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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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This is me meme

Okay, so I’ve been avoiding doing this one, but I’ve been so slack about posting that what the heck. Besides, I’m procrastinating about the 150+ book reviews I have to mark (!) and 20 or so stories to edit…

You know how sometimes people on your friend’s list post about stuff going on in their life, and all of a sudden you think “Wait a minute? Since when are they working THERE? Since when are they dating HIM/HER? since when???” And then you wonder how you could have missed all that seemingly pretty standard information, but somehow you feel too ashamed to ask for clarification because it seems like info you *should* already know? It happens to all of us sometimes.

Please copy mine below, erase my answers putting yours in their place then post it in your journal! Please elaborate on the questions that would benefit from elaboration! One-Word-Answers seldom help anyone out :)”

1. First Name: Tehani – it’s a name few people spell or say correctly, but I’m used to it. I was called Tae when I lived in the NT (an adaption of a family nickname), “Flarney” by good mates at uni (long story) and a few people go with “Tee” which is simple.

2. Age: 33.

3. Location: Rockingham. After the “last move ever” that lasted six months near Hervey Bay. I’ve moved a lot.

4. Occupation: Teacher Librarian. Love love love my job and my school – I feel very privileged to enjoy going to work every day.

5. Partner: David – married three and a half years, together for nearly seven (still a little hard to believe it’s that long!).

6. Kids: 2.  Miss Bossy Boots is three in October and Master Geek in Training is six in November. Where does THAT time go?

7. Brothers/Sisters: 1 Brother – Todd – lives in Queensland with his English-born wife Clare and two boys (3.5 and nearly 1). We’ve never really gotten along, but Clare is nice and I make the effort for family’s sake.

8. Pets: One husband… No, none at present. We had a gorgeous little puppy early last year but she unfortunately had no road sense. And we had to leave our beautiful cat behind with friends in QLD (with five kittens).  We miss our pets, but can’t have them here.

9. List the 3-5 biggest things going on in your life: 
Small press publishing – keeps me very busy. 

noted that he thinks I spend more time on my non-job (ASIM and TPP projects) than he does on his REAL job – sometimes it feels like that to me, but I love it. I love the people it brings me into contact with and the enjoyment I get from it.
Work – I’m learning so much everyday, and gaining so much experience, and loving it. I work with great people in a lovely school with lots of opportunities. 
Kids – they are THE biggest thing. Watching these little creatures grow and change, and knowing that I’m possibly the biggest influence in their lives right now assisting those changes; the responsibility awes me. They are such wonderful and precious beasts, and I love them more than anything else.
Reading – I’ve always loved to read and while there have been times when my reading has waned due to external circumstances, these days doing reviews and judging and editing means I’m reading all the time. I can even say it’s for my job!
Planning for the future – every day it’s a struggle to make decisions about what paths we try to make for ourselves. We frequently have the same discussions about keeping the property in QLD vs selling and buying here, but while I love it here, I simply can’t match the property in River Heads and can’t justify it. Maybe it’s a head vs heart thing, but it ain’t happening yet. I wonder if/when we’ll go back to QLD to live, given our happiness here, but the parents factor into that decision a bit too.

10. Parents: Two of them. They’re both still alive and still together. Get along fantastically with Mum these days (ah, the cringeness of remembering one’s horrid teenage years!), and Dad adores the grandies. We miss them a lot and they are one of the very few factors tying us to QLD still.

11. Who are some of your closest friends? I have more friends at this point in my life than perhaps in any other – I think maybe I’ve grown into my peer group in some way! My best friend from high school, Rachael, is someone I still count as my best mate – she was by choice  my only attendant at my wedding. 

is someone I’ve met in far more recent times who I hope will be a friend for life. And there are many many people I’ve met through SF, my work, and other activities who I hope to remain in contact with for many years to come, because I value so many things about them.

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