Sunday, June 24, 2007

The Zzzzzzz... meme

Two memes in one day?? Gosh. I'm giving up all my private secrets ;) Scroll down to see the first meme.

My good friend Shelli tagged me with a meme that I’ve never heard of before, basically, because she got the idea. I think it's fun and decided to do it.

6 Weird things I do while getting ready to sleep or while sleeping:

  1. I always fall asleep on my left side. ALWAYS! I may change my position after that, but to fall asleep, it’s only the left side.
  2. Orange-X and I each have our own duvet (eiderdown). I like to wrap myself in it, so I would keep stealing the covers if we had only one. The other reason why, is that O-X emits incredible body heat so that sharing one duvet would not be bearable.
  3. I sleep in undies and usually a T-Shirt or then a sleeveless top in summer. Because I usually sleep on my side, I can’t stand it when my thighs are skin on skin. During the warm season, I always swing one leg over my duvet and in winter, I kind of wrap my legs in the down blanket, so that they don’t touch directly. My lower back also has to be covered at all times; otherwise, I get up with backaches.
  4. Our bedroom window is always tipped open; winter or summer. We both CANNOT sleep with closed windows.
  5. I always have to leave enough space to the left of my head for Dale to come join me in bed. If I don’t, he will let me know by either lying on my face, or licking my arm or nose until I make space for him. He stays until I fall asleep.
  6. If I go to bed before O-X – let’s say he wants to finish watching a movie – he will find me in the middle of the bed and spread eagle. He somehow manages to move me over without me waking up.

I’ll add a few more for your entertainment:

  • I can snore like you wouldn’t believe, especially after a few drinks or after very garlicky meals. Me loves garlic, but I get this pasty feel on my tongue.
  • I turn and fluff my pillow often during the night; I hate warm pillows and duvets.
  • I love to hear rain and thunderstorms during the night. It relaxes me.
  • If I get up during the night to go to the bathroom, I open just one eye (a mere slit) and will not turn on the light, nor will I ever look at the alarm clock. I don’t want to know that I still have X minutes/hours left.

How much wierder can you get? Well, you tell me.

I don’t usually tag people, but because this is a new meme and because I am spreading the meme love, I will tag Mrs. TBF (just do it when you find the time. I know you travel a lot), Colon Blow (I’m curious to see if something runs in the family), Sal (make sure to do your draft in Word ;)), Christina, Michael, ExpaTraveler, Jay and Tina.

Just let me know when it’s up, okay?

Tagged - Eight Things About Me

I was tagged twice this past week. Greenhaddock was the first to tag me, so I’ll start with this meme.

Here it goes:

Rules: Each person posts the rules before their list, then they list 8 things about themselves. At the end of the post, that person tags and links to 8 other people; then visits those people’s sites and comments, letting them know that they have been tagged, and to come read the post, so they know what they have to do.
  1. Men always envied my legs. Not what you think. When I was 13 years old, I could push more weight with my legs than my 16-17 year old male gymnast teammates.
  2. Because of no. 1, it was almost impossible for me to find boots where my calves would fit in. I still have trouble with that.
  3. I can watch almost any operation on TV, but when the eye is involved, I have to turn away. As a matter of fact, I was thinking at some point of getting my eyesight corrected with a laser operation. My Dad gave me a website where he had a cataract removed, so I went there. Just reading about it (no picts) made my stomach churn and feel faint.
  4. I often trip over things or slip (yes, I’m clumsy) because I don’t always watch where I’m going and then I can stumble for meters on end (think comedy), but I’ll hardly ever fall. It must be quite a show to watch, I tell you.
  5. I’ve had my share of torn ligaments and muscles through sports, bruises, scorches and stitches as a kid (a true tomboy, I was), but I never broke a bone in my body.
  6. I can’t kill big spiders. It grosses me out. Instead, I catch them with a tupperware and throw them out.
  7. I’ve been married twice.
  8. It drives me crazy when I decide to sit down and relax, and O-X starts cleaning up the place in frenzy.


I know many of you have done this one already, so I won’t tag anyone in particular. If you haven’t done it, yet, or just feel like doing it, then consider yourself tagged.

Sunday, June 17, 2007

Game, Set, Match... or I'll feel it tomorrow

Yes. Orange-X and I went to play some tennis today. Not together though. I mean, we didn't play on the same court.

Last week, our lovely neighbour Di was playing a game of ping-pong (right outside our backyard) with her daughter, Alie, and we started chatting. She was hoping to find someone who played tennis, but was not competitive and would not count points. I'm not really into tennins, but I love running after a ball, whether it's out or not. Just for the fun of it, you know? I like to be competitive with myself, but when I do a sport for fun, I hate it when others expect me to be perfect.

We decided to book a few courts last weekend, but because it had rained so hard, the indoor court were booked-out, so we moved it to this Sunday, 3pm. Today was THE day. After taking Harry and Brenda back to the airport (more about our weekend later this week), we met Andy, Di, Rammy and John for a game of tennis. Andy, Rammy, John and O-X played a double and Di and I made our way to a court far away and isolated from all others. The Kids, Oliver, Alie and Sam, had a court of their own court to play on.

We had a great time. Di and I just had plain fun not counting points and I sweat so much, but it felt so good. O-X enjoyed playing a more "spicy" game with Andy winning the first set 6:4 against John and Rammy, and loosing the second 6:3.

Guess what? We're going back next weekend for another game and I have now acquired my first tennis racket! I'm proud of myself and I'm so happy to have found a tennis partner with whom I can just play for the fun of it. I still have to work on my controll over the ball and the strength I use (I love to really whack it and then it's gone, never to be found again), but all in all, I might even have a hidden talent. Who knows?

I can tell you one thing though. I'll be suffering for the next few days, but that's ok. Maybe next time, OX can take pictures, showing me off as the clown of the courts (not in a negative way - I just like to fool around).

Hope you all had a great weekend!

Monday, June 11, 2007

Watch out... Dead End!

When I got to work this morning, I saw this:

It was taken with my phone camera, so the resolution isn't the best, but good enough. It was a walking and cycling path that is now (temporarily?) closed down and during my lunch time, I still often notice cyclists coming up at full speed until they notice it's a dead end.