30 Things You May Not Know About Me

It is funny because I meet people from all over the globe and I feel like there are some things that my home people know that my traveller friends don’t and some that my traveller friends know that my home friends don’t. So I thought this week, I would disclose some fun facts that you may or may not know about me. You definitely won’t know any of this if you don’t know me….. anyway, here goes.

  1. I was born on a Tuesday, premature, still a 9 pound fatty and had no name for four days as my parents spent that long arguing about it.
  2. Over the years, sports I have been involved of included ballet (8 years), netball (year 8 premiers in the C division… lol), springboard diving and boxing.
  3. I play piano, ukulele and sing. I have been singing since I could talk. The first albums I learned were Vision of Love by Mariah Carey and Whispering Jack by John Farnham. I knew all the words by the time I was 4.
  4. I write my own music and have recorded 2 EP’s. I am currently thinking about my 3rd, which is daunting because it’s been 10 years since my last.
  5. I have visited 55 countries at the time of writing this. 56 within the next month. Hopefully 70 by the end of 2017.
  6. Quite often I will buy bananas or bread rolls at the supermarket and give them to homeless people on the way home to remind myself to be kind and to remind myself of how fortunate I am.
  7. As much as I do not like to admit it, I have OCD tendencies like my mother. I have a need to pop the fuschia flower buds on the neighbours bush everyday when I walk past it down the road. I have to systematically travel around an area and do all of it before I consider it done and can move on. I have fifty lists of things to do.
  8. I spent 6 months driving a crane in an aluminium smelter for work when I was 18-19.
  9. I have a forklift licence.
  10. When I was 17 I applied to study medicine at University. I got a place and I turned it down in favour of a science degree instead.
  11. When I was 15 I went on work experience as a teacher and after an embarrassing and disgusting come on by a year 6 student  swore that I would never, ever become a teacher. Yeah well that happened…. not.
  12. Foods that I absolutely cannot stand are coffee, beer and olives.
  13. I go through waves of suffering from depression and anxiety.
  14. I am a genetically predisposed hoarder which is not exactly the most amazing quality for a backpacker. Especially considering that I am like a pack horse and can carry quite a lot of heavy things…. which leads to backpacking problems with hoarding because instead of throwing things out I carry them.
  15. I have an obsession with pretty bras and underpants. As a teenager they were rare in larger sizes and so now I just buy the whole store out. I still however feel that most of the time they are too pretty to wear.
  16. I cook meat really well, I cannot cook cakes to save my life.
  17. I hate rings. I cannot stand wearing them and feel like I have finger claustrophobia. If I ever get married I even doubt I will wear one then.
  18. When I am sad I listen to Mr Tambourine Man by Bob Dylan and it makes me feel better.
  19. I thrive on change and hate routine. For most people it is the opposite. I however find that if the routine isn’t changing and I am not doing something new to challenge me I will go crazy.
  20. I do not fear much at all and if I do, I push myself to face it. My greatest fear is of not being able to breathe.
  21. My favourite animals are elephants, owls and otters.
  22. I can quote the movie Clueless word for word from start to finish.
  23. At 5, my favourite book was ‘There’s A Hippopotamus On My Roof Eating Cake’. At 16 my favourite book was Angela’s Ashes by Frank McCourt. At 25 my favourite book was Memoirs Of A Geisha by Arthur Golden. At 31 the best book I have read lately is Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn.
  24. My house cleaning music is Wolfmother. There is nothing like vacuuming to Joker and the Thief.
  25. I often do puzzle books when I am travelling to keep my brain sharp. Not Sudoku though because I find them boring.
  26. I cannot sleep on my back. Always on the side or front.
  27. Growing up, I hated both Play School and Sesame Street. I preferred to watch Fat Cat and absolutely loved Alf and Young Talent Time! I had Alf everything.
  28. I used to hate country music but after a stint of living in Calgary I now love it.
  29. The only bones I have ever broken are the stress fractured metatarsal bones in my feet. Fractures I acquired after backpacking in flip flops. Lesson learned. Now I cannot wear high heals anymore and spend most of my days in Asics running shoes with orthotics.
  30. I have made at least 4 different costumes for costume parties from duct tape alone.

So there you have it. A small insight into my lunatic mind. Until the next one, peace out! x

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