1. Share your traditions surrounding the Christmas stocking.
This folks, is my Christmas stocking. It’s felt and I’ve had this for as long as I can remember!
Every year, my Mum collects random stuff for it, and it used to be that it was placed on the end of bed when I went to sleep on Christmas Eve. Now my Mum dumps it outside my door when we get back from the Midnight Service! The rule is that you can’t open any presents until you’ve woken up from sleep on Christmas Day. When I was a kid, I’d take it through to my Mum’s bed and open everything up then I’d usually be made to go to sleep for a few more hours before being allowed to open presents under tree at more civilised hour. Tradition is that there is always a clementine or satsuma, some pennies, chocolate coins and a packet of Thorntons Viennese Truffles in there!
2. How many hours of sleep do you average at night? Is it enough?
I usually sleep for 7-8 hours. If I get less than that, I really do not function. If I don’t catch up on sleep after 48 hours I usually come down sick with a cold or something very quickly. When I was a teenager, because of school starting so early (and me not usually being able to get to sleep before Midnight or 1 a.m.) I often got only 4-6 hours a night. I used to sleep on my desk in several classes! 1st year of uni I was worse – I used to be awake til 2 or 4 a.m., get up at 8 a.m., go to my 10 a.m. lecture, study, have lunch come back, fall asleep and often missed my afternoon lectures. And I had glandular fever at the time. It’s not surprising that I got Post-Viral Fatigue Syndrome really.
3. If you had to give up one thing for the remainder of this year what would it be?
I don’t know. I’d like to try and stop swearing. I do try all the time…but have you ever tried changing the way you speak? I’ve grown up using ‘f’ and ‘b’ and ‘s’ words since I was a wee girl just the same as using words like ‘aye’, ‘wee’ and ‘outwith’.
4. The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge (or Wills and Kate as I like to call them) have announced they’re expecting a baby. Do you follow news of the Royals?
Well living in the UK, it’s hard not to – the BBC News homepage right now (Tuesday morning) looks like this – and this is after the news is already a day old! Poor Kate though – Hyperemesis Gravidarum is horrible. I’ve had a few friends who had really terrible morning sickness where they’ve puked numerous times a day throughout their pregnancy and that is horrible enough. I’ve had 2 friends with HG – one seriously just wanted to die, and was in hospital constantly. She couldn’t go 20 mins without throwing up. It got to a point she couldn’t move without being ill. Every. single. day. For 8 months. Can you imagine puking 10-40 times a day for that long?
5. For me, the sound of childhood is__________________.
6. Fruit cake-yay or boo? What’s your favorite dessert made with fruit?
Boo. We do not have fruit cake or Christmas pudding in our house. I love Apple & Blackberry crumble, I love berries in general, and at Christmas I use berries and mix them with whipping cream, chocolate fudge icing to make Chocolate Berry Panettone.
7. What is one thing you want to accomplish before 2012 comes to an end?
I accomplished quite a few things on my bucket list this year, so I’m chuffed with that!
I got a tattoo, I cartwheeled on a beach next to the Celtic Sea in Cornwall. I went on a spa day with my friend Carrie and though I didn’t see the Olympics in person, I hope that by next week I’ll have at least seen an international gymnastics competition in person which will include some of the London 2012 Olympians!
8. Insert your own random thought here.
I got the other reindeer, and have named them Ruairidh (a Gaidhlig name, pronounced ‘roo-ah-rhee’ which means ‘red king’) and Saija (a Finnish name which I think is prounounced ‘sai-ya’ means ‘Princess’). They are currently wearing smoothie hats 9 & 10, and standing guard over my tickets for the Glasgow World Cup which is THIS SATURDAY!!!! Very excited to see Marcel Nguyen & Danell Leyva (2012 Olympic silver and bronze medallists), not to mention our British Olympics Kristian Thomas, Dan Purvis and Rebecca Tunney. Elizabeth Price (an Olympic alternate) will also be there, and I suspect she’ll contend for the medals at Worlds next year competing for the USA. She won the Stuttgart World Cup competition last weekend. This is my first time seeing elite gymnastics live so I’m super excited!! Worlds next year wil be in Antwerp, which isn’t too far away either…