Saturday, March 29, 2008

Another meme: 5 things

Helen tagged me for this meme - sharing facts about yourself, random and weird.

The rules of this meme are:
Link to your tagger and post these rules on your blog.
Share 5 facts about yourself on your blog, some random, some weird.
Tag 5 people at the end of your post by leaving their names, and links to their blogs.
Let them know they are tagged by leaving a comment on their blog.

So, here goes ...

1. I don't like cooking or housework. I wish I did. So many people say they love to cook these days, including a lot of my friends. Sometimes I feel like a bit of a freak that I can't say 'me too' and join in with a recipe tip involving seasonal market produce, or mention the cuisine I'm currently hooked on. But I'm not like that, and I've decided I'm too old to pretend to like things I don't. I cook to eat, and sometimes I put in an effort, sometimes I'm really quite lazy. F thinks I'm a great cook, though, based on my pita bread pizzas with ham, cheese and tomato paste, my family pancake recipe that I copied from my parents, and the salad wraps I make him for lunch (pita bread again). Oh, and cheesy scrambled eggs - yes, scrambled eggs with cheese added. Genius. And there you go ... I have shared recipes, after all.

2. I have Asperger's Syndrome. After F was diagnosed last year, and one too many things sounded awfully familiar, I sat through four sessions and got my own diagnosis. It seems that my dad, my brother and probably my dad's dad (long since dead) have it, too, though they haven't been offficially diagnosed. How I feel about this depends very much on the day/week/month you ask me about it. Most of the time I'm not particularly bothered.

3. I am 32 years old and I don't have a driver's licence and will probably never get one. I don't know why, really, but I'm not mechanically minded, and that's part of it.

4. I got together with my husband at a work Christmas party over seven years ago. He worked in a bookshop down the road from mine, owned by the same people, and he used to volunteer to take the store transfers down so that he could talk to me. Later, he, his sister, me and my flatmate all worked together in the same bookshop at the same time. It was fun. A bit like high school, really. (Only fun.)

5. When I was young, I think about ten or so, I remember wanting to have a house by the sea with a tin roof and an open fire, so that I could sit inside on winter's days and listen to the rain. I'd still like that.

I tag Cristy, Redcap, Audrey, Eleanor Bloom and ThirdCat.


eleanor bloom said...

Crikey! I STILL have No.5! Maybe you and I can shack up together in such idyllic surrounds in our old age.
Of course, I don't cook either so I guess we'll both be eating a lot of homemade pizzas (if we still have our teeth) and some ready frozen meals. Fingers crossed they have meals in a pill by then. That way we can spend all our efforts on reading and rowdy games of gin rummy (taking the gin literally of course... and maybe the rum...).

I must say no.4 made me smile. Lovely! And bookstores! Is like a romantic movie! (You've Got Mail perhaps... only better.)

And with the A.S., I think it's good you don't think about it too much. We put labels on so many things today; things which in the old days were merely personality traits! Soon none of us will be individuals, just diagnoses! Not good to feel you're defined by such things.

Thanks for the tag!! I will ponder away now...

Ariel said...

Oh wow, I'm so jealous ... you have no. 5 ...

Haha, yes, we are a romantic movie.

Oh, you know, the AS is not so bad ... just odd I guess, an odd thing to discover about yourself when you are 32.

Anonymous said...

Wow, we have a few things in common: 1) I HATE cooking lol, 2) I was diagnosed as an adult with a mental disorder (in my case, it was not Asperger's but "unusually hyper-active" ADHD at 23), and 3) I have yet to get my license as well.

Sometimes I wonder how my life would have been if I'd been diagnosed sooner and had been put on medication before now. ADHD was actually one of the causes of my inability to learn how to drive, so I wonder if/when I will ever get my license. I'm glad you guys found out early in life that your child has a disorder so you can seek help and allow him/her to lead a less difficult life.

Edward Yates said...

Hi there Ariel!

I'm tracing this so called meme backwards, as I don't think it fits the definition of a 'meme'. Been interesting though going backwards through the web this way though.

I also was not aware that this game of tag had rules until I got to your blog! I have not tagged 5 people either yet...

It is cool that you your husband, your sister and your flatmate all worked in the same bookshop. Situational comedy script in that surely...