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Christmas

Boxing Day, and the weather's changed from it's usual winter grey to clear blue skies, glorious sunshine, and an icy cold wind. Another day to stay indoors by the fire, I think...

I stayed in yesterday, too; and watched the Doctor Who Christmas special which was okay, I thought (I esp. liked the 'next Doctor's' TARDIS). Regretfully, I suppose it's safe to say that David Morrissey will definitely not be stepping into David Tennant's Doctor shoes when he leaves the role, and I don't know who else I would like to see take it on.

I cooked myself a lovely Christmas dinner of a simple tiger prawn stir-fry for starters and a main course of turkey and roasted vegetables -- despite the fact that turkey is not my favourite bird. My New Year's resolution will therefore be to start preparing for Christmas 2009 a little earlier, so that I'll have time to find somewhere that sells the type of poultry that I do find delicious, i.e. goose or pheasant.


01. How has LJ changed your life?
It's brought me some amazing friends, for which I will always be grateful, and helped broaden my horizons.

02. Do you have a Facebook or MySpace account? Why/not?
I do have a MySpace account, so as to keep track of what Common Rotation, David Berkeley and Corn Mo are up to.

03. Is there any particular song you listen to, to jump-start your day?
No. I keep my mp3-player set to Shuffle, so I never know which songs are going to play. Very rarely do I pick a song to start the day with, and even then it's fairly randomly chosen.

04. Are you happy with your career? And if you don't have one or are not happy, what is your dream job?
Not especially - but it pays the bills and it gives me something to do. My dream job would be in academia, archaeology, or a museum...but I missed out on any of those options becoming a reality some 20 years ago already, through a combination of ill health and an economic slump.

05. Are you an introvert or extrovert?
So far all on-line personality tests that I've taken have classified me as an extrovert. I would agree with that up to a certain extent: most of the time, I am outgoing, although at times I can also be quite retiring and shy. It depends on the circumstances, really.

06. Do you believe in fate/destiny?
No.

07. Do you trust easily?
Until they prove me wrong, I will generally trust people.

08. The last song you listened to?
Snow Patrol, Make This Go On Forever.

09. What never fails to make you smile?
Kittens. Or any type of cuddly young mammals, really...

10. The last time you dressed fancy, what did you wear and why did you dress fancy?
Assuming this means dolling up rather than going to a fancy dress party (and I can't remember the last time I went to any of those!), I suppose last year's hp Christmas party was the last time I dressed for the occasion, in a spangly top and a silk skirt with pettycoats that I haven't worn since.

11. Is being tagged fun?
That would depend on what you're being tagged for...

12. Where do you see yourself five years from now?
There's a lot of truth in that saying that life's what happens when you're busy making other plans. I've learnt the hard way not to lay any long term plans; but if there's one thing I can say with certainty, it's that five years from now, I'll probably still be dithering.

13. Does it annoy you when you keep seeing the same questions in surveys?
Sometimes.

14. What kind of person do you think the person who tagged you is?
n/a

15. Would you rather be intelligent but have the weight of the world on your shoulders or ignorant and happy?
Silly question...I'll pick intelligence over ignorance any time.

16. How many children do you want to have, if any?
I'm afraid I just never found the right man to have children with...and now I regard my childlessness as a simple twist of fate; one that I don't particularly regret. Don't get me wrong; I'm sure I would have been very happy as a mum, but the fact is that I've never heard my biological clock ticking with enough urgency for me to take decisive action.

17. What would you like to name your children, if you have any?
In my younger days, I used to fantasize that if I had a daughter, I'd call her Belle; and if she had any sisters, I'd bestow some really old Dutch names on them, like Tesselschade, or Blancefloer, or Sanderijn; names straight out of the Middle Ages. For a boy, I favoured Manasse...or possibly Josse.

18. If you fall in love with two people simultaneously, who would you pick?
Not. A. Clue. Neither, probably.

19. What's your worst habit?
I don't know...Changing my socks every other day?

20. If you could be any age, what age would you wish to be?
If I could be any age in perpetuity, I'd opt for 33, which for centuries in the Western world was classed as the 'ideal age' (apparently in commemoration of the fact that both Alexander the Great and Christ died at age 33 - although in the latter's case that's more of a tradition than an absolute fact).

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