Thursday, 28 May 2015

Five Things About Me . . .

(source The Londoner)

These are Lobster Rolls and they look delicious.  You may or may not have noticed that there is never any seafood on my food blog.   That is because I am allergic to all shellfish and crustaceans.  I cannot eat them.  I always end up sick if I try.   What's more I don't really like the taste of any of them anyways.  No lobster, crab, clams, scallops, prawns, shrimp, langoustines, mussels, oysters, etc. for me.  I am a cheap date.   I would rather have a burger than a lobster any time.  Interestingly enough Todd is allergic to crustaceans too.

And yes . . .  it's another five things about me post and that was number one!


I took Drivers Ed and Defensive driving at school and got my driver's license when I was 16.   It was very easy to get as I learnt how to drive in a very rural area and setting.   There was no such thing as traffic jams or huge motorways where I learnt to drive.  I have never been comfortable driving in an urban setting, although I have driven in Calgary, London (Ontario), other cities,  and down the Niagara Parkway towards Niagara Falls.   (Nightmare personified!  Tractor trailers on all four sides and everyone is doing about 100!)  I've also driven through New York State, Massachusetts, Maine, New Hampshire, and Vermont.  I don't like city driving however.   When I moved over here the first time Todd took me out to drive in a car, he couldn't believe I had ever driven.  I couldn't believe I had ever driven.  It was so scary.  It was like driving in a mirror.   I gradually got used to it, but I don't drive.   I did drive a bit down south . . .  from the house to the grocery store . . .  but again that was a very rural setting.  I did take driving lessons down South, and in a manual car.  I just am not comfortable driving here.   The last time I drove here was the day we moved into this house we are living in in Chester.  I drove to McDonalds and got burgers for all the moving men and friends who were helping us move.  I do drive when I go back to Canada, but again, it's really rural where we go!  I wish I was braver over here.  I really do.

I am a collector of Tastes and Smells.   Yep.   You read that correctly.   I love certain smells and there are certain smells that remind me of certain events and times in my life.   I can describe the smell of a garage and it is a smell I love and reminds me of my childhood.   (A mix of oil, sawdust, paint and pavement)   I can vividly remember the taste of some things I have eaten in my life and still crave.    The Barbequed Chicken at the Cascade Restaurant in Ottawa Canada on a School Trip back in 1971.   The restaurant is no longer there, but we ate there every night for the three days we were in Ottawa and I had the Barbequed Chicken every night it was so delicious!    These are only two things on two very long lists.

Although Latter Day Saints/Mormons do not drink alcohol, the fact that I don't drink has nothing to do with me being a member of the church.   I had given up drinking a very long time before I joined the church.  It was the same with smoking and drinking tea/coffee.   I always say I didn't have to give up much when I joined the church as I was already living the commandments.   Well prepared I guess.  In any case   I had quite drinking alcohol a very long time prior to my Baptism.  I never really "Got" why people enjoy getting drunk.   I enjoy an ice cold glass of soda pop much more than a glass of wine.  It could be about control.  People act really silly when they have had too much to drink.  The last few times I had drinks, I noticed that I would start to ache from my neck down my arms.  I thought that wasn't right and so I just decided that I would not drink alcohol.  I've never missed it as I was never much of a drinker anyways.  When you have young children, somebody has to be responsible enough to get up with them in the morning.   Dealing with children when you have a hangover is not my cup of tea.  I have never had a hangover.  I don't know how it feels to have one.  Just as well I never will.  That is not to say I don't have my faults . . .  just that drinking alcohol is not one of them. ☺

Most of my life I have felt like a square peg trying to fit into a round hole . . .  like I didn't belong, alone in a crowd, etc.  I have since discovered that my personality type is INFJ.

INFJ (introversion, intuition, feeling, judging) is an abbreviation used in the publications of the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI) to refer to one of the sixteen personality types. The MBTI assessment was developed from the work of prominent psychiatrist Carl Jung in his book Psychological Types. Jung proposed a psychological typology based on the theories of cognitive functions that he developed through his clinical observations.(From Wikipedia)

Until this morning I had no idea this personality type even existed, but in searching for square peg in round hole, I discovered it and it all makes sense now.   It almost describes me to a "T".   If you want to read more you can do so here.  It's amazing.   It's me!

And that is my five things about me for this week!

We had a great time yesterday at the Temple.   I am always exhausted when we get home, but that is more about the drive than it is about being at the Temple.  The being there is the easy part . . .  the drive there and back, not so easy.  I find that part very stressful.

A thought to carry with you through today . . .

"Purpose is found in those quiet moments
when noone but God sees the work of your hands."
~Darlene Schacht

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Cooking in The English Kitchen today  . . .  Peanut Butter Cookie Pie.   Seriously scrummy!

Have a wonderful Thursday.   The sun is shining here.  It looks to be a beautiful day ahead. Wherever you go and whatever you do, don't forget . . .

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And I do too!!


  1. Certainly a lovely morning down here sky all around. Masy is lying in the un by the doorway. I must go and open teh door for her soon, she has already been out though....I am orry that you don't like driving around so much. I ued to LOVE driving anywhere but these last few years since I have had Peter around I have felt less and less like it and I am not at all looking forward to driving down to Torquay with Mary next week...I have always had an automatic car it is so easy..mind you I don't like driving in busy towns...Gla dthatyou had a good day yesterday at the Temple..Pity about the drive !...That was interesting about your INFJ...I might go and check that one out ! see what it comes up with for me. I think you and I might be the same as we are very similar in most things...although not in the shell fish dept. I like all of them actually better than ordinary fish as most fih have bones ! and most shell fish don't or hardly any....and I just can't eat a fish with bones in it !! Hope that you are going to have a nice relaxing day. I have the church coffe morning where I help for an hour or two..might be able to trundle up this morning save taking the car up....Marie is there a way that you coudl possibly make your print a size bigger or maybe even a darker type..My eyes are getting s bad now, these cataracts seem to have come on so quickly, I am finding reading getting ever more difficult and also long vision...but still afe to drive...I think !! There does not seem a way to make print in the comments any bigger...Hope it is ok for you xx

  2. Oh, I love that last quote (about purpose)!

    "Like driving in a mirror" made me laugh. You know I, the new driver, related to a lot of what you wrote there. :)

    Have a good day, Marie. ♥

  3. Dearest Marie,

    I tried sending a reply as we rode home today. It failed. The trip to Toowoomba was wonderful. My Will loved it so very much. He looked almost like his toddler self at times.

    God bless your day.

  4. Always an imteresting read..

    you have such a gtreat memory Marie!

  5. Although I've never had one, those lobster rolls do look delicious. I like seafood of most any kind and thankfully have no food allergies. It is expensive so I don't have it very often. I have often thought that I was a square peg type person too. I'd rather be me though than to go along with the crowd. I too learned to drive at the age of 16 and have been driving ever since. I don't go far these days. Most of my trips are to the grocery store or church and neither is very far away. I never like to drive in traffic and it seems to get worse every year with so many in such a rush to get where they are going. I was thankful when I retired and didn't have to drive to work every day. Hope you have a great day there ! Happy Thursday !

  6. I forgot to ask. If you have a seafood allergy, as I do, how did you cope at your last job? Seriously some days I cannot even walk into the seafood section of the supermarket without my lips tingling and sneezing. I had quite a reaction on mylast cruise to someone's prawns and they were some distance from me. Will manages most days at work by double gloving and wearing protective glasses.

    When Pip was little she could not eat chocolate because of her migraines. If she was good while we were out I used to go to a very nice seafood market and buy her the biggest prawn as her treat. The ladies there would peel it and make sure it was just so. If I was having a very bad day we would be a lollypop chop. That was a frenched lamb cutlet which I would take home and cook for her lunch. Either way for a failure to thirve child it was a great reward and she always looked forward to shopping day.

    I have been up for two hours and need to go back to bed. I just didn't sleep very well. But it is washing day and I do not want to spend my weekend tied to boring domestic tasks.

  7. I always get a kick out of your 5 things! We really are two peas in a pod (except I'm not allergic to seafood). Love you! xoxo

  8. I am sorry about the print size Sybil. I will try to do something. I hope you enjoyed your coffee morning! Todd has a cataract as well. They are watching it before they remove it. Love and hugs!! xoxo

    I have known grown men to get out of their cars and kiss the ground after driving here in the UK Val! haha xoxo

    I am so happy you had a lovely day Suzan! I only ever cooked prawns up at the big house (thank God!!) and I had someone help me with them on the few occasions it happened. I do remember being up sick all night after one experience. xoxo

    Love you too Valerie! Two peas in a pod for sure! xoxo

  9. I am so happy that you were able to go to the temple. It is my favorite place to be and we going to bed in a few moments to get sleep before our temple shift tomorrow.
    I think you are just like me when it comes to driving. I actually have a phobia of driving. I refuse to travel on the freeway here in Utah if it is during rush hour. I get nervous even when I am with my husband and he is driving.
    There are a lot of fish foods I don't like. I do love Salmon, Tuna, and shrimp.
    I too have smells that bring back memories. My Mother's favorite perfume, lilacs, a new baby doll and roses.
    My Dad drank and smoked before he became active in our church again. I hate the smell of smoke and have never had an interest in alcohol.
    I really find us a like in many ways. I loved your diagnosis for your personality type; I will look into the link.
    Blessings for you dear friend and hugs too!

  10. Thanks LeAnn! As always your comments bring a smile to my face. I am so grateful for the Gospel in my life. It makes all the difference in the world. xoxo


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