Saturday, 10 October 2009

Living Up To My Name

In case you haven't noticed, I have been a total slacker for quite a while now.  My friend Becky, of The Holloway Clan, gave me this award (and challenge) back in July... so I'm finally getting around to it.  I love reading her blog, about life in the City of Brotherly Love, as a working mum to three beautiful kids, and just reflections on life in general.  Please check her out-- you won't regret it! 

Here's what you have to do: First, you have to tell your readers 10 things about you they may not already know, but are true. Second, you have to tag 10 people with the award. Third, you have to let the people you've given the award to, know that they've received this award from you. Finally, make sure you link back to the person who awarded you.

Trying to think of ten things most of my readers might not know is actually harder than it seems, because most of you are people who actually know me, and have known me for a while.  But here goes anyway.

1.  I am not easily angered, but I am easily annoyed.  Some of you may have known this for a long time, but it's just recently come to my own attention.  I get frustrated with little things, vent about it, fume a few minutes, and then it's over.  I think this can make some people a little annoyed with me, but I think it's better than having a bad temper.  It takes a lot to get me really angry;  I think easily annoyed is much better than easily angered.  I hope so, anyway... 

2.  I am a huge Beatles fan.  I can remember singing along as a kid while my dad played Beatles songs on his guitar;  I got through junior high by playing through album after album on my record player while I did my homework;  and I saw Paul McCartney in concert--twice--in one year.  I. Love. The. Beatles.  I have a couple of friends with whom I bonded largely over the Beatles.  One year for Hallowe'en, my best friend and I dressed up as Ringo (she was a drummer) and Paul (my favourite Beatle).  I wear my watch on my right hand because I noticed (also in junior high) that Paul did.  I could give up every other kind of music, as long as I could keep theirs.  *sigh*  I've often thought I was born too late.... =)

3.  I think I am a big city girl, which is strange, since I didn't grow up in a big city.  I love living in the middle of it all.  I've discovered this about myself living in Aberdeen, and visiting other big cities (Paris, Vladimir, Ramallah, Edinburgh, London...).  I either want to be right in the thick of it, or in the middle of nowhere (but with a car to be able to get into the city). 

4.  I have to write things down or I'll forget them.  This isn't about getting old, and it's not a recent development-- I've been this way as long as I can remember.  Whether it's phone numbers or class notes or birthdays or shopping lists, if I don't write it down, it might as well not exist.  That's me: list-maker.

5.  Speaking of writing things down, I love my penmanship.  Perhaps that is conceited, but it's true.  I have very readable handwriting, and it can be very lovely.  I would love to learn calligraphy, but even if I never do, I'll still be happy with my writing.  I have, for as long as I've known how to write, been changing and perfecting it, to make it exactly like I want it (which is, these days, in an 'old-fashioned' style). 

6.  I will nearly always root for the underdog. 

7.  Even though I am a big city girl, I am, at the same time, a homebody.  Is that a contradiction or what?!  Seriously, though, I could quite happily stay in for days at a time... and I have.  As long as I have food and drink, a good book, some dvds, and my computer, I am quite happy.  =)

8.  I hate romantic comedies and most chic-flicks.  I don't buy the argument that they are the modern equivalent of fairy tales;  for me, they are deceitful and give too many girls too many unrealistic expectations of relationships.  I just don't find them fun typically-- I get annoyed, or disgusted, or just plain sad at the characters and the lives they promote.  There is an odd one that I don't mind, but I'd prefer a good horror film anyday. 

9.  I don't know what I think about ghosts and paranormal stuff, but I love it.  Whatever it is, there is more out there than we can see or understand, and I. Love. It.  Ghost stories, scary films, Hallowe'en, all of it.  If it's creepy, I'll take it.  ;)

10.  I often wonder if I'm too selfishly independent to be any good in a relationship any more.  Part of me really wants to be married and have kids and all that eventually, but mostly I am quite happy to be single right now and doing what I'm doing.  Eating what I want and when I want, spending what I want on what I want, going where I want without having to take anyone else into consideration... I'm loving being a singleton thirty-something gal!  So, I think it'd take some pretty amazing guy to make me actually give this up... or pretty amazing in putting up with me despite it all. 

Right.  So there you have it.  Here are my ten tags:
Amanda at the front lawn
Barb at Barb's Wire
Dan and Nancy Erickson
Amy at Everyday in Atlanta G-A
Heidi at Farmyard Tales
Maggie at It's Good To Want Things
Abson and Lara at Joseph's Journal
Jen at Learning to Adjust
Paige at pMed's WeeBlog
Jody at the stay-at-home apologist

And anyone else who wants to take the award and play by the rules, please do! 


jdawg said...

aww amie. sooo hard. may be a while before I get those 10 things.

Lysana said...

Funny...I see your comments on Jill and Jody's stuff a lot, and I think I've played a few games of Scrabble with you, LOL...or maybe that was Word Twist?...anyway, so today I decided to see who you are. Good timing! :)

I am similar to you on #1 - easily annoyed, but quickly over it and not easily angered. I'd never thought about it that way before, though.

Anyway, just wanted to pop over and say hi! :)