20 bits of me

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The way I see it, everyone’s a multi-storey building. Sometimes we only get to know a person’s facade and other times we find ourselves up in the attic, uncovering their real hidden treasures.

Sorry to say we’re not going up there today folks. Consider this a ground floor tour of the property.

I’ve spotted lots of those “share 20 things about yourself” requests winging their way around Insta lately, so here’s one I prepared earlier.

1. I paid someone to pump ink into my skin. Yep, I have a tattoo (and secretly want another one).

2. My Year One school teacher was my Mum and, yes, Dad came along to my first parent-teacher interview.

3. Apple juice makes me instantly ill. Even if it’s diluted with another juice, somehow my stomach can detect a millilitre of Granny Smith or Golden Delicious and my innards start acting capricious. I can eat ’em, I just can’t drink ’em.

4. I have supersonic hearing. Once, while staying in a hotel, I was woken in the middle of the night by a loud hacking sound that I could have sworn was an axe breaking through our door. Turned out it was the drip, drip, drip of the bath tap.

5. The nicest compliment I’ve ever received was back in my uni days, when I worked part-time as a checkout operator. One day I was called into the Manager’s office. Apparently some customers had called the store to give a bit of feedback on my service. They’d had a death in the family and hadn’t been out of the house for some time. They said my light-hearted banter had made them smile for the first time in ages. I’ve never forgotten their kindness in taking the time to make that call. More than 20 years later, it’s still my career highlight.

6. Hats off to the world’s talented animators but I can’t seem to warm to the genre. Drum roll please….I’ve never seen an episode of The Simpsons. I’m told I simply have to watch it some day and I’ve also put Up and Finding Nemo on my animation bucket list. I really do intend to watch them at some stage; just not today or tomorrow.

7. I’m not normally superstitious but I’ve always had a strong aversion to the number 7. So much so, when I hit 77 Facebook followers I immediately requested someone unfollow or follow me.

8. Baking sponges and cupcakes are two of my top talents.

9. I drink bucket loads of water and it makes me thirsty being around people who say no to H20.

10. I own more jewellery than clothes. Sometimes I change my bling multiple times a day. Addicted much?

11. For some inexplicable reason, I’ve never liked the word “cheers” in any other setting than a pub. Why sign off a business email with “cheers”? It always gets me thinking about clinking.

12. Every year, I consider dying my hair black. Then I pop on my black wig and promptly change my mind.

13. I’m a bit obsessive when it comes to checking locks and irons.

14. Years ago, I went through a phase of only eating foods I wanted to look like. Turns out fruit and veg were much more appealing than deep fried anything.

15. I’ve lived in Brisbane, Cambridge, Cornwall, Melbourne, Scotland and Sydney. I like my addresses to be alphabetical.

16. Iceland is my preferred holiday destination. I’ve been once but I wish I could make it an annual trip.

17. I want a King Charles Cavalier.

18. My handwriting is divisive. Some say it’s “creative” (full of curves and swirls). Others say it’s illegible.

19. I’m a terrible tourist. I don’t like reading historical signs or wearing museum headsets. I’d rather look around, take it all in and ask questions later.

20. I like it when other people share things about themselves.

I’d love to know more about you. Please share whatever you fancy below.

Linking up today with Essentially Jess for I Blog On Tuesdays.

22 Comments

  • Now those are some quirky bits of info girl!
    I have lived in NZ, NY, OZ – how boring am I? I have visited a few more though x

    • Reply April 14, 2015

      Tonia

      I’ve not been to NZ or NY but would love to go to both. Meet you at the airport tomorrow morning and you can play tour guide. Deal?

  • Reply April 14, 2015

    Kathy

    Ok, I sign off with cheers. I’m sorry. Although I’m using Namaste on the blog, which probably makes me sound wanky but really I just want to wish people the best. I’ve only actually lived in Queensland (Brisbane, Rockhampton, Townsville and the Gold Coast) and Canada. But I’ve been a fair few places, including New York and I’m slightly obsessed with world globes.

    • Reply April 14, 2015

      Tonia

      Canada? I’d love to go there too. I’ve got some new friends from Canada and they are totally awesome! Funny you mention world globes as I recently spied an antique globe that doubles as a lamp. It was pretty pricey but pretty lovely. Namaste x (p.s. lots of fine folk are coming forward admitting their “cheers” sign offs, maybe I’ll have to become more flexible as I age…lucky I follow an excellent yoga blog!)

  • Thanks for sharing! I have only ever lived in Sydney – how boring am I!
    Visiting from IBOT

    • Reply April 14, 2015

      Tonia

      Not boring at all Lisa. I bet you know all the best places and the best things to do in Sydney. Moving around isn’t all it’s cracked up to be. When I was doing contract work, I often longed to linger in one place long enough to get to know my neighbours and put down real roots. Also, I have lots of mates o.s who dream about living in Sydney. They’d think you’re one lucky lady. Thanks for stopping by with #IBOT.

  • Ooo now I want to know where your tattoo is, what it’s of, and if it has any special significance – because I’m nosy like that! Bananas have the same effect on me as apple juice does to you; my favourite number is 7, I adore the Simpsons, and I sign off most emails with “cheers” – but we can still be friends!!!!

    Visiting today from #teamIBOT x

    • Reply April 14, 2015

      Tonia

      Love this! Sounds like opposites attract, hey? By the way, it looks like we’ll both have to avoid the juice bar at the next blogging conference. As for my tattoo…it’s a big “I” for “INSTINCT” on the top of my foot. Sometimes I find it hard to follow my instinct, so I put it on my foot to remind myself to try and lead with my instinct. Also, I tend to look down when I’m thinking deeply about something, so my foot seemed the perfect spot for this little reminder. I got it done about 8 years ago and I’m so pleased I did. x

  • Reply April 14, 2015

    EssentiallyJess

    I think you sound like fun. We should be friends who hang out not watching cartoons, categorising things in alphabetical order, and you let me borrow your jewellery. Also I don’t have super hearing, but my sense of smell is pretty much up there. We just need three other people and we could be a group of super-sense heroes!

    • Reply April 14, 2015

      Tonia

      JESS – THIS IS A GENIUS IDEA and yes I have enough jewellery for all 5 of us and all of our relatives. Oh the things we could hear, smell, see, taste and touch. Let the recruiting begin! (p.s you ROCK!!!)

  • Reply April 14, 2015

    Laney@thelaneyfiles

    Thanks for sharing all these quirky facts about you! I can relate tot he obsessive checking of stovetops….even if it hasn’t been used I need to check it before I leave the house or go to bed. Just in case, you know, someone bumped it and turned it on or something.

    • Reply April 14, 2015

      Tonia

      Oh Laney, I’m hearing you on the stovetop and the “what ifs”. Nice to meet a kindred spirit! Thanks for swinging by the blog.

  • Reply April 14, 2015

    Renee Wilson

    I love this, Tonia! You’re a totally cool chick. The whole 77 thing is a bit strange. Lucky you weren’t born in 77 unlike me. I would love to go to Iceland one day too. Looks magical. I have a thing for locks and checking doors also. It drives me batty. That’s classic your Dad went to the parent teacher interview and your mum was the teacher. I laughed out loud at that one 🙂

    • Reply April 15, 2015

      Tonia

      Thanks Renee. Glad I’m not alone in that lock-checking club – lots of us out there! I also forgot to add that I don’t like pavlova which seems to always be a party favourite. Good thing I like ALL other cakes and sweets!

  • Reply April 15, 2015

    merilyn

    thankyou for sharing tonia with us!;)
    I like to write in lower case as i’m not office or device savvy
    and it breaks my train of thought! … I like lots of exclamation marks and pauses! …
    I’m creative and a bit dyslexic!
    originally I was a hairdresser and I’m a trained artist too!
    I love to draw, paint and maker of things and I write a bit of “stuff and nonsence” … I call it!
    I’ve lived in Adelaide, Melbourne, Raymond tce nsw.
    I spent over 4 months traveling around Europe! I’ve also been to nz, bali, Malaysia and Singapore.
    I’m old enough to be your mother, but I’m young in attitudes and heart!
    love m:)X ps. sorry I got carried away!;0

    • Reply April 15, 2015

      Tonia

      Don’t apologise – I love this Merilyn! An artist! What bliss it must be to have that talent. Oils or ink? As for that four months travelling around Europe…well you’ve got me daydreaming now. That sounds absolutely sublime. Thanks so much for sharing some of your story. xx

  • Loved reading your list Tonia!

    Especially numbers 4, 9, 11, 13…Me to a tee.

    • Reply April 15, 2015

      Tonia

      Thanks Shannon. You’re officially the first person who’s with me on the “cheers”! I raise a virtual toast of H20 in your honour. Thanks for swinging by the blog – sounds like we have lots in common.

  • Reply April 16, 2015

    Tash @ Gift Grapevine

    What an awesome list. I’m like you when travelling – I try my very best to not look like a tourist. I try to blend in and the biggest compliment is when a local talks to me in their own language thinking I’m from there! Can’t believe you’ve never watched The Simpsons! Finding Nemo is a must and be sure to have tissues on hand for the first 15 minutes of Up. And what a gorgeous story about your compliment – not many people go out of their way to give positive feedback. How lovely 🙂

    • Reply April 16, 2015

      Tonia

      Thanks for your lovely comment Tash. Love that you’ve been mistaken for a local when travelling. I’ve been asked for directions a few times which is certainly awkward! …and speaking of feedback – really appreciate yours x

  • Reply April 18, 2015

    Bex

    Hi Tonia! Sorry it’s taken me so long to visit your blog after finding you on Aussie Bloggers the other day. This is a great list and I’m v jealous of all the places you’ve lived – especially Cornwall! I love your story about the family you helped at the supermarket. People are so quick to complain but how many of us take the time to say thanks for a job well done? Such a lovely story x

    • Reply April 18, 2015

      Tonia

      Thanks so much Bex – really appreciate your kind words. I totally agree re: people taking the time to give positive feedback (at the supermarket and everywhere). Paying it forward is such a lovely practice and I hope it’s one we see a lot more of in the world. Have a great weekend x

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