I don’t often do tags here on SallyAkins.com but ’50 Questions You’ve Never Been Asked Before’ sounded like a fun tag. I was nominated to answer this tag by Rhian over at Rhian Westbury.
Some of these questions are definitely a little out of the ordinary. So hopefully it’ll give you a chance to learn a little more about me as well!
01. What’s your favourite candle scent?
My absolute favourite is the Winter candle from the White Company. I love candles that have a spicy scent, especially through the months when it goes dark early. You can’t beat drawing the curtains, lighting some candles and snuggling up under a blanket or duvet.
02. What female celebrity do you wish was your sister?
This one took me a while to answer! I finally came up with my answer after answering Question 42. I reckon Ellen DeGeneres would be great to have as a sister. I’ve always thought that she’s funny, ever since her sit-com series back in the 1990s, and she generally seems like a pretty cool person.
03. What male celebrity do you wish was your brother?
This one took me even longer to decide. I reckon Russell Howard would be a good brother – he’s a good laugh and I like the shows he does with his Mum as well.
04. How old do you think you’ll be when you get married?
I’ve already been married for 16 years, I got married just before my 26th birthday.
05. Do you know a hoarder?
I don’t know any really serious hoarders, but I can tend towards hoarding if I’m not careful. I love keeping souvenirs from events I’ve been to or places I’ve visited, and I have to keep a check on that. Every so often I have a bit of a clear out, and try to think if I really need to keep that ticket stub or receipt. I read a tip that you should take a photograph of things and keep that instead of the actual item, so I’ve been trying to do that.
06. Can you do the splits?
No, and I’ve never been able to. I’m not horribly inflexible, I can touch my toes relatively easily but I’ve never been able to get down into the splits.
07. How old were you when you first learned how to ride a bike?
I was about 8 or 9, I think. I remember that nobody had ever taught me, so I was the only one of my friends who couldn’t ride a bike. We lived in a rural village, and it was a real pain not being able to go out for bike rides with my friends. But then one of my friends got a new bike, and offered to sell me her old one – I think I paid about £10 for it with my birthday money. And then another friend’s Dad taught me, I was so excited to finally be able to ride a bike!
08. How many oceans have you swum in?
Strictly speaking only one – the Atlantic Ocean whenever I’ve been in Portugal. But I’ve also swum in the Caribbean Sea, and paddled in the Gulf of Thailand (which is in the South China Sea).
09. How many countries have you been to?
This is a little tricky, because some of the countries I’ve visited don’t exist any more! So in total I’ve visited: West Germany, Holland, Republic of Ireland, Portugal, France, Belgium, Germany, Czechoslovakia, Hungary, Austria, Italy, Switzerland, Thailand, Mexico, Spain, and Slovakia. So that’s 16 in total so far. I definitely want to see more of the world, and do much more travelling in the future.
10. Is anyone in your family in the army?
Not currently, though a couple of my uncles used to be. My Dad and two of my brothers were in the RAF, and Ollie and Lyle are currently thinking of joining the forces when they leave school.
11. What would you name your daughter if you had one?
I have no idea what I’d call a baby if I had another one. I think I’ve really done enough thinking of baby names for one lifetime!
12. What would you name your son if you had one?
Yeah, same response as above!
13. What’s the worst grade you’ve got on a test?
So if this question is actually asking about exams, then my lowest grade would be the C I got for History GCSE and for French and Business Studies A’levels. If it is asking about tests, then I have no idea…
14. What was your favourite TV show when you were a kid?
There are a lot of shows that I remember fondly, but one that really stands out is Bagpuss. I loved the idea of toys coming to life, the stop-motion animation, the songs, and Oliver Postgate’s relaxing narration. I really wanted to go to that shop when I was little.
15. What did you dress up as for Halloween when you were 8?
We didn’t really dress up for Halloween when I was a kid, it wasn’t really a thing in 1980s Shropshire. The only time I can remember dressing up is when one of my friends did have a Halloween party, I think I was about 10 or 11 and I dressed up as a witch.
16. Have you read any of the Harry Potter, Hunger Games or Twilight series?
I read the first few chapters of the first Harry Potter book and didn’t get into it at all. I’ve no desire to read the Twilight books, but I’d quite like to read the Hunger Games novels. I loved those films, so it’d be good to see how the books compare.
17. Would you rather have an American accent or a British accent?
Well, it’s a big of a generalisation to say an American accent or a British one – the different regions have such different accents! I’m quite happy with my own accent though, so I’ll go with a British one.
18. Did your mother go to university?
No, I was only the second person in my family to go to University, my youngest brother was the first.
19. Are your grandparents still married?
My last surviving grandparent (my maternal grandmother) died when I was 17. She was still married to my grandfather when he died about 10 years earlier. My paternal grandparents divorced before I was born and I never knew my paternal grandfather.
20. Have you ever taken karate lessons?
No, it’s not something that ever appealed to me. I did take ballet lessons for about 5 years as a child, and I was actually very good at it. But unfortunately I didn’t have the right body shape to be a professional, so I stopped taking lessons when I was about 11.
21. Do you know who Kermit the frog is?
Of course I do!
22. What was the first amusement park you went to?
I really can’t remember the first one. I think I must have been to one when I was little because I was terrified of rides for years. My Dad took me to Drayton Manor when I was about 12 and talked me into going on one of the rides like a Pirate Ship but which goes right over the top. He basically talked me through the whole thing, and it cracked my fear totally. Now I love big rides and roller coasters – still can’t stand things like the waltzers though!
23. What language beside your native language would you like to be fluent in?
I took both French and German to A Level, and can still read both reasonably well. My speech needs a lot of work though, and that’s something I’m planning to do. I’d probably like to add Spanish to that, although I’d also love to learn Mandarin.
24. Do you spell the colour grey or gray?
Grey, unless you’re talking about horses.
25. Is your father bald?
My Dad died in 2010, but he still had a pretty good head of hair. He was going a little thin on top, but he was 71 so I guess that’s to be expected.
26. Do you know any triplets?
I don’t think so…I don’t think I’ve ever met any triplets to be honest.
27. Do you prefer Titanic or The Notebook?
Never seen the Notebook and only saw Titanic for the first time a couple of years ago. Neither of them is my kind of film to be honest. If I had to pick one, I think I’d go for Titanic simply because the reconstruction of the ship was amazing.
28. Have you ever had Indian food?
Yep, hundreds of times! I absolutely love it, it’s one of my favourite types of food.
29. What’s the name of your favourite restaurant?
“A Baracca”, a little restaurant in Burgau in Portugal. It is quite a simple restaurant, the decor is very plain, but they serve the freshest fish and it’s always delicious. We go there a couple of times every summer, and I’m already dreaming about our visit next month.
30. Have you ever been to Nandos?
Loads of times, I love it. It’s somewhere we tend to go if we’re after a quick meal when we’re out and about but don’t just want a burger.
31. Do you belong to any warehouse stores (Costco, Bookers, etc.)?
No, I’ve looked into it a few times but never actually signed up.
32. What would your parents have named you if you were the opposite gender?
I have no idea, and I guess it’s something I’ll never know now.
33. If you have a nickname, what is it?
I don’t really have a nickname now, or at least not one that I’m aware of. Dad used to call me Moonface when I was little, on account of my big round pale face. And you can see the evidence of that in the photo above!
34. Who’s your favourite person in the world?
I can’t answer that! I’m always very neutral about this subject, so as not to cause civil war in my own home!
35. Would you rather live in the countryside or the city?
I’ve always said that I love living in the countryside, and it’s true that the fresh air and green spaces really suit me. But recently I’ve spent time visiting cities, and I have to say that I really loved both Berlin and Malaga. Maybe I need a spell of city living to make a proper decision?
36. Can you whistle?
I can whistle pretty well, but I’ve never been able to do the ‘fingers in your mouth’ kind of whistling.
37. Do you sleep with a nightlight?
No, definitely not. I like a really dark room when I’m going to sleep. I can nap in the daytime, but when I’m in bed I hate any light in the room.
38. Do you eat breakfast every morning?
Not every morning, but quite often. I’d probably say 4-5 days a week. I used to do things like overnight oats or pancakes with yoghurt and fruit, but I’ve got into a bit of a toast/omelette rut recently. I’d really like to get back to having more interesting breakfasts.
39. Do you take any pills or medication daily?
No *touch wood*. I did take turmeric every day for a good while, but I’ve got out of that habit lately.
40. What medical conditions do you have?
I have mild scoliosis and a twisted pelvis, but thankfully it’s not severe enough to cause me any major problems. I did have a lot of back pain from 14-21, but it’s not so bad now apart from a bit of inflexibility in my lower back.
41. How many times have you been to the hospital?
I had a few appointments when they were trying to figure out why my scoliosis was causing me so much pain. Then a lot of prenatal appointments, and three stays in hospital when my sons were born. I had a short stay in hospital for a hernia repair about a year after Lyle was born, and also had my gallbladder removed as a day patient.
42. Have you ever seen Finding Nemo?
Yes, I love it! The boys watched it over and over when it came out on DVD and I think it’s one of my favourite Pixar films to be honest. I haven’t seen Finding Dory yet though.
43. Where do you buy your jeans?
Usually from Next – I like their 360 skinny jeans. I keep on thinking about spending more on a ‘decent’ pair, but to be honest I don’t know if they come in my size and I can’t quite get my head around spending so much on a pair of jeans. I mean, they started out as workwear…
44. What’s the last compliment you got?
Ummm…a few days ago I bumped into a woman I know, who said that my new haircut and glasses make me look younger.
45. Do you usually remember your dreams in the morning?
Not very often. And when I do, they’re never exciting or weird dreams. They’re always really mundane stuff like going to the supermarket or whatever.
46. What flavour tea do you enjoy?
I don’t actually like tea, I’m much more of a coffee drinker. I keep on trying different varieties but they never really taste that appealing even if they smell good. But I do quite like a cup of chamomile tea with a little honey.
Not a huge number, I’ve never been really excited by shoes, probably because I have quite wide feet that tend to wreck heels. I also injured my left foot a few years ago, so now I struggle to walk in high heels unless they have a strap or t-bar. So I reckon I have 5 pairs of Converse, a couple of pairs of Dr Martens, a pair of ballet flats, and a couple of pairs of high heels for very occasional wear. That’s about it.
48. What religion will you raise your children to practice?
I’m an atheist, and Mark’s pretty much agnostic, so we haven’t raised the boys in any religion. If they decide to follow a religion then that’s fine by me, but I wouldn’t have raised them in any particular religion.
49. How old were you when you found out that Santa wasn’t real?
I was either 3 or 4. I remember that I went looking at toys with my Mom and sister, and found a doll that I absolutely adored. On Christmas morning I thought that Father Christmas hadn’t brought it for me, and I burst into tears. Then my Mom pointed out another present that I thought was for someone else. I opened it up and yes, it was the doll. I realised that she could only have known it was in that box if she had put it there.
50. Why do you have a blog?
I’ve been writing on the internet since 2003 when I had a magazine-style website. I wanted to find something that I could do from anywhere, so that I can do more travelling when the boys have left school (and home!). Blogging seemed to fit the bill perfectly and now I love writing, updating and maintaining my blog!