Thursday, 2 May 2013

I've been Liebster~d!

Joy from i can say mama nominated me for a Liebster Award ~ thank you Joy!
It's all about the elevens.

To Do List:

  • Answer Joy's eleven questions
  • Reveal eleven random facts about myself
  • Come up with eleven questions
  • Tag eleven other bloggers

Eleven Questions To Answer

1. Which is the first song on your playlist?

Right now I've been listening to Paloma Faith, Emeli Sandé, Lana Del Ray, and Nickleback, and I'm always on random so it could be anything by any of them which plays first.

2. Do you like to shop online or do you prefer to shop "offline"?

Ethically I would like to shop offline all the time, but unfortunately my finances curtail my ethics!  I do return to the same online sellers though, so if I need zips I go to the same Etsy seller each time for example.  Do I get points for being loyal?

3. Are you a talented singer?

Nope. Nuff said.

4. Do you like sports? If so, what do you enjoy watching or doing the most?

Sports are not a big thing in my house, but we all really enjoyed the whole Olympics spectacle last summer ~ especially the Paralympics ~ I have immense admiration for someone who can swim with no legs ~ seriously, I have two arms and two legs and I'm very much a doggy~paddler!

5. Who is your favourite actor/actress and why?
Ooooh, that's a good one ~ I think Hugh Laurie is excellent in House ~ there's just a bit of a twinkle in his eye at times that makes me think he'd be great fun to play truth or dare with.  Then there's Heath Ledger in A Knight's Tale (yum), John Cusack (love Gross Point Blank) . . . and for a bit of balance, Vanessa Redgrave ~ she proves you don't have to be twenty years old and naked to be an actress!

6. Which is your favourite drink?
Alcohol or non?  The meds I'm on don't mix well with alcohol, but I used to have pineapple with Malibu (coconut rum) and archers (peach schnaps) (please don't judge me!).  These days ~ hot chocolate with cream and marshmallows.  And milky way magic stars.  And maybe a malteaser or two.  Or three...

7. Are you superstitious?
Nope (she says while crossing the path of a black cat under a ladder with an umbrella up indoors).  (Yes, the ladder was indoors.  Don't ask me why, I didn't put it there!  And hang on, when did we get a black cat?)

8. Name something you are really bad at.

Just one?  Remembering to put sunscreen on.  Anyone who was anywhere in the south west UK will know that we've had *looks furtively side to side to check if anyone is watching* sunshine this week, and I fell asleep laid on a picnic blanket.  Yes, I got burnt ~ that's not the worst bit ~ Mr Manley had his arm round me and he fell asleep to, so I now have a very pale very very clear handprint on my arm surrounded with red/pink lobster~ish~ness.

9. Name something you are really good at.
Just one thing?  How do I narrow it down to just one?  Okay, got it.  I am really good at . . . ummm . . . see answer to question 11 ~ I'm really good at that, but I guess practice makes perfect, and I get plenty of practice!

10. What is your favourite thing about blogging?

I love how many new people you get to 'meet', and how massively inspirational and incredibly kind so many other bloggers can be!

11. What is your worst habit?

Eating on auto pilot when I'm not hungry at all.  Or shouting at my kids.  Or watching too much TV.  Or eating on autopilot when I'm not hungry while watching TV and shouting at my kids.

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Eleven random facts 

1.  I think post is the single biggest let down of adult life

2.  I worked in a chocolate shop at an airport for two years

3.  When I write a cheque I always get mixed up about whether you're supposed to write the name of the person first or how much mmone

4.  If I write all the letters after my name that I've officially earned it is more than twice the length of my actual name

5.  I love the poem The Road Not Taken by Robert Frost

6.  Today I stole a pack of milky~way stars from Petal's easter egg stash.  Shhhhhhhhh.........

7.  If I burp I can't not say 'pardon me', even if I'm on my on my own in the house or I'm asleep.  Really

8.  I love pretty notebooks and have a couple several many, even though I hardly ever write anything down

9.  I cry really easily at films not known for their highbrow storylines ~ for example Armageddon when Bruce Willis is saying goodbye to his daughter before he detonates the nuclear device to break apart the asteroid that will otherwise hit the earth and kill everyone

10.  My grandfather was a rocket scientist

11.  My mother in law didn't know her son and I were married for the first bit of our marriage.  Okay, yeah, the first ten years of our marriage

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Eleven questions

1.  If you HAD to change your name,  what would you change it to and why?
2.  When you were little, what did you want to be when you grew up?
3.  What was the most recent lie you told?
4.  What did you have for breakfast this morning?
5.  What famous person do you think you would get on really well with, if you happened to meet them (and why)
6.  Have you ever cheated on anything or anyone?
7.  If your life was a film, what kind of film would it be and what would it be called?
8.  How many works of Shakespeare can you name (without googling!)
9.  What is your favourite line from a film?
10.  If you suddenly and unexpectedly became President or Prime Minister or {insert superior political / military position here} of your country, what is the very first thing that you would do?
11.  What special talent do you have that you think you should be world famous for?

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Eleven bloggers


These are the blogs / bloggers I'm tagging ~ let's see how it goes!
1.  Renegade Mother from Renagade Mother
2.  Jamie from Our Stroke of Luck
3.  Michelle from LearnerMother

4.  Christina from Christina Martin

5.  Jacqui and / or Rae from fabricHQ

6.  Susan from Mum of 4, wife of 1

7.  Lucy from Attic 24

8.  Ginger from Wienerdog Tricks

9.  MrBoosMum from premmeditations

10.  Izzie from The World According to Izzie

11.  Vanessa from Seven Year Hitch

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I've just been Liebster~ed again (thank you Moe from Mum in Two Cultures!)... re~Liebster~ed ... I dunno how that's supposed to be phrased!  So expect another Liebster focused post shortly ...


  1. Well, call me a newbie but I am WELL EXCITED by this. So here's my effort:

    Thank you for tagging me!

    1. You are entirely welcome ~ I'm a big believer in paying it forward, so it made my day to know it made your days!

  2. Great answers! Really enjoyed reading (and learning I'm not the only one that goes bright red in the sun & steals chocolate from my kids!). Since I've been Leibstered recently, I'll have a think about I can answer the new 11 questions!!


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