One of my favourite things about blogging are the connections you get to make with other people, and the moments when you realise how much you have in common with someone you’ve never met.
In the spirit of that, here are 10 random things you probably didn’t know about me.
- I’ve been a vegetarian since I was seven. Prior to that, I only really ate chicken, fish and sausage rolls – I can’t remember ever having eaten red meat or bacon (although I may have when I was really young). I’ve always had a thing about eating food that I can’t identify and that only intensified when I lived in Sri Lanka for 18 months – in many dishes you couldn’t be certain what meat had been used, and after seeing it hanging on the side off the road covered in blood and flies I just couldn’t swallow it. Add to that the fact that I never really liked the taste, smell or look of meat, and how much I loved animals, and a vegetarian was made. However, for many years I was a TERRIBLE vegetarian because…
- I am a supertaster! This means I can taste things with more intensity due in part to having more papillae on my tongue. Typically super tasters don’t like strong or bitter flavours – which explains why I don’t like coffee, beer, red wine, broccoli, beetroot, spinach, kale, tonic water and grapefruit, just to name a few! In kids this typically presents as fussy eating, but really it’s an aversion to the bitterness of many vegetables. Growing up, the only veggies I liked were raw carrot, cooked tomatoes, potatoes, pumpkin, corn and lettuce – talk about being a bad vegetarian! I’ve improved over the years but still prefer red and orange veggies to green ones, and I’ll chose baby spinach and broccolini over silver beat and broccoli any day.
- I HATE change. Loathe it. It takes me a long time to adjust to new things and I often have to catch myself because my first instinct is to say no. I’m both a Taurus and born in the year of the ox, so I got a double dose of stubbornness and resistance to change from the get go, but what it really comes down to is not-good-enough-itis. My whole life, I’ve worried that I’m not good enough to do new things, or been scared to start because I might fail. It hasn’t stopped me from trying new things, going new places and meeting new people – it just means I need to be prepared before I start. Whenever I get these doubts, my mum reminds me of how I cried on the first day of school because I didn’t know how to read – even though the whole point of going to school is to learn!
- I grew up in the Eastern Hills but now my parents and sister live near Margaret River. It’s great because I always have a place to stay on long weekends but it’s also hard being so far away from my family, particularly when I’m sick or having a bad day. My sister used to live just a few streets away and I really miss being able to pop by whenever I wanted.
- In grade five and six l I used to write as small as possible just to annoy my teachers. I’ve never paid so much attention to handwriting in my life.
- I’ve never held a pen ‘properly’ when writing. Teachers always used to berate me for it and tell me that it would make writing for long periods of time (ie exams) impossible. I totally proved them wrong and would easily knock out 15 pages during high school and uni exams.
- In 2006 I wrote my honours thesis on backpacking. It was a work of literary journalism written in the Gonzo Journalism style to capture the frantic, exciting and fragmented world I encountered. Reading it now makes me cringe a little – there’s a whole chapter punctuated with pickup lines, and another with Xavier Rudd lyrics – but it did earn me first class honours.
- I can’t remember the last time my hair was its natural colour. Of all the colours I’ve tried, I loved pink the most.
- I have the sweetest tooth of anyone I know. I could, quite literally, eat dessert for every meal. I have, on more than one occasion, eaten cake for breakfast. Sometimes I actually feel like my body thrives on sugar – I don’t tend to crash the way most people do. The only sweet thing that can beat me is an iced chocolate.
- I am obsessed with young adult books and hope to write (at least) one in the not too distant future.
Now it’s your turn. Tell me in the comments if you can relate to any of these – or tell me something random that most people don’t know about you!
All images by the wonderful Red Leopard Photography, with hair and makeup by Angela Mee Makeup Artist. (We call the last look ‘sexy nanna’ haha!)