My darling mate Nina from Le Fancy Geek tagged me in her Four Things post, and I just couldn’t wait to join in. It’s been a long time since I’ve done a tag post, and this one seemed like it would be a lot of fun.
I’m not going to tag anyone in this post, but if you want to do your own Four Things post, please leave a link in the comments, I’d love to read your answers to the questions.
Four places I’ve lived.
–My parents house. Until I was nineteen I lived with my parents in a brick house in Benalla. It was a really great home and my parents still live there now.
– College in Melbourne. I lived in a dorm with eleven other people for three years. It was crowded, noisy and smelly and I loved it (most of the time). I did crazy things like riding a mechanical bull and taking off all my clothes to add them to a chain of my dorm-mates clothes to see how far we could make it reach. It was amazing.
– A share house in Heidelberg. The house I lived in was dingy and literally falling to pieces. No joke. We once awoke at five in the morning when a chunk of our loungeroom ceiling collapsed. It was in a terrible area and a year into my time there a man was murdered on the corner of my street. But despite all that I loved living there.
– A flat on my own. I currently live by myself in a flat in my hometown. It’s actually pretty great. I have lots of space and a lovely garden out the back and a beautiful corner window in my bedroom.
Four jobs I’ve had.
–Sales assistant at Target. I worked at Target all through high school and then again after college ended. Although it was pretty trying at times it was actually a pretty good job. I worked with some awesome people and I particularly loved working in the lead-up to Christmas.
– Waitress at a pub. This was probably the worst job I ever had. At the time I was working two jobs to save for university and I was utterly exhausted. I would work until ten most nights and come home smelling of beer spills and chip grease. I got burned with hot plates and grabbed by creepy customers. The night I quit was one of the happiest of my life.
– Avon Lady. I briefly sold Avon cosmetics in the year between high school and university. It was a lot of fun, but I had to put in a huge amount of work for very little payoff. The best part was visiting old ladies and doing their nails while chatting over tea. In fact, I kept doing that after I quit.
– Receptionist for a legal centre. I’ve had a few reception jobs, but the best one was when I worked at a legal centre in Melbourne. The centre provided free legal advice for people who couldn’t afford to pay for legal council. It was a very difficult job and I saw a lot of very upsetting things. But I loved working there because I felt like I was doing something that really mattered.
Four things I don’t eat.
– Tomato sauce. I can’t stand it, which sucks because in Australia people seem to put it on everything, and I always feel like a total weirdo that I’m the only one eating a pie not slathered in disgusting goopy redness.
– Pavlova. Yet another traditional Aussie dish that turns my stomach. Every woman in my family hates pav, from my Nana to my Mum. None of us can stomach it, and I wonder if our aversion is genetic.
– Oysters. Although I love seafood, I’ve never enjoyed oysters. I’ve tried them a few times but I just can’t stand the texture of them.
– Chai. Although I adore the scent of chai, the taste triggers my gag reflex like nothing else.
Four of my favourite foods.
– Pizza. Pizza is my go-to food for any occasion. If I want to celebrate or treat myself, I’ll order a pizza. Long day at work and can’t be arsed cooking? Order a pizza! My turn to pick the takeout? You know it’s gonna be pizza! I can’t get enough of it. And a cold slice of leftover pizza for breakfast is my idea of heaven.
– Jelly beans. Specifically, the special glucose jelly beans that you buy at the chemist. I love those chubby little bastards.
– Hokey Pokey ice cream. Caramel ice-cream with shards of butterscotch swirled through it, amazing.
– Earl Grey tea. I’m a big-time tea drinker, and Earl Grey is my favourite. It’s sweet and comforting with a beautiful aroma.
Four films I’ve watched more than once.
– The Wizard of Oz
– Ghost World
Four TV shows I watch.
– Bojack Horseman
-Orange is the New Black
– Game of Thrones
-Parks and Recreation
Four things I’m looking forward to this year.
– Christmas! I seriously love Christmas. I’m always looking forward to Christmas, no matter how far away it is.
– My girlfriend’s birthday. I get mega excited for birthdays, and this will be the first time since we started dating that I’ll be able to celebrate my girlfriend’s birthday with her. I want it to be very special for her, because she’s an incredible person.
– Getting an article published in one of my favourite magazines. It’s happening in September, and I couldn’t be more pumped.
– Spring. I’m so over Winter, and I can’t wait for the weather to begin to warm up again.
Four things I can’t live without.
– Pets. I am so much happier when I have a pet. At the moment Miss Jelly and Mr Ringo are my constant companions and they bring so much joy into my world.
– Lip balm. I hate having dry lips, and I feel so much more comfortable when my lips are slathered with balm. My favourite brand is Lip Smackers and I usually have a few of these on the go.
– An internet connection. So much of my life is online. I connect with my friends over the internet, I keep up with my writing online and I don’t know what I’d do without Netflix.
– Pretty lingerie. Boring undies are for boring people, and I like having a wardrobe of gorgeous underthings to slip on under my clothes.
Four celebrity crushes.
– Dawn French
– Chris Pratt
– John Goodman
Four pet peeves.
– When people say “pacifically” when they mean to say “specifically”.
– When people walk in large groups in a line across the footpath so you can’t get past.
– People who are rude to waitstaff or shop assistants.
– Minions. I just don’t get why they’re so popular. It infuriates me that minion-based memes keep popping up on my Facebook feed.
Four things I wish I could do.
– Sing. I’m not a bad singer, but I’m not really a good singer either. I wish I had the ability to really belt out a tune.
– Play a musical instrument. I’ve tried learning a number of instruments, including piano and guitar. I just don’t have an ear for music.
– Draw. My drawing skills are woeful and I sometimes wish that I were able to express myself on paper with images. But I suppose that I’m good at expressing myself with words, which is nothing to be sniffed at.
– Be more assertive. As a very introverted and anxious woman, I find it so hard to stand up for myself and speak up to get what I need. I tend to let myself get passed over and I don’t like that. I’m working to be more assertive, but I’ve got a long way to go.
Four subjects I studied at school.
– Drama. I loved drama in high school and I was particularly good at comedy. I used to have a blast recreating classic sketches from Rowan Atkinson and French and Saunders to crack up my classmates.
– Literature. I’m a reader at heart and my awesome literature teacher taught me how to really delve into a book and appreciate it on a deeper level. She introduced me to Oscar Wilde, Harper Lee and Charles Dickens and also showed me the creepiest book I’ve ever read: The Collector by John Fowles.
– Neuroscience. I have a degree in psychology and I spent a good part of my time at uni studying pictures of brains and dissecting actual brains. It was fascinating and something that I’m still very interested in.
– Human rights law. For a long time I dreamed about working in a community legal centre and helping disadvantaged people find justice. Sadly, I nearly had a nervous breakdown pursing that dream and decided it wasn’t feasible for me to do that kind of work for the rest of my life. I hope that I’ll be able to go back to it one day, in some form.
Four things near me right now.
– My knitting
-An empty water bottle (I drained it while I was writing this post)
– The remote control for the television
-Darkness be my Friend by John Marsden.
Don’t forget to leave me a link if you do your own version of the Four Things tag. I’d love to read your answers.