"But Susan," Fatma chided, "I couldn’t find anything about YOU on your website."
I couldn’t help but laugh at Fatma’s reproach. Because almost everything on AWR is about me in some way.
I choose, write and/or edit all the content (more than 1,000 individual articles to date!). Most of it is, in one way or another, a reflection of me, my views, my quirky sense of humour, my feelings, my taste, my thoughts, my friends, and my outlook on life.
It didn’t start out that way, but that’s what it has become: my own personal, ongoing, online, evolving work of multi-media art and inspiration. (Read more about how the site was conceived here.)
It’s a place for me to virtually share stuff that motivates, saddens, angers, amuses, enlivens, encourages, enrages, and excites me, and/or touches and my life in some way. If all of that sounds terribly arrogant and self-centered, I can assure you it’s not. Because in the end, I share this stuff as much for you, as I do for me.
It’s About You Too
Whoever you are, wherever you are, whenever you read this, know that whatever is here is here for you. I was compelled to create this site, and share my stories and others’ stories, for your benefit as well as my own. And by being here, and reading this, you have engaged with something that is part of me.
We are now connected you and I, our destinies are somehow intertwined, even though we may never meet, or talk, or connect in any other way.
With that in mind, I thought you might be interested (or not lol) in the answers to a list of questions originally sent to me by my good friend Kathy in Calgary, who also apparently wanted to get to know a bit more about me!
So here it is – everything you don’t really need to know about me and more:
1.What time did you get up this morning?
2. Diamonds or pearls?
Definitely diamonds – preferably from Tejori! (See Tejori’s special offer for AWR members and fans here)
3. What was the last film you saw at the cinema?
City of Life. Awesome feature filmed in Dubai, using mostly Dubai-based talent and directed by UAE National Ali F. Mostafa in association with Xische Studios. It’s AWESOME. See the trailer and more here.
4. What is your favourite TV show?
Don’t have a TV 🙂 Prefer real life.
5. What do you usually have for breakfast?
All bran flakes, granola, chopped almonds, banana slices. Tea with milk and natural sweetener.
6. What is your middle name?
Susan. My first name is actually Mary.
7. What food do you dislike?
Hmmmm. Can’t think of any… I like most foods I’ve tried. My favourite food is sushi.
8. Who was your best friend when you were a child?
Mary Jane McHamon. I wonder where she is now…?
9. What kind of car do you drive?
Wild Peeta grilled vegetable peeta wrap. (Dubai-based Wild Peeta has great quick-food salads too – see the Wild Peeta menu here)
11.What characteristic do you despise?
Despise is a strong word… I dislike tightfistedness.
12. Favorite item of clothing?
The embroidered jean jacket I’ve had since I was 13.
13. If you could go anywhere in the world on vacation, where would you go?
Wow, there are too many choices! I’ve already been to many countries, and hope to go to many more.
14. Favorite brand of clothing?
Not really into clothing brands, or shopping for that matter.
15. Where would you retire to?
If only I knew… there are infinite possibilities…
PINK!!! And all it’s multiple shades.
18. Furthermost place you are sending this?
All around the world!
19. Person you expect to send it back first?
20. When is your birthday?
21 Morning or night person?
22. What is your shoe size?
5 1/2 North American 35/36 European.
Not at the moment.
24.Any new and exciting news you’d like to share?
I’m rebranding my business – see the new look here.
25.What did you want to be when you were little?
26. How are you today?
27. What is your favourite chocolate bar?
Hmmm. Not big into bars, but LOVE Bernard Callebaut chocolates .
28. What is your favourite flower?
Stargazer Lillies – they look and smell divine.
29. What is a day on the calendar are you looking forward to?
The TED Global conference in Oxford in July – I hope I get invited.
30. What is your full name?
Mary Susan Macaulay.
31. What are you listening to right now?
The sound of my fingers tapping on the keyboard.
32. What was the last thing you ate?
33. Do you wish on stars?
Well yeah. Doesn’t everybody?
34. If you were a crayon, what colour would you be?
35.How is the weather right now?
Sunny, as usual.
36. The last person you spoke to on the phone?
A Dubai real estate agent who is looking for a flat for me…
37. Favourite soft drink?
Prefer juice thanks.
38. Favourite restaurant?
In Dubai: Sakura Japanese at the Crowne Plaza
In Frankfurt: Forsthaus Restaurant at the Gravenbruch Kempinski Hotel.
39.Real hair colour?
40. What was your favourite toy as a child?
41.Summer or winter?
42. Up or down?
43.Chocolate or Vanilla?
44.Coffee or tea?
45.Do you want your friends to email you back?
Nah. Prefer they leave a comment below…
46. When was the last time you cried?
Yesterday afternoon with a friend whose father recently died.
47. What is under your bed?
Suitcases, oriental carpets, shoes, a barbell, and dust.
48. What did you do last night?
Ate chicken wings, drank wine and swapped stories with my friend Elaine.
49. What are you afraid of?
50. Salty or sweet?
51. How many keys on your key ring?
Three: car, front door, back door.
52. How many years at your current job?
I don’t really have a "job." It’s more like play.
53. Favorite day of the week?
54. How many towns have you lived in?
Ten: Dubai, Abu Dhabi, Calgary, Montreal, Ottawa, Magog, Townsville, Adelaide, Auckland, Vancouver. Not necessarily in that order.
55. Do you make friends easily?
I think so. But I may make enemies easily too (lol).
56. How many people will you send this to?
57. How many will respond?
Who knows? Let’s wait and see… ‘Cause I’d like to get to know you too.