Last Hodgepodge of January! If you're new to the fun of Hodgepodge-ness then click here and feel free to join in....as always, the more the merrier!
1. In the USA this coming Sunday millions will be watching as the Baltimore Ravens take on the San Francisco 49's in the Superbowl. What was the last event you attended that could be described as super?
First up I want to say SF 49's all the way! I have a love affair with the city and pleased to hear they have made the final. The last SUPER thing I went to was the 2012 London Olympics. I went and saw the Rowing and watch Team GB Mens 4's beat the Kiwis into the final. It was amazing to wave the GB flag with everyone else. Awesome patriotism!
2. Share something you're a fan of these days?
I'm really enjoying cereal bars! One of my worst eating habits is I snack on bad things to get me through shifts. But lately I have been eating cereal bars instead which are healthier and taste much nicer!
3. How do you feel about wings? In case anyone is confused, I'm talking the edible appetizer kind. What's your preferred seasoning on a wing-hot, mild, teryiaki, sweet and sour, other? Do you make your own or is there a favorite place you like to go for wings?
Not a fan of them at all. In fact I have a 'thing' about eating anything off the bone. I can just about handle ribs because I can cut the meat off with a knife. But physically putting animal bone to my teeth - ick! Sorry not a fan of any! But I do LOVE teryiaki sauce though mmm!!!!
4. As long as we're talking sports today...have you followed the Lance Armstrong story? Did you watch his interview with Oprah and if so what was your reaction to his confession and subsequent remarks?
I feel a long response coming on. I watched some excerpts of his interview on British television shows and my reaction is sort of 50/50 with him. I am disgusted at what he did and how he behaved. I agree with the punishment from the USADA. He should not be allowed to compete in cycling events ever again. The Tour de France especially as it's such a historic race and to cheat on all seven of his wins is callous and very selfish! He said in the interview that he deserves to be allowed to cycle again and I was quite shocked by that response. You only deserve something if you play fair and by the rules. But I do question how he was not found out much sooner. How an Earth did he get away with it? Particularly in the 7 years he won?! I think what Oprah said after the interview, that there was clearly a failure in the system somewhere, is true. I mean in the 2003 Tour de France the winners medal was given to the 5th place cyclist because it was later found the people who came in 2nd, 3rd and 4th were done for doping as well. It's crazy!
On the other hand, I do a feel a little sad that due to his idiocy that he is no longer the Chairman or even on the board of the his own charity LiveStrong. Although, I understand why he was asked to step aside nothing can dispute the fact his charity has raised millions of dollars for cancer patients and awareness! The USADA has banned him from competing in marathons and triathlons which he did to raise money, not for personal pleasure, and I feel that's a little sad because funds are being lost. He says that losing his place in the charity he set up was like 'losing my sixth child and it's hell.' I just hope that by losing his medals, his charity status and respect he can now learn from it and move on.
5. What's a question you hate to be asked?
In interviews it's 'tell me a little about yourself' because I really have no clue where to start. Do I start telling you my favourite colour? or what area of human anatomy I find most interesting? On a personal level I hate the 'are you okay?' remark and even if you reply with a 'yes I am fine' they just don't let it drop until the point I am NOT okay!
6. The coaches in this Sunday's big game happen to be real life brothers. Jim Harbaugh coaches the 49er's and his older brother John Harbaugh coaches the Baltimore Ravens. Were you and your sibling(s) competitive? In what way? Are you still? If you're an only child how did you handle competition growing up?
Wow I never knew that! That makes it more interesting! I am one of 4 kids and I can honestly say there has never been any major sibling rivalry/competition. Simply because we are all very different. Of course we argued over who got in the front seat of the car first and who got to order first from the menu in a restaurant (Nicola always did because she was the oldest!), who is the tallest and we had to take it in turns each year to put the angel on top of the Christmas tree. But there is no major competitiveness in any of us. Nicola is the super professional and organised one, I am the nerdy science geek who worries easily, Rachael is just the intelligent one but too lazy to use it and my brother is very artistic and a trier.
Us in our younger days.
7. What's your favorite game involving a ball and when did you last play?
I do like Tennis but haven't played since last Summer in Menorca. My favourite sport is Badminton but that involves a shuttlecock not a ball!
8. Insert your own random thought here.
Next Friday I turn 24 and my friends are surprised at how happy I am to be 24! What can I say I like even numbers!