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This little A-Z meme has been going round the blogs for a while now, it’s a little retro fun, like those emails that used to go round (is this showing my age?). I really enjoyed reading everyone elses, so I decided to do it too.

Age: 30

Bed size: No idea, some kind of double size. Queen? It’s Ikea anyway, they don’t follow standard sizes so that once you have a frame of theirs, you are tied to shopping for mattresses there as well.

Chore that you hate: Doing the dishes. I actually hate the thought of it more than the doing it, once I get started I’m not too bad, but man do I hate the thought of it.

Dogs: Cats! I was bitten by a dog aged 12, and I’m not keen on most dogs, though I’m training myself to be better and at least not actively dislike them.

The younger of our two cats, Bertie

Essential start to your day: Tea and Ginger cuddles. The alarm clock is set for half an hour before we have to get up. I get up, put the kettle on, get back into bed, make the tea, get back into bed, pour the tea, get back into bed. At this point, our older cat Ginger, who usually sleeps on a chair in the bedroom will come sit on my belly, so I’ll sip my tea with the cat purring a way. Makes for a good start of the day!

ginger catching up with the news
Ginge in his favourite activity

Favorite color: Sunny yellow, a warm spring green, orange, bluish grey like the sky before the rain. Ach, I love all colours!

Gold or Silver: I have more silver jewellery, and used to really not like gold, but in my old age, I’m beginning to like it more.

Height: 163cm. That’s either 5’4″ or 5’3″, I never know.

Instruments you play: None. That’s quite unusual for someone from my background, but I didn’t particularly want to when I was little, so my parents didn’t make me.

Job title: Senior Research Officer.

Kids: Not yet!

Live: Edinburgh, Scotland.

Mother’s name: Nelly

Nicknames: Frankling. This came from when I was on a girly holiday in Madrid. we were getting coffee and the server asked for a name to write on the cup. I said Franca because my then surname (Eirich) is pretty much impossible for non-Germans to understand or pronounce. But the barrista guy obviously wanted a surname, so I can only assume went for Franklin with an extra g at the end for good measure.

my name is frankling
Photographic evidence that my name is Frankling

Overnight hospital stays: I had a hernia (is that how you say it?) when I was 15 or 16. It wasn’t broken, just fractured, and much more painful after the operation than before.

Pet peeves: Many many things, mainly language related. People who say simplistic when they mean simple, don’t know the difference between flare and flair or sole and soul, the use of ‘however’ in the middle of sentences. Would of instead of would’ve (I think I maybe talked about this before? How is this acceptable! It’s not even shorter!). Being asked to ‘pop in your pin number’. You may pop in the card, but not the pin number!

Quote from a movie: The choose life speech from Trainspotting. Mainly because Ewan Macgregor has the sexiest voice ever and can’t do any different accent to save his life. He certainly does not sound like your typical Edinburgh drug addict. Oh, also Diane’s comeback to Renton chatting her up from the same film. My girlcrush on Kelly MacDonald largely stems from this scene.

The choose life bit of the film

Diane and Renton outside the club

Right or left handed: Right

Siblings: A younger sister.

My sister on her wedding day

Underwear: Distinctly uninteresting. Almost all my pants, and most of my bras, are black and cotton.

Vegetable you hate: I wouldn’t actively choose to eat celery raw, but I don’t mind it in soup as part of the stock. I’m wildly allergic to Quorn though (it makes me projectile vomit), and that’s vegetable based. So whatever the fungus that Quorn is made of. Greugh, just thinking about it makes me nauseous.

What makes you run late: Messing about on the internet.

X-Rays you’ve had: Just for the hernia I think.

Yummy food that you make: Many many things. My fallbacks are stir fried noodles and Tarka Dal.

big but healthy lunch
The kind of lunch I’ll make for myself if I’m lucky enough to be at home during the day.

Zoo animal:

If you’ve done it, leave your link and I’ll check it out. I love finding out more about people!

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  • poet 27 October 2011, 7:26 am

    Yaaay, it's always great to hear more about teh lovely peoplez of teh internets 🙂 (<- I am obviously doing this on purpose so I hope it doesn't fall under pet peeves; I too am normally a stickler for language.) Oops, I thought I was 5'4" but I'm shorter than you in cm, so I must have miscalculated. Or maybe the exchange rate was different a few years ago… I think I'm going to do this meme too, now that someone I actually know has done it!

  • northwest is best 27 October 2011, 7:50 am

    Thanks, Frankling! I'm definitely guilty of asking people to pop in their pin number when volunteering in Oxfam. I know it's daft (plus 'pin number' is a tautology) but I have a habit of babbling at people because I think it's awkward going through a transaction in silence. I'm actually volunteering in Oxfam today so I promise I'll ask people to 'tap' in their pin!

  • demie 27 October 2011, 9:29 am

    good to get to know you better : )
    i have to say that you live in my dream destination… one day i will visit Edinburgh!
    its one of my 40 promises ; )

  • Vix 27 October 2011, 2:18 pm

    I love these posts. We can follow a blog for ages but only after reading the answers to random questions like these do I feel I know more about the person I regularly visit.
    Your kitties are adorable and I never knew you had a sister, she's gorgeous. I'm with you on the Renton love, funilly enough Ewan McGragor does nothing for me in anything else. xxx

  • Hadera Burki 27 October 2011, 2:38 pm

    Aww this made me smile soo much, easpically what makes you run late to work (internet), I can totally relate to that!


  • madam0wl a.k.a Sandra 27 October 2011, 3:09 pm

    We're the same height!  And I love those parts of Trainspotting too.  However, I love using however! 🙂    Learning little likes and differences are what make memes so fun.

  • oranges_and_apples 27 October 2011, 8:45 pm

    I don't mind however at all! I'm a civil servant and linking words are my friends. But however in the middle of a sentence, with commas around it I can't stand!

  • oranges_and_apples 27 October 2011, 8:45 pm

    Don't we all!

  • oranges_and_apples 27 October 2011, 8:45 pm

    I love him in all his incarnations! He's just so incredibly tasty!

  • oranges_and_apples 27 October 2011, 8:45 pm

    It's probably just me that even notices! Though I am glad to make the world a more grammatically correct place!

    Oh, another irritating mix up: check out and checkout. I know someone who has 'checkout my work' all over their portfolio site and I don't know how to tell them (not a close friend). So I don't and just despair in quiet.

  • oranges_and_apples 27 October 2011, 8:45 pm

    I would never have thought you were shorter than me!

  • fashionforgiants 28 October 2011, 12:08 am

    I absolutely love that you start your day with tea and Ginger cuddles.

    Also, I think it's funny that you hate "however" in the middle of sentences.  I use the word a lot, but don't think I've ever used it in the middle of a sentence.  I will keep an eye out though, Frankling.

  • Tasha 3 November 2011, 12:59 pm

    Good ones! I enjoy reading about people like this.

    Btw PIN number bugs me for another reason, since essentially you’re saying personal identification number number. 😀
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