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How do you take your Coffee in the morning?

How do you take your Coffee in the morning?

I take mine with a kiss…

But seriously how do you like Coffee and or Tea? Please let me know in the comments.

My mum introduced me to tea when I was a kid, and I would have very weak tea with Milk, which eventually over time became stronger and stronger. But my Dad used to drink Coffee at home (I’m sure as now they both drank both, but in my head as a kid this was the way that it was). My Mum takes both tea and coffee white and my Dad takes both tea and coffee black, so subsequently I drink tea white and coffee black (except for any tea which isn’t English Breakfast / Builder’s tea eg. Earl Grey which I take black because that is THE LAW).

It’s funny how much your own way seems totally natural and everyone else seems mad. The French often drink coffee black and white in the same person depending on the time of day!

My friend Antonia has a list of how everyone takes their tea and coffee and so she only ever has to be told once for you to be on there for the rest of your life. Perhaps, if I’m organised, this blog post could be that for me! So how do you take them?

When’s the latest you’ve ever thrown anything out?

When’s the latest you’ve ever thrown anything out?

Oh, this is a shameful one. When is the latest you’ve ever thrown something out? There are food things way past their sell by date. Newspapers that I was sure I was going to read, and yes there are mementoes which perhaps I no longer need and have had forever. But the thing that comes to mind was once, many years ago, my housemate and I didn’t throw out our Christmas tree until Easter.

I am still ashamed. Now that I’ve unburdened myself, please feel free to use the comments to share yours.

What have you practiced for the longest?

What with Gamboling coming back, I’m mindful that I’ve been doing Gamboling on and off for about 9 years now*. I have however been writing since I was a kid. Katherine knits, some people play the piano. I learned to play the piano when I was a kid, I studied for seven years, and now all of these years later all I can play is Three Blind Mice – badly.

I think I’ll have to pick writing. You could easily say that I am a terrible writer, which people might think would be upsetting for me considering how long I’ve spent on it. But the key difference with writing more than anything else I’ve done is that I clearly need to do it. So I may as well try and improve along the way – and there’s a long way to go.

What have you practiced for the longest?

* Since September 2003

What’s the longest detour you’ve ever taken?

This is the continuing series of questions for you in the comments, here’s how it works. I’ll ask you a question, and you either answer in the comments or on your own blog and drop a link to the post.

Question:

When I was about 14 I went, with my family, on holiday to the south of France. The only problem with this plan was that there was enourmous strike and blockade of the roads going on at the time we were supposed to be travelling. We decided that instead of trying to travel through the madness or delaying our trip we would attempt to drive around the problem.

It’s fair to say that you never really know how large something is until you try and drive around it. Belgium, Luxemborg, Switzerland, Germany, Italy were all visited. They all had different currencies and toll roads. The trip took two days about 14 hours of drving on day one and 20 hours on the second day. The difference in miles was probably around (1,233 – 821) = 412 but the important problem was that so many people were trying it too that traffic was still terrible even in these other countries.

So what’s the longest detour you’ve ever taken?

What is your desert island drink?

This is the continuing series of questions for you in the comments, here’s how it works. I’ll ask you a question, and you either answer in the comments or on your own blog and drop a link to the post.

Question:

What is your desert island drink?

You are on a desert island, you get all the water you need, and whatever drink you want can be refrigerated.

This question comes from my Dad, so get sending those questions in.

Here’s my answer:

Well I thought about red wine, but on a desert island you’ll want something cold. And basically sometimes you just want a beer. So I think it’s going to have to be beer for me.

What about you? What is your desert island drink?

What question would you like to ask?

This is the continuing series of questions for you in the comments, here’s how it works. I’ll ask you a question, and you either answer in the comments or on your own blog and drop a link to the post.

Question:

What question would you like to ask?

Don’t worry I haven’t run out of ideas – just thought this might be fun too. Katherine wasn’t feeling well today so no editing hence the question on a Monday.

Here’s my answer:

I just told you my question was, “What question would you like to ask?”

So what question would you like to ask?

What’s the strangest thing you are allergic to?

This is the continuing series of questions for you in the comments, here’s how it works. I’ll ask you a question, and you either answer in the comments or on your own blog and drop a link to the post.

Question:

What’s the strangest thing you (or somebody you know) is allergic to?

These days people seem to be allergic to all kinds of things. What’s the strangest one?

Here’s my answer:

My brother’s fiancée is allergic to lemons. Lemons? That seems really crazy to me. Why that seems stranger than being allergic to nuts, I don’t know. Maybe it’s just because it’s rarer.

So what’s the strangest thing you (or somebody you know) is allergic to?

What’s the strangest title of a book you own?

This is the continuing series of questions for you in the comments, here’s how it works. I’ll ask you a question, and you either answer in the comments or on your own blog and drop a link to the post.

Question:

What’s the strangest title of a book you own?

Here’s my answer:

There is a recent book that Katherine owns that’s called “Salmon Fishing in Yemen” and I own one called “10 bad dates with DeNiro”. But that seems like cheating a bit, because it’s almost deliberately strange. This is a hard question to answer then, I’ll go for three which sound slightly over the top in their scope: “Understanding Society”, “The Complete Self Educator” and “The Good Old Index”. Perhaps the strangest is “The Enlightened Bracketologist”.

So what’s the strangest title of a book you own?

What’s your favourite thing about one of your appliances?

This is the continuing series of questions for you in the comments, here’s how it works. I’ll ask you a question, and you either answer in the comments or on your own blog and drop a link to the post.

Question:

What’s your favourite thing about one of your appliances?

We hopefully all have one of these little things that makes us smile when we use it each and every time. I like things which just work, of course, but I often really like things that just work but do so with a cool little flourish. So what’s yours?

Here’s my answer:

Mine is, I think, the neatness of the vacuum power cord whizzy recoiling device. I know it’s pretty standard. But it works well, and I’m often surprised that more things don’t have them.

So what is your favourite thing about one of your appliances?

What is your favorite "at home" phrase?

This is the third in our series of questions for you in the comments, so let me introduce the idea. I’ll ask you a question, like today’s, “What is your favourite ‘at home’ phrase?” and you either answer in the comments or on your own blog and drop a link to the post. So that’s the theory, let’s kick it off…

Question:

What is your favorite “at home” phrase?

What I mean is those phrases that you’ve been using since you were a kid (or have come about more recently) that make perfect sense to you until you take them out into the open of the real world and you discover that nobody knows what you are talking about.

Here’s my answer:

I have rather a lot of these, and I’m not sure I have a favourite, but I suppose the one I use most is probably “That’s a bit Charlie from my school”. I have a post explaining this one and a few others: http://www.gamboling.co.uk/2009/02/tragedy-of-self-mong.html

So what is your favorite “at home” phrase?