Yaknow those magical planets which have two suns? (No, not this one – ones like in the movies) and how breathtakingly bizarre it is to see both the suns and the opposing shadows they cast, and the ethereal beauty of twice the normal amount of light?
Well over the course of the last 48 hours, I’ve been given DOUBLE the sunshine, which is absolutely awesome.
|This one’s from Stephanie
|This one’s from Kerri
(and damn STRAIGHT I’m showing them both off, thankyouverymuch!)
So the premise is, that I answer questions set by the awarder of said sunshine, and then create ten of my own for the ten other bloggers I’m going to nominate to receive the award.
Wish me luck, everybody!
1. What is on your to-do list for fall?
I’m meant to be finally getting out into the garden, pulling up all the weeds from the lawn and shaping out a new flower-bed, digging it, planting a tree (Amalanchia Lemarkii) and a peace rose, both of which have been valiantly struggling in pots for the last few years, then creating a kind of paving-slabbed patio area on which to keep the chiminea. It’s gonna be capital-E Effort, folks, but worthwhile.
2. Have you bought any holiday presents yet?
Yes. Lots. I tend to start buying them waaaay early in the year (like before Easter) just as I come across things. I have a big tub which all the presents go into, and a book which lists what the present is, who it’s for and whether it’s for a birthday or a Christmas present. I’ve also got a bunch of blank canvases which I need to get painted up for some more little presents. I like doing homemade things where possible, for the most important people (e.g. the people who will find it most meaningful to receive a homemade present and will be accordingly so blown away that it doesn’t matter too much if it’s really not very good)
3. Pumpkin Spice Latte or Peppermint Mocha?
They both sound grim. I’ll stick to tea, thanks.
4. What is your favorite book?
No WAY! You’re only giving me ONE BOOK! Impossible! I can’t even begin to answer. It would be by Gerald Durrell or David Attenborough or Lewis Thomas or James Herriott, and I couldn’t possibly narrow it down further than that.
5. Share something embarrassing.
The other month when I played netball with my friends, I fell down three times in the one game, and only one of the falls was because I fell over someone else. The other two were just full-on self-induced SPLUTS
6. What is your favorite animal.
Orca, my magical (invisible, imaginary) orca, upon whom I go on interstellar rides through the Twitterverse with my friend Piper, to slide round the rings of Neptune or paint Mars a different colour, or try to catch a falling star or sixteen. Because sometimes life gets to the point where, actually, you just need to blast off into space on your own, private killer-whale, and have a marvellous time Not In Your Own Head. Just for a bit.
(And occasionally we try to take Dana along with us, though we’re not sure she always quite understands what’s going on, she does like the sandwiches)
7. What was your favorite toy as a child?
Lego or marble run. But mostly books.
8. Apples or pears?
Ack! They’re both a bit of a chore, to be honest! Apples then. Braeburns.
9. Are you going to celebrate Halloween?
Nope. It’s not a ‘thing’ over here.
10. Were you a mommy’s or daddy’s girl?
Neither. I tried being a Mummy’s girl, but she was very strictly and mindfully fair about not having a favourite. My sister and I both thought Dad preferred the other one.
1. Favorite moment of THIS week?
Before I started the 5:2 diet in April, I would’ve said bread, but I rarely eat any now. Then I would’ve said cheese, but I gave that up too. Of the foods I regularly eat, it would probably have to be plums. Or coleslaw. I’d be sad without either of them. Or tinned tomatoes, because they form the base of most of the recipes we cook.
3. If you could have any career, what would you choose?
Is ‘Well-paid Rich Person’ an option? I would like to be a writer, but I kindasorta already am. A rich, well-paid writer then.
4. You are stranded on a desert island, who would you want to be stranded with? (and don’t be lame and say your child/spouse)
I would definitely want to be stranded with my Ten Things of Thankful gang, so that we could all FINALLY get round to having that picnic we’ve been talking about.
5. What would be your perfect date? (With your spouse/partner this time!)
A wander down the beach, paddling in the waves and holding hands, with a picnic somewhere along the way, time to talk and just spend time together, out of our normal situation, relaxing and enjoying one another’s company. With a visit to our favourite Mexican restaurant, La Cantina, in the evening.
6. Favorite childhood memory?
Decorating the Christmas tree on Christmas eve, listening to Bach’s Tonet Ihr Pauken, with everyone (for once) happy and helping one another to make everything perfect for Christmas morning.
7. If you won Powerball, what would be your first purchase?
Is that some kind of lottery? My first purchase would be our flat, so that we know we have it and are safe and owe no-one anything for it.
8. Favorite vacation memory?
From this year? (Kerri, why are your questions giving me more questions?) I think it would have to be the times I spent snuggled with Niece and Neff. All of them. Having them close, happy, comfortable, safe, enjoying their holiday, tucked up against me. Perfect.
9. What sport would you most like to try if you were promised you could do it without looking like a fool?
What fun is trying a new thing if you don’t get to look like a prat? So far in my life I’ve managed to try several sports and have a MARVELLOUS time looking like a complete prat, including ice-skating (fell over), surfing (fell off, got swept up the beach hanging onto the board sideways), horse-riding (in England you have to wear really dorky helmets to ride), swimming (no, okay, I’m alright at that), running (oh my days – I’m so SLOW! I swear old women overtake me on their zimmer frames!), netball (all the falling down), rock climbing (climbed a MASSIVE rock in Yorkshire (about 3 storeys high) and nearly got stuck on the top – it was only the thought of the humiliation of needing to be airlifted off which got me down again), cycling (Hit By Car)…
I think the one sport I really would love to try (and would NOT want to look like a fool, because I suspect that looking foolish=doing something foolish=dying) is wingsuit gliding. Looks amazing.
1. What’s your favourite thing about winter?
2. Which other country/culture would you like to have been born into?
3. What’s the most recent food you ate which you’d never tried before?
4. What is your favourite song this week?
5. What was the last dream you had?
6. Where have you always wanted to visit?
7. Who was your best friend when you were a child?
8. What did you most recently rebel about?
9. How did you celebrate your last birthday?
10. What’s your earliest memory?
My Chosen Sunshiney Ones
Piper – Talk About Cheesecake
Lori – The Next Step
Emma – Exploring the Emmaverse
Angela – Momopolize
Karen and or Wendy – After the Kids Leave
Jen – Hysterical Casserole
Kerry – New 2 Two
Kate – Another Clean Slate
Kathy – My Dishwasher’s Possessed
Lisa – The Golden Spoons