Top Ten Tuesday – Top Ten Facts About Me

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Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly feature run by The Broke and the Bookish. Each week you compile a list of ten books that fit with the theme. All the details and how to join are available here.

This week’s topic is a bit more about the people behind the blogs – so here we have Top Ten Facts About Me.

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1. When I was little I wanted to be an archaeologist – largely due to a very early obsession with history and my dad’s incessant watching of Time Team. I really loved the idea of ancient civilisations and trying to decode things by what’s been left behind. I’m still fascinated by it and it’s probably why I love genealogy so much.

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2. I LOVE languages and I very nearly went down the Modern Languages path for my degree. I’m not a polyglot by any means, apart from English I can speak French, Spanish and a little bit of German. We only did German for one year at high school and I just didn’t enjoy it as much. I think this was largely due to the way we were taught and I’d like to give it another shot! I also really want to learn Italian, Gaelic, Dutch and Polish – basically all the languages ok?

bee.jpg3. I’m very allergic to insect bites – as evidenced by the giant bruise on my leg at the moment – but I can usually avoid the steroid tablets if I take antihistamines year round and keep my hydrocortisone handy.  I don’t really want to find out what happens if I ever get stung…

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4. I’ve got dysfunctional Eustachian tubes in my ears. This is a problem for a lot of things but very good for detecting storms and heavy rain due to the changes in air pressure! I very rarely get caught out in bad weather now.

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5. I’m mostly Irish – DNA proven! When I took the AncestryDNA test I was surprised by how balanced my results were.  The breakdown was 29% Ireland, 27% Great Britain, 24% Scandinavian, 19% Western European, 2% Eastern European and 1% Iberian Peninsula.

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6. I can only whistle sideways which has bewildered my friends and family for years. I can’t do the thing with my fingers and I can’t just purse my lips and blow, it has to be sideways – make of that what you will.

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7. I can only really see out of my left eye –  I’ve a squint in my right so my brain ignores the information coming from it unless I close me left. As such my hand-eye coordination is awful and so it my ability to judge distance. I’m better at catching things if I shut my eyes first, I’m also less likely to walk into things when it’s dark. Basically with my eyes open I am very, VERY clumsy.

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8. I danced (ballet, tap and a bit of Jazz) on and off from age 2 to 14 until I injured my knee playing cricket in PE *shakes fist*. It took another four years and a car accident to work out what I’d done to it (hello hypermobility). But I’m hoping that one day I’ll regain enough muscle control to start again without further injury.

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9. I’m fascinated by genetics – Always have been, I don’t know why. There’s so much information packed into our genetic code hair colour, eye colour, our health – DNA is very cool people.

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10. I can’t stand the smell/taste of artificial mint, it honestly makes me feel sick. I’m fine with the actual plant, will quite happily munch on the leaves like a rabbit, but as soon as we get into ‘mint-flavoured’ and ‘mint-scented’ I’m out of there.

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