60 Questions | Part 1

Friday, November 08, 2019

I've read a few these 60 Questions posts in recent months (Bev & Kezzie). I'm going to split my answers over two posts to keep it at a manageable length.

1. What’s the best thing that happened to you this month?
This month has hardly started but so far it's been that Andy was able to take an afternoon off, we had an impromptu lunch out, and attempted to start Christmas Shopping. Once home we lit the fire, watched a film, we had soup for supper and shared a bottle of wine whilst watching Strictly Come Dancing eliminations. We then watched The Wall for the first time and found it highly amusing, but probably not for the reasons it's meant to entertain. With the hours Andy works, this isn't something we get to do very often, so it might sound like an average day but for us it's a rare occurrence.

2. What’s your favourite game?
Top Trumps, we have dog and cat versions and make up our own rules.

3. When are you most inspired?
As a designer I should say all the time, but at the beginning of a project when ideas start to flow, that's the bit I really enjoy.

4. If you could teach one subject in school, what would it be?
Some form of craft, making things out of assorted items to spark the imagination.

5. What’s your favourite beverage?
Currently it's Whittards Peach Bellini loose leaf tea. It was a limited edition flavour so I stocked up when it went into the half price sale but I've just run out and am craving a cup!

6. What’s the best compliment you’ve ever received?
That I'm a kind and thoughtful person.

7. What is your favourite birthday cake?
Fondant Fancies are something that should be mandatory for every birthday.

8. What is one thing you still have from your childhood?
I have a few things, I wrote a post about my keepsakes if you fancy a read. Short answer is I have a few soft toys, a handful of books, and a toy cot my Dad made me for my 2nd birthday.

9. What is your favourite film?
Impossible to answer. The ones I have in my possession and watch over and over are The Jane Austen Book Club, Housewife 49, Pride and Prejudice, The Holiday, and Eat Pray Love. But there are many, many films that I love.

10. What is something you can’t do?

11. Window or aisle seat?
Window, I like to be nosy.

12. What is something that makes you laugh no matter what?
People falling over, walking into things. And those clips you see on Facebook of dogs wearing Ewoke outfits.

13. What are your favourite lyrics of all time?
You scumbag, you maggot, you cheap lousy faggot, Happy Christmas your arse, I pray God it's our last.

14. What is your favourite holiday?
Christmas. It's when the family comes together.

15. What’s heavily played on your music play list right now?
Freya Ridings and George Ezra, largely because I saw them both at Latitude in the summer.

16. If you could raid one woman’s closet, who would it be?
Rachel Bilson. I like her casual jeans outfits and her red carpet looks.

17. Must have purse item?
I'm guessing this is the US version of a handbag? Must haves for me are phone, keys, purse, handkerchief and lip balm.

18. What did you want to be when you grew up when you were 12?
A hairdresser. A mobile hairdresser that drove from one appointment to the next in a black mini (the car, not the skirt).

19. What is something you will not be doing in ten years?
Trying to talk my husband into a loft conversion, because I hope it'll be done by then.

20. What is an important life lesson for someone to learn?
That difficult conversations are the most important conversations to have.

21. How do you start your day?
Each day starts pretty much the same - feed cats, make tea, load washing machine, empty dishwasher, bath or shower, then breakfast. After this the routine falls apart and I make it up as I go along.

22. Would you ever live anywhere besides where you do now?
Probably not. I would like to live by the sea but it's very unlikely.

23. What is your favourite dessert?
Black Forest Gateau or Creme Brulee.

24. Is there a dessert you don’t like?
What's the coffee flavoured one? That one.

25. It’s brunch! What do you eat?
Pancakes, crispy bacon and maple syrup, with orange juice.

26. Where was the best vacation you’ve ever taken?
The trip I took into the Sahara was pretty special. It was an organised trip by travel company Explore. I didn't know anyone else on the trip, so it felt pretty daunting. Everyone was lovely and I lived a longstanding dream of sleeping under the stars. We ate local cuisine, got caught in a sandstorm, climbed the dunes, rode camels. On the final day I woke early and watched the sunrise, having fallen asleep the night before looking at the most beautiful sky I've ever seen, littered with shooting stars.

27. Favourite Disney animal?
Dory from Finding Nemo, and Finding Dory is pretty likeable.

28. What is a book you are planning on reading?
I'm starting to feel festive so I have Mince Pies and Mistletoe at the Christmas Market, and Sleight Rides and Silver Bells at the Christmas Fair by Heidi Swain in my TBR pile. I'm hoping they'll be easy, feel good reads.

29. What did you read most recently?
I've recently finished Scar by Alice Broadway, the final book of the Ink Trilogy.

30. Favourite solo artist?
Currently Freya Ridings, and Jess Glynn

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  1. Fairytale of New York! <3 I love that song.

    Mmm, now I want pancakes and bacon.

    1. One of my favourite Christmas tunes.

      I want brunch now too...


  2. Your Sahara trip sounds interesting every bloggged it? if not please do! I love armchair travel. some of your answers I would have given the same - hairdresser I did train but didn't complete the third year and so am not to be trusted/let loose but it was always my childhood ambition.

    1. I was there for Photo An Hour post (October '15). I might write about the whole trip at some point, just so I have it on record, and I do enjoy reading about the travels of others.

  3. Love love LOVE these kinds of lists. And I can't dive either x

    1. I like these too. People have tried to teach me to dive but none have succeeded!

  4. Yum, great brunch. I love these kind of posts, I think you get to know more about bloggers through these type of questions.

  5. ALso can't dive!!! I'm so glad you did this at last! Haha, those lyrics are funny! Why don't I know them!?!?!?!x

    1. I thought answering them might help me out of my blogging slump.
      I love those lyrics. They always make me laugh as they're so opposite to the spirit of Christmas.

  6. I love reading these kind of posts, as they allow you to get to know the blogger (in this case you) a little bit better. I'll take a window seat every time, and I love it that Fairytale of New York is your favourite lyric. Genius! xxx

  7. I'm the only one who could happily live without Fairytale of New York, ha. I'm completely with you on laughing at people falling over. It does get you into trouble though.

    1. I enjoy the song, as long as I don't have to listen to it over, and over, and over again. It's my biggest bugbear when it comes to Christmas songs!
      People falling over is hilarious, I do try to help them up whilst laughing, but, yes, you're right, people don't generally appreciate it.

  8. I love Top Trumps, we play with some vintage sets - tanks, motorbikes and F1 cars, I had no idea they did a cat version!
    What a great read, already looking forward to part 2. xxx

    1. I saw an Ugly/Sexy Men Top Trumps last year, Simon Cowell was on the front, and I think Jeremy Clarkson too. I very nearly bought it for Andy as a joke. I wish I had now.

  9. PS I saw The Pogues perform Fairytale of New York at the NEC in Birmingham back in the 80s when it was in the charts, Kirsty MacColl stepped out of a wardrobe and joined them - it was tremendous!


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