What’s That Saying About Wild Horses?

Right, um, I know I said I wouldn’t be around, but I have some things to share:

1. Want to know more about life as an expat? Check out my post, Top 5 Hidden Advantages of Being an Expat, over at ExpatInterviews.com.

2. Looking for a quick end-of-the-summer getaway in which there will be flying fruit? Put on your best Gallagher plastic and read my post, The World’s Biggest Tomato Fight: Bunol’s La Tomatina at TomatoCasual.com.

3. Hankering for a bag o’ books and bath goodies? Head on over to Welcome to My World of Dreams where you could win such a bag (if you’re a US or Canada resident) or a $30 Amazon gift certificate if you’re international like me–I didn’t read too closely the first time around, but Judy Thomas was lovely enough to come over here and point out that we’re *all* invited to the party celebrating the launch of Long and Short Reviews no matter where we live! Woohoo!

4. Missing What’s Cooking Wednesday? Here are two food-related sites that I found recently and have fallen in love with: Chowhound.com and The Traveler’s Lunch Box. Seriously. LOVE.

5. And finally, have you reached the end of the Internet? Don’t know what else to read? Here are five posts/blogs I recommend:

  • Introversion at Crazy Dust in My Coffee. Being quite an introvert myself, I love how Ally Bean broke this down so that even the most extroverted of extroverts can understand–or at least I hope they can because I don’t think it can be explained much better.
  • The Seven Virtues: Charity at The Verge. I could link to any one of former-Italy-expat Jennifer’s posts and sing its praises, but since I love this particular one so much, here you go. I’ve never seen another blogger who incorporates fine art so seamlessly into her posts. It’s too beautiful for words, really.
  • Mysteries of Life at Burnett’s Urban Etiquette. This post is from a while ago, but I adore it as I do all of this Miami Herald contributor’s stuff. James Burnett has a knack for pinpointing exactly what I want to say about a given topic *or* giving me a new perspective that I hadn’t considered. I think that’s cool, so you should read him.
  • Also, my naval is pretty at The Moon Topples. These are Maht’s (grudgingly given) answers to a meme about what he likes about himself. I just heart the way Maht expresses himself through his various creative mediums, and I think a lot of you will too. If his answers to a meme made my recommended list, you know he’s good.

OK, now I’m really vacationing from the blog. If I ever have children, you think separation anxiety might be a wee bit of a problem?

gulf of squillace, montepaone, calabria, italy

Still wishing you were here!

37 Beans of Wisdom to “What’s That Saying About Wild Horses?”
  1. Calabrisella

    AAAWWW! i really do wish i was there…
    thank you for the post suggestions…
    have fun on your vacanza…

  2. Giulia

    You just can’t stay away from us, can ya?! πŸ˜‰ The feeling is mutual. πŸ™‚

  3. jennifer

    Thanks so much for your words and link- I visit here every single day, so I for one am glad that you’re still around!

  4. JennieBoo

    Glad you’re still posting and wishing I was there.

    Wish harder! I’m still HERE!

    Happy Wednesday!

  5. stefanie

    Seriously, Sognatrice, how do you find the time for all this web-mining?? Do you EVER leave your computer?? πŸ™‚

  6. Kimberly

    Wow, I hardly know where to begin! Thanks for all the yummy links!

  7. kailani

    Sounds like you’re having a great time! Love that view!

  8. Wanderlust Scarlett

    Great lists! Isn’t Maht funny?


    I’m HERE I’m HERE!

    …um… where are we? It’s lovely.

    Scarlett & V.

  9. Jen

    Well, think of it this way – August is almost halfway over! Oh, these gorgeous pictures are making me SO want to be in Italy!

  10. Shan

    Glad to see you popped up. I miss you when you aren’t around.

  11. sognatrice

    Calabrisella, can you imagine how much fun it would be if all of us took over the beach? All these Germans wouldn’t know what hit them πŸ˜‰

    Giulia, no I really can’t, and I’m happy to hear the feeling’s mutual πŸ˜‰

    Jennifer, I meant every word I wrote, believe me. I just love visiting your place, whether it’s home base is in Italy or Colorado πŸ™‚

    JennieBoo, if only I had a magic carpet….

    Stefanie, you know what a lot of it is? I read pretty fast. Seriously, that’s a huge plus in Internet surfing (I bet you understand this too). That, and, yes, I rather enjoy flitting around and seeing what’s out there πŸ™‚

    Kimberly, take your time–the links aren’t going anywhere πŸ™‚

    Kailani, it’s been a great few days of *nearly* no work; I hope all is well in Hawai’i (I’ve been following news of the hurricane and earthquake!) πŸ™‚

    Scarlett, I’m so happy I found Maht, I have to tell you. Between him and GT aka David aka Witnessing Am I, I couldn’t be more exciting when I see new posts on my Bloglines πŸ™‚

    Jen, I can’t believe August is half-over! That means it’s almost September, which means it’s almost October, which means I’ll be turning another year older…hmm…I don’t like where this is going πŸ˜‰

    Shan, I’m glad to see you too; I really have become quite attached to my Internet friends–and I’m not embarrassed to admit it!

  12. My Melange


    You need a vacation from your vacation πŸ˜‰


  13. Ally Bean

    Thanks for the link. I now need to read the others that you listed. There’s always so much more to explore online, isn’t there? *yeah* And there’s never enough time to do it. *boo*

  14. The (Mis)Adventures of a Single City Chick

    I’m loving your vacation photos! Makes me want to jump the next plane over! πŸ™‚


  15. Frances

    What an excellent post – gotta give it a mention at the group.
    I’m off to visit those links.
    Take care,

  16. JennieBoo


    I have made something for you.

    Please go here to get it:



  17. bella

    Girlfriend, you are all over the place!
    I hope you’re having fun!! xo

  18. Tarie

    Oho! The Traveler’s Lunchbox looks good. Thanks for the suggestions. πŸ™‚ Ummm, why are you taking a break from your blog? Sorry, I must have missed that post. πŸ™

  19. sognatrice

    Robin, hah, as the days get ticked off the calendar, I’m beginning to think you’re right πŸ˜‰

    Ally, you’re right–there’s so much great stuff out there and not enough time to find it; that’s why I like when others share with me their picks too (hint hint) πŸ™‚

    Christina, I hear they fly those things every day now, so…. πŸ˜‰

    Frances, thanks for mentioning this to the group! I hope others enjoy the links as much as I have.

    JennieBoo, you’re such a sweetheart–thank you so much πŸ™‚

    Bella, I’m tellin’ ya; thanks for stopping by πŸ™‚

    Tarie, I’m just taking a few days away to relax and regroup, or at least trying with P’s family all here. You can see my “announcing of the vacation” post here πŸ™‚

  20. Beckie

    All very interesting stuff to check out.

    The picture is nice too – I wish I were there!

  21. Jeni

    Thanks for posting the many different things here for everyone to read. Gotta agree with you 200% on your opinion about James Burnett’s Etiquette. He really does a terrific blog, doesn’t he?

  22. JoAnn - NL Photography

    Its so great to follow your little tour, ( like the food part)give me some more SUN!!
    It raining here all the time …

    Bye greetings from JoAnn
    (cows today)

  23. sognatrice

    Beckie, I hope you enjoy the links πŸ™‚

    Jeni, yes, I do love stopping by Burnett’s place; always something interesting happening.

    JoAnn, I know you’re sick of rain, but if you could send just a bit down this way, I’d be so grateful!!!

  24. Mariposa Azul

    Ciao ho visto il tuo commento sul blog di dna (mole verde), io sono messicana ma parlo italiano, ti lascio il link del mio blog in italiano, forse ti piacerebbe leggere un po’… saluti


  25. Jeni

    Just wanted to stop and tell you – huge procrastinator that I am, I finally got around to brass tacks and added your blog to my favorites list today. And also, to tell you I have a present waiting for you to pick up at my blog too! Stop by soon and get it!

  26. mcewen

    Visiting from Jeni – congratulations on your award and I love that handbag! The other vistas are pretty spectacular too!
    Best wishes

  27. Jozet

    Oh god…do I ever with I were there.

  28. sognatrice

    Mariposa, grazie per la visita e per l’informazione sul tuo blog πŸ™‚

    Jeni, thanks…I’ll be right there!

    McEwen, thanks! Have you entered the contest to win a bag??? Ends tomorrow!

    Jozet, there’s plenty of room πŸ™‚

  29. Eryn

    i read your interview linked from your last blog post. I would love to go to Sardinia too. Hopefully I can convince my fiance to take me there when we’re there in a year…he’s worried about the long ferry trip (he gets motion sickness)

  30. sognatrice

    Eryn, thanks for checking out the interview; I hope you’ll be sharing photos and stories from Sardinia next year too! There are lots of medicines your beloved can take for motion sickness πŸ˜‰

  31. Christine

    You live in a beautiful place.

    Good luck with your bag extravaganza!

  32. sognatrice

    Thanks Christine, and thanks for stopping by and commenting πŸ™‚

  33. Bongga Mom

    If you give your future kids half the love and attention you give your blog, I’d say they will turn out allright! The problem is when you’re at the computer and your kids clamor for your attention — who wins? I’m ashamed to write down my answer πŸ™‚

  34. sognatrice

    Bongga Mom, some things it’s better not to talk about out loud πŸ˜‰

    Thanks for your kind words, though πŸ™‚

  35. Karen Cole

    Yes, I do wonder how much time you actually spend blogging each day with all of the beauty around you. You find such incredible information and sites. When I was in Cortona last year at an art workshop, I used to call out once in a awhile to my fellow artists, for a reality check….. to look out of the window. Below us was an incredible view of the Tuscan hills.

    I just don’t want you to miss anything…..out the window, that is. You most certainly have a handle on everything else.


  36. Anne in Oxfordshire

    Hi just found you through my friend http://sicilyscene.blogspot.com/

    love readings blogs from around the world.

  37. sognatrice

    Karen, thanks for thinking of me, but don’t worry–where I am, I can hardly escape nature if I tried…especially with a dog who wants to go for at least 5 walks per day πŸ˜‰ You’ll see some of what’s kept me busy when I start posting regularly again πŸ™‚

    Anne, so happy you’ve found me! I’ve been enjoying your place too πŸ™‚

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