One of those ‘About Me’ tag games

5 Comments 18 February 2014

The very funny Emma over at Mommy Has a Headache has tagged me in one of those round robin games bloggers do every now and then, where one is required to answer a series of pre-set questions and then tag more people. Most of my list of close-ish blogger friends have been tagged by now so I’m skipping that step and just answering the questions. Feel free to leave a comment with your own answers to any/all of these!!

1. If you could go back in history who would you most like to meet?

Like Iota who was also tagged in this game I would like to meet some of my ancestors. I’ve done a lot of genealogy research and some of their stories have been really interesting. To hear their detailed version straight from them would be great!

But also, there are two or three links on the tree that I’m just not sure about and it would be quite useful to clear up which children are from first marriages and which are from second marriages, or which son actually did the emigrating and which returned to England, and so on.

2. What was one of the most embarassing things your kid said in public?

The first car I had in the UK, a really dilapidated Volvo that started when it felt like it and being a moody cow we could never predict when it might feel like it.

One day I drove up and parked in front of my daughter’s nursery and went inside to collect her. I picked her up and was about to walk out with her on my hip when the nursery lady said, “oh, you might want to know your daughter was watching the car drive up and said ‘oh look! Mummy’s in the f***ing car!‘” She grinned at me so at least she wasn’t judging me.

The moody Volvo then became known as the Funny Car because that’s really what I had called it, after all.

3. If you were an animal what would you be and why?

A bird of prey in a nature reserve. I like the idea of being able to fly and being more or less at the top of the food chain. I don’t want to live in one of those areas where gamekeepers kill birds of prey by cutting their feet off. It’s illegal to kill birds of prey, I think, so they aren’t technically killing them, but the poor birds can never land or catch prey so yes, the soon die. Nasty, isn’t it?

Or I’d be a cat in a house of a cat lover.

4. Have you ever eaten Haggis? Did you like it?

Yes and yes. No, that’s not a cue to tell me what’s in it. I am perfectly happy being ignorant of that information.

5. What’s the stupidest thing you have said in a job interview?

Gosh, that’s going back a bit. I’ve probably said a series of ridiculous things in interview, but I have got most jobs that I’ve interviewed for so they couldn’t have been too bad.

6. Do you believe in friendship between men and women?

Yes. But not always and only when bound by different parameters than the same sex friendships.

7. Is Kate Middleton someone you look up to or someone who seems awfully nice but basically completely uninteresting?

Neither. I think she’s working hard to do this thing right and I think her slightly more worldly experiences will bring more realism to her new family. I like her fashion style. I don’t look up to her and I have no idea if she’s interesting or not, but her situation is interesting. Although I doubt if we’ll ever know the truly interesting bits about it (I don’t mean the gossip, I just mean the process of adjustment, the experiences of such a massive change in lifestyle, etc).

8. Do you feel like you are a slave to technology?

Not at all, I use technology for my benefit. I’m quite pleased to be living in a time when technology can help us as much as it does and when we have the option on using it or not.

9. Have you ever had a chip butty? If not would you like to?

No and no. Chips (french fries) would be ruined by being sandwiched in between two halfs of a bap (bread roll).

10. If you were on a desert island what one record from the 80s would you bring with you?

Synchronicity, by The Police. No doubt about it.

11. Do you understand the rules of American football?

Is it something like ‘six sets of adverts/commercials makes a game’?

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Your turn readers… any answers for these?





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5 Comments so far

  1. Emma says:

    I do love the story about the car – that’s hilarious! 😀

  2. JoelW says:

    Actually quite more than 6 sets of adverts per game in American Football.

  3. EmmaK says:

    Thanks so much for doing that. You are probably right that Americans (in general) do not yet see the culinary possibilities of the chip butty. But since there is now a franchise here called Tom and Chee that just sells grilled cheese and tomato soup I see no reason why I shouldn’t launch my franchise Chip Butties R Us

  4. Iota says:

    Laughed at the story about the Volvo.

    Was shocked about the birds of prey – do gamekeepers really do that? It’s horrible. You’d get a great view of the world as a bird of prey. Flying would be exhilirating. Would you like to eat all those raw mice and small birds though? (Of course if you were a bird of prey, you would!)

    And the rules of American Football – yes!

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