It’s time to welcome back the weekly series that has died more times than the average mobile phone signal in the countryside when you are desperately trying to Google ‘where the hell am I?!’
Fortunately it has also had more comebacks than the entire collection of 90s boybands combined and this week is no exception, as we are back with the very funny, Lucianne from The Tantrum Times. Lucianne has recently started contributing to our website too so she is very much in our good books!
She isn’t a one-post-a-day type of blogger but her site is definitely full of gems, so if you get a spare few minutes you really should pop across and have a binge read of them all!
1. Tell us about yourself in 20 words or less?
Energetic, friendly and loyal. Not to be confused with a Labrador, which disappoints my daughters daily nearly as much as my cooking.
2.How would your children describe you?
When we play Winnie the Pooh with my 2 year old I am always rabbit so I guess she thinks I’m a bit of a nagging twat.
To my youngest I am a milk source, that is all.
3. When and why did you last properly laugh out loud?
We were doing a road trip in a hippy van in America, one afternoon people kept waving at us from other cars. We thought they must be a particularly friendly bunch until we stopped at a traffic lights and the toddler’s potty came tumbling down the windscreen.
4. Do you try to be funny when you are writing? Tell us a bit about your blogging ‘process’.
No. If I try and make something up or try to be funny for funny’s sake it sounds contrived. If something funny happens I write it down and then that grows into a blog idea. I then show it to my husband to check what I have written won’t get him fired, he has a proper job which we need to live off so I can fanny about writing blogs.
5. What is the funniest thing you’ve read in the past few months?
The tweets from Lord Bucket head during the recent election – the highlight was seeing him standing on the same stage as Theresa May won her seat. The best of British humour!
6. What are the best and worst things about becoming a parent?
Their brutal honesty, phrases such as “Mummy you have a stinky foo foo” really keep me on my toes.
The worst bit is definitely the responsibility for the person you are creating. Everyone tells you how important the formative years are but you won’t know whether you got it right until it’s too late. What if they end up in some den of iniquity whipping a fat, sweaty perv called Alan, all because I chose to put them on the naughty step once too often?
7. Do your friends/family find you funny in ‘real life’?
According to my husband I’m funny for a girl. Got myself my very own John McEnroe.
8. Go on, say something funny!
“I’m Brian and so is my wife” stolen from the comedy genius that is Monty Python’s The Life of Brian.
9. How did you get into writing and why?
Being a malcoordinated leftie meant I didn’t excel at writing at school. Years later I took a copywriting course in New York, thankfully by this time typing had replaced hand writing so I could enjoy the creative side of writing without my tongue involuntarily lolling out. The teacher was an editor for an online magazine and asked if anyone wanted to write product reviews. As a huge fan of free stuff I accepted. Found writing unexpectedly enjoyable and people said they liked my writing, namely my mother in law. It went from there really.
10. If you could only have one meal every day for the rest of your life, what would you choose?
Spicy fish Tacos and chocolate ice cream.
11. Complete the sentence’Since having a child…’
I’ve become way better at catching. My sister’s party trick when we were teenagers was to throw oranges at me to show prospective suitors how terrible I was at catching and how funny it was to watch me get hit in the face with an orange. It was a simpler time. For some reason since having children I can now catch and I’m very much looking forward to returning those oranges this christmas.
12. In your opinion, what is the worst children’s TV show, and why?
Peppa Pig as I am irrationally jealous of Mummy Pig. Look at her with her Piggin perfect life. Imagine her smug Instagram account. …oh look I’m the only one who can put them to bed… SNORT oh look I have a computer, work from home and have grandparents on hand whenever I want…SNORT…Oh look Daddy Pig has put a chocolate cake in the trolley. Silly Fat git.SNORT Oh look my child’s nursery has a reasonable approach to child care ratios so I can actually afford to send my child to nursery for longer than 2 hours a week.
13. Please tell us about your blog and why we should visit:
The Tantrum Times is my attempt at making people laugh by blogging about our family life with two young children. It is the funny world of parenting through a no BS filter which I hope subscribers to You Have To Laugh will relate to and enjoy.
If you enjoyed the interview there’s plenty more where that came from, so click on the image above to visit Lucianne’s blog or click here to see some other great interviews with some brilliantly funny bloggers!
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