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That Household Thing

This was taken from gillo and is British in origin. I'm an American, so some of my answers may be "I don't know," but I will give it my best shot because I have a deadline coming up and am procrastinating, which makes these questions very important to me.

1. Marmite- love or hate?
Never tried it!

2. Marmalade- thick cut or thin cut?
Thin cut!

3. Porridge- made with milk or water?
ALL MILK ALL THE TIME, unless I don't have any or if it's savory oats (see below)

4. Do you like salt, sugar or honey on your porridge?
Sugar OR honey OR salt. You can actually fry it up with some eggs and salt & pepper, and it's delicious like that.

Also fruit bits and cinnamon and whatever else I can throw on there. Whipped cream. Nuts.

5. Loose tea or teabags?
Teabags all the way; I can't be dealing with loose tea all the time.

6. Where on your door is your letterbox?
It's not on my door. It's a tiny box in a row of tiny boxes at one end of the apartment complex parking lot. It's a nuisance, because the outgoing mail slot isn't big enough for cards (as long as the landlords get their check, they don't care about other forms of mail, I guess) and the box is so tiny that even small packages have to be left outside my door, where they are at risk of being stepped on by our noisy neighbors.

7. What's your favourite curry?

It's a cliche, but I love a paneer tikka masala or a vegetable korma. It's a cliche because it's delicious! Our town has one extremely mediocre Indian restaurant, but its mediocrity cannot overcome my love.

8. What age is the place where you live?

Apartment complex: probably less than 30 years, but one of those poorly-constructed motel-plan complexes and not in great condition.

9. Where do the folks running your local corner shop come from?
I've never asked! Smaller towns in the vicinity, judging by their accents.

10. Instant or fresh coffee?
I've never been able to reconcile myself to instant coffee, even when I was living abroad and it was all there was. I just default to tea and grumble.

11. How far are you from the sea?
Two hundred miles from the Gulf of Mexico.

12. Have you travelled via Eurostar?
I can't remember. It's possible.

13. If you were going to travel abroad, where's the nearest country to you?
Probably Cuba!

14. If you're female (or possible even some males) do you carry a handbag?

Handbags and I have never gotten along. I have a shoulder bag that I use if I need to take something with me (notebook and book, most likely). It's causal and easy to carry. If I have to walk a long way or carry more than the minimum, I have a backpack.

15. Do you have a garden? What do you like growing?
No garden. There used to be some basil in pots, but then we moved and the basil has been discontinued. I miss the basil.

16. Full cream, semi skimmed or skimmed?

Full cream for coffee and sometimes cereal, semi-skimmed for tea. I don't really use milk in other contexts, unless it's one of my rare cooking jags.

17. Which London terminal would you travel into if going to the capital?

I have no idea which terminal I would travel into if I were going to London. The capital of my country is Washington, D.C., so any route involving a London terminal would be pretty carbon-inefficient.

18. Is there a local greasy spoon where you live?
The Waffle House. It's kind of an awful house.

19. Do you keep Euros in the house?
A few!

20. Does your home town have a Latin, Gaelic or Welsh alternative name?
No, there's just one name and it used to be French.

21. Do you have a well known local artist or author?
Harper Lee, who is Not Even That Local, and about whose book(s?) I am very, very sick of hearing right now.

22. Do you have a favourite Corrie character?
I don't know what that is!

23. Are your kitchen sink taps separate or a mixer?
Mixer! It's the best way to live, though I have some nostalgic affection for the two-tap sink.

24. Do you have a favourite brand of blended tea?
I am way too inattentive to know what brand my tea is. It's got "breakfast" on the box and you put boiling water on it and tea happens! That is all ye know on earth and all ye need to know.

25. What's in your attic if you have one?
No attic. My office is effectively an attic, but I don't really own very much that isn't books. I have too many books.

26. If you go out for a cream tea, what jam do you like on your scone?
Any jam is good jam, but probably strawberry or raspberry

27. Talking of scones- scon or scown? Jam or cream first?
Scown! Cream first, jam on top; the color combo is part of the appeal.

28. Barth or bath?

BAAAAth. Nice flat A in there.

29. Carstle or castle?

CAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA-sul. Flatten that A like a blacktop road, and the U-sound is pronounced almost exactly the same. My people are frugal with our vowels.

30. What flavour of crisps do you favour?
Salt & vinegar is probably my favorite, though I like the kind with black pepper, and some of the "gourmet" end of the fakey cheese powder line. We just got a bag of pepperoncini-flovored ones, which were pretty good.

31. If you go to the chippie, what do you like with your chips?
I haven't been to a correct and proper chippie in years, but salt & vinegar or ketchup or mayonnaise, depending on the occasion (salt & vinegar is more the thing for standing around late at night, while sitdown chip-eating is more of a mayo situation; ketchup & mayo can go together but neither one can combine with vinegar, that would be wrong)

32. Take away, take out or carry out?
Take out!

33. If you have one, what colour is your wheelie bin?
None of our bins are wheelie. We just take the garbage bags out to the dumpster.

34. What colour skips does your local skip hire use?
I do not know what a skip hire is. Is it something to do with boats? We don't do boats where I live because there's nothing to float them on.

35. Do you celebrate Guy Fawkes?

No, but I married someone who liked V for Vendetta significantly better than I did.

36. Dettol or TCP?
I am unacquainted with these names.

37. Do you have a bidet in the bathroom?

I wish. Why doesn't everyone have a bidet in the bathroom? It's 2015, time for civilization to get it together.

38. Do you prefer courgettes or aubergines?
Courgettes all the way, so versatile and delicious. Aubergines are too oily for me; I've never been able to get on board that particular food train.

39. In the 'real world', do you have friends of other nationalities? Which nationalities?

Canadians and Russians

40. Do you have a holy book of any sort in the house?
Loads. I used to be a comparative religion major, so we've got a pretty good selection.

41. Do you prefer a hankie or tissues?

42. Are you a fan of crumpets? What do you like on them?

I have never to my knowledge eaten a literal crumpet. Maybe I should change that at some point?

43. Doorbell, knocker or both?
No knocker and a doorbell that doesn't work. You just have to rap with your knuckles LIKE BEASTS.

44. Do you own a car? What sort?
It's a white station wagon.

45. What sort of pants do you guys prefer? Y fronts or boxers?
I'm not a guy, but boxers have the aesthetic advantage

46. Anyone still a fan of suspenders?
In theory, sure! In practice -- no, no, a thousand times no; where is my time machine, get them off me.

47. Do you have a favourite quote from the bard?

Too many to choose, but Cleopatra's dying speech is probably the thing closest to my heart right now.

48. Do you like toasted muffins?


49. Do you think a traditional trifle should contain jelly?

I love the jelly kind, but I love the sherry-biscuit-custard ones even more.

50. Do you attend regular religious worship? Of what kind?

There was another, more US-centric version of this, but the questions were a little more boring and there were more of them. However, I can add for anyone who is interested that my refrigerator is currently full of watermelon.


( 4 comments — Leave a comment )
Aug. 13th, 2015 10:46 pm (UTC)
I hope my post with pictures helped clarify a couple of things at least!
Aug. 13th, 2015 11:47 pm (UTC)
Oh, I haven't looked at the pictures yet! Didn't want to cheat. Now I can!
Aug. 14th, 2015 02:24 am (UTC)
Salt and vinegar chips are the best!

Also I think crumpets are worth trying, but personally I prefer scones. It is hard to beat the word crumpet, though.
Aug. 14th, 2015 11:50 am (UTC)
I might have a go at this... :)

I blush to admit it, but I don't even know the name of my favourite curry, Sis throws it together every so often and it's always a bit different...

I'm a public servant, I learnt to drink instant cofee (COLD instant coffee 'cause I was at the counter) a loooong time ago.
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