Welcome to my world: Part Two

Welcome back! As I was writing my ‘about me’/’getting to know me’ post, it occurred to me that, maybe after around ‘fact’ number 22, you would probably get bored reading and give up when you realised that there was another 43 facts left to go. So, I decided to split them up, so if you’re joining me from the first one, welcome to part 2. If not, there is still time to catch up, here.

So, I am going to kick part two off with a really important question…

What is your favourite fast food chain? Burger King. A bacon double cheeseburger, with fries, nuggets and onions rings all washed down with Dr Pepper isn’t too much is it?

Do you love or hate roller coasters? Despise them!

What is your favourite film? I love Heathers, Edward Scissorhands, Benny and Joon; pretty much anything that stars young Winona Ryder and Johnny Depp either together or separately. Tim Burton films are always a winner, I love his imagination!

What is your favourite on screen musical? I can’t pick just one for this category, so The Rocky Horror Picture Show, Mary Poppins and Amelie. I am also not including any original Disney animations, but because of their complete genius, Beauty and the Beast, Mulan and The Hunchback of Notre Dame should really feature here too.

How old were you when you realised that Father Christmas wasn’t real? How did you find out? I was quite old, probably about ten or eleven, and one day I just stopped believing. I think I asked my mum whether he was real and she told me no, but we both decided we had to keep up the facade for my brother, but years later we realised that he had stopped believing before me and we were all in a web of secrecy lying to each other.

Is your glass half full or half empty? Sadly, half empty.

What three items would you take with you to a deserted island? Teabags, a pan and a book.

What was your favourite subject in school? English Literature and Sociology.

Do you collect anything? Books, lipstick and clothes?

Are you an introvert or an extrovert? Introvert.

Which of the five senses would you say is your strongest? I think it would be smell; my nose is quite sensitive to bad smells and I can always smell cooking food however faint it may be.  

If you were ruler of your own country, what would be the first law you would introduce? A three day weekend and a four day working week, with mornings off twice a month to do ‘life admin’. Pretty boring huh!

What is your favourite animal? I have a list of 10 that I can’t quite pick just one from, so in no particular order: Panda, Dogs, Cats (including Big Cats), Monkeys (particularly Chimpanzees), Bears, Squirrel, Koala, Elephant, Penguin, Fox.

Who was your favourite teacher in school and why? My GCSE English teacher Mr Bottom. I was a very awkward, and insecure pupil and I couldn’t quite reach my potential but he was able to build up my confidence and show me what I was capable of. I don’t think I would have gone to University to study English Literature (or at all) without his encouragement.

What three things do you think most about each day? What I’m going to eat throughout the day and the following day, when I will get to go to sleep and whether I can be bothered exercising (that usually turns into me trying to convince myself that walking to and from the train station is enough, it is isn’t it?).

If you came with a warning label, what would yours say? This is a great question and I hope there isn’t a word count on my warning label. It would probably say something like: not a morning person, don’t speak to her until she has eaten breakfast, extremely sensitive, so be careful of what you say around her at all times, becomes grumpy when she is hungry or tired, do not disturb when doing anything at all and doesn’t like to interact with people she doesn’t know unless they have a dog and she will attempt to stoke every cat she sees in the street.

Who is your favourite artist? This may be a little controversial, but Ryan Adams. He always reminds me of starting to discover new music when I was a teenager and how wonderful that felt.

Who is your favourite band? The Smiths, I will be ever grateful to The Perks of Being a Wallflower for bringing this band onto my radar.

Who is your favourite actor? Winona Ryder, Johnny Depp (when he was young).

What is your favourite genre of book? I can’t resist coming of age novels, but I do have a soft spot for the classics too.

If you could eliminate one weakness or limitation in your life, what would it be? I would eliminate all of my insecurities and my lack of confidence; it really has held me back over the years and continues to do so even now.

What was the last dream you had? I last dreamt that I was being chased by a man that wanted to kill me and he somehow cornered me on a deserted island. It was stormy and I was scared and I woke up just before I found out whether he got me or not – the wonders of pandemic dreaming!

If you could visit anywhere in the world, where would you go next? I think I would choose somewhere in Scotland that was secluded and atmospheric (ideally in Autumn) surrounded by a lake and forest, with the birds singing and the rain pattering the windows whilst I am inside. I am just craving something idyllic and peaceful.

What was the last compliment you received? My grandad told me that I was beautiful.

What is your favourite animated film? Coraline or The Nightmare before Christmas (watched for both Halloween and Christmas).

Who is your favourite TV Detective? Agent Dale Cooper (Twin Peaks) for his complete geniuses and Father Brown (BBC Daytime programme based on GK Chesterton’s crime fighting priest of the same name) who is equally genius.

What is your favourite TV Series? Twin Peaks, Stranger Things and New Girl. The first two seasons of Friends are also excellent.

What is the first thing you do when you get home? I always make myself a cup of tea and then start making my dinner.

Would you rather order takeaway every night or cook every night for the rest of your life? Obviously, cook every night; I love cooking, it really calms and relaxes me after a day in work.

What do you do most when you are bored? Annoyingly, I always pick up my phone and sit mindlessly scrolling through my social media, but I’m working on it.

If you could give your younger teenage self any advice what would it be? Do not let what other people think of you, or what you think they think of you bother you or get you down. Do what makes you happy; take yourself out of scenarios and away from people that are not bringing you any happiness or positivity. Remember that you are enough, be confident and fearless.

Would you rather have infinite money or unending love? Unending love (with a rich man – joke, still the love).

White chocolate or milk chocolate? White chocolate, unless it is plain aero then I could eat a whole bar in around 2 minutes.

What does your perfect day look like? Waking up around 8am, making pancakes and going for a long, lovely walk somewhere. Followed by coming home and napping with wind and rain outside, and then reading or watching a film whilst something delicious, and homemade is cooked.

Where do you see yourself in five years time? This is probably the most difficult one: I want to have my own house, be happy in my career and feeling completely contented by what I have achieved so far.

Thank you for persevering with these getting to know me posts and feel free to contact me if you have any questions or want to know anything else!

Normal content will resume again.

Jade x

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