Thursday, 28 August 2014

60 Questions

I am going to write a proper blog post but it is taking me some time to think about what I want to discuss.

In the meantime, here is another meme. It is meant to be sixty questions, but the blog I copied only had fifty nine, so I have made up the final question.

1  Would you have sex with the last person you text messaged?

Definitely not! It wasn't Dan!

2  Opinions on sex before marriage?

This brings back some hilarious memories of Dan paralysed with fear one night when my parents arrived home early and very nearly caught us on the sofa.

3  Is trust a big issue for you?

I trust Dan completely, but I do admit to having had my fingers burned by other people during my life.

4  Did you hang out with the person you like recently?

Golly, it makes me feel like washing on the line! LOL. I don't think I do "hanging out" these days.

5  What happened last night?

I fell asleep on the sofa I would've wanted to "make out on" forty years' ago.

6  Ever have plastic surgery?

No thank you. Once you have one bit done, another bit needs doing, and so it goes on. Sadly, I have a friend who now has a 'trout pout'. You can't hold back the years and there are lots of other people out there rowing the same canoe as you.

7  Which are better - black or green olives?

If I was really pressed, I would say the large juicy green French olives stuffed with garlic. But personally, I just can't get to like olives of any colour, and I've tried all my life.

8  What is the last beverage you had?

A very large latte.

9  Ever won a contest?

Contest or competition? I've never won a holiday or anything like that, but I used to compete on horseback when I was younger. I do sometimes win raffle prizes, but seldom more than the occasional bottle of wine.

10  Do you own a pair of skinny jeans?

Fairly skinny, but not the type that cling like a second skin. The label on them says "slim fit", which at my age still seems fairly skinny.

11  What are you going to do on Saturday night?

Nothing planned so far.

12  What are you going to spend money on next?

A cookery course for Dan!

13  Do you think you'll change in the next three months?

I sincerely hope not too much. I would like to lose a few pounds in weight, but I'm not having too much luck with that at the moment.

14  Can you swim well?

I am a slow plodder. I can labour up and down using breast stroke, but I'm not too hot at front crawl. I just hate getting my head under water. I always breathe in at the wrong moment and then I drown.

15  Have you had sex today?

(Smirks and looks coy) Possibly...

16  Regularly burn incense?

I do, but not regularly. I bought some back in February in Marrakech and it is very good at dispersing kitchen smells.

17  Are you in a good mood?

I am.

18  Would you ever want to swim with sharks?

I have done - several times. Once, so blind drunk that I didn't know there was a simply huge shark behind me! Don't ask! You should know me by now!

19  What do you want right this second?

A big glass of Pino Grigio, but I can't have any due to the antibiotics I am taking.

20  Is your current hair colour your natural hair colour?

Not any more. I went grey some years ago, so I have the roots touched up on a monthly basis, and I am not at all bothered by anyone knowing.

21  Hot tea or cold tea?

I hate tea unless it is Earl Grey made very weak and with lemon. How anyone can drink cold tea beats me!

22 Tea or coffee?

Coffee every time. Especially a large latte!

23  Do you really, truly miss someone right now?


24  Does everyone deserve a second chance?

Two of my best friends are people to whom I gave a second, third and fourth chance. I have been friends with them both for over twenty years, so I am very glad I kept trying.  It is hard to know someone and why they are acting in a certain way, and saying certain things, unless you walk in their shoes. Sadly, there are some people you can never become real friends with; but I think most people deserve second chances. 

25  Does the person you have feelings for right now, know you do?

Yes, I know he does.

26  Are you one of those people who never drink soda?

Hmmm. In the UK we think of 'soda' as carbonated water, which I love. But if you mean 'fizzy drinks' like coca cola and 7 Up, then I only drink them very, very rarely and only the zero calorie versions as I have to watch my carbs. 

27  Do you know where the last person you kissed is?

Around now he is having a bath before being put in his little cot. He is usually in bed by 7pm, but he likes a splash around first.

28  Who did you last call?

My son.

29  Why did you kiss the last person you kissed?

Because I just can't resist kissing my baby grandson all the time.

30  Who would you like to see in concert?

James Blunt.

31  What was the last concert you saw?

We haven't been to one for ages. Probably Bryan Adams.

32  Do you tan in the nude?

We haven't been anywhere private enough for many a long year. However, when we holiday in Spain I always sunbathe topless and it is very liberating.

33  Are you patient?

Teachers have to be patient. But with myself, I am not so patient.

34  Who was the last person to call you?

A stupid cold-call company trying to sell solar panels.

35  Do you sing in the shower?


36  Ever used a bow and arrow?

Yes. I had lessons in my early twenties and found it great fun. I never realised you can so easily put your shoulder out when pulling a bow string if you do it the wrong way. Luckily it never happened to me, but I saw it happen to one or two other people.

37  Do you think musicals are cheesy?

No. I love them. Especially Phantom of the Opera and Cats.

38  Is Christmas stressful?

No. I adore Christmas. Everything about it, from making the cake, to shopping, to going to Mass on Christmas Eve.

39  Ever eat a pierogi?

Hundreds of times in my grandmother's kitchen in Poland when I was a child. She always made them out of cheese, poured melted butter with breadcrumbs over them, and then we dipped them in sugar before eating them. They were light and heavenly and I have never yet mastered her exact way of making them.

40  Favourite type of fruit pie?

Apple pie with either cloves or cinnamon baked in it. I like it even better with cream, custard and ice-cream!

41  Occupations you wanted to be when you were a kid?

I always wanted to be an archaeologist. I became a geography teacher instead.

42  Do you believe in ghosts?

Yes. Our house has several and other people besides myself have seen them/heard them.

43  Ever been in love?

All my life.

44  Take a vitamin daily?


45  Wear slippers?

I did, until I "slipped whilst wearing slippers" at the top of the stairs last spring, and fell right down to the bottom. I still have a large scar on my right hip where I flayed off all the skin.

46  Wear a bath robe?

Yes, I have several. This country is mostly too cold to go prancing around in the nude after a bath or shower.

47  What do you wear to bed?

Light Blue by Dolce and Gabanna.

48  First concert?

The Walker Brothers. A very long time ago!!!

49  Walmart, Target or Kmart?

As this is the UK, I am substituting Tesco, Asda and Sainsbury's. We shop mostly at Tesco, and another supermarket called Waitrose.

50  Nike or Addidas?


51  Cheetos or Fritos?

We don't get them here. My favourite crisps are Walker's.

52  Peanuts or sunflower seeds?

Peanuts, but I also love cashew nuts.

53 Have you ever cried because you were so happy?

Lots of times. It's the best type of crying there is.

54  What is your favourite book?

I love reading and have a Kindle which is great especially for taking on holiday.  My favourite books are too numerous to mention, but my previous meme gave the names of three of them.

55  Who do you feel most comfortable talking to about anything?

My lifelong girlfriend who lives a couple of hundred miles away unfortunately.

56  Last time you got a portrait taken by a photographer. 

Around six weeks' ago at a wedding.

57  Every have a deja-vu feeling?

Yes, and it can be quite spooky.

58  Listening to?

My Ipod. Just finished listening to Skyscraper by Sam Bailey. I can recommend it.

59  Favourite cookie?

Daren't eat many, but I love chocolate covered cookies with chunks of chocolate, ginger and raisins in them.

60  What is your favourite flower?

The rose. This is the one in front of my kitchen window.


  1. I love reading these....and i am rowing that canoe with you..actually trying to just enjoy the ride and let others do the paddling...
    hugs abby

    1. Hi Abby!

      Letting others do the paddling, eh? Hmmm. I'll bet you would do the same if you were on a tandem. Only letting others peddle instead. LOL.


  2. Ami,
    I must read your post in sections due to its length. Stamina is needed!

    1. LOL! But I know you have lots of stamina, Meredith! It is a very long meme though.


  3. Lovely Ami and I should think typing and answering sixty questions is a proper blog.

    1. It's a good jog I type at light speed! LOL!


  4. Ami! Sharks---- seriously!!! That is crazy!! You are lucky you have all your bits!!

    Now I'm thinking about combining the two recent Memes going around. I'll just pick and choose the questions. That means the answers may be odd too.

    1. Yes, sharks. Mostly smallish. But that was a great big mama that night I had had too many cocktails! If I had only known what was swimming behind me I would have shrieked out loud.


  5. Ami! Sharks? More than once? have got to tell us that story! Thanks for sharing your answers...loved learning more about you...the roses are beautiful and bet they smell lovely. ;)

    Hugs and Blessings...

    1. I will certainly tell you the story one day. Sitting fully clothed in the Indian Ocean, laughing like a drain due to over-imbibing on cocktails with a ginormous shark in the background always makes a good tale.


  6. Hi Ami, nice answers. Did you give my number to the solar panel chap He's just rung here!!!!! Nice flowers, my favourite ;). I am having trouble with my blog. I can't see any of my blog roll so I am having to remember addresses or go in through some one else's. I am getting crosser by the minute,
    love to Dan

    1. Those stupid solar panel companies! They drive us up the wall!

      Hope you got your blog sorted out.


  7. Ami,

    You are a crazy women - swimming with sharks but that's you:) Loved reading your answers.

    If I remember correctly weren't those slippers mules with heels and Dan made you throw them away?

    Hope you have a wonderful weekend.


    1. Everyone needs to swim with sharks at least once in their lives!

      The slippers were indeed mules, but they didn't have heels, just very smooth, shiny soles. Never again! But yes, Dan did make me throw them away. Heaven knows what I will wear this winter. We don't have underfloor heating in this old house!


  8. are much more adventurous than I am! :-)
    I would love to learn how to make pierogies - my mom and I have always talked about trying to make them but as of yet never have...
    I love roses, too...and orchids (by the way mine is still blooming beautifully and it makes me so happy) :-)
    Loved your answers Hugs

    1. I will try to remember to send you my Polish recipe for pierogi. It's very easy, but there are lots of different variations should you wish.

      My orchids have gone berserk this summer. I still have two that are determined to flower yet again. I am running out of space as usually I only have one or two in flower at the same time. This year I have several. Glad your is in flower too!


  9. Enjoyed reading this Ami, great answers and your rose is beautiful! I love my tea, has to be English breakfast though, none of the flowery ones lo.

    Swimming with sharks and shooting a bow and arrow .. you are quite the adventurer. Woul love to hear the shark story :)


    1. English Breakfast tea - just like Fifty Shade! Ha!

      Yep, that's me! Always handy in an end of world scenario!