Here is part two of my Liebster nomination. In the first half I told you some rather long-winded facts, and here I answer some questions. Thanks mum for asking these questions because they’re really good! I was trying to think of my responses for hours. Here they are:
1. When have you been happiest?
I’m happy a lot of times. When I first noticed the daffodils growing on campus they reminded me of the ones outside home, so they made me smile and I picked some to put in my bedroom. However the time I’ve been most gloriously happy happened a couple of weeks ago when Vie and I met up to go up town. She came to E’s house with Boscy and we chatted for a bit, it wasn’t anything special but I couldn’t stop smiling for hours on end. There’s that bit at the end of Toy Story 2 where Barbie complains about her cheeks hurting. I totally empathise.
2. When have you been saddest?
I have two. The first is when E almost broke up with me on the Italy trip. He took me to a corridor in the Hotel Mary and said “I’m not sure I see you in that way anymore. You’re more like a sister”. It was very dramatic and I cried for three hours and everyone saw. Naturally I then wore a dress that he liked me wearing and he took me back the next day. Fickle man. The second happened a few weeks back. I was feeling stressed out and tired. I still needed a place to stay for my second year, and I still needed a job. My grades were slipping and I just handed in an essay I wasn’t proud of. On top of all that I was spending my third week in total isolation from the world and was feeling incredibly lonely. I had to hold back the tears as I walked from the Archaeology building to my flat as I didn’t want anyone to see me cry.
3. What scares you?
What scares me the most is death, all other fears I can partially rationalise with but death is unexplainable because the only people who know what it’s like aren’t on the earth anymore to tell us. But that’s okay, I don’t want them to tell me because I am also scared of ghosts though I don’t usually admit it. All other fears mainly link to death. Falling, murderers, natural disasters etc. Besides spiders. Spiders are just freaky.
4. Who inspires you?
I think there’s a part of everyone that inspires me in some way. But I suppose I am most inspired, actually, by mum. It sounds like a cliche, or sounds like I’m sucking up because she asked this question to me, but I do. I just never told her. I never told her how she is one of the most talented, creative, beautiful and intelligent people that I know. Whose kindness knows no limits and she can deal with any problem from fussy eaters to crying children (of any age). I adore mum to bits. I am also inspired by my sister, Vie, who has had her world turned upside down with a series of events, though perhaps not unfortunate, and yet she continues to stay strong and happy and is still pushing towards her dreams. If I was ever knocked down by something I’d never get up, just give up.
5. What do you dream of?
I take this question carries the aspiration connotation, rather than what I dream about at night. I dream of many things. Career wise I dream of moving to Italy and rescuing Pompeii and other sites alongside Wallace-Hadrill who used to lecture at Reading and is now working on preserving Herculaneum. I dream of being in movies and also writing books and become a bestseller. But I can probably negotiate some of those terms because all I really truly want is to be happy and for everyone around me to be happy too.
6. What’s your earliest memory?
I’m not sure because I can’t just send myself back to my earliest memory without a trigger to bring it up. I would love to say it was sewing on my grandmothers lap, but I don’t know if I made that one up or if I was told it or if it was real. I will count it though, as it;s the first thing that came to my head and if I thought any more about this I will probably get a headache.
7. If you could travel back in time, where would you go and when?
I love this question! I think I would go back to the Roman times, perhaps to Pompeii if I knew I wouldn’t get hurt, just to see what all my favourite pieces of archaeology actually looked like at the time. If not there I might go to see the early hominin races in Africa or to the English Anglo-Saxon period, places where there isn’t much documentation so that I can write a book about the real Australopithecus Aferensis’ and it would then become the most coveted history book the world has seen.
8. What are you most proud of?
I am most proud of a movie I did alongside the Youth Theatre, with a newly founded production company started by some good friends. It was filmed entirely independently, on the smallest budget imaginable, and entirely locally. I still find people to mention it to nearly two years on from filming it. My mum is also in it. If I’m extremely proud I can only imagine how the people who made it feel! Also i that time I went to an archaeological and am immensely proud of the hole I dug there, and the fact that I accurately theorised what it was before the professionals (and a mean man who visited) did….even if there was nothing in it.
9. If you won £9million on tonight’s lottery, what would you do with the money?
First of all I would give a bit away to assorted charities, because I think it would be selfish to win all that money and not to anything good with it. Next I would probably pay off all my student debt and save some in an account to pay for accommodation and tuition fees for the next few years, and buy a flat to live in while I’m there. Next I would book a holiday and also take my mum and sister to London for a relaxed weekend of shopping. We’d stay at the Ritz. I would probably also get drivings lessons and a car. I should hope after that I would have at least a couple of million left which I will split into two halves and saves. The first half, for moving to Italy or wherever I go, the rest for when I retire. I wish I could win the lottery, it would help a lot with the average archaeologists salary.
10. If you were a superhero, what would your secret power be?
I always liked the idea of invisibility, but some days I feel so see through I think I actually must be, so I rule that out. I think being able to read and manipulate minds like Xavier from x-men would be cool, but only if I could turn it on and off. I have enough thoughts in my head as it is without having to have everyone else’s.
11. Tell us a secret.
My secrets aren’t very deep or dark at all, in fact I’m not sure I have any. I’m not actually a superhero so I don’t have a hidden identity. Mum, go into the kitchen and stand near the bread bin. Now look up. You might be able to see these purple marks on the ceiling.That is Ribena. I did that. I knocked the bottle off the side and it erupted like Vesuvius and it hit the ceiling. I tried to wipe it off with a mop but all it did was smudge that greyish-brown dust everywhere. Sorry I didn’t tell you that before. It was hilarious when it happened. That’s as secret as I go for now, I really don’t have anything juicy to tell you.
And here we have it, the last part of my nomination. I feel like you might know me better now, and I feel a lot closer too. I don’t know if I have to nominate anyone, or not, but being new to the world of wordpress I am still discovering people out there and do not know many blogs that well at all. Perhaps I’d make a nomination in the near future. Again, I apologise for the length of post, I hope you didn’t get bored.