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welcome to the ultimate blog party!

Ultimate Blog Party 2008It’s that time of year again–The Ultimate Blog Party is here!

The wonderful women of 5 Minutes for Mom are our hosts. There will be prizes and, best of all, lots of great blogs to discover, so get on over there and sign up!

I participated last year as well (you can read my welcome post here), but for those of you visiting for the first time:

I am an American who has been living in southern Italy for, oh my goodness, almost five years already. I have a P (my fiancé), a Luna and a Stella (my adorable pooches), and you can read plenty more about me here.

This blog is a place for me to keep family and friends up to date on my life as well as share my observations on Italian curiosities from governments collapsing to plastic ball protests to*big* mistakes in ordering shoes for policewomen to pasta strikes.

No, it’s never boring in Italia.

Especially with all the great food. Need a recipe? I’ve got plenty here, but how about some bruschetta al pomodoro to start off this party?

Bruschetta with tomatoes on Flickr

Please feel free to make yourself at home and have a look around–some of my favorite posts are here. And be sure to let me know you’ve stopped by!

Now I don’t know about you, but I have some serious blog-hopping to do.

P.S. For those looking for a post on Sicily, there are lots more Sicilian adventures on the way. Remember to keep an eye on my Sicily 2008 Flickr set for updated photos!

you’re invited to the ultimate blog party!

It’s finally here, the beginning of the Ultimate Blog Party, and everyone’s invited!

Now get thee to 5 Minutes for Mom to find out how you can show off your moves, mingle with other bloggers, discover new online friends, and even win prizes!

So, part of the deal is that I’m supposed to introduce myself to all the fellow party-cipants (hah!). As you can see over there on my “about me” section, I’m an American expat writer living in southern Italy. Bor-ing, I know. We expat bloggers are a dime a dozzina these days.

But there are also 100 things, another 100 things, and a “me, not me” photo meme to learn more about me too–those could keep you busy for a while.

Nothing interesting there either?

Hmm…well, just the other day, I was tagged by lovely Loulou (my first tag!) to list 5 Things No One Knows About Me. One might think that since I have previously written 200 things, posted a bunch of pictures, *and* done a 6 Weird Things About Me meme, I’d have nothing left to share.

Well, to paraphrase Bugs Bunny, “One don’t know me very well, do he?”

1. I love corn on the cob (or as my niece and nephew call it “corn on the dog”), but I didn’t eat it for about 15 years from the ages of 10 to 25 or so. Why? Because when I was 10, my mom and I were eating at Long John Silver’s. Come on, you know you loved that batter-dipped stuff too.

Anyway, I had a loose tooth and wasn’t really into eating anything, but particularly those little butter-smothered corn on the cobs. But my mom made me. And my tooth came out right in between two kernels on the cob. *Big* but (I believe) completely understandable aversion to corn on the cob ensued.

2. I have never had anything professionally waxed–eyebrows, bikini line, car. Nothing. Well, paper, but that doesn’t count, because it already comes that way. What about candles? Crayons? OK, you get my point.

3. I was placed on a diet by overanxious doctors when I was about 9 months old. I wasn’t allowed milk or formula, only juice. I’m convinced this is why I’m short, have weak teeth, and lifelong weight issues. And probably why I never wanted to be a doctor.

4. Speaking of weight issues, I don’t own a scale and have no intention of ever owning one. Even though I’ve recently lost weight, and I’d love to know how much, I’ll just wait until I go to the doctor. I can’t imagine that it would be a good thing to know my weight down to the kilo every day, which is exactly what I would do if I had a scale. I’m like that, and I know it, so it’s best to avoid the whole temptation.

5. Until I was about 16 years old, I was convinced that it was the LAW that one could not drink soda before noon. This was my mom’s rule, and the funny thing is that my mom is the polar opposite of a disciplinarian–this may have been her only rule come to think of it. Anyway, I really took it to heart, and to this day obey the LAW OF NO SODA BEFORE NOON.

So, regular and new readers alike, I hope you’ll stick around, let me know you’ve stopped by, and then party on back to The Ultimate Blog Party for some more fun!

Blog party on!


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Michelle FabioMichelle Fabio is an American attorney-turned-freelance writer living in her family's ancestral village in Calabria, Italy and savoring simplicity one sip at a time. 

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