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February 27, 2012

Dirty Dozen: twelve questions.

I’ve been tagged twice with this meme, so I thought I’d do one lot of questions this week and one lot next week! All I have to do is answer the twelve questions they asked me. This time around I’ve been tagged by some of my favourite online friends at More Than a Mum.

I’m not going to pass on this meme, because I’m fairly sure everyone I know has done it by now (which I think is why I ended up getting it twice) but if anyone out there wants me to set twelve questions for them to answer, all you have to do is shout!

Here we go:

1)    What song can’t you listen to without crying? ‘Tiny Dancer’ by Elton John. I have no idea why. Literally, no idea… I also cry quite often at ‘Everybody Hurts’ by REM. But then I usually play it when I’m in the mood for a giant cry and it always makes me feel better afterwards.

2)    Which book changed your life – or at least made you think a lot? The book ‘What Do I Do When I Want To Do Everything?’ by Barbara Sher changed my life completely. It made me come to terms with, accept and actually thrive on the personality traits I have that make me incapable of being a specialist!

3)    Which of your personality traits do you most hope your children will inherit? Curiosity about the world and an endless desire to learn.

4)    Which of your personality traits do you most hope your children will NOT inherit? My inability to stick to a budget…

5)    Why do you blog? It’s really just a place for me to put all of my life’s plans, experiences and thoughts. Although I am a mother, so by default it’s a mummy blog, it is not a ‘Mummy Blog’ by design. I wanted a place for all of me, not just the part of me that is a mum. By accident, I’ve realised how much I love to write, and now I miss the process if I don’t blog for a few days in a row.

6)    What do you wish you’d known before becoming a parent? How scary, exhausting and expensive it would be! Most of all, I wish that I’d realised the compromises I would have to make. The minute you become a parent, you cease to be the most important person in your own life, and for me, that has taken some getting used to. These days I work really hard to balance being ‘mummy’ with being ‘me’. I think it’s vital to retain a sense of yourself as an individual and to make time for the things you love to do too – a happy parent makes for happy kids. I also wish I’d gone to Japan and New England before I’d had the kids. Although I did a fair bit of travel beforehand, those two places are on the top of my Bucket List, and it’ll be a while before I get to either of them. It might have been nice too if someone had warned me about the horrors of ‘In The Night Garden’ on repeat…

7)    What is your top ‘me-time’ tip? One of my very favourite things to do is wander round a bookshop or library, without a particular book in mind and just stumbling across something great to read. They’re great places for the mind and soul, but also, they’re pretty quiet! Finding time to read is the greatest luxury and it does make me sad when I hear that people feel as though they don’t have the time. I know that it can be easier at the end of a hard day to watch television, but switching it off and opening a book can transport you out of your daily life in a way that nothing else can.

8)    What can’t you live without? See above – books and magazines form the backbone of my personality. From as early as I can remember, I have always, always carried a book or magazine with me, whenever I have left the house. I even take one with me to the cinema. You just never know… I would also find it very difficult to live without tea. I’m not a coffee drinker, but I adore tea. My iPhone would be the piece of tech I’d rather not be without these days either. On a more serious note, I couldn’t live without my incredible family and network of friends.

9)    Which of all your blog posts are you most proud of and why? I like all of them, but there isn’t one that particularly stands out – you tell me which is the best! I think I’m proudest of the ‘Who are Margot and Barbara?’ page most of all. It underpins what the whole blog is about, and that authenticity is the thing I strive for the most with the blog. Which is why my subject matter can range from fashion to Antarctic explorers…

10) Have you ever met a famous person? Who and where? I’ve met quite a few people who I would consider to be famous, but only really in the equine industry. I once worked for a website company at Bramham International Three Day Event, and during that day I met and worked with Mark Todd, Ginny Elliott and Capt. Mark Phillips (father of the now-more-famous-Zara!) They were all amazing, and proved to me that sportspeople at the very top of their game can be genuinely great ambassadors and generous with their time. Although it didn’t help that when I was with Capt Phillips, my mum was there and she spent quite a lot of time doing terribly loud stage whispering about how old he was looking…

11) What is the best thing about parenthood? Cuddles; the giant guffaws of laughter when my kids are being funny; the pride when I see them doing something new for the first time, or being kind to each other or someone else; the way they smell; the singing and dancing; the fact they think I’m awesome; the excuses to buy and then eat tonnes of Haribo. Revisiting my own memories of childhood experiences and passing them on – especially the books! Teaching them to bake cakes and eating the cake mixture. Finding Nanny Plum from ‘Ben and Holly’s Little Kingdom’ – she rocks. Overall, sharing the world with them and seeing it anew through their eyes. It all makes up for my answers to number 6! Being a parent is the hardest and yet the best thing ever.

So, that’s my twelve for this week! I’ve been tagged with this again, so I will do another twelve questions next week. I rather like feeling as though I’m being interviewed…