I stole a meme from Texasblu. I know she won’t mind because she is just about the kindest, loveliest person in the blogosphere.
These questions will reveal forty two scintillating, gripping pieces of information about me.
1. WERE YOU NAMED AFTER ANYONE?
I was almost named after an ancient Irish Aunt – Finola Maire Ena O’Flaherty. Thank God she turned out to be a raging alcoholic and kleptomaniac. My mother didn’t name me after her because she thought it might jinx my life.
2. WHEN WAS THE LAST TIME YOU CRIED?
About five minutes ago when I realised someone had eaten the last little mini Strawberry Freddo (for you non-Aussies this is a chocolate frog filled with delicious strawberry cream filling).
I want my FREDDDDOOOOOOO!!!!
3. DO YOU LIKE YOUR HANDWRITING?
Only when it is writing out my paycheque (yes, I even do payroll at work. I am the multi-tasking Queen!)
4. WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE LUNCH MEAT?
Roasted turkey breast fillet (free range and organic, of course!)
5. DO YOU HAVE ANY KIDS?
One. A boy. Aged 12. Future menace to society or well-known performance artist.
6. IF YOU WERE ANOTHER PERSON WOULD YOU BE FRIENDS WITH YOU?
Only if we were incarcerated together, because if that were the case I’d like to stay on my good side
7. DO YOU USE SARCASM?
Only when discussing the weather. When it’s a cloudy day, slightly overcast, I say: ‘Nice day, isn’t it?’
8. DO YOU STILL HAVE YOUR TONSILS?
I still have all my original parts
9. WOULD YOU BUNGEE JUMP?
Only for money. But I do have a weakness for any outfit which allows you to wear a crash helmet
10. WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE CEREAL?
Muesli (also free range and organic!)
11. DO YOU UNTIE YOUR SHOES WHEN YOU TAKE THEM OFF?
Always. I also polish them/clean them and put them neatly back in their place in my walk-in dressing room
12. DO YOU THINK YOU ARE STRONG?
I have unusually strong wrists. I can open jars of condiments and such that have caused grown men in their failed attempts to open them, to sink to their knees. People come from miles around to get me to open things.
13. WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE ICE CREAM?
Peppermint chocolate chip
14. WHAT IS THE FIRST THING YOU NOTICE ABOUT PEOPLE?
Whether or not they have beady eyes. You can tell a lot about a person that way.
15. RED OR PINK?
Both. I have a really groovy pair of pink sandals with cork heels. I am not normally a pink person but these sandals are very cool. I also have a red silk dress that I bring out for special occasions.
16. WHAT IS THE LEAST FAVORITE THING ABOUT YOURSELF?
My tendency to self-criticism which can cloud my judgement about the world
17. WHO DO YOU MISS THE MOST?
My Irish Grandmother. The coolest woman on the planet.
18. WHAT COLOR PANTS AND SHOES ARE YOU WEARING?
I am wearing very faded blue jeans and black Doc Martens biker boots
19. WHAT WAS THE LAST THING YOU ATE?
Blueberry yoghurt (in lieu of the strawberry Freddo. Also free range and organic…..)
20. WHAT ARE YOU LISTENING TO RIGHT NOW?
The Monterey Pop Festival on CD which I grabbed when no one was looking from my husband’s shop. It is live in 1967. One of Janis Joplin’s first gigs. Also one of Jimi Hendrix’s first gigs. The first time Otis Redding played to a pop crowd. The Mamas and the Papas are there. And Jefferson Airplane. Need I say more?
21. IF YOU WHERE A CRAYON, WHAT COLOR WOULD YOU BE?
Black, so I could underline the things I liked best in the world
22. FAVORITE SMELLS?
a new hardback book. Mmmmm, I could smell that all day. Lemongrass. Roses. Freshly baked bread or cakes. Citrus-based cleaning products. Freshly picked lemons. Sheets just taken off the line. Shoe polish. Black marker pens. Freshly brewed coffee. Grass with morning dew still on it. Roast chicken. Curry powder.
23. WHO WAS THE LAST PERSON YOU TALKED TO ON THE PHONE?
A person telling me I had won an all expenses paid trip to Florida
24. FAVORITE SPORTS TO WATCH?
Rugby Union. Go the WALLABIES. Go the mighty ALL BLACKS!!!!
25. HAIR COLOR?
26. EYE COLOR?
27. DO YOU WEAR CONTACTS?
No but I’d like to get some for Hallowe’en. Those ones that make you look like one of the undead
28. FAVORITE FOOD?
29. SCARY MOVIES OR HAPPY ENDINGS?
A scary movie with a happy ending
30. LAST MOVIE YOU WATCHED?
3:10 to Yuma. Cowboys and Christian Bale in the one movie? Yeehaaaa!
31. WHAT COLOR SHIRT ARE YOU WEARING?
I’m not wearing a shirt * insert 10 second pause* I’m wearing a T-shirt. Plain black
32. FAVORITE SEASON ?
Spring, can’t resist all that rebirthing
33. HUGS OR KISSES?
34. FAVORITE DESSERT?
I’m going all British and E.M. Forster on this one – Apple Charlotte
35. WHAT BOOK ARE YOU READING NOW?
I have just started The Memory Stones by one of my favourite Irish writers: Kate O’Riordan. She is brilliant!
36. WHAT IS ON YOUR MOUSE PAD?
No mouse pad. Laptop. One of those track pad thingies. However, at work my boss has had an Andy Warhol print done of her face and turned into a mouse pad. It is very disconcerting to have her face staring up at me all day long….
37. WHAT DID YOU WATCH ON TV LAST NIGHT?
The Long Way Down where Ewan MacGregor and Charlie Boorman ride bikes through Africa. Great series.
38. FAVORITE SOUNDS?
Birds in the morning. The kettle boiling. My son laughing with his friends. The phone not ringing. Acoustic guitar. Rain on the grass. Three part harmonies. The shot of steam function on the iron. My antique clock chiming the hour. The schhwwwissshh a bottle of Diet Coke makes when you open it. Leaves crunching underfoot. A D minor chord. An F sharp major seventh chord. Squeaky clean hair. Hearing my family sigh in their sleep.
39. ROLLING STONES OR BEATLES?
I do love both, but at the moment it’s The Stones. One of my favourite songs of all time is ‘Gimme Shelter.’
40. WHAT IS THE FARTHEST YOU HAVE BEEN FROM HOME?
Fairbanks, Alaska. My sister used to live there.
41. DO YOU HAVE A SPECIAL TALENT?
I can recite the alphabet backwards under water
42. WHERE WERE YOU BORN?
So there you have it. 42 things you really didn’t want to know about me. Thanks for playing along.
Oh! I loved this! Where to begin…
I agree that everything consumed – from poultry to gummy bears – should be free range organic.
Love the sound of those pink shoes, and might I add, I have a pair of black Doc Marten biker boots placed neatly in my closet.
…Christian Bale…don’t get me started…Is it hot in here?
I’d have to go with The Stones too. Some Girls is one of my all-time favorite albums.
I’m so happy you did this, Selma. It was a ton of fun to read!
that was kind of fun wasn’t it.. maybe i need to lighten up and do a meme…….
and,, i want the boots….
V cute! I did enjoy it 🙂 Thanks for making me laugh. I may steal both the meme and the answers so I can look clever and witty too! LOL
Re your comment; thank you. I am surprised at how personally I am taking this. It’s all about me you know…
>>The Long Way Down where Ewan MacGregor and Charlie Boorman ride bikes through Africa. Great series.<<
Great! You got it, then!
We just started the latest one … Charley Boorman on his own (apart from a couple of cameramen) called ‘Ireland to Sydney By Any Means’
That is, anything except flying, preferable indigenous. So far, he’s used a motor bike, a fishing boat, the Isle of Man ferry, a London bus, a lifeboat, a vintage Land Rover and a sailing yacht … and that was just in the first episode; next one tonight.
(Favourite Charley-ism so far … ‘I haven’t exactly got diarrhoea. I’ve just got to make sure my pants are down when I fart!’)
Very interesting….I like the one about the fav. sound of a phone NOT ringing. I can so relate to that. Being a major worry-wart, phones are not always my favorite invention. These memes are a great way of learning a lot about a person in a short list.
Well done Selma, now please pass the peppermint chocolate ice cream. 😉
I had fun reading this… maybe next time I’m bored I’ll do this meme, it will be a lot shorter compared to the Facebook Interview I did… When I saw favorite food – Italian I couldn’t help but say Yeh!!!
Number 9 cracks me up! I can just see you in a clothing store, turning to the clerk and asking, “Does this come with a crash helmet?”
Great post, Selma (and I’m pretty sure I noticed more sarcasm than just weather comments… LOL!)
Everytime I read a post like this with all these personal information about u, I want to get on a plan and come and give u a hug.
EPIPHANY – well, I knew we were kindred spirits the first time I read your blog. We have so much in common. It is brilliant. Christian Bale – don’t get me started. Bow chicka wow wow! I really need help. LOL.
PAISLEY – I would love it if you did a meme. Oh, I hope you do. That would be brilliant!
LAURA – please go ahead. And of course you’re going to take it personally – he’s your little boy, your baby. I hope you are OK. I’m sure everything will work out.
TRAVELRAT – now that sounds good. I do love those boys. I’m not surprised he has a bit of a problem in the bottom area with all the places he’s travelled to recently. They have eaten some pretty gross things. I’ll look forward to seeing that one!
GERALDINE – it shows how anti-social I can be that I equate the phone NOT ringing with contentedness.Bring back the carrier pigeon, I say. LOL.
TBALL – you should do it. Si si. I cannot resist Italian food. It is particularly delicious when cooked by actual Italians – like my neighbour. Benissimo!
KAREN – I know. I can’t help myself with the sarcasm. They do say it’s the lowest form of wit but what the hey, it’s all in good fun. Crash helmets are tres chic, I believe!
ROSHAN – awwww, right back at you, hon!
I loved reading all of your answers. I’m gald you did this and I do hope you enjoy that ‘free’ trip to Florida.
Stealing… stealing… 🙂
LINDA – a trip that’s free is always more enjoyable, isn’t it? LOL.
CHRIS – be my guest. Please. I will enjoy reading your answers!
Well I did learn a lot about you in this post, in particular that most of what you consume is free range and organic. I can just picture you in Doc Martens 🙂
GYPSY – my favourite Doc Martens for many years had the Union Jack on them. I’m probably a little too old for them now but I do still love them. Funny how you grow attached to things, isn’t it?
Okay, it’s confession time: I have a “thing” for Scotland, so knowing that you were born there just makes me more into all this here.
Sorry for being a little embarrassing.
Anyway, let me count the ways – I’ve been there 3 times, once was on my honeymoon (yes, I’ve been to Glasgow also)and I’m planing on going back one day; my favorite beer is Mckewan’s Scotch Ale; one of my favorite bands is Nazareth; Willie is one of my favorite Simpson’s characters; I know what a “wee dram” is; I know what a Scotsman wears under his kilt, and I’m cool with it; Brian Johnston of AC/DC is a pretty cool dude (and he moved to Australia too).
The list goes on, I’m not thinking everything here.
Loved your fav sounds and fav smells list. And your Irish grandmother sounds swell, too. I miss my Greek grandma “Yia-Yia” soooo much.
btw, I met Mick Jagger years ago, in a tiny, nearly-empty Mexican restaurant, here in Atlanta. Really. He wandered in, with Emilio Estevez and Charlie Sheen, in uh, May, I believe, of 1991.Mick & Emilio were intown to re-shoot some scenes of “Freejack”(I’ve never seen the film, I heard it’s not very good). Anyway, I waved to a woman I recognized from a nightclub where we both worked(she apparently was dating a cameraman who was shooting that film). I headed to an old jukebox that sat in the corner, and put on the Stones’ “Miss You”. And Mick began laughing.I sent a note on a napkin asking her if I could say hello, and they waved me over.
Charlie Sheen approached me, and introduced himself. I must say, I never found him particularly attractive, but in-person, he’s INCREDIBLY sexy. Penetrating eyes(he actually “scanned” me, slowly, up-and-down,and I felt suddenly naked (in fairness to Charlie Sheen, this was when I was much younger, and I was actually WAS wearing very little– only a tiny tight white mini-skirt and a teeny-tiny white fitted top, and huge high heels!!I also had bleached, waist-length hair) and then stared into my eyes and said “Heidi(my co-worker) says you’re an actress…” We sat and chatted awhile, and when Emilio said “Would you like to go out?” I responded I had a date (my lawyer-friend, David from Texas, who was sitting at the bar, nursing a Margarita. He was very shy.)I wound up telling Emilio and Mick that “Club Velvet” was THE place to go,”Did you hear that Mick? Lisa says EVERYONE’s going to Velvet.” He giggled, and Mick giggled. And then Mick said, “Well, if everyone’s going, let’s go….” (the irony here is that most Atlanta gossip columns/entertainment news favored “Velvet” because it’s the CELEBRITIES who were always going there!)and we all caravaned down, and danced the night away. Really.
Charlie Sheen, who was in his very very sober period at this time, left around ten minutes after we allarrived. I looked up to see a slender long-haired blond on one arm, a curvy, short-haired blond on the other, as he headed out the door.
“Why is Charlie leaving?” I naive-ly asked of Emilio. “Oh, he got what he came for.”
lol! I LOVE the black crayon – too cool.
Would you do me a favor? I think wordpress is eating my comments on Slice of Life – last week I tried to post a link to my piece twice and they never showed, and now this week it isn’t showing up either. :S I’d appreciate it if you let Cricket know.
Because my slice of life is not something my parents would like me to write about (yeah – still dealing with that – 37 yrs old you’d think they’d let me go) I posted this weeks on my other blog
And thanks so much for visiting my daughter! We both appreciated it so much!
RICHARD – aww, that has really touched me. Scotland is a really cool place. I do love it there but now because I am so acclimatised to Sydney, I find it to be very cold. And I ain’t getting any younger, so I like a bit of warmth in me bones. You have just taken me down memory lane with McEwans and Nazareth. I now dub you Richard McWhackman, honorary Scotsman. Och aye the noo!
LISA – what an incredible story. I am certainly glad Mick didn’t treat you like one of his groupies cause I have heard he is incredibly charismatic and hard to resist. My fave Stone of all time is Brian Jones. A real sultry sex god. And that is hilarious about Charlie Sheen. I loved hearing about this. You could write a book about your experiences!
TEXASBLU – I have just retrieved your comment from my spam folder. Don’t know what’s happening there. I’ll fix it up with Cricket for you. Consider it done. And it was a pleasure to visit your daughter. I know how much it means to get a comment when you first begin blogging. She is a sweetie!
Hi Selma–Thanks for word-up on my comments.And yeah–I’m considering adding-in a few “brushes with fame”(or in my case, brushes with famous people) in my one-woman “Show & Tell”.
For instance: I noticed comedian Steve Martin leaving a local (Phipps Plaza in Atlanta)Saks Fifth Avenue in uh, 1993(or 1994(?)-I discovered much later that he was in town working on the film “Nuts”, I think), I believe. And we ended up having a great conversation(well, mostly I told him how much I enjoyed “Short Cuts”–the Robert Altman film I’d just seen, and he told me he’d heard it was “boring”–I went on to tell him why it’s not, it’s very compelling, etc….he offered me his “card”, which reads:
“This is to certify you have had a personal encounter with me, and that you found me to be warm, funny, intelligent, and polite.” –Steve Martin
I later saw him again, at a playwright discussion at Alliance Theatre(in January of 1998)for his “Picasso at the Lapin Agile”. The auditorium was huge, but I raised my hand to be first to comment on his play(I’d seen the preview two nights before) and he commented immediately after I spoke “Are you Sarah Jessica Parker?” The audience roared–I assume they found me jumpy or flight-y like her, or something. He commented that he meant it “as a compliment. She’s a very very good friend of mine.” I did not get to tell him I’d met him before, or that I still carry his card with me….
btw, I loved his novel, “The Pleasure of My Company”–much more neurotic than “Shopgirl”, it’s like living in someone’s head!
A few other people I’ve met:
Madonna: (she literally walked up next to me, at “Club Velvet” in uh, 1993 or 1994(?)and said “Hi”.Her skin is amazing—(“I use alot of sunscreen”, she responded, when I exclaimed her skin was beautiful), and she’s TINY. When I commented on how short she was, she said “Hey, look who’s talking!”(I’m not quite 5’1”). She was smiling, and VERY down-to-earth and friendly! I actually felt “cheated”,though, because she was in her “brunette” phase; I prefer her as a blond. She left awhile later, with a basketball star she was dating at that time.
Isabella Rosellini:In line at baggage at LAX–1992; I said “You look like exactly Isabella Rosellini.”
“I am herrrr.” she said, simply (and quite regally, I might add) I told her how she is much prettier in person than in her Lancome ads, and that I loved her in “Blue Velvet”. She seemed genuinely surprised I knew the film…we spoke for only a few moments, before her bodyguard showed up, and whisked her away.
John Lithgow: Met him and heard him speak in the late 70’s at USF(his Daddy, Arthur Lithgow, was a theatre instructor there). Funny, brilliant guy(just like his Dad).
Melissa Gilbert ,Tim Matheson, Matthew (when he was still a li’l child!)Lawerence: (I worked on a TV Movie of the Week, with them–I had a tiny role)
Authors I’ve interviewed:
Elizabeth (“Oprah pick”) Berg: Interviewed her for “Never Change”, a novel written after her selection by Oprah for an earlier work. Sensitive, and funny and very bright, she remembered me, several years later, as “the poet”, at an Atlanta book-signing! She has a list of folks/fans on her snail-mail list.
Anna Maxted: Interviewed her for her “Running in Heels”; she was delightful! We still e-mail occasionally.
Ethan Canin: A great novelist, and short story writer, I interviewed him for his “Carry Me Across The Water”. Not a humble man.
Local authors I adore:
Pearl Cleage(“What Looks Like Crazy On An Ordinary Day”), Tayari A. Jones(“Leaving Atlanta”).
Both women write brilliantly of Atlanta and race, and their sense of identity as women of color, Southerners, and people seeking purpose in their lives. Pearl Cleage is a great playwright, too!
Billy Idol: Very long story here, a bit too “hot” to post! 😉
LISA – you have got to write a post about all these people. It’s a veritable celebrity fest. Do tell about Billy Idol and the hot encounter. I am intrigued. You lead such an interesting life!