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    CLAIREINPARIS   60,475
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An A to Z about me for my 2nd Sparkversary

Thursday, January 24, 2013

I saw this 'questionnaire' going around Sparkpeople these last few weeks. I thought it would be fun to answer it for my 2nd Sparkversary (I am late, it was yesterday, but yesterday was just too busy)! I couldn't resist to add a few pictures too!

A - Available or Married: Available

B - Book: I am currently reading a French book, 'La vérité sur l'Affaire Harry Quebert' by Joël Dicker, it is a great thriller... The last English book I read was at Christmas: 'The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry' by Rachel Joyce. I really enjoyed it.

(This is the link to the book I have, in case you want to know more about it... the American cover is different.)

C - Cake or Pie? Both! :)

D - Drink of Choice: Two drinks actually: tea and water.

E - Essential Item: My hiking shoes!

F - Favorite Color: If I really must choose one... (so difficult!) A pale greyish blue, as sometimes found on old shutters during my hikes! :) I love white, but it isn't a color!

G - Game to Play or Watch: None.

H - Hometown: A little town 15 minutes North of Paris

I - Indulgence: A glass of a beautiful French red wine. Saint-Emilion or Nuits-Saint-Georges come to mind. :)

J - Job: Facilitator for an international charity (no, it isn't always as fun as it looks here, but as you know I love my job and the people I work with!).

K - Kids and Names: No kids (no pets either in case you want to know!).

L - Life is incomplete without: Dear friends, a meaningful job and lots of great hikes!

(My dear Londonian friend Liz, so elegant and fun... Hello Liz!)

M - Music Group or Singer: Chet Baker - he can make me cry like no other.

N - Number of Siblings: None.

O - Oranges or Apples? Definitely apples, I love Pink Ladies and Granny Smiths especially!

P - Phobias/ Fears: Going down to the dark and humid basement of my building is still a challenge.

Q - Favorite Quote... "You are worth it." I cannot say it is my favorite quote, but it is my mantra for 2013.
I must also mention another quote, which isn't health related at all, but which is special to me...
"I had a farm in Africa at the foot of the Ngong Hills..."
'Out of Africa' is one of my favorite movies, and I love Meryl Streep. Also, my grandmother had a farm in Africa until the 1950s... This phrase always makes me think of her and it is bittersweet.

(Meryl Streep in Out of Africa at the bottom of the Ngong Hills)

R - Reason to smile: The smiles of the people I meet when I travel for work. If you have seen my blogs from Congo, Haiti or Burundi, I think you'll see what I mean. I can"t resist to show you again one my favorite pictures, taken in Haiti in November 2010:

S - Season: All of them (each one has its own beauty!).





T - Tattoos: None.

U - Unknown fact about me? Not sure it is unknown, but I am an introvert (as in: "A person who is energized by spending time alone"). I love to be around people but need a lot of time by myself to balance it.

V - Vegetable you love: So many... Green asparagus is one of them.

W - Worst habit: It used to be binge eating, for several years, but I am very glad I conquered it. I have also conquered my addiction to Diet Coke (I used to drink two cans a day on work days to replace the "coffee after lunch" as I hate coffee... Now I accept that I am not as effective early afternoon, and try to organize my working day accordingly)... Wow, some fantastic things happened in 2012! :)

X - X-rays? The last one was for my teeth. (Some of these questions are very strange, don't you think? LOL)

Y - Your favorite food: Again, some of you already know that! What is important to me is more the quality of the product than the dish itself. This is why I love markets so much! A plate of fresh lettuce with home-made French dressing can be one of the most gorgeous things in life.

(No, please, don't write to me to let me know parsil isn't lettuce! I know there is no lettuce on this picture! lol )

Z - Zodiac? Sagittarius. I have heard I am a typical Sagittarius, but to be honest I am not interested in Zodiac. :)

Thank you for reading! Maybe you'll want to do this A to Z too?

Member Comments About This Blog Post:
MARKATSPARK 7/25/2015 7:35AM


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SCOOTERGIRLOZ 2/14/2013 9:35AM

    What a lovely way to illustrate your A-Z answer. Thanks for sharing.

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MSBOOTCAMP 2/10/2013 4:19PM

    Bonne anne et bonne anniversaire, Claire!!


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NYARAMULA 2/10/2013 11:49AM

    emoticon Happy anniversary.

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SENATOR9 2/10/2013 9:40AM

    emoticon emoticon A to Z is always interesting to know SP friends

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KAREN91 2/9/2013 6:51AM

    Great to get to know you better. I'm a only child too and can also relate to being a introvert. Even though I have a large family I try to plan alone time because it energizes me. I love your pictures as always. Happy 2nd Aniversary! Im glad your on this site Sparkpeople would not be the same without you. I so look forward to your blogs and pictures. Your comments and visits to my page always cheer me up even when I'm too discouraged to respond right away like lately.

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JENNA54 2/6/2013 6:27PM

    HAppy Sparkversary Claire. It has been a privilege getting to know you. I so enjoy your beautiful photos, and the stories with your blogs about the places you visit.

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BEWELL48 2/4/2013 7:34PM

    Claire, happy Spark Anniversary. emoticon
This A to Z is quite fun. Saw it recently on another blog.
You certainly have fabulous pictures and love your creative style.
Enjoy today, tomorrow and everyday!
~ Claire

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FITMAY 2/3/2013 9:30PM

    Oh... fun... fun super fun!!! And now we all know a little bit more about you!
Love ya' lots! emoticon

PS. Guess what king of blog I will be writing for my second sparkversary in February??? emoticon

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MINIUM 1/30/2013 9:29AM

    That was fun!
As a matter of fact, I've found out that I'm very much an introvert myself. I didn't know that! Thanks!
Your seasons pictures are just gorgeous...
Liz looks so smart indeed!
Have a great day,

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WILDASTER 1/27/2013 3:44PM

    I like your A-Z it's fun. Our answers are not close on many, but yet we are friends. I too like alone time, but there isn't much of that here. I do love the seasons, but for me winter isn't very much fun!

Great pictures to go with your list, love to see some of them again.

thanks Claire!

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LYNDALOVES2HIKE 1/26/2013 12:51PM

    Happy SparkVersary, Claire!! And I am amazed at how you managed to turn an ordinary A-Z questionnaire into a gorgeous blog with all the pictures - you are so creative and just an absolutely amazing person!

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JANEMARIE77 1/26/2013 9:06AM

    emoticon yes you don't know me but I have stalked your page from time to time. I just love your pictures Thanks you and congrats on your wonderful new outlook You are strong and amazing ps I also love your introvert comment as you see I am one also

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OPALMOON 1/26/2013 8:05AM

    Happy Spark Anniversary, Claire! Thanks for sharing your gorgeous photos and a bit of insight into yourself. All your pictures are gorgeous!


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HOLLYM48 1/25/2013 9:02PM

    Hi Claire
Happy 2 years sparkaversary!! It is so wonderful to have gotten to know you thru your blogs and even better to get a little more knowledge thru this funny little alphabet blog! Loved it. As usual you post gorgeous pictures and I absolutely love the picture of you and the little child. What an expression on their little face, precious!
I too love your hikes since they give us a look into villages and other beautiful places we would never get to see. Keep on sparking along with all of these wonderful people. It is so great to have so much encouragement and excitement for all of our little and big victories! Take care and have a wonderful weekend~! emoticon emoticon Holly

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LINDAKAY228 1/25/2013 3:01PM

    Congratulations on your 2 year Sparkversary!! I loved the blog and learning alittle more about you. I'm an introvert too, and also need my time one. I am very friendly around other but not really a social person in the respect that I prefer hiking alone to a party with others LOL.
Have a great weekend!

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QTEALADY20031 1/25/2013 2:31PM

    Hi Claire, Just got back from visiting my friend in NJ. Trying to catch up on Spark. I love this blog and the pictures are so beautiful and colorful. Its nice that we get a little peek into your "heart". I hope the week-end is a good one and great for hiking for you. You have your new hiking boots which hopefully will last you for quite awhile.
Enjoy the week-end! emoticon on your 2nd Sparkversary! emoticon emoticon June

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NAN041 1/25/2013 12:43PM

    Dear Claire..
Congrats on your SP anniv.

Loved your alphabet info!

Was the alphabet quiz on SP? If so where,
I think it would be a FUN diversion for SP.

Have a good weekend, Nan

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CAPECODLIGHT 1/25/2013 10:05AM

    Happy Spark Anniversary! Loved the pictures. I found at least two more things we have in common in addition to a shared birthday. 1. I LOVE Chet Baker. I was introduced to him when I watched the documentary "Let's Get Lost" about his life in a class I was taking on film. Sad story, but I've been hooked on his music since. 2. My favorite movie is "Out of Africa", and I find that phrase "I had a farm in Africa..." popping into my head from time to time and happily own the book upon which the movie was based.
Thank you for sharing these insights about you with your usual humor and grace!

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REGILIEH 1/25/2013 9:06AM

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GOANNA2 1/25/2013 8:59AM

    I loved your blog, your photos and the insight to the real
you. Congratulations on your second Sparkversary. emoticon

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DALID414 1/25/2013 2:15AM

    emoticon Thanks for sharing.

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ANDYLIN90 1/25/2013 2:13AM

    Hi Claire,
Loved your A-Z interview, now I know you a little better!

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NUOVAELLE 1/25/2013 1:36AM

    Nice to know so many new things about you! And thank you for sharing the information together with all these beautiful pictures!
Happy Sparkversary!

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TRUCKERWIFE2 1/24/2013 11:06PM

    Thank you for sharing your A-Z about you. I'll have to copy it down and try it soon.

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SEEKEN 1/24/2013 10:45PM

  Hi, Claire in Paris. Loved seeing your photos, as usual. I also love Out of Africa and have watched it many times, never tire of it. I read Isak Dinesen's book and if you have not, it is great. I read it once and was in Africa the whole time, even though in real life I was tucked under covers in a hotel in snowy Firenze. Thanks for keeping up your blog.

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DOODIE59 1/24/2013 9:50PM

    Well, Claire, I learned a few more things about you, but I think we have picked up on a lot of your likes and dislikes through your blogs:) Thank you for sharing!
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NORASPAT 1/24/2013 8:27PM

    Claire Dear Friend, it was so nice to learn more about the real you. We know you are beautiful, intelligent,definitely a traveler and am amazing photographer. Hearing you are an introvert was quite the surprise. Well done Pat in Maine.
Thanks for posting on my Blogs. We are in the big chill tonight at the top of Mt Washington is 72 below zero with wind chill. Our small City Augusta, the State Capital is supposed to go way below zero tonight too.
Thanks for the "Claire Blog" It was emoticon emoticon emoticon

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1CRAZYDOG 1/24/2013 7:35PM

    What a wonderful blog to commemorate your 2nd Sparkversary!

I would never guess you are an introvert! You are always so outspoken in writing . . . a good thing!

Happy Sparkversary my sweet Claire, and many more! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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DOVESEYES 1/24/2013 7:25PM

    How lovely to learn more about you and see how we have a lot in common. Hope 2013, continues your great journey and adds many more facets to your already lovely personality.

Happy 2nd anniversary, you've come a long way!!! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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MARITIMER3 1/24/2013 6:31PM

    Very interesting, Claire, and lovely pictures. Do you like to wear the blue-grey colours too? I didn't know that you are an only child (so am I), or that your grandmother lived in Africa until the 50's. Were you able to visit her there, or was your first visit to Africa with your job?

I'm an introvert too, which probably explains why I found it very difficult to adjust when I remarried 10 years ago, after 17 years on my own (my children were grown and gone for 15 of those 17 years).

I'll try to do one of these A-Z quizzes soon.

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LINDAK25 1/24/2013 6:21PM

    Happy Anniversary! I love your pictures. I don't have a basement, but after my son's neighbor shot a poisonous snake in the stream in his backyard, I'm not thrilled with my backyard! They live a mile away from us and the same stream runs through both our yards!

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TUBLADY 1/24/2013 5:44PM

    Loved, just loved this blog.
You are a very interesting women who I would love to sit down and talk to..
The places you have been, the wonderful work you do, fantastic.
The mention of Diet Coke maybe smile. I too gave it up, only to start again 8, 9 months later. But am now almost weaned off again.
The photos you included were beautiful.
Take care.
Stay strong, be positive.
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JUDYAMK 1/24/2013 4:09PM

    Thank you Claire that was very interesting to learn more about you. I do not like any basement that is dank,dark,musty,etc,etc.. We have a basement,but it is all done up just like a room with a fireplace ( electric ) & with tongue & groove,wood in cherry ,with a drop ceiling & nice carpeting, So I am not afraid of my basement. the fear stems back too when I was 5 years old, & has NEVER left me.
It was a special treat to see you had blogged during the week, thank you for taking the time for all of us. I had off today from work as I work this week end. It is 18 degrees here & will go down to 8 degrees tonight, I will call this a shiver me timbers week with this weather!!!

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TATTER3 1/24/2013 2:54PM

    so this is my interesting friend from Europe!! How nice to get to know more about you. My daughter worked in an orphanage in British Columbia and still has fond mem'ries of that not so long ago adventure. Be blessed in what you do and know that you are making an impact! I appreciate you!

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KATHYJO56 1/24/2013 2:34PM

    Claire, This is awesome. It was so nice to learn so many things about you that I didn't know. Happy emoticon emoticon

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JACKIE542 1/24/2013 1:19PM

    emoticon Loved reading your answers and of course loved the pictures. I do love Meryl Streep, and was very interested about your Grandmothers farm. Thank you for sharing, and have a great evening. emoticon emoticon emoticon

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CHERIRIDDELL 1/24/2013 1:06PM

    I love these ,but you are right sometimes the questions can be strange.Asparagus is one of my favourites too!

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HELEN_BRU 1/24/2013 12:49PM

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GRACEISENUF 1/24/2013 12:40PM

    Great to get to know you better...I love asparagus too and the Zodiac doesn't interest me either. Actually we have quite a bit in common spark friend. :)

"Cheers to you Claire". (sorry it's not red, lol)

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CELLISTA1 1/24/2013 12:10PM

    I'm raising a glass of Saint-Emilion in honor of your Sparkiversary!

May you have many more victories in the year to come!

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INGMARIE 1/24/2013 12:07PM

    Happy emoticon and emoticon congratulations,
as they say "you've come a long way,babe" and you really have.
an inpiration to us all
And thanks for all the blogs and photos. emoticon

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KARRENLYNN 1/24/2013 11:52AM

    And what a beautiful person you are!

Have a great week!

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MILLIE5522 1/24/2013 11:44AM

    Happy emoticon I feel as though I know you a little better.... emoticon

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SLIMMERJESSE 1/24/2013 11:17AM

    Happy Sparkversary. I am celebrating mine this week as well. Here's to us and many more great years with SP!

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