Friday, September 21, 2012

The Big 100

I see that this is blog number 100 for the year - so I did a bit of trawling and found a blog with 100 questions - so this has been knicked from some random blogger off the web in a fit. Nice short answers for the most part.
Too busy to write properly at the moment. Too much on to write properly. Though when I have a lot going on, that is when I should be writing.

Okay, so 100 Questions for the Centenary Blog for the year.
1) Are you in a relationship with somebody? 
I have plenty of friendships and acquaintances. They're relationships. But there isn't somebody with whom I'm in a long-term, committed relationship.
2) Do you hate more than 3 people? 
I don't hate people. I intensely dislike people, but hate is too strong a word. Though Tony About is getting up there. Really, really, really dislike Tony Abbott.
3) How many houses have you lived in? 
Oh hell, now you're asking. If you're going from childhood - as an approximate count back I make it around 22. I was pretty transient in my first few years in England, and since being back in Australia I'm now in my sixth abode - not that I've moved for seven years.
4) Favorite candy bar? 
It used to be the English Topic Bar, but they are hard to get hold of in Melbourne (and yes I know about Treats from Home on Collins Street) Rather fond of the new Cadbury's  Jelly Bean and Popping Candy Chocolate they have out at the moment.
5) Favourite shoes?
 I have a pair of long black boots with a small heel and buckles. Really comfortable and they make me feel sexy.
6) Have you ever tripped someone?
 Not intentionally in the last 20 years. Being on public transport on a near daily basis you trip people up by accident all the time.
7) Least favourite school subject? 
Physics. It was taught by a Yeti. Strangely I was great at maths and chemistry, but physics sucked big time.
8) Favorite pizza?
Mexican hot - with extra jalepenos and anchovies.
9) Do you own a Britney Spears CD? 
Who write these questions? Of course not. I'm not a Gen Whyer. Blah.
10) Have you ever thrown up in public? 
Yes, to my embarrassment, yes. But again, not for a very long time. One memorable time was after finishing first on the Lincoln Pub Crawl in second year - outside to Dover Castle. In front of the publican. I was at university college - though not that frequent, it did occur. I decimated a Qantas plane's toilet with a lovely case of gastro a few years ago too - that was fun. There are people out there who can fill you in on a few more times. I have no shame.
11) Name one thing that is always on your mind. 
Cuddles and Maow Maow. And Maow Maow cuddles.
12) Favorite genre of music? 
 Alternative Rock and classical.
13) What is your zodiac sign? 
 Leo/Virgo. Too quiet to be a true Leo, too ego driven to be a good Virgo. I'm a nice blend of the two.
14) What time were you born? 
 2.35 pm in the afternoon
15) Do you like beer? 
Very much so.
16) Ever made a prank phone call? 
Ummm, I think I may have done this once as a kid, but after a belting with the wooden spoon it was never done again.
17) What is the most embarrassing CD you own? 
I think if you look hard enough you can find a Phil Collins CD somewhere in the collection. My mother gave me a CD full of ancient bawdy songs penned in the 1700's for Christmas one year- it's crap. That's not good either.
18) Are you sarcastic? 
Moi! Never…. Is the Pope Catholic?
19) What are your favorite colors? 
Pillar-box red, emerald green, cobalt blue and most shades of teal.
20) How many watches do you own? 
Quite a few. Still have the silver watch I received for my 16th birthday. Two Fossil watches I found in the US last visit. A plain black swatch and my heart rate monitor, which doubles as a watch.
21) Summer or winter? 
Winter - always. I like to sleep and snuggle.
22) Autumn or Spring?
Autumn has to be my favourite season. I love kicking piles of leaves. I love the shortening evenings and I love the amazing late Indian Summer days you get occasionally.
23) Favorite color to wear? 
I wear a heap of black, but red always makes me feel good - and I'm told I look quite good in red.
24) Pepsi or Sprite? 
Sprite Zero, if I have to. Wouldn't touch Pepsi if you paid me.
25) What color is your cell phone? 
Black. With a cover that looks like a chocolate bar.
26) Where is your second home? 
 Blarney's - well I feel very much at home at Blarneys and can be found there most Sunday afternoons. For cities - Toledo, Mykonos, London and Boston all feel like home to me.
27) Have you ever slapped someone? 
Again, not for a very long time. And from memory, they deserved it. I have to say there are days where I could slap somebody easily.
28) Have you ever had an operation?
 I've had four. My arches were lowered when I was eight, my Achilles tendons elongated when I was eleven and two "down-there-girlie" procedures over time. Thankfully nothing too major.
29) How many lamps are in your bedroom? 
 Three. Two bedside lamps and a lava lamp that almost never gets used.
30) How many video games do you own? 
 I have an iPhone and an iPad. Do they count?
31) What was your first pet? 
 As a family we always had cats, but my first pet was our dog, Sheba. She was "my" dog though she belonged to the family. She was my best mate growing up.
32) Ever had braces? 
 No - do I wish I had braces - sort off. In the scheme of things, my teeth aren't too bad - they're by no means perfect, but they are passable.
33) Do looks matter? 
 Yes and no. A modicum of grooming never goes astray.
34) Do you use chap stick? 
I prefer blistex or lipstick - and I use both often.
35) Name three teachers from High School. 
We had Mrs Toon the music teacher, Mr Paynter the art teacher and Mr Flower the agricultural science teacher. Seriously.
36) What is the lastest song to get stuck in your head? 
Today's corker from the annals of bad taste is "The Purple People Eater". Heaven knows where that came from.

37) Are you too forgiving? Probably. 
I will forgive, but I don't forget. Ever.
38) How many children do you want?
I don't want children. I have a lot of them in my life, but at 44, unless Mr Wonderful and medical science come to the fore front, I don't see it happening. But you never know. I'm not discounting it either.
39) What is the most risque piece of clothing you own? 
Umm. Other than a dress that I recently bought on eBay that makes me look like trailer trash - probably the studded dog collar I have floating around in my drawer - the joys of a mis-spent yoof.
40) Favorite breakfast meal? 
I should have been a hobbit - that way I could have second breakfast. But I love going for breakfast after meditation every second Saturday and having in the joys of the food at Café D'lish. My current favourite is their baked eggs with peppers, olives and Persian feta with soldiers. They also do the best French Toast in Melbourne. Eggs Atlantic is another favourite. If I'm cooking myself, poached eggs on toast with smoked salmon normally fits the bill.
41) Do you own a gun?
Hell no, what do you take me for? An American. No guns - though I used to be a good shot many years back when I lived on a farm.
42) Ever thought you were in love? 
On numerous occasions - but I've had that disease and I'm now immune.
43) When was the last time you cried? 
Yesterday. Tears of frustration. Next.
44) What did you do three nights ago? 
On Tuesday night I went and saw a play. After work I went and found some dinner and then walked down to the Sumner Theatre and saw the MTC's production of "Top Girls". It was some of the best theatre I've seen in quite a while. Thought provoking, well played and relevant. I then walked back to the city, but as the next tram was fifteen minutes away, I cabbed home and then had a relatively early night.
45) Do you collect anything? 
 Yes. I have a great collection of tarot cards and I also collect little elephant figurines off people who go on holidays to countries that have elephants. Other than that, I tend to collect other people's pens at work. I'm good at that.
46) What is your favourite television show that is on at the moment?
I always tape the English version of "Who do you think you are?" and I rather like Embarrassing Bodies.
47) Have you ever been in a castle?
Plenty. Lived in England for many years. Castle Urquhart on Loch Ness is my favourite.
48) Nicknames?
Panda, P, Dippy Cow, La Presidenta
49) What is the most interesting name of a person you have met?
I knew a Wilson Feltus at university. 
50) Ever been to Kentucky?
No, but I have a cousin who lives in Tennessee - does that count?
51) Favorite Movie - quick - choose one?
Three Colours - Blue
52) Are you thinking about somebody right now?
Not really. Thinking of all the things I have to do before I got to bed - including feeding the neighbour's cat.
53) Favourite book?
Too many to name - but Captain Corelli's Mandolin, Middlesex and The Moor's Last Sigh are up there.
54) What is your dream job?
Travel writer or best selling literary novelist. One must dream big!
55) Do you own a diamond ring? 
 No. Never been given any jewellery like that. The best I have is three Pandora bracelets - all in silver.
56) Are you happy with your life right now?
Pretty much - I'm really pleased that I'm happy at work - which makes everything else fall into place.
57) Do you dye your hair?
Hell yeah. Thank goodness for hair dye - hides a litany of disasters.
58) Does anyone like you?
I hope my friends like me.
59) What year were you born?
60) What were you doing in May of 1994?
I was living in London. I have a feeling I'd just started working for a now defunct American investment house.
61) Do you own a Backstreet Boys CD?
Hell no
62)  What is your favourite junk food?
KFC. And anything with chips. I don't class Nando's as junk food.
63) Do you like yourself? 
Yes. It's taken a long time, but yes.
64) Are you closer to your mother or father? 
Mother. My father passed away fifteen years ago.
65) Favourite physical feature of the preferred sex? 
I love furry chests. Rather partial to soft hands and the back of a man's neck. But I adore furry chests.
66) Are you afraid of the dark?
Not really. more afraid of things that go bump in the night.
67) What is the strangest thing you've eaten?
I thought pickled herring was a bit strange when I tried it, but I love it. Partridge in Toledo was pretty cool. And some strange Malaysian snack foods.
68) Do you own a web cam?
There is one attached to my laptop and my iPad - so by default - yes.
69) Have you ever stripped?
Not in public on stage. 
70) Ever broke a bone? 
I think so. Though never proven, my left little toe got badly dinged while living in London. It still doesn't move right but I've never had it x-rayed to see if this is the case. Can't do much about broken toes anyway.
71) What can't you leave the house without?
Other than keys, phone and wallet - if I'm going anywhere further than the local shops, eyeliner and mascara.
72) Do you chat online often?
Reasonably frequently. It's great for keeping in touch with friends abroad.
73) Favourite potato chips?
Samboy salt and vinegar.
74) Have you ever broken someone’s heart?
I don't think so. Not that I'm aware of.
75) Favourite cartoon?
Really fond of anything Pixar. The Incredibles and Monsters Inc are two real favourites. And I used to like the original X-Men cartoons on Saturday morning.
76) Full House or The Brady Bunch? 
I'm a child of the seventies. Love the Brady Bunch. I am Jan Brady.
77) Favourite subject in school?
French and English. Though I used to like Maths and Chemistry as well.
78) Has anyone ever called you fat? 
Regularly and often throughout my life. Thing is, though I am technically obese, I now feel fitter, slimmer and more toned than I have in any other period of my life.
79) Do you have a birth mark? 
Yes. I have a chocolate stain on my left calf about the size of a fifty cent piece. Nothing bad at all.
80) Do you own a car? 
Yes. His name is Neville and he is a 2009, silver grey Mazda 2 with alloys and a rear spoiler.
81) Can you cook? 
Yes. I'm not a bad cook - I just don't do enough of it. I'm told that when I put my mind to it I cook really well.
82) Three things that annoy you: 
Librans. People who can't make a decision (i.e. Librans). People who sit by the aisle on public transport when there is a free seat next to the window an they either won't move to let you sit down or make a complete song and dance about the fact that you want to sit next to them (even when it is the only seat left on the tram and the bloody thing is filling up fast.)
83) Do you text message often?  
Daily. I keep in touch with half my friends this way.
84) Money or love? 
Love. Money can be made, found or stolen. Love is a far more elusive thing.
85) Do you have any scars? 
Yes. Two running up the back of my ankles from when they elongated my Achilles tendons. Some marks on my stomach where the keyhole equipment went in for the last operation. There are a heap of small scars in my scalp where I've had cysts removed but you can't see them and I have one on the back of my hand where I took a chunk out of it when I was moving house.
86) What do you want more than anything right now? 
 A cuddle.
87) Do you enjoy scary movies? 
 No. I don't mind a bit of suspense, but horror films - no thanks. The scariest film I've seen was "The Sixth Sense".
88) Relationships or one night stands?
Daft question. Relationships. And proudly, though I've never been with people for long, I've only ever had one one night stand.
89) Big Red or Juicy Fruit? 
 Big Red. The one thing that will make me remember my father quicker than anything is the smell of Juicy Fruit chewing gum.
90) Do you enjoy greasy food?
Sometimes. Sometimes there is nothing better than a big feed of chips and pizza. But that is rarely.
91) Have you seen all the Rocky movies?
I think I've seen the first one only.
92) Do you own a box of crayons?
No, but I've got some coloured pencils that I snaffled off a flight crew somewhere around the place.
94) Who was the last person that said they loved you?
I can't remember anybody telling me they loved me. Actually, I can, but we were in flagrante delicto - that doesn't count. Everybody knows that.
95) Who was the last person that made you mad?
A friend really gave me the irrits yesterday. Could have strangled them. It's okay now. Don't want to talk about it.
96) Who was the last person that made you cry?
The same person who made me mad.
97) Who was the last person that made you laugh?
Jonella made me giggle when she told me about some of her adventures riding to work.
98) Who was the last person that you fell for?
Ah, we don't talk about him here. Beautiful man. Loved somebody else. It sucked.
99) Who was the last person that instant messaged you?
A friend in England the other day.
100) Who was the last person that called you? 
Jonella. To sure up tonight's dinner plans.

Well there you go, the centenary blog out of the way. Now its time for bed.



Jackie K said...

Learned a couple of new things about you there. I also love Scottish castles. Urquart Castle at Loch Ness is my favorite too x

The Elephant's Child said...

I am with you on number 3. The thought of Tony being our Prime Minister fills me with horror.

The Plastic Mancunian said...

Hi Pand,


I'm a Libran!