Thursday, 30 August 2012

Ten Things I've Never Done!

The idea for this post came from the lovely Amanda Egan who challenged her blog readers to come up with 10 things that they've never done. 

Now coming up with such a list seems easy at first thought - after all, not many of us have ever parachuted out of an aeroplane or swam with dolphins, have we?  But as for coming up with a list of 10 seemingly ordinary, everyday things that we maybe should've done or experienced... well this actually takes some thinking about!

Anyways, think and think some more I did and here's what I came up with:

  • I've never had brain freeze. 

You know, that apparent pain that shoots up the side of your face when you eat something cold, like ice-cream?  In fact, before I met my husband I'd never even heard of it and unless my children hadn't complained of the exact same thing from time to time I'd probably still think it was something my other half had made up!

  • I've never been to a music festival.  

Of course it would be wonderful to see all the great bands taking part and soak up the carnival-like atmosphere of these events, but I do like a shower block nearby when I'm camping and a proper toilet as opposed to a porta loo... and booking into a local hotel would rather miss the point, wouldn't it?

  • I've never been hospitalised, broken anything or even been sick.

I know, hard to believe isn't it?  The nearest I've come to flu is having a bit of a blocked nose, the only nausea I've experienced is through pregnancy or travelling and even when it came to childhood illnesses like chicken pox, three spots or so and I was done.  I'm obviously more of a carrier than a sufferer and as I don't want to tempt fate in any way shape or form, long may this continue!

  • I've never ridden a horse.

When I was growing up I loved all things horsey and was desperate to have my own pony.  Every Christmas, I'd keep my fingers well and truly crossed that this year was the year and each December 25th I'd race downstairs in the hope of finding Black Beauty in the living room eating the Christmas tree...  Alas, it was never to be - I didn't even get a whiff of a riding lesson, let alone my very own horse. 

  • I've never flown a Kite.

Of course, having two sons I've had the opportunity to partake in such an activity - it's just that I've also always chosen not to.  And if you've ever seen me run per se (never mind run whilst dragging a long line of chord with a large piece of plastic attached to the end of it) then you'll understand why!

  • I've never smoked a joint.

When it comes to drugs, I have the same attitude as Robert Carlyle does at the beginning of the film 'Train Spotting'.  There he is, pint of lager in one hand, cigarette in the other, saying something along the lines of him not understanding how people can put chemicals into their own body...  Hypocritical but true!

  • I've never changed or put air into a tyre.

In fact, I've never done anything with a car except drive it and when I really, really have to put petrol in the tank - anything else and I just wouldn't know where to start.  Although to be fair when it comes to vehicle related questions I'm not a complete lost cause; for example, if you asked me about mine, I can tell you it's red.

  • I've never driven a car in Greece

For the last five years, I've been spending more and more of my time out in Greece and continuing with the aforementioned four wheel theme, in all this period I've never actually driven out here.  It's the wrong side of the road thing, coupled with the maniacal scooter riders that prevents me from even trying.  Honestly, tackling the roads here is like undergoing some sort of extreme hazard perception test and without eyes in the back of my head, I'd well and truly fail!

  • I've never changed a plug.

Electrics scare the hell out of me and if anyone is going to blow the house and electrocute themselves, it's gonna be me!  In relation to plugs, however, I did once hear Max Bygraves say: 'Blue to the left, brown to the right. Don't get it wrong, or you might get a fright..."  The thing is, he was also known for saying "I wanna tell you a story..." so I've never plucked up the courage to test his theory!

  • I've never eaten Sushi

Rice is bad enough for me, but as for raw fish... well it's just plain wrong!

So that's my list done... Now it's over to you.  What things have you never done that by now you maybe should have? x

Wednesday, 1 August 2012

And The Winner Is...

As you may know for the last month I've been running a competition giving Going Underground readers the chance to win a brand new Kindle.

All readers had to do was answer three book related questions and here they are with their corresponding answers:

1. How far into her pregnancy is Tracey Parkes?

8 3/4 months

2. When Jonathan deserts Tracey, where is he heading?

To Brighton

3. What name is given to Tracey and Jonathan's baby at the christening?

Ruby Melanie

Anyways, thank you to everyone who entered and now to the important bit - the winner!  Chosen at random by my next door neighbour - after all names were written on slips of paper, folded into the minutest of pieces and placed into a cup as I don't have a hat....

Drum roll, please...


Well done, Zoula - your prize will be winging its way to you once you've emailed a delivery address.

Now I just want to take the opportunity to thank not just those who entered this competition, but every single person who's supported me on this past year's journey - long may it continue... 

And I hope everyone past, present and future enjoys reading Going Underground even more than I did writing it x