Nope, no award. But some intriguing questions from Dr. Tanya! She invited anyone who wanted to, to answer those. I am going to do just that.
Dr. Tanya’s Leibster Questions
What is your biggest pet peeve?
I’m fairly tolerant but it annoys me when people put other people down to make themselves look better.
Where did you get your name?
I was the firstborn granddaughter and according to Greek tradition I should have been named after my Paternal Grandmother but my parents didn’t like that idea at all. But out of respect they decided to compromise by giving me an anglicized Greek name – Helen (Ελενι – Eleni)- an anglicized version of my paternal grandmother’s name for my second – Mary (Μαρια -Maria) and then so as not to upset my Maternal Grandmother I was given her name – Edwina – as a third! Put a Greek surname at the end of these and you have quite a mouthful! As a child I was embarrassed by all my unnecessary names and swore that my own would only get one – but I lost that battle and my poor child is saddled with a second name that she dislikes intensely! Fortunately, she is happy with the one we actually call her.
If you wanted to change your name, what would you choose?
I don’t think I would change now but when thinking of baby names for my daughter I favoured Robyn, Jane, Caroline and Nikki. I ended up choosing Lauren as it was the only one her father and I could agree on.
What was your favorite TV show as a kid?
When I was a kid there was no Television in South Africa – that only came in 1976 – three years before my daughter was born. However, we listened to stories on the radio. I still remember Squad Cars, City Hospital, Inspector Carr investigates and many other very exciting ones. Every weekday evening at 7:15 there was a serial called – No Place to Hide – a sci-fi drama that kept us glued to the radio for 15 minutes before we sat down to dinner.
Do you have any weird habits?
I don’t think its weird but other people do. I leave a bit of coffee or tea at the bottom of my cup every time I have one. I’ve done it all my life and can’t bring myself to drink that last sip. I think it’s because in the olden days there might have been tea leaves at the bottom of the cup. I only started drinking coffee when I was an adult but it carried over to that too; perhaps because of coffee grounds? I drain hot chocolate to the bitter end.
Do you like Autumn scents/tastes?
I love everything about Autumn
What is your favorite holiday and why?
I’m not crazy about the commercialization of holidays but I do enjoy Christmas because it brings the family together and we usually have a great time. As we’re in the southern hemisphere it falls slap bang in the middle of the long school vacation. This annoyed me when I was working as it meant planning trips away around it. There were a few times that we simply went away and did Christmas without the rest of the family.
Do you prefer writing longhand (old school) or typing?
How I wish I could have had an iPad or laptop when I was at school as my handwriting was not my greatest asset. Even as a teacher my board work was pretty bad. I eventually learned Italic and very much enjoyed writing cards etc using this skill.
I very seldom write longhand these days.
Cable or Netflix?
Television in this country is not that fantastic – we have the equivalent of cable call DSTV with dozens of channels. It’s great for watching sport and The News and I enjoy Animal Planet and Nat Geo Wild. We have Netflix and I enjoy binge-watching series like Grace and Frankie on that.
If money didn’t matter, what would you do with your life?
Probably use my money to help others while still enjoying the luxury of having millions left over to enjoy life. I would travel to more exotic places than I do now and stay in fabulous accommodation – but wait – I love my caravan – I’d miss that so I would probably still take my game reserve holidays that way. But when travelling abroad I’d go First Class.
What is your favorite thing about yourself?
Well, maybe those who know me won’t agree, but I think I’m fun to be with.
Do you treat others better than yourself?
I think I do. But I also take care of myself. Even when I was super-busy I would take time for myself, get regular exercise, have a date night and get a facial or a massage from time to time.
Do you give second chances?
Yes. But when a relationship is toxic I don’t continue with it.
Have you ever met someone famous?
Yes, I have – well she’s famous here in South Africa. We were at the same venue on a holiday and got on very well with her. We didn’t keep up with each other after that though. I also met one of our very well known Satirists after attending one of his shows. My hubby was in his class in Primary School and he pretended to remember.
Do you follow trends or start them?
Neither. I do my own thing and have never gone with the crowd or followed the latest trends. – As a teenager, I was very awkward.
When was the last time you surprised yourself?
I actually surprise myself quite a lot. I’m not academically gifted so when I solve a problem on the computer, for example, I’m really chuffed with myself.
What’s something you enjoy the old fashioned way?
I actually LOVE technology and would not want to go back but I do enjoy a real book or magazine to read.
Do you remember The Powerpuff Girls? If so, who was your favourite?
I only know about the above because I taught small children. I have no idea what their names were.
Do you have a favourite flower?
My favourite flowers are vygies. They come in just about every colour possible and are pretty easy to grow in the Overberg where I live.
Do you find writing therapeutic?
Yes, I do.
What was the best question you’ve ever been asked?
Shall we go to the Kruger National Park for the holidays?
Which tongue-twister is the hardest for you? For example, She sells seashells on the seashore!
Actually, I don’t think I’m too bad at them. But his one is quite tricky
Betty Botter bought some butter
But she said the butter’s bitter
If I put it in my batter, it will make my batter bitter
But a bit of better butter will make my batter better
So ‘twas better Betty Botter bought a bit of better butter