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  • 30 Things You May Not Know About Me

    1. I detest the taste of lemon in pudding.  Lemon belongs only in soup, when accompanied by lots of greens.
    2. My camera is more or less one of my best friends.
    3. I’m pathetic about pain so I manage my eyebrows with hair removal cream.
    4. I don’t like ice cream.  Because it’s too cold.  Apparently that’s strange.
    5. No, cold drinks are fine.  Preferable, actually.
    6. I’m planning to be a gestational surrogate once I’ve finished using my womb to produce my own children.
    7. Twins do run in my family.  That had no bearing on my producing our twins though – they were conceived via IVF.
    8. I loved the whole IVF process.  There’s something very liberating about handing your fertility to the experts, even if it does mean sticking needles in your own stomach fat twice daily.
    9. I’d happily be pregnant forever.  Even with twins.
    10. I am not in the least bit camera shy.  In fact, one might say that I’m a bit of a narcissist about my picture.  Being photographed is fun!
    11. I met the love of my life on the internet before internet dating was a thing.  And we were too young to be internet-dating, anyway.
    12. Greece is my second home and I have a whole additional perfectly eccentric family there.
    13. I don’t have a favourite colour.  I love ALL colours.
    14. I’m a chocolate snob.  I don’t like cheap chocolate at all – it makes me gag.  Except for Nutella.  I could eat my bodyweight in Nutella.
    15. My feet blister if shoes so much as look at them.  This is why I more or less only ever put shoes on when somebody whips a camera out.

    16. I haven’t cut my hair in years.  It’s starting to wear me.
    17. My favourite books and TV shows are where everyone is happy and NOTHING HAPPENS to change that.  So, basically, modern entertainment makes me weep.
    18. I have a huge collection of poetry memorised, and I like to recite it in my head whilst I’m walking
    19. It has been alleged that I can’t sing.  I vehemently disagree.
    20. My childhood included twelve years of elocution lessons and consequently, nobody can work out where my accent is from.
    21. In that childhood, I possessed a free-range pet chinchilla called Zoe.  She was superb.
    22. I’m a very intense person naturally.
    23. Actually, I rather like being small and plump.  I’m cosy.
    24. That said, I have an obsession with my collarbone.  I play with the hollow when I’m nervous.
    25. I forced my parents to change my name when I was two.  Yes, legally change it.  And they did it.  My birth certificate says Amy, passport says Amber.  It made my security clearance for a previous job overly complicated.
    26. I was a ridiculously precocious child.  There was a lot of speculation that I was a genius, and then everybody else just… sort of caught up.
    27. I am probably the clumsiest person I know.
    28. I once nearly drowned during a school swimming gala because my mum had bought me a new costume.  It was so big that every time I moved my arms to swim, the top gaped open, exposing my (teensy 13-year-old) boobs to every last watching parent.  I was so mortified that I felt that I had no option but to stop splashing and sink slowly under the water, whereupon Mrs Parr, our PE coach, fished me out with an enormous pole.
    29. Baby clothes are swiftly becoming my hobby.  I’m going to be lost when there are no more babies.
    30. I can’t touch towels.  And if I’m forced to touch one by cruel circumstance I take care not to let my fingernails brush it.  I think my worst nightmare is probably being made to bite one… shudder.

    So that is thirty things that you probably didn’t know about me (or did you?!)!  What don’t I know about you?



    1. July 26, 2015 / 11:28 am

      how do you dry yourself after washing?! Wow elocution lessons… I wish I had some of those.

    2. July 26, 2015 / 12:12 pm

      Your towel aversion is very interesting. I’m assuming it’s a texture/snagging thing?

      I hate wearing anything on my feet, it makes me feel claustrophobic but according to my family that is weird.

    3. July 26, 2015 / 7:57 pm

      I’ve got to ask- how do you dry yourself? I’m with you on the no shoes thing, I’d always rather be barefoot and if not barefoot then sandals! And why were you so determined about the name change at 2? You do seem much more of an Amber than an Amy 🙂

    4. July 26, 2015 / 8:22 pm

      I have the towel nail/bite things too. I thought it was possibly my OCD, but it could just be a sensory thing. I shuddered when I read your comment about biting one.

    5. July 26, 2015 / 9:46 pm

      I knew at least two already – I definitely knew the baby clothes one. Lemon in soup though? Really?

    6. July 27, 2015 / 7:15 am

      What a great list! No one can work out where I’m from either from my accent but that’s from living in different places. I’m sort of sad about that.

    7. July 27, 2015 / 2:31 pm

      Just when I thought I couldn’t love you more, now I do! I’ve loved learning so much more about it although having met you, I was well aware of what a wondrous marvel you are!

      I love that you have a surrogate family in Greece (remember you telling me that too) and how incredible you want to offer others the chance to have babies too, you are just so caring and smart (no girl, we haven’t caught up) and your genius post made me laugh as I started speaking at 6 months old and there was speculation here too. I was caught discussing politics in the playground aged 5, asking if fellow pupils would be voting for Michael Foot and my parents were called in as it was feared I was being brainwashed at home! …I can’t believe you thought it was better to drown than flash others! Amazing post that had me grinning from ear to ear and thankful you’re my friend! x

    8. July 27, 2015 / 4:17 pm

      Oh I love lemon in pudding but I’m a chocolate snob too. I hate cheap chocolate. It just doesn’t taste right at all. I think it is amazing that you want to be a surrogate. What a wonderful thing to do for someone.

    9. July 27, 2015 / 5:09 pm

      I love this post. Actually love it. You have created a “30 things” post that was genuinely interesting to read (they usually bore me to tears) and rather unusual. I like people who are not the fricking same as everyone else. Not that I didn’t like you before, but I like you more 😉

    10. July 27, 2015 / 6:05 pm

      We are so similar in some respects Amber, my camera is also my best friend, I hate any sort of lemon in pudding, I would be pregnant forever and I had a ferret called Rosie growing up. (Like a chinchilla?!) We are not similar in the fact I could eat ice cream for breakfast every day if I could. We so so need to meet soon rather than share compliments and photo related Hewlett with each other over the internet. Hopefully at the Mads if not before! Xxx

    11. July 28, 2015 / 5:43 pm

      Well number 25! That is funny because I begged my parents to change my name to Josephine but they wouldn’t comply, wouldn’t that have been a funny coincidence! You do suit Amber..

      You don’t like Ice cream? Weirdo

      I’m completely pathetic with pain although I LOVED childbirth and would do it again tomorrow if I could and loved being pregnant.

      There is no way on earth you could be as clumsy as me and I’m often found quoting Wordsworth or Shakespeare…

      You my girl are marvellous. Mwah! X

    12. July 31, 2015 / 6:38 pm

      Loved reading this!I am a mid chocolate snob, I mean I hate the cheap cheap stuff but would much prefer a bar of Dairy Milk over Green and Blacks! x

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