Wednesday HodgePodge – Round 15

1. What is ONE thing or area in your home or life you hope to report is completely organized when 2013 draws to a close?  Do you  have a plan to make it happen? 

I hope to be in a better financial situation, and would love to be in my own flat again. My plan is: to get work which I actually get paid for in money. I’ve always tried to stick to jobs that I enjoy over how much I might get paid though.

2. What’s the worst uniform you’ve ever had to wear for a job?

Probably when I worked for the NHS – I had to wear ‘officewear’. This meant smart clothes. I really do not do smart clothes very well. Most of the jobs I’ve had have enabled me to wear comfortable clothes. I worked in a nightclub for a few months as bar staff. The manager tried to get me to button up my shirt lower ‘to sell more drinks’, which I refused to do.

3. What was your last kitchen ‘mishap’?  This question comes to you courtesy of Betty who blogs over at A Glimpse Into Midlife…everyone go say hi to Betty!

I genuinely don’t remember. It’s not that I haven’t had kitchen mishaps – believe me my friends from university could list a good number of my kitchen mishaps for you which includes me flooding a church kitchen, blowing up a toaster at a friend’s house and trying to cook a pizza without turning the oven on…

4. How do you protect yourself from other people’s negativity?

I try to avoid the people who disrespect me or tear me down. I’m really still healing from the profound effect a person in authority had on me with their words and attitude towards me at a church I used to go to. In fact, I think in every church I’ve been to (bar one) there has been a leader that has really spoken negativity into me to the point where I’ve begun to believe what they’ve said about me is true. I’m now lucky enough to have some good friends that are trustworthy enough to let me know if I’m the one in need of an attitude adjustment or I should ignore what they say and keep on moving forward through life as I was! I try to listen to them rather than the people who don’t know me well enough to have a say. Negativity in general, if it’s one of my friends I will sometimes challenge them to try see things from a different perspective. If it’s someone I don’t know very well…I’ll probably do my best to ignore it. I’m still learning about positivity having grown up around pessimists!

5. Who in your family do you most resemble (physically)? If you have children, who do people say they favor? Do you agree? 

Physically my Mum. I have her crazy big toes, and I remember friends from school telling me how they saw her at concerts/parents nights and knew immediately that she must be my mother! My sister, brother and I all have the same nose with the bump.


6. January 8th is National Bubble Bath Day…will you be celebrating?

I did not celebrate ‘National Bubble Bath Day’. I haven’t had a bath since I lived in Aberdeen (I only have a shower option in my current home).

7.  Some of the ‘world’s best winter festivals‘ are - Mardi Gras (New Orleans),Quebec Winter Festival (Canada), Sundance Film Festival (Park City, Utah),  Rio Carnivale (Brazil), Sapporo Snow Festival (Japan), Venice Carnivale(Italy) and the Harbin Ice Festival (Northern China).  Of those listed (and if cost were not a factor) which would you most like to attend and why?

I have never been to ‘Up Helly Aa’ which is on that list, but I have friend that have done and they say it is a LOT of fun. I’d love to see Mardi Gras in New Orleans. I love colour, dance and the whole latin culture, but I think Rio would be my choice as I’m willing to bet it’s a lot warmer there than it is here. Carnival and sunshine sounds good to me!

8.  Insert your own random thought here.

I had fun with my friend Vicky on Saturday as we told her daughter (Miss Sweetroot) about the surprise we had for her. A Monopoly board, a toy keyboard with a copy of Roald Dahl’s Matilda sat on the music stand and a map of London with a monopoly piece placed on the Theatre District were placed in the living room in front of Miss S. She then had to guess what all this meant. She looked at us nervously, almost not daring to believe what it could mean as we gave her more clues about how we’d get on a train from Edinburgh…and it would end up in…? And our friend Ruth would be meeting us there…? She was so excited, and her Dad said he realised the look on her face was the same as when they told her about the impending arrival of the one now known as the Mini Kahuna. BEST SURPRISE EVER.

And to finish a wee bit of Panda action from Edinburgh Zoo from when I (finally) went to see the Pandas last Wednesday…


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8 thoughts on “Wednesday HodgePodge – Round 15

  1. I have made special trips to the zoos in USA where I know they have Pandas. I love ‘em so.
    As for your mishaps…the flooding of the church kitchen sounds like something I could have done. And cooking a pizza with no oven…how many times have I tried that?!!
    You and your mom….beautiful women to be sure. Love the smiles.

  2. You definitely look like your beautiful Mom. You should avoid negative people all of the time as no one has the right to put someone else down. I think they call that “bullying”

  3. I know it’s hard to ignore people & what they say thats what sometimes makes life frustrating. ;/ Anyway I just don’t hang out with those people if they’re gonna act like that, and find someone who is more respectful. :) Your uniform doesn’t sound nearly as bad as mine. Though now i work part time at a dental office i have to wear this weird green colored shirt over my top so i gotta wear decent colors to come close to matching. The Hot dog on a stick was more yikes & i am actually glad i did not get that job.

  4. You definitely resemble your Mom – your both so pretty. Just stopping by from hodgepodge. I hope your having a good week.

  5. I do think when we grow up around negative people its hard to break that cycle. I’m glad you have people in your life now who are able to speak the truth.

    Fun surprise for your friend’s daughter!

  6. I love pandas! And I’m glad that you now have good friends who will tell you if it’s really you or the person who’s bringing you down. It’s always good to have friends like that.

  7. #1-That’s a goal for me too. #4-So glad you have surrounded yourself with awesome friends! :) And #8-Surprising kids is so much fun! :D

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