It surprises me often and anew just how many folks I know keep up with this little blog of mine. It surprises me further just how many folks I don’t know keep up with it, too. I’d hardly call myself a prolific blogger. I write what I can when I can. I seldom proofread my material (and doesn’t it show?). I really dislike the process of travel writing. And I don’t even read that many blogs myself. Beyond the writing process itself, I’m something of a stranger to the blogging community. But it keeps my writing muscles flexed on a regular basis, and that’s good enough for me.
So it surprises me even more that superstar Mary at Mary, She Wrote nominated me for a Liebster Award! But, on the understanding that one does not question manna, I’ll take it and pass it on gladly. If you haven’t already stumbled upon her wonderfully positive blog, be sure to take a stroll there sometime, it’s a garden of upbeat sunshine! I made a point of sliding a read of her latest entries into my morning routine last month and it put a smile on my face every time, so if you ever need a smile-doctor, she’s your lady!
Onwards. To the nitty-gritty.
Q&A with Mary
[Disclaimer: For the sake of entertainment, I’ve put words into your mouth here, Mary. I hope you don’t mind. As an interview, it has a little more spunk to it!]
Mary: Alright, let’s get started. Tell me, why did you start blogging?
BB: Originally? Because I wanted to write, and I was born into a generation where getting your own material out there for the world to see was easy enough for a fourteen-year old birdwatcher to operate. I sort of let that slide when real life took over, and got back into the game once again in my second year at university. It’s been sort of non-stop from there, I guess.
Mary: Okay. Tea or coffee?
BB: Tea. Green, if you can help it, though a Rooibos wouldn’t go amiss. A mint tea would be pretty fabulous, though. I don’t suppose you have any fresh mint on you right now?
Mary: Sadly, no.
BB: Shame. Throw me the next question.
Mary: Alright then. Do you have a life motto or an inspirational quote you try to live by?
BB: Don’t drive when you can cycle. Don’t cycle when you can run. And don’t run when you walk. You’ll see more of the world that way.
Mary: Um… okay. Tell me your guilty pleasure.
BB: The Spice Girls. Spiceworld is the real deal.
Mary: Is that really a guilty pleasure?
BB: Well, I’m not a card-carrying Spice Girls fanboy, if that’s what you mean. But I am partial to a little Spice Girls from time to time.
Mary: What is your favourite time of year and why?
BB: Spring. Autumn is beautiful with all of its colours and sounds and the feeling of change, but here in Badajoz you hardly notice the slide from summer to winter. Spring, however, is universal. The world puts on her best dress, the birds are singing, there’s blossom in the trees and winter is over in a field of crisp, blue skies. My heart sings.
Mary: Well, since we’re on that note, how about describing yourself in a haiku?
BB: …Give me a minute.
Mary: Take your time.
BB: Almost got a First / I mean, sixty-nine point four / that’s close enough, right?
Mary: Are you seriously still bitter about that?
BB: …..no. Next question.
Mary: What is your signature recipe and why do you like to make it?
BB: Lentejas a la abuela, most likely. It’s amazing comfort-food for a throw-together dish that has the added bonus of making use of any bread that might have gone stale. Plus it’s earthy and warm.
Mary: What’s in it?
BB: Lentils, breadcrumbs, garlic, a little stock and a few pieces of chorizo. And lashings of olive oil, of course.
Mary: Of course. Do you have any favourite jokes?
BB: Apart from my degree?
Mary: That joke is old and you know it.
BB: I kid, I kid. I don’t actually have a favourite joke to hand, I’m afraid. Tevye has a few golden lines in Fiddler on the Roof that always make me laugh, though.
Mary: What is your favourite mode of transport and why?
BB: From the couple of months of lessons I had as a teenager, I’d say horseback is pretty fantastic, when you know what you’re doing. But old habits die hard, and when it comes to hurtling down country lanes, there’s nothing better than a trusty bike.
Mary: That’s something I can agree with. We’re nearly there. Do you have any hidden talents?
BB: I’m a pretty good bird mimic.
Mary: Would you say that’s a hidden talent?
BB: I would say it’s a talent I don’t pull out so often for the sake of public decency.
Mary: Ok. Last one, then. Tell me your best dinner party anecdote about yourself.
BB: Do you mean about a dinner party I’ve hosted or attended? Or the kind of anecdote I’d reel out at a dinner party?
Mary: The last one.
BB: Well, that’d have to be the run-in with the Guardia Civil when I was fifteen. It’s a tale that’s a little long in the telling, but to keep a long story short, I was detained for not having my papers on me by Fidel Castro’s doppelganger and his two lackeys when all I really wanted to do was walk home across country after a morning spent photographing vultures.
Mary: I don’t think you could have said anything more you.
BB: Lady, I’d have to agree with you there.
11 Random Facts About Myself:
- I keep a journal on me at all times, even at work.
- I haven’t ever crossed the Atlantic.
- When I was younger, I wanted to be a photographer.
- I have a very poor sense of smell.
- I absolutely love it when it rains.
- I frequently leave objects hanging or balanced in strange places.
- I don’t actually like listening to a cappella music by choice.
- I used to have fifteen Joe Browns shirts. Presently I have just the one.
- I have a triple crown, which makes styling my hair particularly problematic.
- People seem to know I’m British wherever I go, except once in Germany, where I was mistaken for a German.
- I say I’ll eat everything except liquorice, not because I dislike it per se, but because the buck’s gotta stop somewhere.
Lang Adults (langadults.wordpress.com)
Questions for my Nominee(s):
- Why do you blog?
- What’s your worst food memory?
- What’s your favourite word and why?
- Do you have any favourite herbs or spices?
- If I say the word HOPE, what do you think of?
- What’s more important to you, the lyrics or the music itself?
- Pick a Nicolas Cage film title to describe where you are in life right now.
- What exactly would you do with £248.76? You have to spend every last penny.
- If you could only be left with one sound memory (non-musical), what would it be and why?
- Everyone’s had a think about their wedding playlist, but what (if anything) would you want played at your funeral?
- I’m going to drop you in the middle of Kyrgyzstan with a bottle of water, a map and a compass. Tell me three other things you feel you might need to get by.
I guess that makes for a good shot at this. Are there any other challenges like this out there in the blogosphere, I wonder? I reckon we could do with a challenge to take up at this cold and grey time of year.
Lisbon’s Padrão dos Descobrimentos shortly before New Year’s Day
And now, back to the job applications. À tout à l’heure, folks. BB x