The completely fabulous Mrs Lister has tasked me with answering the questions from the Q & A in the weekend Guardian Magazine, so here goes.
Which living person do you most admire, and why?
Is it bad that I can't think of a specific person? I admire lots of different people, mostly woman who manage to pack so much into their lives or cope fabulously well at being single parents, although I also admire some of my friends who are married and are still happily together after 10, 15, 20+ years.
When were you happiest
On my wedding day.
What was your most embarrassing moment?
A couple of years ago I tripped on the pavement outside my house and was propelled onto the (busy) road. Within seconds I was surrounded by a large crowd of onlookers, motorists who'd stopped to help (I was lucky not to be run over) and neighbours who had spied me lying there, unable to move. Embarrassing and painful.
Aside from property, what’s the most expensive thing you’ve bought?
A painting, and no I'm not going to say how much it cost!
What is your most treasured possession?
A letter written by my brother shortly before he died.
Where would you like to live?
By the sea....the lure of the sea is very strong.
What’s your favourite smell?
It's either vanilla, or the smell of a freshly bathed baby.
Who would play you in the film of your life?
Hattie Jacques. Yeah, ok I know she's dead but nobody's really going to make a film about me are they?
What is your favourite book?
The Wishing Chair by Enid Blyton. I have very happy memories of reading a chapter a night to my girls when they were small, and they would get so excited about the next installment.
What is your most unappealing habit?
I'm extremely impatient. Extremely.
What would be your fancy dress costume of choice?
It would have to be Wonder Woman, I fancy wearing those big knickers and the tiara.
What is your earliest memory?
Sitting on the white, wooden gate in the front garden waiting for my brothers to come home from school. I must have been about 3.
What is your guiltiest pleasure?
I love watching The Real Housewives of New York and Atlanta. Fabulously voyeuristic stuff.
What do you owe your parents?
A lot. Especially my Mum.
To whom would you most like to say sorry, and why?
Can't think of anyone to be honest, although that doesn't mean there aren't lots of people waiting for an apology....
What or who is the greatest love of your life?
My two beautiful daughters.
What does love feel like?
Warm and fuzzy.
What was the best kiss of your life?
Bloody hell, I can't remember one. How sad is that?
Which words or phrases do you most overuse?
"Am I talking to myself?" or "Oh for goodness sake!"
What is the worst job you’ve done?
I used to be an au-pair in Germany and the woman I worked for treated me like a slave.
If you could edit your past, what would you change?
Nowt. Not even the bad stuff.
What is the closest you’ve come to death?
Once, in 1997 I was so ill I thought I was going to die. Fortunately it was just the hangover from hell (don't snigger) really I was so bad I couldn't even lift my head off the pillow. I've haven't been that drunk since.
What do you consider your greatest achievement?
My girls. No question.
When did you last cry, and why?
On Mother's Day when I read the messages in the cards my girlies had made for me.
How do you relax?
A glass of wine, a packet of crisps and a good film. I'm low maintenance, me.
What single thing would improve the quality of your life?
What is the most important lesson life has taught you?
What doesn't kill me makes me stronger.
Oooh, and I get to tag some more people:
Kat at 3 Bedroom Bungalow
Kelly at Writings and Ramblings
Chris at Thinly Spread
Nickie from Typecast