Alphabet Meme

Thanks to NewGradLibrarian, and Jobeaz before her. A meme is an easy way to face blogging on a Sunday.

A. Age: 43 (which I prefer to call 29 + several + several )

B. Bed size: Queen

C. Chore that you hate: Vacuuming & mopping

D. Dogs: Buddy, a King Charles Cavalier that we adopted 2 years ago and adore.

E. Essential start to your day: Coffee

F. Favourite colour: Orange (but to wear, it’s Black)

G. Gold or Silver: Silver

H. Height: 160cm

I. Instruments you play: None – not musically inclined at all

J. Job title: Program Manager (til 31/07/11 – then ???)

K. Kids: yep, 2 girls

L. Live: Melbourne

M. Mother’s name: Val (though was Joan Valerie on her birth certificate)

N. Nicknames: none now, but ‘Black’ as a child (hair & eyes much darker than siblings)

O. Overnight hospital stays: Stay 1 – dislocated thumb (age 11), Stays 2 & 3 – childbirth, Stay 4 – 4 wisdom teeth + one molar removed

P. Pet peeve: domestic laziness (eg. not taking used toilet rolls of holder, leaving dirty cutlery on the bench, one foot away from the sink…)

Q. Quote from a movie: “I’m not bad. I’m just drawn that way.”

R. Right or left handed: Right

S. Siblings: 2 older brothers and a twin sister

T. Time you wake up: between 5.30am – 6am

U. Underwear: Yes, mostly functional

V. Vegetable you hate:I don’t really hate any vegetables, but probably dislike brussel sprouts the most.

W. What makes you run late: My children

X. X-Rays you’ve had: 1 x arm (broken), 2 x hands (2 x dislocated thumbs), teeth, ankle (torn ligament that took bone with it), whole back (scoliosis)

Y. Yummy food that you make: Brownies

Z. Zoo animal: Giraffes


Movie Meme+

Thanks to @Katejf for meme, as am totally exhausted and brain not working. Today’s been the first day I’ve felt well, so after a couple loads of washing I weeded the front garden. Then an opportune phone-call from a close friend lead to an afternoon of tennis, followed by lots of gossip. Have to start the dinner soon, and know that after dinner I will not have the sun-burnt energy to blog – a meme is an excellent way to keep up with #blog12daysxmas without expending too much energy or grey cells.

Top 25 Box Office of 2010

(as of December 13, 2010)

  1. Toy Story 3 ($415M) seen and now own it – Love it and both predecessors
  2. Alice in Wonderland ($334.2M)  want to see
  3. Iron Man 2 ($312.1M)  
  4. Eclipse ($300.5M)  
  5. Inception ($292.5M)  
  6. Deathly Hallows Part 1 ($259.2M)  seen and loved, again like all predecessors.
  7.  Despicable Me ($250.3.7M) seen it – enjoyed.
  8. Shrek Forever After ($238.4M)
  9. How to Train Your Dragon ($217.6M) seen it, and watched it again recently via Foxtel Box Office – enjoyed.
  10. The Karate Kid ($176.6M)  
  11. Clash of the Titans ($163.2M)
  12. Grown Ups ($162M)
  13. Megamind ($140.6M)
  14. The Last Airbender ($131.6M)
  15. Shutter Island ($128M)
  16. The Other Guys ($119.2M)
  17. Salt ($118.3M)  
  18. Tangled ($117.2M) want to see
  19. Jackass 3-D ($116.8M)
  20. Valentine’s Day ($110.5M)  
  21. Robin Hood ($105.3M)
  22. The Expendables ($103.1M)  
  23. Date Night ($98.7M)
  24. Due Date ($95.4M)
  25. Sex and the City 2 ($95.3M) seen it – and blogged about it: Old and Orange

I have seen only 5, which doesn’t surprise me. I don’t get to the movies much. I generally catch up with the movies I wish to see when they hit Foxtel. So the flip side of this meme is the movies I finally saw last year, which were released the year before:

Based on Box Office Mojo’s top 40 for 2009

1                   Avatar $749.7M

2                   Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen  $402.1M

3                   Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince $301.9M

4                   The Twilight Saga: New Moon $296.6M

5                   Up $293M

 6                  The Hangover $277.3M

7                   Star Trek                                                                      $257.7M

8                   The Blind Side                                                           $255.9M

9                   Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Squeakquel  $219.6M

10                 Sherlock Holmes                                                      $209M

11                 Monsters Vs. Aliens                                               $198.3 M

12                 Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs                        $196.5M

13                 X-Men Origins: Wolverine                                   $179.8M

 14                Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian        $177.2M

15                 2012                                                                              $166.1M

16                 The Proposal                                                             $163.9M

17                 Fast and Furious                                                       $155M

18                 G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra                                   $150.2M

19                 Paul Blart: Mall Cop                                                 $146.3M

20                 Taken                                                                           $145M

21                 A Christmas Carol (2009)                                       $137.8M

22                 Angels & Demons                                                    $133.3M

23                 Terminator Salvation                                              $125.3M

24                 Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs                  $124.8M

25                 Inglourious Basterds                                              $120.5M

26                 G-Force                                                                       $119.4M

27                 District 9                                                                      $115.6

28                 It’s Complicated                                                       $112.7M

29                 Couples Retreat                                                       $109.2M

30                 Paranormal Activity                                                $107.9M

31                 Watchmen                                                                 $107.5M

32                 The Princess and the Frog                                    $104.4M

33                 Public Enemies                                                         $97.1M

34                 Julie & Julia                                                                 $94.1M

35                 He’s Just Not That Into You                                 $93.9M

36                 Tyler Perry’s Madea Goes to Jail                       $90.5M

37                 The Ugly Truth                                                          $88.9M

38                 Up in the Air                                                              $83.8M

39                 Knowing                                                                      $79.9M

40                 Hannah Montana The Movie                              $79.5M


Actually I didn’t do much better, though I had expected I would. Obviously I’m not a movie gal.

Christmas Meme

As my 2nd post for the day, as a means of catching up, I’m cheating a bit and using Shewgirl’s Christmas Meme. Very fitting for the season, and a quick win to boot.

1. Wrapping paper or gift bags?

Wrapping paper. For all the presents this year, I tallied about 5 hours of wrapping! But I so love the expectant faces and the ripping sound on Christmas day.

2. Real tree or artificial?

Artificial, though Kid1 has asked for a real one. I am fighting this as I see the recycling of the artificial one as greener – though it seems to drop the same mess.

3. When do you put up the tree?

Though the kids fight me, the rule is the first weekend in December. The kids do it now and thoroughly enjoy it, though there can appear to be less style in the haphazard arrangement of decorations.

4. When do you take the tree down?

Traditionally by January 6, though if we’re busy (or lazy) it may be a bit later.

5. Do you like eggnog?

Not sure if I’ve ever tasted it – I like eggflips…. are they similar?

6. Favourite present received as a child?

Hard to choose, but probably the apricot bike I got when I was 12.

7. Hardest person to buy for?

MotH! then my father – who I now just baked for, because that’s what he loves most.

8. Easiest person to buy for?

The kids, and my mother-in-law.

9. Do you have a nativity scene?


10. Mail or e-mail Christmas cards?

Christmas cards, though I’ve been slack the last couple of years. This year to immediate family I sent these lovely advent cards at the very beginning of December. MotH’s side, unfortunately, got ones from work (shhh, don’t tell).

11. Worst Christmas gift you ever received?

A summer dressing gown from my sister-in-law that I’m sure she stole from a nursing home. I’m sure she wouldn’t have been caught dead in it, so why on earth would she think I would like it?? Worst KK ever.

12. Favourite Christmas movie?

Miracle on 34th Street – the original 1947 version.

13. When do you start shopping?

Usually around September I start picking things up, but the serious stuff happens in December and I can still be picking up bits’n’pieces the week before.

14. Have you ever recycled a Christmas present?

Probably? Not against the idea.

15. Favourite thing to eat at Christmas?

The sweet stuff – Christmas pudding, white christmas, rum balls….

16. Lights on the tree?

Of course – about 3 layers that flash independently.

17. Favourite Christmas song?

Joy to the world

18. Travel at Christmas or stay home?

We only travel afterwards, but it can be a bit of both – depends on the year. Last year we went to Bright on December 27. This year we’re at home as we have a big holiday coming in February.

19. Can you name all of Santa’s reindeer?

Dasher, Dancer, Donner, Blixen, Comet, Cupid, …. Rudolph (doh!)

20. Angel on the tree top or a star?

A star – lit up of course

21. Open the presents Christmas Eve or morning?

Christmas morning.

22. Most annoying thing about this time of the year?

Crowds – so we make sure the grocery shopping is done a couple days before Christmas, and don’t venture out to the sales until the 28th.

23. Favourite ornament theme or color?

I love baubles (balls) and would prefer to maintain a variation of one colour – probably silver, but that’s in my dreams. The kids go berserk and every colour and shape is used. Perhaps I’ll get my tree when they are grown, and no longer interested.

24. Favourite for Christmas lunch/dinner?

Roast meat (preferably pork) and roast vegies.

25. What did you get for Christmas this year?

I did very well – a tomtom & ipod nano, gold hoop earrings and a gold cross on a necklace, and a new handbag from KK. Absolutely no complaints from me – I felt especially lucky.


True or false?

Finding new fodder for the blog is a bit difficult so thank you to LibrarianHoi for inspiration!

Of the following 3 statements, one is not true. Can you guess which one?

[This has been more difficult than I thought, because I have to remember what has been revealed in my posts :)]

  1. I love the rush of heights – as in abseiling and para-sailing. My favourite ride at DreamWorld was the Giant Drop, where you plummet 120 metres downwards -what a gas! When Kid2 is 18 we are both going parachuting, but we have to wait until she is 18 as her father (MotH) hates heights and doesn’t want any of us to enjoy them – makes him too nervous. She’ll need to be an adult to be able to do it.
  2. I love indian food – the hotter the better! Especially dishes like Vindaloo and Sorpatel.
  3. I became a confirmed catholic just a couple of years ago. As a part of the process I ‘married’ my husband again – but this time in a church, by a one-legged priest.

Happy guessing 🙂

TV meme for #blogeverydayofjune

Again, meme-ing: will return to our regular programming tomorrow.

Do you snack while watching TV?

Sometimes – usually at night, & can be savoury or sweet.

What is your favourite TV show?

Don’t have a fav as such at the moment, it comes and goes. There is no TV show I love so much that I would knock down people in haste to sit in front of a TV.

What TV show makes you run to change channels?

Sport – tennis, soccer, olympics (except gymnastics)

How do you view your TV guide: online, on-screen, newspaper, magazine, other?

No real pre-planning, I use the online guide at the time of watching to assess what’s available.

Have you ever been surveyed for your TV-viewing habits or do you know anyone who has been?


Do you watch TV news and/or current affairs regularly?

No it is scary how uninformed I am. I figure I get enough from reading MX on the train home.Do you watch any TV “soaps”? (Truth please, even if it is embarrassing.)

Yep some stuff – Neighbours would be the most likely, but that’s still random – fortnightly appears to be enough to stay in touch. Though was totally sucked in by Bridget’s story & her death!

What other series shows do you try not to miss?

Spicks and specks, Glee, SATC re-runs

Any previous series or shows you really liked?

So many – SATC as previously mentioned, Vicar of Dibley, Friends, early House, Roseanne, Young ones, early West Wing etc etc – mostly comedies.

Do you have pay TV or are the digital channels enough?

Yep we have Foxtel IQ x2 – but it is dominated by MotH and the kids.

Do you only watch certain TV shows online?

I don’t watch anything online. Sit in front of a monitor too much anyway.

Do you regularly use services like ABC catch-up or other online replays?

No – no replays

Do you ever pay any attention to the adverts?

Not intentionally.

Do you multi-task while watching TV & if so what else are you doing?

Always – folding clothes, crocheting or knitting, reading. The TV has a role as background noise.

Is there a TV show that makes you laugh out loud?

Spicks and specks

Have you ever said no to a social invitation to stay at home and watch TV? (Truth again please.) Mind telling us what the show was?

Never. TV is not that important – though my family may argue that.

Do you record TV shows & if so why and how (VCR, DVD recorder, TIVO, laptop, etc.)?

Family uses the record feature with Foxtel a lot. MotH for footy, kids for whatever. I record the odd movie.

Least favourite TV personality/actor/character?

I agree with @Bonitoclub on Sam Newman, and would add Eddie McGuire. Generally any game show hosts, sports commentators and cheesy current affair show hosts.

Most popular TV personalities/actors/character?

?? Dunno. I love a pretty distraction – Big from SATC, Mark Harmon (NCIS) etc

Have you ever seen anything really memorable on TV (not news/events – made for TV drama, etc.)?

I love a good soapy death – and will tune into a soapy just for the dying part, i.e. Bridget in Neighbours, Molly on a Country Practice, what’s-her-face on Grey’s Anatomy. News/events though I do remember – the first cross-overs to US on the impacts of 9/11 which were shown during West Wing, the wedding of Charles and Diana….

Do you prefer TV series or stand-alone shows?

Series, but not ones where you have to be dedicated to the show to understand what’s going on. So series with stand-alone episodes.

Is there a specific show you find yourself recommending over and over?

Not really – perhaps Spicks and Specks? But most people I know would already watch it.