7 Things I Hate About You…*

RobWell, it's my first meme here at Who's the Mummy, courtesy of Emily over at  Maternal Tales, who understands that I left my heart in Brighton. I have to list seven of my personality traits, and then pass on the meme to seven other blogs. So, here goes:

  • Inappropriate. I must confess to having frequent, inappropriate thoughts about Robert Pattinson, even though he's a whole decade younger than me, and it's all sorts of wrong. I have a post-graduate diploma and a mortgage, but I still want to ruffle his mop-top. I've seen Twilight more times than I care to admit. Not sure I'd go this far, mind (safe for work).
  • Obsessive. I have a touch of the OCD. I alphabetise my spice rack, all my tins in the cupboard are facing front, Sleeping with the Enemy style, and my CDs are organised by artist and genre. I find imposing order gives me a sense of control in a chaotic world. Also, it looks pretty.
  • Practical. I don't own an iron, but I do have an impressive toolkit and selection of power tools. This is what comes of growing up with a single mother – you learn how to wire a plug and use a belt-sander, but you can't make a cupcake to save your life.
  • I don't have rows. Ever. I always think people who say "names will never hurt me" are stupid. It's the cruel things people say that we remember for all our lives, and are most wounded by. So I try to never speak in anger. I'm much more likely to just decide I don't want to speak to someone any more, and that's that.
  • Sarcastic. Apparently, people say I'm sarcastic. I just don't see it myself.
  • Indecisive: I used to be a really decisive person – I moved from London to Brighton on the strength of one episode of Phil & Kirsty. But a cataclysmic marriage breakdown before your first anniversary kinda leaves you doubting your ability to make good choices. Flea is currently registered at five schools while I decide which one to send her to (in, erm, 6 weeks) and my life is one long round of, "Yes, but I'm just not completely sure it's the right way to go.."
  • Different. When I left school, my headmistress filled in a character statement saying I was "idiosynchratic". I thought it was the best compliment ever. I now spend an awful lot of time trying to teach Flea that on the list of things to worry about, "fitting in" should be somewhere towards the bottom, right above "have I ironed my socks?"and "what if Katie and Peter never work it out?"

Now I need to nominate 7 blogs I'd like to see do the same, and I'm nominating: Brits in Bosnia, Baby Baby, And 1 More Means 4, Clarey Babble, Four Down Mum to Go, Raving Mary, and Parent Dish – because they're all new on this month's top100 index.   Over to you, ladies.

* and if you get the song reference, you should be ashamed of yourself. Think on.


Sally is a full-time blogger and founder of the Tots100, Trips100, Foodies100 and HIBS100 communities, along with the MAD Blog Awards. She spends a bit too much time on the Internet. She’s also a very happy Mum to Flea, the world’s coolest ten year old.

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  1. 19th July 2009 / 11:55 am

    I love these posts where you find out so much about one person! I too would like to be described as idiosynchratic.

  2. 19th July 2009 / 3:09 pm

    Thanks for the tag. I’m up for a bit of self-analysis! Can I use the ‘I don’t have rows’ one? That’s me too!

  3. 19th July 2009 / 7:51 pm

    @CJ – my excuse is that I have a shocking memory so keeping things very ordered saves *so* much time. But also – yes – I’m “different”!!
    @womanatwork: I also was told today that women over 30 who fancy younger men are known as “cougars” – I think I like it!
    @sandy: of course!

  4. 19th July 2009 / 9:55 pm

    Thanks for tagging me, will get to it soon! I am a bit obsessive too so may have to use that one too! x

  5. 20th July 2009 / 12:09 pm

    Award for you over at mine. If you have already received it this means you are twice as fabulous!

  6. Sally
    20th July 2009 / 3:19 pm

    Marvellous, thanks

  7. 20th July 2009 / 6:18 pm

    thanks for putting me in the top 100! sooo pleased, i have already done that tag with my meme award but thank you for thinking of me xxx

  8. 22nd July 2009 / 9:10 pm

    Thanks for the tag, though I confess to having no idea what a blog meme is. Though I do know of The Adherence of the Repeated Meme in Doctor Who, does that count? There are 7 writers at ParentDish so we’re going to do one trait each – anything else would be madness!

  9. Sally
    22nd July 2009 / 10:26 pm

    Excellent plan Joanne!
    (and a meme is just like cyber-tag)