Bookgirl has tagged me for an 8 Random Facts/Habits About Me meme. MissSin also tagged me for a 5 Things About Me That People Don't Know meme a little while back that I haven't gotten around to doing. So I hope no one minds but I'm going to combine them into 8 Random Things You May or May Not Know About Me (and May or May Not Find Interesting).
-I used to play the piano. I started around age 5 I think and quit around age 15. I was never brilliant but I did win a medal once at the local music festival playing a duet with a friend.
-My mother never let me pierce my ears. She said I could when I turned 18. By that time I no longer cared, and have never bothered.
-I'm a bit claustrophic. I start to feel panicky if I'm in a small enclosed space.
-I collect the Japan city series of Starbucks mugs (scroll to the bottom of the link for the Asian ones) of places we've been. So far I have Yokohama, Kyoto, Sendai, Sapporo, and Saitama. There is a Tokyo one of course but I haven't bought it because I don't really like the design. (Hover over the city names to see the mugs courtesy of snapshots). I also have a couple of nationwide limited edition ones that are actually very pretty. I only collect the Japanese ones because they're kind of fun and arty. I've never bothered with the England versions or the Canadian ones. Besides being, to me, boring (at least the ones I've seen, mainly skyline ones), they're simply too big.
-When I spent a year in France and attended high school there, we had to take notes in class with fountain pens.
-I have a thing for paper. Of course books (although not newsprint so much), but after bookstores, stationery stores are the next best thing. I also worked for many years at Hallmark Cards, and I LOVE Japanese paper products.
-The fact that I really hate summer in Tokyo is nothing new. It's the humidity that does me in. But I seriously wasn't made for hot climates, with my pale skin and light-coloured eyes I'm constantly squinting and seeking shade. So except for a couple of family vacations as a child, I've never gone on a beach holiday.
-Gilbert Blythe was my first literary crush.
Since it seems to have mostly done the rounds, if you haven't already done this and would like to, please consider yourself tagged.