(And bonus no. 11: I can ‘clover-roll’ my tongue.)
Thanks to Laura at Life with Baby Kicks for nominating me to complete this little questionnaire. I say ‘questionnaire’, but that implies buttoned-up, corporate-style probing – and boring this ain’t…
I agreed without really knowing the rules, and now I have some totally random questions to answer; I don’t mind – they’re my favourite kind. But what that essentially means is the following list comprises ten things you don’t know about me – and 10 things I didn’t know about me till now either.
- What would your super hero name be?
I guess it would have to be something like ‘Jedi of Justice’. Because, as anyone who knows me is aware – I cannot abide injustice, and will fight the whole way if I feel my family is being taken advantage of. And the Jedi part is because of this.
- If you could choose any super power what would it be, and why?
My super power would be forcing people to be decent, with the weighty might of my disapproval – trust me, when said disapproval is trained on you, it’s pretty potent. I don’t accept a challenge lightly. But if I do take up the mantle of an injustice (usually perpetrated by some corporation or other), I do so with the intention of being victorious. And I usually win. If I don’t (twice ever), it’s been because the other party has played dirty.
- What’s been the biggest change in your blog since you started?
My blog started out as a way to draw clients to the website of my freelance writing business, Refined Prose. It has since evolved into The Less-Refined Mind, and become the mainstay of my website. The transition is because – of course – blogs (and blogging, and bloggers) are awesome.
- Which is your favourite post of all time and why?
Of my own? That is such a difficult question! I have different favourites for different reasons. This guest post was the first thing I wrote to provoke a bit of an inflammatory reaction (which was kind of thrilling if I’m honest), this one about why I don’t think partner’s should get up in the night was a second, and the Jedi post I mentioned earlier made Mumsnet blog of the day, which makes it a contender.
This post about deciding whether to have another baby is one of my most popular ever and also holds a special place for me.
- What’s the biggest lesson you’ve learnt blogging?
Aghh! So many! The most significant though, is probably that I should have been writing a very long time ago. I’ve always said writing is ‘what I do’ (as in, my forte) – and then I never actually did it… Until now, and you’d better believe I ain’t going anywhere!
- What was your first car – and did it have a name?
I had a retro Escort! Haha, it wasn’t retro at the time, it was entirely uncool. All my friends had new cars on HP and mine was an old banger. However, it was a valuable lesson in finance, and one that has carried forward to the rest of my life – the only debt I’ve ever been in is with a mortgage. And 0% credit on a sofa, because that’s just good sense.
Oh, and a small overdraft in my early (hedonistic) twenties, which we should probably gloss over before I appear to be a massive hypocrite. On second thoughts, I’m keeping that bit in, because sanctimonious is worse than hypocritical… I’ve learned since then, see! *sheepish grin*
- Where would your dream holiday destination be and why?
Lapland at Christmas, of course. Where else? I am already excited for when our second child who’s not even born yet (she’s actually not even planned at this stage, ahem) is old enough to appreciate it. And then we’re going. I may be living out a childhood dream, under the pretence of ‘doing it for the kids’, but who cares? It’s Father Christmas in actual Lapland, with actual snow and actual reindeer. I hear the magic begins on the plane – because no passengers travel to Lapland for the sun or architecture…ooh, although igloos maybe?!
Suffice to say, I cannot wait to go. I’m sure the panorama will be stunning too, of course. And if we’re especially lucky, we’ll get to see the lights as well! My perfect family holiday. #bucketlist
- What is one thing you’d tell 16 year old you?
You’re worth so much more than you think. (Oh, and write dammit!)
- What is your favourite film?
Seven Pounds. If you’ve not seen it, see it. Tonight. The soundtrack score (Ennio Morricone, The Crisis) was my entrance music on our wedding day, and is now my ringtone. I adore that piece of music.
- Dance all night or early to bed?
Is my daughter being babysat tomorrow? I can’t answer the question without knowing this critical piece of information.
And now, I’m passing the baton on to:
- Laura aka Mummy Lala;
- Maddy at The Speed Bump;
- And last but not least, Working Mum Kitty.
Link back to the blogger who nominated you, answer their 10 questions and add the badge to your post. Write your own 10 questions and tag 10 as many willing bloggers as you can find to answer them.
Ladies, my ten questions please:
- What made you start blogging?
- What was your first ever post about?
- What has most surprised you about blogging?
- Tell me a fact nobody knows about you. (Don’t feel obliged to share your deepest, darkest secret – but do feel free to.)
- What did you collect as a child? (Come on, there must have been something? Be creative – detentions and wishes both count; pounds [weight] and inches [height] don’t.)
- Pen and paper or laptop?
- What’s your idea of the perfect day?
- People would be shocked to know that you secretly have a soft spot for…?
- What’s the story behind your blog name?
- Would you sell your blog for a million fat ones?
I look forward to seeing what you ladies come up with!