I’m feeling very uninspired right now so it seemed like a good time to use this post that I’ve been gradually working on for a while. I got it from Audrey, who got it from Emelia. Audrey answered 45 questions, Emelia’s version had 73 and I went for something in between. So here are my answers to 60 questions. Maybe you’ll learn something new about me.
1. What’s the best thing that happened to you this month?
Kristen sent me Wundersmith (book 2 of the Nevermoor series). I literally hugged the book while I was telling Jan about it. Before it arrived I was planning to say receiving positive feedback from a customer at work, but honestly the book made me much happier – not the book itself (although I have been desperate to read it) but the fact that someone was thinking about me and wanted to make me smile ❤
2. What’s your favourite game?
Articulate – it’s sort of like Taboo but my opinion much better. I also love Trivial Pursuit.
3. When are you most inspired?
Immediately after deciding to try something new. Which is why I have crochet hooks and a book for learning to crochet but have never actually tried it. By the time the stuff arrived my inspiration was gone.
4. If you could teach one subject in school, what would it be?
I worked as an English language assistant for two year and realised during that time I hated teaching so preferably none 😉 If I have to choose something then English literature.
5. What’s your favourite beverage?
Dandelion and Burdock.
6. What’s the best compliment you’ve ever received?
After I lost the twins someone said they hoped we wouldn’t give up trying because we would make great parents. That’s definitely the nicest thing anyone’s ever said to me.
7. What is your favourite birthday cake?
Is birthday cake a separate thing to just cake? Probably something chocolate.
8. What is one thing you still have from your childhood?
Other than books…. Nick the purple mouse I’ve had since I was born.
9. What is your favourite film?
My go-to answer is A League of Their Own but actually there are others I love equally. I’m useless at picking favourites.
10. What is something you can’t do?
Touch my toes… I’m so not flexible! Also play an instrument. I could probably learn with many years of practice but I’ll never be more than just competent. Also draw.
11. Window or aisle seat?
Window on short flights, aisle if it’s like an 8 hour flight.
12. What is something that makes you laugh no matter what?
The film Clue. Always hilarious no matter how many times I watch it.
13. What are your favourite lyrics of all time?
All time? Wow. Umm. That’s asking a lot. Again, terrible at picking favourites. We’ll go with this:
I need to know that you will always be
The same old someone that I knew
What will it take till you believe in me
The way that I believe in you?
Just the Way You Are – Billy Joel
Also including this because the third line makes me laugh:
I met Jane at the centre of the earth
It was dark there was dirt all around
But I gather you can figure that
Devil in the Wishing Well – Five for Fighting
Other strong contenders were lines from Landslide by Fleetwood Mac, Desperado by The Eagles and The New Year by Death Cab for Cutie.
14. What is your favourite holiday?
15. What’s heavily played on your music play list right now?
I listen to music on my phone and I always have it on shuffle so no one thing is usually played heavily, unless shuffle goes mad and plays several things from the same artist. The last song I listened to was Forget Tomorrow by Feeder if that helps.
16. If you could raid one woman’s closet, who would it be?
Kezzie‘s. She always wears the best outfits.
17. Must have purse item?
Since I’m British purses are not handbags so obviously money 😉 That and cards are the only things that fit in there.
18. What did you want to be when you grew up when you were 12?
Author. I’m such a cliché.
19. What is something you will not be doing in ten years?
Given I’ll be about to turn 46 I’m guessing no matter how things work out with IVF I’ll have given up trying to get pregnant by then.
20. What is an important life lesson for someone to learn?
Whatever it is you’re going through, its not the end of the world. It may not feel like it right now, but you will get through it. However, while you are going through things, it really is okay not to be okay. Allow yourself to feel whatever it is you feel. And don’t let anyone else tell you when it’s time to move on. There is no time limit to feeling bad. (However, if it’s been a while and you truly can’t imagine ever feeling okay again, it is okay to ask for help… even professional help if necessary). Wow, that was long. Sorry if you were expecting something more succinct.
21. How do you start your day?
On week days by snoozing my alarm and wishing that time of morning didn’t exist. Once I’m up and showered the day always starts with tea.
22. Would you ever live anywhere besides where you do now?
I love where I live now! I would live in Austria again given the chance though. Maybe Salzburg.
23. What is your favourite dessert?
Again with the favourites 😅. I like a good crumble. Also chocolate fondant.
24. Is there a dessert you don’t like?
I hate melon so probably melon sorbet or fruit salad containing melon (or even worse grapefruit!)
25. It’s brunch! What do you eat?
All the potato-based products, scrambled eggs, bacon. Maybe some fruit.
26. Where was the best vacation you’ve ever taken?
27. Favourite Disney animal?
I like Bernhard from The Rescuers.
28. What is a book you are planning on reading?
All of them? Lol. Obviously I am hoping to get to Wundersmith soon and I’m looking forward to reading The World Without Us by Mireille Juchau.
29. What did you read most recently?
Something in the Water by Catherine Steadman. I do not recommend.
30. Favourite solo artist?
31. What is something you’re tired of?
The never-ending story of Brexit. I still think it’s a bad idea but at this point I think if they’re really determined to ruin the British economy (and possibly make me lose the right to work in Germany) I wish they’d hurry up and get on with it already!
32. What’s a city you wish to visit?
33. Heels or flats?
I only wear heels for weddings. Lol.
34. Where does one go on a perfect road trip?
Around Switzerland, obviously 😉
35. What do you do on a rainy day?
Read, cross stitch, drink tea.
36. What’s your favourite exercise?
This is a joke, right? 😂 Um, I’m saying walking counts
37. What was your worst subject in school?
Art and music. Both teachers strongly advised that I drop their subject when it came to GCSE options. I also hated Design Tech because I was terrified of most of the machines.
38. What animal do you identify with the most?
Red panda. Mostly solitary, spends most of the day sleeping, needs to eat a lot and only comfortable at temperatures ranging from 17 to 25 °C. Sounds like me 😉
39. What do you usually eat for breakfast?
Toast… except when it’s plastic-free July and I can’t buy bread 😦
40. What do you usually eat for dinner?
Um, different things. There is no “usually”. I don’t like to eat the same food every night.
41. Cooking or baking?
I enjoy both although when I’m only cooking for myself it seems pointless. I don’t bake as much as I would like because I hate all the cleaning afterwards.
42. Favourite baked good?
Yorkshire Parkin, made to my grandma’s recipe.
43. What is something you wish you could be good at?
Any of the things that is traditionally considered a “talent”… drawing, music, any sport. Oh, and Spanish. I can never seem to get beyond beginner level.
44. Skiing or surfing?
I’ve never done either. Yes, I live in Switzerland and have never skied. I also lived close to a ski resort in Austria. I’m terrible…
45. First celebrity crush?
Devon Sawa based on those few minutes in the film where Casper is alive.
46. Most recent celebrity crush?
I don’t think I have any “recent” crushes. I’ll say Billie-Joe Armstrong
47. What colour was your prom dress?
48. How do you manage stress?
Badly? Umm, I don’t know. Writing my diary usually helps. Or going for a walk. Also tea – tea always helps. course, when the stress is caused by work none of those are possible … then all I can do is power through and hope I can actually meet all the deadlines my wonderful colleagues have given me.
49. What do you do to relax?
Read, go for walks, drink tea, sleep.
50. Shoes or bags?
I’d rather buy books. Lol. But seriously in terms of accessories I have more tights than either shoes or bags. I love colourful tights.
51. How do you know if you’re in love?
Personally when I can stand to be around the person every single day without eventually wanting them to just go away. And I still love him even when he’s annoying me. But honestly I feel like you just know.
52. Who do you turn to when you’re sad?
53. What are you most enchanted by?
Nature… a waterfall, a mountain view, a beautiful lake.
54. What is your biggest strength?
Manners. I am always unfailingly polite to shop assistants/waiting staff, etc. Even if I’m having the absolute worst day of my life, I will never be the customer that ruins your day. (I was even polite to the nurses at the clinic who needed four tries to get an IV in me and then got my blood all over the bed.) Is that a strength? I think it is.
55. What is your biggest weakness?
Caring too much what people (might) think. I find it difficult to make friends because I’m scared of talking to people I don’t know… I’m always afraid I’ll say the wrong thing and think I’m weird/not like me. So instead I say nothing and they think I’m weird anyway… and antisocial. I know it shouldn’t even matter what they think of me, but it does. And that’s why most of my friends live on the Internet 😉
56. What are 3 words to describe living in your city?
Rhine, culture, basilisks
57. Cutest thing on planet Earth?
Well-behaved dogs. Seeing them trotting along beside their owners, off the lead, occasionally glancing up for reassurance/approval melts my heart. If they’re carrying a favourite toy (stuffed friend!) it’s doubly adorable.
58. Favourite colour?
59. Favourite time of day?
At the moment… when work is over 😅 (can you tell it’s been busy again?)
60. Favourite band?
I usually say Green Day but I haven’t even listened to their last album so I feel like that makes me a bad fan. Although in fairness I haven’t listened to any music released in the last five years except by accident so…
That’s it from me. Tell me your answers to some of these questions in the comments. Or let me know if you’ve done/are going to do this and I’ll come and check out your post.