Lazy blogging today, but I thought I’d use a profile I put together for a work magazine. It was quite fun to put together.

My favourite energetic pursuit: Triathlons (although it’s been over a year since I did one)

My favourite meal: Pancakes and maple syrup on a Sunday morning at a local café with my husband and two boys, after I’ve done a triathlon so I can eat as much as I like

Sport I most like to watch: I like soccer, particularly when Australia is winning, but to give myself a better chance of watching Australia win, I love watching women’s basketball

The last book I read: The Baroque Cycle, by Neal Stephenson – a fantastic romp through the history of physics in the 17th and early 18th century, with a dollop of economics history thrown in for light relief. Neal Stephenson is one of the cyberpunk greats, but has lately moved to historical fiction.

My favourite CD: Ladysmith Black Mambazo – Shaka Zulu

My favourite film: The Princess Bride

Interesting/quirky hobbies: Blogging

My ideal weekend day: A sleep in, a coffee, a bushwalk with my family and some friends, and a late lazy lunch in the spring afternoon sun by the water

What I would take with me if stranded on a desert island: a flint (I’ve watched Survivor)

The person I would most like to meet: Marie Curie, who was one of my early heroes

What gets my goat: people who write “the data are”

What I wanted to be when I grew up: a concert pianist. Fortunately I realised early on that my mathematical talent exceeded my musical talent.

The person who has been most influential on my career (& why): I’ve had some great mentors throughout my career, but my husband, who has encouraged me to get outside my comfort zone at crucial points in my career, has had the greatest influence.

If I could sum myself up in 4 words, they would be: persistent, straightforward, calm, feminist.

  6 comments for “Unearthed

  1. September 20, 2006 at 2:47 pm

    What is a bushwalk?

  2. September 20, 2006 at 7:44 pm

    Didn’t think of it as an Australian specific term! I think you would call it hiking. For me, hiking involves at least an overnight camp, but I don’t think you would have to go that far?

    Basically a walk through a natural “forest”. Other Australians will probably pick me up here, but for us, the “bush” is a natural area, mostly, but not always with trees.

  3. September 21, 2006 at 3:38 pm

    thanks : ) my perfect day would include one of those too

  4. September 22, 2006 at 2:14 pm

    You know, your four words of summary are pretty close to how I’m often described by people (‘straightshooting’, to be precise). Which is weird. Maybe it’s an INTJ thing.

  5. September 22, 2006 at 5:06 pm

    Swap ‘calm’ in your four words for ‘skeptical’ and you’ve got me. I’ve got no idea what my 4-letter classification is, ‘cos I’m kinda skeptical about the whole thing.

  6. September 22, 2006 at 8:45 pm

    I did spend 15 minutes with a thesaurus to come up with those four words. But I think they work about me. So it’s interesting that they resonate. Maybe that’s why we read each other’s blogs.

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