1. Thank the person who nominated you for the award
2. Display the banner/sticker/logo on your blog
3. Share 7 facts about yourself
4. Nominate up to 15 bloggers you admire
Facts about me:
1. I’m currently trying to read all the English translations of The Odyssey. Comparing translations is endlessly fascinating. Unless you are my husband. Then it’s like … there’s only so much time you can spend listening politely as I rant about the impact of using the word “tough” instead of “valor.” Or whatever.
2. I am an island person. I was born on the island of Manhattan. I grew up on the Island of Long. And my family comes from an Aegean island that is mentioned in Homer. The island’s airport is named after him. Currently, I do not live on an island, but I do live close to the Atlantic ocean.
3. My answer to the question “mountains or ocean?” is “yes.”
4. My childhood dream was to become a flight attendant. I still sometimes fantasize about becoming one. Flight attendant vlogs on YouTube are my (not so) secret obsession.
5. On a related note, I love everything about traveling (except unpacking at the end of a trip). Especially being at the airport. I’m a teeny bit jealous of Alain de Botton: He spent a week at London’s Heathrow Airport as its writer-in-residence and wrote about it in A Week at the Airport: A Heathrow Diary. If any other airports want to try a similar project, please click here.
6. My favorite song is “Love is Here to Stay” as sung by Ella Fitzgerald and Louis Armstrong. Though I will happily listen to any of their collaborations. In fact, I am listening to them as I write. It is making me very happy.
7. I strive to live snark-free, unless said snark is self-directed. To recap: Self-deprecating humor = sure. Other-deprecating humor = not helpful.
Now for my favorite part: Nominating bloggers, and vloggers, I admire. No pressure to do the tag. I’m just happy I get to shout out content creators who brighten my day.
Alysa Salzberg, who enables me to armchair travel to Paris through her meditative, beautiful posts
Bree from Falling for Romance, who recently started her blog about discovering romance novels and is making me want to explore the genre
Johnna from The Size of Connecticut, who writes about, yes, Connecticut in charming, thoughtful pieces that will make you sorry you don’t live in Connecticut … except if you did, you’d be sorry for other reasons (see illustration)
Matthew Sciarappa, whose charming videos give thoughtful analysis that is fundamentally kind even when it is sharply observed/critical
Tori at That Cozy Book Nook, who does not make videos often enough for my taste … but when she does, they make me laugh and think and feel the world is a pretty okay place, actually
Bree Hill, through whose fun, chatty YouTube channel I discovered her blog