Tuesday, April 24, 2007

memes for the night before a holiday

1. PICK OUT A SCAR YOU HAVE, AND EXPLAIN HOW YOU GOT IT
Labour with first and only child seventeen years ago "failed to progress" after 18 hours. Obstetrician, so brilliantly called Mr Pickett-Heaps, came from golf course to perform emergency caesarian section. The anaesthetist, a glamorous older woman, gave me an epidural and I entered a state of great bliss. "You'll hear a ripping sound" Pickett-Heaps said and sure enough I did, like cardboard being torn. Then little Ruby was lifted out of me & the burning indigestion (she'd been pressing on my diaphragm) that I'd had for 3 months disappeared. And, apart from having webbed toes, she was perfect and remains so to this day.

2. WHAT IS ON THE WALLS IN YOUR ROOM?
A few spiderwebs. A drawing of two people walking up separate sets of stairs that lead to a small dark European-style tree with exposed roots. It reminds me of Joan Aiken's The Cuckoo Tree, which if you haven't read yet you should. If I had another daughter I'd call her Dido. Although Sparkle-Pony is hard to beat.

3. WHAT DOES YOUR PHONE LOOK LIKE?
Boring, functional.

4. WHAT MUSIC DO YOU LISTEN TO?
Antony and the Johnsons.

5. WHAT IS YOUR CURRENT DESKTOP PICTURE?
The lovely Mr Griff.

6. WHAT DO YOU WANT MORE THAN ANYTHING RIGHT NOW?
More than anything? Peace of mind forever more. Guarantee of good health for me & my family. A few grandchildren in about ten years. A windfall to pay off the mortgage. A Thai-style massage. A falafel roll.

7. DO YOU BELIEVE IN GAY MARRIAGE?
Of course.

8. WHAT TIME WERE YOU BORN?
Maybe about 9pm?

9. ARE YOUR PARENTS STILL TOGETHER?
Yes and they even hold hands sometimes.

10. WHAT ARE YOU LISTENING TO?
Scrubs is on the TV in the background.

11. DO YOU GET SCARED OF THE DARK?
I get scared of some things, but never the dark; I love the dark.

12. THE LAST PERSON TO MAKE YOU CRY?
Myself.

13. WHAT IS YOUR FAVOURITE COLOGNE / PERFUME?
Guerlain's Nahema, but it's very rare, so I'll have some of Jo Malone Pomegranate or Vintage Gardenia please. My mum used to wear Tabu & I still love that. Also, my first boyfriend gave me Chloe so it brings back very lovely memories.

14. WHAT KIND OF HAIR/EYE COLOUR DO YOU LIKE ON THE OPPOSITE SEX?
Ridiculous question.

15. DO YOU LIKE PAIN KILLERS?
Of course.

16. ARE YOU TOO SHY TO ASK SOMEONE OUT?
No way, I ask everyone out.

17. FAVE PIZZA TOPPING?
Ooooh, potato & rosemary... basil & tomato... mushroom & ricotta.

18. IF YOU COULD EAT ANYTHING RIGHT NOW, WHAT WOULD IT BE?
Just about anything vegetarian. I'm starving, Richard is still cooking dinner. Olive oily smells are wafting from the kitchen. Tabbouleh is waiting on the table.

19. WHO WAS THE LAST PERSON YOU MADE MAD?
I'd love to know. Maybe a student whose essay I failed? I honestly don't think I make many people mad, I'm really really nice, or just deluded, but pleasantly so.

20. IS ANYONE IN LOVE WITH YOU?
Of course. Two people, Richard (husband) and Sailor (dog) are both in love with me. Richard tells me so, and I can see it in Sailor's big brown eyes.

5 comments:

Ampersand Duck said...

Gosh, I like people like you. Nice meme.

elsewhere said...

Uhhhh. Have I missed something here? Is your daughter named 'Sparkle Pony'?

Meredith said...

I *wish* she was called Sparkle Pony - her name is Ruby-Rose. Sadly I only thought of the name Sparkle Pony a few years ago. I've asked her if she'd like to change it but she declined.

JahTeh said...

I love the first one, my scars would take up an entire blog post.
I always say I could play 'snakes and ladders' on my front, up the operation scars, down the wrinkles.

Ms Baroque said...

That final question's a bit killer, isn't it! Bit depressing just to have to say "no."

Dido Twite is one of my all-time favourite literary heroines - and those books cant be beat for sheer exuberance! It's a whole series, you know: it started with The Wolves of Willoughby Chase, which I loved inordinately as a child; then Black Hearts in Battersea (maybe my favourite of rall), then Nightbirds on Nantucket (also jolly good), then The Stolen Lake, and then The Cuckoo Tree! And then Dido and Pa, which I never read.