Sunday, 17 April 2011

A glimpse of the real me!

Oh dear, I've been tagged by Jennifer Howze from Jenography in a "meme" inspired by The Guardian weekend Q&A and feel compelled to respond. For those of you who don't know her, pop over to her blog, Jenography. Methinks you'll recognise her writing style from her AlphaMummy column at The Times.

I hope you enjoy this glimpse of the real me...

When were you happiest?
Nepal - Sagamartha Trek - Ngozumba Gl from Gokyo Ri
the view from Gokyo Ri (yes, that's Everest in the distance)

I had one of the happiest days of my life on my 25th birthday. My friend Megan and I had been hiking in Nepal for a few weeks, having accidentally started our hike 9 days walk away from the start of the trail (doh!). We had a "rest day" to acclimatise before the final push up to Gokyo Ri, so we relaxed by body-tobogganing and making snow angels on the pristine mountainsides, much to the amusement of the Nepali children watching from below. Birthday supplies being limited, Megan sang me Happy Birthday and made me blow out our Emergency Candle.


What was your most embarrassing moment?
Splitting my trousers while playing baseball when I was in school.

Aside from property, what’s the most expensive thing you’ve bought?
My wedding dress!

What is your most treasured possession?
Am I allowed to say my iPhone? Is that really horrible? OK, then, my scruffy little white bear from when I was little - he has since taken up residence in my daughter's room. His official name was Charity Bear, but I call him Char.

Where would you like to live?
Easy -  Montreal.

What’s your favourite smell?
mint julep
bourbon, my favourite smell
Kouros. Ha ha. No... I think it has to be either be the minted bourbon smell of a Mint Julep, or my Auntie Rosita's cooking. She makes a mean prawn curry.

Who would play you in the film of your life?
Oh, I would love to play it myself!! My husband would like me to be played by Kate Beckinsale, with him starring as himself.

What is your favourite book?
A Prayer for Owen Meany by John Irving.

What is your most unappealing habit?
Gosh, I've got loads. Clicking my neck seems to freak most people out though.

What would be your fancy dress costume of choice?
I'm still in love with my silver Vanessa Kensington outfit. Shame I can't fit into it anymore!

What is your earliest memory?
I don't know! I used to think it was when I was walking backwards and bumped into Mr Snuffalufagus, but my mother claims I've mixed that memory with my favourite TV show.

guilty pleasure
What is your guiltiest pleasure?
Tony Soprano.

What do you owe your parents?
My inability to say no to anything! It makes for great adventures and lovely surprises that would never otherwise be possible.

To whom would you like to say sorry, and why?
To anyone I've even given that famous cold stare to. And to my big brother for kicking him in the head that one time.

What does love feel like?
Complicated and easy, comforting and painful, all at the same time.


What was the best kiss of your life?
It's a secret! It was so good though that just the thought still makes my knees go weak.

Which words or phrases do you most overuse?
"I'm going to count to three..." and "ummm..yeah."

What is the worst job you have ever done?
Hot Dog Cart on Fifth Ave
This is not me! But it could well have been.
I sold hot dogs from one of those little carts in downtown Winnipeg when I was about 15. I hadn't learned how to cook yet and had never operated a BBQ before in my life, so goodness knows how many people got food poisoning.

If you could edit your past, what would you change?
Most of the time I would say everything. But then I wonder how different a person I would have become... so maybe nothing. Don't know.

What is the closest you have come to death?
Too close for comfort, at a party about 10 years ago.

What do you consider your greatest achievement?
Playing music in front of people, despite a pathological fear of public performance! You can read more about my little musical interlude here, or watch some videos here!

When did you last cry and why?
A few weeks ago, coming home from seeing my friend in hospital after he was attacked.

How do you relax?
Fun dance classes like Zumba and Freez.

What single thing would improve the quality of your life?
More hours in the day.

What is the most important lesson life has taught you?
Saying yes, even when you're uncertain, opens doors and creates opportunities you wouldn't otherwise have had.

And with that, I'm passing this meme onto..

It's A Mummy's Life
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