Monday, 3 November 2008

Rag, tag and bobtail

I've been tagged twice - once by The Dotterel and another time by Fat, Frumpy and Fifty. Each tag is slightly different so I'll go with the six tag factor from The Dotterel and I'll save FFF's seven "meme" (must look that word up) tag for the next post.

The Dotterel says that I must reveal six random things about myself:

1. Head in hands. "Where on earth do I start?" I ask myself. I reckon that I am a pretty unorganised sort of person. I thought I was organised until I had children and then it dawned on me that I had been labouring under that delusion for years. I often start jobs, pick something up, see something else and then start doing that job. I often have four or five jobs "on the go" e.g.:

I was in the bank today trying to arrange something.
I got out my debit card along with my address book and undertook the banking transaction and chatted to a few people and went to the supermarket and opened my wallet to pay and saw that the debit card was not there (and panicked) and at the same time I was chatting to a friend and was trying to give her my business card (and saw that someone had written their number on the back of it so I couldn't give it to her) and paid for the shopping in cash but queried an item that I had brought back: a tin of spaghetti (the flavour of sauce not quite to my Marie Antoinette daughter's liking) and tried to exchange it and then that had to be ratified by the manager of the store and meanwhile I was thinking "ten minutes to go" up the winding road by car to collect daughter from school and eventually the friend leaves as she is tired of waiting for me to get out business card sans scrawled number on the back and got tins exchanged whilst simultaneously trying to put the unflavoursome spaghetti back into my bag and then realised what I was doing and got it out again and went out to car and put shopping in car and rang another friend to ask her to pick up daughter from school (as it was now five minutes to go before pickup time) and rang school to arrange it and walked back to bank and asked if they have found my debit card and no they had not and they asked me: "Is it in your address book?" and I exclaimed: "Oh yes, here it is and do you fancy organising my life for me?" and how they chortled and then I saw the friend in the street again and gave her a clean business card (which had miraculously appeared from my scrawny wallet) and walked back to car and picked something up from our other house which we still must put on market to sell or to rent because it has been empty for 10 months now and we are still paying the mortgage on it and being credit CRUNCHED to within a millimetre of our Mrs. Pepperpot lives (!) and picked daughter up from my friend's house and had a restorative cuppa and went back home for tea.

2. I used to love drinking pints of Guinness when I was a student (I also used to serve up pints for Adrian Chiles, Uni President, at the College bar). Occasionally I stop and wonder why I have not had a Guinness for about ten years. (I must remember to keep the odd bottle in the cupboard for the odd sneaky slurp.)

3. I'm not a vegetarian but I'm very finicky when it comes to eating meat. I can eat beef in casseroles but not keen on roast beef but can eat steaks. I cannot abide lamb (absolutely hate the smell when it is cooking). Not much good with pork either. Who said man cannot live by chicken alone? I could. (Cue despairing husband.)

4. On my maternal side I come from a fish and chip shop dynasty. My great grandfather had a fish and chip shop...so did my aunties, uncles and my grandfather. I'm very proud of that. My grandfather is still alive and well into his nineties. Still watching Countdown, doing crosswords and occasionally beating Carol Vorderman. I should start eating fish like there is no tomorrow. He ate masses of coley and is still very much with us to tell many tales. Of how the cod used to be huge after the Second World War (as the waters had not been fished for years). Of being in the thick of the Burma War. If I can be anything like him in my latter years I will be chuffed to bits.

5. I can play the piano. At least I think I still can. I last played it when I was 18. We bought a piano five years ago but we have yet to install it in either of our houses. (Very long story.)

6. I was so smiley when I was a child that Brown Owl gave me a badge with "Champion Smiler" on it.

7. When I was about six or seven I wrote a paragraph-long story with no punctuation with lots of "ands" in it. My teacher was not impressed in the slightest.

8. You may have guessed that I am also not very good at obeying rules and :-)

Six other bloggees/bloggers/bloggites tagged to be "it"... Apologies if you have done this before. Maybe you can rustle up some more titbits?: Arthur Clewley's Diary, French Fancy, Tarte Tartan, Rural Villager, Ladybird World Mum, Dulwich Divorcee Over to you...(now who I am going to choose to be my next "tag" victims...)

16 comments:

Lindsay said...

Thanks for the tag - have just carried out the task - phew =, took me some time!

The Dotterel said...

Excellent - love the 'random' style of number one, too; perfectly suited to the task, if I may say so! (Incidentally, a 'meme' is an idea or cultural norm that replicates through society - or, in our case, blog-land. The word was coined by Richard Dawkins! There - that's random!)

Dumdad said...

I do miss the British fish and chip shop. When it's good, it's very good but....

Exmoorjane said...

Just William stories eh? (note to other bloggers, no Hadriana didn't mention them - except in a comment on my benighted blog).... you're in good company as my husband and son are huge fans. I read a lot of children's books but they tend to be scary ones which probably defeats the object.
Anyhow, great list.....
I hadn't a clue about meme either - I thought it was a 'me! me! facts about me!' sort of thing, which shows what I know, even if I did do Latin A level (you might be one person who could be impressed by that)....
Totally empathise with the 'thought I was organised but I'm not' and laughed at your business card with the number on the back. But, hey, at least you have business cards (mine have my last address on)...but then my career is collapsing so what the heck. Anyhow, enough rambling.....
janex

Hadriana's Treasures said...

Hi Lindsay, I'll be over to have a look very soon. Thank you, The Dotterel, for the compliment and the explanation I am now better equipped to tackle the next "tag" I reckon! Yes, dumdad, I know I am biased but my Granda's fish and chips were legendary for miles around. They used to queue around the block for them. They don't do them so well these days in my humble opinion!!
Hello exmoorjane...aah! "Just William" stories, I wish they would bring the old series back with Bonnie Langford et al and I like your "me me" definition. I'm sure that your career isn't collapsing especially when you write so well! But I know what you mean. I think we would all like to hear that we have won the lottery overnight (but and it's a big but...might that not open Pandora's Box.....and what would William do with it...probably fill it with rubble, bows and arrows and dead lizards!!) Oh, you just have to laugh and I frequently do...

French Fancy said...

Hello Champion Smiler. That bank/business card story made me laugh. You do have a lot of balls in the air, although I guess all busy mums do.

Didn't know that Dawkins coined the word 'meme'; my, isn't blogging educational.

Suburbia said...

I like your organised chaos! I think I'm organised sometimes but recently I keep mislaying things, perhaps I've lost my mind?!!

tartetartan said...

I had a Guinness on Friday night - my first in years. An Irish pub has just opened up 15 mins from here, so I had to go down and check it out (of course!). Thanks for the tag. Not done one of these before, so should be interesting. TTx

Gill - That British Woman said...

excellent random things about you, all very interesting I may add!!!

Gill in Canada

tim relf said...

Re point 7. There's nothing wrong with lots of 'ands'. And there's nothing wrong with starting a sentance with one either - although that would have probably got your teacher equally vexed!

Lakeland Jo said...

Mrs Pepperpot???I love Mrs Pepperpot- I read all the books as a kid and I loved them. Ahh- the nostalgia of it all

Hadriana's Treasures said...

Hello French Fancy...I'll be over to see your tags soon. I must admit that I find that blogging is very educational.

Hi to Surburbia - organised chaos? Glad you think it is...I like the compliment!

Tarte Tartan - don't you find that the first sip is simply the best?

Thank you, Gill, and thank you also to Tim. I've been over to your farming blog to take a look. (We are very interested in farming although we are not farmers.) My husband would love to be one. I've taken a look at your tips for writing and they are best practical ones I have ever found! So will be back for more...

Hello Lakeland Jo! Yes, Mrs. Pepperpot definitely features in our household for bedtime reading...BTW I've figured out how to do Sitemeter at long last (thank you to Gill for your encouragement there too!)...on some things I really am a technophobe!!!!

Hadriana's Treasures said...

My husband would love to be a farmer rather than a farming blog!

Ladybird World Mum said...

Just got what tagging is! So better get on with it. Loved your first item... sounds just like my life as Cannot Do Just One Thing.

Sandi McBride said...

That was fun...well all but losing the debit card...not that part....my granddad loved lamb, but no else did really...my grandmother would cover the lamb with beef fat...huge slabs of it and poke holes in the lamb so the beef fat would seep into the lamb while it was cooking...because, she said, from the fat comes the flavor...and it's the only way I can eat lamb...
loved this post!
Sandi

Fat, frumpy and fifty... said...

great stuffy Hadriana.. in the garden...

..always so revealing and yet not also...weird.!

hope your only half as busy as me!!

I ache all over from trying to catch up with the trimming and pruning...

owW!..off to bed with a dvd..kids and dearheart are