Ten Things You Don't [and might not want to] Know About Me:
1. I spent 13 years of my youth as a competitive highland dancer
i began my brief dance career in ballet at the tender age of five, only to have my ballerina dreams shattered when my teacher proclaimed me too large-and-in-charge to pursue them. thus began my long term relationship with highland, followed by a fleeting affair with jazz. (yikes)
2. I’ve had every hair colour and style under the sun
fire engine red, short, long, spiked, blonde, black, blue, pink, skunk stripe, shaved (twice), permed, and everything in between, though for the last 5 years or so i’ve been au natural.
3. I’m mildly 'twi-tarded'
i’ve read the Twilight series and seen the movie three times, though mostly from an analytical perspective, as i’d really like to write a young adult fiction series someday, and am totally open to discussions of Bella as a weak and flaccid character with no redeeming qualities as a role model for young girls. [see Buffy vs. Edward below]
4. I'm a qualified filmmaker
i have completed 7 years of film school, am fully trained to analyze and/or create a film from pre production to distribution, and worked on film and tv sets for 3 and a half years, though now i write funding applications for children’s programming.
5. I have my grade 6 conservatory opera certificate
i took operatic singing lessons for 4 years, but my love for singing was soon eclipsed by terrible stage fright and a nasty smoking habit.
6. I can make small talk in 5 languages and swear in 12
due to extensive travel in my twenties, including english teaching stints in Thailand and Taiwan, i can make conversation in English, French, Thai, Mandarin & Spanish and can swear in all of these plus German, Vietnamese, Hindi, Portugese, Greek, and Armenian.
7. i’ll eat anything but mussels
the first time i ever had mussels, i was apprehensive, yet curious. a few mussels in, i was completely converted, savouring the succulent creatures soaked in garlic and wine sauce, when i found myself spitting out what seemed like a wee tuft of hair. good lord! this must be some hideous error! we must leave this restaurant immediately and never return! no, my friend explained, that’s just the beard. the BEARD. What? mussels have beards. Never Again.
8. I can drink most men under the table
i’m half german, half british and almost 6 feet tall. hollow legs are in me genes :)
9. I can recite Stand By Me in its entirety
it is highly likely that you think me to be exaggerating. you are mistaken. as a 12 year old, obsessively smitten with the young River Phoenix and recklessly excited that my mom let me watch a movie so filled to the brim with words i was not allowed to utter, i saw Stand By Me well over 60 times, and made it my mission to learn each and every word. don’t believe me? come on to my house and we’ll pop the old VHS in… I was twelve going on thirteen the first time I saw a dead human being. It happened in the summer of nineteen fifty nine. a long time ago, but only if you measure in terms of years…
10. I have 4 tattoos, one of which I share with my husband
(it’s an Elvis symbol. stands for ‘taking care of business in a flash’. :) there are TCB symbols on his plane, rings, sunglasses, tv room wall and on and on. he also gave TCB necklaces to all of his entourage) this may seem a bit strange to some of you, but we think it’s pretty frickin’ cool :)
i shall now spread the love by re-gifting this award and passing the tag to the marvelously stylish and brilliant peeps listed here (grab your award above and don't feel pressured to play along if you don't wish to, but it sure would be neat if you did :)