5 Random Things About Me

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It wasn’t that long ago that I started blogging, but even back in early 2011, blog commenting was the rage, Pinterest wasn’t a thing yet, we still did linkys properly (not link and run), and we tagged each other a lot in our actual blogs, not adding a @ on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram. 

Alexandra of Good Day, Regular People brought back old school blogging with 5 Random Things About Me so of course, I tagged myself, because I do love talking about me (I have a personal blog after all).

1. I was NOT a girly girl, in that I declared my hatred of skirts and all things pink. I tucked my hair into a cap to look less ‘girly’, and climbed apple trees. I tackled boys in the playground in kindergarten while playing Cops & Robbers (even though I was the robber), and I loved sneaking peeks into my brothers’ pristine please-don’t-touch-it-with-your-grimy-fingers-and-don’t-open-the-pages-more-than-2-inches-wide comic collection (Fantastic Four was my favourite). 

This is why I shouldn't be allowed to wear dresses.

This is why I shouldn’t be allowed to wear dresses.

2. However, at the age of 9 (I think?), someone gave me a Barbie doll. From then on, it was Barbie allthethings. We couldn’t afford new outfits for our Barbies (my sister and I had 3 or 4 between us), so we would get scraps of fabric off my aunt who worked as a seamstress, and make our own doll clothes. By make, I mean drape cloth around Barbie and call it a toga. My aunt felt sorry for us, and started sewing us outfits for Barbie. For real. It was one of our favourite weekend activities – going to my aunt’s house, picking fabric, giving her sample Barbie clothes to copy/ get sizes, then outfitting our dolls with their very own custom-made clothes. 

3. I only learned to cycle when I was 12. Once I got the hang of it though, I glued my ass to the bike (which wasn’t even mine, I don’t know whose it was, but it was one of several at my grandmother’s house) and zoomed around like a speed demon. Coming round the corner near my house one day, I skidded and went down. To this day, I have the scar on my knee to prove what an idiot I was. 

Not my bike. Not a bike I rode either. Just a picture I took of a bike.

Not my bike. Not a bike I rode either. Just a picture I took of a bike.

4. I’m a lifelong klutz. One of my most dramatic ‘accidents’ was when I put one high-heeled foot into the bottom fold of my pants on the opposite leg. Imagine as you will, as I hit the floor like a tree cut down by a lumberjack in a forest (“timber!”). In my office. In front of actual people. As one co-worker who observed this from afar said, “One moment you were there, the next, you were gone.”

5. When I was a tween, I got out of bed one morning feeling like I was in a waking dream. I got dressed in my school uniform, then walking drunkenly out of my room, bumping into my father. He looked startled, then bewilderered. “What are you doing in your uniform? It’s SATURDAY.” 

A random picture to end a random post.

A random picture to end a random post.

Because this is old school, I’m going to tag some old school blogging friends whom I’ve known since this ol’ blog started. Natalie of From Corporate to Domestic, Stasha of The Good Life, Greta of GFunkfied and whoever wants to play along. 

Alison Lee is a former PR and marketing professional turned work-at-home mother. After a 10-year career in various PR agencies, and of the world’s biggest sports brands, Alison traded in product launches and world travel, for sippy cups, diapers, and breastfeeding. Alison's writing has been featured on Mamalode, On Parenting at The Washington Post, The Huffington Post, Everyday Family, Scary Mommy, and DrGreene.com. She is one of 35 essayists in the anthology, My Other Ex: Women’s True Stories of Leaving and Losing Friends. In 2012, she founded Little Love Media, a social media consultancy specializing in blog book tours, and because she doesn’t sleep, is an editor at BonBon Break, an online magazine. Alison lives in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia with her husband and four children (two boys and boy/ girl twins).

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  • October 27, 2014 Janine Huldie

    Total klutz from way back and also scraped my knee pretty badly as a kid riding my bike and also have the scar to prove it, too!

    • October 27, 2014 Alison

      Poor us! πŸ™‚

  • October 27, 2014 alexandra

    Fun to remember Old School Days. Remember how excited we would get with a blogging award!!! I do….

    • October 27, 2014 Alison

      I KNOW! I even had a blog page dedicated to the awards I received. Should we bring those back?

  • October 27, 2014 janice

    Funny, my sister and I made clothes for our barbies too. We asked our mom to teach us how to sew to make outfits for them and the dresses I made all ended up looking like hospital shifts, haha. I also wanted my barbie to look like me so I cut off all her hair and her toes (’cause I wanted her to wear sneakers and her permanent heel-like feet didn’t allow that). I think I wanted a tomboy barbie who wore dresses.
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    • October 27, 2014 Alison

      We cut the hair off one of my Barbies too – the one who came with EXTRA long hair (all the way down to below her knees), and it was a special Barbie because of the hair, so imagine how dumb we were, hah!

  • October 27, 2014 Stasha

    We have so much in common.
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    • October 27, 2014 Alison

      Yes we do! Also, are you going to do this since I old-school-tagged you?

  • October 27, 2014 Allie

    Number 4 is so hysterical!!! I mean, now that you’re ok of course! Love the quote from your co-worker – hahahaha!!! I needed this morning laugh so thank you πŸ™‚
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    • November 2, 2014 Alison

      You’re welcome! Injuring my dignity for the joy of others since 2000. πŸ™‚

  • October 27, 2014 Andrea

    I would never know you are a klutz. I thought you glided through life with the ease of a dancer. πŸ™‚

    Love this!
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    • November 2, 2014 Alison

      Omigosh, no way! I’m a toe stubber, hand smasher into doorways, and pants tripper.

  • October 28, 2014 Christine

    We used to make clothes for our Snoopy stuffed animals. haha. I totally forgot about that. I was very accident prone growing up – still am! I miss old school blogging. thanks for bringing this back!
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    • November 2, 2014 Alison

      You should jump in for some old school blogging!

  • October 28, 2014 Rudri Bhatt Patel

    Always nice to engage in some old school nostalgia. Loved learning learning more about you through these details from the past.
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    • November 2, 2014 Alison

      It was fun, and thanks Rudri!

  • October 28, 2014 Bev

    I am such a klutz! (As is my entire family.) My husband and I joke that the doorways need to stop moving because I keep bumping into them. I was seriously petrified I would drop Eve when she was first born with all that inherited clumsiness!
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    • November 2, 2014 Alison

      I walk into doorways too! What the what?

  • October 28, 2014 Tamara

    I learned to ride bikes at age 7, which was late back then, but I don’t believe the statement that some things are like “learning to ride a bike.’ In that, I tried again as an adult and it didn’t go well. I lose my fearlessness I guess.
    I loved comics.
    Once.. when I was a kid, I burst into my sister’s bedroom, on a Saturday, and screamed, “Get up get up! The bus is here!”
    She shot out of bed and screamed.
    It was a Saturday, like I said.
    I was mean.
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    • November 2, 2014 Alison

      Bahahahaha!!!! That was mean. But oh so funny.

  • October 28, 2014 Rebecca

    I was a tomboy growing up too, but I didn’t grow out of it until 14-15. I’m not gonna lie, I think scars with stories from childhood ruckus are some of the best scars!
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    • November 2, 2014 Alison

      I have so many, I wrote a post called Scars sometime back. πŸ™‚

  • October 29, 2014 AwesomelyOZ

    I have a fear of wearing really awesome heels and tripping! Yikes – thankfully i’ve learned to walk slow and not wear pants that drag, lol. I wasn’t very girly either – I grew up with super girly sisters and internally rebelled against it since they placed such high emphasis on it. As an adult I wear it and appreciate it for enhancement not as a requirement to step outside the house. Have a great one Alison! -Iva
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    • November 2, 2014 Alison

      Yeah, I used to wear too-long pants all the time and high heels, so that the pants wouldn’t drag too much (didn’t always work). Detriment of being short. πŸ™‚

  • October 29, 2014 Julia

    Ok number 4 seriously had me laughing out loud.
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    • November 2, 2014 Alison

      When I recall the incident, I laugh at myself too πŸ™‚

  • October 30, 2014 Kellie

    I didn’t learn to ride a bike until I was quite old too. I still don’t think I’ve mastered the art, there is always an ‘incident’ whenever I get on one.
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    • November 2, 2014 Alison

      Me too! The last time I tried to ride one, I um, fell off.

  • October 30, 2014 Elaine A.

    Oh my gosh, you look so much like your middle guy in that photo! (meaning your second boy!) πŸ™‚

    You KNOW I miss a lot of things about how blogging used to be. I adore posts like this!

    • November 2, 2014 Alison

      He’s been called my clone!

  • October 30, 2014 Rorybore

    *fist bump* Johnny Storm was one of my early favourites and I just passed some of my original Fantastic Four along to my 10 year old son. I hope he KNOWS the treasure he’s been given. Kicking myself that I seem to have lost Captain America ones though.

    Despite being coordinated when playing an actual sport, I am big time klutz when I stop off the playing field. Like, I broke my pinkie finger playing the flute. How…??
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    • November 2, 2014 Alison

      Oh my goodness, I totally laughed at the pinkie breaking flute playing! But I’m sorry about it. πŸ™‚

  • October 30, 2014 Christine Organ

    What a fun list! I LOVED Barbie. In fact, I think I was into Barbie long after it was “age appropriate.” Oh, well…
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    • November 2, 2014 Alison

      Even today, I wander to the Barbie aisles at the toy store……..

  • My tomboy phase did not end when I met Barbie. I recall playing French Revolution with the Barbies and decapitating them.
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  • November 1, 2014 Charlotte

    Oh, drat. I think my comment disappeared πŸ™ Anyway, I was going to say it’s no wonder that we get along so well since clearly we are klutz sisters from other misters. I actually did that tripping over the pant leg thing just the other day. High heels? Forgettaboutit.

    I love that your aunt made Barbie clothes for you πŸ™‚ What a beautiful and sweet memory. Have a great weekend!

    • November 2, 2014 Alison

      Oh Charlotte! I’m sorry about the pant tripping!
      I wish I’d kept some of those homemade Barbie clothes.

  • November 1, 2014 My Inner Chick

    —-Enjoyed every single word, Alison Lee.
    Love learning more about you!! xx
    PS. I’m waiting for the day when they ( whomever THEY are ) create the Barbie a bit curvy, chunky, & like REAL women)))!!
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    • November 2, 2014 Alison

      Oh yes, real-women Barbies please!

  • November 2, 2014 Natalie

    Thanks for the tag, and I will do my post this week! Or at least I hope so…and love the story of you getting all dressed for school on a Saturday! πŸ™‚
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    • November 2, 2014 Alison

      I look forward to reading it!

  • November 14, 2014 Jennifer

    This gives me hope that one day my kids will actually learn how to ride a bike.

    • November 14, 2014 Alison

      Yes, they will! It’s never too late.

  • November 14, 2014 Maureen

    Oh this is so fun to read Alison. My klutziness was with corners. Table corners, shelves…anything that have a corner, I would managed to hit myself on them. I remember in my old job I used to hit the door so much that a colleague said to someone else who hit himself on the door said “Hey, that door is for Maureen to hit not you!” LMAO!
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    • November 14, 2014 Alison

      Hahaha! Too funny. I’m constantly hitting my hand on doorways!

  • November 14, 2014 Kim

    Klutzes unite! I had a big wipe out on my bike too. And I have a scar on my knee, but I got that from falling down on gravel in the school yard in Grade 6.
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    • November 15, 2014 Alison

      Hello fellow klutz and scar bearer!!

  • November 15, 2014 Nicole

    I was a HUGE Barbie fanatic. We also didn’t have a lot, so we made barbie beds out of kleenex boxes and used wash cloths or whatever we could get our hands on for “bedding”. Then, one Christmas, my aunt gave us this huge lot of Barbies, furniture and clothes that she got second hand from someone at work and it was like we won the lottery. I still have that picture and we were BEAMING. I remember how excited I was about that gift. Made my year.

    I was a bit of a girly girl. I have this image of me at 9 in jelly shoes, socks, leggings and a belted shirt that was too big, but it was my attempt at fashion with what I had. LOL.

    And, I miss old school blogging too. I really aspire to get back to it each and every week. Reading, writing, commenting, connecting. Because that was the joy of it all.
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    • November 15, 2014 Alison

      Ah, the good old days of making do. We used a lot of what we had as Barbie furniture too. Wow, what a scoop with the second hand stuff!
      You have to show us that picture of you at age 9!

  • November 18, 2014 Jennifer Hall

    Never played with Barbies (My Little Pony, on the other hand…), loved riding my bike and I would fall like that in heels too.
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    • November 18, 2014 Alison

      I’ve never played with My Little Pony!

  • November 18, 2014 Angela

    I love the story about the Barbie clothes. My grandma used to make us doll clothes from her scraps πŸ™‚

    (Also, I LOVE the photo. Beautiful.)
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    • November 18, 2014 Alison

      Sewing is a good skill. I need to pick that up! (and thank you)

  • November 20, 2014 Kimberly

    I honestly would not see you anything but girly. But hey. I played with dinky cars which is probably why I rule at hot wheels and making master tracks!
    I’m a klutz too thus half of my back is metal. Doh!
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    • November 20, 2014 Alison

      I’m STILL not girly! And ouch!

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