Joining with Lauren from The Little Things We Do.
1. “The best way to spread Christmas cheer is…”- singing Christmas songs at the top of my lungs in the car, wishing customers Happy Christmas – it kinda depends on if they are in a good mood or not as to whether it works or not!
2. The holiday season is usually a bit crazy. Between Church events, concerts and then present buying I go a little made. It’s December 1st and NaNoWriMo is over now so I’m going to get my butt in gear and get my Christmas shopping sorted.
3. When it comes to holiday decorating… it doesn’t happen until about the 15th, too early and it looks silly, too late and I run out of time. There’s two houses on my way to work and they already have their lights up. It’s making me feel more Christmassy, and also cheers me up on my way home when I’ve had enough.
4. The thing I look forward to most about the holidays is getting ready for catching up with family and things like that.
5. My favourite holiday tradition is decorating the tree as a family. Our first Christmas was interesting when Chris decorated the tree without me……..
6. This year my Christmas plans includehang with Chris and Our Sidekick, hang with Mum and Dad, catch up with my cousins, Aunt and Uncle.
7. My favourite holiday food is I think mince pies – I didn’t really like them when I was younger but they’ve grown on me as I’ve grown up.
1. I like pizza and pasta. Probably more than is healthy.
2. A life goal of mine is to travel more (mostly to get out of the UK – not in like a I want to leave because it sucks but I want to explore more!)
3. The last thing you would ever expect me to like (even though I secretly do) is rap. Okay so I’m not amazing and it’s not my first choice of music to listen to but some raps are catchy like Bonkers by Dizzee Rascal, the Fresh Prince theme by Will Smith and Men in Black. They are the ones I know off the top of my head. I used to know part of Stan by Eminem but that’s one is not so good to know.
4. Some wise words that I love are from the bible, “17 The Lord your God is with you, the Mighty Warrior who saves. He will take great delight in you; in his love he will no longer rebuke you, but will rejoice over you with singing.” Thank you Bible Gateway
5. Most mornings you will find me well if its a week day Themis be heading to work while trying to remember the fifty things I have to do when I get there and the five things I need to cram in to my lunch break. Well and whether I blogged or not.
6. Right now I am super into does sleep count? This week we had two days of training at work and tomorrow we have another day. I am going to be so shattered by tomorrow evening and I might have to drop out of NaNoWriMo. Unless Chris starts doing all the chores and I come home and write for Britain then I doubt it’s going to happen this year. I completed in 2010 some how, 2011 was hard with Our Sidekick having just moved in with us and this year is just crazy between work and The Fountain.
7. Right now I am super over work……..just need a holiday! Oh yeah 6 day week, 1 day weekend, 5 day week, 9 days off. Get in. Well eventually.
1. Something I swore I’d never do, but have ended up doing anyway is I genuinely have no idea, I’m sure Chris could probably list a bunch of things!
2. Something I’ve always wanted to do is seriously erm this list is far too long. I’m in the process of writing my bucket list. At present it involves things like going New York, Chicago, Boston, Quebec, Ontario, etc.
3. Something I have absolutely no desire to ever do is ride another rollercoaster. I’d consider parachute jumping, bungee jumping and swimming with sharks but I hate rollercoasters.
4. The best thing I ever did was erm there’s a few things, well I think anyway. Getting married was pretty cool and becoming a foster Mum to Our Sidekick has it’s stresses but I don’t think it would be the same without the stresses – would it?
5. When it comes to trying new things, I am rubbish! I am so paranoid about failing and not achieving what I mean to or achieving the goal but not to the best of my ability.
6. One thing I’ve never done is cycled from Land’s End to John O’Groats. My husband has and I was his support vehicle from Land’s End to Birmingham. It was good fun but I could have done with proper sleep some nights. I think the best nights were when we were in the cottage for the first night and at Ian and SJ’s on my last night before heading home.
7. My favorite thing do do is watch movies, crochet and hang out with friends.
Joining with Lauren from The Little Things We Do.
1. My favorite feeling in all the world is hugs! My Dad gives these hugs that just make me feel like I can take on the world – or like yesterday when it reduced me to tears but that was more because I was holding on to the verge of tears tightly for about an hour and then the hug from my Dad pushed me over the verge.
2. My favorite smell is fresh baking, cake 0r bread it doesn’t matter as long as it smells good!
3. My favorite taste is sweet – it’s my weakness it’s not good.
4. The most beautiful thing I’ve ever seen was last year we went to the Lakes. My Grandma loved and my Aunt loves the Lakes and often talked about places to visit up there. It was my first time up there and we went to Wast Water – and let me just say the pictures do not do it justice at all! (Well especially when the only one I can find is an Instagram one!) We were the only car there and this was amazing silence that I’ve never come across before – okay there were sheep on the hill side and you could hear the water but there were no cars and no people. It was just gob smacking.
5. The best sound ever is that sound of nothing. The silence I wrote about in number four.
6. A smell that reminds me of my childhood is coffee – Grandma S’s house used to always smell of coffee and Grandma B’s house would smell of baking – either is a good smell but the smell of coffee makes me sad some days (on Saturday I had a big cry about it, you would have thought that would be next Monday as it’s been 4 years).
7. My favorite of all the senses is sense of hearing – without it I’d miss out on music. There’s a game called “Would you rather…..?” that we play and actually I think I’d rather lose my hearing than my sight because even if I did lose my hearing I would still be able to feel the vibrations (Have you heard of Evelyn Glennie? I love her blog) but I think I’d also feel so incredibly lost.
Joining with Lauren from The Little Things We Do
1. One thing I plan on doing to relax this weekend is erm I have no idea! I’m in London tomorrow at CNMAC12, got lunch with a friend then a possible pub trip in the evening then catch the train home. On Sunday I’m on kid’s work, then there’s contact time, then hopefully some chill out time before coming back to work on Monday. Hopefully there’s some relaxing in there.
2. A big pet peeve of mine is bad spelling? Is that an okay one? I emailed a company yesterday and was like “btw good website but you’ve got a typo”. Wasn’t sure if they’d take it a good way but thankfully they did lol. On the other hand it didn’t work so well when I corrected a distributors spelling – if you want to return the product please spell your returns reason correctly or I will question what you mean.
3. I am really loving my woolie hat? I wore it yesterday pretty much from coming out of the dentist to going to bed. I think it was comforting while I was feeling sorry for myself post-wisdom tooth removal. Then again today my cheeks keep feeling really flushed especially my right cheek (tooth was upper right)
4. The rain is a bit of a downer, but kind of nice when you’re all wrapped up inside watching the rain fall outside the window.
5. My favourite girly indulgence is nail varnish – I don’t really do make up. I might put a little bit on if I’m going out somewhere but that’s about it.
6. A song I always get stuck in my head is at the moment it seems to be Kid’s Worship songs like God Can Do Anything or Gonna Jump Up and Down.
7. The best cure for stress is hugs. Lots of them. Especially unexpected ones – like Our Sidekick will come into the kitchen while I’m doing chores and be like “Can I have/give you a hug?” YES PLEASE! I love hugs!
Joining with Lauren from The Little Things We Do
1. My favourite flower is I don’t have one favourite I think it’s a close draw between Gerberas and Daisies – then again they are both so similar that it might not really make a difference.
2. You should never talk about at the moment seems to be about chores and being tired but that is just our house lol. I agree with Lauren that politics is something not to talk about. We have a coalition here in the UK as there wasn’t enough of a majority for one party to win on their own or something like that. All I can say is that our three main political parties (Conservative, Labour and Lib Dem) need their heads smacking together because all they do is whinge about what the others have done rather than telling me how they can make this country better for the “Average Joe” like me.
3. My favourite discovery as of late is well it could be Chipotle – I went for dinner there on Monday and although it was a little bit on the spicy side it was really yummy so I’m sure I could manage it again.
4. This fall you will probably find me wearing jeans, a jumper and layers. Today for example grey long sleeved top with a tartan/checked shirt over the top.
5. I wish I were sleeping or with friends – I’m having one of those days where staying in bed or having a big hug from a friend might have fixed at least how I felt about the day. Then again tomorrow is Saturday – I’m trying to decide whether to have a peaceful protest and stay in bed for the whole day.
6. My favourite TV show currently is well it was probably Hart of Dixie but Season 1 just finished here in the UK. I’ve been watching Who Do You Think You Are every week apart from last week when they did William Roache’s genealogy. It just didn’t really interest me, whereas they’ve had Celia Imrie, Alex Kingston and Gregg Wallace on this season amongst other people.
7. This weekend I want to sleep, eat, be merry but the first and second might be the only ones that do actually happen so I’ll have to find some other way to be merry – maybe massive DVD night with Our Sidekick.
Joining with Lauren from The Little Things We Do
1. The last thing I ate was my breakfast. I had a sausage sandwich – I know it’s not good for me but I only have it on a Friday and even then it’s not every Friday. I try and be good but sometimes I fail.
2. The last time I went to the beach was in July when we went to the beach at Barri Island in Wales. It was too cold for a paddle – I had a quick paddle but it was making my feet hurt. I have a rule that I have to paddle in the sea at least once when we go to the seaside (apart from the time we went to Felixstowe in October it was far too cold to be on the seafront let alone near the sea lol).
3. My last vacation was this summer. We went to Bristol with Our Sidekick it was our first holiday as a family. It was good fun although there were a couple of rocky moments where I think we were just driving each other slightly mad as we were in each other’s personal space a lot of the time.
4. The last place I drove was to The Fountain to meet Chris for lunch, haven’t really seen him this week and we need to chat over some stuff before a huge explosion takes out half of Bedford!
5. The last song I listened to was erm I don’t know! We have the radio on at work, I have the radio on in the car and there’s the stereo playing music in The Fountain so it could be any song. The two albums I’ve been playing lots are Babel by Mumford and Sons and Our Version of Events by Emeli Sande.
6. The last thing I watched on TV was it was either Sing While You Work – it’s the latest Gareth Malone choir adventure (when is he going to come to Bedford? Then again I think statistically we have a lot of choirs it’s just I can never go to them and some charge to join what’s with that!) or Grand Designs Australia – me and Chris regularly discus what our dream house would be like. I think when he decides that we are going to build the house I am going to go and emigrate somewhere and then come back when it’s done because we’d just annoy each other because I’d be there wanting to learn how to do things (I learnt to tile bathrooms and replace double glazing windows because of my Grandad, then again him and his builder friend taught my Mum how to lay bricks.
7. The last time I said “I love you” was probably to Chris earlier this week which is really bad. I told Tori my cousin that I love her. She’s been at university almost a week and I think as exciting as it is she’s missing home a little bit. I might have to organise a petrol pot so that if it’s really bad I can pack up one Friday and drive after work to her university and see her then come back Sunday in time for work on Monday or in time for contact time if needed.
(Joining with Lauren from the Little Things We Do)
1. Something I am very proud of is my cousin, like a lot of young people her age she is heading off to university in the next few weeks to study Psychology – rock on! I was telling Connect Group on Wednesday that I remember holding her the day she was born (or it was the day after she was born – I just remember she was little even in my 9 year old arms lol).
2. My favourite thing about myself is my organisational skills. Okay so if you saw this picture from my Instagram or how messy my room is at the moment you wouldn’t believe me but I can juggle three diaries and I’m pretty good at making sure we’re in the right place at the right time.
3. My favourite colour for fall is clothes wise is probably purple. Then again I don’t really dress in set colours for set seasons – I just go with what I want to wear each day (is that really boring?).
4. Something I’ve been learning lately is remember to trust in God, don’t stress about the future because he’s got the plans!
5. A book I am reading now/have read recently is “From Blah to Awe” by Jenna Lucado Bishop. I think it’s technically for teenage girls but I’m a girl and I’m in my twenties – I can still be a teen right? (When I’m not being a 26 year old Foster Mum lol)
6. My favourite Pandora Station is well, I don’t use Pandora. If I’m in the car chances are I either have a CD on or BBC Radio 2. Occasionally I flick over to BBC Radio 1 but it tends to be for the chart on a Sunday afternoon if we’re still in the car. At home I have UCB on and at work we have had BBC Radio 2 on this week at Scott Mills has been on the Breakfast show – I’m not sure if we’re going back to it next week when Nick Grimshaw takes over the Breakfast Show from Chris Moyles.
7. This weekend I will be having lunch with my friend from school who I haven’t seen properly in about a year – I’ve bumped into him in town or while he’s at work but that’s about it. I’m then helping with the Mother/Daughter event at The Fountain.
1. My favourite grade in school was (in the UK it’s years rather than grades) I think my choice would be Year 11 – I’d be sitting my GCSEs but I’d be able to change my future and pick different A Levels. I was also helping with the youth group at church and although it crossed my mind about doing
2. My favorite teacher was Miss Cafolla (Italian Teacher), Mr Broom and Mrs Brannen (Drama) or Miss Woodcock (Music) because I adored learning Italian until I got to Sixth Form and just couldn’t hack the pace – you were expected to go from a GCSE student who looked up most words in the dictionary to virtually fluent in the space of about 6 months and it didn’t happen for me – I would get muddled between the Italian I knew, the French that I’d been learning since Year 5 and the English I’d been talking my whole life. Miss Cafolla was an awesome teacher who always had time for my silly questions!
Mr Broom, Mrs Brannen and Miss Woodcock are in there because without them I’d have probably been kicked out of Sixth Form. I really messed up when it came to my Year 12 exams – I was great in the classes but put me in an exam and I lost the plot and I couldn’t articulate what I wanted to say. These three teachers let me stay, I had to understand that I’d probably not get higher grades than Ds at a push but they’d keep me, rather than me leave or start over. Two of the three teachers have either left teaching or moved on to different schools – I think number 3 is still at my Upper School.
3. The highest level of education I have completed is a BA (Honours) Degree in Performing Arts and Professional Practice. I’d like to go back and do an MA in Media (Mass Communications) or try and get on an Anthropology course but they are just dreams.
4. School lunches for me were usually cooked dinners from the canteen. When I was at Upper School I’d buy my sandwiches at break time so that I had time to eat them and get to whichever music practice was on (apart from Tuesday or Wednesday when it was trampolining and I’d eat lunch at break time!)
5. The amount of money you’d have to pay me to go back to high school would be cover my household bills etc and give me some pocket money so I can still look after the boys etc and then I’d really consider it – okay you were worrying about exams or which university you were going to go to but life in general was so much easier then!
6. A few things that will always remind me of going back to school are wearing new school shoes round the house to wear them in, trying on school uniform in the middle of August (my Mum was often on a mission!) and older kids getting exam results (that way I knew September was coming!)
7. The first day of school was always incredibly boring! You’d have to copy your timetable to your homework diary, when you got to Sixth Form you had to make sure there were no clashes due to your choices. I didn’t have this problem but my friend who was doing 5 A Levels (I was on 3 but the average was 4) always had clashes!
(Joining with Lauren from The Little Things We Do)
1. Over this labor day weekend I will be well it’s a normal weekend here in the UK so I won’t have Monday off (although we had a bank holiday last weekend so this week was 4 days woot!). My brother Rich and his best friend Aaron are doing a 24 hour Gaming Marathon for The Fountain. It kicks off at 9am tomorrow and finishes at 9am Sunday. Also this weekend we say goodbye to a friend S as he moves on from working at The Fountain which is really sad but we’re having a party tomorrow. Erm what else am I doing – I think I’m helping out at The Fountain but I’m not 100% sure.
2. With the political debates going on right now, my thoughts are again Americanism lol. Erm Obama vs Romney as far as I know right? The thing that bugs me about politics is too much off the time they just point the finger and tell us what the other party didn’t do rather than what they are going to do for me. I’ve read about the lengths that the Suffragettes went to, to get Women the vote so even if I don’t necessarily agree with all the politicians say I am going to use that vote to try and change my country for the better – however that comes.
3. Today I am super excited that I get some time to myself this evening lol. I think I’m going to start with going to my Mum’s to watch another episode of Newsroom. Have you been watching it?.
4. The best thing I’ve cooked recently was gluten free pancakes. I’ve not really cooked that much – I’ve either not been home to eat, we’ve been lazy or Chris has cooked lol. Yesterday we had cooked chicken from the deli counter at the supermarket and oven chips yesterday. It was supposed to be like supermarket version of Our Sidekick’s takeaway favourite in the hope that it was a bit healthier lol.
5. The last thing I bought was chicken and chips yesterday. Then again shortly it’ll be my lunch.
6. The best movie I saw this summer was I haven’t actually seen that many this summer – life kept misbehaving! We did however see Brave last weekend which I really liked. I started watching Precious earlier this week as it was on iPlayer but the Mum just kept bugging me – why do people think it’s okay to beat their kids? (Then again Gabourey Sidibe is an awesome inspiring actress)
7. The best book I read this summer was erm I don’t know – I’ve been trying to cut down my “in progress” pile as somehow I managed to get to 12 in progress! I even dug out my copy of House and Philosophy in the hope that I’d finish reading it but I’ve not been in the frame of mind to get my head round philosophy. In the last few weeks I finished We Can’t Go Home Again by Max Dubinsky, The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chobsky and now I’m reading Flash and Bones by Kathy Reichs. I will cut down that list!