Monday, March 31, 2008

I was in my local Co-Op today

waiting patiently whilst DS1 decided which of the many children's comics/magazines I was going to fork out for him, and was perusing the titles available for grown ups (rather than "adults" which is a whole different genre) and noticed that they had a bout eight copies of Harpers Bazaar. Now, it's a nice enough Co-Op and everything but I wonder if they really sell EIGHT copies of that particular magazine a month? Bearing in mind I am a magazine whore and I have never ever read it, it's quite posh really.

Anyway, a meme stolen from the lovely Beege

1. Do you like blue cheese?
I love blue cheese, especially Roquefort which i didn't realise counted as an unpasturised cheese until so late in my pregnancy as to make no difference

2. Have you ever smoked?
Yes, on occasion. I smoked regularly at University, although never enough to wake up in the morning and want one, but enough. I cut back a lot about eleven years ago, but have sporadically indulged since. Of course, during that time, the number of people I socialise with who smoke (because it tends to be when I am *ahem* socialising that I smoke) has reduced considerably. I am also in the fortunate position to be able to smoke and then not smoke for ages. The last time I had a cigarette was before I found out I was pregnant with Ted. then I had one the other week along with a lot of red wine, and was sick. I'm not expecting to have one again forever now, as the sickness was hideous.

3. Do you own a gun?
No, and I never want to, nor do I want to shoot one, in fact I'm not sure if I've ever even SEEN one

4. What flavour do you add to your drink at Sonic?
We don't have this in the UK

5. Do you get nervous before doctor appointments?
Not usually. I did when I was younger because I thought that they would always give me a hard time about my weight, whereas now, well, if they do they can stick it, I know I am a big girl, and I don't need someone with a medical degree to tell me that. Having worked with GPs for years I have a slight contempt for them rather than an awe

6. What do you think of hot dogs?
I would eat one in an emergency

7. Favourite Christmas movie?
It's a Wonderful Life

8. What do you prefer to drink in the morning?
Coffee. I love it, and need about three within an hour of waking.

9. Can you do push ups?
A few.

10. Do you know the secret to a happy life?
Sunshine should feature. Children also. Pinot Grigio, friends, music...

11. What’s your favourite piece of jewelry?
The only things I wear all the time are my wedding and engagement rings which are not actually the original ones in either case. I have lots of necklaces that I like a lot. My least favourite piece of jewellery is the earrings my husband bought me for Christmas, but that's a whole other story

12. Favourite hobby?
Reading, socialising

13. Song you’re listening to right now?
None - there's a bit of background music on Grand Designs on the TV and Radio 4 on in the kitchen upstairs

14. Do you have A.D.D.?

15. What’s one trait you do not like about yourself?
Bitching about people in my head although not so much out loud

16. Middle name?
Elizabeth. I like it and it goes well with my first name

17. Name 3 thoughts at this exact moment?
1. What shall I make for my dinner?
2. If I have a glass of wine tonght by myself am I am alchie?.
3. Alfie needs to go to bed soon.

18. Name 3 things you bought yesterday?
Nothing at all

19. Name 3 drinks you regularly drink?
Coffee, water, wine

20. Current worry?
That it's a mistake to send Ted to nursery, even though he is perfectly happy there

21. Current hate right now?
Some stuff at work

22. Favourite place to be?
Where my children are. In the sunshine. Bed with a good book

23. How did you bring in the New Year?
Grumpily because Mike insisted on going to bed before midnight on purpose because he hates New Year. I hate the whole "party like it's 1999" thing too, but going to bed mardily at 11.50pm pissed me off.

24. Where would you like to go?
France on holiday in our own little house with aircon and a pool.

25. Name four people who will complete this:
Nobody reads this blog!

26. Do you own slippers?
Yes, and I wear them sometimes, but I find them too flat for me and I feel slobby. I'm so with Flylady on this one

27. Last magazine you read:
Saturday Times magazine. I am about to read this month's Red and Marie Claire when I achieve 17.2) and 3) above

28. Do you like sleeping on satin sheets?
I never have but I don't imagine it to be a nice experience

29. Can you whistle?

30. Favourite colour?
To wear: Black, brown, white, green. In sweets I always like the green ones

31. Would you be a pirate?
No, I get seasick

32. What songs do you sing in the shower in the morning?
I don't sing in the shower as a rule although I sing everywhere else. Lately I've been singing snippets from High School Musical 2 because we are watching it a LOT.

33. Favourite girl’s name?
You see, we never really got there with girls names, we had Helena for Alfie and six for Ted: Amelie, Anya, Annie, Maya, Tess and Francesca. I suspect he would have been Francesca
34. Favourite boy’s name?
A tie: Ted and Alfie
35. What’s in your pocket right now?
They are empty but there have been: an earring, a mobile phone, a pair of Ted's socks, my front door key and a tube of Daktacort at various times today

36. Last thing that made you laugh?
Ted and Alfie

37. Best bed sheets as a child?
*sobs* we didn't have fancy ones, but I did like my green and white gingham check

38. Worst injury you’ve ever had?
Broken arm, broken leg

39. Do you love where you live?
I love my house, I would like it if there were some jobs done on it that need doing - new kitchen, bathroom, hall stairs and landing decorated, garden remodelled etc.I like the area too, near to amenities, leafy suburb

40. Cat lover or dog lover?
Neither really although I do own two cats

41. Who is your loudest friend?
I am probably everyone's loudest friend, but mine is probably Bob

42. How many fish do you have?

43. Does someone have a crush on you?
Don't think so

44. What is your favourite television show?
Hmmm. Well, the Sopranos has finished. I love Brothers and Sisters, ER, Desperate Housewives, and I am enjoying Dirty Sexy Money and Mad Men. I like Gavin and Stacey, The Apprentice, Ashes to Ashes

45. What is your favourite book(s)?
I love loads of books. Anything by Adriana Trigiani, Marian Keyes. I loved A thousand Splendid Suns. Time Travellers Wife. Anything by Laurie Graham and Lorna Landvik

46. What is your favourite candy?
I love white chocolate.

47. Favourite Sports TEAM?
Liverpool Football Club

48. What song do you want played at your funeral?
I quite fancy the guitar bit in Evita, and everyone crying and wearing mantillas. I hope that if I ever have to choose that stuff I will choose something that epitomises me whilst making everyone smile. Something like "In These Shoes?" by Kirsty McColl.

50. What was the first thing you thought when you woke up?
What time is it? God I need a wee!

Sunday, March 30, 2008

I am naughty

My SIL and BIL are here with my nephew. They are lovely, but quite quiet and reserved. So I have sent everyone to the park whilst I Cook Sunday Lunch*

*watch an episode of ER on V+ whilst surfing the internet, as I prepared most of the vegetables this morning. I have made a cheese sauce for the cauliflower, and parboiled the spuds though

Saturday, March 29, 2008


I've been tagged by Rio, the beautiful Clover. Here's the rules:

The rules: Link to your tagger and post these 3 rules on your blog.
1. Share 7 facts about yourself on your blog, some random, some weird.
2. Tag 7 people at the end of your post by leaving their names as well as links to their blogs.
3. Let them know they are tagged by leaving a comment on their blog.


1. I am growing my hair. Two reasons: one, my hairdresser has moved to Spain, and I am noturiously bad at trusting anyone with my tresses. Not that they are fabulous or anything, but they're all I got. Two: My sis is getting married in October, and I fancy having an "up-do" for the occasion.

2. I had a mojito last night for the first time. Then I had one for the second time. Me likey....

3. I have given up buying crappy Celeb magazines for 2008. Thids does not mean that if I come across one in the dentist or at my Mum's house I can't read it, but that I can't actually pay good money for one. So far, I have not found this a wrench at all.

4. I developed a skin tag on the side of my right boob when I was pregnant with Ted and I have had enough of it, but I am not sure if I can be arsed to have anything done about it

5. I play the guitar. And the clarinet, but the latter not for a number of years

6. I very rarely watch films. I have to really want to watch it, I would never go to the cinema on a whim. This does not include the children's films I am sporadically obliged to watch, such as Horton Hears a Who on Thursday. Therefore, I am never able to contribute to discussions on such gems as Pretty Woman/Spinal Tap/Lord of the Rings/Forrest Gump etc etc, as I have never seen them, or indeed many other alleged "Classics". However, when I do love a film, I love it passionately (Some Like It Hot, It's a Wonderful Life, Crash, etc) I have films still in cellophane wrappers that people have bought me on DVD and I have never watched (Girl with a Pearl Earring/The English Patient)I just don't want to waste two hours of my life on them (although I can happily channel surf/internet surf for two hours)

7. I have a passion for unsuitable men. Current favourite: Tony Soprano. I fear it is a deep rooted need to rebel against the good girl that I really am.