Twenty-Five Things


While I unpack my very cluttered new home and truly settle into suburban life, here’s a fun wee post for you.  And the amusing part is that I wrote this, and then I saw all of the “random facts” Facebook posts going up (and have recently posted my own) but I still feel like posting it.  It’s a little bit more “in depth” than a FB list.



Twenty-Five Random Facts About Me

1.  Despite my small stature, everything on me grows super fast – nails, hair, eyelashes! If I had a specific hairstyle to maintain I’d probably need to cut it every 3 weeks, and at the moment, although my John Freida hairdye lasts until regrowth (rather than other brands that fade quicker than my hair can grow!) I probably need to dye it every 3 weeks as well. I stretch it til 4 for time/financial reasons.

2.  I have my mother’s green eyes and my father’s dark blonde hair (naturally, of course it doesn’t look like that nowadays!)

3.  I think my greatest pet peeve is hypocrisy. I know we’re all guilty of it at times, but it drives me crazy.  This also applies to when friends won’t do for you what you have done/will do for them.

4.  I’m pretty blind. I’m -9.75 or something in one eye, and similar in the other, with an astigmatism. I’m amazed my eyes haven’t dropped out of my face yet.

5.  My main fears are the dark, enclosed spaces and crowds. I often get panic attacks in crowds, or if I am in a small space and can only inhale warm/hot air, or if I am in a room where I cannot see/do not know how to locate an exit.  Oh and the dentist. Not a “it-makes-me-so-nervous-OMG” thing, but a genuine phobia – I had a few traumatic experiences as a child and haven’t been in several years.



6.  I love planning, spreadsheets, systems, schedules, countdowns, lists, daily challenges, etc.  I don’t always follow through with them all but I love the idea/planning aspect of it all.  Despite how messy my life gets, I crave order.

7.  Due to having many, many US-based friends when I was a teenager and my many visits to/living briefly in the States, I have quite a bit of American knowledge – geography, culture et al.  America just makes sense to me, as messed up as it is sometimes, and if I could have picked another country to naturally adopt as my own, I’d probably have picked it.  I know my way around NYC and San Francisco and a few small east coast towns, and I’d probably be a New Yorker if I had the chance. Though I’d probably prefer to live in one of the boroughs these days.

8.  Scotland has my heart, though. I never thought I’d love it so much and I feel such a connection to this place. I’m probably one of the only people I can think of with a great love for bagpipes. Sorry!

9.  Despite appearing outgoing and exuberant, I am quite introverted: I require a lot of alone time/quiet time to recharge, I hate people pushing themselves into my space, and especially at the office, love to just be left alone to get on with my work.  I’m also not great with new people – I never know what to say and take ages to let go of my natural social anxiety.  I’ve become more introverted as I’ve gotten older.

10.  I’ve never really got coffee. I enjoy a cup with milk/cream and sugar, but I can’t get enthused about black coffee, particular types of coffee, different ways of brewing coffee.  I was always quite happy with filter coffee in the US, and I drink instant most days. Shock, horror! I also can’t have caffeine after 3pm or I won’t sleep, and if I have too many a day, with my low blood pressure my heart will beat itself silly.  I do love a cup of decaf at night, though.



11.  I trained in classical/operatic voice for many years, and used to be a coloratura.  I could sing those squeaky-up-there notes like Mariah Carey. As you age your vocal cords aren’t as co-operative with the high notes, so I stick to a more standard soprano range these days.  I think with a great deal of rehearsal, I could do it again, and it’s cool to know I had a unique skill, but it’s no longer really necessary for my repertoire.  Fiona in Brigadoon has some high pieces, though!

12.  I could care less what I eat most of the time. I have a bit of a sweet tooth, and love my diet coke, but I’m not hugely fussed on new recipes or finding things to cook. I eat to live… I definitely don’t live to eat!

13.  I need to know how things work. It’s all good telling me that the procedure is to do something a certain way, but I want to know why and how it affects everything else, and if I can improve it, I will.  I think I’d seriously go into IT if there wasn’t such a cost/time issue involved in studying for it.

14.  I also think I’d be a good teacher.  I love training/teaching, and never get the opportunity to use the skill – again, I’d need to train and live as a student for the required time, and at this stage in life, I’m sadly not up for it.  Maybe later, you never know.

15.  I love solving problems.  I think every problem has a solution and I’ll do my best to find it.  This is a flaw in my personal life, as I sometimes forget just to listen and try to fix the issue instead.  I always have the best of intentions, though!



16.  I care a bit much about people.  I worry far too much about the future.  I get hurt a lot by my own disappointment.

17.  I am kinda known for my obsessive love of turquoise. And squirrels. Now everyone gives me turquoise/squirrel-related presents. I’m fine with it.

18.  My middle name is Anne.

19.  I believe in God.  (I also don’t believe in censoring his name and typing G-d, which is an odd habit adopted by the Orthodox Jewry etc as a way of not writing down His name – if it’s not God’s “real” name, there’s no need to censor it…)

20.  I love driving. I love just going through the motions of it. I find taking a long drive fun and love having control of a car.  I also seem to have a strange knack for parallel parking.



21.  I’ve had… 7 or 8 boyfriends in my 16 years of dating.  My first oh my stars I might die teenage dramatic crush was on my dear friend Chris. Oh the crush I had. It was such cute teen confusion. Now that seems super weird – I love him in a totally different way.  My first true time being in actual love was with my highschool boyfriend, now friend, Tim.  My easiest, simplest, most natural love is Dave.  After nearly 6 years together I still see people in the supermarket that I think might be him and my heart skips a beat with excitement to see him. Seriously. So sickening.

22.  You know that saying, “It’s just like riding a bike”? – Yeah. I’m hopeless at riding a bike. And terrified of sharing the road with cars.  Car for me, thanks!

23.  I have followed a form of kosher eating for about 10 years now, and follow it mainly out of sentimentality/habit than anything now.  Even my Rabbi can’t bring himself to eat pork, but doesn’t feel there are any modern reasons to stick to it.  But when you do something for so long, or in this case, don’t do something for so long, it’s hard to break it. I have had the occasional mixed-meat sausage but the pork aversion is stubborn, though…

24.  I am very logical and find it very frustrating reconciling my logical/creative sides.  It also baffles me when others are illogical and my office appears to be full of them…

25.  I am totally fine with getting older. I do however dream of milestones yet to come.



Coming up:  New house, a tea review/giveaway and more…





25 Random Things


This is all a-buzz on Facebook at the moment. I did mine there, then decided to share it here too.

1. I have an 1800 word assignment due tomorrow and I’ve only written the title. Looks like tomorrow night will be interesting. I’m pretty slack with getting assignments in that are due right after each other. I need a break in-between.
2. My dog is fat, incredibly stupid, adorable, and a life-long runaway. He may not know what to do when he gets out there past the fence, but man does he want to escape.
3. All of our dog names have been music-related. Layla, Sally, and now Finn. Cats are weirder. Barnaby, Mutley and Shadow.
4. I change my hair probably every 3 months. Mainly out of boredom, as my hair grows really fast and is very thick. I’ve had every “natural” hair colour except black, and a few unnatural ones – blue, orange, neon red.. and I’ve had it in length from above my ears to below my butt. It grew from above my shoulders to mid-back last year alone (like, 9 inches). Yes, girls hate me.
5. I lost 7 kgs (15 lbs) last year. I want to lose more. But not Nicole Richie more.
6. I love to plan, plan, plan. But I also love spontaneity. It depends on what I’m doing.
7. I am one of the biggest fangirls you’ll ever meet when it comes to The X Files, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, 30 Rock, and House. I think television is a fantastic medium, and usually enjoy it more than the movies. I also love being introduced to great shows of the past — currently loving Veronica Mars.
8. I take on computer systems with a crazy speed. They just make sense to me. It baffles most people I learn them with. Next!
9. I take that whole “live life as if you’ll die tomorrow” thing to some extremes. Mainly financially. I’d rather have experiences and pay it off for a while than not do anything with my life. A trip to Japan, my EP recording, 2 trips to the US, trip to the UK, laptop, sound gear.. sure, I don’t owe for all of it NOW (dude, I’d be swimming in debt), but these are things I’ve spent too much on over the years and yes, I am paying it off.
10. If I wore every item of clothing I own, I’d probably still be able to dress every day for a year without changing an item more than once.
11. I have around 38 pairs of shoes. Mmmmm, shoes. Wait, maybe 39.
12. I can joke and be crude with the boys, but throw on a dress and heels and go out with the girls. My best friends are mostly guys, with a couple of special chickadees, and they’re awesome.
13. I haven’t had a car accident with two moving vehicles. I’ve hit a parking machine and a parked car. And my Vitara was seriously damaged when hit while parked.
14. That parking machine accident wrote off the car. It was my first driving lesson.
15. I still find it really hard to believe that I’m 25 in a few months. I feel younger and older all at once.
16. I’ve been an Auntie since I was 16 and am one of the cluckiest people around. Babies are awesome.
17. I love and hate my job on a daily basis. Half the time we get treated like robots doing a service than another human being. Dude, say hi to me. Don’t just shove your passport at me and grunt. But you get some of the nicest people, and get to go out of your way for them.
18. I try to remain an idealist. I try not to be cynical. The world is out to get me. I still think I see the good in people, though.
19. I’m not really into sports, and it’s hard to convert me. I’ll go watch you play, but don’t expect me to join you on the couch for the game unless you want to spend it explaining it and letting me mock it. Serious people that can’t mock themselves or their beloved sport..? snore. I also have no sporting talent apart from throwing several strikes in a row on Wii bowling.
20. I am the biggest sook when a movie or tv show is sad. It gets embarrassing. Hand me the tissues.
21. I don’t tan. I can’t tan. I’m gonna be this white forever. Deal with it.
22. I have a whole bunch of good friends I’ve never even met. Yay, the internet is awesome. I plan on rectifying this in the next few years.
23. Fleetwood Mac, Pink Floyd, Barenaked Ladies and Rilo Kiley are my favourite bands. I don’t think that’ll change any time soon. Favourite artists are Tori Amos, Sarah Slean, Sarah McLachlan, etc. Singer-songwriter chicks.
24. I am in love with my best friend, the sweetest boy I’ve ever met, who happens to be an adorable Scotsman.
25. Yes, I am terrified about moving to Scotland. But I am also super excited.