Saturday, January 24, 2009

25 Things Meme from LeatherdykeUK

Rules: Once you've been tagged, you are supposed to write a note with 25 random things, facts, habits, or goals about you. At the end, choose 25 people to be tagged. You have to tag the person who tagged you. If I tagged you, it's because I want to know more about you.

To do this, go to “notes” under tabs on your profile page, paste these instructions in the body of the note, type your 25 random things, tag 25 people (in the right hand corner of the app) then click publish.

Well, I've fallen at the first hurdle, because I haven't a 'notes' bit on my Profile Page. Can't tag 25 people (not in r hand corner of the app) so I'll just do it here and hope for the best.

1. I have always worried far too much about what other people think of me. I know it but I can't change it.
2. I am very much a 'Jack of all trades, master of none'.
3. I eloped with my first love and later first husband. We went to Hastings. My father traced us the next day and dragged me back home.
4. I did ballet, with my brother and sister, until I was a teenager. My brother got into the Royal Ballet School. I didn't.
5. I performed in Choirs, Amateur Dramatic Societies and Operatic Societies. I did theatre in education for a while with a sort of professional society. When we made any money, I was paid. My favourite part was 'Anna' in The King and I. I loved it and felt like a star. On the Sunday after the run had finished, I was on my hands and knees washing the kitchen floor. Back to reality with a bump.
6. I don't read anywhere near enough since discovering the joys of computer, blog, facebook.....
7. I have a 'shaky head' and although I'm told it's not Parkinson's Disease, I have a dread of it..
8. I regret not having gone to university. I had the qualifications but became pregnant instead.
9. I played the violin for 6 years at grammar school. I had an incredible violin which my father bought me from a member of the orchestra in which he played at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden. My teacher used to borrow it when she played in morning assembly. When my first husband and I were broke, I sold it for £100. I never dared tell my Dad.
10. I once managed 11% for a maths exam. Algebra. Amazing that I then worked in a bank.
11. I drink tea and coffee a lot. I am not a big fan of alcohol and always found it hard to find a drink I liked until I discovered Gin and Tonic. I'd still rather have tea.
12. I adore chocolate. Preferably milk and unadulterated. No nuts, bits or bobs to spoil it.
13. I have performed on stage hundreds of times but have never had the courage to do karaoke.
14. I am never happier than when I'm in the garden, preferably tackling 'big' jobs like bramble clearing or ivy removing. If I'm really down, a spell in the garden will often cheer me up. I hate planting bulbs.
15. I had a great childhood and feel very lucky. We had Christmases where we sang carols round the piano, usually played by my wonderful Granddad from Keighley, Yorkshire.
16. I aspire to produce something 'crafty' that is good enough to sell. I'd love to be an artist but just haven't got it. That is not false modesty, just fact. I often think things I make look as though they've been made at school! I am the world's biggest pessimist.
17. I am a bit of a slob and live in trousers (the pair I have on have darns in the knees), t-shirts and sweat shirts. If I go to the shops (which is very rare), I'll put on clean clothes! Trousers, t-shirt, sweat shirt........ I've never spent much on clothes. It always seems a terrible waste.
18. I love Puccini and Madame Butterfly is my favourite opera. I know it almost note by note and cry when I listen to it or see it live. I shall have the ending played at my funeral.
19. I am a terrible procrastinator. (I left that one in from Rachel's answers).
20. I am hooked on stationery. I will buy pens even though I have too many. And felt tips and craft materials, all things sticky and dangly. Pretty papers.
21. My parents were quite 'old' and died in 1980 and 1987. I miss them both and regret the hurt I caused them. I should have made them proud.
22. I must be getting old as I have started wearing bigger pants and 'comfortable' bras.
23. My first husband and I made love on a picnic table by 3 nuns bridges, Thetford, Norfolk. (Well, I had to have one naughty one)
24. I was hospitalised 3 times by the same man.
25. I am a terrible one for 'the grass is always greener'.

Oh, and I don't know 25 bloggers. So

Life at Willow Manor (Willow)
The Weaver of Grass
Big Blue Barn West (aims)
garden delights (Arija)
From the House of Edward (Pamela)
The Hermitage (Rima)
Home Thoughts Weekly
Cris, Artist in Oregon

That's all I can muster! I know this isn't the proper way to do it so I'll let them know individually!


Leatherdykeuk said...

Fabulous answers, Gina. I struggled through doing it on FB too.

The Weaver of Grass said...

Gina - I feel I know you much better after your bit of heart-searching. I can identify with many of those things. Re wishing you had made your parents more proud of you - I am sure you did - I felt the same. The trouble was that in those days you never said how much you thought of them. It was only after they both died that I began to think I wish I had said........

ChrisH said...

I'm sure your parents were very proud of you. Fascinating answers and very real - laughed at the comfy underwear (so true!).

Well, I'll have to do this the same way as you.. but not on a Sunday morning :D

soulbrush said...

hey these are great,crazyish, nuttyish and all you! i'm a sucker for these memes, so will attempt it too...25 yikes, dunno but i'll try.thanks bt, and i am going to add you to my list of favourites so that i can visit you often and we can become true bloggy mates.

Ces said...

BT are you sure you are not my twin sister? I love Puccini and I cry when I hear Madame Burreffly. I also love "O Mio Babino Caro. You are very interesting and I thoroughly enjoyed reading your 25 facts. I love reading about your happy childhood and singing carols around the piano. I too had a very happy childhood and I wish everyone had the same. Making love near three nuns bridges? I won't tell you where we did it. Hahaha!
I will do the 25 but wait when I feel much better from this awful flu. Darn vaccine did not work!

Sam said...

On a picnic table, I am afraid I shall never look at you in the same light again, you hussy! Thanks god I am not a blogger thats all i can say! I am sure your parents where very proud of you; you are after all a lovely lady XXX

BT said...

Rachel, thank you, though I suspect you knew most of the facts!

Weaver, I'm so glad you feel you know me better now. I knew everyone would say I did make my parents proud but I didn't!! My wonderful brother did though. He is chair of archeology at St Johns Uni, Cambridge!! They would have loved my 'performances' but by the time I did those they had died, sadly.
Glad you enjoyed my answers ChrisH. It's a hard thing to admit, big pants!! I'm away tomorrow until Weds evening so will hopefully read some answers then. Can't wait!
Ha Ha Soulbrush! I tried to make it amusing, interesting and not too rude!! Would love to be proper bloggy mates. You're already on my list!
Ces, how amazing! Such taste we both have. I'm so glad you too enjoyed the 'facts' about me! It is hard to imagine what dreadful times some children have, we were very lucky. I have some wonderful memories.
Oh go on, Ces, do tell. I won't tell anyone, really......
Now that's just horrid having the flu vaccine and then still getting it. What an insult. Get well soon.

BT said...

Sam, bless you thrice. You are so sweet. Lots of other places too, I have to say.... Come on, I was soo young. (Actually I had 2 children by then). Thank you so much for the compliment. Love you... Time you started a blog..

Sam said...

And said what - didnt sleep, feed baby, changed baby - riveting! only joking, love you too XX

Pamela Terry and Edward said...

So much fun, and so very interesting!! I would bet my shoes that your parents were more proud of you than you could possibly know. And I do hope Mr. 24 is looong gone. Thanks for tagging me. Now lets see if there are that many interesting things about me. I sincerely doubt it!!

Happy Sunday!

Ces said...

Now BT it's my turn. Come over, I have several awards for you. No telling where I made love though. My sisters read my blog.

Son1 said...

Fantastic stuff. Things I never knew. Thanks for sharing them, brave and honest, I thought it was great.

J x

Ladybird World Mother said...

Right. I think that your 25 things have in fact been written by me... apart from a couple. (have not been to hospital except for babies being born)
I am a nodder too! Oh dear, must read them again because I keep going yes yes yes thats me me me!

BT said...

Yes Sam, whatever you write, it's fun to read, as you enjoy reading mine. Do it!
Thanks Pamela, been in the UK for 3 days. I'm going to pop over and see! No 24 is very poorly now and, in spite of everything, I still have a soft spot for him. It was a long, long time ago.
Oh Ces, I can't wait. (email me secretly!!!) I'm afraid I can't collect my lovely awards. I will get my daughter to do it for me, she's so good at computer stuff! I have a 'template' and apparently that causes problems.
Jason, I thought you knew ALL about me! Glad you thought they were ok. It's a hard one.
Hello Ladybird, lovely to see you. It is odd how so many of us have the same 'traits'. You must do it and send it to me. Go on, I double dare you.

BT said...

Well nobody, but nobody has sent me their 25 thingies. Grump grump.