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Award Winning Wednesday – Petra at Erratic Engineeress

Again, this week’s selection was difficult to make. I read a lot of cool blogs of a wide variety of genres, none of whom need an award from me for validation and my criteria for choosing a blog for this award are pretty random. It’s just one that I follow and read on a regular basis and makes me think I would like, at some point in life, to meet the author and have coffee with them and pick their brain. This week I chose Petra over at Erratic Engineeress. She has wanted to be part of my family for a while and now is as good a time as any to also add her to the family with Lydia and Ben and my sister, and Ashley and Amber and Andreanna and the rest of the people that don’t come to the top of my head at the moment and I can’t think to list them. I am thinking of calling Petra my redheaded step-child only because of her red hair and because I don’t have one yet. I have enough blondes, for sure. One of her many good qualities is that she likes cheese, almost to the point of fanaticism, which is really cool. She was also a featured character in a couple of episodes of Ben’s story over at Brother’s Campfire. I hope he will bring her back when he starts his next story.

Petra is from Slovenia, a small country in the Balkans that is shaped like a chicken. No, really. When I first started reading her blog I noticed she said that a lot and I couldn’t really get it until I looked at a map. It really does look like a chicken. Not that it matters, but it was an interesting thing to learn. She is a mechanical engineer who enjoys traveling, oftentimes by non-conventional means. Erratic Engineeress is a travel and food blog with other advice pieces thrown in for good measure. She takes interesting pictures of interesting places and describes them so well it is easy to imagine them. She also does that when she writes about food. If my wife and I ever get a chance to travel to Slovenia we have a standing invitation for lunch at her house and from what I’ve seen it may be worth making a special trip.

My award does not require any backlinks or answering a bunch of questions or finding a bunch of other bloggers to tag. She can put it in a post or place it on her blog, link to me if she wants, or do nothing whatsoever with it, but I am offering the “Herb likes this blog and would like to have coffee with this blogger sometime,” award to the interesting, intelligent and eclectic blog, Erratic Engineeress.


40 responses to “Award Winning Wednesday – Petra at Erratic Engineeress”

  1. Lydia Avatar

    Awww that’s really cool!
    I love how you make family like that.

    1. Herb Avatar

      Thanks, daughter.

      1. Lydia Avatar

        You’re welcome, dad.

        1. Herb Avatar


          1. Lydia Avatar

            I would love to have a cup of coffee with you. 😉

            1. Herb Avatar

              You would be welcome to. Sounds interesting.

              1. Lydia Avatar

                I had the idea before you did…

                1. Herb Avatar

                  And I accepted your invitaiton.

                  1. Lydia Avatar

                    What did you mean by “sounds interesting.”?

                    1. Herb Avatar

                      I think you would be an interesting person to have a cup of coffee with.

                    2. Lydia Avatar

                      Ooooh! I’m that bad?
                      I didn’t mean share a cup either… if that’s what you thought I meant.

                    3. Herb Avatar

                      I’m lost.

                    4. Lydia Avatar

                      It’s ok. I am too.
                      Here it is again. I wanted to have a cup of coffee with you. You accepted my invitation but said it sounded interesting. I had to ask what you meant because I could’ve taken what you said 3 different ways.
                      You then said I would be an interesting person to have a cup of coffee with and now that I think of it, I don’t blame you. Yeah, I’m weird and stupid acting sometimes, but I wouldn’t be like that in person, so it’s all good.

                    5. Herb Avatar

                      If weird is really you but you didn’t act that way with me then I would think something was wrong with me that you didn’t feel like being yourself. I don’t think you’re stupid. Are you?

                    6. Lydia Avatar

                      Oh! Was that ever confusing!!!!!!!!!!!
                      No. I’m not stupid, but sometimes I can act immature… which you’ve already experienced that from me.

                    7. Herb Avatar

                      Immaturity is just a thing. You aren’t always immature about everything, so we’re okay.

                    8. Lydia Avatar

                      Whew! Good to know!🙂

  2. Amber Avatar

    Nice! I think I like this family…….

    1. Herb Avatar

      Well, that’s a good thing because you’re already stuck with it.

  3. Sarah Angleton Avatar

    Huh. Slovenia IS kind of shaped like a chicken. Who knew? Well, you did, I guess.

    1. Herb Avatar

      Only because I read Petra’s blog.

  4. Beverly Avatar

    You picked another winner, brother! I visited her blog once when nephew mentioned it on his blog. I thought it was very interesting, however, I was in a rush. I took the time to really look at it with everything you pointed out. Wow! I feel like I am traveling with her and trying out amazing cuisine! 😁🍽

    We should put Slovenia on a bucket list for a Thiel Tribe “BIG FAMILY” Trip. EVERYONE start saving your money! We could turn it into a missions trip!!!👏🏽

    1. Herb Avatar

      That’s an awesome idea!

      1. Beverly Avatar


    2. Petra Avatar

      You’d be very welcome here!

      1. Herb Avatar

        You might not say that when 25 or 30 Americans show up at your door expecting lunch. lol. My wife said that you would be welcome to come here and our tribe would welcome and feed you.

        1. Beverly Avatar

          Yes, we would!

        2. Petra Avatar

          I mean, I don’t have the space for that many people in my flat, but I could at least cook that much food haha

  5. dumbestblogger Avatar

    She does have a pretty cool blog.

    1. Herb Avatar

      Yeah, she does a great job.

  6. Petra Avatar

    Hey, thanks for this! I was out sailing with my family this week so I didn’t see it until now. I accept this award with honour and will definitely find a place to put the badge! 😁

    1. Herb Avatar

      Yay! That’s a good start. How about the red-headed step-child?

      1. Petra Avatar

        Haha that too, of course 🙂

  7. cheriewhite Avatar

    Thank you for posting, Herb! I love travel and food blogs and Petra sounds like a good blogger! I’ll hop on over there and check her out!

    1. Herb Avatar

      She does a great job.

      1. cheriewhite Avatar

        Yes, she does! I just subscribed to her blog!

    1. Herb Avatar

      Way cool! Thank you!

  8. […] she’s the only redhead I have at the moment. I have written about her before on one of my Award Winning Wednesdays. She is a mechanical engineer on the cusp of getting her Ph.D., who writes a travel blog called […]

  9. […] Petra, over at Erratic Engineeress, has a real travel blog. Oh, she covers other stuff as well but while there are a lot of sites out there that call themselves travel blogs not all of them have ever been to the places they are writing about. They do something similar to what I have been doing this month and travel the Internet. The difference is that I don’t pretend to have gone to these places and I said up front that they are places I would like to see if the Lord wills. If you read Petra’s blog you know that she has been to a place, the pictures are hers and she has probably slept on the couch of some local person. She is part of our family now and I call her my red-headed stepchild. Mrs. Herb and I have a standing invitation to lunch at her house if we ever get to Slovenia. It seems likely that we will try to do the U.K. on one trip and then Europe on a different trip. She has also received my award. […]

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