Today I thought I would do a little thinking out loud but with a twist! I spotted this quiz on the website The Kitchn as a fun talker to do with your partner at the dinner table. Rather than asking the questions over the table, I thought I would get you guys involved in our responses! I sent the quiz to David, filled it out myself and here are our answers.
Neither of us have seen each other’s answers – David sent his back to me but I didn’t look at them before completing it for myself.
10 Questions to Ask Your Partner at the Dinner Table
If you were by yourself and could do anything you wanted for one day, what would you do?
Jen – Well, if I couldn’t be with David (which would be preferable!) and HAD to be by myself I would go to London to wonder around all the markets – eat some good food and buy lots of goodies as presents for everyone!
David – I love photography so I would explore wherever I was and take lots of pictures. I have a little film Lomography camera so it is always fun to see what you get from that! I’m always on the hunt for some funky street artwork or interesting architecture.
What is your most vivid childhood memory?
Jen – Playing outside in the summer with my brother Paul. Whether that be at home when we would grab our bikes, a packed lunch and simply head off exploring for the day or going out and about with Paul during our family holidays down in London. Spending time with him was always so much fun.
David – I have a few but I think it would be the Christmas’s we had as kids. I’ve probably blurred a few years together though! My mum is from a large family, one of 6 brothers and sisters and most live nearby to where I grew up. Mum would often have them all around for Christmas and the house would be heaving with so many people. Lots of love and smiles!. The best years were when some of my Aunties would stay over. My sister and I would love it because we got to stay up really late and play games and watch the Christmas specials on TV (Vicar of Dibley springs to mind!).
If you could wake up tomorrow and have one new ability or talent, what would it be?
Jen – Muscle Ups! I would walk into our CrossFit box, yell to everyone ‘hey check this out’ and knock out 5 muscle ups one after the other… then delight at seeing everyone’s jaw drop! Haha!
David – You knew one answer had to be CrossFit related! I’d love to be able to really nail the gymnastic exercises, just to have the strength to move your body however you wanted; over a bar, in handstand whatever. That would be pretty cool.
What advice would you give your younger self?
Jen – Do exactly what you are doing… it all works out perfectly for you, even though right now its tough!
David – Everything will turn out ok. I think we get conditioned to worry about the future and one bad choice might ruin it forever, e.g. pick the wrong subjects at GCSE/A-level, pick the wrong degree course or university, pick the wrong job, pick the wrong friends. Choices are what makes you ‘you’. Some might not be right but you know what you’ll learn from it and can move on!
What do you hope people think when they think of you?
Jen – Friendly, kind, smiley, trustworthy, honest.
David – Wow what a handsome man! Haha, no, I always want people to laugh and smile so I’d always want folk to think I’m funny (not in the funny weird way though!)
What’s the most important thing you hope your kids take with them out into the world?
Jen – That anything is possible. Work hard, be kind and generous and the world can be your oyster!
David – Find what excites you and go do that! As I said in question 4 too much focus is on setting kids up for what they will be in 10, 15, 20 years’ time. Why not let them just do and develop what they enjoy right now? Drawing, dancing, riding their bike, taking pictures or home movies. Sounds like fun to me!
Who has been kindest to you?
Jen – David and my parents. Total unwavering kindness and love.
David – There are of course the obvious answers to this – my Mum was always someone I could talk to through good time and bad times which is so important whether you are 6, 13, or (nearly) 30! Jen, of course, is and always will be my rock. But I think the curve ball that many people maybe don’t have is a great relationship with their mother-in-law. Jen’s mum, Lynn, is brilliant, kind and totally mad which is what makes her so fun! Lynn and I will happily hang out, in fact we do when Jen’s folks come down for Christmas shopping. Jen and her Dad go and do their shopping while me and Lynn would go do fun and very important things, you know, like the Lego shop! Haha!
If you could hold on to just one memory for the rest of your life, what would it be?
Jen – Picking one is so difficult! I think it may have to be when we were in Oman and on a boat surrounded by dolphins… it was incredible and took my breath away!
David – This. At the top of Jebel al Akhdar in Oman. So calm and peaceful. No stress just a view with your best friend and that’s it!
When you imagine yourself at 80 years old, what do you see?
Jen – Side by side with David, still healthy and strong and full of love for one and other. Somewhere warm, preferably near a beach!
David – I don’t know where on earth I’ll be but as long as I am healthy and happy that’s all I need 🙂 Hopefully both Jen and I can grow old together and keep strong bodies that will look after us for the whole time!
What are you most grateful for?
Jen – Ok another sappy answer from me! But I am most grateful for the love that David gives me each day. Feeling loved to such a high extent is the most amazing gift I have ever been given. See if David writes CrossFit or almond butter…. haha!
David – Jen’s advice to encourage me to just be who I am. She’s not very good at taking her own advice but she does have a lot good nuggets and pearls of wisdom! Life is so much better when you aren’t trying to be anything, and I didn’t even know that I was, especially after university where the whole wide world is there and you have no idea what you are actually doing haha! I’m pretty “out there” with some style things, I like bright colours (hello, I have tiger print trainers!) but that’s cool because it is what I enjoy. If other people don’t like it then so what!
This was so much fun to do! And I loved reading David’s answers, hope he likes mine! And of course you too!
How would you answer some of the questions?
Do you and your partner talk over dinner? Or your friends if you live with them?
Let me know if you try it out!
Linking up with Amanda over @RunningWithSpoons for all the TOL fun!