Which living person do you most admire, and why?
My mum. She battled cancer, thyroid disease, Type 1 Diabetes, Arthritis and much much more – and still comes up smiling at 76.
When were you happiest?
When I was a student. I remember the dreams, the goals, the excitement, the socialising, the life. Ahhh, memories !!!!!!!
What was your most embarrassing moment?
When I was in the chemist with my three kids, a dad was there with his two kids. At the counter, was a woman asking for eye drops. The chemist proceeds to tell her that it is very infectious. The dad standing with his kids takes a step backwards and opens his eyes wide. I look over at him and laugh at the reaction, but unfortunately catch his eye. He shrinks back even more in horror, and I realise that instead of realising I was laughing at his horror of “very infectious”, he thinks I am flirting with him. I am mortified in the way that only women over 40 can be as he is obviously offended by it.
Aside from property, what’s the most expensive thing you’ve bought?
Probably our home from home on four wheels. I do love the peg.
What is your most treasured possession?
I have my grandmothers engagement ring, and my mothers photographs.. I love those.
Where would you like to live?
Somewhere warmer than Scotland. Anywhere would do.
What’s your favourite smell?
My kids after a bath. Next would be fresh strawberries and ground coffee.
Who would play you in the film of your life?
What is your favourite book?
I have dozens of favourites. It is soo hard to choose for this one. I loved the Master and Commander film and the whole series of books by Patrick O’Brien about life on the ocean waves. I read them ALL. I bet that surprised you all. Next would be the Hornblower novels.
What is your most unappealing habit?
Eating too much and tweeting.
What would be your fancy dress costume of choice?
I have a maids outfit that I put together with some old clothes and the underskirt of my wedding dress. It does a treat, and has been borrowed several times by other people.
What is your earliest memory?
My earliest memory sadly is one of being sent to my room for going to the local shop and saying I wanted an ice lolly and that my mother would pay for it later. All my friends had money for one, and we were skint. I got home with it, caught by mother and was sent to my bed with ice lolly in hand and had to eat it or it would have melted across the floor. I wish it was a nice one, but there you to. I very rarely got into trouble, so that was obviously a biggie for me.
What is your guiltiest pleasure?
Writing drivel that I hope some people might like.
What do you owe your parents?
To my father, thank you for the sperm donation. To my mother, thank you for everything else. You rock.
To whom would you most like to say sorry, and why?
To my grandparents for not spending enough time with them when they were alive.
What or who is the greatest love of your life?
My kids and my animals.
What does love feel like?
Responsibility, guilt, wishes, protection, care and time.
What was the best kiss of your life?
My first kiss, in my classroom aged 5. I still remember feeling his lips on my cheek lol.
Which words or phrases do you most overuse?
Stop fighting – 3 boys *saynomore*
That’ll be shining bright – whenever any of my brood tells me a porkie.
Okay dokey – though I am working hard on phasing this one out.
What is the worst job you’ve done?
Night shift at photo factory, while working day shift in bookies when I was at college. I was perma exhausted, and it was soo boring that I could hardly keep my eyes open. Many people would have ended up with negatives cut halfway across the picture frame as I was too tired to stop the cutters in time when it misaligned. If that was your treasured photos *sorry*.
If you could edit your past, what would you change?
The age I had kids. But then I wouldn’t have the ones I have, so moot point.
What is the closest you’ve come to death?
I once spun off a road in my car, ended upside down in a field with a post skewering the passenger seat. Luckily I didn’t have a passenger, and I walked away with only the dunt from undoing my seatbelt when I was upside down and not realising.
Another time, helicopter I was travelling in lost power miles from anywhere in middle of north sea in choppy weather – we dropped from the air and it was a frightening few seconds before the pilot restarted the engines again.
What do you consider your greatest achievement?
Being a mum. It was a hard road.
When did you last cry, and why?
After an operation. It hurt.
How do you relax?
Twitter, walking the dog, writing, reading.
What single thing would improve the quality of your life?
Not being a food addict.
What is the most important lesson life has taught you?
I was exceptionally lucky to be born in a developed country with a caring mother.
I am tagging
@netcurtains who likes a meme
@123andbreathe because she wants to
@meetjosmith for being a good sport and
@the_moiderer for living within an hours drive