Friday. Why does that word sound like a sigh of relief? Sigh-day?

I have decided to be horribly self-indulgent and kind of copy cyber-sass’s ’20 things about me’, even though I have made so many lists about me on this blog that I might be taking self-obsession to new levels. I thought her list was kind of funky. I’m just, you know, practicing for when I am famous and the world wants to know what I eat for breakfast.


20 arbitrary things you might or might not know about me:

  1. I was a twin in my mommy’s tummy. Not identical. Apparently my twin was a boy but, erm, it appears there was only room in there for one of us from quite early on. Sometimes I wonder what it would be like to have a twin brother.
  2. I was a shit hot speller at school, had an excellent vocabulary and was the top times tabler. Now I can barely remember how to spell without a spell checker and cannot even do basic mental maths. Suceeding at school is a measure of absolutely nothing.
  3. I did well academically at school but all I wanted was to be good at a sport. I wanted to be a gymnast. Sadly ability did not match desire.
  4. I manage stress really well, I am good at being calm and carrying on. However I seem to have a disability where if I even get a tiny bit nervous, I have no control over my coordination. Hence why I keep failing the driving test, and couldn’t be a gymnast.
  5. I really really like to read. I spent all my school summers reading, sometimes three (small) books a day.
  6. I really wish I could use my talent for reading like a demon in a profession somehow.
  7. I don’t feel comfortable around spiders. Ok they scare the crap out of me. No rational reason. Too many legs for one creature to need.
  8. I had all kinds of eating disorders when I was young but now I love food dearly and panic when I am hungry. Don’t get between me and the food, m’kay?
  9. I still have a residual disorder where I can’t stop eating something until it is all gone. Food calls to me. So the BFG and I never ever buy in bulk and we never keep yummy things in the house. We are both ravenous monsters.
  10. I almost never have a strong opinion about anything. I always try to see things from many angles. Always see the grey. This makes me a highly annoying person to be with because if you have a problem I immediately see the other side, even if I don’t feel strongly either way.
  11. I love dassies, hamsters, rabbits and chinchillas. All rodents really.
  12. No matter how much I love the above, that love will never come close to how much my sister loves them furry creatures.
  13. I  am exactly like my dad and this scares the crap out of me.
  14. I am very passive-aggressive.
  15. I have no sense of direction.
  16. If there is someone in the room who is not having a good time, it is impossible for me to have a good time.
  17. I don’t understand how the world works and where I fit in it. I think I never will. It makes life interesting I guess.
  18. I cannot sew to save my life. We were forced to do home economics at school and sew a bag. To me, sewing a bag was like  flying to the moon. I got 40% for my bag, and I spent months, MONTHS trying to perfect it.
  19. I am not able to deal with things like hair and makeup. I just don’t know what to do or how to do it. I am an appearance cripple.
  20. I spend way too much time on the internet.

Mwah. Love you all. Thank you, thank you. Bye now (royal wave).


11 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Tamara
    Aug 20, 2010 @ 08:31:43

    6. You could. I think the perfect job for you would be reading through the slush pile at a publishing house and pulling out manuscripts worth making into books. I did that for a bit as an intern and it was awesome, although very quiet.


  2. Po
    Aug 20, 2010 @ 09:07:22

    Tamara: wow, you have done some cool jobs! I definitely think I could do that, but doesn’t it mean you have to read some bad books? My patience for bad writing is wearing thin. And also, it seems that the worst written books are the most popular and earn the most money, which does my head in. But one cool thing is you can usually tell within a few pages if you think a book is worth reading or not. I am super critical. Maybe I could be an editor… It does sound cool. But how do you learn to trust your own judgement?


  3. MsBehavn
    Aug 20, 2010 @ 09:51:36

    I love reading these kinda lists ‘cos inevitably I’ll find stuff on other people’s lists that I could very easily put on mine!


  4. tiah
    Aug 20, 2010 @ 11:15:16

    Ooooh, the slush pile – the thing is – how does Po get one of those gigs? Although I hear one of the bigger names in SA has “readers” all around SA. Po – looked into it!

    Anyhoo – very interesting list :-)


  5. Helen
    Aug 20, 2010 @ 16:02:15

    awesome list! I’m with you on the sense-of-directionlessness, I get lost at least once a week, even on routes I’ve driven for years. Once I tried to go from Joburg to Pretoria and missed. As in I lost a city.

    True story.

    Maybe that’s why I date a boy with a GPS…


  6. Po
    Aug 20, 2010 @ 23:10:01

    Msbehavn: cool beans glad to be of inspiration, via cybersass!
    Tia: good question, surely I should have studied a BA in publishing or whatnot? I googled slushpile (wasn’t overly familiar with this word before today, thanks guys!) and had some good laughs at the distress and disillusionment of the young interns at being exposed to the hopes and dreams of millions of hopeful (and sadly mostly abominable) writers.
    Helen: me too! I used to get lost in my previous work building right up until I left! I had to go back and ask one of the postdocs to escort me, which was always very humiliating.
    Although I am surprisingly good at reading maps! My one failing, when I am in a new town and I find the “you are here” star I can never ever figure out “my” orientation. I see where I am supposed to be but have no idea which way is which. Not very useful. But if someone gives me a map and tells me the orientation I am pretty good. Not sure that being able to read a map is something you are allowed to be proud of considering probably a 5 year old could do it but hey. Well we still get lost occasionally but I blame bad signage. Ahem. Loser. My sister never inherited any of these disabilities, not fair!


  7. Po
    Aug 20, 2010 @ 23:14:23

    I have strong feeling that almost every single one of these points on my list has appeared in other lists over the life of this blog. Oh well. I have shit memory – there’s something else about me.


  8. cybersass
    Aug 21, 2010 @ 08:25:41

    glad to be an inspiration for you to practice your royal wave! ;)


  9. Dora
    Aug 23, 2010 @ 04:26:21

    (commoner wave back)


  10. Tamara
    Aug 26, 2010 @ 10:20:18

    You’d make an awesome editor. And the point of trekking threough a slush pile is to find the rare gems worth pursuing past a few pages. So you’re free to chuck out the crap. Find a publishing house that tends to publish books you like that doesn’t publish the bad popular nonsense and they’ll trust your judgment ;-)


  11. Po
    Aug 26, 2010 @ 13:19:09

    Tamara: I have to say it does sound cool! Did any manuscripts ever pass your inspection? I read a few stories from slush pile readers and none of them ever actually got as far as passing on a manuscript. And they were trying!


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