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What are your vices?

Everyone has them?Books On Shelf In Bookshop

Now, I don’t drink, smoke, or gamble – unless you count a yearly flutter on the Grand National, or the occasional punt on the lottery (well, it could be me!).

But I have vices like everyone.

Clothes are one.

I love clothes. I have an awful lot of them.

And despite me doing a complete clear-out of stuff that I really will never wear again, I still have a lot.

Could probably do with another clear-out.

But you never know when that dress/outfit will come in handy 😉

And clothes call out to me – seriously, I can walk into a shop and outfits will scream “buy me! buy me!”

It takes a lot of willpower to resist when clothes start talking, believe me.

And don’t even get me started about the little boutiques that have “silly prices” signs in their windows – it’s like an invitation.

Mind you, that’s not to say I haven’t picked up some very good bargains, which I wear, and haven’t just stuffed at the back of the wardrobe.

And, I don’t have a credit card, so willpower, a lot of the time, gets overpowered by the lack of cash – which always helps resist.

My other big vice is books.

I am a bookworm, complete with glasses.

I will read, practically anything.

I do like chick-lit, bit of escapist boy-meets-girl-loses-girl-but-everyone-lives-happily-ever-after type novel. I find they don’t take too long to read, and you can generally work out the plot line fairly early on, but they always leave you thinking “oh, if only reality were like that!”.

I like classics as well. Haven’t read the vast catalogue of classics, but have made headway. I picked up a bizarre ‘classic’ years ago called “The Adventures of Roderick Random” by Tobias Smollett. It took me six attempts to get past the first page, but when I did it was surprisingly quite a good book.

I will pick out books from a shop purely by the look of the cover and what I read on the back. Obviously that method is a bit hit and miss, but I haven’t read too many ‘misses’.

And I will buy a pile of books at a go – not just one, especially if the bookshop has “BOGOF”, or half price signs.

I have so many books I think I would need an entire room covered wall to wall to fit them all in, and even them, there may not be room for all of them.

I guess they aren’t bad vices, not too bad really 😉

So what are yours?

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10 interesting (or not) facts about me!

So, here you go 10 interesting (or not) facts about “l’il ol’ me!”

  1. I don’t smoke or drink – prefer not to harm my lungs or liver! I don’t drink purely because I don’t like the taste – some wines really would be better being poured over a plate of chips! And smoking, ladies, whatever the magazines and films may make you think does not look glamorous, or cool. But just because I don’t drink or smoke does not mean I don’t know how to enjoy myself 😉
  2. I love the smell of coffee but cannot stand the taste. Seriously, I love the smell you get from opening a jar of coffee, but can’t drink it, no matter how milky, frothy or decorated with sprinkles you make it! I prefer a good old cup of tea. Brewed the builder’s way – tea-bag in mug, milk, no sugar, preferably de-caffeinated but not compulsory 😉
  3. I’m allergic to e-numbers and chocolate! That’s right chocolate. I go totally haywire, and you end up having to scrape me off the ceiling. Not a pretty sight. Chocolate gives most people an incredible high – that’s why everyone loves it – but some for some people it has the opposite effect. As for me, well if I have chocolate or e-numbers I make Mr Hyde look like a pussy cat. I literally writhe about on the floor wanting to rip every limb of my body out of its socket to replace it as my muscles completely tense up.
  4. I’m an old-fashioned romantic at heart – still waiting for a handsome prince to sweep me off my feet. I don’t think there’s anything wrong in that. A girl should be wooed by a potential suitor – hearts and flowers (deep red fragrant roses obviously and happen to be my favourite) and all that jazz. It is all about romance – don’t let Cosmo or Elle tell you any different. Deep down, every girl wants the fairytale.
  5. I love reading. I’ll read anything. I pick books literally by scanning the shelves and looking at the front cover. If I like what I see I’ll buy it. I’ve read some hummers mind you. But have also read some surprisingly good ones. I am lucky that I can skim read (I can also read upside-down, but that’s only handy in interviews 😉 ) so without interruption I can read a book in about a day. I went on a fortnight’s holiday once and took 6 books with me. Take away the 2 travel days and 3 excursion days. I read all 6 in the remaining 9 – and still had time to read one again!
  6. I am completely obsessed when it comes to washing my clothes – no one, but myself can touch my washing. For the simple fact all washing machines shrink clothes! Once they are washed – on the gentlest cycle and lowest spin setting – they have to be stretched to within an inch of their life. I am at one with my obsession! But don’t think you’d be doing me a favour by doing my washing, seriously, and don’t even think tumble drier unless you want Mr Hyde to reappear!
  7. Pants – another obsession. I want a pair of pants to cover my backside. I don’t do dental floss up my bum and seriously if I wanted boy shorts I’d grow a penis (they are just as bad as G-strings as they end up stuck up your bum. Why is it so difficult to find a pair that covers your bottom. Even those that are supposed to … don’t – yes I’m talking M&S!
  8. I love cooking. I have a raft of recipe books, but at the moment very little time to actually try out different recipes. My friends used to call me the ‘dessert queen’ as I always came up trumps with pudding – essential I feel to finish off the meal. If I go out to eat I prefer main and dessert to starter and main.
  9. I’ve been vegetarian since I was 14 – not through any moral standing, just purely based on watching a video in a biology lesson about how they killed animals. My friend and I looked at each other and said “not eating meat again!” – she caved after a few weeks, I’m still going. To be honest, never was a huge fan of meat. I eat fish, and have no problems handling and cooking meat for others.
  10. I am a single mother. It certainly wasn’t a path I envisaged, but that just serves me right for picking a toad! Still, I am blessed with SC, and thank the angels every day for sending me such a wonderful gift. I didn’t want SC to be an only child, when I was little I always wanted 6 children! Now I think 2 or 3 would be a good number – if pushing it, considering my age and lack of handsome prince. But if I’m a really good girl, one day, who knows, maybe I’ll get to play happy families like everyone else 😉

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