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)
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!