Monday, February 2, 2009


But it wasn't me that got tagged - it was Mum! She was tagged by the Army of Four's mum to play the 40 things about me game. She is a bit hopeless which is why it's taken so long. But I finally got the answers out of her, so here are 40 things you probably didn't need to know about my mum.
  1. She was born in Melbourne, Australia, and has lived here ever since.
  2. She went to Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology University for a degree in Information Management and Library Studies.
  3. This means she is really a nerdy librarian.
  4. Mum worked as a librarian for six years after uni, but not since then.
  5. Mum has had a lot of marketing and event management jobs in her life.
  6. Mum had never owned a cat before I came along.
  7. Mum's first dog, Buffy, was a Standard Poodle mix something, and she used to dress him up in her doll's clothes, and sleep in his bed with him. He never complained about this treatment.
  8. Mum has been to Singapore, Hong Kong, the United Arab Emirates, Oman, Yemen, Greece, England, Poland, the USA, Canada, Vanuatu, Fiji, New Caledonia, the Cook Islands, and she is going to New Zealand in March.
    Wait a second, I didn't know anything about this!
  9. Mum and dad met on a blind date, and have been together ever since.
  10. Mum is a very good cook.
  11. Mum does not cook for me; this is not fair as far as I'm concerned.
  12. Mum had laser eye surgery in 2007, and now has perfect vision.
  13. Mum cannot sew to save her life. It's true. She can't even put a hem up.
  14. Mum is quite a good photographer.
  15. Mum saw real live polar bears in the wild last year, and says it was the most amazing thing she has ever seen.
  16. Mum's family is all Polish.
  17. Mum went to Polish School when she was little but doesn't remember much of it. She can still count to 10 though.
  18. Mum has a serious addiction to shoes. She has 93 pairs.
  19. Mum played tennis three times a week when she was younger.
  20. Mum now suffers from tennis elbow, or RSI.
  21. Mum had a stroke when she was 22. She is fully recovered these days.
  22. Mum learned Japanese for five years at high school, but remembers even less Japanese than Polish. She can still count to 10 in Japanese though.
  23. Mum thinks 40 facts about her is a lot; isn't everyone bored yet?
  24. Mum has one sister who is 18 months younger than she is.
  25. Mum has blonde hair and green eyes; her sister has brown eyes and brown hair.
  26. Mum has never broken a bone or had a filling in her teeth.
  27. Mum used to play netball when she was a puppy, now she just does some walking. Something about a bad knee...
  28. Mum switched from a PC to a Mac at home last year and thinks it is marvellous. I find it pretty good for my Huffle blogging too.
  29. Mum's least favourite type of housework is ironing.
  30. Mum can remember the phone number of every house she's ever lived in. She can't remember what to buy at the supermarket each week though - she needs a list.
  31. Mum is not a coffee drinker but dad makes her a coffee in bed every Saturday and Sunday morning and she really appreciates it, and drinks the coffee happily.
  32. Mum works for the Victorian State Government, in catchment management. This means she worries about water for all of us.
  33. Mum's favourite book ever is Catch 22, by Joseph Heller.
  34. Mum is allergic to peanuts - they cause her migraines.
  35. Mum is also allergic to salt.
  36. Mum has met a lot of people in her various jobs, and counts a former Premier of Victoria among her friends.
  37. Mum travels around the state a lot for her job.
  38. Mum's favourite colour is purple.
  39. Mum is very accident prone, and has fallen down the stairs at home, and at work.
  40. Mum is ecstatic we made it to the end of the list.

This is mum at Mount St Helens in October last year.

Now we're going to tag:
Khyra's mum
Star and Jack-a-Roo's mum
The OP Pack's mum


NAK and The Residents of The Khottage Now With KhattleDog! said...


My mom hasn't found time fur all the Facebook tags and now THIS one!

Stella tagged us as well SO we'll khover both with one post!

That was a furry interesting list of stuff!

My mom is furry impressed about the filling thing!


Mason Dixie said...

Wow, very well traveled, and for being accident prone very surprised has never broken anything. Thanks for sharing. =)

♥♥ The OP Pack ♥♥ said...

The OP Pack's Mum says "Gee, thanks." We will get her to work on it, could be a while, she is a little slow on the uptake.

Woos, the OP Pack

Pee Ess, is that the only pic woo could share - we really wanted to see those green eyes and see how they compare to your beautiful eyes.

meemsnyc said...

93 pairs of shoes. Mom is so jealous.

Angel Tucker, Daisy and Leo said...

Hi Huffle

Nice to meet you. Our Mommy is a nerdy librarian too.

Tucker and Daisy

Ozzie the OZmonster & Zowie said...


Thanks for getting your mum to post all of these cool things about herself. I liked learning more about her. Laser eye surgery sounds cool!


Anonymous said...

Huffle! What cool things about your mum! And we LOVE the photo of her. What a beautiful photo all around - scenery and your beautiful mum! I love saying mum...

Quill and Greyson said...

That was great, and I'm glad I wasn't tagged on this one. Mom loves purple and her dad gets migraines from nuts too.

Anonymous said...

Your mum is to very interesting. But we got to tell you in the picture that Mt St. Helens is in Washington not in October. When our dad was in the Navy his squadron had to fly infra-red recon missions to record IR video of the lava dome buildup. The Navy had to do that until the US Geological Service could procure the necessary equipment and aircraft to do it themselves. Dad says that for about 2 years after the major eruption you could easily make out the ash trail from the mountain all the way over to Idaho. When he was stationed in hawaii they used to fly from Oahu down to the volcanos on the big island of Hawaii and fly over the lava flowing into the Pacific. There is a volcano, Mt Redoubt, in Alaska that is about ready to erupt. People in Anchorage are getting ready.
OBTW - Your mum seems like a cool peep.

edda said...

my mommy can identify with...

#13:her mommy had to hem her pregnancy pants at christmas.

#29: daddy does the ironing.

#30: mommy can't survive without a list.

#39: mommy has sprained her ankle twontimes falling downstairs and got an avulsion fracture in her ankle (with a sprained foot in addition)this summer stepping down wrong. she has even fallen *up* a flight of stairs.

Stella said...

What a terrific Mum you guys have!

My Mum and I are singing the Getting to Know You song from the King and I. Thanks for helping us to know you better!


(angel) Grrreta and Fam said...

Those are some very interesting things about your mum. She sounds like a pretty amazing bean. She has travelled to some really cool places.

Forever Foster said...

A real live polar bear?! Mum saw one in a zoo, but she doesn't think that counts. What an amazing experience!

As for the shoes... fantastic!:)

Parker said...

That was very interesting - you Mom sounds very cool!

Princess Eva and Brice said...

Your mom has had a very exciting life. But we wish it was 40 things about you.

Princess Eva

The Husky in the Window said...

Woo, your mom sure has done a lot. Now about the librarian thing, that's not so nerdy, look at all the fun that lady librian had in the mummy movies. Now when mom watches those movies she will think of your mom.
Oh, and we like your new picture on the top of the bog.
Husky Hugs, MayaMarie

Mason Dixie said...

Khyra better get a move on it or they will have to do 80 items. BOL. thanks for sharing =)

Steve, Kat, & Wilbur said...

Our moms have a lot in common. They both like purple and fall down stairs, among other things.


Jack & Moo said...

Wow, woo hava a furry interesting mum! She's been so many cool places, & that photo is awesome!!! We tapped it to full size, and woo could almost climb right up that mountain, it's so clear & crisp!

And, we just noticed woo tagged us - it gave our mom butterflies in her tummy, she isn't sure there are 40 interesting things to say about herself... don't worry, we'll help her!

Woos & a-roos,
Star & Jack a-roo

The Army of Four said...

Great job! Huffle helped you, didn't she?
Mom wants to know if you and your mom use iWeb and somehow transfer it over to Blogger. I have no iDea what she's talking about.
GREAT photo!
Play bows,

Chrissie said...

Wow! You're mom is very interestin', Huffle-huffle! And so well-traveled, too! I'll bet she's got great lookin' feet when she's runnin' around the world.

Otto and Henry said...

Hi Huffle! My name's Oscar and I'm a black cat too and I live in Melbourne too and I liked reading all about your Mum. My Daddy is an American who lives in Melbourne and teaches at a university, and he brought me over from Florida seven years ago and I've lived in Melbourne ever since. If you want to read my blog, it's, and I think you'll discover that you and I look a lot alike! :)

Love, Oscar