Some Random Things About Me

 

First things first, I apologise in advance for any mistakes and the potential lack of images in here, because my laptop’s being irritating and so I’m writing this on my phone. Because I’m both incurably impatient and lazy, unless my laptop gets its act together soon, I highly doubt I’ll bother swapping over to it (this is when my laptop comes back to life and I use it and this post ends up with hundreds of beautiful graphics and I forget to delete this bit, whoops 😂)

Anyway, on to the main bit of this post…partly because this blog is now two years old (*attempts to insert link to blogoversary post and completely fails*)(AHA I’M ON MY LAPTOP NOW HERE’S THE LINK) and partly because the idea appeals to me, I’m going to try and come up with a bunch of facts about me that most people won’t know. Hopefully a few of them will even surprise my friends 🙂 anyhow, here you go…

 I have really blue eyes.

OK so this is one that won’t come as much of a surprise to people I know, but I’ve been told on multiple occasions that they’re really very blue. Said occasions include during a conversation with a girl at hockey training when she just stopped talking and went “omg your eyes are so blue” and at the end of an English lesson when basically the same thing happened. I think my eyes are probably my best feature because of their colour (except for my unfortunate short sightedness, obvs) 👀👁👓

Typography and pretty quotes make my heart happy.

Not an especially exciting fact, but I do like them a lot. Actually, good photos in general/pretty graphics/design tends to make me happy. And according to one of my best friends my aesthetic taste “truly is impeccable” so there ya go.

superthumb

ce8ecaec858ca2a78553c385b872f817

 

 I’m very, very pale.

 My friend said the other day, “you’re so pale, you make the White Cliffs of Dover look brown”. My answer is I’m less likely to get skin cancer, but it’s true, I’m so pale my tan looks like everyone else’s normal skin. Even two weeks in 35 degree C heat can’t tan me, so I reckon I’ll be pale for life.

I can go from really quiet to really loud pretty easily, depending on my mood and who I’m with.

Multiple people have told me that I’ve got more outgoing recently which is pretty true. I can be really quiet in new situations but then really loud with friends, and sometimes vice versa…it all kinda depends on what mood I’m in. When I’m stressed or feeling annoyed or bleurgh I tend to just go pretty quiet and occasionally sarcastic. According to a quiz I did for another post (the who am I? tag that will *hopefully* be up soon) my Myers-Briggs personality type is INFP, which basically means I flip between being introspective and extroverted fairly easily.

I’ve never broken a bone.

I’m not really sure how, I guess I’m just naturally fairly cautious? A few years ago I got really excited because I thought I’d broken my thumb playing hockey and I guessed that would be a fairly good bone to break because it wouldn’t hurt too much, but it turned out that because I was young everything kinda just bounced back into place and I only sprained it. It did end up hurting a lot and leaving a nice bloodstain under my thumbnail for a good few months though!

I can be really sarcastic.

(If you hadn’t already guessed). Sometimes it’s intentional, sometimes it just slips out and then sometimes people think I’m being sarcastic when I’m actually deadly serious because I have a sarcastic tone of voice that I occasionally have difficulty reserving just for sarcasm. Whoops. I love sarcasm though, something about it just makes me happy (that sounds kinda mean. Wasn’t meant to).

I’m slightly obsessed with raspberry dark chocolate.

❤ ❤ ❤ ❤ ❤ IT’S JUST SO GOOD I LOVE IT. ESPECIALLY IN CHEESECAKE. I ALSO LOVE CHEESECAKE. ❤ ❤ ❤

(I really like food, if that wasn’t already obvious)

I’m really great at beating myself up over stuff unnecessarily.

I’m also really bad at getting a grip and stopping myself. I’m getting a little better at it though, I just seem to have an automatic guilt reflex that makes me feel guilty about the absolute stupidest things, like not going for a run for two or three weeks. (yes, I know that’s stupid).

I often start saying stuff ironically or not seriously, but then the habit sticks.

This happened with “banter” and “bud” (though I blame my friend for the second one, she’s got me into a habit of saying “cheers bud” all the time and I think it’s really annoying some of my friends).

I hate hate hate dealing with bugs and spiders and stuff.

I don’t mind that they exist, I just don’t like coming into contact with them. Worst thing ever was when my friend and I were in my room and I spotted a small black dot on the ceiling which I though was a dead bug, so we poked it to get it down but it turned out it was well and truly alive. It then fell down into the slight dip between the carpet and skirting board and I’m ashamed to say I made my friend deal with it whilst doing “helpful” things like getting a bit of card and a glass and opening the bathroom window. #sorrynotsorry

When I was younger, I used to think my middle name was my sister’s.

I’m not entirely sure how I got them mixed up, but I guess hers just stuck in my head because I had to (and very occasionally still do) think about it for a second to check I got my middle name and not hers if someone asked what it was.

I’m incurably impatient and fairly lazy – at any rate I’m a master procrastinator and really bad at just getting jobs done.

(This gets about a billion times worse when I’ve got the excuse of a really good book to stop me from getting on with stuff)

I can be incredibly self-conscious when I’m not with good friends.

Sometimes I’ll just kinda start to think about everything and every action I’m doing, even when I’m with friends, and then  I feel awkward and self-conscious and nervous and urgh.

I’ve recently got really bad wanderlust and I just want to go EVERYWHERE.

I really hate the idea that I’ll die and there’ll be so many countries and places I’ve never been to, even just in the UK.

Me and laughter have an interesting relationship.

I feel like I never used to laugh and then all of a sudden stuff kept making me lose it. The main thing I can remember was around Christmas when three of us in my English class had forgotten some practice language paper and had the obligatory “this is very disappointing etc etc” talk and been sent to the library to photocopy someone else’s and for some reason the whole situation made me completely crack up, especially because two of us were sat next to each other, but I knew laughing in the classroom would be a really, really bad move. I then spent the whole photocopying trip laughing my head off for no discernible reason and confusing everyone around me. Thinking about it still makes me smile.

I love organisation and tidiness but hate cleaning and tidying.

I’m the kinda person who wants the beautiful fully colour coordinated bookshelf and the neat desk and the permanently tidy room but who really can’t be bothered to keep their room tidy, which makes things a bit awkward.

My one shelf of beautifully colour coordinated dreams.


 

And that’s all I can think of! Have you got any random facts about you to share? And if you’ve got any specific questions for me, let me know and I’ll stick them in a Q&A! 🙂

signature2

 

Thoughts On Admitting You’re A Blogger // Part II

Beach

I don’t know if you recall, but a few weeks ago (at the start of half term *sheds a tear for lost holidays*) I wrote a post discussing how I felt about telling people I’m a blogger.

Since then, I’ve told a few more people. And y’know what? It’s been fine. Good. Not a problem. Nothing’s really changed, except occasionally I find myself thinking “ooh, do I want to write this when I know x or y might read it?”. But the philosophy I’m trying to stick to is that my blog’s always been the place where I don’t really have to censor what I’m saying (except for obvious stuff, like my identity etc.) and my style of writing’s already got me over 450 followers, over 5000 visitors and over 11,000 views. I’m clearly doing something right, so I don’t want to change who I am or how I write. Besides, what’s the point in hiding what I really feel about stuff or who I am? Is there really any advantage? If anybody’s actually bothered about me and what I’m doing, then that’s their problem, not mine – after all, nobody has to read this blog! (But y’know, thanks to all 450-something of you that do. It is pretty cool to know there are people that actually like my style or writing and what I write about enough to regularly (well, occasionally) stop by and have a nose around here. And some of my bloggy friends are THE BEST and now I feel like I’ve been neglecting you so GET READY TO BE BOMBARDED WITH MESSAGES SAYING HI).

wpid-img_20140801_174502.png

But now onto what I actually meant to write about…I don’t know how many people I know in “real life” read this, or even know that it exists. I have no idea how many people know that it exists (from Instagram, or whatever) but have never bothered having a look. To be honest, I think I’m probably happier that I don’t know. I still find it awkward talking about my blog in ~real life~ (YOU MEAN STUFF EXISTS OUTSIDE OF THE INTERNET?) so I try and avoid it as much as possible. But y’know, I’m getting better at it.

What’s your opinion on being a public blogger vs. hiding away in the big ol’ WordPress cave and hoping that nobody you know happens to stumble across you?

signature2

 

Where I Went & Where I’m Going

where i'm going

Hey guys!

As you may have noticed, I’ve kinda semi-disappeared over the last few weeks. First I was in Cornwall, then I was in Serbia, and since I got back from Serbia on Monday night, I just haven’t really been feeling the blogging vibe.

However, I have been thinking about my blog, and I’ve come up with a few things.

  • I’m going to forget about the sponsored posts and stick with what I love. Lately I feel a little bit like I’ve been focusing on making all my posts about something very specific, and not necessarily going with what I want to write about. Maybe it’s the Blog Olympics, I don’t know. But although it felt like a great honour to do a few sponsored posts – there were a couple of book reviews, and there’s a chocolate review and giveaway going up tomorrow – I feel like I haven’t written about what I want to write about for a long time. So I’m going to forget about restrictions with sponsored posts etc, and just do what I want. Maybe get back into the habit of Tracklisting Tuesdays. We’ll see.
  • I want to read and comment on other blogs more. I feel like with my writing, so too has my reading fallen by the wayside a bit. I also want to, instead of just thinking about what I could write as a comment, actually commenting it.
  • I want to change my blog name. (and maybe go self-hosted). I do really like Books, Tea and a Onesie as a name, but I feel like it puts unnecessary weight on books, and doesn’t mention music at all, which is a bit of an issue. I also want to maybe try going self hosted, but I want to be really sure about my name before I do that. So, as I’m at a bit of a dead end…any suggestions?
  • (Seriously, I would really like suggestions)

So the main gist is that I just want to forget about boundaries a bit, and go back to just blogging for the fun of it, which I felt I’ve lost a bit recently. With any luck, my blogging motivation will be back soon – watch out WordPress, I’m coming for ya!

(Again, please, any name ideas? ;))

Bye for now!

signature2

Sisterhood of the World Bloggers Award!

Thank you so much to Kayleigh @ Miserable and Magical for nominating me for this award, all the way back at the start of October…whoops! Still, I’m doing it now…

1

Go check Kayleigh’s post out here, and another big thank you for the nomination!

For this award, you have to:

  • Thank the blogger who nominated you, linking back to their site.
  • Put the award logo on your blog.
  • Answer the ten questions they’ve set you.
  • Make up ten new questions for your nominees to answer.
  • Nominate ten people.

My Answers:

  1. What’s your favourite quote? Seriously, probably ‘Life is not a rehearsal, so be happy now’. Otherwise, anything sassy and smart from Sherlock.
  2. One place you’ve always wanted to visit? America, specifically New York…I’m not quite sure, but it just seems to be the big British dream to go to America, and every American seems to love England…maybe that’s just me?
  3. Do you have a favourite book you always re-read? I love Wonder by R.J. Palacio, and any Gervase Phinn books, but I’m not massively one for re-reading.
  4. What’s your favourite film? I’m rubbish at remembering favourite films, but recent favourites/ones I’ve watched include Pitch Perfect, The Other Woman (possibly my absolute favourite), Paddington, The Imitation Game, The Fault in Our Stars and Love Actually. So basically every film I’ve seen in the last six months and can remember.
  5. Favourite Disney sidekick? Um, I don’t really know a lot of Disney films. But I watched Frozen on Christmas Day and ERMAHGERD OLAF IS SUPER-SNOWMAN-LY AWESOME!
  6. If you could only eat one kind of food for the rest of your life what would you eat? Hmm…my mum does this awesome macaroni cheese thing, and obviously pizza is high on the list…
  7. If money wasn’t an option and you could do anything for 24 hours what would you do? Providing money was no object, possibly go to London and watch a stage show and just have an awesome time, preferably with friends. To be honest, I’m not really sure!
  8. Do you prefer peanut butter of nutella? Depends on my mood…ultimately though, it’s always going to be Nutella. Especially on a Sunday.
  9. Favourite joke? Um, I’m not really sure if this counts as a joke, but ‘Steven Moffat and Mark Gatiss walk into a bar. You have to wait two years to find out what happens next.’ just popped into my mind, and I just found this as a screenshot on my phone…wpid-screenshot_2014-12-06-11-58-48.png
  10. Favourite kind of pizza topping? Hands down, ham and sweetcorn. Preferably Domino’s. Bonus points if you chuck in a few mushrooms…

My questions are as follows:

1. What’s the last screenshot on your phone (if you feel comfortable sharing this)?

2. What’s your favourite song lyric/the lyric that sticks in your mind most?

3. What would you most like your blog to achieve in the future? (Does that even make sense?!)

4. What’s your favourite quote from a book?

5. What’s your favourite comfort food/drink?

6. What’s your favourite genre of music/the one you listen to most?

7. What’s your favourite kind of takeaway food?

8. If you could be anyone for a day, who would you be?

9. What’s your favourite kind of chocolate bar?

10. If you could have any job for a day, what would it be? (You wouldn’t need any previous experience, you could just walk in and be able to do the job.)

I’m going to throw this award open to everyone, because every blogger is awesome, because they blog! 🙂

An Overthinking Teenager

Just Something That Makes Me Happy…

There are lots of things about blogging that make me happy…long comments, awesome stats, likes, satisfying posts, but there is one thing that makes me happiest – the community created around blogging. Purely through comments and likes, I feel like I’ve developed internetty-friendships with many of the bloggers that I like best. Some of my internetty friends include Appletaile, Evi, BearNextDoorZ, The Writing Hufflepuff, Kayleigh and littleonionwrites (at least, they’re bloggers I admire and I think we’re friends…).

So thanks for being awesome, and for writing awesome posts!

An Overthinking Teenager