Random Facts About Me Q&A

Hello! Hope you’ve had a lovely weekend so far. The weather has been grey and rainy here (and probably across most of the UK) so I’ve been having a cosy weekend in 🙂 Today I bring you the Random Facts About Me Q&A which the lovely Megan tagged me in (you should go follow her amazing blog!!). I’ve had so many blog post ideas lately but I just can’t seem to start writing them???? Or I start a draft then decide that it isn’t interesting enough to post anyway but I’m hoping this tag will get me back into the swing of things.

Without further or do, here are the questions!

When was the last time you cried?

Sometime last week as I was having a bit of a breakdown about cooking (learning to cook for uni is really stressing me out and my parents keep bringing up how useless I am. But I’m getting there!! I could for my family three times this weekend!)

If you were another person, would you be a friend of yourself?

Hopefully. I mean, I am quite odd – my family could back me up here, I randomly quote songs or speech from adverts/films/TV programs or start singing at multiple times throughout the day so I’m probably a bit annoying but I try to be a loyal and caring friend so??? Probably. 😂

Do you use sarcasm a lot?

Not really. Well sometimes I do but I wouldn’t say I am naturally sarcastic but sometimes sarcasm just comes to me! Idk AHH!!

What’s the first thing that you notice about people?

Their smile. I’m quite a smiley person and I usually look to see if other people reciprocate my smile when I first meet them. 🙂

Scary movie or happy endings?

Definitely happy endings!!!

Favourite smells?

Campfires, bread and cinnamon. (If someone could make a candle out of all three scents that would be gr8).

What’s the furthest you’ve ever been from home?

A little village called Stanzach in Austria where I stayed on a Scout camp. Although the furthest I’ve been ‘independently’ without ‘adults’ (funny bc we were all technically adults) would be Amsterdam where I traveled last month with two friends.

Do you have any special talents?

Not really, I can juggle but that’s not very special 😂

Where were you born?

In my hometown in Somerset!!

What are your hobbies?

Blogging is my main hobby, but I also like to be arty and paint/sketch/make things. I can play the guitar and am learning the keyboard but I don’t play my instruments very often.

What did you want to be when you grew up?

The first career I remember wanting to go into was being a scientist as I got a really cool science book for my birthday once. Then alongside that I simultaneously wanted to be an artist, a zookeeper and a professional cricketer. Then a vet at one point, then a historian and now I’m not heading down any of those paths 😂😂

How many countries have you been to?

England, Wales, Scotland, France, Germany, Austria, The Netherlands. So 7 but we can’t really count England right??

What was your favourite/worst favourite subject at school?

I think I had a lot of favourites at secondary school – history, geography and French being the main three which I carried on at A Level. I think my least favourite became science because I didn’t get on with my teacher at all (which is a shame because it put me off doing science altogether) but also English, mainly because we only got to study American literature and I never got to study Shakespeare at all 😦 Also English wasn’t taught very well at my school. Maybe that’s a little unusual as I like writing and reading generally but just not having to do English at school.

What is your favourite drink?

Hot drink would have to be hot chocolate and cold drink would probably be a smoothie!!

What would you (or have you) named your kids?

Haven’t really thought about it so I have no idea 😂

Who are some of your favourite Youtubers?

My fellow blogger pal Janet Bargmann 😉 and study Youtubers like Holly Gabrielle and Eve Bennett. Although I don’t watch a great deal of YouTube!

How many boyfriends have you had?

None 😂

What is your favourite memory from childhood?

Ahh like Megan I can’t pick just one?! So a few would be dressing up with my sister and performing plays for our parents, making an elaborate Doctor Who game with my friends in primary school and writing a script for it and picking blackberries with my family in the Autumn!

How would you describe your fashion sense?

I don’t really know how to describe it because it changes a lot?? But I generally wear a lot of shirts and jeans and either brogues or DM-style boots. (My friend and I have a running joke about my wardrobe being full of shirts…it literally is though I’m a bit of a shirt addict)

Tell us one of your bad habits?

Spending too much time getting sucked into social media instead doing actual productive things.

Hope you enjoyed reading my answers. I’ve been wanting to do a tag like this for a while so you get to know a bit more about me 🙂 If you would like to do this tag, all you’ve got to do is answer the questions above!

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//A wee lil update pour vous//

(What a mess of a title, je suis désolée 😂)

Hellooo! It feels like such a long time since I actually sat down and write a blog post. It’s not that I haven’t had any inspiration – I kept coming up with ideas, but by the time I’d actually have some free time, I’d forget what they were (oops) or watch a couple of epsiodes of Waterloo Road from 2010 (I just love it so much, don’t judge) 😂. But alas, here I am, back to give you a brief update of what I’ve been up to lately!

As you can imagine, my life hasn’t been very interesting over the past few weeks, as *SPOILERS* it’s exam season *sighs* so most of my time has been spent doing revision (or rather, figuring out how to revise effectively).

I have been rather stressed over the past two weeks, as I’ve had a French speaking mock (which was comme ci comme ça si vous comprenez moi) and my history teacher left, so we’ve had various replacements and are seriously behind schedule (eeek!). On top of that, I realised that my revision just wasn’t effective and I couldn’t recall much of what I’ve been revising since February (such a waste of time..ugh) so now I’m trying to pull myself together and use these last three weeks to revise everything….again.

So yeah, that’s basically how my college life has been going. I also received my exam timetable and discovered I have three exams on one day 😭 – 2 hour geography mock, then a 20 minute French speaking exam, then a 2 hour history mock (in which I have to write 3 essays). As I’m doing the linear a-levels, I don’t have any “real” exams this year, which you might think would reduce the pressure and stress a bit but nope! I think the fact that they aren’t “real” is making me more stressed, as for the past two years I’ve got used to taking external exams, and having only internal exams just feels wrong?? I’m still treating them like real exams, but because they are just mocks, my teachers aren’t. So therefore, we haven’t spent much time practicing for the exams so I don’t feel prepared at all, and we’re not doing revision in class because we’re so behind we probably won’t even finish the content before the mocks, which is FAB.

But anyway, I feel like this week I’m coping with the stress a bit better, and I’m just so ready for summer.

Ooh and I watched Eurovision on Saturday (obvs) and had a sort-of-party thing with the fam like last year, where we had food from across Europe, and this year I spent a few hours painting flag bunting which was cool.

Aside from that, I haven’t really done much. I’ve been trying to put university out of my mind for now so I can focus on my a-levels, but I have managed to book three open days – the first of which is coming up in just over two weeks at Exeter, which I’m looking forward to!

What have you guys been up to lately? I hope you’re lives have been more interesting then mine 😂

//A Weird Kind of Happiness//

Hello! As you can probably tell from the title, I am in an oddly happy mood today. The past week has been quite stressful so it’s nice – yet surprising – to end it on a positive note.

I don’t know why but everything about today just seems so…perfect? Well, maybe not perfect (I don’t really know what I’m trying to say here so just bear with) but just lots of nice things have been happening.

Firstly, I Skyped the lovely Elly last night. There’s always something *magical* about Skyping blogger friends, hence I’m still in that kind of ecstatic mood where I can’t believe I actually talked to one of my internet friends face-to-face. I really enjoyed chatting to Elly and it helped me relax after a stressful week, so thank you very much Elly for always being so amazing ❤

Secondly, I’m wearing my favourite jumper ever today. It’s a knitted mustard-coloured jumper and it’s soooo comfy I just love it so much. It does make me feel very much like a Hufflepuff but I don’t mind because I really admire Hufflepuff house. Even though I am a proud Ravenclaw, I feel like I can relate a lot to Hufflepuff too so I think it’s nice to acknowledge my other, less obvious traits from time to time.

Another great thing was that my hair actually managed to stay in a bun today, despite the fact that I’ve recently had it cut to just below shoulder length. I also managed to go shopping between doing homework and buy a notebook and a candle (two of my favourite things ever) then proceeded to spend an hour or so taking photos of them (bc aesthetics amiright?).

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The candle.
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The notebook – on the spine it says ‘Blessed are the curious for they shall have adventures’ and on the front it says ‘Explore’ and has a really pretty pattern.

This morning there was this aesthetic board tag thing going round on Twitter and even that made me happy to see other people’s aesthetics and make my own (which you can see below).

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That inspired me to go through my old phone photos and find pictures to make aesthetic boards with so I spent a fair bit of time doing that.

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Here’s the ‘Daydreamer’ aesthetic I made.

Then I decided to make a Tumblr account because I need more aesthetics/just generally cute and fandom-y things in my life and I want to make things and share them with people but I haven’t got very far in setting it up yet as Tumblr is very confusing lol. I have managed to choose my blog name and design though and upload my avatar image so that’s a start! I just need to figure out how it actually works.

Whilst doing all that, I’ve been listening to Bastille’s ‘Wild World’ album on repeat and fell in love with Bastille all over again (lets be honest, I never stopped loving Bastille).

So all in all, it’s just been a very lovely, relaxing day and the first time I’ve felt genuinely happy for a while. 🙂 I keep thinking throughout the day about how wonderful all you guys are. I really couldn’t have wished for better friends than the ones I’ve made on here and on Twitter and I love you all so, so much ❤

Hope you’re all having a lovely weekend!!

 

 

//I Love – by Victoria//

Hi everyone, Victoria here from Addlepates and Book Nerds! This is a post to say thank you to my wonderful Em for doing a guest post on my blog. Yeah, it was ages ago, I’m very unorganised…

I asked bloggers to come and talk about things they love on my blog, so I thought I’d do the same for them. Other than reading, which is the obvious, I love making YouTube videos. I started my channel very recently, but I’ve found myself addicted to making all the new things. I have so many pages lying all over the place with ideas for my next videos – some are scripted, some are bullet point lists, some just vaguely say “midnight”, and I expect future me to know what I’m on about.

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My favourite part of the process is editing. Sure, filming is okay. I’m still getting used to the idea of sitting and talking to myself for long periods of time, and I ramble a lot if I don’t have a solid plan. Editing, though, means I get to cut all that waffle out. I make myself look very coherent and casual, which is not at all how I come across in the rough copy. I don’t do much editing in terms of lighting and filters etc, but it’s handy to know that when the sun is flickering through and ruining my great shot, I can get rid of it when I sit down at my computer. Adding music is always the final step for me, and it’s such a great feeling when I finally get to it. Once I’ve added the music, I feel like the whole video is pulled together. Plus, I MADE A THING! It’s not the same feeling you get when you write a blog post, because so much more work goes into it. Also, it’s so new for me, it’s a much bigger achievement.3n2XiLYa.jpg

Another great thing about my channel is that I can be completely me. Blogging is a lot more controlled, and at least in my case, I talk about things instead of myself. On my channel I make a mistake, laugh at myself, and let everyone else laugh at me too. I could never do that on my blog! I’m being me, and every subscriber I get is subscribing because they like me, not just because they like the books I review. To be a YouTuber you have to have so much self confidence, and while I don’t have that at all, every thumbs up makes it grow a little bit.

Do you have a channel? Or do you have a different creative outlet? Tell me all about it! You can find me on Twitter, Goodreads, Instagram, Bookstagram, YouTube, and of course my blog!

//Swap box with…Rebecca//

A few weeks ago me and Rebecca from Monthly Marker did a swap box where we sent each other stuff from our respective counties (as we both live in the UK). I really should have written this post up a long time ago but I’ve been very lazy  busy hence why I’ve only just got round to taking the photos for this so I could actually write it. Anyway, here is what Rebecca very kindly sent me in her Yorkshire-themed box!

First of all here’s the actual box itself:

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I love the little message on the inside of the lid – ‘hello 🙂 take a peek inside’.

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The first thing I opened was this cute little envelope which had a card inside it, detailing the origins of all of the other items in the box (and a very awesome unicorn).

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Then there was a lovely drinks mat with a squirrel on it (because you are most likely to see red squirrels in the Yorkshire Dales) and an awesome squirrel key ring! I’ve always liked squirrels, ever since I went to Brownsea Island when I was young and saw a red squirrel for the first time. I’ve never seen a red squirrel since so I’ll have to go up to the Yorkshire Dales sometime to try and spot one! I did, however, see a lot of grey squirrels in the main park in town the other day. I mean, there were literally loads of them – they kept popping out of bushes and trees near the back of the park and me and my sister counted about 9 squirrels within about a meter radius of us! It was just a liiittle bit creepy though as they kept following us around the park…

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Anyway, next there was a Chocolate Covered Kendal Mint Cake. I’ve heard of Kendal Minrt Cake before – my grandparents live up in Yorkshire and my grandpa is a keen walker (I’m pretty sure he doesn’t walk anywhere without a Kendal Mint Cake) – but I’ve never actually tried it! I’m waiting for the perfect moment to eat it – I’m thinking I might take it on holiday to Pembrokeshire (South Wales) in a few weeks so I can enjoy eating after exploring the coastline there.

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Then there was a packet of Rhubarb and Custard sweets which I absolutely LOVE. I never get fed up of them – they are one of my favourite type of sweets ever. Although I do love sweets, I hardly ever actually buy them – only for special occasions – so I haven’t had rhubarb and custard sweets in ageeeeees and I can’t wait to tuck into them!

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Lastly, but certainly not least, was a little glass sheep which is really, REALLY cute and I couldn’t help but name it Kendal! I introduced Kendal to another, slighter larger, sheep that was previously sat on my keyboard stand (the sheep is magnetic) but since becoming god friends with Kendal, the sheep couldn’t bare to be apart from eachother so they are now sat on my shelf together!

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And finally a picture of the entire contents of the box together. 🙂

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I really love everything Rebecca sent me and I’m so grateful that she wanted to do a swap box with me! So I’d like to thank her a lot for sending me all this awesome stuff! ❤


I also did swap boxes with Just A Blank Space and Eve!

//#ProudtobeProud//

So I’ve seen a couple of bloggers doing this – Elm, Just a Blank Space, Naming My Voice – and though it was a really good idea so decided to jump on the bandwagon (so hard to resist going into an explanation of the bandwagon effect of polls right now TOO MUCH POLITICS REVISION). Anyway, so the #Proudtobeproud tag was created by Luna who I have only just cone across but I’m sure is a very lovely person. The idea is to say between 5-15 things that you’re proud of.

I think it’s such a lovely idea because, as everyone else has said, it’s good to recognise our achievements and have pride in what we’ve done every once in a while without feeling as if you are being selfish. So, here are some of the things I’m proud of:

Telling my family about blogging (they all know now)I’m still not entirely comfortable with them knowing and I don’t think they are either but I’m working on helping them to understand why I love blogging and having internet friends.

– Persevering in situations where I feel uncomfortable – mainly being alone at school and not feeling as if I fit in at Explorer Scouts.

– Going out of my comfort zone and video calling bloggersI’m really, really awkward talking to people but I’m so glad I’ve done it because it’s great to speak face-to-face with people you’ve been talking to online for 9 months or so.

– Improving my blog those of you who followed my old blog may remember that my blog posts where quite frankly a load of rubbish but now I feel as if my writing is more thoughtful/meaningful. Plus I haven’t written one negative post on this blog yet!

– Working really hard at school and in exams.

– Being more relaxed in social situations and being able to have fun with friends without over thinking everything.

My post on the EU Referendum I feel like I structured it really well and felt as if it helped a lot of people to understand more about the referendum.

– Teaching myself ukulele again.

Making a YouTube channel – something I always wanted to do but didn’t have the confidence to.

– All of my blogger friends – because they are consistently so amazing and wonderful and all of their achievements making me feel incredibly proud.

– Reaching out and talking to people when I’m not feeling great instead of bottling all my feelings up.

Okay so I managed to think of more than I thought I would! I think you should all give this tag a go because it really does make you feel better about yourself as you can just take a moment to stop and look back on all that you’ve done. 🙂 Thanks to Luna for creating this because it is truly awesome and I’ve loved doing it.