Sunday, June 29, 2014

The Sunday Meme - If you could

It's half past ten and I've just got back from a lovely weekend in Sydney spent with my friends Geetangeli and Richard.

So I have not very long to pump this out - as well a get things ready for tomorrow.

Questions, as always, from Sunday Stealing.

The theme for this blog: If you could...

Travel anywhere, where would it be? 

Too many places in this list. Japan, England, Spain, the US, Thailand... that's for a start.

 Meet anyone, who would it be? 

I'd love to meet TS Eliot - I'd love to see how his brain worked. 

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

If, and only if she was restored to full health, and if and only if she was not going to be in chronic pain, I wish my darling Auntie Gaye was still here. I still miss her dreadfully.

 Be anyone for a day, who would it be? 

I'd love to be JK Rowling for a day - once again to see how her brain worked. Of a Kenyan Marathon running - just to know what it feels like to be able to run a marathon in a seemingly effortless manner.

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

I'd love an annual subscription to the Melbourne Theatre Company - I reckon that would be fantastic.

 Change one thing about your life what would it be? 

I wish I wasn't tackling this blood pressure issue at the moment. It's doing my head in.

 Have any superpower what would it be? 

I'd love to be able to fly - like superman. Though I do wonder about how he knows where he's going.

 Be any animal for a day which would you be? 

I'd love to be a cat for a day - any animal that sleeps 20 hours a day can't have it too bad. The caveat on this is that I'd have to be a well loved domestic pet and not a stray or a feral.

 Date anyone who would it be? 

Clive Owen has been my celebrity shag for years.

 Change one thing about the world what would it be? 

I'd like to see a free press, on that isn't overseen by Rupert Murdoch. I'd also like most of he current Australian Front bench shipped off to the Manus Island concentration camp and left to rot.

 Live in any fictional universe which would you choose? 

I'd love to have been able to go to Hogwarts. I reckon that would be pretty cool.

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

Sleep - there is so much to do, I reckon if I didn't have to sleep it would be good. This doesn't mean I wouldn't get to hang out in bed and read, but a world without the need to sleep... I'd get so much more done (and read)

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

My fat stomach. Never liked it, needs constant attention.

 Change one of your personality traits which would you choose? 

I wish I wasn't such a people-pleaser. I also wish I didn't procrastinate so much too.

 Be talented at anything instantly what would you choose? 

Oh to be able to play concert piano - and sing well. I can do neither.

 Forget one event in your life which would you choose? 

I don't talk about this event on this blog - needless to say, I could do without thinking about it every year its anniversary comes around. Many years on, it's still traumatic and painful, though less so that it was a few years ago.

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

The birth and subsequent immigration of Tony Abbott. Waste of oxygen that man. (He nearly got booed out of the football last night)

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

I'd love to know what it would be like to have blue eyes - the rest I'm pretty happy with.

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

Oh to be 5'8" and have a willowy figure - reckon it would be better than my current 5'6" and dumpy.

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

There is still a large part of me that wants to live in England once again. I still miss it.

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

Oh, this one is easy - the indeterminate off-shore detention of asylum seekers. Not that I am completely opposed to detention - but make it quick and humane if you're going to incarcerate asylum seekers. What is going on at the moment makes me ashamed to be Australian.

 Be any height, which would you choose?  

5'8" - tall enough to reach high shelves and see over crowds a little better, but it's not too tall either.

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

Other than a writer? Oh, I'd love to be a doctor or an astronaut. Have always wanted to be one of those.

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

A thousand dollars - which would mean I could pay my phone bill and my car registration and have enough for a Vietnamese meal at the end of the day. I have the funds, but this would be good. Still can't believe that it costs $750 to register a car here for the year. Sheesh!

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

Yeah, I don't talk about that on this blog either. In lieu of this, I nominate Maow Maow - it's a cold night, I'd love a Maow Maow cuddle at the moment.

Sunday, June 22, 2014

Sunday Stealing with Procrastination

Well, it's been a hell of a week and this week looks like it will be just as hellish.

So as a bit of a rest before the week cuts in, I'm going to get on with this while once again, doing some jobs.

Questions, as always, from Sunday Stealing.This is the last of 90 questions posted.

(Nail polish off)

61. Do you like current pop stars?  

Not really. At my advanced age I rather like the bands of my youth - though I am very fond of Lorde, Laura Marling and surprisingly, I don't mind Miley Cyrus's voice - she can sing. Just a pity about the image.

(Talked to Mum)

62. What is your least favorite chore? 

Scrubbing the floors and cleaning out the fridge. Neither are pleasant. That goes for hoovering and mopping too.

(Washing put on)

63. Last place you drove your car? 

I took Flora out to the airport this afternoon, then went and did the food shopping for the week.

(Food shopping put away)

 64. Ever been out of the country? 

I lived in England for 8 years - I've also been to Indonesia, New Zealand, Singapore, Malaysia, Thailand, the U.S. France, Ireland, Italy, Spain, Greece, the Netherlands and Germany. 

(Dinner found)

 65. Where were you the last time you used a public bathroom? 

This afternoon at the Australian Centre for the Moving Image. Thankfully they were lovely and clean.

(Bag packed for tomorrow)

 66. Could you handle being in the military? 

I thought about joining the military when I was just out of university - for about ten minutes. That would be a very firm NO. I admire anybody who could hack military service. I have a lot of old colleagues who are ex Air Force and Navy.

(Shoes in bag for tomorrow)

 67. What is your average cell phone bill? 

Far too much. Runs to around $90 a month. Bloody Telstra.

(Dishes washed)

 68. Who or what are you thinking about right now? 

A couple of things. How good last night's performance of The Rocky Horror Show was last night. Wondering how I'm going to find the energy to get through next week at work. And somebody I shouldn't be thinking about, but I am.

(Coffee pot ready for tomorrow morning)

 69. When was the last time you laughed REALLY hard? 

Last night at the Rocky Horror Show. I went as Magenta. I get a call as I'm about 3 minutes away from the theatre - my friend Alice. She was wondering if I had dressed up. She went as Columbia - we rocked, but I was laughing at her laughing at me. It was also the BEST Rocky Horror Show I'd ever seen. Craig McLaughlan was BRILLIANT. Blog to follow.

(Bed made with new sheets)

 70. How many pairs of shoes do you own? 

Too many. Though I wear about five pairs regularly - my black work shoes, my runners, my DBs (Dykey Bikie boots with studded straps - love them), my thongs and my volleys. There are lots of other ones but these are the ones I always wear.

(Got a drink of water)

 71. Are your toenails always painted? 

About half the time. I like having neat feet.

(Recycling organised)

 72. How many piercings do you have? 

Four. Both ears, twice. That counts, doesn't it?

(Various appliances charging)

 73. What are you doing today? 

More like what have I done today. I've been to Pump, coffee with the girls, saw the Dreamworks exhibition at ACMI, had lunch with Flora then went and quickly saw an exhibition at the Ian Potter Centre, then took her out to the airport, came home, did my food shopping, did a few hours work, did a load of washing... no wonder I'm tired.

(Started ironing)

 74. Have you ever been gambling? 

Other than a semi regular lotto ticket, which I know is gambling, but it's well within my means, no. I really don't like pokies and casinos. I went to the Adelaide Casino with my ten dollars and left with ten dollars after a flutter and small win on the craps table - and that is it. Really not in favour of institutionalised gambling, though I know my lotto ticket is just that. Pokies should be banned.

(Lunch prepared for tomorrow)

 75. When is the last time you updated your blog? 

This time last week - it's been a hard week to find writing time. A trapped nerve in my back didn't help matters - sitting was not fun for a few days.

(Rubbish taken out)

 76. Do you like roller coasters? 

Never been to one - don't live in the US, nor have I been the the Worlds in Queensland - doesn't hold much interest to me.

 77. Have you ever been to Disneyland or world? 

No, neither, but I have been the Universal Studios in L.A. That was fun.

 78. Do you have a favorite cartoon character? 

Do I have to get it to one? I love Jessica Rabbit and a lot of old stuff from my childhood. Hong Kong Phoeey, Mutley, Penelope Pitstop and I also love the original cartoon X-Men series from the nineties. That was great.

 79. Last thing you cooked? 

Proper cooking? I made chicken chilli con carne for lunch last Sunday.

 80. How's the weather? 

Not cold enough to be a good Melbourne Winter - but at least it is starting to feel a bit like Winter now.

 81. Do you e-mail more than snail mail? 

Doesn't everybody?

 82. What's the funniest picture you ever took with your cell phone?  


Yes, it's a cat in a onesie. He has allergies. The look on his face is priceless.

83. Last time you were sick?

A couple of weeks ago. Had the flu. Took forever to get over. 

 84. What states have you lived in? 

Two, South Australia and Victoria. 

 85. Do you wish you could move? 

Yes, but that is a bit off a troubling question at the moment. Waiting to see how a few things play out in the coming few months.

 86. Do you take a lot of quizzes? 

I enjoy taking the odd quiz, not as bad as some poeple, but I do do them regularly.

 87. What is your dream car? 

I'd love a zippy little Mercedes convertible one day, when I'm a rich and famous author.  But I love my car - my little Mazda Two. It's great.

 88. Have you ever wanted someone you cant have? 

Story of my life. Next.

 89. If you could be anywhere right now where would it be? 

Again, a loaded question. But for the moment I would love to be in a country that isn't run by Tony Abbott and his fascist bully boys. New Zealand is looking nicer and nicer at the moment. Spain would be good. Japan....

 90. Are you happy with your life?

To this question I can answer yes. I am. I am a very, very lucky woman.

Right, off to bed.

A long week awaits.

Sunday, June 15, 2014

The Sunday Cleaning Meme

It's Sunday, which means I have jobs to do and things to clean. This week, Flora is coming down from Canberra for a few days for a visit - and to see the Rocky Horror Picture Show.

This means I have to sort out the flat ready for her arrival, as well as get the place in order ready for what may be a pretty horrific week at work, what with all the other crap that I have on in the evening. 

So here we go, my what has become a normal meme with jobs, all courtesy of Sunday Stealing. This is a continuation from last week's Sunday blog.

(Job: Toilet Cleaned)

30. Do you read your horoscope? 

Sometimes. I'm rather fold of Jonathan Cainer as he appears to get things right most of the time. I also hang out with a couple of astrologers who go into things with far more depth than your average newspaper article. is also really good for finding stuff out on your own.

(Job: Bathroom cleaned)

31. Where was the last place you bought something? 

I did my supermarket shopping this morning after the gym. Does this count?

(Job: Half the shredding down)

32. How do you feel about your hair right now? 

I quite like it, but for me, it is very, very red. I'm not used to having it this red. Not that it doesn't suit me, but it's a bit more flamboyant than I normally like it. Over time it will settle down. 

(Job: Put shoes away)

33. Do you bite your nails? 

No, thank goodness. They're one of the nicest bits of me and I'm very glad that I don't. I can be found, now and then, to have my thumb in my mouth, but that's only few a few seconds every now and then when I'm a bit stressed - a throw back from when I sucked my thumb regularly. Thankfully, that's not the case now.

(Job: Made lunch)

34. Do you have any expensive jewellery? 

Very expensive jewellery, no. But I have my mother's engagement ring. Also, in my possession, I have three near complete Pandora bracelets. I love them dearly - one was from my 40th, the other two I've collected over the years. They add up to a bit when you take it all into consideration. That's about it. I don't really wear jewellery.

(Job: More shredding)

35. Have you ever been told you speak fast? 

All the time at Masons. But yes, I do speak pretty quickly. Thankfully, I speak pretty clearly as well which helps a lot.

(Job: Paperwork for the Masters done)

36. Is your laugh usually hearty? 

Hearty is not the word for my laugh. The one that comes to mind most of the time is evil, bizarre, strange or scary. It's a bit of a witch's cackle and it changes depending on what I'm laughing at. Oh, it's also loud. I'm a bit terrible to sit next to in the cinema. I don't hold my laugh in, ever.

(Been to see Blarney and Barney)

37. How fast have you driven a car? 

I've reached 100 miles an hour on the English motorways way back when you could speed on the English motorways and I had a trusty Ford Feista named Phoebe. Not sure they go that fast any more. That's about 160 kpm. That will do.

(Dhal is on the boil)

38. Have you ever smoked? 

I used to be a social smoker, but I gave up about six years ago for health reasons and have never looked back.Now I can't stand having to walk through the smoker's pack standing on street corners on the way to work. Truly reformed.

(Chicken Chilli con Carne on the stove)

39. What was your favorite subject in school? 

I liked school and did pretty well in most things. English and French were my favourite classes, but I also liked Maths and Chemistry in my later years. Strangely, for a lit head, Chemistry made sense. 

(Dinner eaten)

40. Do you have cell phone provider loyalty? 

Que? Oh, I think we call them bundles here - or do I just have one provider? Yes. Telstra all the way. Though the call centre is a pain in the bum, and if you want to have an argument, call their billing helpdesk and let fly  - but I have all my telecommunications with Telstra.

(Lunch boxed up for the next few days.)

41. What type of boy or girl do you usually fall for? 

Hmm, this is a hard one. Other than tall and a bit on the wiry side, with a preference for dark or grey hair and green eyes... for personality, I go for the smart guys, the ones who are a bit different. The blokes who were card sharps and hung around pool halls at uni. The ones who travel. The blokes who are a bit left of centre. Never dated an accountant. Never will. But I've been out with a painter, an arms dealer, lots of guys in IT and a bloke who was in advertising. Eclectic mix, but they were all smart.

(Dishes washed)

42. Do you have any hidden talents? 

A few. I can:

Drive a tractor
Pick locks
Do bondage planks
Use scissors with my left hand
Hold my left eye closed for a minute without effort
Untangle yarn
Cats and dogs and kids and old people adore me
I make very good birthday cakes.

That will do.

(Masons paperwork prepared)

43. Favorite Song? 

This. Always has been. Always will be.

I love this too.

(Mason's bag packed)

44. Do you like to sing at all? 

I sing all the time. Badly. Not quite in tune, but thems the breaks. I'm bad for ear worms and I'm bad at singing songs over and over. Love to sing. Other people, unfortunately don't like it that much.

45. Dream Job? 

The new JK Rowling.

46. Where does most of your family live? 

Adelaide, South Australia - about 500 miles away.

(Interview clothes set out)

47. Are you an only child or do you have siblings? 

I have a younger sister and a step-sister (who's birthday it is today, happy birthday JD)

(Bag packed for work)

48. Would you consider yourself to be spoiled? 

No. I've worked very hard for all I have. Saying this, sometimes my friends spoil me and that is lovely, bit it doesn't happen very often.

49. What was the first thing you thought when you woke up? 

"Crap, I'm due in pump class in 30 minutes, better get cracking."

50. Do you drink? 

Yes, but not very much. A bit of a gin drinker, but it's like one or two a month. I also try and drink at least two litres of water a day.

51. Know any other languages? 

Yep, I'm very good at mangling French - studied that until university. I've got a smattering of Greek, Italian, Spanish and Thai under my belt. Can order beer in about 20 languages - that is very important.

52. Ever write a coded message? 

I write poetry. This could be seen as coded messages. Other than this. No.

53. Have you ever been in someone else's wedding? 

Yes. I was bridesmaid at Flora's wedding and MC at Bernie's wedding. That's enough.

54. Do you have any children? 

No. I like children but I couldn't eat a whole one.

55. Did you take a nap today? 

I would have liked to, but no.

56. Who has the same birthday as you? 

Coco Chanel, Bill Clinton and the guy who invented Star Trek. I think this is a cool thing.

57. Ever met anyone famous before? 

Bummed a cigarette off Jeremy Clarkson in a restaurant many years ago. That's about as famous as I do.

58. Do you want to be famous one day? 

I'd love to be a famous writer one day - at least you have a bit of anonymity. Would hate to be a modern day celebrity. Would rather be famous for doing something.

59. Any Pet Peeves? 

Heaps of them. A few of my favourites: Rudeness, people who can't pronounce words properly and won't use the word correctly after being corrected 20 times. People who are on the phone when at the checkout. Bananas.

60. Are you multitasking right now? 

Hell yeah - I'm trying to get my week organised. I've got an interview tomorrow morning. Nearly there. Most things are set up.

Right, time for a shower and bed. Have a great week.

Friday, June 13, 2014

I Hate Being Good

I also dislike doctors.


Two weeks of being exceptionally "good'. Here I come.Whoooo hoooo wont that be fun!

I say this as I sit here with my decaffeinated coffee with almond milk, because caffeine is off the menu for the time being along with:

No sugar (well as little processed sugar as possible)
No salt
No alcohol
No red meat
No cheese
Cut down on grains
Cut down on dairy

On the good side of things:

Lots of green veg
Lots of legumes
White meat
Clear fluids
Moderate exercise


Okay, I knew it was coming.

The 45 year check up from the doctor finally got done.

First up, off to the nurse. \
Height is still 166 cms (5'5" and a bit)
Weight we wont talk about but not as bad as appears on my scales
Waist circumference - yeah well.

Yes, I'm at moderate risk of diabetes. I will probably get diabetes - grandparents on both sides had it. I'm doing everything to stop it happening. Marks for that but I need to do more.

The rest of the check I was given a glowing report. Diet pretty good, big ticks for not drinking much, not smoking and lots of exercise. She also gave me a tetanus jab and ordered some bloods.

My lovely doctor - who I really do like, went on in a similar vein.

Checked the undercarriage. That test isn't as bad as it could be. Women doctors are best for that one and at least I'm up to date for another two years.

The bloods are ordered. I'll have those done in two weeks - give myself two weeks to clean up my system - and get my blood pressure down again.

We talked about this. I accused her of poisoning me with the drugs she inflicted on me last time. I also know that when I take full responsibility for this I can bring it down. I'm calling the naturopath this morning to get some of the magic mix.

Ah well. Two weeks of clean living should impact the bloods. If I get them done in two weeks, I can go and have a bender of a weekend with Geetangeli in Sydney and feel good about it :).

Nobody said this growing old malarchy was easy.

Tuesday, June 10, 2014

Goodnight, Rik

I was woken to the news that Rik Mayall had passed away.

I cried.

Anybody who knows me knows that I still quote "The Young Ones" ad nauseum, even now, 30 years after the twelve episodes came to air.

After posting a goodbye on my facebook page, the number of friends who came back with,"I remember watching The Young Ones with you", or "You got me into that stupid show," or my sister pointing out that I can't peel an orange without saying "Neil, Neil, orange peel..." (A few years ago I was posting every three minutes as episodes were played on one of the digital channels.

I've bonded with many people over a common love of Rik, Vyvyan, Neil and Mike.

Yep, I was a teenager of the eighties. I had to sneak out of bed to watch The Young Ones. My parents wouldn't let me watch it. They thought it was daft - and it was on past my bedtime. One of my first acts of teenage rebellion (one of the few)

I sang along to the Damned and Motorhead, bounced about the Jerzy Bolowski, wondered what women found attractive in Mike the Cool Guy and I sorta wanted a hamster called Special Patrol Group.

I am a proud Young Ones nutter.

Rik (with a silent P) you are going to be sorely missed.

I leave you with a few of my favourite bits.

Oh, and I have to put in this scene from Bambi, because I love it. (Plus it has a very young Emma Thompson, Stephen Fry and Hugh Laurie in it)

And a little bit of Jerzy Bolowski for good measure.

As a friend said today, the world just got a little less funny today.

Sunday, June 8, 2014

Sunday Stealing Jobs Blog

This Sunday Stealing Meme is a bit of a tradition now. Do a job, do a question or two, do a job, write a question or two.

Questions, as always, from Sunday Stealing:

(Coffee ground, washing hung out)

1. What was the highlight of your week? 

Strangely, the highlight of my week was on Thursday night at the gym. After a pretty intense session with Slap, he made us try a new exercise - what I will refer to as "bondage planks". Plank position with your feet in the stirrups of the TRX band. I lasted a minute. I was stoked.

I also got to read tarot the other night for a party of sixteen year old girls. I wasn't looking forward to this at all, but they turned out to be some of the nicest kids I'd met in a long time. Restored a bit of my faith in youth, which was pretty nice indeed.

(Bed made)

2. Whose car were you in last? 

Mine. This morning. Drove to the gym. Of other people, I was in Jay's car last night. She picked me up on the way to the theatre.

(Counters wiped down, meatballs started.)

3. When is the next time you will kiss someone? 

What, other than a kiss on the cheek? The last time I kissed somebody properly was like in 2007. So the answer to this question is probably when hell freezes over, when I get counsel from the Pope or when Tony Abbott gains a moral compass, christian ethics and a spine. So yeah, other than the odd peck on the cheek, which doesn't count, I couldn't tell you.

(Found the couch under all the crap what was on it. Filed papers away)

4. What color shirt are you wearing? 

I'm not wearing a shirt. Currently wearing a grey dress and black leggings - what I wore out last night. I like this outfit because it can be dressed up and down. Leggings are the best things ever, as long as they're worn under dresses and tops, not as outerwear.

(Stroppy letter written for somebody to check)

5. How long is your hair? 

My hair is pretty long. Currently very, very red, it's getting down near my bra strap at the back. I've always had long hair. 

(Meat balls made)

6. Are you good looking? 

I don't think I'm good looking. I'm not ugly, but I'm nothing to write home about either. At least I'm not hung up on being good looking. For me it's enough that people don't throw rocks at me in the street. 

(Stroppy letter sent)

7. Last movie you watched? 

According to my little book, the last movie I watched in a cinema was Ralph Fiennes "The Invisible Woman" which was great. The last movie I watched on tell, in full, was "Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban" which is my favourite movie (and book) of the lot of them. 

(Washing up done)

8. Who were you with? 

On both occasions, I was on my own.

9. Last thing you ate? 

I had fruit toast and marmalade after the gym this morning. Normal fare on a Sunday Morning after pump.

10. Last thing you drank? 

I'm drinking a cup of hibiscus tea as I write this.

(Banking prepared)

11. When was the last time you had your heart broken? 

Last night. Don't want to talk about it. Happens fairly regularly. I'll get over it.Always do.

(Bills paid)

12. Who came over last? 

The last person to come into my flat was Kitt last Sunday when she dropped off her cat. She's currently in Fiji and her cat is asleep on my bed. Expecting a friend for dinner in a few hours.

13. Are you happy right now? 

Getting there. See question 11. Having a lovely quiet jobs day at home, never a bad thing. 

14. What did you say last? 

On leaving the cafe after the gym, said see you tomorrow or see you next weekend - depending on who it was.

15. Where is your phone? 

On my bedside table, charging. It's also on silent so I don't have to talk to anybody. Don't feel like talking to anybody today. Will turn on the ringer later when a friend is due over for dinner.

(Dishes dried and put away)

16. What color are your eyes? 

Dark green. Sometimes they look dark blue, sometimes they look grey, but generally they're dark green. Never met anybody with my colour eyes.

(Made lunch - omelette and toast)

17. Are you left-handed? 

Sort of. I'm ambidextrous, so the left hand gets jobs to do. In particular, scissors - I can do most things with both hands quite able. Scissors, on the other hand, I can only use with my left.

(Lunch dishes done)

18. When was the last time you received flowers

I think it was for my birthday last year. My friends are reasonably good about getting me flowers, which is a nice thing. They make the house smell pleasant.

19. Do you have any pets? 

No, but I have rental cats. Friends bring their cats over when they go on holidays and I get to look after them. Aren't I lucky. Currently Mrs Squeaky Puss is with me. The demanding beast insists on being cradled like a teddy bear all night, sleeps on the pillow and puked up this morning. Normal cat behaviour.

20. Favorite Vacation? 

Anywhere I can learn something. I have a hankering to go back to Europe at the moment. And Japan. So many countries, so little time. The most favourite holiday I've had was a 35 day round the world jaunt which was brilliant. 10 days in Spain was just amazing.

(Hoovered the place out. Toilet cleaned)
21. What do you dislike currently? 

Most of the policies of our inept Federal Government, where do you want me to start? The complete destruction of any environmental policy? The $7 GP Co-payment? What they're doing to higher education? The complete ineptitude of the speaker? The fact that we have a moron attempting to run the place only to be shown up as a belligerent noddy? What we're doing to asylum seekers? Seriously, do you have to ask me what I don't like at the moment...

(Started the ironing)

22. What are you listening to? 

Being a touch melancholy at the moment, I've had Damien Rice on in the car. Normally it's The Pixies or Nick Cave, but at the moment, Damien Rice is the business.

(A bit more ironing is done)

23. If you could have one thing right now what would it be? 

Probably the person who's causing the melancholy if I'm being honest. But as that's not going to happen, a small lottery win to cover a decent month holiday in Spain and potential tuition fees would be lovely. The return of the cat's mother would also be nice as I'm sick of taking anti-histamines and not having the pillow to myself.

(Fed Cat)

24. What is your favorite scent? 

I love smelling nice things. Some of my favourites:

Vanilla pods
Stella McCartney perfume
Biscuits baking
Dogs paws first thing in the morning (strange one that one)
Clean bloke
The beach on a hot day

(More ironing done)

25. Who makes you happiest? 

My friends. They're all really wonderful. I also love spending time with my sister's dog and my best mate's cat. Sounds odd, but I feel very much me when I commune with animals. 

(More ironing done)

26. What were you doing at midnight last night? 

I was in bed, cuddling the cat like it was a teddy bear - at her insistence. 

27. When is your birthday? 

Mid August. Winter baby.

28. Who has the same phone as you? 

Half the world as an iPhone 5. It's very common.

29. Last time you went swimming in a pool? 

Earlier this year. I was on holiday in Bali and was in the pool every day. It was wonderful. Love swimming. Should do it more.

Right, that takes me to a time when I should break open the books.

Thanks for helping me get my jobs done.