Episode 58. In which I shamelessly paste in something I wrote on Facebook last night.

Facebook, like any social networking site, has its share of what used to be chain letters floating round the place.  The most recent one is called 25 things.  For this, you write a list of 25 facts about yourself – likes, dislikes, anecdotes, tendencies, whatever you want.  I spent a good four hours trying to think of 25 things about myself worth telling anyone, and ended up with maybe 10 things worth saying, and 15 more that happened to cross my mind.  Since my sinuses are trying to claw their way out through my face I am going to steal what I wrote last night for today’s blog post.  It’s not really cheating, the bloody thing didn’t get published until gone midnight.

There are a couple of differences between the Facebook version and the Diabetses version, just because a few more have crossed my mind since then, so I’ve taken out the crap ones I did last night and replaced them with something that may (or may not, don’t get greedy) be worth reading instead.

Here we go.

25 things

1. My middle name is Grace.  This is very pretty, but ultimately incredibly ironic.

2. I have some grey hairs. This doesn’t bother me at all, one day I hope to look just like Helen Daniels. With slightly less frog DNA. I do dye my hair but that is because I stupidly dyed my hair red about 5 years ago and red dye is impossible to bleach out or dye over. I am on a mission to find my natural hair colour again, through a process of comparison with my roots.

3. I don’t eat, nor can I bring myself to look at, or think too hard about, water-dwelling creatures. This includes fish, shellfish, crustaceans and cephalopods. Anything that lives in water, even just part-time, freaks me out beyond belief.

4. I have a shelf for artwork made by my friends. I have some very creative friends and I hope they realise that I wouldn’t put their artwork on my shelf unless I loved it.

5. I have just re-read Executive Orders by Tom Clancy for about the sixth time. It is one of the longest books I’ve ever read, but it’s one of my favourites.

6. The first single I ever bought, as far as I recall, was Addams Groove by MC Hammer, which was the theme song to the first Addams Family movie in the 90s.

7. I am the middle of three children. I was therefore bullied by both siblings. I never got to do anything cos I wasn’t the oldest, and I never got given anything cos I wasn’t the youngest. I am also the older of two girls. We were often given the same presents at Christmas, but in different colours – the baby got to pick which she wanted, and I got the one that was left. I am now a bitter, twisted person, probably as a direct result of this.

8. I don’t like swimming. I learned as a child but I have since developed a terrifying tendency towards foot cramps, and if I don’t have something to flatten my feet against, I can’t handle it. Which makes swimming a pretty pointless process.

9. I like chocolate a lot more in theory than in practice. My downfall is cheesecake.

10. That little girl in the new Dairy Milk advert, the one in the purple dress, with the glasses, and the eyebrow dancing, and the pink balloon, she reminds me of my sister when she was little. Although I happen to know she hates that advert.

11. Last Valentines Day I got 5olly a crate of Kronenbourg.

12. I used to hate Diet Coke, I thought it tasted like poison. Now I can’t really taste the difference between Diet Coke and full-sugar Coke, other than full-sugar Coke tastes like pure syrup, and leaves me feeling like I just drank glue.

13. My favourite Jackass dude is Ryan Dunn.

14. I play the viola. I don’t actively play it right now, but I had lessons when I was at school, from Primary 4 to 6th year (secondary), so ten years in total, and I have played in a couple of orchestras since then. My viola hasn’t been out of its case, however, in a few years now, and I’m starting to wonder whether I should just sell her.

15. I know the name of the horse whose head ends up in the movie mogul’s bed in The Godfather.

16. Once, when I was a child, I was having a snowball fight with some friends, and a boy in my class came up behind me and rubbed a handful of snow in my face. But he’d just picked it up from the car park and it was full of gravel, so when I ran home crying, I turned up bleeding from the face, although I don’t remember feeling a thing. Probably cos snow is cold.

17. I don’t get art. The artwork my friends gave me that sits on my shelf, I love it because my friends did it, and I can identify the pictures. I have no time or respect for a slash in a jute canvas, it is not a ‘bold work’ or ‘genius’ or ‘original’, it is a hole in a piece of jute. I’m from Dundee, they’ve got pieces of jute full of holes all over the frigging place.

18. I am very black and white when it comes to empathy. I will laugh like a drain if someone I don’t like gets what’s coming to them. However, if this involves actual physical injury I will flinch and sympathise and wish it hadn’t happened, regardless of how much or how little I like the victim.

19. My nickname was Bess when I was little. I don’t remember when or how Betsy came about, but I do remember being called Bess.

20. On my left hand, I can wiggle my pinkie finger independently of my ring finger.

21. I do not travel well. I get travelsick in any vehicle at all. I can mitigate the symptoms by opening lots of windows and staying very cold, because being cold takes my mind off everything and makes me feel a lot better. Most of the reason I feel ill when travelling is down to panicking about what would happen if I started to feel ill. This means that I spend three hours of every working day breathing deeply and trying to calm down and telling myself I can get off at the next stop if I need to and wait for another train with fewer people and more windows and it’ll be fine.

22. Everyone wishes they had my fringe. Although I trimmed it myself just this evening, and I think I really fucked it up. Everyone still wants it.

23. When I was little, and I had bad dreams, they would be about gnomes, marching in circles and chanting in unison, but that’s not what freaked me out. What would freak me out is that the perspective would shift completely at random – one second they’d be right up close then far, far away, then right up close again, and their chanting voices would be really loud, then really distant, then really loud again, at random,

24. When I was in high school, I was pushed (kind of accidentally) down a flight of stairs. I flew over the heads of the two people in front of me and landed near the bottom, and bounced down the last three steps on my face. I still had to go to class and then walk home afterwards.

25. I have an MSc.

Diabetic moment of the day

It’s been alright today.  Although I’m not feeling very well.  For this reason, I didn’t eat anything until about 2pm, and I’ve felt a bit sick all afternoon.  I just had a cheese omelette and I’m not taking any insulin for that cos there’s nothing in it to mess up my blood sugar.  I kind of want to just shoot up about 5 units and eat sugar until it works itself out.


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