Sunshine and shorts

The last few months have been pretty grim here. Partly due to the constant attempts at dieting that just meant I was deprived of my regular amount of cheesecake. If anyone ever tested my blood it should be a highly concentrated mix of cheesecake and cocktail!

(I didn’t get round to telling you about the new drink I found . . . just you wait, you’ll be drooling over your screens soon enough. Cheesecake porn – coming up!)

So I was pretty darn pleased to be nominated by my lovely friend Lizzie for a Sunshine Award. You need to go check out her blog – Considerings – if you haven’t already – or follow her on Twitter.  Still, I wasn’t too sure if she picked me because I’m such a gloomy old grouch I clearly need a good dose of sunshine to sort me out. Anyhoo – I love being nominated so, here goes.

Award Sunshine

My very own Sunshine Award!

I have to answer the questions posed by The Nominator (like the Terminator, only friendlier). Then I have to think of 10 more questions to ask of the 10 bloggers who bring me sunshine! So, here we go.

1. What’s your favourite thing about winter?

That it means spring is only a few weeks away!

Well, not just that. I love lazy Sundays, lounging about on the sofa with the kids and Mr G, a nice roaring fire going in the grate. Especially if it’s grey and torrential rain outside, it’s really quite snuggly. Of course, it’s also a great excuse to drink copious amounts of mulled wine – to keep us warm of course.

Plus I love Christmas. As in, get so childishly excited that I jump up and down with excitement the night before and have to restrain myself from waking the kids up on Christmas morning. I love singing carols in a ridiculously high pitched warble (I am totally tone deaf) and spending weeks before hand cooking tasty treats for the family which no one eats.

Oh, and I love that no one eats salad in the winter. It’s full on meals all the way. So actually, it looks like there’s a few things I love about winter.

Fires and Christmas! Winter goodness.

Fires and Christmas! Winter goodness.

2. Which other country/culture would you like to have been born into?

I would love to have lived in Ancient Greece. Okay, that’s maybe a bit random, but how fascinating would that be. The Ancient Greeks had a wealth of culture. Imagine believing totally that there were a plethora of grumpy, egotistical, self-centered gods and goddesses who would transform into a shower of gold to seduce you or that any time now a hero might turn up to slay the Ketos who was preying on your town because you really irritated Poseidon.

3. What’s the most recent food you ate which you’d never tried before?

An artichoke. Very interesting to try but I have to say a bit too much of a faff to do often!

4. What is your favourite song this week?

The Blow Monkeys – It doesn’t have to be this way

No idea why – it’s what popped into my head this morning while I was mid-sentence, much to my lovely mate B’s amusement!

5. What was the last dream you had?

I can’t remember the last dream. But the ones I do remember vividly took place while I had just started on the ‘made to help you quit smoking drugs’ prescribed to me by the GP. They did warn me at the time they give you saucy dreams.

Saucy! Seriously! These dreams were entering the world of major hard core porn – which I have never actually seen, I should add. Not only x-rated, every dream was completely clear in technicolour.  I woke up every morning wondering if I was suffering repressed memories or had a two day blackout from overindulging on the cocktails.

6. Where have you always wanted to visit?

Everywhere. Well, everything. So every place where there is a thing to see. I would love to visit the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World (do you sense I have a thing for ancient history?) except only the Great Pyramid of Giza still exists. I’d love to visit the temples of Greece, mourn over Pompeii, wander along the Great Wall of China and check out Qin Shi Huang’s army.

7. Who was your best friend when you were a child?

When I was 6 it was Denise, my neighbour. Every day we would be out in the street, charging about on bikes and climbing trees. When I was 9, it was Christine. We fell out when I was 18 or so over a car that caught fire in the driveway. But we hadn’t been really close for years, so I didn’t mind too much.

My best friend ever is my great mate B. We have been through school and zombiehood together. Need I say more?

Mr G, B and me. Zombiehood!

Mr G, B and me. Zombiehood!

8. What did you most recently rebel about?

Changing my lovely Mini Countryman for a practical mummy mobile, with space for family, friends of the kids and bikes. Cos I don’t want one. So there!

9. How did you celebrate your last birthday?

Celebrate? As B just said, I didn’t so much celebrate as sulk through it .Well, everyone was away, no one wanted to play. So I decided to get very drunk, very quickly and behave like an appalling sulky 7 year old. Worse, in fact, since Sackgirl has not yet managed to be that bad.

10. What’s your earliest memory?

There was a big street party, lots of food, bunting and union jacks everywhere. I was wearing soft brown shorts that felt kinda like felt. I climbed the tree in our front garden – it was a fantastic climbing tree and all the neighbourhood kids played in it regularly with me so we were often found perched high up in the branches in scenes reminiscent of Roald Dahl’s The Twits! In fact the time I ran away from home, that’s where I went. For about 15 minutes, before I went back inside in tears because no one cared that I had left home. I still remember my mum, to this day, saying “Well, you have to go for longer if you want us to miss you.”

Anyway, so on this particular day, with the flags and the cake and the happy faces everywhere, I climbed the tree and then I wet my soft brown shorts. It must have been after I was potty trained, as I know my mum was not happy about it. So, I reckon that was Charles and Diana’s wedding in 1981.


My 10 questions for you sunshine folk out there!

1. If you could do anything you wanted to for the day, what would you do?

2. If you had to choose between eating ostrich anus or goat testicle, which would it be?

3. What is your favourite item of stationary?

4. What would be the worst pet you could think of?

5. What was the most recent ‘useful tool’ you bought for your kitchen and have you actually used it?

6. What’s worse, children on a plane or sitting next to the non-stop talker?

7. What did you do the last time you had ‘me time’?

8. What colour is your bedroom?

9. What do you think the colour of your bedroom says about you?

10. What was the last thing that made you laugh a proper long belly laugh?

My 10 rays of sunshine (who have probably already done this as I am always late to the party) –


Crazy Wonderful Life

Breezy Books


When Crazy Meets Exhaustion

Little Miss Wordy


A Pleasant House

Rocks No Salt Mummy

Kiss My List

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Sunshine and shorts — 17 Comments

  1. This has absolutely made my DAY Piper – so full of laughs and deep answers and I just love, love, love it.

    I nominated you cos you’re awesome – not cos of your grouchiness (it’s endearing) and cos of our amazingly bizarre conversations which are so much fun.

    I especially like getting to see a photo of Zombie you, hearing (almost, tantalisingly) about your dreams, and knowing that there just might be some redeeming features about winter. And YAY for climbing trees.

    I think when I ran away, I got to the end of the road before I realised I was too scared of the consequences if I really did run away, and the wrath which would be unleashed on me at home. So I never even made it away for 15 minutes.

    Also, thanks – I won’t bother with artichokes.

  2. Why THANK YOU Piper! I just got back from the Beach (i know- i rock) as Hurricane Karen chased me back home and saw this wonderful award!!!! I accept! And you JUST tasted an artichoke? Aren’t you a risk taker- Hahahaaaa. I’ll notify you when my acceptance post is up and running. Thanks again! xxxooo

    • Risk taking is my middle name. Well, one of them. The other is Safety First! LOL. I think I only started eating any veg’s a few years ago!

  3. Thank you Piper! Your ray of sunshine made my day! I hope to write a post next week It won’t be as good as cheesecake porn, but what is?

    • I love reading your blog, even though I never seem to get time to reply these days! Something I will be addressing soon.

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  5. Haha! This is great. Loved all your answers. I like artichoke if someone else prepares it for me, 🙂 Thank you for including me on the fine list of bloggers, and congrats on your award!

  6. Thanks for thinking I’m sunshiny! Is that a word? Who cares…. Well, I was on vacation and then my computer got a virus so I had to take it to the doctor. It’s all better now, but I’ve been away for what feels like a year. Your answers are great! I will try to answer your questions as enthusiastically as you did. It’s a good way to get back into the groove! Thanks again. 😀

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  8. Thank you, Piper! I appreciate the nomination, and your post is hilarious. I have to comment on some of this. 😉

    Is that your son and your beagle? That picture is *perfect* and I’d be putting that on the front of a Christmas card.

    I was fascinated with Ancient Greece by the time I was eight years old. All through school, whenever we could choose our own report ideas, I always chose something from Ancient Greece. The ruins of Greece have always been on my list of places to visit one day. I even took Latin in high school because I felt it would put me closer to the era.

    I’ve never handled an artichoke, but I love those spinach/artichoke dips in restaurants. Yum! And I YouTubed the Blow Monkeys and listened to your song. Very catchy! 🙂

    When I was 14, my neighbor was my best friend. Her name was Chris, and she was 16. We were out riding around one Friday night and decided to learn to smoke. We flipped butts out the window all evening. In the morning, the entire back seat of her car had burned out. A butt must have embedded back there and smoldered and burned all night long. … Good times. 🙂

    Thanks again, Piper! You made my day!

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