Following in the footsteps of my Twitter friends Jane Travers and Rebecca Brown, I’m going to try to think of 10 things you maybe don’t already know about me. This is hard because I’ve already smeared the entrails of my life all over this blog and I may have to include one or two non-surprises, but let’s see….
1. If it has avocado in it, I’ll have it. With extra avocado.
2. I love interior decorating. In my last job I had to dress a student apartment for showing and even though I highly doubt students use €10 place mats or put lemons and limes in bowls just because it looks pretty, it was the most fun EVER.
3. Sunderland University is holding a place for me to begin studying for a degree in American Studies with English Literature in September of this year but I don’t think I’m going to go. What I really want to do is (a) be a successful novelist and (b) use the money from (a) to go to a university in the United States. Or marry John Mayer. You know, whichever.
4. For five years all I wanted to do was be a civilian Biosafety Level 4 virologist specializing in haemorraghic fevers at the United States Army Medical Research Institute of Infectious Diseases (USAMRIID) at Fort Detrick, Maryland, and spend my adult life incased in one of those blue suits from Outbreak. I gave up the dream when I realized to climb the top of that particular infectious ladder, I’d have to become a doctor. And develop a very strong stomach. And be an American citizen. And be willing to cut monkeys open.
5. A photograph of me appeared on the cover of Central Florida’s, ahem, esteemed North Brevard Beacon, in October 2007. I was watching my first (and only) Space Shuttle launch, had all my hair tucked up into a (NASA) baseball cap and was crying my eyes out. Mortification but good for my scrapbook.
6. I love scrapbooking and I am AMAZING at it, if I do say so myself.
7. I read a lot of books about climbing Mount Everest even though I always take the elevator over the stairs.
8. Harlan Coben is one of my favourite writers and I was a quivering wreck when I met him at a signing in Paris in 2006. He was impressed with my friend and I; we were the only English speakers in the queue and had traveled all the way from Breda in the Netherlands to Paris by train at Crazy O’Clock that morning just to see him. (And Paris, of course.) It was like meeting a rock star. Or John Mayer.
9. My favourite thing in the world to do is stand in front and slightly to the left of Cinderella’s Castle in the Magic Kingdom and watch Wishes, the nighttime fireworks and music show that closes Walt Disney World’s Magic Kingdom and which Walt imagined would be the park’s ‘kiss goodnight’ to its guests. I cry every time. I feel lifted every time. It’s better than Prozac.
A note on the video: This is the full Wishes show. I love how several times during it, the audience thinks they’ve just witnessed the finale but they haven’t seen anything yet. (The finale actually starts around 10 minutes 30 seconds.) You can hear me and everyone else oohing and aahing throughout. And yes, I cry at the video too.
10. Growing up, I had three big dreams: (i) live and work in the United States, (ii) see a Space Shuttle launch from Cape Canaveral and (iii) be a published novelist. I give myself a hard time sometimes but try to remember that by the age of 27 two out of three ain’t bad.
Combined with this site’s About Me section, I think you now pretty much know everything.