Monday, 24 March 2014

11 Things.

I was put up to this by Ruth.

There is this thing going around blogland tagging people to share 11 random things about themselves.

Here goes.

1. I have nice strong shiny hair, but small, weak, brittle nails. I have had lots of ingrown toenails. A good manicure is an elusive thing. I have a nail related inferiority complex.

2. I had acne from the ages of 14 to 20. It was yucky and precluded much in the way of puppy love. This may explain why I did so well at school. It cleared up with a certain type of pill. Then a couple of years ago I developed perioral dermatitis. That cleared up after a dermatologist prescribed medication.

I am going through that awkward stage between 13 and 40.

3. My friends can rely on me to pick a good restaurant and a great bottle of wine at that restaurant. It's one of my talents.

4. I can't decide on a favourite food. I like most foods. I am not a big fan of fish, except the deep fried variety. I can do a little tin of tuna for lunch. I am also not that big a fan of Japanese food. My favourite cuisines at the moment are Mexican and south Indian/ Sri Lankan. My favourite food and drink match at the moment is Tiger Beer with Chicken Satay sticks - I had a few of these in Malaysia.

5. My favourite books are Shantaram, by Gregory Roberts, and Middlesex, by Jeffrey Eugenides. I usually go for books on the iPad, but at the moment I am reading an old-skool paper book, Life after Life, by Kate Atkinson.

6. I don't watch much telly, but my favourite shows are Offspring, So You Think You Can Dance, Rake and The Blacklist. I also like to watch Bondi Vet with my fella, and we do voice narrations for the animals.

I am obsessed with House of Cards at the moment. I tried to like Breaking Bad but it is too depressing.

Ok that totally comes across as though I watch a bit too much telly. 

7. I never went on a plane till I was 20. It was a flight to Sydney, to a placement in country NSW. Despite this I have caught up, and have now travelled more extensively than most folks I know. On my wish list are Turkey, Israel and Jordan. I would also like to see more of Australia, seeing the top end and Kangaroo Island.

8. I have a British Passport, obtained through my father's UK birth. It was quite hard to get my hands on all the required documents as he had passed long before I was of passporting age. But I am nothing if not determined.

Anywho, it's really easy and quick to go through Heathrow.

9. I have a fondness for pickled vegetables. Pickled onions. Beetroot. Gherkins. Even Kimchi.

10. My first memory was of tying a knot in a big bit of foil and being super proud of myself. I might have been about 3 at the time.

11. My signature statement lip colour is Rebel by MAC. I also go a red lippy occasionally. If you had not tried Rebel on you should.

12. My first car was a 1976 Datsun 180B. It was baby poo mustard coloured and had a white vinyl roof. It had no radio, heating or air con. It only drove, and then only occasionally

13. I can't count to 11. I also like to break rules.

Our little dog has a bit of bronchitis. She is on antibiotics, bless her. She has dry skin and is a bit skinny but we will fatten her up a bit.


  1. I like gherkins and House of cards too! twins! x

    1. Twins indeed! You can do the 11 things too now!

  2. I like you even more now! I wish I would've worked harder at school. Just did what I had to...ironic, I know given that I am a teacher. Congratulations there. Had very 'hands off' there was no accountability!
    Breaking Bad is wholly depressing.
    I feed my little geriatric poodle boiled rice and chicken. It's brought him back from the brink, fattened him up and given him a new lease on life. Also cheaper than dog food.
    Just an idea for your Bella. Xx

    1. Thankyou Flora- you can do the 11 things next x

  3. So have to meet up the next time our paths cross.

    Off to track down Rebel.

    SSG xxx

    1. Totally.
      You need to do the 11 things too.

  4. Nice work on Life after Life. Tis a brilliant read.

    Also, I had to google Rebel. And now I want to buy it.

    1. The rebel lippy works with a sassy outfit, a sharp 'do and a strut.

  5. Loved this!! I watch loads of TV. Must be doing things to my brain...must rewire

  6. iPad cut me off but hope doggie gets well x

  7. You're so lucky to have a British passport. I'm v. envious.
    My first car was a 1979 orange Torana. It was a complete bogan car that I found embarrassing on the one hand, but useful for burning off at the lights in when necessary (it was fast). It had an automatic stick shift on the steering wheel. I used to have to put the heating on when it was 40C as it would draw heat from the engine to stop the car overheating. When the car overheated, it would pour hot oily water on the feet of whomever was sitting in the passenger seat. I have vivid memories of driving with the windows down, the 40C air blowing into the car from outside, the heater on, and absolutely melting into the vinyl seats. xx