Noodling about on Twitter earlier today, I came across a blog entitled ‘My First Time’ and dove in for a snoop to learn more. Turns out it was a list of 30 of the author’s `firsts’ and it inspired me to write a similar post today.
So, here you have it, my 20 firsts:
- First app you check when you wake up in the morning?
The 1st app I check in the morning is always Instagram, followed by Gmail. I’m slightly ashamed to admit that, despite having deleted the Facebook app to stop me obsessively checking it, I check it 3rd every morning, using the web browser version which is second rate and really pisses me off – go figure!
- First foreign country you ever visited?
I first went abroad on a school trip to northern France. I have very few memories of that trip other than the clocks changing mid way through the week confusing the hell out of everyone, eating saucisson et frites from a seaside burger van and throwing up over my coat sleeve on the ferry home and spending the remainder of the journey freezing cold and stinking of puke.
- First plane ride you ever went on?
My first plane ride was taken a week before my 21st birthday when I headed off to Egypt to go on a cruise down the Nile followed by a week in Luxor & Cairo. We sat in the smoking section (yep that was a thing back then) and apart from sitting in a stinky haze for the whole flight that made me not want a cigarette myself (I was a 20 a day girl at the time) I remember drinking really bad, lukewarm coffee out of plastic cups with an odd handle that wasn’t quite the right size to hook your finger in.
- First time I ever got into trouble at home and school?
I’ve no idea of the first time I got in trouble at home (ask Victoria or my mum, they’ll probably tell you). As for school, I remember it well. The first time I got into trouble at school was for talking in class (Yr1 primary). I had to stand on my chair for the rest of the lesson as punishment. There’s only one other time I remember getting in trouble in Primary School and that’s when I co-led a strike against the dinner ladies, which involved hoisting our cardigans on sticks and marching around the playground waving them and chanting “we hate the dinner ladies”. I have no idea what brought on this protest but I do remember the humiliation that followed as we were torn off a strip by the deputy head. As for getting in trouble in Secondary School, my free hosted WordPress site does not have the capacity to hold an article big enough to detail all of those!
- My first BF/GF?
My first ‘proper’ boyfriend was a guy called Neil who I met on a joint boys’ brigade/girls’ brigade camp somewhere down south. We shared a love of The Human League and had an illicit snog on the last night of camp.
- My First car?
My first car was a red R registration mini called Ruby. She was extremely tempremental and so I used to tuck her in under a big thick blanket and say night night to her every night in the vain hope that this would mean she’d start first time in the morning.
- My first ever cell phone?
The first mobile I had was some form of flip phone with a pull out ariel. I bought it when I was on my placement year from uni as I was travelling huge distances everyday in yet another tempremental car, this time a VW Passat called Vernon.
- My first heartbreak
That was Neil too. We dated for a while after camp (he lived in Loughborough & I lived in Shepshed) but then after a while he unceremoniously dumped me, in the process breaking my heart.
- My first internet activity?
This was using Yahoo mail when I lived in China. The dial up (remember the shrieking sound of the line trying to connect) was soooooo slow that I would often get up in the middle of the night to try to access my mail and regularly managed to make a cup of tea and return to my desk before the inbox had loaded.
- My first job?
I had two jobs when I was at school. One was a morning paper round and the other was cleaning in the local butchers shop after school. I’m not sure which came first, but I do know the tips were better for the paper round, but the pork crackling at the butchers was better than any financial compensation.
- My first piercing and when did I get it?
I had my ears pierced as a teenager at the same time as I was allowed to have my long hair cut for the first time. A few years later I got my nose pierced and loved it, but had to take it out as trying to get a corkscrew stud into the hole made me wretch.
- My first swear word?
Oh gosh, who knows what this was. I do know that it probably resulted in a mouthful of Imperial Leather soap which, for those who know me now know, didn’t deter me enough to stop me developing a huge potty mouth now with a particular passion for the F word.
- My first tattoo?
At the tender age of 37 I got a ghecko tattoed on my right thigh. I now also have a Manchester bee on my left ankle and some writing on my right wrist and am contemplating a further addition on my foot.
- My first thought today?
Oh damn, I didn’t blog!
- The first book I remember reading?
This would probably be either Charlie & The Chocolate Factory or one of the Famous Five books
- The first concert I ever attended?
I was a late bloomer on the gig front, only attending my first concert in 2004 when I saw The Red Hot Chilli Peppers in Hyde Park.
- The first person I talked to today?
Mama. We traded niceties and I then told here “have problem, water not good” and made wooshing noises whilst pointing furiously at the filter that was gushing out water
- The first thing I do when I get home?
Throw down my keys and purse, click the fan on full, strip off and lie until dry (keeping it classy!)
- First time I got in a fist fight?
This was at secondary school where I had a habit of picking fights with boys which I think was my antedote to being bullied by the girls.
- The first film I remember seeing?
Whatever this was it would have been a musical. I do have very clear memories of the first film we ever video recorded – Willy Wonka & The Chocolate Factory – which we watched so often that I know every song off by heart.