Sunday, January 13, 2013

My Life in Numbers

Taking a page out of Azara's blog, I've decided to follow suit. Here's some random facts and my life in numbers:

-8 :(Celsius⁰) the coldest weather I've ever experienced.

11249 :the number of nights I spent on earth since I was born.

12 :(years) age I began working informally, during weekends, school holidays and as a budding entrepreneur at school.

520 :the number of books I read from the public library in High School.

2007 :(year) was a really shitty year.

5 :the number of times I failed my drivers license.

36.4 :(kilograms) the average amount of chocolate I consumed while living in London.

0 :the number of times I've been married,
    the number of children I have,
    the number of instruments I can play,
    what it feels like to have my knowledge quantified,
    what life seems like sometimes,
    the number of people I trust.

16 :the number of cousins I have in my Mother's family (ages range between 1 and 31).

3852 :the number of times I tweeted before deactivating my Twitter account the last time.

3 :the number of times I've been operated on.

39 :the number of family members I have on Facebook.

4:30 :(time) the time I wake up most mornings.

8 :the number of baby showers I've had to suffer through in the last 3 years, along with the inane and insipid games people play during these showers. I'd rather set myself on fire than go to another one.

112 :the number of tiles in my bathroom (because I'm OCD like that, and I count everything).

2 :(years) the earliest age I can recall memories.

475 :the number of blog posts I've published on this site.

15 :(days) the amount of time I've spent (collectively) on a cruise ship.

7 :the number of years I've spent in and out of therapy during my adolescence.

120 :(hours) the average amount of time I spend online in one month.

11 :the number of school plays/ theater productions/ tv shows/ movies I've participated or acted in - in English and Afrikaans.

2599 :the number of songs I have in my iTunes library (down from over 7000)

3rd :the position I held on academic merit at the end of each year, in every Grade, for most of my schooling career (with the exception of my final years). I never came first but considering that I never ever studied, it wasn't bad. I only learned how to study in my second year at University.

18 :(hours) the longest time I've ever spent at the office at any one time.

394 :the number of tiles in the ladies bathroom at work.

5 :the number of times I pray in a day. But when I'm in trouble that number escalates to 95347.

36 :the number of the bus I used to take to work in London.

1982 :(year) the year I was born.

9 :the number of languages I either know fluently or partially/ conversationally.

68 :(percentage) my academic average throughout University.

11 :(pm) the average time I go to bed during the week.

2009 :(year) was even more shitty than 2007.

4 :the number of cities I've lived in nationally and internationally.

282 :the number of tiles in my kitchen.

22 :(years) the age I moved to London, UK.

65000 :the amount my academic material (text books/manuals) is worth in ZAR, roughly equivalent to USD$ 7505 or GBP£ 4650 or EUR€ 5660, and includes SAP material worth EUR€ 4000.

98 :(percentage) my class average in History in my final year at school. Because when I want to remember, I have the memory of an elephant.

14 :(hours) the longest time I've ever spent walking around in a city (in Paris).

826 :the number of bricks that make up the wall at the entrance of my flat.

6 :the number of times I've received recognition for my creative writing efforts in both the Afrikaans and English languages.

1 billion :(in £ Sterling) the amount of money I think I'd need to buy happiness. Actually even a million would do nicely.

39 comments:

  1. what funny and interest post but Az you have a lot of patience to the numbers, Im not good for numbers:(

    1 billion you need to buy happiness oh dear! you dont need all this money (some money is good Im agree) you are beauty, brillant, smart and fun:)

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    1. Gloria, I'm inclined to agree... but I really want a yacht :)

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    2. hahah! just OK dear so you can be fun, beauty and special and have a yatch:) you make me laugh!

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  2. I hope you took at least 1 sit-down break during your 14-hour walk in Paris!

    I dread those bridal/baby shower games too - but if I ever have one of my own, I would allow a life-in-numbers show to go on...

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    1. @Roving Retorter - yes we did take breaks in between the sight seeing. But it really was one of those long never ending days.

      I'm NEVER having a baby shower - no matter how many babies I have.

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  3. Five hundred twenty-five thousand six hundred minutes - (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EBoLHqLM7S4) - How do you measure a year in the life?

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  4. "36.4 :(kilograms) the average amount of chocolate I consumed while living in London."

    A day?

    The number of times you have loved?

    The number of times you have loved and lost?

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  5. That was from 2004 to 2006 Colin.

    The answer to those questions would be 3 and 3 respectively.

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  6. Speaking as the father of two beautiful, intelligent women, what the hell is wrong with the young men of today? -Easily scared?

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    1. I have no idea what is wrong with men today Colin... especially South African men! *sigh*

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  7. I quite like this numbers post. And I agree - if I don't go to another baby shower my entire life, I couldn't be more happy about it

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    1. That goes for any baby/bridal shower Rooth!

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  8. haha Awesome! You have SAP material? I was a SAP consultant. I think collectively my SAP material and University books would probably cost the same.

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    1. Looks like you're really enjoying your new vocation Nuraan - that's great! :)

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  9. I'm with Azra: I want a yacht. And I'd like at least a billion...in Sterling (but I will accept Krugerrands). Being that I am a giving soul, I'll let you use the yacht whenever and have Carte blanche on the account.

    Dean
    http://leftcoastguy.com

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    1. You're so kind Dean. I'd love a huge yacht to sail in the Med with all my favourite people on earth :) We could even go to Bora Bora with Randy.

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  10. One way at looking at things and it makes sense. Im not a counter but recently i have been doing some mental calculation about my life. I neee to make the next chapter of my life mean something more.
    Happy 2013. Hope it still counts. Its only day 16 today :)

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  11. Great to see you're still alive and kicking Jaya :)All the best for 2013!

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  12. One billion.... Is that a fact? And still zero people that you trust. Shit, we need to talk Az. I mean, I feel threatened by your grumpiness, really.

    P S. Remember those pics you sent me a year ago... the ones with the clause? Just say it: that was an act of trust.

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    1. Mr Grumpy, do you really think you and I can compete for the Grumpiness title? I think not. You're still the king of that castle. And acts of trusts are just that "acts"... not really 100% trust no?

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    2. Thanks, Az. Being a man, I need the reassurance. ;) Also thanks for the virtual kick in the nuts... I have to say yep to your no.

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    3. LOL! You're so dramatic Randy. If you go on like this, I'll be forced to trust you *gasp*

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    4. LOL? What is it with strong women these days... first they kick me in the nuts and then (2) they LOL me big-time and (3) call me dramatic...

      Oh well, as long as you trust me it's worth the pain. ;)

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  13. Creative post!
    www.rsrue.blogspot.com

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  14. Azra, that's a remarkable post! However, I think you wake up FAR too early and I think that you being invited to more baby showers may induce a much needed coma!

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    1. Juliette, the only reason I have to wake up that early is to pray (before dawn). The times change and as we go into winter, it gets earlier. The latest (around the Solstice on 21 June) is around 6am.

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  15. Just came back from another blogging hiatus and... leave it to you to have me on the floor laughing first thing.

    And geebus, 4:30am?? That is sooooo early!!!

    I love that we've both spent 12 hours ++ walking around Paris. ^_^

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    1. It's so wonderful to have you back in the blogosphere, sharing this new chapter in your life. We need to do a catchup soon. And I love love love Paris :D

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  16. What movies have you been in ??

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    1. SS - I auditioned and worked as an extra on a tv show called The Res, and movie called Breaking and Entering (UK). Also did site checks (as an employee of the British Council) on various movie sets.

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  17. 4:30 is so early! I get up at 5:30 and people think I'm crazy.

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    1. Deidre - Its become second nature to get up that early :)

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  18. 4:30 - WOW! I occasionally see 4:30AM, but it's because I haven't gone to sleep yet.

    This was so interesting. I love how your post covered big and little things so smoothly. Awesome sauce!

    The end of your "0" section was sad though. I've been there...hope that number goes up soon.

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    1. Azara - thanks for being the inspiration behind this post. And yes, I agree, I hope the end of my "0" section goes up soon too :)

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  19. Love this. I think we also walked about 14hrs in Paris. It was just, like, a non-stop walkathon. (But I loved every minute of it, even when I felt like my legs were about to fall off!)

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