Sunday, November 12, 2017

The Simple Life Meme

Let's see if I can get this done before my ride to a performance of Shakespeare's Henry V comes along. I have about half an hour. I have just finished my penultimate tute paper for my Masters too - so I am feeling good. that I've also washed the floors in the kitchen and bathroom - even better.

Questions, as always from Bev at Sunday Stealing.

What are five things you would like to do more.

Read, swim, cook for others, Yin Yoga, travel.

What is your quote to live by.

"Be the change you want to see."  Ghandi

What was the best thing that happened this week?

I handed in my final major paper for my Masters degree. Anybody interested, it can be found at

What is something you are stressed about?

What I will be doing for a job after the end of January.

What book has influenced your life?

Dr Spencer Johnson's "Who Moved My Cheese?" Seriously, it turned my life around.

Share a childhood memory

I used to like swimming in the watertank on the hill. That was cool.

What fictional character would you most like to be?

I'd still love to go to Hogwarts and I think I'd be a pretty reasonable Hermione Granger.

What is something you are proud of?

Finishing my Masters.

What was the last thing you celebrated?

I did celebrate my birthday in a small way in August. I will be doing some more celebrating in the coming months when I graduate in March. Finally get to wear a cap and gown.

What are weird things you like?

The smell of dogs' paws in the morning. Is that strange enough? And I LOVE Shakespeare.

What is your favorite song to sing?


Name three things you do well.

Write. Massage. Laugh.

What are your priorities in life?

To be happy. To keep healthy. To have fun. To stay financially solvent.

What is something that scares you?

Right wing governments. Huntsman spiders.

Best book you read this year?

Probably Hanya Yahanigara's A Little Life. It was a slog, but gee it was fantastic. Zadie Smith's Swing Time was also really good.

Sunday, November 5, 2017

The First Things First Meme

Just home from a weekend away, which was wonderful. Highlights were seeing my Punjabi kid brother and seeing Thor:Ragnarok with him (very good fun) Then going to see the Robert Mapplethorpe retrospective with a friend. It was a wonderful weekend.

So, it is late now and I have a big day ahead. Questions, as always, from Bev at Sunday Stealing.

{1} First thing you would do/buy if you won the lottery:

A flat, preferably in a good  suburb near the city.

{2} First person you call when you get amazing news:

Normally my mum or Blarney.

{3} First thing you do when you've had a bad day:

Go for a walk, or go to they gym. That fixes most things. I get ice cream or have a G&T at a push.

{4} First movie you went to without your parents:

It might have been the Police Academy movie on my first date. Oh hell that dates me.

{5} First sport you played (Little League-style or in school):

Never really played sport. I had my legs in plaster in and out of primary school.

{6} First major injury:

Thankfully never really had one, but my sister clobbered me with a five iron when I was eleven. 5 stitches in my eyebrow.

{7} First product I use in the shower:

Clinique facial soap. Always.

{8} First apartment or house on your own (away from you parents!):

The flat in East Melbourne. Before that I was always with flatmates (and before that too many flatmates to mention)

{9} First Roommate(s): 

First flat mate after college was an absolute psycho. Don't want to think about it. I was warned.

{10} First Time Living Away from Home: 

University college when I was 17.

{11} First magazine subscription:

Dolly magazine. Used to love Dolly. The Australian teenage girl's bible for many years.

{12} First real piece of jewelry you owned:

I bought myself a Pandora bracelet when I was in my late 30s. I don't have any other real jewellery.

{13} First time staying home alone:

I was in my mid teens. That's all.

{14} First thing I reach for in the fridge:

Normally, milk for my coffee. Or my chilled Turkish Apple Tea which is in an old gin bottle in the fridge. Great stuff.

{15} First car accident or traffic violation:

I got my first red light camera ticket about ten years ago. It's the only one I've had to date. And thankfully the only bingle I had which was my fault was about five years ago, when somebody stopped suddenly in front of me - no damage to them, but their tow ball took out my radiator.

Bonus:  Toilet paper, over or under?

Over. Only philistines to do it the under way.

Sunday, October 29, 2017

The Monster Mash Meme

I am supposed to be writing my papers instead of doing this meme. We are getting there.

Also remember, I am Australian, we don't, as a rule, do Halloween - as it is a daft American custom

Anyway, the question have been supplied by Bev at Sunday Stealing.

Ghost: what would you like on your tombstone?

Nevertheless, she persisted.

Dracula: are you afraid of aging? or death?

Aging. This getting old thing is not for sissies. Everybody has to die, why be scared of it?

Nosferatu: what, as a child, did you imagine went bump in the night?

There were all sorts of things that went bump in the night when I was a kid. Monsters of all kinds were there.

Godzilla: what do you do when you are angry? are you ever destructive?

I seethe for a bit when angry, then let it simper away. I tend to go for a walk or a drive and let it blow out. I don't stay angry for long.

The Blob: do you collect anything? if so, what & why?

I collect ornamental elephants. I like elephants. But they have to be little. I have a shelf full o them

Zombie: when was the last time you trusted your gut? was it successful?

I always trust my gut - it is yet to do me wrong, even if it sets me on some interesting paths.

Mothra: what is something dangerous that attracts or fascinates you?

Motorbikes. Would never own one, can't drive them, but I love them.

King Kong: what are some questionable choices you've made lately?

Deciding to re-write Shakespeare for my last assignment.

Alien: what is your strangest feature?

I have web toes on my right foot and my pinkies stick up on both hands.

Cthulhu: do you like the ocean? why or why not?

Love it. I just love being near water - and in water.

Nessie: have you ever felt invisible to people -- the feeling of not existing?

All the time. I've been working on that one.

Mutant spider: what is one of your biggest fears?

Intimacy and commitment. Next.

Werewolf: if you could change into any nonhuman animal and back at will, what animal would you change into and why?

I would love to be a well loved house cat. I think that would be awesome.

Golem: if you could make up an imaginary friend, what would they be like and why?

I would have a punk rocker called Albert who would get me into all sorts of mischief.

Leprechaun: what is your "pot of gold" (or white whale, if you'd rather)

To write that bloody novel...

Sharktopus: what is something you've done that was ridiculous or a bad decision?

Ummm... some class A drugs in the nineties. I don't regret it, but yeah, I don't need to do ecstasy again. A handful of times 20 years ago is enough.

Robot: what is a habit you do without thinking?

I have a few of them - making the bed each morning, check the door each night, not leave the house without eyeliner and mascara. Brush my teeth twice a day. Nothing too bad at all.

Sunday, October 22, 2017

The Sleepy Ramblers Meme

Taking some time out from writing assignments.

Questions, as always, from Bev at Sunday Stealing.

Have you ever eaten at restaurant and you realized you forgot your money?

Thankfully not. Have I walked out without paying. Once or twice, but I've always managed to get back and sort things out.

True or false-you can pat your head and rub your tummy at the same time.

True. Joys of being ambidextrous.

Do you prefer to drink out of cans or bottles?

Out of bottles. Cans can be a bit sharp.

Do your socks match today?

I'm not wearing socks.

What was the last book you read? Would you recommend it?

The last book I read was Leap by Myfanwy Jones. It was excellent. A very Melbourne book. A great exposition of the grieving process.

Are you currently borrowing something from someone?

Not at the moment. I try not to borrow things.

Write an extremely random statement.

The Louis the Fly song was composed by Bryce Courtney, a well know Australian author.

Are there any major holidays you don’t celebrate?

As an Australan, we don't do American holidays, but as an Australian, I don't celebrate Australia Day - or Invasion Day as I call it. Bring in the Republic I say.

What is one thing you will never understand?

The American healthcare system. Universal socialised medicine makes far more sense for all.

Have you ever stepped on a bee?

Yes. And been stung by said bee.

What helps you wake up in the morning?

A half hour lie in. I need to ease myself into the day.

What did you have for breakfast this morning?

An omelette and a cup of coffee.

What is your favorite thing in your room?

My bed.

Who was your first kiss with?

That would be telling. A gangly, spotty youth. No idea what happened to him.

Do you worry about small things?

Far too often.

Sunday, October 15, 2017

The What's a Crush meme

Blog time. I've had a lovely, but not very productive weekend. really do have to get on with the study.

Anyway, on with the questions, supplied, as always, by Sunday Stealing.

1. What do you find hilarious, but most people don’t find funny?

Death - a lot of the time.

2. What was the best year of your life so far?

This year has been pretty good. 2010 was good too.

3. What’s your favorite thing to do on the Internet?

Probably Facebook and blogging.

4. What fad have you held on to even tho it isn’t popular any more?

Pokemon Go. I still play daily.

5. What do you spend most of your time doing?

Working and writing.

6. What do you spend way too much money on?

Theatre tickets and makeup.

7. What event, large or small, has changed the course of your life most?

The death of my niece. The reverberations are still being felt.

8. Who do you have a hard time taking seriously?

Anybody who's a Liberal/National politician - horrid scumbags that they are (if you're American, think Republican)

9. What do you judge people for most often?

Liberal/National Politicians

10. What was the most beautiful view you have ever experienced?

The Scottish Highlands are amazing.

11. What is something you read or heard that has stuck with you for a long time?

Slaughterhouse Five has never really left me.

12. What’s your favorite thing to shop for.  Why?

Red lipstick. A girl can never have enough red lipstick.

13. What’s the best compliment someone can receive?

"You're really intelligent."

14. What’s something people go on and on about and you just can’t stand sitting through?

The "No" campaign for this marriage equality survey Australia is being put throught

15. What’s something you can do that most people can’t?

Use scissors left-handed.

16. When was the last time you tried to look cool and ended in embarrassment?

That would be most of the time. I am so not cool.

17. What is the most ridiculous rule you have to follow?

I'm not sure I agree with the blanket bike helmet rule we have around here.

18. What country do you not know the location of, even though you should?

Venezuela - I have a rough idea, but yeah, it's somewhere in South America.

19. What do you have a hard time with but most people find quite easy?

Using scissors with my right hand.

20. What’s the most impressive skill you have?

I write fairly well.

Sunday, October 8, 2017

The Getting To Know You Meme

Writing this from the airport food court. Was hoping to be writing this from the Qantas business lounge, but the upgrade didn't come through so I am here - also working on some stuff for uni and getting out some admin while I have the time. Ah well. There is some good people watching to be had as I wait for my flight.

Anyway, questions, as per usual, are from Bev at Sunday Stealing.

If you didn’t have to sleep, what would you do with the extra time?

Probably exercise and write.

What’s your favorite piece of clothing you own / owned?

I really love this white dress with red poppies on it. I need to lose some weight so I fit into it again, but I love that dress.

What hobby would you get into if time and money weren’t an issue?

Breeding large dogs. That would be awesome. Puppies!

What would your perfect room look like?

I have no idea - airy and spacious, but with the ability to block out light when needed.

How often do you play sports?

I don't, but I walk and go to the gym a lot.

What fictional place would you most like to go?


What job would you be terrible at?

Anything to do with dealing with the general public. I have no patience. I sucked at retail.

When was the last time you climbed a tree?

When I was about ten.

If you could turn any activity into an Olympic sport, what would you have a good chance at winning medal for?


What skill would you like to master?

Writing novels that sell.

What would be the most amazing adventure to go on?

I'm hoping to walk the Camino de Compostela de Santiago next year by myself. That should be an adventure.

If you had unlimited funds to build a house that you would live in for the rest of your life, what would the finished house be like?

A big tree house - but with all mod cons - and very good air conditioning.

What state or country do you never want to go back to?

I still really have no desire to go to Perth, Western Australia after the last time I was at the airport there and they were so rude. Naples in Italy - don't want to go back there either.

What songs have you completely memorized?

Other than lots of kid's songs, I do a pretty good Bohemian Rhapsody.

What do you consider to be your best find?

Sam at the Benefit's Eyebrow bar in Myer Sydney. She gets my awful eyebrows just right.

Are you usually early or late?

I'm always late. There is a greatness to my lateness.

What pets did you have while you were growing up?

We had two dogs and two cats when I was a kid. We also had chooks (chickens) but they are stupid and not pets.

When people come to you for help, what do they usually want help with?

Writing stuff. I fix up lots of writing stuff - resumes, cover letters, website text.

What takes up too much of your time?

The Freemasons. Thinking of leaving. Huge time drain for what seems like little in return.

What do you wish you knew more about?

The subtle art of really not giving a f*ck.

What would be your first question after waking up from being cryogenically frozen for 100 years?

Is Keith Richards still alive?

Sunday, October 1, 2017

The Creepy Crawlies meme

Right, a long weekend, my team lost at the football and the only thing I feel like I have achieved is unclogging the vacuum cleaner and watching a lot of The Good Wife. My tutorial remains undone, but I have a few days on that.

Questions, as always, from Bev at Sunday Stealing.

1. You are walking down the road and you look down. There is a bug. Do you step on it? 

Depends on the bug - but I would probably walk over it. Spiders, on the other hand, get stepped on. Eww.

2. What is one fantasy that you want to come true more than any other?

World peace.

3. Someone knocks on your door. Do you look out the window to see who it is before you open it? Do you open it regardless of who it is? 

Yes, I look out the window. There are some people I don't open the door to - salesmen in particular.

4. Have you ever eaten Play Doh?

Yes, when I was a kid. Mum used to make it for us.

5. What was your favorite Saturday morning cartoon as a child and why?

I used to love Hong Kong Phoeey and the Wacky Races. No idea why.

6. Are you a “people watcher”? 

Absolutely. It's great fun.

7. I have a bowl of fruit. There are apples, oranges & pears. You help yourself to one - which one do you choose?

Probably the apple. Pears and oranges can be messy to eat.

8. What is your biggest pet peeve in the blogging world? 

People who moan and grizzle all the time.

9. What is one religion that you could just never see yourself joining?

Any sort of fundamentalist group - this includes Christian fundamentalists. I'm just too easy going.

10. What word do you use far too often? 

Actually, actually.

11. How long do you spend in the shower? 

5-10 minutes. Depends on whether my hair needs washing.

12. If you were to write a personal ad about yourself, what would it say?

Eclectic,world-wandering writer chick seeks similar.

13. Your favorite flavor of soup is….? 

Mulligatawny.  (it isn't but I like saying Mulligatawny :) )

14. You are sitting on a bench in the park and a bug walks in front of your feet…. do you squash him?  (I am assuming this is a different bug from question #1)

I will still let the bug go om its way. I might say shoo or something to it.

Sunday, September 24, 2017

Today is a Fashion Show

A lovely quiet weekend at home, with a night out at the Pop Up Globe Theatre in the parklands ( for a bit of Shakespeare. My hair has been re-browned, I've had a good relax and all is right with the world.

Questions, as always, from Bev at Sunday Stealing.

1. A way to win your heart

Feed me ice cream.

2. Something you feel strongly about

That we should not be having this stupid plebishite to decide about marriage equality over here. it's in humane and stupid (as it is non-binding - arsehole politicians)

3. A book you love

Captain Corelli's Mandolin by Louis de Bernieres.

4. Five pet peeves

Rude people, parents who will not contain their badly disruptive children, people who sniff when they should just blow their nose and get on with it, people who smoke in the street in front of me (ex-smoker here) and people who put near empty cartons of milk back in the fridge.

5. What you ate today

Eggs for breakfast and I had a Chinese takeaway for dinner.

6. How important do you think education is?

Probably the most important thing in the world.

7. Five people you find attractive

Clive Owen, Josh Charles, Daniel Craig, Craig McLachlan (Dr Blake), Steve Carell

8. What you wore today

Blue jeans and a black top

9. Something you always think “what if” about

Ah, that would be telling. I wonder what would have happened if the dice rolled in different ways on some occasions.

10. Something you’re proud of

I am currently doing my last Masters subject - and I'm sitting on about at 3.8 GPA (Lots of High Distinctions)

11. Something you lust after

Cuddles in all shapes and sizes.

12. A word/phrase that makes you laugh

Moist. Moist is a weird word.

13. A quote you try to live by

Be the change you want to see.

14. Something you like and dislike about yourself.

Dislike that I'm still overweight, pretty much like the rest of me.

15. A problem that you have had 

I have no patience for idiots. This weekend has been a big one for that.

Sunday, September 10, 2017

Let's Pretend

The great thing about delayed flights is you can get some study and work done.

So here I am waiting an extra hour for a flight and getting this out of the way before doing my tute paper for the week.

Questions from the excellent Bev at Sunday Stealing.

1. What is your middle name?

Jane. I wish it was something a bit more exotic or elegant like Eleanor or Elizabeth.

2. What is your favorite color?

Pillarbox red. Quite partial to teal too.

3. What’s your lucky number?

64.  Beatles fan here.

4. Do you have any pets?

No, but I loan them off people when they go on holidays.

5. Where are you from?

Adelaide, Australia.

6. How tall are you?

5'6" in the old language - 167 cms in the new.

7. What shoe size are you?

9 (seven in England) I was an eight and a half, but it's gone up a bit over the last five years. I'm told that is a common story. Most of my friends of the same age have said the same.

8. How many pairs of shoes do you own?

Far too many. Around 30.

9. What was your last dream about?

I honestly can't remember the last time I had a dream at night.

10. What talents do you have?

I can recite Jabberwocky when very, very drunk. That is my party trick.

11. Are you psychic in any way?

Yes. I read tarot to a professional standard - it's sort of a requirement.

12. Favorite song?

Australian Crawl's Reckless.

13. Favorite movie?

Just one. Today it is The Princess Bride. Love that film.

14. Are you religious?

No. Spiritual, yes. Interested in religions, yes, but I am not religous. I'm a Freemason - far better for my purposes.

15. Have you ever been to the hospital?

Yes, I was even in hospital last month overnight - thankfully nothing serious.

16. Have you ever been in trouble with the law?


17. Have you ever met any celebrities?

I bummed a cigarette off Jeremy Clarkson 20 years ago.

17. What color socks are you wearing?

White and grey. Goes with my running shoes.

18. Have you ever been famous?

No. Occasionally imfamous.

20. Would you like to be a big celebrity?

Absolutely, positively not! I value my privacy.

21. What type of music do you like?

Rock - and adult alternative. Like The Pixies.

22. How many pillows do you sleep with?

Two. One to sleep on, one to cuddle.

23. What position do you usually sleep in?

I'm a side/tummy sleeper. With at least one leg out from under the covers.

24. How big is your house?

I rent a two bedroom flat.

25. What do you typically have for breakfast?

Cereal or a protein shake.

Sunday, September 3, 2017

The Back to School Blog

Running late again.
Questions thanks to Bev at Sunday Stealing.

1.  What kind of school did you attend (Big? Small? Public? Private? Specialty? One-room schoolhouse?)

I went to a very, very ordinary public high school in the outer suburbs/ country South Australia for high school. It was public country primary school as well.

2. What did you wear to school (uniform? dress code? Whatever you wanted?)

There was no uniform at primary school. At high school we wore school colours - which were deep blue, yellow and white. It could have been far worse.

3.  How did you get to school?

A school bus picked us up for both primary and high school at the front gate.

4.  Who was your favorite teacher?  Why?

My French teacher was awesome. She became a friend.

5.  What was your favorite subject?  Why?

I really liked French and English. I liked being creative and communicating.

6.  What was your least favorite subject?  Why?

Physics in Year 11. taught by a Yeti - it was awful. Never like Phys Ed either.

7.  Did you belong to any clubs?


8.  Were you a picky reader?

No. I read everything. Still do.

9.  What did you do in your free time?

Hid in the library.

10.  Did you get good grades?

Other than in physics, yep.

11.  Did you like/participate in sports?

No. But I love exercise now.

12.  Did you have a boyfriend/girlfriend in high school?

I had a boyfriend in Year Eleven. He was the year ahead of me. It ended soon after he left school.

13.  When did you get your driver’s license?

At the end of Year Eleven. I was 16.

14.  What kind of kid were you?  (Popular? Class clown? Shy?  A nerd?  Teacher’s pet?)

I was the quintessential weird nerd. Very unpopular.

15.  Who were your heroes?

Talking Heads and Gough Whitlam

16.  Were you ever bullied?

Thankfully, only very mildly. That I let if wash over me seemed to put the bullies off and they left me alone for the most part.

17.  Did you learn how to touch type?

Not at school. I learned that a few years later. A very handy skill, but I was in the academic stream  - and computers were only just coming in when I was at high school.

18.  Who was your best friend?  (Are you still friends today?)

I didn't have a best friend. When I think about it, I really didn't have that many friends at school. It was very lonely. However, I am in touch with a few of the old class mates now. Things have come full circle.

19.  What is one thing you regret about high school?

I wish I got my head around the fact I could do P.E. and enjoy it. And not taking Economics.

20.  What were you most proud about?

I got out of high school alive.

Bonus question:  Did I like High School?

For the most part I hated it - but I loved the learning. That was the thing that kept me sane during my teenage years.

Sunday, August 27, 2017

The Art History Meme

Just back from a meh movie (Which made me homesick) Hampstead.

Now getting the weekend blog out the way. Questions from Bev at Sunday Stealing. Great questions again, Bev.

1. Do you look forward to the spring?

No, because it means daylight saving, heat and hayfever.

2. Which area of the sciences do you enjoy the most?

I loved chemistry at school. Biology is pretty good too.

3. If you could own a classical statue in the form of any figure from myth, religion, or even modern fiction, who would you choose?

I'd love a copy of the Nike of Samothrace. I can stare at that for hours.

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4. Do you have a good relationship with your mother?

It's not overly loving or close, but it is not bad either.

5. What is your favorite mythological story?

I loved The Odyssey when I studied it at uni.

6. If you put on a big feast, what would you serve?

Roast Lamb, veggies, mint sauce and all the trimmings. Then  my version of boozy cassata.

7. How do you have fun? (What is your favorite 'Earthly Delight'?)

I read and watch movies as a rule.

8. Do you often look for hidden messages and meanings?

All the time.

9. Have you ever received an award or special position?

Nope. Team member of the week is about as good as it gets with me.

10. If a revolution was about to happen in your country, would you be part of it?

At the moment, hell yeah. The government are crap.

11. Have you ever planned an act of revenge?

No. Revenge is a waste of time.

12. What is the most dramatic thing you have ever done?

I moved overseas by myself at the age of 23. That took a bit of guts.

13. Do you care about your weight?


14. Is your life moving too slowly or too fast?

Too slowly at the moment. But I should be pleased about this.

15. Do you prefer to stay in the shade?


16. If you could have any mural on your ceiling, what would it look like?

Probably the moon and the stars.

17. Do you enjoy the countryside?

Absolutely. I don't get out there enough.

18. Are you a romantic?

Yes, but please don't tell anybody.

19. What is your favorite historic subject?

I'm a big fan of English History. Love the kings and queens.

20. Do you prefer landscape paintings?

More an abstract and watercolour sort of girl.

21. Are you interested in social issues?

Yes. Absolutely.

Sunday, August 20, 2017

Something Different

It's birthday weekend, so I'm a bit rushed. Also trying to get the paperwork ready for the tax accountants tomorrow.

These are great questions, Bev. Thanks to Sunday Stealing for providing.

1. What is a normal thing that took you an embarrassingly long time to learn?

Using scissors. It appears the only way I can use them is the left handed way.

2. In what ways are you old-fashioned?

I iron everything. Nobody does that any more. And I bake from scratch.

3. What is the best sandwich you've ever eaten? Where did you get it? What made it so delicious?

I love  a smoked salmon and salad sandwich from Urban Kitchen on Lonsdale Street. Everything is so fresh. They're wonderful. Anything with smoked salmon can't be bad.

4. What are you currently not bragging about that you should totally brag about? 

I've nearly finished my masters.. but I don't want to crow yet.

5. What food have you never tasted and are most interested in trying? 

I have South American friends - yerba mate sounds interesting.

6. What history facts were you surprised to learn because it was never covered in school?

Pretty much everything about the Catholic Church. Fascinating stuff.

7. What is something that you waited entirely too long to start or stop doing? What made you say "Why did I wait so long?"

Going to the gym. Should have started that ten years before I did. Love the gym.

8. What socially expected thing do you hate doing the most? What thing about polite society really grinds your gears? 

Not speaking your mind.

9. What is something about your city that I should know if I'm going to visit? What is the hidden "must see" that you always tell friends and visitors to not miss.

I love the Shrine - the big war memorial in town. The Museum in the basement is awesome.The art gallery is great too.

10. What do you miss most about childhood?

Sleeping with my dog.

11. What "fact" did you learn in school that is not true or no longer true?

Bob Hawke is no longer Prime Minister. There is no place called Yugoslavia any more either.Or Burma for that matter. Or Kampuchea...

12. What's your favorite piece of useless trivia? 

Just one piece of useless trivia? Daddy Cool played with Black Sabbath and Cat Stevens at the Myponga Music Festival in  1971.

13. What's your best go to homemade "lazy" meal.

Beans on toast, or cheese on toast. Love both of them.

14. What's the title of this current chapter in your life?

The Blessed One

15. What is a habit or practice that you learned from your childhood that you didn't realize was "weird" until you were an adult?

Probably ironing everything...

Sunday, July 30, 2017

Freckles and other oddities

It's a quick one tonight as I start a new job in the morning and I've just submitted a 20000 word paper for uni.

Questions, as always, from Sunday Stealing.

Do You Have Freckles? No

Do You Sleep With Your Closet Doors Open Or Closed? Closed - but the windows are open.

Can You Whistle? yes. My grandfather taught me when I was four, much to my parent's disgust.

Did You Wake Up Cranky today? No, just a bit stressed. Assignment completion day.

Zodiac Sign. Leo/Virgo, Capricorn Rising. Moon in Cancer.

What Is Your Eye Color?  Dark green

Take A Vitamin Daily? Yes

Do You Sing In The Shower? Sometimes.

What Did You Have For Lunch? Something out of the freezer. No time to cook today.

Do You Watch The Olympics? Not any more. Sometimes the gymnastics and the diving.

Do You Prefer To Swim In A Pool Or The Ocean? A pool, though I love the ocean.

Bottled Water Or Tap Water? Tap water which is then filtered.

Do You work Better With Or Without Music? Without, though I can work to classical music.

Can You Curl Your Tongue?  Yes

Is There Anything Pink Within 10 Feet Of You?  A couple of book spines.

Have You Ever Caught A Butterfly? Yes.

Are You Easily Influenced By Other People? Not really.

Do You Have Strange Dreams? Sometimes

Do You Like Going On Airplanes? Yes

Name One Movie That Made You Cry. Barney's Version. That is an awesome film.

Peanuts Or Sunflower Seeds? Peanuts

If I Handed You A Concert Ticket Right Now, Who Would You Want The Performer To Be? The Pixies. They are awesome live. Ludovici Enoudi would be fantastic too.

Are You A Picky Eater? Not really

Are You A Heavy Sleeper? Not really

Do You Fear Thunder / Lightning? Only when it is really, really close.

Do You Like Your Music Loud? For short periods of time and at my own bidding.

Would You Rather Carve Pumpkins Or Wrap Presents? Neither. I'm not American and pumpkin is what you have with roast dinners. Don't like wasting food.

What’s The Next Movie You Want To See In Theaters? Maybe The Big Sick.

Been On The Computer For 5 Hours Straight? Yes. it's assignment weekend.

Do You Like Meeting New People? Yes.

What Are Three Things You Did Today?  Had breakfast with friends, went and saw Blarney and Maow Maow and finished my assignment.

What Do You Wear To Bed? Nothing.

Do You Wear Jeans Or Sweats More? Jeans.

Name Something That Relaxes You. Reading and watching tattoo shows.

Music Music Music

I'm still writing this paper, which is due next Monday - but this is a great distraction.

Questions, as always, from Sunday Stealing. As this is a music quiz, and I am Australian, I am putting in clips as I'm sure the international audience will not have heard of many of these songs.

   1: A song you like with a color in the title

I see Red by Split Enz.

   2: A song you like with a number in the title

Nine Crimes by Damien Rice

 3: A song that reminds you of summertime.

4: A song that needs to be played LOUD

Turn Up Your Radio by The Masters Apprentices

5: A song that makes you want to dance

Private Idaho by the B52s

6: A song to drive to:

I drive to this album all the time.

7: A song about drugs or alcohol

8: A song that makes you happy

This song always makes me smile.

9: A song that makes you sad

This always makes me cry.

10: A song that you never get tired of

My favourite song in the world.

         11: A song from your preteen years

Ah, seventies Australian music, is there any better? Rest in peace, Shirl.

12: One of your favorite 80’s songs

I love the Violent Femmes. I especially love this.

13: One of your favorite classical songs.

14: A song that you would sing a duet with someone on karaoke

This - and happily.

15: A song from the year that you were born

1968 had some great music, including this:

16: A song that makes you think about life

This is a song about war. It is profound.

 17: A song that you think everybody should listen to

Everybody should listen to this just once in their lives. Annie Lennox is amazing.

18: A song by a band you wish were still together

Oh, I so wish the Hoodoo Gurus played more often.

19: A song by an artist no longer living

Something from Bowie. I never knew I liked him so much.

20: A song that breaks your heart

This version of this song.

21: A song by an artist with a voice that you love

I love Rodriguez. He's amazing.

Sunday, July 23, 2017

Around the House Meme

Okay, I'm recovering from a rancid cold, I am 12000 words down on my uni assignment and I have finally got all of the lodge paperwork out the way. Joy.

I've still go to do the ironing and a bit more writing to do, but as always, it is good to get Sunday Stealing's questions out of the way. You're doing a great job, Bev.

Bedroom: what’s your sleep schedule? 

In bed by 11 pm, wake at six on weekdays, out of bed at seven. That is about normal.

Kitchen: favorite comfort food?

Cheese on toast. Baked beans on toast.

Washroom: showers or baths? bubbles? bath bombs?

I love baths, but I only have a shower in my flat. Nice soap always can be found in the shower stall.

Closet: sum up your style in a few words.

Black, grey, red, simple.

Parlor: favorite party or board game?

Monopoly - though I'm known to cheat. I like playing pool too if there is a table available.

Living room: what do you like to do with your family?

We normally sit and watch telly or talk around the dinner table. That is when I am over with them.

Dining room: favorite special occasion food?

Roast lamb. Love's Mum's roast lamb.

Garden: favorite tree? flower?

I'm a rose fan. Love roses.

Attic: what’s one thing you have a sentimental attachment to and you will never throw away?

Possibly my flute. I never play it, but I still have it in the cupboard. That at the teddy my grandfather gave me at birth.

Library: favorite book genre?

Literary fiction.

Office: if you could have any job in the world, what would it be?


Guest room: have you been to a sleepover? if so, when was your first? do you like them?

Of course, but I can't remember the last time I slept at somebody else's place. Ages ago it was.

Foyer: do you like small gatherings, large parties, or one-on-one meetings?

Small gatherings. Much better at those.

Pantry: favorite meal to make?

Chicken meatballs and pasta. It's a Gary Megihan recipe.

Laundry: favorite and least favorite chore?

Anything to do with cleaning floors.

Garage: favorite mode of transportation? favorite car?

I love travelling by boats - ferries are great.

Panic room: what was the most nerve-wracking experience you’ve had?

I was stuck in a moving lift (elevator) for about half an hour. That was really scary. Got out unscathed thank goodness.

Powder room: do you wear makeup? if so, what one item can’t you live without? what’s your favorite look? 

I only wear a little make up - eyeliner and mascara, with a bit of lipstick. I only put on foundation for special occasions.

Sunday, July 16, 2017


I'm supposed to be doing a lot of things, but my dinner is cooking, so this is a good time to get this done.

So, the questions have been supplied by Bev at Sunday Stealing. Bev, you are doing a great job.

First Job:

I used to work at the local general store when I was at high school over the holidays.

First Real Job: 

My first full time, permanent job was at Lehman Brothers in London where I did data entry, then went from there.

First Favorite Politician: 

Gough Whitlam, though I have always had a soft spot for Tony Blair. In his early days, he was good - much needed.

First Car: 

An EJ Holden, named Edna. The first car I purchased on my own was a Ford Fiesta called Phoebe. Again that was in London.

First Record/CD: 

ABBA, Arrival - like all children of the seventies.

First Sport Played: 

Probably pool - other than gyming and running, I've never played sport.

First Concert: 

Elton John and the Sydney Philharmonic Orchestra

First Foreign Country Visited: 

New Zealand. I was seventeen.

First Favorite TV Show:

I used to love Hogan's Heroes and MASH as kid.

First Favorite Actor:

Cary Grant

First Favorite Actress:

Audrey Hepburn

First Girlfriend/Boyfriend:

Oh, spotty Simon. Joys of having boyfriends when you are a teenager.

First Encounter with a Famous Person:

I stood behind Emma Thompson in the supermarket queue once - again, in London.

First Brush With Death:

I drove a tractor into a deep drain when I was about 12. That was a horrible near miss.

First House/Condo Owned:

Still don't own. I rent. Property is far too expensive over here on one salary.

First Film Seen:

I remember my father taking me to see Disney's Robin Hood when I was about five.

First Favorite Recording Artist:


First Favorite Radio Station:

107.1 SAFM - Adelaide's first FM station.

First Book I Remember Reading:

The book that got me back into reading was Donna Tartt's The Secret History. As a kid, I read everything. I loved Golden Books.

First Meme You Answered on Your Blog:

No idea. Too long ago.

Sunday, July 9, 2017

Put Your Questions in a Box Questions

Running late for this week as there are things to do - 7000 words down on my big assignment, and we've seen a very good Macbeth and visited my friend the cat.

Questions are from Bev at Sunday Stealing.

1. Where were you three hours ago?

Sitting with Barney watching the footy while the Maow Maow sat on my lap.

2. Make a confession.

I went over the speed limit on the way home from Barney and Blarney's - not by much, but I did.

3. Bad habits?

I love a good fart.

4. Favorite color?

Pillarbox Red

5. Can you drive?

Of course, I'm from country South Australia. I've had a licence for over 30 years.

6. 3 pet peeves.

Rude people.
People who don't indicate when changing lanes.
People who don't let people get off the train before getting on themselves.

7. Last person you hugged.

Georgie from book group. We met up at the theatre last night.

8. Something you miss.

Reindert. Being thinner than I am now.

9. What song is stuck in your head at the moment?

The last song that played in the car, which was this:

10. Favorite quote.

"The lunatic, the lover and the poet, are of imagination all compact." Shakespeare.

11. Favorite band.

The Pixies

12. Something your excited for.

Finding a new job in early/mid August, with good pay, nice people and a bit of longevity, in the city,with maybe a little bit of travel involved which is a challenge that can be done in an eight hour work day.

13. Favorite movie.

Probably Three Colours Blue.

14. What type of phone do you have?

IPhone 6

15. Favorite animal.

Do I have to choose one. I'm a bit of a cat lady.

Sunday, July 2, 2017

The Last 40 Questions from Bud

The magnificent Bev has taken over Sunday Stealing, which is most excellent, as she is a most excellent person.

I should be writing proper stuff. Five questions and a hundred words I reckon. That is a good way to go.

1. My uncle once : lost to me playing pool. He's never forgiven me.

2. Never in my life : have I taken intravenous drugs. No thank you.

3. When I was seventeen : I really have no clue at all as to what the world was about or who I was.

4. High School was : incredibly awful, but a good proving ground.

5. I will never forget : the first time I slayed a huntsman spider. I was so proud of myself.

6. I once met :Jeremy Clarkson at a restaurant. I bummed a cigarette off of him.

7. There’s this girl I know who : has the ability to turn people against her in less that 30 minutes. It's very sad to see.

8. Once, at a bar : I saw an elephant being lead in for the pleasure of the patrons.That was in Chiang Mai, Thailand. It was very sad.

9. By noon, I’m usually : Two coffees down.

10. Last night : I got a lot of kitten cuddles. That was grand.

11. If only I had : won lotto last night.

12. Next time I go to gym/church : Will be tomorrow night - as we are without a trainer, Jay and I have to fend for ourselves.

13. Susan Boyle : is a bit of an enigma - pity people are so mean to her.

14. What worries me most : is where society is going. It's very scary. America elected Donald Trump - you don't get much scarier that that.

15. When I turn my head left, I see : curtains.

16. When I turn my head right, I see : my ironing board and ironing pile.

17. You know I’m lying when : my cheeks go red.

18. What I miss most about the eighties : the energy of being a teenager.

19. If I was a character in Shakespeare, I’d be : Do I have to choose one? Juliet's Nurse? The fool in Lear (Love him), Hermia in A Midsummer Night's Dream. Too many good ones to choose from.

20. By this time next year : I want to be ready to go on the Camino.

21. A better name for me would be : Trellawney Tom. That's my poet name.

22. I have a hard time understanding : conservatives. And anybody who is cruel to animals.

23. If I ever go back to school, I’ll : do Law. I'm nearly finished with this Masters in Writing.

24. You know I like you if : I smile at you. If I don't like you, you'll know about it.

25. If I ever won an award, the first person I’d thank would be : My Mum.

26. When I compare 80’s rock to 90’s rock : I think about the hair. 80s was much better, but 90s British Rock is great.

27. Take my advice, never :  Oh - just follow Dave Shrigley's Donts...

28. My ideal breakfast is : Eggs Benedict with Smoked Salmon and Hash Browns.

29. A song I love, but do not own is : this:

30. If you visit my hometown, I suggest : visiting the bakery. The Myponga Bakery is very good.

31. My favorite Beatle is : Paul. but I love all of them.

32. Why won’t people : be nice to one another.

33. If you spend the night at my house : you will be sleeping on the couch as I gave away my fold up bed the other day (need to get a blow up mattress.

34. I’d stop my wedding for : nothing. Never thought I would get married.

35. The world could do without : Donald Trump and Tony Abbott.

36. I’d rather lick the belly of a cockroach than : vote for the Liberal/National party.

37. My favorite blonde is : a golden retriever.

38: Paper clips are more useful than : Jam jars. just.

39. If I do anything well, it’s : write.

40. And by the way : it is lovely that Bev has taken over Sunday Stealing. Thank you, Bev.

Sunday, June 25, 2017

The Greenish Questions

It will be interesting to see if anybody takes over Sunday Stealing, as the present person running this is signing off. It has been a great few years of doing these quizes. Thanks Sunday Stealing.

I'm writing this from my mother's kitchen table in Country South Australia.

1. What is your current obsession?

Probably Orange is the New Black.

2. What’s your go-to coffee place?

Depends on the day of the week. Weekdays it's either Dom in the foyer of the building, or Andrea a Foccacino for my coffee. On weekends, it's Cafe Krifi near the gym.

3. Who was the last person that you hugged?

Mum. She and my step-dad left on a bus to go out to lunch. I have to lock up when I go soon.

4. Do you nap a lot?

No. Rarely sleep through the day.

5. Tonight, what’s for dinner?

No idea. Probably nothing as I get back to Melbourne mid-evening. They might feed me on the plane - so plane food.

6. What was the last thing that you bought?

I bought some Farmer's Union Iced Coffee at the service station when I filled up last night on the way to a friend's place. Manna from heaven that stuff.

7. What is your favorite weather?

Cold, slightly damp, with a bit of sunshine - like it is now.

8. Tell us something about one blogger who you think will play this week?

Bev is really cool.

9. If you were given a free house that was full furnished, where in the world would you like it to be?

Hampstead, London.

10. Name three things that you could not live without.

Friends, coffee, sleep.

11. What would you like in your hands right now?

A kitten, a decent book and a gin and tonic.

12. What’s one of your guilty pleasures?

Tattoo shows. They fascinate me.

13. What would you change or eliminate about yourself?

I'd love more time to get the body I really would love to have again. Love to be thinner. Just have to work at it.

14. As a child, what type of career did you want?

I wanted to be a doctor or a writer. I am a writer.

15. What are you missing right now?

I could use a day at home to do some cooking and cleaning, but I am interstate. Missing having the time to potter.

16. What are you currently reading?

Just started Liane Moriarty's "Truly, Madly, Guilty" for book group.

17. What do you fear the most?

Falling. Commitment. Open water. One of those. Depends on the day.

18. What’s the best movie that you’ve seen recently?

I adored Guardians of the Galaxy, Volume II. I also loved Their Finest. Very cool English film.

19. What’s your favorite book from the past year?

Hanya Yahanigara's "A Little Life". It was a slog, but it was brilliant. Just finished Zadie Smith's "Swing Time". Really enjoyed that too.

20. Is there a comfort food from your childhood that you still enjoy?

Too many of them. Beans on toast. Chocolate donuts. Fish fingers. They all still rate highly.

Sunday, June 18, 2017

The Ginormous Questions

As these are questions mostly about relationships, and I really, really don't like answering questions about relationships this will be a quick week. There are some things I don't need to talk about much. Relationships are one of those things.

On the good side of things, I had a lovely time at a friend's 40th yesterday out in the Yarra Valley, went to a party for a book launch and journal launch in which I have two stories placed, then went and saw Alan Cumming sing Sappy Songs in the evening. He was awesome. He also sings in a Scottish accent which was really cool too.

A great yesterday has let me exhausted and happy. Happier than these questions have made me. But you have to take the good with the not so good. Ah well.

Questions, as always, from Sunday Stealing.

1. Are you single? 


2. Are your parents still married? 

My mother has been remarried for over 25 years. Father died 20 years ago.

3. Are you in love? 


4. Do you believe in love at first sight? 


5. Who ended your last relationship? 

He went back to his former girlfriend. It was a good thing.

6. Have you ever been hurt by a break up? 

Of course.

7. Have you ever broken someone’s heart? 

No idea. maybe.

8. Have you ever had a secret admirer? 

How should I know?

9. Prefer love or lust? 

Love, but lust is fun.

10. Prefer a few best friends or many regular friends? 

A few good friends. I'm lucky, I have a wide circle of acquaintances.

11. Wild night out or romantic night in? 

Romantic night in.

12. Back in the day: Been caught sneaking out? 

No. Too much of a goody goody and lived in the country.

13. Ever wanted something/someone so badly it hurt? 


 14. Who are/is your best friend(s)? 

I'm not 13. Next question.

15. Ever wanted to disappear? 


16. First attraction: Smile or eyes? 


17. Prefer intelligence or attraction? 

Intelligence wins over every time.

18. Last phone call you received? 

It was a work call on Friday afternoon. Fun.

19. Last thing you drank?

Iced Turkish Apple Tea with some lime and soda water.

20. Before your current one, when was your last relationship? 

Eight years ago.

21. Do you and your family get along? 

For the most part. They live interstate so that helps.

22. Would you say you have a "screwed up life"? 

No. It's busy and varied but not screwed up.

23. Have you ever gotten kicked out somewhere? If yes, do tell. 


24. Do you trust all your friends? 

Yes, but there are definite boundaries about who knows about what.

25. Who knows the most about you?  

Probably Jonella and Blarney. They see me the most.

Monday, June 12, 2017

The High School Questions

I blame the new season of Orange is the New Black for the lateness of this.

But I have binge watched it all and can get on with other things now.

Questions, as always, from Sunday Stealing.

1. Did you date someone from your school?

Yes. That's all you need to know.

2. Did you marry someone from your high school?


3. Did you car pool to school?

No. A bus picked us up at the front gate every morning.

4. What kind of car did you have?

A 1966 EJ Holden. They are very cool now.

5. What kind of car do you have now?

A red Mazda CX3.

6. Its Friday night...where are you now?

Home watching telly. That is most Friday nights.

7. It is Friday night...where were you then?

Home watching telly. That is most Friday nights. That's always been my Friday nights.

8. What kind of job did you have in high school?

Worked in the local store.

9. What kind of job do you do now?

Writer. Corporate fixit person.

10. Were you a party animal?


11. Were you considered a flirt?

No. I still don't know how to flirt.

12. Were you in band, orchestra, or choir?

Yes. I played flute in the school concert band.

13. Were you a nerd?


14. Did you get suspended from school?


15. Can you sing the fight song?

I'm Australian - we don't have stuff likes that.

16. Who was/were your favorite teacher?

My French teacher was awesome.

17. Where did you sit during lunch?

Again, not American, we don't have a cafeteria, but I was often found in the library.

18. What was your school's full name?

Willunga High School.

19. Where did you party the most?

I didn't party. No friends and I lived out of town.

20. What was your school mascot?

Again. I'm not American, we don't have that stuff in Australian public schools.

21. Would you do it again?

High school? No way. It was awful.

22. Did you have fun at Prom?

Again, Australian - when I went through school we didn't have a prom culture - I believe that has changed.

23. Do you still talk to the person you went to Prom with?

See above.

24. Are you planning on going to your next reunion?

We had our 30th reunion late last year. Once was enough.

25. Do you still talk to people from school?

There are one or two people I am in loose contact with.

26. What are/were your school's colors? 

Royal blue and gold. I didn't wear blue for a decade after school.

Sunday, June 4, 2017

The Random Questions Part 683

Here you go - let's get through these quickly. I have a Branagh Hamlet to get to.

Questions, as always, from Sunday Stealing.

1. How old do you look?

I'm told I look like I'm in my late 30s / early 40s. I'm 48. Good genes.

2. Where do you live?

Melbourne, Australia

3. Are you waiting for something?

The washing to finish so I can go out.

4. What’s one pet peeve of yours that is not common?

People who don't put the weights back in order after pump class. They're just lazy.

5. Do you want/have kids?

No. There are enough kids in the world. Too old to have them anyway.

6. Have you ever thought about converting your religion?

Occasionally I think about converting to Judaism. It sits will with me.

7. Last shocking news you heard?

I'm watching what is going on in London as I write. Awful stuff.

8. What was the last thing you drank?

Water. About a minute ago.

9. Who do you most look like in your family?

Strangely, my mum - with elements of my dad. i'm a mix of them both.

10. If you could have something right now, anything, what would it be?

A house in my own name.

11. Where does most of your family live?

Adelaide, Australia

12. Where did you grow up?

Myponga, South Australia

13. Where do you want to go on vacation?

I'd love to go back to Ubud in Bali, now. I'm also looking at walking across the top of Spain next year.

14. Have you ever had a panic attack?

Yes, they are not nice.

15. What can’t you wait for?

World peace - I;m over all this crap on the telly.

16. When’s the last time you told someone you loved him or her and meant it?

I tell Maow Maow every time I see him. Of the human variety, about eighteen months ago.

17. Have your parents ever smoked pot?

I think Dad tried it once or twice  - but he really only smoked tobacco.

18. Want someone back in your life?

I'd love to see Reindert more.

19. What do you order at the bar?

Hendricks and tonic in a big glass with a slice of cucumber.

20. When was the last time you cried really, really hard?

Eighteen months ago. Lost a niece and got dumped within weeks of eachother. Not fun.

21. What are your nicknames?

Pand. Late for Dinner.

22. What is your favorite thing to eat with peanut butter?

Fresh bread and raspberry jam.

23. Where were you on July 4th, 2008?

As I'm not American, I have no idea. July 4 has no value other than it being a friend's son's birthday.

24. If you could go foward in time, how far forward would you go?

No - don't want to do that.

25. If you could go back in time, how far back would you go?

About 30 years. I'd love to go back and do uni again knowing what I know now.

Saturday, June 3, 2017

Two Bad Films

The Zookeeper's Wife - 2.5 Stars

Pirates of the Caribbean - Dead Men Tell No Tales  2 Stars.

I've been holding off on writing these reviews as In don't really like writing things about films I don't like. To be honest, neither of these films floated my boat.

So in dot points:

The Zookeeper's Wife

  • Could be known as Schindler's List with Animals
  • You get to watch Jessica Chastain cuddle a lot of baby animals and over act
  • There is a baby camel
  • You get to see Jessica Chastain put on a dodgy Polish accent
  • You get to see a lot of animals fake shot
  • And you get to see Jessica Chastain cuddle more, but less exotic animals and over act
Very disappointing.

Then there is Pirate of the Caribbean - Dead Men Tell No Tales.

My kid brother and I went along on tight arse Tuesday. I had a freebie ticket - and I am glad I used it, because any film this dodgy should only be seen for free.

Okay, the effects are good.

But as a fan of the first and second movies in the franchise, this one really ran out of puff. How and why Geoffrey Rush and Javier Bardem allowed themselves to grace the screen with a script that is holier than the Vatican, I will never know.

Johnny Depp is just a caricature of his former character - just gracing the stage and going through the motions. 

It is said that they started filming this before the script was finished. It shows.

Corny, cliche and basically unfunny, there are some good action scenes - and that is it. They have spent all of their money on the effects at the expense of the story. 

Don't bother seeing it on the big screen. I wouldn't even dodgy download it. It's dire.

Sunday, May 28, 2017

The Procrastination Questions

I free day - yay. Second to last Masters subject starts tomorrow, I have nothing to do and all is well.
And these are fairly funky questions, which have been supplied, as always, by Sunday Stealing.

1. What is your favorite sit-down restaurant?

I had a glorious night at Vue de Monde a couple of months ago. For a less glamorous experience I really like some of the dumpling spots in Chinatown. Also, there is this French place on Swan Street - Noir. It's fabulous.

2. What food could you eat for 2 weeks straight and not get sick of it?

Ice cream. I'd be happy with Mum's lamb roast two weeks straight too.

3. Have you ever had anything removed from your body?

A growth from my fallopian tube. Thankfully nothing nefarious.

4. What is the last heavy item you lifted?

I lift heavy stuff at the gym all the time. 32 kg kettlebell from memory.

5. Have you ever been knocked unconscious?

No. Only by an anesthetist.

6. If it were possible, would you want to know the day you were going to die?

No. That would be too much of a mind fuck.

7. If you could change your name, what would you change it to?

Trellawney Tom. It has a ring about it.

8. What’s your goal for the year?

Lose some weight, stay employed and get my blood pressure under control.

9. Last person you hugged?

My friend Teddy, last night after I went to visit her kittens.

10. First place you went this morning?

The gym.

11. Do you always answer your phone?

No. If I don't want to speak to you I let it go to voicemail.

12. It’s four in the morning and you get a text message, who is it?

No idea. I have my phone set to 'do not disturb'. If it was anybody it would probably be numb-nuts in England - who never got the idea of time differences.

13. If you could change your eye color what would it be?

I like my eye colour. It's a bit different.

14. What’s on your wish list for your birthday?

A trip to Bali would be nice.

15. Does the future make you more nervous or excited?

A bit of both.

16. Do you have any saved texts?

Yes, but I am dreadful at removing texts especially as I have an iPhone.

17. Ever been in a car wreck?

A very minor one with my sister in about 1991. Thank goodness it was minor.

18. Do you have an accent?

Yes. A moderated Adelaide Australian. As Australian accents go, it's really mild. Long As (Fr-ah-nce, Pr-ah-nce, Ch-ah-nce) When in England I go a bit cockney.

19. What was the last song to make you cry?

This. Always this. Doesn't matter what version.

20. What did you do last night?

Cursed my doctor for the horrid drugs she's trialing me on. Plus my food shopping.

21. Have you ever felt like you hit rock bottom?

Yes. But I always have bounced back.

22. Current hate right now?

I don't hate, but Donald Trump and most of our current Federal Front Bench in Australia (Peter Dutton in particular) are getting close.

23. Met someone who changed your life?

Numerous people, but I have a lot to thank Leon the Hypnotherapist for. Life changer that one.

24. How did you bring in the New Year?

I'm pretty sure I had a quiet night and went to bed. Like most New Year's Eves. Most over-rated evening of the year.

25. What song represents you?

This song has a lot of meaning to me.