Here are the quiz “rules”:
1: You must post these rules.
2: Each person must post 11 things about themselves on their blog.
3: Answer the questions the tagger set for you in their post and create 11 new questions for the people you tag to answer.
So, first up, 11 things about me. I apologise if I have mentioned these things before- see point number 1. Also it is going to be a loooooong post.
1- I have a terrible memory. It is something of a joke now because it is so bad. I also “remember” things that did not actually happen. I will explain- when I was little (maybe 6) I went on a school trip to Kew Gardens. I vividly remember seeing a massive tree with a trunk so enormous that it had little tunnel through the centre of the trunk, and I remember my friends and I playing and running around it. Skip forward 20 years and during one freezing February half term Andy and I went to Kew Gardens. We walked all over looking for the tree. I looked on the map, and asked someone who worked there. No, apparently I dreamt the tree and have somehow remembered it as real. This sort of thing has happened many a time.
2- (This is real, not a pretend memory!)- when I was five we went to live in Denmark for 6 months. My Dad was a teacher and took part in a teacher exchange, so we swapped houses with the Danish family. We lived on a little island called Bornholm, and I went to the Kindergarten there.
3-I always loved singing as a child and for several years I was in a district choir. I had to audition, and I chose to sing The Bare Necessities. See point 4.
4- I love Disney films, but not the princess films so much. When I was little I loved The Little Mermaid, and now one of my favourite films is Lilo & Stitch . The art work is beautiful (they used watercolours), it is set in Hawaii, it has Elvis for the soundtrack and the story is just lovely too.
I got this poster from Disneyland Paris and it is in our bathroom.
5- I have been to Disney World quite a few times but only as an adult (it’s wasted on the children anyway!). I first went in my final year of uni with Andy’s family, brother and his girlfriend, Aunt, Uncle and cousin in a big house. We had an amazing time and I loved it so much and we have been there several times since (once again with his family).
6- I hate rollercoasters. I hate that feeling of being dropped. A friend had a birthday party at Thorpe park (I think I was 9 or 10), and she persuaded me to go on some kind of log ride. It was awful and when we got to the end of the ride the person let us go around again and I did not have time to get out.
7- I have been a bridesmaid once, and that was for my Nan. She re-married when I was about 6, and my Mum made the dresses for me and my little sister to wear.
8- I love painting and drawing, and when I was in Infant school I won a painting competition. I painted my friend (who had broken her leg) in her wheelchair with one leg up in the air. The judges at first thought it was a bit strange- they didn’t realise what it was until they read my very original title “Emma in a wheelchair”. I won a massive box of watercolour paints, but my teacher put them in her cupboard and forgot to give them back to me (and I was scared to ask for them probably!). My parents framed the painting and at the moment it is in my cupboard at work as I showed it to my class. Now I only get to paint/ draw at work in art lessons, but one day I might start again at home.
9- I never do any ironing. I just hang up clothes so they dry flat. Andy irons his own work shirts 🙂
10- I love reading. I like travel books (eg Michael Palin/ Bill Bryson), crime type books (Peter James, Michael Connelly, Henning Mankell, John Grisham, Stieg Larsson, Carl Hiaasen) but nothing with a pastel front cover!
11- I collect US quarters. I noticed on one holiday that some quarters have a boring back, but some had a state and a picture – see the close ups here. Whenever anyone we know goes to the USA they have been keeping an eye out for any missing ones, and I finally had one of each a few years ago. But now they are releasing more for the national parks!
I got these books from a supermarket when I was in America once- they have a space for 2 of each but I mostly have one of each.
Phew that was a long ramble of 11 things.
Here are Laura’s questions and my answers:
What is your dream travel destination?
When going on holiday, I like to see sights, whether they are amazing natural views or impressive buildings. I have always wanted to go to Hawaii and New Zealand- I think they have the most stunning views and varied scenery so would make perfect road trip destinations.
If you were throwing a party for yourself what would be your theme?
An afternoon tea party. 🙂
Favourite TV show?
Oh that is a hard one. My favourite reality TV type show is The Amazing Race (it really is amazing)- we don’t get it over here in the UK that much but I love the travel element to the show. I love TV shows that have you gripped- I loved most of the 24 series, and things like Dexter.
How would you describe your taste in music?
Brilliant. Of course I would. Hmm, I suppose my music is rock/ indie (remember indie music from the 90’s?). My Dad really introduced me to music- he always used to buy Q magazine and we have been to several gigs together. Some of my fave bands for you: Ash, A, Foo Fighters, Muse, 3 Colours Red, Reef, Wilt, Blur, Bush, Hard Fi, Maroon 5, Kasabian, Green Day, Radiohead (well mainly The Bends), Badly Drawn Boy, Snow Patrol, but also some older stuff like The Beatles, and I have a love for certain types of cheesy music (eg Summer of ’69, Build me up Buttercup, A Little Respect…).
If they made a film of your life, which actress would play you?
Probably Jessica Stevenson from Spaced (and I just found out she is now called Jessica Hynes now). She is funny (I like to think I am funny) and I think pretty “normal” looking if that makes sense.
If you could have any super power what would it be?
I would love to fly. I used to dream about flying too, but for some reason I know that those were dreams and not real life.
Tea or Coffee?
Tea! All the tea. Said in the style of Peter Griffin. I found a clip but the sound is awful on my computer.
Sum yourself up in 5 words…
Indecisive, friendly, helpful, cheerful, busy.
If you could go back in time, which time period would you visit?
I don’t think I would want to go back in time. all the history I ever learnt about was horrible (especially for women anyway). Maybe I am reading too much into it. I wonder who is friendly. Perhaps the Mayans were friendly and I could watch them build their impressive temples and also drink hot chocolate.
Who would be invited to your dream dinner party?
I get very tongue tied when meeting famous people. I include Mickey Mouse in that category, so no Jonny Depp for me. I think I would choose Michael Palin. I love all his travel books, and when watching the shows you see what a friendly person he is. Plus I love hearing about peoples’ holidays, and he has had a few.
Name one thing that you collect…
Magnets. I never used to, but in the last few years (well 5 years maybe) we have started buying magnets from places we have been to on holiday. It used to be cups but they take up more space, and then I don’t want to get rid of them because they remind me of the holiday…
We might need a bigger fridge!
Right, here are the people I am going to tag (sorry if you have been tagged already).
Tegan @ Tegan Running
Rachel @ Runner’s Tales
Lucy @ Porridge and Parsnips
Ffion @ Chocolate and Raspberries
and YOU! Yes you.
(Because I am getting muddled at looking to see who has been tagged).
So, my 11 questions are:
1-What is your favourite/ most visited website?
2-What is your favourite shop (online or “real”)?
3-Where would you go for the best holiday?
4-What is your favourite warm drink?
5-What types of books do you like to read?
6-Would you ever like to live in another country, and if so where and why?
7-If you could start your own business, what would it be?
8-What is your least favourite household job?
9- Do you have anything you consider to be a lucky item?
10- What did you want to be when you were little?
11- What is the best thing about reading/ writing a blog?
Thanks! Have a good weekend everyone. And if I didn’t tag you, pick a question and answer it here 🙂
PS- There is a running book free on Kindle at the moment- The Ultimate Beginners Running Guide- look here if anyone is interested.