The ever beautiful Jane from Maflingo, threw me in as her sixth choice for the Sisterhood of the World Bloggers Tag, because she’s wonderfully nosey (you’re only supposed to pick five but has an itch to know more!) I am only too happy to oblige because I love Jane and I love to talk about myself… obviously! I’m a blogger and I think that’s what we’re best at! I am in the middle of planning a number of blog posts on the emotional fallout from A’s emergency C Section delivery, which is difficult and quite heavy, so I was delighted to be nominated for something lighthearted in comparison. And this is the first time I’ve been nominated for a blogger tag so clearly I’m not going to say no to such a wonderful accolade! So on to the Challenge.
Sisterhood of the World Bloggers is a writing challenge set by a blogger who then nominates other bloggers to complete the challenge, usually a bunch of personal questions. Simples.
I realised last week that I have yet to answer the questions on my In Conversation With series and was considering taking part myself at some stage. But this tag challenge is perfect to share a bit of insight into who I am for the moment.
Looking at Jane’s questions though, I reckon this post is going to take me a looooong time to write! Here we go.
Who would you most like to meet and why?
There are a few people I’m really looking forward to meeting this year and I think it might just possibly happen! They are all fellow bloggers who I’ve gotten to know through Twitter or Facebook. Two I’m especially looking forward to meeting are Beth and Lisa (who I’ve nominated below!) We all started blogging around the same time and I pretty much clicked with them straight away after a few twitter conversations. I hope I’m not wrong in saying this, but I feel a sort of kinship with them as we find our way through this weird world of blogging. Hopefully, we’ll get to meet at the Bloggers Conference in Dublin this year. And hey let’s be positive, we might meet at the LWI Blog Awards as we’ve all just been shortlisted for Best Parenting Blog! What’s life without a little competition between friends 🙂
I’m also looking forward to meeting Ross from The Stented Papa, another Dubliner with a fab blog. One of the best things to come out of blogging has been finding these incredible and like minded people. Blogging is not easy, especially when you have a young family to care for. Knowing and talking to these beautiful writers has kept me blogging but most importantly kept me enjoying my blog life. I’m delighted that the blogging circuit is opening up with more events in Ireland where I can meet these friends.
I’m hoping they’ll like me! When I was a kid, I was painfully shy. Now that I’m an adult, I’m annoyingly awkward. I’m bound to embarrass myself the first time we meet and say something stupid. I’ve pre-warned them about this already so you know… first impressions don’t matter in this case!
What’s your earliest childhood memory?
Everything gets all mingled when you think of the early years, but I remember going to a Toddler Club with my Mum. Correct me if I’m wrong Mum, but I think I was about two or three. I distinctly remember the walk down to the centre, and how the building felt and smelled. Not in a bad way, it just had one of those musty, community centre feelings about them. I’ve always had this image of the toddler club and a blueish purplish hard old woman. No idea who this woman was or where she came from but she’s stuck with me.
What’s your favourite film and why?
Yikes! This question is far too big Jane! I have to separate this into categories! I love my movies and TV. I am a self proclaimed Netflix addict and do love a good binge watching session. I’m currently on the Gilmore Girls… I made it to Stars Hollow on the last bus it seems as I’ve a lot of catching up to do. I’ve just levelled up to season two!
Romance – The Notebook – I hate this film but I love it. I have never cried so much in my life! Alzheimer’s is one of my biggest fears. I’m terrified of waking up and not recognising B or A. My heart aches just thinking about it. It’s such a heartbreaking illness. The Notebook is probably the one film that touched a deep cord with me and made me ball like a newborn being wrenched from their mother!
From the Vault – Metropolis – I tend to feel a bit pretentious when I say this is one of my favourite films but it is. I’ve loved it since I studied it in college and was so disappointed when we missed a showing of the new reconstruction in Berlin by a week.
Horror – Interview with a Vampire – I loved the Anne Rice book and always swore that the movie is never as good as the book but they did a really good job on this one. (although the books is still better – tons more story in it!)
Sci Fi – This is my favourite category so this was a toughie but I’m going to go for Moon – Moon is without a doubt one of the best Sci Fi films to create a level of tension and claustrophobia that you can’t escape from. Highly, highly recommended if you haven’t seen it.
I could actually write an entire blog on movies but then that would be an entirely different blog now, wouldn’t it!
Name three of your ‘guilty pleasures’.
Doritos, Nacho Cheese Dip straight from the fridge and an old challenge episode of Top Gear. I have to admit I miss Clarkson and his ridiculous obnoxious attitude. He is definitely a guilty pleasure and I’m hoping The Grand Tour lives up to my expectations!
Which superhero would you most like to be and why?
Batman, not Bat Girl, Batman – I’m a bit moody and quite like the wallowing that Batman enjoys. I’m not one for conversation or being in the middle of large crowds. I’d rather sink back against the wall and let the world play on with me watching on from the sidelines. And I much prefer a dark night to any sunny day. Give me the shadows and chances are I’ll be there. I am most certainly not one for the limelight.
What’s your proudest moment.
*** touching Momma Bear moment coming up ***
My personal pride has transferred from anything I’ve done in the past to watching my daughter grow up. Before I would have been proud of when I graduated from college, when I married the love of my life, when I was published in a magazine, when I bought my first property.
But now all of those feelings of pride come out when I see my daughter do something new or learn something incredible. It is a pride I’ve never felt before and means so much more. She makes me proud every day. Like I said in Change Comes Knocking, I’m Proud to be Momma Bear.
What’s your most embarrassing moment (I’ve shared mine, you share yours!)?
Hmmm do you know I’m really not too sure. I’m a quiet person so I tend to retract from anything that has any potential to be embarrassing. It’s a self preservation method I suppose. I’ll have to come back to this one because I genuinely can’t think of anything ultimately embarrassing to share.
What or who makes you laugh and why?
My husband. He cracks me up. We’re together fifteen years and still to this day he makes me laugh. It was one of the very first things that attracted me to him. He has a “stand up comic” way of looking at life and comes out with some of the funniest things. He was the person who helped me with confidence and taught me how to laugh at myself. I suppose that’s one reason I can’t think of an embarrassing moment.
Who’s your favourite character from a book and why?
Do graphic novels count? Rick Grimes from the Walking Dead books. The one thing about The Walking Dead, that a lot of people don’t get, is that it’s less about the zombies and more about the people and how the characters interact with each other throughout this new world.
Rick is a very complicated character and has fought personal demons and challenges along the way which are more of a struggle than chopping the head off of a zombie. I’ve read The Walking Dead from the beginning, before the TV series came out, and Rick’s character is a lot more developed in the books than the TV show. He’s a fantastic character that is looked up to as a protector and leader when he himself needs someone to look up to and hold on to.
Fan Girl here was so exited to meet one of the artists behind The Walking Dead, Charlie Adlard and get a signed original drawing of Rick, the man himself, at Dublin Comic Con in 2013.
When was the last time you cried?
I’m a mother now so the emotional ups and downs and hormonal imbalances have played havoc with my tear ducts the last three years or so.
But the last time my heart was broken and the tears were real, more than maternal hormones, was at a friends funeral in November last year. He was a young man in his 40s with three beautiful children and a heartbroken wife. He suffered through a short illness and was impossibly brave in those last moments for his children. My heart hurts when I think of him, which is often. He had a lasting impact on my life having influenced me a lot. I never had the chance to tell him that or to thank him. One of my first blog posts was dedicated to him.
My nominations for Sisterhood of the World Bloggers tag are:
Lisa from The Irish Baby Fairy
Stef from Blabbermama
Beth from The Mother Hub
Amy from Mum’s the Law
Suzanne from And Another Ten Things
And your ten questions are:
1. For what in your life are you grateful for?
2. Describe a perfect day for you.
3. If you could change anything about the way you were raised what would it be?
4. What do you value most in a friendship?
5. What do you like most about yourself?
6. What is your favourite time of year?
7. What is the last impulse buy you made?
8. Who is your role model?
9. What is your favourite memory?
10. What would come up on a google search of your name?
Once you’ve completed the Sisterhood of World Bloggers tag, it would be great if you could tag me on Twitter once you’ve written your post, and I’ll give you a re-tweet.
I can’t wait to read your responses.
Thanks to Jane again for nominating me for my first bloggers tag! I’m in the club now 🙂