It’s Wednesday, I’m off work for the week (but weirdly more busy…I guess that’s the Edinburgh festival effect) and you can join in by linking up at Joyce’s blog and visiting the other HodgePodgers (click on the HodgePodge button to take you there!).
1. The first week of August is National Simplify Your Life Week…what’s one thing you could do this week to qualify as a participant?
Get rid of some of the shoes that are falling a part or are too small for me (weirdly, after my feet not growing from age 10, and even shrinking when I did ballet from age 14-16, my feet grew when I was about 24!)
2. It’s also National Peach Month…peach pie, peach cobbler, or please pour me a Bellini? What’s your peach pleasure?
We don’t eat a huge amount of Peaches here, and ‘raw’ I prefer nectarines. Bellinis have always sounded nice (but I have to be careful because of the wine allergy) and peach pie also sounds yummy but I don’t think I’ve ever had some.
3. Eleanor Roosevelt once wrote, ”Do one thing every day that scares you.” Agree or disagree…explain.
Agree. But I don’t think it needs to be like jumping out a plane or anything. Sometimes it can be as simple as going on your own to the cinema. Two of my favourite quotes are from great authors and both talk about fear and how it can stop us leading a full life. Going to Australia and going to South Africa really scared me – from a money perspective, flying on a plane/sharing room with possibility of ‘what if they throw up’ perspective… But also I remember early this year being scared to apply for my dream job because I was afriad of rejection. In the end, I did apply and didn’t get it, but now I have no regrets or ‘what ifs’ about it.
4. What’s your favorite household chore? Yes-you have to name one.
Cleaning the bathroom – I don’t know why, but there’s something therapeutic. It was the first thing I did after finishing my university dissertation at the end of my undergraduate degree! Submitted it, came home and cleaned the bathroom (household chores had fallen slightly by the way side in the 2 weeks I had to finish writing up my project!)
5. Fodors recently listed (what they’ve dubbed) the ten most beautiful sunset spots in America. Click here to read more and see the pretty pictures, but this is their list:
Butterfly Beach in Santa Monica CA, Mount Haleakala in Maui HI, Old Fort Marcy Park in Santa Fe NM, Laguna Beach CA, Hopi Point in Grand Canyon AZ, Four Seasons in Miami FL, Santa Monica Pier in Santa Monica CA, Gay Head in Martha’s Vineyard MA, Ensign Peak in Salt Lake City UT, and Mallory Square in Key West Florida.
Have you seen the sun set from any of these spots? If you could choose to watch the sun set this weekend from one spot on the Fodors List, which would you choose? Where was the prettiest sunset you’ve ever seen?
I think I’d choose Maui, but that’s mainly because I’d love to see Hawaii! The prettiest sunsets and sunrises always occurred in Aberdeen. Strange, as it’s not really a ‘pretty city’ with all its grey granite (I laugh out loud at Bill Bryson’s comments that there’s no granite anywhere, he must either not have known what granite looked like or walked around Aberdeen with his eyes shut). But Aberdeen had the most unique and stunning sunsets.
One of the most memorable sunsets (because that’s a different question) was at Cape Otway, Australia. Watching the parade of penguins waddle up the beach as the sun went down behind the 12 apostles at the end of a day driving down the Great Ocean Road was spectacular. The other memorable one was watching the sunset in the Sahara Desert.
6. What’s your favorite or most used app? If you don’t use apps how about your favorite or most visited website?
I just got my first smartphone at the weekend, after my Dad called me last Wednesday and told me he was buying me one whether I liked it or not. Whats app is great since my Dad lives in Spain, my sister now lives in Cameroon and we can use it to communicate with each other very easily. My most visited website is probably Twitter. I don’t understand why anyone follows me!
My Dad said I needed to name her like I named my car…so everyone meet Phoebe (she’s now got a white wallet like case to protect her from my clumsiness!).
7. We’ve recently passed the halfway mark for 2013…write a seven word sentence that sums up your year thus far.
Lots of death, fun and unexpected twists.
8. Insert your own random thought here.
So the other week, I went into a shop and bought a postcard to get some change for the bus. Given the lament of people saying they miss getting mail and postcards, I’m having a wee silly competition sort of thing where if you share a wee tourist story, you might just get a postcard sent through your mailbox.
**Additional thought: sadness to hear the news that my Britain’s most decorated gymnast and the most successful British female gymnast EVER, Beth Tweddle has officially retired. Beth is almost exactly a year younger than me, so I’ve been aware of her since Athens Olympics. I was so excited to see a British gymnast in contention for INTERNATIONAL medals. British Gymnastics has done a lovely job of paying tribute to her as the news was announced this (Tuesday) morning – just after I’d written this post. I was almost in tears reading the announcement on British Gymnastics website on ‘Phoebe’ while waiting for an appointment. Part of that being these emotional videos ‘The Making of a Champion‘. Anyone who has spent a day following me on social media will know my passion for gymnastics and Beth has been an exceptionally inspirational role model both in and out of the sport, and I’m sure will continue to be even if retired from competition. THANK YOU BETH!**