Monday, May 23, 2016

The Ask Questions Meme

Better late than never - had a lovely relaxing weekend and this completely slipped my mind.

Questions, as always, by Sunday Stealing and thank goodness they're better than last weeks.

1. What type of criminal would you be?

Probably a bad one - that or a white collar criminal. Not into doing violent things.

2. What are you listening to right now?

Ambient noise and the sound of my keyboard.

3. If you had to choose a stripper name, what would it be?

Isn't it your first pet's name and the street you grew up on - that would make me Soxy Mitchell or Mystery Blockers - both great stripper names.

4. If your phone started ringing, who would you hope is calling? 

The man from the lottery commission telling me I'd won lots of money.

5. Do you drink alcohol?

Yes, but not very much, not to excess and not very often - a glass or two a week - that's it.

6. Do you smoke?

Gave up about ten years ago. A very good move. Besides, with cigarettes now coming in at $30 a packet, why would you?

7. What is the first thing you notice in someone?

Their smile and how they approach you.

8. Do you get attached easily?

 I try not to, but sometimes you can't help it.

9. Do you like your eye color?

 Yes. They're a dark green. I do like them.

10. Have any stupid human tricks?

 I can recite Jabberwocky after a few drinks.

11. Humor me. What physical ideal do you imagine in a boyfriend/girlfriend/partner?

 Long and lanky with smooth skin and a hairy chest.

Any other essential quirks/interests/other you look for in a boyfriend/girlfriend/partner?

 Intellingence, kindness and a sense of humour are essential. Left leaning tendencies are also a good thing.
  13. Have you ever stolen anything? 

 Nothing more than the odd pen from the stationery cupboard at work.
  14. Any romantic gestures you really like?

 What is a romantic gesture. Can't remember what they are.

15. What’s your favorite color and why?

 Pillarbox red. I am wearing a top of that colour today.

16. What were you like when you were a kid?

 Odd. Chubby. Nerdy. Attention seeking. Bookish.

17. What would your dream house be like?

 I'd love a terrace house in East Melbourne with a courtyard. Big lotto win needed for that.

18. What last made you laugh?

 I watched Florence Foster Jenkins on the weekend - that was very funny in places.

19. Do you have a place you like to go to collect your thoughts?

 I go walking. That sorts that all out.

20. What is your favorite word?

 Serendipity. I love how it rolls of the tongue. Mellifluous is pretty good too.

21. What
is your least favorite word?

I HATE with a passion the word AWESOME. It grates like no other. One of the most overused words on the planet.
  22. Would you go bungee jumping/sky diving if given the chance?

 Hell yeah - especially a tandem jump. Something I'd love to do.

23. Do you have any siblings?

 One sister. Three and a half years younger.
  24. Do you like to dance?

 Only in the kitchen or around the living room. I look like a fridge when I dance.

25. What is your definition of cheating?

I really can't say, though I think its cheating when emotions become heavily involved.

Sunday, May 15, 2016

The Doodley Do Meme

Another weekend. The papers are in. Two more tute papers to do and that's half my Masters done.

As I'm exhausted, get the blog out of the way so I can go see the Maow Maow. I've missed him over the last few weeks.

Questions, as always, from Sunday Stealing.

Do you keep notes, drawings or letters that people give you? 

Sometimes. Depends on what it is.

How many true best friends are present in your life? 

Quite a few. I don't see lots of them for years on end but I have a few. I'd say there are five or six of them.

Do you currently have a significant other? 

No. Unless you count Maow Maow.

Would you be able to stand being in the same room as someone you hate? 

No. I'd get out of there pronto to save face.

Do you depend on people at all, in any way? 

I try very hard not to.

Have you ever lost a close friend? 

Yes. I don't want to talk about it.

Has anybody ever held a grudge against you for a dumb reason? 

Probably. These are dreadful questions this week.

Have you ever stayed up late talking to someone you like on the phone or online? 


Have you ever felt backstabbed by a close friend? 

Yes. Don't want to talk about that either.

Have you ever regretted ignoring anybody? 

No. I try not to ignore people. It's easier to say no to people and get it over and done with.

Has a friend of yours ever confessed their love to you? 

Yes. Not talking about that either.

Have you written or drawn anything for somebody else? 

I write a lot for people.

Do you tend to hide your emotions from certain people? How do you hide them? 

I hide my emotions all the time. Their nobody else's business but mine.

Do your friends know how to make you smile in tough times?

Some of them do. Give me a cat to cuddle or a dog to talk to and I'm normally good to go.

Could you picture yourself on a reality TV show?

Hell no.

 Are you better at drawing or coloring?

Colouring. I'm not good at drawing.

Do you prefer meat or seafood?

Seafood. Love anything to do with seafood.

Have you ever read the Bill of Rights / Declaration of Independence? 

I'm Australian - we don't have a bill of rights (though some would argue that we need one)

Would you rather become a police officer or a firefighter? 

Probably a police officer - I'm not good with fire.

Sunday, May 8, 2016

The Monsters in the Closet Meme

Okay, so here's the rub. I've been stuck at home for the last four days with a bloody Frankencold. Most people get head colds. I end up having to spend a few days in bed because I get a cold and every horrible symptom is thrown at me. Thankfully the fever broke last night and I'm starting to feel normal again. I have to thank Jonella, who popped in yesterday with chicken soup, lemonade and ventolin during the day. That helped a lot.

Adding to the joys of being ill, my uni papers are due tomorrow - aqnd I am hating every word I've written at the moment. Too late to do anything about it now other than pick out typos and hope for the best - and I know that it's not that bad what's written - ah the joy of being a writer.

Anyways, here's this week's meme, courtesy of Sunday Stealing.

Do you usually sleep with your closet door open or closed?

Normally closed - only because if I don't shut it, I run into it in the middle of the night.

Do you take the shampoos and conditioner bottles from hotels?

Of course - particularly if I'm staying at a better hotel. Love the toiletries at The Westin in Sydney.

Have you ever ‘done it’ in a hotel room?

Hell, yeah.

Where is your next vacation?

I don't know yet. I have a feeling I'll be either off to New Zealand or Bali for a few days in the next few months.

Have you ever stolen a street sign before?

Not since my university days.

Who do you think reads these?

I really don't know.

Do you have a calendar in your room?

No - but I do have one in the kitchen.

Where are you?

At home, at my desk.

What’s your plan for the day?

Feel better, finish my papers, finish my book, start cleaning the flat.

Are you reading any books right now?

I'm finishing off Kathleen Grissom's "The Kitchen House". It's okay - I'm not overly sold on it.

Do you ever count your steps when you walk?

Sometimes - but that's why I keep a pedometer / fitbit on my wrist.

Have you ever peed in the woods?

Yes. I've lived in the country. That's what you do when you're caught short.

Do you ever dance even if there’s no music playing?

All the time.

Do you chew your pens and pencils?

No, not any more. I used to when I was at school.

What is your “Song of the Week”?

I'm currently using Cab Calloway to drown out our less dreadful Prime Minister and his election announcement. It's working well.

Is it okay for guys to wear pink?

Of course.

Do you still watch cartoons?

Not really, unless you take into consideration kid's films and the occasional episode of Shaun the Sheep.

Whats your favorite love movie?

The Princess Bride. Peter Cook said so.

What do you drink with dinner?

Not normally. Will have a glass of wine with dinner when I'm out.

What do you dip Chicken Nuggets in?

I can't remember the last time I had chicken nuggets - probably barbeque sauce if I had them.

What is your favorite food/cuisine?

I love Malaysian food - unfortunately, Malaysian doesn't like me that much and I suffer for eating it.

What movies could you watch over and over and still love?

Bull Durham, The Princess Bride, The King's Speech, The Blue's Brothers, The Matrix, Three Colours: Blue... That will do for a start.

Last person you hugged/kissed?

I wanted to give Jonella a hug yesterday for bringing me over chicken soup yesterday. She wouldn't let me. She thought I had the plague.

Were you ever a boy/girl scout?

I was a brownie for about three months - then we moved to the country where they didn't have brownies.

Would you ever strip or pose nude in a magazine?

Gawd no - the world isn't ready for that sort of sight. Saying that, I have nothing against nudity and tastefully photographing people who are over  and have a few lumps and bumps. There should be move ovf it. Ban the airbrush.

Sunday, May 1, 2016

The A-Z Meme

Busy day. Busy weekend. Children's parties and assignments - and lots of cake making.

Good cakes, eh (Batman and Spiderman themes at the parties)

A) What does the last text you sent say? And to whom?

To my friend saying that I will see her tomorrow night to pick up her cat.

B) What does the last text you received say? And from whom?

From my friend saying she was hitting the wall after a few long flights and she won't pick up the cat until tomorrow night.

C) What time do you wake up most mornings?

Somewhere around 6.30 am.

D) Are you afraid of walking alone at night?

Not really. Depends where I am, but if it's well lit, generally no.

E) What do you do to relax at the end of a stressful day?

Read, write, go see a movie, watch telly. Very fond of seeing a movie on Friday evenings.

F) Where did your last kiss take place and with whom?

Blarney gave me a kiss on the cheek on the way out tonight after helping with the party today.

G) Do/did you get into trouble a lot at school?

No, I was a goodie-goodie.

H) Do you enjoy your job? If unemployed, are you content being so?

For the most part, I like what I do.

I) Do you often pick up on double entendres and innuendos?

Unfortunately, yes.

J) Have you ever been offered drugs but declined?

I was offered drugs in Bali the time before last. I ran quickly in the other direction.

K) Have you ever met someone who has completely altered your way of thinking?

Yes. My therapists of the past have been great for that.

L) Have you ever been offered drugs and accepted?

Only from the doctor. Sorry, too many risks around recreational drugs.

M) Tell us something weird that turns you on.

Is chest hair considered weird in this world of man-scaping?

N) When did someone last admit romantic or sexual feelings for you? Was the feeling mutual?

Quite a while ago. It was mutual. Not saying anything more than that.

O) What is something you have given a lot of thought to lately?

The assignments which are due next Monday.

P) When did you last swallow your beliefs to avoid an argument or confrontation?

Last night. I have one friend who it's just better to nod and agree or else it ends in tears. Love him dearly, but we don't agree on a couple of things (politics). Easier to shut up.

Q) Do you usually initiate hugs?

Quite often. Sometimes not, but I like to hug.

R) Are you a very affectionate person?

Yes. Don't tell anybody.

S) Can you roll your own cigarettes?

No - and I don't smoke so this is a daft question.

T) What are you looking forward to?

Having these assignments finalised and over. I'm not a natural screenwriter.

U) Do you have any tattoos. Do you want any/more?

I have a very small Chinese symbol on my hip. I love it. Forget it's there most of the time.

V) Are you mentally strong?

I like to think so.

W) Are you physically strong?

As women go, yes, I'm strong. Stronger than a lot of men.

X) Do you think you’re a good person?

I like to think I am.

Y) Name one thing you wish you could change about your life right now.

It would be lovely to have a functional love life - and a bit more money in the bank. I can change the latter.

Z) What do you usually eat for breakfast?

At the moment, coffee and a protein shake is the way during the week. On weekends, its eggs.

Sunday, April 24, 2016

The Ask Questions, Yo Meme

Late again. I'm supposed to be studying today. Hasn't happened.

Today's questions come from Sunday Stealing - as always.

1. Are you a very open or private person?

Though I'm pretty open, I am really very private. It's not in what I do say, it's in what I don't say.

2. Change one thing about the world what would it be?

I'd severly limit ultra conservative politicians and shoot all climate change deniers.

3. Live in any country/city, where would you choose?

I'd love to live in London again.

4. What perfume do you wear?

I mix it up a bit. Lady Vengeance, Issey Miyake and Green Tea in summer.

5. How are you feeling right now?

Good. Just been to the movies.

6. If money was no object, where would you move to?

I'd love a big house with a garden in the suburb I currently live in.

7. Who was the last person to make you cry?

Oh, some wally. He's not in my life any more.

8. What age do people usually mistake you for?

Often I'm thought to be in my mid to late thirties. I'm 47.

9. Is there a song which can bring you to tears instantly?

Yeah, this. Doesn't matter what version.

10. Do you play video games?

The odd game on my phone, that's all.

11. What do you think about before you go to bed?

Normally what I'm supposed to be writing about for uni.

12. Have you ever online dated?

Yes. Some good times were had. Some really awful ones too.

13. Do you get cranky when you’re hungry?

Yes, I get really hangry (as it is known over here - angry when hungry)

14. What drink did you last consume?

Turkish apple iced tea with dinner. Yum.

15. Have you ever tripped while walking up the stairs?

No. I drip going downstairs. My black butt cheek is testament to this.

16. Is there something you’re happy about at the moment?

I'm in a good spot with my assignments this term.

17. Are you a shy person?

Strangely yes. I get laughed at when I say this, but I really have to work at not being shy.

18. Were you happy when you woke up today?

Yes, I was about to go to the gym. It was nice.

19. Do you like rain?

I'm grew up on a farm - I love the rain.

20. Can you go a day without music?

Yes. But I prefer day's with music - even if it's a backing track on the telly.

Sunday, April 17, 2016

The 25 Large Meme

Here is the rub. It's 7.15 am. I have a left butt cheek that has the lump the size of a tennis ball on it which is both painful and making it hard to sit. I have a lot of study to do. I won't make pump because of the large lump the size of a tennis ball on my left butt cheek (not that it hurts to walk, it's a bit uncomfortable). I was going to cook lunch for the week, but I don't have any paprika - I have all the other spices, but not paprika. I have a lot of study to do.

It'scome down to doing this meme, courtesy of Sunday Stealing, or going to get some paprika. And icing my arse cheek and taking some nurofen (advil).

Travel anywhere, where would it be? 

At the moment, I'd love to do a few days in Siem Reap to go and visit Angkor Wat. Maybe later in the year.

 Meet anyone, who would it be? 

Clive Owen, please.

Bring anyone dead back to life, who would it be? 

I don't believe in bringing people back from the dead, but I really wish Philip Seymour Hoffman and Alan Rickman didn't die. I mourn the films they never made,

I also wish that my niece could be happy and healthy and still on the planet. She died four months ago. It feels like days in some ways, years in others. 16 is not a life.

 Be anyone for a day, who would it be? 

I like being me, thank you very much. That will do.

 Get anything for free for the rest of your life what would it be? 

Ice cream. I'm a simple soul.

 Change one thing about your life what would it be? 

There is a part of me that would love to be happily married. Not on the cards, but I'd love to see what that is like.

Have any superpower what would it be? 

I'd love to have the power to heal cancer.

Be any animal for a day which would you be? 

I'd love to be a well loved cat. That would be great.

Date anyone who would it be? 

Clive Owen

 Change one thing about the world what would it be?

I'd love to get rid of every loopy far-right wing politician about. The moderates can stay, but the Tea Party and the Uglies of the Australian Parliament have to go.

 Live in any fictional universe which would you choose? 

Can I please go be a teacher at Hogwarts?

 Eliminate one of your human needs which would you get rid of? 


 Change one thing about your physical appearance what would it be? 

I am working on being 20 kgs lighter than I am now.

 Change one of your personality traits which would you choose? 

I wish that I was not such an over-achieving perfectionist sometimes. Just sometimes - but that makes me who I am.

 Be talented at anything instantly what would you choose? 

I'm currently wishing I could channel Charlie Kaufman. I'm not a scriptwriter. My papers are due in 21 days.

 If you could meet anyone on this earth, who would it be?

Clive Owen would be nice. I'd also love to meet Charlie Kaufman (or one of the Cohen brothers) for some tips on this bloody script.

 Erase an event from history (make it so it never happened) which would you choose? 

I know it shaped the world and helped bring on a heap of inventions but I'd love to erase World War II. Getting rid of the invention of the gun would also be a good thing.

 Have any hair/eye/skin color, which would you choose? 

I'm a green eyed, pale skinned brunette - I'm fine with this mix.

 Be any weight/body type, which would you choose? 

I'd love to be two inches taller and a lot less chunky.

 Live in any country/city, where would you choose? 

I'd love to live well in New York for a few months. I'd also love to live well and permanently in a good suburb of inner London. Love the latter with all my heart.

 Change one law in your country, which would you change? 

Seriously Australia, it's time to legalise gay marriage. Get with the program.

Be any height, which would you choose? 

5'8" (170 cms) would be just fine thanks.

Have any job in the world, which would you choose? 

A writer. Oh wait, I am a writer.

Have anything appear in your pocket right now, what would it be? 

A cure for leukaemia that was fail safe and not a burden on all.

 Have anyone beside you right now, who would it be?

Clive Owen would be nice. Or one of the Cohen brothers to help me with this bloody script.

Sunday, April 10, 2016

The Ask, Ask, Ask Meme

As always, it's do a bit of this and do a bit of that on a Sunday, after a lovely, lazy Saturday. So, it's do a question, write a bit of my tute paper.

Have I told you how much I love study?

Questions, as always, come from Sunday Stealing.

1 -If you were stranded on an island, who do you wish to be with?

Clive Owen. Next. Somebody practical and with a sense of humour would also be good.

2 - What do you feel right now?

Rather good, thank you.

3 - What chocolate is your favorite?

I'm a white chocolate sort of girl, so white Lindor balls always hit the sopt.

4 - Why did you create a blog account?

Many years ago I wanted to run a marathon and I started this blog to document that journey. I've run a number of half marathons, but the 42.2 kms remains elusive.

5 - Who is your favorite blogger?

Sunday Stealing, of course. I'm rather fond of The Plastic Mancunian as well - he makes me laugh.

6 - When was the last time you cried? Why? 

Yesterday. Somebody touched a nerve. It wasn't a big cry.

7 - Who is your best friend?

Blarney and Jonella are my best friends. They serve very different functions and I love them both dearly. My work husbands all have a special place in my heart too - I have a plethora of work husbands.

8 - What kind of music do you listen to?

Quite a bit of rock and something known as Adult Alternative - where you get music like this:

9 - Do you have troubles sleeping at night? 

Not, not often. I'm normally a good sleeper.

10 - What do you prefer, jeans or shorts?

Jeans - I don't have the legs for shorts. Too old.

11 - Did you try to change for a person?

No. If you can't take me for me, go away.

12 - Are you in a good or bad mood? 

I'm in a lovely mood - though I do wish this tute paper would write itself.

13 - Name someone you can’t live without.

Clive Owen. Maow Maow - not that Maow Maow is a person, but he makes life better - gives the best cuddles.

14 - Do you have a grudge against anyone? 

No. Grudges are pointless. Waste of emotional energy.

15 - Are you a crybaby?

Sook is my middle name - though I'm a lot more contained than I used to be.

16 - When people praise you for your looks, what feature do they praise?

My hair gets a lot of comments.

17 - What hair color do you prefer?

I love cobalt blue and pillar box red and all the teal like colours. I just like colour.

18 - If you can change anything about yourself, what is it?

I'd love to be a little taller and ness"heavy boned" I can work on the latter.

19 - Can you live without internet?   

Yes, but it would make life difficult.

20 - Have you ever experienced being hysterical?

Yes. I  really don't like the feeling of being that out of control.

21 - Did you have an accident last year?

No, thank goodness.

22 - What are you thinking right now?

I really need to finish that tute paper before I check out from this wonderful hotel. And I must go check on the bath.

23 - Have you been hurt so bad that you can’t find words to explain how you feel?

No. As a writer, I'm good at putting words around things like this - unfortunately most of these words are expletives.

24 - Do you have trust issues?

Yes. Huge ones. Goes hand in hand with my fear of commitment and intimacy. Lots of work with some great therapists have helped a little.

25 - Who’s the person who first comes to your mind when someone mentions “love”?

Clive Owen. Maow Maow.

26 - Do you believe in the phrase “If it’s meant to be, it will be”?

To a point. Then what is meant to be doesn't happen.

27 - Do you believe in destiny?

Also to a point. I really believe you make your own luck and destiny.

28 - How do you look right now?

Like the Wreck of the Hesperus. Hotel dressing gown, hair everywhere, no makeup. It's a bit of a sight.

29 - Did you ever feel like you’re not good enough? 

You're talking about the first 35 years of my life. Thank goodness for therapists.

30 - Favorite city?

Toledo, Spain, followed closely by London. Melbourne is my favourite Australian City - and I love Wellington in New Zealand too.