Wednesday 4 May 2011

Another Award!

Wow, I was having one of those awful days today. You know the type. I spent the majority of the day waiting for a delivery person who never arrived, seething inwardly at myself for being one of those people who always seemed to get shoved to the bottom of the queue. I've had a blinding headache since yesterday which means that I'm behind in my edits. So, all in all, not a good day. But then, my day turned around when the fabulous Kate Larkindale gave me this lovely shiny award right here, and my day started looking up! Thanks Kate!

Ok, so this award comes with some rules, which are thus:

1. Thank and link to the person who nominated you.
2. Share seven random facts about yourself.
3. Pass the award along to 5 new-found blogging buddies.
4. Contact the winners to congratulate them.

So here are seven things you may not know about me:

1: I'm trained as a social historian, and my main research interest is public health legislation in the British Isles during the Victorian and early Edwardian era.

2: My name is Christine, and my parents deny that they named me after the female lead in Phantom of The Opera despite the fact it came out the year I was born and they played the album all the time. When I was a kid and I heard the characters sing about 'Christine' I thought that there was somebody in our house calling me, and would run off to find them. My parents found this so funny that they played the album over and over again just to see me search.

3: I was an only child until age fourteen, but am now the eldest of seven. I'm the only biological child my parents have. Three of my siblings are adopted, two from Romania and one from China, and the other three are foster siblings. 

4: The first writing award I ever won was a national poetry competition I entered when I was ten. My poem was about a unicorn.

5: When I was in Transylvania with two of my brothers I got two mosquito bites on my neck about an inch and a half apart. At least I think they were mosquito bites...

6: My first pet was a rabbit called Bunny that I had when I was two. My granny told me that it died because I hugged it to death. I carried a whole lot of guilt around with me about that until a couple of years ago when my mother told me that in actual fact it died from anaphylactic shock after being stung by a bee. Though why my granny told me that I'd killed it is still a mystery...

7: I love archaeology, and worked on an excavation of a Cistercian nunnery in Belgium. The site was so close to the Luxembourg border that we would walk across the border in the pitch black every night to go to the nearest pub.

Ok, so the people I am passing this award onto are:

5: Julia

Hope everyone is having a great day :)


  1. Christine, thanks for the award! I put my badge on by blogsite. And I'm already linked to you. I love your story about being a little kid thinking the Phantom song was about you. 7 things about me:

    1 I was on the cover of the Kelloggs Corn Flakes box in my 20s dressed as a chef.
    2 I am an SGI buddhist and try to chant each day, though I don't always succeed.
    3 I live on the 14th floor of a high rise in Chicago which overlooks a baseball diamond, part of Lake Michigan and Lakeshore Drive.
    4 I disliked novels for many years because they had so many words! Catcher in the Rye is the first novel I embraced.
    5 In high school I was on speech team and competed in humorous duet acting. Did a scene from Neil Simon with a bad Brooklyn accent.
    6 I develop crushes on handsome asian men very easily. I have some mutual crushes on guys around the country and globe. But all I want is one guy who lives in my own backyard. I am a hopeful romantic.
    7 I am going on a weekend getaway with a friend to Milwaukee in June and am looking forward to riding AmTrak and staying at a hotel.

  2. Thank you, Christine! You made me smile :)

    Working on an archeological dig must have been amazing! That's something I've always wanted to do.

  3. Oh that's terrible what your granny did to you. :(

    Too funny about the "maybe" mosquito bites. Cool educational background.

  4. Thank you! That is so sweet of you! :)

  5. You are super nice, thanks for nominating me =) Your story about the mosquito bites in Transylvania was so funny!