Sunday, January 04, 2009

Honesty is the Best Policy

The wonderful DJ Kirkby has awarded me this gong, for which I feel truly honoured (that DJK notices my existence is an honour in itself). The requirements for receiving it are as follows:
1. List ten honest things about yourself (try to make it interesting, even if you have to dig deep!)
2. Pass the award on to ten other bloggers

Okay, here are the ten things:
1. I am a recovering obsessive, by which I mean that I now know myself to be obsessive, and try hard not to be. I also know many of my obsessions to be an unbelievable waste of time, but I still find it incredibly difficult to avoid them.
2. My house is an utter tip, despite tidiness being one of my obsessions. This causes me huge stress!
3. I dislocated my sacrum (the lower part of my back) at the age of twenty-four, and have suffered from almost constant pain since. It enrages me to see people lifting things using their backs - they have no idea what they are risking. USE YOUR KNEES. PLEEEEASE!!!
4. I cannot work without music on - it occupies that other part of my brain that would otherwise be drifting/worrying/obsessing. I listen to the same tracks over and over again and, according to iTunes, some have been played over two thousand times [gulp].
5. I envy women with loving mother-daughter relationships. I did not get on with my mother.
6. I love playing with Lego (having a six-year-old son is a real boon).
7. I have a passionate love of walking in the countryside - the more mountainous the better.
8. Despite having been writing since childhood, I was 35 before I realised that I wanted to be a Writer.
9. In real life, I earn my living as a web-designer, which panders wonderfully to my desire for perfection; there are endless opportunities for tinkering with a website.
10. When I was a child, I dreamed a lot about flying (I could take off, although not always successfully, by doing breaststroke into the air). I almost never fly these days, but I still dream very vividly - in Technicolour and with full Dolby Stereo.

And here are the ten other bloggers:
Debs, Liz, Karen, Helen, Maddie, JJ, Sally, Sprial Jen, Lane and Womag


JJ said...

Oooh, Leigh. Fabulous answers and thank you for passing it on to me. I shall give that some thought and get onto it.

Lane said...

Nice list. I love these little bits. Totally agree with your No 2. It pains me but I can't do anything about it at the moment:-(

Thanks for the tag. I shall have a thunk:-)

HelenMHunt said...

Ah thank you honey. I'll give it some thought.

SpiralSkies said...

Oh! I think you might be me! This is most disconcerting.

Ta for the tag - will try to think of some answers that you haven't already said...

Leigh said...

JJ - I am very much looking forward to what you say!!

Lane - No. We'll all just have to wait until the kids leave home. Sigh.

Helen - I have a feeling you're going to mention cats ;-)

Spiral - How disconcerting indeed. I met a woman the other day who (from her many and varied descriptions) appeared to be married to the exact same man as I. It was very strange.

claire p said...

Great answers. A few there hit a nerve with me to, mothers, mess, stress...Although I try to be honsest with other people I rarely am with myself.

B said...

I finally got my other award done. Thank you so much :)

I beat myself up constantly for my house not being perfect. I'm getting better, but it's still difficult.

The Dotterel said...

I would (use my knees!) honest I would, but they're probably in a worse state than your back.

Leigh said...

Claire - "Mothers, mess, stress" sounds like the first line of a poem! Oh, why do those three words go so well together? !!

B - If you aim to be less than perfect, you can always achieve your goal. It's taken me a long time to work that one out!

Dotterel - Ouch! (And welcome to my blog!)

JJ said...

So I sat down to do this ... what happened?

I had nothing interesting whatsoever to tell you.


Leigh said...

Oh, JJ. Let me write it for you.
Please. Please!!

Maddie Moon said...

My house too! It must be a creative thing. I enjoyed reading your list, I think it's hard to come up with ten honest things about yourself. Much easier to come up with a whole pile of porkers. Thanks for the tag, Leigh.

Leigh said...

Yey! Maddie's back! Looking forward to seeing your answers!

B said...

as i told the girl in work who keeps failing to leave at 3.30 when she plans to. I keep telling her to decide she'll leave at 6pm - then she'll feel like she's achieved something when she leaves before that :)

Leigh said...

Oh, to get off work at 3.30pm. I'm astonished that she can't manage it!

JJ said...

GO ON THEN! You write it and send it to me... and then I'll introduce you as my guest meme blogger!

GO ON! It would be so much fun to see what you say about me!

Leigh said...

You're on!
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