Questions and Answers

With being in bed by 7:30-8pm most nights my poor blog has taken a bit of a knock.

I found this on Gillian blog and though it was a good idea to give my blog some love

1. What is your signature color?
Uuummm any guesses?

2. Your most embarrassing moment?
I hate these I can never think of really embarrassing things if you want a real winner you must go and read Gillian’s one, it is laugh out loud funny. I need to make one up so I have one for these questions. Anyone have a good one I can borrow?

3. Would you ever get anything pierced other than your ears? If yes, what?
I have a belly ring, I have had it since Varsity and would love to get a new pink one after #pinkbun is out.

4. Are you a social butterfly or a homebody?
Both, I am an extrovert in that I thrive on people and having people around me and doing stuff with others but I am quite shy at times so I like people I know and in a strange place can be a bit slow to warm up.

5. Are you done having babies or do you want more?
I am in the process of cooking no3 but after this I think i am done, I know that The Geek would love another after this but today as I sit here nauseous as anything I say never again.

6. Are you loyal to your hairstylist or are do you tryout every salon in town?
I love my hairdresser Joanne at Cut of Africa in Pta, but since moving I do not have a regular person yet. I go to Jo whenever i am in Pta, I think she should move to CT

7. How many times have you moved in your life?
I counted 16, but 15 of them were after I left school so you know how much I have moved in the last few years, it is going to be nice to live in the same place for a long while

8. If you could plan your dream vacation with just you and your love where would it be?
If I could and it was just for the two of us I would have to dream it was our honeymoon, i don’t actually care where it is, a tropical beach would be nice, but so would the west coast, or Europe or anywhere. A secluded house in the middle of nowhere sounds lovely too.

I am supposed to nominate others, but I might leave you to use it if you like or not.

what have you done

pink 99
Thank you Thank you to Tanya at Snapping Turtle Design for the pink 99, my google skills failed me and she offer to help. How cool is that! Twitter is awesome.

I got this from Angel’s blog, thought mine needed a little light-hearted fun and even though a lot of this is quite American it was still fun.
The idea is to look at this list of 99 things you could have done, and bold the ones that you actually have done!

1. Started your own blog
2. Slept under the stars

3. Played in a band
4. Visited Hawaii
5. Watched a meteor shower
6. Given more than you can afford to charity
7. Been to DisneyWorld
8. Climbed a mountain
9. Held a praying mantis
10. Sang a solo
11. Bunjee jumped
12. Visited Paris
13. Watched a lightning storm
14. Taught yourself an art from scratch

15. Adopted a child
16. Had food poisoning
17. Walked to the top of the Statue of Liberty
18. Grown your own veggies
19. Seen the Mona Lisa at the Louvre – stood outside, the queue was too long.
20. Slept on an overnight train
21. Had a pillowfight
22. Hitch hiked
23. Taken a sick day when you’re not sick

24. Made a snow fort
25. Held a lamb
26. Ran a marathon
27. Went skinny dipping

28. Rode in a gondola in Venice
29. Witnessed total eclipse
30. Seen a sunrise or sunset

31. Hit a home run
32. Been on a cruise
33. Seen Niagara Falls in person
34. Visited the birthplace/ home of your ancestors
35. Seen an Amish country
36. Taught yourself a new language
37. Had enough money to be truly satisfied
38. Seen the Leaning Tower of Pisa in person
39. Gone rock climbing
40. Seen Michelangelo’s David in person

41. Sung karaoke
42. Seen Old Faithful erupt
43. Bought a stranger a meal at a restaurant
44. Visited Africa
45. Walked on a beach by moonlight
46. Taken a ride in an ambulance

47. Had your portrait painted
48. Gone deep sea fishing
49. Been to the top of the Eiffel Tower
50. Gone scuba diving or snorkeling

51. Kissed in the rain
52. Played in the mud
53. Gone to a drive-in theater

54. Been in a movie – does being on TV count?
55. Visited the Great Wall of China
56. Started a business
57. Taken a martial arts class

58. Visited Russia
59. Worked at a soup kitchen
60. Sold Girl Scout cookies
61. Gone whale watching
62. Gotten flowers for no reason
63. Donated blood, platelets, or plasma
64. Gone sky diving
65. Visited Nazi concentration camp
66. Bounced a check
67. Flown in a helicopter
68. Saved a childhood toy

69. Visited the Lincoln Memorial
70. Eaten caviar
71. Pieced a quilt
72. Stood in Times Square
73. Toured the Everglades
74. Been fired from a job
75. Seen the changing of the guards in London
76. Broken a bone
77. Been a passenger on a motorcycle

78. Seen the Grand Canyon in person
79. Published a book
80. Visited the Vatican
81. Bought a brand new car

82. Visited Jerusalem
83. Had your picture in the paper
84. Kissed a stranger at midnight on New Year’s Eve
85. Visited the White House
86. Killed and prepared an animal for eating
87. Had chickenpox
88. Saved someone’s life

89. Sat on a jury
90. Met someone famous
91. Joined a book club
92. Got a tattoo
93. Had a baby

94. Seen the Alamo in person
95. Swam in the Great Salt Lake
96. Been involved in a law suit
97. Owned a cell phone
98. Been stung by a bee

99. Swam in the Black Sea

I think I count 56 so a little over half, some I wish to avoid though 😉

Shock

At some point or another most of us have been walking along and suddenly spotted by a face in the crowd that we could have sworn was someone we knew. Even when you know it is not them the shock and the memories that come back can really leave you quite shaken. Something similar happened to me last week. We were on out road trip so far removed from the normal flow of life and suddenly there was a reminder of the past that I was not expecting. So stark and out of place. And it would happen on the day that I decided to quit smoking (oh yes the one on the balcony a night sort of multiplied when I was away and around other smokers. I had decided to stop that day and was doing very well mind you)

To say that I felt like I had been kicked in the stomach would have been putting it mildly. My breathe was taken away. I grabbed the closes box of smokes and headed off into what we were told was snake infested bushes. As I sat letting memories wash over me, I was so glad to know that I had been right, they had no power over me any more. It was a chapter and it was over. Now, is more and the future is forward.

Sorry to be all vague but believe me this was a huge step forward for me, and I owe a lot to you.

I will end with a Meme I got from Wenchy’s blog

1.Explain what ended your last relationship?
As much as he was a lovely person and I did love him in a way it was not enough. I need someone who understands that dating me comes with dating my kids. He tried really really hard with the kids but it did not come naturally to him. I did not have energy to help him cope with the kids and cope with everything else in my life. He really did nothing wrong. He was very kind and supportive and I wish I had not hurt him.

2. When was the last time you shaved?
Friday morning so that I could wear shorts on the last day of the road trip when it was so hot.

3. What were you doing this morning at 8 a.m.
In bed tweeting

4. What were you doing 15 minutes ago?
The same thing I am doing now, blogging, drinking tea and chatting to Ghilraen.

5. Some things you are excited about?
Moving to Cape Town, I am not even the tiniest bit nervous anymore, I am just more excited than ever. I can’t wait.

6. Your matric farewell night, what do you remember about it?
It was silly, I hate dancing and school was not my favourite place

7. Last thing received in the mail?
In the physical mail it was probably something for Earth Babies, nappies or something

8. How many different beverages have you had today?
Coffee, coffee, coffee, juice, more coffee and now earl grey tea with Ghilraen it is our thing.

9. Do you draw your name in the sand when you go to the beach?
No, I like to stand and watch the waves in one place and slowly let my feet sink into the sand

10. Any plans for Friday night?
recover from a long day at the Living and Loving Baby show and getting ready to do it all again on Saturday and Sunday.

11. Do you like what the ocean does to your hair?
As long as it tied up it is fine, not so keen on wind blowing hair in my face.

12. Where do you keep your change?
In the ashtray of my car.

13. When was the last time you spoke in front of a large group of people?
Goodness no idea, maybe when I was on TV last year, does that count, there were not that many in the room but a guess a couple watched at home.

One word

I got this email from Wenchy so thought I would just do it here, I am not going to forward it but copy and do it if you like

USING ONLY ONE WORD
Not as easy as you might think! Now forward, change the answers to suit you and pass it on. It’s really hard to only use one word answers. Be sure to send back to the person you received it from!
Where is your cell phone? Desk
Significant other? Aequitas
Your hair? Pink
Your mother? Sue
Your father? David
Your favorite thing? Love
Your dream last night? Blank
Your favorite drink? Coffee
What room are you in? Study
Your hobby? Writing
Your fear? Dependence
Where do you want to be in 6 years? Enough
Where were you last night? home
Something that you aren’t? Patient
Muffins? Blueberry
Wish list item? Perfume
Last thing you did? Typed
What are you wearing? t-shirt
TV? None
Your pets? Stanley
Friends? Guardian Angels
Your life? Roller-coaster
Your mood? Overwhelmed
Missing someone? Forever
Drinking? Rooibos
Your car? Silver
Something you’re not wearing? Earrings
Your favorite store? Big Blue
Your favorite color? Pink
When is the last time you cried? Yesterday
Where do you go to over and over? ‘what-if”
My favorite place to eat? Home
Favourite place I’d like to be at right now? Cape Town
Here’s what you are supposed to do…and please don’t spoil the fun…Hit ‘forward,’ delete my answers, type in your answers and send it to a bunch of people, including me – Wenchy here you go, my answers 😉

50 Things you should be able to do

Found this on Jane’s blog, I don’t think i am doing too badly

1. Build a Fire
2. Operate a Computer
3. Use Google Effectively
4. Perform CPR and the Heimlich maneuver
5. Drive a Manual Transmission Vehicle
6. Do Basic Cooking
7. Tell a Story that Captivates People’s Attention

8. Win or Avoid a Fistfight ( I am not sure that this is a skill girls need as much, we don’t often resolve things with fists but I am pretty sure if i needed to I could avoid a fight)
9. Deliver Bad News – working in palliative care this is something I have had practice at
10. Change a Tyre – I know the theory and can do it as long as I can get the nuts undone, sometimes this is limited by physical strength
11. Handle a Job Interview

12. Manage Time
13. Speed Read – I can read quite fast but not the whole speed read down the middle of the page thing
14. Remember Names
15. Relocate Living Spaces
16. Travel Light
17. Handle the Police

18. Give Driving Directions I get lost enough to know how to give directions so that others do not get lost
19. Perform Basic First Aid
20. Swim
21. Parallel Park – working in London taught me to be able to parallel park
22. Recognize Personal Alcohol Limits – I can recognise them and often choose to ignore it
23. Select Good Produce
24. Handle a Hammer, Axe or Handsaw

25. Make a Simple Budget
26. Speak at Least Two Common Languages
27. Do Push-Ups and Sit-Ups Properly

28. Give a Compliment
29. Negotiate

30. Listen Carefully to Others
31. Recite Basic Geography – one recited poetry, Geography is not nearly romantic enough as to need reciting, do I know some Geography as in what countries are where, what mountains there are, some rivers, I know about a few clouds but I hated Geography at school so I am not sure know even enough to count as basic.
32. Paint a Room
33. Make a Short, Informative Public Speech
34. Smile for the Camera
35. Flirt without Looking Ridiculous
36. Take Useful Notes
37. Be a Respectful House Guest
38. Make a Good First Impression – I have pink hair so I make an impression I am not sure if it is always good, Ilike to think it is
39. Navigate with a Map and Compass – We drive out of our gate and my daughter asks if we are lost
40. Sew a Button onto Clothing
41. Hook up a Basic Home Theater System
42. Type
43. Protect Personal Identity Information
44. Implement Basic Computer Security Best Practices
45. Detect a Lie
46. End a Date Politely Without Making Promises
47. Remove a Stain
48. Keep a Clean House – no I am very very untidy
49. Hold a Baby
50. Jump Start a Car

45 Odd things

I actually got this from an email a friend sent to me.

1. Do you like blue cheese? Yes

2. Have you ever smoked Heroin? No

3. Do you own a gun? No

4. Wax or Shave your body parts? Shave

5. Do you get nervous before doctor appointments? Depends but not usually

6. Real or fake nails? Real

7. Favourite Christmas song? My kid singing Jingle Bells

8. What do you prefer to drink in the morning? Coffee

9. Can you do push ups? hahaha I just got onto the floor and tried – yes I can just not very many and only the girly type ones.

10. What’s your favourite piece of jewellery? Belly Ring

11. Favourite hobby? Do twitter and blogging count as hobbies? what about drinking wine with Laura? I like to mosaic when I get a chance.

12. Do you have A.D.D.? not sure, struggle to sit still, can’t do anything for more than a few minutes, have at least 10 different screens open on my pc and move between them quite a lot. I have come back to something I was writing and seen that I actually left mid sentence to go look at something else. I don’t think it is true A.D.D but I tend to lack focus or get bored easily.

13. What’s one trait that you hate about yourself? my temper and that apparently at times I come across aloof when I don’t mean to.

14. Middle Name? Jane, used to hate it, now I love it so much I actually would love to be called Sally-Jane but seems a bit pretentious to change it now. But if you call me Sally-Jane and I will love you.

15. Name 3 thoughts at this exact moment. Happy, tired, hopeful

17. Current worry right now. I am really not worried. No really, there are plenty of things I could worry about but that would be pointless – fix what I can and the rest will just have to sort itself out.

18. Current hate right now? hate is too strong for anything I feel right now and besides it is so destructive to the person feeling it.

19. Favourite place to be? Being hugged and held – place does not matter.

20. How did you bring in the New Year? the sad thing is that I can’t even remember. This year will be different

21. Like to go? to Cape Town – plans are underway

22. Name three people who will complete this? no idea, use it if you like or not.

23. Do you own slippers? Yes

24. What colour shirt are you wearing: Pink of course

25. Do you like sleeping on satin sheets? I am far too much of a pleb to even know, once I have tried when I am rich and famous I will let you know

26. Can you whistle? Yes

27. Favourite colour? No awards for guessing this one – Pink

28. Would you be a pirate? No it looks like hard work with all that deck scrubbing, maybe the island, treasure and rum part.

29. What songs do you sing in the shower? none – am I boring?

30. Favourite boy’s name? No idea have not thought about needing to name any more kids

31. What’s in your pocket right now? in PJ’s got no pockets

32. What makes you laugh? Lots of things, I like laughing, right now the best laughs are with friends

33. Worst injury you’ve ever had? broke my arm horse riding, both bones straight threw and displaced, had to have it plated and screwed – was only 12

34. How many TV’s do you have in your house? none

35. Who is your loudest friend? My sister Sarah

36. How many pets do you have? we share my parents dog and cat next door

37. Does someone have a crush on you? I hope so, we all need to think that someone has a crush on us, it is good for the ego.

38. What is your favourite book? wow how do you pick one, there are so many books that have touched me deeply and had a huge effect on me, I love reading and being challenged to read out of my normal sphere.

39. What were you doing 12AM last night? Drinking Frangelico, tweeting and blogging.

40. What was the first thing you thought of when you woke up? 1hr sleep is not enough

41. Do you play an instrument? No

42. How long does it take to get to work? Depends if my laptop is still next to the bed or if i have to go downstairs

43. Plans for the weekend? Friday night was chilled but fun, Saturday looking after Laura’s Kiara and Barbara’s

42. They are staying for a sleepover – wish me luck!

44. If you could eat anything in the world right this second? Sushi

45. Do you like the person who sent this to you? Yes I love Janine she has purple hair!

A Meme

Not sure why these are called memes as the meaning or memethics seems quite different from these question and answer thingys. From wikipedia A meme (pronounced /ˈmiːm/, rhyming with “cream”[1]) is a postulated unit or element of cultural ideas, symbols or practices, and is transmitted from one mind to another through speech, gestures, rituals, or other imitable phenomena. (The etymology of the term relates to the Greek word mimema for “something imitated”.)[2] Supporters of the concept regard memes as cultural analogues to genes, in that they self-replicate and respond to selective pressures.[3] Memeticists have not empirically proven the existence of discrete memes or their proposed mechanism, and memes (as distinct from ideas or cultural phenomena) do not form part of the consensus of mainstream social sciences.

But none the less it seems to be what these are called on blogs so i will go with that.

Saw this one on Laura and Gillian’s blogs so thought i would have a bash at it too, I enjoyed reading their answers

What’s the last thing you put in your mouth?
Water.

Have you ever kissed anyone named Matthew?
I don’t think so.

Where was your default picture taken?
Klerksdorp

Who was the last person you rode in a car with under the age of 20?
Rachel

Can you play guitar hero?
Never tired, gosh that is a bit sad.

Last time you walked further than a block?
Saturday – walked the kids to the park.

How late did you stay up last night and why?
Last night was an early night I think I was in bed at about 10:30 which is very early for me.

If you could move somewhere else, would you?
Right now I am where I need to be, I am open to the idea of moving when the time is right.

Do you believe ex’s can be friends?
No I don’t think so.

Do you like calling or texting better?
I usually hate phoning, would rather text

When was the last time you cried really hard?
Last week

Where are you at right now?
In my study at home

What bed did you sleep in last night?
Mine

What was the last thing someone bought for you?
can’t remember

Who took your profile picture?
Janine

Who was the last person you took a picture of?
My kids

Was yesterday better than today?
Yesterday was good I got to spend it with Laura and my kids, but no it was not better than today

Can you live a day without TV?
yes I seldom watch TV, just don’t have the time

When was the last time you were extremely disappointed?
now

Are you a bad influence?
gosh how does one answer a question like this, yes and no

Night out or night in?
Need a balance of both

Are you more of an individual or an outgoing person?
I am a people person and love talking prefer one on one meandering conversations but love going out too.

What items could you not go without during the day?
coffee, my computer and my phone

Would you share a drink with a stranger?
As in out of the same glass? – no maybe not, if they needed a drink I would buy them one

Do you think it’s right for straight guys to get their tongue pierced?
don’t see why not

Have you ever thrown shoes on a telephone wire?
No

What does the last message in your inbox say?
It was from B – a sad message about a friend, too personal for a blog

How do you feel about your life right now?
Lots of very mixed emotions Happy, sad, hopeful, tired, scared

How many times have you been pulled over by the police?
never

Do you hate anyone?
No I don’t think so

Do you talk dirty to people?
I can

If we were to look in your inbox, what would we find?
3012 unread messages – don’t ask

Did you have a valentine this year?
No.
I lie Rachel made me a card

Last person you talked to on the phone?
My Dad

Can you easily tell if someone is fake?
Yes

How’s your heart?
bruised

Say you were given a drug test right now, Would you pass?
yes.

Has anyone ever called you perfect before?
Yes

What song is stuck in your head?
right now? nothing

Someone knocks on your window at 2 am, who do you want it to be?
my window is upstairs, I hope they would phone rather than hang outside the window.

What do you have to do this week?
work, be a mom, work, work, blog, write, be a mom, work etc

Can you whistle?
yes it is a bit pathetic but I think it counts

Do you sleep on your side, stomach, or back?
Side

What gets in your way of your sleeping?
My brain that never switches off

Are your eyes the same colour as your mom’s or dad’s?
yes my Mom

Has anyone ever told you you have pretty eyes?
using the word pretty – no i don’t think so

Do you think too much or too little?
Seeing as it keeps me awake at night i would say too much

Do you smile a lot?
sometimes

Why was the last missed call on your phone?
I was upstairs, phone was downstairs

Are you happy with your life?
It is better than it was and hopefully moving forward

Can you handle the truth?
Yes, sometimes it hurts but it is always worth knowing

Do you get 8 hours of sleep everyday?
Hardly ever

What was the last book you read?
I am reading ‘Only Say the word’ by Niall Williams

Is there something you always wear?
I like skirts, don’t always wear them.

What were you doing 30 minutes ago?
answering an email, writing a work blog, tweeting, catching up on blog reading – yes I have a hundred tabs open at once and switch between them constantly

Honestly, who was the last person to tell that they love you?
next question

Are you an emotional person?
Yes I have big emotions, I feel deeply

What’s something that can always make you feel better?
Running, someone special holding me, my kids hugs and kisses.

Will this weekend be a good one?
No idea what I am doing but I guess it will be okay

What do you want right now?
A goodnight kiss

Look behind you, what do you see?
the bathroom

Have you ever worked in a food place?
No