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Sunday Stealing: The Never Ending Meme Part II

 YAY for fun little things to do that make nice, light blog posts. I need these a LOT these days. Hope my readers aren’t getting tired of the little tidbits about me. 🙂 Never Ending Meme Part Two, y’all. And no, you didn’t miss part one. I haven’t done it yet. Hahaha. I’m so cool and quirky.

Sunday Stealing: The Never Ending Meme, Part Two

Cheers to all of us thieves!

21. Did you go to your high school prom?

I went to a Christian high school that didn’t have dances or anything like that. We had a BANQUET, not a prom. I went. By the time I was dressed and done up and took photos, I couldn’t care less about actually attending the stupid dinner, but of course, I had to. My mother spent a ridiculous amount of money on the night. To give you an idea, my dress cost about $600. You bet your navy blue and white knickers I went.

22. Perfect time to wake up?

7am. Time I actually NEED to get up (when I have a car)? 6:30am.

23. Perfect time to go to bed?

11pm. Time I actually go to bed? Varies. A LOT. It is far more often too early than it is too late.

24. Do you use your queen right away in chess?

Nope!

25. Ever been in a car accident?

Yes.

26. Closer to mom or dad…or neither?

Depends on the day of the week. Lol.

27. What age is this exciting life over for you?

Huh?!

28. What decade during the 20th century would you have chosen to be a teenager?

The freaking 70s! I wish I could be in my 20s in the 80s! Hell! I’d even settle for being a teenage in the 80s, and in my 20s in the 90s. It’s ALL good.

29. Favorite shoes you have EVER owned?

Not big on shoes. AT ALL. I guess that most excited I’ve ever been about shoes was fifth grade. My mum bought me a pair of brown mary janes that had a thick, high-ish (relative to my age) heel. They were pretty cool.

30. Do you have an article of clothing you have had since you were in high school?

Yep. I have some of my t-shirts from my 6th grade class trip. I’ll take a photo and post some time.

31. Were you in track and field?

Hahahahahahahahhaha. AAahahahahahahahahahaha. Hahahahahahhahahahahaha. Good one.

32. Were you ever in a school talent show?

Nope. I was in the Christmas plays a few times though.

33. Have you ever written in a library book?

Nope.

34. Allergic to?

Stupidity.

I had an allergy to brown rice (an ingredient that snuck up on me in biscuits and stuff) at some point. It made me break out. My parents took me to a super expensive doctor who neutralized me to it with some machine. *shrugs*

35. Favorite fruit?

Tough call. Gonna go with mango. 🙂

You already know I do things my own way. I guess I’ll do part one later in the week. Lol. If you decide to do this, link back! 🙂

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ABC Time

Got this from Laci over at My Perfectly Imperfect Life. See her post here.

A= Alarm set for – 6:15 am. Generally, I shut it off, and get back in bed for a few last minutes of cuddles.

B= Bedtime – Varies. We’re usually in bed some time between 8 and 9pm. We watch movies until we I fall asleep.

C= Cake or pie – Caaaaake! I don’t like pie.

D= Drink of choice – Always Coca-Cola.

E= Essential item you use everyday – Cell phone.

F= Favorite color – Lime green! 

G= Goals – Get back to training and complete a 5k. Write a short story to enter a competition by the end of the year. Submit a short piece to a magainze or journal.

H= Hometown – Nassau, Bahamas

I= Indulgences – Coca-Cola, ice cream, orchids.

J= January or February – Hmmm… February. Anniversary! 🙂 ❤

K= Kids and Names – Don’t have any goats, and don’t want any. Children, I would love to have. There are a few names that I quite like, and lots that I don’t. Lol.

L= Life is incomplete without? – Love, happiness, purpose

M= Marriage date – Nooo idea when it’s gonna be. I guess we’d have to get engaged first? And we’d have to take a trip to do it. I’ll see what I can do about keeping you posted on developments.

N= Number of siblings – I have one younger brother. We grew up together. Before us, mother had 3 children. A boy, and two girls. They all have 9+ years on us.

O= Oranges or apples – I really like them both A LOT, but lately, I’ve been eating an apple every day. I REALLY like Gala apples. I like navel oranges (I’m seed-lazy).

P= Pet Peeves – Not squeezing toothpaste from the bottom, things (labels) not facing the front, unevenly hung towels. That’s enough, right?

Q= Quantity or Quality – QUALITY!

R= Reason to smile – Memories, love notes/emails, unexpected presents, dessert, kisses

Saying= “You gotta start SOMEwhere!”

T= Teams – Boston Celtics, Team Lici

 

U= Unknown fact about me – Unknown?! I rarely keep anything to myself. Ummm… I fear loneliness. Waking up 20 years from now, alone. No spouse. No children. Nothing to cling to.

V= Vegetable you don’t like – Carrots, broccoli, peas, asparagus, spinach… I love ’em all. Wait. Pumpkin. I don’t like pumpkin.

W= Winter memory – My first sledding adventure with Andria in Halifax.

X= X-rays – Chest. After a car accident. My body hit the steering wheel so hard that it twisted. The guy who drove the wrecker looked at it, noticed the misshapenness and told my dad to get me to a doctor right away. I was fine.

Y= Your favorite food – I LOVE food. Period. I really, really like starches. Give me my pasta, potatoes, rice, and bread. YUMMM!

Z= Zodiac Sign – Aries

Who Me?! ME?!

Me! Little ol’ me! I got a blog award! I’m really excited/flattered/honoured/happy/encouraged by it.

Isn't she pretty? My favourite colour and everything!

A million zillion thanks to Stacey at Puns Probably Intended. I came across her blog when I was tag surfing one day. A post caught my eye, and it piqued my interest. I checked out more of her posts, and I had to follow her. She has the best stories about parenting. She says about life (and herself), “Life is often a tug-of-war I am playing with myself. Sometimes I win, and sometimes I lose. Many times I find myself to be a walking contradiction.” Well, I don’t think I could have said it any better, Stacey. I concur. That’s life. And I’m definitely a walking contradiction too. Thanks for blogging, for making me laugh, for making me think, and for giving me this awesome, very pretty, lime green award. *curtsies*

The cool thing about this award is that it keeps on giving. Or being given. Like the gift that keeps on giving. It’s like love in Bloggy Land. We just keep spreading it around. Here’s how it works:

As the recipient of this award, I have to:

  1. Thank the person who shared the award by linking back to them in my post.
  2. Pass this award to 15 recently discovered blogs and let them know that I’ve included them in my blog post.
  3. List 7 things about myself.

See how forward thinking I am? I already did the first one. On to the rest. Now, I wouldn’t be me if I didn’t mix it up a little, right? I’m gonna do the third one next, and leave the goodies for last.

7 Things About Me:

  1. I never learned to skate or rollerblade, and at this point, I don’t think it’s gonna happen. Not without a strong person on each side of me, gliding me along. Is that the way it works anyway?
  2. I’m a chicken and turkey kinda girl. I stopped eating pork after a horrible field trip to the disgusting local pig farm (of which I still don’t know the relevance to the biology class) in tenth grade. Actually, I was vegetarian for about a year after that. Then I agreed to eat chicken and turkey so my family wouldn’t think I was anorexic or stress much about what to feed me. Red meat, now, is eaten as a necessity (very rarely) since I have severe iron deficiency anaemia.
  3. The most I’ve had to drink was a few summers ago. I lost count at the 19th shot of tequila. That was quite a night. Most of it is locked away in some memory bank that I don’t have access to at this time.
  4. I love my hair SHORT. It make me feel sort of strong. I think it’s a good look for me, especially since I have a pretty nicely shaped head, full eyebrows, and almond shaped eyes. It has a fierce sort of feel to it. And OH, when I put on a little eyeliner and mascara. TKO. Hahahaha. Also, I am lazy when it comes to hair care. Wash and go is the best thing EVER.
  5. I was in a reality show competition earlier this year. I’ll save the details for one of those posts I always say I’ll do later, and gets left undone for an indefinite period of time.
  6. I don’t wear makeup often. Not to work. Not to church. Not to the movie theatre. And what the hell is up with people wearing makeup there? It’s so dark! Hahahaha. I wear it for super special occasions like weddings and a less-than-ordinary night out. Even then, I go with my essential five – face powder, a little blush, eyeliner (black or navy blue), mascara, and lip colour (I usually mix two). If I’m wearing eyeshadow, I’m feeling REALLY good, or had a LOT of time to kill, and that was one of the ways I chose to kill it.
  7. I love jeans. I wear jeans pretty much all the time. On my day off, I throw on shorts or a summer dress, and on Sundays I do the same. For movies, going to lunch, work, etc.? Jeans!
And now, I have 15 of those sexy babies (see photo above) to give out. All of the blogs are follow are pretty recently discovered. I haven’t been here for very long. I’ve come across a lot of awesome blogs, and found a lot of people that I would really like to meet and hang out with. I could see it happening when I start globe-trotting, or when people start vacationing in The Bahamas. I have a spare room. I’m just saying!
And the awards go tooooo…
  1. Ruthie at Just Rambling is great. She’s just… She makes you want to laugh. And share your sandwich with her. And hug her. And tell her how ridiculously funny she is, how she makes you want to be more positive and happy. Reading her posts, you just know that she loves life. She has fun. She just goes with it. You kind of have to wonder if her feathers ever get ruffled at all! If she has any feathers, that is. Maybe she’s not a peacock like I keep thinking she is. *shrugs* Anyway, she’s really cool. She blogs about random things and her posts are always fun to read and sprinkle a little sunshine in the day. She says about her blog, “These are just little stories about my everyday life. There are tons of things I will never write about. I won’t talk about politics, poodles or knitting since I don’t know anything about it. If you are looking for writings to increase your intelligence level, don’t read these here.” 
  2. Christina at Christina Does It All is too cute! She and Ruthie must be in a happiness competition. She’s super positive and happy and cheery all the time (in her posts). And she’s hilarious. Like, HIGH-freaking-LARIOUS. Her video posts are the best. You get to see all of her personality oozing out of your computer screen and speakers. You convince yourself that you know her. You want to be her friend. She’s one of those people that make you want to pack up and move so it’s possible to hang out at her house and go shopping with her (if you like shopping). Her About Me page is very honest and to the point. She says, “I’m 22. I want to do everything. As you can probably tell by the name of my new blog. I also love people. I would probably love you. Unless you’re a serial killer or something, you asshole.” Yeah. That about sums it up, Christina. Good job!
  3. Vix at LittleMissVix is pretty great. She sort of blogs about whatever. I like it. I especially like her Friday Finds and Sunday Songs. I like when I can look forward to certain type of post from a blogger on a weekly basis. Every Friday, Vix shares things with her reader. New books, good movies, great songs… All of that. The Sunday Songs are great. There’s always at least one song/artist I’ve never heard. In between all that, she fills in the other days of the week with posts about whatever she’s thinking. This is the first post I read on her blog. Then I read this one. Then I followed. Or something like that. She’s an aspiring writer, and you can read more about her here.
  4. Haley at Green Plate Dinners is a fellow islander. Okay, so our islands are parts of different countries. Whatever. An island is an island. We bonded. I REALLY like Haley’s blog. I can see it just being very HER. She’s very honest. I don’t feel like she over-edits and sugar coats. She says it. Whatever it is. It’s nothing controversial, mind you. She blogs about running, healthy eating, and general fitness. I like the little tips I pick up from her posts, and the very personal feel. It doesn’t feel like Oh-my-gosh-another-running-fanatic-blog-about-boring-runny-stuff-and-peanut-butter-banana-sandwiches. When you land on her homepage, you see the truth in the way she sums it up. She says she’s “striving to create balance and harmony in my very busy life.” Aren’t we all?
  5. Courtney at Please Don’t Throw The Sand! has super fun posts. I often want to copy her post ideas. I think I’ve done a good job of resisting temptation so far. Must. Be. Original. At least until she forgets that you should a certain post. THEN, I’ll copy it. [evil laugh] Her posts are the kind that always make you want to comment. You want to have a dialogue with her. You want to weigh in. It’s not that the posts spark a great debate. They’re just the Oh-my-gosh-me-too! and What?-I-NEVER-do-that! type. You just want to say something. Find out more about the girl here.
I’m at work, and it seriously took me all day to do this. I know I have ten more people to give the Versatile Blogger Award to. And I already know who they are. I just can’t do them all at once. I’ll do more next week, k? Until then, go on over to those three pretty ladies’ blogs. Read a post or two, see why they’re awesome, and don’t forget to say CONGRATULATIONNNNNSSSSS! 🙂
Have a safe, happy weekend!

It’s All About Me

YAY! I got tagged in the 10 random facts about me thingy! Thank you, thank you, Vix! As if you don’t know enough already. I love coming up with new things to divulge about myself.

  1. I’m afraid of pretty much every animal. Baby lizards set me off into fits of screaming, jumping, and climbing. Seriously. I make myself look like a crazy person. Before AND after people around me realize what my problem is. That being said, it’s probably no shock that I don’t like animals. At all. The only ones I have any sort of interest in or kinda like are elephants and turtles. And of course, the wild, crazy ones like tigers. COOLNESS! But I’d only like the wild stuff to pet and take pictures with. That’s it. And I think peacocks are kinda cool. I like fish in aquariums. Those are the only pets I’d ever care to have. Because they’re pretty and add a little something to the ambiance. The water and everything. And they don’t leave fur or poop all over the place.
  2. I never drink from cans or bottles. No, wait. VitaMalt is always better from the bottle. It’s not the same once it has been poured out of the bottle, or sipped through a straw. Actually, VitaMalt in the can is awful. Nothing like the same greatness bottled. Other than that, I need a cup or a straw. Oh, water is an exception too. Water tastes AWFUL when sipped through a straw, doesn’t it?
  3. Of all the things in the world, I would most like to be a SAHM (stay-at-home mom) and housewife. It would suit me perfectly. I love a clean house. Cleaning the house is kind of like a religious experience for me. At times, I play a little music, and get in the zone, and BAM! I’m done. Then I revel in the total cleanliness and fresh scent of my home. At other times, I move through the house in silence, and clear my head. And the kitchen. Dear, sweet, holy goodness. Cooking and baking?! YES, PLEASE! I love a well-stocked kitchen. All the better for preparing favourite meals, and experimenting with new ingredients and/or untested combinations of ingredients. I LOVE IT. That should really be my life. Honestly. Of course, I’d spend a good bit of time blogging, and maybe even run a little home business. *shrugs* Busy bee is what I like to be. Actually, I’d even like to home-school my children for a little while. I think doing it all their lives would be an injustice to them.
  4. I really really really love food. Like, REALLY really. I am a foodie. I love grocery shopping, planning menus in my head, coming up with new ways to season things and put twists on otherwise ordinary dishes, cooking, baking, eating, sharing, getting and sharing reviews, eating out, finding cool new restaurants, figuring out what restaurants’ best menu items and strong points are… The entire process. Food, food, food. LOVES it!
  5. I like music. A lot. Lots of genres are okay with me. I can rock out, I can belt out (or lip sync) ballads, I can sway to R&B, I can sing-along to stupid, catchy pop songs, I can “buss a wine” to reggae tunes… I like pretty much any type of music. One of my favourite things to do is discover new music. I love finding out about (almost) unknown bands and singers (you know – the YouTube people who don’t get featured on Fox News), LOVING their music, getting it any way that I can, and waiting for them to be great. And of course,  proving my awesomeness to myself when I refrain from saying, “Yeah, well I knew about them 2 years before they have a video on MTV” when everyone starts talking about the new artist/band they suddenly LOVE. I’m now following a few people on WP who share their music finds, and OMgoshness! Love and appreciate it. New tunes for my iPod! WOO!
  6. I thrive on challenging myself. I’m constantly setting goals, and annihilating them. I do big things. Then I have a lull where I’m just normal. Ya know… Like you. (Kidding. Or not.) Then, I get all Oh-my-goshness!-I-should-totally-do-this-amazing-thing-just-because-I-KNOW-I-can-KILL-it. And then I think about it. THEN I research it to DEATH. Yes. To death. I find out everything I can. I go to about.com and read blogs and YouTube it and all this stuff. Then I get caught up in things that are remotely related to it. By that point, I’m completed obsessed with the whole brilliant idea, and want to blow my own mind, so I get AMPED-the-heck-UP. And I do it. E.g. Running. I read a blog post about SHOES. Running shoes. It made me think about running. I did a little reading on running. I wondered if I really hate running. No. I never really ran to know. Hmmm… I should run. I could probably do it. Hell. What am I saying?! I can SO run. ESPECIALLY if I get those super cool shoes non-shoes. Yeah. I’m gonna run. Wait. What’s the challenge gonna be? What do runners do? Hmmm… MARATHONS. Yeah. I’m gonna marathon up in this mother! YES. Wait. That’s a lot… Blah, blah, blah. Then I decided to train for a 5k. And I (window) shopped online for gear. Everything running-related. Shoes, non-shoes, hydration belts, cool, funky shorts (because I will NOT be running in boring pants. No, ma’am!)… You see what I mean here? Challenges. And obsessions. I like ’em. Stay posted.
  7. I struggle with water drinkage. Majorly. It’s a work in progress. I have to be very conscious and conscientious about it. I keep my 32oz. water bottle on my desk at work. Sometimes, I play little games with myself. E.g. Every time the phone rings, I drink two mouthfuls of water. Every time I heard a word used or pronounced incorrectly, I drink two mouthfuls of water. Weird? Funny? Whatever. Gotta do what ya gotta do! I’m getting there. Today, I’m not winning. I’ve had about 4oz. I know, I know. But listen… Two days ago, I only had 2oz. left in my bottle when I got home, and I finished it off when I got there. And yes, I know 32oz. is only half of what I should be drinking. Let me tell you this: Previously, I would go two weeks without having water AT ALL. See that there? Progress.
  8. I often lament about not having any talents. Particularly of the artistic sort. I wish I could draw. I wish I could paint. I wish I could sing. I wish I could dance. I wish I could sculpt random things and call them “art.” I wish ANYthing that ever leaves my hands (after being worked on or transformed in some way) could be called “art.” *sighs* It’s just not in me. I complain about this to Babe (who is a singer/songwriter), but of course, I get that indulgent, “there, there, pussycat” stuff. “You are talented. You’re a great writer…” Right. That’s why you’ve never asked me to co-write a song with you. 😦 Oh, well. You like me, don’t you? Or my blog… Is that art?
  9. I secretly want to own and run a bakery. Brownies, cookies, cupcakes, cakes, muffins… Fun stuff. I want to take a cake decorating class. I want to learn to properly and prettily ice/frost cakes, work with fondant, etc. When will I be able to do this? I don’t know. It really may not be in this lifetime. But I really, really hope that it is. I love baking. And I’m pretty good at it. I want to share it with the world. But it has to look BETTER than good. I can decently frost a cake, but by bakery standards? Remember what I said about my artsiness? The fact that I lack it? Yeah. That.
  10. I make up words. And then I use them like they’re real. E.g. Artsiness, drinkage, foodage, goshness… I feel fine about adding “ness” and “age” to pretty much any words I need to use or make into a different part of speech. I see that as my right. I am a lyricist. A WRITER, dang it. If only by that definition where a person who does something is a somethinger. E.g. A cook is a cooker. Well, no. That didn’t work. A person who plumbs (does plumbing) is a plumber. Which reminds me, it cracks me up (and sometimes annoys me) that every Nancy and Bob with a camera calls her/himself a photographer. Seriously, you’re a hobbyist. Or whatever. Get off it. LOL.
Annnd, those are 10 random facts about me. I keep proving to you that I may be slightly insane, don’t I? You’re welcome. I know you appreciate my upfrontness (<—One of my originals). Hearts and butterflies, y’all! 🙂
Oh, WAIT! I have to tag 4 people to do this funness (<—Another. And I’m SO not doing this on purpose)!

It’s Me Again

Random things about me, in case you don’t know enough already. Hahaha.

  1. Things I am addicted to: Babe (What a sweet addiction!); days off; lime green things; Twitter (I’m getting over it now); Nico (baby cousin); starchy food; fresh air; the feel and smell of towels right out of the dryer with a million Bounce sheets; hugs and kisses from Babe
  2. Things that really annoy me: Noise when I’m trying to get to sleep; phones ringing; mispronunciations of my name RIGHT after it’s been SAID; waiting; excessive use of profanity
  3. Things that always make me feel better: hugs and kisses from Babe; tea (3 tsp sugar, enough cream to make it match my complexion); beach time; cycling; hot showers; walks; babies
  4. Things that make me feel guilty: Favours (I find it hard to accept and feel the need to pay back); when Babe is nice to me when I’m in superbitch mode; eating the last serving of a meal
  5. Things I think I know: Aside from everything? It’s important to love self; Love > Everything – Love (including religion, law, rules of society); money isn’t nearly as important as how you get it and what you do with it; life is both too long and too short to be unhappy, live in someone else’s shadow, or try to please everyone else; how to dougie, jerk, and catdaddy 🙂
  6. Things I’m really bad at: Remembering more than 4 names at social gathering, going in the ocean (I take the tiniest steps while shivering and shrieking that it’s cold), drinking water (major work in progress)
  7. Things I think I look good in: The colours pink (one day I wore pink and got about 5 compliments), turquoise/teal (according to Babe), and black; skinny jeans; dark jeans; layered tanks; short dresses
  8. Things I wish I was better at: Cycling (distance/endurance), artsy things (painting, drawing); hairstyling
  9. Things I wish I had more of right now: Food (I think I brought too little for lunch. Lol); exciting work (this job is not doing it for me); great apartment options (gotta mooove if I get this new job); money (to mooove… And not just to a new apartment!)
  10. Things I do too often but shouldn’t: Scratch mosquito bites; buy/eat ice cream; go home with a half-full water bottle; sleep too long (which makes me super tired); forget to call people

Get the Past Over With Already! (Day 3 of 30 Days of Truth)

Day 3 – Something you have to forgive yourself for.

*sighs heavily*

I have to forgive myself for the things I can’t change or control. A lot of times, I look back and see how much time I’ve wasted. How many people I don’t bother to keep in touch with. How many things I could have done better.

These things are all in the past. Things worked out the way they did for various reasons. Over the past few years, I’ve been determined to enjoy my life. I’ve been living up to that to the best of my ability. Really, that means that time wasn’t really wasted. It was just USED. To do something other than what I set out to do or just plain didn’t end up doing. And that’s okay.

I don’t keep in touch with everyone I’ve ever met. Sometimes, people cross my mind, and I wonder how we drifted apart. Sometimes a drop a note to say, “Hey!” With Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr, etc., it’s quite easy. I shouldn’t feel bad about that. It’s impossible to have constant contact with EVERYone. Those most important to me are very present in my life. If I’m important to anyone, they can reach out to me too, so I don’t need to feel bad for not being the reacher-outer.

There are lots of things I could have done better. I could done better in school. I could have done better on certain jobs. I could have completed things I’ve left undone. But so what? I did well enough. I graduated with honours, I’ve continuously won awards for work performance, etc. I’ve always done well. Always. I just always know that I didn’t really push and could have done better. Annnd, that’s okay too.

Well! This was nice. I’m forgiven. Now I shall have a celebratory Coca-Cola. 🙂

Good Morning, Sunshine! (Day 2 of 30 Days of Truth)

Day 2 – Something you love about yourself

Well… Just one?! Dangittaheck! I wanna list more! My prerogative, right?! Lol. Ok, I’ll follow instructions and mention someTHING I love about myself. Fiiiiine!

I looove… That I’m a MORNING PERSON! I looove mornings. I wake up, and I’m all like WOOHOOOO! What are we gonna do todaaayyy?! *bounces around house*

Well, when I first wake up, I’m kind of oooh-nooo-it’s-time-to-get-up? Right-now? But then I DO get up and brush my teeth and wash my face, and the amazingness that is a new day suddenly takes up residence in my soul. I smile. I look outside. I’m happy to see the sun. Even the rain if it’s there. I’m excited about my shower and breakfast. I just feel great about new days. New opportunities to just be great. To be happy. I love that happiness a decision, and I can make it again and again, every single day of life.

I think it’s funny, as I pass people and smile as I extend morning greetings, that people frown, look miserable, mumble if they answer at all, and just seem to regret BEING. It’s funny. But more than that, it’s sad. Life is a gift. Each day is a gift. Whether we accept it, use it, enjoy it, or not. A lot of people would rather be in bed when I smile and say, “Good morning,” but I like my presents better when I unwrap them and use them. You never really unwrap your day until you get the heck out of that bed and DO things. 

I’m glad that nothing stops me from accepting the present. I smile at my days, and they smile right back at me. I love that about me. 🙂

Me, Randomly

I’m slightly addicted to blogs. I have a few that I check out regularly, but from time to time, I search for new blogs. I may do this by randomly googling “top ten blogs,” or doing more specific searches like, “cycling blogs.” I’ll fix up my blog soon and include a blogroll, and you can be SURE that I’ll often share content from my daily blog reads. I like blogs by one dedicated writer as well as those written by a few people and/or random contributors. Whatever the case, I like to know a little bit about the blogger. It makes reading the posts so much better. I feel like I understand a little more. For that reason, and that reason only, I’ll enlighten my readers. I’m gonna tell you about myself! WOO!

My first speech for Toastmasters – The Icebreaker – was entitled “Who Am I?” I started the speech with a little something like what this post is about to become. Hang on to your seat, person!

How do we really expect people to define themselves? I always find it funny when a person says, “Tell me about yourself.” Dude, what do you wanna know? Do you know how much I am? How much is in me? How many things combine to make this fine, fine speci(wo)men in front you? NO! YOU DON’T!

I don’t identify (myself) as a member of any group or class. I’m not definable by race, age, gender, social class, religion, annual income… None of those things. For that reason, I’m pretty much always at a loss in “explaining myself” to new people. Now, when I’m asked to tell someone about myself, I choose completely random things about myself to share. The quality and quantity of the things I share depend on my mood, what I think of the person asking so far, the perceived reason for their request, etc. Since I’m pretty sure you must be pretty cool to be here, reading this, I’m going to give you some good stuff. There’ll be sprinkles of random-not-so-importantness, buuut, hey… Such is life!

– My favourite colour is LIME GREEN! Most of the things I purchase, I get in lime green where possibly. Currently owned in lime green: Glasses, iPod, BB case, Nook cover, Pandora charms, lunch container, wallet, change purse, work bag. Nalgene water bottle lost/stolen. 😦

– I love cycling. I’m not hardcore, riding for hours or miles and miles at this point. I’ll talk about this more in another post or two or three.

– I have a hybrid bike – Tatum. She and I spend about 35 minutes together on the road on weekdays.

– I live in The Bahamas. I was born and raised here. I don’t intend to stay here. As a matter of fact, I’m looking for a way out. NOW.

– Coca-Cola is greatness. I do my best not to consume more than a can of Coca-Cola per day.

– I have a rebounder, and I LOVE it. I got it mainly to improve my circulation, increase the fun-factor in life, improve my sleep life, and a little bit for the exercise. It’s pretty cool. Whenever I have my own house, there will be space for a big ol’ trampoline, and I will use it just as much as my children.

– I don’t have any children. YET. There WILL be children. I’m hoping for 4 or 5 of ’em. I think I’m going to have to start having these babies pretty soon…

– I have water-drinking issues. It’s a work in progress. I’m doing better these days with somewhere between 12 and 24oz daily.

Forget text messaging. BlackBerry Messaging is what's up! I love knowing when my messages have been delivered and read... And sending voicenotes are GREAT for the looong stories I often need to tell. 🙂

– I’m a BlackBerry user. I don’t think this will change any time soon. BBM is just too great.

– I’m on Twitter. A LOT.

– I studied Economics and Finance at St. Mary’s University in Halifax, NS.

– Religion is pretty crazy to me. Denominations (of religions) are insane to me as well.I have my own beliefs, but I’m completely aware of how ridiculous it could all be. I’m inclined, actually, to believe that I could take bits and pieces of various religions to form the best possible way for everyone to live. Love is great. Real definition and properties should be inherent, but are not, so people run around thinking they love when they really don’t. If love ruled and was our centre, we wouldn’t have to dream about peace, or preach about acceptance, or any of that stuff.

– I read a lot. I enjoy it. I spend a lot of my me-time reading. On my NOOK! 🙂 I have the original black and white. I’m now eying the new one-touch. *sighs* Someday, I’ll own it.

– I have three nieces and two nephews, and I love them dearly. They are my babies. I’ll probably be calling them “my babies” when they’re in their 40’s.

– I have a lot of parents. My mother and father both worked in the hotel industry throughout my childhood, so they called for backup. My grandaunt, granduncle, great-grandmother, grandfather, and three of my cousins (my dad’s 1st cousins; the grandaunt/uncle’s children) step in and filled in the gaps. My cousins now view me as another sister. Everyone else sees me as another daughter.

– I have two brothers and two sisters. I only grew up with my younger brother. The others are older and have different fathers from my younger brother and I.

– I love food. I love buying it, cooking/baking it, eating it, sharing my dishes with loved ones… Food is just great.

– I like starchy foods. Rice, potatoes, pasta, bread… YESSSSSS!

– I rarely consume red meat. I never eat pork. I’ve been off it since the great pig farm trip of 2001. And it has nothing to do with the treatment of the animals.

– I’m not big on animals. I actually quite dislike most animals. I tolerate the pets of loved ones. That’s about it. For my house, fish is the limit. Well… MAYBE turtles. Sorry, children.

– I have a guitar. Acoustic-electric. It’s my second guitar and I bought it last year when I moved back to The Bahamas. I haven’t played it in a looong time. Months. I’d been teaching myself, but I can only really do it when I’m alone.

– The beach is one of my favourite places. Sand is my least favourite thing about the beach, though I only like beaches with sand on them. Yeah. Figure that one out.

– I don’t like pencils.

Pencils feel weird. You don't write with a pencil. You just make lead scratch against paper (or whatever medium you're using). It sounds weird. It feels weird. I don't like pencils.

– I have a bad reaction to bleach, lysol spray, bug spray, strong perfume, ammonia… My nose is very discriminating.

– I am unable to nap. I can only sleep.

– I enjoy most genres of music. R&B, Reggae, Pop, Rock, Country… Some artists I really like: Pink, Justin Nozuka, Bedouin Soundclash, Toni Braxton, Tanya Stephens, Adele, Chrisette Michelle, Alanis Morissette, Naturally 7.

– Some of my favourite books: The Lovely Bones (Alice Sebold), To Kill a Mockingbird (Harper Lee), Lullabies For Little Criminals (Heather O’Neill), A Piece of Cake (Cupcake Brown)

– I wear jeans. All the time. Well… ALMOST all the time.

– When I have money, I spend it. I buy mostly what I need, but a little of what I want too. I don’t deny myself for the purpose of piling money in a place I can’t see it just so I can watch a silly number grow when I open a statement every month. This is not to say that I do not save when I am able to.

– My socks MUST be VERY cool. Striped, checkered, smiley faced… They just can NOT be plain ol’ white. Or black. Or anything plain.

I wear the coolest socks. No one else shows up for work in non-smelly funky socks. NO ONE ELSE!

– I quite like gerbera daisies. And sunflowers. Crown of thorns are also quite amazing looking.

– I enjoy gardening. I didn’t learn this until I lived in a house with a garden that needed tending in Halifax. I grew peppers, tomatoes, and a few spices. I cut the grass and weeded as well. Good times. Never thought I would enjoy it quite that much.

– I make an amaaaaazing chocolate cake. Among other things.

– I very, very rarely tell a lie. I don’t enjoy it, I don’t see the point of it, I’d rather just be honest, so I don’t lie. I’m so out of practice that it doesn’t make sense for me to even try. It’s far to obvious if I do. I count that as a good thing.

– I’m passionate about education, youth work, and issues concerning youth.

– If I had the necessary financial support, I would go back to school. To go further, if I could afford it, I would probably study for the rest of my life. Not to the exclusion of work (likely for myself) though.

– Dirty dishes disturb me. I often wash whatever is dirty after I cook and before I clean. And I generally wash the dishes before bed, and before leaving the house. Waking up and/or coming home to dirty dishes… AWFUL.

Well, there you go. You must know me, sort of, now. Right? Better idea of who I am? No? Sorry. Ask questions any time, and I’ll answer as soon as I can.