Two bloggers I follow – Lin and Amanda – both posted this 50 question quiz recently on their respective blogs, Out of the Bag and Assembled Hazardly. They tend to be quality over quantity posters so it was nice to read something a little bit different from them. Although I’m answering it now, I’m going to slip this one into my drafts and post it when I have a busy day.
1. What are you wearing?
A grey long sleeve cotton tee from H&M that I bought on my first trip to London in 2007 and has well and truly stood the test of time, plus a pair of black Gap tracksuit pants in a very thin polyester-type material that were coincidentally purchased on my most recent trip to the city.
2. Have you ever been in love?
3. Have you even gone through a horrible breakup?
4. How tall are you?
5. How much do you weigh?
Yeah, not a chance. Also I don’t actually know.
6. Do you have tattoos?
No. I appreciate thoughtful tattoos and I’m not against them on myself, I just haven’t found anything I’d like drawn on my body that’s so important I’ll still want it there in 50 years.
7. Do you have piercings?
Just my ears.
8. What is the ideal couple to you?
I think people who are truly the best of friends who continue to be interested in and curious about the other person. People who are genuine partners but don’t rely on someone else to complete them – they remain their own person even within a duo. There’s a great quote from Saint Exupery which says, “Love does not consist in gazing at each other but looking outward in the same direction.” I like that.
9. Your favourite TV show?
Of all time it has to be Will & Grace and I’m particularly appreciative of the fact it has held up over the years. I also loved Sex and the City. Recently I’ve been partial to Hart of Dixie, Nashville, Elementary, Parks and Recreation, The Mindy Project, Sherlock and Suits.
10. Your favourite band?
This is like trying to pick a favourite child. I’ve adored Kylie Minogue since 1987. John Mayer has provided the soundtrack to my adult life. Keith Urban is just brilliant, even more so live, as is Pink. I was obsessed with the Sugababes in the 2000s and the Gin Blossoms in the 1990s. I’m a serial stalker of iTunes whenever people mention new music and I eternally have a soft spot for pop and 90s RnB.
11. Something you’re missing?
Being at home in NSW with my family.
12. Your favourite song?
Belief by John Mayer. Although Spiralling by Keane has my favourite lyric of all time: “Cold like some magnificent skyline, Out of my reach but always in my eye line.”
13. How old are you?
14. What’s your astrological sign?
Sagittarius and I tick all the boxes for the typical traits – optimistic, happy go lucky, honest, travel loving, tactless.
15. An essential quality for a boyfriend?
Humour (and the patience to deal with someone who is consistently late).
16. Favourite Quote?
“‘Use?’ replied Reepicheep. ‘Use, captain? If by use you mean filling our bellies or our purses, I confess it will be of no use at all. So far as I know we did not set sail to look for things useful but to seek honour and adventure. And here is as great an adventure as ever I heard of, and here, if we turn back, no little impeachment of all our honours.’” CS Lewis, The Voyage of the Dawntreader.
17. Favourite Actor?
Sandra Bullock. Never lets me down.
18. Favourite Colour?
19. Do you listen to music at a low or high volume?
High and I’m guessing my ears won’t thank me for it eventually.
20. Where do you go when you are sad?
21. How long do you stay in the shower?
As long as I possibly can.
22. How long does it take to get ready in the morning?
30 minutes if I have to do my hair, 20 minutes if I don’t.
23. Did you ever get in a fight?
If we’re talking physically then only ever with my brothers. One of them broke my nose once but to be fair, I was once the cause of him needing stitches in his foot.
24. Something that seduces you in a man?
Initially someone super tall and broad shouldered. Dark haired. Then someone who is funny, interesting, smart and kind. If they follow Port Adelaide then I will do the proposing there and then.
25. The most repelling thing in a man?
The most repelling trait in anyone is ignorance.
26. Why do you have a blog?
Because I love to write and I find the process of blogging enjoyable.
27. What are you afraid of?
I am petrified of heights. More broadly I worry about not doing everything in my life that I want to do and as I get older I’m increasingly afraid of my parents dying.
28. The last thing that made you cry?
Watching YouTube videos of Oscar acceptance speeches. Seriously, I deal with a lot of incredibly sad situations at work and am stoic through it all but give me five minutes on Facebook and Ellen giving a car to an underprivileged family and I will bawl my eyes out.
29. The last time you said “I love you”?
To my parents on the phone – I always say it when we finish a conversation.
30. What does your blog name mean?
A few years ago on ANZAC Day I got outrageously drunk whilst watching the football with friends then harassed a gentleman on public transport who was wearing a terrible mustard jumper. I think that anecdote probably sums me up, I love sport and drink, think I’m funny and am passionate about style.
31. The latest book you read?
I read Deanna Raybourn’s latest book Night of a Thousand Stars. It’s an adventure tale set in the Middle East in the 1920s and could best be described as a “rollicking good yarn”.
32. What are you currently reading?
I’ve bought quite a few new books recently and have just started Revenge of Seven by Pittacus Lore, which is the latest in the Lorien YA series that started with I Am Number Four.
33. The latest TV series you watched?
The Mindy Project. I love the humour, the rapport between the characters, the clothes and Mindy’s indestructible self confidence.
34. The last person you talked to?
35. Who did you last text with?
One of my best friends who also happens to be my boss at work. I sent her a photo of AFL player Matthew Pavlich and his Movember facial hair saying he was still hot to which she agreed. That’s why we’re friends, we’re totally on the same wavelength.
36. Your favourite food?
Sausage sandwiches. More specifically sausage sandwiches with thin, slightly charred sausages, barbecued onions, lots of tomato sauce and thinly sliced white bread with chewy crusts. I also cannot say no to trifle at Christmas, especially second-day trifle after it’s been in the fridge marinating and getting even more delicious.
37. Places you want to visit?
Off the top of my head I’ll say Prague, the US south, WWI and WWII battlefields of France and Germany, Macau, Cuba, Istanbul, Great Wall of China, Easter Island, Mexico, the Taj Mahal, Broome, Cornwall and I want to ride that train with the glass top that goes through the Canadian mountains.
38. The last place you visited?
London, preceded by Dublin, Paris, Lisbon, various parts of Spain, Santorini, Athens and Doha.
39. Are you currently sweet on someone?
40. The last person you kissed?
Someone whose lap I was sitting on when I was very drunk. Classy.
41. The last insult you were told?
There’s something of a disagreement currently going on between a couple of colleagues so I’ve been told of a few that have been let fly.
42. Your favourite candy flavour?
Fake cherry for the win.
43. Do you play an instrument?
When I was at school I played the recorder, clarinet and saxophone though none particularly well. I can still bang out a rousing rendition of Silent Night or Frere Jacques on the recorder though.
44. Your favourite piece of jewellery?
A multi-coloured J.Crew statement necklace.
45. The last sport session you practiced?
Does walking for 10 hours a day in Europe count?
46. The latest song you sang?
Style by Taylor Swift in my car.
47. Your favourite catch phrase?
I’m not sure they’re catch phrases per se but there’s two very old sayings from the Street Talk segment (vox pops with bogans) on the rugby league Footy Show that my brothers and I use all the time. They make no sense to anyone and make no one laugh except us. They are “How’s that sandwich going mate? Yeah good danks” and “Oh I give it a five out of thirteen!”.
48. Have you ever used it?
49. Your last evening out?
Last Wednesday I caught up with a work colleague in the early evening and in the spirit of not having seen each other for nearly two months, a lot of beer was quickly consumed. Then we moved onto white wine and along with his partner polished off $50 worth of dumplings in Chinatown. There was a lot of buyer’s remorse the next day.
50. Who are you tagging?
Everyone. Get involved people.