22/31 Let’s hit the slopes

22. The best thing to happen this year

Going skiing for the first time on my first proper group holiday.

My flatmate had been invited to go skiing with her friends group of friends, and asked if I’d wanted to go, too. The closest I’d come to skiing was tobogganing on an outdoor dry slope when I was like ten… But I accepted the invite none the less and it turned out to be the greatest decision. We went to Andorra for a week and had a blast. I now can’t wait to go skiing again and would love for it to be turned into an annual event as it was such a liberating feeling zooming down the slopes…

You’re a winner

#361: You’ve just won £1 billion pounds in the local lottery. You do not have to pay tax on your winnings. How will you spend the money?

I’d first use it to set up my family for the rest of their days, mortgage and bills wise. I’d then quit my job and really focus all my time and energy on finding an exciting new job within the video editing/producing/presenting industry. During this time, to mix it up, I’d plan a killer family holiday, making sure everyone’s wishes were fulfilled. Once I’d secured my perfect role, I’d finally move into London and start various evening classes.

Of course, it goes without saying that I’d donate regularly to charity and give food, drinks and/or blankets etc to the homeless.

P.s. I missed yesterday’s prompt as I spent Boxing Day with all the family… also looking after my cousins 4 and 6 year old girls… needless to say I slept for almost 15 hours today! (I usually get 6-8 hours sleep a night).

Memories of holidays past

#349: What is your very favourite holiday? Recount the specific memory or memories that have made that holiday special to you.

That’s a tricky one – I absolutely LOVED going to Walt Disney World when I was younger, because come on… it’s Disney! On the other hand, I really loved the trip to Spain as I went with all my family and we all had so much fun.

What I should do is go back to DisneyWorld in Florida with my entire family (well, my immediate, my auntie & uncle and my cousins). PERFECT!

Festivus for the rest of us

#348: You have been named supreme ruler of the universe. Your first order of business is creating and instituting a holiday or festival in your honour. What day of the year is your holiday? What special events will take place? Describe YOU DAY in as great a detail as you can muster: the special foods we’ll consume, the decorations we’ll use… everything.

Well for a start, this day would be in the middle of the year, as it would then give people something else to look forward to (of course, aside from Christmas). It would of course be classed as a bank holiday – an official day off work! There would be street parties, carnivals and lots of street food… churros, burritos, paella, falafels, nachos!! Ahh, if only this day were true…

Standstill

#267: For a moment today, time stands still — but you can tweak one thing while it’s stopped. What do you do?

EASY… remove the sickness virus that my Editor brought into the office! He caught it from his kids, which I know many people will say “that can’t be helped”… but my friends, it really could have been helped and very much avoided! He could have visited them next weekend instead, thus avoiding infecting the office during press week! Oy vey!

I’ve already been off for a few days last week because of a nasty cold that’s hit me pretty hard, so what with my immune system already being fairly low (and the fact that I sit opposite him), I think my chances of avoiding it are severely slim. I’m antibac’ing my hands as if there’s no tomorrow, have consumed a multivitamins drink and two flu capsules, which hopefully have enough in them to subside the virus for a while.

No one likes a sickness virus but I really can’t afford to get it – I’ve got a few events at the weekend that I can’t get refunds for and next week my parents fly out to Italy for a short anniversary holiday (as it was their honeymoon destination). I’ll be so hacked off if they get this virus and have to cancel their trip. Just have to hope and pray!

The transporter

#94: Tell us about a sensation — a taste, a smell, a piece of music — that transports you back to childhood.

The piece of music that transports me back to my childhood is M People’s catchy track, One night in heaven. The reason for this is, sometime around 1993/94, we went on a family holiday to a Haven resort. On one of the evenings, there was a fancy dress competition for children. I was entered as, get this… a pea in a pod! It was all homemade, with my green cardboard shell, green jumper, my dad’s green football socks, face paint and of course, green balloons. First, we had to do a parade around the dance floor for the judges to see our outfits – this is where the song comes in! Whilst shuffling my way around the dance floor, this song was playing. Every time I hear it (which doesn’t happen that often anymore), I’m transported back.

Just to finish off the story, I won the competition! 😀 Go me!

M People – One night in heaven.

Seven days

#66: You wake up tomorrow morning to find all of your plans have been cancelled for the next seven days and £10,000 on your dresser. Tell us about your week.

Aside from it being THE best birthday present (albeit a day late), I would put half of it into a savings account for future emergencies and with the rest, I’d take my mum on holiday (I don’t think she’d be interested in Egypt or Borneo, so it would be to a relaxing yoga retreat), I’d finish off my room decorating and then give the rest to charity, which I’d aim to be at least 10% of the amount originally left on the dresser.