Friday, 28 March 2008

Back on the air!!

YAY! I'm back on the air again after all of my electronic dramas! We're now with the new internet provider and I have my internet access back again without all of the rigmarole of using my beloved Geek Boy's spare notebook computer. (What is it about boys that they need TWO of everything - two notebook computers cos you never know when one will have problems; two fridges cos you need somewhere to keep the drinks; two TV's cos you might want to watch it in the office once a year ...)

And what did I find in my email 'In' box? An email from the delightful Kerryanne at Shabby Art Boutique telling me I've been TAGGED! Uh! Oh! I never could run fast enough to avoid being tagged! Tee! Hee! Hee! So ... apparently I now have to share 7 weird/strange/unusual/random facts about myself that people may not already know. Hmmm ... somehow I have to pick just seven out of the many!!

Here goes...

1. I collect movie quotes. When I was at uni, a friend and I would alleviate the boredom of dry and dusty lectures by trading movie quotes - one would write a quote and the other had to try to guess the movie it came from. It kept us extremely entertained, though may explain our low exam results!!! Tee! Hee! Hee! My brother also collects quotes and our phone conversations often revolve around which movies we've been watching and our fave quotes from them. I also remember great one-liners/come backs in TV shows. One of my fave quotes is: "It 'aint the years, honey, it's the mileage!" Can you guess which movie it's from?!?!?

2. I was part of a small performance team that toured QLD with former astronaut, the late James Irwin when he did a speaking tour of Australia in 1988. James Irwin was one of only a handful of astronauts to walk on the moon and was part of the Apollo mission that brought back the Genisis Rock (oldest carbon-dated rock scientists have played with!) The team I was part of would visit primary schools during the day and perform hour long sessions including singing, drama, puppets, mime, chalk-boarding and story-telling and give kids brochures for their parents inviting them to James' speaking engagements in the evenings. Exhausting month travelling the length of QLD, but great experience. (We could all quote James' speach by the end of the month!!!)

3. Particularly strange in light of the previous point's association ... I have a fear of deep darkness, particularly space!! Water deep enough to be dark scares me because of what may be lurking in its depths (too many Jaws movies!!!) but film shots from space looking out into the vast expanse of 'nothing' or particularly back at the Earth REALLY freak me out! When Lynette and I were in Townsville years ago, we watched a short film at the Imax theatre that began with LOTS of deep space shots and this was even worse than usual, as I really felt like I was being sucked into space! I think I left fingernail marks on the arms of the chair - Lynette laughed at me! What are friends for!!!

4. My brother, Paul, says I'm a left-over hippy. He points out that: I live in tiered, flowing skirts; have long hair; wear unusual and tribal jewelry with lots of dangles and bells; loooooooove windchimes; have a very healthy and well used herb garden; usually have an oil burner or incense burning to make the house smell pretty; am into natural and alternative remedies and therapies; am a bit of a greenie; and the belly dancing definitely confirmed it for him!! Hmmm, OK, so maybe he's right - peace, man!!!

5. The team I was part of made it to the state final of the Apex School Debating competition in 1985. We beat a VERY exclusive private school that had three debating coaches to make it to the final and they were NOT happy!!! We were a team from a little public school in a little country town that no one had even heard of and had one over-worked English teacher coaching all three of us! We were beaten in the final in a split decision, but were very proud of how far we got. Of course, my Dad says he wasn't surprised, as arguing is a natural talent I inherited from Mum's family! But his mother, my late Nan, had the best argument technique, I think. She'd finish an argument by saying, "We won't argue about it any more - but I still think I'm right!!" Tee! Hee! Hee!

6. I have had many nick-names over the years, but none has ever really stuck! The printable ones (!!) include: Smiley, Kitty Cat, Kermit, Pugsy (cartoon character), CJ (Court Jester) and George! George actually stuck the longest, as I worked part-time in the local chemist when I was going through Senior and the Pharmacist couldn't remember my name - so I was George!! Better than some things he could've called me, I guess!!!

7. I once won a runners-up prize in a Woman's Day romance writing competition - I got a HUGE bottle of Charlie perfume (which I couldn't wear as it made me sneeze!!). And not having completely lost my literary interests, I have two mystery/romance stories, a fantasy fiction story and several children's adventure stories in various stages of completion. Perhaps one day I'll finish them and get them published. Well ... I can dream, can't I?!?!?!

So ... there you go. Seven random perhaps previously unknown facts about me - I've always said I didn't intend to grow old gracefully because I'm going to be one of those eccentric old ladies who are an embarrassment to their families and the life of the party!!!

And now I have to tag 7 other people. I tag: Laura from Lilly Cottage (cos I know Linda has already been tagged! Tee! Hee! Hee!), Lynette Anderson, Rosalie Quinlan, Gail Pan, Birdhouse designer extraordinaire Linda, Jane at Quilters World and Lisa of Button Bliss.

Here’s the rules:

1. Link to your tagger and post these rules on your blog.

2. Share 7 facts about yourself on your blog, some random, some weird.

3. Tag 7 people at the end of your post by leaving their names as well as links to their blogs.

4. Let them know they are tagged by leaving a comment on their blog.

There you go ... it will be interesting to see what they come up with!

Before I sign off this post, I thought I'd introduce you to another new bear addition in the Meares Madhouse. Her name is Violet.

She's a sister to Ruby and Cherry, with a couple more family members in the pipeline - something special happening with them all soon ... but I can't tell you yet!!

I hope you all have a relaxing weekend and get a giggle or two from my seven random facts - make sure you check out the people I've tagged to see what fun factoids they come up with, too! Til next time, Bear Hugs!



Kerryanne English said...

Hi Kris,
I loved reading your 7 random facts post....we are a bit alike I think and no we are not hippys.......I like to think of it as being in tune with the universe.

So PEACE to you my free spirited friend.

PS. I promise to share the washing machine story with you sometime.

Linda said...

Hi Kris,
I love reading these random facts about everyone, I will love to play along I just have to think of some things that aren't too weird I don't want to scare people. I'm not to good at remembering quotes my husband is always coming out with some really old fashioned ones, one I do quote alot to my boys is "both you girlies shut up!" well it normally works, do you know what movie it is from?
Love all the teddies you are making at the moment, what are you up to.
Hope you have a great weekend.
Cheers Linda

Ginger Patches said...

Hi Kris! Thanks for visiting my blog :) Loved your 7 facts...I used to love Charlie perfume :) Wow you've done some interesting stuff!

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