Wednesday, May 5, 2010

Beautiful Blog Award

The ever lover-ly Christina Lindsay of Fashion's Most Wanted hath nominated me for a the Beautiful Blog Award!  Isn't she sweet.  If you haven't seen her blog yet, stop reading this and go straight to hers!  It's filled with fascinating characters, wit and beauty! 

In tradition of the award I give seven things you may not know about me (harder than you think!) and nominate seven others to do the same!  Without further ado I declare this gems to all have beautiful blogs:

Onto the seven:

1.  The name of my blog comes from my ancestry.  My mother is full Irish and my father is a mix of Italian and French. "Hibernia" was the Ancient Roman name for Ireland, and "homme" of course is "man" en Francais.

(Sneem, where my Ma's Ma is from)

(Village of Monteforte, where my Pa's peeps hail from...a loud bunch)

2.  I took piano lessons for 11 years.  I never can say "classically trained."  Although I can play comfortably with sheet music, I only have one song memorized start to finish:

3. My Grandma Virginia is who I favor the most.  Our interests are pretty much identical.  She's passed now, but when she died she left me her video collection, pretty funny actually.  This was her favorite and now mine.

(Auntie Mame)

4.  As you can tell, I have an honest obsession with the 1920's.  Almost everything I do for leisure involves it in some way, be it reading, film viewing, music playin' or daydreamin'...seems I'm not alone on this one.  I've gathered that most who read this blog have a similar passion which is my favorite thing about having this blog!

(image from The Retronaut)

5.  My father wanted to make sure we were all hardworkers and had us start working early.  I started full time in summers when I was 13.  First job: pool boy.  Not exactly slave labor.

6.  When I was only 9 months old, my parents packed us up to go down to Costa Rica for a month.  This was a time when there was no Jaco Beach and Manuel Antonio was deserted jungle.  I think whet my appetite to keep traveling and always have a trip planned. 
I would spend hours and hours looking at our globe.  When anyone would come over I'd bring it out, spin it and ask the guest where they wanted to older siblings still make fun of me for that.

(image by Alice Engel)

7.  When I was 19, I saved enough clams to plan a journey to South Africa alone.  Never have I been affected by a place like this, and being solo made it all the more special.  I saw some of the most beautiful (and scary) things and made a really great friend.  I recommend doing things on a whim every once in a while.  Dangerous or not.

(Side note on my pictures from South Africa:  I get off the plane, what felt like 7 days later, go to unpack and realize I forgot all my camera equipment.  I bought a few disposables and this is what I came out with.  Not too shabby!)


Anonymous said...

i accept your challenge! :) although i doubt i will be able to find seven things as beautiful and compelling.

Christina @ Fashion's Most Wanted said...

Dear Daniel, thank you for your wonderfully kind words. I'm extremely flattered.

I found your answers fascinating, love the fact that Cats is the song you've memorised - brilliant! And your lion photographs are amazing! Love Christina xx

DM said...

Sarah-yours will be gorgeous I'm sure!
Christina-its a fact I don't usually let out of the bag too often!

Nick Heywood said...

!!! Geez Louise! Thanks,Dan.

I can't wait to work on a list, though yours will be hard to match. And I share admiration of your South African images! Amazing.

I have a friend who went on safari in SA as a child and was traumatized by the sight of two lions going at it -- apparently scarred for life. Isn't that the most preposterous and marvelous excuse for disfunction?

Tavarua said...

Great - Thank you so much - I will definetly work on a list...on my way to Jordan - will try to get it posted. Seven things you do not know????? Thought it was all there in the blog ...I am a simple man, simple living....Have a nice weekend

All the best and thanks again...

DM said...

Nick--that story actually made me laugh out loud! How decadent!

Tavarua--It was harder than I thought too! Have fun in Jordan, I've always wanted to go there.

I'm sure yours will both be amazing!

The Down East Dilettante said...

Oh My! The nomination just caught up with me. Too flattered. Now I have to go think of seven things....and who I can nominate, since as my nominater, I can't nominate you back :-)

And wonderful post, btw

Jay said...

You are too sweet, and I am highly honored! Also, I can't believe you went to South Africa by yourself. That is all kinds of amazing. I wish I could be that gutsy...

Also, that first photo of SA made my jaw drop. Magnifique!

Jason Hudson Dot Com said...

That picture of the foggy river?!