Thursday, 28 November 2013

Goodbye to my Masters and Hello Self Employment!

Since my last blog it has been a bit hectic (as usual!) and a lot of things have been changing; either coming to an end or starting out.

Firstly I am delighted to announce I have finished my Masters!!! I submitted my dissertation on time at the start of October and I have to say I am very pleased with my efforts. Some areas I would have liked to tweak a bit more but there simply wasn't any more time. Plus a lot of my friends who had finished before me said it was a bit like being an artist who is never finished with a painting continuously tweaking it. I understand what they mean now, and I probably would never have been 100% happy with it, but I am pleased with my final submission. I have now got a Masters degree although I will not know my grade until December. Fingers crossed I haven't disgraced myself!

It was a bit sad not being a student any more, but at the same time it was a great relief to be finished. As you will know from my other blogs I had a long list of things I was looking forward to doing when I was finished. Yet when I had finished for the first few days I didn't want to do any of them and curiously found myself feeling bored!! It was wonderful feeling bored! I had absolutely nothing I HAD to be doing. It was great. Although it did take about week for me to stop going "I should be writing my chapters" every time I sat down, watched the TV or started to read a book. All my MA friends had pre-warned me I wouldn't get round to doing everything on my "things to do when masters is finished" list, but I didn't take them seriously. However its now nearly two months since I submitted my dissertation and I have only done about half of my to do list! I have been too busy! Hehehe!

One of the reasons I have been too busy, is because I am no longer unemployed! Hooray! I took the plunge and I have now gone self employed, or as my industry calls it "freelance". Officially I am now a Freelance Museum Curator. When you are unemployed becoming self employed is a scary and practically impossible thing to do. However thanks to the Museum's First World War project getting its funding and me being offered the Freelance Archive Researcher post I was able to take the risk and give it a try. Not only does this give me an immediate (if small) income but it also provides a window of opportunity until the end of the project late next year to establish myself and find other projects. I am currently designing my own website which will include a more professional blog (as opposed to this one which is my outlet for general ramblings and news!), my portfolio and my CV. I am hoping it will lead to bookings or at least support my attempts! I am also designing my own business card (how exciting, never had my own business cards before!!) and some promotional literature to send out.

While attempting to get new work - I have this week secured my first booking for a history lecture on war commemoration next year! - I of course have to work on my current PAID project, Bexhill Museum's "Bexhill Remembers" First World War Centenary Project. As the exhibition is due to open in March next year it is very busy at the moment drafting out exhibition panels, researching gaps, helping with exhibition plans, preparing publicity and liaising with the IT guys on the design of a new digital archive and database. There is a lot going on and a lot of work but its very interesting and as its First World War , its right up my street!! I will hopefully bring you more details soon.

If this wasn't enough, I have also taken the first steps into pursuing a life long dream, being a professional writer. But more on that another time!

For now, I have work to be getting on with, emails to do and of course Christmas is not far away and haven't even started with that!!!

Friday, 16 August 2013

Catch Up Time! Writing, Injuries and Birthdays!

As promised months ago I have finally found time to write a catch up blog. Technically I don't really have time to be doing this, but I am aware I have been neglecting my blog and don't wish to make it feel unloved!

The two huge things that have been going on in my life is the ongoing saga of writing my Masters dissertation and the ongoing depression of trying to find paid work during a recession! I have been lucky enough to secure two interviews but neither of them ended up in an offer of employment. I have been applying to quite a lot of jobs as there has been an increase of jobs on the market which match my skills and experience. However so far still waiting for that illusive paid job! Fingers crossed something will come up soon as things are getting desperate and with our silly government's continuous meddling with the Benefits system it is becoming harder and harder to survive. Not live, survive! They seem to have got the idea in their heads that by reducing and capping benefits more people will be inclined to find work! Hello!! Nobody enjoys living on a pittance of a benefit and do want to find work. The problem is there are not enough jobs or jobs matching the skills of the country's population and lets not forget its the government who have inflicted hundreds of redundancies across the country without investing in industry and other businesses to encourage growth and therefore employment! Dur!!

The lack of a job has, in theory at least, given me time to work on my masters dissertation. The final deadline is October and is incredibly close and I would be lying if I said I was calm and relaxed about the whole thing. I have really struggled to concentrate and remain focussed on my writing. We have had so many stresses and problems going on at home not to mention illness and a broken toe, that trying to concentrate with so much on your mind is near on impossible. I am so looking forward to the day when I can hand it in, but at the same time that looks like a massive mountain to climb. I also have received very little support and understanding. So many people seem to think that you can just get up, sit in front of a laptop and write. They don't seem to understand the frame of mind you need to be in and how frustration and stress (and not to mention a bit of self doubt thrown in!) makes things worse. Its like a vicious circle! My tutor has been great but she can only do so much, as it mainly relies on me churning out the chapters for her to then comment on and offer guidance and suggest areas I might want to revisit or revise. I am also lucky to have a couple of friends who are very supportive and even offered to proof read my chapters for me, as well as a friend who finished her MA last year so can sympathise. However other people who are more involved in my life are either critical of the length of time it has taken or why I can't just "get on with it" or have lost interest. To be honest I feel very isolated and at the moment its not going great. However I am a fighter so I am not giving up - just yet!

On a more positive note, last week was my birthday week! Yes, its been exactly 12 months since my 30th Birthday celebrations. I cannot believe how fast it has gone!! I also expected to feel a bit different turning 31, but nope, just feel the same as I did at 30! I did have a great birthday week though. It kicked off on the Monday with a girly afternoon (and evening!) with my lovely friend Cheryl. We chatted and screamed with laughter until our throats were sore! It was also lovely that when Dad came home he joined in as well. I haven't laughed so much in ages and I had a really fabulous time. Spending quality time with a good friend can be a priceless gift. Definitely something Cheryl and I need to do more often. Then on my actual birthday as well as receiving some lovely parcels of birthday pressie goodness from my Mum and Andy, Dad and I went out on a shopping trip to get get my birthday present from him (a lovely MP3 Player) and to suss out the new Hobbycraft which has opened locally. Then we rushed home to get ready to go out again, as we went for a lovely meal with the Boy at the local Harvester. It was a lovely evening and a great birthday.

The following evening was Ian's 50th Birthday party. It was a fun evening and I got to see people that I haven't seen in ages which was nice and meet the gorgeous young-uns Ellis and Keaton. However it was also a working gig for me and Dad and we worked flipping hard. By the end of the evening we were exhausted and my toe was throbbing! I certainly paid for it the following day and the next! The following day I had a great day with No2, Nat and Mo and the gorgeous chihuahuas Maisie, Shelby and Yoda. I got lots of birthday cuddles from the beautiful doggies which was lovely and I also got fabulous presents in the form of PRO-MARKERS!! I can finally say I have started my collection of pro-markers and I can now work on building the colours up and having a go at stamping and pro-marker art. So excited! I have had a little play with them and the presents I got from my Mum, but I have also been careful not to spend too much time with them, with the promise to myself that once the dissertation is done I can spend as long as I want playing with them! I am hoping they will be my "carrot" to help focus my writing!

I also received some birthday money from Betty and others which I have already spent (being skint is horrible, so its nice to treat yourself!) I was able to buy the two books about London that I have wanted for ages, "London Under" by Peter Ackroyd and "London's Labyrinth" by Fiona Rule. I also managed to get a great deal on some Sue Townsend books I have been after for years, so Betty's money was spent on "The Queen and I", "Queen Camilla" and "Number 10". So looking forward to finishing my writing as I have so many books to read now!! I daren't start one now as I don't need any more distractions!  But hopefully more "carrots"!!

In between this I have also continued to work on the preparations for the Museum's project. We will hopefully hear soon about the funding and once we have the green light I will be able to tell you more about that too!

I think that is most of the stuff caught up now - what I can remember anyway! Now I think I need to have some lunch and get back to trying to redraft my chapters!
Wish me luck!

Tuesday, 9 July 2013

50 Little Things

1.How many pets do you own? 
At the moment I don't have any but so far in my life I have had 2 dogs (Westie & Spaniel), 7 rabbits and before my allergies kicked in 3 cats. 
2. What’s your least favourite season? 
3. Do you prefer to text or call? 
Text mostly!
4. Morning or night?
5. Do you like tacos?
6. Are you an introvert or an extrovert?
Mainly introvert but I do have my extrovert moments!!
7. What’s your favourite dessert? 
Walls Vanilla Ice Cream with Malteasers!!
8. Do you enjoy walks?
Yes, but only when they are with certain people
9. Are you a frequent user of Facebook?
10. Do you watch animated shows still?
Yes! Simpsons, Family Guy, Looney Tunes, Disney films . ..............
11. Can you roll your tongue?
12. What’s your “lucky” number?
2 and 8
13. Are you scared of anything?
Snakes, spiders, bees, wasps, death, ending up alone, dying alone, dying young, Cancer, and small furry animals like Mice and Hamsters. So not much really!! LOL!
14. Big mac or big whopper? 
Neither. Plain hamburger with no salad and no sauces please
15. Do you like to play board games?
Yes love playing board games and card games
16. Are you fond of romantic novels?
I like Chick-Lit which tend to be quite romantic but I am not into all that Mills & Boon, or bodice ripping/poor servant girl falls in love with her master stuff. Far too boring and tedious. 
17. Fruitloops or cocopops? 
Neither. Frosties please!! 
18. Would you eat a live spider for one million dollars?
Nope. Wouldn't eat a dead one either
19. Are you a heavy drinker?
20. Would you forgive someone for cheating?
Nope. Once a cheat always a cheat. Once the trust is gone it can never be rebuilt. There would always be doubts.
21. Are you superstitious?
On certain things yes.
22. Have you seen A Clockwork Orange?
Not all the way through, Found it boring and lost interest.
23. Do you like to read?
Love it! One of my favourite hobbies.
24. Are you easily distressed?
Don't think so. I am a worrier and I am getting worse as I get older. I am sensitive about certain things and get upset easily about those things but I wouldn't call it distressed.
25. Do you believe in aliens?
I have an open mind and I think it would be naive to think there is no other form of life in the Universe. I don't however believe there are little green men abducting strange people and probing them! 
26. If you were the last person alive besides one other person you get to chose, who would it be?
Ooo! Too hard!! Andy, Dad, No2, Cheryl, Nat ........ couldn't possibly choose! 
27. Dogs or cats?
100% DOGS!
28. Are you a grumpy person?
No, but like every female I have my moments!
29. What’s something you hate?
Green vegetables! Prejudice! Two faced back stabbing people? 
30. Are you a worry wart?
31. Do you like having your picture taken?
No hate it. I always look dreadful in photos. I like taking photos though.
32. Do you like cotton candy?
33. Would you ever use a dating site?
34. Do you believe in ghosts?
Yes, I have an open mind.
35. Rap or pop?
Both can be good
36. What’s the weirdest flavour of ice cream you’ve tried?
I am not someone who tries weird things. I like vanilla ice cream and certain Cornish ice cream. 
37. Do you like math?
No, more of an English Literature and History person!
38. Are you the type of person to laugh at others misfortune? 
Only if they see the funny side too
39. Love or lust?
40. Do you remember lyrics easily?
Depends on how many times I have heard the song! LOL!
41. What was/is your favourite school subject?
 History, English Literature and Art
42: Do you like tattoos?
Yes, just never been brave enough to get one for myself.
43. Are you the type of person to lie?
44. Do you eat porridge for breakfast?
No. Yuck!
45. What music are you listening to right now?
The Script's 3rd Album "3#".
46. Are you allergic to anything?
Lots of things!! Plasters, Savlon, TCP, Pollen, Cucumbers, Tomatoes, Nut Oil, Olive Oil,  certain brands of other oils, Eggs (have small tolerance to these), most brands of make up except Rimmel, certain leathers and plastics used in shoes and boots..........! :(
47. Do you like Lady Gaga?
She is ok, but I wouldn't go out of my way to listen to her.
48. What about Nick Minaj?
Hell no!
49. Do you like rainy days?
If I don't have to go out in it and in the summer when its been really hot and it makes everything smell fresh and cool yes. If I have to go out in it and its windy and pouring down then no!
50. Last question, do you like pie?

Friday, 28 June 2013

Getting to know Me.........

Sorry I haven't been writing very much lately. I have been so busy and things are still very hectic. I do promise to catch up soon and I have also been thinking about setting up some other blogs for different subjects as this one is very much all about me! But more on that soon. For now, how about another one of those blog questionnaires to get to know me even more!
1. Most comforting place, smell, sound and memory?
In my bed or by the sea watching the waves. Smell would be either baking or freshly cooked bread, the smell of my Mum or Dad and clean fresh air. Sound would be waves, or my favourite songs, and sometimes when my head is too full, silence can be very comforting! Most comforting memory is a tough one, probably something nice with Gina or my lovely Dougal Dog. Maybe even one of the good times with Mum or Dad, or sitting watching Doctor Who with Andy on a Saturday night and watching Lord of the Rings Trilogy with him. Nice memories always make me smile when I am sad. 
2. Your ambitions as a child and your ambitions now
When I was very young I wanted to be a nurse, then when I was about 9 years old I decided I wanted to be an archaeologist. For a short while in my mid to late teens I thought about being a teacher. My ambitions now are to continue working in the museum sector and enhancing and building on my skills. I also want to become a professional writer, and become a successful events organiser with my friend. I also still have the dream of doing a PhD one day but at the moment that feels a very long way away.
3. Biggest fear
Its an equal tie between ending up alone, dying young (and alone) and losing my parents.
4. Qualities you would like in a partner (if you would like one)
Loyalty, trust worthy, kind heart, good sense of humour, great personality, fun, clever/intelligent, understanding, patient, a bit of a geek like me, and some one I can talk to easily and share my life with.
5. Traits you couldn’t put up with in a partner (if you would like one)
Selfishness, acute laziness, arrogance, ignorance, vanity, image obsessed, cheater/liar, judgemental, narrow mindedness, and violent. 
6. What is the worst thing you have done to another person? (Let them down, lied, faked love etc)
Not sure. I have told the odd white lie but only to save the feelings of the other person. I have never lied about anything serious or important and I don't think I have ever let someone down. I am sometimes late due to uncontrollable reasons which can be annoying, but I think on the whole I have been quite a good person. I think my friends and family would be better off answering this one! 
7. What are your worst traits and features?
I lack confidence in the way I look and what people think of me. I am very hard on myself, often unnecessarily. I am very strong minded often to a fault, I blow my nose very loudly, I am a terrible morning person and I have a horrible habit of doing what other people want me to do just to please them, when I should be listening to myself and making myself happy. I don't lose my temper very often but when I do it is terrible and not pretty. I try very hard to keep it locked away! I also swear far too much and my feelings get hurt very easily.
8. What are your best traits and features?
I am very loyal, a good friend (I hope!), hard working, focussed (most of the time), good personality, great sense of humour, generous, reliable and considerate of others (often too much). I think I have good strong morals, open mindedness and an ability to take on board criticism (however hard that may be) and turn it into something positive. I am also very good at organising things, however small and unimportant!! I also have a very creative brain so I like making things which I think is a good trait!
9. How would you explain your idea of ‘true love’?
Someone who accepts you for who you truly are, warts and all and not just the polished version you try to present to the world. Someone who understands and "gets" you and makes you feel better just because they are in your life, and even when you are on your own  you no longer feel lonely. Someone who allows you to love them in return and who knows when you need them to pick you up and fight for you and also when you just need them to support you so you can fight that particular battle on your own. True Love is something that should last forever, with ups and downs but a connection that nothing can break. It should bring you happiness and hope even in the most darkest situations.
10. The biggest mistake you’ve made.
I don't really think there is one. That is not because I have never made a mistake, but all the decisions I have made in my life however they may have turned out were made for the right reasons at the time so I can't really regret them. If I got to go back I would still do everything the same. Plus everything that has happened to me, good and bad, has made me who I am and got me to were I am now. Life isn't meant to be perfect, and without the mistakes you would never have the successes! 
11. Are you rational or more emotional?
I try to be logical and listen to my head more than my heart as your heart can be fickle and lead you down paths you shouldn't have gone down. However as I am getting older I do tend to be getting increasingly more emotional about things! 
12. Do you think you’re very conscious of the feelings of others or more self oriented?
I am very conscious of the feelings of others and often put there feelings before my own, to the detriment of myself. I will suffer instead of risking upsetting the person who is hurting or upsetting me by saying something, because I don't want to upset them! 
13. Greatest achievement personally.
Getting my undergraduate degree, finishing my Masters degree (hopefully in the next few months), passing my driving test, putting my past behind me and not letting it define who I am now. Going through a massive attitude assessment and rethink/realisation in the last few weeks. Its been hard but will ultimately be good for my life.
14. If you struggle to sleep at night, what do you do to try and soothe yourself to sleep?
I really don't sleep well at night and often go to bed in the early hours of the morning! If I don't just stay up until I feel tired, then I will read or if in bed I will close my eyes and make up a story hoping it will help me to drift off and give me lovely dreams.
15. What irritates you most about society?
Its image obsessed and selfish. Everything is judged on the way it looks or how much it costs. People are judged on what they can do and whether they are decent people on whether they look attractive or wear certain clothes. Since when has good looks and a nice dress meant you are really good at your job or your a decent human being?? If you don't fit a certain image then its apparently acceptable to be treated badly and with disrespect. Its outrageous! We have also lost the sense of community and people are only out for themselves.  
16. When you compliment someone, what do you tend to focus on? (Looks, intelligence, personality…)
Depends on the person! Sometimes its their brain, sometimes its their sense of humour, sometimes its how good they are at their job and sometimes its because their hair looks good or a certain outfit really suits them. I also really appreciate talent, whether its creative, musical, sporting or artistic, so that is often a compliment I focus on. I also do like a nice bum on a guy although I don't think I have ever told a guy I thought he had a nice bum!! 
17. Think of your oldest friend. If you met them now do you think you would still become friends?
It sounds horrible to say but I don't think so. We were both young kids of 7 years old when we became friends and we have both had such different life experiences and opportunities since we left Junior School and went our separate ways, that I don't think we would have very much in common or that our paths would ever cross now. Our friendship now is based on our past. 
18. Something you love to do, but feel guilty about after/during?
Buying craft things to add to my ever growing craft stash even though I don't really need more and can't afford it (particularly decoupage sheets and lovely papers)! Laying in bed when I should have got up a few hours earlier, reading when I should be doing my dissertation and having an extra slice of buttered freshly baked crusty bread when I know I shouldn't because its fattening!
19. Would you like children in the future. If so why?
Yes and no. The idea of parenthood scares the hell out of me and the whole labour/birth bit is something I really don't want to even think about! However I do like the idea of having a family and taking my kids to museums, zoos, farms, going on picnics, going to the beach, playing together, making stuff together, teaching them to read and introducing them to different things. I would also be curious to see how they turn out!

Tuesday, 2 April 2013

Another Blog Questionnaire thingy!

I really enjoyed doing the questionnaire blog last time so thought I would have a go at doing another one. This one was on another friend's blog. Let's see how I get on.

1. Do you usually sleep with your wardrobe door open or closed?
Closed. My bedroom is quite small so I have some stuff packed in front of my wardrobe when I go to bed, so it doesn't stay open.

2. Do you take the shampoos and conditioner bottles from hotels?


3. Have you ever ‘done it’ in a hotel room?

4.Where is your next vacation?

Haven't been on holiday in ages. So if I did have a "holiday" it would probably be staying at home but having days out.

5. Have you ever stolen a street sign before?
No. We did have a traffic cone in our kitchen at uni for a while in the first year. Not entirely sure how it got there. It just appeared one morning, so I am assuming someone brought it home with them after a night out!

6. Who do you think reads these?

7. Do you have a calendar in your room?
Yes, its a Westie Puppy one. So cute.

8. Where are you?
At home in the front room.

9. What’s your plan for the day?
Do some reading, relax, do some crafts and spend a few hours working on my next dissertation chapter.

10. Are you reading any books right now?
Yes. I always have a few on the go. I am reading Peter Kay's second autobiography, I am re-reading Labyrinth by Kate Mosse (there was a TV version on over Easter which made me what to re-read the book) a few dissertation related books and a couple of others.

11. Do you ever count your steps when you walk?
Yes! I also count the cracks in the pavement! Not when I am in a rush though!

12. Have you ever peed in the woods?
No, I don't think so. Not even when I was a kid.

13. Do you ever dance even if there’s no music playing?
Erm.... don't think so.

14. Do you chew your pens and pencils?
Absolutely not! Pens and Pencils are precious! You don't treat them like that. I hate it when I lend a pen to someone and I get it back with teeth marks in the end. How disgusting and how disrespectful of someone else's property!

15. What is your “Song of the Week”?
"If you could see me now" The Script

16. Is it okay for guys to wear pink?
Yes it just annoys me when they claim it isn't really pink when it clearly is!

17. Do you still watch cartoons?
Absolutely! Simpsons, Family Guy, Looney Tunes, Disney films, etc etc. 

18. What is your favourite love movie?
The Proposal starring Sandra Bullock and Ryan Reynolds. Closely followed by 10 Things I Hate About You (Heath Ledger!) and The Truth About Cats and Dogs. I think this shows I am a very strange individual! 

19. What do you drink with dinner?
Orange Squash, Diet Coke or Chilled Water. If I am out for a meal and not driving then I will have a Budweiser Shandy.

20. What do you dip Chicken Nuggets in?
I don't dip them in anything. I don't do sauces.

21. What is your favourite food/cuisine?
Favourite food item is fresh white crusty bread with a nice piece of chedder cheese! Also very into cheese on toast at the moment! Favourite meal....... don't really have one.

22. What movies could you watch over and over and still love?
So so so many to mention! I love films!! Pirates of the Caribbean (all four), Twilight Saga, The Lord of the Rings Trilogy, The Indiana Jones Trilogy (not the recent one), Rock of Ages, The Proposal, 10 Things I Hate About You, The Truth About Cats and Dogs, A Knights Tale, Sherlock Holmes, X-Men franchise, the list goes on and on!

23. Last person you hugged/kissed?
Probably my Dad.

24. Were you ever a boy/girl scout?
No, but I was a Brownie!

25. Would you ever strip or pose nude in a magazine?
LMFAO! Absolutely not! No one wants to see that!!

26. When was the last time you wrote a letter to someone on paper?
Last week. I wrote a short letter to Andy.

27. Can you change the oil on a car?
Theoretically yes, but I have never done it on my own. Always had someone else there who knew what they were doing!

28. Ever gotten a speeding ticket?

29. Run out of gas?
No. That's something I am paranoid about so I always make sure I fill up if I am getting low.

30. Favourite kind of sandwich?
Cheese! Closely followed by Sausage Sandwich!! 

31. Best thing to eat for breakfast?
Frosties cereal!! They're ggggrrrreat! Hehehe!

32. What is your usual bedtime?
Any time between 12 and 2am. I have always been a night owl, and while writing my dissertation I have got worse as I tend to write better in the evening.

33. Are you lazy?
No. I am very hard working and take pride in everything I do, even something as stupid as washing up or hoovering. If you are going to spend time doing something then you should do it properly and the best you can do! I don't find it easy to do nothing.

34. When you were a kid, what did you dress up as for Halloween?
Never did Halloween as its not a big thing in Britain and certainly wasn't in the 1980s.

35. Do you have any magazine subscriptions?
Not at the moment, but did used to subscribe to BBC History Magazine and Museums Association (Museum Journal).

36. Which are better, legos or lincoln logs?
Lego rules.

37. Are you stubborn?
Can be

38. Ever watch soap operas?
Yes. I do watch Eastenders and I have to watch Coronation Street as Dad likes it. Unless I am busy doing something else of course!

39. Afraid of heights?

40. Sing in the car?
Yes! Loud and Proud as long as I am on my own!

41. Dance in the shower?
No, too dangerous! Might slip over and knowing me I would and I would hurt myself badly!

42. Dance in the car?

43. Ever used a gun?
Yes, when I was a kid. 

44. Do you think musicals are cheesy?
No! I love Musicals!! They are fabulous!! 

45. Is Christmas stressful?
It can be if you are not organised or if you let things get on top of you. Its also tough if you don't have much money and you still want to do/get certain things. 

46. Ever eat a pierogi?
Have no idea what this is. Just googled it. Nope never had them.

47. Major annoyance right now?
The Government, in particular the Department of Work and Pensions! Plus a few other things. 

48. Occupations you wanted to be when you were a kid?
Nurse, Archaeologist, Writer, Artist, Teacher, and Art Shop Owner!

49. Do you believe in ghosts?

50. Ever have a deja-vu feeling?
Yes, quite often.

51. Do you take a vitamin daily?
I take Iron Tablets, but that's because I am anaemic

52. Wear slippers?
Yes, I have lovely slippers. Keep my feet nice and warm too in this freezing cold weather!

53. Wear a bath robe?
Yes. I love my fluffy dressing gown! I also have light weight summer ones too!

54. What do you wear to bed?
Either nightdress or pyjamas. 

55.Tesco, Sainsburys or Morrisons?
Tesco or Morrisons

56. Nike or Adidas?
Depends what I am buying. Not really fussed.

57. Wotsits or Quavers?

58. Peanuts or Sunflower seeds?

59. Ever hear of, “gorp”?

60. Ever taken karate?
Yes. Did one lesson and hated it. My Mum's weird solution to being bullied!

61. Ever kissed someone of the same sex?

62. Can you curl your tongue?

63. Ever won a spelling bee?

64. Ever cried because you were so happy?
Yes. Embarrassing when it happens, but yes I have done.

65. Own any record albums?
I did have one or two. Think they are in storage now

66. Own a record player?
I did up till a few years ago when I changed my hi-fi system.

67. Regularly burn incense?

68. Ever been in love?
Don't think so.

69. Hot tea or cold tea?
Warm Tea!

70. Tea or coffee?
Tea! Coffee smells gorgeous but tastes vile!

71. Favourite kind of cookie?
Don't eat cookies, but my favourite sweet biscuit (only one I eat) is Ginger Nuts.

72. Can you swim well?
Yes, but I haven't swum in years.

73. Can you hold your breath w/o manually holding your nose?

74. Are you patient?
I can be very patient..........!

75. Ever won a contest?
Not that I can remember. Don't really do contest type things. 

76. Ever had plastic surgery?

77. Which are better black or green olives?
Neither. Both smell vile. Can't physically put them in my mouth. Absolutely stink!

78. Can you knit or crochet?
I can knit

79. Wash room or bathroom?

80. Do you want to get married?
If it happens it happens

81. Who was your High School crush?
I guy called Bret English. So embarrassing now!

82. Do you cry and throw a fit until you get your own way?
No I am not a child or a pathetic excuse of a person.

83. Do you have kids?

84. Do you want kids?
If they happen then that would be great and if not that would be fine too. If I did have kids I would want to call a boy Joshua Thomas or Jake James and if I had a girl, Molly Georgina or Megan Elizabeth.

85. What kind of mum are you?
I don't have kids so can't really answer that one.

86. Do you miss anyone right now?
Yes I miss Andy an awful lot at the moment. I also miss my Mum, because she has been going through a lot lately and I always miss my Aunty Gina as she is no longer with us. 

87. Who do you want to see right now?
Andy!! Really wish he lived a lot closer and was here!! I would also like to see my Mum and give her a hug. I always want to see Gina as I always want to talk to her and ask her opinion/advice on things.