What, for you, was the high point of 2013? Were there any other highlights?
For me, the high point of 2013 was my April trip to London. I loved seeing Matilda, I loved seeing Miss Sweetroot’s responses to her first time in the city, I loved being with such great friends and a special memory was made watching the Sunset from the London Eye.
Other highlights include Soul Surfer Road Trips to Polzeath, Aberdeen and Cardiff and watching two of the Guides getting awarded their Baden Powell. And getting accepted to do my postgraduate qualification at Glasgow uni!
What, for you, was the low point of 2013?
2013 has been the year of the Grim Reaper. Two grandparents, two uncles, one of my Mum’s best friends and my childhood friend’s Mum.
Plus Feb-April being ill with flu, my café spill and some weird sinus/viral infection thing was just a bit rubbish.
Tell me some things you learned this year.
I learned how to use moodle. And I learned how much I hate moodle too! I learned the art of nagging to get things done in girlguiding. I was reminded how passionate I am about learning over teaching, education in general and how education will always be more of a passion than counselling ever will be.
Who would be your “person of 2013″? It could be someone you know or a famous person who’s inspired you.
Back in November, my friend asked the leader of Christian Surfers International for his one bit of wisdom he would share. It was this: think about who’s kingdom you are trying to build. The main reason being that it takes jealousy, competition and pride out of the playing field.
Amen to that.
What was the best film you saw this year?
I’ve seen very few films this year, but probably Les Miserables.
And what was the worst?
Or Lincoln – does it count if we switched it off half an hour in because we were so bored watching it?
What was the best book you read?
I can’t pick between How the Girl Guides Won the War and The Perks of Being A Wallflower.
What was the best thing you saw on TV?
I was not impressed with how NCIS ended last season….DUCKY!!!!!! (and if you are in America, Australia or you have fancy TV in the UK – yes, we’re only on Season 9 and you’re all on Season 10 and 11).
And of course…How I Met Your Mother.
What, for you, was the sporting highlight of 2013?
The European Artistic Gymnastics Championships. If anyone thought that London 2012 was a fluke, think again. Our lads took home a lot of medals…and then Kristian Thomas and Max Whitlock followed it up by bringing home a couple more from Worlds later in the year. Happy British Gymnastics fan here!
What was the best album or song you heard in 2013? What song did you play most?
Back in May, my friend Judith and I ended up wandering round a branch of Fopp in London’s West End. They had a tune playing and I loved it so I asked what it was they were playing. I ended up bringing home Sam Amidon’s Bright Sunny South album home with me to Edinburgh.
Unsurprisingly the most played song on my iTunes is ‘My Old Friend’.
What are you looking forward to in 2014?
I am looking forward to going to Germany with some of my coursemates from university to do the Lifelong Learning winter school. I’m hoping to meet up with friends from around the UK. And I hope to do lots more fun things with the Guides and Senior Section!