rachel at mechanicalcat
Last updated 16.9.2005.
I have one daughter,
I'm a cat person.
I live in a tragically middle-class suburb of Melbourne, Victoria, Australia.
I don't think Australia is the ass end of the world.
I'm not employed.
I make zero money.
I'm wearing Nike sneakers right now, which I feel really bad about, but because I make zero money I can't replace them.
Very happily married.
I have one cat, Wilhelm, called Billy.
I have grand plans for renovating our house
Billy is named after A Brother Grimm.
Eyes: blue, malfunctioning.
I was vegan for about 18 months.
But I stopped when it fell upon me to provide sustenance to another human being from my own body.
It's amazing how flexible one's standards become when you're a parent. We even use disposable nappies on occasion *gasp*.
I'm growing my hair to as long as possible.
I grind my teeth when stressed.
I am a member of the grammar police.
I quite like spiders.
I think dogs always smell bad, even when they've just been washed and I can't stand it when they lick.
My favourite author is Neil Gaiman.
I don't understand people's obsessions with either the Lord of the Rings or Harry Potter.
My hair is dark brown (sometimes), and would be straight-ish if it weren't so wilful.
I don't understand my own obsession with Buffy the Vampire Slayer.
My favourite colour is black, except if we're talking about furniture. Black furniture is just tacky.
It took me a long time to put my own stuff on the web because I am ridiculously protective of my privacy.
But finally I figured that no one really cared anyway.
I don't know what I want to be when/if I grow up.
I really like Terminator 2, but it's not my favourite film.
Actually I might want to be Sarah Connor when I grow up. Or Lara Croft.
The most boring job I ever had was proof reading the telephone directory.
I never wear make up.
I'm really good at making things that involve fabric, glue, paper, found objects or cardboard.
I love giving things to people.
I'm avoiding doing productive work while writing this list.
I look pretty crap in patterned clothing.
I appreciate more the results of gardening than the process.
I turned 28 years old on 5.2.2004.
That makes me an Aquarian Fire Dragon. I think that is the coolest. You can't really tell me you'd rather be a Dog or a Rat or, heaven help us, a Capricorn!?!
In answer to
Bernard Pivot's questionnaire
(and to help the list along a little): abecedary
rain on a tin roof
anything to do with the military
"We've been waiting for you."
I'm very glad that I've at least made it halfway to one hundred.
I'm getting the hang of this CSS thing.
My favourite type of chocolate is Green and Blacks' Maya Gold.
I'm a sucker for Made-for-TV movies.
I made a terrific skirt yesterday, but it doesn't fit.
If you put all the definitions of my names together they mean "Naive lamb lost in the woods."
I don't know how to put the umlaut on the "i" in the previous sentence.
I always have a dictionary nearby while I'm writing or reading at home.
I think that formal education, particularly primary and secondary school, is a completely bizarre social construct, but I actually quite enjoyed it.
David Bowie does not get any less attractive as he ages.
Ditto Eric Stoltz.
I play Jayde Garner in a role-playing game set in the Buffyverse and I
No, hang on, I want to be a vampire slayer when I grow up.
I like fire engines.
I once registered my interest in joining the State Emergency Service but they ignored me.
I drink two or three cups of coffee every day.
Soy milk, no sugar.
I hardly ever buy new clothes and when I do they're regular stuff like t-shirts or underwear.
I own hundreds of books and a large proportion of them are picture books or young adult novels.
One day, when I was really bored, I catalogued them all. They'll go online eventually. Must do DVDs now.
My favourite Gershwin songs are from "Porgy and Bess".
I was a goth as a teenager and wished I were a vampire.
Still didn't wear make-up though.
And, for some strange reason, I listened to a lot of Midnight Oil.
I don't write as much as I would like to.
I believe in the existence of the gods and godesses of ancient Greece just as much as I believe in a Christian God, Santa Claus, Kali and the Horned One. A little bit.
I dance an awful lot when no one is looking.
I nearly always sing while driving sans passengers.
My wedding ring is a simple flat silver band, no stones or engraving.
I never thought that I would get married until I was standing there saying "I do".
My favourite foods include blackberry jam, spaghetti and potato chips. I would probably eat them all at once if I had the opportunity.
I really like cooking, but not while I'm hungry, the kitchen is dirty or I don't have the right ingredients. So I don't much.
One of my best friends in high school brought me a stone gargoyle reading a book all the way from England and it is one of my favourite possesions.
Incense is nice, especially amber.
Lemonjelly package their CDs in a most irritating fashion.
That last fact wasn't strictly about me.
My favourite author when I was twelve was Robin Klein.
My favourite illustrators are Arthur Rackham, Edward Gorey, Maurice Sendak and Janet Ahlberg.
And Ezra Jack Keats and Eric Carle and Quentin Blake and Dick Bruna.
I am always inspired by people who explore many different fields relating to their craft such as Jim Henson, Joss Whedon and Neil Gaiman.
I wish I could think of a woman to add to that last list.
Chosen superpower = unassisted flight.
A real challenge would be writing another hundred facts about me.
Crunchy peanut butter
Movie = Heathers
Actor = Winona Ryder
Singer = Bjork
Composer = Mozart
I have no interest at all in any sporting activity.
However I have been known to not hate skiing.