The A to Z of Me

I first saw this post over at Woogsworld and thought it such fun, I wanted to play along too. So did Sonia at Sonia Styling,  Jackie at Hippie Mumma and Annette at I give you the verbs. Of course, I’m a bit late to the party and all but better late than never!

A… If you were an ANIMAL,  what would you be?

I’ve always wanted to be a wombat because just like me, they’re cute, round and like to sleep a lot.


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B… BOOKS: What’s on your reading list?

My reading list brings a whole new meaning to multi tasking. I’m in the middle of Laura Sobiech’s Fly a Little Higheralso in the middle of Scott Jurek’s Eat and Run and about to start my Uncle’s new book One Only KidI am quaintly old fashioned, I like to read real books. That way both my biceps and my brain get a bit of a workout.


C… COMPULSIVE about anything?

I’m ashamed to say, I’m compulsive about checking my phone about every other minute. I am sure I was compulsive about something else before mobile phones were invented, but I can’t remember what.

D… DREAMS – Do you … dream in colour? remember your dreams? keep a dream journal?

I don’t have a dream journal but I totally should. My dreams are wacky and sometimes wonderful. They are like bedtime blockbuster movies and I often wake up exhausted. Dreaming is hard work, y’know?! Sometimes I remember them and sometimes I don’t. I don’t know if I dream in color or not, I just dream in weird. That is all.

E… EATING – what’s your usual snack?

Fruit  or chocolate (but not both together.) I’m also rather partial to a rice cake or two, especially if they’re slathered in jam or peanut butter (but definitely not both.)

F… A Few of your FAVOURITE Things

Living,  laughing, my Thermomix, onesies, dumplings and dogs (especially cute ones like my friend Benny here.)


G… GIGGLES! What (or who) makes you laugh? Do you have a good sense of humor?

I love to laugh. David makes me laugh. A lot.  I guess that’s why I married him.

H… major HOT Button:

Manners. Everyone’s got them but it’s a shame that everyone doesn’t use them.  Homophobia, racism, politicians, small mindedness and noisy neighbours. These things make me wild, and not in a good way.

I   I am ….

Sam. Lover of life. A child trapped in an adult’s body. Plodder. Teacher. Blogger. Baker. Mess maker.

J… JOBS  What do you do? What have you done? What would you like to do?

I always knew I would be a teacher because when I was wee and my friends came over on play dates, I would make them sit in the corner if they didn’t do as they were told. I worked in McDonalds for years as a uni student and sucked at it royally. I sucked so bad I was permanently assigned to french fries, and as a result I spent three years of my life smelling of chip fat. Never again!  However, if I could have an action replay of my life, I’d choose something  rad like a tour guide, a beautician or a writer.

K… Also KNOWN As… Aliases? Screen names? A non de plume perhaps?

Man, I have so many names I am surprised I don’t have an identity crisis!  When I was a baby, my babysitter called me Mandy and the name stuck.


All my family and school friends called me Mandy and still do. When I went to Uni, I was Sam. When my mum got her dog and called him Sam (albeit a boy Sam,) I had to answer to Samantha. David calls me Sammie which is kinda cute and my students call me Teacher. Some days I don’t know if I’m Arthur or Martha, let alone Sam or Samantha.

 L   I LOVE …

Sunshine, good news, seeing other people happy, the sound of the sea, the smell of something good in the oven, travelling and cute dogs.

M  How do you feel about MEETING people? Do it all the time? Rarely? Parties or 1-on-1?

When I was a kid, I was impossibly shy. My mum used to wear these fantastic, flowing gypsy skirts and when I had to meet new people I would literally hide behind my mum and wrap myself in the folds of her skirt, like a mummy on my mummy. Now that my mum’s in England, I am not afforded the luxury of mummifying myself in her skirts, so I have to meet people on my own. It’s totally terrifying. But I’m getting better at it. It’s not that I’m socially inept, more just socially fearful. You’d probably never know that if you met me, but you know now.

N    What’s the story of your NAME? Were you named after anyone? Do you go by a nickname? Any aliases?

Well I was going to be called Charity. So I think Samantha was a lucky escape, don’t you?

O… OBSERVANT – What’s around you right now? What do you see?

Flowers. A computer screen. A pair of love ducks and an overflowing laundry basket.

P    Who are the special PEOPLE in your life?

You know, my tribe, that’s all my nearest and dearest. Plus the dog I want but haven’t got yet. I love him already.

Q    Any Little QUIRKs About Yourself?

I can’t ride a bike, skip with a rope or drive a car but I can write backwards.

R   What do you like to do for RECREATION?

Baking, blogging and running.

S   Do You SING in the Shower? In the car? For your friends?

I sing everywhere; in the shower, around the house and in the office, much to the horror of everyone else. I am a terrible singer but what I lack in tone, I more than make up for in enthusiasm. I have been offered money to stop singing but of course, I never grab the cash, I sing for the love of it, not the money.

T    What’s at the Top of your TO DO list?

Go to Disneyland, run a half marathon and get a Mickey Mouse Medal. After that, stay cancer free. She who has her health has everything.

U  Any UNUSUAL Experiences

That’s a whole other blog post!

V    VEGAS, Vienna, Venice, Vladivostok… How far have you travelled? What’s your favourite City?

Yep, loved Vegas and Venice but but never made it  to Vienna or Vlavidstok. I don’t think it matters how far you’ve travelled there’s always more to explore. I was born in Cape Town, grew up in London and now call Sydney home. I’ve travelled extensively around Europe, Australia and seen a bit of the States. There are just so many places I want to see and things I want to do, I could make it my life’s work. My favourite city is Prague. It has perfect beanie weather, the most beautiful architecture, the heartiest food and the best beer! Just secretly, I think I left my heart there.



W    WINTER, Spring, Summer, Fall… What’s your favorite season? What makes it special?

I’m a bit like Goldilocks when it comes to seasons. Winter is too cold, summer is too hot but spring is just right. I spend most of winter looking forward to spring.

X    EXes – They are ex for a very good reason.

All I’m saying is what happened in the past stays in the past.

Y    Any secret/deep YEARNINGS?

Totes. My dream is to drive (as in, get David to drive) all around Australia seeing all the Big Things. Then I would write a book about our adventures and live happily ever after.


Z    ZERO to ZENITH – Where are you in your life? Still growing? On an upward (or downward) curve? Just skating along? 

Onwards and upwards. There’s stars in the sky and  I want to reach for them.

So now you know so much about I, how about telling me something about U? Go on! Choose a letter, any letter… (or two!)