Well, decided to do a 10 things you didn’t know about me. Likely, anyhow, if you don’t talk to me on a regular basis.
I took a scuba diving course and am a certified diver. I don’t use the certification however as I’m scared of the dark water in Canada and it’s so damn cold. Not to mention my wetsuit would never fit me and our tanks are way too old to be filled and be safe.
- I’ve been to Portugal when I was 11 years old with my parents. We flew into Lisbon, drove south to Albufeira and stayed at a rental villa there. I can remember the beach and the fish market. I can remember my mother buying eel to eat and me thinking no way am I eating THAT!!??!!! We did a day trip to Seville Spain and then went up to Lisbon for a few days where we visited Sintra. I can remember so many stairs. It was awesome for a young girl, full of energy. I’d be so tired now though lol.
- I’ve met in person the author Kathy Reichs who’s a forensic anthropologist who writes the Tempe Brennan books. She was in Hull, Quebec to give a speech and we went to see her speak and there was a line up where you could get books signed by her. Wonderful smart awesome lady. So interesting to listen to.
- I attended McGill University, MacDonald Campus in Montreal for a year. Didn’t do very well as my mind wasn’t on my studies and more on my upcoming trip to Europe with my friend Pam. But I studied Soil Science there. Interesting courses.
- I’ve visited Holland, Belgium, France, Switzerland, Austria, Italy, and Great Britain in 1985 with my best friend Pam on our “grand tour” of Europe. Was so much fun with our backpacks, our Eurail pass, and our passport, and our “Let’s Go” guide. We got to see the Spanish Riding School in Vienna and see a performance. Saw the famous eventing course in England at Burghley. Ate at a seafood restaurant on the Cote d’Azure in France. Saw the leaning Tower of Pisa. So many other notable events, too numerous to mention here. Was a fun time.
- I was on my dad’s boat for the Kingston sailing portion of the Montreal Olympics in 1976. His yacht was used as Mark boat #1 on Charlie course for the Tornado class for the races held. We had to record if the boats went around the mark correctly on a sheet of paper. The eventual gold medal winner Reg White of Great Britain and his crew member were so obviously better than the other sailors, by yards difference.
- I rolled my car on the Queensway which is the major road running across Ottawa on January 13th, 1982. I’ll never forget that day. It was a snowy day, and I was driving too fast and my car flipped over. If I hadn’t been wearing my seatbelt, or if the car roof had crumbled or I’d slid out into traffic I’d likely not be here today. Thank you God for sparing me that day.
- I rode my bike a lot when I was younger and one year, with Tim, we rode our bikes, according to my bike computer 1200 km. Including a few rides all the way up to Champlain lookout at the top of Gatineau parkway. Which means quite a few climbs and downhills on a very long road. The road down is full of long downhills where you’re going “very very fast”.
- I can speak some French. Not particularly well and certainly not fluent, but enough to get by in Quebec to get my point across.
- I took a sailing course in my teens at the Britannia yacht club in Ottawa and learned how to sail small boats including a Laser. It’s fun and challenging. I’m not particularly good at it nor can I say I’m particularly brave at it. But my brother Andrew has a Laser and I know how to sail it myself at his house on the lake there.