Monday, 30 January 2012

Disaster! Or not?

So Phanee wants us to talk about natural disasters. This is kind of convenient, since I live in the middle-ish of Tornado Alley. Actually, not so convenient - my oldest recurring nightmare is of being stuck outside during a tornado and not being able to get away (inevitably while I was on a picnic with my grandparents... go figure!).

For the most part, my area isn't particularly known for natural disasters. There are no mountains to be volcanoes, it's a swamp so wildfires are unheard of, and we're too far from the coast to get hurricanes (though we do get the leftover rain, which makes getting anywhere without swimming through puddles rather difficult). We get the occasional earthquake rattle, but only from earthquakes that have focal points several hundred miles away - most of the time nobody notices until they mention it on the news. Even true blizzards are rare, though more common than the rest of that stuff. I'm pretty sure the last real blizzard on record was in like 1972 or something. But what we do have a lot of are tornadoes.

Basically, for those who don't know, what happens to form a tornado is the upper level of clouds in a thunderstorm begin swirling due to updrafts and crossed wind currents, and well, a bunch of technical stuff. Anyway, when the wind shear gets to a certain point, the clouds begin to form a funnel. If the funnel actually touches the ground, then it's considered a tornado.

Now, I personally have not been near a tornado. There have been several, some pretty devastating, in the areas around us, but they never got close enough to be really threatening. But, just about every thunderstorm we have in the summer, the weather forecasters get out their fancy-dancy shear detectors and show us exactly where each tornado COULD happen. In all honestly maybe 1 in every hundred touches down, but each storm there seems to be at least 5 potential points where we could MAYBE have a natural disaster.

My life sounds so tame, doesn't it?

Friday, 27 January 2012

American's are Different

So, I have this theory that American's are 'different'. In interviews, films and TV shows, they all seem to be able to recall memories from early childhood so easily. Like Phanee, I hardly remember anything - though I don't think I'm quite as bad.

My memory is just really bad. I can't remember much of what happened last week unless I think really hard, but I have smatterings of strong memories - usually aided by a photo or some significant event, or else I will remember pointless things like when I watched Friends whilst eating toast in my bedroom. I am brilliant with faces though, if I have seen you once I will recognise you years later as long as your face hasn't changed too dramatically. 

Now, because I can't pinpoint one happy memory (because I am not American and therefore have a truly rubbish memory), I will just let you know some random memories. 

Phanee's sleep dust reminded me of two events when my dad tried to swap my teeth for money (once they had fallen out already, of course). One of the times I was sleeping at his house and woke up as I flew through the air because he accidently tossed me out of bed, and the other time we were in Greece and I woke up to find the equivalent of £5 under my pillow the next morning because he struggled with the exchange rate

Also, when we were in Greece - probably the same time -, my cousin and I pretended to be statues and would stand on the hotel's hallway balconies and would jump out at passing strangers. The nice part is that everybody acted scared as though they actually believed we were statues who then sprung to life. 

An unpleasant memory I have is of going to Florida just after The Grinch came out and when I saw old Grinchy at Universal Studios, I scaled up my mum's back whilst she tried to film the parade because I was so scared. Even now when I settle down to watch The Grinch my heart races a beat too fast for the first few minutes because he scared me so much when I was little. 

And to end on a happy note... well now I genuinely can't think of anything. Most of my memories are from the last four or five years and I hope these memories don't just disappear into the abyss because I really quite enjoy them. 

Wednesday, 25 January 2012

You know childhood memories....???


Yeah, those.

Thing is, I think I have (very, very, VERY) early onset Alzheimer's, due to the fact that I cannot remember much about my childhood. Bad. I know.

I can remember various things that happened when I look at photographs. So, essentially, my childhood memories are like information that has been stored somewhere in my brain but which doesn't really surface except when it is triggered by some external stimulus. (How is that for science-y!!) That means photos, a meal I have associated with a particular event, seeing the person who was involved in the particular event etc etc. Which I suppose is not that good, either.

The thing is that I always find myself at a disadvantage when I happen to be talking with my brother about something that happened long ago. My brother has this amazing memory storage capacity! He can remember everything. So, most of the times when his sentences start like "Remember when.........", I draw a complete blank. Sometimes I even end up remembering something completely and utterly different, which might have even been years after the event he remembered.

At times, I do wonder if there is something wrong with me, as I can never come up with memories just off the top of my head. But then, I feel better when I realise that my brain just works in a different way to others'. Where my brother has no difficulty remembering details (and I do mean details) of memories, I seem to be a lot better at storing masses of information in that big pile of goo. And by masses, I do mean LOTS of useless information, along with quite a bit of important info as well. (I'm not all that useless after all!)

But there is one thing that I do remember about my childhood very vividly.

Every time my brother and I were getting ready to go to bed, my dad would always come in to tuck us in. Just before he left, he always gave us a big, big hug and "sprayed" us with a bit of sleep dust, just so that we could go to sleep. It was all imaginary, of course, but I think both of us (my brother and I) always slept a lot better after a spray of sleep dust!

Monday, 23 January 2012

Monday likes to travel!

It's hard to believe we've made it through a full round of posting! We've each assigned a topic and now it's back around to me, and I have assigned "Favorite Childhood Memory." I have a ton of memories to choose from, but one definitely sticks out from the rest.

When I was a kid, my family traveled a lot. I was pretty smart, so through elementary school my parents didn't feel too bad about pulling me out of school as long as I got the homework beforehand or something. I have many wonderful memories from spending a couple weeks in the Northeast (visiting Boston to Maine) or the Smoky Mountains, or, even once, a week and a half in Puerto Rico. We have a huge tent, and we would set up camp somewhere centrally located to a bunch of stuff for a couple of days (and pack those days to bursting with sightseeing) and then move on to a new location.

Probably my favorite trip, though, was a plain old camping trip. We went just to get away for a week or so, and we didn't go far - just to the other side of the border in Canada on the lake. I don't remember too much about most of the trip, but one night we decided to go and watch the sunset on the lake because we'd heard it was spectacular. There were a bunch of people already on the viewing dock, but we squeezed in next to this old guy (who, looking back, probably wasn't all that old) with a pair of binoculars. The sun set, in a gorgeous blaze of color, but what really stuck with me is what happened after. Just as the sun slipped beyond the horizon a figure rose up, exactly where the sun set. It was an ethereal purple-pink column, and to the 9 or 10 year old I was, it looked exactly like a ghost ship. I excitedly begged the gentleman next to me to let me borrow his binoculars. The figure held up under closer inspection - it even seemed to glow softly. I'm sure the rest of the people on the observation deck were just humoring me, but they all agreed that it must be a ghost ship.

I spent the better part of the next school year trying to write the story of that ship for my creative writing assignments, and telling anyone who would listen that I had seen a ghost ship. I was SO PROUD that I'd seen something so unusual.

Eventually I gave up telling people about it. Nobody ever believed me anyway. But I have to say, it's still my fondest memory of childhood.

Friday, 20 January 2012

I Speak Good

So, Anne and Phanee both has issues with their tasks... oops. They both got done though, so that's good.

Anyway, my task was called 'Words, words, words' and entailed finding three words I had not previously understood or heard before and slip them into conversation. With this, I googled 'word generator' and used this website to find my words and to discover their meanings. The words I decided to use were:
  • Urbane (sophisticated or elegant)
  • Abrogate (to abolish)
  • Athwart (from side to side)
I used the first two words, quite smoothly, the first when speaking to one of my friends about an event they're going to this weekend and the second when in philosophy talking about medical ethics. I was really pleased with myself - although I did have to bring up my friends plans this weekend purely so that I could use the word 'Urbane'. 

The last word was a bit more tricky, I had planned on bringing crabs into conversation and saying that they moved 'athwart' or 'athwartly' but didn't know which was the correct way to say it. At any rate, I didn't end up using it at all, instead I used the word Wantage (something that is lacking, desired or needed) which I had seen in my morning search but didn't think I would be able to use. I did though, also in my philosophy class. 

I am used to using 'big' words. I slip them into conversation all the time, but usually I know exactly what they mean and how to use them, so this task was a little bit tricky. I'm not complaining though, it sounds like Anne and Phanee had it worse. 

Wednesday, 18 January 2012

Let's Get Playful - Just Not When You're Supposed To

So, Katie with her hairbrained ideas.

Well, actually no. Her idea was quite a good one. I just wasn't very happy about the task that I had to do for the day.

And again, to be perfectly honest, it doesn't seem like too difficult a task.

But there was a big problem. My Mum works all day and my brother is in the middle of an exam period, so no free time for either of them to spend with yours truly. I was also rather busy yesterday (the day I was supposed to do the task) and left it at the last possible minute today. Anyways... So, I decided to try the internet. Which was a lot more helpful. Thank you, internet!

I contemplated trying to play some kind of solitaire/patience, but I thought that would be cheating, since I know how to play a few different solitaire/patience games and they seemed to be pretty similar. So I thought, why not try one of the suggestions from the website: cribbage.

I found a place online and braced myself for a complete and utter failure. And it came. Again and again and again. I started thinking that maybe I'm just stupid, that it's not meant for me to learn how to play cribbage... (Poor sad me...)

But Anne - our lovely Monday - came to the rescue! She explained a few things about how scoring works, which cards you should aim to keep in your hand, which cards to "throw away" in the crib, what to do when you're a dealer and what not to do when you're not. And the result was this:


So, success! Not too shabby, if I may say so! It took a few (probably closer to 10) games, but I got there eventually! Now I think I can play cribbage in the real world. Anyone wanna play???

Tuesday, 17 January 2012

Back to the Future!

OK, before anyone says anything, I am invoking the "date addendum" (not in the PAKt yet, but easily added, I'm sure) that while your post must go up on the assigned day, it only has to be the assigned day FOR THE ONE POSTING - it's currently just before 8 on Monday, so I'm the only one still on Monday, but it does count! Please?

In fairness, I have a pretty good reason. My task, according to the channel 4 website, was to watch a classic that you've always told everyone you had seen but never really had. Well, my first problem with this is I don't tend to lie much. Like hardly at all. So, instead I chose to just go for a classic that nobody ever believes I haven't seen, even though I tell them so. Second problem, of course was that I'm not all that interested in seeing most of the films that people say I should - haven't seen Titanic, The Notebook, When Harry Met Sally etc. etc. etc. and I don't really care to. Don't worry, nothing you say will change my mind.

Now my third problem, which is the real reason this post is late, is I had to figure out where to get the film I chose. I finally decided to watch Back to the Future and the easiest way to get it, I thought, would be iTunes. So I rented it, and set it to download... and groaned at the EIGHT FREAKIN' HOURS it was going to take to download. Anyway, I left it to download overnight, but with one thing and another I only just finished the movie.

So, my overall thoughts? Well it was a shame that I hadn't seen it yet, since it seems to be the root of most time travel stories. On the other hand, it felt a little like watching Footloose - it was a great movie when it came out, but my modern film-going mind kept pointing out the flaws. I would LOVE to see a modern adaptation of it, and I will probably watch the rest of them. I certainly enjoyed it well enough.

I guess I just don't see how this is a life changing thing. I suppose my life was enriched for seeing it. But, I don't know, it just felt a little like a letdown. Maybe if I saw it with other people? That seems to help the film watching experience for most movies. Anyway! Enough of my rambling! Check back in for Phanee's post on Wednesday!

Friday, 13 January 2012

In Support of Resolutions

Unlike my fellow PAKters (is that what we're going by?), I am a huge advocate of New Years resolutions. I have always been a huge fan of tradition, especially pointless ones like a resolution in the new year. 

We have probably all used the age old 'Lose weight!' resolution, but how many of us have ever actually stuck to this goal we set ourselves? Maybe a handful of us, and we all know any weight loss was a complete and utter accident, not the result of a new diet plan and exercise regime. Don't lie. There is just something I find so lovely about the fact that everybody says they're going to implement some new behavior into their lives then hardly anybody does it. I don't know why I like it exactly, but I do. 

That said, I do not like to fail at things, yet always expect to, so in recent years I've set myself more 'original' goals. This year for example, my resolution is to get into university - and if that fails then I will just have to recycle it for next year. You see, this is something I was going to try and do anyway, so I'm not just going to break it out of laze. Good, yes?

Also, I watch this girl on YouTube, MissXRojas who is taking part in Channel 4's New Years Revolution. Every morning during January, a new task will be posted on the website to do that day, like a mini resolution to make your life a bit more fulfilled and your day a bit more fun. So far they have had 'read a book gathering dust on your shelf', 'watch a sunrise/sunset' and 'say "yes" for a day'. Just fun little things and, girls, because it is my week to pick the theme, I suggest that we each have to do the task posted the day before our post is due (So, Anne, you do Sunday's) and blog about it the next day.

Wednesday, 11 January 2012

You don't do New Year's Resolutions???


Yes, that was Katie's reaction immediately after I told her I don't. Some of you might find it weird, seeing as the whole "New Year Resolution" shebang is so widespread throughout the world. The principal of the thing is pretty straighforward: every year, just before it ends, each person comes up with a few things that they would like to change about themselves in the New Year.

I can understand the attractiveness of it all. Each one of us has something we would like to change about ourselves and New Year's is usually the time when wee start thinking about what we would like to do differently. Sometimes it's family related - eg. "I would like to see more of my family this year" -, other times it's more personal - eg. "This will be the year I will shed those extra pounds" etc, etc.

I do realise that there are lots of different types of New Year's Resolutions, but I'm just sticking to the basics. Mainly due to the fact that I have never - and I mean never ever - made my own resolutions. It's not that I have any particular aversion to the idea; it's just that as I was growing up, we just didn't do anything like that. I do come from two different backgrounds - both Greek and English - but neither half of the family does anything like that. The only reason I ever found out that New Year's Resolutions even existed was probably because of some film or another. Yes, that is how clueless I was about the whole thing.

But even now, that I am aware of this particular tradition we are talking about, I still don't feel tempted to participate. The main reason for that is that I don't think that any of my resolutions will last past Easter or that I will even remember them! And other than that, I am not sure I place so much value in them. I always have things that I would like to change, things that I would like to do more of or less of, but I don't wait until New Year's just to make it into a resolution to fulfil in the new year that's just around the corner. I decide there and then that something has to change and I work - from that moment on - to change it.

So yeah, no resolutions for me. Just for a change!

And to leave you on a funny note, I found this image on the internet, which I am sure is what happens to a lot of people's New Year Resolutions!


Monday, 9 January 2012

Happy Belated New Year from Monday!

We made it through the first week! This feels like an epic accomplishment, even though I know it isn't really.

Now that we've got the introductions out of the way, let's get down to business. This week's topic was provided by the lovely Phanee, AKA Miss Wednesday, and she wanted us to talk about New Year's Resolutions. I'm kind of funny about Resolutions - the word itself actually. We all talk about how we have these "New Year's Resolutions" (with big scary air quotes), but honestly, we're the only ones who ever believe we'll keep them up - everyone else just listens politely and tells us they're sure we'll do it this year, while privately being quite sure we won't. Failure has become incorporated into our definition of "resolution" and I don't like that.

That said, New Year's is a great time to reassess our goals for our lives, and I have done that almost in excess! I was even tempted to make a video just so I could show you, but I suck at making videos so I decided to spare you the agony. You're welcome =P

This year's goals go into 5 different categories: Reading, Writing, Graduate School, Research, and Personal. Each category has several different smaller goals. I've put together a 3-ring binder with lists of these goals plus places to keep track of how well I do. Unfortunately, this is probably overkill. I was feeling particularly organizational one day and came up with the whole system, and, knowing me, I likely won't make it through the spring. So, continuing my fit of organization is probably another good goal for me to have.

And of course, a major goal for me is to continue to keep in touch with my friends far away, including people like Kate and Phanee! And that, you can definitely help me with - please, yell at me and punish me if I fail to post! Then I will have kept at least one of my New Year's Goals, and I shall be a happy camper :)

Friday, 6 January 2012

Friday, Friday... Gotta Get Down on Friday

I am glad that I got this day because I freakin' love that song. Thank you Rebecca Black. 

Erm... yes, okay. Hi!! I'm Katie, PAKt's resident Friday girl. Today I am answering questions asked by Phanee who lives on Wednesdays, so lets get on with this shall we?

1. Other than English, which languages can you speak (even at a basic communication level)? Which ones would you like to learn someday?

I am actually really terrible with languages, despite constantly trying to learn new ones. I did French for three years in high school and retained almost none of what I was taught, my Grandma who is Spanish has tried to impart some of her language on me but other than knowing how to say ‘hello’, ‘thank you’ and count to ten really quickly, nothing stuck – although I am very proud of my ability to roll my ‘R’s. When I went to Italy two summers ago I decided that I wanted to learn Italian and move there but after taking some online classes I got bored and forgot about it and, most impressively, I taught myself Chinese when I was fourteen. I was doing really well, but then a Chinese girl came to my school and when we became friends I decided to stop because I was embarrassed. So, what does all of the above mean? I only speak English.

2. Name three songs that are just stuck in your head right now!

Okay, now don’t judge me, but one of the songs I cannot get out of my head right now is ‘Mistletoe and Wine’ by Cliff Richard. Yes, I know, it’s terrible, but I was watching a Christmas chart show and it has not left my head since. For those of you who are aware of Alex Day, I have had ‘Forever Yours’ in my head since the 17th December and have a tendency to randomly break into song with its chorus. And as I am answering this as my house is getting ready for a New Years party, I have been hearing ‘Sexy and I Know It’ by LMFAO for the past two hours, so that is very much stuck in my head right now.

3. Name your favourite film! Or maybe 2, or 3, if you really can’t decide!

Films! I LOVE films. It’s a good job you didn’t limit me to one because I do have three favourites: Life in a Day (a documentary about human life, all footage filmed on 24th July, 2010 around the world), Pay it Forward (a film about a boy who comes up with a brilliant way to change the world – I will say no more, just watch it) and, being a girl, I love The Notebook and if you do not know what that is about then shame on you.  

4. How do you feel about all those British people who come over to Malia on holiday, drink far too much and end up dancing naked in the streets?

I have a feeling that I have spoken to Phanee about this before because otherwise this is a very random question. I am eighteen years old and English, meaning that I ought to be one of the summer Malia goers, but oh my God no. Just no. You could not pay me to go to Malia or any of those other European areas the British have decided to ruin. I like a drink as much as the next person but I despise most of the (serious) drinking culture. Each to their own I suppose, but please stop embarrassing our country by ruining these beautiful places.

5. Name one thing you absolutely hate about Facebook.

Recently, I have gotten back into Facebook after a long break  and for the first time, I actually use Facebook chat now that MSN has died a miserable death. This is where my big Facebook problem lies… chat. I am a fan of lurking in the darkness. I loved ‘appear offline’ on MSN and while you can do that on Facebook, it doesn’t allow you to see who is online, nor can you block individuals. I do not like this and it often leads to me missing out on conversations with people I do want to speak with and ending up stuck talking to people I have no interest in. 

The standard questions...

Tea/Coffee/Hot Chocolate - Hot Chocolate! Hands Down! Coffee if I have to have one of the boring ones but even then it is basically all milk and sugar. Also, fun fact, I am English and have never even tried tea.

Indoors or Outdoors - Has to be outdoors. I have a friend who I've known since I was nine and all we ever do is go for walks. I have aspirations of climbing mountains and trekking though jungles, so outdoors it is.

Cats or Dogs - I love dogs, I have had a dog, I have worked with dogs and I look after dogs, but I'm going to have to pick cats. I have had two cats and they're just so much easier to look after.

Team Zombie or Team Unicorn - Team Unicorn. They're so pretty and sparkly and their blood helps Voldy live forever.

Hot or Cold - Hot! Why would you pick cold? Anybody who says that they can put on a jumper clearly doesn't want to be cold either. Stupids. Hotter is better.

Wednesday, 4 January 2012

Why hello! I'm Wednesday!

Why hello! And welcome to The PAKt!!

I am Wednesday, also known as Phanee! I am 22 years old (just like Anne), but I live in a place far far away. Greece! Yep! A place where there's sunshine (and it's warm) for 8-9 months of each year... Well, no, that's not strictly true for the whole of Greece... But it's certainly true for Crete, where I live. And just so that you can get an idea, this is where it is:

Yep, it's pretty far down, right next to Africa. Which I suppose a lot of you will think is marvellous... I just think I live in the wrong country. I hate being hot and I love cold, rain and snow. So I have come to the realisation that, though I was born in the right country (England), my parents made a very wrong decision in deciding to move to Crete.

So, as you saw with Anne's post on Monday, this week we are doing interviews on the blog, to introduce ourselves and to give ourselves an easy topic to start with! Here are the questions I was given from Miss Monday (aka Anne) to answer:

1. What is your favourite thing about where you live?
Hmmmm... Now this one is a hard one... I know I rambled up above about the fact that I live in the wrong country, but Greece really is a lovely country. I would probably say that my favourite thing about Crete, where I live, is the contrast in the landscape. Crete is one of the biggest islands in the Mediterranean (and the biggest in Greece) and being an island, it is surrounded by sea. But it's also rather mountainous, with the mountains not being too far away from the sea. So, the sea is ideal for the hot summer months (and we do have some lovely beaches!), but we also have cold mountains and a bit of snow in the winter, too!
((You're probably wondering why I'm complaining, aren't you??))

2. If your house was burning, what would be the first thing you would save?
Since you said things, I am going to go with an actual "thing". The first thing I would save would definitely be my laptop. I've got everything on there! And I love it to bits!

3. What is in your pocket, RIGHT NOW? Or, if you don't have pockets what is the first thing you can pull out of your purse?
No pockets right now, so going with the purse option! Assuming that by purse you mean my handbag and not my little purse with my money in it, the first thing I can pull out of my bag is an umbrella! I have a cute little Radley umbrella with little doggies on it! It's probably the only designer thing I own! My grandmother got it as a present but never used it because of the doggies on it, so she gave it to me! I never go anywhere without an umbrella. You can guarantee that on the day that I don't take an umbrella, it's going to chuck it down. So, it just stays there permanentely!

4. What are the top 3 songs on your most played iTunes/iPod list?
Number 3 is "Mowgli's Road" by Marina & The Diamonds.
Number 2 is "Seventeen", also by Marina & The Diamonds
Number 1 is "Alejandro" by Lady Gaga

Not sure what I think about that. I haven't listened to any of them in ages! But if you were to ask me songs I am loving right now, I would say "Fluorescent Adolescent" by Artcic Monkeys, "Stuck on a Puzzle" by Alex Turner, "Skinny Love" by Birdy and "Levels" by Avicii (do not ask how that last one connects to the others - it doesn't!)

5. What is your favorite meal?
Other than the fact that I love anything with potatoes in it, I do have two favourite meals - one with potatoes and the other potato-less. The first one is shepherd's pie, a traditional British meal, and the other is a Greek one called giouvetsi or kritharaki. It's basically beef with a special type of pasta baked in the oven and it's AMAZING! Here is what it looks like:

I know that one up there has chicken in it, but we always make it with beef and it's soooo good!

And now for the this or that questions we're all doing:

1. Tea/Coffee/Chocolate
Definitely chocolate! With tea at a close second! (I do not like coffee...)
2. Indoors or Outdoors
Both actually! I love going out, but I am also content with just staying at home and curling up with a good book!
3. Cats or Dogs
Ooooh! Doggies!!! I love dogs! I used to be really afraid of them, but they're just great big curly furballs!!
4. Team Zombie or Team Unicorn
Team Unicorn! Zombies are yukky...
5. Hot or Cold
Cold!! Have you not been paying attention to what I have been saying??? As I always say, you can always add more layers, but you can never taking everything off!

Tune in on Friday for Katie's anwers to my questions!

Monday, 2 January 2012

Hello, I'm Monday!

First 5 are from Miss Friday, aka Kate:

1. Age, Sex, Location (ASL for all the old chat room frequenters out there)?
I am 22, Female, and I live in Ohio, USA (aka that big bit in the middle with lots of... grain? For all those of you not up on your US geography)

2. Where in the world would you most like to live?
Honestly? What I really need is a house with legs (or possibly thousands of balloons like in that movie Up) because I love to travel. Barring that, my top three are: Anywhere in the UK, Venice, and the Smoky Mountains - North Carolina area probably.

3. What is your New Years resolution?
This is a hard one. I never used to do New Year's resolutions, but then I did last year, and I actually kept it! So this year, I've kind of gone overboard on the resolutions for little things like what I should read, write, etc. But I guess the big one is get into a good graduate school.

4. When you're not blogging, what are you doing?
So many things! I work as a chocolatier, so I am often making chocolate, but I also like to read, watch movies, craft and cook. Oh, and I do research for fun. Yes, I am that crazy.

5. What are your favorite sounds, smells and feelings?
Again, difficult. I enjoy listening to movie soundtracks and lots of other types of music. Smells? I think I'll go with petrichor (Thank you Doctor Who for teaching me a word for it!). That perfect spring day just after it rained overnight with a slight breeze that smells like "FRESH." Also good food cooking. I'm particular to my mom's Mexican meat and Green Bean Casserole. Feelings? Oh you really felt like a pain today, didn't you Kate?! I'll have to go back to that perfect spring day, whatever you call that feeling. Peace is the closest I can get.

And the 5 for everyone:
1. Tea/Coffee/Chocolate: Tea
2. Indoors or Outdoors: Depends on my mood - mostly indoors looking at outdoors
3. Cats or Dogs: Cats, but dogs can be cute too, long as I don't have to take care of them!
4. Team Zombie or Team Unicorn: If forced to choose, Unicorn, but if not, I am fiercely TEAM DRAGON!
5. Hot or Cold: Cold - can always put on more layers!

Tune in on Wednesday for Phanee's answers to my questions!

Sunday, 1 January 2012

Welcome to the PAKt

Hello! We are the PAKt! It’s very nice to meet you.

A little about us before we get on with posting: We are three very different girls, all from different backgrounds, interested in getting to know each other better. We’ll introduce ourselves better as the weeks go on, but we wanted to give you some idea of what was going on before just jumping in.

Each week one of us will decide a topic, and then all three of us will post a response – Anne on Monday, Phanee on Wednesday and Katie on Friday. With all the different backgrounds involved, we should get some pretty diverse answers! This week is fairly simple – we’ve each sent one of the other girls interview questions for them to answer. The first post will go up tomorrow, and then we’ll go from there. We’re so glad you decided to join us, and we can’t wait for what this project will bring!