Wednesday HodgePodge – Round 14

Happy New Year everyone! The HodgePodge is BACK (yay for Joyce!) and if you have a blog, you are free to join in. The questions go up on a Tuesday (American time), and you can start posting on a Wednesday (American time).

1.  How did you ring in the new year?

My friends held a mini gathering/party for people to come and go from. We had cheese (with the all-important camembert fondue and breadsticks), pandoro (with the all-important maya gold chocolate fudge sauce). As the clock neared Midnight we put on the TV of Edinburgh’s Hogmanay and got glasses of champagne, party poppers and when the gun went off at Edinburgh Castle we popped the poppers yelled Happy new year, hugged and clinked our glasses and drank to 2013. It was chilled, it was great fun and the highlight was Mini Kahuna’s excitement at fireworks which go [insert hand/arm movement of fireworks going boom-wheee out and down].

New Year’s Day my Mum and 2 of my friends went to ‘Dogmanay’ – which is held in Holyrood Park and people bring their huskies to participate in dogsled races.


2.  What is one thing you are looking forward to in 2013?

I’m afraid to say in case it doesn’t happen for some random reason. BUT I’m excited to go to London with friends (and my mamma bear) to see Matilda. And I’m excited to try rock climbing. I’m really looking forward to seeing what Girlguiding adventures happen this year as well.

3.  Steven Spielberg is quoted as saying, All of us every single year, we’re a different person.  I don’t think we’re the same person all our lives.”  What say you?

I think if we’re not seeking wisdom from the lessons life experience teaches us, that’s the only way we can stay the same person all our lives. I’m not the same girl I was this time last year, and definitely not the same girl I was a decade ago. So if we’re learning and applying lessons to our lives – we’re different people.

4. The Pantone color of the year for 2013 is emerald green. Like or dislike? Do you already own something this color?  Will you add something in this shade to your home or wardrobe in 2013? 

Green is not my favourite colour, as it reminds me of our football rivals Hibernian FC! (I’m a fan of Heart of Midlothian FC – known as the “Jambos”). I do have an emerald green skirt that I had for ballet practice. Emerald Green is the colour we had to wear for RAD Grade 6. I also have an emerald green dress that I absolutely hate but it was the only dress in a store I could get to fit me before I had a month of weddings.

I would definitely not want to have an emerald green home. Ick ick ick.

5.  Speaking of emerald…what’s your favorite gemstone?


It goes with everything, and it’s my birthstone.

6. Share a favorite book or movie from 2012.

I already did this on my 2012 review. But my favourite movies from 2012 were Skyfall & Avengers Assemble. I really want to see Perks of Being A Wallflower (no one would go to the cinema with me to see it and it only stayed out for a couple of weeks – one of the annoying things about mainstream cinemas is they tend to show rubbish for ages, and the good smaller indie films at awkward times or not at all).
7.  What is something you want to tell yourself at the start of this brand new year?

Stop being afraid of failure.


8.  Insert your own random thought here.

I have not much to say other than I was elated to wake up on January 1st and see sunlight. I hadn’t seen sunlight in Edinburgh since before Christmas – every day has been dark and grey that we’ve had to have lights on in our house all day long. I’m thankful the shortest day has now passed and now the days can only get longer. Yippee!

And one last picture, which I’d like to caption as ‘If Nike had been founded by Scottish people’ —- Just Dae It.

Just Dae It

7 thoughts on “Wednesday HodgePodge – Round 14

  1. Love that Nike sign-Ha! I wanted to see the Wallflower film too…guess I’ll wait for the DVD. Happy 2013!

  2. You and I…diamonds!!! {An April Birthday, huh?}
    As for the firework banning….it’s because of the extreme drought we’ve had for the last two years. Everything, including homes, are prime targets for fires.

    Happy New Year.

  3. @Rebecca – well, all I can say is I reckon you should add ‘Hogmanay in Scotland’ to your bucket list!! Torchlight parade on 30th, either ceilidh or chilled out night with games, drinks, party poppers on 31st, Loony dook/dogmanay on the 1st!

    @JoDaley – Any idea when the dvd comes out?

    @PenguinSauce – me too. She is one wise lady – so much wisdom to be found in the Harry Potter series too.

    @Judy – Are you coming to Edinburgh? If you do, invitation to for an ‘in real life’ meet up extended to you!

    @Wayne – indeed. I have small diamonds in some jewellery I got for 18th/21st/graduation but mostly it’s the fake kind!! Happy new year to you too!

    @Hootin’ Anni – April babies rock!! And that makes more sense…I was beginning to think that American laws are even more strange than I thought (ie assault rifle fine, but sparklers banned?!) It’s a shame we can swap weather for a bit. Definitely no drought issues in Scotland. Though I think Texas and Southern California stole our December snow!

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