January 22, 2007

a little bit of me...

Its hot!! very very hot! I just cant handle the heat and Im so happy to be home today with the airconditioner blasting away in my cool little house.

I saw Ralph Fiennes last night in a play called 'First Love' and wow he was amazing....amazing!! it was a short performance that lasted 55mins but it was him alone on stage for the whole duration - what a fantastic actor and what a handsome man he is!!

Ive been tagged by Cindy to list 5 things about me you didnt know.....

1. I was named after my grandmother Anastasia who was also named after her grandmother. I have four girl cousins also named Anastasia and a boy cousin named Anastasios. That might sound like a lot but I have 24 first cousins from that side of the family ....

2. I am very flexible. I used to be able to lift my leg behind my neck but nowdays can only get it to touch my ear....I want to always have a supple body so I better get enroled into yoga class quick smart...Im so sluggish these days.

3. When I was 6mnths old my parents sent me with an Qantas air hostess to Cyprus to be with my grandparents and my sister. My parents struggled in Australia when they first arrived and had to work with no family support - difficult times. I didnt see my parents again until I was 3years old.

4. Whilst on holiday in London in my early twentys I was stopped by police and asked to be part of a criminal line up as I had similar looks as the accused. I got paid 20 pounds for my time and I even met another Sydney girl also in the line up whose parents lived in the next street from me.

5. About 10 years ago I got a psychic reading and she told me I would marry a man whose name would start with the letter A. She said the same thing to my friend so we were both skeptical but I married an Andrew and she married an Anthony....

I found these pictures the other day, they are of my high school art project - 6 poster sized pastel drawings in total and it took me 8mnths to finish.
They were in my parents garden shed for many years after that but eventually got wet so we threw them out. The school kept one for display so maybe they still have it stored away - maybe I should ask for it? No scanners in those days, gosh the internet was unheard of! how strange, a life without internet....
even stranger is that since that project Ive never experimented with pastels again...maybe I should go buy me some!!


  1. wow...what a big fam! great list. tfs!

  2. Anonymous2:53 PM

    your pastels are fabulous! You should definetly take up that medium again!!!!

  3. Anonymous3:25 PM

    What, what what????? All that happened in your life... Holy Toledo Bandido...6 months..Police line-up.. "A" man...My meme was so boring. I should re-do it.. And your drawings, pastels...OH MY!!! Start again, now, go get the chalk..Hurry...ps:I blogged aboutcha today.. Made the cake... Want to see????? Follow me...

  4. Anonymous6:30 PM

    oh wow what a list!!!!!All of those cousins and only 20 pounds!!
    Im also very flexible for some reason!!
    Your pastel drawings are AMAZING!!! You should definitely go back to pastels!!!

  5. the pastels are incredible... i would love to see what you do in that medium now!

  6. I can't believe you did those paintings in high school. Your poor parents, that must have been so unbelievably hard on them. I'll bet your grandparents loved it though.

  7. Ooh, I'm so jealous! I bet Ralph is even more intense in person too. Crazy. Wow, looks from your list we have a bit in common, I come from a huge family too, and most of them went through that tough immigrating period. My mom did it alone first, and was then the support for the rest of her family. Good for your parents for sticking it out!

  8. What a wonderful post, Anastasia! I love reading about your interesting life! But I can't see the paintings for some reason...I will try again later.

  9. Anonymous1:38 PM

    hey! I found you via the Valentine card swap. I am in Aus as well but on the other side. I have a stupid question, ready?, what are the exact dimensions of an ATC? a fellow blogger and I have been trying to figure it out for ages. many thanks in anticipation! :-)

  10. I have reading the where and why fors of other bloggers. I will make sure you get some of my paper in the pink and brown swap

  11. Anonymous3:46 AM

    #4 and #5 are interesting and fascinating! I love your pastel work, you should definitely pick it up again.

  12. Oh my,I LOVE those paintings! Do you pronounce your name Ahna-Sto-see-uh or Anna-stayshuh ? I once did a dramatic interp from the play of the same name and went with the 1st pronunciation. It is sooooo beautiful and romantic.

  13. I meant pastels NOT paintings,so lovely!

  14. Anonymous10:48 AM

    Dear Anastasia - thank you for visiting and your kind comments - I loved reading about you and your experiences - and all those Anastasias - its no wonder - such a beautiful name - xox - eb.

  15. The drawings are amazing - I can feel the heat and smell the suntan lotions! Some lovely bikint designs too!

    Your list is interesting - me and one of my brothers got left with different relatives (and we were in different countries) when I was about 5/6 and he was about 3/4 years old. Unfortunately I remember it :( and he doesn't. Do you remember anything from that time?

  16. Anonymous11:19 PM

    Aren't we all a little weird?
    That #4 is hilarious and I hope being apart from your mom and dad in such a short age haven't been too bad for you.

  17. Great list! Your parents are such troopers, to say the least. I can't imagine how painful it must've been for them to exercise such a huge act of selflessness, all for you and your future.

    Your pastels are amazing! Absolutely stunning.

  18. Anonymous5:18 PM

    oh where do i begin? what a wonderful poster you did!!! the first one is my favorite for sure!!!!!! and i cant believe its hot by you... its freezing here.... it is getting to 9 degrees farenheit.... brrrrrr.... shall we swap houses for a bit?! haha.... and its so fun to read about you :)

    hugs!!! i will be emailing you within the hour!

  19. Anonymous7:03 AM

    I love the bikini girl pastels! You are amazingly talented. Let us know when you put them up for sale.


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