By Way of Introduction.....(50 things)

okays… so by way of introduction and my first journal here….

the fifty funky fabulous totally futile and frivilous facts

1. Do you like blue cheese?
aww..gawd.. the smell alone puts me off… but it’s probably the ONLY cheese I don’t LOVE…altho like most other stuff in my fridge, it all eventually ends up blue.. or a bluish/green actually…

2. Have you ever smoked a cigarette?
hehe… yeah.. growing up in the early 70s my sister and I had heard about smoking “grass” so after I mowed the lawn one Sunday.. we decided to pinch some ciggie wrappers from our older brother and roll a bit of dried kikuyu… bloody hell .. we nearly choked to death.. and that kinda did it for us…. for life!!!

3. Do you own a gun?
Thankfully no… tis not part of the aussie culture…and I’d be an orphan behind bars by now if I did!!!

4. What flavor do you add to your drink at Sonic?
No idea who or what Sonic is.. but as far as flavoUr goes…I’m rather partial to raspberry

5. Do you get nervous before doctor appointments?
Yes… I have a vivid medical imagination… and even more so with the dentist.. which obviously doesn’t improve with age – probably as a result of too many Frankenstein/shteen, Jekyl & Hyde, Little Shop of Horrors and mad Vincent Price movies

6. Do you like hot-dogs?
eek… NO.. rarely processed “meat”… tho must admit in the struggling early years they were part of the staple diet!!!

7. Favorite Christmas Song?
well anything EXCEPT Mariah Carey strangling Xmas tunes… ummm.. I did have a really neat jazz Xmas tape which was very cool… but I’m never able to find it…there’s always a mix of xmas music constantly playing (sometimes at easter)… from traditional Bing, to Jazz to classical guitar to John Denver and the Muppets… and OMG even Kenny Gee is there!!!!!

8. What do you prefer to drink in the morning?
Gotta start the day with a good belt of coffee…

9. Can you do push-ups?
Depends on the impetus…

10. What’s your favorite meal?
ahhh.. pasta, cheese, red wine and warm fresh crusty bread, finished off with some chocky and a macchiato…no conversation necessary or even wanted – i like to savour in silence!!!

11. What’s your favorite piece of jewelry?
meh… none really.. don’t even wear a watch.. just a simple gold chain bracelet my father (a jeweller!) gave me a few years ago around my left wrist… heh…nothing else…

12. Favorite hobby?
hmmm…. photography is more an inherited trait than a hobby…but anything i’m passionate about, i like to sink my teeth into… so to speak…

13. Do you work with people who idolize you?
well my dogs seemed to wag their tails when they see me…

14. Name a trait that you hate about yourself?
bloody hell.. I don’t really HATE anything about myself.. but there is a mountain of stuff I’d like to improve upon…dramatically!!!!….confidence being the first thing to spring to mind… the ability to be able to hold a conversation without sounding like a blithering idiot – and the urge STILL to want to RUN to avoid simple interaction with people…hmmm… basically I’d like to be an “adult” one day…but sadly can’t see that happening too soon…

15. Middle name?
well ‘sigh’ I have a double-barrelled hyphenated name… ie. anne-maree, thus negating any need for a “middle name” (altho I did take Bernadette as my confirmation name!!!)

16. Name 3 thoughts at this moment:
1.. jeeze I’m full of crap
2.. it’s bloody cold 2nite
3.. I think I might need some psychiatric counselling to deal with the issues of Q14.

17. Name 3 things you bought yesterday:
1.. a hamburger for lunch
2. some gambling (with my mother)
3. dinner @ the club (still with my mother)
(overall quite a disastrous day actually!!! – overall quite a disastrous LIFE when I read all this!!!)

18. Name 3 drinks you regularly drink.
Metamucil (FFS – don’t GO there – I’m OLD ok!!!)

19. Current worry right now?
that this incessant load of drivel will never end!!! ..and that I think I might use too many exclamation marks!!!!

20. Current hate right now?
I hate that I actually like doing this sort of thing…sitting here freezing when I could be warmly snuggled up in bed watching the olympics…

21. Favorite place to be?
at peace within myself in safe (warm) surroundings…however if my family insists on shattering my silence, anywhere surrounded by good company and a whole lotta love and laughter (and music)…(and a camera)…(and any resultant blackmail negotiations will be carefully considered See Q10 for more favourable outcome!!! )

22. How did you bring in New Years?
Bloody hell I can’t remember yesterday… umm.. it just barged on in all by itself if I remember….. I think just here with the dogs…nothing out of the ordinary… watching sydney explode on the tele.. and always thinking what an extravagant waste of money going up in smoke for 5 mins of ooohs and ahhhhs….

23. Favorite place to go?
just about anywhere where I can be totally happy, relaxed and at peace is a favourite place for me to go… and more so if it’s with someone who shares the view… – either virtually or in the real world – sometimes you don’t have to move very far afield to be in your “favourite” place…

24. What is your most recurring dream?
I’m airborne a lot…glide fast thru time and space… my dreams are vivid and at times prophetic (but mostly pathetic!!!)… tho I’m totally fascinated that I always dream in “mirror image” and must look into that phenomenon… if I dream something is on the left.. when I actually do see it, it’s identical but always on the right… (see Q16 Pt3)

25. Introvert or extrovert?
gah.. at VERY best I’m introverted… and that’s forcing things A LOT

26. What color shirt are you wearing?
Black with a big red heart in the middle
over that a maroon cardy, fuzzy brown overcoat & orange blanket..IT’S FREEZING!!!

27. Do you like sleeping on satin sheets?
only if they’re warm

28. Can you whistle?
only a pathetic girly whistle… but one of my lifelong ambitions is to forcefully whistle (like the guy always behind me at a concert piercing my eardrums).. I truly have whistle envy…

29. Favorite color(s)?
olive/khaki/burnt orange/black/red or tones thereof

30. Would you be a pirate?
pffft…no ho ho, why?… i don’t want anything that’s not mine or not willingly given to me!!!

31. What songs do you sing in the shower?
nah.. don’t sing in the shower…I do have some brilliant ideas in there tho… (mostly to do with stomach stapling or liposuction)

32. Favorite girl’s name?
meh.. anything “favourite” is usually transient with me… of course my daughter’s name Corrine I naturally love… altho Esmerelda I’m quite fond of too…

33. Favorite boy’s name?
My son still thinks his middle name is Aloitious ….hehe….but I rather like Dexter at the moment…(which I was always going to call my next dog, until the current TV show has popularised it!!!)

34. Who is your loudest friend?
heh…well they all have to be loud for me to hear them plus also everyone i know talks over each other… but my maternal family is loud, highly strung and extremely excitable at their quietest…

35. What’s in your pocket right now?
hmmm.. well as I have 4 layers on.. I have many pockets.. but strangely enough.. nothing in any of them… which is quite reflective of my life atm..

36. Last thing that made you laugh?
heh… talking to my friends online.. always guaranteed a laugh from the start…and I’m eternally thankful for that…’hyg’’snort’

37. Bed sheets as a child?

38. Worst injury you’ve ever had?
Still dealing with the mental ones… (See Q16 pt3)
physically – ermm.. never broken a bone or chipped a tooth even… (despite my full on spectator sporting lifesyle)…oh I know. I was in a minor head-on car accident teaching my daughter to drive 6 years ago.. ripped shoulder and biceps tendons… bloody painful and slow recovery there.. still don’t have full strength… nor am I likely to get any… probably won’t be able to play tennis again… tho I couldn’t play it before the accident.. but I’ll be dealing with also that in Q16 Pt3…

39. Do you love where you live?
yes I love where I live.. with all the trees, white cockatoos, rosellas, lorikeets, possums, snakes, spiders, scorpions, rats.. … eeek… just life in the burbs…

40. How many TV’s are in your house?
4 actually… varying sizes/rooms/fuzziness

41. What is your worst habit?
gawd.. this is going increase the cost of Q16 Pt3 for sure….
Hmmm…jeeze where do I begin… punctuality/gambling/inconsistency/laughing at the most inappropriate times/sarcasm/distrust/cynicism….and I’m only scratching the surface!!!

42. How many dogs do you have?
doh.. now why’d ya have to ask that.. up until 3 weeks ago I had 2… now I have only one inherited Rhodesian Ridgeback named Doris… 2 years ago we had 2 beautiful 10-year-old boxer dogs AND doris… and now she is the one and only… aka Fatty-Boombah…

43. Does someone have a crush on you?
well you’d have to ask someone that

44. Do you own slippers?
well I live in my black uggies atm… I did own a giant pair of buzzy bee slippers but every time I walked in them the dogs attacked my feet and it became too challenging to get down the hall each morning…and running to the doorbell was well.. just a giant ball of screaming, swatting, fur-flying chaos…

45. What is your favorite book?
I have a really bad history of not finishing books and starting several at once….adds to Q16 Pt3… I remember very much enjoying Daphne du Maurier’s “Rebecca” as a teenager, and also F.Scott-Fitzgerald thru the “romantic” years… I went thru a Robert Ludlum mystery phase.. and a Roald Dahl “twisted” phase… heh..then moved onto Anais Nin in the midlife/wistful/wishing-I-was-anywhere-but-here-phase…and was most moved by Thomas Keneally’s Schindler’s Ark…so it’s wide and varied.. and not nearly as much as I’d like to.. life just gets in the way sometimes.. and sleep and time had become such precious commodities, that reading has been relegated to the back burner for the last 10 yrs or so…(soon to change)

46. What is your favorite candy?
no brainer – chocolate

47. What is your favorite sports team?
St.George Dragons – see Q16 Pt3

48. What song do you want played at your funeral?
Tom Waits singing Somewhere – totally guttural but from the heart…and sure to creep a lot of people out… and Lyle Lovett has done a version of Smile… which I love too…(yes lyle lovett!!!) or even Jeff Buckley’s Hallelujah… but failing that Queen’s Another One Bites the Dust… will do just fine…

49. What were you doing at 12 AM last night?
Sitting here freezing – nervously knowing my son and his partner were in the air travelling home from Hawaii.. and having bizarre disturbing images of catfish being bludgeoned to death in Florida Q16 Pt3..

50. What was the first thing you thought of when you woke up this morning?
yay…I made it to another day… I’ll see Dean & Mel again after 3 long months away..and WTF it’s totally freezing!!!

hope this finds you all well and happy (and warm)



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