27 October, 2008

Six Things About … Me!

I am flattered to have been tagged by Fiona of The Cottage Smallholder — if I’d had to choose who to be tagged by for the first time ever, it would be her, because her blog is the first I read every morning. If you haven’t discovered it, you are missing out on a lot of things! Anyway, here are the rules:

1. Link to the person who tagged you.
2. Post the rules on your blog.
3. Write six random things about yourself.
4. Tag six people at the end of your post and link to them.
5. Let each person know they’ve been tagged and leave a comment on their blog
6. Let the tagger know when your entry is up.

So here we go; it took me ages to write this post, because I’m not used to writing posts that aren’t recipes.

The Aeneid, Book 4
1. My favourite subject at school was Latin. I was the only person in my year who wanted to take it at A-Level, so for two years I had a teacher all to myself and got an A in the exam, resulting in my being thought an insufferable swot. At that point I was learning four languages simultaneously (French, Latin, German, Russian) but nowadays I speak two fluently (English and French) and one haltingly (Spanish). Time and lack of practice have done away with the rest. But I still think Latin is an invaluable foundation for all sorts of things, including spelling, learning other languages, computer programming, crossword puzzles, and general all-round cleverness :-)

Moggy in the garden
2. Taking a leaf from Fiona’s book, 99.9% of cats like me. Well, maybe not 99.9%, since cats are aloof and discerning creatures, but the vast majority do. When I was a moody teenager, my cat Margo was my best friend, and ever since cats have been very special to me — not just pets but intelligent, interesting, and sometimes baffling companions. I would hate to live without at least one, and I always stop to talk to cats I meet in the street. Dogs on the other hand: some people have a natural authority with dogs, but I’m not one of them.

3. When I was nine, I almost died of peritonitis, and still remember the family doctor telling my mother I was just malingering to get out of school. I was too ill to appreciate the glamour of being wrapped in a red blanket and carried downstairs by an ambulance man before nee-nahing to the hospital in an ambulance for emergency surgery, but my sisters thought it was exciting. And I did get about three months off school, plus an excuse not to join in games lessons.

Macadam and bicycle, Brackley 1981
4. I didn’t learn to ride a bike till I was 25, and I’m still not very good at it. Not to be trusted on public highways. Luckily I took to driving a car better, even if I didn’t pass my test till I was 28, at the third attempt.

5. Music is as essential to life as cats. I love singing, but only with other people, not on my own; I like the feeling of creating harmonies and resonances together, and especially the intertwining threads of baroque music. I’d love to be able to play the piano, but my lessons aged about seven were a miserable failure.

books
6. I’m addicted to books and have been ever since I learned to read. My mother claims I once walked into a lamp-post on my way home from the library, already absorbed in a book. Fed up of the overflowing bookshelves and piles of books around the house, my husband covered an entire wall from floor to ceiling with shelves, and is surprised I haven’t filled it yet. Another set of shelves is crammed with cookbooks, which I read for pleasure. Since I discovered BookMooch, my habit has found a nice equilibrium: give books away and receive more in the post!

And I’m tagging, in no particular order:

  1. Ivy of Little Ivy Cakes
  2. Loulou of Chez Loulou
  3. Betty of Cuisine Quotidienne, And So Forth, and La France Profonde
  4. Nicole of For the Love of Food
  5. Stephanie of Fun Foods on a Budget
  6. Patricia of Technicolor Kitchen

OK, so they have something obvious in common — their blogs have a lot to do with food :-) But they’re all bloggers that I’ve been reading and enjoying for a while and would like to know more about.

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9 Responses to “Six Things About … Me!”

  • Thanks for playing tag, Veronica.

    I enjoyed reading your responses!

  • Hi and thanks for the tag. The only problem is I’ve already done this one — and in fact it was TEN random things, so that was a lot of work! I’ll give you the link, though, in case you want to do some sort of follow-up…and then you can read my take on it anyway.

    http://franceprofonde.blogspot.com/2007/11/ten-reasonably-random-things-about-me.html

    The BookMooch site looks interesting — I’ll have to check that out.

    I somehow lost you from my Google Reader but hope to follow your blog more closely now!

    Take care,

    Betty

  • :-) No problem, Betty — thanks for commenting and letting me know!

  • Holy Cow, are you me? I took Spanish in High School and Russian in college, and have forgotten most of what I learned in both. I love cats too, and they tend to like me. I don’t like riding bikes, I much prefer walking or driving. I love singing harmony, and music is a huge part of my life. And I love books! I had no idea we had so much in common, that’s so cool!

  • Hey, thanks for tagging me. :)
    I only took one year of Latin in 7th grade and then moved to another school that didn’t offer Latin. BUt, even that little that I took has helped me throughout my life. You couln’t have said it better in #1.
    I REALLY want our future kids to take Latin their whole lives. Some argue it’s a dead language so what’s the point?
    But I think it’s the root of all language and enhances your eduction by leap and bounds.

  • Stephanie: It’s such fun to discover things we have in common with people we’ve never met!

    Ivy: I’m *so* glad someone agrees with me about Latin! It has proved useful in so many ways, some far from obvious — e.g. computer programming, which has the same requirements as Latin for logic and exact syntax if you don’t want your meaning to be completely distorted! My husband gets fed up of me saying (in answer to many different questions), “If you’d done Latin at school you’d have known that!”

    But I also loved it for the poetry I read (being in a class of one meant racing through the official syllabus, then visiting the library and reading other stuff for pleasure). Just don’t mention Cicero in my presence :-)

  • Hi Veronica
    Thanks for the tag! I’ve just posted my list.
    Had fun doing this one.

  • Hi Veronica,

    It seems we have at least three things in common!

    Languages were my best subjects at school and I got me best overall result in Spanish (only a B as I was also a lazy sod). I disliked Latin but it has stood me in good stead over the years for the reasons you mention.

    Aged 10 I had a burst appendix and was diagnosed late by our local village GP. Caused a bit of a scare, just like your incident. Three weeks in the male ward (not children) was a bit of an eye opener for a 10 year old, especially my first contact with a dementia sufferer.

    I used to be an avid reader and devoured the entire 12 volumes of the old Childrens Brittanica. Local kids would ask me for the answer to most everything, which was embarrassing as I was the shyest kid in the village (back then) :-)

  • Hi Danny

    Strange coincidences! I was in a children’s hospital with a horribly strict matron — I had nightmares about her for ages. When I woke from the anaesthetic, I found she had tied my hands to the bed with bandages in case I fiddled with the dressing … this would probably be classed as child abuse now!

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