Another set of questions, some good ones this week, from Debbie via Chelsea.
1. If you could open any type of store/place of business (money is no obstacle), what would you open?
I would love to run a book store. A small independant store that had rooms of books and nooks and areas. An could do readings, and wine and coffee tastings etc. I would love for money to be such a non-obstacle that people could sit and read and I just didn't need to care about them buying stuff. Like a library come bookstore etc. With sweets and coffees.
Or maybe a pizza buffet - where you get to choose your own toppings and put them on? I'd like to eat at a place like that, but not sure if I would want to run it.
2. If all jobs paid equally, what occupation would you want? Why?
Work in a bookstore. Like Foyles. That place is amazing.
3. If you could be any animal in the world, what would you pick? Why?
Probably a cat - independent, nine lives, sleeps, cuddles.
4. If offered one “service” free of charge, which would you choose? (chauffeur, maid, personal shopper, chef, etc.)
Chauffer. Not so sure why - maybe I just miss having a car. If the supermarket was easy to get too, I wouldn't mind cooking so much etc. I and I like supermarket shopping anyway. My place is pretty small so having a maid wouldn't really make that much difference to me right now.
5. What is one habit, no matter how hard you try, you just can’t seem to break?
Bejewled Blitz. I think I will give it up for Lent. I know that is not the traditional kind of forgoing but it is what I will do. I play it when I should be reading, socialising, eating, cleaning, cooking, drinking, blogging and sleeping. It really adds nothing to my life but kills time. So. I'm out. For 46 days (hey - can I still play it on the Sundays?).
6. What is one thing that no matter how many you own, you still love to buy all the time?
Books. Books. Books. And notepads (cute ones). And shoes and bags a bit too. I'm a lot lot better now than when I lived in Aussie. Weighing up a pair of shoes with ticket on the Eurostar/flights to Europe puts things into real perspective for me.
7. Out of all the game shows (past and present), which would you want to be a participant on and play?
Supermarket Sweep. That show ended before my time but serioulsy, that is the game for me. In the final round where you have to amass a valuable trolley load, you would not just go straight to meat, chocolate, coffee and saffron etc? Oh, and olive oil. Yep - that is my game.
8. If you could play the lead role in any movie that’s already been made, which movie would you pick?
Tough one. Really really tough one. Maybe...Mm...Hmm...I don't know. Maybe Satine from from Moulin Rouge - or Kirsten Dunst' Mary Atoinette. Not characters I would want to be in real life but kick booty costumes. Yeah, I think I would go for something you get to wear mad costumes or do some amazing things. I'll keep thinking about this one. And probably not get back to you.
9. Name 5 things on your bucket list (things you want to do before you die).
I don't have a bucket list I don't think. I like the idea of one but I haven't made one. Things I do want to are travel to Russia (booked for this year!!), have a chandeleir in my house, fall in love, have people over for dinners (I want a homely home where all feel welcome and I relax as a host), crochet a throw. But these things are not on my bucket list. Because I don't have one.
10. Which one of your birthdays was the best? What did you do that day?
I have some really good ones. For the most part, I'm a "let's celebrate, I don't care that it is a milestone party". Best one, or best for me, was probably my 25th. It was the day after I'd got my final results for my post-grad and I went skydiving and to some wineries with two of my best friends. Pizza and old school Nintendo at mine afterwards. It sounds a bit lame but the two friends were my old housemates who had moved north to Sydney for work. Together we'd dealt with a lot of sht in the previous few years. It wasn't the wildest party or anything like that but it was just a relief that a few years were over and I've been a happy camper ever since. And despite saying I'm a let's celebrate kind of person (I was and I am) - I wasn't (at all) for my 23rd and 24th. So, my 25th - a turning point of sorts for me.
My favourite family celebration was teppenyaki for my 21st. Dad, my two brothers and I got giddy happy drunk on sake. My stepmum couldn't stop laughing at us all. It was so much fun watching the chef could our food and us all trying to catch it with our mouths and bowls etc. Basically, as a family we just laughed and laughed and laughed for a really long time. And we needed that at the time.
Feel free to play along - I'd love to hear your answers, even if it is only a few of them. Especially question 7!