08 June, 2007

8 things

I've been tagged by KindaBlue over at Every Generation. So here are 8 things you probably never wanted to know about me!

1. People call me a bit of a daredevil, but I don't really agree. I've been tandem skydiving, gliding, had a joyride in a tiger moth plane, a hot air balloon and a helicopter - but you'll never see me bungee jumping or on a boat where I can't see the shore (I'm terrified of drowning).

2. I've been told I 'sound blonde' (yes, direct quote there!). I used to be a radio announcer and met a listener at a function. She had a slightly puzzled look on her face and then said I wasn't what she expected. I asked why and that's when she said I sounded blonde (my hair colour is dark reddish brown).

3. I realised, at about mid afternoon today, that I'd put my undies on inside out. This is not the first time it's happened, but I guess you'll get that when you're getting ready for work in the dark...

4. I cannot read Terry Pratchett's books in public. I find his books so funny that I laugh out loud and people seem to think you're strange for doing that.

5. I have absolutely no sense of direction. I've worked in the same building for over seven years now and I can only remember that my desk is in the west wing by linking it in my mind with the tv show. I joke about it and tell people I subscribe to the Zen method of navigation (find someone who looks like they know where they're going and follow them). Funnily enough - that method did actually work for me once.

6. I once had a stalker. It wasn't a huge deal but it did make me feel a bit nervous and creeped out at the time. I was a volunteer on the local community radio station and this guy used to call up all the time and tell me about how his wife had left him and taken all the furniture except a bed, a chair and his radio. Was more annoying than anything (was near impossible to get him off the phone without being rude), until he started sending me flowers and other things, then calling me at home. He started hanging around the station (he became a volunteer) but when I saw him hanging around the apartment building I lived in, I got really creeped out. My then boyfriend and I moved and got a new (silent) number in his name and we also made sure I was never alone in the studio. Not long after that the boyfriend got a job in commercial radio so we moved a long way away.

7. I'm a bit of a spelling and pronunciation nazi. It seems like my eye is just automatically drawn to spelling errors (though there are some words I just cannot spell to save my life!), so I'm very embarrassed if I make typos in my posts!! Oh, and if you want to drive me batty just constantly mispronounce a few words. My mum pronounces film as fillum and I just want to pull my hair out when I hear it. J mispronounces mayor all the time. Makes me want to send this link to him. He says it as may-your. I think they both do it on purpose now... gah!

8. I think I've killed my taste buds. Before being diagnosed with diabetes, you couldn't get me to even contemplate stuff with artificial sweeteners in it. I detested the after taste - especially diet drinks. I used to drink a 600ml bottle of coke every other day or thereabouts, so going from that to just water was hard to deal with. I tried a few different diet drinks but the taste was just blech. I found that I could handle diet coke with lime though and after several months of this I've found that I can also now handle coke zero and plain diet coke. In fact, I realised recently that I have a hard time telling the difference between normal coke and diet. Yep, I'm pretty sure I've killed my taste buds...

You know, I've been thinking about this post for a few days now. I thought I'd have heaps of trouble thinking of 8 facts about me, but I think I even have a few up my sleeve. Perhaps I'll talk about them sometime when I've run out of inspiration.

I'm supposed to tag a few people now. I always find this bit hard. You never know if people are interested in doing memes (and then the ones that are have usually done it already!). Let's see...

How about Tasha at Mommy Needs To Vent (she hasn't posted in a few weeks though), Tracey at Peppermint Patcher (she's just moved her blog over to Wordpress and reached 100 posts! Go say hi) and Kirsty at Two Lime Leaves (go check out the pear photo mosaic she has up at the moment - very cool). If you haven't been tagged yet and would like to do this meme, leave me a comment - I'd love to read yours.


Mr Mans Wife said...

I'm totally with you on number 7, and yet my spelling is really bad as well.

I've had it in mind to do a whole post dedicated to pronunciation for ages, I just haven't got round to it yet.

Zazzy said...

2. I wonder what that means and whether it's good or bad?

6. Me too, but he was a net stalker and although he did some pretty creepy things I never felt in physical danger.

7. My spelling as improved on the computer because I recognize a lot of my common mistakes after spellcheck points them out 400 times. But there are still some words that I can't spell to save my life. Australia is one of them. Can never remember where the i goes. And wherever I put it, I am sure it is probably the other way around.

8. Adaptation is good! Survival of the sweetest and all that!

Zazzy said...

LMAO - "my spelling as improved"

Unfortunately, my typos that are real words and spellcheck doesn't find are still going strong.

velcro said...

I love Terry Pratchett too. He's got a new one coming out in October (I think). The wizards are the best characters I think

Gnat of Glass said...

Gawd, eye must derieve you krazie.


caramaena said...

mr mans wife - let me know when you do the post. I'm sure I'll agree!

zazzy - 2. still haven't worked that out to be honest!
6. I'm glad you never felt in danger. I didn't even though he was right there but it was definitely creepy enough to hide a bit better.

velcro - ooh exciting. I go into the stores and ask the assistants if they've heard of anything coming and they never do. Which is rubbish because I used to work at a bookshop years ago and we heard about all the new ones ages in advance. Death's my favourite.

gnat - one word... aaarrrggghhh!!!

h&b said...

I've had a stalker - he creeped me out. I too was saved by moving home. Now i'm really conscious about silent numbers and varying my routine etc, etc.

I've also had 2x peeping toms and my underwear stolen at an OFI.

Sometimes I wonder if these things happen to everyone, or am I just 'special' in a psycho-attracting way ? :(