So here we go:
What is your favourite holiday destination and why?
In fairness this is a pretty tricky question as I’ve only been on a handful of holidays really – my favourite holiday when I was a child was a trip to America – we flew to Boston and then drove down to Chattanooga, Tenesse. As an adult my favourite holiday was to Zakynthos with my best friend when I was 24 – we basically read and sunbathed for a week and it was just what we both needed. That’s not to say I’d go back there as a destination – I just loved the holiday itself. There’s plenty of places I’d like to go but I don’t think I’ll be doing much travelling any time soon, it’s not quite so easy when you have to consider tots too!
What is your funniest memory pre-children?
Wow this is a pretty hard question . . . I had a LOT of fun in my early twenties and have a lot of great memories. I think I’d have to say the night we were all back in our flat in Leeds after a night out for my birthday – the whole night was pure giggles and I don’t think I can even explain what was so funny but it involved the phrase “Doing it for the kids”, squat thrust star jumps and my friend Wayne signing his shoes in Arabic (just writing that makes me smile but I think you probably had to be there).
What was your favourite thing to do in the evening?
Gigs, gigs and more gigs. When I lived in Leeds there were times we’d end up seeing up to three bands in a week. Of course there were plenty of weeks where we did see any at all but it’s definitely the thing I miss most about my pre children days – I don’t have the time, the money or the babysitters to go to gigs & festivals any where near as much as we used to. I guess aside from that my evenings probably haven’t changed that much (well expect at the moment where there’s an Amy involved!)
What hobbies do you have that you can no longer do?
Funnily enough I was just bemoaning earlier today that I used to have a subscription to a weekly magazine – I ended up cancelling it after Ben was born as I just didn’t seem to have the time to read it. I used to devour books but can count on one hand the number of books I’ve read in the last 4 or so years. I always mean to address that but it never seems to happen.
What do you think you took for granted before having children?
I suppose the obvious answer to this would be sleep . . . but to be slightly more off the wall I’m going to say shoes! I miss wearing heels. I miss wearing nice shoes. My feet have changed slightly with each pregnancy and got a bit wider – I tend to find myself slipping on my Birks more often that not – at the moment I have my Birks, a pair of Converse and some tatty boots. I long for the days when I had loads of lovely shoes and reasons to wear them!