On the road

#273: If you could pause real life and spend some time living with a family anywhere in the world, where would you go?

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Easy… Borneo or Rwanda to live with a family of Orang-utans or Gorillas. It didn’t specify that it had to be a human family! I’ve always dreamed of seeing these fascinating primates in the wild, so this would be ideal.

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Image: Orangutan – www.worldwildlife.org. Gorilla – wildography.co.uk

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Cleaning house

#272: Is there “junk” in your life? What kind? How do you get rid of it?

Everyone has junk… physical, emotional, unintentional, but it doesn’t really matter. So long as you can accept your junk or get rid, then it’s all “hunky dunky”, as Raj from The Big Bang Theory would say!

p.s. it’s press day, hence the shortness of todays post!

Ebb and flow

#271: Our blogs morph over time, as interests shift and life happens. Write a post for your blog — but three years in the future.

Day #1366: 28th September 2017

Another entertaining journey home…

So I boarded the train on the second carriage (as the first one was crammed with the usual Friday night loud-mouth drunks) and sat down, only to sit opposite a blurry eyed gentleman, who had his feet up on the chair, drinking some cheap lager out of a can. Great! He also had his backpack on the seat next to him, which proved awkward when a bearded 30ish-year-old approached the seat. “Do you want to sit here mate?”, said the clearly tipsy Irishmen in a semi-aggressive manner. “Yeah”, the bearded man replied cautiously. “Well, I’m not a *expletive* mind reader!”. Oh dear… what have I let myself in for. Do I risk moving and creating a scene, or do I wait it out?! It’s only a 30 minute journey, what’s the worst that could happen.

That’s when a revolting daddy long legs started to dive bomb me… I was unable to hide my insane dislike for those things and it hadn’t gone unnoticed. So, the Irish guy tried catching it in order to put it out the window – only to accidentally pull its leg off! But it broke the ice as the Irish guy then began mocking the newly seated guys beard… Luckily for everyone, he was a pretty mellow man and didn’t take the slightest bit of offence. That’s when our conversation began – we discussed beards (obviously), nights out in the areas we lived in and, well, more about beards. But it just goes to show that initial impressions aren’t all they seem…

* FYI – this journey did actually take place, including everything in it. I always seem to have eventful train journeys home after nights out (and these all take place before midnight!), and my close friend mentioned that I should begin documenting it. So it would be nice if this actually took off and people enjoyed reading about them. Let me know what you think!

A bend in time

#270: When you’re giddy with excitement, does time speed up? Slow down? Tell us about the experience of anticipation.

I can’t say that this happens often, but the only times I can recall feeling giddy is in the few moments before going into a junket interview, working on the red carpet at the NTAs or a similar event. It’s weird because in those few minutes before these things happen, I panic (internally of course). My palms get sweaty, I get a dry mouth, my legs jitter up and down, and time generally tends to just freeze. That’s my nervous stage. But as soon as I am in that moment, in that chair, I somehow switch persona and exude confidence. That’s when the time rushes by – all the hours spent preparing, disappears in (what feels like) the blink of an eye. And then comes the adrenaline rush of ‘did that really just happen?!’… I honesty can’t deny it, I really love that feeling of being thrown into those situations – I somehow seem to thrive!

FYI this still counts as my 27th September post as I started writing it at 11:55pm hehe.

2100

#269: The language of the future: what will it be like? Write an experimental post using some imagined vocabulary — abbreviations, slang, new terms.

Well, I’m hoping that 86 years from now language wouldn’t have changed all that much. Fair enough, we do speak differently compared to the folk back in 1928, but I sincerely hope that vulgar, slang terms and people that ‘tlk lyk dis innit’ don’t take over.

Just my opinion…

Celebrate good times

#268: You receive some wonderful, improbable, hoped-for good news. How do you celebrate?

This is a simple answer as no matter what the good news is, I would always want the celebrations to include a wedge of the famous… you guessed it… Choccywoccydoodah cake! Whether it’s the only way I celebrate this news or one of many, it has definitely become one of my staple ways to celebrate and indulge.

Standstill

#267: For a moment today, time stands still — but you can tweak one thing while it’s stopped. What do you do?

EASY… remove the sickness virus that my Editor brought into the office! He caught it from his kids, which I know many people will say “that can’t be helped”… but my friends, it really could have been helped and very much avoided! He could have visited them next weekend instead, thus avoiding infecting the office during press week! Oy vey!

I’ve already been off for a few days last week because of a nasty cold that’s hit me pretty hard, so what with my immune system already being fairly low (and the fact that I sit opposite him), I think my chances of avoiding it are severely slim. I’m antibac’ing my hands as if there’s no tomorrow, have consumed a multivitamins drink and two flu capsules, which hopefully have enough in them to subside the virus for a while.

No one likes a sickness virus but I really can’t afford to get it – I’ve got a few events at the weekend that I can’t get refunds for and next week my parents fly out to Italy for a short anniversary holiday (as it was their honeymoon destination). I’ll be so hacked off if they get this virus and have to cancel their trip. Just have to hope and pray!

Non sequitur

#266: Write a post about anything you’d like, but be sure to include this sentence somewhere in the final paragraph: “He tried to hit me with a forklift!”

Anything I like… I guess I could write about my endeavour to give my CV a complete overhaul, which begun last week. I decided that the reason I’ve not been getting many interview offers following my application submissions, is due to the fact that my CV looks pretty boring at first glance. So I thought “Chloe, it’s time for a makeover – time to really shake it up!”. What’s the first thing I do… Google for CV examples. The only slight flaw in this plan, was the fact that there is sooo much advice out there, inevitably clouding my overall objective. That said, the raw copy is typed up and ready, as this forms the general body of the document and I have had a little play around with the various style options available within a pages document. Let’s just say I’m getting there.

Once I’m happy with my new CV, I’ve got a few really good friends who said that they’d be happy to read through it and give me their thoughts – I’m always looking for feedback and ways in which I can improve, so being given constructive criticism always sits well with me. Whilst this is in progress, I can crack on with perfecting the basis to my cover letter – as without realising it, they’ve become a full A4 page long and nobody wants to be faced with that when having to sift through potentially hundreds of applications! I guess I’m just sick of getting the same old emails that start with “Thank you for your interest for our xxx vacancy at xxx. Unfortunately, we will not be taking your application any further… blah blah blah”. Every time I open one of these emails, it feels like he/she has tried to hit me with a forklift! But I’m determined for that to change and soon. So, watch this space…

Practice makes perfect

#265: Tell us about a talent you’d love to have…but don’t.

To be able to understand and use British Sign Language fluently – not a talent per se but a skill I long to possess. I know the fingerspelling alphabet but it’s not exactly going to get me very far in a conversation! My desire to learn this language was reignited whilst watching The L Word on Netflix, as from season 4 a deaf character joined the main cast (I’m still convinced, and fuming slightly, that it was a rush ending to the show as there are so many things that didn’t add up – plus with the average season consisting of 12 episodes and the final season only showing 8, there’s definitely reason to believe it came to a fairly abrupt end!). BSL is a truly amazing language and seems a complex one at that, but with over 70 million people using signing as their first language, I want to be able to communicate efficiently and remove any barriers that might have cropped up.

p.s. I’ve just realised that there are only 100 more blog prompts to go until the 365 day challenge is complete!

We can be taught!

#264: What makes a teacher great?

Patience, devotion, compassion and understanding. It’s a bit of a tricky question really as there isn’t any one answer… It’s a combination of answers, as teachers need to encompass multiple skills. I guess it helps if the teacher believes in what they’re teaching – in my experience it makes it easier to pick up.