100 Things About Me

“100 Things About Me – In No Particular Order”

20. Things I’ve already done that I would have added to my ‘Now I’m 41 list’.

  • build my own website, fill it with things I love and update it regularly
  • develop my own signature style
  • engage in water pistol and balloon fights with the kids and giggle out loud with them
  • give imaginative presents to my loved ones

19. I’ve started a ‘Now I’m 41 list’.
So far it includes:

  • sliding down a banister
  • going to the Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras
  • donate blood regularly
  • describe to a child under 5 what I do for a living

18. I don’t tolerate stupidity.
In fact, find my someone who does and I’ll shake their hand.  They’re obviously far more tolerant than I am, and I think I can tolerate quick a bit.

17. I don’t trim my own toenails.
Haven’t done now since I was pregnant with the Beautiful Girl (she’s nearly 14 *gasp*) and Husband starting doing it for me because I couldn’t reach my toes over my pregnant belly.  Somehow or other, he’s just kept on doing it.  And also does the Beautiful Girl’s and the Little Man’s!  Our own personal pedicurist 🙂

16. I believe in ghosts.
I’ve had several encounters with them over the years, in several different locations.  My favourite was the woman who used to sit by the Little Man’s head while he was asleep.  We’ve moved from that house now, but I think of her sometimes when I sit and watch the Little Man sleep, and I wonder what her story was…

15. I haven’t dyed my hair (whole head) in 9 years.  
I succumbed to streaks for my baby Brothers wedding 2 1/2 years ago – but only because I wanted to look revenge-fabulous.

The reason I don’t dye my hair…?

Apart from the chemicals in the colours (and yes I know there are natural alternatives available), I made a bet with a friend that I wouldn’t dye my hair…
Sounds ridiculous right?  The back story is she was having a whinge about how much it cost her to have her grays dyed every 6 weeks.  I had a dig at her about not dyeing and embracing her gray, to which she responded “I bet when you find your first grey you’ll dye them out!”

So far the kids have found 3 gray hairs for me!

14. I’m in love with macro photography.
Which if you’ve been following the blog for a while, you’ve probably noticed by now…

13. I’m fastidious about the washing up.
Water as hot as I can stand; glassware first (rinsed in very hot water); then cutlery; followed by crockery and finally pots and pans.
Beware anyone who doesn’t do it in this order (which is usually Husband and just to piss me off).

12. The Little Man & I plan on travelling around Australia in a ‘hippy van‘. 
We don’t really care if Daughter & Husband come with us – this is something we are planning together.  Oh, and the hippy van has to be blue.  With flowers painted on the front.

11. I *crave* quiet sometimes.
Living with a very active almost-8 year old and hormonal 12 year old can be very trying. Plus, as a result of working in loud work environments, hubby is partially deaf so has trouble regulating his voice volume.

Edited to add (06/11/-2011): the almost-8 year old is now a 9 year-old boy in every sense of the word.  He drives me to distraction sometimes, but he’ll always be my Little Man.  Just as the ‘hormonal 12 year old’  is now a hormonal 13 year old, who (thankfully) still likes me and talks to me.

10.  I am an lactoovovegaquarian.
That is, I eat milk products, eggs and chicken, fruit and vegetables, and fish.  I DO NOT eat red meat.  It literally makes me sick.

9.  I am passionate about teaching hearing kids Australian Sign Language.
All kids in school should learn it.  Break down all barriers, I say.

8.  And salami.

7.  But I love anchovies and olives.

6.  I hate tomatoes and sardines.

5.  I have achieved the dream of living in a converted railway carriage.
Two and a half years (pre-kids) – loved that it took me about 10 minutes to clean the house!!

4.  Another dream of mine is to live in a renovated church.

Considering I am an incredibly un-religious person, I find this quite amusing about myself.

3.  A life long dream of mine is to raft the Zambezi River.

2.  I never wanted to have children.
And now I have two!!  Being a Mum really is the best job in the world.  You get paid in kisses.

1.  I’ll be 40 next year.

I had a tough time turning 30, but am really looking forward to turning 40.  I’m more comfortable in my skin now, than I was 10 years ago.

Edited to add (06/11/2011): I’m officially 40 and I love it!!

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12 Responses to 100 Things About Me

  1. M November 20, 2011 at 5:46 PM #

    How do you like salami if you don’t eat red meat?

    • Tasha Chawner November 20, 2011 at 6:00 PM #

      LOL – good question M!
      I grew up eating salami – my Mediterranean heritage – and I think it has something to do with it being processed and salted, so doesn’t have that ‘meaty’ taste like a steak would.
      I’m also pretty particular about the types of salami I’ll eat – mild Danish is about my limit.

  2. Kellie November 21, 2011 at 11:29 PM #

    Great list. I ?? tomatoes, olives and salami. And I do the washing up the same way! (but only when the dishwasher isn’t working)

    • Tasha Chawner November 22, 2011 at 6:53 AM #

      Do you love or hate tomatoes, olives and salami, Kellie!!??
      Glad I’m not the only one who’s so particular about the washing up (I’ll be passing this information on to my family as proof too!!)

      • Kellie November 22, 2011 at 9:37 AM #

        That’s what I get for late night commenting on my iPhone! Love, love those things, not so keen on the anchovies!

        • Tasha Chawner November 22, 2011 at 6:59 PM #

          LOL, I’ve been having an afternoon like that Kellie (how many typos did I make just now…!?)
          We’re cooking a fair bit out of the Jamie’s 30 Minute Dinners and he uses lots of anchovies. You really don’t even know that they’re in the recipe!!

  3. Laura November 22, 2011 at 3:14 AM #

    I live in an newly (we just finished, after only 6 1/2 years) renovated 1878 old red brick school house, our friends and neighbours live in the 1877 renovated stone church and it’s really cool!! I hope you live that dream someday!!

    • Tasha Chawner November 22, 2011 at 6:51 AM #

      Wow Laura! I’d love to see photos of your old school house… and the church…
      The house we are currently living in is one of the original houses in our little town (we’ve been told it was built around 1877). It’s been renovated as well, and I love the space. There’s something about old buildings… their charm and character.
      Glad your reno’s are finished 🙂

  4. biscuit December 10, 2011 at 9:20 PM #

    Hahaha we do our dishes the exact same way 🙂 I cringe when my housemate does the dishes – he uses the wrong sponge/scrubbing brush, does the dishes out of order, doesn’t rinse enough…

    Love that you’re sticking out the “grey” resolution! I recently turned 21 – officially “old” – and am dreading forty, but you have inspired some tiny piece of hope in me that I’ll get there and find it’s not so bad after all. Even with grey hair.

    • Tasha Chawner December 12, 2011 at 7:19 AM #

      Welcome to the Particular About Washing-up Club, Bekky!!
      Do you find you have to bite your tongue though and just let your housemate was up how he wants? Because at least the washing-up is getting done!?

      I can remember 21… not so long ago, really.

  5. biscuit December 12, 2011 at 12:14 PM #

    Do I?! I’ve learned to keep my OCD thoughts to myself more often these days, because I know I’ll just stress him out if I keep pestering him. And it’s true, we haven’t died yet :p

    • Tasha Chawner December 13, 2011 at 7:44 AM #

      Good way to approach it Bekky. I’ve adopted a somewhat similar tack with my family, because at least they are pitching in and helping. And we all still survive too!

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