13 Apr 2017

The 'Get to know me uncomfortably well' Tag

I was tagged by the lovely Lauren of FictionTea to do this tag and it's taken me absolutely ages to respond, and for that I'm sorry! Hopefully you all enjoy getting to know me 'uncomfortably well'.

1. What is your middle name?
I actually don't have a middle name and it's something that I complained to my mum a lot for when I was growing up. Especially since she and my (much) older sister share a tradition of swapping middle names. My mum's middle name is Maria, my sister's is Marie, and my niece's middle name is Maria. When/if she has a baby girl, she'll probably use the middle name Marie and I'm sitting her with nothing (I'm a bit sour about it, if you couldn't already tell...)

2.  Do you have any Nicknames? 
I don't really get nicknamed often, there aren't that many for the name Lauren. I've had Loz, Lozzy, Lollipop (??), Ren (which was my favourite), etc.

3. What age are you?
I'm twenty-one and still sobbing that I wished away my teenage years.

4. What is your zodiac sign?
I'm a Virgo! I've always been into zodiac signs and really believe in judging how a friendship is (initially) going to work out based on signs. I'd like to know more about them, though.

5. What is your favourite colour?
I like blue and green, but they're not the kinds of colours I ever wear, I just like colours that represent the ocean and forests.

6. Do you go to School/College/University?
I'm technically halfway through a Bachelor of Arts at University but have put it on hold to run Bookworm Boutique.

7. Do you have any pets?
I have three cats who live with my parents, I'm currently living with my other half's family and they have a puppy named Pippa and two cats.

8. Where are you from?
I was born and raised till eight in England but did the rest of my growing up in New Zealand.

9. How tall are you?
I'm 5'1"....

10. Introvert or extrovert?
I used to think that I was an introvert, but I don't really think I am? It really depends on the day, but I'd say I'm somewhere between the two. 

11. Tea of Coffee?
Tea, I've never had a cup of coffee before and don't really like the idea of it. 

12. How did you come up with your blog name?
I tend to enjoy a bit of alliteration, so I just thought of words that are used instead of books/literature and landed on 'Tales' and then tried to match it with something that wasn't already taken on Instagram, haha.

13. What talents do you have?
Ummm, I sing? I'm not the greatest public performer as I get too nervous but I do enjoy singing.

14. Are you psychic in any way?
I'd say no, I do experience deja vu more than anyone else I know, though???

15. Favourite song?
I really couldn't pick one single song, I'm a big Iron and Wine fan, I'm listening to them right now, so maybe one of those? 

16. Favourite movie?
I'd have to say Coraline, but it's a SUPER hard choice and it changes all the time.

17. Who would be your ideal partner?
I'm lucky enough to have found mine! He's got a weird sense of humour, is endlessly talented, kind, and wonderful. Plus, he geeks out with me and goes to see Disney movies and since he's a music major always claims that's why he's going but he loves those films as much as I do.

18. Your favourite place to shop?
I actually really love shopping in gourmet food shops, I like to cook in my spare time, so those kinds of stores are my favourite other than a bookstore. 

19. Whats your favourite type of restaurant to visit. 
Italian, without any fight at all.

20. Favourite Quote? 
Ohhh, I'm not really sure! You end up with so many favourite quotes as a bookworm!

21. Have you ever got in trouble with the law?
Nope, the thought actually makes me so incredibly anxious, even if it was a speeding ticket.

22. Have you ever met any celebrities?
I've been lucky enough to meet some really cool musicians, but no one really A-list. 

23. Baths or showers?

24. What colour socks are you wearing?
Ankle socks with little owls all over them.

25. Have you ever been famous?
Definitely not.

26. Would you like to be a celebrity?
I sometimes think that I would but then I see all the issues celebs have with privacy and every little thing they do is broadcasted everywhere. It doesn't really seem like something I'd be too keen on in the end.

27. What type of music do you like?
I'll listen to almost anything, my other half, like I said, has a music degree so I'm lucky enough to be introduced to a lot of different artists and styles. I think if I had to choose I'd say that 'Singer/songwriter' stuff is my favourite.

28. Have you ever been skinny dipping?
When I was little, yes!

29. How many pillows do you sleep with?
I sleep with two, mostly. One fluffy, one flatter just to prop up the fluffy one. But we have a body pillow that makes the bed so much more comfortable when you're unwell.

30. What position do you usually sleep in?
I pretty much always sleep curled up, facing the door.

31. How big is your bed? 
Since my partner is 6'4" we have a super king, so his feet don't dangle over the edge of the bed, haha!

32. What do you typically have for breakfast?
If I'm at home I'll make scrambled eggs on toast, but if we're out I'll generally go for an omelette or something sweet like pancakes or waffles.

33. What’s your favourite food to have for dinner?
Anything Italian!

34. Have you ever tried archery?
I have, but for a school camp and though I can't remember it that well, I don't see it going very well.

35. Can you speak any other languages?
I know a couple of phrases in French, but not enough to get around the country well or anything. I'd love to learn a couple more languages but my brain isn't built for that.

36. Favourite swear word?

37. What’s the longest you’ve ever gone without sleep?
Maybe 40 hours? When Society6 has sales I generally stay up for as long as possible to promote it on lots of different platforms.

38. Do you have any scars?
I grew up with cats, so you betcha! The worst one I have is from a camp BBQ, but even that one isn't too bad.
Other than that there are a lot of cat scratches, and burn marks from cooking. I always say that I haven't finished in the kitchen till I've burned myself accidentally. 

39. Have you ever had a secret admirer?
In primary school?

40. Are you a good liar?
I think I'm a good liar when I need to be, but I don't enjoy doing it. It doesn't sit well and makes me anxious.

41. Are you a good judge of character?
Nope! I'm terrible. My mum is fabulous at it, but I'll be sure someone is so sweet and then it turns out they're anything but...

42. Can you do any accents other than your own?
I think my American accent is okay after living there for a year, but only if I'm really trying, otherwise it comes out kind of fake. 

43. Do you have a strong accent?
My accent is something people always talk about because it's kind of odd. I don't really like it, but people generally say sweet things about it. It's a mix of English, American, and Kiwi... Which is a bit odd!

44. What is your favourite accent?
Irish accents are lovely in my opinion!

45. If you could speak one language fluently, what would it be?
French or Italian.

46. What is your most expensive piece of clothing?
I don't really own very many expensive pieces of clothing, I'll be buying a wedding dress this year, though, so I expect I won't be able to say that for very long. I think at the moment I own a few dresses that were $100NZD but I don't think that's too bad. 

47. Can you curl your tongue?

48. Are you an innie or an outie? 

49. Left or right handed?
Right handed

50. Are you scared of spiders?
It really depends, little money spiders (does anyone else refer to those spiders like that or is that something odd, haha!) and daddy long legs are fine by me, but anything other than that generally meets my shoe...

51. Are you scared bees or wasps?
I'm scared of wasps because I dislike them a lot, but I'm not scared of bees. That moment where I'm trying to figure out if the thing buzzing around me is one or the other can be quite tense.

52. Favourite animal?
Meerkats! But I love a lot of different animals, especially otters, cats, dogs, elephants, giraffes, etc.

53. Are you a clean or a messy person?
I like things neat and tidy but find it really hard to keep things that way, oops.

54. Do you collect anything?
Books, ukuleles, and a lot of junk that I can't let go of.

55. Anything you wish you could collect?
More books, I'd like to have rooms filled with them. Multiple editions of each book I love, and so on.

56. How long does it take for you to get ready?
I like to procrastinate getting ready because I don't really enjoy it. If I'm going out to do chores I'll be 10-15 minutes, if I'm going out for dinner maybe an hour?

57. What takes you the longest, hair or makeup?
I actually rarely wear make up, I never learned and have no skills at all, so maybe hair?

58. Biggest achievement?
I once read ten books in ten days and that is my favourite thing to say, ever.

59. Biggest fear?
Not getting to do everything I've dreamed of.

60. Do you talk to yourself?
A lot. I write to-do lists and speak them out-loud to myself as I write them, and talk myself through processes a lot.

61. Do you sing to yourself?
I mean, doesn't everyone? I find myself singing all the time because it keeps me busy during something boring.

62. Are you a good singer?
I don't know if I'm 'good', I'm okay.

63. Are you a gossip?
Okay, I don't really like this about myself but I do like hearing gossip and there are a couple of friends that I'll gossip with, but I don't spread things if they aren't true. Mostly I'll talk about interesting things that have happened with just the one person...

64. What was the last thing you purchased?
Cheese for dinner last night, I made roasted cauliflower and it was YUM.

65. Do you like long or short hair?
I used to like long hair, I've always had it long (past butt length aka mermaid length) but I had it all chopped off to a long bob about 2 months ago and I love it!

66. Least favourite school subject?
Math and science! I'm okay at math, I can do the basic stuff but other than that... no thanks.

67. Favourite school subject?
I had lots! English, Drama, Photography, and Art. Those classes were always so fun.

68. Something you’ve always wanted to do?
I really want to travel Asia and Europe, but also visit every LoTR filming location in NZ.

69. Have you ever been scuba-diving?
I don't like the idea (I mean, if I was a mermaid and could breathe on my own then cool) but it doesn't appeal to me all that much.

70. What makes you nervous?
Running a business, hahahaha. Proof-reading emails, leaving the house without checking all the plugs, etc. I'm a nervous person.

71. Are you scared of the dark?
You know those people who say "I'm not scared of the dark, I'm scared of what's in it"? I'm one of those people.

72. Do you correct people when they make mistakes?
It really depends, if it's not hurting anyone then no, but if someone is giving someone directions somewhere or telling them information that is so far off I might add my own two cents in there.

73. Are you ticklish?
Yes, it's awful.

74. Have you ever started a rumour?
I don't think so?

75. Have you ever been in a position of authority?
I'm not sure what counts, but not really?

76. Were you ever a Girl Guide/Scout?
I was a Brownie growing up, but we moved so much that it kind of became impossible.

77. Have you ever been part of any other clubs?
Not that I can remember, maybe something in high school? I ran a club for Year 7's and 8's that wanted to start drama in Year 9, that was pretty cool.

78. Who was your first real crush?
A boy in primary school, but I'm not sure what happened there, I think I never said anything or he liked someone else. Utter heartbreak.

79. How many piercings do you have?
Okay, so technically I've had my ears pierced 4 times BUT I only have 2 piercings in each ear now. See, when I was eight I wanted my ears pierced, so mum let me, I hated it and let them close up. Then I turned ten and wanted them done again, I hated them... I had not learned. I then get them pierced for a third time when I was 12 and I still (magically) have that piercing. When I was about 16 I got a second piercing in my ear lobes above the first, but the lady didn't mark the location properly so I didn't have to pay because they were done incorrectly. I still have that piercing but don't really put earrings in/don't know if I can because it looks weird when I wear two pairs.

That is the horror story behind my ear piercings... drama, so much drama.

80. Do you have a Tattoo?
I don't, I'm a total wuss. I want so many. I have a lot of ideas but my pain tolerance is about zero, so I've yet to get one.

81. How fast can you read?
If I'm really excited about a book I can read 100 pages an hour, but I get easily distracted.

82. How fast can you run? 
I have absolutely no idea.

83. What colour is your hair?
It's a kind of mousey-brown.

84. What colour are your eyes?
Brown, just good ol' brown. 

85. What are you allergic to?
I get...have... what's the proper way to say this? hay fever so I guess that counts, but other than that I'm allergic to a certain type of medication. I was prescribed it and thought it'd be a good idea to take the first pill just before bed.... Don't do this. I had an allergic reaction, couldn't see properly, was itchy all over, and was told it was in my best interest to go to the hospital. The nearest one is 30-40 minutes from my house and my poor mum had to take me. They gave me an ANTIHISTAMINE and sent me home... did I mention that I have hay fever and had the remedy at home...? Mum was not happy.

86. Do you keep a journal?
Nope, I'm terrible at it and give up too easily.

87. Do you have any siblings?
Both my parents had kids before they got together, so I have one sister who's 11 years older than me on my mum's side and then one sister who's 9 years older than me on my dad's side but she lives in England. I also have a younger brother.

88. Do you act like your age?
I'd say like 90% of the time but I still get the giggles.

89. What makes you angry?
When people think it's okay to make jokes about hurtful things and then say 'It's just a joke' -- if it's hurting someone close to you it's not okay. 
When someone doesn't pick up after themselves.
I get annoyed easily, but I don't think I actually get angry about the things.

90. Do you like your own name?
Sometimes, but it's pretty common.

91. Have you already thought of baby names, and if so, what are are they?
I haven't, I'm not very good with names.

92. Do you like short or long names?
I don't really mind!

93. Favourite genres? 
Fantasy, contemporary, and middle-grade. 

94. If you were on Youtube right now, what would you be watching?
I watch lots of different things on YT from cooking videos to make-up tutorials, so I'm not really sure. I'm also a vlog addict, I like seeing what people are up to.

95. Something we don’t know about you?
This is really hard because I'm pretty open about everything but maybe my awful cherry coke addiction? I have Cherry Coke at least 3-4 times a week and I swear it's rotting my insides.

96. Cookies or doughnuts?
I love doughnuts, so I'd have to say doughnuts. There's just something so 'treat' like about them and so many different fillings!

97. Favourite mythical creature?
Mermaids, I have a slight obsession and I always have. I just think the idea of them is just so magical. I also like Dragons, though.

98. Colour of your bedspread?
It's white with painted trees on it.

99. Colour of your room?
The room we're in at the moment is white with a couple of blue walls since it was Josh's growing up.

Okay, so when Lauren (FictionTea) did this she had 100 questions and somehow I've managed to either double up on a number or I've accidentally deleted a question... Since this already took quite a long time and I feel like this pretty much sums me up, I'm going to leave it as is!

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