The ever curious Britney (love ya, girl xxx) invited me to answer some questions about myself….here goes!
What are you wearing?
A long red dress and gold high heeled shoes (I would usually be in sports clothes or pyjamas but had a meeting for work just now). I wanted to feel beautiful today so tried my best to! [Red dress and gold shoes….hhhmm…it’s not as tacky as it sounds. Promise! Think this not this (obviously)!!!].
Ever been in love?
Ever had a terrible break-up?
How tall are you?
How much do you weigh?
No, although I’d like to get one. A small something (a bird probably) on the inside of my left ankle. I love how, more often than not, tattoos tell stories of events of significance. I love looking at tattoos. I find them fascinating.
No….I’ve been indecisive about getting my ears pierced for months. Had an appointment in December and chickened out (again….)….I will do it…just a question of when!
I had to Google this, as I didn’t actually know what it meant…Google tells me it means your ‘one true pairing’ from fandom…..(I hope that’s right?! I am showing my age here!)…..it’d have to be Leonardo DiCaprio in Great Gatsby (Mr. Gatsby is the most interesting male character, in a book, that I’ve come across so far – apart from, maybe, Falstaff….) or Robert Downey Jr in The Judge (so strong in his vulnerabilities) (sigh….both are gorgeous! Insert ‘swooned’ blinkie!).
In reality (not reality reality….you know what I mean!), my one true pairing would be someone like Alessandro Squarzi (oh my…what a man….gorgeous….creative entrepreneur…need I say more?!). [Please note: I don’t spend my time ogling over random males on the internet! – I follow The Sartorialist (his photos give me a kick of inspiration always) and Sr. Squarzi features on there quite often! He’s kind of hard to ignore, don’t you agree?!!….]
Homeland or Downton Abbey (yeah….one full of violence, the other completely the opposite….!)
I like solo singers better. Am I showing my age when I say The Cure and The Smiths?!
Something I miss?
England. Yep, the whole country.
It’d have to be this one (Chet Baker, My Funny Valentine):
or this one (Ella Fitzgerald/Louis Armstrong, Cheek to Cheek):
or this one (Billie Holiday, There is No Greater Love):
or this, which I’m obsessed with at the moment (such talent, what a crying shame she didn’t know how to cope with it):
How old are you?
Cancer. And I’m definitely a cancer.
Quality you look for in a partner?
Still too hurt to answer this one!
Mark Ruffalo. Such dedication and total surrender to every role he plays. One of my favourite Inside The Actors Studio interviews ever (I love Inside the Actors Studio! I love it when anyone creative explains/outlines/tries to lay bare their creativity…).
Leonardo DiCaprio. One of the few actors where you can believe even his eyes (and, oh my goodness, what eyes!)
Robert Downey Jr. Blew me away in The Judge. (I honestly don’t understand how he wasn’t nominated for an Oscar; Steve Carrell assumes the character he developed well, don’t get me wrong, but, really, he doesn’t have any range in Foxcatcher)
Recently discovered (and working my way through his filmography)…Miles Teller….why on Earth he didn’t get any major nomination for his acting in Whiplash? Really? J.K. Simmons gets a nomination for Whiplash and Miles Teller doesn’t? A travesty.
Anthony Hopkins. Of course. In anything.
Green or blue. Depending on my mood. Both bring me immediately back to Nature, one of my favourite ‘things’.
Loud music or soft?
Soft, mostly. I’m a typical INFJ in that loud music grates on my calm, somehow, and I can’t stand it. But, when I need to, I’ll blare it out with the best of them 😉
Where do you go when you’re sad?
How long does it take you to shower?
Hah! About three minutes….show me a Mama of littles who has time for a decent shower?! LOL!
How long does it take you to get ready in the morning?
Mental preparation: about an hour (run – quiet time – meditation – journalling).
Getting dressed: about ten minutes.
That pretty much tells you everything you need to know about me!
Ever been in a physical fight?
No (I’m assuming brothers don’t count?!)
The reason you started blogging?
I’d been wanting to start a blog around the idea I Will Bloom and hadn’t acted on it because, although I had a million ideas for the space, I was worried I didn’t have time. I then saw the Blog-tember challenge (in September 2014) and decided to go for it: I decided if I could manage to fit in a post a day for that challenge, I’d be able to carve out time to maintain I Will Bloom. I did and I’ve been blogging here since then.
I wrote this recently (in another post) which explains a little bit more about where I want to take this space:
“…one of the main goals I have for this space is to turn it in to a place of encouragement and hopefulness, of bright shining positivity, for women in need, whether that need be practical, emotional…or sartorial! I’d like I Will Bloom to become an online space women turn to because it lifts them up in some way, enhances their wellbeing and makes them feel that little bit better about themselves, about being alive….there, I’ve said it….written it. Finally…my mission statement for I Will Bloom”
Death. I’ve got so much I want to do and am increasingly conscious that time is, unfortunately, finite.
Last thing that made you cry?
This morning. A hummingbird was trapped in our living room, getting really stressed and really tired, trying to find a way out, whilst refusing help. I eventually managed to catch it and was absolutely amazed by how beautiful its feathers are: so many colours, so vibrant. I found myself crying because it was just so beautiful. I basically cry at everything. (I’m not ashamed of crying and actually quite welcome it. It’s my soul somehow trying to adjust itself back to a new normal).
Last time you said you loved someone?
I say it all the time, to everyone who’s close to me. The last time? This morning, to my two littles, as they went off to school and nursery.
Meaning behind your blog name?
I’ve been through Hell and back and I need to bloom. The name came from that. I also really want the blog to become a place where women can go to get inspiration to help them to bloom…I love the name. Love what it stands for.
Last book you read?
Manuscript Found in Accra, Paulo Coelho.
The book you’re currently reading?
The Signature of all Things by Elizabeth Gilbert. Loving it.
Last show you watched?
Oh my goodness, such a long time ago (we don’t have a TV service connected (by choice!) so I mostly watch films on DVD). I think it was Downton. I’m toying with getting a Netflix connection….
Last person you talked to?
My insurance salesman. Really!
The relationship between you and the person you last texted?
She’s becoming a close friend; the Mum of one of my daughter’s friends…we were arranging a playdate for tomorrow afternoon.
Anything with fresh, healthy, ingredients. Oh, and cake. [Yep, I nothing if not full of contradictions!]
Place you want to visit?
Last place you were?
Not sure I understand the question?! I just had a meeting for work and went to the bank after that – what a glamorous lifestyle I lead ;).
Do you have a crush?
No. [Does Alessandro count?!]
Last time you were insulted?
Two days ago, unfortunately. I won’t go in to details.
Favourite flavour of sweet?
Mint. Or chocolate. Preferably both together.
What instruments do you play?
I used to play the clarinet. I want to take singing lessons.
Favourite pieces of jewellery?
I had quite a bit of jewellery that I loved. It was all stolen. I’m kind of liking the freedom of not wearing it (especially my engagement/wedding rings).
Last sport you played?
Basketball at University. I’m not tall. It was more for fun!
Last song you sang?
I’m actually not a really big singer although I’d love to sing. I sort of hum or whistle. Aha, no! We did have a dance off yesterday afternoon and I sang ‘Shake it Off’……!
Favourite chat up line?
Oh my goodness, I don’t have one! I really don’t like them!
Last time you hung out with anyone?
Who should answer these questions next?
Any of my darling and much appreciate blog readers who feel the calling to do so!
[Britney: hope I’ve satiated your curiosity a little ;)]