“The Sisterhood of the World Bloggers Award recognises the unique voices of women bloggers around the world.”
The lovely and creative Shannon from Oh Creative Day has given me a Sisterhood of the World Bloggers Award. There’s no ticker tape parade but I do get to share a little about myself based on 10 fabulous questions she has asked me.
Every now and then I like to take a detour from the world of gift-related blog posts and questionable 80s flashback trips down memory lane to show that I am a real big kid person. This should do the trick. Thanks Shannon!
1. When I grow up I want to be….
Me. I’m still a work in progress!
2. Why did you start blogging?
I found writing corporate stuff for work wasn’t inspiring me creatively. I was also dumbfounded by the sheer number of stuffed toys that had overrun our house so decided to create a place where I could share cool gift ideas that weren’t just soft and fluffy. I liken my blog to a virtual version of me back in my days of working at a toy store, advising customers what to buy their kids and grandkids!
3. What’s your favourite blog post you’ve written?
It was an early one about the Lalaloopsy Diaper Suprise doll – A doll that poops charms – what were they thinking? I kid you not. This toy is real. It’s hilarious and wrong. So wrong.
I’m going to cheat here and also add in my favourite series of posts – the My gift memories series. I love hearing about people’s favourite gifts they recevied when they were kids. Such happy trips down memory lane.
4. Who would play you in a movie of your life?
This is a tough one! I’d say Naomi Watts – she’s Australian, blonde, has kids and we have the same length hair. Practically twins right?! But there’s something genuine about her that I really like.
5. Do you have a random claim to fame?
My first job out of uni was at a major record label. A super cool job with major perks (but terrible pay!). I got to meet lots of famous musicians and bands. Some were super cool. Others, not so much. What I did discover was that a large number of famous people are really short in real life!
6. What was the first concert you ever went to?
I LOVE this question. They always ask this on RocKwiz and I desperately want to tell the world. My first concert made such a huge impression on me and put me on the path of loving music and live shows.
I was 10 years old and it was 1988. The venue was the Perth Entertainment Centre and playing were two Aussie rock bands back to back – Hoodoo Gurus and Hunters & Collectors. The ticket cost $9.96. I wore a white t-shirt with Esprit emblazoned on it, a pink denim miniskirt and sneakers with coloured laces. My 18 year old sister took me along with her friend and I recall being the youngest person there by far – but I didn’t care because I was loving every second of that concert. The noise. The excitement. And of course the music. My little 10 year old self was going nuts.
7. What was your favourite book as a kid?
It’s a tie between these two. That picture of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory is my own well-loved copy which I still cherish.
8. Describe your perfect day.
A sleep in. Cuddles with my tornadoes. Finishing a coffee while it’s still hot. Speaking of hot – a hot stone masssage would be nice too along with a beach visit (because it would be a beautiful Summer’s day). Afternoon tea with friends while our kids play (nicely). My tornadoes would eat all of their dinner I lovingly prepared without any drama/tears/whinging/turning up noses. Then I’d finish the night off with dinner and drinks with Handy Hubby at my favourite restaurant.
9. What would you tell your 16-year-old self?
To stand up for myself more and not put up with any crap. I’d send myself a cassette recording (or CD single) of a song by Jimmy Eat World called ‘The Middle’. The lyrics include these wise words for any teen in high school:
Don’t write yourself off yet
It’s only in your head you feel left out or looked down on
Just do your best
Do everything you can
Don’t you worry what their bitter hearts are going to say
It just takes some time
Little girl, you’re in the middle of the ride
Everything, everything will be just fine
Everything, everything will be all right
Jimmy Eat World were right. Everything is just fine. In fact, everything is pretty awesome.
10. My guilty pleasure is….
Wine. All of the wine.
I’m tagging these awesome bloggers because their blog posts make me smile every week:
And here are my hard-hittting questions:
If I were to ask your family and friends, what would they say you are best known for?
If you could guest star on any TV show, which one would you choose?
Which of your kid’s toys do you secretly love playing with the most (and which is your least favourite?)
What is your favourite blog post you’ve written?
What was the first album (CD, cassette or vinyl) you ever bought?
What was your favourite book as a kid?
If I had an extra hour in the day I would…
Have you ever met anyone famous?
The best thing about being a blogger is…
What is your favourite quote from a film, TV show or song?
What was your first concert?
I’d love to hear some of your answers to my questions… go!