As tagged by Suse.
Completed as a break from a cooking marathon in which I have made about a square metre of lasagne,
baked a lemon and fennel pork shoulder roast
and - because the oven was on - an organic chook that called to me from the shop yesterday... Also pre-made broccoli and cauliflower au gratin, up to browning stage, and par boiled the spuds ready to go into the roasting tray. Oh, and packed away the five litres of stock I cooked down yesterday because I couldn't resist the lure of carcasses for 65 cents a kilo.
48 Things seems very manageable after all that.
1. FIRST NAME?
Rebecca at work; Bec at home, Becky to anyone with a death wish (but I will tolerate it from people who changed my nappies. And one gay male friend who I have no chance of stopping anyway).
2. WERE YOU NAMED AFTER ANYONE?
No. I leapt out of the Big Book of Baby Names and weird as it seems now, in 1967 no one else was calling their daughters Rebecca. I was in Year 8 at high school before I even heard of another Rebecca.
(My middle name is my mother's first name, and her middle name was her mother's first name, and I gave the Pea Princess my first name for her middle name - does that count for the question?)
3. WHEN DID YOU LAST CRY?
It was work-related and no matter how I try I cannot think of a way to describe it to you without outing myself. Those few who know what I do might look to the Sunday papers for the latest car smash involving an 18 year old and guess the connection.
More openly, I confess I snivelled through the last 20 minutes or so of the series final of Grey's Anatomy on Monday night.
4. DO YOU LIKE YOUR HANDWRITING?
5. WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE LUNCHMEAT?
Lunchmeat sounds like such a foreign word. Hands up any Australians who use it? Thought not.
Probably shaved ham. Simple.
6. IF YOU WERE ANOTHER PERSON WOULD YOU BE FRIENDS WITH YOU?
Maybe. But I would find my spelling and grammar corrections annoying.
7. DO YOU HAVE A JOURNAL?
A couple of old angsty ones. One from the divorce. One from the trying-for-more-than-one-child days.
And this, of course. I'd much rather read this.
8. DO YOU STILL HAVE YOUR TONSILS?
Yes. But I seem to have misplaced my appendix.
9. WOULD YOU BUNGEE JUMP?
Possibly. If I was drugged. And ready to die anyway.
10. WHAT IS YOUR FAVOURITE CEREAL?
Cereal sucks. A view I have tried hard to hide from my children.
11. DO YOU UNTIE YOUR SHOES WHEN YOU TAKE THEM OFF?
No. Nor when I put them back on.
12. DO YOU THINK YOU ARE STRONG?
A bit. A few of the men I am closest to have said so.
Physically I can still carry both twins - but only the length of the driveway.
13. WHAT IS YOUR FAVOURITE ICE CREAM FLAVOUR?
Not big on ice cream generally but probably something with a bit of crunch like Hokey Pokey.
14. SHOE SIZE?
Oh crap. I hate this. I was about an 8 before first baby and permanently added half a size with each pregnancy. This happened to my mother and her sister too.
5. RED OR PINK?
More and more red as I get older. I don't know why I didn't think of it sooner.
16. WHAT IS YOUR LEAST FAVOURITE THING ABOUT YOURSELF?
Procrastination. Vindictiveness. Disorganisation. Selfishness. Under-achievement... and a truly appalling temper.
17. WHO DO YOU MISS THE MOST?
My mum. Every day.
18. DO YOU WANT EVERYONE TO SEND THIS BACK TO YOU?
This question just doesn't make sense - maybe the meme morphed from an email version? but if you want to tell me you've done one yourself I'd be happy to come read it.
19. WHAT COLOUR PANTS, SHIRT AND SHOES ARE YOU WEARING?
Blue tracky dacks, blue and white striped shirt, white socks (most likely black underneath now) and a blue butcher's apron.
20. LAST THING YOU ATE?
The scrambled eggs with thyme and ham I made for breakfast. I'm hungry!
21. WHAT ARE YOU LISTENING TO RIGHT NOW?The Boys Light Up,
Australian Crawl. I changed all the CDs yesterday because the Prof was whinging the music was too girly. Mind you, his version of blokey is 1970s so we have old Elton John, Santana and (ugh) Pink Floyd in the mix today too.
22. IF YOU WERE A CRAYON, WHAT COLOUR WOULD YOU BE?
That dark green that turns out to be more like aqua on the page.
23. FAVOURITE SMELL?
Gardenias. Mine are in bloom today.
24. WHO WAS THE LAST PERSON YOU TALKED TO ON THE PHONE?
25. THE FIRST THING YOU NOTICE ABOUT PEOPLE YOU ARE ATTRACTED TO?
Their eyes. I never, ever look at shoes - I wonder why?
26. DO YOU LIKE THE PERSON YOU STOLE THIS FROM?
Enough to wish I lived in Melbourne. But I'd probably never get to see her then, either.
Plus, she gave
it to me. So piss off.
27. FAVOURITE DRINK?
The fermented fruit of the vine.
Or soda water. Lurve
28. FAVOURITE SPORT?
Horizontal folk dancing. (Ask a stupid question...)
29. EYE COLOUR?
Started out blue, getting greener as I age.
Maybe it's mould?
30. HAT SIZE?
I have an oval head. I don't do hats.
Mind, if someone can tell me the secret to getting NICE hats that will sit properly on oval heads without paying $500 to a milliner, I'd love to turn into a hat person.
31. DO YOU WEAR CONTACTS?
No. But glasses are needed more and more often.
32. FAVOURITE FOOD?
What? Will you ask me for my favourite child next?
If I was to plan a menu just for me (and when was the last time I did that, I wonder?) it would certainly include oysters, scallops, prawns and lots of champagne.
33. SCARY MOVIES OR HAPPY ENDINGS?
35. SUMMER OR WINTER?
36. HUGS OR KISSES?
Depends. I like a lot of both.
37. FAVOURITE DESSERT?
Why waste eating time on sweet stuff? Maybe a really kick-arse cheese board?
38. WHO IS MOST LIKELY TO RESPOND?
Judging by my search engine hits lately, it could well be someone who wants to bake their Granny Pants
into a Coconut Pineapple Walnut Carrot Cake
while pointing the Punisher's guns
at Jessica Simpson's big breasts
, planting a camellia hedge
, checking their Scarlet Fever symptoms
and hating Elvis
39. LEAST LIKELY TO RESPOND?
The lurkers. Go on though: I dare you.
40. WHAT BOOKS ARE YOU READING?
(For bed) Cloud Atlas by David Mitchell. (For train commute) Number 9 Dream also by David Mitchell (because it's lighter and easier to fit in my bag).
I've just finished re-reading the fifth Harry Potter because the Pea Princess has finished the first four, but I decided this one is too teenaged and death driven for her (8yo) just yet. See how prudish I can be?
41. WHAT'S ON YOUR MOUSE PAD?
I use a laptop. It's a touch pad. So: my right middle finger tip.
42. WHAT DID YOU WATCH LAST NIGHT ON TV?
43. FAVOURITE SOUNDS?
My children when they're getting on. Surprisingly common.
Also, the Jackie Marshall CD Shula recommended
. Playing in the laptop now to drown out some dreadful Augie March coming from the lounge room.
44. ROLLING STONE OR BEATLES?
Neither really. But I'd do Mick Jagger over John Lennon any day.
45. THE FURTHEST YOU'VE BEEN FROM HOME?
Physically - France. Culturally - Malawi. Socially - the Corridors of Power.
46. WHAT'S YOUR SPECIAL TALENT?
Finding other people's spelling mistakes.
47. WHERE WERE YOU BORN?
Alice Springs, Northern Territory, Australia.
48. WHO SENT THIS TO YOU?The bloggerly equivalent of comfort and nourishment in a bowl