Awards, a fridge and possibly more than you ever wanted to know about me.
This time of the month is always a busy one for me, it’s the time I need to put together the village newsletter so evenings are spent cursing Microsoft publisher and chasing up late submissions rather than in bloggy land. So I’m afraid I’ve got behind on a couple of things.
Firstly, I must thank both Mummy and the Beastie and Muriel of 40blogSpot for passing on a couple of awards to me, the Kreativ Blogger and Versatile Blogger awards respectively. These are two bloggers in the British Mummy Bloggers (or is that Brit Mums now?) comment group that I’ve been taking part in this month. I’ve been meeting some very friendly bloggers and have a lovely new pile of blogs to read.
Then today, the very delightful Katie from Feeding boys and a firefighter tagged me in the ‘Show me your fridge’ and the Guardian Q & A meme. So, I am about to deliver an epic meme/award post. If you’re as nosey as I am then peering inside other peoples fridges holds a certain appeal, if not then you may think this is a little odd so I’ll understand if you wander off to make a cup of tea.
This is my fridge (and the permanently frozen shut little freezer) at the half way point between food deliveries, still fairly healthy but all of the best bits are long gone. I won’t list everything that’s in there, it’s all standard fare. I need to give it a clean really but I’m afraid that’s one of those jobs that seems to make its way further and further down my to do list.
I have a somewhat love/hate relationship with the fridge. I love it for obvious reasons but hate it on the nights when I want something to eat yet have no idea what. So I constantly open it, peer inside and then get frustrated when, surprisingly, nothing has changed and no magical appearance of the perfect snack has happened.
I am a regular Guardian reader and love the magazine on a Saturday. The Q & A piece with a so called celebrity makes me giggle each week, watching them fall into either the “You seem normal, I could have a coffee with you” camp or the “You’re so far up your own arse I’m surprised you actually managed to hear the questions in the first place” camp. So lets see where you think I am.
Which living person do you most admire, and why?
This one really has me stumped. There are lots of people I admire but no one person that stands out from the rest.
When were you happiest?
Cliché or not, the minute Miss P was born and I knew she was safe. Labour had been really difficult for her (and me!) and she needed to get out quickly.
What was your most embarrassing moment?
There have been several! I could say the time I tripped and went flying looking for my birthday cake I knew had been hidden somewhere in the office at work. Or the day I spent calling my mother in law by the wrong name despite having met her a few times already. But I think the time I farted in the face of a friends Dad who already disapproved of me comes pretty close to the top.
Aside from property, what’s the most expensive thing you’ve bought?
As I’ve never bought a house or a car, it’s hard to say. Probably various mobile phones over the years, I used to have a habit of buying the latest one as soon as they came out.
What is your most treasured possession?
My first engagement ring from Rich. We didn’t have any money when we got engaged so we bought a pretty silver ring for less than a fiver. It was replaced but my original one is very special.
Where would you like to live?
Ultimately I’d love to live in New York. Otherwise, closer to London would be great, then I could get to see friends more easily.
What’s your favourite smell?
I was born without a sense of smell so I don’t have one. I’m assured that freshly baked bread is a very popular one though!
Who would play you in the film of your life?
Hmm, I drew a blank with this so I went to ask my nearest and dearest. The responses ranged from Kathy Burke and Jo Brand (though I was assured not looks wise!) to Dawn French to Catherine Zeta Jones (Rich trying to get some brownie points in!). I think we’ll leave it at that!
What is your favourite book?
There are so many but the one I pick up time and time again is George Orwell’s 1984.
What is your most unappealing habit?
Depends on who you ask. Rich would say snoring so loudly you can hear me from downstairs. A certain friend would say competitiveness, this is the same friend who claims I threw a scrabble board off the table when it looked like I was going to lose – I didn’t, I just happened to knock the edge of the board and it slid off! I annoy myself with my overuse of exclamation marks!!….!
What would be your fancy dress costume of choice?
If I had the courage then a burlesque dancer!
What is your earliest memory?
My Dad walking me to nursery when I was about 3. It had been snowing and I was wearing a green snow suit. I kept slipping on the ice and I remember him helping me up each time.
What is your guiltiest pleasure?
Hollyoaks and tinned macaroni cheese.
What do you owe your parents?
A good few grand! But also a strong work ethic, the ability to adapt to any situation I need to, a love of books and food. Oh, and specifically my mum, my tendency towards bossiness.
To whom would you most like to say sorry, and why?
I’ve said sorry to most of the people I need to but there is one friend I’d like to apologise to again for letting him down so badly.
What or who is the greatest love of your life?
Rich and Miss P obviously but books and food are passions.
What does love feel like?
Like coming home.
What was the best kiss of your life?
Mine and Rich’s very first. Yes it’s soppy but if I wrote anything else I fear there may be arguments!
Which words or phrases do you overuse?
“For fucks sake”
What is the worst job you’ve done?
Ha, I lasted less than a week in a cheese factory. I couldn’t keep up with the pace of the cheese coming off the conveyor belt, ended up surrounded by a pile of cheddar and the whole line had to be shut down so we could sort it out. I was cold, miserable and 16. I rang in sick on the third day and was told not to bother coming back!
If you could edit your past, what would you change?
I wouldn’t. It’s all happened for a reason and makes me who I am. However, if I could wipe out all recollection of my ‘grunge’ phase then I wouldn’t say no.
What is the closest you’ve come to death?
Hemorrhaging badly after the emergency c-section with Miss P.
What do you consider your greatest achievement?
Apart from Miss P? Getting this far in life and still being relatively normal!
When did you last cry and why?
A couple of nights ago at the Eastenders storyline. I sobbed.
How do you relax?
Reading in bed. Or in the bath. A cup of tea and a huge slice of cake helps too!
What single thing would improve the quality of your life?
Sorry to say it but money. Not a stupid amount but enough so we knew we could cover the bills comfortably each month with a bit left over for fun things. If it can’t be that, then if Starbucks or Costa could open a branch in the village it would certainly be a start.
What is the most important lesson life has taught you?
Life can be really hard sometimes but if you hang on and keep your head above water it will change and get easier.
So, now comes the obligatory tagging. I know a lot of people have already done this so I’m hoping I get lucky.
Kara from Innocent Charms Chats
Melissa from Miel et Lait