Life is very strange at the moment. On the one hand I'm dealing with Vegemite smeared on the walls and a long weekend in which we cancelled camping plans to spend 2 of the 3 days making a dent in the household chaos. On the other hand there is the exciting farm project we are working towards and following on from being awarded the grant for the road, I managed to get my ugly mug in the Saturday Magazine. It's a weekly feature called "The Other Side" and comprises random questions accompanied by a big, disconcerting photo in which I was directed to sit on the bed of spiky pine needles and act natural. Alrighty then.
The thing that occurred to me when answering the questions was that most of the answers can be found within the pages of my blog. You all know that I love knitting, am a total grump in the mornings and crack myself up over the things that the Kids say. However, for those that may be new here, I thought I'd reproduce my answers for a bit of fun. Don't worry, I'm fairly certain this concludes my "15 minutes of fame".
My first memory is…
collecting the old glass milk bottles from the front porch and dropping them on my toes
I love being….
a Mum to my 5 wonderful and funny Kids
My favourite time of day….
Definitely not the morning! I love Dusk - the general chaos in the house starts to subside, the Wallabies start roaming into the house paddock and the light over the Coal Valley is breathtaking. The “Golden Hour” in Tasmania's Autumn is particularly magical.
When I lose my temper I…
get out into the fresh air for a brisk walk.
My father taught me….
that life is not all Beer and Skittles. He is very much of the “work hard, play hard” variety and instilled in me the importance of being self-reliant, to have fun but not at anyone else’s expense and to have a crack at things.
The secret to my success is….
Whatever your own definition of success is, I think it's also important in life to have a positive attitude, embrace change, and have good sense of humour.
The thing I fear most…
aside from anything bad happening to my loved ones it is driving in the car with a Hunstman Spider crawling across the steering wheel!
My biggest regret…
not a huge regret but I gave up my spot in the Opening Ceremony of The Sydney 2000 Olympics to follow my (now Husband) to Tasmania. I think the Kids would have got a kick out of seeing me dressed up as a flamboyant Sturt Desert Pea.
My first job..
was a waitress when I was 14 and 9 months earning $4.50 an hour. Before that I used to make creations out of modelling clay (FIMO) to sell around the neighbourhood.
When I was a child I wanted to be..
Judy Garland in The Wizard of Oz.
When things go wrong I…
sigh a lot.
The thing people first notice about me…
is usually my 5 little appendages. Not a day goes by that I don’t get asked “are they all yours?”
When no one is watching I like to…
Turn the music up loud and shimmy up and down the galley kitchen
The thing that would surprise people about me is ….
how much I love knitting.
The hardest thing I have ever done…
was leaving my family when I was 15 to live in Germany as an exchange student for a year. This was the days before e-mail, Skype and other forms of social media so contact was mainly through letters. I couldn’t speak the language and my host family couldn’t speak English so it was quite a personal challenge but one that made me want to embark on more personal challenges throughout life.
I really don't like…
The thing that makes me laugh loudest is..
the funny things the Kids say.
When I can't sleep I ….
breath deeply, have a glass of warm milk and watch some comedy. But honestly, with 5 Kids in the house and almost 10 years of sleep deprivation, nodding off mid sentence is more of a problem than not being able to get to sleep!
There wasn't much time to think before answering the questions and the hardest question was the one about regrets. In reality, I really don't have any major regrets except I am almost regretting my answer to the question about regrets because it almost sounds like I would rather have been in the Opening Ceremony of an Olympics than with my Husband. However, in reality, I could have done both. I could have actually stayed back in Canberra for the 6 months of training that was required and followed Daniel to Tasmania later but of course I was madly in love and didn't like the thought of being separated for that length of time. I only thought of this as a regret because the Olympics have been on and I caught myself saying to the Kids "I was almost in the Opening Ceremony of the Sydney Olympics" just like I said 2 years ago when the Beijing Olympics were on. It would have been nice to say I was in the Opening Ceremony.
How would you have answered that question? I'd love to know.