Very Inspiring Blogger Award

This morning, I woke up and heard some exciting news: I was nominated for the Very Inspiring Blogger Award! What is this, you ask? Essentially, it’s an award, roughly one step down from the Pulitzer, awarded to bloggers by other bloggers. I would describe it kind of like a chain letter, but the kind you used to get when you were a kid where you put your name on a list and then sent the list to fifteen other people and sent stickers to the first person on the list—does anyone else remember this sticker scheme, or is it just me? This description isn’t going very well, so I’ll get down to the award…


The “Rules”

  • Thank and link to the person who nominated you.
  • List the rules and display the award.
  • Share seven facts about yourself.
  • Nominate 15 other blogs you enjoy, and let them know that you have nominated them.

Thank you, Quiche Lauren, for the nomination! Besides having one of the wittiest French-themed blog titles I’ve come across (what a good time to be named Lauren!), this blog gives a lot of good information about the details of TAPIF, including a play-by-play post on getting CAF, which I found to be both informative and soul-crushing. Now onto the seven facts about myself…

  1. I am absolutely and completely obsessed with my dog Jamie. This should be no surprise to anyone who reads this blog. One time my friend from college thought Jamie was my best friend from home—like, a person—because I talked about her so much.
  2. One time when I was a kid, I stayed in a hotel where they were doing tryouts for a child tv competition show called “The Most Talented Kid in America.” My dad bribed me into trying out. Needless to say, I was not the most talented kid in America.
  3. I love watching reality television, especially any of the Real Housewives franchises. A lot of people in my life (my dad, my boyfriend, and my grandmother) try to shame me for this but it hasn’t worked yet.
  4. I love clocks. I was so excited when I found the clock room at the British museum and I was completely enthralled by the movie Hugo.
  5. This is not my first blog. I was a prolific blogger between the ages of 13 and 15. I maintained a very detailed Xanga, where I wrote about all the interesting things I did like go to play practice and hang out with my friends at their houses (I also did a lot of quizzes, especially the ones that asked the hard-hitting questions like “How many hearts have you broken?” or “What do you prefer: a cute smile or sexy eyes?”). This blog is still online and sometimes I look at it and can’t contain my laughter.
  6. In 2010, I attended the Bonnaroo music festival as a member of the press. It was while I was attending Stonehill College, a small school of about 2,500 people, and I applied as a writer for the school’s arts and culture magazine (I wasn’t even on the staff, but my friend was an editor and told me I could say I was). When I was in line to pick up the press pass, I was chatting with the guy next to me. He told me he was a reporter for Rolling Stone. I told him I was a reporter for Rolling Stonehill.
  7. Most of the major things in my life are directly related to the flip decision I made when I was ten years old to study French instead of Spanish or Latin (because it was more romantic). Directly because of this decision, I made many of my closest friends, found my career path, met my boyfriend of four years, and visited about twenty countries. I have a love/hate relationship with France, but I have no doubts that speaking French has been one of the single greatest influences on my life thus far.

Now for the nominations. Spoiler alert: I am nominating less than fifteen people. I am not the most integrated into the blogging community, and so I actually don’t follow too many blogs—I know, shame on me. So while I haven’t technically followed the rules on this part, remember that quality is more important than quantity.

Present Perfect – Anne is a TAPIF blogger from Washington D.C. living in Chambéry…and also my roommate. She writes a lot of interesting things about her experiences in France and the tiny kids she works with, and she is much more observant than me. Fun fact: there is typically a 2-3 week post delay on Anne’s blog because she’s so behind on writing things, so if you read a lot of TAPIF blogs, you’ll find that Anne’s stands out in the sense that, when everyone is posting about Christmas, she’s finally posting about Thanksgiving.

Maiden Voyage – Julia is another assistant blogger from Warwick University…and also one of my closest friends in Chambéry. She is absolutely hysterical. I could be a bit biased, because she writes about me all the time, but I think she really is objectively funny.

La Vie Alpine – Rose is also an assistant blogger from Warwick University…and also my former roommate. Do you notice a pattern here? Rose also writes for so she is really legit. Unlike Anne, Julia, and me, Rose actually goes out at night and even goes to clubs and parties, so if you want to read anything about France after dark, this is your best bet.

Wanderlust Walsh – Frankie is one of my friends from college, and she is a kindred spirit. She is absolutely crazy and always doing crazy things, but also quite reflective. Unfortunately, she hasn’t posted in forever, but maybe this will inspire her to write something again. If not, you can still read about all of her past adventures in Italy and South Korea.

Sarah Eats Boston – Sarah writes an awesome food blog about places in and around Boston. Sometimes it’s a bit upsetting to look at because I can’t actually go to any of these restaurants at the moment and France does not have any of the delicious foods she describes (up your Mexican game, France!).

Le Fabuleux Destin d’Amy – Amy is another TAPIF blogger, and the first person on this list who I don’t know personally. She lives in Paris, and can give some insight into the big city TAPIF experience—something for which I have absolutely no reference point.

As Told by Dana – Dana has written extensively about TAPIF and becoming a lectrice in France. She has probably been nominated for this award numerous times, but I’ll nominate her again. Not only is her blog incredibly helpful for anyone looking to do anything in France, but she also is a frequent commenter (the positive reinforcement is really nice). She is also currently working as a lectrice in Nord-Pas-de-Calais, where I did my first TAPIF year!

Thanks again, Lauren, for the nomination!

6 thoughts on “Very Inspiring Blogger Award

  1.                                                           WOW!!!  Am I impressed!!!  You bet.  Apparently, my reaction to my very intelligent granddaughter’s love for “Real Housewives” has nothing to do with your amazing abilities to accomplish beautifully.   If you win the award, great – but just being nominated – that is definitely a WOW!!  Keep me posted and, hopefully, since I keep my clothes on most of the time, I can “see” you soon.  Love yo  

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  3. Love the Bonnaroo story! And it was only a small bribe to get you to go a little outside your “comfort zone” Plus you got that great t-shirt!

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