1. It was decided on Sunday the Denver Broncos will meet the Seattle Seahawks in this year’s Superbowl. So, when was the last time you bowled? Not where you thought this question was going is it? Do you like to bowl? Are you any good?
I used to go bowling quite a lot when I first went to work at the age of 17 or so. There was a small group of us who met up each week and we had a pizza and bowling night at the local bowling alley. The kindest way to describe us was that we were “eclectic geeks” who without bowling would probably not socialise with each other outside of work! There was Paul who was the finance manager, Peter an accountant (who was GORGEOUS – and fabulous kisser…), another accountant who I am ashamed to say I can’t remember the name of but I do remember that she was lovely, my friend Liz who was the office filing clerk and myself, the office junior. I have been bowling several times with the family since those days of weekly bowling with my workmates and I wouldn’t describe myself as good exactly… more “enthusiastic” than “skillful”!!
(And for the record, I haven’t a clue whether Denver Broncos have a chance against the Seattle Seahawks, but being a bit of a fan of the Olympic Northeast my loyalties would lie with the Seahawks).
2. Should sports stars be role models?
My thoughts are that they should be role models, but for their abilities as sportsmen and women and not for their celebrity status. Everybody needs somebody to look up to, and it does no harm at all for children to aspire to being successful in their chosen field, whether that is business or sports, music or teaching etc. If a sportsman or woman has risen to the top of their field through hard work and dedication then why not be held up as a role model for others to emulate? I think the mistake is referring to them as “stars”. That term implies something else entirely and is not entirely helpful.
3. January is National Oatmeal month…are you a fan? How do you like your oats?
I am a fan. I love porridge made with oats, and I am also quite fond of museli which has a considerable amount of oats in. I also like flapjacks (not sure if they are the same in the US as they are here in the UK, but basically it is oats held together in a mixture of sugar, syrup and butter then baked, and can have fruit added or be topped with chocolate). Joyce, I don’t know if you know but here, us Brits refer to “having your oats” as something else completely haha!!
4. What is one book on your reading list for 2014?
Honestly, I don’t know! I have got a list of books I would like to work through about Christianity and Jesus, and there is one in particular that I am working my way through on the Psalms at the moment, but I’m guessing the question is asking about fiction. I don’t like to compile a fiction-reading list too far in advance because I like to meander through from one book to the next depending on my mood at that moment. I relish that feeling of finishing one book and not knowing where my taste is going to take me next.
5. What would you like your future self to say to your present self?
Don’t sweat the small stuff; love more; laugh more; don’t be guilty about the food you eat; spend as much time as you can with the people you love.
6. When scrolling through the TV guide, what is one movie title that makes you want to stop, grab the popcorn, and watch for a while?
Any of the Back to the Future films, any of the Ice Age films, any of the Toy Story films, Uncle Buck, Home Alone (just the first one). I love Back to the Future (know them all pretty much word for word but they never get old!) and I am a big fan of the animations from the Pixar/Disney house. In fact, I love most kids films – I don’t think I ever grew up!
7. What are two style trends you hope never come back into fashion?
I’m not too fond of the horrible 70’s retro patterns that seem to be in fashion at the moment, particularly those men’s shirts in horrible beige and variations of brown colours, and I would be glad to see the back of the trend for hair that covers people’s faces. You know what I mean? Kids with Emo hair is one thing, but adults who don’t realise they’re not kids any more with hair all in their faces and in their eyes need a good talking to! I would hate for either of those two things to ever come back. Urgh.
8. Insert your own random thought here.
I spent the majority of the day working on an essay today addressing the question of whether the state took an new interest in public health in the 18th Century. I feel quite productive and have reached about 1200 of my 1500 word limit in the first draft. I will finish the first draft tomorrow then the effort begins to redraft it and recraft it into an academic argument rather than the conversation piece it is at the moment. Sometimes I find it difficult to get out of my blogging frame of mind, especially when it is a subject that interests me like this one does. The question might sound a bit dry, but I’m discussing the differences between the British approach and the European approach (we basically left it up to philanthropists to fund our hospitals and health care while the rest of Europe had state funding and their leaders basically did their job and led from the front with new ideas) and I have got to try and tailor my points and my language away from the “you’ll never guess what Catherine the Great did!” to “Catherine the Great, Empress of Russia protected herself and her son from the threat of smallpox by being inoculated when the practice was still relatively unknown and very much untested. She then went on to fund a hospital in Moscow that inoculated poor children and looked after them while they recovered”. It’s really interesting stuff and I am loving finding out just how far (or not) we have come in our approach to medical care nowadays, and our attitudes towards the poor.