So here goes with my eleven random facts about myself.
- I am like Paddington Bear; I come from darkest Peru and I love marmalade sandwiches. Well, probably not darkest Peru but a very remote part. As for marmalade sandwiches, I love them but don’t keep them under my hat. Marmalade is best when it is thick cut – the thicker the better.
- I am a chartered engineer and member of the British Computer Society. My IT career as a software engineer (computer programmer) started in Harland & Wolff, the shipyard that built the Titanic.
- Simply because there was no-one else who could do it, I have played the pipe organ at several weddings and other church services. I was also involved in leading a small choir.
- My two sons and I spent three weeks travelling round Europe, camping in nine different countries, two or three nights in each. I didn’t have any sort of satellite navigation system and had to just rely on a map; my sense of direction is woeful never mind my navigational skills. Thankfully we discovered that my younger son has some sort of in-built satnav and was able to direct me without any bother.
- I spent just over two weeks in Malawi as part of a team of 13 people who went to help at an orphanage. The men built a playground area and the girls played games with the children and painted the orphanage. At the end we had a special event for people from the neighbouring area to come and see what had been done. They were so happy with it all and so grateful.
- Visiting a wool shop is a delight for me. I love seeing all the beautiful yarn colours and can’t help myself working out yet another combination for making a blanket.
- I love really good coffee.
- I don’t consider myself overly obsessed with doing housework though it’s nice when the house is clean and tidy. My sons think otherwise. When they were younger they used to call me Momica (a play on Monica of Friends who was obsessed with cleaning and tidying). Boys think if you ask them to remove their shoes from the middle of the living room floor it makes you a tidy freak. I reminded my older son of this recently and he found it extremely funny.
- What neither of my sons realise is that I probably am obsessed with how I hang out washing. My behaviour is verging on OCD though I do try to make myself do it differently. The colour of peg should suit the garment and each garment has to have two pegs that are the same colour. Socks are hung in pairs, all socks and underwear for a person hung together on the same part of the line. I’m not sure what started this but I’ve been doing it for years now!
- I know the sort code and account number for my current account and the number, dates and verification code of my credit card off by heart.
- I have big feet but they are also narrow, making buying shoes that fit an ordeal. They're UK 9AA (depending on the style of shoe maybe 9B) - that's US 11AA.
Now to answer Doris's eleven questions.
What is the last film you went to the cinema to watch?
And these are my four questions:
- What would be your ideal holiday?
- Are you an optimistic or a pessimistic person?
- What kitchen gadget do you use most?
- If you had an extra hour every day how would you use it?
I've enjoyed doing this as it brought back a lot of memories. In the end I had to cut out a lot of what I had in to start with as it was far too long! I hope Marianne, Gill, Amy and Jane will enjoy it too.
Thanks again Doris for nominating me.