Wednesday, 27 April 2011

The Truth About Me

The Truth About Me

I have been tagged by the wonderful blogger Mammy Dolittle.

Ok, so here’s what this is about.  This questionnaire from the Guardian Weekend Magazine has been doing the rounds in the Blogosphere, and it’s mostly a bit of fun.
So, here goes: 

Which living person do I most admire and why?
My mother.  She has faced the best and the worst of life with dignity and always has great hair.

When were you happiest?
The first time my little girl smiled at me.  We were alone together and it was just the best feeling I ever felt.

What was your most embarrassing moment?
My twenties, it was a long moment.

Aside from property, what’s the most expensive thing you’ve bought?
A Car but I wish I could say a handbag.
What is your most treasured possession?
My family.
Where would you like to live?
New York City.  From the first time I went there seventeen years ago, I’ve loved it.  Failing that, a field in the middle of nowhere would be nice.  I’m an all or nothing kind of gal.

What’s your favourite smell?
My children’s heads.

Who would play you in the film of your life?
Dawn French, even though we’ve never met, I just know she gets me.

What is your favourite book?
To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee.  It was the first grown up book I ever read for pleasure and it hooked me like no other.

What is your most unappealing habit?
Snoring.  I’ve actually woken myself with a start; such is the power of my snore.
What would be your fancy dress costume of choice?
Sabrina from Charlie’s Angels
What is your earliest memory?
Being in my mother’s mini sometime in the early seventies.  It was wine and I kept sliding down the back seat
What is your guiltiest pleasure?

X Factor.
What do you owe your parents?
My life and never being afraid to question something.
To whom would you most like to say sorry, and why?
My Dad.  For not being there when it mattered most.

What or who is the greatest love of your life?

What is King Cheese n’ Onion Crisps.  Who is my other half.

What does love feel like?
Like jumping off a cliff with your eyes closed and absolutely believing you won’t get hurt.

What was the best kiss of your life?
Outside Dunnes Stores on Georges Street in the early hours of the morning after the first time he told me he cared for me.

Which words or phrases do you most overuse?
Like.  Like I say it all the time like.  Like I don’t even know why like.

What is the worst job you’ve done?
Minding a child with chronic diarrhoea.  The child had it, not me.  Not sure which would have been worse actually.

If you could edit your past, what would you change?
Nothing, the past is done, all that matters is doing your best right now.

What is the closest you’ve come to death?
I had a scare a few years ago, but it didn’t happen, so I shan’t dwell on it.
What do you consider your greatest achievement?
My children.

When did you last cry, and why?
This morning, I was worrying about my kids.  I’m hormonal.

How do you relax?
I either read or stare out the window.

What single thing would improve the quality of your life?
Acceptance of the tough stuff.

What is the most important lesson life has taught you?
Life is for living.

I am going to tag these lovely bloggers, coz I’m nosy:

Sunday, 17 April 2011

Liebster Award

I have been nominated for a pretty cool award by a pretty cool lady and fellow Liebster Award winner, Mammy Dolittle
I am very pleased and grateful for the award and so very happy to have discovered the wonderful world of blogging.
The Liebster Award is a bit special because it recognises us smaller bloggers with 300 followers or less.  Part of receiving is that you give back by nominating five small bloggers in no particular order.
It’s been a tough choice, as there are numerous wonderful bloggers out there, so I closed my eyes and pointed at these five who I would like to nominate for the Liebster Award:

Friday, 15 April 2011

What's Perfect Anyway?

Recently, during a conversation with a friend of mine, it came up that I had an argument with my other half the week before.
She looked at me in shock!  Then said to me something I’ve never heard before.  She said she thought we were perfect and never argued.
Well, you could have knocked me down with a feather.
I thought everybody argued?
We do, granted we could go weeks in perfect harmony but then he’ll put a dish into the dishwasher with a mushroom stuck to it or I’ll give in to one of the kids too easily and boom, we’re into a doozy.
There are so many things to argue about, it’s hard to just pick one. 
There are things that are no big deal and you just get on with either by ignoring or joining in, like my attempt to take an interest in Formula 1 or my other half’s attempt to watch sub-titled films.  I used the word ‘attempt’ twice just to drive home the effort entailed in these activities.
As humans we constantly strive for two things that fascinate me.  Firstly being part of a group, like a couple or family and secondly, having our own way all the time and really, those two things rarely happen in harmony.
When we were first new parents, we had very clear ideas of what perfection within our family would be and just how sure we were of achieving it.  Frankly, we were obnoxious.  
Then reality kicked in and we joined the group of parents with tired faces and expressions that said well done for trying, but I’m really glad you’re over that annoying phase of thinking you’re the first and only parents on Earth and are ready to accept that all you can do is your best.
These days, if we have gone a whole week without anyone getting seriously injured and they’ve eaten an ok amount of healthy food, we feel like we’ve conquered Everest.
So just what is perfection?  Wouldn’t it be great if it was just making the most of what you already had? 
I am not now, nor will I ever be anything close to a Stepford wife and my other half will always think it’s funny to jump out of a dark corner and frighten me half to death whenever he gets the chance.
The truth is, I don’t know what a perfect couple is and I don’t think anyone else does either.  I feel like we’re a project, constantly learning, adjusting and coping with changes in our lives.
In the greater scheme of things, most of our arguments are no big deal, but in a world of stress, kids, work, not enough sleep, never ending and ever increasing bills, they can push one over the edge.  Coming back from that edge is important though.
On the Bright Side, the making up can be fun.