Here are my answers for this week's Wednesday Hodgepodge. Answer on your own blog, then hop over to Joyce's blog to add your link and join the party.
1. It's National Bike Week...do you own a bicycle? When did you last ride a bike?
Yes I do own a bicycle. It's a pretty purple one and I last went cycling last summer. Simon and I have been meaning to get the bikes out as the weather has been fairly kind to us of late. We like cycling along scenic routes and river tow paths. Hopefully this weekend...
On one of our bike rides last summer.
2. What's something you learned in school that wasn't part of the curriculum?
This is a hard one but I guess the first thing that came to my mind was I learnt very quickly that there wasn't one set path to our success later in life. As I grew up I always thought to myself that in order to be a teacher you had to do a,b,c. In order to become a nurse you had to do x,y,z to gain a qualification. As I went through my school years I soon learnt that there were so many avenues, decisions and paths one can take in order to reach success. Now there wasn't a class on that back in the 90's and looking back I had to work it out on my own.
3. What's a food you've never tried, but want to try? What's a food you've tried and will never try again?
It's funny this question came up now as a couple of weeks ago I had always wanted to try sushi! I always hear how delicious it is and even though it's readily available in shops I have never bought it. I tried it at my nephews first birthday party and thought it was okay. I have always wanted to try okra too. I remember a couple of years ago I tried Trifle - eugh! it was just a cold lumpy mess, never again!
4. Have you been more demanding on yourself lately or less? Why? Do you think that's a good trend?
I would definitely say a lot more. I am one of those people who always say yes to working extra hours even though I am really tired. I always tend to over commit but in the last couple of months I have been saying no a lot more! I have also been more demanding on running for longer and more often. A 10k run won't run itself unless I train a little harder. I think it's good to be a little harsher on myself as I have certainly seen the benefits.
5. Who is your favorite book, movie, or TV show villain?
I think favourite is a little too strong a word but I remember when I read The Chronicles of Narnia. I thought The White Witch was such a well written character and so evil. I think Lord Voldemort in the Harry Potter series was a fantastic villain! Some of my favourite Potter scenes both in the book and on screen are the ones with Voldemort in!
6. How concerned are you about identity theft?
In relation to my bank cards I definitely am. I had my card cloned and used abroad which was no fun. My Mum has also had her bank account cloned and used in this country so it was hard to prove it wasn't her spending the money from the fake account. It is something that concerns me and you have to be very vigilant! As part of my credit card agreement I have an ID aware system where my bank contact me with any suspicious activity. Also, I have a spending limit set on my debit card so that I can only spend a set amount online in a 48 hour period. Having this in place makes me feel a little less concerned.
7. I saw this last question on Dawn's blog a couple of week's ago and asked if I could share. Everybody hop over and say hi, but first answer this...would you rather have an ordinary home in an extraordinary place or an extraordinary home in an ordinary place?
Immediately I thought I would love an amazing home in an ordinary place but if I am honest? My idea of a spectacular home would require a lot of cleaning and expenses. Plus, it would just be surrounded with my home comforts in an ordinary home anyway! So I would go for an ordinary home in an extraordinary place. To have what feels like home set in a place I can only dream of would just be lovely :)
8. Insert your own random thought here.
It's two weeks today that I'll be setting foot on a plane destined to Florida. I have spent all this week arranging appointments for hair cuts, hair colours and manicures to get me in the holiday mood. On a more important note my little sister turns 22 years old today. Happy birthday Rachael!