid and I, errrr, (there were no instructions she adds hastily) assumed that you'd do the opposite to switch it off. If I hadn't have been talking when I put my arm in (top loading) I might have heard it spinning... The shocking thing for me was that I was told it would have been spinning so fast the drum could have looked still. Eeek!

  9. Ha ha Hazel. But you're a Pisces so you have a wonderful imagination so I'll leave it with you :)

  10. Hi Kim! Glad to be of service ;-)

  11. Well done!
    Not sure whether the "stir" caused by the spin drier was intentional or just happenstance!!!!
    Enjoyable read as ever.

  12. Tee hee, Ron, 'happenstance', unfortunately, I'd love to pretend otherwise!

  13. Thanks for coming over to my blog and linking me to your post. You're one of only 2...or 3 that did haha. So I appreciate it and being able to read your post! : ) I'm a new follower for your blog! And, OUCH! I can't believe that spin dryer story. Glad you're ok. Lucky for me, I already ate haha!

  14. Congrats on the award. Quite the arm story. Ouch.

  15. Hey, thanks Jackie!

    As a Virgoan, btw, you really should have put your seven things in alphabetical order, no??

  16. Thanks for reading, Joe. Loads more to the arm story... shall spare you for now :-)

  17. Sandie, you are absolutely right of course, it's just that feisty bit of Scorpio goading me into rebelling...

  18. Pleasure, Book Angel, and thanks for following! Maybe the others are just a little behind on their links?

  19. Pleasure, Mark, your posts are often thoughtful and very often amusing - how could I leave you out??

  20. Congratulations Jax, a well deserved accolade! I love reading your blog and am so glad that others appreciate it too. By the way what is wrong with being small? They don't make diamonds as big as bricks (now where have you heard that before???)

  21. Yay!! Thank you.... Big numpty that I am, I had missed this...
    LOVE your list though.... :)

  22. Pleasure Jane, and now you see why I thought your blog was in response to this?? Funny, funny...

  23. Thanks Lyn, as ever!

    And good things come in small packages, too :-)


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