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Sunday Stealing: Swiped


It’s Sunday, so time once again for an installment of Sunday Stealing, which originated on WTIT: The Blog. Here we will steal all types of memes from every corner of the blogosphere. Our promise to you is that we will work hard to find the most interesting and intelligent memes. Enjoy! :)

Do you need to write down things to remember them?

Usually I don’t, usually I just have a knack of remembering the essential things that need doing. But when it comes to grocery shopping, my ability to remember goes out the window, and it can often take several trips to the supermarket to remember what I initially went in to collect. Normally, this is toilet paper, which is frequently the item I forget to purchase. On one day a couple of years ago, I walked to the supermarket three times before remembering to purchase this rather essential item.

Do you keep a diary/journal?

Between the years 1993 and 2007 I was a prolific journaller. But all that changed after my abuser decided to attack my journal writing prowess, a prolonged attack that has stopped me from writing journals ever since. These days, you could form the argument that my blogging has become my journalling, but I don’t write my blog in the way I used to write my journals. And I miss those days spent venting my thoughts onto A5 lined paper, but I doubt I’ll be able to fight through the PTSD to restart my journal writing, such was the strength of her attacks.

Are you scared of thunderstorms?

Nope. I love thunderstorms. Absolutely, positively, love them! :)

Do you have any unusual fears or phobias?

I wouldn’t say I have any unusual fears or phobias, unless you count being afraid of people in general unusual. Most of my phobias (heights, spiders) are perfectly rational and very usual in nature.

Whats your favourite Disney movie?

This is currently a battle between the 90s classic Beauty and the Beast and the contemporary classic Tangled. I love both movies equally and struggle between deciding which one I prefer.


Tangled; do I prefer this, or Beauty and the Beast. I can’t decide! :/

Have you ever painted a house?

I’ve painted the interior of houses but never climbed a ladder to paint the exterior. Which is quite fortunate, given my fear of heights.

Whats the tallest tree you’ve ever climbed?

I honestly have no idea. I tend not to look at trees and go “ooooo, I’m going to climb that”. I tend to look at trees and admire their majestic beauty from afar.

Do you always wear identical socks?

Not always, no, but today, I am.

Do you live by any motto or philosophy?

Not really. The closest motto or philosophy that I try to live by is “If you can’t handle me at my worst, you sure as hell don’t deserve me at my best,”, which has seen me reject several people from my life who freaked out when things got bad and they couldn’t handle it. Was this the nice thing to do, probably not, but why should I waste time pretending to be okay when I’m not. If you want to be in my life, you have to accept things being ‘real’.

Do you lick the yogurt or dessert lid?

Yep. Why wouldn’t you?

Do you lick the spoon clean after making something sweet?

Yep. Again, why wouldn’t you?

Have you ever played the bongos?

I have. At a mental health retreat last year I took part in a drumming workshop that saw several people form a circle and beat upon drums for half an hour. It was slightly bizarre, did little for my mental stability and proved once and for all how lacking in rhythm I am.

Have you ever handled a snake?

I have. Whilst living in Alice Springs several years ago I was a frequent visitor to a Reptile Center, given I was dating one of its workers at the time, so on several occasions held a snake. I also held blue tongued lizards and the (quite frankly awesome) sleepy lizard.


Proof that I’ve held a snake! (photograph taken in 2008)

Have you ever assembled furniture by yourself?

Yep. Who hasn’t?

When did you last go to the beach?

I honestly can’t remember. How sad is that? Although I’m not what you would call a beach bunny I love being beside the ocean, and the fact the town I live in is hundreds of miles from the nearest beach is one of the reasons I dislike it so much. I miss going to the beach so much.

When if ever did you last go to London?

The last time I was in London was 2008, when I vacationed there for a couple of days whilst living in the UK. I spent my time roaming the back streets of Soho, exploring all manner of second-hand shops and paying a visit to the musical Spamalot, which was a mighty fine evening at the theater.

What do you do to cool down when its hot?

Cold showers; they’re a life saver during the 40 degree (celsius) days of an Australian summer.

What’s the most unusual thing you’ve ever eaten?

I’m a simple man with simple tastes, so I tend not to eat anything altogether adventurous. Probably the most adventurous thing I’ve eaten is a mushroom, which I despised, and have never eaten them since. They are truly the worst of the fungi family.

Do you have a favorite mug?

Nope. I honestly can’t say that I do.

Do you know any self-defense or martial arts?

Nope. I’ve never been a sporty person so the desire to learn a martial art has never been high on my list of priorities. If I’m ever in a situation where I would need to defend myself, I would improvise with whatever was at hand, or just allow myself to be beaten to a pulp, whatever came first.

Who’s your favourite movie action hero?

Indiana Jones; the God of all adventure movies.

Have you ever ridden a motorcycle?

Nope. I honestly can’t say that I have.

Do you collect anything?

DVDs and Blu-Rays would probably be the thing I collect the most. I’ve had a love of film and television for as long as I can remember, so much so that the motion picture has become my primary coping method when I feel lost and adrift in life. There’s nothing like curling up in front of a good movie when life has got you down.


Not my DVD collection, but my idea of heaven! :)

Is there anything you wished would come back into fashion?

Books. How they ever went out of fashion is beyond me. There is nothing comparable (and yes, I’m looking at you ereaders!) to reading from a proper, paper bound, book.

Do you stick to conventional fashions or like to try and be original?

I never stick to conventional fashions. I am my own person and damned proud of it.

Have you ever given someone a handmade present?

I have given several handmade presents in my life. Once, I made a friend a journal to write in, filling it with writing prompts and spaces to stick treasured photographs. On another occasion, I made a friend a framed Addy-original photograph. Whilst on other occasions, I have written stories specifically for people who I cared about, formulating the plot and characters around things that meant something to the recipient. Good times.


15 thoughts on “Sunday Stealing: Swiped

  1. I love your responses. It sounds like you have been all over. I love the ocean too and don’t live that far away but I don’t visit all that often. In addition to books, I have also forgotten that I collect movies too. What is your favorite? For me it is the Dark Crystal.


    • I have done my fair share of traveling in my life. I’ve spent some time in Canada, backpacked extensively around Scotland and visited several of the Australian states, where I now live. I’ve certainly been blessed to have experienced such wonder. The Dark Crystal is wonderful, it’s certainly on my list of favourite films, but my all time favourite movie would be Fight Club, which I love from a film-making point of view as well as a personal point of view. I also love books, and have a small collection of them that I’ve picked up from various op-shops or library book sales. I tend to only buy second hand books, perhaps because I feel they have a little more personality than a new book, perhaps because they’re just cheaper! :)

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      • I would have to agree with used books having a different personality. Fight club was good, but but if I am going that route I think Momento was pretty good as it left most wondering at the end. Shutter Island with Leonardo DiCaprio was interesting but it fell short somewhere along the way. That’s my opinion anyways :) Thanks for the post.


        • Memento is a fantastic film. It’s been a while since I saw it and have no memory of the end of the film, so perhaps I need to re-watch it. I’ve never seen Shutter Island, not a fan of Leonardo DiCaprio, so can’t comment on that one I’m afraid. Maybe I’ll add it to my “to watch” list for future film enjoyment. :)

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  2. Indiana Jones is a great choice!


  3. I apparently am the only one who misunderstood the action hero question. I wish I watched more movies, I am a little deficit in that area. Something to catch up on some day perhaps. (And I didn’t know books were out of fashion as I still read them.)


    • I’m so glad you still read books. So many people these days do their reading on ereaders or tablets, which is why I consider books to be out of fashion, which is a shame, as reading a book is a much more visceral experience than reading a screen. Hope you have a wonderful day! :)


  4. I have a lifelong love affair with the Ocean. I hope you will be able to live near it again. It, like movies and books, are things that are very comforting when the world just gets to be too too much. Wishing you a stable, happy week.


    • I too hope to live near the ocean again in the future. I do miss the ocean and wish I could visit it more regularly, but that’s one of the disadvantages of living so far from the shore. Wishing you a wonderful, peaceful day! :)


  5. I’m glad you’re writing, even if it’s not on paper. I always enjoy reading your posts–and I read most of them, though I rarely comment. Part of the reason I like you (via your posts) is your adoration for books and libraries, I’ll admit it. But you also have guts, strength, honesty, and you aren’t afraid of snakes!!


    • Thank you for your kind words about my writing. It’s always wonderful to hear people read my posts, whether they comment or not, as written words are meant to be read. Thank you also for your kind words about my strength and honesty, they’re two values that I hold dear to me and am glad they come across in my writing! Wishing you a fantastic day! :)


  6. Could not agree more about books! They have that certain smell too, don’t you think? Especially old library books… Love them!


    • I love old library books. Every six months or so my local library has a book sale of pre-loved books that are no longer required by the library, and I always end up buying dozens of them, mostly because of the beautiful smell they have. In fact, on one occasion I bought a book that smelled of peaches – even though I have no idea why it smelled of the fruit! :)


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