101/1001 (Week 137)

8 Nov

The last time I updated you about this challenge was in May.  If I don’t want to write a post five pages long in 41 days’ time, I’d better update you on my progress now.*

*Short break while I update the 101/1001 Page*

*Long break while I updated the 101/1001 Page

There’s rather a lot to tell, so I won’t bother with it all today.  I will just share some of Task 15:

Expose myself to twenty new experiences (14/20)

1. I tried a gin and tonic.

Writer's Block 1

Writer’s Block 1 (Photo credit: NathanGunter) After one G&T, I’m guessing

It was offered to me at, of all things, a church luncheon, by one of the wardens.  We were in her home and she found it at the back of the fridge, I hasten to add – she doesn’t keep it stashed under the cassocks for emergencies.  

I don’t think.

I had never drunk gin before.  And I never will again.  Foul stuff.

One thing in its favour, however, is that it gave me the courage for new experience number

2. Said, ‘I am a writer.’

The idea of the church monthly bring & share lunch is that people get to know each other.   One way of getting to know each other is by asking questions about each other.*

*Based on this paragraph, I think saying, ‘I am a writer’ may be a disservice to writers everywhere, at the very least; and an outrageous lie at best.

I asked an other what she did; she told me. For the purpose of our story, I won’t bore you with the details; you will have to be content with the boredom emitting from this long-winded paragraph instead.  The other then asked me what I did.  I opened my mouth to say, as I have done for the past twenty-three years, ‘I am a housewife,’  but what came out was, ‘I am a writer.’

I’ve been published in many anthologies, hard copy and online; I’ve been placed in several writing competitions; I regularly critique others’ work, some of which has been published; I have been posting on this blog for three and a half years; I am a member of poetry group Write Out Loud;  I give poetry readings; I run occasional writing workshops (even more occasionally, people turn up for them, but my writing flesh is at least willing even if their spirit is weak); I am a founder member and de facto manager of Stockport Writers.

I think it’s okay now to say, ‘I am a writer.’

Besides, I’ve never earned money from it: writing credentials don’t come any better than that.

Fresh (and flushed) from that triumph, I followed it up with

I am a writer.

I am a writer. (Photo credit: DavidTurnbull)

3. When asked my occupation on an official form, I wrote, ‘Writer’.

I still blush at my temerity. It’s one thing to say it with your mouth; something else altogether to say it with a pen.

At that same church lunch (who knew these events were so exciting?) I also

4. Drank ginger beer for the first time.

But not lashings of it, Famous Five fans!

It was…okay. I didn’t taste ginger and I didn’t taste beer, but it washed away the taste of gin and tonic, so that’s a big thumbs-up from me.

Virgin Trains First Class

Virgin Trains First Class (Photo credit: David McKelvey)

5. Travelled First Class

My London adventure refers.

It was on a train, not a plane, but I’ll take my free inedible sandwich where I can get it, thank you very much.

6. Went to a university Open Day

We never did it with Tory Boy because he spent a week or two at Lancaster the summer after his GCSEs and knew that Lancaster was where he wanted to go. I always felt a bit cheated, but the second son made up for his brother’s defect by dragging me to Sheffield a couple of weeks ago, as I told you.

There you have it!  These six things I had never done before bring me up to 20/20 new experiences, but that’s not quite it.  

However, this post is already too long for a Friday afternoon, so you’ll have to wait for the rest.

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24 Responses to “101/1001 (Week 137)”

  1. slpmartin November 8, 2013 at 17:48 #

    Had wondered about your progress on this particular challenge…glad to hear you still making progress.

  2. bevchen November 8, 2013 at 18:12 #

    Woo-hoo, well done you!

    I agree… gin is foul stuff. It tastes exactly like perfume to me! My mum loves it though…

  3. Pseu November 8, 2013 at 18:30 #

    Gin is lovely with orange juice and plenty of ice :)

    And I love a pink gin – gin and tonic with Angostura bitters . (Angostura bittters are extremely concentrated and are an acquired taste; though 44.7% alcohol by volume, bitters are not normally drunk pure, but instead are used in small amounts as flavouring

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Angostura_bitters

    • The Laughing Housewife November 8, 2013 at 18:32 #

      Thanks, but I think I’ll pass :)

      • Pseu November 8, 2013 at 18:37 #

        all the more for me

    • http://vivinfrance.wordpress.com November 8, 2013 at 22:29 #

      Pink gin smells like bath salts. I couldn’t get near enough to taste it. A splash of gin with a bottle of tonic, ice and a slice are absolutely delicious on a hot day. I have never come across a gin and tonic in anyone’s fridge, and if it had been there long, the bubbles would have gone!

      • The Laughing Housewife November 8, 2013 at 22:34 #

        She’d forgotten she had it :)

      • Pseu November 8, 2013 at 23:56 #

        you can buy tins of G and T already mixed, ready to click the seal and pour!

  4. SchmidleysScribbling November 8, 2013 at 19:18 #

    Progress and perfection. Of course you are a writer. Dianne

  5. colonialist November 8, 2013 at 21:12 #

    You are getting there!
    I think you have to come to the Colonies to appreciate G&T to the full. The allure of the juniper berry grows on you. My mother, however, was a rebel. She eagerly looked forward to her single evening glass of gin and Italian Vermouth. Gin and It, as opposed to Gin and French, and forget the Tonic!

  6. benzeknees November 8, 2013 at 21:39 #

    I have begun to claim writer as my title just recently too! When asked by a friend to do a book review for their new novel I asked for a free copy – they wanted me to buy it. I said since I am a writer, it only followed if they wanted my professional opinion they should give me a free copy to reimburse me for the review.

  7. http://vivinfrance.wordpress.com November 8, 2013 at 22:32 #

    ginger beer doesn’t taste of beer at all, because it’s not fermented – at least the stuff I used to make wasn’t.
    Congrats on all the new things achieved. Yes, dear Tilly, you are a writer.

  8. laurieanichols November 9, 2013 at 03:11 #

    I’m so happy for you that you have called yourself, rightly in my opinion, a writer. That is so exciting!!

  9. Rorybore November 9, 2013 at 03:23 #

    I am at heart a cosmo girl, but I am not likely to turn down a gin and tonic with a lime twist if offered. My grandma used to drink them, and so does my mother in law. I can actually remember my grandma using gin in hot toddy’s if you were sick. I didn’t like it much then though – you’d sweat like the dickens all night. but usually when you woke up, you actually felt better.
    Bravo – I think you can very safe and with much confidence refer to yourself as a Writer.

  10. Grannymar November 9, 2013 at 08:46 #

    I do enjoy a G&T, occasionally these days, Gin with ginger ale is very pleasant too, for a change.

  11. sarsm November 9, 2013 at 10:35 #

    Well done to admitting to who you really are! :-) I’m proud of you.

    I’m still doing my challenges too – I’m about to make jam…

  12. jmgoyder November 10, 2013 at 03:44 #

    I love gin and tonic. Other than that we have a lot in common, writer!

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