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Things have been a little quiet on the blogging front recently. I’d like to either claim that my silence is because I’ve been super busy preparing a bunch of kickass awesome content for the coming weeks, or jump on the ‘I’ve fallen out of love with blogging’ bandwagon but I’m not a liar.

The truth is I’ve  just been way too preoccupied watching back-to-back episodes of Crazy Ex Girlfriend on Netflix, playing SimCity on my phone and Master of Olympus: Zeus on my laptop. If you haven’t ever played Master of Olympus: Zeus YOU ARE MISSING OUT! Apparently it’s a lot like Age of Empires. I’ve never actually played Age of Empires so can’t vouch for the credibility of that statement but yeah, basically you are the master of Greece and build it up and fight monsters and worship Gods and shear sheep and hunt boars and make wine and all the other things that they for sure did in Ancient Greece. Between that and SimCity my empire/city building skills are blooming fantastic.

Other than letting myself drown in a world of computer screens and virtual reality, I did also venture out into the big wide world today and ordered some glasses (for my eyes, not to drink out of). Two pairs and an eye test for less than £20 – absolute madness! Also bought some Pringles because y’know, why not?

Anyway, Rebecca over at Bexoxo Blog nominated me for the Versatile Blogger Award which is apparently “given to deserving blogs with less than 1000 followers and it typically recognizes the quality of the writing, the uniqueness of the subjects covered, the level of love displayed in the words on the virtual page“.

The rules are:

Thank the person who nominated you
Share the award on your blog
Share seven random facts about yourself
Tag 10 bloggers with less than 1,000 followers and let them know that they have been nominated.

Seeing as I love nothing more than a) writing about myself and b) following writing prompts, I am of course more than happy and grateful to accept and keep the train of versatility and blogginess chugging along.

So here are my facts…

When I was a kid, convinced I needed glasses my mother took me to Specsavers for an eye test. The optometrist there decided that my eyesight was fine and I didn’t need any correctional stuff, and even though my mother didn’t agree with her we left. On the way out I half stumbled, half fell down the stairs because I didn’t see them, and then the optometrist figured maybe I should get retested. We went elsewhere and here I am fifteen-ish years later, four-eyed life still going strong. In your face optometrist lady!

I don’t drink alcohol nor do I smoke. Whenever I go to the doctors and they do that obligatory questionnaire thing I’m always met with one of those disbelieving, judgemental looks when I answer no. But honestly, I’m clean as a whistle.

I’m a huge country music fan! I’ve been to Country 2 Country music festival at the 02 3 out of the 5 times it was there, bought a real cowboy hat and even have a tattoo that matches one of Tim McGraw’s.

My favourite number is 27 and it has been ever since I saw that Simpsons episode where they split the school by gender and Lisa dresses like a boy to get an education. “You’re only 8 but your options are infinite…” “TWENTY-SEVEEEENNN”. It’s not even that funny but cracks me up every time. 27

I’ve secretly always wanted to be a writer. Not so secret anymore, huh?! I used to write mini novels on my family desktop computer but encrypt all the files so nobody could read them. When my Year 8 English teacher told my mother that I didn’t seem to enjoy the class that much, she told him he was wrong because I would spend hours and hours after school every day typing away on the PC. I was absolutely mortified that she’d given me up. These days I don’t think I have the patience to write a whole book lest of all go back and proofread/spellcheck the whole thing *shudder* so I guess I’ll stick to my blog for now!

Germany, Peru & India are tied for Number 1 spot in the list of countries I’ve visited the most times. I’ve been to each of them three times – Germany for a total of just over 2 weeks, Peru for 10.5 weeks and India for 16 weeks by the time I leave this month.

I eat kiwis with the skin on. Apparently this is super controversial in the fruit-eating world and has been the cause of many heated debates amongst friends and even an almost car crash.

My Nominations:

Because I can’t be tamed in my rule-breaking, I’m not going to nominate 10 blogs with less than 1000 followers. Mostly because ever since switching to self-hosted I can barely work out how to read other WordPress blogs let alone find out how many followers they have, and also because I can’t actually think of 10 blogs off the top of my head and I don’t want to be that person who nominates someone for an award they’ve already been nominated for 60,000 times. So I’m just gonna go with a few of my obvious faves (the ones which I unashamedly have bookmarked), all of which have authors who I’d love to get to know a little bit more!

Aspire to Amble  – If you haven’t already, you need to go and admire Kia’s rainbow paragraphing skills. And also you know, her crazy good writing.

Dream Fly Discover  – Carl is hilarious and informative – what more could you want from a travel blog?!

Eat Pray Love by Lisa Travelling wherever the wind takes her and teaching yoga along the way, Lisa is living the life I can only dream of! Mostly because I can barely even touch my toes…

I’ll Be Right Back – Caroline is preparing to go off on a big huge adventure in January and I’m so excited to follow along (and also insanely jealous!)

La Grenouille Anglaise – Living and moulding minds in France, Rosie has an incredible way of transporting you somewhere else with her writing. She also makes nice looking cakes.

As always no pressure, but it’d be great to read a little more about you all! Let’s also throw this baby wide open and say whoever wants to play along, just say I nominated you. I’ll take one for the team.


If you’ve made it to the end of this post and are a member of the Kiwi Skin Eating Club, please let me know so I can be less lonely. And please excuse me if I dive into radio silence again. I’m probably gonna be spending the next 2 months hiding in my bed and waiting for 2016 to be over – first Brexit, now Donald Trump – what is going on?!!


  1. This has brightened up my day, thank you for the nomination Rhiannon! Not sure I could get on board with eating kiwi skin, though I have enough strange eating habits of my own – I’m that super awkward person who doesn’t eat pasta or rice, yet somehow managed to survive student life without either of those carbs (hello bread, crumpets, breakfast muffins, naan and pitta). Saying you don’t drink alcohol/smoke here in France is practically like proclaiming you come from Outer Space – the amount of weird looks/incredulous comments you get is just plain silly at times! I’ll put this award on my to-blog list, might be a few weeks before I get round to it though (damn huge piles of end-of-term marking!) 🙂

    • rhiydwi Reply

      How can you not eat pasta?! Rice I completely understand, but pasta?!?
      Oh gosh, I can imagine! When I lived in Italy people thought I was absolutely bonkers for not drinking, but France must be a whole other level! Awesome! 🙂 I look forward to reading your facts as and when you get around to it 😀

      • Just an aversion to the texture I think, same goes for noodles (unless they’re fried in which case I can cope!) Continental Europe just isn’t used to the idea of young people (or probably anyone) being teetotal… I guess here in France the same goes for not smoking – just a cultural quirk I guess.

  2. Ahhh thank you so much for the nomination Rhiannon, literally made my day! Haha that does sound weird that you eat kiwis with the skins on but tbh I have strange eating habits too, and I would say don’t knock it til you try it! I’m going to eat one with the skin on it next time and il get back to you haha
    Ignore all of the questions on my email to you, I now know which award you meant and I can’t wait to write my entry for this one, as I said I’ve been stuck for ideas for ages so a nomination is a great way to get me to write something at last- thanks again 😀

    • rhiydwi Reply

      Honestly, the skin is the best (and according to Google, the most nutritious) part!
      I haven’t actually read your email yet *hides behind hands* because I’m that idiot who’s somehow managed to forget my password for my email account and back-up email! And for some reason the phone number linked to the accounts is not my actual phone number which is confusing. Can’t wait to read your post!!

  3. Oh Jeepers. Only just saw this as I didn’t get a notification. Always good reading on your site and I’m a very happy nominee- it’s always great to learn more about the bloggers whose work I enjoy.

    I don’t really like giving away too much about myself so I’ll have to sit and think in this one for a minute.

    Thanks again chick, I’ll have an update for you soon 🙂

  4. So I read this when you posted it and thought I commented, but apparently I didn’t… Thank you so much for the nomination Rhiannon! For someone who’s blog I so thoroughly enjoy to nominate me for a blogger award is truly an honour!
    Now, as for the kiwi bit… I thought it was crazy at first, but then last year I tried it. Not so bad, I must admit! It kinda brings a nice tangy flavour to the overall sweetness of the kiwi.
    And I like that you broke the rules for this… I may just end up copying you because I think it’s much more authentic to nominate blogs I thoroughly enjoy rather than just trying to conform to the “rules” 🙂

    • rhiydwi Reply

      You’re more than welcome! 😀 And definitely well-deserved, I love reading your posts!
      YES!!! I’m so happy I’m not alone – it makes it taste that little bit more sour, right? Like the difference between a Haribo Starmix and Haribo Tangfastic. I don’t know how big Haribo are on the other side of the Atlantic so can’t guarantee you’ll get what I’m saying…
      And high five to the rule-breaking!

      • HAHA!!!! No idea what a Haribo anything is, definitely not on my side of the “pond”
        We’re such rebels!!! 🙂

  5. Also, I think I’ve just figured out the comment confusion. For some reason every time I write a comment and then hit “post comment” it takes me to “page cannot be found”. If I hit back the comment is still there and I just post again.
    It only seems to be doing this on your blog, I’m not sure if it’s my computer or WiFi though. Have you had anyone else mention anything?

    • rhiydwi Reply

      Hmm that’s strange! I just logged myself out and tried to comment as a guest and it seemed to work fine. I’ll ask my tech guy to have a look at it anyway. And by “tech guy” I mean a friend who’s studying computers and networks and other nerdy stuff at Uni!

      • Ya I have no idea why, and it’s still doing it. But only with yours. It’s not a huge deal because I know now that I can just hit back and re-post. Just strange that it does it.

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