Saturday, June 07, 2008

Some facts about me! meme (or: procrastination)

Some facts about me! meme

Courtesy of Elsewhere. Thanks for the procrastination material!

1. The rules of the game get posted at the beginning

2. Each player answers the questions about themselves.

3. At the end of the post, the player tags 5 people and posts their name, then goes to their blogs and leaves them a comment, letting them know they've been tagged and asking them to read your blog.

What was I doing 10 years ago?

I had recently moved to Melbourne and I didn't yet have a child. I was living in a flat in Elwood with a view of the sea with the man who was to become the father of my child. He was very bossy. We had a big stand-up fight outside the local supermarket once because he said no girlfriend of his was going to buy two-minute noodles and I said I wanted it, it was MY comfort food, and no one was going to tell me what to do. Wow, how surprising that we broke up. I worked as a marketing manager at an academic publishing company and I was secretly terrified they had given me the job by mistake, not realising how incompetent I was. This turned out to be partly true: I was very good at one part of my job and didn't have a great grip on the other. My boss at the time was too busy shagging a girl from customer service behind his fiancee's back to notice. My best friend from Adelaide decided on a whim to move to Melbourne and crashed on my couch until my partner kicked him out. Then he invited my 17 year old brother to come live with him in a share house near Southlands with the head chef from his work, who turned out to be a gambling addict and stole all their money. The two chefs ignored my brother (their kitchenhand) for a while because they were both in love with the 21 year old head waitress, a blonde from the Gold Coast, who was in love with my brother.

Five snacks I enjoy in a perfect, non weight-gaining world:

1. Magnum Envy (chocolate coated with mint ice cream)

2. Chocolate coated raspberry bullets

3. Haigh's chocolate almonds

4. Lindt orange filled chocolate

5. Gelati from Al Fresco's in Adelaide. Preferably mint choc-chip, hazelnut or chocolate. Banana and mango are also good.

Five snacks I enjoy in the real world: (or really my favorite snacks 6-10)

6. Um ... all of the above when I'm being bad. When I'm being good, almonds and Carman's muesli bars, cut-up Granny Smith's apples and barbecue rice crackers.

Five things I would do if I were a billionaire:

1. Stop working and travel the world, writing immersion type journalism stories and other stuff. (What Elsewhere said. But probably would have to wait ten years, due to nearly-nine-year-old. Or maybe I could bring him.)

2. Buy two houses. A Victorian terrace in North Fitzroy (with a pool if I can find room in the backyard) and a beach house at Airey's Inlet.

3. Buy houses for my family. Big family, so a lot of money eaten up there.

4. Start my own publishing company. And hire good staff to do all the things I can't.

5. Make a fat donation to the Asylum Seeker Resource Centre.

Five jobs that I have had:

1. marketing manager (publishing)

2. deputy editor (magazine)

3. bookseller

4. public relations consultant (this one felt a bit too formal and poncy as a job title, I'm not sure why)

5. deli counter at Coles (worst. job. ever.)

Three of my habits:

1. over analysis (self and others)

2. general domestic slovenliness

3. judging other people's parenting and then feeling guilty about it

Five places I have lived:

1. Norwood, Adelaide

2. Golden Grove, Adelaide (actually Wynn Vale, but nobody really knows the difference - and it WASN'T MY CHOICE)

3. Carlton, Melbourne

4. North Fitzroy, Melbourne

5. Yarraville, Melbourne

Five people I want to get to know better: (A nice way of saying TAG!)


2. (maybe it will lure her back onto the blogging wagon?)





redcap said...

Oh lord - mine are going to be so boring! And your ten years ago is so entertaining :)

Kath Lockett said...

I agree with Redcap - and no wonder you broke up with boyfriend of ten years ago - how dare he decide what daggy snacks you're fond of! (Mine - those soapy Kraft cheese singles with vegemite on saladas. Love Chunks - barbecue shapes).

Will start working on it shortly, Ariel.

Ariel said...

No they won't! And oh yes, ten years ago I was very much afflicted with the Chinese curse. You know: may your life be interesting.

I know, Kath. Who has the right to say what I put in my mouth?! Only me. Yeah, I like the odd BBQ Shapes. (I moved on from two-minute noodles at my own pace.)

The Blakkat said...

Love the 10 years ago wrap. Isn't it funny how much can change in that time period? I think I've got job envy though - except the Coles deli counter one. You can keep that :-)And what's with the foot down on 2 min noodles? Control freak, by the sounds! Thanks for the tag... I'm onto it.