1. Noah Webster was born this week back in 1758….besides the online version, do you own a dictionary? Do you ever use the hardback copy or is your hunt for a definition strictly online these days?
I do own a dictionary but it is so old now I never use it. I love books so I would use one if I had a more up-to-date Oxford English Dictionary! These days I usually start typing a word into google to find out if I’m spelling it correctly, but I do have to watch I’m getting the English spelling and not the ‘Americaneze’ version!
2. Should public schools ban Halloween celebrations? What about other holiday celebrations currently under fire?
My primary school almost put a ban on Easter and Christmas. We stopped having nativity plays because we had a very liberal headteacher who believed that to celebrate Christian festivals was racist. We did however celebrate Eid. Personally I loved learning about other ‘holidays’ such as Eid, Diwali, Easter and wish we’d learned about Hanukkah (especially as I knew at least one Jewish person in my year at school). I don’t think Hallowe’en needs to be banned, but I do think schools need to be careful how they might ‘celebrate’ it. I love how in the USA people have things like Trunk or Treat. I don’t think there’s a problem learning about the roots of Hallowe’en or traditions. If schools started having fake seances, doing ‘magic spells’ or ouija boards then I’d be taking a stand against that. Our Senior Section girls want to do some Hallowe’en stuff and dress up – my only rule was that no one dressed up as Satan!
3. What’s your favorite ‘dog’ movie?
ummmmmmmmmm? Dog movie? Don’t hate me but I’m really not a fan of the ‘Marley and Me’ type movies. I think the closest I can do for you is ‘Lady and the Tramp‘.
4. When were you last somewhere you’d describe as ‘too quiet’?
I can’t remember being somewhere that was too quiet. Sometimes the silence is a beautiful and seems like almost a sacred thing. I guess when I’m in the house on my own for days at a time at night it feels too quiet.
5. Are you a neat cook or a messy cook? In other words do you clean as you go or make a big mess and then deal with it later?
I’m a messy cook! When baking I do like to cook like a TV chef – I have all my ingredients in individual bowls before I get started so it’s all ready for when I need it. Soup is probably my messiest though. The vegetable peel, the splashes when blending it, the drips when I decant it all into containers. I confess I haven’t yet washed the soup pan from the Tomato soup I made on Sunday or the pyrex dish from my Apple & Blackberry crumble (recipes coming soon).
6. Did you hear about Felix Baumgartner, the skydiver who broke the sound barrier via parachute? Was your first thought COOL! or was your first thought CRAZY! Are you adventurous?
I thought ‘that dude is pure mental!’ (imagine that said in my most Scottish accent). It did not surprise me that the dude was an Aussie either. Tee hee.
I’m not particularly adventurous. I’d like to be, but really I love being curled up and comfortable wrapped in a duvet most of the time. As I’ve got older I’ve grown more fond of home comforts especially as I’ve ticked off a lot of adventures – like riding a camel into the Sahara, lots of camping, backpacking around Europe, travelling round East Coast Australia. I have absolutely no desires to trek up Mount Kilimanjaro and get altitude sickness or get Delhi belly in India or go into outer space.
7. What’s not a word but should be?
My friend thinks I made up the word ‘Skooshy’. It’s a Scottish word that desribes what windscreen washers do (they ‘skoosh’ soap and water across your car windscreen) or how cream comes out an aerosol can. Personally I’d like to encourage that particular scottishism to be used worldwide. There are other words I love to use
‘squish’ (a more cute and gentle form of squashing and also describes things that are both squashy in a kind of slimy way)
‘ickle’ – for things that are both cute AND small.
‘fooved’ – when your hair is a bit unkempt and weird waves or kinks appear a bit like bedhead only it happens during the day.
Blogging has made me realise how much of my everyday language is completely foreign to people outside of Scotland! And I’ve really enjoyed the banter of the Scottish to British & Americaneze translator posts I used to do.
8. Insert your own random thought here.
I had my first bout of winter insomnia last night. I felt sleepy all day and I keep doing things at work which is making Sarah laugh. Like yesterday I wrote my own address down instead of the work address. Today I couldn’t find the words for my bagel order (the manager was like ‘you’ve been coming here for years – you should know how to order by now!). I picked up a piece of cutlery and managed somehow to fling it across the room on 3 separate occasions and knocked a cup of tea across our reception desk. I suddenly pinged awake about an hour before we went home. I came home, had tea and promptly fell asleep (again). I’m on countdown til March already! And I really want to see ‘Perks of Being a Wallflower‘.