23 January 2007

Tag taggy taggity tag

OK - so Bells has tagged me. Six weird things about me. I think I've done this one before, ages ago, but I'm sure I can find more weird things to add to the list!

1 I have a twisted leg. I was born with a dislocated hip, but no one noticed until I was nearly TWO FOR GOD'S SAKE GUYS!! Was anyone watching when I kept on falling over, and still couldn't walk at 20 months?!!

No, no, I'm not bitter... Anyway - masses of surgery ensued, over many years. Result is - I can walk, but my leg was twisted around to get my hip to sit in place, then put in traction, and then the femur was broken and reset and it's totally totally gross twisted in the process. I also now have arthritis in said hip, and over 160 stitches. Hip replacement is inevitable. Don't even want to think about it.

2 I don't really like using phones. I do it, of course, and have to make calls for my business, and (generally) happily call friends and family, and I have to field a lot of business calls and am pretty good at deflecting marketing calls now. But if there's a choice, I'll usually opt for e-mail or SMS. I'm not sure why... I suspect that I don't hear exactly what's said on the other end very clearly sometimes, and end up saying something stupid or inappropriate, or have to ask people to repeat things.

3 I like really bright nail polish. Lime green, blue, silver, purple, even orange. The brighter the better! None of those pale pinks or delicate tans for me - give me COLOUR and LOTS OF IT!

4 I only own 3 pairs of shoes. I have to wear fairly thick expensive custom-made orthotics (see 1 above) and the shoes that will take them are few and far between and VERY expensive. I own one pair of black Kumfs court shoes, one pair of Brooks sneakers, and one pair of Homey Ped sandals (which don't take my orthotics, but meh, too bad).

5 I was a classical violinist as a child and teenager, and nearly became a professional violinist, until RSI put paid to those plans (the loss still makes me cry). I have very eclectic musical tastes, ranging from Gregorian chant, through baroque, classical, romantic (favourites are Schubert, Shostakovich, Sibelius, Greig, Vivaldi, Bach, Beethoven, Stravinsky and many more!) to modern composers such as Philip Glass, Arvo Part, Elena Kats-Chernin and Nigel Westlake. I mostly listen to ABC Classic FM radio, and can correctly identify the composer of a piece about 80% of the time.

I also love modern music, as in rock, jazz, punk etc. I love a lot of the music that my teenagers have introduced me to, and in fact heavy rock is what I listen to when I'm working : Muse, Nine Inch Nails, Queens of the Stone Age, Pink Floyd, U2, Ratatat, Smash Mouth...

6 I feel anxious most of the time, probably because I'm an inveterate perfectionist (proof: I've now edited this post 9 times). I have real trouble just letting go and thinking 'It will all be OK'... I worry about my kids, and the state of the house (always much messier than I would like it to be - but with a 3:1 ratio of messy to tidy people in the house, I've just about given up), and our crippled family finances, and the state of the world, and politics, and the environment, and my health, and my family, and ... So knitting is GOOD. It helps me relax!

And on that note :

Here's the finished baby singlet, which I presented last Sunday - little Martin is too small to wear it yet, but his mum was thrilled, and really appreciated a hand-made gift. Hopefully it will fit him by the time the weather is cooling down a bit.


  1. aren't we all so wonderfully unique/weird??!!!!

  2. Finally, another gregorian chant and nine inch nails fan!! Who would have thought there could be two of us... do you think it's the hips?

    fuzzy yarn hugs to you :)

  3. DEFINITELY the dicky hips - the buggers have got to be good for something!

    Lovely to hear from you :D

  4. nuffin weird about listening to ABC FM AND QOTSA - i have been known to do both in the same day. ABC better to knit to tho :)

  5. Cool - so I'm not *too* weird after all ;) Yeah, Classic FM is best for knitting.


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