Q is for: Questions (Random questions)

So I found a random question generator via Google, and I am just going to answer 10 questions from it! 

1. As a child, what did you want to be when you grew up?
An author! I longed to become the next Jacqueline Wilson or JK Rowling. As a child I even sent off a story to the publishers (it was terrible, and therefore decline. Obviously). Jacqueline did handwrite back to me twice, which was like having prayers answered. I was so happy! I still adore writing, but fiction alludes me a bit these days.

2. If you were stuck on a desert island, what would you want to have with you?
As long as food/water/shelter/clothing were all provided for life, I would like a never ending supply of either books or music. Books because you could escape your boredom, but music so you can hear the voices of other human beings and dance/sing. 

3. What is the last thing you do before you go to sleep?
Spray a lavender sleep mist across my pillows

4. Do you prefer to take baths or showers?

5. If you could be any celebrity, who would it be?
Jennifer Lawrence. Beautiful, young, seemingly down to earth, instantly likeable, cracking sense of humour

6. What do you miss about being a kid?
My lost loved ones </3. Having all my grandparents and multiple  great grandparents to visit. 

7. Are you a pessimist or an optimist?

8. Would you rather be the most popular kid in school or the smartest kid in school?
Smartest. Popularity is a temporary phenomenon, education lasts a lifetime

9. If you could have one super power, what would it be?
Flight. My earliest memories include having dreams that I can just fly

10. Do you like to sing out loud when no one else is around?
Oh, God yes. My car is my karaoke haven! 


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P is for: Pet Peeves

I am a very happy person, but the sometimes I feel the need to rant. The below are the most frequent… 

  • Those who drive in fog, rain or dusk with no headlights on
  • Mumbling (yes, I am guilty of this from time to time. But those whose everyday speech is a low incoherent mutter drive me crazy!)
  • Disorganisation, get your shit together people!
  • Shoppers who cannot navigate aisles with their trolleys in a fashion that means they are not in my way 100% of the time
  • Live-stream tweets of a football game. What a crap sport…
  • Talking through a film at the cinema. The minute the trailers come on, you SHHHHH. I don’t care who you are, or if we’re going to boink.
  • Constant, stupid questions… Think. for. yourself.
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O is for: Old photos of my family



Hopgood girls at Christmas 2006


Two of my many great uncles, Pete and Malcolm Hopgood, at my Aunt Jannine’s 40th in 2008


My uncle Given


Boyles side in Jersey 2008


The first cousins on the Hopgood side (2010)

But a tiny taste of my family. I don’t have the strength to dig up more old school wonders! 

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N is for: Nepal

A significant portion of my life these days is following up on the fundraising of my Big Build Nepal group. With only three weeks left until the fundraisng deadline, and summer just around the corner, I am getting even more excited to finally head on out there!

There is fourteen of us in the group, and we will be assisting with the completion of an early learning centre in a rural village near Kathmandu. The centre is funded by Childreach International, whom all our fundraising supports.

I haven’t been there yet, but from what I have heard, read, seen in pictures, Nepal is a beautiful country. And, as mentioned in my ‘Teachings of Buddhism’ post, I cannot wait to learn more about their religions (hinduism included) and their culture. I know food wise I am a bit screwed. I’m simultaneously fussy taste wise, and also quite sensitive digestively. At least I will come back skinny!

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M is for: Mountains I want to climb

Last night in bed, I half considered setting myself a bucket list challenge of 10 mountains in 10 years. 

So far, I’ve done

  • Mount Kilimanjaro, Tanzania

I would also like to do

  • Mount Meru, Tanzania – doing it this summer! 
  • Mount Kenya, Kenya – In two minds about this one. 
  • Ben Nevis, Scotland – UK Three Peaks challenge
  • Mount Snowdon, Wales – UK Three Peaks challenge
  • Scafell Pike, England – UK Three Peaks challenge
  • Mount Everest Base Camp, Nepal – Just to able to say “I’ve climbed Mount Everest”
  • Pikes Peak, Colorado USA – “I went o’er to Colorado and clumb Pike’s Peak!” – Sons of Katie Elder

So I just need two more… I would like to do at least one in New Zealand (Mount Doom). Who knows! Lots to do whilst I’m young! 

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L is for: Lion King quotes

“Hakuna Matata, it means no worries” (and in Swahili, it actually does!)

Oh yes, the past can hurt. But from the way I see it, you can either run from it, or… learn from it.” – Rafiki

“We are all connected in the great Circle of Life.” – Mufasa

Pumbaa: It’s times like this my buddy Timon here says: you got to put your behind in your past.
Timon: No, no, no. Amateur. Lie down before you hurt yourself. It’s “You got to put your past behind you.”


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K is for: Karma, and the teachings of Buddhism

Buddhism has always fascinated me, and it is most likely the religion I would choose if I had to. This is probably due to the non-worshipping of a deity, but an understanding of spirituality. 


When I go out to Nepal in July, I look forward to exploring some Buddhist sites and teachings from the Buddha’s own homeland. 

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