Sunday, January 25, 2009

25 Things

It's been ages, I know. So I thought I'd post this thing sent to me via Facebook - you know the deal, tell me about yourself etc. Here are 25 fairly random things about me.

1. My favourite TV programmes (in no particular order) are currently Dexter, My Name is Earl, Come Dine with Me, Time Team, QI, HIGNFY, "Period Drama Shit" (as B calls it), Family Guy & American Dad, Spooks, The News (BBC or C4), Wildlifey programmes.

2. I've just had my first Pilates class

3. I've never seen a dead person but I've never seen a live badger

4. I've lived in this house 5 years and only redecorated the bathroom.

5. I have a mock standing stone in the garden

6. The "My photos" folder on my PC is 51GB - all backed up but I can't bring myself to press delete

7. I've got an old Casio scientific calculator that my Dad bought on 21st May 1981 from Curry's in Carlisle, for £19.95. I know this because it still has the receipt and little booklet with it. It still works (slowly)

8. Most people think my favourite colour is pink, but it's just convenient. It's really a particular shade of blue-grey or grey-blue, but it's hard to describe. Nor can you easily get pyjamas in it.

9. I like wind turbines. Even in unspoilt landscapes.

10. I like high-up places but can't look down over a cliff or my legs turn to jelly.

11. I once went on a Granny's bus trip to Italy. £350 for a fortnight, half board? Damn right! I was the youngest on the bus my quite a bit ...

12. One of my pet hates is toilet brushes.

13. I don't follow a religion but have respect for those who do - I'm simply far too cynical. I'll probably start panicking when I'm about 90, although I don't really expect to live beyond 60.

14. I met B through an internet dating site - he moved in after two days, almost 4 years ago :-)

15. I do enjoy a good sneeze. Preferably from pepper though, not a cold.

16. I hate liars. The worst, most evil sorts of people are the type that talk bullshit but believe it all. It makes me very frustrated and I've had to develop a coping mechanism so I don't end up smacking them around the face.

17. On my bookshelf beside me I have a copy of "500 Bus Stops" on video by John Suttleworth. I no longer possess a VCR but can't throw this away because it's not mine, I borrowed it years ago and have lost touch with the person so here it stays.

18. I hate waste, by that I mean I hate to see things disposed of before reaching their complete potential. That's why I have 50+ used jiffy bags here.

19. I download songs for free. So there. I justify this by saying I only listen to them on the PC, and that's the same as hearing them playing online, right?

20. I started an Open University geology course twice cos I fancied it, but never got past the first book. I seemed to get on better with calculus and organic chemistry... got my degree after 10 years, presented by Betty Boothroyd. Forgotten almost all of it now, of course.

21. The first time I got properly drunk I was 26.

22. I like the idea of reading books but don't because I find it hard work. I can never find a comfortable position to hold the book, then it takes concentration I simply don't posess. Although, I could quite happily study a map for hours.

23. I own a stuffed-toy representation of a flesh-eating bacteria streptococcus pyogenes. It's red and has a little knife and fork.

24. I have a massive 1:500000 map of Scotland on my wall.

25. I have to give my cat an injection of insulin twice a day. She's also on a special diet.


Brother Tobias said...

I can relate to quite a lot of these; many of the TV programmes (why does everyone else here hate Time Team?); not having decorated rooms for far too long; not liking looking over cliffs. And my sneezes can be heard for miles, like yodelling in the Tyrol. But I have seen a dead body and a live badger, and prefer my unspoilt landscapes unspoilt.
My advice is to avoid brushes with toilets.

Anonymous said...

From another Jiffy Bag collector... (plus string which just keeps getting shorter and shorter the more you re-use it). Fascinating list! I must say - like your prev commenter, I have seen dead people and live badgers, and just love Time Team. You can have too much of it though. My son is heavily into archaeology, history etc, and sits for hours making medieval clothing and armour to the accompaniment of good old baldrick on the Play Again feature.
Would love to know your coping mechanism for liars. I invariably know when someone is lying, but can never bring myself to confront them head on, and say 'you are lying'! Cheers. Good read!!!

Anonymous said...

I wrote you a rivetting comment, but it has vanished....
Ah well! I would still like to know your coping mechanism for people lying, though. Somehow I can never bring myself to confront them head on and say 'You are lying' I suppose like most of us I try to avoid fisticuffs even if the idea is quite appealing. Cheers. hope this goes through.

Anonymous said...

Now I see - it has just disappeared to wait for your approval. Clever these computers.

pebblesfromheaven said...

Thanks for persevering, Linda! Apologies for the "approval" stage but I've had some spam in the past.

As for liars...hmm... depends on the circumstances I think, but I still carry in my memory banks several resentments which I've just "registered" and filed away for future reference. I tend to simple avoid trusting these people again.

pebblesfromheaven said...

OH! and after posting this list, I finally got rid of my jiffy bags :-)

heandfi said...

What a creative and insightful glimpse at the essence of a person! Marvelous! I think I may contemplate a similar bloggy thingy.

I like all I have learned about you!

pebblesfromheaven said...

Cheers Fi! I really must post more on my blog ..... where shall I find the time?! :-/

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