I was tagged by Jayne over at Mum's The Word today for this 'Guardian Questions & Answers' meme that's going around.
I feel guilty as I have a few memes waiting in the wings. One from ages ago too - sorry Jenny! I also got tagged in that damn fridge one...I'm waiting until my fridge stocks are low as it's too full to list everything at the moment. Man I'm so lazy. Sorry this one has jumped the queue. I wish it hadn't - the formatting on this post has taken me forever and I almost lost my Mac in fit of rage.
Anyhoooo....this meme was born over at Mrs Lister Writes and it's basically
Which living person do you most admire, and why?
I've left this one till last and I still don't know. I guess I must admire a few people. What a rubbish start eh!
When were you happiest
Other than when I had Mini Cheddar I would have to say when I was standing on a snowy mountain in the Arctic Circle in the absolute stillness of night with no-one else around (apart from my husband and Kjetil Skolgi) and the Northern Lights appeared.
What was your most embarrassing moment?
Probably when I was about 19 and I snogged one of the Land Department guys at a works Christmas party. He must have been in his early 30's! We were sat at the bar chatting and I was getting more and more drunk. I can't remember how it happened but next thing I knew we were kissing frantically. Then I heard MY BOSS say to MY MUM (my Mum used to work at the same place) "Look away Pauline, look away".
Most of my most embarrassing moments are down to my evil vodka twin. Just ask my friends.
Aside from property, what’s the most expensive thing you’ve bought?
My car which I bought about 18 months ago.
What is your most treasured possession?
My photographs. Just reminded me I'm long overdue a back-up. Geek alert! I had lots of photographs on my old iPhone - some baby pictures of Mini Cheddar and I don't know what happened but iPhoto didn't back them up. My phone broke and I lost them all, I was so upset.
Where would you like to live?
That's a tough one. At this moment, I'd have to say Norway. I love that country. There or Vancouver.
What’s your favourite smell?
The smell of Mini Cheddar (my daughter - not the little cheesy crackers!) when we snuggle up together. That or roast beef dinner! Om nom nom.
Who would play you in the film of your life?
Oooh blimey, that's tough...I think I'd choose Emily Mortimer.
What is your favourite book?
Captain Correlli's Mandolin by Louis De Bernieres. The first 100 odd pages I almost gave up on it but it's brilliant. Unlike the crap film they made with Nicholas Cage.
What is your most unappealing habit?
Biting my finger nails. Occasionally I stop but then anxiety kicks in again and I nibble at them.
What would be your fancy dress costume of choice?
What is your earliest memory?
Probably seeing our poodle rolling in a dead hedgehog in the park. I also remember the smell.
What is your guiltiest pleasure?
Going through Silent Sunday posts just so I can be nosey.
What do you owe your parents?
A lot. They struggled financially when my Sister and I were growing up and they went without to provide for us. They are now very financially well off and are always so generous with their love and support.
To whom would you most like to say sorry, and why?
To my husband for being a bitch at certain times of the month.
What or who is the greatest love of your life?
Obviously my husband. Him or vodka/wine/cider. My love for Mini Cheddar goes without saying, obviously.
What does love feel like?
It feels all squishy and warm but also all exciting and scary - it's a range of emotions but it's the best.
What was the best kiss of your life?
Definitely the first kiss with my husband. We met online and then went out on a date. He came back to mine and we sat on the sofa chatting. He turned to me and said "Can I ask you a question?" So I said yes and he just said "Can I kiss you?". He had my heart right there and then and I knew I wanted to be with him. Now he just just grabs my boob or shakes his willy at me *sigh*
Which words or phrases do you most overuse?
No. Stop it. Get down. Don't run. Don't touch.
What is the worst job you've done?
Bagging brussel sprouts. I was 15 and I hated it. Especially as the boss was a cock.
If you could edit your past, what would you change?
I don't think I'd change anything. People often ask me if I wish I'd not married my first husband but I think that marriage has made me what I am today. If I hadn't done all the things I've done in life I wouldn't be at the happy point I am now. Although I do wish that after I did my CBT (compulsory bike training) I continued to pass my full motorbike test.
What is the closest you've come to death?
When I was about 3 and a biro pen pierced my throat. The ink infected it and I was about to undergo emergency surgery when it exploded. Think green goo Ghostbusters stylee.
What do you consider your greatest achievement?
Without a doubt that has to be Mini Cheddar. A joint achievement with my husband obviously.
When did you last cry, an why?
I cried watching DIY SOS Big Build the other week. Look, it was THAT time of the month okay?
How do you relax?
With my husbands shoulder, a good film (or some comedy), a glass of wine and some chocolate.
What single thing would improve the quality of your life?
Some more money? A cleaner? An iPad? Some sunshine? Do I really have to pick just ONE?
What is the most important lesson life has taught you?
Just be yourself - don't hide behind falseness and something/someone you're not. Also, no matter how friendly and loyal you are, there will always be a couple of nasty self-important people that are always willing to shit on you.
Now I'm supposed to tag some people, I hate doing this so I did a shout out on Twitter and these silly people said they wanted to be tagged...GO!