101 things About Me…

By Alison April 14, 2005 13 Comments 5 Min Read

Yey, I’m finally a fully fledged member of the blogosphere:
My 101 things about me page is finally up!

1. Nothing else in the world matters more than my family.
2. I can’t be doing with Mariah Carey.
3. I always have flowers in my house.
4. And candles are lit as soon as my babba goes to bed.
5. I have been with Mark for fourteen years.
6. We still haven’t got round to getting married.
7. Before our son was born we called my bump LilyFinn. Lily for a girl, Finn for a boy…
8. I still think my Lily is out there somewhere.
9. But Finley is exactly the child I imagined in my dreams.
10. I love him so much he makes me ache.
11. I love his dada just as much.
12. But that isn’t to say that some days they don’t drive me loopy.
13. I eat too much.
14. Mostly chocolate.
15. I love my hair, but my legs are unspeakable.
16. I can’t go to bed without reading for a few minutes. Even when I’m half dead with exhaustion.
17. I’m very spoilt. I always get what I want.
18. I’m a real Daddys girl. He taught me evrything I know.
19. He says we’ve got the same noses. We haven’t.
20. I call my Mom three or four times a day. It drives her mad.
21. But I’m sure she loves me as much as I love her.
22. I’ve got a very glamorous sister.
23. And a scrumptious nephew, Gabriel, that my Finley hero worships.
24. I watch MTV all the time. Not very peaceful I know.
25. I have a very bad magazine addiction.
26. My absolute favorite is Mary Englebreits Home Companion.
27. My favorite authors include Susan Minot, Anita Shreve and Anne Tyler.
28. My favorite book ever is “Bird by Bird” by Anne Lamott.
29. My dream is to be a published author.
30. Last year I won a national poetry competition judged by the poet laureate, Andrew Motion.
31. My poem was called “Adultery With Joan”
32. I’ve been planning “Brocantehome” in my dreams for years.
33. I used to own a shop called “Rooms”
34. It was utterly scrumptious, but running it nearly killed me.
35. I’m not very organised.
36. Sex and the City is my favorite programme ever.
37. Followed by Friends.
38. I’m not a very good drunk. I laugh too much and then fall asleep.
39. If I do drink, I’m a gin and lemonade kind of girl.
40. I have very vivid dreams that I remember like a film. Every single night.
41. Maybe I eat too much cheese.
42. It’s my favorite food: I would die for a good piece of organic, mature cheddar.
43. Could be why I’m kind of Rubenesque.
44. I spent a year at art school. It was hell at the time, but heavenly in retrospect.
45. I love my soaps. Sadly I never miss Emmerdale.
46. I hated being pregnant. It was the worst nine months of my life.
47. I had a ceasarean and though convinced I would probably die, it was a breeze.
48. I do all my work sitting in my yellow armchair.
49. I drink a lot of tea.
50. I did communication and information technology at university. I got a 2:1 because I failed the information technology part.
51. I’m not wonderful with money.
52. I spend a lot on house things and forget to buy clothes.
53. I am a total homebody. If I have to go out two nights on the run, I have palpitations.
54. It drives Mark mad. He misses the party girl I used to be.
55. I miss her too.
56. My nana died when I was eighteen.
57. I wish she could have been here to meet my Finn.
58. Because of her I love Frank Sinatra.
59. Because of her I cover my eyes when something rude comes on the TV.
60. I used to think goats were the lovechildren of a union between a sheep and a cow. Seriously.
61. I’ve got a freckle on the middle finger of my left hand. I used to think God put it there to show me where my ring used to go.
62. I love being a Mum. It’s the best job I’ve ever had.
63. I used to work with my Dad. He drove me nuts, but we had such good fun.
64. Mark worked with us. All my bestest men together. I loved it.
65. I am still obsessed with Robbie Williams.
66. Crystal Gayle songs make me cry. Instantly.
67. I also cry whenever a baby is born on the tv. Every time.
68. My sister Helen makes me laugh more than anyone else on the planet.
69. I once told her that I loved her but I wouldn’t choose her as a friend. She was highly offended.
70. My Mum is astonishingly beautiful, but I look like my dad.
71. People tell me I look like Mark too. Good job we found each other.
72. I believe totally and utterly in fate.
73. Did I mention I can’t stand Mariah Carey?
74. I love Doris Day films.
76. I can’t listen to music in my car, cause I do all my best thinking there.
77. My school friends are still my best friends.
78. I get a lot of letters printed in magazines.
79. Mostly because they send you scrumptious prizes.
80. I’m dying for another baby.
81. The internet is another addiction of mine.
82. That and pictures of scary children.
83. If the house was on fire I’d save my journals and my gorgeous venetian mirror.
84. I’m aching to visit America.
85. I love all my new online friends. Blogging is fabulous!
86. I’m not scared of anything. Not any more.
87. I make a great quiche.
88. I adore John Galliano.
89. When I grow up I wanna be Martha Stewart.
90. I’ve never saved a penny. Not in my entire life.
91. I love my life.
92. I have no regrets. None whatsoever. Life is for learning…
93. I am cultivating eccentricity.
94. Simple Abundance changed my life.
95. I buy new stationery obsessively. Always have.
96. I have very high standards. I am constantly appalled by other people!!
97. I am a fabulous gossip. Now I’ve given up being the source of it.
98. I have no ambitions for my son. He can be anything he wants to be. I understand that he is a little person in his own right.
99. But I’m quite a strict mommy and we stick to our routines rigidly: so we have never, ever had a sleepless night, and Finley has never cried for more than five minutes. Ever.
100. I worry that I’m not interesting anymore.
101. But in the end if Finley loves Mark and I as much as I love my Mum and Dad that will be enough…


  1. flossy says:

    Alison, I so enjoyed reading all those things about you! And I'm even more happy that I stumbled across BrocanteHome – it's the bestest place ever! 🙂

  2. Gayla says:

    In spite of the ocean, the miles, the years, and anything else one might imagine, I do dearly believe one Alison May and one Gayla Pappenfoht are kindred spirits. How lovely to have met you. Keep on the brocante path…

  3. Ella says:

    This was wonderful. I am SO nosey and I just love hearing more about my blogging friends. I was nodding in agreement at so many of your points. Except we have a very strict routine, but it doesn't stop the nightmare waking and teething pain waking during the night – your boy sounds like a dream!

  4. June says:

    Most all your points match my thinking (obviously, Finley and Mark aren't in my life but I have a wonderful husband and children of my own). I totally agree about Mariah Carey. Yes indeed about the food habit–Rubenesque is a good physical description of myself, too, except I always say I'm voluptuous and must maintain my voluptuosity with chocolate as much as possible–I feel it is incumbent upon me as a happy female. I'd rather stay home and nest scrumptuously than do anything else.

  5. Jeanna says:

    I really enjoyed reading about you. I love Doris Day movies also and thought that I was the only one. I believe by your 100 things if we were closer we could be good friends. Keep enjoying each day with your loves.

  6. kelly says:

    Love it….finally someone a little different, a little interesting and with a good sense of humor. I hate Mariah too…she is so uncouth

  7. Glenneda says:

    First of all I love the name Allison. We have alot incommon, I too have a special finger that God put four lines as if I had four nuckles, and I am also a very big dreamer and remember them vividly. I live in America and wish to see England. Well I guess that is not alot of things incommon but some. (LOL)

  8. Rob Lucas says:

    Hi Alison, I was surfing to find references to this year's Southport Continental Market and came across your tale of visiting the market last year. (I will be managing this year's market and was interested in how well our press releases had permeated to "the www")….anyway I then moved on to your blogs (your site deserves a better name than that!)and enjoyed browsing the pages. If you are visiting Southport this weekend (14th/15th/16th July) why not come along and savour the atmosphere once again. If you can find me on the day, then I will introduce you to the French Cheese man and his Finnish girlfriend who will attempt to convince you that they can beat mature cheddar!! Best regards, Rob Lucas (Geraud Markets Liverpool Ltd)

  9. Leigh says:

    My name is Leigh and I firmly believe I was born in the wrong decade and the wrong country. I wish iI lived in England in the 20's and 30's. Love antiques, anything floral, anything old, and books more than anything, except for my kids and hubby. It's great to meet you, Alison, and great to find this wonderful place. I can tell I will love it here.

  10. Heather from America says:

    I love England and I think you are on your way to being Martha Stewart. Do you like kath Kidston

  11. LeAnna says:

    Hi Allison, what a lovely eccentric site…I am an instant fan. I think I might be a bit of like your American counterpart. I'm inspired to go dust off my seriously neglected website. I am the Eccentric Haus Frau, an American in Germany.
    I love your humor and it's so much fun to be here. It took me a while to figure out that you weren't American. Your writing sounds American with a hint of British. I hope you get to America some day. I waited my whole life to finally get to England. I was 40 by the time I was able to get to London. I've been twice now.
    Keep up the good work.

  12. Shelly says:

    I do belive you are my long lost twin from another country 🙂
    I will have to say this, I will put up a hard fought battle for the title of "Martha Stewart"…that is what I am going to be when I grow up too.

  13. carol says:

    I love your things I have some of the same, im quite Rubenesque and I hated being pregnant all 4 TIMES and I grew up in lancs carol

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