Right, here’s the thing: I read a lot of blogs, and those bloggers read me, and we’ve never met in real life, or had a conversation outside of the topic of the blog, so I realised there’s a lot of things I wonder about you that maybe, sometimes, you wonder about me. So here, for you lot, are my ’25 Things’ – random facts, as they come to me, all about me in the real world:
- Tea makes me disproportionately happy. As does coffee.
- When I’m not on the internet I like reading anything and everything. Currently I’m having a poetry moment, but I’m now moving onto a book of short stories by China Mieville (check them out, he’s a great writer).
- I have a sister who’s two years younger than me, and I adore and admire her muchly, but don’t often bother to tell her, because I’m not the most huggy or fluffy of people.
- I have a great relationship with my parents, and almost always have. My mother and I laugh like schoolgirls at the silliest things, and my dad is incredibly similar to me in many ways.
- I play the cello reasonably well, and the piano unreasonably badly given that I’ve been learning both since I was six and four respectively (I took my grade eight cello and got a distinction aged fourteen, but the same year I nearly failed my grade five piano, which should tell you all you need to know).
- My room is almost always a mess, and I am shockingly disorganised and always late, though I honestly try not to be.
- I have no objections to getting unreasonably drunk every now and again. I think sometimes you need to, somehow. Although I’m almost always sorry for the consequences.
- I’m a Guardian reader, and reasonably left-leaning, though how much of that is due to the political upbringing I mainly got from my father, and how much is due to my own input, I’m still not sure. I think it’s mainly the former, which embarrasses me.
- I appear pretty confident, but I’m really not. I’m not comfortable with trying new things and I hate not to appear competent. In the same vein, I hate showing emotion in front of people which has led to a certain amount of sneaking off from parties and such in the past, which, ironically, only seems to get me more attention, which entirely isn’t the intent. Although I do like to be found, so maybe it is, let’s be honest. And I’m learning to laugh at myself.
- I’m a little bit in love with most of my closest friends, but then, isn’t everyone?
- I don’t tend to suffer fools, at all, bother ‘gladly’. That said I can be very patient and sympathetic, and I’ve been told I’m a ‘good listener’.
- I don’t like to bitch about people behind their backs and try to never do it, with one or two exceptions.
- As a family we’ve gone camping pretty much every year since I was about five. Somewhere mountainous. And then we walk, every day, and as the years go by I love it more and more. As a rule, I hate hotels. I’m a very outdoors person despite complete malco-ordination which leaves tents in knots around my fists and guy-ropes constantly ripped from the ground as I trip over them.
- That same malco-ordination makes me bloody hopeless at pretty much every sport bar running and swimming (and poi, if you can count that).
- I’m five foot seven, reasonably solid – not fat, no, but not as skinny as I’d like to be. I’m darkish blonde, I wear glasses most of the time, and like wearing men’s clothes, especially in combination with stupidly floaty dresses. I also have a penchant for bright red lipstick on occasion.
- I’m one of those people that carries a bag that would be more appropriately termed a snails shell or something – I carry my life in whatever sack i’m lugging about, especially spare hoodies and jumpers, Just In Case. Of what?
- I haven’t bought as many shoes this year as last. I am quite proud of this. But my new shopping vice is vintage jewellery, which is at least cheaper.
- I have, according to my mother, a very ‘boy’ taste in films. I put this down to the fact that the greater part of my cinematic education was through Callan’s collection, and that’s influenced what I like ever since, but then, it wouldn’t have been such an influence if I hadn’t fallen in love with a lot of his films. I like films which make you think although there’s always a place in my heart for a good old-fashioned romcom, especially When Harry Met Sally or Four Weddings And A Funeral. I also love Pride and Prejudice.
- I doodle all over everything but still claim I can’t draw. In comparison to many people, I can’t, but I still consider myself pretty good at it. Kind of.
- I’m always playing ‘What If’, and imagining my future. I always had a good imagination – my flatmate commented that my childhood, playing complex imaginary games with my sister with elaborately constructed whole worlds and political heirarchies, was a bit ‘Bronte-esque’.
- I listen to music almost all the time.
- I don’t have a particularly sweet tooth; I like making cookies and brownies once in a while but I mainly love putting together big hearty meals to share with a few bottles and good company.
- I’m introverted: I will happily spend several days on my own, don’t really talk much to my coursemates, and am very independent.
- I was born in London, lived there until we went to America for nine months when I was three with Dad’s work, then we went back to London until I was six, when we moved to a small southern market town. I wasn’t ever happy at school, but I worked reasonably hard, got good grades, and loved college, discovering myself, and creating alcohol-fuelled, muddy, messy chaos in the process. Then we moved to another southern city just after my eighteenth birthday, and I’m very slowly building a life there, and meanwhile living it up here, up north, in this university town. I love it here.
- I’m still not sure this list is wholly representative of ‘me’.
So there you go. Comments, questions, and additions very much appreciate.
And meanwhile – who are you? Go on…