Share Your World – 2016 Week 38


Are you a hugger or a non-hugger? 

I’m generally a non-hugger. I’ve been described as reacting like Sheldon from the Big Bang Theory when being hugged. I like my personal space, and don’t really like it being infringed upon.


Having said that, my nephew and I have always had a very huggy relationship, so with him I’d say I was a hugger.

What is your least favorite Candy?

In Britain candy is a very particular type of sweet, and I can’t say I dislike any of it! To widen it out into meaning any type of sweet, which I believe is the American meaning of the word, I’d have to say anything containing liquorice. Yuck! Or anniseed. That’s almost as bad.

What’s the first thing that comes to mind when you hear the word “fun”?

Slides and screaming kids. I’ve spent years working in a play area (called The Fun Factory!) so that’s definitely the first thing to come into my head. For something that I personally find fun: board and card games. Unfortunately most of my friends nowadays aren’t really fans of either, meaning that I don’t get to enjoy the social side of them. I mostly play them on my tablet instead. It’s not quite as much fun as playing with a group of friends, but I make do.

List of Favorite Smells: What smells do you love? Whether it’s vanilla scented candles or the smell of coffee in the morning or the smell of a fresh spring rain…make a list of all the things you love for a little aromatherapy.

Freshly mown grass. I love that smell – especially in the early summer when you haven’t smelt it for months.

Baking cakes and biscuits, and all of the associated spices.Yummy.

Sugarbeet. This last one is slightly odd as it’s a smell that only people who grew up near a sugarbeet factory can really appreciate. Most people who visit Newark during sugarbeet season say “what’s that horrrible smell!” I take a deep breath and reply, “Mmm, sugarbeet.”


Newark Sugarbeet Factory Copyright Trevor Rickard and licensed for reuse under this Creative Commons License

Bonus question:  What are you grateful for from last week, and what are you looking forward to in the week coming up?

I’m grateful for the extra income from all the hours I worked in the play area last week. I think the manager forgot for a while that I’m supposed to be part time nowadays (as I also hire out privately as a kid’s entertainer) because ten days straight of 9AM until 6PM / 7PM is not what I’m supposed to work! In the week coming up I’m looking forward to actually having some time off, so I can get back to my writing / photography / painting / etc.

This post is for Cee’s Share Your World Challenge. I haven’t taken part in this for a while, but this week’s questions appealed. Plus I’m actually still at work so I needed something quick that I could sort out from here! I hope you enjoyed a glimpse into my more mundane world. 🙂


Share Your World 2015 – Week #10


When you lose electricity in a storm, do you light the candles or turn on the flashlight? How many of each do you own?

I love to have a room lit by candlelight, so candles are always my first choice in a power cut. I have a lot of them! We also have a pair of old oil lamps that we light if we need it to be a little brighter. I have a handful of torches around the house but they tend to be used just to find the lighter.

You are given $5,000 and the chance to exchange it for one of two envelopes. One envelope contains $50,000 and one contains $500. Do you make the trade? Why or why not?

I’d like to say I’d make the exchange, that I had nothing to start with so even $500 dollars would be a bonus and there’s the chance of getting $50,000! But if it came down to it I’d probably be a coward and keep the $5,000.

What’s your first memory?

When I was about three we moved into a new house. It had been left full of all sorts of junk and my parents had to clear it out. I remember finding a pair of old 3D glasses – the cardboard ones with the red and blue lenses. I thought they were great but my mum took them off me as soon as she could because they were really dirty and horrible, or so she tells me.

What do you do if you can’t sleep at night? Do you count sheep, toss and turn, or get up and try to do something?

It’s quite rare that I can’t sleep but on those odd occasions I’ll usually play a game on my kindle for a while. Currently I have Carcasonne as my game of choice but the best ones for getting me to sleep are games like Farmville. I always doze off while waiting for crops to grow or items to be crafted. That’s not always a good thing – I’ve missed so many deadlines on that game because I’ve fallen asleep while waiting!

I didn’t think I was going to manage to put a post up today. I had to work rather unexpectedly which put a bit of a damper on my idea of spending the day writing! When I got home this evening my imagination just didn’t want to cooperate, not even for a 100 word flash fic. Then I remembered that, as well as all her photography challenges Cee also hosts this wonderful little Share Your World challenge. Perfect! So here you go. 🙂