Giant Fossilized Armadillo tagged me in a fun 11 Things meme a little while ago. You can see her 11 things here. It seemed like a suitable thing to do on a quiet Sunday evening, here it goes…

Here are the survey rules:

  1. You must post these rules.
  2. Each person must post 11 things about themselves on their blog.
  3. Answer the questions the tagger set for you in their post and create 11 new questions for the people you tag to answer.

11 Things (which I may or may not have said before):

  1. I’m from Bermuda. I am still flummoxed by the size, length and speeds of roads elsewhere in the world.
  2. Sorry, I’ve never worn Bermuda shorts, they’re reserved for male businessmen and civil servants, and I’m not very convinced by any scientific explanation of the Bermuda Triangle (aside from rum making someone ‘lost’ and fuelling good stories afterwards).
  3. On the topic of rum, that’s my favourite drink (well alcoholical drink, tea wins hands down!). Rum + orange juice, grapefruit juice + grenadine is the best, a slosh in banana bread also goes well.
  4. I didn’t talk til I was 3. My mother thought I must be deaf, but my family doctor assured her I was fine when he overheard me pitch perfectly mimicking cows and sheep.
  5. When I grow up I’m going to have a pet goat. My great uncle brought me one when I was 3, and got it as far as the garage before my mother sent him away. I’m afraid it ended up in his gardeners’ pot.
  6. I’ve housesat a dog, a cat, and a blind duck. Twice.
  7. Can highly recommend Geo-caching if you’re a geography geek (or even if you’re not!)
  8. I spent nearly 7 months living in Cusco, working in a children’s home. At one point, a tiny baby (she was two months old but premature, so effectively the size and age of a newborn) was brought in. The nurse on duty named her after me. She was eventually adopted by a family in Florence. I often wonder what life my namesake is now living. I’d like to go back to Peru to work some more in the home there.
  9. I played hockey at the 2002 Central American and Caribbean Games, so I’ve officially been capped 6 times at senior level. Wish I could still play like that!
  10. On a tall ship, floating on a flat disk of blue ocean with the sky arching high overhead and nothing else but the horizon to see, is my favourite landscape.
  11. I’m working as a landscape architect. This explains it best:

What I do

11 things that Giant Fossilized Armadillo asked

  1. What made you start blogging? I wanted to comment on others’ blogs, so set up a wordpress account, and, as I was already keeping a sort of private online journal, I figured they might as well be one and the same thing.
  2. What’s the craziest (fun crazy, not crazy crazy!) thing you’ve ever done? Travelling to the Galapagos for two months. It wasn’t quite spur of the moment, but I researched and booked it all through the internet. I’m not sure if that was a brave or foolish things to do, and I don’t think I’d have the confidence to do it again. (Luckily friendly people were at the San Cristobal air port to meet me with a pick-up truck taxi and they didn’t knock me out with a concrete brick, riffle through my pockets and leave me for the pigeons.)
  3. When was the last time you laughed until it hurt and why? Maybe laughing because it hurt is a more accurate description – when I was sailing this past summer and someone had the idea to have a cinnamon eating contest. Maybe it’s a Scottish thing. All I know it was quite hilarious and I had the bitter sting of cinnamon in my nose for the rest of the day and the night watch too!
  4. Are you a morning person or an evening person? Morning definitely! Bad things happen at night.
  5. Who would you invite to your ideal dinner party and why? My friends from when we were 17/18 yrs old. I consider them my closest friends, but we’re slowly drifting apart, geographically at least. We were altogether again this summer celebrating weddings, and that was fab, so another opportunity for that would be great!
  6. What did you want to be when you grew up? An artist. I have a very clear memory of my nursery school friend saying, ‘Isn’t it funny how we all want to be what our parents are?’ I looked at her strangely because the thought had never occurred to me. I knew I wanted to be an artist. Strangely enough, my parents own and run a seedling business, and now I’m a landscape architect, so perhaps my three-year-old friend did have some wisdom!
  7. What do you want to be now? Are you already there or working towards it? In myself? Happy. Am working on it. Work-wise: there may be times when I feel like strangling the girl who signed up for the landscape architecture course, but on the whole I think it suits me very well!
  8. Order or chaos? Chaos is closer to reality
  9. Science or art? (BOTH says the nerd over here, hehe)I like to think both, but art is probably more natural for me.
  10. What’s your favourite thing to eat for breakfast? Weetabix, Alpen and Jordan’s Country Crisp raspberry granola. The first two can be generic, but the granola needs to be Jordan’s.
  11. Do you find asking questions or answering them easier?  Neither? Or else answering a yes/no question is ‘easiest’. These ones here were fun and not too intimidating 😉 Ideally I’d like to ask a question that someone is interested enough in to answer.

11 Questions for YOU (group hug/tag!):

  1. If you were reincarnated, what/who would you like to come back as?
  2. A memory that makes you smile thinking back on it?
  3. Do you have a favourite recipe? Please share!
  4. Favourite word?
  5. The furthest you’ve walked or run all in one go?
  6. Have you ever been on television?
  7. Where is highest on your list of dream places to visit?
  8. Are you still friends with your first best friend?
  9. What was your favourite subject at school?
  10. What smell do you absolutely hate most?
  11. If you were a vegetable, what would you be?