MEME: 34 things you might not know about me…

Pinched from Kate Gordon –  here are 34 (cos that’s how old I am) things you don’t know about me:

  1. In 2009 I read around 200 novels. I’ve already passed 230 in 2010.
  2. I never thought I’d have kids, until I met my husband.
  3. I wanted to be a teacher from the time I was in Year 2.
  4. The library was my favourite place to hang out all through school.
  5. I used to collect rocks when I was a kid. I would clean them and sort them regularly, and I think my parents still have some of my "collection"!
  6. It took me three weeks to read The Hobbit when I was at university. I never got past the first five chapters of The Lord of the Rings.
  7. I’m really good at retail and hospitality work.
  8. I have three university degrees.
  9. I once ran an indoor sports centre with my husband and a country pub with my husband.
  10. I visited Stonehenge twice when I went to the UK for my brother’s wedding.
  11. I’m very interested in family history, because there are lots of skeletons in my family closet.
  12. I was the lead in my high school musical "Doctor Pimples"!
  13. I was the vice-captain of my high school. I was the school captain of my primary school.
  14. I’ve been doing public speaking since Year 5, when my principal asked me to emcee our school Christmas concert. I don’t get nervous when I speak to crowds.
  15. My most overused word is “awesome”.
  16. I’m an excellent backstroke swimmer.
  17. I’m a National Councillor for the Australian School Library Association. I’ve no idea how that happened.
  18. I once had a story shortlisted in a national short story competition. I still think it’s the best thing I’ve ever written.
  19. I wrote a romance novel when I was 16. 
  20. I have four tattoos (although one covers another): my first was a flying unicorn, when I was 18. I also have a phoenix and a celtic ankle band (which covers a really crappy band of starbursts.
  21. I have three earrings in each ear, but I used to have three in one and one in the other.
  22. I’ve loved cats my whole life, but now I have kids, I only like them.
  23. I’m allergic to most dogs. And horses. 
  24. Despite that, I ride tolerably well.
  25. I have excellent blood pressure – three pregnancies worth of doctors tell me so 🙂
  26. I attended four different primary schools, in two different states, which resulted in my atrocious handwriting (different styles in formative years).
  27. When my daughter became interested in Barbie dolls, I was able to give her a suitcase full of my old dolls and accessories, still in pretty good nick. 
  28. I became involved in the Australian spec fic scene because of Simon Brown’s book "Inheritance" – it’s a long story, but a good one! This means Simon is the one responsible for many of the friendships I have today – thanks Simon!
  29. I broke my right wrist tripping over a low brick wall onto very soft lawn. I broke my left wrist falling off monkey bars. 
  30. I’ve never been hospitalised for injury or illness (only babies).
  31. I’ve lived in WA, QLD, NT and NSW, and have visited every other Australian state except Tasmania.
  32. I lived in the Northern Territory for a year when I was 17, working as a governess, but never visited Alice Springs or Darwin.
  33. I hate coffee, and anything coffee-flavoured.
  34. I bake excellent muffins but am terrible at biscuits.

So, what about you? What’s your age? Tell us that many things about yourself.


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3 responses to “MEME: 34 things you might not know about me…

  1. Anonymous

    hooRAY! A fellow coffee-loather.
    I was very pleased a few years ago to visit Tasmania and finally cross it off my list of states/territories visited 😀 And boy, if you didn’t visit Alice or Darwin, must have been an… interesting… year in the NT. My bro is currently a cop in Tennant Creek; sure won’t be visiting him any time soon.
    Thanks for sharing!

    • Anonymous

      I loved my time in the Territory, but most of it was spent on the station, with a few forays to Newcastle Waters, Katherine and various rodeos! I did spend a few hours in Tennant due to flooding – yeah, not nice… Your brother is a bloody hero for policing there!

      • Anonymous

        Yeh, he really is a bit of a hero – not that he had much choice, as it’s his first rotation! But he doesn’t mind it, overall, apparently. Except that there’s no cricket team.

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