1. Chinese New Year will be celebrated on February 10th, and 2013 is the year of the snake. When did you last see a snake? Are you okay around snakes or do they give you the shivers?
Well, I live in Scotland and in the city at that, so really the only animals I see are birds, dogs, cats, horses, bees, spiders, moths, foxes and the occasional rat, mouse or butterfly. They don’t even have snakes in Edinburgh Zoo anymore. I have seen a snake a couple of times when we’ve been up in the North West Highlands – but they don’t bother me because they are not poisonous. I think if I saw one in a country where they could potentially kill me with their bite, it might be a different story!
2. The colour red in Chinese culture usually means good luck. Do you believe in luck?
Not really. I believe in hard work, and I do believe in a bit of karma as I’ve so often seen that what goes around really does come back around to you in some way shape or form.
3. sledding-ice skating-building a snowman…if given a choice, which activity would you choose? Which of the three have you done most recently?
But I love all three, how could I possibly choose?! I’ve done none of those recently because though we keep getting snow, it doesn’t seem to want to land on the ground where I live. Just create a truly uncomfortable commute with snow blowing in your face. None of the satisfying crunchy white powder stuff!
4. Ralph Waldo Emerson is credited as saying, “The years teach much which the days never knew.” Where have you seen this quote played out in your own life?
I guess it depends on how you interpret the quote. I guess when you’re in the moment, you don’t understand what’s happening or have a good perspective on events because you’re too close to it all. But years later, you look back with hindsight and see the wisdom and lessons you learned in those moments. Things take time.
5. When was the last time you ate a cupcake?
Good question. On Sunday morning, one of the girls in my Guide unit finished her Baden-Powell Award (highest award you can achieve as a Guide) by organising a bakesale/bookstall for Scottish Love in Action. I baked a batch of nutella cupcakes for it. I didn’t get a chance to eat a single one! I did however get a truffle that she had made, and a couple of Ashleigh’s homemade cookies that she had made! I think the sale raised £156 (which is more than our whole Guide unit raised last year).
6. What’s something you can’t say no to?
I find it very difficult to say no to cake or chocolate. Unless it’s cake that has been made from a packet. (and I genuinely can always tell – the worst is packet mix chocolate chip muffins or brownies. I can still remember the plasticky aftertaste of Betty Crocker).
7. Are you a doodler?
When I had to sit in class – yes! I would scribble and doodle away as a teacher droned on! Now, I don’t really have doodling circumstances very often. Did you know it’s National Doodle Day on Friday?
8. Insert your own random thought here.
Yesterday, Mr Teapot turned 3. I don’t usually share pics but as you can’t see faces in this one, the photo above is from the first day I ‘met’ Mr Teapot the day after he was born. My friend text me from triage at the hospital to let me know she was definitely in labour! I was singing at Powerpoint that night when he was coming into the world (the day I joined the Powerpoint worship band was the day his older brother was born). I often say that Elastaboy is like the duracell bunny - his energy is kinda like when you shake and shake a can of soda and then open it! He also has a fantastic imagination. Mr Teapot is more softly spoken and mellow, though he has that energy and spunk in him too (how many 1 year olds with a full arm cast have you known that can somersault over a cot?) I joked that Mr Teapot looked like a rugby player when he was born, and we have discovered he does have a talent for rugby already (Scotland needs some good players…). Of course we don’t know what they’ll grow up to be, but I do know my friends have already done a fabulous parenting job with both boys so far. They may on occasion get a little rowdy (no question that they are boys!!), but these boys do truly love each other and look after each other, they are intelligent and rooted. They happily wave off their parents and get stuck into play when they go to nursery or kids club, chat away to you about their day. I miss them both dearly (and my friends of course) and there are birthday and christmas presents sitting here waiting for delivery. I am very proud to be their fake Auntie.