Wednesday, June 30, 2010

tagged twice...oh my poor brain!

Sometimes it's a bit difficult when lovely people tag you or give you an award; trying to think up what you'll say...(so sometimes I say very little...not today though). Stop that groaning!! That's why I like the tags I've received recently. They come with questions. Oh bliss. The only problem is...two tags...two different lots of questions. 18 questions...I don't think any of you would indulge me while I answer that many (even I'd be sound asleep by the end of that), so I'm combining the tags and choosing half that number, ok? That'll be 9...
Even so, I'm afraid that you are going to be sooooo over me by the end of this post. In fact, you might want to skip to the end right now where I mention a few blogs, because, quite honestly, I'm not all that exciting. And I really wouldn't be offended.
If you're still with me, the first five come from 'Cross the Pond...a New Yorker living in good is that! Okey dokey, here we go...
1. Why blog?
Because I am certifiably mad? This blogging has taken over my life, I am going insane with the pressure...oh, ok...because I really like it and because I have met nice people...reason enough I think. Actually the first born made me do can read why in my very first post here. (it was fun going back and reading that!) But on a serious note, I think that blogging will be instrumental in changing parts of my life...and actually it already has. For the details, you'll have to wait and see..but it's going to be good!

2. Do you have to write or want to write?
Both actually. I have to write quite a lot for work. In fact, it's almost all I do. As a HR consultant I get to write things telling organisations what to do, where they're going wrong, how they can improve...oh it's wonderful except when they tell me I don't know what I'm talking about!

But I want to write as well. I'm no longer sure what form that will take...but I think the desire will always be there. 

3. If you could have coffee with just one person, living or dead, who would it be and why?
These questions that you have asked other people come back to bite you on the bum don't they! I have often used this question when I'm facilitating workshops and have no idea how I'd answer if put on the spot. But gee, now I have been! It probably changes on any given day. 

The slightly shallow answer is Hugh Jackman. Why? Don't be ridiculous...obvious! The slightly less shallow answer is Elizabeth Gilbert. I find her quite inspirational and I would love to have a conversation with her. I love the sound of her voice too...go here for a sample courtesy of Mariska. And yes I could have said Nelson Mandela or the Dalai Lama, but I didn't. And I probably would have said our new PM Julia, but didn't want to appear a complete dag. Don't judge me!

4. Toilet paper roll: over or under?

Oh most definitely over. I have been known to go to the loo in other people's homes or in public conveniences and change it if it isn't right! (sorry, that was me). And while I'm on the subject...I get really annoyed when I go to the loo at work and find the last person used the last of the roll and I have to change it! It's bad enough having to do it at home...who are these people who don't know how to change a toilet roll...shame on them! And unlike the rest of my house...only ever white dolphins, flowers or whatevers thank you very much!

5. Beach or Mountains/lake?

Hmm, difficult. I am a Cancerian...we love water and I love to be by it. To be honest I prefer looking at it rather than being in it. However, I think that beaches would be a lot better if they had grass rather than sand. I don't like sand. Gets in your cossies...sticks to the sun lotion...ruins the pages of your book. I guess a chair would make it better...

Now...for the next still with me?? If so, you are incredibly nice, patient and kind...and deserving of a medal!  Here's a pretty one.

These 4 came from Jenny at The Five Year Project (good name!) chronicling the renovation of her 100 year old Queenslander (I love Queenslanders...the people are quite nice too!) 
1. If you could live anywhere in the world where would it be?
Oh geez, I am struggling with this one. I like where I live but I don't want to live here forever. I have lived in the UK and I harbour a dream to live overseas again for a while. My preference right here, right now? A hill village in Italy...I do believe, that so far at least, it's my favourite country of all apart from Australia.
2. If you could be someone else for a day, who would it be?
Actually I'm very happy being me. Mind you, it's taken quite a few decades to get there. I don't have a single person I'd want to be...more of a concept...I'd want to be someone who had unlimited resources and who used those resources quietly and anonymously to help the truly disadvantaged. Because you know what, sometimes I don't think we realise how incredibly lucky we are.

Ok, if you insist on a person...Helen Mirren...she's awesome!
3. Concert or Broadway show?
Not that I've ever been to the real Broadway, but I've seen quite a few shows. My favourite? Toss up between Starlight Express and Miss Saigon...both in London when I was living in England in 1990...Les Miserables was good too. And Camelot...I would have loved to have seen that on stage not just at the movies. I clearly need to get out more. 
4. Theme song for life?
That's actually easy. The song I chose for the finale of my 50th birthday dance party (it was a good party that one!). Ironically a song by a 20 something...Steer by Missy can watch it here...

The lyrics I love from that song...

"But the search ends here
where the night is totally clear
and your heart is fierce
so now you finally know
that you control where you go
you can steer" 
Nice one Missy!
So there you have it bloggy peeps. And now that I've completely stuffed up both of those tags by not playing by the rules...I'm not going to pass them on. I'm just going to point you in the direction of some new blogs I've found recently that you might not be familiar with and that you might like to visit...if you have the strength after reading all of that!! Well done you! Because it was probably only one of you!! :)
So, off you go, if you haven't already been, to...
...and say hi from me please!
Thank goodness it's only pictures tomorrow-this week's top ten. You must be exhausted getting through that...I know I am! Sheeesh!
all images from we heart it or google images


  1. Brilliantly done!! Bravo............. :)

  2. Well done, great pics and answers. Not sick of you at all.

  3. Good girl! Re: shortening your working week. You will never look back. After I read a book called 'Salvation Creek', by Susan Duncan, I put the book down (last year) looked at Paul after reading about her illness with Cancer and the deaths of those around her - and I said "that's it - I am only going to work 3 days a week next year". Best thing you will ever do!

    I too get distracted and meander around on my days off, and that my honey, is what the joy of it is all about! Enjoy - I couldn't be more pleased for you.

    As they say, on our death bed, we will never look back and say - "I wish I had spent more time at work".
    Tracey x o

  4. That was great! It is hard coming up with answers to these things, isn't it? I still can't believe that Kevin Rudd is out! Good luck to Julia!

  5. Great post Kerry, very insightful! I agree with you that sometimes, we all forget how lucky we are, and it can be hard to live in the here and now. Looking forward to tomorrow's top ten! K xx

  6. You have a lot of depth my love..very interesting answers..Love your image of Italy..Rachaelxx

  7. Great answers Kerry. Italy, what a special place - I'm reading Under the Tuscan Sun and am dreaming of Italy. And I can't blame you for the Hugh Jacman comment. Can I come too? :)

  8. Such fabulous Q & A Kerry! Loved learning more about you and you are definitely NOT a dag, I would love to have a coffee with Julia G too! Happy Wednesday ~ Tina xx

  9. I always love your posts Kerry and this one didn't disappoint - I loved reading your responses to those fun questions xx

  10. Hi Kerry, thanks for playing along, what a brilliant post! You did a great job and I enjoyed reading all of it. I'm off to check out a couple of those new blogs. Have a great day!

  11. It was great getting to know you better, Kerry. I always laugh so much when I visit. Is it true that you have patterned toilet paper there? Wow! How unique!

    I too, love Elizabeth Gilbert...saw her on Oprah right after Eat, Pray, Love came out. Have you read her new book? I hope it is as good.


  12. You do have a wonderful way with words Kerry and I love reading you posts! I especially enjoyed you answers and getting ot know you a little better! xx

  13. Great Effort..Phew...I made it all the way to the bottom. Gold star for you today xx

  14. I really enjoyed that Kerry, you have such a great sense of humour and it was nice to hear a little more about you. Thanks for sharing those things about yourself, and I have a couple of Q and A's to get to.... my poor brain too!
    :) Flick

  15. Good answers. As a fellow Cancerian I share your love of water, and also of looking at it rather than being in it. I also can't cope with sand and am probably one of the few people who prefers a beach of pebbles.

    I'm enjoying your blog. I don't always comment but I do so love your photos. You give me lots of inspiration for doing something with the interior of my house..when finances permit!

  16. Oh wow Kerry, knowing how busy you are what a posting! I take my hat off for you (more than one time) you are a wonderful warm and funny person xoxox

  17. Kerry, you crack me up! Loved the answers and I'm with you on the toilet paper!

  18. No I'm not exhausted - I always love to catch a glimpse of the real person behind the blog! (And I thought I was the only one who insists on only white loo paper!)

  19. I read the lot and didn't yawn once. Nice to get to know you a bit more.

  20. OK, the loo paper thing. that just won me right there!!

    a few of us in my office banded together and posted 'you've managed to change a loo roll - you're a freaking genius!!' signs in our toilets. we don't have that many people using them and we've narrowed the culprit down to the other office of people that lease part our building from us. considering the other people (or person) is kind of a national identity, it's almost loo-gate i tell ya!!

  21. That was such a fab post, Kerri. I have a compulsion to turn the loo paper to 'over' too - and here I was thinking I was the only one. Every time I have to do it, I always add a little "Argghhh - who would do that?". So, not only to I have toilet paper compulsions, I also talk to myself.

  22. Was with you till the end dearie, and you could have added the extra 9 and I would still have been there! Though making the number 18 with books might have been hard, I have all faith in the creative magician you are to master that too. xx

    Loved reading and learning more about you.

    Apart from wanting to join your dinner with Hugh (you know he has a house in Woollahra and I see him stroll around the area from time to time..), I also agree that a little house on the slopes of some Italian village would be great.
    I too count my blessings however wouldn't mind the unlimited resources for an array of reasons, including the one you pointed out. How great to be able to help those who need it. Random and genuine acts of kindness are high on my list of priorities in life and I work hard to instill the same values in my children (am glad to see I am succeeding, though I really don't like it when we have to give stinky dead birds a proper funeral just because they deserve it..).

    Ok.. so now you are probably tired of me.. I could ramble on and on. I think you are great and enjoyed this.

    xx C

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