Another week, another HodgePodge – to join in the fun, click on the Wednesday HodgePodge button to take you over to Joyce’s blog.
1. It’s National Bike Week…do you own a bicycle? When did you last ride a bike?
I do own a bicycle, but last year during our building work a lot of things got put in the shed where it is kept and I wasn’t able to get at it. So last time I rode it was sometime in 2011, I really need to get it out, serviced and start using it again. I really love being able to cycle down to shops to get the odd thing or run ‘local’ errands, and would love to be able to cycle to and from Guiding meetings rather than taking the car so much.
2. What’s something you learned in school that wasn’t part of the curriculum?
That’s a really tough question. My schools had so much in the curriculum that was included amongst the normal Maths, English, PE, PSE, Science. Tolerance was taught, other faith beliefs were taught, treating people well, leadership, teamwork…
I guess one thing I learned is about war and refugees. My primary school took in a great many refugees from Bosnia during the Yugoslavian war in the 90s. I think this was mainly because an local aid organisation was run by a parent who was on the PTA at our school – because he was convoying aid to Bosnia, I’m guessing he advised and assisted families when they sought asylum in the UK. I didn’t understand for a while why some of these kids seemed to misbehave and I remember one girl who we were nervous of because she could react quite violently at times without warning. It is lovely now to see some of my friends who came as refugees now able to go back to their home country and show us the beauty of their homeland. I also learned a great deal about the Muslim faith from kids at my school. I remember a girl who was from a Bangladeshi family of asylum seekers pointing to the word ‘pig’ in a book we’d been assigned for reading and confiding to me in the playground that she didn’t know what to do when they asked her to read this story as that was a very bad word she wasn’t allowed to say at home. I remember my friend who was Scottish but his grandparents were Pakistani. He taught us about Eid and I got to learn how his mother had incorporated their faith with the Scottish culture they were surrounded by. That was really cool to see and his family were super lovely!
I’m so thankful to have gone to an ‘inner city’ school with diverse cultures.
3. What’s a food you’ve never tried, but want to try? What’s a food you’ve tried and will never try again?
Hmm. I don’t think there is anything that comes to mind. There are things I’d like to try making myself. Like butternut squash risotto or soups. Cooking with polenta or quinoa. Making halloumi burgers. I’ve never tried tofu, and intrigued to what it is like.
Food I’ve tried and will never try again: Melons (tried these several times, and I just cannot stand them. I wish I liked them but I simply don’t). Grapefruit.
4. Have you been more demanding on yourself lately or less? Why? Do you think that’s a good trend?
I don’t think I have been anymore demanding on myself than usual. Certainly I’m super busy just now and if life was like this all year round it wouldn’t be good, but this is ‘normal’ for this time of year. I’m pretty good at managing my time with putting my ‘sabbath days’ in at least once a week, and making sure I have at least one evening a week in the house doing…well….not much!
5. Who is your favorite book, movie, or TV show villain?
I don’t like villains! I guess Draco Malfoy from Harry Potter, because I think he’s a more typical realistic villain and does have a little bit of good in him deep down. I like to think that there is something good in everyone.
6. How concerned are you about identity theft?
Probably not concerned enough, but I am careful with certain things – like putting my full name (including middle names) and full date of birth online.
7. I saw this last question on Dawn’s blog a couple of week’s ago and asked if I could share. Everybody hop over and say hi, but first answer this…would you rather have an ordinary home in an extraordinary place or an extraordinary home in an ordinary place?
I’m not sure how to answer this question. I’d rather just be where I’m meant to be. I live in an ordinary home in an ordinary place – though I do love the city of Edinburgh!
8. Insert your own random thought here.
Yesterday I got to spend the day with my friend’s wee girl as it was a local school holiday and Tuesday is the day my friend uses to study for an online course she is doing. We had a lot of fun and so glad the weather stayed nice for us. Recently I’ve realised how much Miss Sweetroot and Mini Kahuna pick things up from me, with Mini K starting to say ‘Awesome!’ and ‘Ohh maan!’ in the singsong way I do whenever he hears me say it. It’s when that happens you realise that your actions and the things you say in front of them, how you respond to situations….all of it is being watched and learned – for good or for ill!