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January is National Mentoring Month in the USA

Posted by cotojo on January 24, 2008

I received this beautiful Award from my dear friends Sue of Blogging Sueblimely and from Mary Ann of MaryannavilleThank you Sue and Mary Ann, it is very humbling to receive this Award. 

Sue awarded both this blog and my Free PC Security blog, which was most generous of her 🙂

I had no idea that there was any such thing but now I know otherwise. I learned about this from my dear friend Sue of “Blogging Sue Blimely.” Below is what Sue mentioned in her blog post.

“This is an initiative spearheaded by the Harvard Mentoring Project of the Harvard School of Public Health, with the aim of recruiting volunteer mentors to help young people achieve their full potential. The US Harvard School of Public Health is dedicated to thanking or honoring individuals who have guided us and had a lasting impact on our lives.”

Along with it, Sue handed out an award that she had personally created for the National campaign. I was honored to be included on her list. I have placed the text award version in the sidebar on the left.

Sue created two for us to choose from and below is the original Award with a Text Version in the sidebar which links to this post.

Sue is quite a distance away from me in the UK as she is in Australia so she posted earlier, just to be sure that we got our awards on time. The official United States date to “Thank your Mentor Day” is 24th January.

Thank you, SueBlimely! Now, please pick up YOUR Blogging Mentor award from Life! Each of you have earned this really neat award by being among the best mentor’s we have access to on the World Wide Web.

I’d like to present this to Lisa of Life is Just Around the Corner, for without her valuable input on my Free PC Security blog when I first stared blogging, this blog would never have come into existence.  

To Jackie of The Painted Veil for her wonderful friendship from my first days of blogging and continuous support for my blogs.  

To Jos of NoDirecton (notNo Direction) for his continued support in all that I have done, his humor and honesty.

Also, I’d like to include Hanna of Amori,poesie,arte, who has done so much to bring along more European bloggers, especially from Italy, to join our ranks. 

You are all incredibly fantastic people as well as every bit important to our blogging achievements. You generously share your time and energy with the many bloggers who are lucky enough to cross paths with your smiling and kind hearts.

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Just a Little Meme That Goes a Long Way

Posted by cotojo on December 18, 2007

Mimi from Bloggingham Palace has tagged me with this meme….meme? It goes on forever, it’s a life story, it has sooo many questions that I think I must be mad and will need the services of me, myself and I to do this one!

Mimi says: 

‘This meme is stolen. I know where I got it but I’m not telling you. I was not tagged. I just lifted it right off the blog page. So there. I don’t think anybody saw me. I know that makes me a meme thief but who cares? I pulled rank. I am the Queen of Memes ya know…at least I was the last time I checked (she humbly said). There are 250 200 too many questions below. Don’t worry. I gave abbreviated answers. Feel free to abscond with the monster meme if you dare
This one is called, apparently …..Another Meme From Dawn’

1. If a doctor told you TODAY that you were pregnant, what would you say?  
Well…firstly it would be a miracle, secondly I’d be rich and thirdly it would be a backward child! Think about it…I’m a man hahaha
2. Do you trust all of your friends?
Close friends yes, implicitly, but they are very few in number.
3. Would you move to another state or country to be with the one you love?
Who wouldn’t? Yes of course I would

4. Do you believe that everything happens for a reason?
Not at all. Every event in our lives is something that we acquire wisdom from.
5. Can you make a dollar in change right now?
Not unless I go to the bank and do a currency conversion…..I’m in the UK why would I want to have a dollar of change just hanging around……they won’t even accept it in McDonalds lol.

6. Which one of your friends do you think would make the best doctor?
Robbie, he has hands like shovels and I’m sure he would make a great brain surgeon….he could mash anything!
7. Are you afraid of falling in love?
Not at all, but been bitten twice so it does make one wary.
9. Is there someone who pops into your mind at random times?
Is David Copperfield doing his magic tricks again…..that could explain the interference I get with the flow of words.
10. What’s your most favorite scar?
Favorite scar? Which one would you like? If I were to list them all we’d be here forever and you’d go elsewhere.
11. When was the last time you flew in a plane?
 I didn’t fly in a plane, I sat in it and the plane flew
12. What did the last text message you sent say?
‘Will call you tomorrow night’ to my daughter.
14. Fill in the blank. I love it when ________ pops over.
That’s easy…no one ‘pops over’, they are put off by the SAM missiles and landmines!
17. How many kids do you want to have?
I have a 14 year old daughter, one teenager is enough thank you
18. Would you make a good parent?
We all do our best don’t we?  
19. On your My space, where was your default picture taken?  
Wendover Woods in Buckinhamshire while on a visit to my sister and her family.
20. What’s your middle name?
Only one…that’s a shame as I have two…Thomas John, just as well my parents made the decision to put them that way around too 🙂

My Peculiar Aristocratic Title is:
His Eminence the Very Lord Colin the Charitable of Mabe Burnthouse
Get your Peculiar Aristocratic Title

21. Honestly, what’s on your mind right now?
You want me to think as well?  Ok Ok, what to cook for my dinner, as the servants have all deserted me so I have to do it myself!
22. If you could go back in time and change something, what would it be?
Guy Fawkes would have succeded in blowing up the Houses of Parliament.
23. Who was or will be the maid of honor/ best man in your wedding?
My friend Robbie was my Best Man, and he has remained a loyal friend over the last 27 years.
24. What are you wearing right now?
Black jeans, black shirt, black sweatshirt, black loafers…you want to know more?.
25. Righty or Lefty?
Ambidextrous…will that do hahaha, and politically slightly left to the right of center.
26. Best place to eat?
My kitchen of course. I love to cook, being an ex chef may have something to do with that don’t you think?
 I can cremate anything just as well as anyone else!
27. Favorite jeans?
Depends on who is wearing them and if they fit snugly lol
28. Favorite animal?
Lions of course, majestic animals.

29. Favorite juice?
Is coffee a juice? No?  Oh well…orange, grapefruit and mango, chilled of course.
30. Have you had the chicken pox?
Yes but that was a long time ago
and is that linked to my favorite juice?
31. Have you had a sore throat?
Why? Am I Pregnant? What’s that got to do with chicken pox?

32. Ever had a bar fight?
I was a serving soldier…..of course we had bar fights! Why, we even got the regiment banned from one city lol.

33. Who knows you the best?
Nobody knows me better than myself.

34. Shoe size?
Size 8, Euro size 42…wow an easy one!

35. Do you wear contact lenses or glasses?
Reading glasses, especially when online, and it helps to try and work out why the peabrain that wrote this meme can’t count either!

36. Ever been in a fight with your pet?
How can I fight with my  pet, I don’t have one.
37. Been to Mexico?
No, but then I don’t think they could cope with a mad Gringo!
38. Did you buy something today?
Yes, fresh vegetables and some steak, or was it stake? Thought it tasted a bit woody hhhmmmm
39. Did you get sick today?
No, but then if I was pregnant I would also have morning sickness…back to question 1 🙂
40. Do you miss someone today?
Yes, but the catapult needs resetting
41. Did you get in a fight with someone today?
Not yet, is anyone working on it lol
42. When is the last time you had a massage?
Massage? You think I’m some sort of masochist now!
43. Last person to lay in your bed?
Me, myself and I so I guess that’s three of us.
44. Last person to see you cry?
hey c’mon, men don’t cry….well yes actually they do! But no one sees.

45. Who made you cry?
The pet that I haven’t got fighting with me
46. What was the last TV show you watched?
CSI last night, I rarely watch TV and prefer to have music playing.
47. What are your plans for the weekend?
On Thursday I am collecting my daughter as she wants to spend my birthday with me on Friday, and over the weekend we will go and do a bit of last minute Christmas shopping.

48. Who do you think will play along?
Well, the Royal Phiharmonic Orchestra would do nicely, failing that could try Meatloaf, Queen, but Freddie Mercury won’t be there, Andreas Bocelli,  Chris de Burgh and anyone else who is passing by at the time.
49. Who was the last person you hung out with?
My daughter on her weekend visit.
50. If your “significant other” asked you to marry them TODAY what would you say?
As I don’t have a ‘significant other’ I wouldn’t have to say anything would I. Divorced 11 years ago, out of the frying pan and into the fire….last relationship was 4 years ago.

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Link Love Extreme -A Christmas Card For All Community Bloggers

Posted by cotojo on December 13, 2007

The world of blogging is exceeding itself with bloggers from many continents making the blogosphere a wonderful example of unity, peace and love.   
In the spirit of this Season of Goodwill I would like to pass this Christmas Card on to the following friends, old and new alike:

Merry Christmas

Thank you all for your support, comments and participation within the blogosphere.  YOU are the people who make it what it is…a growing Global Community.

Hugs and Love to ALL of you, you are awesome.

0-Cotojo  1-Lisa , 2-Kim,
3-Deborah, 4-Pearl, 5-Sandy,
6-Jesse, 7-Chris, 8- Colin 
9-Santa, 10-Blog Elf, 11-Jackie,
12-Marzie, 13-Adrian, 14-Jos,
15-NAFA SG, 16-Polli, 17-Sue,
18-Kathy 19-Maartje, 20-Morgan,
21-Greg, 22-MaryAnn, 23-Eric,
24-Hawk, 25-Carol, 26Diane,
27-Ev Nucci, 28-Surjit, 29-Kuanyin,
30-Christy Z, 31-Sandee, 32-Robin,
33-Hanna, 34-Maunie, 35-Kim,
36-Bobby, 37-Billy, 38-David, 39-Jennifer,
40-Aryst, 41-Winston, 42-Christy,
43-LilyRuth, 44-Jess, 45-Rudy,
46-Lynda, 47-Lili, 48-Sandy G,
49-Ange, 50-BlackWyrm, 51-Vincent,
52-Colin & Anne, 53-Blandly Urbane, 54-Marco,
55-Mihaela Lica, 56-John C, 57-Aziz-sm,
58-Ugyen, 59-Lansy, 60-Alex Badalic,
61-Victors, 62-Nostalgia Manila, 63-Franco Yong,
64-Herby, 65-Rubie, 66-Santaram & BVK,
67-Jean-david, 68-Namgay, 69-Catherine,
70-Yunita P, 71-Debbie Dolphin 72-Lorimer Black,
73-Dream Catcher, 74-Fred Plimley, 75-Anja Merret,
 76-Maria Lourdes, 77-Jon B, 78-Aayush,
79-Denise, 80-Dharmendra P, 81-Brent D,
82-Jerry & Daryl McCoy, 83-Brian B, 84-Calvin Innes,
85-Pieter Marburn, 86-Jessica Field, 87-Taflas,
88-Alex Sysoef, 89-Norie, 90-Justin Stanley,
91-Ashish, 92-David Ledoux, 93-Thanate Tan,
94-Kevin, 95-Etienne, 96-Gerbera,
97-Christina, 98-Abhishek d, 99-Uprai,
100-Texas_Jam, 101-Azmiel, 102-Daniel,
103-Kristin B, 104-Luwis, 105-Adavait,
106-Now Sourcing, 107-Buen Amigo, 108-Kiran Pande,
109-Peterson Wong, 110-Lynn, 111-Chessnoid,
112-Luis Hipolito, 113-Joliveira, 114-Jennifer & Pete,
115-Team Dog, 116-Megan, 117-Mark,
118-Raivyn, 119-Mel, 120-Andrea,
121-Jen / domestika, 122-Mimi, 123-Bobo,
124-Lynda Lehmann, 125-Dread Bob, 126-Julie,
127-RennyBA, 128-Bobbarama, 129-Becky,
130-Magdalena, 131-Michelle, 132-Stacie,
133-Climate of Our Future Team, 134-CashMarble, 135-OilOffShoreMarine,
136-Jos Additional BlogLove, 137-Piper, 138-Barbara,
139-Ann Clemmons, 140-Deb,,, 143-blogginginmypyjamas, 144-StylewithPassion,
145-Chinneeq, 146-Dora-zooropazoo, 147-Babyshern,
148-HiPnCooLMoMMa 149-Rachel’s Soulful Thoughts 150-When Silence Speaks,
151-Dancing in Midlife Tune, 152-Underneath it All, 153- I am Dzoi,
154-Hobbies and Such, 155-moms…..check nyo, 156-Choc Mint Girl,
157-Amel’s Realm, 158- My Thoughts, 159-Rusin Roundup,
160-Juliana’s Site, 161-Max, 162-Rooms of My Heart,
163-A Great Pleasure, 164-LadyJava’s Lounge, 165-Jesie,
166-Steven, 167-Trinity, 168-Leena,
169-Nick, 170-Nessa, 171-Debbie Dolphin,
172- Anna t, 173-krrey_boo, 174-Logic,
175-Steve Ho, 176-Virtual Entrepreneur, 177-WalksFarWoman,
178-Anna, Beth & Cory’s Mom, 179-Toon, 180-Belinda
181-EPSpeaks, 182-Teacher Julie 183-jafajfer,
184-pmonchet, 185-Aslan186-arouetvoltaire ,
187-Tanny188-Il vaso di Pandora, 189-Non Lineare,
190-Omniamundamundis, 191-LineaNeuronica, 192-Semplicemente Lisa 
193-la penna che graffia  194-Angelbaby195-Divya
196-Cyn197-Donna, 198-Liudmila
199-djeblog200-Gracie Belle, 201-Reverend Ray
202-Walter Winstuff203-Denny204-Terry (mee mOe)
205-awannabe 206-Z.S.207-Il Gnagnera
208-Kevin Grieves,   209-DatCurious,   210-DatMoney
211-Sanni212-Rolando’s Quiet Space213-SatoNa ,
If I have missed you please accept my apologies, leave a comment and I will add you 🙂

 Link Love Rules!!

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Best Friends Award

Posted by cotojo on December 12, 2007

Best Friends AwardI was very pleased to receive the Best Friends Award from Chris at Catnip Corner and The Dog Log.  This is a very special award from a dear friend who regularly visits and leaves nice comments on both of my blogs whenever she can.

I also received it from my dear friend Lilyruth at Lilyruths “This and that friendly cottage”

Details of the award: “Life is like Hell without FRIENDS. Its ‘World Best Friend Week’. Send this to your best friends to let them know you appreciate them. Please take this award, and place it on your blog if you wish.”

I will pass this on to Lisa, Sue, Kim, Deborah, Pearl, Hanna, Eric, Jos, Santa, Blog Elf, Hawk , Zubli and Maunie.  I could list so many more so watch this space!!

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meme after meme after meme

Posted by cotojo on November 26, 2007

Ok it’s time for me to play catch-up on memes so I’m going to put them all in this one post…….which could be quite lengthy 🙂

Help!!! What have I let myself in for?

Pre-Christmas Meme
My friend Jesse from Jesse Blogs It All tagged me with this one and so has my buddy Eric from SpeedcatHollydale……apparently he has moles but he doesn’t say if they are burrowing through the golf course or if he’s on about the moles on his bum!
The tag question is: What are the five gifts you would buy for Yourself this Christmas, if you had unlimited income??…Now I’m supposed to be totally selfish here and that is not going to be easy…so here goes:
1-  A private villa with jacuzzi, spa’s, games rooms, entertainment rooms, hi-tech computer rooms, set in hundreds of acres near the beach located in Mauritius, where I spent a few years as a child.

2- A private jet so that all of my blogging buddies could be picked up and flown out to join me and take full advantage of the white sand, clear blue sea, the finest cuisine by my own chefs.

3-  Host my own ISP including satellite,  so that everyone could have a high speed connection at no cost – especially Jesse and others who struggle with dial up and poor connectivity.

4- I would buy out Microsoft and Google to stop their takeover of the internet and put into place systems that place us all on an equal level, higher security for free with all platforms and none of the Page Rank juggling where it gets plucked out of a hat to see who goes up and who goes down!

5- More Bonsai trees to add to my collection and a conservatory to house them in, split into climate controlled zones so that they would always have the right temperature and humidity.

That’s my five things LOL
Two Things Meme

This one came from my friend Marzie aka GP from Mariuca.
1. Two names I go by: Colin & cotojo

2. Two things I am wearing right now: watch and SOS necklace
3. Two things I want (or have) in a relationship: Honesty and faithfulness 
4. Two things I like to do: Blog and collect Limited Edition Zippo Lighters.
5. Two things I want very badly in this moment: A holiday in the sun and my right shoulder to be sorted. 
6. Two things I did last night: Phoned my daughter and finished my ironing.
7. Two things I ate today: Cornflakes and toast 
8. Two persons I last spoke to: My daughter and my Aunt 
9. Two things I am doing tomorrow: Blogging and shopping 
10. Two favourite days of the week: Saturday and Sunday 
11. Two favourite holidays: Christmas and Easter 
12. Two favourite beverages: Coffee  and Green Tea
13. Two things about me that you may not have known: I was born in Malta and I have a spine disease
14. Two jobs that I have had in my life: Soldier and Head Chef/Catering Manager
15. Two movies I would watch over and over: The Green Mile and Miracle on 34th Street 
16. Two places I have lived: Mauritius and Mallorca 
17. Two of my favourite food: Home made curry –  hot & spicy and rich fruit cake
18. Two places I would rather be right now: A holiday in the sun sounds good and visiting relatives in N.Ireland
These poor unfortunates have also been tagged by Mariuca: Spiff, Emila, Rolando, Kim Fei, Morgan, Eric, Colin, Zubli, MT, Bokjae, NAFA, Darlene, Raghav, Melody, Uncle Sam, Bless Bobo Erisha & Haris
Things I Can’t Let Go Of meme
A little while ago I received this “Things I Can’t Let Go” meme from Morgan of The Process of a Miracle who in turn received it from Channel of Healing who received it from Bola from MumsDadsChildrens.
So now I have to let you all know three things I can’t let go of…….
1- My computer…..without it I would not be able to continue blogging and meeting so many amazing people. 
2- My collection of photographs, specifically the ones of my daughter as they are a complete history of her life from when she first came to this world. 
3- The willingness to help others both online and off. 
Morgan also tagged the following victims bloggers with this meme!
Stacie of Where am I going? Who am I? and A Developing Blogger. Stacie is a new blogger who I, like Morgan, recently met and is looking to get more involved with the blogging community…so do us a favor and visit her blogs and show her a little bit of community love….it’s what we are good at, teamwork. 
Denny of Backwoods Drifter because I WANT to know what you can’t let go of! 
Colin from LIFE! Because he always leave me such great feedback and delicious food for thought! 
Jennifer from Life of a School Bus Driver
Sibba from Seeing is Believing

Now…….I’m not going to tag anyone specifically as there are many of you who have already done these…..BUT if you want to do any of these then please feel free to do so 🙂

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