Well. Above is the most recent picture I have taken (and I don’t want to take one right now at work!). I’m not that fond of it, but it’ll do for today!
I don’t know if these are “interesting” facts, but here goes..
1. I’m one of those people that doesn’t need to be kept busy all day. I like doing 3 or 4 things at one time (ie. if I’m watching a TV show at home on my laptop, I’m often on the internet or playing a phone game at the same time) but I don’t mind just hanging out at home, or doing housework. This makes me feel like I should have been born in an entirely different era, where ironing shirts and raising babies was the norm. Don’t get me wrong, I’m a feminist and all, I believe in the rights of women to have the same jobs/pay/opportunities as men, but I think that also gives us the right to choose, and I’d like to choose not to. Thanks. (I did not mean to rant on this!)
2. Thanks to Meningitis (2001), I have a memory like a sieve. I forget entire films, books, conversations. It makes my life interesting but at the same time can be frustrating. Dave is constantly baffled by this. “But we talked about this last week.” “Did we?”
3. I have successfully avoided going to the dentist in 10 years. I know I have cavities. But nothing ever hurts to the point where I go to fix it. I imagine I’ll have dentures at 35.
4. I love my religion. I love God, debate, the people, the food, the stories, the culture. I feel it has become increasingly “uncool” and looked down on to be religious these days. This makes me sad. It doesn’t make me some sort of nut, you know.
5. I’m obsessed with dresses. I can’t remember the last time I wore trousers that weren’t jeans (or my occasional black work trousers, which I wear when I’m feeling a bit scruffy or if I can’t find a pair of clean leggings to go under my dress.)
6. It scares me that I have lived in Edinburgh for 18 months and not been outside of the UK (well, you know what I mean. We went to Canada for a wedding and I’ve been to Australia to see my family). Europe is right there, but we can’t afford it. My next trips are to Newcastle and London, for a concert and hen’s night respectively. And I want to go, but that sucks. 2011 might well be a travelling year, however, once the NZ trip is out of the way (and we now have a night in Vancouver on our way back).
7. I love Dave more all the time. I didn’t think that could happen, but it’s always growing. At least I know if something ever happened to me, he would know, as I tell him all the time.
8. I’m a really good speller. It just comes naturally to me, and I don’t understand why others can’t. But at the same time, my grammar is not always spot on. If I’m not sure, I’ll just ask.
9. I love languages. I learned Japanese and French at school, and sadly haven’t retained everything very well, but I had a fairly good level of NZSL before I left NZ, which I’d like to get back. I’m learning (Modern) Hebrew by ear/iPhone at the moment, which is fun, though I have no immediate plans for Israel just yet.
10. Every now and then I worry that I’m a completely different person now that I live abroad. Without all of the things that made me “me” (or the “me” I thought I was) like my friends, family, car, job… I feel like a strange version of myself sometimes. I know I’m still who I was when I left, but I still feel at times like I’m pretending, and I’ll go home next week.
11. I wonder if I’ll ever not be completely broke between paydays. I’m terrible with money as I am a compulsive shopper, always taking from one account to pay another account or card, and my love of clothing and gadgets is just too high. I don’t mind. I don’t think I’ll ever catch up, but as long as my bills get paid, I’ll manage.
12. I’m starting two courses this month to push myself: Dressmaking (first time!) and Ballet (had several years, going back). Exciting stuff.
13. Other than being a musician and a mother, I have no idea what else I want to do for a job. So I bounce from admin role to admin role (and I’m very good at it), and just make do with it. It’s strange not having a long-term career plan, other than push push push on the music.
14. My favourite colour is turquoise, song is “A Case of You” by Joni Mitchell. I love Minis, 60s dresses, buying gorgeous shoes I’ll never wear, babies and dogs.
15. Tomorrow I cut all of my hair off. I am terrified, yet ridiculously excited as well. My mother will probably cry.