The First Crusader Challenge: Getting to know me

When I was about five years old, my mother ripped off my big toenail. It was a complete accident, but it bled like fury and afterwards karma came back on her. I was determined that if I could just find the right cushion on the three piece suite, it would stop hurting. (Please stop laughing – I was five!). Of course it didn’t work and I got blood all over her cane furniture.

My father taught me how to handle firearms. When I was about twelve he bought me my own rifle, a Brno .22, perfect for shooting rabbits. He has been on various fuliguline bird shoots – he’s a very good shot.

I have profoundly itchy feet. Six months is about my limit in the UK before I feel I just have to go somewhere else, preferably for longer than six months. I have been back in the UK for a year and a day, having spent the previous two and a half years in Cusco, Peru. I intend to go east next time, maybe to Thailand.

I have been writing all my life, more or less, but I tend to bloviate, which I hate. This isn’t helped by the fact that I am hopelessly messy, to the point where an ex-boyfriend suggested that if there was ever a drugs raid on my home, no one would search my bedroom because it would look as though they already had.

However, I am an excellent cook, especially with a sharp blade around, and love to look after people I care about, which includes cooking and doing laundry. However, I do expect them to help with the washing up.

My favourite thing in the whole world is horseriding. I have been very lucky in my life, having had the opportunity to ride some beautiful horses in some beautiful locations – nothing compares to full gallop on an open road.

Now, I might have said something above that isn’t strictly true – can you work out what it is?

About Mhairi Simpson

Writer, dreamer. Magic, dragons, pink mice, cake. Come say hi!
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45 Responses to The First Crusader Challenge: Getting to know me

  1. Summer Ross says:

    I think Your lie is how often you travel and where to.
    Have a wonderful friday

  2. I think the lie is about the shooting πŸ™‚

  3. Michael says:

    I can’t seem to get beyond the use of this word: fuliguline — pertaining to or like a sea duck; belonging to sea duck family of birds. That’s what I get when I look it up because I had no idea what it means. But the word search on google seemed a little confused and popped up with the “did you mean…” but I just went with the top two entries. Am I just not getting it or is this entry about ducks?

    • Ok, don’t panic, it’s not an entry about ducks. Well, except for where ducks are mentioned. In general it’s an entry about me, but not by choice – the Second Writers’ Platform-Building Crusade demanded it of me and I had to comply *sigh*. I don’t generally exhibit so much personal freakiness at once. It scares people.

      It even scares me, but that’s different.

  4. Embarrasingly, I’m going to have to re-write this – I totally thought that ‘fuliguline’ and ‘bloviate’ were made up words and THEY’RE NOT!!! So this post goes in the rubbish bin and I have to start again. Thanks for the comments though πŸ™‚

  5. Trisha says:

    Yeah, I looked ’em up too and was amazed to realise they were words πŸ˜›

    The things you learn!

  6. I don’t think you can cook πŸ™‚ Probably because I can’t cook πŸ˜›

  7. Devon says:

    …..intend to go east next time, maybe to Thailand.- Lie LOL…even the people there don’t WANT to be there, nobody but perverted old men, with too much money and not enough morals would choose to go there. I win! (Sorry, my humor won’t allow me to stop)

  8. Hi, Anne-Mhairi
    Nice to meet you…

    Interesting life.

    Hopping over from the crusade list to introduce myself and follow.


  9. Very interesting post! I’m glad I’m not the only one having a hard time with the words, but you included them very well!

    Hmm, I’m going to say that the lie is that you like to do laundry. I just can’t wrap my mind around that.

    Great entry and I look forward to learning more about you during the crusade!

  10. Angela Scott says:

    I struggled with those words as well. You did a good job.

    I’m just gonna say the whole thing is a lie, then I win πŸ™‚ No, actually, my guess is the profoundly itchy feet.

  11. Kerrin says:

    Hi, good to get to know you.
    Your lie is that you aren’t messy!

  12. Zan Marie says:

    Hi, fellow crusader! You’ve do well with the strange words. I’m not even going to guess–I know I’d get it wrong.

    • Those words were mad! I had to redo the post at one point because initially I thought they were made up and didn’t even bother to look them up online – turns out they are both real words! I couldn’t believe it.

      Thanks for making it over, Crusader, look forward to reading your blog πŸ™‚

  13. Liz Fichera says:

    fuliguline as an adjective? Interesting…

    Love this post! But I’m going with cooking as the lie. You don’t sound like a girl who spends much time in a kitchen. πŸ™‚

  14. L'Aussie says:

    Love this post Anne-Mhairi. Great yarns. I can’t imagine your mum ripping off your toenail so I’d go for that as a lie, or partial truth.

    Thanks for popping over to meet me. I can’t see a follow option here. I’ve been here before looking.

    BTW I’d better get my post written.


    • Yeah, WordPress doesn’t allow Google follower – I think the best you can do is RSS, or email subscription 😦 It’s a bummer because I have no idea how many people want to follow – if I’d known before choosing WordPress it might have affected my choice…

      Anyway, thanks for the compliment and the comment. I’ll be seeing you on your blog again soon πŸ™‚

  15. Carol Riggs says:

    Hiya, buddy crusader! I’m making the rounds today and checking out your blog. Nice to meet you, and Happy Friday! πŸ™‚

  16. andrewmocete says:

    An interesting peak into the Anne-Mhairi life. I’m up for learning more.

  17. onceupona says:

    Hello Crusader! This has been lots of fun! It’s fun to see what everyone has done with their post… and as for your lie: I don’t think you’ve shot a rabbit.

  18. hey fellow crusader, I think the untruth is living in Peru πŸ™‚

  19. Hello fellow Crusader!
    I’m gonna guess the lie is the gun part…

  20. making crusader rounds. Nice to meet you, now following!


  21. Hi, Fellow Crusader! Visiting everyone’s challenge posts. πŸ™‚

    My guess is you’ve never been horseriding.

  22. Gary Baker says:

    It’s the horse thing. Galloping along the road is a no-no. Much more fun in a field. I’m almost, but not completely, uncertain of that.

  23. LA Colvin says:

    HHMM Maybe the itchy feet?

  24. Kerri Cuevas says:

    I REALLY hope the lie is that your mom ripped off a toe nail. You had my toes curling thinking about that lol and OUCH!

  25. Hmm, I’m thinking the lie might be that you love to look after people by doing their laundry. I HATE laundry, and can’t imagine anyone liking to do it. πŸ™‚

  26. Still cringing about the toenail!! Ack! Hmm, I will say the lie is doing laundry. If only because I’m not a fan of doing laundry. πŸ˜‰

  27. chenoafawn says:

    Good post Anne-Mhairi.

    Since you bothered with the calibre, I’m going to hazard that the .22 is the ‘lie’. Perhaps you prefer .177.

    I’ve just posted my response today (under the Writing Lab menu item). Looking forward to seeing our other group member’s efforts (and any other crusaders I get time to visit).

  28. Lisa Potts says:

    This is a tough one. I would guess that you are not actually an excellent cook.

  29. I didn’t read all the comments, so I hope you haven’t already revealed the lie. I think it’s the laundry. Does anyone enjoy doing laundry? If that is true, I’m doing it today, feel free to come over and help. “)

  30. I’m going with shooting a rabbit. Well done!

  31. tangynt says:

    I’m going to go with the rabbit gun as well. Mostly because I know what itchy feet can be like myself, and if I were brave enough I’d love to ride. Or if I were coordinated enough…

  32. Kar_took says:

    I learned the hard way with one of the challenges in the last crusade when I thought that kartoffelpuffer wasn’t a real word, and then read other people’s entries and found out that it was!

    Great post, but I think the lie is that you are an excellent cook. Hardly anyone says that about themselves.

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