Today I am heading to Cyprus for my sisters wedding. But I wanted to take part in a Hodgepodge before I flew off! I have not taken part in Wednesday Hodgepodge for a few weeks so I want to get back in the saddle again.
1. The USA will mark Columbus day this year on Monday, October 14th. What's something you need or want to explore?
There are so many things. On a personal level I want to explore my mind and retrain it to be more positive. The therapy I am having at the moment is helping but it's not an easy journey! On the plus side there are many countries I want to explore too.
2. The Wicked Witch of the West from The Wizard of Oz, Ursula from The Little Mermaid, or Maleficent from Sleeping Beauty...who do you most love to hate?
I have to say Wicked Witch of the West! I don't have a reason why but I just love her cackle.
3. Is open-mindedness a virtue?
I'd like to think it is! It's good to be receptive to new ideas and be willing to learn about others opinions as well as your own. I think the trouble with being open minded is often people use it as a rationale to adopt new ideas and act on them - good or bad - because they're being 'open minded.' When that to me is not the case! For example, on the news the other they were interviewing people who agree with what suicide bombers are doing. In fact, they used the sentence 'they're being open minded and acting on their instinct to spread the word of Allah.' This ISN'T being open minded, because to be open minded you have to impartial and evaluate both sides of the story. Suicide bombers killing themselves and innocent people isn't being open minded.
4. How often do you weigh yourself?
Every couple of months.
5. Costa Rica was recently named the happiest country in the world on the Happy Planet Index. What's the happiest country in the world to you, and what makes it so?
I would be biased and say England as it's my home and I cannot imagine living anywhere else. However, in just the few short weeks I spent in Australia I have to say I have never met more kinder and positive people. I just found their way of life so relaxed, the people so polite and the country so well kept. I just felt so safe and content there. If it wasn't miles and miles away I'd go back in a heartbeat!!!
6. Besides the Bibles, what is one book that you think should be made mandatory to read for high school students?
One book I read during secondary school was 'To Kill a Mockingbird' by Harper Lee. It was the first book I had ever read that just left me speechless. It had history, morals, well thought out characters and I kind of wish that Jem and Scout exist somewhere.
7. I went shopping at some nearby outlets last week. And whilst I was there, I picked up a couple of Christmas gifts. How about you? Have you started your Christmas shopping yet?
Yes I have but not intentionally. I saw something online and thought 'my sister would love that' and the next chance I can give her a wrapped gift is Christmas. So I will keep it until then. I usually keep an eye out for gifts from the end of October.
8. Insert your own random thought here.
My sister gets married on the 14/10/13 in Cyprus. I fly out tomorrow and I am looking forward to laying by the pool for a week. Oh an wedding cake too! I just hope I remember how to do a corset up!