Odd couple

#90: Does a messy home (or office) make you anxious and cranky, or is cleaning something you just do before company comes over?

It does make me very anxious and cranky… I can’t stand it! Right now, my office desk is an absolute tip because I’ve got this massive project going on. Needless to say, I’m looking forward to closing it so that I can re-claim my desk! I believe that a messy desk causes a messy mind and that’s the last thing you need in the workplace. Thankfully, the project will be closed this week, so by this time on Friday my working regime will be safely back to working order!

Happy Monday everyone!

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Five a day

#89: You’ve being exiled to a private island, and your captors will only supply you with five foods. What do you pick?

I’m assuming it’s five foods that the captor would supply for the duration of my stay on the private island. With that in mind, the first thing I instantly thought of was a slice of Choccywoccydoodah cake (either ginger or their traditional chocolate) with the drizzled sauces. as I couldn’t imagine a life without it. Plus, I would make it last a very long time as it’s quite rich, so it would keep me going!

The second food I would choose is fruit – either bananas, grapes, pears or cantaloupe melons. I wouldn’t mind… if I could have some of each, that would be very kind!

Thirdly, it would have to be fajitas! Everything would have to be included – the meat, peppers, onions, refried beans, cheese, salsa, sour cream, guacamole and nachos! A world without Mexican food would be a very sad place.

For my fourth food… I know my teeth would end up falling out, but I have a weakness for the breakfast cereal Cinnamon Graham’s (I think they’re now called Curiously Cinnamon) or a Crunchy Nut Cornflakes. And hey, if I only have space for five foods, I’ve got to be able to enjoy them! I’m presuming that milk would be provided since it’s not a food…

Finally, hmmmm… this last one is tough. Do I choose something sensible, like Pad Thai and steamed dumplings or even scampi and chips, or do I think about treats that I could enjoy, such as Costa Coffee’s ginormous Belgian Chocolate Teacakes?! Decisions, decisions! I think I’d have to with the Pad Thai, purely because it would keep me fuller for longer (although if you haven’t tried Costa’s teacakes… what are you waiting for?!).

Trading spaces

#88: Have you ever wondered what it would be like to be a member of the opposite sex for a day? What do you think life would be like?

Of course! I wouldn’t have to worry about monthly pain for the majority of my life, bearing a couple/maybe a few kids, losing my figure because of it and I’d also feel a lot more comfortable and safer on nights out and travelling! I know the following is something many people scorn at, but I do strongly believe that if I was male, I would be further up the career ladder by now. Just my opinion…

Happy happy joy joy

#87: We cry for lots of reasons: sadness, pain, fear . . . and happiness. When was the last time you shed tears of joy?

Easy… when I watched my brother in his drama production the day after my birthday, a few weeks back. It was his singing that made the tears of happiness and pride fall as he’s never participated in a public show like this… and to be honest, I’d never heard him sing like that in all my life! He had quite a few solo sections within the four or so songs he performed in and it felt like my heart (and the fabric of time) had stopped with every word he sung… it was just incredible! I don’t normally get emotional in that way but I have never felt prouder to have him as my little brother. I thought I was going to burst with pride!

Judgment day

#86: If you were to judge your favourite book by its cover, would you still read it?

Well, that’s a bit tough to say since I’ve already read my favourite book! Thinking about what mostly attracts me to a book nowadays, I’ve come to realise that I prefer books based on recommendations – whether they be from someone I personally know or a review seen in/on some form of media outlet. If I’m in a book shop simply perusing through the endless aisle’s of books, a colourful cover will end up catching my eye more than it’s title. 

I kind of want to visit a book store now and find a new book…

Déjà vu

#85: Have you ever truly felt déjà vu, the sensation that you’ve already had the experience you’re currently having?

I honestly have – come to think of it, déjà vu happens quite often, which is a bit of a concern :-/ I thought I’d have a look into the theories as to why this phenomenon occurs, but there’s far too much for me to read, compute and write about in my lunch hour. So, my plan is to read more about it over the weekend (as there’s also quite a few different types of déjà vu) and expand this post so that I can fully immerse myself into it, as the small snippets I did read seem absolutely fascinating!

So, please do stay tuned…

Idyllic

#84: What does your ideal community look like? How is it organised, and how is community life structured? What values does the community share?

Firstly, it of course would be one where burglary and theft didn’t exist! These selfish idiots think that they’re just affecting the people they steal from, but when you’re a close community, everyone feels it. You’ll end up building barricades for months and months to come, so that if a thief was planning to break in, it would look like too much of a hassle, so they wanted bother! 

Ideally, everyone would get along, share afternoon tea picnics every now and again, and most importantly rally round one another in times of need. There would be lots of groups to join, whether it be knitting, singing, archery or breakdancing! There would be street parties every month, where people can get dressed up to the nines and there would be something for every age to enjoy. I kind of imagine it to be like the war time solidarity… just without the bombs!

Competition

#83: What activity, task, or game most brings out your competitive streak?

I wouldn’t say I’m as competitive as when I was little but I remember always wanting to win Singstar (karaoke game – I love singing), star wars monopoly and disney trivial pursuit, and getting quite annoyed if I hadn’t! I’d be quite interested to see if I was still that competitive when it comes to these three games – I’ll have to call a family games night when my brother gets back from uni… 

I think the last time my competitive streak was unleashed, must have been during a quiz style game the office played over Christmas. It’s kind of our fail safe game to play whenever there is a cause to celebrate (i.e. birthdays and christmas) and we’ve been to the pub for the afternoon. I don’t like being on the winning team purely as quite a few competitive individuals brag about winning, making it harder to enjoy so to speak. No one enjoys playing games against a sore loser/winner!

Local flavour

#82: Write a piece about a typically “local” experience from where you come from as though it’s an entry in a travel guide.

Hertfordshire, located just outside of the capital, provides visitors with easy access to the heart of the London as well as being close enough to wander through the streets of the iconic towns, Cambridge and Oxford. Since this county is considered a Green Belt, with half of it owing to countryside, you’re never far from a peaceful river valley, a flourishing farm or a dense woodland area for you to explore on foot, by bike or even by canoe!

Restaurants

Aside from your chain restaurant favourites Pizza Express and Chiquito’s, for fab tasting food guaranteed every time, head to Raj Vogue in Cheshunt. You will never have had an Indian meal like it – tender lamb chunks, covered in deliciously spiced sauces, alongside perfect garlic rice and a melt in the mouth garlic naan… Oh and can’t be forgetting the fresh mango chutney!

Attractions

For the thrill seekers, there’s the Lee Valley White Water Centre, which was one of the venues for the London 2012 Olympic Games. For family fun, head to ZSL Whipsnade Zoo as they’ve got big cats, giant pachyderms and teeny, tiny insects! Not forgetting theatre-goers, there’s always a good night to be had down at the Broxbourne Civic Hall in Hoddesdon… I should know, I’ve been in one!

Stranded

#81: You’re stranded in a foreign city for a day with no money and no friends. Where do you go; what do you do?

I’d wander around the city, admiring the wonderful architecture and churches. I’d join buskers (obviously with their permission), sing my little heart out and hopefully earn enough money to buy myself some lunch. Not only would I be making friends by doing this but when eating/drinking, I’d make friends there too. Sounds cliche but how can you have no friends when you’re surrounded by millions of people?!