quick bytes…

in keeping with the TMI theme and seeing that i haven’t yet finished the posts i’m working on, here’s something i lifted off jared orlin’s blog, adventures in entertainment. he also happens to be entertainment editor for you magazine.

these were my answers to his Celebrity Quick Bytes feature.

Q: You’re auditioning for Idols. What song would you choose?

A: I make an ass of myself often enough. Why would I want to subject myself to ridicule on Idols as well?!!

Q: If you were competing in an all-celebrity version of Strictly Come Dancing who would you pick as your dance partner?

A: HHP, because we’d win! Obviously!

Q: What politician would you date?

A: Our president of course. I could be his 6th wife and we could take a shower together. See-ree-arse!!!

Q: What’s your feeling on 2012? Do you think the world will *really* come to an end?

A: Depends on whose end…ba-dum-pum! Ok, that’s an American joke. “Depends”. Depends? Geddit?! [Depend (noun) – an adult diaper, basically – Ed.]

Q: Your belly button – is it an innie or an outie?

A: I’m bio-engineered.

Q: Do you like your toes?

A: We have a very good relationship, Actually. it’s a fine balance…

Q: What’s the weirdest thing you’ve ever eaten?

A: Sorry, I don’t eat and tell. Oops, was that my outside voice?!

Q: If a genie gave you three wishes, what would they be?

A: Easy! Wish #1: an infinite supply of wishes. Done and dusted. Next!

Q: If you had the power to annihilate all recordings of one song, what would it be?

A: De La Ray of Light.

Q: Comedy time: tell us your favourite joke or one-liner…

A: Two nuns walk into a bra, uhmn, I mean bar…

tag, you’re it.

i was tagged. yes, i was.  exmi, that b with an itch, snuck up and tagged me when i wasn’t looking. so without further ado, here’s more info about me than you really care to know.

Do you get regular massages?

i’m a sucker for a massage. i’ve probably spent a fair pile of money on massage in my life, though there’s  nothing worse than a bad massage. then i lie there dying for it to end and all want is to stomp off the table. i haven’t been getting regular massages over the last few years, but i think i’ll be getting more, now that i’m training really hard again.

Do you have an answering machine?

i have voicemail at home. though word to the wise, i never check it. or at least not often. like once a month. call me on my cell.

What cuss word do you use the most?

shit, i truly don’t know. 😉

Are you underweight or overweight?
probably average, but for what i’d prefer, over.
Can you see your veins?
yup.


Favorite…

Soap?

most hand-made soaps. i love bath-oils and soaps and massage oils, and stuff that smells nice and … i think you catch my drift.

Fruit?

cherries, though i love most fruit, except guavas and durian.

Kind of red meat?

haven’t eaten red meat in over 20 years.

Fish?

salmon/seared tuna. yum.

Candy bar?

don’t do candy bars, but love toblerone, lindt.

Have You Ever…

Eaten a whole bag of potato chips?

hate to admit it,  too many times.

Eaten lobster?

yup. used to love lobster thermidor from the brass bell in kalk bay, but that was a loooooong time ago. don’t even know if it still exists.

Climbed a mountain?

yup. a few times. or maybe a mountain side. a small one. or maybe it was a hill. uhm, a mole-hill?

Been skydiving?

nope

Been water skiing?

nope

Do You…

Wish you could change something about your life?

yes.

Like your nose?

well, my mom used to tell me that i had a nose like a blob of dough in the middle of my face. however i’d like my nose more if it didn’t try to run off my face so frequently.
Like salt and vinegar chips?

yup.

Eat salsa?

not often now that i live outside of  the states.

Own a boat?

nope. but i’ve been known to  rock it.

What Is…

A small thing that people let slide but that actually has dire consequences?

allowing 1 drop  to lead to a  deluge.


Your most macho trait?

thinking i can do it all myself. though i often can – i’m a woman with power-tools! 😉
The longest relationship you’ve ever had?

still have it. it’s just metamorphosed.
Your most embarrassing thoughts?

now why would i share those?!

Your most shameful moment?

ditto!

This/That…


Bath/Shower?

either, depends on the occasion.
Markers/Crayons?

all stationery (and crafty stuff). (gets maniacal glint in eye)
Pens/Pencils?

all stationery. (gets maniacal glint in eye)
Jelly/Cream Cheese?

jelly – dairy allergies which i sometimes ignore really kick my snotty ass.
Bagel/Toast?

toast. bagels sometimes.
Finish…

My greatest weakness is…

a tendency to isolate.


I wish I was…

so financially abundant that i could help the many people i know, friends and family, going through a hard time.
Three things I wouldn’t do for a million dollars are

kill someone. kill myself. eat dodgy stuff. i don’t know. maybe i’d eat the dodgy stuff if i was allowed to call huey.
The oddest thing I’ve ever put in my mouth is…

not something i’m going to share with you! 😉
Firsts…

Credit card you had?

can’t remember
Loan you got was for?

studying
Paycheck was for how much?

R150 (a week, for my role in Celebration at the Artscape, then Nico Theatre )
Time you had stitches?

hernia, aged 2
Time you went to the hospital for something?

aged 2, hernia op.
Lasts…

List everything you ate in the last 24 hours?

chicken breast, fish filet, salad,slice of bread and jam,  3 digestive biscuits, half rusk, chicken curry and roti, 2 bananas (wow, that makes  it look like i gorged myself!)
Last thing you used a credit card for?

grocery shopping

What was your job previous to the one you have now?

craft service on a movie with Paris Hilton, where the fumes coming from her trailer gave me an overwhelming contact high and the sight of her u.s. size 11 shoes on a table, made me think we had a drag-queen on set.
Last thing you celebrated?

my birthday, a few days ago and i guess the start of survivor sa last night.
Last time you were at a sports bar? rarely, almost never go to sports bars, but probably last time i was in the states.

ok, so i’m not going to tag anyone specifically, but if you’d like an opportunity to over-share, here’s your chance . TMI, give it to us, i dare you. so, if you’re reading this, tag, you’re it! just link back here so i can read yours.

how much is too much?

just over a year ago i committed myself to the folly that is blogging. (couldn’t someone warn me?!)

i’m not one to go back on my word, so if  i say i’m going to do something, you’re pretty much guaranteed that i will (which is why you don’t generally catch me mouthing off about my intentions!).  so i guess i thought that  publicly stating my intention to run a 10k, would make it impossible for me to back track. and yes, i did eventually complete two 10k races last year. besides the numerous hours and kilometres of training on the track.

so, it worked. and i even  squeaked onto afrigator’s top 45 women bloggers list.

it didn’t take long, though,  for this blog to be overtaken by all kinds of other topics, cos really,  i write about what’s on my mind – and what’s on my mind tends to come out pretty much uncensored.

aye, there lies the rub.

being a VERY minor public figure, i soon bumped up against the quandary of what might be TMI. i know  not to write too much about what happens at the studio or to reveal upcoming storylines for the soap which is how i earn my living, but this being a personal blog, it’s hard not to write about what’s going on with me personally.

and maybe that’s why i stopped blogging for a few months. i blogged intensely about the break-up i was going through at the end of last year, but then in the aftermath of trying to gather the pieces of a very shredded heart, i came up against another issue.

internet dating.

now,  i never thought that i’d ever find myself on a dating site, but in trying to move on, i did sign up for one. i even took out a 3 month prescription. the only problem was that, i don’t know about you, but when i meet someone new, i want to control what  info  i reveal about myself. at least initially. and that’s rather difficult when you’ve splattered intimate details of your emotional life all over the internet. not that i’ve anything to hide – i just like to be the one in charge of what is revealed. and when.

and in any case, what do you write once you’ve met someone new, “uhm, met this guy online, we went to dinner. he’s really nice. i think i like him, might want to go on another date.”, when there’s the likelihood that he might be checking in on your blog. i dunno. i found it weird and so i just stopped blogging altogether.

look, i must admit that i found internet dating weird too. first of all, because of my day-job, i couldn’t put up a pic and without a pic, you don’t really get many responses. of those i did get, a fair amount took my “not the usual suspect” tag to mean that i was into threesomes or some casual “discrete encounters”. not! i did go out on a few dates, with some nice guys, but none of them went anywhere, maybe because i was still way too involved with my ex, who in any case  soon wound up not being my ex anymore.  so i was very happy,  even before  my subscription expired, to delete my profile.

and then when the ex and i got back together, it all seemed too tenuous to talk about, so i maintained my  silence till i started blogging again just recently.  and ironically, now  it seems that it might be back to just me and my dogs, and i still debate about what i do and do not say in a public forum. i do know i’m not going back to internet dating, so that’s not an issue anymore. i’d rather die a spinster than try internet dating again. at least while i’m in south africa. i might give it a try should i move back to the states, but not here. and i’m just a little confused about how much i reveal online when there’s the public persona that people see on tv and think they know, versus the very real flesh and blood and flawed candid camera version that is the real me.

other bloggers, what is your take? do you hold back on what you put out for public consumption? should one?

25 random things about me…

yeah, it’s been quiet around here, i know.

there’s just too much going on in the real world to find the time to sit down and blog about it. i’m working monday to friday, pretty much 7 to 7 and then having to learn words at night and prepare for the next day. and doing way too much of #17 below. so, in lieu of a real post, here’s a meme which has been doing the rounds on facebook and which i finally responded to after being tagged a few times.
if you’re reading this, consider yourself tagged!

1. when i was little i sucked my index and middle fingers. my gran would tie little green bags around my hands at night in order to stop me, but i was so determined, i would use my teeth to untie the knots and in the morning they’d find me with 2 fingers in my mouth! (less about that, the better!)
2. i used to lisp really badly. so much so, that i went to speech therapy in order to try to correct it. it improved, but you can still sometimes hear it. “my name is thandi schulth”.
3. i had a gap between my two front teeth, but i got braces when i was in my 30’s. i still wear a retainer/grind guard at night.
4. i’m a qualified high school teacher. my mom thought i needed “something to fall back on”.
5. my mom used to tell me that i have a nose like a blob of dough in the middle of my face.
6. though probably 95% of my relationships have been with men, i have been passionately, and painfully, in love with a woman.
7. i used to be in a band called “mining town cowboys”.
8. i play the guitar, but after almost 30 years, still don’t know how to tune without a tuner.
9. i have over 60 songs i’ve written and still need to record. one day. i also write poetry. it’s kinda involuntary.
10. i have 2 half-brothers and 2 half-sisters i didn’t know existed till i was 14 years old. oh yeah, and the dad that came with them!
11. i am an incest survivor. from ages 4 to 16.
12. i’m younger now than i was before.
13. i played magenta in the rocky horror picture show for a year.
14. towards the end of that run, a man broke into my house in the middle of the night and raped me at knife-point.
15. since 1993, i have been married to the actor, **** ******, but we’ve been separated since 2003. i think we’re better friends now though.
16. even though i’m still married i was sort of “engaged” last year, before we broke up for the umpteenth time.
17. since i started acting in this soap, i’ve learnt to, sort of, cry on cue. which is remarkable, cause i could barely cry for myself before.
18. i’ve pretty much been on most of the continents.
19. i like to knit and crochet and sew. i’m pretty good at making things with my hands.
20. i drove a motorcycle for 5 years before i learnt to drive a car.
21. i only learnt to drive when i was 25.
22. i played dorothy in the wizard of oz.
23. the first part i got in l.a., was a cameo opposite jim carey in the second ace ventura, but the scene got edited out.
24. i’m passionate about hoop-dancing which i first learnt to do when i was 36.
25. i still regard l.a. as home. one day i’m gonna click my heels…