Monday, 11 January 2010

The View from the Shoe: Sheena Says

I met Sheena Ignatia on Authonomy, but she is a prolific tweeter, in the guises of @jeannealogy and now @sheenasaysstuff. She is the author of Jeannealogy, a hilarious series of multimedia love-hate letters/journals from her to her mother-in-law. You can find her at and

So, in her own words:

· Thank you so much for your time. So, Louboutin or Converse?
I had to google Louboutin. I’ve never heard of it, I thought it might have been cheese. I like cheese. So Converse, or maybe adidas two-stripe, or whatever I find on the floor at the Primark sale. Don’t think I would go for adidas four stripe though.

· What do you do?
I created a new social science called Jeannealogy. It’s the study of Jeanne, my mother in law. She is one big sack of crazy, so I tell people what she does, on the internet. And I am quite rude about her and I post pictures of the awful free gifts that she sends us from the catalogue. I got a real treat for Christmas!

· Why is there no one in the world who does it quite like you?
Lots of people tell me horror stories about their in laws, but I have yet to come across anyone who has an in law who checks the frozen aisle at Tesco’s for eye of newt and toe of frog, like Jeanne does.

· What do you really, really love about it?
I normally start to write when I am angry, I have been furious at times. Then, when I reach the end of a Jeanne blog entry, I am laughing my socks off. Yes I know it’s bad to laugh at your own jokes, but I can’t help it. Besides Banana The Poet says it’s okay to laugh at your own jokes… if you haven’t heard them before!

· A bit more time in the day, or a bit more money in the bank?
More money, lots and lots of money. Enough money to emigrate, far, far away from Jeanne.

· Imagine you “make it”. You wake up, and imagine the day ahead. Tell us about breakfast.
I love Spain, so desayunos would be at the Guinness Bar in Benidorm. Toast and butter and maramalade and a camomile tea. Although last time I had that for breakfast there, the toast tasted a bit like sausages. Weird.

· What’s your Jimmy Choo?
And what’s just cobblers? Nothing in life is more satisfying than spotting a £2 flight on a budget airline site, booking it and getting the email confirmation. I know, I know… carbon footprints- but I can’t help it. I love sunshine! What’s just cobblers? Well, there are rumours our local chippy is trying pass off cobbler as cod. I don’t mind though, if sausage infused toast with marmalade doesn’t bother me, then I am hardly going to be upset about fish.

· Tell us about the last time a fan made you feel 100 feet tall.
My brother’s friend, Ste, who famously reads only bus timetables and football programmes couldn’t wait to get home from work to read the rest of my blog. He was so engrossed, it even prevented him from logging onto his favourite pornography sites. Allegedly.

· Independent and poor, or under contract and rich?
Independent and rich! I’d still book budget flights though!

· Do you remember that bit on Play Away where Brian Cant stood behind people and did the actions whilst they spoke? If you could choose anyone to stand behind you and do the actions to your sales pitch, who would it be and why?
Napoleon Dymamite. Why? Have you seen Napoleon Dynamite? Wouldn’t he be great at that?

· Frocks or socks?
Socks are a bit of a sore point at the moment, I bought 3 pairs of purple socks from the pound shop. Wore them for one day and they kind of disintegrated, all of the cotton seemed to disappear and I was left with the mesh skeleton of the socks. It looked like I had trimmed a bit of net curtain off, and wrapped it around my feet. So, frocks. Definitely frocks.

Thanks ever so much for asking me Dan


  1. OOh that thing you had with socks - that happened to me with a green cardi from M&S years ago!!! It was really expensive and I loved it, but it was that shiny fuzzy knit and when I washed it (according to the instructions) the fifth time - it started going bald!!

    I took it back because in those days Marks were good about changing things and even though it was a few months old I got my money back.

    This is a brilliant interview - I laughed out loud quite a few times. Yay for Sheena (and not just because you mentioned me in your interview and I MIGHT print it out and frame it) :) :) :)

  2. Thanks both. I'm too embarassed to ask for my money back for my 33. 3 recurring pence worth of socks.

  3. I think that it is probably just as well if it was socks and not frocks because it would be a shame if one of them had fallen to bits! :¬D

  4. An interview with Sheena! Just the thing to brighten up a rainy Monday morning. Even though it's Tuesday.

  5. I knew Sheena would be popular - she's just as cheeky here as she is at t'other place :)

  6. This was hilarious and fascinating! Would this be a regular feature with other Authonomites? =)

  7. Is that a hint, Lori :) It's actually a feature I've been running for 6 months to show off the best creative talent on twitter - i don't want to be too writer heavy, but those writers on twitter are always welcome :)

  8. its really very nice thanks for sharing this with us.

  9. Sheena wears bobos. I never had a doubt.
    She seriously needs to buy a razor.
    That beard is getting long. I'll admit to it being quite sexy though.
    I hope she becomes a superstar codfish salesman i Spain too.

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