Within a few minutes of being on Twitter last Tuesday I saw a couple of my old school blogger mates share an old school style meme post. Back in the day (2010 if you really want to know), these blog posts were all the rage and are currently seeing a welcome resurgence. So, thanks to Kate and Molly for the inspiration - it's nice to stretch the fingers and the mind a little bit with something like this.
When was the last time you cried?
I'm generally not a crying type of person but a few weeks ago I went on a run that took me above and beyond my comfort zone. I hadn't ever run more than 7 miles before so when my running watch buzzed at 8 miles and signalled the end of the run, I sobbed. It wasn't a pretty sight but they were mainly tears of relief.
If you were another person, would you be a friend of yourself?
I hope so. I'm the type of friend that's loyal, trustworthy and funny. I've noticed that my friendship group has changed over the years. I've learnt to be more selective with my immediate tribe but also that my attitude and demeanour affects a wider circle which reflects back. It's much easier to be nice to people and let the shit go.
Do you use sarcasm a lot?
Me? Nope. Never.... *whistles nonchalantly*
What’s the first thing you notice about people?
Hair and shoes. I was accused once of looking someone up and down in a sneering way but that's probably just my resting bitch face, however you can tell a lot about people from their hair and their shoes. I have horrendous hair envy, simply because I never know what to do with the birds nest that sits atop of my head. And shoes... ah, shoes... they always fit no matter what the rest of your body looks or feels like.
|I was searching for a good shoe quote and came across this from Iris Apfel. Just perfect!|
Scary movie or happy endings?
I usually fall asleep before the end of any film but I'm a sucker for a happy ending.
I'm partial to a bit of vanilla or lilies when it comes to room scents or candles. For perfumes, I have a love of Burberry (original, London and eau de toilette for different times of the day or occasions). For food, it's garlic - really strong garlic!
What’s the furthest you’ve ever been from home?
Turkey. And I wasn't overly impressed as I got food poisoning!
Do you have any special talents?
Not really. I'm a 'jack of all trades, master of none' type of person. I'm currently teaching myself how to pay a variety of songs on the ukulele though.
What did you want to be when you grew up?
Firstly a PE teacher and then either Air Traffic Control or an administrator in the RAF. I didn't accomplish either of my dreams.
How many countries have you been to?
Not enough. Just nine.
What was your favourite / worst subject in school?
My favourite subject was PE and my worst subject was Geography.
What is your favourite drink?
I'm a bit of a water junkie at the moment due to being on a health kick but if my arm was twisted up my back and I was being made to have an alcoholic drink then I'd choose gin... a nice strong gin, with a carefully chosen, complimentary mixer. It's weird, isn't it? Vodka and coke used to be my go-to drink but I'm struggling to remember the last time I had one. My other partiality is Straw Hat red wine - cheap and cheerful.
What would you have named your children?
Rachel was going to be Siobhan or Rebecca but no-one really liked those names - and anyway, she just looked like a "Rachel" when she was born. Michael was always going to be Michael after one of his grandfathers. Jake's name was chosen by Rachel and Michael when we got a bit stuck for ideas.
|Gratuitous photo of my very grown up children!|
Who are some of your favourite YouTubers?
Ok... this is easy. Casey Neistat, Jenna Marbles (she makes me HOWL with laughter), Lydia Elise Millen, The Slow Mo Guys, Dominique Sachse, Trisha Paytas (both channels, don't judge me), Channon Rose, Lost LeBlanc, Ladbaby (easier to find on YouTube because the vidoes don't show up in my Facebook feed any more), Pixiwoo, Chase Amie, Simply Nailogical, Geoff Marshall, JaackMate, Kelly Roberts... and so many more but these are channels that I will actively seek out.
How many boyfriends have you had?
Two serious relationships. One when I was sixteen and it lasted two years. The next one, who I met at eighteen years old, became my husband.
Favourite memory from childhood?
There's plenty. It's always hard to pinpoint just one when you're put on the spot like this. There were lots of visits to my grandparent's houses and I was always in awe at the way my grandmother's provided for everyone (read more about how amazing they both were here) and I remember 'dancing on my dad's feet' at family parties. We had many caravan holidays where I seemed to be outside a lot, and there were loads of trips to interesting places. Looking back, I had a bloody great childhood!
Tell us one of your bad habits…
I get bored very easily and I find it hard to concentrate. I know it's not really a "bad habit" but I have so many unfinished projects and 'great ideas' that never come to fruition simply because I can't be arsed seeing them through.
I hope you enjoyed reading that. Did any of my answers surprise you? Now, as is tradition with these vintage memes, I have to 'tag' a few people and hope that they join in. I'm really interested in reading/hearing the responses from the following people either on their blog or via their Instagram Stories because I luffs them all in different ways.
Becky - English Mum
Tanya - Mummy Barrow
Melinda - What Mel Did
Joanne - Opposable Thumbs
Clare - Clare Mackintosh
Susan - Susan K Mann