More Meme Goodness.

The air is thick with the meme. Roshan over at Awake And Dreaming has tagged me for a Personal Meme.

The rules are :

* link to the person who tagged you
* post the rules on your blog
* share six non-important things/ habits/ quirks about yourself
* tag at least 3 people at the end of the post and link to their blogs
* let each person know they have been tagged by leaving a comment on their blog

SIX OF ME QUIRKS :

1. I am obsessed with the freshness of food. I am constantly smelling it and checking use-by dates. When I go to someone’s place for dinner I surreptitiously steal a sniff of the food before I eat it. I’m frightened I’m going to be caught doing it.

2. I can read and write Italian but can’t speak it fluently. I studied it throughout High School and at University as part of my degree and even though I have read Dante in Italian I come out in a cold sweat if I have to speak Italian to an actual Italian!

3. I taught myself how to play the piano in my twenties and can play anything from Blues to Beethoven. I did have a distinct advantage though because I had studied Classical guitar for 15 years so I could already read music.

4. I wear Doc Marten boots with skirts and dresses because I know it unnerves my well-heeled friends. (Actually, I like the look and it is very comfortable. I have a great pair I got in London with platform heels that lace right up to the knee. Whenever I wear them I feel like Lara Croft or Xena.) They think I’m going to insist they play The Sex Pistols over dinner.

5. I am obsessed with poetry. I read it every day. I carry some of my favourite poets in my bag when I go out. It is like walking around with a Bible. My faves at the moment include: Anne Sexton, Jack Gilbert, Les Murray, Ted Hughes and the Bronte sisters. Poetry brings me joy.

6. I talk to my goldfish in a silly little goldfish voice. They actually respond. (Contrary to popular belief, research indicates that goldfish are pretty smart.) They talk back to me and wiggle their tails. Sometimes when I am feeling stressed I sit with them and seeing their lovely colours and the way they glide through the water calms me!

There, all done.

Now I tag three people I’d love to learn more about : Heather at I’m Not Hannah

Keith at Travelrat’s Travels and

Bonnie at Bonnie’s Books

Hope you don’t mind me tagging you, guys, but I’d love to hear your responses!

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19 thoughts on “More Meme Goodness.

  1. Thanks! (I think)

    I’ll have a think about it this weekend … if I don’t have too much whisky at the Burns Night Supper tonight …

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  2. Uh-oh…
    And just when you thought it was safe… I picked you for this because not only do you paint with your words, you create lovely images to include in your posts.

    I don’t know if it’s too soon in our relationship to be asking you to do this, but what’s life if it’s not out on a limb some of the time.

    So if it’s not too much too ask of you Selma, take a look here http://www.angrybuttons.com/blog.php/125
    and, if you don’t mind, send me one of yours via my site’s email.

    Cheers.

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  3. Okay, Ted Hughes. I love. Crow. Best anthology ever. Best poem ever, however – Not Waving But Drowning by Stevie Smith.

    And certainly not the rubbish I write, and have had published in a number of anthologies but will eventually by all brought together. The anthology will be titled ‘The Worst Poetry in the World’.

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  4. Ooh! I have a pair of knee-high Docs too!!! But they are ordinary soles, not platforms – boy am I jealous of yours! I wear mine with fishnets and a short black skirt. But I refuse to tear holes in my fishnets. Or sometimes I wear thick black tights instead if I want the Docs to look more discreet.

    (Actually, I have pictures on one of my Squidoo lenses, but it is a commercial lens so I won’t post the link here. But it’s easy to find if you’re quizzy.)

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  5. BONNIE – I’ve fixed the link ( I hope). So sorry about that.

    GYPSY – If only I had Lara’s body to go with the boots. HaHa. Maybe in my next life…..

    TRAVELRAT – Oh aye! I had a wee dram at our Burns night. It was braw. If you don’t have the time to do the meme – no worries. Only if you want to although I will admit to being curious as to what makes Travelrat tick!

    ANGRY – I’d be more than happy too. Coming over right now!

    BEC – As I am new to reading your blog I didn’t know you are a poet, and a published one at that. Congrats. I also like Stevie Smith. She is very clever. BTW, are you haveuseenmycml or am I imagining things?

    GYPSY – HAPPY AUSSIE DAY, DEAR GYPSY. So thoughtful of you.

    DAOINE – I am going to find that lens. I don’t need to tear a hole in fishnets or any other type of tights/stockings because whenever I put a pair on I can guarantee that within the next hour they will be laddered. It’s like whenever I wear white – I always spill either chocolate or tomato sauce on it! What can you do? LOL.

    ROSHAN – It sounds crazy but it’s true. I also whistle to birds. By the time I am 60 I will be completely eccentric. I am thinking abut dyeing my hair purple then. You’re probably too young to remember a show called ‘Are You Being Served?’ but there was a character on there – Mrs. Slocombe- who looked just like my Scottish grandma. Her hair was always either purple or blue just like my Grandma’s. I’d like to follow in her footsteps.

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  6. >>By the time I am 60 I will be completely eccentric.<<

    Do you know a poem called ‘Warning’ by Jenny Joseph?

    ‘When I am an old woman, I shall wear purple/With a red hat which doesn’t go, and doesn’t suit me …’

    I don’t want to post the whole thing here, for copyright reasons, but I’ll email it to you, if you like.

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  7. My poetry would scare you…or nauseate you. It’s THAT bad.

    I read some Francais and some Español. I also read aloud in a very bad British accent because I am a lover of English lit.

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  8. GROOVY – I am sure your poetry is very witty and well worrth reading.

    MELEAH – I am very forgetful re. tags. I write them down then I lose the paper I wrote them on.

    BONNIE – I am on it. It’ll be fun but it won’t look as nice as yours. Love your little heart-shaped candies!

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