Time to crack open the champagne! My thanks to “I’m that Kay”, who nominated me for the Liebster Blog Award. Her fabulous blog is here.
I’ll follow the instructions carefully, avoiding the wild, secret desire to say “Leessen veri kairefoully, a shall sai zees only wanse”, “Allo Allo” style. Oops, just did it.
My 11 nominations:
11 Facts About Me:
1. I could talk the hind leg off a donkey. My father aptly christened this aptitude “verbal diahorrea” when I was in my early teens, and told me I would never be paid for talking. I took up the challenge, and taught English as a foreign language in France for many years. My students are no doubt still getting over the experience.
2. I have a virtual me who knows exactly how to balance work, family and leisure activities. She’s also the one who works out at the gym on a regular basis, says “no” with a reprimanding voice when she is offered peanuts and crisps, does not gun for a second glass of wine and does not burp when she finishes her alcohol-free beer. As I find her exceedingly boring, I have put her in the virtual freezer and got on with life without her – it’s so much more fun being disorganised.
3. I am not scared of mice, rats or snakes but scream the place down if I see a cockroach. This has been the case since I was stalked down by an evil Tahitian cockroach the size of a dinner plate (ok, a little bit smaller…). I was found in my underwear on the kitchen bar, throwing limes and screaming insults at it as it lined up maliciously for the final kill. Cockroaches are evil maniacs in disguise, plotting to suck our brains out with drinking straws then take over the world. Honest.
4. I am a serial day-dreamer, and often write entire posts for my blog as I drive from A to B. I now need some kind of new technology to simultaneously type it all on my laptop as I think.
5. I love playing with Playmobils. Little My doesn’t like playing with me because she thinks I go over the top, and considers that my starkly realistic scenarios have no place in Playmobilia. My friend’s three-year-old was gentler, kindly explaining that in France you don’t find Monty Python-style killer rabbits in medieval castles. He vetoed my princess in the tower as well as her dungaree-clad mother who was climbing a ladder to save her. Kids can be such boring conformists…
6. I can’t stand being around people who thrive on negativity and spend their time whingeing about things that they can do something about but don’t. I think it’s because they’re scared nobody will listen to them if they have nothing to complain about. Rule of thumb: I’ll tell you once, I’ll tell you twice, then you’re on your own, buddy.
7. Give me a packet of peanuts and I’ll be your friend forever.
8. The place I am happiest is the Alsace region of France. We left there two and a half years ago, and every time I go back there I feel so happy I could bust. I miss my friends there more than I could ever have imagined, and when I get back to see them I become a human limpet and hug them so hard their eyes practically pop out.
9. The best things in life are free, at least in my book. I’m fascinated by nature, colours, smells, people, emotions and generally everything that crosses my path. I think that many people look for happiness in the wrong places.
10. I have played the flute since I was 11 years old. I won’t win any competitions but I still play regularly.
11. I suffer from MCWS: Mature Cheddar Withdrawal Symptoms. Even if I am lucky enough to live in a country that boasts a cheese for every day of the week, I dream of a huge block of cheddar in my fridge.
11 answers to 11 questions:
What made you decide to start a blog? I have always liked reading and writing, and was brought up in a TV–free home crammed full of books. Last year I needed to do something just for me, and blogging seemed the obvious solution as I can not only write, but read and interact with other bloggers. As I said, the best things in life are free.
Favorite meal ever? Most definitely a huge platter of cheese, crunchy baguette and a bottle of Pic St Loup red wine in good company.
If you invented a time machine, where/when would you go? Hmm, tough one. I don’t believe in reliving your life (been there, seen that….) so I reckon it’d have to be the 1940’s so I could have a bash at being Rita the Riveter.
What’s the top thing on your bucket list? Writing a book. Nuff said.
Favorite movie? The Wizard of Oz. I tried to do the Judy Garland pout for years, melodramatically singing “Somewhere over the rainbow” to a stuffed toy because we didn’t have a Toto. I never succeeded. I love the bit when we get to see the wicked witches feet poking out from under the house. Oh, and the evil trees lobbing apples around. Oh, and the …. STOP.
What’s a bad habit that you have? Ah. Um…. (M.M looks through extremely long list…). I say “Yes, just a minute” when my kids ask me something, then get irritated when I ask them something and they reply in the same way.
Do you have an idol? Someone you really look up to or that has influenced your life in some way? I’m a huge fan of Winston Churchill – not only for his political prowess, but also for his wit and scathing humour. I am hoping to meet him in the afterlife, along with Kermit’s nephew Robin (‘Halfway down the stairs” is my favourite song ever).
What is your guilty pleasure? Peanuts. I’m not allowed to eat them any more because of my cholesterol level, but I can’t resist them from time to time.
Favorite colour? Red. Vibrant, warm, red.
Dream job? The one I have – translator, scientific copy-editor and supermum.
Last thing that made you laugh until you cried? The last one I can remember was when PF lit the barbecue and put too much lighter fluid in. It could have been horrific, but he got away with a singed fringe and a sooty black face – except for two white circles where his glasses had been. He looked like something off a Tex Avery cartoon, and even thinking about the expression on his face that day still makes me giggle.
Lastly, here are the questions for the nominees:
What’s your favourite smell?
Where would you like to go if you had an all-expenses paid trip?
What was your favourite book when you were little?
Sweet or savoury?
You have a evening just for you. What do you do?
Beach or lake?
You can only take one thing with you on a desert island… What do you choose?
What do you look for in a blog?
One thing you can’t stand.
One thing that makes you happy.
You have to give up one thing. What would your biggest sacrifice be?