It’s all about me!

I have been challenged to write this post by my lovely friend Stacey at It Takes A Woman. She first saw the challenge on Sticky Fingers, but it was originated by Kerry Jean Lister, based on a feature in The Guardian. Phew, that’s the most links I’ve ever done, let’s hope they all work properly!

So thanks for that Stacey 😉

Here goes…

Which living person do you most admire, and why?
That’s too hard a question. I admire lots of people for lots of different reasons, but generally because of their attitude to life. I dislike people who think life owes them, and that everything is unfair.

When were you happiest?
Probably when I lived in New Zealand – I was independent, young, free and, err, young. I had the time of my life and grew as a person enormously. Although I do have to say that ‘now’ comes a close second. I have a wonderful husband and son, and although many of my friends live 200 miles away I feel closer to them now (through the joys of Twitter) than I probably ever have done. If we were more financially sorted then ‘now’ would definitely beat ‘then’ hands down.

What was your most embarrassing moment?
The only one I’m going to tell you about is when my husband had a Larry David moment and confronted a woman who’d parked in a parent and child space at Tesco with her teenaged daughter. The woman’s snapped response was that her daughter was mentally impaired and therefore ‘like a child’. I’m still not sure that qualified her to park in that spot, but I did want the ground to open up and swallow me.

Aside from property, what’s the most expensive thing you’ve bought?
Probably our first ever eBay purchase, a telescope. Oh, actually, our new sofa & chairs were more expensive than that, also courtesy of eBay!

What is your most treasured possession?
Photos of my son, especially the ones I’ve scrapbooked. Although my husband would probably say my iPhone!

Where would you like to live?
Too hard! I love the village we’re in as Isaac’s school and friends are here, and everyone is so friendly. However, I’d love to live back in Poole so I could be closer to my friends and parents. But equally, I’d also love to live in New Zealand again as the pace of life is so chilled, and the scenery is incredible.

What’s your favourite smell?
I love the smell of coriander, and of sesame oil. But as Stacey said on her challenge post, nothing beats the smell of my little mans hair, especially when he’s asleep and can’t shove me away!!

Who would play you in the film of your life?
I’ve really no idea. Winona Ryder?

What is your favourite book?
I love Stephen King books, and several of his are favourites of mine, namely The Stand, The Shining (sooo much better than the film!), and The Dark Tower Series, which took me forever to read, but completely absorbed me into its world, to the point where I was even thinking in the ‘high speech’ of Roland and his Gunslingers!

What is your most unappealing habit?
Ugh, belching, farting and pulling my knickers out of my backside.

What would be your fancy dress costume of choice?
I don’t really do fancy dress, only with stuff that’s already in my wardrobe. So I could do late 90s fashions pretty well 😉

What is your earliest memory?
I think it was breaking my leg in the school playground at the age of 5. A dinner lady carried me inside and took me to the headmistress, who seemed quite cross about it all (I was probably making a big fuss). She called my mum to take me home and told me (and I remember this quite clearly), “It’s probably just a bruise”. I came back to school the following day with my leg in plaster from toe to thigh, with the littlest pair of walking sticks you’ve ever seen. And I also had a wheelchair. I also recall mum taking me to the library, where I utilized the wheelchair as an aid to help me reach the top shelf. I can still remember the look on my mums face when she caught me standing on one leg on the seat of my unsecured wheelchair.

What is your guiltiest pleasure?
My addiction to Facebook and Twitter. And listening to dodgy 80s soft rock like Roxette, Bon Jovi and (*cringe*) Chesney Hawkes.

What do you owe your parents?
I owe them a lot. I wouldn’t be here today if it weren’t for them. And I can never thank them enough for how supportive they were when their only child chose to move to New Zealand, despite them being convinced I’d never come home again.

To whom would you most like to say sorry, and why?
In the pecking order of the class at the age of 11, I was one or two steps from the bottom. I know how miserable it was to be bullied, and yet I still chose to bully the one kid who was lower than me. Sorry Nicky Worthington.

What or who is the greatest love of your life?
My husband. We’ve been together over 10 years now, nearly a third of our lives. My other greatest love is probably reading. I don’t get to do enough of it now.

What does love feel like?
Wrapped up in a duvet in front of a warm fire, and feeling totally snuggly, despite it being -2 and sleeting outside.

What was the best kiss of your life?
Any from my little boy.

Which words or phrases do you most overuse?
Er, mostly swear words actually.

What is the worst job you’ve done?
Probably when I worked in a call centre selling insurance on loan applications. It actually wasn’t as bad as it sounds, the people I worked with were great, and you did get to chat to your customers a bit. But yeah, selling was never my thing really, so I didn’t hit target much.

If you could edit your past, what would you change?
I would like to have been a bit more mature at a younger age. I was very self-centred, and often oblivious to the feelings of others. I also had an evil temper.

What is the closest you’ve come to death?
When I got pneumonia when Isaac was 8 months old. I wasn’t hospitalized, but I was on plenty of drugs, and spent a whole week totally away with the fairies.

What do you consider your greatest achievement?
Being organized enough to move to New Zealand – getting a job out there, visa, flights, etc. And being brave enough to do it. Thanks must go to my besties (you know who you are) who encouraged me to go for it, and reassured me that they wouldn’t forget me or lose touch.

When did you last cry, and why?
I can’t remember my last really good cry. I ‘well up’ a lot, especially at films and stuff, but the last time I properly sobbed might have been when I watched ‘Christian: The Lion at Worlds End’ on DVD. I went through a mountain of tissues. If you don’t know what I’m on about here, watch this on YouTube.

How do you relax?
I have a bath, and if I’m lucky my hubby might give me a back massage afterwards.

What single thing would improve the quality of your life?
Enough money coming in each month to cover the bills and allow us to save a decent sum each month, but still give us some spending money for the more frivolous things in life, like buying a CD or something equally crazy.

What is the most important lesson life has taught you?
Relax. There’s no point in worrying about everything, especially the things you can’t alter. Go with the flow, embrace change, and try to make the best of what you have.