Sorry for so many posts all at once - in case you can't tell I am playing catch up! Tiara, another SMC who writes at Me Plus One recently nominated this blog for a Blog Award! Thank you Tiara.
The following apply when accepting this award:
· Link back to the blog that nominated you (thank you again, Tiara)
· Nominate 5 - 11 new bloggers who have 200 or less followers
· Answer the questions posted for you by your nominator
· Share 11 random facts about yourself
· Create 11 questions for your nominees to answer
· Contact your nominees and let them know that you have nominated them
The Blogs I am Nominating:
I have no idea how many followers these guys have, but here are some blogs that I have discovered in the last few weeks that I'd like to share with you.
1. Tiffany at Skinny Jeans and a Healthy Me has a great blog about her weight loss journey which is really inspiring - check out her photos to see what she has achieved.
2. Bambino Time is a new SMC blog from someone who has just made the decision to have a baby by herself on purpose!
3. Swazi at Chocolate is Not the Only Fruit is really new to me - I just discovered it since BritMums. I like it because she writes so real, and can be frank and funny as well as thought provoking.
4. Bubba Babble is another new one that I discovered at Britmums. I think it has a great look and some excellent content, and it's writer, Kaz, was a great person to drink wine with at BiB Award Ceremony
5 & 6. Unique Young Mum, who is also someone I met at Britmums. She was really friendly and invited me to join her and her friend Mummy to the Max (check out her blog too - also a young mum). I looked at UYM blog when I got back and found a recent post where she says "No one chooses to be a single mum, do they?" It made me chuckle. Well, in a way, believe it or not yes Jade, some of us actually do - but only because our eggs got tired of waiting for Mr Right to show up! Quite a lot of people reading this will be single mums by choice (SMC's), though personally I like the phrase 'single by chance, mother by choice'.
Anyway - moving on, here are my 11 Questions from Tiara:
1. Do you believe in ghosts?
Not the type in white sheets that move the salt and rattle the teacups, no, but as a spirit or essence of something existing beyond it's physical presence, then yes, I think I do.
2. Which celebrity or public figure would you most like to meet?
That's a tricky one, I am not big on celebrities and hardly ever know who anyone is! It could be a mum who is fun to hang out with, (for example, I bet Katy Hill knows how to have fun), or someone like Thich Nhat Hanh, who I think is incredible. I have seen him speak, but would have no idea what to say to him if actually got to meet him, so lets stick with the celebrity mum idea.
3. Have you ever shop lifted?
Yes, but not intentionally. I found a 1/2p aniseed ball in my coat pocket once when I got out of the sweet shop having spent my 10p! I must have had it in my hand while I was deliberating how to spend my fortune (probably collected as the deposit for taking my Grandad's pop bottles back to the shop). I was scared and ashamed and dropped it down a drain so that no one knew!
4. Do you have a tattoo? If so, where/what?
5. Facebook or Twitter?
I'm not all that good at either really, but I can't choose between them either. Essentially for me, twitter is the place for finding new people/things/ideas, and facebook is a way of catching up with old friends
6. Nick has 8 cups. He gave Sam 5 cups. How many cups does Nick have left?
3? Why do I get the feeling I have not understood the question?
7. What is your favourite childhood birthday memory?
It would be my sister's birthday, not mine - I made her a cake that looked like a house - it took me forever but I was so proud and she loved it. I can't imagine that as a single parent I will ever have time to create something as elaborate for a child of my own.
8. Are you more like your Mother or Father…or neither?
A little bit of both I suppose, but then also quite a lot of me is different too. Mum is quite happy with her own company, as am I. She is also a nurturer, which I think I am too. Dad likes his own way and enjoys being helping people but not being taken for granted, and I am a bit like that too. But I am an independent career woman, which my Mum was not, and I love travel and living overseas, whereas Dad lives within 100m of his birthplace and has no intention of going anywhere!
9. What is your Dream Job?
I think I already head that. I worked between the Depts. of Education and Environment in Central Australia, worked with children, traveled out to remote communities and to all the State and Territory capitals, met some very amazing people and had the most beautiful office location you could imagine at the base of Mount Gillen in Alice Springs Desert Park. I did realise it was the best job ever at the time, but also it makes it hard for me to look for work now, as nothing could ever be so good.
10. Other than this current one, what era would you have most liked to live?Mmm, how big are your eras? I think 70's fashion would have suited me more than most, plus I love some of the music from that time so I think I would have been pretty happy then. If you are talking geological eras, I would definitely want to be in warmer country than I am now, but I think I could have been happy with the outdoor hunter gatherer lifestyle too.
11. What is your proudest moment?
Almost every time I look at BB - I am still amazed that I grew a baby! I was really happy when I was able to present him to my family, especially my grandmother. I also have lots of teaching moments that make me proud, and attending the PhD graduation of an old student whom the other teachers at my school labeled as a 'no hoper' made me feel pretty good too!
11 Random Facts about me:
- I really want to have a pet sheep one day
- I broke my ankle as a kid, rollerskating, on the first day of the six week summer holiday, and yes, you guessed it, I was in plaster for six weeks!
- My star sign is Scorpio
- I met Thomas Keneally in a pub in Kalgoorlie and he bought me a drink (JD and Coke)
- I ate Prince Charles' honey ants when he came to the Desert Park, as his minders wouldn't let him eat them.
- I hated school, but no one knew - I loved learning but the school bit sucked! Then I became a teacher, I'm still not fond of schools, but I love teaching.
- Before deciding to become an SMC with a donor I did consider getting pregnant by 'accident'
- I have to clean my teeth before I get in the bath or shower
- I had an almost fatal motorcycle accident in Thailand which totally changed my view on life, and made me want to LIVE it. Seriously - it made me so happy to be alive!
- I am almost Buddhist- that's the box I tick on the census form, but I don't practice much (I had just come from a meditation retreat when I had the motorbike accident - this could have contributed to my euphoria at being alive) Most of the teachings I listen to these days come from Zencast.
- My Favourite book as a child was The Winter of Enchantment by Victoria Walker. I have been searching for a copy for ages and finally found one. It hasn't arrived yet but I am so looking forward to it. I'll let you know if it's really as good as I thought. I borrowed it from the school library and everyone (teachers and parents) told me it was too hard for me to read, so it may just have been the fact that I read it anyway that made me like it - we'll see.
11 Questions for my Nominees:
(Tiara - you may see what I have done here!)
1. Why did you start blogging?
2. Mountain hideaway or a beach house?
3. Red or White?
4. Summer or winter?
5. Hot chocolate or coffee?
6. Strength training or cardio?
7. Computer or television?
8. Rolling Stones or Beatles?
9. Sidney or Paris?
10. Alaska or Hawaii?
11. Early bird or night owl?
To all my nominees, if you have time to answer these questions on your blog that would be fab, but if you'd rather not I do understand (and there is no dark magic or nasty accidents awaiting those who don't!). It took me a while, but I had fun doing it.
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