25 random things, About a Boy, blog award, Butt cheeks, Catatonic Kid, Fake ID, Horses, Malicious Intent, Meme, molè, Muriel's Wedding, Santa, Sixth Sense, Sleep talking, Synchronised swimming, Tea pots, Toni Collette
Despite having plenty to do right now, I can’t even be bothered hanging my washing out (although I’m gonna, I promise, just not right now).
The lovely Catatonic Kid is writing again (some beautiful posts as always), and so she memed me (don’t care if that’s not a word, I’m making it a word). Which I reckon is somewhat akin to mooning someone… ‘cept without the butt cheeks.
And instead of vacuuming or sending out résumés (things I really need to be doing), I present to y’all my list of utter randomness:
- As a child, I used to act out cereal commercials at the breakfast table. Y’know, pretending to be one of those kids eating Coco Pops on TV and talking about how yummy they are (especially when the milk turns chocolatey).
- I shouldn’t be allowed to sit too close to anything made of sandstone, coz I might just have an orgasm (I have a seriously weird fetish for the stuff).
- I have two common recurring dreams, always a little different of course. One is about sharks and swimming with them, unafraid. The other is about vampires. Usually I get to become one and then I have super powers, like the ability to fly. And that rocks.
- The beguiling Malicious Intent (you need to request access to read her blog) recently awarded me with a blog award. Many thanks, MI!! *blushes*
- I’m feeling a little embarrassed about the recent spate of blog awards I’ve received. Is there somewhere I can donate them for charity? Actually, if you feel like it, go pick one up from my awards page and tell everyone it’s from me (I’ll back your story up). If you want it, it’s yours…
- I collect tea pots. Sorta. I’m kinda against accumulating too much ‘stuff’ which conflicts with my desire to collect tea pots. So I only have four. Which isn’t too bad. And I use them all, since I’m a fan of brewing large pots of tea.
- I was a synchronised swimmer for around nine years of my life, starting at age nine. Yep, glitter, sequins, gelatine (used to keep the hair out of your eyes when performing), wearing make-up in the water – all of that.
- Synchronised swimming, whilst looking rather camp, actually requires a great deal of strength and skill. Not to mention the ability to hold your breath for long periods of time. So don’t diss the synchro swimmers!!
- Gelatine, made of horses’ hooves or something revolting like that, actually makes one’s hair very soft. So, each time there was a competition, we’d all looked forward to washing our hair at the end of the day for our ‘hair treatment’.
- Speaking of horses, I always loved them but was never allowed to have one. Dang! I had a horse poster above my bed for years and used to imagine he was real. A lot.
- I once sold Toni Collette (of Muriel’s Wedding, Sixth Sense & About a Boy fame) a futon, when I worked in a futon shop. It was for her mother’s house. She was super-nice and very grounded. It was before she was super-famous, although she was definitely well-known by then. I decided to play it super-cool, so I didn’t gush, didn’t say hey, aren’t you… (I knew it was her when she handed over her credit card).
- When I worked out Santa wasn’t real I used to ransack my parents’ bedroom just before Christmas. One year, I found three albums and knew mum and dad would give us one each. So, I dropped hints about the band I liked, and received the one I wanted (teehee!!).
- I used to make fake ID for myself and my friends. That was back in the days where a birth certificate extract would suffice! I found a way to fuse together blue and white paper (like the real thing) and with a bit of white out, a typewriter and the school photocopier… I’d run up very realistic looking birth certificate extracts.
- As a result, my friends and I went to way too many nightclubs in our last year of school. One of those times, I passed out drunk in the toilets. My friends thought I’d gone home and left without me. I had to make my own way home at 6am or thereabouts.
- I was a vegetarian and/or pescatarian for oh… a good nineteen years of my life. I do eat meat now, but prefer white meat to red.
- Although, when it comes to wine, I much prefer red. Almost exclusively. Mmmm, one way to my heart is with a very nice bottle of red!
- Something else you can feed me if you’re trying to seduce me is molé. Oh god, how I love, love, love molé!!
- Whilst my hair is reddish-brown, I haven’t seen my natural colour in years. Before I started dying it, my hair was often described as ‘strawberry blonde’ – whatever the hell that means – and its been various shades of red ever since. Right now, it’s kinda natural-ish but I’m getting a little bored with that…
- If you come to my house, I’ll ask you to remove your shoes. I’m anti wearing shoes inside that you’ve worn outside, getting who knows what all over them. Eeew! I’ll offer you slippers or socks to wear instead, so your feet don’t get cold.
- My parents never, ever respect my take off your shoes rule, even when I ask politely. Neither does my sister.
- I’m incredibly visually oriented. Often, things I want to say, write or do appear to me as pictures, way before they become anything else.
- One of my many skills includes the ability to raise my right eyebrow independently of the left. It’s something I practiced for years in front of the bathroom mirror. My mum can do the left and the right, but I only ever learned one side, damnit.
- Speaking of skills, I’m very flexible. Have been all my life. I can still do the splits and most of my joints hyper-extend. When I have my leg straight and not over-extended, it feels bent.
- I thought I’d outgrown my sleep talking habit, but in Thailand last year sharing a bamboo hut, my room mate reported my nightly mumblings each morning. Apparently, sometimes you can have a conversation with me while I slumber!
- I’m fairly certain I know what I’m gonna write my first book about. Hooray! But it’s still a baby seedling of an idea, protected from anyone else for now.
P.S. I’m one of those folks who’ll happily pass on a cool email, but remove the imperative to do so or else bad luck is coming. So, if ya wanna play and haven’t already done so… then go for gold! 😉
Catatonic Kid said:
You rock, Svasti!
LOL I have conversations in my sleep too sometimes. Am totally jealous you get dreams of being a flying vampire. Too cool!
And omg, bring on the molé! So with you there. Hehe Tasty, tasty goodness.
Hey and randomly, though you may well know already, since you said you don’t eat that much meat. Gelatin, the natural kind in broth etc., is also a protein sparer. Helps you absorb more for less. Sweet deal really.
Ta for following along with the meme, btw. I am similarly avoiding actual productivity by reading your answers 😉
(P.S. Where did inkblot girl come from? She’s funky!)
@CK – Inkblot girl… just found her in my random Google searching… I didn’t know that about Gelatin, although it doesn’t surprise me. But I eat enough meat now that its not an issue.
1. You’ve GOT to a do a youtube video the Coco Puffs thing…
2. Sandstone…huh…and I thought I was kinky.
3. Vampires…that probably has something to do with your [comment removed by the internet morality police]
4. Apparently, I’m not worthy to visit that blog
5. To paraphrase what you said when I explained why I wasn’t gonna follow the rules of the award you gave me: “it’s an award, dammit! Be happy about it!”
6. Saying you “collect” something when you only have four of them is definitely a sign of your not-very-materialistic nature
7. I of course would never think of making fun of you for synchronized swimming, though I will of course make fun of the way you Aussies spell “synchronized”
8. Like I said, wouldn’t think of dissing it. Really
9. Best hair treatment of heard of since “There’s Something About Mary”
10. Horses–excellent album
11. Good thing it wasn’t Cate Blanchett–you know I’d never forgive you for not giving her my phone number
12. I’m SO telling your parents about this…
13. The good thing about being a guy is that you can grow a beard, and then get some clean-shaven person’s ID that has basically the same hair color and it’ll work
14. If you’re gonna pass out drunk, it’s a good thing to be in close proximity to a toilet
15. [comment removed for offending community standards]
16. Red wine…mmmmmm
17. Mole…mmmm…though I still don’t believe you can get decent Mexican food in Australia….
18. I liked the Xena thing…
19. I always take my shoes off as soon as I get home, and welcome the opportunity to in other people’s houses…though I’d probably keep them on at your place just to bug you….
20. Oh…took care of this one with the last one…so, let me just take the opportunity to mention that I’m watching the Oscars and it’s really, really boring…hence this ludicrous list
21. Though, yes, the Heath Ledge thing was touching…
22. He was Australian, y’know….
23. No, I’m not gonna say anything about asanas you can’t do…
24. I write most of my blog posts while I sleep
25. Ya certainly haven’t told me about it…yet….
1. No way am I doing a reenactment on YouTube of my childhood Coco Pops ad thing!! 😉
4. If ya wanna visit MI’s blog, then you need to request permission from her.
11. Given I didn’t know you at the time, how would I have gotten Cate’s number for you (if it was Cate and not Toni?)?
12. Tell ’em and I’ll tell your mom about [can’t be published for reasons of internet moral standards]
17. Well, if ya come and visit (instead of just saying you will) then I’ll take you to my favourite mole place. And you can judge for yourself.
25. And I’m not telling anyone for some time to come! 😉
Who can follow YfC? I’d rather be the opening act. Not surprised by any of your revelations. It all fits with the picture I have of you. Well, the sandstone thing kinda threw me. 😉
@tricia – Who says you have to be opening or closing act for Jay? He’s a show off, sometimes (but I love him anyway – tho don’t tell him that).
Hehe, me and sandstone… mmm…
I love, love, LOVE the title of this post. It is so me! Wonderful to read you again… sorry I’ve been so scarce 🙂
@candy – hey, thanks for dropping in! Aren’t we all good at procrastination? 😀
I think your blog deserves all those awards–but now don’t you be gettin’ a big head!
Not surprisingly, I saw several things listed which caught my attention–because we also have those things in common.
These are the ones that come to mind:
I have a foyer at the front of my house where I also ask guests to remove their shoes. I even have slippers in various sizes for people who want something on their feet! I think your parents and sister should respect that wish!
I can also raise my right eyebrow! When I was a kid, one of my favorite actors was Vivien Leigh, whom I adored as Scarlett in Gone with the Wind. She raised her eyebrows so beautifully in that movie that I trained myself to do that!
I used to be extremely flexible when I was younger—but today, I have some back issues so that is not the case now. (boo hoo!).
I don’t’ collect teapots but I collect shot glasses from every place I’ve ever visited! They’re a little smaller than the teapots so easier to travel with!
You sold Toni Collette a futon? Cool beans! I gave a taxi ride to Sylvester Stallone (drove him nearly 50 miles to a dude ranch in Montana—and he gave me a hundred dollar tip!).
I was a vegetarian for about 15 years! Even when I was a heroin addict, I was a vegetarian—isn’t that bizarre! (like the heroin is okay but meat? I would NEVER put that poison in my body—ha!).
I liked your list, Svasti—it’s a nice way to get to know someone a little better!
@Melinda – Don’t worry, no big heads around here. Dr Jay wouldn’t let that happen anyway… 😉
Yeah, I think my family should respect my no-shoes rule too, but ya can’t have everything in life!
We should start a new group = Right Eyebow Raisers Anonymous!!
You could probably regain some of your flexibility over time with some gentle yoga – and yoga can be very gentle if you find the right teacher.
Hmm, collecting shot glasses… that sounds dangerous!
I’ve actually got quite a few ‘famous people’ moments – quite a lot really. But I really like my Toni Collette moment, especially coz she was really sweet.
The vegetarian heroin addict – sounds like a title for a post on your blog?
You wanna play along? Consider yourself tagged. 😀
Don’t worry about the shot glasses–alcohol was never my thing anyway! They are great little mementos of places I’ve visited (and they are small so easy to pack on longer trips!).
Sure, I’ll play along–I think it might actually be a good way for my readers to get to know some random stuff about msyelf!
p.s. Oh–and thanks for the idea on the heroin addict/vegetarian blog post–that does sound like it has some promise as a funny post!
@Melinda – can’t wait to see your response, and I’m glad I could inspire you for a post or two 🙂
That’s an interesting list…
I’ve worked out exactly how to fly. If I use my hands like airplane thingys I can rise and swoop. It’s easy.
I can move one eye at a time.
@soulMerlin – Y’know, I think in the dream world, everyone has their own way of flying… and its great!
One eye at a time? You should definitely video that and put it on YouTube 🙂