Sunday 19 February 2017

Getting To Know Me.....

I was tagged in this fun blogger tagging thing by the delightful Shelley Wilson ~ you can read her post HERE.

Now, some random facts about me, answering the same questions as Shelley, and I'll tag four more bloggers at the end, so they can do a post with their answers, too :)

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It's 2 years old, really must change it...
Who are you named after?
My mother's aunt, Alice Theresa.  I've always hated the name Theresa, and became Terry when I was 12, though my father always uses my full name

 The lady with the black hat, white blouse and rather grim face standing behind
the lady in the front row with the round face, is my great aunt Alice Theresa,
after whom I was named.  The wedding couple are my 
maternal grandparents, getting married in 1919.

Do you like your handwriting?
Yes, but only for the first few words.  After that, it's like a mad, drunk spider walking across the page.  It's because I type all the time; I've lost the knack of writing legibly.

What’s your favorite lunch meat?
Lunch meat?  The hell is that?  As this was started by US bloggers, I'm assuming it's one of those things Americans say that we don't!  I sometimes have tuna on toast for lunch.  Or occasionally a ham sandwich.  Or some form of pasta and vegetables.  Is the ham in the sandwich 'lunch meat?'  Or just meat?  Hmm!

Longest relationship
The current one, and will stay that way!  

Do you still have your tonsils?

Would you bungee jump?
Yes, I'd love to.  It would scare me senseless and I am sure I would change my mind a hundred times, but I like to think that I'd be brave enough to do it.

Do you untie your shoes when you take them off?
I don't wear any shoes with laces.

Favorite ice-cream?
As much as possible.  The best I've ever tasted is sweet fennel flavour, which I've eaten in the Rose and Crown restaurant in Yardley Hastings, Northamptonshire.  And you used to be able to get this amaayy-zing raspberry and champagne flavour in the Cliftonville hotel in Cromer, Norfolk, where I used to live.  I love this stuff called Swedish Glace which is gluten and dairy free, and also Carte D'or strawberry.  And any salted caramel.  Generally, my answer is 'don't get me started'.   (btw, I don't eat all this all the time.  High days and holidays only!!)

The Cliftonville, Cromer ~ home of raspberry and champagne flavour ice cream

What’s the first thing you notice about people?
Whether they look open and sincere, or cagey.

Football or baseball? 
Neither, I have no interest in sport.

What color pants are you wearing?
I was just about to say, 'you what?' when I remembered that US thing, and realised it means trousers.  I am currently wearing my black velour 'leisure pants'.  They are dreadful.

Last thing you ate?
I am actually eating one of these, as I type.

If you were a crayon what color would you be?
If I was a crayon????  Does this mean you want to know my favourite colour, or what colour I consider relevant to my personality?  Couldn't you have asked 'If you were in The Walking Dead, which character would you be?', instead?  
Answers to these three questions:  Purple, Purple and Michonne.

Favorite smell?
Tea tree oil.  We have lots of oil burners around the house, and I like tea tree best, and rose.  I first discovered the former when I was at a friend's house some years ago, and we both had crashing hangovers.  She lit a burner with tea tree in it and it actually made me feel better.  I'd always thought aromatherapy was a load of rubbish before that.

Who was the last person you spoke to on the phone?
My sister.  I don't like talking on the phone.  Alot of the time I don't answer it.

Hair color?
Naturally, mid brown with lots of grey, fading to total white around my forehead and temples.  Unnaturally, varying shades of blonde.  I first went blonde when I was 24.  I have my colours done about once every 2 months.  I've been trying to go a bit darker for the past year or so, as befits my age, and have dark bits put in it as well as highlights.  I think they're called lowlights ;).

Me aged 20, with dark hair

Eye color?
Mucky green

Favorite food to eat?
Almost impossible to choose just one thing.  My favourite dinner is sea bass with tons of vegetables.  I'd eat that every day if I could.

Scary movies or happy endings?
Definitely scary movies.  I hate anything 'feel good', girly or romcom-ish.

Last movie you watched?
Lion.  Which does have a happy ending, admittedly, but it's allowed to!  Wonderful film.  I had to read the book straight after watching it.  My review is HERE

Favorite holiday?
Can't remember the last time I went on holiday.  And enjoyed it, I mean; I went to Turkey in 2009 and hated it, because I can't stand being hot.  My sister and I spent the whole week trying not to move, in order to keep cool.  I've had great holidays in the past, in the wilds of the Scottish highlands, and North Wales.  I like being outside, not hot, somewhere beautiful/interesting, with not too many people around.
Julia and me, very hot in Turkey, August 2009

Beer or wine?
Neither.  I scarcely drink.  Used to drink buckets of wine, but it gives me heartburn and guts ache now.  If I have a drink, it's whisky or brandy.

Favorite day of the week?
Thursday, but I don't know why.  Maybe because it was usually a good night out, when I was younger!

Three or (four) favorite bloggers you want to learn more about?
I've chosen four I think readers of my blog might like to know more about, instead!  Here goes (click name for link to their blog):

My favourite Rivergirl, Val Poore. 
My proofreading sister, Julia Gibbs
My book blogger chum Rosie Amber
The funniest writer I know, Barb Taub   

Who were the last three people to follow your blog?
Writer Adrienne Vaughan
... and two other people called Micaela Marcedo and Linda, but I don't know them  ~ thanks, ladies!

When I was looking for those photos in Turkey, 
I found this one that my husband took of me on my birthday in 2011
and, although it's blurred, I really like it, so thought I might as well put it on here!


  1. Loved this, Terry! Can I just say how flippin' gorgeous you are with brown hair (you're still gorgeous as a blondie btw) you look like a film star in that photo! I also think you compensate for my dislike of ice cream ha ha ;)

    1. Yeah, well, it was 37 years ago.... one is expected to be gorgeous at 20!!!

      As for the ice cream, I think I could compensate for anyone's.... part of it was drooling because I've given it up, though. Arghhhh! Fruit and fromage frais for pud now...

  2. Fab post T! Totally agree with you on the handwriting thing as well, I can barely read my own nowadays and my hand cramps within a minute of starting. Terrific pictures too, you're always stunning :-)

    1. Ma'am, you've seen me in real life, you know this not to be the case....!

      As for the handwriting, you know how you think of bits about what you're writing when you're doing something else, so you scribble them down and put them on the 'random notes' pile, or stick them on the wall if you're me??? I'd love to know what they all say....!

    2. I have indeed (and what a good day that was!) and totally stand by what I say :-) And those notes? I know I have some gems on those that sadly will never be seen by any reader of mine...

    3. Wasn't it a good day???!!

      Husband told me to get a dictaphone for the notes thing. I would, but I can't stand hearing my voice!!

  3. I enjoyed reading your answers, particularly as I'm your sister. It occurred to me how vastly different to yours my answers are going to be, so I'm going to ask you in advance not to judge me on some of them, because I intend to be honest! Love that last pic of you.

    1. I'm both intrigued and worried already!!!!!!!!!!! Oh - are you going to say you judge people on what labels they're wearing??? Hur hur hur!

      I love that last pic!!!! I logged onto my deactivated old FB account to find the Turkey ones.

  4. Love it, TT!! All these little snippets are so you and the way you talk about them is so you too (OK so what do I know?). Oddly, my handwriting is still not too bad but then I have to write on assignments a lot (I still don't do that on computers - I miss stuff), so I still get lots of practice. I chuckled about you being too hot in Turkey though. In that sense, we are so different! I love the dark hair too, but then it suits you blonde as well. You have fabulous, thick hair...lucky thing! Great post. I shall do my best to oblige. Mwah from the Rivergirl!

    1. Ah, it was when I went dark for a bit in my mid 30s that I realised it suits me better lighter, with age! You can get away with anything when you're 20, though. Yes, I am very grateful to my parents for my hair, as is Julia.

      Turkey was awful! At least, the hotel was lovely, the food excellent, and it was good having that time with Julia, but it was too hot to do anything. We wanted to explore, but I remember one day we walked down to the beach, and felt as if we were in the desert. Horrendous. Normal warm is okay, but....! Hope you get time to do this, would love to read yours xx

    2. This was such a great idea! I've so enjoyed reading the others I've seen.

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    1. Thanks for reading, Nicola :)

      I wanted to tag SOOOO many people, it was hard....

  6. Hi Terry - this was fabulous ... fun to read and to see ... sounds like you're really happy and settled with life - the best thing ... yes - now we won't talk hair! Notes - I'm fine with a pencil when I study and rewrite things ... but otherwise let me use qwerty! Now to see what Julia's put up ... cheers Hilary

    1. Thanks for reading, Hilary! Don't think Julia's is up yet, but Val's is :)

  7. I really enjoyed reading this, Terry. Some really interesting answers.

  8. I think my comment got lost in the ether ;-) Really enjoyed reading this, Terry. Love the photos too, you always look fab x

    1. PS looking forward to reading the tagees posts too :-)

    2. Oh yes, Val has done hers and I think Julia is in the process - don't know about Barb and Rosie, though. Thanks for reading! xx

  9. Thoroughly enjoyed this, Terry. Always nice to know a few interesting snippets about people ... but then I'm naturally very nosy.

  10. 20-year-old you had some attitude on camera! XD

    1. Ah, but we didn't call it 'attitude', back then! And we didn't do duck faces, either - though I can see the beginnings of one!