I was just watching Masterchef and Michael Roux Jr. Said “I feel he really embraced the brief” and my brain had a total lapse and forgot “brief” was a word, and I thought “is that some kind of brie/beef combo?”
Recently I was alerted to a UK reality tv show on Channel 4, called “Posh Pawn” -which you can view here on YouTube. If you are outside the USA, this video might be blocked from you, so here is a copy on Vimeo.
Go to the 18 minute mark. Watch this segment.
This is really important, especially if you’re an independent artist.
1: Do you sleep with your closet doors open or closed?
Closed. For one, because my cat would get in and sleep on my clothes and they have enough cat hair on them as it is. And also because monsters.
2: Do you take the shampoos and conditioner bottles from hotel?
Am I not supposed to?
3: Do you sleep with your sheets tucked in or out?
I have a fitted under-sheet, but my duvet is never tucked in, I’d find that too suffocating, plus I share my bed with a wriggly boy.
4: Have you ever stolen a street sign before?
I have a “danger of death, keep out” sign that I stole when I was about 15. It used to be on my bedroom door.
5: Do you like to use post-it notes?
Not really, they tend to fall off stuff.
6: Do you cut out coupons but then never use them?
I don’t clip them, but Sainsburys are forever giving me coupons that I forget about.
7: Would you rather be attacked by a big bear or a swarm of a bees?
I’m guessing “neither” isn’t an option. I’m going to go for the bear, because I think it would be easier to evade one bear than an entire swarm of bees.
8: Do you have freckles?
I do! And I love them. When I was about 11 a French tour guide told me she loved them too.
9: Do you always smile for pictures?
I don’t like my teeth, so I tend to smile with my mouth closed.
10: What is your biggest pet peeve?
People who say “pacific” instead of “specific”
11: Do you ever count your steps when you walk?
No but if I feel I have walked too heavily on one foot I have to switch to even it out. Same if I tread on a drain with my left foot, I tread on the next with my right, or it feels uneven.
12: Have you ever peed in the woods?
Possibly when I was little and we were on a family walk, but I don’t recall!
13: What about pooped in the woods?
14: Do you ever dance even if theres no music playing?
There’s always music playing in my head.
15: Do you chew your pens and pencils?
I chew Biro lids.
16: How many people have you slept with this week?
Just the one. Same one I’ve slept with for the last 5 years! (Although I did share a bed with Vicki last weekend)
17: What size is your bed?
It’s a double.
18: What is your Song of the week?
"The Season’s Upon Us" By The Dropkick Murphys
19: Is it okay for guys to wear pink?
Of course. My Dad has several pink polo shirts and I think the colour really suits him.
20: Do you still watch cartoons?
Yes. Of course. Because the ones I watched when I was a kid are still awesome. And also because Adventure Time.
21: Whats your least favorite movie?
Pretty Woman. I have never liked that film.
22: Where would you bury hidden treasure if you had some?
Now that would be telling!
23: If you’re a girl, bra size? If you’re a guy, pants size?
34C, national average, woo!
24: What do you dip a chicken nugget in?
Ketchup. Although BBQ sauce is also acceptable.
25: What is your favorite food?
All of the food. But I love Mexican food, and also Meatballs (but only if I make them, or my Mum makes them)
26: What movies could you watch over and over and still love?
So so many. My top five are: Labyrinth, Aliens, Terminator 2, Fight Club and Withnail & I.
27: Last person you kissed/kissed you?
John. Although my cat kissed me too but I don’t think he counts as a person, no matter what he says.
28: Were you ever a boy/girl scout?
We don’t have those in the U.K. But I was a Brownie (which I loved) and then a Girl Guide (which I hated)
29: Would you ever strip or pose nude in a magazine?
If the price was good and it was tasteful, sure I’ve got nothing to hide.
30: When was the last time you wrote a letter to someone on paper?
Quite a while ago. I think I wrote my Grandma a letter a few years ago. Although I leave notes for my colleague all the time but I don’t think that’s what you’re looking for.
31: Can you change the oil on a car?
I never have. But I could learn.
32: Ever gotten a speeding ticket?
I haven’t passed my test yet, so no.
33: Ever ran out of gas?
34: Favorite kind of sandwich?
Steak, onion, mushroom and mustard-mayo, mmmm.
35: Best thing to eat for breakfast?
Black Pudding and scrambled egg on toast, mmm.
36: What is your usual bedtime?
Usually between 10.30-11pm on a work night. Up to midnight on a non-work-night.
37: Are you lazy?
No I don’t think I am. I tend to fill my days pretty well, although I do like to sleep in a bit when I can.
38: When you were a kid, what did you dress up as for Halloween?
A witch, with a costume made of black bin bags, yeah.
39: What is your Chinese astrological sign?
40: Are you horny?
Not right now.
41: Do you have any magazine subscriptions?
42: Which are better legos or lincoln logs?
What is a Lincoln Log? Lego, always Lego. Lego is amazing.
43: Are you stubborn?
You have no idea.
44: Who is better…Leno or Letterman?
Again, I live in the UK. I really don’t know. Letterman?
45: Ever watch soap operas?
I used to watch Neighbours, Hollyoaks and Eastenders when I was a student, nowadays, not so much.
46: Are you afraid of heights?
I have respect for heights. But it’s not fear.
47: Do you sing in the car?
48: Do you sing in the shower?
49: Do you dance in the car?
50: Ever used a gun?
Only a paintball gun.
51: Last time you got a portrait taken by a photographer?
When my mum moved away we had some family portraits done.
52: Do you think musicals are cheesy?
Some of them are. But that doesn’t mean I don’t love them.
53: Is Christmas stressful?
Only if you don’t organise! I love Christmas.
54: Ever eat a pierogi?
I have no idea what that is.
55: Favorite type of fruit pie?
56: Occupations you wanted to be when you were a kid?
A vet. Or Sorcha from Willow.
57: Do you believe in ghosts?
I do, although I’m not sure I believe they are the spirits of dead people. And I think most Mediums are fakes.
58: Ever have a Deja-vu feeling?
59: Take a vitamin daily?
60: Wear slippers?
I am wearing them right now! They are cows :-)
61: Wear a bath robe?
Yes, I am getting a new one for Christmas, and it is red and soft and has a hood and I cannot wait.
62: What do you wear to bed?
Usually just pants. Although I layer up if it gets cold, starting with a tee shirt. I get pretty hot at night so it has to be really cold for me to stay in full pjs all night.
63: First concert?
Weezer at the Southampton Guildhall, I was 16. I still have a giant piece of the silver confetti that fell from the ceiling when they played a cover of “Happy Together”
64: Wal-Mart, Target or Kmart?
Sainsburys (again, English)
65: Nike or Adidas?
Neither. Not a sports clothing person.
66: Cheetos Or Fritos?
67: Peanuts or Sunflower seeds?
68: Ever hear of the group Tres Bien?
69: Ever take dance lessons?
Lessons? Pah, I let the rhythm take me where it will.
70: Is there a profession you picture your future spouse doing?
I’d love it if John could be whatever he wants to be. Which is a concept artist.
71: Can you curl your tongue?
72: Ever won a spelling bee?
73: Have you ever cried because you were so happy?
At the episode in E.R when Carol Hathaway realises that Doug Ross is her soul mate and travels across the country to be with him and they kiss and it’s wonderful.
74: Own any record albums?
Yes, quite a few. So many that I need to get another case to put them in as the one I have is full.
75: Own a record player?
Yes, a red 1960s Dansette that I bought with money I got for my 21st birthday, it is one of my favourite things I own.
76: Regularly burn incense?
No but I love scented candles, I have a “warm mince pie” one going right now.
77: Ever been in love?
I have, and I am currently :-)
78: Who would you like to see in concert?
Jeff Buckley. But until someone invents a time machine that just isn’t going to happen.
79: What was the last concert you saw?
Frank Turner at the Bath Pavillion, which was nearly a year ago! This year has been a bit mad for me, but I’m going to see Less Than Jake and Reel Big Fish in Feb.
80: Hot tea or cold tea?
Hot tea. Cold tea is the worst thing ever, why would anyone pick that?
81: Tea or coffee?
Tea, ALWAYS TEA.
82: Sugar or snickerdoodles?
Are they biscuits? Snickerdoodles, because they have a funny name.
83: Can you swim well?
Not the best. But I don’t drown either.
84: Can you hold your breath without holding your nose?
Yes of course. Wait, there are people who can’t?
85: Are you patient?
I don’t think I am. At all. I know plenty of people would say “hell no” but then I have also been told that I must have the patience of a saint (when working with a difficult person over an extended period of time) but I think that I just don’t lose my temper a lot, but brood silently.
86: DJ or band, at a wedding?
Band, then a DJ later!
87: Ever won a contest?
Yes. I forget what it was for, but I won some Tracker bars when I was young. And I also won some art supplies for a picture of Eek the Cat I drew and sent in the the Sky Childrens Channel (good lord I am old)
88: Ever have plastic surgery?
I actually had cosmetic surgery on a scar on my lip, I got the scar when my friends dog accidentally “toothed” me (he wasn’t vicious at all, we were playing and he kind of boffed my face with his tooth), the doctor who sewed it up did a crappy job, so I had to have it corrected. I think I was about 9.
89: Which are better black or green olives?
Green olives. Nice crisp ones with the pits still in.
90: Can you knit or crochet?
I can crochet! And do, frequently. I did learn to knit at school and could probably pick it up again quite quickly if I had the time, but I just don’t
91: Best room for a fireplace?
The living room, although I’ve always wanted a bedroom with one of those little black cast iron ones you get in Victorian houses.
92: Do you want to get married?
I’m not fussed really. It costs a lot and if I had the money to do it, I’d rather spend that money on getting a house for me and John to live in.
93: If married, how long have you been married?
94: Who was your HS crush?
Dan Benson, he played the saxaphone in the school windband. He was 2 years above me and I never ever said one word to him.
95: Do you cry and throw a fit until you get your own way?
No, because I’m not a toddler. I will argue my point though.
96: Do you have kids?
No, I have a John and a Zeus.
97: Do you want kids?
No, I have a John and a Zeus.
98: Whats your favorite color?
Red, or purple.
99: Do you miss anyone right now?
I miss tons of people right now. I live really far from all my friends and family.
fun fact: the reason that the plural of goose is geese but the plural of moose is not meese is because goose derives from an ancient germanic word undergoing strong declension, in the pattern of foot/feet and tooth/teeth, wherein oo is mutated to ee. however ‘moose’ is a native american word added to the english lexicon only ~400 years ago, and lacks the etymological reason to be pluralized in that way.
Oh baby. Keep talking dirty to me.
Etymology is my favourite oloy. Bonus fact: did you know that the word Clue derives from a Greek work meaning string/wool and we get the modern phrase “to follow a clue” from Perseus in the Labyrinth following the string, or ‘clue’ to find his way out.
“While Ms. McKenna “did not ‘abduct’ the child,” the court said, “her appropriation of the child while in utero was irresponsible, reprehensible.”—
Sara McKenna, a former Marine, became pregnant during a brief relationship with Bode Miller, an Olympic skier. While seven months pregnant, she moved from California to New York to go to school, leading a judge to scold her for “virtually absconding with her fetus.” Now, the fight for custody of their son has become “a closely watched legal battle over the rights of pregnant women to travel and make life choices.” (via albinwonderland)
WTF is this new bullshit? So basically, if you become pregnant, you should just sit in a pod and be just a baby-incubator for 9 months and face the fact that all you are now is a mother and not a separate human being who still has a life they want to lead WHILST raising a child?