Breathe Gently: A Re-Introduction

My last few posts have been a little deep; I'm in a crazy place right now where I go from chipper! bubbly! excited! to stressed. anxious. freaking out. I'm so all over the place, even I can't keep up with myself. I think it's about time to write about something a little different - what better way than to get out there in the big, bad blogosphere?

I've never been a BlogHer conference, despite being active in the blogging world for the last five years. I remember a few years ago, when I was writing under my old domain (Aly---bear.com) a lot of my American friends were heading off to it and it was bittersweet seeing the pictures and reading the recaps. But, until BlogHer decides to break tradition and go global (ooh!) you'll  just have to get to know me through my blog instead!

Keep reading below the image to learn more about me - maybe it'll be something new and exciting? I'll try my best.
So.
Here goes.

I'm a twenty-six year old native Australian girl who is a primary school teacher. I moved from my home in Sydney to London, England in December 2007 - and we are now preparing for our move back later this year. I live in our little London flat with my fiance & our horrifically spoiled cat, Oscar. You might think I'm exaggerating. I'm not.

I love to read. I'm a huge fan of wearing flats and can't walk in heels. I could eat cereal for every meal and no, I'm not kidding about that. I love letters and packages that come in the post and I get incredibly excited by postcards.

Instead of sharing the details on how the boy & I first met, here's a simplified version for you.

Girl hears song on radio. Girl falls in love with song and stalks band online. Girl finds official forums and befriends other Australian fans. Girl meets sweet Boy on forum. Girl develops gigantic crush on Boy through emails and messages. Girl eventually swaps mobile numbers with Boy. Girl sends Boy a text message one day during a particularly boring university lecture and invites him to hang out "sometime". Boy calls girl that night and arranges a movie date. Girl meets boy at theatre, bringing her Mum along for back up. Girl sees Boy is cute and sends Mum away, with promises of a code word if he is an axe murderer. Girl and Boy watch a bad movie and have a good first time. Girl and Boy exchange awkward hug goodnight. Girl gets confused over first date and assumes Boy is not interested. Girl waits a week and gets impatient so asks Boy out. Again. Girl and Boy have second movie date which ends with a kiss under the stars in the Girl's drive-way. The rest is history.

Jase is lovely. I love him. We got engaged last year and we're getting married next June which makes me giddy.

Random, obscure trivia? You want it, you got it. Carry on reading:
  • I've never done a thing to my eyebrows in my life. No plucking. No waxing. Nothing. Sure, they're kind of fluffy - but I know that once I shape them, I'll have to maintain them. Let's face it; I'd be awful at it.
  • I'm embarrassingly fussy with food, mainly due to textures and scents. I don't eat seafood, because of the fishy-ness. I don't eat strawberries or kiwi fruit or any other fruit with seeds. Tomatoes make me gag. Feed me a piece of salmon and I may throw up on you. As such, I tend to enjoy foods when they're simple. Eating out with me is like eating out with a toddler. I apologise for this in advance.
  • I have (blonde!) hairs on my chin, which make me incredibly paranoid and self conscious, but there you have it. When I'm a grandma, I'll probably have the makings of a fully fledged beard. I've been told that this is a side effect of having PCOS so there's not much I can do about it, but if you're meeting me in real life? Please try not to stare at my chinny chin chin.
  • I'm a righty, but I can also write with my left hand - just not as comfortably.
  • I'm directionally challenged and can get lost without even trying. I still have moments where I fet my left and right confused, and I'm not opposed to turning a map upside down to try and make sense of it.
In the spirit of sharing and commenting, what's one slightly random fact about you that others may not know?


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23 comments:

heidikins said...

I also have a blonde hair or two on my chin, of which I was completely unaware until about 3 months ago. And now I'm paranoid.

Lovely post!
xox

TexasRed said...

Great to meet you!

I live in West Texas now, but was in London for a school year between 1999 and 2000. What great fun!

Elouise82 said...

My uncle moved from the US to Australia about twenty years ago, and refuses to move back. Thanks to him, I am instantly fascinated with anything pertaining to Australia!

Love the story as to how you and your fiance met - too fun!

A random fact about me not many people know? Hmm ... despite my fine, blond hair, I have coarse almost-black hairs sprouting on my chin that I have to pluck almost weekly. So not fun. I also pluck my eyebrows because otherwise I would look like Groucho Marx!

Erin said...

I don't do anything to my eyebrows either! I occasionally get an random errant hair that I'll pluck out, but otherwise I leave them alone!

KT said...

What a cool story of how you and your fiance met!

I definitely pluck my eyebrows- in fact I have pictures from the beginning of college that document the caterpillars that were above my eyes until I started using tweezers (shudder).

Manderz said...

I too can write with my left hand as a righty. It is something I am rather proud of, but rarely use and mention even less.

I dislike veggies as a general rule, and I am picky eater (although I do like most seafood I've tried to date). Therefore I am not a fan of fancy restaurants or their menus.

I'm a klutz but I enjoy being active. Then again, I seem to have a talent for being lazy. I love to read, but I usually pick a romance novel over anything else.

Melinda said...

I totally understand about the blond hair under your chin - it's getting worse as I get older! I tried to wax it once. The whole thing was such a mess and so embarrassing that I have yet to get up enough courage to write a blog post about it! :)

Kelly said...

I always wear my handbag on my right shoulder... It feels abnormal and disgustingly weird to wear it on my left :)

Kelly said...

I studied abroad in London in 2002. I miss it!

Britt said...

I'm jealous you don't have to pluck your eyebrows. I'd have a unibrow without my tweezers!
Random fact: I love raw mushrooms but refuse to eat cooked ones. Weird texture thing.

CuppyCakes said...

I think you know most of my obscure, lesser known habits and traits.

My biggest thing at the moment is that I have a thing for nerdy guys. I watched It's Complicated today and I am pretty sure my next boyfriend must be exactly like John Kransinsky or whatever his name is.

Feeling Beachie said...

I love your how you met story! I too am a righty that can right with my left hand. But, I took the writing a little further. I can also write with my foot.

terra said...

I think the best way to figure out where you are is to turn the map upside down. And I love the way you and Jase met!

Tammy@ Not Just Paper and Glue said...

I am here from the Blog Hop. It was nice to get to know you through your random facts. Since you revealed your chin hairs, I will tell you that I have upper lip hairs - but I make sure those are plucked out.

Lara said...

I wish you were here at BlogHer10 with me! But I love you anyway. :)

Dee said...

Visiting from blog hop and I too am not at BlogHer but not because of being in a different country. That sounds like a better excuse to me though. Hehe...

Hmm.. something about me people might not know? Hmmm... I have a wart on the end of one of my toes and I'm scared to tell the doc about it.

That's kinda gross too... UGH

Take care!
Dee

Becky said...

I am sad you're all the way in London (and soon even further in Australia) because I think we have so much in common! Examples:

1) I can walk in heels but when I'm not at work I prefer flats non-stop.
2) I love getting things in the mail as well! (It takes me back to when I was younger and had pen pals!)
3) I'm a lefty and while I can't write with my right hand because you can write with your left I'm counting this as a similarity.

What, three things sorta in common don't count? :)

Babs said...

Hi- enjoyed the random facts!

steph anne said...

I like you a lot already!!! We have a lot in common... I hate wearing heels probably because I'm already tall and don't need to be taller than my husband. Oh and PCOS sucks! :( I think I may have it but am not sure.

Studio JRU said...

Stopping in from the 'hop'... great love story! "Girl sees Boy is cute and sends Mum away"... I love that part!! lol Great random trivia! :)

~Jennifer

dawn said...

I love that your mom came for back up--great story! I love the look of your blog and it's name. My blog design has some similar elements...we must have similar taste! Congrats on your upcoming wedding!

Uncork and Unwined said...

Hello! Stopping in from the Blog Hop. It's nice to "meet" you! My husband and I just moved to Germany and are planning a trip to London next year. Any must-sees that you would recommend?

Sistergirl said...

Just Hoppin' by, Congrat on the engagement. Nice to meet you. If you want to hop on by I'm #255. lol





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