All that I am, all that I ever was…

I am more than my mental health. I am more than my homelessness. I am more than any one aspect of me. I am Addy. And this is…

Sunday Stealing: Going away means forgetting…


Welcome back to Sunday Stealing. Here we will steal all types of memes from every corner of the blogosphere. Our promise to you is that we will work hard to find the most interesting and intelligent memes.

Today we continue the epic 5000 question meme we dip into from time to time. You can find previous installments of this meme here


121. Have you ever lost someone without having the chance to say goodbye?

Yes, I never got the chance to say goodbye to Rachel, Stephanie or Samantha. The latter of which is particularly painful given the closeness and intimacy of our friendship.

122. How do you feel about women in politics?

I feel the same way about women in politics as I do about women in business, journalism, sports, arts, social work, zoo keeping, music and every other walk of life.

Gender is irrelevant! A person’s ability is what counts.

123. Would you rather have an indoor Jacuzzi or an outdoor pool?

Neither, as they would both be completely unnecessary given my body image issues rendering me incapable of taking my clothes off in front of anyone; including myself.

124. What things are you interested in that you study or read about regularly?

Some of the things that I study or read about regularly, include:

  • Mental Health (especially focussing on discrimination, stigma, therapies, coping strategies and suicide)
  • Homelessness
  • Poverty (incorporating the class system, especially in the UK and Australia)
  • Sex and sexuality (especially in regards to kink and paraphilias, one in particular)
  • Gender issues (especially in regards to female representation, sexism, misogyny etc.)
  • Abuse issues (especially in regards to emotional abuse, rape and victim blame mentality)
  • Scottish Legends and Folklore
  • Scottish History and Society
  • Anything related to Scotland, really! :p
  • Fairy Tales (particularly scholarly studies of them, such as From the Beast to the Blonde)
  • Art (particularly art history, especially Celtic, Scotland and Aboriginal Australia)
  • Mermaids (what? they’re a thing of mine!)
  • Anything that is critical toward and/or in favour of banning the scourge of Reality Television!

That’ll do for now! Rest assured, I’m a knowledge seeking lunatic. It’s something I’ve tried to tone down over the years as people (read: Kathy) told me I wasn’t intelligent, smart or wise enough to deserve any form of education, including self-education.

125. Would you consider yourself to be intelligent?

No. Not really. (see 124)

126. Would you consider yourself to be wise?

No. Definitely not. (see 124)

127. Have you ever given or received a lap dance?

Someone once performed quite a wonderful little dance in my lap, although this was far different from most people’s definition of a lap dance so I won’t go there! :p

128. Have you ever spoken to a homeless person?

I’ve spoken to many, many, many homeless people. It’s kinda necessary when you yourself are homeless! :p

FYI: The best answer I’ve seen to this question so far today is on Harriet’s blog! :)

129. Would you ever creep into the subway tunnels to go exploring?

Yes. But thanks to The Web of Fear, I would be sorely disappointed if I didn’t encounter a Yeti or two.

130. If you could add 70 years to your life but only by making some random person die 70 years sooner would you? 

Anyone who answers ‘yes’ to this question needs to seriously re-evaluate their humanity.


Doctor Who: The Web of Fear (1968)

131. Can you identify any of the following lyrics?

A: Nothing to kill or die for…
Imagine (John Lennon); also performed by Scott Bakula in the hit television series Quantum Leap! :)

B: Late comings with the late comin’ stretcher…
…I believe this is 911 is a Joke (Public Enemy)

C: I could make a film and make you my star…
…this is Sex Dwarf (Scooter). I know this because I Googled it. What? This isn’t an exam, no-one said I couldn’t! ;)

132. Are you worried about North Korea?

Who isn’t?

133. Would you rather be a world political leader or a talk-show host?

I would rather be a bee keeper.

134. Have you ever given someone a love letter that you wrote?

My three girlfriends (Louise, Kathy and Diane) all received love letters I wrote.

I also sent a (platonic) love letter to Stephanie, a not-so-much-platonic love letter to Samantha and wrote several unsent love letters to various crushes from my early teens onwards. I also vaguely remember delivering a giant Christmas card to Natalie when I was but a shy young twat, if that counts.

135. Have you ever sent someone a surprise though the mail?

Surprises Addy has sent through the mail, include:

  • A hand-made journal to a friend who has having trouble with writer’s block (it included pages with writing prompts, space for photos etc.)
  • A cuddly sheep (who became known as Giles, to accompany my Spike (a cuddly frog) and Kittyfantasticobeaver (a cuddly beaver, obviously!…Buffy fans will get it! :p)
  • A present for a friend who had just given birth (a cuddly Loch Ness Monster for baby and a locket necklace for mummy)
  • A short story written specifically for a friend who was having a rough time (using things I knew she liked and loved as inspiration)
  • Several packages for Louise when we were in a long distance relationship (including a memory box, a recording of me reading a book and many other things)
  • A birthday present for Grace that she wasn’t expecting (including a DVD, book, some framed photos and a few bags of Skips, which you can’t get in Australia)
  • Another short story written specifically for a friend who was having a rough time (again, using their loves as inspiration. It was kinda my thing for a while!)
  • Yet another short story written specifically for the same friend who was still having a rough time (it was a sequel!)
  • A small cuddly Hairy Coo for a friend. (I’m not 100%, but I think this became known as Zongle, I don’t know why)
  • A self-painted hairbrush to Samantha, as she had told me how hers had broken and I need to add my own ‘touch’ to presents I give.
  • A copy of my unpublished novel, my published short story and the opinion piece that I wrote for a local newspaper (important because I didn’t send these to anyone else; I found out months later that they never received them because I wrote the address wrong)

That’ll do for now! Rest assured, I’m a gift-giving lunatic. It’s something I’ve tried to tone down over the years as people (read: Kathy) told me no-one liked my presents and they were a waste of time, energy and money.

136. Are you looking forward to any dates right now? Vacation perhaps?

No. Unless you count the ones in the scone I have to munch on a little later this afternoon. :p

137. Of all animated movies, which is the best one you’ve ever seen?

Anyone who has read even three posts of this blog should be able to answer this, considering it’s mentioned at least once a week.

If you’re new to this blog, I do hope you’re enjoying yourself, you can find out what my favourite animated movie of all time is here!

138. What are the best bands or songs to listen to while driving?

As I don’t drive and it’s dangerous to listen to music whilst cycling, I have absolutely no idea what bands are good to drive to. New Kids on the Block, perhaps?

139. What do you think is the most amazing thing that anyone has ever accomplished?

The Ring of Brodgar.

Or, you know; walking on the moon, women’s liberation, disease prevention and cure, the beauty of the human posterior, human flight, the wheel, childbirth etc. etc. etc.

Or, you know; Vegemite! :p

140. What could a member of the opposite sex do to impress you?


Or, if that’s too difficult; slip on a Princess Zelda costume and then…no…I shan’t go there, far too naughty! :p


The Ring of Brodgar (Orkney, Scotland)


2 thoughts on “Sunday Stealing: Going away means forgetting…

  1. Oh how i wish i could slap that woman silly for all the damage she did to you. FUCK her and everything she told you. You ARE smart, wise, AND a good friend and i’m sure the presents you sent were appreciated and loved by those who received them.


  2. You’re good at sending those mail surprises.

    thanks for the shout out! :)


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