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Share Your World 2014–Week 10: Club Introvert

DSC_0763Cee’s questions this week come from Club Introvert (read all about it on 61 Musings).

Describe yourself in a word that starts with the first letter of your name.

Disobedient.  For example, I’m not gong to stick to just one word for this reply.

I like to think of myself as dégagé, but when feeling a little depaysé chances are I could be described as détraqué. I am prone to dysania. Being mom to a posse of dogs, cats, fish and involuntary host to random wild critturs, some people might describe me as a dompteuse.

At work I am duteous and diligent and there are days when I am determined, driven, and decisive. In my free time I can be a dilettante. Some might say I can be quite droll. But I’m never docile.

If 100 people your age were chosen at random, how many do you think you’d find leading a more satisfying life than yours?

That is not an easy to question to answer.  Where will they be randomly chosen from?  Locally, where there is a chance their lives would be similar to my own, or from a broader area?  Would they all have a similar income bracket?  Same gender or mixed? Immigrants or native to my country? What is their measure of satisfaction – if known, is it the same as mine?

Moral of this story – when you ask an Irish person a question, you are very likely to find yourself at the receiving end of a friendly interrogation before you get your answer.

If you were a tree, would you become a book or furniture? Please describe.

This is a lovely, wacky question. I like the way Chris at 61 Musings thinks.

My first thought on this is that it would be infinitely preferable to remain as a tree.  The idea of being chopped down and cut up into pieces to make furniture really does not appeal to me.  Being squished up into paper pulp also sounds awful, but you know what?  I’d be pretty much beyond caring by the time I got to that stage.

DSC_0762If I could skip that horror story and be magically transformed into either furniture or a book, I think I’d like to be a book.  The sort of book that would be appreciated, of course, for example I have a little A8-sized book with a beautiful acid-etched wood cover, gold leaf print and gorgeous illustrations of flowers.

Printed in 1873,  it belonged to my great-aunt.  My memory of her is as a very old, genteel lady with a head of thick, beautiful white hair, who always wore a long black dress.  She sat by the fire in my Grandad’s big old-fashioned kitchen and held court.  Her fiancé was killed in the Crimean War, around 20 years before this book was published.  I don’t know if she bought it or if it was a gift, but she explained to 6 year old me  that it was the only romantic thing she had.

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You are trapped in an elevator, who would you want to be trapped with?

Somebody who is capable of interesting conversation and is not inclined to panic, please!

Harking back to SYW Week 3 and a little fun I had with American vs. English English – it’s more likely that I would be trapped in a lift (my niece @urbanfoxe moved to New York a couple of years ago and is still struggling with the differences –as a mom, she is having a real crisis of conscience every time she checks her kids homework).

Bonus question:  What are you grateful for from last week, and what are you looking forward to in the week coming up?

I’m still loving the ever-brightening days.  Next week is St. Patrick’s Day, which means there is a national holiday on Monday.

NB, for all my non-Irish WordPress friends, please, please, please, spread the word:

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To explain:  Patty is a girl’s name.  St Patrick was a boy.  And don’t forget folks – drown that shamrock.

Share Your World 2014 – Week 10

Share Your World 2014–Week 9

Happy-House-smallCee’s questions this week are all about your dream house, real or imagined.  

Would you prefer a reading nook or an art, craft, photography studio?

I’d actually like to have a room that covers all bases.  Depending on the season, I like to write, draw, paint, play PC games, read, work out databases or spread-sheets, or consult the Great Oracle Google, on whatever topic I’m interested in.  Generally I refer to whatever room is serving at the time as my “office”. 

I’ve made attempts at this in Baskerville Manor because, being the last man standing in the old family home, I can use any room I want to. However, none of the rooms are very large, so I haven’t yet managed a successful arrangement that accommodates books, a comfy place to read, workspace, and room for the Baskerville Beasties to spread out around me in comfort. 

Another  factor that prevents me from settling on one room as the ideal spot is how the house is oriented – on an East (back) and West (front) line.  I really like to be in a room that lets in the sun. During the week, the west-facing rooms are better because I am at work all day, but at weekends, it is so nice to be in an east-facing room in the morning. But then there is the attic which has skylights…. decisions, decisions….

However, as I am a inveterate furniture shifter, I can engage in endless happy hours of amusement pulling desks, chairs, beds, sofas, shelves and accoutrements from one place to another. I do this at the turn of every season.  In fact, as I am writing this post, there’s a corner of my mind already planning the next re-arrangement session.

Would you prefer the TV in the living room or another room?

I like to have the TV on in the background. I rarely sit and watch one show all the way through, just keep one eye/ear on whatever is running as I get on with whatever else I am up to, so it suits me to have a small TV in the living room, the bedroom, the kitchen and whatever room I’ve got set up as what I loosely refer to as my “office”.   This allows me to ignore the same TV show in every room as I drag the rest of the furniture around. Smile

What color would you like your bedroom to be?

My bedroom is mainly blue, which is the colour I want it to be.

Would you prefer a one floor house or multiple levels?

You may have already realised from the above,that for me, a one-floor house would be very acceptable.

Bonus question:  What are you grateful for from last week, and what are you looking forward to in the week coming up?

The evenings are getting brighter and the clocks will go back one hour next weekend which means I will be able to get home from work while it is still daylight.

Share Your World  2014 – Week 9 – Photo from Ottowa Life

Daily Prompt: New Sensation

meAh, sweet youth. No matter whether you grew up sporting a fedora, penny loafers, poodle skirts, bell-bottoms, leg-warmers, skinny jeans, Madonna-inspired net shirts and rosaries, goth garb, a spikey mohawk, or even a wave that would put the Bieber to shame, you made a fashion statement, unique to you. Describe your favorite fashions from days of yore or current trends you think are stylin’.

I had a feeling of déjà vu when I saw today’s prompt and true enough, when I checked January I found my response to  Daily Prompt: Style Icon.   I ran through the gamut of my styling attempts quite thoroughly then.

I mentioned a penchant for the 20’s look à la Louise Brooks which I favoured in my early teens, and some slight inclinations to Goth (e.g. Morticia).  Looking back this evening over some old pictures, I think my favourite look is this one, taken not long after the hair I had shaved off the back of my head returned to a decent shape.   I think I spent about six weeks doing the film noire femme fatale look, then moved on to my mullet, combat boots and boiler suit combination, on the grounds that it just took too long to achieve the Max Factor every morning. 

Sometimes I’m surprised that people I knew then can recognise me these days

Daily Prompt: New Sensation

Share Your World 2014–Week 6

PANews_P-715000a3-d0dc-4c34-8da3-2215d3a9d5c4_I1Cee’s questions this week:

Have you watched or plan to watch any of the 2014 Winter Olympics?

Even if I did like watching sport on TV I would boycott Sochi – have you heard about what they have been doing to stray dogs there?

Visit Humane Society International if you would like to register your objection.

What is your favorite winter Olympic event? Would you ever want to be an expert in that sport?

There is a special winter sport in Ireland that should be included in the Olympics. It’s called “the get home, get indoors, get into your pj’s as fast as you can” event.  The arena runs between your workplace and your home, and the game is played Monday to Friday between 5 pm and approximately 8 pm.

You can take part in this event any time between October in one year right through to September in the following year, with a short break for summer (which usually takes place on a Wednesday in June or July, for about two hours).  I am an expert.

Have you ever met an Olympic Athlete?

Yes, in fact I have met several.  Until a few years ago, I was involved in the sport of fencing, and I have had the pleasure of fencing with Michael Ryan, a veteran of  the Irish team that went to Mexico 1968, our  representatives at Barcelona 1992 (Michael O’Brien) and Beijing 2008 (Siobhan Byrne) and the Russian 1992 Silver Medallist Pavel Kolobkov. All wonderful people, and great fencers.

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Do you have a favorite athlete? Name sport.

Equestrian! One of my favourite athletes is Dundrum, a wonderful little Connemara pony of only 15 hands, who cleared a record 7 feet 2 inches in a puissance event in 1961.  Another is Arkle, a steeplechaser from the same era who I wrote about a few weeks ago.

What is your favorite exercise or sport? Is there a reason why?

These days my favourite exercise is accompanying the three largest Baskerville Beasties as they check that all the lampposts, bus stops and gateways in the area are in their correct places, and greet their many fans in the neighbourhood.

Share Your World 2014  – Week 6 – Pictures from Independent.ie  and Breaking News.ie

Share Your World – Week 5

If you had a choice to live anywhere would be your preference salt water beaches, forest, fresh water lakes, hot tub, ski resort or desert?

A specific salt water beach – this one!  Smile

What was your favorite toy as a child  . . . and now?

It was Patrick, my pink and white teddy bear.  No idea why I called a pink bear Patrick. I still have him and I would never part with him.  But he’s not very pink or white any more.

Which do you prefer sweet, salty or both at the same time?

I recently discovered milk chocolate with sea-salt.  I thought it would be horrible, but one bite proved otherwise

Would you prefer snowy winters, or not, and why?

I am so over snow.  Ireland doesn’t often get heavy snow, but when we do, we are simply not able to cope with it.  Last time, there were weeks of snowfall, followed by slight thaw, followed by freezing, followed by more snow.  The water pipes broke and after six weeks without hot water, I booked into a hotel so I could take a bath. 

I was sick of doing the zombie shuffle every time I wanted to go anywhere.  The dogs were completely unsympathetic, they have four legs to my two and had no problem navigating the world. They were in seventh heaven. I, on the other hand, spent most of our walks clinging on to the nearest lampost, gateway, or rubbish bin.  The final straw was when I went out into the back yard in my pyjamas  to get Timmie my elderly collie to come in, the door slammed shut and I was locked out.

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Share your world – Week 5