The lovely Lisa from Mummascribbles (my wonderful co-host of Our Weekend Happy tagged me in a random Q & A – you can read her answers here. This is an opportunity for you to learn more about me, the person behind Mrs H’s favourite things.
The Person Behind Mrs H’s favourite things – A Random Q & A
When was the last time you cried?
It was yesterday. I’ve been suffering from my depression and anxiety this week. Wednesday was a particularly bad day with a panic attack and lots of tears. Yesterday, there were fewer tears. When I’m depressed I find crying is healing and sometimes I just need the tears to flow.
If you were another person, would you be a friend of yourself?
Oh gosh, that is a tough one. As someone who suffers from chronic depression and anxiety, I tend to think that I’m quite a toxic person. That most people would be happier if they didn’t know me.
But I also recognise that I have some qualities that are really valued by a friend. I’m loyal, understanding and I like to think, kind. So in short, I really don’t know whether I would want to be my friend or not.
Do you use sarcasm a lot?
Yes, far too much. And rather stupidly, I use it with my kids. Note to self, a nearly five-year-old and a twenty-month-old really do NOT understand sarcasm.
What’s the first thing you notice about people?
I notice their eyes. And I notice whether they smile with them or not. I believe that is a sign as to how genuine people are.
Scary movie or happy endings?
Happy endings every time. I hate scary movies. I can’t even watch the trailers without getting completely freaked out. And I don’t think I’ve actually watched a scary movie in over 15 years.
I love the smell of roses and the ocean. I also love the smell of my children when they have just had a bath and are ready for bed.
What’s the furthest you’ve been from home?
I’m lucky enough to have been to Australia twice. Once when I was thirteen. And then again when I was twenty years old. I even spent my twenty-first birthday in Sydney. My parents took me to see La Bohème at the Sydney Opera House. It was an amazing experience.
Do you have any special talents?
Nope, not really. I would like to think that I’m quite a talented writer. I certainly put my heart and soul into writing this blog.
Where were you born?
I was born at Wythenshawe Hospital in Manchester. Which means that although I’ve lived most of my life in Southern England, I am a Northerner at heart.
What are your hobbies?
I guess blogging is my biggest hobby. Although, it is more like a full-time job and luckily I now earn from my blog. So I’m not really sure that I can call it a hobby anymore.
I love reading. Before we had children, I used to read 50 books a year. That number has dwindled massively but I’m gradually finding time to read more. Running the fabulous Facebook Book Club Bookish Mamas with Jess and Naomi has helped a lot.
I also like hand sewing and I’ve always found it really therapeutic. When I complete a project, I feel happy and proud. It’s sad that I don’t really have time to sew much anymore.
What did you want to be when you grew up?
I wanted to be an astronaut. But I also wanted to be an archaeologist. So I had grand plans that I was going to prove that the Romans had been to the moon. Then I watched a number of space movies and the Indiana Jones films and I decided that both were risky career moves. So I ended up working in a safe occupation and became a charity fundraiser.
How many countries have you been to?
I think I’ve been to 13 countries (apart from the UK) but I might be wrong. They are Australia, Singapore, Greece, Italy, France, Spain, Germany, Denmark, Turkey, Tunisia, the Maldives, the Caribbean and America. I’ve also had plane stop-offs at Bangkok and Sri Lanka. But as I didn’t leave the airport, I don’t think that they count.
What was your favourite/ worst subject in school?
I really loved Classical Civilisation and Religious Studies. Both of which I did at A-Level. I actually ended up studying Classical Civilisation and Ancient History at the University of Warwick.
My worst subjects were PE and art. I was always the last person picked to be on teams. And my art teacher once asked me if I was planning on studying Art at GCSE. When I answered no, she let out a very audible sigh of relief.
What is your favourite drink?
Coca-cola. Full fat Coca-cola. It is the only drink that I ever crave. And I have to be really strict with myself, otherwise, I would drink gallons of the stuff every day.
What would you (or have you) named your children?
Oh, I can’t really answer this properly because the children are known as Little Miss H and Little Mister H on this blog. But we had a name for Little Miss H from 13 weeks pregnant. I had a dream where we had a daughter with her name. I woke up and told Mr H that was what we were calling her daughter. And thankfully Mr H loved the name too.
Naming Little Mister H was much more difficult. We were convinced that we were going to have another girl and so we’d only thought about girl’s names. If he’d been a girl then he was going to be called Lyra Kristen. However, the 20-week scan showed that we were definitely going to have a boy.
So we had to get thinking. But we couldn’t really agree on anything. I loved Atticus. Mr H hated it. Mr H liked Raymond and I hated it. In the end, we had a list of 10 names that neither of us particularly loved. Yet when I pulled him out of the water I just looked at him and I knew his name.
Who are some of your favourite YouTubers?
I love watching YouTube videos but I very rarely get to watch them. But when I do then I love watching What Katy Said, Kerry Conway, Charlotte Louise Taylor, Katie Ellison and Tanita Taylor – Just Motherhood.
How many boyfriends have you had?
Oh gosh, I had many short relationships in university. But I also had four serious boyfriends before I met Mr H. And there was one guy that I had an on and off relationship with for quite a few years.
Favourite memory from childhood?
My favourite memories are of our holidays to France. Every summer we would pack up our caravan and head to France for three weeks. It was such a magical time.
My brothers and I would run wild and free during the day. Then in the evening we would return to the caravan and get washed and dressed. Before having a BBQ with takeaway chips. Followed by a pudding of chocolate. We would then fall asleep shattered from spending a day in the sunshine. They were the most amazing holidays that any child could ask for.
How would you describe your fashion sense?
I worry that since having children my fashion sense has become quite frumpy. I think that is partly due to my body image and the fact that I felt overweight. However, over the past few months, I’ve been working with an amazing nutritionist. And I feel much better about myself and my weight.
So I’ve been trying to be more adventurous with my style once more. I love wearing dresses. I think that they are flattering on my body shape and they show off my legs (one of my better attributes). And as I’ve lost some weight, I feel more comfortable putting on a dress again.
I also love wearing colour. I think a bright and colourful top or dress looks perfect when paired with navy or grey. In fact, I need to add more colour to my wardrobe once more.
Tell us one of your bad habits!
I’m hopeless at going to sleep at a reasonable time. I’m much better than I used to be. But I still go to bed far too late. It drives Mr H mad.
I hope that you’ve learnt a little more about the person behind the blog.
I now tag Circus Mums and anyone else who wants to answer some random questions.