Sunday, October 23, 2016

Bookish Questions

I love this meme. This is just up my alley. Makes what has already been a great weekend even better. I've already seen a play (Our Lady of Perpetual Succour - which was excellent.And it looks like it was the same cast as this.) Then dinner at a very swanky restaurant, Vue de Monde.

Questions, as always, from Sunday Stealing.

1. How long did it take you to finish your last book? 

About three days. I re-read "The Light Between Oceans" for book group. Great book.

2. How many times do you stare at your bookshelves each day? 

Three or four. I love my book shelves.

3. How many Goodreads friends/books do you have? 

Not that I ever thought about it, but I have 27 Goodreads friends.

4. Do you ever quote books in public? 

More poetry than prose, but yes. I can do Jabberwocky when I'm pissed. Rote. :)

5. Do you ever re-read books? 

Rarely. Often for book group as something I've read a year before comes up on the list. Have read "Captain Corelli's Mandolin" seven or eight times and I've been over the Harry Potter series quite a few times too.

6. Do you judge a book by its cover? 

I try not to.

7. Do you take pictures of your books before you read them? 

No. Why would I do that?

8. What are your biggest distractions from reading? 

Work, and life in general.

9. Where is your favorite place to buy books? 

I love independent book shops. But as I'm trying to keep the stuff in my flat down, I buy a lot on Amazon for my Kindle.

10. Do you always have a book with you?

Yes. Very rare that I don't have my kindle on me, and I have a kindle app on my phone.

11. Do you read during breakfast?  

Only if I'm having a relaxing breakfast out by myself.

12. How many hours a day would you say you read? 

Not enough. Probably only 30 minutes or so. Sometimes I get the luxury of reading all day.

13. Do you read more or less now than you did, say, 10 years ago? 

About the same I'd reckon.

14. Do you consider yourself a speed reader?

I'm certainly not a slow reader, but I wouldn't say I speed read either.

15. Do you read in bed?

Of course. Best place to read in my opinion.

Sunday, October 16, 2016

Wish List Meme part II

It is sooo nice to be home! And having a fairly quiet weekend. Okay, I've seen a film and a play, been to the gym and had lunch with friends and it is just lovely.

And now, it's Sunday night and I feel like I've had a relaxing time.

It's most fantastic.

Questins, as always, from Sunday Stealing.

26) Favorite kids name? 

I've always said that if I had a daughter, her middle name would be Serendipity. But I tend to like fairly traditional names as a rule.

27) Do you speak any other languages? 

I've got reasonable schoolgirl French, and have bit of Greek and Spanish under my belt. I can also order two beers in about ten languages :)

28.) Do you use Twitter? 

Not really. I have an account but rarely use it.

29.) Do you go onto YouTube? 

Not for much more than watching the odd music clip.

30) Do you play Angry Birds? 

I haven't for a few years - like five years. More of a Candy Crush person.

31) Do you like Angry Birds? 

The movie was a lot better than expected.

32) Do you like Hello Kitty? 

I don't get Hello Kitty, Not really my cup of tea.

33) Have you ever cried because you were so happy? 

Yes. I'm that sort of person.

34) Who would you like to see in concert? 

I'm seeing The Pixies in March. Can't wait. Would also love to see Sixto Rodriguez in concert. he's amazing.

35) Can you swim well? 

I'm not a bad swimmer - just don't do enough of it.

36) Ever won a contest? 

Yes. I've won a couple of writing competitions - one reaped me in a round the world airline ticket. Not bad, eh.

37) Ever won a giveaway? 

I seem to pick up movie tickets regularly, which is good - as I love movies.

38) Do you get a full 8 hours of sleep every night? 

No - I'm more a 6-7 hours of sleep person.

39) What tea do you like? 

Generally I drink boring old English Breakfast or Earl Grey, but I've got a good selection of T2 teas in the flat. Love the Chocolate Chilli one.

40) What coffee do you like?  

My normal order is a large skinny cappuccino.

41) Do you shop at Walmart? 

We don't have Walmart in Australia.

42) Do you shop at Target?   

Yes. They are great for work clothes over here.

43) What do you order at Second Cup?   

No idea what Second Cup is - not a chain we have in Australia.

45) Do you like homemade meals? 

Of course. Beats restaurant food as it's cooked with love.

46) Do you like homemade baked goods? 

Of course - they are the best.

47) Do you shop online?

Of course. Ebay is my friend. And lots of alternative cosmetics are bought from there.

48) Name 3 stores online stores you would like to shop at: 


They'd be great to have in the malls.

49) What holiday don't you like? 

I don't think I'd ever go on a cruise.

50) What do you eat more of when you're sick?

I only drink fruit juice when I'm ill. And I have a friend who brings me over great chicken soup if I'm not well - which is wonderful.

Sunday, October 9, 2016

The Wish List Meme Part One

Hmm, this might be fun.

The questions, as always, come from Sunday Stealing.

1.) What are 3 things on your Wish list and why?  

I wish I owned a flat with a courtyard and a  large bath tub so I can have a bath anytime I want.
I wish I could pack up and go walk the Camino de Compostella de Santiago - just because.
I wish I could live in New York for three months, so I could really find out about the place.

2.) Do you miss your childhood?

I miss some of the freedoms of childhood - that's about it.

3.) What do you do on your spare time on the weekends? 

What spare time? Read, sleep, exercise, watch movies, catch up with friends.

4.) What do you appreciate most in your life?  

Friends, the fact that I have the capacity to use my brain effectively and that I have the tenacity to go after things I want.

5.) Would you rather be rich or healthy? 

As much as having money is good, nothing beats being healthy.

6.) If you could go back in time would you and why? 

That sounds a bit pointless. You can't change things.

7.) Favorite game as a child? 

I used to like snake and ladders and monopoly. Operation was good too.

8.) What is your dream career? 

Writer. I like to think I'm on my way.

9.) What do you do in your free time? 

You've asked that already.

10.) Favorite clothing stores? 

There is a store here in Melbourne called Dream Diva - I have an awful feeling it's about to close down. They have great clothes for bigger women.

11.) What TV shows can't you live without?

I can live without telly, but I do enjoy Embarrassing Bodies. Dr Blake is always good - and I've just got into something called Deep Water on SBS. It's excellent.

12.) 3 things you need in your life are: 

Friends, good food, books

13.) What can't you sleep without? 

Darkness and being horizontal. I don't sleep well during the day or on planes.

14.) Who do you have a celebrity crush on? 

Clive Owen :)  Craig McLachlan in his current inclinations is pretty good too.

15.) What is your Favorite Season and why? 

Autumn. Its's getting cooler and I sleep a lot better.

16.) What is your Favorite Wild Animal? 

I'm very fond of elephants, tigers and lions. I just want to give them all a cuddle. Of Australian animals, wombats, platypuses and Eastern Grey kangaroos are fantastic.
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17.) Name 3 of your Favorite Childhood shows: 

I Dream of Jeannie
Hogan's Heroes
Scooby Doo

18.) If you could live as a character in a movie who would it be? 

There was this wonderful film a few years ago - 'Miss Pettigrew Lives for a Day" with Frances McDormand and Amy Adams. I'd love to be the Amy Adams character.

19.) Favorite vegetables? 

Sweet potatoes, pumpkin and spinach.

20.) Favorite Fruit? 

Strawberries, mangoes and raspberries.

21.) If you had a dragon what would you name it? 

Peabody. That is a good name for a dragon.

22.) What do you put on hotdogs? 

Tomato sauce and a bit of mustard. I really only have hot dogs when I go to Ikea or visit the Keith Roadhouse on the way back to Adelaide.

23.) Do you play online games? 

Just Candy Crush - nothing more than that.

24.) Whats your favorite way to get inspired? 

Go for a walk or go to the gym.

25.) Do you have a middle name?

Ye. Jane. It's boring.

Sunday, October 2, 2016

The Musical Perceptions Meme

Greetings from Christchurch, New Zealand - where I am visiting friends. Having a wonderful time in this great city - though heading home tonight and go back to work tomorrow.

Questions, as always, are from Sunday Stealing.

1. Where did you grow up?

Until I was eight, I grew up in Adelaide, South Australia - then after that, I could be found in Myponga, South Australia - little place with funny name. Mum still lives there.

2. Where do you live now?

Melbourne, Victoria, Australia - a great city.

3. What do you think about religion?

Not that much really. I value spirituality over religion. A little bit of religion is fine - too much and with too much fervour is a bad thing. I think religion has some good messages about how to live your life - just not in large doses.

4. When did you start using online social media?

I think I got my facebook account about nine years ago.

5. What did you study to be?

A writer. My first degree is in Arts - English and Classics - it doesn't train you for anything really.

6. How are you at this point of your career?

Fine. I think when my Masters is over I might look for something a little more rewarding to do.

7. Do you use your real name on a blog?

No. I rather like my pseudonym, however.

8. Do people you work with read your blog?

The occasional person does - as I link it to my facebook page most weekends - but I am careful not to say much about where I work or my colleagues. I don't feel like being sacked. (Strict social media policy as one of my colleagues infamously found out about. He was an international sensation and he nearly got sacked)

9. Are you on the job market?

No. I have a job at the moment.

10. If you could go back in time to meet someone famous but now deceased, who would it be?

I would love to sit down and have dinner with Oscar Wilde. He sounds fun.

Sunday, September 25, 2016

The Doing Questions Like it's 2003 Meme

There are lots of things I should be doing:

  • Ironing
  • Study
  • Writing
  • Getting out the minutes and summons for the Lodge
  • Learning my lines
  • Packing for New Zealand (going Thursday) 
  • Tidying my flat
  • Washing the hard floors
  • Getting things ready for tomorrow
But no, I'm here doing Sunday Stealing's meme. Decent questions too they are.

Call it a break.

1. Tell us about your pets. If you don’t have one, share why you don’t.

I live on the second floor and I don't have a balcony or a back yard. It wouldn't be fair to the animal. This doesn't stop me borrowing friend's animals or having them over when their owners come on holidays. And I have a lovely relationship with Maow Maow - my best mate's cat. We love each other very much.

2. Name three things that are close to you.

On the table in front of me there is my heart rate monitor, my glasses and a bottle of hand cream.

3. How was the weather for your summer?

We're just going into Summer (as I'm in Australia) Thankfully, last summer wasn't too hot - not too many days over 40 (105 F) but it was a bit humid for my liking.

4. What was the last film you saw? Did you like it?

I saw "Bridget Jones' Baby" on Tuesday night and I really enjoyed it. They got what it's like to be a single woman in your 40s just right. And it was very funny in places.

5. Tell us about the last trip that you took.

I went for a week to Bali in January where I did a lot of yoga, went vegetarian, did a lot of healing and started to mend a broken heart. It worked well. Glad I did it. Love Ubud.

6. Where do you buy groceries? Why?

I go to Coles - a national supermarket chain. It's close by, there is everything I need and I know where to find stuff - though I'm buying more fruit and vegetable from the green grocery near the entrance to the local Coles.

7. Tell us something that you did today. Or will do if you haven’t had your morning coffee yet.

I had a rehearsal for our Mason's ceremony being held in a fortnight. Lots to learn. I also went to a Pump class at the gym and had breakfast with the girls from the gym.

8. Have you pulled an all-nighter?

Not in many years. I don't see the point any more.

9. Can you taste the difference between Pepsi & Coke?

Oh hell yes. And I really don't like Pepsi and go out of my way to avoid it. I'm an occasional Coke Zero drinker. 

10. Tell us about your siblings. How many and what do they do?

I have a sister and a step-sister. My sister is a mum and she works as a classroom assistant at the school where my niece used to go (I still don't know whether to say niece or nieces - still adjusting to losing one at the end of last year)  My step-sister, who I've known for 40 years, runs the family business making gates.  (  

11. What’s the oldest thing that you own?

I have the teddy bear my grandfather gave me when I was a day old sitting in the cupboard. I also have my grandmother's old colander. That has to be at least sixty or seventy years old. 

Sunday, September 18, 2016

The Martial Arts Meme

Running very late.

Too much on.

Questions thanks to Sunday Stealing.

Who was the last person that you held hands with?

I really cannot remember holding hands with anybody in the last ten years. Seriously.

Are you loud, outgoing or shy?

I'm a strange mix of all three - I'm very shy but rather social.

Who are you looking forward to see?

My friend Geetangeli. Going to New Zealand in a fortnight for a few days.

Are you easy to get along with?

Most of the time.

Have you ever given up on someone, only to let them back into your lives? Why?

Yes. I got hurt again. He's had his last chance.

If you were ill, which TV doctor or nurse would you want to take care of you?

Dr Gregory House - though I would prefer if I was not that sick. Hawkeye from MASH would be good too.

Does talking about sex make you uncomfortable?

Depends on who I'm talking about sex with.

Who was the last person that you had serious conversation with?

My manager on Friday.

What was the last text message you received about?

Telling Blarney I was on my way over to her place.

Do you believe in luck and/or miracles?

To a point. you mostly make your own luck, but miracles  can happen - but they are rare.

What good thing happened this summer?

It's not summer yet. Summer is two months away. Last summer was crap. Dead niece and a break up.

Convince us why we should or should not believe in life on other planets?

Why should we - it's a big universe. Are we really that arrogant as a race?

Who was your first crush on?

Mark Holden. I was five.

Favorite part of daily routine?

My morning coffee. The shower beforehand is pretty good too.

Do you like your neighbours?

I do. My downstairs neighbours are lovely. Quiet but friendly. I look after their cat when they go away. Good people to have downstairs.

What’s your worst feature?

I really don't like my stomach. It's fat. End of story.

Have you ever had trust issues?

Hell, yes.

Sunday, September 11, 2016

The Alice Through the Looking Glass Meme

Writing this from a hotel room in Sydney. Once again a lovely break in the sunshine.

Questions, as always, courtesy of Sunday Stealing.

Who is/was the weirdest person in your life?

Does there have to be just one? I know many strange people - the proctologist, the guy who balances oil rigs, the arms dealer, a couple of paragliders, the Porsche enthusiast, the ultra marathon runner. Do I have to choose just one. Oh, and all of these people are lovely - even the arms dealer.

What is a special thing that someone once did for you?

I had an small operation and a friend came and stayed at my place overnight to make sure I was okay. I will never forget that.

If you could erase someone off the planet, who would it be?

I think we'd be better off without Donald Trump and Peter Dutton (Australia's current Immigration Minister).

What’s a big goal that you have?

To write a best selling, award winning novel.

If you could time travel and meet yourself at 16, what would you tell yourself?

Sweetie, you are not fat, you are not stupid, you are not ugly and you have a very bright future. Stop being scared.

If it were the last day of your life, how would you spend it?

Hopefully shagging, while drinking lots of gin and eating Zumbo's desserts.

If you could meet any celebrity, who would it be and why?

I'd love to meet Clive Owen. Why - yeah......

What is one thing that you would never do that others you know have done?

Class A drugs. I've tried a few in my days, but I wouldn't go near them now.

What is one romance depicted in film that you’d love to experience?

I think I'd love to live "The Notebook" from beginning to end. Love it.

Describe yourself in just one sentence.

A simple, yet complex, middle-aged woman with left-leaning tendencies and a love of literature, film and animals.

Who is the most beautiful person on earth?

I don't think beauty is relevant, so I have no idea. My Aunty Marg is up there - she's awesome.

What was the best experience in your life?

Travelling. All of my travels have been excellent.

If you could rule the world, what would you change?

I'd get rid of the rule of corporations and bring back daily meditation as a part of everybody's life.

Where were you when you heard the news of 9/11?

I found out about eight hours after it happened. I was at home in my flat, it was about 6.30 am in the morning (Melbourne)and I couldn't work out why every station was playing the same bad Bruce Willis movie.