Thursday, October 14, 2010

passing on the blog love...and my most embarrassing moment

Sara Louise from the eponymous Sara in le petit village (do you have any idea how much I've wanted to use the word eponymous in a sentence?) gave me the Stylish Blogger award a little while ago...
...and then Melli from Melli's designs (I'll resist using that word again) tagged me.
Don't get me wrong, I love these things but there's pressure involved. Who to pass an award on to; what to tell you that's interesting that you don't already know, and, according to the stylish blogger award, what's secret (and I would also add, publishable!)
So, I turned to this for some inspiration...
No, no, not the Vogue Living (although there's inspiration aplenty in there). See that little yellow box...picked it up at the Post's quite amazing what you can find there. $4.95 and the pack says for ages 8+, but many 8 year olds do you know going to dinner parties...unless it's those kids from Junior Masterchef. But dammit, I'd have them out in the kitchen cooking not sitting around the table amusing me.
Anywaaaay,  what should be the first card that tumbles out...
Embarrassing moment...oh good! But it got me on a bit of a roll to reveal things you don't know about, a little story...
  • It was in Papua New Guinea. I was there as the media liaison officer for the Defence Force one Anzac Day in the 90s. We sent a contingent to march. I was wearing a pure white Navy Officer's uniform (quite legitimately as I was in the Navy...well, the Navy Reserve actually). So there you go...'fact/secret' No didn't know I was in the Navy as well as the Army did you?
  • Our then Prime Minister Paul Keating was the main dignitary. I met him and shook his hand. F/S No. 2....much as I admire Mr Keating (non-Labor voters please don't judge), he had a very unimpressive handshake. I found that extremely disappointing.
  • Apart from shaking hands with the PM, I thought I should introduce myself to the journos, as I was meant to be their main point of contact and it may have been a bit hard to do the job without saying hi! I rocked on up to the very famous (well in Australia anyway) Peter Harvey...he's tall. Okay, that's a fact not a secret...and it's not about me. Stick with me anyway bloggy peeps.
  • I was a bit nervous...he was famous...almost as famous as the PM in fact. Perhaps more. Are you getting the picture? F/S No 4...sometimes I'm not as brave as I could be.
  • But up I 'marched' to Mr Harvey (I didn't actually march...even though I was in uniform that would have been far too nerdy). F/S No 5...despite the crochet rock and few hundred other bits of 'evidence', I am NOT nerdy. This is nerdy...
  • I put my hand out to shake his...looked Peter in the eye (I'm quite tall too...[F/S No. 6]... so it wasn't too much of a stretch)...and said...wait for'll love this...
  • "Hello. I'm Peter Harvey". F/S No 7...I'm not Peter Harvey....he was Peter Harvey.
  • F/S No. 8...a crack in the universe (a la Doctor Who) did not appear and the ground did not swallow me up as it was meant to.
  • I did however blush a very unattractive shade of bright red. Against a snow white Navy uniform, that's very red indeed, even taking into account the tropical heat. F/S No 9...I blush...still...even at this age.
  • F/S No. 10....Peter Harvey had the very good grace to laugh along with me once I stopped blushing and I even managed to tell him my real name somewhere along the way. Fact...yes my name is Kerry....and
  • I have indeed told this story at many a dinner party...
Now, enough about me...for quite a while I should think. I would like to pass this Stylish Blogger award on to Jeanne who blogs at Collage of Life and three other places too. Everything about Jeanne is stylish; her photos, her words and most importantly I think...her philosophy. And that's what it's all about :)


  1. Kerry, you sweet thing! I am so touched that you thought of me but even more than that....the Navy and the Army!! I take my hat off to you on that one. I love your story and being one who suffers the blush frequently ( I did as I read your post :)) I can totally relate to your story about Peter Harvey.
    We should chat sometime about Papua New Guinea, one of my favourite adventures. Have you been to the Goroka Festival?

    You are an amazingly talented woman Kerry...I am so impressed by all you have accomplished. So glad we have connected on Facebook and thank you again for your very very sweet award. I most certainly accept, with pleasure :))

    Jeanne xx

  2. PS...I forgot to say...CONGRATULATIONS!!!!!!!

  3. Thank you Jeanne :) As well as blushing, I cry at the drop of the hat...especially when I read lovely comments!

  4. i read this while giggling uncontrollably! But when I got to the embarrassing part, I felt for you, Kerry! We've all been there...well not with Peter Harvey, but where we have wanted to be swallowed up whole. Fortunately your story is more funny than anything else!



  5. Oh Kerry, you are such a card! That is precious and really made me chuckle. Thanks for sharing that gem :)

  6. LOL Kerry and congrats on the awards :-)

  7. Oh, Kerry, I am giggling in little Hobart Town. Too funny! It reminds me of that post of mine when I introduced myself to Mr PB for the first time - read that if you want to feel better! You are a classic. J x

  8. Very funny story. Oh we've all had those embarrassing moments!
    Congrats on the award....well deserved.

  9. Congratulations and thank you for the chuckle.
    It's the tricky moments in life that often give us the best stories to tell.

    x Felicity

  10. Congrats to you! You deserved it. Thanks for the little laugh today too xo

  11. I'm blushing too Kerry. It just reminds me of all the silly things which have come out of my mouth at the wrong time. Well done on your awards. xx

  12. That is too funny. When I told my husband and kids your story at dinner tonight they all thought it sounded like something I would do. In fact I did do something similar - I was at my oldest's fall fair at his university and filling out my name tag. I glanced over at my husband and he had his name and under it had written "Malcolm's father" so everyone would know who he was associated with. I thought that was such a grand idea, I wrote "Grace, Malcolm's father" on mine too. Doh! I have to say I'm a pretty good blusher as well. I did have a good laugh at your gaffe - thanks for sharing the story.

  13. You're hilarious. I love the way you told that story too...I was truly enthralled.

  14. Too funny. The best told set of little known blogger facts that I have read. Ever. You have set the standard high, Peter, I mean Kerry...

  15. I think the red of your cheeks probably looked lovely against your white uniform! :-)

  16. Dear Kerry, I truly admire the way in which you have the courage to laugh about yourself. It is so difficult to do, especially when countless numbers of people will be reading what you write. The Army, the Navy, taming wild cats......[and let us not mention the crocheted pebble covers] there no limit to your stylish talents?!! A very worthy winner of this award.

  17. Oh well done!

    Oh I know that feeling well and I can so sympathize but good on you for letting the rest of us in on the story and being able to laugh about it now. I had a lovely and affectionate giggle with you xx Julienne

  18. Dear Kerry,
    Such a great have crtainly been around in your life !!!! You have done so much and, we have probably only heard about a fraction of it.
    As Jeanne are certainly a VERY talented woman who, I think, could turn their hand to anything or at least give it a good go !!
    Well done on your award and for passing it on to the lovely Jeanne. XXXX

  19. Rofl Kerry. At least you didn't say I am Peter Harvey and this is 60 minutes. You poor thing- this is truly an embarrassing moment. Thanks for the chuckle:)

  20. Thanks for the chuckle over my morning's so comforting to know there are others (besides me) who open mouth and insert foot!
    Congrats on the award (you obviously more than deserve the creativity quotient) and Jeanne is a perfect choice...I love her blog!

  21. STILL giggling after reading that. Too too funny.
    Reminds me of a time we were out for dinner. The waiter (a young, trendy dude who had THE most amazingly manicured eyebrows - a very perculiar shape) was attentive all night, so we got to see his eyebrows so many times. By the end of the night, after many drinks and a great meal, we called him over for the desert menu. I sort of had foot-in-mouth-disease for a moment and said 'Can we have some eyebrows please'.

    Oh my, we all still laugh about it 10 years later. Not sure if Peter Harvey would find it as funny .. but your little story reminded me of this memorable night (-:

  22. Hi,
    Thank you for telling us about that embarrassing moment. I think that we all have such memories :)

    Take care !!


  23. Oh very funny and easily done, Kerry, and it's good of you to tell the tale!

  24. This just cracked me up! Congrats on the award, and thanks for sharing such a wonderful story! It's always good to read and laugh out loud!

  25. OOh, I was squirming for you, good thing he laughed! I'm sure that melted the intro ice!

    PS had to look up 'eponymous' - not an easy one to slip in indeed!

  26. The very best way to start a Saturday - a good cup of coffee and a catch up on all your blog posts and happenings. Congrats on your award (so deserved) and thanks for a great story. Can't blame the vampire slayer for not wanting to wear a cupcake necklace after her torturous week. Nice of young get her some flowers though! xx

  27. That's meant to be "nice of you to get her some flowers" - not what the silly predictive texty thing decided. Why does it always think it knows better!!

  28. Oh Kerry, this story well and truly cracked me up!! :)

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