I truly admire bloggers who sit down and throw together blogs to post immediately. I love the idea of being able to do that, but I know it’s just not for me. I could use the excuse that I’m producing posts for three sites, each of which has a different purpose but, in truth, I only ever feel comfortable knowing there’s a buffer.
The reason I like a buffer is for when “stuff” happens. In the last few weeks, “stuff” has been happening. Following hard on the heels of a dose of shingles, my back has been causing all kinds of problems, refusing to settle down, despite the hard work of my chiropractors. The result being that my rather inadequate comfort buffer ran dry a couple of weeks ago.
In order to avoid yet another week without posting, lurking in my drafts folder were the questions asked by Ally Bean of her regular visitors, so here’s my replies …
Q1 – What’s your favorite movie?
Oh my, that’s almost as tough as asking what’s my favourite book! Although I have managed to work out one book to hang my hat on, I’d not done that before with a movie. I mean, how do you equate a feel-good lighted-hearted film, possibly a musical, with one that made you think, or how do you judge something that made you laugh like crazy against one that’s enormously moving?
A bit like my book, I decided to to simply plumb for one – and my choice is Gandhi. It has much personal meaning to me, and not only because I was born and brought up in India, but also as I worked for the primary backer of the film (Goldcrest Films) while the film was being made. Goldcrest were a small company – having only 4 employees at the time – but with the cream of the crop of British companies and film-makers on their board. I worked as a temporary secretary one summer and stayed, unable to miss out on the opportunity – however tiny – of working on the film.
One memory which will stick with me always is that, with telecommunications being decidedly ropey, I was often to be found hammering away on an old telex keyboard while my boss “talked” to the film’s director, Dickie Attenborough. I absolutely loved the experience and delighted in the film’s success.
Q2 – When trying to buy shoes, what’s your biggest problem?
Currently, it’s trying to find the right size – I can say with absolute confidence that virtual shoe shopping is not to be recommended 😦 I’m 10 pairs in and still yet to find a simple pair of black slip ons for every day wear, as my previous pair died during the year which shall not be named. The most recent hopeful pair are awaiting return and I’m hugely frustrated as I’ve never experienced a problem before, being a fairly common stock size.
In “normal” times, it’s comfort which is key. I’m prepared to pay a relatively large sum of money to find comfortable shoes, so rarely have a large selection in my wardrobe. I do have a fair few pairs of boots though… 😉
Q3 – Ice cream cone or cupcake?
It would be ice cream (cone or otherwise) for me every day of the week. I absolutely love ice cream – it’s so light it feels almost calorie (and so guilt) free – and cupcakes are probably my least favourite cake option.
Q4 – What’s one good thing you have learned about yourself during this pandemic?
How little I actually need and what simple things give me pleasure – things like sea air and an inexpensive bunch of flowers.
Q5 – Any eccentric people in your family? Discuss.
You know this picture?
That’s my family. I’m not entirely sure that “eccentric” is the word, but we sure have some characters.
I’m not telling you any more, as I’m saving it all to put into my family memoir 😉
I’d love to hear your answers – either in the comments or if you decide to do a blog post yourself. You could also answer the original questions which were asked of Ally (see link to her original post).
© Debra Carey, 2021