Sunshine Blogger Award

Who can say no to an award? Speeches!

Hey Twisties,

I was nominated by the lovely PoojaG at LifesFineWhine to take part in this Sunshine Blogger Award. Pooja is a regular commenter on my blog and posts regularly on her own blog, too. For great fashion or blogging tips, tasty vegan recipes and more, be sure to pay her a visit!

And now for Pooja’s questions…

1. What has blogging taught you so far?

That sometimes less really is more. Take TMI Tuesday, for example. I try to average about 1,200 words to a post, but TMI Tuesday is usually closer to about 400. Surprisingly enough, TMI Tuesday is often more popular than some of my longer reads. Writing loads might be good for SEO, but it doesn’t always make for a more popular post.

2. What’s your favourite movie and why?

50 First Dates, hands down, every time. I may be kinky as sin sometimes, but I’m still an old romantic in the middle.

L:et it be said though, I could probably also ace on Mastermind with my knowledge of Con Air!

3. Where do you see yourself in 10 years?

Ten years is a long time, I’ll be 43 by then. Maybe in our own home, no longer living in a local authority property? I don’t really know besides that.

4. Do you think aliens are real?

Yes, but I think we might also be disappointed when we find them. Okay, so I have two thoughts on this. First of all, who is to say that alien spaceships are like we imagine them to be, you know, the disc shape with the little glass dome roof or like the Millennium Falcon or the really cool spaceship from Flight Of The Navigator? What if, maybe, aliens (and therefore the way they travel) is more like an energy field, or like a light? I know it sounds daft, but it’s also perfectly plausible! Asides that, I think that again, we often think of aliens as these human-like creatures with big black eyes and long arms or bulging brains, but they won’t look anything like that. I think that what we may find, if we ever find it, will be more like organisms, think space bugs and space worms.. It critters like we may have never seen before! A Y-shaped worm, perhaps? Who knows?!

Of course, this all could also be why I shouldn’t eat muesli for breakfast

5. What is the weirdest thing you believed as a child?

Right, this one is funny and cute, but it also comes attached to some trauma that I faced as a child, so just be ready for that.

When I was young, my brother and I had a childminder, Bernie. Mum and Dad were working full-time, so my brother and I used to go to Bernie’s house for a few hours, fine. Let me just say here that Bernie was not a nice person. My brother was double incontinent until quite a late age and Bernie used to hit him if he had an accident. On another occasion, I remember going to tell Bernie that he needed a change but he didn’t, my brother had just passed gas instead. Bernie slapped me across the face and called me a “lying cow” for that. Of course, my parents didn’t believe a work of what was going on. To our Mum and Dad, Bernie was a lovely woman. I can still remember the smell of her cigarettes and celery sticks, too.

Bernie used to put the TV on to placate u. Sometimes it would be something good for children, like Rosie & Jim (I loved that show!), and sometimes something really boring, like Time Team or the local news. On this one occasion though, she decided on a film that a pair of pre-schoolers absolutely should not watch: A Nightmare On Elm Street.

I watched what bit of the film I saw with vague interest, not really taking on what was going on. It wasn’t until the shower scene that the film scared me. Freddy burst into the bathroom and slashed the poor woman to death.

In our bathroom, my parents had Artex walls. However, because of their sharp, sometimes pointy, scratchy texture, I called them “Freddy walls”, and I was convinced that Freddy Kruger would burst through them at any moment and slash me while I washed. The only way to stave off Freddy Kruger? For Mum to sit on the toilet and talk to me while I bathed or showered.

It took me six years to overcome the fear of Freddy Kruger, and I still can’t bring myself to watch the film. All is well that ends well though, because my brother bumped into Bernie a few years ago and told her all about my fears and the damage that her actions caused. Apparently, she looked like she’d seen a ghost afterwards!

6. If you could do anything you wanted for 24hrs what would you do?

Shall we keep this PG? Umm… maybe arts and crafts, or bakery. Housework gets boring after a while!

7. What is/was your favourite subject in school and why?

Chemistry! I was a complete nerd. I don’t know why exactly, maybe I just liked that chemicals are sort of the building blocks of absolutely everything? Oh God, Pooja, now you’ve exposed my long-lived inner nerd… !

8. If you could have one superpower what would it be?

Have? Maybe flying, or breathing underwater, or grey witchcraft… don’t make me decide!

Also, I kind of liken myself to Mantis from Guardians Of The Galaxy. Mantis is an empath, like me, and she can feel everyone’s feelings and alter them if needs be. I detect emotion well and I am very good at dispelling anger, hurt and frustration, usually with warm, gentle humour. Relating to people is key to counter negative feelings, and you can always count on an empath to manage it. Maybe I should just say that I already have my superpower, then? It’s pretty awesome…

Oh, and I go by Trickshot, too. Long story short, I got an award on Tomb Raider for distance shooting (I killed a guard about 20 minutes into game play) by completely missing the deer that I was aiming for. I also land stuff where it needs to be seemingly by bouncing it off of every available surface first. Go me? Let it be said though, in real life I absolutely suck at archery. Best kept to a game!

9. What is your spirit animal or your favourite animal if you don’t know your spirit animal?

Maybe like a sleek, black cat. I have this sort of intentional disposition – I get up and I decide what I’m going to do for the day, and that’s it, I’ll do it. If I don’t want to be bothered by something, then like a cat, I won’t be. I also have this kind of cat-like primal behaviour, I wiggle my ass and pounce or head butt Matt because I want his attention and I’m in a silly mood, so there’s that. I’ve probably used up a couple of my nine lives by now, too.

Oh, and if you try and pet me without my approval, I will bite you. Just sayin’.

10. What is the most embarrassing thing you have ever done?

Oh why must we? I’m between two incidents here. For the first, I was in a gymkhana (won some rosettes, darling, this girl can ride! Ahem…) and I landed a really, really awkward dismount in font of about 300 on-lookers, hand-first, straight into a pile of horse shit. The worst part was the gasp from about seven or eight people and hearing somebody say “oh no!”, so yeah, somebody definitely saw.

Also, I had a water fight with my brother and my first crush (the boy next door, quite literally) and I ran into the kitchen to refill my water pistol, only the floor was wet and I slipped in front of him, taking out his feet clean out from under him as I did, landing on my back and smashing two bins to bits with me noggin. One bin was the food waste caddy which split open and spilled its contents everywhere and the other was a metal wedding present that I somehow snapped the lid clean off of. I did end up in A&E after that but like my ego, I was just pretty badly bruised!

11. What is your favourite genre of music and who is your favourite musician?

I’m going to have to say pop/rock, but really my music tastes are so eclectic. As for my favourite artist? Maybe right now it’s Ed Sheeran, but ask me next week and it will probably have changed!

My questions

  1. What’s your favourite weather? Why?
  2. Do you have a theme song? What is it and why?
  3. Did you have a favourite bear or doll when you were a child? Do you still have him/her?
  4. What’s your favourite part of autumn/fall?
  5. You win your dream house. What does it look like?
  6. What was the worst pick-up line that you’ve ever heard?
  7. What one life skill do you wish they taught in school?
  8. What’s the best snack in your country in your opinion? Sell it to me.
  9. If your personality could be a perfume/aftershave, what would it smell like?
  10. Do you answer the door for trick-or-treaters?
  11. What or where will you be for Halloween?

My Nominees

I’ve nominated people before for awards and the reception hasn’t always been so great, so I’m leaving this one open to all and any who want to take part. Interested? Follow the rules below and get involved!

To Nominate Yourself…

  1. Thank the blogger who nominated you and link back to their blog.
  2. Answer the 11 questions sent by the person who nominated you.
  3. Nominate 11 new bloggers to receive the award and write them 11 new questions.
  4. List the rules and display the Sunshine Blogger Award logo in your post and/or your blog.

That’s it for this post! If you decide to get involved with this award, be sure to leave a link below!

Until next time,

Stay safe & have fun,

Helen xx

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