Wednesday, 15 August 2007

Look what I have!

James gave me an award! My word what a good day. Thank you my lord graf... I shall do my best to deserve it. I do want to inspire people – to travel, to think, to be grateful, to be kind, to feel good about themselves, to practice compassion, and to think.

AND I was over to Coming2Terms to visit last night and found this Acts of Kindness award from PJ. I am awash in joy and rapture. I especially love this award as I am a big fan of random acts of kindness. One of my favorite ways to practice Benevolent Selfishness.

I am so touched that these two fine people and outstanding bloggers would think of me when it came time to pass on these awards. I am amazed that so many of you have found me fit and deserving of your praise, and I do thank you. I try to make my blog both interesting and of value, and to live life the same way.

I intend to inspire you today by going to the spa and having a hair treatment (with ozone?), a pedicure, and a manicure in order to inspire my brain to work better. No really, trust me, it works.

In honor of my Acts of Kindness award I am going to take my now almost full glass of change I keep on my desk (to collect the small change from my wallet) and give the entire lot to the first beggar I encounter. I did this in Fez and the look on the face of the chap was priceless! It is too much fun.

I am working like crazy to finish my two final papers due on Friday. I’ll do just about anything to ward off Alzheimer’s. I am hip deep in researching terrorists groups. Joy and rapture. Really not a cheery subject hence the need for the spa. I'd much rather work on the novel, and since I am bored now complaining about the papers I shall finish today.

I MUST get my camera out tomorrow and get shots for you of the reconstruction on the walls of the Kasbah. They are doing a splendid job. It looks brilliant.

Q was in Fez, took her friend from New York City to visit Mohammad, and of course she bought more rugs and J. bought one as well. This is really good timing as I intend to visit him in September to purchase two more of his antique princess robes for my trip to Canada and that will help my bargaining position (see the Scot rubbing her hands together in anticipation of a great deal!). They are off to Casablanca today to do the tourist thing and then put J. on the aeroplane on Thursday. She was so kind as to bring Q the cat-transport bag for M.C. and Q's trip back to New York City later this month (sniff, sniff).

I'm off to the spa, laptop in hand.



Lady Latte said...

As a Swede, Casablanca has a very special attraction. Ingrid Bergman and Huphrey Bogart in the movie with the same name.

Congratulations to the awards!

lady macleod said...

I know I love that movie even though it is politically horrid and culturally a giant oops. But you can't beat Bogie in that tux or Bergman's eyes in any given scene.

thank you for the congratulations, and thank you for coming by.

jmb said...

Lady Mac,
You are going to wear your antique princess robes in Surrey, BC? They will be very impressed, and hopefully you will sign a great book deal, but I fear I will look like your dowdy paid companion when we dine together.

jmb said...

I forgot to say CONGRATULATIONS! How rude of me, she says slinking off with her head hanging in shame.

Annie said...

Congratulations :)

My poor feet really need intervention - but since I can't stand to have anyone touch my feet a pedicure is most definitely out for me!

Mama Zen said...

Awards and more awards! And here I've dropped by to give you another . . .

lady macleod said...


Yes I am going to wear them. I open the front (which entails unbuttoning a hundred or more handmade buttons from the handmade catches) and wear them as a coat. I told Q I really can't use the "aren't I cute?" approach anymore so I need something... I hope you are right about the book deal!

Nonsense! You will look like my brilliant, well traveled, articulate friend - the one with the husband (a very nice accessory, much better than any coat).

thank you for coming by.

lady macleod said...



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lady macleod said...


Thank you!

You and Q, she is the same way! Now I am that way with my back, I don't like back massages... everyone is different, and just like someone else!

thank you for coming by.

lady macleod said...

mama zen

oh yes? (she said, her voice going up half an octave, her hands coming together in anticipation, and her eyes light up). Um,so I'll be right over.. excuse me everyone.

thank you for coming by.

Drunk Mummy said...

Congrats once again Lady M!
I feel sure that Mohammed ought to be paying you commission by now. Tell him you will gracefully accept your payment in antique princess robes.

Graf von Straf Hindenburg said...


Omega Mum said...

Well done! Without wishing to teeter over into the edge into creepy land, your blog has given me a lot of entertaining moments. Which counts as random acts of kindness. Doesn't it?

lady macleod said...

omega mum

well I certainly hope it is entertaining! why else read it? I rather like the idea that is considered an act of random kindness I must say, thank you.

and thank you for coming by.

lady macleod said...


big cyber kiss on the cheek coming your way *

thank you for coming by.

lady macleod said...

drunk mummy

thank you and what a splendid idea. i believe i shall mention that to him...

thank you for coming by.

mutterings and meanderings said...

Congrats m'lady.

How do spas and laptops get on?

Welshcakes Limoncello said...

Congratulations, Lady M. your awards are well deserved. You certainly inspire me and you must inspire so many others. I'm sure you deserve the "random acts of kindness award" because you are helping so many people there - probably many more than you know. Auguri from Sicily.

Brillig said...

Oh, fantastic idea with the glass of change!!! I LOVE it, Lady M. Hope you'll report on it for us.

Spa and laptop? Isn't that like oil and water?

lady macleod said...


Yes, I started it in India, albeit there it is easier because I know the lepers who work Macleod Ganj and they like it when you bring food. I have one chap I have give to for years, and I always save my change from my trip and given to him at the end. He has put three children through school - not on my contributions! but over the years. Hmm I should blog about him eh?

Here it is more difficult to tell "real need" from the hustlers sometimes, which is another reason I don't give out money regularly, but all at once. I was in Souissi yesterday and the beggars there do quite well thank you, so I am saving it for someone in the Medina.

No! spa and laptop is like - there sits my laptop in its case on the lovely chair while I ahhh....

thank you for coming by.

lady macleod said...


You are so kind, thank you for all the lovely words. You make me feel quite grateful. I am so fortunate.

A visit to your blog last evening reminded me I had not eaten! Wow that was some great party you attended, and Simi looked like she had the creme!

thank you for coming by.

lady macleod said...


Thank you love.

Oh my yes they get on brilliantly! First you use the laptop, then your reward is the spa. It is quite logical really.

thank you for coming by.

Sparx said...

Ooh, good luck with the papers, you do seem to work hard...