Sunday, 11 April 2010


I was going to start this sentence by saying "I don't normally participate in these tagging things"...which is true, I don't. But given that I've never actually *been* tagged, I can't say for certain whether it's because I don't like tag-things, or just that I've never been asked.

Anyhoo, I've been tagged by both the lovely Michelle, and the amazing Theresa, and given that it's been a while since I posted here, and since I'm unexpectedly home for the night, here goes! I need to list 10 little-known facts about myself and then ask 10 other people to follow suit. Buckle up kiddies.

1. I'm completely unmusically and unartistically talented. Only instrument I've ever played is the recorder. Both my brothers have uni degrees in creative arts but I missed out on the artistic gene too.

2. Before going back to uni to study medicine, I was a computer programmer. Technically I can put the initials BITCH after my name and mean it (Bachelor Information Technology and Communication with Honours). Actually getting that H was one of the main motivators that made me want to do Honours in the first place!

3. My biggest fears are huntsman spiders and leeches. I temporarily got over my fear of leeches after spending a month in Borneo (they are everywhere there), but years later Australian leeches still freak me out unless I have salt on standby. I don't think I will ever get over my fear of hunstman spiders.

4. Goats are my favourite animals. I've had a few pet goats, but a little angora goat named Andy stole my heart. I used to take him for walks through the village we lived in, had taught him to jump over ropes and even tried dying him pink with mulberry juice once. I was devastated when police dogs escaped and killed him.

5. I love British comedy and could spend hours quoting Blackadder, The Young Ones, Red Dwarf and Monty Python. I once translated "my hovercraft is full of eels" into 30 languages just for the fun of it.

6. When I was born I nearly died of haemolytic disease of the newborn and had to have an exchange blood transfusion to replace all my red blood cells at birth. Given that I'm the oldest child, this means my mum unknowingly had a miscarriage before I was born. Nowadays this is prevented by giving prophylactic anti-D injections to pregnant mums with
O- blood group. Modern medicine can be great!

7. I had never been overseas until I was age 12. That year my parents packed up and moved us all to England for a year. It was scary, but great. I have never stopped wanting to travel since!

8. I have never been sea-sick in my life. Not even crossing the English channel in a terrible storm when everyone around me was staggering around projectile vomiting including every other member of my family. I sat there doing my maths homework like the nerd that I am!

9. I don't know how to braid hair. I'd really like to learn.

10. I used to hate pineapple, tomato, capsicum, onion, asparagus and a host of other veggies that I now love. I still hate cauliflower, broccolli and brussel sprouts with a passion and can't even eat food those vegetables have touched. I also can't eat mixed peas and corn. They have to be separated and then eaten. OCD much?

Whew, talk about useless trivia huh! :)

Now who to tag? I think all the youlookfab ladies have already played along, and I don't know who else actually reads this blog! Mary, Phil, Nadine: wanna play?


Theresa said...

wow - very interesting Tam! I love being a sticky beak into everyone's lives LOL

And I'm so glad I had all those Anti D shots throughout my pregnancies after reading your little story... (I'm an A- blood type) Makes me very happy about our modern medicine.

Anonymous said...

My stepdad who's from Australia was visiting this weekend and told us about those Huntsman spiders! Ick!

yublocka said...

It is interesting isn't it Theresa - fun! Yes anti-D is a great thing!!

WLHYAP hehe they are (mostly) harmless but so gross. You are so lucky you don't have them over there!!!

Rand(Om) Bites said...

Thank god for modern medicine and for being able to meet you! Okay, you sucked me in. I'll do this tag when I have a bit more time. What's with the vegie OCD? Freak LOL, now wait to see what I can call me freak back! :-)

yublocka said...

Hehe can't wait to read it Mary. Freaks are good! :)

Anonymous said...

I'm in! Why not? Haven't done one of these for a while. And I have some time before makes quince glaze. Mmmmm.

green ink said...

I finally did it babe! :)

MaxP said...

I stumbled across this site trying to find a recipe for the Mulberries that grow on a tree in my front yard. Dyeing a Goat was not one of the uses I anticipated.

But it sounds like fun. What sort of goat would you recommend for a Dwarf Weeping Mulberry tree?

yublocka said...

Hi Max P, sorry to dissapoint with recipes. I have stuck to eother mulberries + yoghurt or mulberry smoothies I'm afraid. Not very adventurous!As for goat recommendations, always angora. They are the cutest!!!