Monday, 31 October 2011

Sunday, 23 October 2011

100 things about me

 A few months ago a very popular meme was making the rounds on Twitter, where people were telling us a few interesting things about themselves and everything had the hashtag #100thingsaboutme. I liked the idea but thought that actually, Twitter was not the right place for me to publish a list like that, so I decided to write a blog post instead. This way I could elaborate on some of the more interesting items, while keeping the 100 things all together.

So I started writing a list. I got to 50 pretty quickly but then things slowed down. Turns out, it is actually quite hard to write 100 interesting things about me! But I persevered and whenever I would think of something for the list, I'd add it so that gradually my list grew. It did take a few months though and that is my excuse reason for not having updated the blog in a while!

Here is the list. You will notice that I haven't actually included 100 things about me, but am a few short. This is because I know that someone will read the list below and think of something about me that is pretty interesting but that I have somehow forgotten... so if this is you, send me your suggestions.

Over the next few months I will be ellaborating on some of these things - and have included links below on the things I have actually already discussed in the blog before. Hope you find something interesting in this very, very indulgent project!
  1.  My favourite fruit is watermelon
  2. Cheese is my weakness
  3. I once had 6 fingers in one hand
  4. I think Kate Winslet has the best boobs
  5. I’ve never been a bridesmaid
  6. I have completed a marathon
  7. … and a few half marathons
  8. It takes me a while to focus on something
  9. I’m pretty lazy
  10. I love sleeping
  11. If I could, I would Zumba every day
  12. Billy Joel rocks
  13. I wanted to be a journalist when I was little
  14. I am neither a morning nor an evening person
  15. The music from Soarin’ is my favorite on any Disney attraction
  16. I prefer dark chocolate to milk
  17. I love the taste of fired clay
  18. For a couple of years I had blue eyes
  19. I would love to be able to sing
  20. There aren’t enough days in the year to wear all my clothes
  21. I prefer non-fiction to fiction
  22. My hair is my strength
  23. I can count from 1 to 10 in Japanese
  24. Someday I will write a book
  25. I love musicals – proper ones
  26. I love astronomy
  27. I wish I could speak a third language
  28. Fruit isn’t dessert
  29. There is no way I will wash up without gloves on
  30. I can’t always remember what language I dreamt in
  31. I loved school
  32. When I’m dancing, I’m happy
  33. I’m not a baby person
  34. Mickey Mouse is my absolutely favourite Disney character
  35. I hate being late
  36. Reading is my passion
  37. I love Disney songs
  38. I don’t always forget work when I’m not AT work
  39. Data can be so exciting
  40. I have pretty feet
  41. I have zero patience
  42. Monterrey will always be my home
  43. I am terrible at drawing
  44. Life without music is not life
  45. I’m allergic to shellfish
  46. Disney commercials on TV make me cry
  47. I’m a big city girl at heart
  48. Wish I had freckles and blue eyes
  49. I am very, very tidy
  50. …But I hate cleaning
  51. Apollo 13 is one of my favourite movies
  52. Favorite food: pizza!
  53. I love to buy blank notebooks for some reason
  54. I am not a dog person at all
  55. I know all the words in “The Princess Bride” by heart
  56. Talk radio really, really distracts me
  57. I am obsessed with Starbucks Caramel Frapuccinos
  58. I don’t like talking on the phone
  59. If I could, I’d go back to Tokyo in a flash
  60. I have been to every continent at least once except for South America
  61. London is my spiritual home
  62. I love driving alone
  63. I will never get a tattoo
  64. There never is enough time for cooking
  65. I run (and zumba) in skirts
  66. My left knee is my weakest
  67. I love baseball
  68. My hair is naturally wavy – not straight or curly
  69. I think girls should never wear football shirts
  70. I judge fat people
  71. Men look much better in winter than in summer clothes
  72. I love curry but hate hot food
  73. Gentlemen should open doors for us – and we should let them
  74. I really miss heat and sun
  75. What I miss most about Mexico: friends, food, fun
  76. I actually like airline food
  77. When I was young I read whole encyclopaedias
  78. I can’t stand Bryan Adams or Tom Cruise
  79. The older I get, the more high maintenance I get
  80. I hate bra straps showing
  81. If I could live in one place in the Star Wars universe, it would be Cloud City
  82. My prescription is so high, without my contacts I can’t see to the end of my arm
  83. I used to do horoscopes for people, now I’m not sure I believe in all that stuff
  84. Poor grammar and punctuation irk me
  85. I don’t like fish but I do like sushi
  86. I love being a girl
  87. My favorite color is purple
  88. I can recite most of the periodic table of elements
  89. I know the names for clouds
  90. I don’t own any apple products
  91. I have never seen a single episode of Eastenders or Coronation Street…
  92. …or Dr Who
  93. I used to bite my fingernails
  94. I have had lessons in Hawaiian dance
  95. For some reason I find it easy to remember car license plate numbers

Thursday, 20 October 2011

My journey to the Olympics begins

On 15 September 2010 not only was I getting ready to celebrate Mexican Independence Day but I also submitted my application to be considered a volunteer for the 2012 London Olympics. It was a long application, which actually took me a few days to complete, and I had to provide quite a lot of detail on myself, my skills, my interests, my strengths and of course my personal details. It was pretty complicated and I had to keep finding out stuff like my passport number and so on.

Ever since that day when London was announced as the venue for the 2012 Olympics I knew that I had to try my hardest to be a part of the event, somehow. Being a volunteer (or Games Maker as they are known) was the most obvious choice so I made sure my application was as thorough and detailed as I could make it. I finally submitted it on that September day and crossed my fingers that it would be good enough to get me an interview.

It was a long wait but finally I got the news I was hoping to get in March 2011 - I had an interview to be a Games Maker! The date took some coordinating as I was actually away on the first suggested date but after a few phone calls, the date was set: 1st June and I would have to go to the Excel Centre in London. I was actually looking forward to the day out!

I worked half a day and then made my way to East London for the interview on what was a gorgeous sunny and warm day. The selection event itself was, in my opinion, very well organised and after registration and a short wait, we made our way to watch a short video with more details on what it means to be a Games Maker (I hope this video is made public someday, it was pretty funny!) and then we went to our assigned cubicle where we had a 20 minute interview. The interviewer - a volunteer himself - was very nice and kept the interview moving along while asking all the required questions. It was here that I found out what team I was interviewing for: the Afterwards we made our way out - via a shop, very Disney! - and had a chance to write a message on a wall, for posterity.

I left the venue feeling that I'd done my very best but, was it enough? I know that I am a pretty good candidate and I have a lot of relevant experience but I also knew that the competition would be tough, so I didn't want to get my hopes up too high. So I prepared myself for another long wait...

In late September 2011 we had an email saying that offers were starting to go out for those lucky Games Makers that had been selected, so this made the wait even more agonizing, knowing that anytime now I could get the good news. But a few weeks went by and nothing. 

Finally, I got the news I was waiting for: just this week I had an email offering me the position of NPC assistant, based in the Athlete's Village during the Paralympic Games. In English, this means that I will be volunteering for the National Paralympic Comittee of a specific country (don't know which one yet) and will be presumably at their beck and call. I will have to complete quite a lot of training (including driver training as I will be in charge of a vehicle!) and there will be further detail on the role in the next few months. 

So I am of course thrilled, excited beyond belief and can't wait for the fun to start. I know it will be awfully hard work too (just like WDW was) but the rewards will be so worth it. I will get to meet lots of people from all over the world and will take part in what is a once-in-a-lifetime event. I hope to create amazing new memories and I promise to blog about it as much as I can. 

All that time I spent filling out the application form was worth it in the end!


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