I’m going to do my best to get Friday Questions going again on a regular basis. If you join in leave your link in a comment or send me a tweet – I’m @girltaristhan on Twitter.
1. What book are you currently reading?
I’m currently reading Chasing The Dragon by Jackie Pullinger, I now have another two books to add to the TBR pile after being to the Girls Night In evening at Putnoe Library last night. Ali McNamara and Christina Jones were both there. There was a question and answer session and then a book signing. It was lovely to chat to Ali especially as we’d spoken earlier via Twitter – thanks to Rickie!!
2. How many films have you seen this month?
I’m not really sure – I think maybe four or five. We started the month with going to see Iron Man 3 at the cinema as part of Our Sidekick’s birthday celebrations. We’re possibly going to see Star Trek: Into Darkness at some point but I’m not sure when. I’ve been watching random films on Netflix. I’ve seen The Family Man on the TV.
3. Do you like to sit in the front, middle or back of the cinema?
I either like to sit right at the back or about half way back, sitting too far forward makes my neck hurt or there’s too much to take in and I can’t see it all. I also try and sit under one of the spot lights so that I can crochet during the films – It sounds really silly but I like to have something to do at the same time.
4. Is there anything really interesting in your family history?
I’m still looking into it, I know that there was a double wedding, Great Grandad got married the same day as his brother, what’s even funnier is that Great Grandad’s brother married his sister (does that make sense? Two brothers married two sisters).
5. If an old TV show could come back onto our screens, which would you choose?
Well I’m not sure, I love The Good Life and could watch it all the time. I love the relationship between Tom and Barbara and also their relationship with Margo and Jerry. Then again I’ve been watching Dawson’s Creek from the beginning. I think it has a flash forward at the very end but I’m on Season 3 so anything could happen.
Sorry all, I sort of dropped off the map with this one just before Easter but I’m hoping to get back into the swing of it now.
1. What current song is at the top of your playlist?
I don’t have a single one at the moment. I love Ho Hey by The Lumineers (especially this cover by The Stella Sisters) and Pompeii by Bastille (Thanks to JD and The Murf singing it lots!)
2. If you could change one thing about the world, what would it be?
Could I ban cancer? Would that count?
(then again it’s my questions…..my rules!)
Therefore – cancer it’s banned – no change that it’s cured.
3. It’s my birthday next weekend – how should I celebrate?
Je ne c’est quoi! So Verra Cruz are playing Esquires on Friday so that would be a good thing, my Mum has blocked out time in my diary that I’m busy but other than that I don’t know what’s planned. There is Open Mic on Monday so depending on how rich/poor I am feeling I could start with that in a couple of days time. I also thought of adding a crazy challenge in the stylee of Chris (see Tube Challenge or Monopoly Challenge — then again it seems I didn’t blog about these before – this might need some elaboration at some point)
4. What’s the 7th item on your bucket list?
I actually have no idea. I regularly make reference to “Bucket List Moments” but I don’t think I have a physical list – maybe I need to start one. I guess it would probably be a place to visit or something like that.
5. I am a bit like my Grandad in that I’m a bit of a jack of all trades and master of none. If you could be a master at one thing what would it be and why?
I think it would be crocheting – okay I can do it, but I still look at patterns and decide I can’t do them because they are too hard. I’d like to be able to look at the plans and know that I could complete them.
I had meant to write last week about what was happening, then between what was happening and all the other things that were going on I didn’t really get chance to blog properly. It’s not exciting news like I have a permanent job for as long as i like it but I have something for now.
So what is happening, well last Thursday or Friday, a friend of my Mum’s got a call and it meant that she needed someone to help her at short notice – well I’m jobless and she needs someone.
It would be temporary and it’s part time, but it’s better than nothing right?
So that’s what I’ve been doing this week and last week. I start around 10/10:30 which means I get a lay in (or like today I got up and went to church to help with Playtime before going into work).
I’m doing all sorts of bits around the kitchen. On my first day I made meringue, on the second day I made Pineapple Upside Down cake, I also made the sponge for a Victoria Sponge (my boss put the cake together). This week I made a sultana cake as well as peeling lots of veggies and doing lots of washing up.
It’s tiring but it’s really interesting and I’m learning loads and improving my skills. Definitely beats a desk job for now!
Joining with Sar from [Life of Love] and Syndal from Synfully Delicious.
This Weekend I… (well technically Thursday) I finished at work.
This Weekend I… (Friday – it’s a four day weekend!) I went to the Open Air service in Bedford town centre. We were stood near the back and at one point I went to grab a sandwich as I wasn’t really sure what the plan was for the rest of the day and I was getting grouchy having not eaten anything all morning.
Following the service, a whole group of us (I think about 20 in the end!) invaded Dragon’s Chinese Buffet for lunch – I think we probably made most of the covers for lunch! It was good fun especially when we ended up swapping chairs to make sure that everyone had a seat at least for part of the meal. I think the table was meant for 8 people and we ended up with about 12 crammed round the table but it was still great fun. While at dinner, me and my friend came up with a plan for lunch on Sunday. We have started going out for lunch but it’s cheaper to get bits and pieces from the supermarket, cater for a few extra people and then one or two people take responsibility to host. Chris and I hosted this time – it was going to be a bit crazy as by Saturday lunchtime we were on eight people (by Sunday it had gone to thirteen, and by the time we ate it was at fifteen!)
I we… celebrated my Dad’s Birthday. We had dinner on Saturday evening at Mum’s house. Mum had been on a mission and had made a roast dinner with all the trimmings like at Christmas. We all sat around the table together and then following dinner we watched Doctor Who. Iwe…
went to church for the family Easter Day service. It was good fun and a lot of testimonies were shared. Following church we had the lunch gathering at our house. We got home from church and went mad on the tidying to make sure that it was ready for people to come round.
After everyone left I carried on tidying up but also managed to clear out the pantry – it had been getting to the point that it really needed to be sorted out – the bottom shelve was overfilling as my tupperwares escaped!
(Okay so still looks messy but it’s a whole bunch better and things should be easier to get to and I feel more organised for it!)
Following that Our Sidekick and I hung out and watched Shrek Forever After and then I watched Labyrinth when he went to bed (Thank goodness some bits are dodgy! Then again not as dodgy as The Guardian have made out in their review)
1. Does fashion matter to you?
Sometimes but then sometimes not. Most of the time it tends to be “what am I comfortable in?”
2. What’s your worst habit?
Singing along to the radio at work? Can’t help it some days. One day this week my colleagues got The Lonely Goatherd from The Sound of Music. Then yesterday it was My Favourite Things. They are safe today though. I’m croaky and I think my voice is going!!
3. What is your biggest goal for this year? Have you achieved it yet?
I think my two major ones are to loose some weight and to complete my book reads challenge. Neither are going particularly well but given that my jeans don’t fit so well any more I figure that one might be working at least a little bit.
4. How many books on average do you read a year?
About 30 maybe more. Last year it was a few less but I think I might have missed some of my count. And I have like 11 in progress so that probably doesn’t help.
5. The Fountain‘s team are dressing up as Eighties Celebrities for Red Nose Day today. Who would you dress up as?
If it could be any one it might be Adam Ant because I love his military-esque jacket. Then again being Kate Bush would be pretty cool although all that hairspray might not be so good.
1. What book are you currently reading?
I’m trying to finish Dracula by Bram Stoker for Book Club next is Three Men in A Boat by Jerome K. Jerome.
2. Who did you hug today?
Chris – he’s so huggable!
3. Who’s your favourite Dr Who actor (or do you not watch it?)
Ooh! Good question – erm probably David Tennant or Matt Smith – then again I haven’t really watched the older series so it could change.
4. What do you think about school uniform?
I think it’s good to provide a sense of being part of a team but at the same time – who designs school uniforms?
5. How many books are in your TBR pile?
Probably more than I have time for! I think it’s about 50-60 long!
1. What would you say is the most beautiful thing you’ve ever seen?
The most beautiful place would have to be Wast Water in the Lake District. It was so calm and serene.
2. If you could eat one food for the rest of your life and not get sick or ill (or fat in some cases!) what would it be?
Probably pizza or pasta or something like that I love Italian food. Although if it was the only thing I ate I might be the size of a house then again I might have to throw some salad in there to balance out.
3. How did you get into blogging?
I used to have a free website which was covered in adverts and was mainly so that I could play with building websites. Chris then introduced me to blogging and it stuck and here I am like five years later still blogging (or attempting too!)
4. Highlight of this week…
I finished the baby blanket! I’m going to take photos today hopefully and send it to its owner tomorrow. So excited to see her reaction – I hope she loves it.
5. Your favourite smell
Freshly cut grass or fresh baking. Especially that warm just cooked bread or cake smell – always smells homely lol.
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.