I love Getting To Know You type games (as I confessed previously in this post).
It’s especially cool when bloggers you like and enjoy reading join in those games, which is exactly what happened when my Hair Idol, Christina from Hair Romance wrote her post ‘25 Things You Didn’t Know About Me‘.
Inspired by Christina, I thought I’d share 25 random facts about me. Some things you may already know, some you may not. Hopefully you don’t discover anything so shocking or appalling that we can’t be friends anymore. But I suppose that’s half the fun, right…?!
OK, ready? Here we go…
- I’m an English nerd. The subject, not the nationality. It was my favourite subject at school and I always got really good grades. To this day, I love nothing more than writing and editing. Executives at work ask me to edit documents for them, friends ask me to look at things for them. Safe to say, if you want something edited – I’m your girl!
- Speaking of nationality… My heritage is English, Croatian and Serbian. That makes me one interesting (and sometimes crazy) individual! No one has ever been able to pick my background by looking at me, but interstaters have thought I was English thanks to my South Australian accent. And my husband certainly knows about my Croatian/Serbian side when I fire up…!
- I used to be a Kardashian fan. Here’s where I might lose some of you, but please – hold on. I watched every single episode of the Kardashians from the very beginning until recently, when I (like about eleventy billion other people) lost interest. Still like me…?!
- I turn the volume down when parking. I also turn it down when I’m reversing and driving in heavy traffic. For some reason, it helps me concentrate but it does not improve my parking or reversing skills.
- I can’t drive a manual car. I was a little bit late to the driving party (I got my licence at the age of 19), so of course I was in a bit of a hurry to get out on the roads. This meant I learnt in an automatic with grand plans to learn a manual once I was a confident driver. Some 10 years later, that still hasn’t happened yet!
- Don’t call me indecisive. I’m quite laid back about most things and will happily go with the flow. Some people mistake this for indecisiveness and that really frustrates me. If I feel passionately or strongly about something, I will speak up, I will be heard and I will get my way (just ask my husband)!
- Before my husband, I had never dated a blonde haired, blue eyed boy. I always went for dark hair and dark eyes. Clearly what I thought was my ‘type’ wasn’t really my ‘type’ after all!
- My celebrity crushes are David Beckham and Channing Tatum. I’ve well and truly hopped on the Blonde Train, haven’t I? They each come with conditions though – David can’t speak and Channing can’t wear a shirt. Fair enough, right?!
- I can’t swim. I can kind of do breaststroke and can tread water a bit, but freestyle? Nup. Backstroke? No way. Butterfly? Get out of town. How I managed to get through all those years of swimming in PE lessons and countless swimming carnivals without acquiring any kind of swimming ability is beyond me. You failed me, South Australian school system!
- I’m funny with numbers. Not funny haha, but funny bordering on crazy. If I’m adjusting the volume on the TV or stereo, it has to be on an even number. If my husband asks me to contribute lotto numbers to his entry, they are always even. Even numbers make me feel good, odd numbers make me feel…odd.
- I am a bit of a neat freak. It annoys me if I leave for work and haven’t made the bed or if there are dishes stacked up on the kitchen bench. Granted, I know these things can’t always be done and the house can’t always look perfect, but I can’t explain the feeling of calm that washes over me when our walk-in-wardrobe is neat and tidy…
- I hang my clothes by colour. Another Virgo personality trait. I like having my clothes grouped by colour and sorted from short to long. It helps me put together my outfits and makes me feel like my life is in some kind of order.
- I swear like a sailor. I can shock some people during conversation, as S-words and F-bombs flow out of me as naturally as breathing. It’s a bad habit and not very ladylike I know, but hey – I blame my Eastern European heritage!
- My happy colour is hot pink. I used to love pink as a little girl and that love is still going strong to this day. If I ever feel like I’m wearing too much black, if the weather’s a little dreary or if I’m feeling a bit flat, I put on a pop of hot pink and it helps lift my mood.
- I can rap. Well, I know the rap in one song – Frontin’ by Pharrell (Jay Z’s part). I’m pretty sure it was my mad rap skillz that won Mr Styling over while we were dating. Whenever that songs comes on, I like to make sure I’ve still got it. Word.
- I’m very particular with my cup of tea. I like a really strong cup of tea – no milky dishwater for me, thanks. Mr Styling is the same. We’re what’s known as Double Baggers. We use 2 tea bags each (Twinings Irish Breakfast is our fave) and just a dash of milk. He likes a shovel of sugar in his, I don’t need it – I’m sweet enough. BAM!
- I’m an LA Clippers fan. Mr Styling loves the NBA. He’s a baller from way back. He says you follow the NBA one of two ways – either you follow a player (like he does – LeBron James) and support whatever team they’re playing for, or you choose a team and stick with them no matter who’s playing for them. I’ve gone the team option because I like to think if I was at a game, I’d be sitting next Hollywood celebs!
- I lived without a kitchen, bathroom and laundry for 10 months. Thanks to a comedy of errors, including a premature demolition, rain that just wouldn’t let up and builders’ schedules that just wouldn’t line up, we spent 10 months without running water inside our house. We cooked dinner in an electric frypan and microwave, used plastic cutlery and crockery, had to shower at work or the gym (or friends’ homes) and our toilet was a portaloo on our front lawn. For 10 months. You have no idea how much I appreciated that first hot shower at home. And toilet visit inside.
- I can’t ride a bike. I never made it past training wheels. I’m not entirely sure why. I guess my parents never bothered to teach me and I never bothered to learn. My friends want to teach me, but this idea usually comes up after a few drinks so my coordination and trust levels are quite low. Needless to say, it hasn’t happened yet!
- I’m Adelaide born, raised and proud. I love my city, I think she’s an underrated gem. It really pisses me off when people criticise Adelaide because it hasn’t got a lot of super tall buildings and isn’t as bustling compared to other cities. Bullshit. We’ve got amazing heritage buildings, beautiful beaches, amazing wine regions and fantastic bars and restaurants. And I will happily show anyone around my hometown if you come to visit!
- I sniff the milk. Every single time before I pour. Sometimes twice. I’m a stickler for expiry dates on food and I have a bit of a sensitive tummy when it comes to dairy, so I take extra care to make sure it’s OK before I go in for the kill.
- I love salty and sweet together. If I’m pretending calories don’t exist and indulging, one of my favourite breakfasts is French toast with maple syrup and crispy bacon (bacon always has to be crispy in my books). I’ve also been known to eat popcorn or pretzels and chocolate at the same time.
- I have a goldfish memory. I’m seriously hopeless at remembering things, so I always keep a To Do list and write things in my diary. I do however, have a fantastic memory for song lyrics and being able to name a song by title and artist just a couple of bars into the intro.
- I pull faces when I’m concentrating. I’ll pout, scrunch up my nose or squint my eyes when I’m deep in thought or intensely concentrating on a task. I don’t know I’m doing it until someone either mimics me or calls me out on it.
- I wore a back brace as a youngster. I have scoliosis (curvature of the spine). I was diagnosed at the age of 10 with a 54 degree S-curvature in my spine and spent the next 5 years in a back brace. This didn’t improve, so I ended up having back surgery at the age of 15. I have 8 rods and 16 screws fused into my spine. No, I don’t set off the metal detector at the airport…!
There you have it. 25 random facts about me. Quite the character, aren’t I?!
Do you share any of my quirks? Are you surprised by any of my tidbits?
I’d love to know a random fact or 2 about you if you’d like to share in the comments.