What music do you listen to?

All kinds.  As a default, we have punk, rock and metal CD’s in our car that Dave chooses for us.  When Dave’s in the car, we tend to play the CD’s through from start to finish.  When I’m in, I just skip to my favourites and repeat them over and over.  I tend to get obsessed with certain songs for periods of time.  I am probably more of a “song lover” than a fan of certain bands.  My current song on repeat is Honeycrack:  The Genius is Loose (see the video above, but please note, this live version does not do the song justice).  

I love songs from Musicals so have lots of compilation CDs and Glee covers.  I would say people would also associate me with The Beautiful South (I love “A Little Time”) and The Bangles  (“Eternal Flame”) too.  As the kids get older, I’m listening to a lot more chart music, as this has an influence on them at the moment and Rebecca always gets us all listening to One Direction (who also happen to be Danny’s least favourite band ever!), and Caitlyn’s choice is her  Jake and the Neverland Pirates CD!  Izzy loves and tries to sing along to everything.

The only genre of music I don’t ever listen to is Hardcore Dance music.  In my opinion, that is for “dancing” to, not listening to. 

Mayo or Ketchup?

I love both but will choose ketchup as it’s more versatile (and cheaper.  We love our 21p ketchup)!  However, in a chip butty I would ideally need both!  I now keep both in the fridge.  I used to be a ketchup in the cupboard girl, but I’ve changed! 

How do you evaluate success?

This question makes me think of constant evaluations at Uni and in my teaching career and I find it difficult to answer. For me, I regard myself as successful when I’m happy with my performance and how well I am doing.  Therefore to me success is “doing my best” and is happiness, but I know many wouldn’t agree.

What is your social media platform of choice and why?

I do love Twitter and Google Plus but still Facebook wins for me as it is such a lifeline for keeping in touch with friends and family.

What would be your chosen superpower?

I usually say I would love to be invisible, but I actually think to be able to move at the speed of light and get things done super quick, would be a more useful Super Power for me.

Going out or staying in?

I love going out, but the majority of my time is spent “in” and I am happy with that.  I love cosy family nights, nights in with Dave and evenings alone on my own to blog, tweet and watch trash TV as I desire.

When I was younger, going out was the default and I went out Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Sat night and Sunday, even if there was nothing on.  Now, I just go out when there is a  good reason to.  I used to love the dressing up and getting ready process, but now it’s my least favourite part since I have “helpers”!

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Who would you like to have a brew and a chat with?

My mum and sisters, as I just don’t the chance to do it as much as I would like to.  We see each other often but we’re usually being entertained by he kids, rather than getting the chance to chat.

I love a cuddle and a cuppa with Dave too.  That time of day to kickback and take a breather.  Sigh.

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Who is your biggest female influence?

I’ve got to cheat and have lots!  My Nanny, Mum, Sister, Jo and Madonna (lyrics!), were all early influences. Today I am still influenced by them (apart from Madonna!) and also now my younger sister, Ceri and my daughters, especially my eldest daughter who has the sweetest heart I know and teaches me to be a kinder person every day.

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What is the best piece of advice you have ever been given?

It’s an old one, but my late Dad always taught us to “Treat others as we wished to be Treated” and I really think everyone should follow that rule.  Even more importantly, he had a smile and a kind word for everyone and saw the good side in all people, which he passed onto us.

I am lucky that I love “people”, I just find them interesting, so I rarely fall out with anyone, as I just genuinely like people, flaws and all!  My Dad was quiet and shy but could get on with anyone and I like to think that we’ve inherited that quality.

Now, these are my questions in case you read this and would like to join in:

  1. What was your favourite childhood toy?
  2. What was your favourite children’s TV Programme?
  3. What posters, if any, did you have on your teenage bedroom wall?
  4. What song do you currently sing in the bath or shower?
  5. What was your favourite childhood book?
  6. What is your current favourite read?
  7. What moment in time would you love to travel back to?
  8. If you could only vist one website next week, what would it be?
  9. What is your favourite scent?
  10. Where would you most like to visit?
  11. What is the quality that you most admire in others?

Have fun reading and  answering!  PLease link your answers in the comments below (if you don’t blog, you can answer in the comments below.



  1. Nickie
    February 22, 2014 / 5:23 pm

    what an AWESOME post – thanks so much for joining in!1. I was considering a Roller Derby team – there's one in Preston (local to me).2. Loving your musical choices too (Musicals, Glee, Beautiful South, etc).3. Fantastic piece of advice!

  2. Claire Toplis
    February 22, 2014 / 8:08 pm

    You are brilliant

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