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The Liebster Award

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A few weeks ago I was on Twitter when a tweet popped up in my notifications. The lovely Steph at Diary of a midlife mummy had nominated me for a Liebster Award. Thank you for nominating me, Steph. You rock!

If you’ve never read Steph’s blog then I encourage you – nay, I compel you – to go and visit it now. You will not regret it. Her posts always make me chuckle and I find myself agreeing with everything she says. 

Now onto the Liebster Award. A Liebster is given to up and coming bloggers who may not be receiving the love that they deserve. It is a lovely way to introduce you, my readers, to some brilliant blogs. Plus, you get to learn more about me as I have 11 questions to answer.

The rules of the awards are nice and straightforward: 

  • Thank the blogger who nominated you.
  • Answer the questions given to you.
  • Nominate other bloggers with less than 500 followers whose blogs you love.
  • Post 11 questions for your nominees to answer.

Steph’s questions have been quite tricky to answer. I’ve had to think carefully about a few of them. Let’s crack on:  

Have you got a claim to fame?

John Barrowman (star of Doctor Who and Torchwood) kissed me. Okay, that sounds a lot more impressive then it actually was.
The real story is this…. It was my 24th birthday and I was drunk. I happened to walk past Theatre Royal Drury Lane as he was outside signing autographs.
I spotted him. Lurched over to him. Told him it was my birthday and demanded a kiss. He gave me a peck on the cheek. Whilst looking like I was forcing him to drown a puppy. Bless him!
Who do you admire? 
Whilst working at Cancer Research UK I got to meet the most amazing and awe-inspiring people. I admire each and every one of them. 
There were the cancer survivors who’s stories made me cry with tears of sadness and joy. They showed me how strong people could be in the face of adversity. 
There were the cancer patients who were terribly ill. Yet they would still come along to an event and support the charity that was bringing them hope.  They showed me to never give up.
There were those that had lost loved ones – mothers, fathers, sisters, brothers, daughters and sons. People from all walks of life with one thing in common. Cancer had ripped a hole in their lives. They showed me that whatever you face in life you can still find happiness.
Then, there were the scientists in the labs. Spending years starring down a microscope trying to find a breakthrough. Believing passionately that their corner of research could make a difference and save lives. They showed me that there is always hope.
How could I not admire these people? I miss working for Cancer Research UK because I no longer get to spend my days talking to these heroes. 
If you could start all over again, what would you be/ do? 
Oh, that is a really tough question. I always loved my job and never thought of doing anything differently. As a child I wanted to be an archaeologist or Egyptologist and I still think those would have been really cool jobs. I would just have to stay away from any cursed mummies. 
What are your pet hates? 
I hate rudeness and arrogance. The world would be a much better place if everyone was kind, polite and humble. 
Where is the most amazing place you’ve been on your travels? 
I would have to say Australia. I was lucky enough to go there when I was 13 and then again at 20. We have family out there and I always think that makes a country more homely! 
Plus, I spent my 21st birthday out there. My parents took me to see La Boheme at the Sydney Opera House for my birthday treat. During the interval we stood on the balcony bar and looked over a twinkling starlit Sydney Harbour. I don’t think I will ever forget that!
Do you have any weird personal quirks that make you, you?
Oh Gosh loads! I’m pretty unique!!
I have a brain full of useless facts and could name any actor in a film. But I can’t remember anything useful.
I am obsessed with notebooks and I have 100s lying around the flat. They are all for different purposes. They are all half filled. They are mostly filled with lists. I LOVE lists.

I am addicted to reading spoilers. I read spoilers for everything. For every TV programme or film that we watch I read IMDB or the fan sites and know exactly how it will end. I just wish I could do that with the new series of “The Great British Bake Off”.

Can you remember what you dreamt last night?

No, which is rare for me. I normally have the most vivid dreams. I still have recurring dreams about taking my A-levels. Shudder!!

When was the last time you went out without the kids and what did you do?

Last weekend, Mr H was Best Man and I was Maid of Honour at our best friends’ wedding. We roped my parents in to babysitting so that we could concentrate on the task in hand

Little Miss H was a Flower Girl and my heroic parents negotiated the M25 to bring her to the church. After she had walked down the aisle holding my hand and clutching a posy of freesias (CUTE!!!) my parents entertained her during the drinks reception. She posed in a few photos with mummy and daddy and was then whisked home mid-tantrum by Grandma and Grandpa to play with her cousins. This allowed Mr H and I to enjoy the wedding breakfast and champagne and meant I could strut my funky stuff without a toddler hanging off my leg. I love my parents!

Do you own any luxury items and if so can you divulge – handbags, designer shoes, yachts etc.?

 I would have to say my wedding dress.

I bloody love that dress. It is a San Patrick dress and came from a little boutique in Marylebone. 

I knew from the moment I tried it on that it was the one. I felt beautiful and confident wearing it and it makes me sad that it now sits in a box underneath our bed. I’d probably wear it to Morrisons to do the weekly shop if I could still fit into it.

What is on your to-do list right now?

Oh gosh, far too much! I believe I used to be hugely organised before I had a baby. I am sure organisational skills leak out of your pores during labour.

One of my many notebooks has a master to-do list that covers 5 pages. I have many other to-do lists too. These are broken down into different subjects and time-frames (I am so sad). Here are a few tasks from these lists:

– Write thank you letters for the presents that Little Miss received on her first birthday (this was at the end of May).
– Book Little Miss H onto Toddler Sense and swimming classes for next term.
– Wash all of LM’s soft toys.
– Clean the bathroom.
– Sort through all of LM’s clothes (she is such a tall girl that she has grown out of most of her 12-18 month clothes).

Who would be the top five men (women) on your swoon list?

It goes without saying that Mr H would be number one. But in no particular order the next 5 would be:

Deacon Clayborne – a gorgeous character from the TV programme “Nashville”. I talked about my love for him in the post What am I doing now
David Tennant – I fell for him when he starred in “Casanova” and he was amazing as Doctor Who. A few years ago I convinced Mr H that he really wanted to see David Tennant and Catherine Tate in “Much Ado About Nothing” for his birthday. (I am such a lovely wife!) I may have drooled.
Arthur Darvill – another “Doctor Who” alumni. My friend Miss M and I saw him in “Once:The Musical” in May and discovered that not only is he gorgeous but he is a very talented guitar player and singer too.
Benedict Cumberbatch – I’m not quite sure what but there is definitely something about him.
Hugh Jackman – At university I went out with a guy for 6 months purely because he looked like Hugh Jackman. He broke my heart. I learnt that this was a very poor basis for a relationship.

Phew! I’m done. I would now like to nominate Yummy Blogger, Jenna at Tiny Footsteps, Blogamomma and Ellie at Pepper and the Robinsons. I’ve only discovered these blogs recently but they are awesome. I wish I had more time to read all their posts. Please go and say ‘hi’!

So ladies here are my questions:

1. What is your favourite book?
2. If a film was made of your life which actress would you want cast as you? 
3. What is your favourite way to spend a summer evening?
4. What is your happiest memory?
5. If you could have any super power what would it be and why?
6. Tea or coffee?
7. What would you do if you were Prime Minister for the day?
8. As a kid, what did you want to be when you grew up?
9. What makes you laugh?
10. What three words would your friends use to describe you?
11. Bags or shoes?

I can’t wait to see you all your answers. Enjoy feeling like you are on an episode of “Blind Date”.


Mrs H



  • Reply
    August 8, 2014 at 12:22 pm

    Go on then, I used to love Blind Date. Let’s see how far I get before littlun wakes up!

    Prime of Miss Jean Brodie springs to mind
    Liv Tyler (bit of a girl crush) or Susan Sarandon
    Chatting nonsense with my hubby 🙂
    Gosh, too many really. Being silly with my family…
    I’d be able to read minds. Mu-ha haaa!
    I’d eradicate people
    Diana Ross. Really. It was the Chain Reaction dress that did it, and the hair.
    I have a very childish sense of humour for a 30 something (nearer 40)
    Bonkers, kind, honest
    Neither – hippy chick!

    • Reply
      Mrs H
      August 18, 2014 at 11:14 pm

      Hello. Thank you for this lovely and hysterical comment. I used to love Blind Date too but only when they didn’t get on. I LOVE your answers. I have a little bit of a girl crush on Liv Tyler too (she is beautiful) and I definitely like the idea of being able to read minds. It would really help to know what my toddler is thinking when she is having a tantrum. Take care and I hope to see you around this neighbourhood again soon. Hugs Mrs H xxxx

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