Some bits about me

G'day all!

Got sent this in an email and decided to share. I've edited a couple of bits cos I don't want the whole world to know everything about me....

1. What is your full name:

Well i guess it is really C(add a word) A(add a word) Shandley, but that is pretty boring really. How about Dr Snot?

2. What colour pants are you wearing now:

Blue not denim blue but a dull blue. Not dark, not at all light, just a dull blue. And black knickers in case you meant that sort of pants. LOL.

3. What are you listening to right now:

Nathan's computer whirring away. My computer hardly ever whirs. And the sound of my typing.

4. When is your birthday:

Nov 3

5. What was the last thing you ate:

Some original corn thins. Imagine pop corn in a rice cake shape.

6. If you were a crayon what colour would you be?

ALL OF THEM! I'd be one of those swirly multicoloured crayons that come out all mucky. D'oh!

7. How is the weather right now?

Hmm, clouds are coming over, but it is sunny and quite quite mild for May (late autumn/early winter) - 21! Better than Coventry, which is a clear 6 degrees, or Blackppol which is 9 degrees or Toronto which is 13 as I write.

8. Last person you talked to on the phone:

My brother Den.

9. The first thing you notice about a guy/girl:

Umm height? Are they bigger or smaller than me? Gender? Probably gender. If I can tell.

10. Do you like the person who sent this to you?

Like DUH!

11. How are you today:

My shoulder is annoying me cos I tried to catch the cat before she brained herelf on the heater and popped it out again (shoulder not cat) but other than that I am pretty good, all things considering (eg I hate my job, two deaths in two weeks, etc).

12. Favourite hot drink:

Oh umm, yeah. Peppermint tea? It's the only hot drink I have since I hate coffee and don't like tea and can't have milk.

13. Favourite alcoholic drink:

MEAD! Cos it doesn't give me thumping headaches immediately!

14. Favourite Sport:

Footy. AFL. Like what else is there? ;-)

15. Hair colour:

Blonde. All by itself, no hairdresser needed! With the odd red hair, just to show that females are mosaics, cos mum was blonde and the old man was a carrot tops.

16. Eye Colour:

Blue. Skin - pinky white, tan? As if!

17. Do you wear contacts:


18. Siblings:

Three - D, B, J.

19. Favourite month:

Maybe September because that is when things really start getting into the swing of Spring and the days start lengthening out rapidly.

20. Favourite foods:

Ooh, umm Thai. Anything gluten and dairy free that is just like normal food, unless it is like nasty creamy stuff cos I have never been able to abide cream sauces.

(Where's # 21?) Quite ! Another mystery Babylonian level or something ??

22. Favourite day of the year:

Any day that I don't have to go to work, especially if I also get to play with cool stuff. Cool stuff is currently fibre oriented but geek stuff can be good too.

23. Are you too shy to ask someone out:

nah! I would not have managed to go out with anyone but M and maybe A if I had not been forward.

24. Summer or winter:


25. Hugs or Kisses:

Egh. Hugs.

26. Chocolate or Vanilla:

Are we talking nasty yucky hershey's or nestle type chocolate here or say Lindt? Or yucky cocoa or yummy chocolate? Usually chocolate but a premium vanilla can be nice....

27. Do you want your friends to write back:

Yeah but it is their choice. (I just typed there - argh! My team mate's bad grammar is rubbing off on me!)

28. Who is most likely to respond:


29: Who is least likely to respond:

umm noone cos it isn't going to anyone apart from e who sent it to me! (I got it from Agnes, she got it from Jim. We all agree it must've been Louise who gave it to him....)

30. What's under your bed:

cat hair dust bunnies, a lost shoe and a lost sock, a couple of magazines, some books.... well that is what we found last time we turned the mattress over.

31. What books are you reading:

Umm, err. Yarnharlot's bookbookbook. Not in a big reading phase at present.

32. What's on your mouse mat?

My mouse mat is a bit of paper. The one at work has a cat watching a fish in a fish bowl.

33. Favourite board game?

Arkham Horror (call of Cthulhu).

34. What did you do last night:

Umm, knitted, spun, watched TV, ate dinner, read blogs, went for a walk in the 5 degree outdoors in the dark (brrrrrrr!), slept.

35. Favourite Smells:

Fresh baked bread (even though I can't eat it). Pie (meat or apple - can get good gf/df substitutes). Some of my roses. Most fruits. Hot cinnamon donuts (can't eat them either). A roast. Freshly dug dirt. Spring. The smell of rain on hot pavements and dirt. The smell of the sea (not the rotting seaweed smell!). Crushed eucalyptus leaves.

We had another funeral this morning, for Annette. I never got to know Annette very well (my fault). It seems that I missed out badly. I am more fussed about Nathan's mum than anyone else, even Annette's husband and daughter, cos B has lost her best friend of 15 or so years. I know that losing a spouse is bad, and losing a parent is bad, but I feel more sorry for B than anyone else.

The more I see of death, the less I understand of it. What happens to the person when their body dies? Some people say the spirit goes to Heaven (or to Hell), or that it is reborn in another. I don't believe in heaven or hell. I don't know what happens to the spirit or animus or the Force or whatever you may call it, but I do think that life is more than a series of chemical processes. Surely all that they were does not cease to exist at that moment? How can it all just stop? What happens when the person dies?


I only know that I get one shot at this life so I had better start making the most of it and pursuing my dreams. First, though, I have to work out what those dreams are. I have been able to do anything I have turned my hand to. I can do it well. I am exceptionally lucky that way, yet I have not stuck with any one thing for very long. It is like I am serving a series of short apprenticeships and searching for my Thing. Maybe I will one day put it all together and combine the things I have done into some weird and wonderful thing. (Hopefully it won't involve sheep placentas cos that would be icky to most people.)

I want to Make, and I want to Serve. Two of my greatest pleasures are in creating things and helping others. Typical of me to like doing most the things that are least valued in our dollar driven society. I always have tended to follow the beat of my own drum, not that that people say I should.

Thank you for your interesting thoughts and feedback on some of my posts recently. I would email you back but it is hard when I don't have an email addy, so please accept my apologies. I like opening up the forum to all - I like to hear what you have to say.



  1. So, you know you want to be creative/constructive, and useful. And you've got a pretty good idea of what you don't want to do (what you're paid to do now, and presumably a lot of that other stuff you walked away from previously). That's a good starting point. So how can you use your skills & quals to do as much as possible of what you want, with as little as manageable of what you don't?

    As for the what happens when we die stuff - I think there is a God, and if we choose to believe in God, and seek to follow God's path, we'll end up in God's presence forever. If we think this is all there is, this is probably all we'll get. Either way, the great truth is, as you said, that we only get one go at this life, so we better make all we can of it. :-)

  2. 30. What's under your bed:

    cat hair dust bunnies, a lost shoe and a lost sock, a couple of magazines, some books.... well that is what we found last time we turned the mattress over.

    If you know the sock and shoe is under there then they arent really lost ;)

    As for after death. I try not to think about it. I am not a religious person. Death scares me. Though. I do believe we are reborn.



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