Monday, 29 June 2009

waiting for godot?

So I have finally finished the questions! I simply cannot believe how long this has taken me. I hope you enjoy and find it somewhat interesting.

P.S. I just saw Waiting for Godot at the Theatre Royal. Oh it was wondrous. Having not read it previously, I found it a tragic but tender story which is still contemporary today. If you are in London, I would recommend!

What is your current obsession?
Don’t tell anyone but as I’ve only just engaged it would definitely be wedding blogs. Otherwise, vintage signs or letters, vintage educational posters and generally stuff.

Coffee or tea?
Neither really, at the moment I really would rather a glass of cold cold still (tap!) water.
However if pushed I’m a coffee (shamefully usually instant) gal in the morn and an afternoon (mmm earl grey) tea lover.
What’s for dinner?
Hopefully, seafood spaghetti with chilli and coriander. Mmm it’s super quick and easy but delicieux.
What would you eat for your last meal?
Hmmm seafood heavy, rice light risotto for my starter. a mouth wateringly tender piece of fillet steak (or rabbit, or pigeon). For pudding I would love a toffee apple soufflĂ©. Oh it’s just too hard. I think i would need a little of everything.
What was the last (and I’m going to add exciting!) thing you bought?
This maxi dress. Yes I’m 5’ 2” and I know I shouldn’t really wear a maxi dress but I love it and am trying to find more opportunities to wear it.
Please excuse my poor photography and do not be scared of our skeleton, he's friendly, he lives in our hall and protects us from trespassers.

And yes, I am that little!

What are you listening to right now?

The boy playing a computer game – maybe I should go and lie in our pretty, pretty communal garden and listen to the birds instead. Otherwise, my music collection is somewhat eclectic hence our ever growing wedding music list. I’ve started adding this list to the blog in the right hand pane. Any ideas are obviously welcome.
What's the best gift you have ever been given?
Hmm – a tough question, well apart from life, bleugh I hate that expression. I think I’m quite easy to buy for but they boy thinks I am particularly difficult. To the extent that I have a spreadsheet of my hopes and desires on his computer. I would say that my engagement ring was my best gift but the boy didn’t even really choose it, so I don’t think it can really can be my selection.
So it would have to be my inquisitiveness, perfectionism and intelligence which I inherited from the females of my family. Although I think my musical talents (limited as they may be) must have been from the males, a welsh grandfather in particular.
What is your favourite ice cream flavour?
I am a sorbet girl all the way – the sharper the better – lemon usually but occasionally you can find a fabulous raspberry or elderflower.
What do you think of the person who tagged you?
Flora of Moments of Pleasure. She speaks about such beautiful things. I wish I had such an eloquent turn of phrase.
If you could go anywhere in the world for the next hour, where would you go?
Tepuka, one of the little islets on the main atoll of Funafuti, Tuvalu. Truly magical lying on the sand at night, I have never seen so many stars.
Oh how I wish I could be back there now
Which language do you want to learn?
Well, I would love to learn a few really. Polish, my grandfather’s native tongue but as I grow older I fear my brain is beyond learning such a complex language. So I would love to be fluent in French and Italian as they are such beautiful languages (maybe with Latin) and possibly Japanese or Mandarin but again I fear they would be too difficult for me!
What’s your favourite quote (for now)?

"Pour myself a cup of ambition.”
Dolly Parton. One day I will have these words on a wall in my house.

“Whether you think that you can, or that you can't, you are usually right.”

Henry Ford, whilst I may not agree with much of his ideology I do think this is true and I am trying to learn to be more positive.

What is your favourite colour?
Without a doubt grey and pink. All colours of grey from dove to dreadnought so chic and then very dark fuchsia pink. Heaven.
What is your favourite piece of clothing in your own wardrobe?
I have no idea although at the moment it will be my fantabulous new maxi dress.
What is your dream job?
Writer for a comedy show. Well actually I think I would like to be Liz Lemon (30 Rock) – in fact the boy’s nickname for me currently is Lemon!
What is your worst habit?
My inability sit and watch a film without pointing out the continuity errors. I actively look out for them and love it. The boy, not so much!
If you had £100 now, what would you spend it on?
Party line - my savings account
True answer probably this .........

There is something so beautiful about this Italian perpetual calendar.
Do you admire any one’s style?
That is a tough one I guess I like people who dress for themselves rather than slaves for fashion. I am quite loving our lovely Queen at the moment (admittedly she is rather matchy matchy). I am very excited about attending the Queen and Commonwealth – The Royal Tour Exhibition at Buckingham Palace this summer which brings together her dresses from her previous tours. Excited, oh yes!
Describe your personal style?
I used to be about the matchiness until I realised the error of my ways. I still find it difficult to clash colours and styles well but I am learning.
What are you going to do after this?
Beddles probably. Although I am so hot, I may have a brisk cold shower. That’s not as exciting as other people so can I make something up?
I’m dining with the Queen this evening and then flying by Concorde to CERN where I am speaking about my research on the Higgs Boson particle. From there I am meeting with all my wedding dress muses to play with their fabulous designs and create a fantabulous wardrobe for my weekend of commitment and debauchery. Then maybe a cup of tea and an earl grey cupcake. Perfect.
What are your favourite movies?
Oh, these questions are so hard. I could not name one. I’ve tried. I can’t. Ok, Robin Hood Prince of Thieves or Silence of the Lambs or Funny Face. I just don’t know.
What is your favourite fruit?
Raspberries, blueberries but the ultimate would be watermelon. Paradise.
What inspires you?
Marie Curie – her imagination, her intelligence, her tenacity and her determination.
Your favourite book?
Any crime or secret society thriller that I can read in a couple of hours or Lady Chatterley’s Lover. It has the most beautiful first paragraph. I think it could be perfect as a wedding reading.
“Ours is essentially a tragic age, so we refuse to take it tragically. The cataclysm has happened, we are among the ruins, we start to build up new little habitats, to have new little hopes. It is rather hard work: there is now no smooth road into the future: but we go round, or scramble over the obstacles. We’ve got to live no matter how many skies have fallen.” DH Lawrence.
Do you collect something?
Stuff. Anything that I fall in love with I will want to buy. I have some self control, but only some.
What is your favourite smell?
Freesias, hyacinth, any flower really apart from lilies, they make my head hurt.
What are you most proud of?
Becoming a doctor (with a distinction and gaining a 1st for my BSc, oh yes!) although I still think it was a fluke!
How many times do you press the snooze button before you get up?
Depends. I usually work three into my schedule but I know this is particularly bad for me. If I could just set my alarm for the time I need to get up I would be a much happier bunny in the morning.
Cats or dogs?
I’m a cat girl at heart – who couldn’t love this face? (the little one is a little camera shy) My parents adopted two little semi ferals a few years ago. They are beyond cute. One has grown exponentially and the other is still her tiny villianous self. (One of them brought in a slug the other day, said slug then ran merrily across a leather sofa, Mummy was not pleased.) However one day when I am grown up with a vast country estate (but with a London pied a terre) I would love a Newfoundland or a Bloodhound. Actually my mother is a little bit grumples at the moment and I saw this Bassett Hound, from the train, walking around at The Dog’s Home Battersea . How cute is she!? Please mummy, please!
What’s your biggest fashion mistake?
I’m sure I’m still making them. Probably an ugly lilac flowery dress I wore to a University Summer Ball. I thought I was going to wear something else but couldn’t find it and panic bought.
Also I love t-shirts with slogans – I’m sorry but they make me smile. Behold the fantabulousness.

They are great for working out in and they make me happy.
What do you look forward to coming home to after you've been away?
My bed, my shower and London tap water.
Complete the following:
Love is… everything. Without it I am sure I would feel completely lost.
Now my question and because of my love of slogans...which phrase do you feel embodies your spirit?
Hmm, as my mind and imagination has a spirit of an inquisitive child it would probably have to be, “please, tell me more, I want to know everything.”
Oh gosh, this has turned into an anna manifesto! My apologies and congratulations to those who have made it here.
So I am going to tag in no particular order.

And anyone that would like to have a bash! Go ahead why wait to be tagged? Would love to hear your answers. Let me know when you have finished.

Anna x


  1. london tap water, heh? i've never tried it.
    i'll let you know when i've finished mine. :)

  2. the vitrola tee made me chortle. nice one. :)

  3. oh goodness! you've set me up with some work!!

    i also love slogan t-shirts, even though i know i shouldn't.....

    love the queen's yellow dress....

    and that little basset hound!! love!!

  4. slogan tshirts are amazing! especially when they are from (obscure or otherwise) webcomic that make you giggle. these are my two favourite places to find Good Shirts and

    I own the Natalie Dee cupcakes and multivitamin shirt and my gosh it was worth every penny

  5. Thank-you! I shall do this, although it might take me a little while. And for some reason I can't comment on your blog in Mozilla Firefox which I normally use... No idea why but thought would let you know.

  6. Hmm. I have no idea why it would do that, marie. I'm a google chrome gal could that be why? Je ne sais pas!

    Anyone have any idea? Maybe it's the London heat.


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