Tuesday, March 13, 2007
Five things you didn't know about me
I was tagged for this nice little meme by Pille. I feel that I'm fairly personal here, so you probably already know a lot about me - but well, there's always some tidbits that I haven't talked much about. So let's give it a try!
1. I have a huge amount of makeup. And I mean a HUGE amount. Like 300 eyeshadows. (At least.) A hundred lipsticks. Lipglosses. Nailpolishes. More blush than ten women could wear in a lifetime. You get the picture. A lot of makeup. Funny thing is, I don't wear that much makeup. I do however like variation, and I rarely wear the same combination twice. (Much like how I cook - rarely the very same thing.) I am especially fond of makeup that I can't get here in Sweden, so I quickly caught on to the concept of makeup swapping. (Check out www.makeupalley.com for the best site on that.) It basically means sending makeup - new or very gently used - to other people, getting other, fun stuff in return. I used to do this a lot more, but I'm still acticve. And some years ago, I was actually interviewed in Sweden's then largest internet magazine as "the makeup girl". (And I can still remember what makeup I wore in the photo!)
2. Slightly related, but something I've been meaning to write about anyway. Perfumes. Love it. Have a bunch. Especially like foody, gourmet type scents. For all other fragrance-foodies out there, I heartily recommend the French line Comptoir Sud Pacifique. My favorites include Vanille-Apricot, Vanille Extreme, Soleil des Enfants (that has now switched names to something I can't remember, but it smells lovely - like oranges and vanilla) and Amour de Cacao, a delious mix of vanilla, chocolate and orange. Speaking of chocolate, Serendipity 3 makes a lovely perfume. And then there's Attar Bazaar Sudanese Coconut - a gorgeous, deep, deliciously dark coconut scent. And I love citrus scents - the cleaner the better. Especially lime or lemon. I wore Fresh Sugar Blossom for my wedding, and that's a sweet lemon fragrance. Ok, I better stop now, I think you get the picture.
3. I am a very good organizer. I make lists - lots of them - and I can spend many happy hours organizing my collections. (Like my makeup, or most recently, my cookbooks that are now happily indexed in a database.) However, I hate organizing in order to write big thesises. Which I've done, several times. I have studied for seven years at university - mostly political science (one small thesis, one larger), but also a lot of English (one larger thesis), and things like sociology, statistics, law, and my Master's is in Technology, Society and Science (a very large thesis), a rather obscure cross-disciplinary subject. I currently work as a political secretary for the Liberal party - full time in politics - but if you've got a fun opportunity for me, I'm listening!
4. I barely listen to any music at all. Whatever's on the radio when I'm driving. Other than that, almost never, ever. I like having it quiet when I'm at home. I much prefer the tv. And I have to tell you, I watch many, many tv shows. Many. I follow Desperate Housewives, The OC, Gilmore Girls, Lost, Veronica Mars, Las Vegas, The Simpsons, Gray's Anatomy and several others. And we recently watched all seven seasons of Buffy. (Absolutely delightful by the way, I'm a huge Joss Whedon fan and we're currently watching all seasons of Angel.) Next in line for our massive watching is Sopranos.
5. I read a lot of books. (Not just cookbooks!) I love crime novels (Patricia Cornwell, Karin Slaugther, Kathy Reichs, Jeffery Deaver, Stephen King, Elizabeth George, Val McDermid, David Baldacci, Faye Kellerman, Harlan Coben...) and traditional simple chick lit (Marian Keyes and Sophie Kinsella being a favorite in that genre). I hold particularly soft spot for Carl Hiaasen and Diane Mott Davidson. And lots of Swedish authors, too. Reading is relaxation for me, and I always read before I go to sleep.
Enough about me. Now, who wants to go next? How about Farmgirl, Baking Sheet, Brownie Points, Taste Everything Once and Spittoon?