Friday, September 22, 2006

It's All About Me

My first blog anniversary is coming up at the end of the month and so far I have eschewed memes. However, it has been such fun to read Kirsty and Nic's lists that it seems churlish not to join in. So here goes:

A) Four jobs I have had in my life:
Usherette - my parents ran the local picture theatre so I saw lots of films and patrolled the aisles with my three cell torch. For some reason, no one ever asked me on a movie date...
Bistro cook and waitress - the summer job combo from hell as I cooked at one establishment in town at lunchtimes and waitressed in another at nights. Some customers saw me at both places and got very confused.
Mail clerk (envelope stuffer) - my friend and I job-shared this position in a sharebroking house while studying at university in the heady, pre-crash late-80s (think Gordon Gekko). The job involved taking the contracts notes off the dot matrix printer; perforating them; putting them in envelopes; stamping the envelopes and posting them off. Diana is now a freelance journalist specialising in personal finance issues so I guess something rubbed off.
Commercial & regulatory lawyer - for 15+ years I had a corporate lawyer gig with a focus on infrastructure and public policy. I loved learning about different industry sectors - telecoms, electricity, gas, water, aviation, rail, buses, taxis and so on - and had some great clients. But I don't miss the killer hours, timesheets or other occupational hazards.

Current: Quiltmaker, designer, teacher, blogger, web designer, Guild Exhibition Secretary, public speaker - welcome to "retirement"

B) Four movies you would watch over and over:
Moonstruck - because it reminds of the crazy American-Italian family that I have married into and because it has great skyline images of the World Trade Center before you know what.
Miracle on 34th Street & Holiday Inn - compulsory holiday viewing in David's family.
3. -
4. -
After years of watching movies over and over (see A1 above), I've drawn a blank. These days I only see movies on planes which never shows them to their best advantage.

C) Four places you have lived:
Warkworth (pre wineries), New Zealand - classic small town upbringing, surrounded by farms, close to multiple beaches and close enough to the big smoke to enjoy the services and cultural attractions of the city.
Sunnyside, Washington State, United States of America as a Rotary exchange student in 1983;
Auckland - Point Chevalier, Kingsland, Grey Lynn and Orakei. Same great university flatmates over several years; different locations and always with my very first quilt.
Balmain, Sydney - charming inner-city, harbourside living - I lived there for a very big chunk of my life but Casa da Praia at Copacabana called.

D) Four TV shows you love to watch:
. Grey's Anatomy - the Seattle backdrop reminds me of my friends in that great rainy city.
Doctor Who - a late convert but, like Nic, I love this latest reincarnation.
Sunday Arts on ABC.
4. The BBC series of
Pride & Prejudice - I could watch this over and over.

E) Four places you have been on vacation:
1. Noumea, New Caledonia - my first overseas trip in 1981 for a French class exchange. Twenty five years later and my billet, Fabienne, and I are still firm friends.
2. Axat in the French Pyrenees and Airton in the Yorkshire Dales in spring 2006 - two very agreeable home exchanges - see my May/June posts. Also, check out this new, free home exchange listing service:

3. All over New Zealand - any questions, just ask me, I think I was a travel agent in another life.
4. South America - Argentina, Chile, Uruguay and Paraguay in 1993. Would love to return but in a season other than winter.
5. New Orleans for a deferred honeymoon in September 2001 immediately following 9/11 (and pre-Katrina), we had this wonderful city to ourselves - great food, architecture, music and memories.

F) Websites you visit daily
1. My collection of favourite blogs via bloglines.
2. My sitemeter and other stats collection sites for my blogs and website.
3. Southern Cross Quilters
4. Quiltart

G) Four of my favourite foods
1. Any fresh fruit, in-season from a New Zealand roadside stand.
2. Bread and cheese - especially when in Europe.
3. Oysters and Veuve Clicquot
4. Chocolate.

H) Four places I would rather be right now:
Frankly, after such a busy year of travelling, I am totally content to be in my studio at Copacabana

I) Four friends I think will respond:
Don't know - do tell!


Blogger Chantel said...

I drew a blank trying to think of some movies as well. You'd think growing up with movies there'd be some I would remember when I need to but I never seem to be able to - maybe it's movie overload?!

Although, Rowan and I can quote most of the blue brothers movies and regularly text message each others cellphones across the tasman when we watch it again.. and again... and again...

September 22, 2006 10:56 am  
Blogger Squeaksqueal said...

It's great to see where you've been in life, the good, the bad and the ugly! I think I will do the same sometime soon.

September 22, 2006 11:28 am  
Anonymous Bryn Black said...

Well, I will have to agree with your number 3 on the fave food group - oysters and Veuve. So glad to hear your last meal in Seattle was on the top four.

September 22, 2006 1:36 pm  
Blogger Ali Honey said...

Was that a refenece to Gordon the lizard who frequented the top of the gin bottle in an off putting way? Who had to be carefully removed before opening the bottle? ( glad I don't drink Gin !)

Warkworth eh. I think your present home beats them all, so close to the beach.
Best Wishes from NZ.

September 24, 2006 3:54 pm  

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