I've been tagged twice today in the Q&A meme by The Moiderer and Christine over at Thinly Spread; a meme that originated with Mrs. Lister when she confessed that the "one feature I always look forward to is the ‘Q&A’ interview with a random celebrity/politician/author/whatever."
Which living person do you most admire, and why?
My mother. She is the strongest person that I've ever met. Life has dealt her some really tough cards, a lesser woman would have broken many a time, but she has kept her chin up and kept going regardless. If I have a fraction of her strength, love and compassion then I am a lucky person.
When were you happiest
From the moment that I went on maternity leave looking forward to the birth of my first child, throughout my entire time off with him and ever since.
What was your most embarrassing moment?
It was clearly so embarrassing that I have wiped all memory of it. However, I do tend to put my size eights in it rather a lot so these moments are frequent.
Aside from property, what’s the most expensive thing you’ve bought?
My car. Still paying it off monthly, it's not a Lamborghini or anything, just a Renault Scenic.
What is your most treasured possession?
My family. If I'm forced for a material possession: my photographs which are my key to unlocking all my memories.
Where would you like to live?
Right where I am, it's why I gave up the chance of a Deputy Headship at the age of 27.
What’s your favourite smell?
The Boy's hair and skin, freshly mown grass, filter coffee and the crash of a wave.
Who would play you in the film of your life?
God only knows. A friend once commented (ten+ years ago) that I was like a fat Cameron Diaz (not as bad as it sounds; remember that thing Chris Evans used to do on TFI Friday? 'He's a fat George Clooney, she's a fat Jennifer Aniston' where he'd bring on a general public lookielike of a celebrity?). However, being that she is a simpering female, I'd probably sack her and employ someone else instead.
What is your favourite book?
What is your most unappealing habit?
I'm not going to be vulgar here so I'll say the fact that I swear like a trooper, I detest it.
What would be your fancy dress costume of choice?
What is your earliest memory?
Sitting on the floor of my Nan and Bampi's bedroom playing with the doll's house, when my Bampi called me over for a cuddle. He died when I was two and a half so sometime before then.
What is your guiltiest pleasure?
Too many to list really, but I'll go for gorging myself on a feast of my favourite food.
What do you owe your parents?
Everything, in particular my mum. She had the determination to get me started in my adult life as best as she could and without the opportunities that she had. As for my dad, probably about £1275 for all the odd-jobs he does around my house because "that's what dads do!"
To whom would you most like to say sorry, and why?
Gosh this is a difficult one. Probably my great-aunt who I didn't get to see for the six months before she died (even though we knew it was coming) because I suffered with horrendous morning sickness for five months, and then couldn't handle the three hour drive down to see her. She was buried three hours after The Boy was born. I will always regret not being able to say goodbye to her.
What or who is the greatest love of your life?
What does love feel like?
Unconditional acceptance and devotion.
What was the best kiss of your life?
You know that bloke that I've already mentioned in the last but one question?
Which words or phrases do you most overuse?
Jesus Christ! In fact the other day, I said 'Jesus' and The Boy said 'Christ'. That's when I knew it was time to stop. That's aside from the all swear-words!
What is the worst job you’ve done?
I've never done a job that I didn't want to do, although I once worked in a cheapy clothes shop in Cardiff. I stood there for an entire day, not allowed to use the till, not allowed to assist the customers, just allowed to tidy. The next day I walked in and told him that I would not be staying that day or any other.
If you could edit your past, what would you change?
Nothing really, because everything has made me the person that I am. However I would like to go back ten years and forbid myself from ever taking out a loan or credit card.
What is the closest you’ve come to death?
General Anaesthetic I suppose!
What do you consider your greatest achievement?
When did you last cry, and why?
Last night because I don't want to leave The Boy to have to go to work, it happens every night before work.
How do you relax?
Hello? Have you seen my blog? Other than wasting my evenings on the Internet, I like gardening and being by the sea.
What single thing would improve the quality of your life?
Having enough money to not need to work.
What is the most important lesson life has taught you?
"Life moves pretty fast. If you don't stop and look around once in a while, you could miss it." Ok, so that was actually Ferris Bueller, but he's right isn't he?
I tag in turn:
Alli at Mum2Four
Kerry at MultipleMummy
Sabina at DeepinMummyMatters
Jennie at Esther and William in the World