Halloweeny!

#304: If bloggers had their own Halloween and could go from blog to blog collecting “treats,” what would your blog hand out?

I have absolutely no idea… Music? Photographs? Even though I have these passions, I wouldn’t class them as suitable gifts for other bloggers and I’ve never been particularly good at craft making – so it would be a surprise for everyone!

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Free to be me

#303: What’s the character trait you admire the most about yourself?

My determination and enthusiasm to succeed and be the best possible version of me! This being one of those moments where I’ve shown true gusto…

A couple of weekends ago I was flown to Norway, to celebrate the upcoming Blu-ray and DVD release of How To Train Your Dragon 2 (out on 17th November). Here, we were treated to a helicopter ride over the Fjords – let’s just say I was a little on the terrified side not having been in one before, but I’m soooo pleased I didn’t let my fear stop me. It was an incredible experience and I can’t wait to share my HTTYD2 junket interview (with Simon Otto, the Head of Character Animation) and my various on camera pieces with everyone!

helicopter cloe photo Kjersti Veel Krauss

Image: Kjersti Veel Krauss

First

#302: Tell us about your first day at something — your first day of school, first day of work, first day living on your own, first day blogging, first day as a parent, whatever.

Well, my first day here at work was almost two and a half years ago now, but I guess that’s the most recent official “first”. I can’t really remember much of it, although coincidentally, one of my office besties who I went to lunch with, reminded me of the fact that he was the first person I spoke to as he let me in the building! He did say that he thought (at first) that I didn’t like him – bless him! I explained though that I was intimidated by his perfect-ness so didn’t want to embarrass myself haha. It was a lovely lunch break, spent reminiscing and gossiping 😀

Seven wonders

#301: Khalil Gibran once said that people will never understand one another unless language is reduced to seven words. What would your seven words be?

Hmmm… that’s a tricky one since the world is made up of so many wonderful words – superfluous for one, just because of the way it sounds! The first two that sprung to mind however, were ‘please’ and ‘thank-you’ (hyphenated so it only counts as one word mwaha!), as in my opinion, portions of the world could do with using manners more often. Then, in no particular order, I would want to keep the following words: family, love, passion, career and happiness. The only other word I’d want to keep is music as there is no possible way that I could live without it, but then I thought it would be quite redundant considering the volcabulary had been dramatically shortened.

The golden hour

#300: 6:00AM: the best hour of the day, or too close to your 3:00AM bedtime?

I wouldn’t quite say that 6am is the best hour of the day – it’s when I have to get up for work and, at least lately, I’m quite reluctant to get out of my cosy bed! I can’t remember the last time I went to bed even remotely close to 3am… must have been back in my uni days no doubt. I don’t think I could function going to bed at 3am and then back up three hours later – sounds like a major headache!

If I had to chose the best hour of the day, on a weekday it would hands-down have to be 7pm, when I’m home in the warm. Whereas, on the weekend, that’s a toughie as there are quite a few best hours…

* 65 more prompts to go until 2014 is officially over!!! How has it gone so fast?!

Breakdown

#299: Tell us about a habit you’d like to break. Is there any way it can play a positive role in your life?

Procrastination when it comes to household chores. I’d love to think of chores as a positive – focus on the great outcome once it’s been completed, right?! – although unfortunately, it’s never occurred to me that way. I’d much rather be learning a new skill, building on my existing ones, working on my career, reading, catching up on the latest Big Bang Theory episodes… there’s just so many other things I’d rather be doing!

Could it play a positive role in my life… I honestly have no idea! Any suggestions fellow bloggers?

Simply the best

#298: NASA is building a new Voyager spacecraft that will carry the best of modern human culture. What belongs onboard?

Wait, where is this spacecraft actually going? Or is it just going to orbit a few times and then disappear into the solar system?!

That point aside, onboard would be…
– an iPod loaded with the greatest songs of all time (and of course some earphones and a charger!)
– an iPad with the great movies on it (ditto to the above brackets)
– Galaxy chocolate (no pun intended!)

This is actually pretty tough because I don’t know where it’s going (if anywhere) or who it’s intended for (again, if for anyone). I’ve taken this prompt to symbolise a time capsule type idea, but I always associate those with little kids drawings, currency and photos… Far from the digital age we live in now!

Express yourself

#297: Tell us about a time you couldn’t quite get your words or images to express what you wanted to express. What do you think the barrier was? For bonus points, try again.

Right now… Literally, I cannot seem to think of one specific moment where I have been unable to express myself properly. The only minor things I can think of have been due to language barriers (I.e. Not speaking each other’s language sufficiently enough for the conversation to continue on that topic).

Express Yourself

As seen on T.V.

#296: Write a script for a late-night infomercial — where the product is your blog. How do you market yourself? What qualities do you embody that other “products” don’t? What are the benefits of reading your blog?

Late-night advert… Read all about it!

FYI… I tried to think of this during my lunch break but we’re on press deadline and my brain is frazzled. I planned to write it this evening, but after eating, I just keep nodding off. Can hardly keep my eyes open! Maybe another time…

Sad but true

#295: Tell us about the harshest, most difficult to hear — but accurate — criticism you’ve ever gotten. Does it still apply?

I can’t say I’ve ever been scarred by someones comments but I vaguely remember an ex telling me that I’m too controlling (as they always tend to fall back on), but I guess their assumption stems from my OCD tendencies to organise and simply wanting to make things (that are of course influenceable) as perfect as possible. I guess it still applies today because if there’s a way of making something easier in the future by planning/organising now, I will of course do it – it makes perfect sense to me! And if I think this could benefit someone else, I would encourage them to do so – it’s up to them whether they take my advice, I wouldn’t force people into things. I do remember consciously thinking about everything I said or did after receiving that comment, but this was over three/four years ago now so I’ve learnt not to let it bother me – plus every group needs an organiser right?