I decided, after reading Charlotte’s interview, that it would be fun to participate in the “Interview Meme”. The rules are as follows:
1. If you want to be interviewed, leave me a comment, and I will send you some questions.
2. Update your blog with the answers to the questions and link back to the original post.
3. Include the rules in your post.
Now that I have completed the admin here are Charlotte’s questions and my answers.
1. Tell us how you met your husband, and what made you think, “He’s the one.”
I met my husband at a very young age, (17 yrs to be exact). My family and I were living in KwaZulu-Natal and I was just about to write my trial exams for Matric when some girlfriends of mine decided that we needed one last bash before we hit the books. On the way to the club, I was informed by one of the girls slightly older boyfriend, that he would really like me to meet his friend that evening. I demanded to be taken home! Firstly, I was so over the whole boyfriend thing, I had my exams to write with a view to attend Stellenbosch Uni, in the Western Cape, the following year and I needed to keep my head clear! My girlfriend turned around and told me to stop being so intense, enjoy the evening and have a ‘one night stand for once in my life’. So I decided to be a little more carefree although I knew it was against my nature. We walked into the club and found our group of friends, when I saw this guy standing to one side, appearing shy. As he looked up the strobe light from the dance floor reflected into his grey/blue eyes and I was mesmerised! I remember thinking that my girlfriends could keep their ‘friend’ that they wanted me to meet as I was wanting to know more about this shy guy. Turns out, he was the friend I was suppose to meet. I went with my heart and ignored my head. How did I know he was the one? Besides the initial physical attraction, we spoke about everything, we are polar opposites when it comes to personality but where one has weakness the other has strength and this allows us to balance each other. The real test of our relationship was, when after dating for only 6 months, I was informed by my family that I would have to reject my place in Stellenbosch and ‘consider’ studying at the University of the Free State as my father was transferred to a tiny town in that region and financially it would be more viable. Once a month my very new boyfriend on the meagre salary of an article clerk would drive to visit me. We wrote and we phoned each other every night at 8pm. After my year of severe culture shock in the province of the Free State, I begged my father to allow me transfer to the University of Natal to complete my degree. Afterall, I had found the One! So there you have it, my one night stand ended up being a happily ever after!
2. Do you have a dream city to visit and why is that one?
I have been lucky enough to visit a few cities on my ‘must experiance’ list. The one that has eluded me and I still dream of visiting is ANYWHERE in Ireland. I believe that Dublin is something to experience but I do see myself more rural should I ever be able to set foot in the ‘land of the green and the gray’. I think the attraction for me to visit this country is based in it’s folklore, music and the fact that there is a family connection.
3. Living in a house full of men. Discuss.
There is whole lot of ‘yang energy’ going on in my household and as I am the only female in the home it falls on my shoulders to try and balance the three men in my life. An exhausting task. I don’t think there is much difference between a house full of men or a house full of women, it may be a little more highly charged and naturally interests may vary. Sport takes preference in our home as we have every ball, bat and racket to suit a range of sports. If one of the boys requires another bike, trike or scooter we will have to park our cars outside to accommodate their ‘wheels’ in our garage! Thankfully my Hubby is a fabulous Dad and very involved, so they play all the ball games together, ride bikes and he takes Eldest for his weekly visit to the skate park. I try and bring their energy down a bit by encouraging them to sit still for a few minutes and read, draw or build puzzles. Eldest doesn’t like to sit still for long and it is yet to be seen which way Wee Ones interests will develop. The men in my home require attention and lots of it, leaving me to my own devices to read, paint or blog is unheard of and at times I find challenging! However, I wouldn’t change it for the world.
4. If Nigella Lawson (or any other cook whose recipe books you like) were to cater your birthday party, what three things would you demand that she made for you?
If ANYBODY would just cook for me that would be a treat in itself! I love watching Nigella on BBC Food as she effortlessly ‘throws’ together a few ingredients to make a scrumptious meal! (I always wonder if she does her own washing up afterwards?) If I had Nigella catering my birthday meal I would hate to tell her what to cook for me as I think the whole point would be for me to taste something that I would not ordinarily eat. But I would give guidelines as firstly I am allergic to fish and shellfish and would be very disappointed if that made its way under my nose. So for starters she can have carte blanche and for my main course I would like to see what she could do with a well aged steak. Now, for dessert I do have a special request, I saw her make this on the telly and have been dreaming about it ever since. Molten Chocolate Babycakes – the way she took them out the oven and dipped her spoon into the pud with this dark chocolate oozing out still puts me in a happy place and I would love to try them. As a special request, as I really have given her alot of free rein with my birthday meal, I wish to have a mug of her homemade hot chocolate to take to bed and sip while reading my book. Oh! And somebody better do the dishes!
5. If you were given a day to spend by and for yourself, not taking the needs of others into account ONCE, what would you do?
As it is a full day by myself, and for myself, I will take full advantage of the 24 hours of ME TIME! After I put the kids down for the night I shall drive myself to either the Berg or the Midlands, (here in KZN), armed with a good book, oil paints, canvas, sketch pad and pencils to a quaint, quite little establishment so that I may wake up peacefully in my own time. I will have breakfast at a leisurely pace, sip my latte and take in the view. For the rest of the morning, depending on how I am feeling, I may sketch or paint. (I have an idea for a canvas going on in my head and have been unable to begin it – very annoying!) I will paint or sketch without interruption and a light snack will magically appear at lunchtime. After I have satisfied by creative drive, I will retire to my bed with a book and my favourite Lindt choccies and hopefully mother nature will play the game in this little fantasy and gives me the almighty rains that fall in this area in the afternoons. Snuggle up! After a nap, I am sure to have, I will enjoy an unrushed dinner in peace accompanied by a fruity Pinotage. The night will be a relaxing wind down to my day, with a deep bubble bath, a warm herbal tea and back into bed to read to my hearts content till I fall asleep when the book hits the floor. (And at this point the lights will magically turn off!)
Thanks Charlotte for your exciting questions, I enjoyed answering them!