Thursday, January 10, 2008

Se7en things which will change your life

I have been tagged by the fabulous Beth, she of the colour coordinated reading glasses and the most amazing stories of personal brushes with music celebs. Dear Beth wanted me to spill seven facts not previously divulged about me. Which is more challenging than it seems, seeing as most of you already know everything about me, right down to the fact that I have a pair of snowflake undies. But I am ready for a challenge.

1. I used to be terrified of wasps, but am not anymore. I'm not sure when my attitude changed, but I think it was right around the time the Resident Offspring was a wee thing, enjoying lunch outside whilst trapped in her high chair. Suddenly her hard-boiled egg, cottage cheese and grapes were crawling with wasps, and since I was the adult in the scenario, I had no choice but to go on the attack. I believe I dispatched 25+ wasps that day. Killing is empowering.

2. The first language I spoke was German. I didn't start speaking English until I was about four. Sometimes it shows.

3. I don't have a favourite colour, although colour is intensively important to me. If a room is painted the wrong colour, it will bother me enormously. Trying to pick a favourite colour is like trying to choose your favourite offspring. Although lately grey has been getting the nod a lot.

On the other hand, my favourite number has always been 6.

4. I cannot nap. I feel all disoriented and grouchy if I sleep during the day, so I don't bother. However, since my back injury, I have been managing to log at least one (
sometimes two) 2-3 hours naps per day. I hope this does not become a habit.

5. I have a scar under my chin from fainting during physiology class, watching open heart surgery on a sheep. And yet, my degrees are in physiology.

6. I backpacked around Europe for two months when I was 17.

7. I can smell asparagus pee. This is a party trick, which only about 40% of the population have the genes to pull off.

Are you an asparagus pee smeller?

And now I believe I have told absolutely everything there is to know about me (I'm not too complex). And since I can never remember who hates being tagged with a meme and who loves it, I will not tag anyone specifically. If you love doing these memes, please consider yourself tagged, if you hate doing them, you can thank me now.


Dr. Monkey Von Monkerstein said...

I shall henceforth swear off asparagus just to make sure you can not track me. One can never be too cautious.

Beth said...

You're Waspwoman! That's so much cooler than Batman.

Love the list.

— Your Southern Asparagus-pee Smeller

Anonymous said...

Interesting that you mention your German heritage and interest in colour. Last night CBC radio Ideas talked about Goethe's investigations of colour. Goethe said: "Colour represents the deeds and sufferings of light." Beautiful.

Prgram is available for relistening here: It's episode #7.

WendyB said...

Did the sheep feel more energetic afterwards? I hope she followed a healthier diet and quit smoking so as not to require further heart surgery.

Barbara Bruederlin said...

I'm not sure whether I admire your wisdom or your prudence more, Dr M. But be warned, as I am also pretty good at tracking down the smell of a glass of red wine.

A fellow smeller, Beth! We could start a club. And I do find the Waspwoman moniker very satisfying, I'm keeping that one!

I haven't listened to Ideas in a while, Gifted Typist, so thanks for the link. I will check that out. The deeds and sufferings of light - that is gorgeous. Makes me want to paint or something.

Hi Wendyb, welcome! I am happy to report that after surgery, the sheep not only quit smoking and started exercising, but gave up her high-risk lifestyle as well.

John Mutford said...

The only thing I learned today was regarding asparagus pee. Not sure how I feel about that.

Did you find yourself in Europe?

justacoolcat said...

The 2-3 hour nap is the secret. Any nap shorter or longer makes me crabbier than sniffing asparagus pee.

BeckEye said...

You can't nap??? Good Lord, what kind of a zombie are you?

Teddy said...

Thanking you.

Asparaguts pee?

Toccata said...

I am so with you about colour. I love all colours. Colour is one of the world's greatest treasures.

I had no idea the first language you spoke was not English.

Sadly, I have napping down pat! I was just telling someone today that this week nearly killed me because I couldn't take my afternoon nap that I took throughout the Christmas holidays.

I too have a scar under my chin but my story is not nearly as dramatic. Falling down at age 4 is hardly dramatic.

Barbara Bruederlin said...

If you learned about asparagus pee today, John, I'll have to assume you are a non-smeller.
I don't think I found myself in Europe, but I wasn't really looking anyway.

That's pretty crabby, Just A! I wonder how one fits a 2-3 hour nap into a normal life, though?

Now that you mention it, Beckeye, I am obviously a piss-poor zombie. I guess this back injury was nature's way of telling me to get down with my zombie self.

Teddy, you're welcome. ANd yes, it's a big dinner conversation around our house.

I can't imagine being a dog, Toccata and not being able to see all those glorious colours. Of course, neither can my brother.
You're a napper, are you? I wonder what predisposes some people to napping and others not?

Allison said...

This was a great list. I personally love number 5 and I too can smell asparagus pee! I thought I was just odd...well. I am in good company though. :)

I've always felt you were a dark I associate colours with people all the time.

I am feeling the need to go and listen to Madonna of the Wasps now. ;)

Tanya Espanya said...

I hate that I can also smell the asparagus pee. Ew.

mellowlee said...

I didn't know you had backpacked around Europe when you were a teen. I should've guessed you did, your just so awesome like that. Maybe when Dev is done with school, we can do that together :O)

Barbara Bruederlin said...

I love that songs, Al! And I'm glad to hear you are part of the exclusive asparagus club; we should get t-shirts.
Dark red is the vibe I give off? I can live with that. I didn't realize you associated people with colours, how lovely. You, of course, are purple.
And yes, I can see how you can relate to #5 haha.

Like it or not, you are part of our club, Tanya. Membership fees collected at the end of the month.

That would be such an awesome thing to do with Dev, Mel! You guys should.
We're thinking of going back to Europe when Eva finishes school, but backpacking is not under consideration. We're too old.

Anonymous said...

Asparagus pee, ya know, I didn't know there was such a thing until my adulthood when I finally ate asparagus... I guess Chinese people don't eat it so much so I never got introduced to it in my childhood. holy crap... what a bizarre smell. Bitter, earthy, all sorts of yucky since ultimately, you realize you're analyzing the smell of somebody's urine...

Ok, I have to know. Why did you pass out during vivisection on a sheep?

Deb said...

Asparagus pee? I didn't know.

I LOVE reading these little tidbits about people. I HATE having to try and come up with my own (I'm just so damn boring).

OHOHOH, did you hear that Radiohead's coming to Vancouver? Linds and I heard it today on the radio. We're going to try and go.

Serah said...

ah ha asparagus pee. As far as I know this only happens with raw and stemmed (to me anyway).
I stick to my mama's sauteed!

Karen said...

I can't nap either. I just can't fall asleep when it's not bedtime. Does that make me an honorary zombie?

And an eighth thing which will change your life...reading the words of one Bad Tempered Zombie.

Barbara Bruederlin said...

hahahaha thank you for that indepth analysis of asparagus pee aroma, Michelle. Now the non-smellers can get in on the fun too.
Oh the sheep surgery. It was a small room with about 25 people in it, all wearing our winter jackets, bright surgical lights, and a sudden big splash of blood out of the chest cavity onto the floor. I felt queasy so thought I would surreptitiously leave the room, but never made it through the door. So much for not drawing attention to myself.

I'll put you down as a non-smeller then, Deb.
YES, I did hear they are playing Vancouver, Toronto, and Montreal, but I don't know the dates yet. We're going to try to go to one of them as well. Woohoo!

Hmm, you must be an anomoly, Serah, as cooking doesn't seem to have any effect around our family. Lovely stuff though, eh?

Whether you like it or not, you must be an honourary zombie, Karen (although I am afraid of losing my zombie status with all the sleeping I have been doing the last 3 weeks).
Speaking of zombie words, I have a review for the Winter Reading Challenge that I have been meaning to write for days!

Dale said...

Much ado about pee! Haha. The trick to the napping is 20 minutes or so, watch the cat and learn.

Barbara Bruederlin said...

I can learn much from my cat, Dale, but I have yet to figure out how to keep a nap to 20 minutes. You are just starting to get into it then!

Anonymous said...

asparagus pee? my what a talented that all it does?

Anonymous said...

Oh dear... passing out is never a fabulous experience, but under hot lights & in class? I feel for ya.

After all this talk with asparagus pee I'm having a really difficult time ever wanting to eat the stuff again, hah!

Barbara Bruederlin said...

It was a moment of great notoriety for me, Michelle, among many. Sigh.

Barbara Bruederlin said...

Apparently it also tapdances, Kelly.