Sunday, April 30, 2006

6 quirky things

I've been tagged by Judy to tell you 6 quirky things about myself. Thanks Judy! Well you may or may not consider these weird, but I think they're a tad unusual.

1. I chipped my front tooth with a skipping rope when I was little. My brother and I were playing with the old leather skipping rope, which was tied off on the lawnmower handle. My brother was spinning it round too fast for me to jump through and he kept spinning it faster and faster. (You can see that this is going to end in tears) He was spinning it so fast I was laughing my head off. Fortunately, I was laughing with my mouth wide open, as the shackle that held the handle to the rope separated. The handle stayed in my brother's hand while the shackled end of the rope went sailing through the air, swiping the tip of my front left tooth. Fragments of tooth sprinkled my tongue and it felt like my whole tooth had been pulverised. I ran inside crying to my mum, who looked at me like I was mad. Then she had a closer look and said, 'oh yes, you do have a small chip'. I always felt self-conscious about that chip.

2. I was in the army. Yep. The Australian Army. For 3 1/2 years as a public relations officer. I was deployed to East Timor and Bougainville on peacekeeping operations and worked on the operations in support of the Sydney 2000 Olympics (I went to the judo, the athletics and the closing ceremony) and the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting in 2002. I loved being in the army, but when they wanted to post me to northern Australia and I wanted to go to Canberra (on the south central eastern seaboard) the army and I went our separate ways. I am still in the army reserve, but as an inactive member.

3. The army fixed my tooth! Yes, my chipped tooth was no more after one of the very gorgeous air force dentists convinced me that as a public relations officer I couldn't very well walk around representing the Australian Defence Force with a broken smile. Ah, he could probably have convinced me to have all of my teeth out he was so cute.

4. I met my husband while on an expedition to Mt Everest. Yes, I had to go all the way to Tibet to meet my soul mate. I guess that's as good a place as any!

5. I eat mushrooms. So what? Well, until I had Romily I hated funghi. Detested the stuff. Gagged if I tried to eat mushies. Now? No problem! Very strange indeedy.

6. I drive like an Italian (according to my husband). We had a delayed honeymoon in Europe at the end of 2004 and I drove 9000 out of the 9500 kilometres we covered in nine weeks. (My husband navigated - a much safer option than me doing the honours!) Everyone had warned us to watch out for the dreadful traffic in Rome. What dreadful traffic I ask you? I had no problem at all and got the hang of driving in Europe very quickly. I may not have shaken that dodge and weave mentality however!

Well, that was pretty boring! I guess I'm not as quirky as I'd like to think I am!

If you want to play, I tag:

And thanks Judy for your suggestion about a runner for the top of our buffet now it has its dustcover on. Will have to put my creative hat on after my patchwork course (which starts the week after next - I am so excited!!).


Tiffany said...

I'll totally play! I just have to think of 6 quirky things about me!!

I love the fact that you met your husband in Tibet! That sounds just like a movie! How exciting!

....and I love mushrooms!

Judy said...

Not weird at all. Most of mine sounded like I needed therapy. I fully admit to compusive behavior issues! You sound perfectly normal. I bet you can't wait for the pieceing class to begin, it should be so much fun for you. Make sure to take plenty of pictures of your patches to show off on the blog.

I'll occasionally eat raw mushrooms in a salad, but not any weird sort with curly edges or something. Jus the plain kind, sliced.

Laura said...

Lily -

I want to hear all about your Mt. Everest expedition. That is my husbands dream, to go to Nepal. We have dozens of books on Everest at our house. Please do share a post about your experience. Thanks! Laura