Monday, July 14, 2008


Penny tagged me from a meme ages ago, and although I've had it written up for a while, I haven't posted it.

So here goes:

The Rules: Each player answers the five questions about themselves. At the end of the post, the player then tags 5-6 people and posts their names, then goes to their blogs and leaves them a comment, letting them know they’ve been tagged and asking them to read your blog. Let the person who tagged you know when you’ve posted your answer.

1. What I was doing 10 years ago:
Ten years ago I was pregnant with my last child and feeling overwhelmed.

2. What 5 things are on on my to-do list for today (not in any particular order):

  • Write a blog post

  • Ring up about car insurance

  • Do lots of washing

  • Cast on for an adipose baby

  • Write the Scout Group minutes

3. Snacks I enjoy:
Cherry tomatoes, marmite crisps, pineapple, coffee and walnut cake.

4. Things I would do if I was a billionaire:
I posed this question to the family and Kiddo said she would write a will. After a little more reflection that she added that she would put the money in the bank. A child after my own heart, especially as I think she really would..

First I'd buy a big house, and install some staff to do the boring-but-necessary stuff - a cook/housekeeper, a gardener, some kind of tutor/governess/nanny/chauffeur, a secretary.

Then I would buy a building in the next village, the one with a main road running through it, and open a shop which sold yarns and fabric, to use as my own personal stash. There would be one or two managers (it makes sense for there to be one for the wool and one for the fabric). When new ranges came in, I'd put some aside for my own personal use, but if I changed my mind, they would go back into the shops main stock.

For my creative time, I would only make the things I wanted to, knowing that if they weren't of any use to my family or friends, I could put them into a rich person's charity raffle and the time taken to make them would not be undervalued.

Meanwhile I would buy as full a set of Robert Recorde's books as possible - he wrote the "Pathway to Knowledge", "Castle of Knowledge" etc. I would probably buy a copy of "Historia Piscium" (in English - "the History of Fishes"), which is a notorious book in the history of science. I'd really delve into some topic, researching and writing books about it. I'd follow Brian May's example and work on a PhD.

For charitable work, I would use some money to promote the study of science, right from primary school through to university level. It would probably be physics/astrophysics or chemistry which I concentrated on, but maths would be in there too.


trashalou said...

Oooo! do you have the illicit ravelry pattern? I didn't download when I first saw it on ravelry and am now cursing. Wanna share?

Penny said...

No, I've got the official "adipose pattern for the BBC project", in which 100 knitters, chosen by Mazz, knit adipose babies for the BBC to use in publicity.

Unfortunately, the pattern explicits forbids the distribution of itself. It also doesn't make a complete pattern, as Mazz will be doing the final stages.

There is a crochet pattern here:>adipos baby