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Today is all about options again – I’m going to give you two items at a time, and you have to choose either the option that best describes you or which you prefer:

  1. East coast of Scotland or West coast of Scotland
  2. McDonald’s or Burger King
  3. Bath or shower
  4. Skiing holiday or beach holiday
  5. Chinese food or Indian food
  6. Football or rugby
  7. One for the ladies: Skirt or trousers
  8. Saver or spender
  9. Jaguar car or Audi car
  10. Book or film

A variety of questions, some about your personality, some about your preferences. Whatever your answers, together they define who you are.

In case you’re wondering here’s my answerslogo_your_preferences_final

  1. West coast of Scotland
  2. McDonald’s
  3. Shower
  4. Beach holiday
  5. Both!
  6. Football
  7. Trousers
  8. Saver
  9. Jaguar car
  10. Both!

I’ve done a few Word Associations and Places Associations with you over the last few months, but today’s Places Association is a little bit more specific – As the title suggests this blog post  is all about places in the UK. i.e. cities, countries, towns etc.

So instead of throwing words at you and responding with the first word that comes into your mind, today I’m going to throw names of places in the UK at you, and this time I want you to respond with whatever comes into your mind first about that place.

So here goes…cities

  1. Edinburgh
  2. Aberdeen
  3. Birmingham
  4. Scarborough
  5. Cambridge
  6. Penzance
  7. Millport
  8. Oxford
  9. Boscombe
  10. Glenrothes

So how did you get on with those words? Did you find it easy? Did your answers surprise you or were they just as you expected?

Well here’s my responses to my questions:

  1. Capital
  2. Wind
  3. Spaghetti junction
  4. Holidays!
  5. Family
  6. End
  7. Cycling
  8. University
  9. Beach
  10. New town

Were any of your answers the same as mine? Did you understand all my answers? Did any of your own answers surprise you?

I’ve said in previous word association posts that I find I get a bit stressed when I’m doing them as I put a lot of pressure on myself not to over think my answers! Are you relaxed when you do them or do you find it stressful too?

I still believe that when we respond to any of these words or place association games, with the first things that come into our minds, our answers tell us a lot about our emotional state and our true feelings about a place.

Bearing all this in mind, review your answers, does my theory hold true?

I’ve done a few Word Associations with you over the last few months, and today, as the title of this post suggests, this word association is all about New Year and what it means to each of us. So as usual I’m going to throw some words at you  and I want you to note down the first word that comes into your mind when you read each word.

So here goes…

  1. Hogmanay
  2. Resolutions
  3. TV
  4. Food
  5. New Year’s Eve party
  6. Midnight
  7. New start
  8. Holidays
  9. First-footing
  10. Shortbread

So how did you get on with those words? Did you find it easy? Did your answers surprise you or were they just as you expected?

Well here’s my responses to my questions:

  1. Celebration
  2. Failure
  3. Rotten
  4. Over-eating
  5. Edinburgh
  6. The bells
  7. Decisions
  8. Over
  9. The bells
  10. Present

Were any of your answers the same as mine? Did any of my answers confuse you? Did any of your own answers confuse you?

I’ve said in previous word association posts that I find I get a bit stressed when I’m doing them as I put a lot of pressure on myself not to over think my answers! Are you relaxed when you do them or do you find it stressful too?

I still believe that when we respond with the first words that come into our minds, our answers tell us a lot about our emotional state, and what’s important to us at that particular point in time.

Bearing all this in mind, review your answers, does my theory hold true?

I chose some words we probably all associate with New Year as well as some that I suspect if you’re not Scottish, you won’t understand (including some of my answers), maybe it’s time to find out a bit more about our Scottish New Year traditions!

Why is it that when you go shopping and there’s only one item of something you want left, it’s always at the back of the top shelf that you can’t quite reach

Why are some people always late regardless of how much earlier you tell them they’ve to be there?

Why does toast always land butter side down when you drop it on the floor?

I’ve never understood how you can be too tired to sleep – isn’t that just a contradiction?

Why does it always rain when you forget your umbrella?

Why are dogs said to be “man’s best friend”…what about other human friends!

When you’re in a hurry to print off some last minute notes, why does the printer always run out of paper

Why does it always rain when I go to Edinburgh?

Why do birds always “attack” newly cleaned cars?

and finally…

Who stole the summer this year?!

So after yesterday’s travel chaos because of the adverse weather conditions, I awoke wondering whether I should look outside to see what the weather had been up to while I slept. What I found was slightly promising…at least it didn’t look as though we’d had anymore snow overnight, although it looked as though we’d had a very heavy frost.

So what did today bring? Well first things first, hubby – he was stranded at work last night along with a number of others. Mind you I was happier he was at least indoors safe and warm than stuck outside in the cold somewhere all night like many people were.

So I started my day logging onto the web to find out what the latest travel situation was, only to find the roads were still horrendous, with many of the motorways and major/main roads still gridlocked. No buses running in my area and limited trains and all subject to cancellation due to problems in various parts of the route, and as for my car…well it was under a heap of snow so there was no way I was going to be able to move it. Oh well, it was an easy decision for me not to attempt to try and get into work again today.

Give the travel situation I was wondering if/when my hubby was going to be able to get home as the roads and motorway between him and home were all still gridlocked. I wanted my hubby home 😦

Every wee while I kept checking the First Bus (Glasgow) and ScotRail websites to try and find out if they had any services running yet. Then at one point I noticed a bus going past our window…I did a double take on that as I wasn’t expecting to see any buses yet! After checking the websites again it seemed there was now a limited bus and train service running although all were subject to delays or cancellation.

Hubby finally decided to walk down to Motherwell train station and hope that he could get a train home. After about 45-60 minutes waiting at the station a train turned up (unscheduled), took on passengers and then headed towards Glasgow with hubby and one of our colleagues safely on board…yay!

Finally just before midday hubby finally arrived home…about 27-28 hours after leaving the house yesterday. I was so pleased to see him home safe and sound. When he left the office there were still a number of folk there who had been there all night…I just hope and pray they all finally made it home safely.

This last week has been a horrendous week as far as the weather is concerned. It’s also been a week of firsts:

  • Last Tuesday was the first time ever that my hubby and me hadn’t made it to work because of the weather
  • Yesterday was the first time ever one of us has been stranded at work, again because of the weather

Let’s hope this weather eases a bit so travelling become a bit easier for us all again.

For anyone still stranded out there in this freezing weather, I hope and pray you manage to get home or at least to a warm and safe place very soon.

Take care out there.

  

 

   

  

 

Imagine yourself in the following situation…

You’re in one of our biggest cities, you’re right in the city centre, in the middle of all the shops, and you have about 80 minutes before your need to catch your train home

…what do you do? Do you…

  1. Go to the train station anyway, buy a paper and a cup of coffee and have a seat until your train arrives?
  2. Do some window shopping. i.e. you look round the shops but don’t buy anything?
  3. Do some window shopping but think if you see something you like you’ll buy it?
  4. Go shopping with every intention of buying at least one thing?

So did you recognise yourself in one of those options above?

During this last week I’ve been in Edinburgh two days on a training course On both days my training course finished a bit earlier than expected, so I had some time to spare before I caught my train back through to Glasgow. On the second day of my course I found myself in the exact situation I described above. i.e. In Edinburgh on Princes Street with 80 minutes before my train was due. So what do you think I did?

Well, I went window shopping, but with every intention of buying myself (and maybe hubby) something if I saw something I liked! And yes I looked round a few shops and yes, I did buy both myself and hubby something!

Well what did you expect?! You didn’t really think I wouldn’t have bought anything did you?!

Don’t expect any girl with time on her hands and surrounded by shops, not to spend any money! LOL