|The other side of the mug says 'crazy cat lady' - that's me!!|
I was a bit worried that there might be a bit of a sneaky breeze, but the sun was really warm, and I think I underestimated how hot it gets when you've got most of a big blanket draped over you! So I had a lovely couple of hours out there, with the birds and squirrels for company, but then eventually the breeze did get a bit cooler, so I came in and carried on rippling inside.
I was reading Kathy's blog yesterday, and she'd been tagged to answer some questions, and then think of some of her own. Rather than choosing anyone else, she'd left it open for anyone to join in, and I liked her questions so I thought I'd have a go! Is it a bit sad that I'm tagging myself? Oh well, I don't care, it's just a bit of fun! So here goes:
1. Why did you start blogging?
Back in 2009 I started a blog about Strictly Come Dancing. There are several others out there, and I think I just wanted to have a go myself. Thanks to iplayer, I could cut and paste clips of the shows, so it was all about trying to catch someone pulling a funny expression, or admiring the frocks. The following year I blogged about a couple of other reality shows, and then SCD again, but in the meantime I'd decided I wanted to write about other things, particularly just the everyday stuff, and I didn't really want to do that on my Strictly blog, so I started this one instead.
2. How did you choose your blog name?
I've gone right back to the first post I wrote, where I said I must've been having 'food issues' hence the title of the blog. I think I was doing my usual thing of thinking about losing weight and getting fitter, and the title was kind of an ironic response to that... I've often thought about changing it, but I don't know if it's possible, and I'm scared of messing something up and losing the whole blog, so I guess I'm stuck with it!
3. What book are you reading right now?
I've just recently decided to list all the books I read this year in my right-hand sidebar, over there -->, and as you can see, my current book is The Suspicions of Mr Whicher or The Murder at Road Hill House by Kate Summerscale. It's based on a true story, but for some reason I thought she'd written it in the style of a fictional novel. But she hasn't. It is a factual account of what happened, and it's very heavy on information like names of people and places, times, dates etc. There are also lots of quotes from other accounts of the same murder, or similar murders of the time. I've been ploughing through it but I seem to have come to a bit of a standstill just lately, which doesn't bode well for me finishing it...
4. What is your favourite city break?
I'm not really a city person, and I don't think I'd ever choose to stay in a city for a holiday or short break. The only time that I have is several years ago, when my mum and I went on a few weekend coach trips, and one or two of the hotels were in cities/towns. I'm having trouble remembering where they were though. Coventry was one, and I think Carlisle was another. No, not really my cup of tea at all.
5. If you could be somewhere else right now, where would it be?
Well, clearly not in a city! No, I'd be in Scotland, which is probably no surprise as I think I've mentioned my
deep obsession love for Scotland in previous posts. I would be in a lovely little cottage somewhere in the West Highlands - either on the coast, or maybe a bit more inland, but still preferably near to a loch. There would probably be some woodland nearby, where we could spot red squirrels and pine martens, but also some open moorland for spying herds of deer. Up above, a golden eagle would be gliding along, maybe even a sea eagle if we were near the coast. There'd be an otter slipping in and out of the water by the shore, and if it was a sea loch, maybe we'd even be able to watch seals bobbing up and down a bit further out. Heck, lets throw in some dolphins and a distant sighting of a minke whale for good measure, it's my daydream, after all!
6. What is your favourite TV show from your childhood?
Although I definitely watched TV as a child, and I'm sure there were lots of programmes that I loved, the only ones that spring to mind are Top Of The Pops and The Chart Show, although they would be slightly 'older' childhood, and even into my teens, rather than younger.
7. What was your favourite lesson at school?
I've always loved writing, so my favourite lesson was English. On my very first day at infant school, I was too shy to go outside at 'playtime' so my teacher let me stay in the classroom. She gave me a piece of paper and asked me to write her a story, so I wrote about a tiger and a boa constrictor! I enjoyed English all the way up to my GCSE's. I then went on to do English Lit at A Level, but I just couldn't get the hang of the way we had to analyse the texts, and try and read something into every word they'd written. I just wanted to read them! I also didn't like the two teachers that we had (one was a really smarmy guy who thought he was a comedian, and the other spent nearly the whole of every lesson talking about her daughter, to the extent that we got so far behind with our work, she had to give us her address to post it to her during the summer holidays!). So I dropped the subject after the first year.
8. Dog or a cat?
Goes without saying - CATS!!! But I do really love dogs too. If we didn't both work full-time, and if we had a bit more space, we'd definitely have a dog. Quite possibly one of those German Shepherd pups!
9. What is your favourite crafty past-time?
Crochet, obviously, although I enjoy cross-stitch too, as long as I've got enough space for it.
10. What can't you live without?
I should really say Chris, or my cats, but as awful as it would be to be without them, I could still live, I suppose. So, um, oxygen?? I know, I'm taking it a bit too literally. Ok - Crunchies!!
11. What's your signature dish?
I'm really rubbish at cooking, or to be more honest, I'm too lazy to cook, although I really want to rectify that. At the moment if I cook for myself I'm at the stage of poached eggs and beans on toast, or mushroom omelettes, or mashed potatoes, Yorkshire puddings, veg and gravy (my ultimate comfort food). If we're cooking something for us both, we tend to have a lot of curries or pasta, but the sauce is usually out of a jar. I want to learn to cook more meals from scratch, and rely less on processed foods. Then I'll start working on my signature dish!!
12. Describe yourself in three adjectives.These are always really hard, aren't they? Beautiful, intelligent, modest?! THAT IS A JOKE!! Erm... Quiet. Indecisive. Ailurophile (that's a noun, not an adjective, but I'm having it anyway!) ;-)
So there you go. Now I think the idea is that I should come up with 12 questions of my own, and here they are. I have to confess, I managed to think of two before my brain blanked on me, so I searched for 'interesting questions to ask someone' and came up with the rest!
1. If you could only listen to one song/piece of music for the rest of your life, what would it be?
2. You're throwing a Come Dine With Me dinner party - who would your three (or four) guests be, living or dead, would you have a theme and if so, what would it be, and who would you like to be doing the running commentary/voiceover?
3. What three things would you send into your Room 101?
4. What is your favourite quote?
5. Which fictional character would you like to be?
6. If you could know the answer to any question, apart from 'the meaning of life', what would it be?
7. What would you call your autobiography?
8. What was the last TV programme, film or book to make you cry?
9. Do you have any special talents?
10. Have you ever met anyone famous?
11. If you could witness any event from the past, present or future, what would it be?
12. What story does your family always tell about you?
I won't tag anyone in particular either, because I know some people don't like this kind of thing, but if you feel like having a go at these questions (or Kathy's) then let me know in the comments, as I'd love to read your answers! Remember, it's just a bit of fun!