Saturday, 20 June 2009

Tag, you’re it!

Quick, quick, Timothy Goes to School is on. We played for about 45 minutes. Not entirely sure what we played, but it involved going on a bear hunt, rescuing bears from crocodiles, having a picnic with bears and tigers, having a sleepover with a bear, reading some stories and playing beads. The Rosemary game, perhaps.

So, I shall take the opportunity of quiet to, rather than empty the dishwasher and the draining board, do the eight things tag, for which I have been tagged by Clareybabbling and Rosie Scribble.

The rules of this one are:

The rules are:

  1. Mention the person(s) who tagged you
  2. Complete the list of 8's
  3. Tag 8 others and let them know (I’m always rubbish at telling people they’ve been tagged, so apologies if I forget!)

8 Things I'm looking forward to

  1. Going to Oxford on Tuesday. Am going for meetings, but hopefully will have time to sit and have a beercoke in the Bird and Baby and peek in some of the shops (though won’t be able to my usual thing of spending £100+ in Borders/Blackwells/Waterstones!
  2. Holiday in Normandy in July. Our first holiday (apart from brief sojourns with relatives) since our honeymoon, five years ago. We almost went to Kenya in January 2006, but found out I was pregnant with Rosemary, so couldn’t (due to higher risk of ectopic pregnancy). We were supposed to go on big fancy all-inclusive holiday to Mexico this autumn, with Chris’ family to celebrate his parents’ ruby (?) wedding anniversary, but found out I was pregnant. But, fortunately, we can make it over the channel to France, despite my being pregnant. I even have a letter from the midwife saying I will be fit to travel. Woo!
  3. Rosemary’s third birthday in August. My baby is going to be three! How’d that happen?
  4. Going to the circus in August. It has been decided that this will be an annual treat for her birthday after a very successful one last year. We’ll have to go to a matinee somewhere accessible by public transport, as we won’t have Chris’ parents or my aunt to drive us.
  5. Next school term, when Rosemary will be going to playgroup and/or nursery school every morning and probably also doing one or two weekend activities (ballet and trampolining are what she wants to do). Don’t know what we’re going to do during the holidays as Rosemary really needs time with other children at the moment!
  6. The arrival of Eleanor in October (or possibly September, if she decides to be as early as Rosemary).
  7. My birthday, which will hopefully not clash with Eleanor’s too much.
  8. Eleanor’s first Christmas. She will, of course, be far too young to understand/appreciate it, but Rosemary will, I think, lap up having a baby sister at Christmas time. And it’s a Stroud one this year, so I get to cook lovely yummy veggie food in my own kitchen and have my family around me (though Carnoustie Christmases have lots of plus points, too!). First Christmas here without my dad, though, which will be difficult.

8 Things I did yesterday

  1. Made porridge
  2. Had a shower
  3. Met three deadlines
  4. Made a recycling pledge
  5. Had eggs chips and beans (Friday night dinner – can’t wait until I can have my eggs with runny yokes!)
  6. Gave Rosemary a bath
  7. Finished the book I was reading (Pretty Dead Things by Barbara Nadel)
  8. Had a lazy evening on the sofa, reading, watching Heathers and blogging.

8 Things I wish I could do

  1. Speak Polish
  2. Speak Chinese (though not sure which one!)
  3. Speak Russian
  4. Speak Arabic
  5. Actually finish writing a novel
  6. Have a novel published
  7. Drive (maybe)
  8. Be an Olympic gymnast (yeah, right)

8 favourite fruits

  1. Strawberries
  2. Golden Delicious apples
  3. Grapes
  4. Nectarines (or peaches, but don’t really like the fluffy skin)
  5. Blackberries
  6. Conference pears
  7. Piccolo tomatoes
  8. Bananas (especially in fruit salad or banana cake)

8 Places I've lived

  1. Upton St Leonards, Gloucestershire
  2. Painswick, Gloucestershire
  3. Valencia, Spain
  4. Bisley, Gloucestershire
  5. Oxford
  6. Bonneville, France
  7. Southampton
  8. Stroud

8 people tagged 

  1. Nixdminx
  2. New Mummy
  3. Maternal Tales
  4. Kelloggsville
  5. Almost Mrs Average
  6. Tawny
  7. The wife of bold
  8. MTFF

Apologies if you’ve done it already. And feel free to ignore, whether you have or not!


  1. Mmm runny egg. Sorry, that was mean. Isn't it funny though, as soon as you're pregnant and your food is slightly restricted you crave it all the more? It's all worth it though :-)

  2. Yay - A tag that helps me stop thinking about rubbish. Thanks Tasha - I can't wait to have a go at this. How lucky to have lived in France. Hope you have a great holiday there in July, which part of Normandy are you travelling to? As you can tell, I love being "en france" and will be enjoying travelling through in August.

  3. Lovely Oxford. Sigh. Have a great time on Tuesday. In the sunshine there is nowhere more lovely.

  4. A great list! If I can start learning to drive so can you! Go for it! We can compare notes. I've only had one lesson so far, but so far so good!

  5. My babies were born in October and August too! And I've also lived in Oxford. Spooky... xx

  6. Done it...only took me a couple of weeks but as you know things got in the way :-D xxxx