Thumbles kindly passed on this chain mail http://cynilog.wordpress.com/2011/02/25/the-stylish-blog-award/, which I felt inclined to respond to because I haven’t posted anything for a wee while.
The ‘rules’ are:
1. Disclose some things about myself by answering the questions below.
2. Link back the awarding blog, (click above).
3. Share the love and name of 15 blogs I’m into.
Here we go…
1. How long have you been married and how many children do you have?
Not married, but after 12 years I call him ‘husband’ - 1 step-daughter, 3 kids, 2 dogs.
2. Name one thing most people don’t know about you?
How disorderly and dysfunctional my early life was. It has taken a lot of effort to appear so well put together.
3. What is your favorite type of cuisine?
4. What is your most rewarding memory as a Mom?
This may sound strange but I don’t see parenting as rewarding. It’s frequently nice, funny, interesting, challenging, tedious, and lovely. I had to look up rewarding, and the dictionary said “satisfying, gratifying”. Nope, rewarding just doesn’t sound right, too twee for me. Maybe because parenting is always a work-in-progress, it’s something that you constantly have to work on. Unrelenting – now that’s a good word.
5. At which store could you spend all day alone in?
Hate shops. All and any shops. If I have to be in shops, I’d rather be in them without the kids, and only for a very short time. If I’m pushed I could spend a few hours in the Rudolf Steiner bookshop or the Adyar Bookshop, both in the city which is a 90 minute drive.
6. What was the most embarrassing thing you’ve ever done?
My memory is so poor from a potentially fatal bout of meningitis fourteen years ago, followed by years of unrelenting sleep deprivation, I can’t think of a single thing. Convenient, eh?
7. What type of work did you do before you became a Mom?
8. What do you consider a perfect day?
Sitting on a rocky outcrop in the bush. Doing some sketching. Watching how the breeze plays in the trees, the ants being busy, and the birds watching me.
9. Have you ever done anything spontaneous?
I am cautious by nature so possibly not. Spontaneity and recalcitrant, introverted children do not a good combination make. The last time I spontaneously suggested an outing, I was met with howls of protest. It took 2 hours to get them out the door, but they did enjoy it.
10. What is your favorite guilty pleasure?
Early Saturday morning, no-one else is awake, watching The Vampire Diaries.
And blogging, instead of doing the laundry.
11. If you could meet anyone famous, who would it be?
Most of the people I would like to have a conversation with are deceased and were probably not very famous, with the exception of Sigmund Freud. But then I probably wouldn’t speak to him for fear of being analysed. Carl Jung is also somewhat well-known. Not so famous – Donald Winnicott, Melanie Klein, Wilfrid Bion, Erik Erikson, Milton Erikson. All genius.
12. What was your biggest fashion blunder?
The whole of the 80′s were completely cringeworthy. Not into fashion either, plain and practical for me all the way. I like statement t-shirts. My favourite is this one (modelled by AFL player Adam Goode) which cost me 60 Aussie dollars but it was made for Apology Day…
13. If you could make one wish, what would it be?
A clean, green planet. When I did the When We Were Kids project, people only 10 to 15 years older than me talked about how the local river was so clean they could see the fish swimming in it. Not any more.
14. What are you most proud of ?
Completing a Masters degree whilst working, caring for three young child, caring for an anorectic step-daughter, simultaneously studying an undergraduate degree, fitting in a certificate in art therapy, whilst my husband was also studying for his Masters degree. Blowing a raspberry at all those who thought/said I couldn’t/shouldn’t do it.
Now for the Blogs that I shortlist for The Stylish Blog Award:
All of my blog buddies. That was easy!
I subscribe to about 80 blogs and enjoy them all, so I have decided to list some (not all) of my favourite posts…
And finally… send a prayer to this family http://lisahusmann.wordpress.com/2011/02/26/saturday-430am-pee-poop-other-fun-stuff/ and count your blessings!