Can I be serious for a moment? Q’s and A’s


He he I’ve been tagged, or rather offered myself up for this rather highbrow Meme (originated by Kerry Jean Lister and based on The Guardian’s Q&A feature) by Him Up North.

It’s going to take me a while to answer the questions because thinking may be required…

Which living person do you most admire, and why? and she stumbles at the first question.. I admire many peopleThe person who springs to mind at the moment is my friend Kez, life if piling Kez with a bucket load of manure at the moment, she has a plateful of it… yet she soldiers on being so much to so many people, dealing with it all in her special way, finding outlets which suit her…  Good on you Girl! Respect.

When were you happiest? I think this means a time in your life but I don’t much care… I’m happiest absorbed in something I love doing, watching the smalls play on the beach with Daddy last summer is a memory with halcyon quality, I knew as I watched them that it didn’t get much better than that, I would have liked to stopped time and lived in that moment for a while… Being caught up in the middle of writing something is one of those happy moments for me too…

What was your most embarrassing moment? *giggles* 17, making out in the back seat of my boyfriends car in the dark when a dog walker with a torch got too curious…

Aside from property, what’s the most expensive thing you’ve bought? Ignoring the car? The Hot Tub, the best money we ever spent too!

What is your most treasured possession? My photo albums, up until we went digital in 2002 my life is mapped out in those books…

Where would you like to live? Somewhere citrus fruits grow on the trees and skiing is only a couple of hours away, not too much to ask is it?

What’s your favourite smell? So many.. Toast, bacon, fresh cut grass, petrol, germolene, pine trees, gorse bushes, washing dried on the line….

Who would play you in the film of your life? If it’s all the same to you, I don’t want a film made of my life; confident and loud as I may appear to be, I am a private person and would prefer my life to remain that way… Bi-ogs always get it wrong anyway…

What is your favourite book? I can’t and won’t pin that down to just one, not possible…

What is your most unappealing habit? Is scattiness a habit? I seem to have developed a habit of trailing havoc around with me – drives me batty!

What would be your fancy dress costume of choice? I’d love to take part in the Carnevale di Venezia – the costumes and masks are truly amazing – one day…

source – Wikimedia Commons

What is your earliest memory? Being pushed in a pushchair by my Mum in London

What is your guiltiest pleasure? Twitter and Tumblr

What do you owe your parents? My Mother once said to me (although she can’t remember it) ‘When you are about to do something consider if I would like you to do it.’ or words to that effect… It’s always been a measuring stick for me, ‘Would Mum want me to do this?’ Sometimes it pulls me up short, other times it’s ‘No, but hell I’m going to do it anyway!’ It’s the consideration of the matter that counts with me…

To whom would you most like to say sorry, and why? I’m not one for leaving issues unresolved, I will say sorry when it’s due and get to the bottom of any offense I know I’ve caused and sort it out…

What or who is the greatest love of your life? Children and husband aside because that is too easy! My cat Pippa, that may change, I have a lot of life left to live…

What does love feel like? Like someone shifted your center of gravity…

What was the best kiss of your life? I love to be able to tell you this; but I can’t, so I won’t… but it made my toes curl, I melted and forgot the world existed around me in that very moment…. *sigh*

Which words or phrases do you most overuse? LQTM… online and ‘Will you listen to me!’

What is the worst job you’ve done? Pot wash…

If you could edit your past, what would you change? Nothing, the journey makes us…

What is the closest you’ve come to death? General Anesthetic probably

What do you consider your greatest achievement? My Children of course.

When did you last cry, and why? Aw, I’m a right sentimental soppy date, I can’t actually pinpoint the last thing that had me wiping my eyes, happens a lot…

How do you relax? I escape into the world of laptop….

What single thing would improve the quality of your life? A cleaner!

What is the most important lesson life has taught you? Nobody can live your life for you, there is so much to experience and try… you might not like or enjoy it all but how would you know if you don’t try?

Now tagging again…

I’m going to tag my dear friend Moon & I don’t want to hear anything about dressing gowns!

and Mummylimited & Casslass who both like me appears to be glutton for punishment.


The One Word Meme…

I’m full of mischievous sniggering this week 😉

The wonderfully “creative”ly talented blogger Chris at Thinly Spread tagged me on this meme, then a few days later the nuturing “committed” Julia from What Will Julia Do Next? did too… Well, I’ve got to do it then haven’t I *quakes*

The idea is you write one word in the comments which you feel aptly sums up me… Now you can see why I’m quaking.

In the words of the meme’s creator Michelle from Mummy from the Heart

“This got me thinking about an email I received a few years back, one of those circular things that I normally hate but this one I loved and have never forgotten.  It was about the power of positive affirmations and how knowing what positive things others think of you can boost your own self-esteem.  It talked of an inspirational teacher who got all her children to write one positive word down to describe the other children in the class and then they had to hand them in.  The teacher then collated all the positive words for each child into a special sheet for them and handed it to them to read and keep.  They learnt that their peers saw them in ways they had never imagined and it had an immense effect on them.  The story goes that one of them died and a number of them attended the funeral and it was found that they all still had their lists 20 or so years later as they had been really touched by this loving gesture.  Did this really happen?  Who knows, but I love the sentiment of this story and therefore it does not matter to me if it was real.

Well, what about if us bloggers and virtual friends did something similar?  How marvellous would we all feel to learn these new facets of ourselves that we did not know existed.  Someone may say I am inspirational (another one I have heard about myself a few times recently) and me being me I would say ‘no not me’ but what have I done there?  Rubbished their opinion and that is not right, only they know if I have actually inspired them to do something.  If people are kind enough to give us a compliment we should be gracious enough to accept it…. and why not go one step further and actually go out and ask for it?

Well that is what I want us all to do.  I am creating a meme, called the 1 Word Meme and I would love for every one of us to be able to collate all the positive words left by our real life friends, virtual friends and fellow bloggers so that we each have a sheet of positive affirmations to treasure and boost our self-esteem.”

So, here we go.. play nice and leave a word, any *clean* word you like which sums me up… and as per I get to tag some other bloggers to do this so I pass this task onto

Gemma from Hello it’s Gemma!

Kerry from Life through a Sippycup

Sian from Fishfingers for tea

Julie from The Sardine Tin


So.. Get to it, everyone is welcome.. Unleash the insults compliments… I will help you start off…

Julie from Allaboutus is………………..

The Totally Truthful Memetastic Award

I remember Meme season last year and as I didn’t start the blog until April I’m surprised at all the tags in January but more surprised that they all seem to be coming from @tiddlyompompom who is now no longer on my blogroll lovely.

Well, I’m always up for a good Meme – but this is not a good meme – I have been awarded the Memetastic award, perhaps appropriately as it’s a load of interesting facts drivel….

“What’s the memetastic award and how does it work I hear myself you cry? Well, in the words of it’s creator jillsmo this is how it works…

1. You must proudly display the absolutely disgusting graphic that I have created for these purposes (put it in your post, you don’t have to put it in your sidebar, I think that would seriously be asking too much). It’s so bad that not only did I use COMIC SANS, but there’s even a little jumping, celebrating kitten down there at the bottom.It’s horrifying! But its presence in your award celebration is crucial to the memetastic process we’re creating here. If you need a higher resolution version… I totally have one!!

2. You must list 5 things about yourself, and 4 of them must be bold-faced lies. Just make some shit up, we’ll never know; one of them has to be true, though. Of course, nobody will ever know the difference, so we’re just on the honor system here. I trust you. Except for the 4 that you lied about, you lying bastards! But don’t go crazy trying to think of stuff.

3. You must pass this award on to 5 bloggers that you either like or don’t like or don’t really have much of an opinion about. I don’t care who you pick, and nobody needs to know why. I mean, you can give a reason if you want, but I don’t really care.”

Here is the badge…Please skip it, it’s truly grueling I suggest you scroll sown without looking…

So, drivel -o-meters at the ready, here are my 4 blatant lies and one truth….

1. I own EVERY book Terry Pratchett has ever publish.

2. I once took David Frost his room service breakfast and he was only wearing a dressing gown…

3. I relish the thrill of being stopped at the top of a ferris wheel.

4. I once performed the Can Can at the Royal Albert Hall

5. I once stole a not inconsiderable amount of shrapnel out of the Trevi Fountain


Now I get to dish out this punishment nominate 5 other bloggers to make up some drivel too because actually, it’s a complete waste of time illuminating!

The Sardine Tin

Bod for Tea

New Day New Lesson

It’s all good if you can laugh

Random Musings of a Tattooed Mummy

Strangely, I actually like these bloggers and their blogs, so have now lost 5 friends 😦

The Stylish Blogger Meme…

Three times this week I have been tagged in the Stylish Blogger Meme. Three Times!!! Am I stylish or what!!  Well no, actually not at all, I don’t so stylish I do aged beach bum on a budget…  but hey…

In response to this tagging I’m supposed to tell you seven thing of interest about Moi. *yawns* all I ever do here is talk about Moi…  in fact just the other day I had a bleat tweet at @jennypaulin that went thusI’m going to have to change the name of my blog soon to “AllaboutMe Me! Me! damn it!””

But the ladies who have tagged me are super tweeters and wonderful bloggers and you follow the links to find Hello it’s Gemma Bod for tea and Where the brass bands play I have a sneaky suspicion that Knees up Mother Brown may have tagged me on this too a while ago – sorry Dawnie!

So I’m willing to give it another go and just in case you think I’m cheating and rehashing old posts here are the old ones Kreative Blogger one & two

So another 7 things you don’t know about me….  Twitter and  Facebook helped me out with a few points, although circumnavigating the globe whilst sitting on Clint Mauro’s Abs is a pleasure I have yet to achieve and some subjects are best not discussed on an open blog, I hope I have made it a little more interesting than my last two attempts but a tag is a tag and nobody reads my drivel anyways so I can make it all up – right? *sigh* alright I will try and behave…  Here we go, be prepared to be amazed… *cough* not.

1) I am a qualified Reiki practitioner…  You can find out everything you never wanted to know about Reiki here.  I stopped practicing when I fell pregnant with the little lady and decided not to pursuit it any further, perhaps one day I will do my masters but my 2 small tearaways are not making it easy to create a calm environment…  I do use it most days still..  I wonder if Reiki works on Twitter…..  Mmmmm?

2) Similarly, I am also qualified in Indian Head Massage, I chucked in the almond oil and towel at the same time with this one too…  I expect I could brush up on it though if I had to – form an orderly queue… and bring your own oil of choice.

3) My favourite poets are Philip Larkin and Robert Frost, my favourite poems of theirs are Larkin’s The Whitsun Weddings and Frost’s Road Not Taken, I’m also very fond of Keats…

4) and while we are on the subject of literature my favourite Shakespearean play is The Tempest…

5) I am having and will probably continue to have for many many more years with any luck a mad passionate and exclusive affair with vinegar (thanks to Chris for still remembering this passion of mine after all these years 😉 ) It started off just as a normal romance but over the years has been cultivated into refinement, at the moment in my kitchen I have malt, sherry, 3 types of Balsamic, cider, red and white wine vinegar…  obsessive, yeah a bit…

If you would like to discuss points 1 & 5 further you had better Tweet me, everyone else WAKE UP WILL YOU! I still have 2 points to go!

6) I thank a fellow tweeter for this suggestion (although I’m keeping it tame lovey)…  My Guilty Pleasure Crush… any excuse to get a picture of Taylor Lautner on the blog…

Woof! and then some…  and guilty why? Because I’m firmly Team Edward!… (and bless Taylor he’s only 18! Well almost 19 and I’m still 26 in my head, that’s not so bad is it?) but it’s not really right for a 40 year old woman to get flustered over a young lad wearing cut off jeans with a stomach you could do your washing on, shoulders as broad and beautiful as my best imaginings  and a voice like velvet is it? Yeah, right… Like I care. *drifts off into a daydream*

7) and finally… Something you really didn’t know…  I’d like to thank my dear friend Jo for reminding me of this occasion…  sort of, it’s obviously been etched deeply in her memory for some reason…;-)

1997 – Jo’s now husband Darren invited my good self and my partner in crime friend Lisa to his graduation ball at Bath University, lord knows why…  He must have thought the place needed spicing up a bit…  Anyway, I’d spent a weekend in London with another pal trying to find a dress for the occasion to no avail, back at her flat she opened a trunk and pulled out a dress. “try that on” says she, a thin whipper snapper of no size “I can’t wear your dresses Dawn!” Says I , but she is Scottish and I know better than to argue when she gets a certain look in her eye..

Well, I have never in my entire life before or since worn a dress so small…  but it was fab so I took it home. And what does a girl do with a new dress she needs an opinion on? She goes to see her Mother… Who’s husband is a photographer… Who took one look at this dress and I could see his eyes get that excited “Oh my… the possibilities!” look… I remember to this day him saying “Stop pulling it down! Let it ride to where it wants to be and leave it!” So I did, but I don’t think he ever considered this….

Yes. I was wearing tights… and I am sensible enough to wear black knickers no matter how skimpy but by the time the man operating the darn beastie had finished having his jollies there were rather a few more people watching than appeared in this photo!  Well, hell…  You are only young once are you not!

And just in case you wondered…. here’s me in that dress….

12 days of Christmas (a wish list)

On the twelve days of Christmas my true love gave to me

A potty trained toddler
An afternoon at Bath Spa
Child free time for writing
Several bottles of Champagne
A barn conversion in Dorset
A daily cleaner
A side of smoked salmon
water from the fountain of youth
A holiday home in Portugal
an Iphone 4
2 weeks away skiing
and a ticket for Cybermummy

Yes, unrealistic I know 😀 I am getting one of the above for Christmas, bet you can’t guess which one!

I actually struggled to come up with 12 realistic things that I might like so I let my mind  wander a little.

Many thanks to Karin at It’s all good if you can laugh for including me in the challenge, you can find other writings on the same subject at Juliette Terzieff’s blog.