The A-Z of Pottyness...

>> Tuesday, 7 October 2008

So, it's Tuesday night, I can't face - whatever it is - on TV, and the book I'm reading is requiring me to work just a little harder than I would like. (As in, it's not mindless chicklit, so frankly it's toast...)

Anyway, blundering around blog-land I came across this meme on Nutty Cow's blog, and being a self-centred individual and bored with writing about potty training - enchanting though that is - I took her at her word to jump on the bandwagon. So here it is, the A-Z of me. You can even believe it if you wish...

A. Attached or Single? Attached. Definitely. For nearly 14 years now, and without being overly soppy, can't imagine life without him.

B. Best Friend? Do I have to name just one? Husband for, well, everything, really. Sister for side-splitting laughs and reminiscing. S for shared history and because she knows too much...

C. Cake or pie? You really have to ask? (If you're new to this blog, it's cake. Obviously.)

D. Day of choice? Good question. Being a 'domestic engineer', they all tend to roll into one. Can I just go for the first day of the holidays? Oh, it's my meme, so yes...

E. Essential item? The family's passports. And a good kitchen knife. Really. I have been known to pack one in my hold luggage and take it all the way to Australia just in case the ones supplied in self-catering accomodation weren't up the job. (They weren't. Nothing worse than a blunt knife when you're trying to cut up vegetables, undo the string on a parcel, or defend yourself against marauding whatevers. Thankfully I never needed to use it for that last one... )

F. Favorite color? Used to be blue. Now green. Which is unfortunate because I just bought a nice soft tank-top in my favourite colour to wear over a white shirt with jeans - and so did one of my good friends. As I found out when both wore the same ensemble to one of the birthday parties I attended this weekend. (I caved and took mine off. Why do I do that?)

G. Gummy bears or worms? Neither. If it can't be chocolate, can I go for lemon sherberts instead? (Mouth watering at the thought...)

H. Hometown? You've got me there. After 22 years here, I guess it would have to be London. My parents have moved too often for it to be anywhere else.

I. Favourite indulgence? A night out with my husband or any one of my best girlfriends, and of necessity involving too much wine and fatty food.

J. January or July? Depends on where. Sorry. If it's in the mountains then January. Though July is pretty nice in the Alps, too. If it's by the sea, caiparinha in hand, then it would have to be July... (Get me. This year I spent both of those months in rainy old London.)

K. Kids? 2 boys. The lights of my life. But that's enough now, thankyou.

L. Life isn’t complete without? Time off.

M. Marriage date? I wanted May, but got June. It rained - obviously...

N. Number of brothers and sisters? One of each.

O. Oranges or Apples? Got to be Braeburn apples. Though in Australia this year I tried locally grown Fuji's and my god they were delicious. Sadly they don't taste as good when they've travelled 6 thousand miles.

P. Phobias? Spiders. And Sharks. Can't bring myself to say any more about either of them.

Q. Quotes? Not able to choose between the two I have written in the front of my diary, both by Marcus Aurelius:

'Waste no more time arguing about what good man should be. Be one.'

'Let not your mind run on what you lack as much as on what you have already.'

Note - I never studied the classics, just picked these up somewhere along the way...

R. Reasons to smile? My boys. And my Husband. And the fact that within the last few weeks I have reached my pre-pregnancy weight. Which is amazing considering the number of chocolate biscuits I consume.

S. Season of choice? Do I have to choose? I would like to say Autumn, for the host of fragrant memories that word brings to mind. In reality, at this point in my life, with two small boys in tow, it's got to be spring or summer for the outside play opportunities... (I know, I need to get other interests).

T. Tag 5 people: Yeah, right. What Nutty Cow said. You want it, you got it.

U. Unknown fact about me? Can't believe I'm admitting to this. As an over-pious school-girl I once wrote to Top of the Pops to complain about a video being too raunchy. The real kicker was when the letter got published in a local newspaper - with my name on. What was I thinking?

V. Vegetable? Got to be aubergine. (Or is that a fruit?)

W. Worst habit? Procrastinating. Especially about getting out of bed in the morning.

X. X-ray or Ultrasound? Just the latter. You can't get through pregnancy in this country without it, and who would want to miss the sight of that little heart beating away?

Y. Your favorite food? You think I'm going to say chocolate, don't you? In actual fact, anything Indonesian (which with 2 sons suffering from nut allergies, doesn't happen very often).

Z. Zodiac sign? Aquarius. For what that's worth.

Still awake?


Jonny's Mommy 7 October 2008 at 22:04  

Agree on the best friend thing...well, for my husband, not the rest. I mean I don't even know "S"

Who would choose gummy bears over chocolate anyhow?


What is this: aubergine?

I'm so dumb.

Agree on the ultrasound.

Tara@From Dawn Till Rusk 7 October 2008 at 22:06  

"I once wrote to Top of the Pops to complain about a video being too raunchy."
cant' . . . write . . . for . . . laughing.
I see you in a whole inew light now PM!

Potty Mummy 7 October 2008 at 22:29  

Hi J's Mommy, I could tell you what aubergine was in an Indian restaurant (brinjal), or in Italian (melanzane - I think), which already says a lot about me, but had to look it up for you guys. Eggplant.

Tara, I know. What was I thinking? Luckily my parents shifted me from my convent school to co-ed in the 6th form. In the nick of time...

Potty Mummy 7 October 2008 at 22:38  

BTW Tara, just read your response to my comment on your blog about Boy #1's Aslan comment. I assume you're being ironic. Me? Make something? Other than an online visit to a site selling kid's costumes????

(Clue to the answer: at school - yes, that would be the convent - my home ec teacher used to drift past my table shaking her head as I struggled with whatever sewing project was on the go that term...)

Iota 7 October 2008 at 23:30  

The Romans thought it was bad luck to marry in May.

Mom/Mum 8 October 2008 at 05:57  

"caiparinha in hand" and an Aquarian? girl after my own heart PM!

nappy valley girl 8 October 2008 at 10:52  

what was the video? Come on, tell us!

Potty Mummy 8 October 2008 at 11:12  

Iota, good to know. But why?

M/M, there haven't been enough caiparinhas in my life recently. Must try harder...

NVG, you know, I can't remember. Really! But I think it featured nuns...

Anonymous,  8 October 2008 at 11:44  

Aubergine -my favourite too. But my experience with nuns did not drive me to write to totp, I'm glad to say.

Did I read somewhere that your slimline, pre-child figure has returned from sabbatical? How impressed/jealous am I :-)

Irene 8 October 2008 at 14:50  

I am always surprised when people don't know what an aubergine is, but then I think, Oh yes, Americans!

I love Indonesian food also. I love rijsttafel with all the different dishes. I think someone should take me out for one. I could have little bites of a lot and I think my gastric band would not protest too much.

So far I am my own best friend, but wouldn't mind changing that situation. It is all a matter of trust.

I enjoyed this meme and a chance to get to know you better. I am glad you like your husband so well. That is so refreshing nowadays.

aims 8 October 2008 at 19:39  

I was out and about today and saw a bumper sticker that reminded me so much of you that I had to tell you! It read:

It's hard to be humble when you're Dutch.

Potty Mummy 8 October 2008 at 19:54  

Hi GPM, pre-pregnancy weight, yes (just about, with my eyes closed and standing on one leg). Pre-pregnancy figure? No. Somehow the weight has redistributed itself, and not to my liking...

Irene, rijstaffel rules! Bring it on! (Though not when my two nut-allergic boys are around, sadly).

Aims, very funny and so apposite! (Apologies Irene, but my experience of the Dutch is that being humble is not one of their preferred character traits - generally speaking)

Tattie Weasle 8 October 2008 at 21:04  

Girl after my own heart if not chocolate then of course it's sherbert Lemons!!!!

Potty Mummy 8 October 2008 at 21:36  

My problem Tattie is that hand me a bag of sherbert lemons and I'll eat the lot, lacerating the roof of my mouth in the process if necessary. I can do anything but moderation.

Hadriana's Treasures 9 October 2008 at 20:45  

Nice Marcus Aurelius quotes. (Sounds as if I know loads of 'em..only know he came out with a few pithy, sage comments). Pre-pregnancy weight. Oh dear. A need a few tips...just a few. Maybe I need to start making stock or start to cook. Hmm.

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