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An Award?? The Infinity Dreams Award?

The Infinity Dreams Award nomination came as a big surprise and I thank Afrika Bohemian for selecting me as one of her 111908146_10204925176272710_7274624782203149946_n nominees. This is my first award folks and I feel honoured to be nominated by a fellow blogger and writer.

Afrika’s blog is so down to earth and her writing flows easily, is intimate and entertaining and she has the knack of sounding as though she is talking personally just to you. I invite you to visit Afrika’s world. Bouquets to you for your engaging Tribe 53 blog Afrika. And keep that beautiful smile going!

What exactly is the Infinity Dreams Award?

The Infinity Dreams Award symbolises being that breath of life that catalyses faith in reaching new heights.’

My interpretation of the award is for all writers to ignore limits and keep dreaming and working towards their goal. Your dreams are infinite!

Rules for the Infinity Dreams Award:

  • Thank the blogger who nominated you and make sure you link back.
  • Post the award badge and rules.
  • Tell 11 facts about yourself.
  • Answer the questions that were set for you to answer.
  • Nominate 11 other bloggers and set questions for them.

11 Facts about me that you probably don’t know and I’ll admit, I’m nervous about sharing:SnoopyWoodstock

  1. I love reading and when I’m absorbed in a book, I never want it to end.
  2. I cry at sad movies and when reading touching stories.
  3. My day is empty without music and it’s my sanity-restorer.
  4. I absolutely love Snoopy and Woodstock and I still have them on my bedside table.
  5. I enjoy all genres of movies: comedy, romance, adventures, sci-fi, detective, mystery, sagas.
  6. I can’t swim – I drown! Definitely no Titanic for me.
  7. I used to sing in the shower as a kid– and loud! This kid had no need for a mic! 😛
  8. I power-walk and also do a mini walk with my dog after.
  9. I have to be dragged off the dance floor as I love dancing.
  10. I’m grateful I was born in Burma as I love durian, guavas, custard apple, lychees, mangosteenIMG_4500
  11. I still have the first pair of red Jane Debster high-heel shoes I bought soon after working.

 

My Responses to Afrika Bohemian’s questions:

  1. Do you enjoy the City or Country more

I love both the city and country life. I love the vibrancy of city life and especially the cafes, coffee spots, art galleries, shops, the quay area, the theatres, cinemas, parks. I also enjoy the vast open spaces, the cattle and sheep, the country-town feel and the fresh smell of country life.

  1. The Movie or the Book

I love reading so books are my first choice. I do however love a good movie and there appears to be a spate of good movies out at the moment.

  1. Home cooked meal or take out

Nothing beats home-cooking, especially my mum’s so will choose that over a restaurant anyday. I do however, enjoying eating out at my favourite restaurants and cafes. I’m not a bad cook myself.

  1. Which super villain would you choose to be

None that I aspire to but I’d star alongside Keanu Reeves any day.

  1. Love is …

Definitely my family.

  1. How do you like to spend a rainy day

Curled up under the quilt with a good book.

  1. Can you share one quote or saying you love, that keeps you going in life?

That’s a tough one as I DO love quotes but I think Ann Landers words are comforting no matter the scenario: Expect trouble as an inevitable part of life and repeat to yourself the most comforting words of all: ‘This, too, shall pass.’

  1. If you were mayor for the day, what three things would you change about your city?

We need a theatre for all the local talent so I would be involved in establishing a spacious one with good seating, lighting and acoustics.

The commuters need a larger parking area at the railway station and it is a necessity, not a luxury. I would therefore, utilise the space above the station by creating a multi-storeyed car park.

The many fine, historical homes in the area are being knocked down and replaced with modern houses or apartment blocks. I would do my best to restore the historical homes and gardens.

  1. What’s the most anti-establishment thing you’ve ever done?

I was new to the Westchester area in New York, got lost, was then running late for a paediatric doctor’s appointment and had my baby daughter with a raging temperature in the car. I took a wrong turn and ended up on the ramp to the park way and turned my car around and tried to go back up the ramp. Needless to say, New York’s finest caught me! My misadventure is recorded on my blog, under the title “Driving in New York – Part 2: Caught by the NYPD”.

  1. What’s one favourite thing you do by yourself?

Singing (with the windows up) to a favourite CD while driving.

  1. Share one thing you didn’t understand about the world when you were a kid.

I read Uncle Tom’s Cabin and found slavery upsetting and repugnant and wondered why there was such inequality in society. Even at that young age, I found it thought-provoking!

 

My nominees for the Infinity Dreams Award are: (Big drum roll)

 

My Questions:

  1. Do you love your career or work?
  2. Name your favourite author or book?
  3. What’s your guilty pleasure?
  4. Who inspires you and why?
  5. Favourite food?
  6. Relate your good or disastrous travel experience.
  7. Sunset or sunrise?
  8. Your favourite pastime.
  9. Who would you like to accompany you on any adventure?
  10. Something you did that your parents don’t know about.
  11. If you were the President/Prime Minister/King or Queen what particular policy would you change in your country?

Thank you for nominating me Afrika!

To laugh is to risk appearing a fool,
To weep is to risk appearing sentimental
To reach out to another is to risk involvement,
To expose feelings is to risk exposing your true self
To place your ideas and dreams before a crowd is to risk their loss
To love is to risk not being loved in return,
To hope is to risk despair,
To try is to risk failure.

But risks must be taken because the greatest hazard in life is to risk nothing. ~ William Arthur Ward

Disclaimer: The images are not my own but from the internet. My thanks go to the various artists or photographers for their work. Oops: Let’s rewind a bit – the above photos of Snoopy, Woodstock and my red shoes, ARE my own work. Yay!  🙂

(c) Wendy Robinson November 2015

 

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Driving in New York: Part 1

Our family of five were newly arrived in New York. The morning after we arrived, I ventured onto our driveway to familiarise myself with the hire car that had been delivered the evening before. Knowing I had to contend with driving on the right side of the road, it was imperative that I practice with the blinkers, windscreen wiper and other signals that were the reverse of our right-hand drive vehicles. I planned on practicing around the neighbourhood streets for a few days before venturing out onto the major roads.

Yelping, I automatically drew my foot up from the floor of the Oldsmobile and glanced down. The entire floor was covered in icy-cold water. We eventually discovered that the air-conditioning had been leaking internally. There went my plans for easing onto New York’s main roads!

With three youngsters in tow, I mentally prepared myself after my husband (from work) immediately organised a replacement car with another rental company. Just prior to the representative picking us up, I conveyed the importance of the kids acting as my little helpers as we had yet to purchase a street directory and this was in the days before GPS.

The eldest son was assigned the task of watching for landmarks and street names on the right side of the road, while the second eldest was given the left side to watch. And of course, the three-year-old had the middle seat, so she was allocated the extremely important duty of watching through the front windscreen. The task had to be carried out in silence so that we could all concentrate and memorise the details.

While a woman drove us to the rental office, I managed to chat and keep a sharp eye out for street names and store signs.  After signing the required documents, an agent cheerfully handed me the car keys and told me the car was out the front. A large, burgundy coloured sedan awaited us. Buckling all the children in, I told them that I needed their help in getting back home without a map and more importantly, I needed their undivided attention, their cooperation and their silence (meaning ‘no squabbling or arguing’), as I was about to tackle the New York traffic for the very first time and would be driving on the ‘wrong’ side of the road.

To this day, I marvel at the cooperation of all three children. I placed my eldest who had studied the roads and signage, on the left side for the return journey and the second son on the right side of the car. After adjusting the mirrors and practicing with the indicators, I took a deep breath and ventured out into the fast-flowing traffic. The kids pointed out various landmarks that they had seen on the way to the hire company which fortunately tallied with my observation list and the names of the various streets we had passed.  I passed my first ‘heart-in-the-mouth,’ trip with flying colours!

Thereafter, I adapted to right side driving with ease and even when I struck, ‘black-ice,’ during the winter season, I adjusted to conditions.

© Wendy Robinson

I’ve learnt that every loss or defeat reveals an important surprise … for time will prove each set back, was a blessing in disguise.  ~ Linda Ellis (Author of The Dash)

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