1. March is known as the windy month. Which of the following phrases best fits your March so far…’throw caution to the wind’, ‘three sheets to the wind’, ‘run like the wind’, or ‘see which way the wind blows’?
Three sheets to the wind. Not because I’ve been getting drunk, but the stress and sleepless nights of the last few weeks have turned me into a brain mushed person that may seem like she is!
2. Your favorite green food? Your favorite dish made with your favorite green food?
ooh. Now. I love so many things – broccoli, sugarsnap peas, spinach…
I’d probably have to go spinach. I love spinach in my pasta, I love to make salad with it, I love the Higgidy Piggidy Spinach, feta and red pepper quiche…
Or there’s avocado…I LOVE AVOCADO!
Spinach. No. Avocado..yes. Avocado. No….spinach… Sorry I can’t decide!
3. Ever been locked out of your home-car-office-anywhere? Do tell!
When I lived in Aberdeen, and had not long had my beloved car – a blue vauxhall corsa named Cassie – I got a call from my mother in Edinburgh (which is about a 2.5 hour drive away). My Mum had been wandering the 24hr supermarket for a few hours in full evening dress (she’d either been at a charity ball or some posh work thing) and on coming home discovered her house key was no longer in her teeny tiny bag. Her husband was on an oil rig, her sister was in Spain – I was the only person on the mainland of the UK with a key to her house. Hence the call at 7 a.m. to ask if I would please drive to Edinburgh to rescue her.
I dutifully got in the car, and began the drive to Edinburgh. But I needed petrol. So I stopped in a petrol station just South of Aberdeen.
And discovered I couldn’t get the door to the petrol cap open.
Cue me getting out car manuals, trying to prise open the door flap…I could not get that thing to open. I was starting to panic slightly…would I have to call the breakdown service? I didn’t have any petrol in my car to get home or to Edinburgh, and I couldn’t find a way to get petrol into my car to resolve the issue!
Eventually I swallowed my pride and went to ask someone for help. Here I was a 20 year old blonde student just not helping the stereotypes of blondes or women drivers (I’m so sorry).
What was the problem? Well…
Turns out that the central locking system of my car also included a lock for the petrol cap flapdoor (I have no idea if that’s what it’s called, but I’ll call it that). One click of the key opens the driver door only, 2 clicks opens everything else – the boot, the passenger doors…and the petrol cap door!
As I wasn’t putting anything in the boot like I usually would for a long journey, or if I was putting shopping in my car and getting petrol while at the supermarket like I normally would, I hadn’t done two clicks. So the petrol door was still locked.
How stupid did I feel? Very.
However, I did not feel as silly as my Mum who had had to go to our neighbours in her evening dress at 8 a.m. and stay there until I arrived a few hours later.
Needless to say, our neighbours now have a spare key for our house in case such a fiasco ever happens again…!
4. Yoda, Kermit, Shrek, The Wicked Witch of the West, Oscar the Grouch, The Grinch, or Mike Wazowski (Monsters Inc.)…of the green characters listed, which one’s your favorite and why?
I have to pick between Yoda, Kermit and Mike Wazowski?
I love Yoda for his wisdom, and I love Mike for the fact he never let himself be pigeon holed due to his lack of height or ‘scariness’ – he proves that if you really want something bad enough you can work hard and make it happen. I love Kermit, but I wish he wouldn’t let Miss Piggy treat him like crap so often!
5. “The first task of a leader is to keep hope alive.”~Joe Batten Do you agree? Why or why not?
I think I agree? If you don’t have hope or belief in a team’s ability to achieve something, nobody is going to work towards it. And it’s probably why Saul Alinsky always said that community organisers should have achievable goals to help bring communities together to find solutions.
6. Share a favourite song with an emotion in it’s title.
Oh my word. This was tough. I’ve just gone through all my favourite playlists and not one song had an emotion in it’s title.
I’m not sure love is an ‘emotion’ but it’s the closest I could come and this is one of my favourite songs by Noah & The Whale, “Give A Little Love” used beautifully in a scene from Cougar Town.
7. What’s a road trip you’d like to take?
I’d love to road trip down the coast of California, I’d also like to road trip from New England to the Southern States of the USA too, although I will likely avoid Alabama as I still remember this episode of Top Gear.
8. Insert your own random thought here.
A bunch of us were hoping to be at an anti-racism day march against fascism and racism in Glasgow on Saturday. I was telling my friend about it, but I forgot the ‘anti’ part. So I basically told her that I was going to a ‘march for fascism and racism’ and she just stared at me horrorstruck at what I just said and I couldn’t understand why. And then I realised what I’d actually said as opposed to what I meant to say.
I’m a terrible leftie hippie.
I was also really sad to hear the news that James Rebhorn died at the weekend. He plays one of (many) lovely characters on White Collar - head of the FBI White Collar Division Reese Hughes (and yes, he’s also Carrie’s Dad on Homeland…but dudes…White Collar). He actually wrote his own obituary before he died, and to me it just shows that he was clearly one classy fun guy. Much thoughts and prayers are with his family, friends and colleagues.