The Liebster Award

Having been a blogger for a while, you tend to see trends come and go. I remember, like Aly who kindly tagged me on her blog and gave me a chance to answer The Liebster Award questions, when awards like these were the way to find new blogs, to find people who thought the same as you and quite honestly they were an amazing honour because it meant that someone other than your Mum was reading what you were writing.

Even though my Mum doesn't read my blog.

Anyway, it's been a while since I've been awarded anything although saying that, I did get a medal the other week from Dan Jon Jr for having managed to last a whole day without bursting out into song.

So, I have 11 questions to answer that Aly has set me and then there are 11 random facts about me (I tried to think up some good ones!) and I've tagged a few bloggers you might not have heard of and they have to answer 11 questions that I've set. So read on to find out more about me!

The Liebster Award

What was your favourite childhood book and why?

Oh my gosh, you just can't ask a bookworm like me a question like that! Growing up I read so many books that I couldn't just pick one! I loved things like Enid Blyton's Faraway Tree and Sweet Valley High. I loved The Hobbit (I first read it when I was 7) and Judy Blume. I loved my Complete Illustrated stories of Lewis Carroll, The Brothers Grimm and Hans Christian Anderson (which I got with a book voucher from W H Smiths in Watford) and I loved just about every other book I ever read!

I guess if I had to pick just one I would pick Usborne's book of Dragons, Giants and Witches, mainly because I came across a copy the other day and the memories of reading the book came flooding back. Incidentally, I looked it up the other day and I'd need about £100 to buy a copy now! Ridiculous right?!

Could you live in a log cabin for a month with no wifi?

I'm assuming that the aforementioned log cabin is in a warm climate, that it has a working telephone, a regular postal service and a nearby lake that I could swim in. I'm also assuming that I'm on my own, that I can get food and that there is power and NO SNAKES!

In which case yes, yes I could live a month in a log cabin with no wifi

How would you spend your time?

Well, mostly I'd read, listen to the radio and if I was allowed watch TV. I'd spend a lot of time knitting and sewing and hopefully drawing... so pretty much the same as my life now apart from I live in a brick house, not a log cabin!

I would like to think that I would also spend a fair amount of time swimming in the nearby lake and be hiking around the area the log cabin is in, in an effort to lose weight.

Most likely, however, I'd be driving myself crazy after reading a horror story and be convinced some kind of monster was after me.

When was the last time you had a takeaway? What did you order?

I had to think about this one, it was a Burger King on Easter Saturday and I had a Double Whopper with Chips but no bun. I also didn't order a drink because I ate it at home and had plenty of drinks at home.

Who was your best friend growing up? Are you still in touch?

Right, get your tiny violins out.

A Violin, in case you haven't got one

I didn't have a best friend. Don't get me wrong, there were plenty of people that I would be friendly with at School or at Church (I was 18+ then does that count as growing up?) and would occasionally hang out with them outside of School or Church but I didn't actually have a best friend.

So no, no I'm not.

What song would give you earworm for the rest of the day?

Are you sure you want me to answer this? I mean if it's an earworm and you hear it won't you want to sing it all day too?

Well, every few weeks I change my phone alarms to a funny tune. I did have PPAP, then I swapped it to Do you like Pancakes and I'm just about to change it over to something... I'm not sure what though. Maybe Chas and Dave's Rabbit chorus.

If you were a type of dance what would you be?

What? Erm, what's that awkward swaying to and fro that people used to do on Top of the Pops called? I'd be that.

Snog, marry or avoid- Benedict Cumberbatch, Idris Elba and Tom Hardy.

OH, MY GOSH. I'd have all three, please. Actually no I'd avoid all three because I love my husband the bestest.

Where is the furthest place you have travelled to?

In my mind or in real life? Real life eh? The USA. That's further away from the UK than Italy right?

What would be on your epitaph?

I was trying to think of something funny, but I don't think I'd want that really. I think that I would be quite happy with something simple like "Wife, Mother, Friend" but I'd quite like;

The year’s at the spring,
And day’s at the morn;
Morning’s at seven;
The hill-side’s dew-pearled;
The lark’s on the wing;
The snail’s on the thorn;
God’s in His heaven—
All’s right with the world!

Do you know what that's from? A poem called Pippa Passes. That's quite clever, right?

If you were a political leader, what would be your manifesto?

Right. This could be a long one. I might write a proper manifesto in the next couple of weeks and post it, but if I were, to sum up, I'd want people to feel safe, to be treated equally, for just punishments for those who committed crimes, education would be totally revamped and not about hitting targets. I'd spend a lot of money on care for the elderly and those who are vulnerable. I'd get the NHS up and running like it is supposed to again and I'd know enough to have proper specialists in place to advise me. Like teachers for the education reforms, Doctors and Nurses for the NHS etc

What’s on your bedside table?

At the moment an absolute tonne of rubbish. Hang on a minute...

Okay, I'm back. I had to go and take a picture and tidy it up so I could see what is on my bedside table!

My bedside table

I have a book that my MIL got me for Christmas, two journals, some energy tablets (they are for Dan Jon if he has low blood sugar), a few pens (don't tell my husband I think I've stolen them all from the pen pot!), some anti-bacterial gel, some chewing gum, some finger wipes (Dan Jon's), batteries for Dan Jon's blood test monitor, two lip balms, a smelly thing from Netflix, a water flavour thingy, three remote controls, a teabag, a hair band, a small perfume, a cap from my bobble, a pushbutton light, my knitting, a lamp, my wireless charger and a little cross in my pocket token, that my Mum got me. Oh and a bookmark from a book shop one of my teacher friends told me about.

So now I get to share 11 random facts about me.
  1. I don't like driving on the motorway.
  2. I learnt to play the Trombone for a year.
  3. I have a heart-shaped freckle on my left breast.
  4. I need nine hours of sleep, I used to only need five.
  5. I feel guilty being a SAHM.
  6. I would like to have at least one more baby, but I won't.
  7. I don't write with joined up writing.
  8. I once applied to be part of the Secret Service.
  9. I prefer to sleep on my stomach.
  10. I am really really scared of snakes.
  11. I went on holiday with my now husband two weeks after meeting him.
Right. So I'm going to tag some bloggers Claire at Ninja Killer Cat and Susan from Susan K Mann and my questions to them are;
  1. What time do you get up?
  2. What do you do to relax?
  3. Where do you keep ketchup?
  4. What colour are your eyes?
  5. When and where was your favourite photograph of you taken?
  6. Why did you start blogging?
  7. What did you want to be when you were a child?
  8. What did you last eat?
  9. Are you good at keeping secrets?
  10. Are you an extra layer or turn on the heating kind of person?
  11. What one luxury could you not give up?
Of course if you're reading this post and you want to answer the questions then please do so in the comments below or in a blog post of your own!