It’s official. I love memes. I especially love memes where I get to talk about myself at length, so when the wonderful Super Amazing Mum tagged me to answer a whole series of questions about myself, I was chuffed!
Originally devised by Mrs Lister,who admits to have nicked the questions from The Guardian Weekend Magazine, she’s hoping that we’ll all learn loads of new
blackmail-worthy dirt information about each other, so here goes!
Which living person do you most admire, and why?
I know it’s a cliché, and I’ve said it before, but the person I most admire is my daughter. She had a lousy (understatement) start to life, but from the minute she was born she’s shown a determination and tenacity that brings tears to my eyes, almost daily. She’s a true fighter and I’ve learned so much from her in the last two years and nine months. She improves everyone and everything with her reflected beauty and I feel so privileged to be her Mum.
When were you happiest?
I can honestly say that I am most happy now. I have an amazing family, my career has recently taken an unexpected turn for the better, I’ve been offered some amazing opportunities and I’m trying to learn not to sweat the small stuff. I’m happy with so many aspects of my life at the moment that I wouldn’t dare wish for anything else.
What was your most embarrassing moment?
This is difficult for me to answer, as my childhood nickname was ‘Norman Wisdom’, but the times I remember being most embarrassed was either when, aged 9, I was getting changed for P.E. and had just got my first training bra (I was a very early developer). One of the really kind (and also flat as a pancake) girls in my class ran into the boys changing room and announced loudly that I was wearing a bra. The other occasion was when I was about eleven, I was laying on my front lawn with some of the other kids from my street, when this horrible bitch from up the road decided to pull my shorts and knickers down. Her timing couldn’t have been worse as, again, being an early developer, I just so happened to be having my monthly visit.
Bitches, the pair of them!
Aside from property, what’s the most expensive thing you’ve bought?
Probably my second car, which I stupidly left on the side of the road when it broke down, and it then got towed away and crushed as I let the tax and insurance lapse. I was going through a particularly irresponsible phase in my life!
What is your most treasured possession?
I’m a massive hoarder, so I have a few! Pictures that Sausage has drawn me, the hollowed out coconuts that mine and Husbands rings were delivered to us in at our wedding, a bottle of sand and one of water from the island we got married on, my late Nan’s watch and sewing machine, our hard drives with all of our photos and videos on, my gold cross necklace bought for me by my other Nan…the list goes on!
Where would you like to live?
Again, another tough one, me and Husband are always dreaming of moving! At the moment, the list is probably Norfolk, Adelaide, the Maldives, New England or Florida.
What’s your favourite smell?
Sausage! She always smells awesome, from the slightly sweaty smell when she’s just woken up to the smell of her hair, it’s all intoxicating to me.
Who would play you in the film of your life?
That’s hard to say, as I hope that the film won’t be made for many, many years yet! I’d like to choose some sort of screen goddess, but it’d probably have to be someone with the ability to totally ham it up and act like a total klutz, so maybe someone like Tanya Franks, who I admire greatly.
What is your favourite book?
Ooh, another toughie! Um, maybe A Walk in the Woods, by Bill Bryson. I laughed non-stop whilst reading, and have gone back to it dozens of times.
What is your most unappealing habit?
Self-deprecation. The trouble is, I think it’s hilarious to say horrible things about myself. To others, it’s a bit wearing.
What would be your fancy dress costume of choice?
Any character that Marilyn Monroe ever played, though it’s probably have to be Pola Debevoise as she wore glasses!
What is your guiltiest pleasure?
Probably blogging! It takes up time that I could be spending with my family, but it also gives me a voice, a place to be myself and has led to some amazing opportunities.
What do you owe your parents?
I get my sense of independence from them, as I was sent to a school miles from home, which meant getting up at 6am, doing an hour long bus journey, then the same on the way home, meaning I’d get in from school at about 5.30pm, then have to get on with a hefty load of homework. But I’m glad I did it, and I’m glad they pushed me.
To whom would you most like to say sorry, and why?
Probably to my late Nan, as I know I can’t now. When she was alive I should have made far more of an effort to write to her and phone, but I was young and selfish, and have now learned the harsh lesson of ‘you don’t know what you’ve got ’til it’s gone’.
What or who is the greatest love of your life?
Sausage, Husband, Chuck, our families, our friends, blogging, sewing, cooking and gadgets!
What does love feel like?
Like a cement mixer going round in your stomach!
What was the best kiss of your life?
Any from Sausage, especially the ones where she grabs my face and plants a big smacker on me! Oh, and every single one with my Husband. He’s a very good kisser 😉
Which words or phrases do you most overuse?
Awesome! Brill! Oh my days!
What is the worst job you’ve done?
I did two shifts in River Island with two of the bitchiest bosses I’ve ever met, and then told them to poke their job, before raising myself to the dizzying heights of receptionist for Tesco!
If you could change one thing from your past, what would you change?If you could edit your past, what would you change?
I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again; although I have regrets, I wouldn’t change any of my past as I wouldn’t be the person I am now, nor would I necessarily have met Husband or had Sausage. Don’t mess with fate!
What is the closest you’ve come to death?
Probably when I had meningitis, aged 5.
What do you consider your greatest achievement?
When did you last cry, and why?
Probably reading the responses to my birth story, which I posted on my blog a week or so ago. I haven’t been able to go and reply to all of them yet as I just get too emotional every time, but I have read and appreciated all of them.
How do you relax?
Reading, blogging, watching TV or listening to music and singing and dancing like a maniac with my baby girl!
What single thing would improve the quality of your life?
Losing weight, which could potentially correct my diabetes and would make living with an underactive thyroid a tad easier.
What is the most important lesson life has taught you?
Take care of you and yours because no-one else will do it for you.
Now for the tagging!
@SusuRem, @Mammywoo, @LincolnAndMe, @TheBoyAndMe, @SAHMlovingit, @MetalMummy84, @domanarchist, @ESTWILL,
@plasticrosaries and @mummydaddyme