I have been tagged by Paul from Reflections to spill out 8 beans by writing about 8 things that you don’t know about me. This meme was going around blogiverse for quite a long time and If I’m not mistaken, it used to ask for 5 Things. I wonder who switched it to my blog’s favourite number 8? I tried to look it up by going backwards on who tagged Paul, and so on, but was able to trace only up to 8-9th person who didn’t link to the originating tagging page.
I’m pretty sure there are many things that most of you don’t know about me. The hardest part here is to find the eight things that I don’t mind sharing with the rest of the blogiverse, plus to make sure that they’re interesting enough for others to read about. Hopefully these 8 bits about myself won’t bore you to death:
1. Early reader
I started reading books when I was three. At first my mother thought that I simply memorized all those children books she was reading me and just pretend reading them. But when I started reciting to her children poems that she never read to me before, she was very surprised to find out that I can actually read myself.
I’m very happy that my daughter has inherited this gene from me – she learned the entire alphabet by the time she turned 22 months old, and now, 4 months later, she names letters everywhere she sees them, can spell her own name and count to 20.
By the age of six, thanks to my father, I already knew 4 languages. Later on I learned two more languages. Unfortunately, right now I use only two of them (English and Russian) on a daily basis, but still remember – can understand, read and write in four other (Georgian, Armenian, French, a tiny bit of Arabic). I started the same thing with my daughter, she already understands and speaks in both English and Russian, and I really want to send her to a French school.
3. Classical musician
When I turned seven, my parents sent me to a music school, where I studied and played violin and piano for 7 years. Many were predicting that I’ll choose the profession of a classical violinist. I’ve surprised everyone by choosing a computer to be my instrument instead. I haven’t played violin since I graduated that music school. But I still occasionally play piano and sometimes guitar.
4. I don’t drive
Ok, enough bragging. Now let’s talk about the embarrassing things I don’t know.
I don’t have and never had a driver’s license. Ironically, when I was still at school, I couldn’t wait until I turn 18 to get my driver’s license and start driving. But somehow it never happened. I was always busy with something else – my studies or work and now family, so I could never find time to study for the driving tests and get my license. With a few exceptions of my husband letting me to practice driving a car, I don’t drive. I used to be an avid biker and was riding my bike to work and everywhere else, but now I either walk or use public transport. However I don’t lose hope of one day getting that coveted driver’s license and start driving.
5. Left or Right?
I used to drive my mother crazy with my complete inability to tell the left from right. Whenever she was asking me to bring something that’s in a cupboard behind the left door, I was questioning her, “Which door is the left one – the one on my left when I’m facing it, or the one on my left when I’m standing with my back to the cupboard?”.
When I was at school, during the marching practice at the gym, whenever we were told to turn right, I was turning left and bumping heads with the person behind me. I still often get confused with the left and right. I can tell my left hand from the right one, but somehow often get it wrong when asked to look to my right or my left. I guess it’s a good thing that I don’t drive. :-)
6. No to green beans
I’m not very picky when it comes to food as long as it’s tasty and not too spicy, but since I remember myself I hated green beans. My brothers used to tease me sometimes when I was coming home after school – “Today our mom cooked your most favourite dinner”. Needless to say that on those days I was staying hungry, because I was refusing to eat those disgusting green beans.
I guess you can imagine how happy I was to find out that my husband hated green beans all his life as well. Fortunately my daughter will never have to suffer being forced to eat them – there will be no green beans in our house.
I’m obsessed with everything related to tigers and dolphins. When buying calendars, I buy only the ones with the dolphins or tigers. I made a blanket for my daughter from a faux tiger fur, sheets with the picture of dolphins for her bed. I’ve got quite a collection of various dolphin figures at home, and several soft toy tigers. I even used to always carry a little dolphin figure for a keychain on my finger. When I was forgetting it somewhere I was driving everyone crazy and making them to look for it. I once left it at an embassy while filling out an application form for a visa. I noticed my loss only when we drove quite a distance away from that embassy. It didn’t stop me from “crying” for my lost dolphin and forcing my colleagues to turn the car back to get my dolphin.
I only stopped carrying that dolphin keychain on my finger after my daughter was born – it was getting too tricky to keep track of carrying the both. I had to choose between carrying my daughter or that dolphin. Of course, it wasn’t the most difficult decision I had to make in my life. Now I’m wearing a pendant with two dolphins – mama& baby – present from my husband.
8. Turquoise, please.
Marylin Monroe was singing that the Diamonds Are the Girl’s Best Friend. In my case it’s Turquoise. You can blame my husband for this, he was the first one who got me hooked on it – I love jewelry with turquoise. I’ve already got quite a collection of earrings, necklaces, rings with turquoise. I’m short on bracelets though. So if any of you is thinking about what to present me with – any jewelry with turquoise will do, especially the bracelets :-)
Ok, It’s tagging time – Ronald, Joey and Aaron, what are the 8 Things I Don’t know About You?