The Wednesday Hodge Podge – Round 4

1.  In what ways do you indulge yourself?

Well, there are 2 things. The first is chocolate. I am a chocoholic. I really dislike eating a meal without having a square or two of chocolate after. My favourite chocolate is Green & Blacks, and my favourite boxed chocolates are Thornton’s summer collection. Or their viennese truffles! The second is American TV. I love to come home, get my pyjama bottoms on, wrap myself in my fleece blanket and watch How I Met Your Mother and I can’t wait to see the next 2 seasons of White Collar!

2.  Have you ever taken a cooking class?  Any interest?  What type of class would you most like to try?

I haven’t. I don’t think I’d have the patience for a cooking class, just because I’m not a huge fan of cooking. I might take a cake decorating class because I would like to make my cakes look nicer.

3. What does it mean to be a good citizen? 

That’s a tough one. I guess first and foremost, you should be involved in your community and be considerate to your neighbours. It means big things and small things. Putting out your rubbish on the correct day. Not digging out the snow from your driveway and dumping it all right in front of somebody else’s. Voting. Not ignoring the plights of others – if you see someone being mugged, don’t just stand there. At the very least you can dial 999 (or whatever the emergency number is in your country). Be polite. Don’t scream curse words in front of kids. Be involved. Fight for what is right and don’t assume that someone else will do it for you.

4.  ‘Tis the season of the political advert…do these ads influence your vote? 

Thankfully it is NOT political season here in the UK (or Scotland). I’m absolutely appalled by the world of American politics. Not only do I find some of the Republican candidates’ views on things terrifyingly ignorant (and at times arrogant – sorry Mr Romney but your comments on the UK before the Olympics have not been forgotten) and some of the Democrats ain’t much better. But hearing that my friends in the US are getting pre-recorded cold calls several times a day that just slander whatever party they are not in? The ridiculous propaganda? And some of the tweets and stuff on my facebook feed is well…yeah…a frightening insight. Having said all that…it’s two years until we’re apparently having a referendum and Mr Salmond is getting ready to use Braveheart as a tool to get his ego massaged to greater heights by trying to get Scotland to vote for independence from the rest of the United Kingdom. And his tactics are cartoon-like. And sadly do influence a lot of uneducated and/or vulnerable people.

(I’ll be voting NO by the way – I’m proudly Scottish, but think that we are better united).

5.  What’s something you see today that makes you wish you were a kid again?

There was a fantastic moment on Sunday when the Mini Kahuna, in protest of not being allowed to take his shoes off in church (right before he’d have to go to creche) ran round the back of the seats to go see Lady V.  Brisaac went after him and all we could hear over our poor Pastor pouring out his heart for…uh…something…was Mini Kahuna’s big belly laugh. He thought it was a game and his laughter was infectious. As my slightly embarrassed friends tried to work out how to encourage him not to be a distraction his laughter continued and my friend and I were peeing our pants laughing. And the rest of our row, the row behind us, the row behind them, the row in front of us and some of the rows across from us – all trying to stuff their bibles in their mouths to stop from laughing out loud too. It was brilliant.

I also love that he can come to church wearing a pair of sunglasses upside down on his face and everyone high fives him for it. If I did that, people would be walking in a wide berth around the crazy girl who can’t dress herself. 8)

No fair!

6.  What’s your least favourite cliche?

The 1950’s housewife. I love that J.K. Rowling stomped all over that cliche/stereotype by having Mrs Weasley show she’s just as gifted and skilled as any other despite a choice to be a stay-at-home mother, and has intelligence and does what is right rather than what is easy or expected.

7.  What percentage of your Christmas shopping has been completed?  How does that make you feel?

Now, I am SO glad that I ended up in my favourite bookshop at the weekend, in the children’s section and as a result started my Christmas shopping. It’s nowhere near finished, but that’s ok.

8.  Insert your own random thought here.

I love Girlguiding, and last night just proved to me why. We took 18 Guides to the EICA and 17 of them climbed, abseiled and bouldered. Lots of them went in terrified of heights or thinking they wouldn’t do it. And they did it. Landing on the ground with big cheshire cat grins glowing with a sense of accomplishment. Doing better than they thought they were capable of. It was fantastic. The one guide who wasn’t able to do it because she didn’t have a consent form achieved something too, as she realised she could do an interest badge. When she wasn’t cheering on the girls, taking photos (or trying to get them to jump from great heights) she was sitting writing out stuff and planning what she needed to do to get her badge. We have 2 weeks off now for the ‘Tattie Holidays’, and I can’t wait to get back to it!

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8 thoughts on “The Wednesday Hodge Podge – Round 4

  1. You answered #4 perfectly. I 100% agree. It’s all just unfair propaganda! And I just don’t see how they can make an informed choice. I have to say even though I am not American, Romney seems like a total idiot! To think he actually questioned the other day why we cant open windows on aeroplanes is beyond me?!?! I think a 5 year old could answer that!

    I would love to have been in church at the moment. Kids do the funniest things….literally!

  2. At first I was going to comment on your comment (and Rebecca’s) about Romney and the Republican Party, but I thought better of it, especially since both of you said that you aren’t from the U.S. So…you aren’t in the “thick” of things and don’t have first-hand knowledge of what all is happening here. We make informed choices by looking at the issues, and choosing which candidate best fits our ideals. We check their websites to see where they stand on the issues, and watch the debates closely. Basically, we do the best we can do. It may not be perfect, but it’s the best we’ve got! In my part of the country (even in my family), most of us keep our political views to ourselves; otherwise we may have another civil war on our hands!
    What is “girlguiding”?

  3. I loved this post. Mini Kahuna had me in stitches.

    I used to be a Girl Guide, and loved every moment of it. The teamwork, the sense of accomplishment after every task was completed, sitting around a campfire… it was all such fun and so rewarding.

  4. My girls were involved in scouting growing up too…lots of happy memories from those days!

    #4-a few thoughts…after living outside the US for a number of years I think I can say that Europeans see America very differently than the way many Americans see America. They have expectations of what governement should be and do based on the way their own government functions. Not better, not worse…just different.

    I absolutely don’t think you should take at face value everything you see posted on sites such as facebook and twitter. So much is posted and mindlessly forwarded without any investigation into the truth and accuracy of the content. Or its been edited to imply something untrue as opposed to posting in totality. Political ads run on both sides of the aisle…all of Washington is guilty. This is why I think it’s so important for everyone to watch the debates and hear the candidates speak for themselves, minus scripts, teleprompters, and pundits. In addition, our President has written books so his ideology is out there in his own words. Everyone can read that for themselves. I certainly don’t think Mitt Rommney is an idiot. Both candidates are highly educated, intelligent men who bring vastly different experiences to the table, and as a result have very different visions for America.

    As far as the phone calls…we get them. Sometimes I answer and sometimes I don’t. I’ve never had a call from either political party that slanders the other. The majority of the calls are survey format wanting to know your views on particular issues, I guess to gauge how their candidate is faring. Others are pep talks…encouraging you to vote and asking you to consider voting for candidate A or B.

    I enjoy politics…I was just recently with a Canadian friend and Quebec is talking heavily about independence again too, interesting to hear how it would affect her in PEI. Hope you have a great day!

  5. @Mary & Jo – I think the mindlessness of not realising what they are posting/forwarding IS what scares me! And the fact that division seems very polarised and that you’d even have to keep it to yourself because of quite extreme reactions. we too have websites, debates etc which you hope people do listen to to make informed decisions – it’s the other stuff that appals me. Most of what I’ve said in number 4 IS based on things my American friends are telling me. But as I say – Scottish politics is terrifying too! (UK politics is fine, just our politicians are…well…it’s picking the lesser of the evils really!)

  6. Mary – Girlguiding is the same as ‘Girl Scouts’. Girl Guiding started not long after Boy Scouts in UK and the largest youth organisation in the world – The World Association of Girl Guides & Girl Scouts (WAGGGS). Guides is the section of GirlGuiding aged 10-14 years old. Though across the world Rainbows (5-7) Brownies (7-9), Guides (10-14) and Rangers/Young Leaders – collectively known as Senior Section (14-25) have different names. Like in New Zealand, Rainbows are known as ‘Pippins’.

  7. Add me to the list of people who are amazed and appalled by the political campaigning in the US! It’s insane! I swear – if politicians tried some of that stuff here in NZ, people would wonder whether they were a spoof!

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