Random Facts About Me

In addition to being your average everyday random facts list, it also serves as a reminder that I always have something incredibly narcissistic to blog about! Click through on any link to read more, if you’re interested.

  • My hobbies not otherwise mentioned include word & logic puzzles, visiting museums & zoos, minigolf, ten-pin bowling, amusement parks, non-fiction reading, adult colouring, and roller derby.
  • While my ultimate goal in life is to become a criminal psychologist, I would also love to become a probation/parole officer, an educator for offenders and at-risk people, or an adult & family educator.
  • Although I decided on becoming a criminal psychologist pretty early on, some other careers I considered included regular ol’ teacher (science or English), “anything to do with animals”, speech therapist, and private investigator.
  • My first job was a checkout operator/cashier in a tiny supermarket in a very small town.
  • My birthplace was Whangarei (New Zealand), I have ancestral ties to Rotorua, I call Hamilton “home”, and I have some kind of weird spiritual connection to Wellington.
  • I also have that same weird spiritual connection to Maastricht here in the Netherlands.
  • Before moving to the Netherlands, I had never left the North Island of New Zealand.
  • I am a descendant of Pukaki, the Māori chief whose carving is featured on New Zealand’s 20c coin.
  • I’m very much a homebody. I like to travel, but I much prefer short, jam-packed trips to long, leisurely trips because it means I’ll be back in my own bed sooner rather than later.
  • I am very lucky to have an amazing family, and I am very close to my parents and younger sister, Katrina.
  • I am a rainbow baby. My older brother was stillborn. And my sister is a miracle baby, born after a cervical cancer scare. We special!
  • There are three people, outside of my immediate family, I consider to be the biggest influences on my life: my maternal grandmother, DorDor; my intermediate teacher, Mr Shepherd; and my psychologist from my teen years, Jason.
  • I was diagnosed with Major Depressive Disorder as a teenager, but I had suffered from it from the age of four.
  • I had some behavioural problems as a result of the undiagnosed depression and was bullied for being “psycho” until I finally got treatment.
  • The trigger for my depression was most likely the death of my grandmother, DorDor. I was the only one present when she passed.
  • I was in gifted student classes for most of my primary school years.
  • I didn’t graduate high school due to my mental health issues. I got into university via special admission, based on my age.
  • I used to be a cross-country runner, and I even had Olympic distance running ambitions at one point.
  • I tried out almost every team sport available to me when I was younger, but I never found one I truly enjoyed.
  • I lived on dairy farms for a large chunk of my life, and before that, my summers were spent on a family friend’s farm.
  • I grew up in a very LGBT-friendly home. My godfather (and Mum’s best friend) was a gay man, and he had some truly amazing friends that I feel blessed to have known as a child.
  • Although I am a ciswoman married to a cisman (and thus in a straight relationship), I identify as pansexual.
  • I was a huge teenybopper during my pre-and early teen years.
  • My first ever concert was the boyband, Five. I saw them the day after my 13th birthday, and even stayed in the same hotel as them.
  • My first celebrity crush was Michael Jackson. Other celebrities I had major crushes on growing up included Zac Hanson, Scott from Five, Ryan Phillippe, Orlando Bloom, Liv Tyler, Lauri from The Rasmus, Kimberley from Girls Aloud, Ville Valo, and Spencer from Panic! at the Disco.
  • I love most bugs, insects and arachnids, but I think cockroaches are the most disgusting things on the planet.
  • I would love a pet snake, but the idea of feeding it bothers me now that I’ve been a rat mum.
  • My natural hair colour is a medium mousey brown, but I have been colouring it black since I was 16.
  • I am missing two of my adult teeth, still have one of my baby teeth, and I’ve only had one wisdom tooth come through with room to spare. One of my missing teeth caused my diastema (the gap between my two front teeth).
  • I am mildly short-sighted. Just enough to require glasses while driving.
  • I used to be called “Turkey Legs” because I was quite thin and gangly, until a few years into high school when my metabolism shat the bed. I got to a weight that was considered to be “morbidly obese”.
  • I will eat anything offered to me, except satay sauce. I don’t know what is with the combo of peanuts and spices that makes me gag, but it does.
  • I love tattoos, but I don’t have any of my own.
  • I also don’t have any piercings. I used to have pierced earlobes, but I let them close up because when I fell ill, earrings became uncomfortable.
  • I have been told I look like Anna Paquin, Lily Allen, Anna Hutchison, and Christina Ricci.
  • I can’t feel the tip of my left index finger unless I press (or stab) really hard. I severed the nerve cutting onions when I was younger.
  • I also have a chickenpox scar on my left eyebrow.
  • I share my birthday with quite a few awesome famous people and holidays around. My favourites: Devin Townsend, Skye Sweetnam and Bevrijdingsdag (Liberation Day) in the Netherlands.
  • I am mildly allergic to cats, wool/lanolin, and pollen/bee stings. I also have an alcohol intolerance.
  • I was a thumbsucker until the age of 20.
  • I cannot be vegan for medical reasons, but I support veganism as both a way to save the planet and protect the rights of animals.
  • I want to donate my body to science when I die.
  • I am an egalitarian, but I won’t call myself a feminist even though I’m well aware that it essentially means the same thing.
  • I really wish civics education was a compulsory class in all high schools around the world.
  • I also really wish women were more knowledgeable about wearing the correct bra size.
  • Being a psychology student has made me very sensitive to certain things like the misuse of the words ‘antisocial’ & ‘psychopath’ and the stock people put into online personality tests.
  • I am a ‘try everything once’ kind of person, but if it sucks the first time, I probably won’t do it again.
  • My sense of humour is very broad. I laugh at everything, and my enjoyment of laughter outweighs my need to feel offended.
  • I’m a trivia junkie. I will stop and look things up if they come up in conversation and I don’t know about it.
  • I am rather proud of my handwriting, and I get complimented on it a lot.
  • I really love the idea of living in a tiny house, but having a very large husband plus the lack of decent internet puts a dampener on that idea.
  • I have been on New Zealand television quite a few times.
  • Halloween is my favourite holiday, even though it’s not really a thing in either New Zealand or the Netherlands.
  • I count streaming services amongst life’s essentials and will watch anything Quentin Tarantino, Kevin Smith, Taika Waititi and Judd Apatow put out. But my favourite movie of all time is Mean Girls.
  • I watch and enjoy a ton of TV. Some of my favourite shows include Orphan Black, The Boys, Dexter, Veronica Mars, Gilmore Girls, Supernatural, Orange is the New Black, Game of Thrones, Outrageous Fortune, and House M.D.
  • Although my favourite colour is rainbow, orange and purple are the two single colours I would choose if absolutely forced to.