73 Things

Something a bit different today, but the awesome Lauren, who blogs at Belle Du Brighton, tagged me to take part in a Q&A style post, and I thought, why not? This kind of writing is easy peasy with a baby on the hip, and I know a lot of people enjoy reading more personal real-life content, so I thought I'd join in.
Thinking of which bloggers I can tag to take part, I'm going to opt with Penny from A Penny For Them, and my best friend Sush, who's currently blogging her way through her first pregnancy at Beach Walk Muse.
So here we are, 73 simple questions, and my responses.

1. What’s your favourite movie?
I'm not a massive film buff, but then the films that I love, I really love. My favourite is probably a lesser known Anthony Hopkins film, Instinct. It's about an anthropologist who is institutionalised after attacking and murdering poachers who kill a family of lowland gorillas that he is studying. A young psychologist, played by Cuba Gooding Jnr. is tasked with trying to prove that the professor is not insane, but the man has taken a vow of silence since entering the detention centre which makes it particularly difficult. If you haven't seen it, I highly recommend! 

2. Favourite movie in the past five years?
A Dangerous Method, the film about Carl Jung and his relationship with Sabina Speilrein.
3. Favourite Hitchcock film?
Never seen one.... (hides).
4. A book you plan on reading?
Buddhism for Mothers by Sarah Napthali - I ordered it from Amazon ages ago and it's taking forever to get here!
5. A book that you read in school that positively shaped you?
Homer's Odyssey (I studied A Level Classical Civilisations) fuelled my love of Greek mythology, it's still probably one of my favourite books, just in general. 
6. Favourite TV show that’s currently on?
I don't own a TV. Boyfriend and I binge watch Supernatural online though, and we've just started watching Jessica Jones.
7. On a scale of one to ten how excited are you about life right now?
A 6? I guess. If you asked how content I am with life, it would be a higher score. 
8. iPhone or Android?
9. Twitter or Instagram?
Instagram. I think I'm probably really really boring on Instagram though, it is 99% pictures of my children!
10. Who should EVERYONE be following right now?
@seashepherd - they're my favourite charity and doing some amazing stuff right now protecting the world's oceans from criminal dickheads. And Jack Monroe ( @MxJackMonroe) who's recently announced that she's remaining vegan after this year's Veganuary. The book she's currently working on will include pre-vegan recipes but all of her future cookbooks will be entirely vegan, which is awesome.
11. What’s your favourite food?
Bean burgers. All day long.
12. Least favourite food?
Currants. Bleugh. 
13. What do you love on your pizza?
Jalepeno's and garlic oil. Gimme' a garlicky vegan pizza and I'm all yours!
14. Favourite drink?
15. Favourite dessert?
Apple crumble and custard. 
16. Dark chocolate or milk chocolate?
Dark, because I'm vegan. I recently discovered Vego bars and... holy crap they're amazing. Even if you're not vegan/dairy free, they still beat any milk chocolate bar hands down (if you like hazelnuts).

17. Coffee or tea?
Tea. I drink both every day though. 
18. What’s the hardest part about being a mum?
Worrying about the world your kids are growing up in. I look around at all of the atrocities taking place and the amount of human greed, cruelty and selfishness that goes down and I panic a bit for them. That and keeping on top of the washing. 
19. What’s your favourite band?
20. Favourite solo artist?
Taylor Swift, don't hate me for it, I just want to be her, or sleep with her, I'm not sure which most of the time.

21. Favourite song
Deftones - Change (In The House of Flies)
22. If you could sing a duet with anyone, who would it be?
Well I can't sing, I'm entirely and absolutely tone deaf... so there's that. But probably Jared Leto, preferably in costume from the movie Alexander... (only if my boyfriend had been killed in an unfortunate accident or something though)
23. If you could master one instrument, what would it be?
The violin. I'd love to go straight to being amazing, because learning to play the violin sounds horrible!
24. If you had a tattoo, where would it be?
I already have two, one on my waistline and one between my shoulder blades, I don't really have plans for more but if I were going to then I wouldn't mind a dinky one behind my ear. 
25. To be or not to be?
To be, of course. 
26. Dogs or cats?
27. Bird-watching or whale-watching?
Whales, I like birds too though! 
28. Best gift you’ve ever received?
Bucket was a birthday present. Never give pets as presents etc. but he is good. On a similar note I got a Bichon Frise for my 11th birthday and she was so sweet and wonderful.
29. Best gift you’ve ever given?
I'm quite good at choosing gifts (if I do say so myself!) - I bought my ex husband a kayak, that was well appreciated until he got it stolen. I also got him a signed copy of Shantaram which he'd better not have got stolen. I gave my boyfriend a baby though, I mean, what more could he want? (Quite a lot, actually!)
30. Last gift you gave a friend?
I don't know that friends and I really do gifts that often. I got my friend's son a really cute eco dining set made from bamboo fibres for his first birthday last week though! I had an unexpected gift from a friend a few weeks back though. My best friend Sushmita bought me a little wooden Ganesh statue, he's very sweet.
31. What’s your favourite board game?
Risk, and Balderdash if you play with clever people.
32. What’s your favourite country to visit?
Scotland, I know I could be more adventurous but I've never ever been disappointed by Scotland.
33. What’s the last country you visited?
Scotland actually! But then across water, Italy. 
34. What country do you wish to visit?
35. What’s your favourite colour?
36. Least favourite colour?
37. Diamonds or pearls?
38. Heels or flats?
39. Pilates or yoga?
40. Jogging or swimming?
41. Best way to de-stress?
Breastfeeding. Knocks me right out. I honestly think it should be promoted more as one of the positive benefits of breastfeeding. Being a Mum can be pretty stressful at times, and breastfeeding gives you the biggest shot of oxytocin (the same hormones that charges through your veins post-orgasm, but lets not make breastfeeding a sex thing.) It's ridiculously good for your mental wellbeing that stuff.
42. If you had one superpower, what would it be?
The power of persuasion. Mainly because it'd be a super easy and legal way to get rich. 
43. What’s the weirdest word in the English language?
44. What’s your favourite flower?
Sunflowers. They're the first flower Boyfriend bought me, and their seeds are really useful, and bees like them (and I like bees).
45. When was the last time you cried?
Yesterday, with laughter, whilst trying to tell Boyfriend about the guy who'd tried to use the Face Swap app thingy to swap his and his daughter's faces, but ended up swapping her face with the front of his oven. It's even less funny when I write it down.

46. Do you like your handwriting?
Yes. When I was 15 I decided that I didn't like my handwriting so I learned French school handwriting because it looked better. Still use it now. 
47. Do you bake?
With Seb yes.
48. What is your least favourite thing about yourself?
The more extreme manifestations of my introvertedness. Like my inability to answer the door if I'm not expecting anyone. Also, my credit rating. 
49. What is your most favourite thing about yourself?
The colour of my hair. 
50. Who do you miss most?
My friend Edd. He lives really far away and he doesn't have children and he's got a cool new job and is moving to Oxford. We don't get time to see one another often and it sucks because his is one of those voices that just calms me the f**k down immediately.
51. What are you listening to right now?
Simple Man by Deftones (odd considering earlier question!) 
52. Favourite smell?
The sea. 
53. Who was the last person you talked to on the phone?
The receptionist at my doctor's surgery whilst I was making an appointment for Seb.
54. Who was the last person you sent a text to?
Boyfriend to ask him to pick me up after work. 
55. A sport you wish you could play?
Tennis, for the outfits. Fencing too, same reason.
56. Hair colour?
57. Eye colour?
58. Scary film or happy endings?
Happy endings! I doubt I'd have made so many seemingly reckless decision were it not for the number of rom coms I've seen.
59. Favourite season?
60. Three people alive or dead that you would like to have dinner with?
Princess Margaret (as in the late sister of our current Queen, I'm sure there's been more than one), Georgiana Cavendish, Sylvia Plath - all dead unfortunately. If anyone couldn't make it then, Taylor Swift, obviously.
61. Hugs or kisses?
62. Rolling Stones or the Beatles?
Neither, I think both are utter shit. 
63. Where were you born?
64. What is the farthest you have been from home?
The Dominican Republic, I think. 
65. Sweet or savoury?
Savoury. I'm such a salt fiend! 
66. Lipstick or lip gloss?
Lipstick. Why is lip gloss a thing? I don't even have hair long enough to get stuck in my lipgloss but I still don't get it, why would you want to walk around looking like you've been dribbling?
67. What book have you read again and again?
Winston Was Worried.
68. Favourite bedtime story?
Anything Mog. 
69. What would be the title of your autobiography?
Ashleigh Rye: An Autobiography - it works!
70. Favourite sound?
Dawn chorus, or jet skis - as it's a sound I associate with Summer living on the coast, and laughing babies.
71. Favourite animal?
I try not to have favourites, but I do go gooey for an otter, I have a soft spot for sea lions too. Chameleons! They're good. Oh, and red pandas... or any pandas for that matter. I'm also a huge fan of sheep. As I said, I try not to have favourites!

72. Who is your girl crush?
Taylor Swift, as discussed. 
73. Last photograph you took?
My cat and my baby asleep on my sofa!

1 comment:

  1. B witched! Amazing. I actually saw them live onice at party in the park when I was about 14!
    Yay to fellow tea drinking, whale watching dark chocolate lovers!

    Thanks for answering so fast!