All that I am, all that I ever was…

I am more than my mental health. I am more than my homelessness. I am more than any one aspect of me. I am Addy. And this is…

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15 facts about me

As a new month dawns, so does a new blog challenge. I discovered this fifteen day challenge on the blog Life of Love and decided that after a month writing about mental illness, a little variety was in order.

The first prompt asks: list 15 facts about yourself. Most people would probably consider this rather simple, but considering I have already written 101 facts about me and 12 more facts about me, coming up with fifteen brand spanking new ones may prove a tad difficult!

But, as always, I will give it my best shot!

01. Last week, I was knocked off my bike by a swooping magpie!

02. My obsession with wooden objects (probably) borders on being a fetish.

03. One of my strongest memories of childhood is playing snooker with my father during football match half-times.

04. If I watch one season of a television series, I feel obliged to watch every season of that show.

05. Courtesy of it being the only film played during a six-day train journey, I know every line of Galaxy Quest.

06. The only song I sing in the shower is Madonna’s Hanky Panky.

07. I once accidentally groped an Australian singer-songwriter at the Port Fairy Folk Festival.
      Note: I shall leave her nameless as my father would probably be incredibly jealous of this fact! :p

08. Back in the days before insomnia, I would have “serialised” dreams over several nights. They were awesome!

09. I used to play in charity netball matches at school; and seriously rocked the skirt we had to wear!

10. Perhaps as a result of those netball matches, if I could wear a kilt every day, I would.

11. My favourite Christopher Brookmyre novel is A Tale Etched in Blood and Hard Black Pencil.

12. One of my guilty pleasures is the Rick Moranis starring Honey I Shrunk the Kids trilogy.

13. People always look at me weirdly when I tell them I read (and enjoy) feminist literature.

14. I point-blank refused to eat pizza until someone forced me to eat a slice when I was twenty-one.

15. One of my dreams in life is to be the host of a pub trivia quiz.

Honey I Shrunk the Kids

12. One of my guilty pleasures is the Rick Moranis starring Honey I Shrunk the Kids trilogy.


Saturday 9: Pour Some Sugar on Me

Saturday 9 is a weekly blogging meme hosted by Crazy Sam Winters (she added the crazy, not me!).

Every Saturday there will be nine questions – sometimes they will be around a common theme, other times completely random – to be answered however we like.


1) Do you have a favorite “hair metal band?”

I’m not really a big fan of this type of music. In fact, I think I’m the only human being in the history of humanity who thinks Spinal Tap is incredibly overrated and not all that funny. If I had to choose a favorite it would be Europe; because they are responsible for The Final Countdown :p

However, I’d much rather listen to Deaf Shepherd than Def Leppard any day of the week :)

2) Def Leppard got their start in South Yorkshire, England. Have you ever been to the UK?

I spent twenty-three years, nine months living in the UK.

Although some people are highly critical of the UK it is actually a quite wonderful place. Yes, it has it’s faults; a random ability to grind to a halt with the appearance of three flakes of snow, a knack of forgetting that everything north of London exists, Jonathan Ross and a nationwide belief that Marmite is better than Vegemite. But it’s love of prawn cocktail crisps, the law that states if it gets hotter than 21.3 degrees you have to strip down to swimwear, John Virgo, the fact people travel to the country from all over the world in the hope to see a real-life dinosaur in the wild and hedgehogs, often beat the countries flaws into submission.

And that’s even before taking into account it was the British who brought us the television show Doctor Who, the phenomenon that was Harry Potter and One Direction.

3) Who would you rather chat with, one-on-one: Prince Philip, Prince Charles, Prince William or Prince Harry?

If I had to choose from this rag-tag assortment of misfits, it would probably be Prince Philip, partly because the guy is rather awesome and partly to see what sort of politically incorrect statement he would make about me.

However, I’d much prefer buying the Queen a pub meal or share a few beverages with Pippa, purely because they seem far more interesting than the above quartet.

4) Do you use real sugar, or a sugar substitute?

I rarely – if ever – use sugar. In my days of non-poverty I would use real sugar as I hate the taste of sweeteners (one of the reasons I find ‘diet’ sodas so unappealing) but these days, although it’s not all that expensive, it’s an expense I don’t really need as I can live without it.

5) Valentine’s Day is big for candy sales. Did you indulge in any Valentine-themed, sugary treats this week?

After an insanely bad bout of anxiety at my Hearing Voices Support Group yesterday I purchased a Cadbury’s Creme Egg. Partly because chocolate is supposed to help people relax, partly because it was on special at Coles and partly because I used to rather like Cadbury’s Creme Eggs.

But this wasn’t Valentines themed, so it doesn’t really count, does it?

FYI, I don’t do Valentines Day. If I care about someone, if I love someone, I’m not going to wait for a single ‘consumerist’ day to show it. I’m going to divulge in random present giving, surprise dates, spontaneous massages and all sorts of lovey-dovey shenanigans on any of the 364 other days of the year!

6) Do you regularly balance your checkbook?

I don’t have a checkbook so, nope.

7) What was your last impulse purchase?

The aforementioned Cadbury’s Creme Egg. It was a stupid thing to do as it was far too decadent an expense.

8) When Sam was a girl, she had nightmares about snakes under her bed. When did you last have a bad dream?

I wrote recently of a rather random dream that saw me being whacked with carpet beaters wielded by rather angry women. Not sure if this would count as a bad dream though! :p

Because of my PTSD I am generally afflicted with half a dozen dreams a week revolving around the various instances of abuse I’ve received in my life. They are terrifying, upsetting, unsettling and something I would never wish on my worst enemy.

9) We’re ordering pizza. Do you want deep dish or thin crust?

Thin crust. Preferably wood fired. With fresh ingrediants…and I mean fresh, not fresh then frozen, fresh!

Sorry, I’m rather picky about my pizzas :p

wood fired pizza

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It’s ‘Scare Small Children in Random Yet Funny Ways’ Day!

You heard that right…it’s “Scare Small Children in Random Yet Funny Ways” day!

Okay, so it’s my idea. I am hereby declaring the last day of each month a day where small children are scared  in random yet funny ways. Okay, so these incidents may leave them with problematic anxiety issues or – in some cases PTSD – but they’re damn funny! So just sit back and start the weekend with a smile!


Note: I’d like to make it abundantly clear that in writing this post I am not prompting people to set out and intentionally scare small children in random yet funny ways; that would just be mean. On the off-chance you do so “accidently”, well… ;)

I hope this post started everyone’s weekend with a smile and that it continues to be a happy, safe and wonderful weekend for you all :)

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