Meme 10-1

I just found this in my drafts as I was cleaning out my files, and thought I might as well post it (after I updated a few things) … my apologies, as I can’t remember whose blog I pinched it from in the first place!

10 Firsts
1. First best friend – Vicki (don’t remember my childhood before I was 10, and Vicki and I have been best friends since we were 10 when I moved to NZ)
2. First car – Austin A35 (in fact that’s apparently the car Wallis drives in the Wallis & Gromit movie!) … mine was painted green, and had the unoriginal nickname of ‘Kermit’
3. First love – Alan
4. First vacation – As kids it would have to be Great Yarmouth, I guess
5. First job – Shop assistant at the local “dairy” (aka Milk Bar, aka corner shop!)
6. First piercing – my ears (and they will be the only things ever pierced!)
7. First concert – When I was a kid, it would have been the Bay City Rollers haha
8. First record/cd bought – Probably a 45 of the Bay City Rollers, or it could have been Gary Glitter … LP’s/albums would have been The Police
9. First real love – Glen
10. First screen name – AnneS (not very original!)

9 Latest
1. Latest alcoholic beverage – A glass of Chardonnay last night
2. Latest car ride – Today, in the front of a tow-truck or last night, halfway to work
3. Latest movie watched – School of Rock
4. Latest phone call made – Mum
5. Latest jacuzzi bath – YEARS ago, in Auckland
6. Latest played cd – The Christmas Collection – blasting “Snoopy’s Christmas” at Christmas (I’ve been using my PC files for music since then)
7. Latest time you cried – before Christmas (the next time might be when I get my car repair bill!)
8. Latest meal – Beef in red wine casserole – yummo!
9. Latest curse – Um, pass … of course if you mean “latest CUSS”, then there’d be plenty to choose from … especially last night when my car broke down!!! LOL

8 Have You Ever
1. Dated one of your best friends – Nope
2. Been arrested – Nope
3. Fallen in love at first sight – Yes
4. Been in a TV program – Yes, if you call a Telethon a TV program …
5. Had your heart broken – Who hasn’t?
6. Said you love someone without meaning it – Nope, I’m not hypocritical and don’t say things I don’t mean … if you don’t want an honest answer, then I’m not the person to ask
7. Made a prank phone call – Nope, can’t keep a straight face, and hate prank calls 

7 Things You Wear
1. Jeans
2. Skechers sneakers
3. Glasses for driving/distance
4. Mum’s gold bracelet
5. Gold watch
6. Oscar de la Renta or Opium perfume
7. A smile … usually

6 Things You’ve Done Today
1. Thought about stitching … just didn’t get any actually done!
2. Had my car towed to a mechanic
3. Treated myself to a cappuccino at Elwood shops
4. Posted to my blog
5. Checked out new rental properties online
6. Checked out public transport options online to get to/from work

5 Favorite Things
1. My stitching stash
2. My jeans
3. My cameras
4. My computer
5. Cappuccinos

4 People I Can Tell Anything
1. Frazier
2. Hayley
3. Jenna
4. Carol

3 Choices
1. Black or white? Black
2. Summer or winter? Summer
3. Chocolate or chips? Chocolate (unless, of course, the chips/crisps are salt & vinegar flavoured, then the S&V wins hands down!)

2 Things to do Before You Die
1. Go hot air ballooning
2. Travel the world to new places, meeting my favourite bloggers along the way!

1 Thing You Regret
1. Spending $15,000 on a 3-month worldwide trip instead of on a deposit for a house

What am I doing here?

It’s after midnight, and I’ve ended up getting out of bed to make a milky Milo drink … my eyeballs feel like someone’s rubbed sand in them and they smart like hell, I’m so over-tired.  I was so exhausted this afternoon I did very little, except for a few grapes and a bit more backstitching on Bordeaux – the only reason I did that was because it was still on the floor stand, and I didn’t have the mental get-up-and-go to choose something else – plus I may not get chance for the SAL properly when Mum arrives, so at least I’ll have some progress to share this week.

I made the mistake of laying down on the sofa at about 6.30pm, after getting a bit dizzy from lack of sleep … I kept waking up regularly, then dozing off again, until 10.30pm – I’m surprised I managed to sleep at all in the weird and uncomfortable position I found myself in, I’m amazed my neck didn’t snap!  Of course the problem since then is even though I’m still incredibly exhausted, and my eyes are literally burning, I can’t get back to sleep again – I’ve been tossing and turning in bed for over an hour now, and finally decided to get up and make a milky drink to see if that’ll help.  I have to admit I enjoy the night shifts themselves, in that it’s more challenging because you’re on your own a lot of the time, but it’s also relaxed because you can wear your trackpants/jeans etc … but I seriously hate the effect it has on my body.  I feel as though I’ve had a massive hangover all day, and I feel as though I’ve totally wasted the day itself, which of course I really have.

Oh well, I’m sure in a day or two I’ll be feeling a bit more human and ready to tackle a few projects I have planned …

Before I forget, for Carol – the Dragon’s nickname started at Mum’s work … one of her co-workers/friends starting calling her the Dragon, and even put a sign on her door saying “Dragon’s Den” in jest … and it’s just kinda stuck!  When Mum retired they had a HUGE collection for her at work (she was a factory supervisor), and this is what Mum chose:

 I also bought her a dragon figurine that is absolutely gorgeous, I just love it – I can’t find a piccie online, though, as I can’t remember the name of the makers, and I’ve given up trying to search for it.Anyway, I suppose it’s time for me to try and return to sleep again, seeing as it’s now 1.30am – here’s a quick couple of memes just for the sake of it to finish off …

Your Five Factor Personality Profile

Extroversion:You have low extroversion.
You are quiet and reserved in most social situations.
A low key, laid back lifestyle is important to you.
You tend to bond slowly, over time, with one or two people.Conscientiousness:

You have medium conscientiousness.
You’re generally good at balancing work and play.
When you need to buckle down, you can usually get tasks done.
But you’ve been known to goof off when you know you can get away with it.


You have medium agreeableness.
You’re generally a friendly and trusting person.
But you also have a healthy dose of cynicism.
You get along well with others, as long as they play fair.


You have low neuroticism.
You are very emotionally stable and mentally together.
Only the greatest setbacks upset you, and you bounce back quickly.
Overall, you are typically calm and relaxed – making others feel secure.

Openness to experience:

Your openness to new experiences is medium.
You are generally broad minded when it come to new things.
But if something crosses a moral line, there’s no way you’ll approve of it.
You are suspicious of anything too wacky, though you do still consider creativity a virtue.

The Five Factor Personality Test

You Are a Prophet Soul

You are a gentle soul, with good intentions toward everyone.
Selfless and kind, you have great faith in people.
Sometimes this faith can lead to disappoinment in the long run.
No matter what, you deal with everything in a calm and balanced way.You are a good interpreter, very sensitive, intuitive, caring, and gentle.
Concerned about the world, you are good at predicting people’s feelings.
A seeker of wisdom, you are a life long learner looking for purpose and meaning.
You are a great thinker and communicator, but not necessarily a doer.

Souls you are most compatible with: Bright Star Soul and Dreaming Soul

What Kind of Soul Are You?

WordPress, How do I love thee?

Let me count the ways …

Have I said how much I love WordPress so far? Well just in case I haven’t, here are a few reasons why:

  • Tags – love the option to add labels to posts, eg Photo Hunts (although I keep forgetting to do it, and have to edit the post afterwards)
  • Having automatic comment spam filters – no need to use word verification (although it seems to keep treating one poster as spam hmmm)
  • Having email addresses and blog URL details on the comments posts sent to me via email (no having to click onto the blog entry to work out which person left the comment as there are 6 blog readers called Cathy, for example)
  • Having a “create new post” at the top of your blog, without having to go into Dashboard first
  • When you have more than one blog you just hover over the Dashboard link and a drop-down menu appears to choose which blog … no confusing messy Dashboard pages where you have to hunt to find what you’re looking for
  • Placing your cursor over a hyperlink shows a snapshot of the actual webpage! (LOVE that!!!)
  • Anyone can comment – you don’t have to open a Google account (!)
  • Pages – gotta love those little tabs, rather than having to create a post and link in the sidebars
  • Easily adaptable ‘widgets’ for the sidebars for adding text and photos etc
  • More options for uploading photos within a post (although I still haven’t explored all that fully yet), in regard to layout etc … very very simple to use
  • Simplicity of adding a graphic to personalise the header bar (on some templates only, though)
  • Auto saving facility of drafts, especially the “save and continue editing” option, so you remain on the same screen after saving
  • Very user-friendly interface in the Dashboard

The only downside I can think of right now is the choice of templates, and that you can’t manipulate the codings – for example, I really don’t like the font size and style of this template, but I can’t actually change it … eventually, though, I think I’ll pay for the CSS upgrade so I can manipulate the info to something that I prefer … but I’ll have to wait until I’ve got more time on my hands for that, which will be at least until after Easter, as my CA Wells pre-work will be arriving any day now. I still need to re-work my tags, though … I didn’t really plan them when I started and the list has been gradually evolving – I want to re-do the list at some stage (and, when I have nothing better to do) … one day 😉

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You are The Star

Hope, expectation, Bright promises.

The Star is one of the great cards of faith, dreams realised

The Star is a card that looks to the future. It does not predict any immediate or powerful change, but it does predict hope and healing. This card suggests clarity of vision, spiritual insight. And, most importantly, that unexpected help will be coming, with water to quench your thirst, with a guiding light to the future. They might say you’re a dreamer, but you’re not the only one.

What Tarot Card are You?
Take the Test to Find Out.

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And, finally, a Movie Meme that I pinched from Melli … (‘cos movies are my other great passion other than stitching)

(1) What’s your favourite movie genre?
I can’t decide between action and comedy as my absolute favourites … but especially love it when they’re combined, eg I adore the Lethal Weapon series for that reason.

(2) Name Ten Films you’d recommend to friends?
Crikey, I might be struggling to do this one, but here goes:

  1.  Lord of the Rings Trilogy
  2. Love Actually
  3. Remember the Titans
  4. 50 First Dates
  5. Sleepless in Seattle
  6. The Green Mile
  7. Bridget Jones’ Diary (1&2)
  8. Braveheart
  9. Men of Honor
  10. Dead Poet’s Society

(3) Do you ever watch a movie simply because of the actor in it? If so, who?
Yes, I’ve been known to do this – Cuba Gooding Jr, Mel Gibson, to name just a couple.

(4) If a movie you’re planning on seeing is based on a book, do you read the book? Are you generally disappointed with one or the other?
I usually prefer to read the book first, but then I’m always comparing it to the movie, and the movie always falls short – take the Power of One as an example … the mother is dead in one, and alive in the other, and there’s a love interest in the movie that sure as heck wasn’t in the first book … I hated that movie!  I would have been better off watching the movie first in that case.  I’m currently trying to decide whether to read the DaVinci Code before seeing the DVD, but not sure which to do first …

(5) If you’ve ever watched a movie based on a true story, have you ever then looked to see how closely the movie followed the actual events?
The only time I’ve been really keen to find out the ‘true’ story of history is after watching Braveheart (I was in Scotland at the time) – I was fascinated by the relationship between William Wallis and the Queen, and wondered if it was all hogs-wash … but usually I just sit back and enjoy the ride of the movie for its general entertaining qualities.

(6) Do you ever watch Indie movies or do you stick with only the main stream?
I can’t say whether I’ve seen an independent movie or not – I can’t say I take much notice, but probably main stream would be the norm for me, I guess.

(7) Do you collect the movies on DVD that you’ve really enjoyed to watch again?
You betcha!  I’ve lost count of the number of times I’ve seen some of my DVD’s – stitching and DVD’s is the world’s most perfect partnership for me!  I regularly add to my DVD collection when they’re on sale (I rarely buy them when they’re full price).

(8) What is the last film you went to see in a Theatre? Did you enjoy it or were you disappointed?
Pirates of the Caribbean 2 – I really enjoyed it … not so much as the first one, but enjoyed it just the same.  And it will definitely be added to the DVD collection once it’s been around for a while longer 😉  Before that it was probably National Treasure, which I also loved.  When Mum arrives I’m going to take her to see Night at the Museum … time will tell how much we enjoy it …

A meme or three …

I got tagged today by Linda for a meme, which triggered my memory banks that I also got tagged by two other people before Christmas that I didn’t post about … so now I’m going to make up for it and answer them all in the order they were received.

(1)  Veronica tagged me on this one. When I got tagged I’d only fairly recently completed it when I was tagged from someone else, so thought I’d wait a bit longer before doing it, and opted to choose Christmas so I could list my fave Christmas songs … but of course then I lost my internet connection and everything went out the window!  Anyway, here goes … 

Here are the rules: List seven songs you are into right now. No matter what the genre. Whether or not they have words or even if they are any good but they must be songs you’re really enjoying right now! Post these instructions in your blog along with with your seven songs. Then tag seven other people to see what they’re listening to (I don’t tend to tag people as some people don’t like it – I don’t mind it myself though – but if you want to do it yourself, feel free!).

  1. She will be loved – Maroon 5
  2. Lifestyles of the rich and famous – Good Charlotte
  3. Tubthumping – Chumbawumba
  4. Just the way it is – Eye TV
  5. Why does love do this to me – Dance Exponents
  6. Electron blue – REM
  7. When you say nothing at all – Ronan Keating

(2)  Next up was my tag by Christine, also around the time my internet access went AWOL …  Once again, I’d completed this one a wee while agao, so I’ll try to think of some extra ones this time.  Here goes – Five things you likely don’t know about me:

  1. I spent three years working part-time as Bar Supervisor at a local rugby (union) club in Auckland … I used to be extremely shy, but Mum reckons that job brought me out of my shell and I’ve never looked back (my vocabulary unfortunately is one of the things that changed, and I could probably make truck drivers blush!) – there are definitely many fond memories of that job being surrounded by so many burly blokes week-in week-out … it was a hard job, but someone had to do it!  A highlight was when we held the promotion party for an All Blacks video (The Good, the Bad, and the Rugby), and I got all the All Blacks there to sign a rugby ball for me (which I have since given away to an All Black-mad friend of mine).
  2. I had to sneak off to England to get my ears pierced for the second time – Mum always told me there’s no way I was going to get them done again (ie two holes in each ear) as that was tacky and trampish … the first thing I did when I went on my “big O.E.” away from home was to go into a department store and get my ears pierced again … and the first thing I did when I got home 6 months later was to flash off my earlobes 😛  I still love my two earrings in each ear!
  3. I’d voluntarily give up a limb for seafood … the first time I visited Australia with a work conference, I took a week’s leave afterwards and Mum flew over as well – we both adore seafood, especially king prawns.  Well, I gorged myself with that many king prawns that I ended up with big welts around my waistline on my back – my grandfather was apparently allergic to shellfish, and I was terrified I was picking up this tendency … it hasn’t stopped me, though, I still gorge out on them when I get the opportunity (which isn’t too often these days).
  4. Vicki and I are the only two people from our entire group of high school friends that turned out to be ‘straight’ – every single one of our group turned out to be gay (both the guys and gals) or ‘bi’ … and to this day I’ve attracted some close personal friends that are gay and love them to death – of course now I work in the airline industry I’ve got a lot of colleagues in that boat as well.
  5. At the age of 19 I was the Editor of Sphinx magazine … even though I know nothing about cars … for the Armstrong-Siddeley Car Club – Dad had a car and we all joined up (Mum, Dad and I) as members and had a blast for a few years.

(3)  Lucky last, Linda just tagged me to the 6 Weird Things About Me, which is probably very similar to (2) above, but once again I’ll try to come up with some extra ‘weird’ things about me. 
The rules: Each player of this game starts with the “6 weird things about you.” People who get tagged need to write in their blog of 6 weird things as well as state this rule clearly. In the end, you need to choose 6 people to be tagged and list their names.

  1. I can’t eat sultanas in curries … in my mind a decent sultana has no valid reason to be hanging out in a savoury dish with spices and other delicacies – it should be reserved for things like bread and butter pudding and the like.  Years ago an ex made a special effort and cooked me dinner – curry with sultanas – I could only apologise profusely, then promptly picked every single sultana out that I could find and pushed them to the side of the plate before I could eat it.
  2. My feet look like they’ve been chopped off with an axe … I have very broad feet with chubby little toes nicely in a line – because of which I have a nightmare of a job buying shoes, and regard that as a chore from hell, because I can very rarely find shoes that fit.
  3. I like lists, and have lists for LOADS of things – my CD collection, DVD collection, embroidery stash … but I hardly ever refer to them, apart from updating when I buy something new … I just enjoy the fun of organising everything into their little lists 🙂
  4. I can’t re-read books again once I’ve read them, but I always hated getting rid of books I’d already read, and one day vowed I’d have a spare room with a wall full of bookshelves for all my books.  Since my move to Aussie I’ve had to give that dream up, and ended up giving a lot of my books to the local library … the only books I’ve brought with me are my embroidery ones, and now I tend to listen to talking books instead so that takes up a lot less room!  Strangely enough, though, I can watch a DVD movie dozens and dozens of times and not get bored by it!
  5. I’m a world-class procrastinator … I’m always leaving things until the last minute and then rushing like a mad-woman the day before trying to get things done.
  6. I like to keep my DVD’s in alphabetical order (they’re not at the moment, though – but probably will be again after the next house move) … it’s so much easier finding the movie you’re looking for when they’re actually sorted into order – that’s my excuse, and I’m sticking to it!

Phew, I think that means I’m all caught up with memes for now – and you know many many useless and weird things about me 😛

Leporello update (updated)

I managed to get a bit more stitching done last night, and finished my Smalls rotation slot with the Leporello. Now it’s back to Winter Queen, which I realised I haven’t touched since I started her back in November 2005 – yikes!! Anyway, I managed another hour on her as well, but I won’t bother posting any progress until I’m at least halfway through my rotation. Here’s the Leporello, though, before I put it aside.

Leporello 21Jan07

This week I’m on 3pm shifts all week, which is great if I can keep up the habit of getting up early, and going to bed as soon as I get home (which is a bit harder to manage), as it gives me the whole morning to get a few things done – I take a meal into work with me, and have a regular meal break, as technically lunch is at about 7-7.30pm, which is perfect!

BTW, I managed to change my internet settings to get rid of that annoying Blogger pop-up … I’ll also go back to my last post and remove the old piccie as it seems to be confusing and annoying a few people 😉 Oh boy, though, it’s good not getting those stupid prompts before and after commenting – makes the whole process so much more pleasant … and speedy! 😀

Rightio, time to go and do the week’s laundry (I forgot about it yesterday, oops), then I may bake a batch of biscuits again (the Honey Coconut ones – yummo). Then I want to make some banana muffins or banana cake with my manky bananas, but that may have to wait until tomorrow … how awful, I end up with yummy munchies to splurge on LOL 😉

Updated to add a biccie piccie 😛
Honey Coconut Biscuits

Also: Thutmosis, if you’re by any chance reading this – I can’t find the comments link on your blog for some reason, and can’t leave a comment … could just be me having a blonde moment, though!

Updated: Well, what do you know?? I guess some quizzes really ARE good 😉

You Should Paint Your Room Blue

Peaceful and soothing, blue rooms have been known to reduce blood pressure.
Your blue room will encourage deep rest and great sleep.
A blue room is the perfect oasis for a stressful life.

Annoying Blogger! (updated)

I must say there is something about the new Blogger that annoys the hell out of me! I’m sick to death of getting the following prompt before and after trying to leave comments … does anyone out there know how to turn the stupid thing off? I don’t know whether it’s in my PC settings somewhere, but I do know “it has to go!”, as it’s driving me crazy!!! Angry emoticon [Updated to say I’ve managed to fix it – thanks for the help!!]

[Photo removed to save confusion and frustration 😉 ]

Not much to report today – I felt like death warmed up yesterday and just blobbed out – I can’t even tell you where the hours went yesterday … no stitching or TV watching, just vegetating and doing nothing … tidying up a few computer files and photos, and websurfing, and that’s about it! Mind you that seems to be pretty standard stuff after coming off 5am shifts, oh well … today’s another day!

Seeing as I didn’t get my full quota of Bordeaux stitching done last week, I’m going to sit for another hour or so today and finally put a few more stitches into it so I can show some progress. I’d love to be able to hit the true half-way mark by month’s end, but I might be pushing it hmmm. I’m going to sit and do that now, then it’s time to get motivated and get some housework done – I need to start allocating an hour every day to go through my things and see if I want to throw out any items to save lugging them around again in the next move, as well as starting to think about actually packing things away that I’m not currently using (ie kitchen things etc).

Updated to add my progress piccie after one more hour on Bordeaux – I’m happy now I’ve managed to complete two hours stitching on it, so it can wait until Thursday again for the next stitching session 🙂
Bordeaux Sampler at 21Jan07

Rightio, time to surgically remove myself from this computer chair and get moving! I’ll update with a piccie later when I have something to show 🙂 But here’s something else I just remembered I did yesterday … now I can close that screen down 😉 Perhaps this explains my affinity to ducks! LOL


Engaging personality, sensitive, modest, occasionally narcissistic, but can rise above vanity.
Colors: male: violet, female: rose
Compatible Signs:
Set, Horus
Feb 12 – Feb 29, Aug 20 – Aug 31
Role: God of the earth
Green-skinned man, with leaves all over his body and a goose on his head. Sometimes he was shown laying on his side under his wife, the sky goddess Nut.
Sacred animals:

What is Your Egyptian Zodiac Sign?
Designed by CyberWarlock of Warlock’s Quizzles and Quandaries

Christmas Gifties

As promised, here are piccies of the beautiful gifts received from my stitching pals – I apologise for the poor quality of the photos, as the light is almost as bad this morning as it was last night … and I ended up taking them on top of my clothes that are drying (or in this case a bedsheet … guess who will be ironing again soon? LOL). Piccies are not in any particular order 🙂

First up is a beautiful biscornu from Jenna – I have to admit, I knew what this one was, but it was still a wonderful surprise to see it first-hand and hold it 🙂 And Jenna’s stitching and finishing is perfection in itself – I just love it! 😀 It’s going straight on display in my basket!

Next up is my gift from Katrina – how cool is this?? I adore the frangipani memo board, and it’s really going to brighten up my fridge … it’s just perfect! And that would have been plenty enough, but I also received a gorgeous needlework roll … funnily enough I have the chart bought all ready to make one for myself, but I just haven’t pulled my finger out to give it a try yet … and now there’s no hurry! I just adore it!! And how perfect is it going to be for all my unfinished ornies to keep them in one place before they get finished? Thanks Katrina – I love everything! 😀

Next up is a beautiful wallhanging from Sylvie – how did you ladies know I love blue so much? LOLOL. How gorgeous is this? I’ve never had a wallhanging before, and it’s taking pride of place hanging up on the side of my computer desk so I can admire it every day – I just love it! Thank you so much Sylie, I adore it! 😀

And last, but not least, here’s another stunner – this time from Nicki. What a stunning ornie, and not one I’d attempt myself (mainly due to the finishing) – once again perfect finishing and stitching, and the colours are just beautiful. I’ve got two photos this time so you can see more of the stitching. Thanks Nicki, I truly love it!

And finally my gift to myself – bought just before my finances went bust … I can finally drool all over my Gingher’s Alyssa scissors – they’re just so beautiful! Thanks to Jenna’s ingenuity, I had to wait until now before I could see my little purchase … and they were definitely worth waiting for!

Thanks again ladies for making my Christmas Day so special – I love all my gifts, and I’ll treasure everything always {{hugs}}.

Ooh, I almost forgot … this gave me a giggle … how appropriate!! I obviously love the tree so much I turn myself into one!!! LOLOLOL.

You Are a Tree
You love every part of the holidays, down to the candy canes and stockings. And you’re goofy enough to put a Christmas tree ornament on your tree!

WhatChristmas Ornament Are You?

Now it’s off to work again – it’s freezing outside (I’m sat here in my winter PJ’s and dressing gown, go figure!), so I’ll be bundling up in my jeans and polar fleece for the day … what happened to those 43C days? LOL.

Have a wonderful day everyone! 😀

I tagged myself & SBQ

In an effort to wind down after work (it wasn’t a good night, but I won’t go into that right now, or I’ll go back to focusing on it again), here’s another series of questions/answers I grabbed from Annette’s blog. I think I may have answered something similar when I first started blogging, but here goes anyway …

48 Things You Could Care Less About

2. WERE YOU NAMED AFTER ANYONE? Not as far as I know
3. WHEN DID YOU LAST CRY? About 3 weeks ago after Mum had gone home – a combination of being hormonal, sleep deprived and missing my Mum
4. DO YOU LIKE YOUR HANDWRITING? I always gets compliments on it, but I don’t think it’s anything special – depends what mood I’m in as to how tidy it is!
6. IF YOU WERE ANOTHER PERSON WOULD YOU BE FRIENDS WITH YOU? Yes, I’d say so, except I’d avoid being around myself on 5am shifts
7. DO YOU HAVE A JOURNAL? This blog is it for now
8. DO YOU STILL HAVE YOUR TONSILS? Nope – got them taken out in my early 30’s
9. WOULD YOU BUNGEE JUMP? Only if I was pushed … basically no!
10. WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE CEREAL? Depends on my mood – Frosties when being ‘bad’, muesli when being healthy, and Weet-Bix for simplicity
12. DO YOU THINK YOU ARE STRONG? Mentally and spiritually yes
13. WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE ICE CREAM FLAVOR? Orange chocolate chip or coffee
14. SHOE SIZE? 8
15. RED OR PINK? Definitely red – basically anything BUT pink … yuk!
17. WHO DO YOU MISS THE MOST? My Mum when she’s not here
19. WHAT COLOR PANTS, SHIRT AND SHOES ARE YOU WEARING? Blue jeans, denim-blue T-shirt, two-tone purple polar fleece jacket, and powder blue Skechers (I love weekend dress code at work!)
20. LAST THING YOU ATE? Scone with jam an cream (someone at work made them and dished them out just before 11pm)
21. WHAT ARE YOU LISTENING TO RIGHT NOW? Traffic noise outside
22. IF YOU WERE A CRAYON, WHAT COLOR WOULD YOU BE? Blue – that’s a no-brainer!
23. FAVORITE SMELL? Depends on my mood … frangipani flowers or vanilla
24. WHO WAS THE LAST PERSON YOU TALKED TO ON THE PHONE? Some moron telemarketing for ING before work … and a travel agent on the phone at work
26. DO YOU LIKE THE PERSON you stole THIS from? Yes
27. FAVORITE DRINK? Jim Beam bourbon and L&P … sheer nectar!
28. FAVORITE SPORT? None, I hate them all equally … OK, if I HAVE to choose I’d have to say Rugby Union (but I usually only watch NZ vs Aussie matches anymore)
29. EYE COLOR? Blue
30. HAT SIZE? Large – I have a big skull!
31. DO YOU WEAR CONTACTS? Nope, not anymore – had my eyes lasered
32. FAVORITE FOOD? Depends on my mood … love lemon meringue pie, smoked salmon with cream cheese and capers on bagels, and king prawns … I just love food generally
33. SCARY MOVIES OR HAPPY ENDINGS? Mainly happy endings – but enjoy a scary movie every now and then
37. FAVORITE DESSERT? Lemon meringue pie or pavlova
38. WHO IS MOST LIKELY TO RESPOND? Not really applicable
40. WHAT BOOKS ARE YOU READING? The Closers by Michael Connelly (audiobook)
41. WHAT’S ON YOUR MOUSE PAD? Penguins – from a painting by a NZ artist
42. WHAT DID YOU WATCH LAST NIGHT ON TV? Nothing – didn’t switch the TV on … the night before was Jamie Oliver’s ‘Fifteen in Melbourne’
43. FAVORITE SOUNDS? The final beep from my headset when I’m signing out at work 😉
45. THE FURTHEST YOU’VE BEEN FROM HOME? Depends which home you’re referring to … the Greek Islands from NZ will be my choice for now
46. WHAT’S YOUR SPECIAL TALENT? Don’t think any are particularly ‘special’
47. WHERE WERE YOU BORN? Doncaster, South Yorkshire, UK
48. WHO SENT THIS TO YOU? I took it from Annette

And now for the SBQ …

Today’s SBQ was suggested by Vash and is:

“Which way do you stitch, i.e. do you stitch /// followed by \\\ on top, or the other way around \\\ followed by ///? Are you left-or right-handed and do you think that this affects the way that you stitch?”

I stitch /// then \\\ … probably because when I was teaching myself the little kit showed it done that way in the instructions, and I continued the same way ever since. I can’t say it has anything to do with being right-handed at all, just that I didn’t know any other way back then …

Tagged …

Over the last few days I’ve been tagged, and thought it’s about time I sat down and answered them, so here goes …

I’ve Been Tagged by Andie for this one.

The rules:
List seven songs you are into right now. No matter what the genre, whether or not they have words, or even if they’re not any good, but they must be songs you’re really enjoying now. Post these instructions in your blog along with your seven songs. Then tag seven other people to see what they’re listening to.

I’ve been going back through my ‘old’ CD collection recently, so those oldies are probably in my head more than the new stuff at the moment, but here goes:

1) Superman – Five For Fighting (loved this one for years and still love it!)
2) Beautiful – James Blunt
3) Big Yellow Taxi – Counting Crows
4) Without Me – Eminem
5) Shiny Happy People – REM
6) Babylon – David Gray
7) Paradise by the Dashboard Light – Meatloaf

Haha, definitely an eclectic mix in there! I have a very varied taste in music … the only things you won’t find in my music collection will be country music (with the exception of John Denver and Willie Nelson!) and opera (no exceptions … ever … haha – Phantom of the Opera doesn’t count!). Not a huge fan of rap, but don’t mind a couple of songs.

Rightio, on to the next one … for this one I was tagged by Margaret. I have to say 5 things that are weird about myself or my pets … hmmm …

1) I eat what’s on my plate generally in order … ie I’ll usually eat the things I don’t enjoy so much first, followed by the yummier things – perhaps that’s part of why I’m the size I am, if I left the yucky stuff to last, I won’t be obliged to stuff it into me even though I’m already full, ‘cos I don’t want to waste the yummy stuff 😉 Actually I think I’m breaking this habit, but I have always worked my way round the plate finishing each type of food before starting on the next.

2) I can spot a duck at a 1000 paces … that probably doesn’t surprise anyone! I just love to see ducks out in the wild, and I’ve always been drawn to them since I was a ‘wee nipper’. Amazingly enough, I still have an affinity to them, as my stuffed toy collection will prove 🙂 A girl can never have too many ducks!!

3) Our cat Rio used to go absolutely crazy over freshly ground coffee – more so than cat nip. One day I brought a bag of ground coffee home, and it was sitting on the lounge floor inside the plastic carry bag. Rio started rolling all over it, smooching his cheeks all over it and salivating like there was no tomorrow – I’ve never seen anything like it in my life … definitely weird!

4) I like sitting on the floor … you can tell I feel really comfortable in your home if I jump down to the carpet and park myself there – dunno why, but I love sprawling on the floor.

5) I have a bit of an aversion to the phone ringing at home … I really hate it. Perhaps ‘cos I spend all day on the phones, I dunno, but heaven help those telemarketers who phone me after hours at home invading my peace and quiet 😉

As far as tagging other people, I think most people have done both of these now … if you haven’t and feel like joining, consider yourself tagged! 😀

Now, for my finale, stolen from Judith’s blog … this has been around for a while and I’ve never bothered doing it before, but I’m just in the mood for it now … 😉

What I have done is in “bold“.

1. Bought everyone in the bar a drink
2. Swam with dolphins
3. Climbed a mountain
4. Taken a Ferrari for a test drive
5. Been inside the Great Pyramid
6. Held a tarantula
7. Taken a candlelit bath with someone
8. Said “I love you” and meant it
9. Hugged a tree
10. Bungee jumped
11. Visited Paris
12. Watched a lightning storm at sea
13. Stayed up all night long and saw the sun rise
14. Seen the Northern Lights
15. Gone to a huge sports game
16. Walked the stairs to the top of the leaning Tower of Pisa
17. Grown and eaten your own vegetables
18. Touched an iceberg
19. Slept under the stars
20. Changed a baby’s diaper
21. Taken a trip in a hot air balloon
22. Watched a meteor shower
23. Gotten drunk on champagne
24. Given more than you can afford to charity
25. Looked up at the night sky through a telescope
26. Had an uncontrollable giggling fit at the worst possible moment
27. Had a food fight
28. Bet on a winning horse
29. Asked out a stranger
30. Had a snowball fight
31. Screamed as loudly as you possibly can
32. Held a lamb
33. Seen a total eclipse
34. Ridden a roller coaster
35. Hit a home run
36. Danced like a fool and not cared who was looking
37. Adopted an accent for an entire day
38. Actually felt happy about your life, even for just a moment
39. Had two hard drives for your computer
40. Visited all 50 states
41. Taken care of someone who was shit faced
42. Had amazing friends
43. Danced with a stranger in a foreign country
44. Watched wild whales
45. Stolen a sign
46. Backpacked in Europe
47. Taken a road-trip
48. Gone rock climbing
49. Midnight walk on the beach
50. Gone sky diving
51. Visited Ireland
52. Been heartbroken longer than you were actually in love
53. In a restaurant, sat at a stranger’s table and had a meal with them
54. Visited Japan
55. Milked a cow
56. Alphabetized your CDs
57. Pretended to be a superhero
58. Sung karaoke
59. Lounged around in bed all day
60. Posed nude in front of strangers
61. Gone scuba diving
62. Kissed in the rain
63. Played in the mud
64. Played in the rain
65. Gone to a drive-in theater
66. Visited the Great Wall of China
67. Started a business
68. Fallen in love and not had your heart broken
69. Toured ancient sites
70. Taken a martial arts class
71. Played D&D for more than 6 hours straight
72. Gotten married
73. Been in a movie
74. Crashed a party
75. Gotten divorced
76. Gone without food for 5 days
77. Made cookies from scratch
78. Won first prize in a costume contest
79. Ridden a gondola in Venice
80. Gotten a tattoo
81. Rafted the Snake River
82. Been on television news programs as an expert
83. Got flowers for no reason
84. Performed on stage
85. Been to Las Vegas
86. Recorded music
87. Eaten shark
88. Eaten fugu (pufferfish)
89. Had a one-night stand
90. Gone to Thailand
91. Bought a house
92. Been in a combat zone
93. Buried one/both of your parents
94. Been on a cruise ship
95. Spoken more than one language fluently
96. Performed in Rocky Horror Picture Show
97. Raised children
98. Followed your favorite band/singer on tour
99. Taken an exotic bicycle tour in a foreign country
100. Picked up and moved to another city to just start over
101. Walked the Golden Gate Bridge
102. Sang loudly in the car, and didn’t stop when you knew someone was looking
103. Had plastic surgery
104. Survived an accident that you shouldn’t have survived
105. Wrote articles for a large publication
106. Lost over 100 pounds
107. Held someone while they were having a flashback
108. Piloted an airplane
109. Petted a stingray
110. Broken someone’s heart
111.Ridden a bike
112. Won money on a T.V. game show
113. Broken a bone
114. Gone on an African photo safari
115. Had a body part of yours below the neck pierced
116. Fired a rifle, shotgun, or pistol
117. Eaten mushrooms that were gathered in the wild
118. Ridden a horse
119. Had surgery
120. Had a snake as a pet
121. Hiked to the bottom of the Grand Canyon
122. Slept for more than 30 hours over the course of 48 hours
123. Visited more foreign countries than U.S. states
124. Visited all 7 continents
125. Taken a canoe trip that lasted more than 2 days
126. Eaten kangaroo meat
127. Eaten sushi
128. Had your picture in the newspaper
129. Changed someone’s mind about something you care deeply about
130. Gone back to school
131. Parasailed
132. Petted a cockroach
133. Eaten fried green tomatoes
134. Read The Iliad and The Odyssey
135. Selected one important author who you missed in school, and read
136. Killed and prepared an animal for eating
137. Skipped all your school reunions
138. Communicated with someone without sharing a common spoken language
139. Been elected to public office
140. Written your own computer language
141. Thought to yourself that you’re living your dream
142. Had to put someone you love into hospice care
143. Built your own PC from parts
144. Sold your own artwork to someone who didn’t know you
145. Had a booth at a street fair
146. Dyed your hair
147. Been a DJ
148. Shaved your head
149. Caused a car accident
150. Saved someone’s life

Itchy stitcher fingers

I’ve decided to answer an archival Stitching Meme, because it’s relevant for the first time today …

“Do you have a case of startitis?What projects are you dying to start? Which would you start today if you “allowed” yourself?”

Um, the answer is well and truly “yes” … today I received my latest Mystery Bits from SB&B, and they included threads for three projects that are very high on my “wanna start it now” wishlist – both the Golden Garden Sweet Bag and Never Enough Berries by Forget-Me-Knots in Stitches, and the Summer at the Ocean needleroll by Jeannette Douglas Designs … I am seriously itching to start the sweet bag and the needleroll BIG TIME! I’ve had to keep putting them to one side until I had all the threads, but now I’ve got everything for the needleroll, and just missing 2 Soie d’Alger silks for the sweet bag … I can barely contain my excitement!! 😀 I also just need one Waterlilies silk for the berries set, but I don’t have all the fabric for that one, so a slightly longer wait … but I have plenty to keep me out of trouble in the meantime haha. The needleroll will get started during the next SAL … and I might just have to find a spot for the sweet bag in my rotation … 😉 Mind you, it’s quite a ‘varied’ chart and the FMNIS charts are never that easy to follow, so it may become an ongoing project and push my rotation a bit out the window … time will tell … 😉

Today I’m feeling very jaded, and my eyes are like little slits at only 3pm – I came off a 6pm finish last night, onto a 5am start today, and I never sleep that well doing that – after the previous bad sleep due to the rugby, it’s definitely caught up with me. I’ve just put a load of washing in the machine, and trying to keep active to keep me awake … in a short while I’ll sit down and try to stitch some more on the NASCARs piece, but I think I’ll be in bed at about 6pm tonight as it’s a 5am start again tomorrow yuk!