Sunday, July 24, 2011

Versatile? That's me!

So a while ago, I was awarded 'The Versatile Blogger' award by the lovely Kirri of Happy Mums At Home.

To be honest, I've been sidetracked with penis vegetables, pet poo picker-upper-ing, and the endless pursuit of happiness, to do what any well-mannered blogger would do, and give thanks for this delightful award.

So thank you, and today I will follow up on the requirements of a Truly Versatile Blogger.

The major step seems to be sharing seven things you may not know about MIA.

Now, that could be hard, because I pretty much feel like I've shared my guts with you. Depression, divorce, Boombah Battles, tummy upsets, and colonoscopies ... I mean how many more secrets can there be?  

But I'll try.

So here goes:

I once worked for Rebekah Brooks, then Rebekah Wade; She of the News Of The World phone hacking scandal. And I was a tiny bit scared of her, found the NOTW building depressing, and high-tailed it out of there as soon as I found a better-paying job on a lovely women's magazine. Actually, it wasn't really better paying. But the coffee and tea came with the job and every toilet or frozen yoghurt break was not monitored.

I had no freaking idea what I wanted to do when I left school. I was accepted into nursing as well as a Bachelor of Arts, which I eventually chose, majoring in Music, Literature and Journalism. To be honest, I'm still not quite sure what I want to be when I grow up, except that I would like for it to involve a pony.

I was once a talented pianist, having finished Grade 8 AMEB exams by the time I graduated from Year 12. I'm now kicking myself that I let those skills slide.

My entry into the workforce was via a holiday and weekend-job in a toyshop, where I could be regularly found cuddling the soft toys in the corner. I also had a secret fetish for gift-wrapping presents.

I cried with happiness when I first went to Disneyland. I was an adult by then, and I really long to take my kids one day. While they are still kids. And hopefully, unlike me, they will not throw up on the teacup ride.

Despite growing up in Queensland, and sharing my homes with a variety of wildlife,  I am still irrationally scared of snakes. Okay, and lizards. 

I love animals and have been lucky enough to pat Bengal tigers; cuddle baby lions; let baby cheetahs suckle my fingers; pat snakes,* crocodiles and dolphins; cuddle koalas and kangaroos, hand-feed monkeys and dolphins, and swim with turtles. I've also come within touching distance of bears, moose, elk, mountain goats, deer, marmots, and porcupines (the last lot, all in the beautiful Canadian Rockies. Sigh). I've ridden elephants in Thailand, and fed them bananas. Oh and in Africa, I saw loads of wild animals too, including watching a lion and a lioness Doing It. It was over in seconds, and I swear the lioness stalked off looking disgusted. 

So there you are: Seven things you may not have known about me.

And now I get to pass on this award to a few other bloggers I like:

When you've got time, join in by sharing seven things we may not know about you, and passing on the love to a few of your favourite blog crushes. 

* Yes, I know I said I'm afraid of snakes, but I think it's important to confront your fears. So although it freaks the hell out of me to touch a snake - and I don't go as far as actually wearing one, because that would be crazy - I touch them anyway. When held by a trusted wildlife handler of course.
I think it's important to show the kids that it's okay to be afraid of things, and it's okay to tackle your fears. And also, that the fear is often baseless.  


Thea said...

Oh!! Thank you thank you!!!

Your seven things are really cool, loved learning more about you. :)

Anonymous said...

Well now, you have done some incredibly interesting things haven't you? I'm longing to take my kids to Disneyland as well. One day soon i hope.....

Ms_MotorbikeNut said...

What wonderful things you have done

(((( Hugs )))) XXXX Kisses XXXX

Miss Cinders said...

Hahahaha because everyone wants to see lions doing it at least once in their life lol

Although I am envious of all your wildlife encounters!

Lorraine @ Not Quite Nigella said...

I want to hear more about working for Ms Brooks! :)

Anonymous said...


Isa lions doing it too - I agree it was over very quickly, then the lion just flopped over.
We, though, were at the zoo at the time with all four kids, who of course fired loads of appropriate and inappropriate questions at us...