Friday, 21 July 2017

50 Questions You’ve Never Been Asked Tag


Thanks to the lovely Rhian for tagging me in the 50 questions you've never been asked tag. Here goes! 

1 -  What’s your favourite candle scent?   I don't buy candles that often but when I do, I always pick up a linen scent. It smells clean and comforting without being overpowering. 

2 - What female celebrity do you wish was your sister?   Rebel Wilson or Melissa McCarthy, both are funny and confident, in the hope that some of it would rub off on me!

3 - What male celebrity do you wish was your brother?   This one genuinely has me stumped, so pass! (great start...)

4 - How old do you think you'll be when you get married?   Well, I'm already married. I had to think about it as we've been together for 17 years but married for 4, meaning that I was 31 when we said 'I Do'.  Our big day was very small and understated but perfect for us.

5 - Do you know a hoarder?   Yes, I do! D and his Dad, my father in law.  My FiL's doesn't impact on me at all. He would probably deny it but he does keep an awful lot of things.  D has got better over the years, especially when we moved but he can still be a little funny about getting rid of things. There was a time that if I wanted to take anything to the charity shop I would do it when he was at work so that he couldn't look through the bag and see what I was taking!  I'm so thankful its not such a big deal now, although he's still reluctant to let me get rid of any of the girls old things... 

6 - Can you do the splits?   Ha! I wish. I'm severely lacking in the flexibility department and I'm far too unfit to be manage it. 

7 - How old were you when you first learned to ride a bike?   My brother was born when I was 7 and a I have a photo showing me on a bike taken a couple of years before that, so I'm guessing 5-ish

8 - How many oceans have you swum in?   Three, I think. My geography knowledge isn't great and I'm not going to show myself completely up so I'll stick with three! 

9 - How many countries have you been to?   Not many, just 4 - Amsterdam, Greece, Spain and France.  I prefer to stay in the UK these days because I'm really uneasy with flying but there was a time when I would have loved to have seen more of the world. In my teens I really wanted to visit India and South America. 

10 - Is anyone in your family in the Army?   No.

11 - What would you name your daughter if you had one?   Well, I have 2 daughters but I don't share their names on social media, so instead I'll share some of the names that I really loved whilst I was pregnant with them both: 

Ada, Elsie, Hattie, Beatrice, Matilda, Adelaide, Mabel, Poppy, Rosie

12 - What would you name your son if you had one?   Before we had our gender scans for the girls, whenever we spoke about names, it was far harder to come up with boys names we liked.  However, these would definitely be on my list: 

Dylan, Henry, Isaac, Harry

13  - What's the worst grade you've got on a test?   Easy! I got an F in maths. 

14 -  What was your favourite TV show when you were a kid?   I can remember loving Button Moon and Rainbow and I loved The Simpsons, more so as I got older.  

15 - What did you dress up as for Halloween when you were 8?   Nothing.  We didn't do anything for Halloween as a child and I don't remember really taking any notice of the whole Halloween thing until I was 13-14.



(Photo by Julia Raasch on Unsplash)

16 - Have you read any of the Harry Potter, Hunger Games or Twilight series?   No.  They just don't appeal to me. I have watched a couple of the Harry Potter films, the first I really enjoyed, but I have no desire to read the books.

17 - Would you rather have an American or British accent?   I quite like a soft American accent but I think I'd stick with what I know!

18 -  Did your mother go to uni?   Yes, she went as a mature student whilst I was in my late teens/early 20's and my brother was still in school.  Looking back, I really don't know how she managed studying with work and everything that goes with being a single parent.

19 - Are your grandparents still married?   Yes, both sets.

20 - Have you ever taken karate lessons?   No.  

21- Do you know who Kermit the Frog is?   Of course!

22 - What was the first amusement park you went to?   I think it was Chessington World of Adventures with my Auntie and Uncle.  I can't remember how old I was. 10 or 11 maybe.

23 - What language, besides your native language, would you like to be fluent in?   I would love to be able to speak different languages, particularly French and German.  But, to be honest, any would be great as it would come in so handy with the family business where we import from around the world.

24 -  Do you spell the colour grey or gray?   Grey. Isn't gray the American spelling? 

25 - Is your father bald?   I have no idea. I don't have contact with him. 

26 - Do you know any triplets?   No.

27 - Do you prefer Titanic or The Notebook?   Neither. I've not seen The Notebook and Titanic is just too long. 

28 - Have you ever had Indian food?   Yes, but I do tend to stick to the same thing if we ever have it, which is a korma and garlic naan

29 - What's the name of your favourite restaurant?   I don't have a favourite restaurant but if we go out for a meal it does tend to be to one of three - Frankie & Benny's, Nando's or Pizza Express, simply because they are all very child friendly. 

30 - Do you belong to any warehouse stores (Costco, Bookers etc)?   Not personally but we have access through work which comes in handy every now and then!

31 - Have you ever been to Nando's?   Yes. Its quick service and the food is always great, plus, as mentioned above, they are very child friendly. 

32 - What would your parent's have named you if you were the opposite gender?   I don't know.  

33 - If you have a nickname, what is it?   As a child and teen I was called Loopy Lou or Katie-Lou. 

34 - Who's your favourite person in the world?   Without a doubt its joint place to my girls. And D, seeing as he helped make them. They all drive me potty on a frequent basis but I wouldn't have it any other way. 

35 - Would you rather live in the countryside or the city?   I used to live in a city and it took a little while to adjust but without a doubt I would never live anywhere else than the countryside.  I prefer everything about it. I don't get back to my hometown much but when I have I've found it overwhelmingly busy compared to where I live now. 




36 - Can you whistle?   Yes. Loudly but not in tune. I can do a mean wolf whistle! 

37 - Do you sleep with a nightlight?   No.

38 - Do you eat breakfast every morning?   Not every morning and if I do manage it, its usually a late breakfast after the school run. 

39 - Do you take any pills or medication daily?   Yes, I take the pill and anti-depressant.  I am terrible at remembering to take medication!

40 - What medical conditions do you have?   I've had asthma since I was a child, about E's age, actually. These days it isn't something that gives me much trouble, although I get a little breathless when I have a heavy cough and cold.  Last year I was finally diagnosed with PCOSsomething that I am still trying to get under control. Another long term issue is anxiety and depression which I've not really spoken about here.  Perhaps that's a subject for another post.

Something that's ongoing, medical-wise that I've briefly mentioned here is that I found a lump in my jaw, earlier in the year.  I first saw a maxillofacial consultant in April and I've just had a follow up appointment, where he decided that I need to have a CT scan to get a better view of it.  Here's hoping it doesn't take too long to come through. 

41 - How many times have you been to the hospital?   Oh my, numerous!  I've been up there numerous times for blood tests, pregnancy related appointments and now for my jaw.  In terms of emergencies, visits include:

Coming off my bike at high speed and breaking a bone in my hand (teens)
Getting something in my eye and scratching it (20s)
Trapping fingers in door (they thought they were broken) (teens)
When I was a pedestrian and was hit by a car (20's)
When I managed to put a pair of scissors into my hand (20s)
When I had the haemorrhage after having E (30s)
When I gave myself an electric shock whilst pregnant with T (30s)

The depressing thing is, there's probably more than this, I just can't remember them all!

42 - Have you ever seen Finding Nemo?   Years and years ago.  No doubt the girls will spot it at some point and ask to watch it!

43 - Where do you buy your jeans?   Wherever I can find them in my size, a style I like and at a reasonable price. I tend to wear jeans every day, so I go through lots of them. I tend to get them from New Look, Yours Clothing or Simply Be.

44 - What's the last compliment you got?   When we went to the wedding a few weeks ago, we had to pop into work as it was the nearest place for a toilet stop for E!  I felt completely out of my comfort zone, when we came out of the toilet we saw one of the staff who looked at me in shock and said 'you look beautiful' infront of the customers! I felt so self conscious - I'm not great with compliments - but it was such a nice thing to say. I guess it was a bit of a shock for her to see me dressed up!

45 - Do you usually remember your dreams in the morning?   Not so much these days, which I think is probably due to me being so tired and waking up numerous times during the night.  Many years ago I would frequently wake up and for a moment wonder whether something was a dream or had actually happened. 

46 - What flavour tea do you enjoy?   I'm normally a coffee girl but when I have tea at home, its Assam. 

47 - How many pairs of shoes do you currently own?   Four.  I have very wide (EEE), flat feet and generally find shoes very uncomfortable to wear - I can't wear heels so have to stick to flats.

48 - What religion will you raise your children to practice?   Christian but we aren't hugely religious.  Religion is a complicated idea for me, I was raised to go to church and some of my family were very religious but I have questions that haven't been answered. I believe in something but I'm not sure what, so I would prefer to concentrate on helping my children to grow up to be kind, caring and all round nice human beings. I

49 - How old were you when you found out that Santa wasn’t real?   I can't remember!  

50 - Why do you have a blog?   I started writing my blog to have a place to talk about being a mummy, rather than boring my non-mummy friends. I wanted somewhere to record moments, for me to be able to look back and remind myself of the different things we've done as a family.   That said, I don't seem to have as much time as I would like to sit down and write and when I do get chance to write, there's always something to distract me! Its something I work on and I hope I can write more in the future.  

So, there we go. If you made it to the end of this - well done!  

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