Sally from Who’s the Mummy has tagged me in a bit of a Blogger Q&A on the basis that it might be nice to share some random, entirely useless information with you all – particularly if you’re a newer reader!
When was the last time you cried?
I’m basically a complete emotional wreck since having the kids and cry at the drop of a hat – like in a random school assembly when I’m on supply . . . But actually my last tears were shed after this utterly devastating book called One More Tomorrow – which is basically sad from the first chapter and was one of those books that I wished I hadn’t started but had to read to the end. The end was even sadder than the beginning and I lay in bed sobbing while Dave slept next to me!
If you were another person, would you be a friend of yourself?
Yes – I work really hard at being a good friend. I’m good at staying in touch and being there for people when they need me I think. But I’m also pretty blunt so I think I can take a little while to warm too. I’ve been told I can come across as a bit intimidating at first and that people don’t always know how to take me.
Do you use sarcasm a lot?
If I tell you that Ben was using sarcasm before he was even three years told, does that answer the question?
What’s the first thing you notice about people?
I’m not sure – does it make me shallow if I say how they look? Yes? Ok, erm, yeah still probably how they look – this is mainly an envy thing because I like their top / shoes / lipstick / handbag and I’ve got leggings on and food on my top.
Scary movie or happy endings?
Happy endings. Every single time. I don’t watch films which are complicated or scary. I don’t mind having a cry when I’m watching a film but I don’t want to still be sad by the end!
So I love fresh cut grass and coffee and tarmac . . . but when it comes to perfume or home fragrances I like it to be bright and fresh, nothing to floral or sickly sweet.
What’s the furthest you’ve ever been from home?
America – we took two trips to America when we were kids. The first we stayed in Chattanooga, Tennessee and then the second time we flew to Boston then drove down to Chattanooga through the Blue Ridge Mountains and even as a kid I could tell you that was incredible.
Do you have any special talents?
I can play the flute and learned BSL at night school in my late teens (but can only really remember how to be rude to people)
Where were you born?
Harrogate, North Yorkshire
What are your hobbies?
Being online? Does that count as a hobby? It certainly takes up a lot of my time. I guess going to gigs and festivals, taking the kids on adventures and camping more recently!
What did you want to be when you grew up?
A teacher. From as young as I can remember it was all I ever wanted to do. I never really saw teaching as a job but more what I was. At one point it looked like I wasn’t going to get a place at uni and I honestly thought the whole world would fall apart. I’ve been teaching for almost 15 years now and whilst I do still love it, it’s certainly not the be all and end all it once was.
How many countries have you been to?
Not all that many to be honest – maybe five? Certainly not as many as ten. This is definitely something I want to work on over the coming years!
What was your favourite/worst subject in School?
I hated PE with a passion – it was the only thing I ever got a low mark for effort in through the whole of secondary school. I still hate sport now. (You’re surprised aren’t you?)
I loved French, and history (till I took it at A Level and then I hated it). Sociology always interested me too.
What is your Favourite drink?
Hot chocolate if it’s cold, diet coke if its hot. Gin features in there somewhere too but I’m not a massive drinker.
What would you (or have you) named your children?
I decided at around 14 what my children would be called and only Chloe’s name is different. She was going to be called Alex. When we were expecting Amy we struggled to find a boy’s name for her – I really liked Thomas Joseph but we could hardly call her Thomas when that was our dog’s name. Good job she was a girl!
Who are some of your favourite YouTubers?
I watch Mummy Daddy Me fairly religiously whilst ironing along with Pixiwoo (who just make me want to buy all the make up) and Molly Forbes. Other than that I don’t watch anyone with any regularity, I just dip in and out occasionally!
How many Boyfriends have you had?
A couple at school and then Dave. We met just before I turned 21 and got together a year or so later. That was that really.
Favourite memory from childhood?
That’s so hard. My Dad always says we must have had a great childhood for us to remmber it so well and I think he’s right. Nic and I remember so much of our childhood – really ridiculous details too. I don’t think I could pin down one thing.
How would you describe your fashion sense?
I’m better at dressing other people than I am myself. I love clothes and accessories and find people’s style endlessly fasincating but never seem to be able to translate that to myself.
Tell us one of your bad habits!
Being frightened of stupid things – like moths.
So – what surprised you? What did you already know? Anything else you wish I’d mentioned?!
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