My Golden Globes

Two uplifting messages dropped into my attention. First Leesa granted Susu’s World with a Friends Award. What an honor! Merci so much my favorite Southern Cali gal now turned into the most perfect Parisian social organizer! Then Isopeikko from the Finnish blog sphere ran a search for artist expat Finns, and the pleasure fell on me. Isopeikko challenged me into revealing six random things. This is going to be peaking into my privacy, non?! Lovely.

And of course a little note on the actual Golden Globe Awards that I savored live on tv. Every gal needs their due doze of glamor, right. Woody Allen’s Vicky Christina Barcelona won the best Drama Comedy film award. Penelope Cruz was stunning in her strapless cream color Armani gown, and Woody once again deserved his reward. So “woodish”, at the press conference his film crew said, when asked about the master himself, that he must be home and asleep by now. Mr. Allen had also told his teammates to be quick, since no one would be really interested. I love his crunchy sense of humor.

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So here I go heads on to the challenge, always utterly attainable by incitement…

I love champagne. The dryer the better. rosé and red wine, especially Saint Emilion from the French region of Bordeaux equally charm me. On the other hand, after once accidentally overdosing on white wine, I no longer seem to tolerate it.

I’m fascinated by Paris, New york and London. I can read, watch and listen anything and everything about these destinations. I don’t know why this fixation. Could be the expansive art scene, fashion or interesting city people – being free to be you – or the contrast with my Scandi origins. I believe that those cities are where I feel truly alive – but I might be wrong. At least Paris suits me fine – after six and a half years here, and still well and kickin’.

I always need French golden apples. There hardly is a day when I don’t start it with that faithful fruity buddy. In general, I’m very peculiar about food. I’ll eat one thing over and over again, for example have the same lunch for an entire week or more, and I’ll like it every time. And then I get fed up, and it’s a complete no-no. Until one day when the urge hits me back.

I desire to be a companion to people around me. My faith is very important to me. I’m a Christian in the coolest of ways. It is an underlying fact of my existence and pops up more and sometimes less.

I adore fashion, but on the other hand worry about consumerism. This is my life-long paradox and an aspect where I try to establish a comfortable balance. In general I don’t like ‘stuff’, so I naturally buy less but more in quality and sustainability. This is also reflected in our apartment’s decor. We have only a few carefully chosen decorative objects and our walls have nothing on them – upon my request. I desire that my thoughts not be limited by any pictorial impulses.

I’d like to do something meaningful in my life. I have tons of ideas and I try to follow them. I appreciate creative and innovative people. Folks whose conversations inspire. One of the biggest reasons that I blog today is to weave links with like-minded people and to get to know beautiful personalities that I would never otherwise come across. So once again, thanks Isopeikko for the challenge. It was fun plunging into my little musings. We all should do that every now and then. Ask ourselves what really matters and what we really are about. And most importantly, where we want to be going.

Now I’m going to combine Leesa’s and Isopeikko’s challenges since the following are the very people I want to bring into your attention. Friends awards and six random things about you… Respond if you so feel inclined. I truly appreciate these magnificent blogs. They are a real pleasure to read. Over and over again.

L’Air du Temps, Audrey in New York – absolutely beautiful and inspiring thoughts and charming petites histoires

New York Portraits, Kitty in Brooklyn – lovely daily pictures of the city with good, precise writing

New York City Daily Photo, Ming the Merciless in New York – great pictures that capture well the mood of the Big Apple

The Disconnection: Encounters With Strangers, Nubia in New York – funny and with an edge, about encounters in the city

Busy Making Other Plans, Marianne in London – a Finnish photographer now living in England, gorgeous pictures taken with a load of talent

Maurelita (in French-Finnish and English) by the lady herself in Paris – a fellow expat gal who’s on the top on fashion but also cares about being green

*The thinking behind the Friends Award:

These blogs are exceedingly charming. These kind bloggers aim to find and be friends. They are not interested in self-aggrandizement. Our hope is that when the ribbons of these prizes are cut, even more friendships are propagated. Please give more attention to these writers. Deliver this award to eight bloggers who must choose eight more and include this cleverly-written text into the body of their award.

*The rules of The Six Random Things About Yourself:

1) Link to the person who tagged you. 2) Post the rules on your blog. 3) Write six random things about yourself. 4) Tag six people at the end of your post and link to them. 5) Let each person know they’ve been tagged and leave a comment on their blog. 6) Let the tagger know when your entry is up.

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11 comments

  1. Isopeikko

    Thanks Susu for taking the challenge. It is always a pleasure to peek to one’s privacy – as you put it. I also browsed through the ones you challenged – a lot of lovely pictures there.

    Peikko kiittää ja kumartaa ja pinkaisee karkuun itsekseen mielihyvästä virnistellen.

  2. nubia

    Hi Susu – thank you for the award and tagging me! Your responses were lovely, and we have a lot in common! I too get addicted to certain foods and can eat them for days. But also, I get addicted to music! When I hear a song I like, I want to hear it 10 times a day–especially if it puts me in a good mood. IT drives my fiance crazy sometimes!

  3. audrey

    so much comes to mind, my dear, with the words and ideas you share. there is a saying… ‘you tell on yourself by the things you like.’ by giving us a little window into your world i feel as if i can see a bit more of you.

    i totally was into the golden globes. what were you doing up so late/early? the dress i loved was by a woman i had never seen before. i’ll try to look her up and let you know.

    and i too adore London. when visiting i would ask locals about a place on the map. i would then ask ‘can i walk there?’ they’d say… that’s a long walk! and i’d set off to enjoy the city on foot…

    thanks so much for thinking of me for this award. an award from you is a blessing! and i look forward to visiting the blogs you mentioned as well as responding. i always learn so much about myself when responding to being awarded/and tagged. merci beaucoup madame!

    have a sweet weekend & and i’ll be in touch…

  4. Ming the Merciless

    Su, I am very much like you in that I eat the same thing over and over and over again until I get sick of it and move on to another food item. Ditto my love for big cities where one can be himself or herself.

    But unfortunately, I won’t be participating in the challenge. For work-related purpose, I rather keep my personal life/issues out of the blog. :-)

  5. kitty

    aw, thanks Susu, for such an award! What a nice surprise!

    I certainly consider you a friend, though you’re on a different continent. You are a thoughtful, creative woman who leads her life with care, and it’s always interesting to me to learn what you’ve been thinking about, on your blog.

    I’ll respond with a post on my blog as soon as I can!
    thanks dear, k

  6. Maurelita

    Oh thank you sooooo much, how adorable ! I have already posted four random things (got an easier version huh…) but appreciate your mention.

    Will email you about our lunch plans ! Take care,

    =)

  7. Susu

    Everyone – I’ve so much enjoyed this post. Encouraging others and getting positive feedback are the greatest gifts ever. You guys just made my week sweeter – so a big hand and a hug on the top for that!

    Isopeikko – I truly loved the idea that you’d challenge people you wouldn’t know. The very essence of blogging – linking up with folks near and far.

    Nubia – Wow, I’m glad to hear that we’ve got a lot in common. It’s always a good basis for a friendship. I also see myself in the “song thing”. Funny.

    Leesa – Stay as sweet as you are.

    Audrey – I’m so glad you appreciate the award my dear. I’ll be waiting to see the dress that caught your eye. I could stay up late since I don’t work on Mondays. I adore the idea of seeing the events as they roll in real time. I imagine being there and feeling what the people feel.

    Ming the Merciless – Thanks for leaving me a message. I totally understand that you want to protect for privacy. Through your blog one can sense that you enjoy NY – the pleasures of urban enchantment.

    Kitty – Your words touched me. Very precious. Blogging is a great way to start a friendship. Hopefully in the course of this year, I’ll get to meet you in person.

    Maurelita – Thanks for popping in. I appreciate your blog – it has a coherent and personalized feel to it. You also navigate between consuming and ecology. Important issues.

  8. Susu

    Marianne – I’m glad you popped in for your award. I just adore your pictures. I wonder if you’d be interested in meeting with me when I’ll get to London in April?

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