I have to confess I have a bit of a girl crush on Kerry Jean Lister.
I met her on a bloggy holiday to Orlando and she was loud and lairy and so bloody full of life that you couldn’t help but bask in her glow.
Plus she has a great name.
So then she poached these Q and As from The Guardian Weekend magazine which are used to quiz a random celebrity/policitician/author/whatever.
She says the answers break you down into the ‘yeah you seem like a nice person, I’d go for a pint with youers’and the ‘Christ what a KNOB! LISTEN TO YOURSELFers!’
I’m aiming for the former . . .
Which living person do you most admire, and why?
How awful. I seriously can’t pin it down to one. Let’s say there’s just too many.
When were you happiest
When my son was born and I realised that actually motherhood was right up my street.
What was your most embarrassing moment?
I have many. All of them involve being in the supermarket with my daughter.
Like the time she pointed at a very large woman while we were in the dairy aisle and said ‘look at that fat cow’. And while I’m apologising profusely to said woman, Mia says ‘not her, that fat cow over there’ as she points to a large image of a cow hanging near the butter section.
Aside from property, what’s the most expensive thing you’ve bought?
A brown leather sofa and armchair from Italy. It was worth it.
What is your most treasured possession?
Where would you like to live?
I love where I am now.
What’s your favourite smell?
Clothes dried on the washing line.
Who would play you in the film of your life?
Susan Sarandon, Maggie Gyllenhaal, Katharine Hepburn, Cate Blanchett or Miranda Richardson. I’m not fussy.
What is your favourite book?
To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee.
What is your most unappealing habit?
What would be your fancy dress costume of choice?
An arabian princess. I have photos to prove it.
What is your earliest memory?
Going to the hospital holding my grandma’s hand to see my new baby brother at the age of 2.
What is your guiltiest pleasure?
Heat magazine. I know it’s full of shite, but I just can’t help myself.
What do you owe your parents?
I am very independent and have a strong sense of self. I owe all this to my mum.
To whom would you most like to say sorry, and why?
To my nan for procrastinating and delaying motherhood for so long, she never got to meet her fabulous great grandchildren.
What or who is the greatest love of your life?
My husband. Met as teenagers and still fighting/loving as strong as ever.
What does love feel like?
A warm blanket.
What was the best kiss of your life?
After my husband proposed on the Ponte Vecchio Bridge in Florence, Italy, 10 years ago.
Which words or phrases do you most overuse?
What is the worst job you’ve done?
Working behind the counter at Spud U Like. I mean spuds?
If you could edit your past, what would you change?
I would have started having babies sooner. But then again, I don’t think I’d be the mum I am now, so maybe not. Learn from your mistakes and all that.
What is the closest you’ve come to death?
The Tower of Terror ride at Disney Studios in Orlando in 1996. Horrifying. I may be exaggerating.
What do you consider your greatest achievement?
When did you last cry, and why?
Watching Tangled at the cinema with Mia. She turned to me and rolled her eyes.
How do you relax?
Walking in the countryside with the sun on my back.
What single thing would improve the quality of your life?
Less time working, more time with the kids.
What is the most important lesson life has taught you?
Treat others as you wish to be treated.
And so I pass this huge task on to:
Mocha Beanie Mummy because I’m genuinely intrigued to see what her answers will be
Battling On because she’s not blogging half enough lately
Muddy No Sugar just because
Mummy Tips because she has a heartwrenching ‘closest you’ve come to death’ story
Mumra because she’s ace
Northern Mum because she’s northern (sorry, couldn’t resist!)
Reveal all ladies . . .