Sunday, 27 May 2012

11 Things

I'm not the kind of girl (or blogger) who usually takes part in this kind of meme... but I have been tagged by Sabrina and it is Sunday night... and sometimes answering questions about yourself is a good exercise in self reflection.  So I will compromise, and answer the questions without tagging anyone in return.  

I guess this kind of means I will be breaking rule four.  You'll have to excuse me.  I also used to delete chain emails, but thankfully no ghosts or similar came to kill me at midnight as the body of those emails always promised.    So here goes.

The Rules:
  1. You must post these rules
  2. You must post 11 things about yourself
  3. You must a) answer the questions the tagger set for you in their post and b) create 11 new questions for people you tag to  answer
  4. You must tag 11 people to do this meme and tell them on their blog!
  5. No tags back to the blogger that tagged you.

11 Things About Me

1. I am currently writing an Honours thesis in English and Creative Writing, on the topic of Historical Fiction and Western Australian Literature.  I love the topic, but still do not know if I like doing Honours.  Most of the time I do.

2. I am fairly convinced that I am a boring person, as I have no major vices or traumas; I used to believe that this would mean that I would never be a good writer.

3.  I am addicted to watching Australia's Next Top Model, and if that isn't on, I will also watch the New Zealand or American version.  I am deluded enough to think that anything the girls on that show can do, I could do better, if only I were 5'7' or taller.

4. I am extremely clumsy.  I once fell up the stairs.

5. As a child I wanted to be a teacher, a doctor, a martial arts instructor, a Japanese language teacher, a chiropractor, an archaeologist and a writer.  (And I wrote a 'book' on archaeology...)

6. I am afraid of heights.

7. To date I have written at least four 'novels' that will probably never be ready to publish.

8. I wish I were a good dancer.  I wish I had the self discipline to become a good dancer.  For now I will just dance alone in my room.

9. I am rubbish at all video games.  I am convinced I could win at Mario Kart, if only Toad didn't cheat.

10. I am increasingly drawn to the colour pink.  Particularly a soft pink shade that looks atrocious on me because I have reddish hair and pale skin.

11.  One of my favourite places to read is on the balcony, in the sun with the dog on my feet.

Now I will answer Sabrina's questions... I have to say, these are rather excellent. 

Sabrina's 11 Questions:

1. What do you like to do when the sun is out and temperatures are up, up, up?

Well, I live in one of the best places in the world for beachgoing.  My grandparents have a beach house down South, and though I don't get there often lately, I love going there in the hot weather because there is nothing better than languishing in the sea air with a book.

2. Do you separate your garbage (plastic with plastic, glass with glass, etc.)?


3. Best lyrics you've ever heard?

Yeasayer- Ambling Alp
"The top of the world can be an unfair place at times.  But your lows will have their complement of highs.  And if anyone should cheat you, take advantage of or beat you, raise your head and wear your wounds with pride.

4. Your favourite quote?

"She refused to be bored, chiefly because she was not boring." - Zelda Fitzgerald

5. If you could teach your children just one thing, what would it be?

To clean up after themselves and leave me alone.  I am far too selfish right now to be a good mother.

6. How was your first kiss?

I honestly don't remember but what I do remember is telling people afterwards that it was kind of like a wet vacuum cleaner.  Also remember it being on a boat.

7.Something you'd like to say to someone but don't have the guts for?

Ahhh so many opportunities here and so little time.  To save time, I'll throw out a blanket statement of "Grow up.

8. How do you do your grocery shopping? (Fill this in any way you like.)

Step one.  Tell Dad I want something.  Step two.  Wait.  Step three.  Eat said item, if edible.  Step four.  Repeat.

9. What is your favourite recipe?


10. Name a place you haven't been to yet but are dying to see?

Melbourne.  Absurd that I should never have seen the other side of my own country, considering that it's supposed to be the cultural capitol and all.  Plus people say I have hipster tendencies, so it would be somewhat of a homecoming.  Haha.  Sorry Melbournians.

11. Your no-no on a first date?

Picking a stupid movie.  Nothing worse than a boring guy and  a boring movie.

Finally, my questions.  I won't be tagging anyone, but if you want to answer these, please do, either in the comments or on your own blog with a link back.  I am trying to teach myself to be a great interviewer lately, so I view this as practice.

1. How do you take your coffee?

2. What character do you race as in Mario Kart?

3. Did you have any recurring nightmares as a kid?

4. Describe the outfit that makes you feel like the best possible you.

5. If you could only read one book for the rest of your life, what would you pick?

6. If you could learn any language, what would you choose?

7. What daily rituals do you have, even if you've never realised that they are rituals before?  (i.e. do you have to shower, change and clean your teeth etc. in a particular order?)

8. If you could live in any other historical period, which would you choose?

9. Which celebrity, living or dead, do you think that you could have been great friends with?

10. If you could be a superhero, what would your powers be?

11. What is your dream job?

Hmm.  Well, that was interesting...  I hope you kind of got a kick out of that too, dear reader.  Like I said earlier, this was something new for me, and I don't feel comfortable tagging anyone, but I would love for someone to answer these and show me their answers.

Sabrina, thank you very much for tagging me, this was a lot of fun!

Have a lovely night everyone, I hope that you're ready to have a fabulous week.


  1. You're welcome! I'm glad you liked it!

    I love ...'s Next Top Model too, I'll watch any version if it's on. American, Dutch, Australian, it's all good to me!

    And that lesson you'd teach your children... lol, good one.

    How do you refuse to be bored though? Something I'll have to figure out!

    Great answers, and great new questions too!


  2. Haha perhaps I will do a post about ways to refuse to be bored? I think I am still figuring it out though.

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