Tuesday, June 15, 2010

Ten Things about me meme

Lovely Lily (thank you so much) has nominated me for this award. I’ve had it before but you don’t see any actor turning down an Oscar because it’s their second win, do you? Anything that takes my mind off ‘the decision that still has to be made by someone else’ is super duper in my book.

The rules say I must list ten things that readers don’t know about me (oh dear, I fear three years of verbal diarrhoea might mean I’ve told you everything already. I’m rather shallow, you know.) I will try very hard to make them exclusives. OK, here goes:

1. I can’t spell diarrhoea. In fact I have blind spots about several words. –ent endings or are they –ant endings? When you have –ly endings, do you leave the ‘e‘ on at the end of the word? I have to say things to myself to get them right: ‘in-de-pen-dent’ ‘def-i-nite-ly.’ Look! How do you know to leave the 'e' on? Then there are the typo spellings: I can’t type neice (see what I did there? I know it’s niece but I can’t type it that way.)

(Oh dear, it wouldn’t be good to run out of things to say after number one, would it?)

2. One of my babies was gigantic: 10lb 10oz. (Let’s be honest, the other one at 8lb 10oz was no weeny either.) Ouch. I had her ‘naturally’ as the obstetrics world coyly call it but oh dear god it was the least natural thing ever… She came out ready for school (minus the satchel.)

3. I’m afraid of mushrooms. Husband trained me to eat the tasteless button mushrooms in the UK but then we moved to Asia. Now I’m bloody terrified. They can look like aliens or slabs of meat but, really, the texture... ewugh. Obviously I’m scared of eating them, not them jumping up and attacking me… they’re mushrooms, right?

4. If anything ever changes in my life or I develop a new interest – I go out and buy a book on it.

5. I love textiles. I’m a terrible toucher. I can’t just walk past something I have to touch it to know what it feels like.

(OK, half way …)

6. I listen, almost exclusively, to the music of Stephin Merritt (Magnetic Fields, the 6ths, Gothic Archies and Future Bible Heroes.) 69 Love Songs is the best album ever made. Oh yes it is. (How could you not love songs with titles like ‘A Chicken With its Head Cut Off,’ ‘Let’s Pretend We’re Bunny Rabbits’ and ‘Love Is Like a Bottle of Gin’) His lyrics are beautiful and he’s incredibly, horribly talented and I’m jealous because see number 7….

7. I’m reasonably good at lots of things but not really good or brilliant at anything.

8. I’ve got a butterfly mind. In between typing 6 and starting number 7 I’ve been off to iTunes and listened to Mag Fields latest album, which I don’t have yet; and then I listened to a couple of ‘people who bought this also bought…’ This butterfly mind might account for number 7…

9. I swear much too much. I once said ‘shit’ in the (primary) school library. The little girl next to me said ‘you just swore!’ and I said ‘no I didn’t;’ then I thought for a minute and said: ‘Oh shit, I did, didn’t I?’

10. I am a bit of a hypochondriac. Lord help me if there’s ever anything really wrong with me. I blame being a doctor’s daughter. I know more than the average person (which leads my thoughts in the wrong direction) but not enough to dispel my suspicions.

11. It turns out that I can’t spell suspicions either. Apparently I also have a problem with ‘ion’ endings: I think they might be ‘ian.’ Why am I getting worse at spelling as I get older? Is it just me?

Thank you Lily.

I'd like to nominate the following five bloggers: 


Carol said...

I loved this post!!

Hehehe, the thought of mushrooms pouncing on you made me laugh.

C x

Lane said...

10lb 10oz?? Oh my! Eye watering to say the least:-)

Queenie said...

Eek, those babies... no wonder you stopped at two!

Harriet said...

Thank you mum for telling everyone how big I was. I just hope no one from my school reads this - I'll be teased for the rest of my life.

To be honest I even learnt a few new things about you. Lovily post. xx H

Anonymous said...

LoL at #9. Reminds me of Americans and their mixed hang-ups: Oh shit, I just stepped in some do-do!

Anonymous said...

This is hilarious - I loved No. 9, I can see you saying it!!! And you are fab at blogging and writing, so you can't count No. 7, you'll have to put something else!! Jane x

JJ Beattie said...

Carol, thank you.

Lane, absolutely... still makes my eyes sting.

Queenie, thank gawd I got one of each flavour, eh? If I put two more pounds on the next one...

Hats, oops.

Capt Black, LOL.

Jane, you are a love... Thank you.

Boonsong said...

A witty and charming post. Thanks for this.

My spelling hang up is one "l" or two, one "c" or two, one "m" or two - I try to avoid using words such as accommodation and collateral.

All the best, Boonsong

Melissa said...

I am so glad someone else has my spelling issues! I always sound words out - and yes, I do feel as I get older my spelling worsens. What's up with that? :)

Debs said...

I thought my babies were big at 8lb 10oz. Ouch.

I love the picture of you in the primary school library, so funny.

Denise said...

I laughed and nodded all the way through that! Maybe the safest way is to eat the mushrooms, then they can't get you :-)

KatW said...

I love you even more after I've got to know you better with that fabulous post!

Especially made me laugh with the mushrooms & library. And will now have to check out Stephin Merritt & Magnetic Fields out of sheer curiosity.

Although I also love you a little less at the same time because I've now got to think of 10 & they won't be half as good as yours.Lol.

And thank you very muchly for the award. X

Talli Roland said...

Congrats on the award! Super 10 things.

The size of your babies made me cringe. OUCH! :)

Fran said...

These were fun. About the 'ian' thing, I remember this by thinking 'if it's a person, it's bound to be Ian'. So a musicIAN, a politicIAN, a blogicIAN, etc etc. We talk about Ian quite a bit in my lessons. He's a popular guy.

Chris Stovell said...

Ooh, I couldn't get past the baby bit for a moment, my eyes were watering so much! Excellent stuff!

Suzanne Jones said...

10lb 10oz???? Well done. My daughter was 5 lbs 11 oz and I thought I deserved a medal.

Congratulations on the award and thanks for the nomination.


DJ Kirkby said...

Thank you :) I've been givien this from someone else too so I'll do a double post soon.

Lorna F said...

I loved this post! And you're the only other person I've met who's heard of '69 Love Songs' - my husband is bemused by my liking for it. :)

Angie said...

A bit late to comment (migraine-y week), but I love your list! I share your fear of mushrooms and swearing tendencies. However, I think I might have to put off having babies a bit longer now... ;)
Thanks for the award! Now I just need 10 things...hmm.