Ok, so I don’t lead the most exciting life.  I’m not one for jetting off to the Caribbean or skydiving at the weekend but there are a few things you may or may not know about me.  So, for the nosey folk out there, here goes:

  1. I can sing!

    I have a soprano singing voice and have been singing since I was tiny.  Like a lot of kids I grew up singing in the Sunday school anniversary.  Mom and I used to sit at the piano and we’d sing songs from The Sound of Music, My Fair Lady and lots of other musicals.  Then at the grand age of 15 my high school suddenly also discovered I could sing.  This prompted a rash decision by the deputy head to put on the show West Side Story with me playing the lead of Maria.  This was rather a shock as I’d never done the slightest bit of acting before but I loved every minute of it!  From then on I got the same part in an open air production of the same show at Dudley Castle.  Unfortunately, this was a bit of a wash out due to the fabulous British August weather.  I’ve done a few shows since then and just love playing comedy parts.  Family life is a little too busy these days though for the huge time commitment involved in am. dram.  I do run a ladies choir though along with Mom which I’ve been part of for 27 years!  Mom took over as Musical Director when I was just 17 with me assisting but these days I’ve pretty much taken over the baton and Mom likes to sit in with the choir and sing.Rachel Griffiths singing

  2. I suffer live with anxiety

    I’ve always been a person who lacks a lot of self confidence. Yes, I know you’ve just read No.1 above and are now thinking what the hell? Believe me there is a huge difference for me between getting up and singing a solo in front of hundreds of people and walking into a restaurant I’ve never been in or meeting people I never met before.  The latter being FAR worse.  I guess it’s just how we’re wired.  Singing is something I feel comfortable with so performance anxiety is never an issue.
    Back in 2013 my anxiety really came to a head when I realised that the constant worry was stopping me from the living the life I really wanted to lead.  I was turning down friends when they invited me on nights out and even things I’d once enjoyed were just all too stressful.  One trip to the Dr’s later and I found myself on Citalopram (anti-depressants).  The first few weeks on these were extremely tough and I can see why many people give up on them after a few days.  The help they’ve given though has been immense.  I still take them now and although I have occasional off days on the whole I’m more the person I once was.

  3. I can crochet!

    This is something I taught myself to do when I first started taking meds.  I realised I needed something to take my mind off how awful I was feeling and crochet was something I’d always fancied having a go at.  I taught myself using mainly Youtube tutorials and following various patterns found on pinterest and other blogs and sites.  Although, I don’t pick my hooks and yarn up quite as often now, the techniques soon come flooding back whenever I do.Crochet hanging heart

  4. I love horror films!

    This has been a fairly recent thing for me as a teenager/twenty something I blinkin’ hated them!  I have to clarify though, I still don’t like gore particularly so the Saw series is a definitely no no for me.  However, give me a marathon viewing of The Conjuring, Insidious, Paranormal Activity, Amityville and I’m a happy girl.  I share my horror love with Sam as both Paul and Abi both hate horror films.  They say that the subject matter plays on their mind afterwards but with me it just goes over my head.

  5. I’m fab at wallpapering!

    Ok, so it’s not the most exciting bit of info in the world, but damn, do I rock at wallpapering?! 🙂  It was Mom who taught me originally when we first moved into our last house.  From then on there was no stopping me.  Paul has walked in many times to see me smoothing out bubbles or matching pattern and asked me how the hell I have the patience.  Well the truth is it’s quite therapeutic.  Don’t get me wrong there have been the occasional projects where I’ve had to paper around corners and the plastering’s all been out of line.  On these occasions, the wallpaper, pasting table, brushes and bucket have almost taken flight down the garden, I’m only human after all.

  6. I play the piano.

    I started learning the piano at the age of 7 and whizzed through my grades ending my grades at the age of 15 when I took and passed grade 8.  When I was in my later teen I taught piano to youngsters but didn’t stick it for long as back in those days I simply didn’t have the patience.  I don’t get to play as often as I’d like these days.  The piano has assumed position in Sam’s bedroom as he had our downstairs room when Eliza and Freddie came along and seeing as he played too it seemed the sensible option to leave it there.

  7. I love the weather

    Yep, I’m a bit of a weather nut to be honest.  I was never very ‘sciencey’ (ok, so it’s not a word) at school so I never really paid much attention to the whole ‘how it all works’ part.  Nowadays I wish I had as I really would love to know more about the explanation side of things.  I’m an avid Weather Forecast viewer and if you could see the amount of weather related apps on my iPhone you’d think omg she’s such a geek!  It’s the extremes I love.  Scorching hot in the Summer, snow in the Winter and my absolute favourite, Thunderstorms.  My absolute dream trip would be a storm chasing holiday in the USA to see their tornadoes first hand.Mammatus cloud

  8. I’m good at reading people

    This is just something I’ve learned that I have an uncanny ability for over the years.  Maybe it’s just that I have a strong empathy for others, I really don’t know, but I’m very quick to correctly assess the type of person someone is or how they’re feeling.  Can be useful at times but being a socially anxious person it can also be curse.

  9. I HATE olives

    What more can I say?

  10. I love the paranormal

    So this is a love that I had even as a child.  I’ve always loved reading a good ghost story but then as I got older this evolved into reading newspaper articles, websites, TV programs.  It’s not just ghosts but anything a bit out of the ordinary that interests me.  I’m not saying I’m a believer but I’m completely open minded.  I need to experience it for myself to make it undeniably real.
    Quite a few years ago I joined a local paranormal research group and visited many locations to complete all night investigations.  These included The Ram Inn, Gloucestershire, Woodchester Mansion, Gloucestershire, Pebble Mill Studios, Birmingham, The Galleries of Justice, Nottingham plus many more.  Although fantastic fun and very intriguing I never managed to get inconclusive evidence.  I did have a very strange experience on my second trip to the Ram Inn but still not enough to say, “yes that’s it, I’m a believer!”.
    I’m also a big follower of anything to do with UFO’s and love hearing people’s stories of lights in the sky, be they real or not.  I wholeheartedly believe that we are not alone in the universe but whether they’ve popped by to say hi is another matter completely.

So there you have it.  Just a little insight into little old me.  Do you share any loves or hates with me?

Thanks for stopping by! x

1 comment on “10 things you may not know about me”

  1. Rach, I’ve known you for years – but feel I know you a lot better now.
    Really lovely to read and I know who to call when I want wallpapering done.
    Steph xx

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