Playing tiggy* here in Oz – and I’m ‘it’

Saturday, January 14, 2012 Permalink

Oh dear… I’ve been tagged. And not in a tagged-and-set-free-into-the-wild kind of way, rather in a way almost akin to a chain letter. Oh, except there are no promises of love, fame or fortune for responding. But then again, butterflies will not die and bad luck will not ensue if I fail in my task. Or so I assume!

I was tagged by Karen, from Waisting Time who was herself tagged by someone who had previously been tagged. And so on and so forth. Much ado about tagging I realise. Hee hee!

Here are the rules:
1. post these rules.
2. you must post 11 random things yourself.
3. answer the ques­tions the tag­ger set for you in their post.
4. cre­ate 11 new ques­tions for the peo­ple you tag to answer.
5. go to their blog and tell them that you’ve tagged them.
6. no stuff in the tag­ging
7. don’t talk about the fightclub

I must confess, I don’t quite get No. 6, and I quite possibly added No. 7 myself, but I’m pretty sure I can handle the rest.

So, first for some random things about me (which will be hard, as I’ve shared pretty much every single little thing in my life on this blog, plus I’ve done something similar before!):

1. I did jazz ballet (badly) for about seven years while in primary school
2. I broke my arm aged 8 when standing on a baby’s tricycle to look at my neighbour’s budgerigar in its cage
3. My favourite subjects at high school were maths (of various kinds) and accounting
4. I used to drink instant tea at every meal before I hit my teenage years. Often two cups
5. The first ‘record’ I owned was a single of a song called Elizabeth by Oz artist Normie Rowe (in 1975, I discovered following extensive research – aka Google). The second was ABBA’s Tropical Loveland
6. As a kid we had a boxer dog called Digby, who I named after seeing a Disney movie called, Digby the Biggest Dog in the World. He replaced an ill-fated briefly-owned boxer called Dino (who moved to a farm in the country. Speaking of which, I wonder how he’s going.)
7. I loved Tang (the sugary orange drink, which I think I assumed to be healthy until I learned to count calories)

IT'S...1959! Tang Breakfast Drink

8. As well as Australia, I’ve lived for some time in Mozambique (Africa), Cambodia and East Timor
9. At one point in my life I wanted to be a sports psychologist
10. I grew up loving movie musicals – anything with Doris Day, Judy Garland, Debbie Reynolds etc
11. My first car (while at Uni, in 1986 or 1987) was a bright yellow Holden Gemini. His name was Bevan.

And now my responses to the questions Karen posed for me:

1.        What is the most memorable meal you ever ate?
It would have to be a (shish) kebab I ate at a favourite cafe while living in Africa. It resulted in the first of four times I contracted salmonella poisoning and the only time I could pinpoint the illness’s origin. As I later writhed about in pain in between dashes to the loo I remembered that I’d come across a kitchen hand in the (waterless) cafe bathroom who was sick (from every orifice) and later I realised I’d chosen something which someone had to thread onto the skewer by hand. BIG MISTAKE! (And one you only make once!)

2.        What TV show(s) are you embarrassed to admit you watch?
As it happens I have impeccable taste in television shows (ahem). Well, mostly. HOWEVER, I must confess to a few ‘tragic’ faves: firstly I used to LOVE ‘Murder She Wrote’, plus the Agatha Christie Ms Marples, with the really old Ms Marple. I own the boxset of ‘As Time Goes By’ starring Judi Dench, along with every season of ‘Buffy’. (I actually own A LOT of boxsets!)

I mostly refuse to watch reality TV shows, though do partake in ‘So You Think You Can Dance’ and watched the last series of ‘The X Factor’ on Oz TV.
so you think you can dance

3.        Would you rather hire a trainer, chef, house cleaner, or personal shopper?
Most definitely a house cleaner. And I already do. Next would be a personal shopper cos I hate hate hate shopping of any kind, but particularly grocery shopping.

4.        Share a favorite childhood memory.
In winter during school holidays, my brother and I would watch Sesame Street, Magic Roundabout and Play School (the only kid shows on TV before lunch in regional Australia) wrapped in blankets and eating off little Skippy serving plates that also held a space for our hot drinks. (We normally had to eat at the table!)

5.        What destination would you love to visit?
I’ve always dreamed of going to Italy and hope to soon. (I keep deferring because I’m apathetic, plus don’t want to go while I feel fat and revolting!)

6.        What’s one food you think you don’t like but you’ve never actually tried?
Umm… let me count the ways…. cauliflower, broccoli, eggplant, lettuce (etc)

7.        What modern technology that you didn’t grow up with could you now not live without?
Hmmmm…. computer vs mobile telephone. It’s a big call. Probably the mobile phone because it makes EVERYTHING so much easier. Particularly now we have Smart phones and can do almost anything on it!

8.        List the 5 websites you visit most often.
Facebook, Twitter, Google Reader, Hootsuite, My Fitness Pal

9.        Who would you like to meet (living, dead, fictional character, blogger, anyone…)?
Aussie bloggers Mrs Woog and Kerri Sackville; TV personalities Graham Norton, Craig Ferguson and Chelsea Lately; authors Agatha Christie and Jane Austen. Oh… and some hunky actors like Richard Armitage and… umm…. I should probably stop there.

10.     What’s your favorite spot in your house and why?  Where in your house do you spend the most time?
I love lying in my bathtub reading as it means I’m completely at rest.
But I probably spend equal amounts of time: sitting in my lounge chair in front of the TV; at my desk on my iMac; and sleeping in my dusty pink sheets. (Note that the sheets aren’t actually dusty, that’s the name of the colour… just in case you were wondering!)

11.     How long on average does it take you to write a blog post?
Eek. It very much depends. I write quickly, but then I rewrite and rewrite it to death. More so in my other blog. A first draft takes less than 30 minutes, but I come back to it and edit it a few times, so it’s hard to work out. I also have MANY half-written draft posts floating about at any one time.

My list of tagees – strategically chosen (ie. picking every second name I came to in blog list – and I apologise in advance):

Ange – From F*cked to Fab
Ruth – Weight loss journey of an unreformed chocoholic
Fit Mum – Fit Mum
Melly – Existential Detective
Liz  – Last Chance Training
Beanfruit – Slowly Losing
Chubby Girlfriend – Boyfriends Make You Fat
Kath – Courage to Start
Runa – Lose for Good
SnowAngel – Embracing Awesome
Marion – Affection For Fitness

And your questions are as follows (I say in my gameshow host voice!):

  1. What’s the worst hairstyle you’ve ever had?
  2. What was the best concert, show or event you’ve attended?
  3. What exercise do you love to hate?
  4. What’s your favourite movie of all time?
  5. If you were given an opportunity to go on a date with anyone famous, who would you choose? (It’s up to you if you want to take this one further….)
  6.  What do you hate most about blogging?
  7. Twitter or Facebook? And why?
  8. What is your dream job? (And, is it at all feasible in reality?)
  9. If you could go back to an earlier point of your life, when would you choose, and why?
  10. Free weights or machines? Or both?
  11. Favourite (healthy) snacks?#

So, there you have it. Some stuff about me you really didn’t need or want to know – but now that you do, I’m sure you are relieved and will sleep better at night. Plus, there’ll be a test later!

To my tag-ees… go forth and… well, you know… answer the questions and tag other poor hapless bloggers in the hope they’re struggling for a posting topic! (PS. Note though that I won’t be offended if you don’t want to play!)

# Note I may have been a bit *ahem* selfish in adding this one, because I’m actually looking for some suggestions!!!!

* Here in Oz (well at least when I was a youngster) the game ‘tag’ was called ‘tiggy’ so I decided I should try to remain true to my cultural heritage. Or something!

  • KCLAnderson (Karen)
    January 14, 2012

    I love that you named your car…do you still name cars?

    You’ve never even TRIED cauliflower, broccoli, eggplant, or lettuce???

    • rockafellaskank
      January 15, 2012

      Karen… until you mentioned it, it didn’t occur to me that I no longer name my cars. That bright yellow thing was a bit tragic. A flatmate I later lived with had a pale yellow car and he became Bruce!

      No… never tried cauliflower etc… Blech! (I know, I know…)

    • Michele @ Within Reach
      January 16, 2012

      I had the same reaction as Karen. You’ve never even tried LETTUCE??? You’ve never eaten a salad? Wow!

      I name my cars too. The one I bought in November is named Grasshopper, and the one I traded in was the Silver Bullet.

      • rockafellaskank
        January 16, 2012

        Michele, there’s just something about the texture of lettuce – the grassiness. I’ve unavoidably eaten SOME greens in stir fries (if I can’t pick it out) but try to avoid it at all costs.

        PS. I’m looking at getting a new car soon. It may have to ben christened. I don’t like my current car enough to worry about giving it a name!

  • Karen@WaistingTime
    January 14, 2012

    Crystal Lite has an orange flavor that tastes A LOT like Tang!

    • rockafellaskank
      January 15, 2012

      Must google it Karen and see if we can get it here. I seriously loved my Tang and think I used to eat sneaky spoonfuls of the powder when mixing up a big container!

  • Liz@LastChanceTraining
    January 15, 2012

    Jessicar would like to ask Bevan for a date 🙂

    • rockafellaskank
      January 15, 2012

      Hee hee…. I suspect Bevan’s in the big car yard in the sky by now! He was pretty old when he lived with me…

  • Miz
    January 16, 2012

    I LOOOVE the behind the scenes of the bloggers!

    • rockafellaskank
      January 16, 2012

      Yep, I’ve really enjoyed reading others’ posts (and other similar activities!).

  • Michele @ Within Reach
    January 16, 2012

    It was great fun learning these things about you. Musicals!!! Love them too.

    I look forward to reading people’s responses to your questions… especially the one about dream jobs. What is your dream job?

    • rockafellaskank
      January 16, 2012

      A couple of tag-ees have done their responses. As for my dream job… something to do with writing perhaps – though I mostly enjoy it as a hobby. I suspect it might lose some of its sheen if I HAD to write for a living. (I’d actually prefer not to have to work at all. Being independently wealthy sounds good. Or if some fabulously wealthy man wanted to support me in a manner to which I’m not yet accustomed, but could learn to be….then that’d be fine too!) Joking of course. NOT!!!


  • snowangel12wbt
    January 23, 2012

    Hi Deb,
    Still haven’t got around to doing this – life is a bit hectic and I am starting to question why I started a blog! Why did I think I would have time to do that? Anyway haven’t forgotten about you.

    • rockafellaskank
      January 23, 2012

      No worries… it’s fine!

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