Ask Me Anything…Answers

Angel, jr.: What is your favorite game (board game, video game, card game, whatever game you play).

Oh, good question! I’m not the biggest video or card game fan, but I do really enjoy board games (yes, I’m a bit of a nerd…;)). Favourites include Trivial Pursuit, Monopoly, Scrabble (even though I never win! I am way too fond of long words ;)) and Rummikub (my sister and I went through a phase of obsession with this game. And Matthew is terrified of it!). I think board games are such fun – I love playing them with my students if and when we have a wet playtime. And if and when I have a family I’m determined to make a ‘game night’ complete with hot chocolate, cookies and board games a regular occurence…

Christy: Anyway, I’m going to ask you what motivating you to start your blog back in the day?

That’s another great question – thanks, Christy! I think I started it as a way to keep writing, to stay in touch with people…but it’s grown a bit since then. I’m so grateful for the free therapy I get through my blog, and the wonderful people I’ve met through blogging. It’s a great big blogosphere out there, and I love my little corner of it!

Dave: Can you make me food?

Yes Dave, I can. And indeed I did, mere hours after this question – apple pie and custard. Now…can you make me a cup of tea, please?

Emily: Where did you go to to start your blog?

I’d read a couple of funny blogs…they had been set up on blogger…I joined the party! I think a blog tracking your running and triathling (oooh, new word!) would be amazing! Let me know if and when you kick it off.

Oh, and a quick plug – I had a basic blog for a while, then treated myself to a blog makeover earlier this year. The gorgeous Jennisa made the fabulous layout I have now, which I just adore, and I love how ‘me’ it is!

Kelsey: I have found your blog off of so I’m curious about your testimony:) I look forward to reading more!

Kelsey, lovely to meet you!

I am what some would call a liberal / evangelist / hippy / Protestant / Baptist / easygoing believer. I like to think I’m a Christian. 🙂 I was brought up non-practicing (to quote Carrie in Sex and the City, we were members of the church of “be nice to people and don’t chew with your mouth open.”) A childhood of singing and a natural nosiness about spiritual matters landed me in various choirs and I learned a lot about Christianity at a C of E boarding school.

The real crunch moment for me, and the true moment I feel I actually committed to my faith, was when I lost my dear friend Alex (please see here for details). In the darkest of times, during a sad sad season, God’s Grace was so vivid and so real to me…. I’ve been a committed Christian ever since, and I love what my faith brings to my life. It constantly supports and challenges me, it comforts me, and I feel it gives me a centre, a home. I’m aware that many don’t have a faith like this (and that many don’t desire it in the least), but I do, and I’m glad to have it. I have many friends of different faiths and others who are atheists, and I love this about my life, and I also love how we all (generally) tend to respect each others beliefs.

Miss Ash: I would like to know your favorite movie of all time and your favorite book of all time.

This is so tough! I would have to say there are several, but some titles that spring to mind are It’s A Wonderful Life and Gone With The Wind on the movie front, and Little Women and The Divine Secrets of the Ya Ya Sisterhood as the books. Yes, I could name far more artistic and fabulous ones, but I love comforting books and movies that are beautiful and you can return to again and again. Oh, and Bring It On, too!

Pamela: So, where are you from?

Originally, here, there and everywhere, but born in Inverness, in the Highlands of Scotland. My family live up near there in Forres, Moray. As for me, I am lucky enough to currently reside in London, England. How about you?

Phil H: What is the air speed velocity of an unladen swallow? (either African or European)

More than you might think.

Scarlet: What first attracted you to your boyfriend?

Brilliantly, the very first time I met him, we met entirely as friends (we were also speaking in fake French accents. Long story!). So the very first things that attracted me to him were probably his cleverness and his awesome sense of humour. The fact that he’s quite the handsome fellow did not escape my notice though! Now I think I still find all of these things attractive, but it’s his personality that consistently fills me with joy – he’s so kind, so hardworking, so driven.

Yeah, I love my boy. 🙂

Sparkling Red: What’s the most unexpected thing a student has ever said to you in your classroom?

Kids are funny, yo. Whether it’s observing a zone out as I listen to a story for the umpteenth time, or a silly story, or just banter, my pupils make me smile pretty much every day. One of my faves ever was a grey and dreary day though, when we were all cosily enjoying a story, when one of my very very naughty ones turned to me and said “Miss Thornley, your children when you have them will be very lucky.” I was genuinely discombobulated (that happens a lot in my classroom!) – it was just so left field. And it made me smile. Kid’s compliments are the best, they just have no filter! Plus they will happily tell you when you look like refried ass, so when they say something nice they mean it!

Wigsf: Have you ever tried to do something outrageous to your hair (wacky style or weird colour) and had the whole thing backfire? If so, please explain.

I had a very short undercut in Year 9. So for two years I walked around looking like a mushroom head. It was a BAD LOOK.

Happily, I think I’ve destroyed most of the photos of that era now 🙂.

Wiwille: What’s your favorite piece of music to dance to?

Recently, any rocky bit of Muse or ‘Bella Luna’, by Jason Mraz. Always? MC Hammer!

Thanks for all the cool questions, lovelies, really made me think!

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  1. wigsf
    21st October 2009 / 5:04 pm

    I giggled a bit throughout this post. Good stuff.

  2. Riot Kitty
    21st October 2009 / 7:25 pm

    A mushroom head! WIFSF's question was mine, too 🙂

  3. Christielli
    21st October 2009 / 9:40 pm

    I enjoy these posts! Although, I don't know what Rummikub is… It sounds like some sort of drinking game for young bears.

  4. Sparkling Red
    23rd October 2009 / 12:16 am

    That's lovely. Yes, kids' affection is real when it comes, and it means so much. I always feel pleased when my friends' toddler chooses me to take aside to play out of a group of us. He's such a little sweetheart.

  5. Kelly
    23rd October 2009 / 1:29 am

    CLAIRE!!!!I can't believe you sent Harper that precious shirt all the way from England!!!! I have been SO proud of the cards you have sent her before but this was TOO much. Scott especially loved the shirt! ha! I can't wait until Harper is old enough to understand and I can tell her that someone all the way over in England sent her a present! What an honor!! Thank you SO much!Kelly

  6. Scarlet
    24th October 2009 / 12:24 pm

    Great answers! Sounds like you've found your "media naranja" as we say in Spanish…the other half of the orange! 🙂

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