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Questions and Answers

questions and answersMy gorgeous friend Mary from Keynko has tagged me to answer some questions and seeing as I’m having a total blogging lull where I have about 7 unfinished posts in my drafts at the moment, I thought this might be a good way to give myself a kick up the bum and get some mojo back! All I have to do is answer the following questions, make some up and then tag some other bloggers to join in.

Here are Mary’s questions and my answers:

What’s the worst movie you ever paid money to see?

Hmm, that’s a tricky one as I don’t go to the cinema to watch grown-up films very often these days! Justin and the Knights of Valour was probably the worst film we’ve seen as a family but we tried watching the Tom Cruise film ‘Oblivion’ at home and switched it off because it was SO bad. It’s very unusual for Husband and I not to persevere through even the weakest of film so that should give you a good idea of just how bad it really was. The newest Godzilla was also appallingly bad.

Where would your perfect Christmas be spent? 

I know it’s corny, but anywhere that my kids and Husband are. Ideally, in a cabin in the woods with snow outside, a log fire burning inside, Christmas dinner with all the trimmings followed by an evening of boardgames and fun, then the kids and Chuck snuggling under heavy blankets while Husband and I share a tipple by the fire. Having said that, we go to Husband’s Aunt’s house every year and have a huge family Christmas with lots of fun and games, which is pretty darn close to perfect anyway!

If you turn your “ipod”  (or equivalent music playing device) on what’s the first tune that plays?

At the moment, I listen to the most music whilst driving and I have a car stereo which takes memory sticks with .mp3s on them. If you turned the car on right now, you’d hear Disintegration by The Cure.

What is your earliest childhood memory?

Oddly, my earliest memory is a nightmare. I have huge gaps in my memory because of childhood trauma but I remember this nightmare vividly; I was standing in my cot in my bedroom and there were giant crabs and lobsters trying to snap at me through the bars. It’s bizarre, because I haven’t been in that bedroom since I was 5 years old and I have no recollection of it other than in this memory of a nightmare, but I remember every single detail of what it looked like.

And are you a tea or coffee person? Mug or cup and saucer? 

Both. Give me ALL the hot drinks! I do adore the mini-luxury of a properly brewed cup of tea, made in a teapot and served in a cup and saucer, but I also love a bog standard mug of monkey tea. I probably drink more coffee than tea these days (and I’m addicted to a free Waitrose latte!) and we have both instant and proper coffee made in our machine. Funnily enough, one of our favourites is the £1.25 a pack Ikea ground coffee – it’s lovely and works out at literally a few pennies per cup.

So, now it’s MY turn to ask questions and tag some peeps!

What was the last thing that made you cry?

Finish this sentence…”Never have I ever…”

What’s the tastiest thing you’ve ever eaten?

Would you rather fight one elephant sized gerbil, or 1000 gerbil sized elephants? Why?

If you had £50 to spend on something JUST for you, on what would you spend it?

What’s the weirdest thing you’ve ever seen somebody do?

If you could have one superhero’s powers, what would you choose?

What would be the first sentence of a book about your life?

I tag: Kate at WitWitWoo, Steph at I’m Counting UFOs, Jen at Smiles and Trials, Emma at The Syders, Kylie at Not Even a Bag of Sugar and Sally at Who’s the Mummy – over to you guys to answer my questions and then make some up of your own.

What I’m Doing Now – A Meme

God, I love a meme, especially when it means I get to talk about myself, so when Sally from Who’s the Mummy (aka. The Ubiquitous One) asked if anyone would like to be tagged in this one, I was that annoying kid at the front of the class with one hand in the air (and a buttcheek lifted off of the seat so as to make the aforementioned hand just that little bit higher than everyone elses) yelling “Me, Miss, ME ME!”. So, here we go:

Currently I am:

Reading: Reading? What’s that? My beloved Kindle has been sorely neglected since BB came along and the only chance I get to read is when I take Sausage to her weekly musical theatre class. And then it depends on whether I’ve actually remembered to charge my Kindle. When I do get a chance, I’m still wading through Game of Thrones by George R. R. Martin.

Listening to: A lot of dance music. I think it’s a summer thing; I dream of laying on some Balearic beach somewhere while Tiesto DJs in the background. Oh, and BB (or ‘She Who Must Be Obeyed’) seems to love MTV Dance, so I don’t get a lot of choice.

Laughing at: The current series of Louis CK’s TV show, Louis. He’s probably my all-time favourite comedian and after seeing him at The O2 a year or so ago, I still find him “HILARIOUS” (That’s actually a Louis joke…) NSFW

Swooning over: Is it cheesy if I say ‘My Husband’? It is? Well, tough, it’s true. We’ve been married for 8 years this August and I’m just as in love with him now as I was back then – he still gives me proper butterflies when I glance at him.

Planning: SUMMER! We’ve got a chart on the wall counting down to the summer holidays and I simply cannot wait until we get Sausage to ourselves for almost 7 weeks.

Eating lots of: Bacon (Yes, that faint groaning sound you’ve been hearing whilst reading this is the active narrowing of my arteries). Husband bought 5lb from an online butcher before I realised we didn’t have room for it in the freezer, so we’ve been working our way through it for the last week. It’s a tough job, but someone has to do it…

Feeling: Snotty. Sausage has tonsilitis and every time she gets it, I end up with some weird coldy-virus thing, too. It’s cool though, I’m having my first night out since Burrito Baby was born tonight so burgers and beer are BOUND to help.

Discovering: whether or not we’re cut out for home educating. We’re not very happy with Sausage’s current teacher and we’re genuinely wondering if she’d be better off being homeschooled for a while.

Looking at: Reddit. It’s genuinely one of my favourite places on the whole internet. What’s not to love about a place where you can read just about any topic you can think of, whilst simultaneously looking at pictures of squirrels stealing Cheetos?

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Wearing: A pair of chino shorts and a black and white stripy vest. It was my 30th birthday last week and I got some money to spend on clothes, hence my uncharacteristic smartness.

Cooking: See the aforementioned bacon…we’re currently looking for bacon related recipes as we’ve actually achieved the impossible and ended up sick of bacon sandwiches. I KNOW.

Wondering: How to have my hair cut when I go to the hairdressers tomorrow. Should I go for my tried-and-tested long layers, or mix things up a bit (for ‘mix things up a bit’ read: cling desperately to my 20’s with wild and inappropriate hairstyles that I won’t be able to replicate myself once I leave the salon)

Trying Out: Loom bands. I may be a little bit hooked. Ha! Hooked! Geddit?!

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I’ll get my coat.

Now, because this is a wonderfully memetastic post, I get to tag three other bloggers:

Annie at Minisaurus

Vicky at A Cupcake Mum

Donna at Mummy Central

The Resolutions That I Wasn’t Going To Make…

This year, I decided that I wasn’t going to make any New Years Resolutions. Nope, no sir-ee, not me. I figured, if I don’t make them I can’t break them. I’ll just keep them as a vague idea in the back of my head and I certainly wasn’t going to blog them for you lot to see, lest one of you should spot me talking about chocolate on Twitter and remind me that I’m supposed to be dieting.

But that lovely Mummy Barrow has tagged me and she’s not the sort of person you just ignore, so here goes with a list of somewhat coherent resolutions for 2013.

Get in Shape

Yeah, alright, I can hear  you yawning from here. I say it EVERY YEAR. I never do it. My belly gets bigger and my yearn for biscuits gets greater. But this year, I am serious. I’ve got to do this. For my health, for my family, for my sanity. I’m sick to death of allowing food to rule my life. I start my new job in a couple of weeks and I figure that’s as good a chance as any to help me stick to my diet. I’ll be packing Cup-a-Soups and salads to take for lunch, I’m going to start running again (I have about three running bras that I need to review too) and I’m going to take my health rather more seriously than I have done up until now. If I ever get around to trying to have another baby, I need to  make sure I’m as fit as I can be before even trying.

De-Stress

One of the things that contributes to my overall bad health is stress. A combination of the weight I’m carrying and my inability to cut shit loose is causing a permanently painful neck and back because of muscle spasms and postural problems. My shoulder muscles are tighter than a duck’s bumhole and I really need to learn to not let external factors affect my mood so much. The last couple of years have been pretty tough in a lot of ways and this year is about me, Husband and Sausage getting things in order and enjoying ourselves.

Generally Sort My Life Out

This one seems like a cop-out but there are so many niggly little things that Husband and I want to do. Aside from sorting out the house we’re in now, moving the rooms around and making the space work for us, eventually we want to move so 2013 is about saving, saving, saving. Hopefully, as I spend less money on the junk food and SHIT that’s partly responsible for my poor health, that’ll be a lot easier. Obviously I’ll be bringing in a lot more money once work starts and if I’m at work and out of the house during the day, the opportunities to get bored and snack will be almost non-existent, which helps with number one and the saving money part, which will all help with moving. See, there’s method to my madness!

Blog, Blog, Blog

Mum’s the Word has gone from strength to strength and this will be my third year of blogging. I’m pretty darn proud of the collection of writing and photos that I have here and I want to try and make sure it continues on with its steady improvement. I also want to put more effort into Maternity Matters, which sustains itself as a resource pretty well but could be amazing if I made a bit more effort. I also hope to attend more conferences this year. BritMums is a MUST and I’ll be treating myself to a ticket as soon as I have the cash, or if anyone reading this wants to sponsor me…(worth a try, eh?!) and it’s on the weekend after my birthday, which is lovely timing. I want to try and get to some of the others too, but we’ll have to see about that!

I also have some minor resolutions like getting back into my dressmaking and improving my cooking skills, but they’re too little to have a heading all to themselves.

So, now to tag me some unsuspecting victims delightful participants…

Kate at Wit Wit Woo

Jamillah at Bare Beginnings

Nicola at Coco D’Licious

(Little-known blogging community fact – Jamillah, Nicola and I were all in the same form group at senior school!)

It’s Christmas! A Meme.

I’ve been tagged in a Christmas meme by My Mills Baby which involves answering all sorts of festive questions and I’m hoping it’ll put me into more of a season-appropriate mood, so here goes!:

What’s your favourite thing about Christmas?

When I was younger, I’d have said going out with friends and celebrating the festive period, but now I’m a Mum my favourite bit is the moment after Sausage wakes up. For a split second, she forgets it’s Christmas and it seems like waking up on any other day. Then the realisation kicks in and a look of excitement and happiness crosses her face and it makes every second of stress in the run up to Christmas 100% worth it.

What is your favourite make-up look for the festive season?

Probably fairly similar to my usual going-out look, smoky eyes, lots of mascara and clear gloss on the lips, but maybe with the addition of a bit more sparkle on my cheeks and eyes.

Real or Fake trees?

I know a lot of people will disagree with me here, but I like fake trees. I kind of hate the way we chop down beautiful trees just to put them in a pot in our front room for a couple of weeks, then thrown them out. I’d much rather see real trees growing outside. As a kid, my family always did fake trees too, so there’s something about the smell of a fake tree coming out of the loft that is so quintessentially Christmassy for me. Plus, sod hoovering up all those fallen needles!

Giving or receiving presents?

This is a difficult one for me to answer because I much prefer giving but it also sends me into a state of heightened anxiety so it’s not all that straight-forward! I’m both blessed and cursed with a Husband who is amazing at buying gifts, in previous years he’s remembered me mentioning that I want something around the beginning of August and actually bought it for me as a Christmas gift, which is pretty good going! On the flip-side of that, it’s a stark contrast against my frankly appalling gift-buying skills, so it just makes me worry about getting it wrong for everyone each year!

Do you open your presents in the morning or evening?

MORNING! Do people really wait until the evening to open their presents? If they do, I’ve never met them and I don’t know if I want to – surely anyone who can be that restrained on Christmas Day takes life FAR too seriously?! In fact, one side of Husband’s family is part German and they do most of the gift giving on Christmas Eve, which suits my impatience even better!

It’s A Wonderful Life

What’s your favourite Christmas film?

Oh gosh, well ‘It’s a Wonderful Life’ was introduced to be by Husband about 6 years ago and we’ve watched it every year since as we both adore it, so that’s my absolute fave. In fact, Husband and I have said on many an occassion that we’d love to move to Bedford Falls! But actually, I love MOST Christmas films, I even sit and watch the tacky made-for-American-TV ones that they show on Xmas24. Anything set in New York goes down a particular treat too as it’s been a dream of mine to spend Christmas in NYC pretty much my whole life.

What is your favourite Christmas food?

Hmm, that’s a toughie, we all know how much I love my food! Roast dinner is one of my favourite meals at the best of times, so obviously the whole Christmas dinner is high on my list, and actually I’m one of those people who really likes turkey and thinks it’s a very underrated meat. A very close second, or possibly a draw is Christmas Day supper though. We usually spend Christmas Day with Husband’s family who will put out cold cuts of meat, pickles, crackers, smoked salmon, cheeses, homemade pickled onions, all sorts of delights and we all just tuck in and help ourselves round a big table. It’s lovely!

So, now I have to tag three other bloggers, but I’m cheating and tagging four!:

Jamillah at Bare Beginnings

Lauren at The Wonderful Adventures of Spud and Spike

Paul at I’m Well Confused, Me (maybe you could sub the make-up question out for a ‘What’s your favourite thing to wear on Christmas Day’?!)

And Mummy Barrow at Mummy Barrow!

Good luck and godspeed!

Silent Sunday

Around the World in 80 Words – Southend on Sea

My lovely Husband left this as a comment on my Around the World in 80 Words and I just think it’s miles too good to remain a comment, it deserves it’s very own post and entry into SAHD and Proud’s linky!

Wet. Miserable. Grey skies make me feel claustrophobic and the kids hocking up grollies outside the chippy add to the overall feeling of winter misery. I trudge down to the shops, carefully avoiding the dog shit that clogs up a pavement for which I’m charged a king’s ransom in tax every month. I make my way through the alleyway, across the estate and into the park, careful to avoid the crackheads on the swings. Oh! Southend. I do love thee.

Bloody brilliant!

Around the World in 80 Words

SAHD and Proud has a new Linky up on his blog called ‘Around the World in 80 Words’ and although I’m not the most well-travelled blogger around, I’ve been to some places that have made an indelible mark on my soul. I found it so hard to choose between these places but, ultimately, paradise won. As it often does.

Around the World in 80 Words – The Maldives

Plane, plane, sea plane, boat…we finally set foot onto the island, the white sand literally too hot for our bare feet. August, 2006. Two young people, impetuous and in love. The sea is clear by your feet, graduating into darker hues of blue as it reaches the reef, tiny fish and sharks swim around your ankles. The sun never leaves a place like this. Night time is the darkest of dark, with a billion stars to guide your way. 

I hope I’ve done justice to my favourite place on the planet, although I fear my words will never be enough.

The Mummy Quiz

The other day, a blog post by Karin over at Cafe Bebe popped into my inbox where she had completed ‘The Mummy Quiz’ and inviting the rest of us to get involved, so I thought I’d give my answers too. Here it is:

Before my child can fall asleep I have to…

Give her snuggles! Even at almost three and a half, Sausage still goes to sleep on the sofa with Husband and I and she tends to alternate between the two of our laps. It’s one of our favourite times of day as a family and I hope it continues until she’s far too big to be falling asleep on our laps!

One thing I do that makes my child laugh is…

Nerps. Yes, you read that right, I said nerps. How do I explain this one? Well, basically it’s tickling but every time I tickle her I say ‘nerp’  in a funny voice. It’s evolved too as now I sometimes tickle her in time with a song or jingle, for example; have you seen the Moxie Girlz advert? We use that one “Nerp nerp neeerrp, nerpy nerp nerp nerp nerp”. Oh and recently she watched Madagascar, so now we do “I like to nerp it, nerp it. I like to nerp it, nerp it.” I know, it sounds mental, but it has Sausage in hysterics!

One thing my child does that makes me laugh is…

Oh gosh, EVERYTHING! My child has some serious comedy chops, she seems to know when she’s being hilarious. She comes out with some priceless little sayings, not all of them entirely appropriate, like the other day when she walked into Husband’s Aunties’ house, stood in the middle of the lounge and shouted “BITE MY SHINY METAL ASS!”. (Thanks for that one, Futurama.)

I’m more lenient than I thought I would be about…

Erm, I don’t know if I am more lenient than I thought I would be about things, in fact I think I’m surprised every time I managed to stick to my guns and be strict with her. I come from a long line of softies (Yes, Mum and Nan, that means you) and Husband and I are pretty chilled out with Sausage because she’s usually so well-behaved that we don’t ever need to be tough with her, but I can be when I need to be. There have been times when she’s ignored warnings and been put to bed for being naughty and even though she’s sitting in her room crying and I feel like my heart is ripping in two, I manage to see it through.

One of the most ridiculous things I’ve said as a parent is…

I don’t know if I’ve said ridiculous things as a parent, I think the majority of the ridiculous things that I said were during my pregnancy. I think most new parents have this long list of ideals that they thing they’re going to stick to stringently and then as soon as the baby comes along, they realise that babies don’t stick to plans or schedules and they start to become more flexible. In fact, I have to say, I think the new parents who really have a hard time and have the darkest bags under their eyes are the ones who don’t catch onto this and adapt accordingly.

The best rule in our house is…

Love. We’re a very close and loving little family and we ALWAYS tell each other we love one another. Snuggles take priority over everything and we always take the time to be affectionate and kind. I tell Husband and Sausage I love them about a hundred times a day and I wouldn’t change it for the world.

Sometimes I wish I could snap my fingers and make my child…

That’s a very difficult one as I think she’s perfect! She has her stubborn streak, but hey, so do I and I think being strong-willed shows great character. I know it’s a cliché to say that I think she’s perfect but honestly, she sleeps well, eats well, is just as happy to occupy herself as she is to play with others, all in all she’s a really content and well-behaved child…who’d risk changing that?!

So, that’s The Mummy Quiz’! Why not have a go yourself or head over to Cafe Bebe to read where it all began!

Ten Things You Don’t Know About ME…

I find memes like this bloody difficult, mainly because I’m a very ‘heart on my sleeve’ kind of gal and tend to spill my guts on here every day, but seeing as how I was tagged by The Boy and Me, who is one of my all-time favourite bloggers, I must oblige. The premise is simple, I tell you ten things about me, tag some other peeps and so on and so forth. So here goes…

My bent finger.
Yes, I wore these on both hands.

1. I have a bone deformity in my hands which means that my little fingers are permanently bent. When I was younger the doctors thought it was a tendon contracture and I spent a couple of years wearing painful contraptions designed to stretch the tendons (and which caused some bullying at school), only for the doctors to discover that they were completely ineffective.

2. A few weeks ago I made a point of learning some Jamaican dance hall dance moves. Not for any particular reason, I just wanted to. I’m now proficient in the bogle, the butterfly, down di flank and log on. And no, I will not be using them in public.

3. When I was a kid, I was an enormous fan of Guns ‘n’ Roses (oh alright, I still am…) and when my friend (I think it was Emma Christmas, for anyone reading this who may know us) went to America and brought me back a photo of Axl Rose, I attempted to snog the photo and scratched it with my front tooth.

4. I didn’t kiss a boy for the first time until I was 14. This may have been because of the traumatic tooth/photo incident.

5. My first ever boyfriend was gay. Still is gay, as far as I’m aware. He once told me, years later, that I’m the only woman he could ever be attracted to. I still don’t know how to take that….

6. Some of the names that were thrown around for Sausage were Homer, Linus, Harper, Maureen and Daisy. all of which were vetoed by either myself or Husband.

7. The majority of my ancestors are mongrels, harking from all over Europe, but my paternal grandad’s family lived within the same square mile of East London for about ten generations

8. I absolutely LOVE to sing, I sing all the time. SingStar is my favourite game and I would play it every day. One of my favourite ways to spend an evening is for me and Husband to get a takeaway, have a beer and play some SingStar.

9. I’m ridiculously competitive. When I first moved out of home, I had a copy of the Playstation game Buzz. My new flatmates refused to play it with me after a few sessions because of my aggressive baiting, heckling and celebration dances. Plus, I don’t think they liked it when I ‘WOOP’ed loudly in their faces after every time I answered a question correctly.

10. When I was a kid, I used to choose to spend my evenings sleeping at my grandparents house, and my greatest thrill was phoning Richard Spendlove on BBC Essex Radio to request songs like ‘Jive Bunny’ and ’24 Hours To Tulsa’. This went on until I was about 13.

And now for the tagging…

Mrs. Teepot

Absobloominglutely

Dummy Mummy

This is Mommyhood

Badger Mad

Away you go, my pretties!