I'm delighted to bring you another interview today! Meet Liv from Eenie, Meenie, Miney Mum. She's such an entertaining writer and also resides here in Adelaide like me. I've loved following Liv lately and I'm sure you will too.
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1. I love love love the name of your blog Liv. Please introduce Eenie, Meenie and Miney to us all.
Eenie meenie miney mum was an 8pm, random, sitting-on-the-couch, not even thinking about anything to do with the blog, kind of brainwave that I'm still sort of high fiving myself for! I find greatness tends to come from all good half a block of Cadbury chocolate eating moments.
Eenie, Meenie and Miney makes reference to my three children, 3 and a half year old twins Henry (eenie) and Tilly (meenie) as well as our little slice of deliciousness, Rosie (miney) who is 8 months old. And the mum part is obviously me! My kids are my greatest inspiration and ongoing source of unbridled hilarity so it's fitting.
2. We are a dog loving family as well – I loved your post ‘Why our dog is like our fourth child’. Tell us about your fur baby.
Ahh Gibson the wonder dog, the pooch we love to love! Like any animal that vomits on your new rug one night and manages to eat half a loaf of bread left on the bench top (barely ripping the plastic) the next, we have our moments. Gibson, our six year old Weimaraner, was pretty much our parental test run. His neuroses include running out of the room when you take a saucepan out of the cupboard and refusing to wee if it's raining... So as you can see, he's complicated! He doesn't get this from me ;)
3. What do you love about living in Adelaide?
The traffic! Or lackthereof! I am an angry angry motorist if I'm stuck in traffic, and I'm a little OCD about punctuality so the fact that we rarely have to sit around in traffic in adelaide is a massive bonus for me and for anyone who takes their life into their own hands as my passenger.
Another great thing about adelaide is city fringe living and the amount of playgrounds and parks we have to choose from. I'm a stay at home mum, or maybe it would be more accurate to say I'm a stay away from home mum because I prefer to be out doing things with my kids rather than trapped at home. I feel so lucky having so many outdoor areas to go with my family right at my doorstep.
4. So, your recent Bunnings trip didn’t quite go as planned ;)
Can you share one of your favourite (and successful) family outings?
Usually our outings go pretty well. Bunnings was a bit of an exception to that, but you know, not my fault... Because, bunnings! ;) We spend a LOT of time at the botanic gardens and the zoo... Both places are weirdly zen for us and have an inexplicably strange and hypnotic effect on the kids that causes an unusual air of obedience and delightfulness that is otherwise foreign in our household. I don't know how, I don't know why... But I am not one to question! I'm just going to keep going there until they start handing out balloons in the car park ;)
5. I have laughed out loud when reading several of your posts (7 legit toddler life struggles). Do you laugh along as you write or proof read?
Both! I firmly believe that parenting without a sense of humour is like being an accountant who sucks at maths... So I try to take a bit of funny with me everywhere I go! I laugh along as I write but I also take my craft very seriously so there is a lot of editing and proof reading involved.. I want everything I produce to be perfect. It isn't always, but the intention is there.
6. Some of your posts have also been particular heartfelt (The three kinds of baby weight that actually count and An Open Letter to my (pregnant) Best Friend). You have such a fantastic Internet voice. Can you pinpoint where this love and ability of writing came from?
Writing was pretty much the only thing I enjoyed at school, and the only thing I ever felt came really naturally to me. I think I grew to love it at a very young age because I was good at it (and frankly there were many things I wasn't good at... Softball... Physics... Doing my own hair....) and having a creative outlet has always been really important to me. I still look at my own work and compare it to others and think I'm crap though, I have an in built self doubt gene, but I do think it helps me to strive to be better. Besides, we can't all be as genius as Rosie Waterland and her bachelor recaps!
7. My daughter is two and a half, what do I need to be prepared for when she becomes a three-nager?
Start brushing up on the answer to every question you can ever imagine it possible to be asked, and then seven more questions... And then a few more questions about those questions. And then another question for good measure. That's a good start! The insatiable curiosity of a three year old is hilariously never ending and at times, I admit it, kind of frustrating. Sometimes I challenge myself to find a legit answer to every question I'm asked, and then one of my twins will ask what sausages grow on and i just can't stop laughing long enough to say "a sausage tree of course".
8. How do you take your coffee? I have learnt you are a coffee addict!
Ahh coffee, the elixir of life. My standard is a full cream milk (hardcore) latte with half a sugar. Twice a day! Sometimes three times if it's one of those days. Coffee makes me a better human, I'm not even kidding.
9. Your blog has done so well in such a short amount of time! I see you pop up all the time. What do you think the future have in store for Eenie Meenie Miney Mum?
Hopefully many many many more words. I just want to write and share a little piece of my world (and hopefully a few laughs) with whoever wants to come along for the ride.. Be it many people, or just a few! I'm so proud of how far the blog has come in four months - I just want to continue to grow and do what I love!
10. I love seeing the little quotes you regularly post on facebook, can you please share a favourite?
I think of all that I've posted on facebook, my favourite so far is:
"Every morning before getting dressed my three year old asks herself: what would a crazy homeless princess wear?"
Because it's just...so...true!! And frankly, that's not vastly dissimilar to what I ask myself when I get dressed every morning too ;)
Thank you so much for answering my questions Liv! I look forward to following along with your adventures and hope that many of my Teacher Types readers do as well...
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