Q&A

There’s a quiz going through blogworld that mirrors questions put to celebrities in The Guardian. I’ve been tagged by London City Mum to play. Answering these questions felt a little self-indulgent, but then I’ve enjoyed reading other people’s, so I decided that made it OK.

I found this quite hard, so some of my responses barely qualify as answers.

Which living person do you admire most, and why?
I admire lots of people. I admire single parents, those whose partners are in the armed forces, people with seriously ill children, people who devote countless hours to charity… to name a few. So this is a really hard question.

So I’d have to say I admire Paris Hilton.

Just kidding.

For this question I’ll pick Bill Gates. Yes he’s a geek devoid of any glamour and I admit I don’t know much about him. But I like that he, with his wife, decided they had more money than they will ever need so are using it to eradicate malaria. That is impressive.

When were you your happiest?
It’s impossible to narrow this down to one moment. Obviously the life-changing moments are right up there: getting married and the birth of our children. Then there are quiet moments when I stop and think there is no way I’d change a thing right now. I consider myself very lucky to have these moments often.

What was your most embarrassing moment?
Well the first thing that leaps to mind is not going to be mentioned here, ever. So we can rule that out. And the second thing, and third actually. That doesn’t leave much. Hmmm. Spending my twenties confusing the words “exotic” and “erotic” certainly threw some embarrassment my way.

Aside from property, what’s the most expensive thing you’ve ever bought?
I once bought a Lisa Ho dress that didn’t fit and was in a colour that made me look dead. Mental note: avoid coral.

What is your most treasured possession?
As much as I firmly believe you should never love something that can’t love you back, I’d have to say my wedding ring. If I ever lost it… well now that I think about it, if I lost it I’d say “Where’s my wedding ring?”

Where would you like to live?
I’ve moved around enough to know you’re not going to really enjoy a place if you’re pining for somewhere else. So I don’t want to live anywhere other than where we live. Naturally that would be different if we lived in really grotty, dodgy parts of the world though.

What’s your favourite smell?
Lawn that’s just been mowed.

Who would play you in the film of your life?
Matt Damon, so I could meet him. Although there is one obvious flaw in this plan: his accent.

What is your favourite book?
I can’t decide on a favourite novel, so instead I’ll pick But No Elephants by Jerry Smith.

This might explain why I’ve always loved elephants. It was given to me by a friend for my 6th birthday, although since he was also 6 I’m certain his mum chose it, not him. It’s now extra special as he was killed just after my daughter was born. I really love this book.

What is your most unappealing habit?
Pointing out people’s pimples. You just never know – maybe they didn’t know they were there!

What would be your fancy dress costume of choice?
I’m not sure if this qualifies but I really want to wear a Valentino gown one day. Trying one on in a change-room doesn’t count.

What is your earliest memory?
Diving through the waves while riding on my grandfather’s back, with my hands around his neck.

What is your guilty pleasure?
A full bubble bath with candles and chocolate.

What do you owe your parents?
Gratitude.

To whom would you most like to say sorry, and why?
To the elderly lady I crashed into when I lost control of my toboggan. Sorry about that.

What or who is the greatest love of your life?
I’ve found that love gets bigger and better with time. When I married my husband I knew I loved him, otherwise I wouldn’t have married him. Obviously. But I love him more with time too, for the great life we’ve built together and for the family we’ve made. He is the love of my life.

For someone who really doesn’t like anything soppy, this is sounding very soppy. Sorry everyone.

What does love feel like?
I’ve filled my soppy quota with the previous answer. So let’s just say love feel fantastic. Done.

What was the best kiss of your life?
I’m not telling you.

Which words or phrases do you most overuse?
“That’s just weird.”

What is the worst job you’ve done?
I was the worst bakery employee ever. I would panic when having to count change so customers would make a profit. I’d be pissed off with whoever bought the last pie – I had my eye on that all day… grrrrrr.

If you could edit your past, what would you change?
I’d make some wardrobe adjustments – eradicating all evidence of scrunchies, fergie bows, boob tubes and my oversized red Snoopy jumper.

What is the closest you’ve come to death?
An abscess after my wisdom teeth were removed. Now that’s what I call a headache.

What do you consider your greatest achievement?
Two happy children that are great mates.

When did you last cry, and why?
When I got us all lost. Maps are not my friend.

How do you relax?
Wine, good food, fun company, a good book…. I could go on.  I have a talent for relaxing actually.

What single thing would improve the quality of your life?
Easy. A cleaner.

What is the most important lesson life has taught you?
The option that scares you is usually the one you should choose.

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