2. What is something you feel too young to do?
Retire. I’d say be Prime Minister or the CEO of a company, but I don’t think I’d like to do either of those jobs no matter how young or old I might be!
3. “Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud…it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs…”
Of the characteristics mentioned in the biblical definition of love which do you find most difficult to live out and why?
It is not easily angered. Somehow when someone I care about does something that annoys or disappoints or hurts me the anger flares up even more. I wonder if a definition of love should include ‘does not put a person on a pedestal’.
4. What’s a springtime flower you associate with your childhood?
Now you’re asking. I remember my Nana would always point out when flowers started popping up in places. Snowdrops, daffodils, crocuses are the ones I can identify (ish). The snowdrop is probably one I now associate with Dunblane, as that happened on a wintry day in March when I was almost 12 and the campaign for increased gun control that followed was called ‘The Snowdrop Campaign’ because it was the time of year for snowdrops.
5. Ever sung karaoke? If so, what’s your go-to song? If not and you’re given the opportunity, would you?
With my Dad-side of the family – oh yes! My sister and I LOVED karaoke, and I seem to remember two of our favourites being ‘Man, I Feel Like A Woman‘ by Shania Twain and ‘Baby One More Time‘ by Britney Spears. We never did Spice Girls for karaoke because that required dance routines (which I would learn and then teach everyone). The first pub I went to when I was
15 18 was a place called The Globe in the Old Town of Edinburgh when I was part of a work experience exchange. On Thursdays they did karaoke night, and my friends and I used to go a lot once I was 16 18. We sang Grease, Queen – all the classics! Thankfully schools in Edinburgh had half-days on Fridays so if we were a little tired it didn’t matter too much. Not that my Mum would have let me stay out past Midnight on a school night anyway! Those are good memories.
6. What is something you keep in a basket?
I don’t have a basket to keep things in. The only time I use one is at the supermarket!
7. When was the last time you felt foolish?
I’m pretty sure I have a moment of foolishness every single day. But I had a moment (last) night when I was coming home after a trustee meeting on the airport bus, and transfixed by the luggage rack that seemed to be detaching from rest of the bus with every pothole I completely missed my stop. As it’s a limited stop express bus there’s a fair distance between the stops. Thankfully I noticed as we sailed past McDonald’s and the bus driver very kindly stopped at a bus stop before the next one. And then I conducted my late night walk of shame along the road.
8. Insert your own random thought here.
It’s probably a good thing there’s no HodgePodge next week, as I may be far too stressed/excited as next week my Mum, my friend and her daughter, Miss S travel down to London to meet Ruth & Rebecca and we’re going to see Matilda. I’m looking forward to introducing Miss S to the world of Hamley’s and the Hummingbird Bakery.