Suzie’s ‘Spring-Clean’

Suzie is having a blog overhaul. What’s going on? Everyone’s at it. And it’s not even Spring.

Anyway, she asked a number of her followers to answer some questions for some experiment she’s carrying out. Should I be worried?

But Suzie’s a mate so I’m going for it. As long as the experiment doesn’t involve me getting up close and personal with lab rats!


1. Why have you chosen your blog name?

I didn’t actually choose my blog name. My brother did. He set me up with the blog in June of this year and texted me with its name and my password. And told me to get writing. I asked him why the name. The Scottish part is self evident. The momus part is the name of a minor god of Greece. I worked there many years ago and still love everything about the country including its mythology. So he joined the two names and I was happy to keep it.

2. When you have an hour of free-time, what do you do?

Up until I started blogging my first choice for free time would always involve reading and writing. Now it’s almost entirely writing. And reading blog posts. I feel guilty as I don’t think I’ve read a book since I started blogging. No, tell a lie. I did. But it was one recommended to me by a fellow blogger all about the nature of light. And another my sixteen year old daughter ‘forced’ me to read so we could discuss it! I don’t think I’ve ever gone so long with so little book reading in my life. It doesn’t even feel strange. I can only put it down to the fact that because I’m reading blog posts it fills that need. At least, for the moment.

3. If you could choose to stay a certain age forever, what would it be?

Well, I quite like the stage I’m at just now. Kids are getting up and on with their lives. I’m kinda getting on with mine a bit more now in terms of things I want to do. I would like my younger face and body back! Maybe from my twenties or thirties. But I don’t think I’d like to relive certain ages again. Although when I think back to my time working in Greece I adored that. I can recall everything about it so clearly. And it still holds very precious memories. Young, free and single. No cares. Beautiful country. Making new friends from all over the world. Learning the language. Eating strange and wonderful new foods. Waking up every day in Athens was like a dream come true. Travelling around the islands when I could. Getting into all sorts of scrapes! Yeah, 20 was a good age. But I still don’t want to go back and do it all again. I would take the younger physical me with the older, more knowledgeable me and hang around this era. I think. Maybe.

4. If you could learn to do something, what would it be?

I would love to learn more languages and be able to travel and use them. Learning languages is time consuming and I don’t see me travelling too far any time soon. A bit of a waste of time. So, I’ll opt for hang gliding or parachuting. It’s still something I’d love to have a go at. Don’t know if I’d be brave enough now though. There was a time I would have said definitely. Now, I’m not so sure I could take that step off the cliff or out of the plane! Someone told me that I should try parasailing instead because you don’t have to take that initial step. Just wait till you’re pulled into the air. I also quite fancy scuba diving. Did some snorkelling years ago. But that’s not quite the same. My only fear with that would be meeting some big, buggery sea creature and not being able to get away. Panic swimming. Frantically flailing and going nowhere!

5. What would be the first thing you would buy if you won the lottery?

The first thing I would do if I won the lottery is pack in work, pay off my mortgage and anything else. Give money to all my family and there are any number of friends I would just love to be able to help out. I also have promised two fellow bloggers a share if ever I win. I haven’t forgotten! The one thing I’ve always promised myself I’d do is wrap monetary notes around stones and attach them with elastic bands then deposit them along my local Main Street. A little message attached would just say they were welcome to share my good fortune. I would love to see people’s reactions to that. I would get quite a buzz. I’d travel. A return visit to Greece, of course. Catch up with old friends. France. Italy. Australia. India. Egypt. New Zealand. Lots of places but those ones for a visit first. I’d take my kids out of school, teach them myself and let the world fill their education. I’m not really big on stuff. But it would be nice to be able to buy whatever I needed without thinking about the cost. Maybe a car whose battery light doesn’t keep coming on for no reason that anyone can discover!

6. What is the thing that makes you absolutely unique?

I know I’m unique because I believe we all are. Although we share so many common experiences and traits, I do believe we all have a unique purpose. There’s only one of me. As there’s only one of you. And each of us. Anthroplogy fascinates me. The way we’re all put together with different attributes in different measure, environmental factors and family influences that merge with innate characteristics causing us to reflect and act and react to life and circumstances. I just do my thing the way I think I have to. I know I am unique but what makes me so is probably better answered by someone else.

7. What is your favourite blog?

Favourite blog? I don’t know that I can answer that either. I came onto WordPress with no preconceptions of what I would find. I didn’t have a clue about what any of it involved. I barely knew what blogging was. Some people might think I still don’t know! Almost immediately, I was followed by Opinionated Man at Harsh Reality and I returned the visit and loved his site. I pop in regularly. I met Oliana at Traces Of The Soul fairly soon after and we quickly clicked. At that time I was yacking on about school and parents and angsty stuff! She took me down off the ceiling.I also found myself getting drawn into people’s problems as I read various really sad blogs and it was getting me down a bit. I started wondering whether I had made the right decision in blogging at all if all I was going to do was depress myself reading sad stuff. Suzie cheered me up no end at that time by sharing some funnies that had me laughing uproariously and I realised that I had to spread my reading so as not to become immersed in everyone’s problems. I’m inclined to do that.

Then I encountered Cubby at Reowr and I just loved her poems. I had always written poetry but never gave it serious attention. Cubby made me think again and I started to follow more poetry blogs. I love Simon’s work at Experimental Fiction. Both of them have gone awol at the moment though. In fact, I’m worried about Cubby because it’s not like her to be away for weeks from her blog. If anyone knows anything let me know that all is ok. I can’t help fretting.

I really enjoy loads of other blogs and they’ll know who they are ‘cos I always try to pop in and read what their latest is. So not one favourite. Lots of blogs. Some that make me laugh. Some that provide lovely pictures. Poetry that moves me or makes me think. A few esoteric blogs ‘cos I love a bit of mysticism and physics thrown in.

I know it’s probably nonsense to talk of ‘knowing’ people through blogging. But we know some things. We get a sense of the person who is writing. There is an attachment forms to certain people and their blogs. I’m thinking just now of Rene at Mind Chatter and Brenda at Friendly Fairy Tales, of Jen at Ramblings From A Mum and Mark at Healing Your Heart. So many people that you come to know a little. And become fond of even while you’ve never met them.

So no favourite blogs as such. But quite a few favourite people.

Suzie, why did you ask all these questions? You know I never have a short answer for anything. 😉

And if there are rats involved in this experiment, remember I’ve done my part!