Sydney Shop Girl's tag ...


I was asked by one of my favourite bloggers – the famous SSG of Sydney Shop Girl – to participate in the 2014 edition of The Tag.  

I’m a big fan of time wasting aka filling in questionnaires like this and like SSG, I find it soothing to allow my mind to wander and think up the answers to the questions. I love that some cause reflection of past memories while others remind me of truly fun fabulous times I’ve had.

Here are my responses to The Tag…

1. What time did you get up this morning? 
A blissful 7am … The Toddler and S allowed me an extra hour on their 6am start by staying confined to downstairs and the playroom. (In the interests of honesty, there was a 4am bathroom wakeup but I went straight back to bed and sleep).

2. How do you like your steak?
I like it pink with no sign of redness… I’m especially fussy about my red meat and have found it best to stick with steak cooked by me, S or my dad. Usually I stick to a rub with some Vegeta stock and olive oil for flavour, I’ve recently discovered a local Bush Pepper rub by local Gold Coast company Murrumbooee and I’m hooked – this stuff is divine!

3. What was the last film you saw at the cinema? 
This took some thinking but actually, it wasn’t that long ago … Saving Mr Banks with my sis. We have grown up adoring Mary Poppins and were overdue a sister date so it was a logical choice. That said, I’m reminded we are supposed to be seeing The Other Woman on Thursday night so I must email her now to confirm.

4. What is your favorite TV show?
The Blacklist! Is there any better actor on TV than James Spader? Love him! The show itself we pick to death and honestly, it doesn’t inspire any confidence in CIA (could they be any more incompetent?) but Spader… he is magic.

And again, in the interests of honesty, like SSG, anything that keeps The Toddler occupied for a period. In our house, that means most of the ABC Kids lineup.

5. If you could live anywhere in the world where would it be?
Sydney or New York City … as long as I had my boys. Oh and as long as my parents and sister were there too.

6. What did you have for breakfast? 
An enormous pre-natal vitamin, 2 raspberry leaf tea capsules and a glass of juice followed by a bowl of Sustain.

7. What is your favorite cuisine?
Italian complete with accompanying wines and Mexican complete with margaritas or sangria.

8. What foods do you dislike?
Have you got a month while I write the list? Keeping it short, most meats other than beef, bacon and chicken, pumpkin and anything fatty (ie pork belly).

9. Favorite Place to eat?
It depends on the who what when where … I love Grill’d burgers, Dumpling Republic, Montezumas, Benihana Teppanyaki.

10. Favorite dressing?
I’m not really big on dressings but I guess lately its Apple Cider Vinegar over a salad with make in the Thermie with broccoli, celery, red cabbage, red onion, carrot, green apple, salt & pepper.

11.What kind of vehicle do you drive? 
A soccer mum car whose key features and selling points were that it could comfortably accommodate a carseat and capsule on the backseat with room for an adult in the middle, the Bugaboo Donkey and a load of groceries in the boot and S and I comfortably up front (and not folded into the dash).

12. What are your favorite clothes?
Ones that don’t need consideration to bump or nursing accommodation. Unfortunately this means I won’t be wearing or enjoying my favourite clothes for about another 12 months unless I get the occasional hour or two off for good behaviour.

13. Where would you visit if you had the chance?
Japan – the whole country again! I’d also love to see Vegas, New York and San Fran again.

14. Cup 1/2 empty or 1/2 full?
It’s always half full if you look closely enough… unless its wine and then its half empty with always room for more.

15. Where would you want to retire? 
Wherever my children may find themselves in the future … hopefully that is somewhere warm.

16. Favorite time of day? 
The moment when E wakes up … he smiles, says hi and is just so cuddly and happy to see me that my heart melts and I’m reminded of how blessed my life is.

17. Where were you born? 
A little town called Queanbeyan, just outside of Canberra. Not so little now I believe… my cousin has been telling me for years that it is the fastest growing city in Southern NSW.

18. What is your favorite sport to watch? 
I’m a big fan of the Soccer but really only the World Cup, Socceroo and English Premier league matches. I guess I don’t mind the NRL and AFL but live, not on TV.

19. Bird watcher? 
No but I’m a people watcher which is kind of the same thing.

20. Are you a morning person or a night person? 
Night … which doesn’t combine as well as with having a toddler who si a morning person but I’m learning.

21. Do you have any pets? 
No and no plans for one either although my parents are always trying to palm off their dog to us.

22. Any new and exciting news you'd like to share?
Give me a couple of weeks and I’ll have the sex, name and vital stats of B2 for you!

23. What did you want to be when you were little?
The first female President of Australia. Funnily I’m now a Monarchist and I work in Politics .

24. Are you a cat or dog person?
Definitely dog… I’ve just never warmed to cats.

25. What was your last drink? 
Too many months ago – pregnancy puts paid to cocktails and evening wines better than any other measure.

26. Always wear your seat belt?
Ummm yes, that is a definite no brainer.

27. Been in a car accident?
No, I’ve been very lucky … touch wood.

28. Any pet peeves? 
I can’t stand hypocrites, narrow-mindedness and stupidity … the last one because you just can’t argue with stupid!

29. Favorite Pizza Toppings?
Cheese, lots of cheese… and on homemade pizza, my favourite toppings are finely chopped shallots, basil, lightly fried prosciutto, quartered cherry tomatoes and bocconcini.

30. Favorite Flower?
Peonie. I considered changing my wedding date just so I could have peonies in my bouquet.

31. Favorite ice cream?
Connoisseur Strawberry but only when its half price otherwise Baskin Robbins rockin’ candy or rainbow sherbet.

32. Favorite fast food restaurant?
Mickey Dees gets me everytime.

33. How many times did you fail your driver's test?
I didn’t … much to everyone I knows’ surprise I suspect.

34. From whom did you get your last email? 
My boss.

35. Which store would you choose to max out your credit card?
Chanel … not sure my limit would cover anything in store though

36. Do anything spontaneous lately?
Not that I can think of … its hard to be spontaneous while pregnant with a toddler.

37. Like your job?
Yep. I have a great boss who works hard and really wants to make a difference.

38. Broccoli? 
Definitely – raw or steamed.

39. What was your favorite vacation? 
My two trips to Japan with S – even the earthquake on our honeymoon couldn’t dim how much we loved everything.

40. Last person you went out to dinner with? 
Is it bad that I can’t recall when I last went out for dinner? Probably my family … actually, yes, it was my parents and my brother, sister in law and niece with S & E. Chaotic, exhausting and lots of fun at the local Italian.

41. What are you listening to right now?
The printer and 90.9 sea fm radio.

42. What is your favorite color? 
Loving blush pink at the moment … but don’t seem to have much of it in my wardrobe.

43. How many tattoos do you have?
Not one … too much of a wimp for tough man stickers plus they’re a bit permanent for my liking.

44. How many are you tagging for this quiz?
Ummmm just 3:
Kacie at Lady Bear -
Mez at Domestic Divinity -
Sam at Marriage Motherhood and Renovations -

45. What time is it?
11:45am … almost time for lunch!

46. Coffee ?? 
Nope, but I love a good iced coffee.

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  1. Thank you fir joining in! So glad the new job has worked out so well!

    SSG xxx

  2. Your answer to #14 made me lol!


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