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- In response to: "If you were in a movie right now, what music would be playing?" Sarah McLachlan's Prayer of St Francis, a little melancholy; but with a sweeping melody and the sense of hope and a change about to come.
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- One of the Best Decisions I've Made - Radio Goo Goo, Radio Ga Ga
One of the best decisions I ever made was agreeing to do an audio diary for Radio Norfolk about my life with severe ME. It was a big deal, I'd never done anything like that before and I decided that although it was scary I thought it might help other people in a similar situation and would also educate others who might not understand.
The process involved me having a digital recorder for a weekend and I had to record short sections about my life and it limitations. I was nervous and a bit shaky voiced to begin with; but in general really enjoyed the process.
It turned out to be an opportunity which opened many doors for me to help raise awareness of ME and then get publicity for Holidays From Home, including television and newspaper opportunities.
In fact today I co-hosted my first ever radio show! It was a bit of a surprise, I was only meant to be doing an interview about the virtual New Year’s Eve party I'm organising. www.holidaysfromhome.co.uk/newyear
It's for an online radio station called Able Radio www.ableradio.com and when I got on the phone to talk to the presenter; he said would I like to record some audio tracks to use for a show airing on New Year's Eve between 9 - 10 pm GMT. It was a lot of fun to do, although I have no idea what it will all sound like. Who knows maybe it will be another good decision.
That very first decision to do the recording was one of the best I made and I'm so pleased I plucked up the courage to do it.
- Body Talks
Name something you'd like to learn more about.
Something I'd like to learn more about is body language and the art of reading faces, expressions and movements. It's something that has always interested me; but seeing television shows like Lie To Me, The Mentalist and Derren Brown has increased my curiosity.
I'd like to think that I already do have some idea about it, I think I'm quite good at reading people, at least people I know well; but I would love to know more. In fact it's been my fall back plan if I walked away from Holidays From Home, I'd be interested in doing some form of pyschology / body language degree if such a thing exists. Not much of a plan, more an interest I'd like to pursue.
I think it's fascinating that we say more with our body, than we do with our words and I'd love to understand it better.
On the downside you'd know if people were lying to you, holding back or were up to something, which could get very hard; but I think on some level we always know if that's happening anyway, it just depends if we choose to acknowledge it.
I'd be interested to learn more about it, whether its through reading a book or one day doing a course.
- 2011 in 12 Sentences
Scary how little I can remember!
January - Poor health, the realisation that I was having a relapse.
February - A call from Radio 4 and an interview about Holidays From Home, very exciting!
March - My birthday month, a lovely meal with friends enjoying the Pudding Club!
April - The radio show airs and I sell lots of the virtual holidays, very happy!
May - Met my brither's girlfriend for the first time.
June - No idea what I was doing!
July - Harry Potter, Wicked and Take That what a month!
August - Glee in 3D - sadly the only thing I can think of!
September - A trip to see my grandma for her 80th birthday party, first time I'd been up to see her since I was 16.
October - My virtual Halloween party kept me busy and was really fun.
November - A cough; but managed to finally see Grease at the theatre.
December - Present wrapping, Chritmas preperations and lots to do for the virtual New Year's Eve Party!
- Family in Small Doses!
What are your favorite types of family gatherings?
My favourite types of family gatherings are short ones! I love my family very much, they are all very special people; but I find it's best to see them for short periods of time - normally a few hours is just about right. If they are staying with us, then the first twenty four hours are fine; but then things seem to gradually decline. I'm not sure why and it seems to happen with all of our relatives. People seem to get tired and a bit fractious and niggles start to get to you. We're not the type of family who argues, more the go away and stew type, which isn't healthy; but it's hard to break generations of emotional suppression!
My ME means I find it very tiring having people around, so short visits are best for that too. I'm more energetic and able to enjoy the company more, which after all is the whole point of seeing family.
- How I Relax
My favourite way to relax after a stressful day is to watch TV or read, I like being able to switch off and escape into someone else's world, living their dramas, their highs and lows. I think escapism is one of the most important things in the world, whether it's through day dreaming and your imagination or making use of other people's imagination creating films, books, music, art etc.
If it's been really stressful I might break out the chocolate too - it has to be milk and good quality. Hotel Chocolat has ruined Dairy Milk for me, if it's not high in taste (and price, unfortunately) I don't enjoy it anymore.
If I have a choice of TV show it would be Grey's Anatomy, followed by Modern Family, Rookie Blue, Bones and The Closer. If it's a choice of book it would have to be something engrossing; but fun to read, maybe Janet Evanovich, Laurel K Hamilton, or my absolute favourite Kim Harrison!