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I know right, thats literally forever! I know for some of my readers, 45 years is double their lifetime. Im really pleased for you young gorgeous things……no really……Im so pleased for you………hmph!! I thought I would share 45 facts with you as I turn 45 today. Blimey…..
So, I have done a few fun posts like this, so thought I would put a little spin on it. There are 40 quick, very random, very truthful facts, but then I danced with the devil himself. I made the dangerous decision to tell my kids that they could ask me five questions. They could ask me ANYTHING and I would answer. So there will be 5 q&a questions too! Its just a bit of fun, lets go………
Im the only blonde in my immediate family. My parents and brother all have brown/black hair. The milkman was a blonde….just sayin…..
When I was 13 I had to have my stomach pumped in hospital because I got drunk on Tia Maria. My brother found me dancing in a field…….
My Dad is one of 10, (which there is a long story behind) I have a HUGE family
I started work aged 13, working on a market stall in Basildon, Essex.
I was a county netball player
I have been arrested 3 times. Held in custody once (for being an illegal immigrant), de-arrested on site twice more (once for drunkeness, once for the purpose of a full search)
I have been a non meat eater for 31 years
I went to the Maldives for my honeymoon 20 years ago, it was paradise
I cleaned the pizza pans for Pizza Hut for a week as a job when I lived in Australia.
I worked in a night club as a shot girl when I was 18. It was so much fun
I have dived The Barrier Reef with sharks
I lived in a bedsit when I was 16 as I thought I was a grown up. It was short lived when the landlord offered me magic mushroom cake! My Mum and Dads rules didnt seem so bad sudenly…..
Me and my friends went up and down the country to illegal raves in the 90’s in my 1973 beetle.
My Mum is from East London, my Dad from South London
I left the UK to go backpacking with my friend aged 17
I did party plan as a job for a few years when I first had my boys. For The Body Shop at home and Partylite Candles
I owned my first house when I was 22, my parents told me to always invest in property
I had 6 bridesmaids at my church wedding, they wore red, (very frowned upon, but I liked red)
I asked my husband out for our first date. I got fed up of waiting for him to ask me.
My favourite toy as a child was a purple monkey called TopOff
I have large, but faded scars on my forehead and legs from an awful car accident I had aged 17
My eldest son was offered the opportunity to earn a living playing football, he turned it down as he wants to be a fireman
I am short, just 5ft 3
My youngest son was a model and amongst other jobs, has appeared in Vogue, modelling for Armani
I once played the lead role of Nancy in Oliver Twist at school and cried while singing As Long as He Needs Me (I was an emotional girl)
I wanted to be a forensics investigator or author when leaving school, both still would be the dream
I have a love of writing poetry and short stories and have a huge folder full of them
I would have had six children if all of my babies/pregnancies had survived. I always wanted 6 boys
I long to finish the book that I have been writing for about 20 years! I have two chapters and the plot written, plus tons of characters.
I love fancy dress. I make a lot of effort in my costume, I take it seriously. My favourite costume I ever saw was a complete cardboard replica of the Starsky and Hutch car, with the two blokes in it dressed the part. It was brilliant. I was gutted it wasnt my costume.
I once drunk 13 schooners of lager, (schooners are just under a pint) in less than an hour. I was literally water boarded with lager as part of my “welcome” when I went to meet my husband (then boyfriend) in Australia. See Mum, you always thought he looked after me in Oz………
I had an obsession with the film The Wizard of Oz (and those red shoes) when I was little, and still feel all warm and fluffy when I watch it. I can recite the whole film, and literally thought I was Dorothy. There’s no place like home……..
I had dimples on both my cheeks, but lost one after cutting my face falling out of an apple tree when I was 5.
A book (and poem) that had a huge affect on me, changed the way I thought, and cemented my love of literature/reading was “I Know Why The Caged Bird Sings” by Maya Angelou. I read it when I was 17/18 and the verse in the poem Caged Bird, “His wings are clipped and his feet are tied, So he opens his throat to sing” still makes my throat catch and my chest tighten.
One of the first nursery rhymes I was ever taught, (bear in mind I had an East End mother) was,
Little fly, upon the wall
Aint you got no clothes at all?
Aint you got, a little vest
To cover up your little chest,
Oh gawd blimey, you must be cold
My favourite flower is a peony. Or white roses.
I have always had an obsession with animals and cried my eyes out when I met a possum and a koala in Australia
I am a secret fan of Neil Diamond. Love on the Rocks? Sing it to us Neil
I was suspended from school twice. Once in the 3rd year and once in the 5th year.
I am on my second house renovation. We buy houses that need a lot of work with the aim to double our money. You get used to living in building sites! (my next house will be perfect, no more building sites)!!
When I was about 10, I collected erasers, and had a collection of about 200
Q&A’s from my kids
Why did you smoke when you was young?
Because I was stupid and thought it was cool. Plus I loved Rizzo in the film Greece and she smoked. (I gave up aged 24)
Whats your favourite place you have ever visited?
Ohhh gawd, thats a hard one! Either the Magnetic Islands in Australia or Thailand.
Why did you marry Dad?
He made me laugh every day, he wanted a life of adventure. I just knew the first day that I met him that I would marry him.
If you did it all again, would you still have had kids?
yes. A million, gazillion times yes. You boys are the one thing I know I got right in my life.
What is your happiest memory of us being all together?
Ohhh there are so many! Literally thousands. I think our holiday in Lapland was something very special, and I had dreamt of taking you boys there since you were born. It was everything I had dreamt and more. Very magical time.