Sunday, May 29, 2011

8 Things Tag

The lovely Lil over at Hazy Fairyland tagged me in her recent "8 Things" post, and seeing as I haven't indulged my passion for lists in a while, I've decided to give this one a shot.

8 TV Shows I Watch:
  1. Come Dine With Me
  2. Masterchef
  3. The Apprentice
  4. Dragons Den
  5. True Blood
  6. Greys Anatomy
  7. C.S.I (all incarnations)
  8. Law and Order S.V.U
8 Favourite Places To Eat:
I can't justify spending money on restaurants. There aren't a great deal of restaurants where I live, and to be honest I prefer knowing what's going into my food. I really enjoy cooking and I love trying out new recipes - with the exception of the very rare takeaway or wedding, I don't eat out.

8 Things I Look Forward To:
  1. Halloween!!! Ask me at any time of the year (even November 1st) what I most look forward to, and the answer's always Halloween.
  2. Christmas: I love Christmas - or, mainly, decorating for Christmas.
  3. Having my sister over for a visit - I haven't seen her in a while and I miss her. She's the only one that I can really let the crazy out with.
  4. The Postman: I've covered this before, but I have such a childlike giddy attitude to getting mail. Even junk.
  5. Fridays: Friday is my shopping day, and I love looking around different shops and having a wander around town.
  6. Dinnertime: It could be 2 a.m on a Saturday night, and I'll be thinking about what I'll cook for dinner the following Tuesday. I love to plan meals and try new recipes.
  7. 2 p.m: That's the time my son gets out of school. The house is so quiet when he's gone, and although that can be great sometimes, it just doesn't feel right without him here. So I love when 2p.m. comes, because I get to hear all about his little day.
  8. My walk: I've recently started walking 5km every morning (or every morning when the wind isn't so strong that I'd be chanelling Mary Poppins) and although it killed me at first, I've started to love it. There's nothing better to clear the head than a brisk walk with a bottle of cold water and some really good tunes!
8 Things on my Wish List:
  1. Braces. I've wanted braces since I was a teenager, but they're SO expensive! Actually, while we're on the subject of teeth, add in a permanent crown and some whitening treatment too.
  2. A redecorated sitting room. We've been meaning to do it for years, but something always comes up. I hope to get a start on it at the end of summer this year!
  3. A dog. I'd love to have a dog, but my son gets chest problems sometimes and they're aggravated by dog hair - it's just not practical for us to have one at the moment. Maybe someday!
  4. New glasses. I don't really spend money on something unless I have to, but I think I'll have to get used to the fact that it's not really normal to have to superglue the lenses back in occasionally :)
  5. An ice-cream maker. What more can I say? I want one!
  6. A proper vegetable garden.
  7. A family holiday. I haven't been on a holiday abroad since 2004, and I'd love to take himself and our son somewhere nice for a week.
  8. A metal detector. I've wanted one since I was a child, no idea why.
8 Things I'm Passionate About:
  1. My Family.
  2. Music.
  3. Cross Stitch.
  4. Books.
  5. Cooking.
  6. Animals.
  7. History.
  8. Writing.
8 6 Words or Phrases I use a Lot:
  1. Bollocks.
  2. C'mere to me (Come here to me). I think it's an Irish thing to stick it at the start of a sentence when you want to get someone's attention.
  3. Oh, sugar (in an 'oh shit' way, not an 'ooh baby' way). Sugar became the replacement for the aforementioned 'shit' when I had my sponge, sorry, I mean my son.
  4. Grand. Everything's 'grand' in Ireland. "How are you?" "Grand." Grand doesn't mean extravagant in this case, it's just a substitute for 'alright' or 'fine'.
  5. Manky. Dirty, gross, disgusting, horrible, rotten - manky covers it all.
  6. This too Shall Pass. My favourite saying - no matter how low you feel, or how bad things are - they won't be that way forever.
8 Things I've Learned From the Past:
  1. I can rely on myself.
  2. Unfortunately, there are some people out there who are just out for all they can get.
  3. Trust my instincts, especially when it comes to people.
  4. Don't tell lies! They always come out at some stage.
  5. Nobody is better than anyone else, despite what they might think.
  6. Think before you speak. What seems flippant to me can really hurt someone else.
  7. I missed out on absolutely nothing by not having my Dad around growing up.
  8. Never use the word 'promise' unless you're sure you can keep it.
8 Places I would Love to Visit:
  1. Iceland.
  2. Bran Castle, Transylvania, Romania.
  3. Pyramids at Giza.
  4. Tokyo.
  5. Machu Picchu, Peru.
  6. Salem, Massachusetts.
  7. Skellig Michael.
  8. Stonehenge.
8 Things I Want or Need:
I've pretty much covered the 'wants' in the wish list earlier, and I don't need anything right now. Breakfast would be nice. :)

8 Things I Love About Winter:
  1. Burning (yankee) candles on long dark evenings.
  2. A roaring open fire.
  3. Gloves, scarves and boots.
  4. Preparing for Christmas.
  5. Fairy lights.
  6. The crunching sound of frozen grass under my feet.
  7. Outdoor markets.
  8. Full moon, snow on the ground, starry sky = heaven.

8 Bloggers I'm Tagging:
I'm not going to tag anyone. I know that even though I really enjoyed doing this post, some people feel under pressure and obligated to do it, and there are some people who don't like writing about themselves. So, if you want to do it, feel free, and if you don't, I hope you enjoyed reading mine anyway :)

S xxx


  1. I've just come across your blog and now I'm quite concerned that either
    a) I have a sister I never knew about
    b) One of my sisters are blogging and keeping it secret.
    I like this. Keep it up.
    Have you got your Halloween outfit planned yet? I'm going to be a superhero.

  2. Haha thank you for reading! Yes, I am your long-lost blogging sister, SURPRISEEEE!! I'm off to check out your blog too, I have a wedding folder in my computer. I'm not engaged. And I just shared that with the world.

    I plan my Halloween outfits on November 1st every year. I'm not joking. This year I'm going to be an escaped asylum patient. I'm thinking mad hair, an old-fashioned white long nightgown and IV wires. If I don't blog on November 1st 2011, I've been taken back to the asylum. :)

    Thanks for commenting!


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