Hammie's Definitive Q & A

Thanks to Hammie for tagging me to do this mother-of-all Q and A session! And just when I thought I had gotten enough Brain Training from all those Mainstream Posts too! I thought I could just sit back and retire early into blissful oblivion.

Ah now, can't be having that! Onwards and upwards.

Right so, finger tips at the ready...... deep breath and away we go................

Here are the guidelines:

1. Respond and rework. Answer the questions on your blog, replace one question you dislike with a question of your own invention; add a question of your own.

2. Tag eight other un-tagged people.

What is your current obsession? Oh, gotta be blogging and facebook. I will really have to start curtailing myself. Seriously. Dinners are late. "Hey Snuggles: go start the dinner"...... a lesson in Independance??? Child abuse more like! House cleaning, dog walking, grocery shopping etc put on hold.

Am also quite addicted, but not obsessed, with that evening glass of wine after a hectic day!

Good Coffee Shop Whilst I don't drink coffee, (yuck!) Philistine that I am, I do enjoy a good cuppa and scone (with jam AND cream!) In Avoca Handweavers, Kilmacanague, Co Wicklow. With a good friend of course. Or without.... I'm easy!

Do you nap a lot? Hey, you're talkin to the Queen of Power Naps here! I tend to "hit the wall" EVERY day at about 2pm. I keep it together to get himself from school and as "he's very tired and needs a rest" (or so I convince myself!) I give him a snack and some TV for 30 mins while I snooze on the couch! I swear to God it totally revives me. To be recommended. When possible.

Who was the last person you hugged? Oh, Snuggles of course. 10 times a day. He's so..... what's the word??....eh..... "snuggable"!!

What’s for dinner? We had Superquinn Chicken Kiev with baby potatoes (with REAL butter on top!), carrots and Sugar Snap Peas cooked with Garlic, Ginger, Olive Oil and red & black pepper flakes. You see I knew I'd have to answer this question today so I made an effort! Back to frozen fish, croquette potatoes and peas for dinner tomorrow so....ha ha ha!

What was the last thing you bought? I bought a white & black crossover dress in Dunnes Stores! Well, I'm keeping my spends for hols!

What are you listening to right now? Snuggles sitting in the other room playing on Nintendo, some yells of delight and tears of frustration whilst TV is on in the backround! All while I'm feeding my current obsession with blogging! See what I mean? I should be out there helping him to make up his Bionicle toy. Ah well, there's always tomorrow!

What is your favourite weather? That's easy: sun and a pleasant heat. And I have to be free just to sit, relax and enjoy it.

What’s on your bedside table? Em, a lamp, an alarmclock/radio that's never used, bottle of Avon Nail Strengthener and 3 boxes of photos to be put in albums. They're there 2 years. Did I also mention that I am TOTALLY the Queen of Procrastination??

Oh, and a cuddly toy! Couldn't resist the Generation Game quip!!

Say something to the person/s who tagged you. Hammie you are truly Hamazing. I am in awe of you. Not only for all you do but for your generosity of spirit in encouraging others in their endeavours.

If you could have a house totally paid for, fully furnished anywhere in the world, where would you want it to be? I have to be real boring here and say....there's no place like home. Particularly after all we've been through the last few months with house flooding, having to move out to the Horrible House of Horrors and dealing with builders etc! Nothing like that to make you appreciate your home. Especially when you end up with a new kitchen, furniture and FAB extention!! Oh, yeah..... oh yeah!!

Of course, had I been asked this question BEFORE last August my answer might have been quite different! I probably would have said a house in the sun. Gotta be sun! You know those Villas they show on those Househunter TV programmes? Some of them are divine...not the ones in the cities though. A little bit out from the towns yet not too far sounds good!

Favourite vacation spot? Clonea Strand Hotel, Dungarvan, Co Waterford for short breaks in Ireland. HEAVEN. And Estival Park, La Pineda (near Salou) in Spain for our annual break. We will be making our 4th visit there in May, such creatures of habit are we! Well, nuthin like knowing the layout of a place when you get there..... removes all the stress. And, as we're regulars, we get upgraded to ground floor 2 bed Appartment on arrival if one's available! Fingers crossed. Clonea Strand also look after us extremely well... they NEVER charge us for snuggles! Hope to make it there this year too.

Name the things you can’t live without. Snuggles, Mr Jazzy and snuggles with Snuggles! Although I'm quite addicted to my mobile phone I could live without it. I certainly give it plenty of practise as I constantly leave it behind me or leave it uncharged!! Just when I need it most!

What is your favourite tea flavour? I love Barry's Gold Label for "normal" Tea drinking. I like Green Tea and Earl Grey for a change. Oh.... and I really liked that Peppermint Tea I got a pressie of.

What would you like to get rid of? The flabby bits!

If you could go anywhere in the world for the next hour, where would you go?

Somewhere, hotel probably, that has a large Jacuzzi Bath filled with Lavender scented bubbles, surrounded by Lavender scented candles, a good book and a looong cold glass of wine. Ahh.... Heaven!

What did you want to become as a child? A Dancer and an Air Hostess??!!

What do you miss? When Mr Jazzy and I were going out and during our first year of marriage, we used to go a certain pub after work on a friday, get the last bus home and get chips from the chipper!! Ah the simple things! It was fun! I missed that, for a while.
The freedom to do it, that is. But not for long! Other fun things have taken it's place.

What are you reading right now? I just finished the splendid "A Thousand Splendid Suns" and am now reading the thought provoking "The Memory Keepers Daughter". They are both a welcome change from my usual diet of Forensic and Psychological Thriller based novels I normally devour. Actually, they are another obsession of mine!

What's your favourite brand of jeans? I love my Tommy Hilfiger jeans I bought in Orlando last year. And they still fit too!

What designer piece of clothing would you most like to own (new or vintage)?

I'm not really into designer labels but I'd like to own something I didn't buy in Dunnes Stores .... or M & S!! You should have seen me shopping (for myself) in the Outlets in Florida last year! Totally hopeless! I walked out of Nine West and Guess 'cos I just couldn't choose..... Brain Overload! If I ever go on a shopping trip to Boston or NY I'd need a personal shopper! And I have just the friend for that job..... she can sniff out a bargain at 10 paces!

If you could go back in time and talk to your 17 year old self, what would you say? (Hammie's own question )

  1. You will live up to what you say and you won't get married 'til you're in your 30's.

  2. Meanwhile, you will travel to many wonderful places..... Bermuda...... Africa..... Australia...... Bangkok......... Bali.

  3. You will live at home for waaay too long. How else do you think you'll get to do all that travelling!

  4. You CAN and you WILL learn to drive.

  5. You will get to dance in many great (and some not-so-great!) shows. You will also form many great friendships during that time.

  6. Some years later you will get to rekindle some of those friendships through a yet-to-be-invented social medium: Facebook!

  7. You will learn, eventually, that not ALL men are pigs!

  8. You will not have loads of children that you said, at a much younger age, you'd have! You will, however, have one very special child who will bring you lots of joy.

  9. You will find inner strength you never knew you had.

  10. Oh.... and don't forget to wear sunscreen!!! (HA...couldn't resist that reference either!!)

What's the weirdest dream you've ever had? (my own question...suggested by Snuggles)

I had some strange experiences in the house we lived in until I just turned 7. From memories of being in a cot at age 2 to walking into my bedroom (age 6?), in the pitch dark, standing there and feeling that I was rising up to the ceiling and back down again.... Levitating as it were.

Then one night I had a very strange and scary dream (?) Though I SWORE I was awake and not dreaming when I ran crying into my parents later. My eyes were open and I looked at the end of my bed and saw my nanny's head.... just her head! She was alive at the time so it wasn't a ghost! I didn't know what to do so I stretched out my hand and asked her for something I could only get at her house.... a slice of Batch Loaf!!!! Beat that! (Snuggles LOVES this story!)

Now, I could let that go...but years later the same thing happened again but I was most definitely awake. I was in my 20's and went out to the backgarden in the dark to get something and there on top of the neighbour 's wall I saw.....one of her son's heads!! I swear this is true...he was alive too! Two seconds later it was gone!

Do-Do-Do-Do, Do-Do-Do-Do..... cue Twilight Zone music!!

My Tags: First off I'm tagging Lynanne then I'll be a little unorthodox here and I'll tag my other followers V, Grufalomum and Milftastic.... maybe you can be tempted into Blogsphere?? How better to introduce yourself than through this Q & A? When you read this consider yourself tagged! Maybe I could also tag Sesame and drag her back into the fold? Oh and the next 3 people to happen across this blog.... consider yourself tagged also!
And so Hammie et al, what's the reward for doing all this??? What??..........What's that you say??..... Glass..... of...... wine?? Oh, ok then. Don't mind if I do!
Cheers! XX J


  1. Wow, that was a good one Jazz!

    I read a thousand splendid suns last year and it taught me even more about Afganistan than The Kite Runner. I suggest you rent Charlie Wilson's War now.

    Thankyou for doing this meme, always a pleasure to know more about Blogworld!

  2. Well done on getting that completed!! We were tagged too and it will take us a little longer to get it completed and a few glasses of wine as well!!

    little man's mum!

  3. I love reading these memes - if only I was better at coming up with something interesting to say when I write them. Thanks for the tag, though. I'll do my best! :)

  4. Thanks for the suggestion Hammie...will check it out.

    Good luck Blogdog!

    And Good luck to you too Lynanne! You should know that I TOTALLY freaked when I saw Hammie's one!Overwhelmed...no way can I do this, I thought. Step by step...I guess?! xx J


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