Wednesday, April 11, 2012

100 Things About Me

While looking through old blog posts (what can I tell ya, there's something about a late night, a cup of tea, and a walk down memory lane...) I found an old '100 things about me' piece. So I thought I'd update it for today's me, changing a few things, keeping some others. It was quite interesting to see how much has changed, and how much has stayed the same! Et voila:

1. My middle name is Rachael. If I’d taken another one at confirmation, it would have been Elizabeth.

2. I hate caviar. Yuck!

3. I want to live in America at least once in my lifetime.

4. I can quote much of the movie Bring It On.

5. And have fallen asleep on three different occasions attempting to watch the whole on Battleship Potemkin.

6. I wish I didn’t swear as much as I do.

7. I won awards at high school for drama, French, music, religious ed., modern studies and most deserving (whatever that means). Yay, non-core subjects!

8. I love making lists. And planning stuff (even imaginary stuff).

9. I have previously auditioned for The X-Factor, How Do You Solve A Problem Like Maria? and I'd Do Anything. I was *thisclose* to the London levels for the latter.

10. I once got thirty one demerits in a week, while at boarding school.

11. I once shaved my arms. Yes, my actual arms.

12. I was supposed to be called ‘Ben James’. My mum was adamant I was going to be a boy.

13. I once swore at a teacher – unintentionally. And managed not to get into trouble.

14. I only have one, proper, honest to goodness ex-boyfriend.

15. This is the same boy my father described, simply, as “spotty”.

16. I’ve had the same signature since I was 6.

17. I didn’t get on well with money when I was younger. Now I love a good budget spreadsheet.

18. In one of my dorms, I felt the presence of a ghost. Temperature dropping, radio switching, water stopping, the whole shebang. Scared the badgers out of me.

19. My favourite children’s names include: Katherine, James, Jack, Lucas, Eleanor, Mackenzie, Felicity, Moray, Hope, Iain, Willow and David. I spent a lot of time when I was younger reading baby names books though, so these could change.

20. I am 5’5” tall….but I spent five years stuck at 5’4 and three-quarters”.

21. I love making mix CDs, and receiving them. It's been a while!

22. I hate long fingernails. Particularly if they're dirty!

23. I have lain on the floor to listen to the person below playing ‘Under The Bridge’.

24. I cannot talk about gross stuff and eat at the same time.

25. I have lived in over 24 different houses or flats…so far.

26. I used to have a bad relationship with food. I have comfort eaten for twelve or thirteen years, I’ve been bulimic and I’ve gone through periods of starving myself or crash dieting. I stopped this a few years ago, and most of the time I have a good handle on it.

27. I love reading, and have done for the past 28 and a half years. I’ve (pretty much, bar a two year blip) always been a voracious reader, a habit which once resulted in me being picked up by the hair by an evil teacher.

28. I’m a ridiculously stereotypical Monkey. I don't believe in horoscopes especially, but I definitely fit the bill.

29. I used to hate public speaking, so now I make myself do more of it. I'm hoping that practice makes perfect.

30. I love my job.

31. If I wasn't a teacher, I'd like to be a writer, a singer, a cinema manager or a mum.

32. I fractured my wrist the first time I ever tried rollerskating.

33. In my younger years I was very very VERY good at falling in love with people who didn't love me back.

34. I can be hard on myself.....but....

35. I don’t think I’m hard enough on myself.

36. Another one of my ideal jobs would be graveyard shift DJ – just playing music and autowittering…how much fun would that be?

37. I am good at keeping secrets (proper ones).

38. I have never been to a proper music festival.

39. I have weird feet. My right one is super wide from a fall when I was twelve, when I fell 15/20 feet and fractured it in 4 places.

40. I am terrible at jokes – I can never remember them.

41. I have now made this into a trademark of my classroom, and a whole generation of boys are enjoying my 'dad level jokes'.

42. I think Monica Bellucci, Kate Winslet and Angelina Jolie are the most gorgeous women on the planet.

43. I once wrote fanmail to Isaac Hanson.

44. I like to give my all.

45. I’ve never seen Return of the King. Or Matrix Revolutions.

46. I love to dance.

47. I'm also a pretty rubbish dancer.

48. I don't hate anyone.

49. I wasted far too much time in my teens berating myself for being too fat or too ugly.

50. I still do this sometimes!

51. I believe that people have a right to be happy.

52. I like eating random combinations of food.

53. Napping is the best, as is bedding down with a good book.

54. I adore my friends – they are simply brilliant!

55. When it comes to drinking, I am a lightweight.

56. I like hot baths. Reeeeaaaallly hot.

57. I can spend eight hours online or reading or watching movies with no problem whatsoever, stopping only for comfort breaks or snacks. This used to worry me.

58. I rarely get a chance to do this.

59. I have a mind like a sponge when it comes to trivia.

60. I cannot burp.

61. In my high school yearbook I was voted Weirdest Girl, Most Likely To Win Eurovision, Most Likely to be a Politician, Most Likely to have a Number 1 and Least Likely To Calm Down. I came second in the Brainiest, Most Likely To Win An Oscar and Most Likely to Become Insanely Rich categories. Whatever I did, surely I was destined to underacheive?

62. I just found my high school year book to find that out for you!

63. I think I am a romantic at heart, but not a hopeless one.

64. My favourite beach is Primrose Bay, Scotland; but I really like Findhorn too.

65. I used to dream about winning the Best Supporting Actress Oscar, and attending the ceremony with my date, Leonardo DiCaprio. I had this as a recurring dream for two years off and on.

66. I LOVE good crème brulee.

67. I once got the worst carpet burn of my life doing yoga.

68. I’ve always said I would like between 3 and 9 children.

69. Now I'm in my thirties, I think I'd just like 'some' children.

70. I like cheese more than chocolate.

71. My teddy bear is one day older than me. He is called Jockey.

71. Kindness and consideration drive me.

72. When I was a toddler, I was once so hungry I grabbed a raw cauliflower in the greengrocers and started eating it. Old people in my hometown still remember this.

73. I wrote my Senior Dissertation on Moulin Rouge specifically, and the genre of musical film in general.

74. I love having conversations that incorporate as many lyrics or film titles as possible.

75. I am vaguely OCD – I'm a checker, I can find patterns mesmerising and I have/had a bit of a number fixation. This used to be much worse, with mantras and a equal touch thing running concurrently.

76. I have moshed with Joe Mangel (Mark Little)!

77. Singing is one of my favourite things in the world. I could sing forever. I feel totally confident and at peace when I sing.

78. I love pub quizzes. And kareoke.

79. I met my boyfriend at the Edinburgh festival.

80. The first time I ever met him, I was speaking with a fake French accent.

81. The first time I met his family, I brought up donkey sausage (a foodstuff in the South of France) during our chat, much to the amusement of some family members.

82. I am a member of the Junior League of London.

83. I love baby showers.

84. I like collecting books and DVDs, but I'm not a hugely worldly person.

85. Connected to this, I'd rather spend my money on experiences, travel and people than on things.

86. I love cats, and hope to get two kittens later this year.

87. I've been a bridesmaid 4 times (twice as a child, twice as an adult), with time number 5 up next year! I love bridesmaiding.

88. I've been blogging here since 2005.

89. When I'm stressed I like to bake or take long walks.

90. My favourite outfit is my PJs.

91. I don't like letting people know I'm angry.

92. I love to write letters and thank you notes.

93. I am obsessed with badgers.

94. I think showing up & listening are two of the most important things you can do for your friends.

95. I am the eldest of three. I have a little sister, Sian, who's 26, and a little brother, Peter, who's 25.

96. I don't like needles, small dogs that yap, industrial techno music or marmite much.

97. I teach at an all boys school.

98. I live in London.

99. I am slightly addicted to post-its.

100. My favourite colour is blue. And purple. And red. And green. And pink.

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  1. This post is highly enjoyable! I wish I could have seen what you'd changed... It would have been interesting. I should look up my 100 Things that I did years ago too and see what it was like.

    21) I should make you a mixed CD sometime soon... and by soon I mean the summer. Damned job!

    34) & 35) I know exactly what you mean!

    56) Me too! Sometimes I worry that I might cook myself.

  2. Wow! Thanks for sharing...that sounds painful about the fractures. You are brave for talking about the eating disorder. I used to do that (briefly) years ago and can't even imagine why. I am not sorry that I swear so much. I did not know that about the fake French accent! 9 kids! Holy cow. That would be enough people to have a strike.


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