30 Interesting Things About Me

Well this is a bit of a departure of what I normally post on this blog, but hey since I’ve neglected it for so long I thought why not? A lot of my friends (real-life and online) have done the same thing and I always meant to, but never got around to it until now. So here it is, enjoy!

30 Interesting Things About Me

1. I was born in Cape Town, South Africa. My family moved to Australia when I was 2 months old though, so I don’t remember anything about it.
2. I have actually seen most of coastal Australia as my parents took me on a year-long caravan trip when we were looking for a place to settle down. I was so little however I don’t remember any of it.
3. Eventually we decided to settle down in Adelaide, South Australia, in the Adelaide Hills. I loved it there & would totally move back if the stars aligned correctly.
4. My parents got divorced when I was 11. In hindsight, I could see this coming, but my sister couldn’t as she was too little to understand it. I don’t think she’s ever emotionally recovered from the divorce and the aftermath.
5. My sister is 3.5 years younger than me. We’re different in almost every way, looks-wise and personality-wise. We don’t really get a long. In fact that’s a massive understatement.
6. I used to play the saxophone, piano, oboe and violin.
7. I used to be a self-harmer. I was a pretty emotionally fucked up early teen, and my dad was gone, me and my mother do not get along one bit, even today, and cutting myself seemed to comfort me like nothing else would. I continued to self-harm up until I moved out of home when I was 16. I never want to be back in that emotional place, and every time I look down at the scars on my arms I am reminded of this.
8. I was a pretty fucked up teenager. As well as the self-harm, I got pretty into drugs and dropped out of school. I moved out with a man 10 years my senior, got a job at a Subway restaurant in the city and didn’t talk to my mother for two whole years. I moved 11 times in these two years, drifting between cheap rentals and friend’s couches. My lowest point was when I lost my job at Subway, had to go on the dole, was living on cigarettes and coffee, my electricity got cut off & there was 6 of us living in a 2 bedroom apartment.
9. My last year in Adelaide was spent working at a Lenard’s poultry shop, which I genuinely enjoyed. Somehow I moved into a sharehouse right across the street from work, detached myself from the group of people in my past, and did some good things, like getting my license.
10. I came to Tasmania on a whim really. My dad called me out of the blue one day saying he was living in Launceston with my sister, he had a job at the uni and my sister was going to school. He casually joked that I should move down there with him and go back to school, and, surprisingly for dad, I thought that was a fantastic idea. Within a couple of weeks I’d packed up my meagre possessions, sold everything I didn’t want to fund the trip (including my precious Conn Saxophone) and booked my flights to Launceston.
11. I quit *everything* when I moved to Tassie. Cigarettes, drugs, alcohol, boys, and for the next two years school was the only thing in my world.
12. So, when I was 19 I started grade 11, or college as they call it down here. I graduated when I was 21, with pretty good marks.
13. In 2004 I moved to Hobart and started a Science degree at UTAS. However I didn’t enjoy it, really hated it actually, so I stopped going, not really thinking that all my failed units would be on my academic transcript forever.
14. I started working at Subway again, working up the ranks over the next 3 years and eventually became manager of the Sandy Bay store.
15. It was during this time, in 2006, on Australia Day, that I met my gorgeous Man Friend, now Man Fiance. We had our own set of dramaz, broke up & got back together, but we’re an unstoppable team now.
16. In 2007 I bought my first house, in the southern suburbs of Hobart. I LOVE my house, its really “me”, and all the renovations me and dad have done ourselves. I think this has put a unique Bertoni flavour to the house!
17. I don’t live with my family, my family lives with ME! They pay ME rent to help me get through uni without dying of malnutrition.
18. Oh yeah, uni. I started again in 2008, a double degree in Information Systems and Business. I’m majoring in Human Resource Management, which is all about managing and directing your workforce to get the most benefit to the organisation as well as managing the welfare and morale of the employees.
19. I fast-tracked my degree and am due to graduate in August, a whole semester ahead of schedule, go me!
20. At least I will graduate before I’m 30, woohoo!
21. I am extremely crafty. If you follow me on Twitter you have probably noticed that I knit an awful lot, I also sew, quilt, cross-stitch, long-stitch, scrapbook, weave, and dye. However it takes me forever to finish anything because I have so little time between work, uni, and having a social life.
22. I also love to garden, and its my dream to one day have a vegetable & fruit garden large enough to never have to buy fruit & veggies ever again. I love the idea of freezing, storing, and preserving produce that will last us through a Tasmanian winter.
23. I also love to cook, which goes really well with my love of gardening.
24. Other things I love: open fires, tiny frying pans, real custard, cats, coffee, my bed, girly movies, the radio.
25. Some people call me a Grammar Nazi.
26. I think its hilarious people call me a Nazi, mainly because my mother’s side is Jewish and by default that makes me Jewish. A Jewish Nazi, what is the world coming to!
27. My dad is a published author.
28. I love my dad, we have the best relationship. We’re very similar and have the same sense of humour. I really am dreading the time he’s not around any more.
29. My computer’s desktop is a perpetual mess.
30. I really really like sex. I believe sex is a really important aspect of a couple’s relationship, and I also believe that incompatibilities in the bedroom can be a reflection of incompatibilities in the relationship as a whole. Similarly, frustrations in the bedroom can spill over & spoil the rest of the relationship, and I think having a good sex life can be a really positive thing for a couple. Needless to say I’m very happy in my relationship 😉

And that’s it! Thanks for making it this far, and if you skipped to the end, well, lets face it, its probably not going to make a massive difference in our lives. Thanks for stopping by 🙂


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4 Responses to “30 Interesting Things About Me”

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  2. Kerry Highley Says:

    I thought you were pretty special when we met on Ravelry, now I know you are 🙂 So many, many congrats on getting your life back together and achieving so much.
    Grannyoz xx

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  4. peter jekic Says:

    just read your history,bloody heck,im so glad you are on the way upo,never to look back again,keep punching lauren,good on you

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