1. Beach or Mountains? Where would you rather be?
Most of the time I`d rather go to mountains. There are no mountains in Estonia, only hills but hills are great for me, too. I`ve only been to real mountains once in my life, in Crete, and that was unforgettable. I will go back there some day.
Pictures from my visit to Milia Mountain Village in Crete a few years ago:
I love small winding paths that lead to new places to discover. And driving up those thin lines was very therapeutic to my fear of heights. I learned that people don`t die in car accidents while moving with the speed of a snail on small winding mountain roads, they die speeding on wide straight highways. I guess that applies in all areas of life.
Occasionally I enjoy being at a beach, too. But in general I much prefer brooks and forest lakes without a clear beach. There are beaches in Estonia but years can go by without me going there. I wouldn`t function well if I had to spend a week without a walk in the woods or at least a decent natural wooded area in town.
2. Which is more fun: Christmas Eve, or Christmas morning?
In my family we didn`t have a special Christmas morning tradition. So currently I would go with Christmas Eve. For my own family in the future I`d love to have morning traditions, too.
3. What’s the most embarrassing childhood outfit you remember wearing?
I once went to school wearing a nightgown over long trousers.
4. Your house is quiet, you don’t have to do work (housework included). What do you do?
Read or knit. Or crochet. Sometimes I listen to audiobooks or podcasts while knitting. I feel uncomfortable just sitting and doing nothing while listening or talking so I carry handicrafts around with me. I have become better at just sitting and having a conversation without something for hands to do over the last few months, now that I don`t have schoolwork handicrafts to do anymore. But I still love it. Sometimes I even knit or read while walking in the woods.
Knitting mittens at a song festival
5. What movie do you want to watch when you’re feeling under the weather?
Something that is warm, funny and light. Usually a family movie. When I need to be uplifted I watch Enchanted
or Little House on the Prairie
2005 series. Sometimes I just let Enchanted play on the background and listen to the songs without watching. When I can handle something a bit more serious that probably involves some crying, I watch something that has a message and is still warm and hopefully funny in places. Best finds that I have watched while ill and needing to think about something else have been:
The Magic of Ordinary Days
– should be obligatory watching for every new (or old) couple on how to live harmoniously in a not always harmonious world
Jane Austen and Elizabeth Gaskell movies and mini-series are also great for such days.
6. Did you have an American Girl doll when you were little? If so, which one?
When I was little I knew nothing about American girl dolls and still don`t. I have seen the movies, I think last year. When I was a child I had a pen-friend in America and we exchanged paper letters that took approximately 2-4 weeks to travel. That was the only American girl I knew. My first and only Barbie was sent as a gift from distant relatives but I don`t remember if they were in US or Canada. I tend to think the latter. Having a Barbie was a huge thing then. Almost no-one else in my village had it. When I was in early teens I bought from a special foreign things shop a doll that was probably related to Barbie but had a different name and had a tiny baby that went in her belly. The belly could be opened and closed. Which seemed really odd because babies are not normally born that way. Mainly I played with big dolls the size of a real baby and with faces of older girls. One such doll was the perfect size to wear a wool dress I wore when I was about 1 year old.