Toy story

#255: What was your favourite plaything as a child? Do you see any connection between your life now, and your favourite childhood toy?

Sadly to admit, I don’t remember having a favourite plaything. I remember as a really tiny toddler not being able to go anywhere without my fluffy toy lamb (which then got renamed ‘flat lamb’ as I used to cuddle it so much that, you’ve guessed it, it went as flat as a pancake!), but that was about it. I’m sure my mum would know if I had a favourite plaything growing up though.

And yes, to answer your burning question, I do still have my beloved flat lamb!

Rolling stone

#188: If you could live a nomadic life, would you? Where would you go? How would you decide? What would life be like without a “home base”?

Ugh. Press day! Don’t get me wrong, I love the increased responsibility of proofreading the magazine from cover to cover and seeing my suggested changes being used, I just wish my job title would reflect the work I actually do. Anyway, back to topic, this is why my post is being published so late today – I didn’t get a lunch break/a spare five minutes to write it, so I may have to start writing them the night before…

So prompt 188… As much as I’d like to lead a nomadic lifestyle, I have too many sentimental objects in my life to not have a home base. Plus, if I put things like that into storage in order to travel, potentially abroad, I’d forever worry about if my locker (or whatever they’re referred to) was safe and not ransacked, burnt or flooded. I know. I worry too much about certain physical possessions. But hey, who knows what the future holds – I could be living out of a single backpack by the end of the year!

Memories for sale

#135: On a weekend road trip, far away from home, you stumble upon a garage sale in a neighbourhood you’re passing through. Astonished, you find an object among the belongings for sale that you recognise. Tell us about it.

I’m not one for attending garage sales or car boot sales (as they’re called here in the UK), but it was a particularly sunny day and, quite frankly, I had no other plans! As I perused the many tables of brick-a-brac, a glint of something in the distance, sat amongst a half empty table caught my eye. As I neared this display of pre-loved goods, my excitement grew… I’d finally found it! Nestled neatly around the neck of a tall vase (odd way to display it but I guess it worked), was the necklace that had been stolen from us a few years back by plasterers that had come to patch up our ceiling, following some unavoidable water damage. This necklace was so special as it had been bought during a family holiday in Florida, after seeing manatees – my mums favourite animal. Without a second thought, I asked for it to be removed from the vase and be boxed up. I didn’t even think to barter for it as it was only a quarter of the original price. I couldn’t wait to give it back to her!


#31: Remember yesterday, when your home was on fire and you got to save five items? That means you left a lot of stuff behind. What are the things you wish you could have taken, but had to leave behind?

Hmm … this is tough because after yesterday’s prompt, I realised that the majority of things I own is just stuff. It has no real value and can easily be replaced (but of course at a hefty cost!). However, with that said, I would have wanted to have grabbed the rest of my photos (to make sure I hadn’t missed any important ones), any other sentimental bits and pieces, a bag of my best and warmest clothes/shoes (along with a make-up/toiletry bag), any electrical goods/favourite DVDs and I guess any money I had lying around (a very rare occurrence but I can hope I’ll have that in the future haha!).

I’ll no doubt realise in a few weeks that there is something super important I’ve completely forgotten about, that should have been in my top five … which is when I’d store it away somewhere secret, so if I ever needed to evacuate in future, I’d go to this place and grab it!