100 things about me:
1. I’m a vegetarian.
2. I have green eyes. I’m rather strangely proud of that.
3. When I was five or six years old, I had my adenoids removed – on Valentine’s Day. I got a big bowl of strawberry ice cream afterwards.
4. That was my best Valentine’s Day.
5. Ice cream is my favourite food.
6. I am trying to eliminate dairy (and eggs) from my diet.
7. I’m sure you can see the problem there.
8. I have one younger sister. When we were teenagers, everyone thought she was the older one.
9. I have failed three driving tests: two when I was 16, and once when I was 32.
10. I finally passed a few weeks after that third failure.
11. I still maintain that I should have passed that second test. I was robbed!
12. Driving is one of my favourite things.
13. I do not dance.
14. Unless I am very drunk.
15. I am terrible with money. It just flies out of my wallet.
16. When I was a kid, there was only one food I was allowed to leave uneaten when in company: Brussels sprouts. This was because I gagged and made retching noises whenever I ate them.
17. I later discovered this was because my mother overcooked Brussels sprouts (all veggies, in fact), and that Brussels sprouts weren’t all that terrible, really.
18. But I’m still not a huge fan.
19. I have a hard time tying my shoes the way most people learn to, by making a loop, wrapping the lace around and through. I make two loops.
20. I’m a perfectionist.
21. And a procrastinator.
22. And a pessimist.
23. These three traits often make life exasperating.
24. Not just for me, either.
25. I cannot stand silence; I sleep with the radio on.
26. I love Scrabble.
27. I didn’t go to my high school grad (that would be “prom” in the U.S.).
28. Instead, I watched the Liberal Party of Canada convention on TV.
29. Yes, I do realize how nerdy that makes me.
30. High school was not a happy time or place for me. But you might have guessed that already.
31. I rarely go to bed before midnight.
32. I have an unusual interest in baby names. I even have a list of my favourites.
33. Boy: Crispin; Girl: Verity.
34. I do not have children.
35. I do not want children.
36. Other people’s children are lovely, though.
37. Until they aren’t; then you hand them back.
38. I’ve named my fish “Fish”.
39. The last two fish have also been called “Fish”.
40. My favourite vegetable is broccoli.
41. But only when it is lightly cooked. I hate it both raw and mushy.
42. I have never (touch wood) broken any bone in my body.
43. I have a ferocious temper. I lose my cool very easily.
44. In such cases, I have a tendency to say things I don’t really mean.
45. Fortunately, I am almost always quick to apologize.
46. I suck at math.
47. I can’t believe I’m not yet halfway through this list.
48. I am not religious.
49. I’m not prepared to say I’m an atheist, however. I just don’t know. And I’m not sure I really care, either.
50. I am, however, interested in Buddhism, which I see as more of a way of living than as a religion.
51. My favourite colours are green and purple.
52. I don’t wear makeup. I never really learned how to put it on when I was a teenager, because I had awful acne, and makeup irritated it.
53. One good thing about not wearing makeup: what you see is what you get.
54. I don’t trust people who say they don’t like chocolate.
55. I was kind of lying in #40. Technically. But I consider the potato to be its own food group.
56. I cannot cut a straight line. Even with the aid of a ruler and pencil.
57. I have never really been in love.
58. I watch way too much TV.
59. And cheesy Bollywood movies.
60. I’m only somewhat relieved to have hit the halfway mark in this list.
61. My natural inclination when presented with a difficult task is to avoid it altogether.
62. Or, if I do start it, to quit as soon as I hit a difficult patch.
63. With a lot of sulking involved.
64. And foul language. I swear like a sailor.
65. I am really working on changing that (the quitting, more than the swearing, although I should work on that, too).
66. One example of this: knitting.
67. There was a lot of swearing for the first few attempts with the needles.
68. I must try to remember this as I attempt to learn crochet.
69. When I was in high school I wanted to be a doctor.
70. Until I failed the physics portion of Science 10.
71. If I could have one day’s worth of meals from a replicator à la Star Trek (no actual animals used), I would pick: pigs in blankets for breakfast, a smoked meat sandwich from Schwartz’s in Montreal for lunch (with fries, pickle and black cherry pop, of course), and my mum’s roast lamb dinner. Oh, and for dessert, rocky road ice cream with extra marshmallows.
72. I cannot do a cartwheel.
73. My dream car is (wait for it) a Volvo 240 that has been converted to run on used veggie oil.
74. I’d name it Chip.
75. I’m a follower, not a leader.
76. Shopping for clothes is my idea of the second circle of Hell.
77. If I won a humungous lottery jackpot, the first thing I’d buy myself is a first-class ticket out of town.
78. Travelling is my favourite thing.
79. Airlines and airports that have a problem with knitting needles really piss me off.
80. My favourite among the places I’ve visited: India.
81. Top ten destinations on my “Bucket List”: Italy, New Zealand, Peru, Laos, Mali, Ethiopia, Botswana, Egypt, Ireland, and Jordan.
82. I don’t swim. In a pinch, I can stay afloat.
83. Beach holidays aren’t my thing.
84. Love the research, hate the writing.
85. I’m a writer and editor by profession.
86. I am a complicated person.
87. I’m a sucker for a sexy voice. An accent is a bonus, but not a requirement.
88. I tend to interpret criticism – however constructive, well-meaning and accurate I know it is – as dislike.
89. I’m big on avoidance.
90. I once received a police escort into a movie theatre.
91. I’m a bit claustrophobic.
92. Poor grammar and syntax drives me up the wall.
93. I have a tendency to talk to myself. If you don’t hear your name, you shouldn’t assume I’m speaking to you.
94. I once stayed at the Salvation Army in Mumbai for the slim chance a Bollywood film crew came calling for “European” extras.
95. They did. The film was finally released in 2008 – eight years later. I’m searching for the DVD.
96. I talk a lot, but I’m actually really shy.
97. Not with my opinions, however.
98. My love for pigs stems from being teased about my pig nose on the first day of Grade 1. This was my mother’s suggestion. It didn’t always work.
99. Now that I’m almost done, I can think of a few more.
100. Everybody lies.