Awards, and Tag, and Questions! Oh My!

Since my last award acceptance post back in March – The Versatile Blogger Award, I have been given several more blogging awards, and have also been tagged and questioned (in a blogging way, not a police arresting me way). I have been very remiss in acknowledging all these, so thank you very much to everyone, and here we go…

I was given the Versatile Blogger Award by They call me Betty, Craig Hallam, and Jennifer M Eaton

Versatile Blogger Award

I was given the Sunshine Award by Robin Coyle

Sunshine Award

I was given the Blog on Fire Award by Kasia James

Blog on fire Award

I was given the lovely Daisy Award by the lovely Subtlekate

Daisy Award

I was given the Ask Me Anything Award by mskatykins

Ask Me Anything Award

The point of this Ask Me Anything Award is that you can ask me anything (within reason!) in the comments below and I will answer honestly in another post – this may or may not work depending on whether anyone does actually ask me anything! So if you have any burning questions to ask me then ask away below, and if you don’t then we’ll just pretend this never happened.

And Finally, also from mskatykins is the question tag. Mskatykins tagged me to answer eleven questions of her choosing. So here they are, with my answers:

1. What is your favourite ice-cream flavour and why?

I couldn’t possibly pick just one, or say why. I like ice-cream that has lots of chunky bits of things in it, I don’t really like chocolate flavour ice-cream, but I like it to have big bits of chocolate things in it, maybe some marshmallow, some toffee, pralinated nuts are good, ooh and more chocolate things.

2. Do blondes really have more fun?

Well I’m not a natural blonde myself *gasp*, but I would say that there is something about being blonde that makes me feel good about myself. I have had a number of different colours over the years and even though a lot of people say they prefer me with my natural dark hair, I just feel more vibrant with blonde. So if vibrant = fun then yes.

3. What is the weirdest dream that you remembering having? (I’m talking sleepy dream here.)

Most dreams are pretty weird aren’t they, but one particularly strange one I remember is that I was staying in a mansion house for a weekend, and a murder took place, but instead of it being awful, it was as if it was part of a staged murder-mystery event. Everything I was doing was being described by a narrator whose voice I could hear loudly and clearly. Within the dream I just couldn’t work out if things were real or not.

4. Did you grow to become/do what you always dreamed of as a child? If not, why not?

I dreamed of being a dancer. At 16 I was offered a place at a good dancing college in London and was all set to go, but over the summer prior to starting I moved in with my boyfriend instead and had to start working and so gave up the dream.

5. What is the most annoying fad that you’ve ever succumbed to?

The only annoying one I can think of was those little anklet trainer socks that had mini pompoms on the back, they were annoying because the pom poms would sometimes not get on well with the back of my shoes.

6. If you could steal someone’s identity for a day, who would you be and what you would you do as them?

I’m a bit unclear on this question, whether it means actually be them for a day, and therefore know what is going on inside their head, or just own their identity, but still be inside my own head. Maybe I’m over-analysing it, but it makes a difference and I therefore don’t feel able to answer it.

7. Where would you most and least like to visit in the world?

Most like – Any of these will do: Top 10 Most Amazing Tropical Islands

Least like – I don’t want to hurt any place’s feelings, so I’ll pass on answering that one.

8. What, in your opinion, is one of the best/most useful inventions ever and why?

Well ignoring things like the wheel, I’m going to go with a much more modern invention that has made a huge difference to me. It’s the satnav. I LOVE my satnav. I used to get lost all the time, and be trying to look at maps or read printed out route planners whilst driving, but then my Dad bought me a satnav and it transformed my travel. I’ve had it for a couple of years, and every time I use it, I appreciate it and am grateful for it.

9. If you could be any other species, what would you hope to be?

A dog (belonging to a good owner), they always seem to enjoy life so much.

10. If you could see one music act dead or alive, back stage, first class treatment, who would it be and where and why?

I think I’m going to go for Frank Sinatra and the Rat Pack, back in their heyday in Las Vegas. My reason is that I lived in Vegas for a few years, and would love to go back in time to that era, hang out with those guys, and see if the rumours were true! You never know, maybe even be the subject of a few rumours myself 😉

11. Do you have any superstitions?

Well, to answer this one I shall just link to the post I did about superstitions a while ago: I’m not superstitious. But just in case…

Now I’m supposed to come up with 11 questions of my own and tag other people to answer them, I’m also supposed to nominate other people to receive the other awards I received, and some of them have other rules attached too. Sorry to be a party-pooper but I’m not going to do any of that. One reason is that last time I found it so hard to pick people, it took me hours and then I felt bad about some I left out. The other reason is that some people don’t like to take part in these things, and I’m not sure who they are, so I don’t want to thrust myself upon anyone who doesn’t want to be thrusted upon.

Sorry if I’ve missed out any I was nominated for! Just a reminder to finish off with – if you want to ask me anything, ask it below and I will answer questions in another post, if it all works out…


27 responses to “Awards, and Tag, and Questions! Oh My!

  1. You are generous to do all those questions. Very impressed that you like tropical islands – I was lucky enough to live on Solomon Islands in the South Pacific for two years and took my kids there for two months last summer. Still miss it a huge amount. Always happy to talk about it (though perhaps I mean bore on). Nicola x


  2. Holy smoke! Lots of accolades!

    (All of them are well deserved, of course.)


  3. Great answers, and I will definitely ask a question for the “Ask Me Anything Award.” I had a good time with that one. So for any readers who also read the comments, please ask Vanessa a question to answer for that one! 🙂

    Your question is: If you could go back in time and change one thing you did, why would you do it or not do it? You don’t have to say what you would/wouldn’t change if you don’t want to, just your reason for changing it or not.


  4. Did the boyfriend last?


    • I wasn’t sure whether you were asking this as part of the ‘Ask Me Anything’ bit for me to answer in another post, or whether it was just a general question! I’m going to answer it here though, because I don’t really want to make a feature of talking about an old boyfriend on a blog post because of my partner – not that he’s the jealous type, and he probably wouldn’t mind at all, but I would feel slightly awkward about it. He’ll probably see this comment anyway, but that’s a bit different than it actually being part of a post. I’m rambling aren’t I! I shall just answer the question…

      Well obviously from what I’ve just written about having a different partner now, the boyfriend didn’t last forever, but we did stay together for 10 years which I think is a pretty long time when we were so young moving in together at 16 (he was 18). I guess we grew up together and at the same time grew apart. We’re still friends though – we don’t have much contact, but an occasional email etc – I have no bad feelings towards him, he’s a lovely man, and I certainly don’t blame him for me giving up on my dancing dreams, that was my choice.


      • Yes, the comment was a nosy aside. It broke my heart that you gave up your dancing dream. I’m glad you are at peace with the decision.


        • Well over the years, I have on many occasions beat myself up for that decision, but not for long because I always remind myself that I could have gone off to college on the first morning and got run over by a bus! I know that’s not a very jolly thought, but really there’s no point in having regrets when you can’t possibly know how things would have turned out – that’s what I always tell myself anyway!


  5. I’m one of those people who’s not keen on answering questions such as these, but I have to say that these questions were pretty fun, and I couldn’t help myself on Question #7. While you didn’t want to hurt any place’s feelings, I instantly thought of a place I NEVER want to go to–the Amazon. The occasion is that I’m reading a book, non-fiction actually, about a famous explorer of his time, who went there in 1925 and vanished. Between the mosquitos, the swarms of blood-sucking gnats that could penetrate mosquito netting, the killer ants, the things that lay eggs under your skin, the poison frogs, the anacondas and the things in the water like piranhas, Caimans, and worst of all, a fish called a candiru, which worms its way into, shall we say, your most private places and sucks your blood from the inside. I’m sure you get my point 🙂


    • Perfect, I shall pick the Amazon too! When I was trying to think of a place that I wouldn’t want to go, I was thinking along the lines of places that have nasty critters and suchlike, so this one certainly fits the bill. It looks so beautiful in pictures though!


  6. Thank you for answering all of these questions, Vanessa and for taking part. I know, some people really don’t like to play along and I don’t like putting people in the position either!

    That’s an interesting question about the identity. I think I was possibly meaning take on that other person’s identity, but with your own viewpoints in tact.

    Great answers! 🙂


    • I thought that was probably what you were meaning – I don’t have a very exciting answer, I think I would probably just pick some glamorous A-list Hollywood celeb then, for no other reason than to just experience their lifestyle for a short time. If it was the other way where you’re actually in their head to see what they’re thinking, then I have a very different answer, but actually not one that I would want to say publicly!


      • Lol, now I’m intrigued! 😉
        I think celeb could be a lot of fun. But I’d want it to be a fun day, not one where you’d be stuck doing something boring or tiring for hours upon end! 😉


  7. I love seeing your answers and getting to know a little more about you.


  8. OK – so, if you won a million on the lottery what would be the first thing you would buy?


  9. Congratulations on your awards. They are a great way of meeting other bloggers, but I share your struggles to nominate others. I have a few outstanding at the moment and delay whilst trying to find new blogs I haven’t nominated before. Very tiring!


  10. Applause, applause and congratulations on your awards! Revealing yourself through questions makes us all get to know you better.

    I’m so far behind on my 2012 awards, I know I’ll never get to them now that so much time has passed. The process afterwards if time so consuming. Kidos for doing it though.


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