Blog Tag and I’m It! *is excited*

This seems to be all over the blogosphere at the minute so I’ve been interestedly perusing all the different posts while lying here with my fluffy blanket this afternoon. What can I say, I’m a nosy little piggie. Imagine my surprise, when having never ever been tagged in anything before, Laura at Devouring Texts tagged me for this one. I haven’t been this excited since I learned I could do this to my future child.

1. Post the rules
2. Post 11 fun facts about yourself
3. Answer questions from the person who tagged you
4. Make up 11 questions for the people you tag
5. Tag 11 people
Eleven facts about Hanna:
1) Despite having been profoundly apathetic about sports for almost all of my 22 years, I seem to have developed a slightly embarrassing interest in American football. My boyfriend loves it and apparently the attraction seeped into my brain by osmosis because I actually, willingly stayed up until 4am to watch the Superbowl.
2) I love frogs, to an extent that is nowhere near normal. I have a frog toothbrush holder, two frog showercaps, some frog maracas and pretty much anything else you can think of. The above froggy link in the first paragraph is a set-in-stone certainty for any of my future offspring.
3) I have a current yearning to run off and be an au pair in the US. I found a program where you get free board, food, flights and $97 a week to look after someone’s children for a few hours a day. I know that’s not a whole lot of money, but it’s not like you have to pay rent. If I wasn’t in a serious relationship in England, I’d pretty much already have applied – I want to do this so badly!
4) I very, very rarely watch TV or films. Actually, that’s not true – I very, very rarely watch TV or films by choice. My boyfriend is a huge watcher and so I pretty much end up watching whatever he wants to. We have ‘our’ programs, of course – Castle, The Mentalist, Once Upon A Time, etc – but on my own, I don’t even turn the damn thing on. Today I have sat in this room from 10am to currently 5pm in complete and total blessed silence.
5) I’m dying for a tattoo, but I’m too ill for my body to take it at the minute and I’m too poor besides. I have so many ideas for what I want though. I’m after a big piece that runs from my hip up to my shoulder along the side – something to do with frogs, but it has to be elegant not cartoonish. I also want this quote – 
‘This is the Lord’s doing and it is marvellous in our eyes.’
It’s what Elizabeth I said in 1558 when she first heard that her sister had died and she was to be Queen. Allegedly, anyway. I’m not sure where, but probably along my shoulder.
Not heels but a favourite 🙂
I have to be careful with tattoo placement though – I want to be a barrister and they tend to prefer you tattooless.
6) I can’t walk in tiny heels, not one bit. Give me a pair of six inch heels and I can do the can-can down the street, but I will fall flat on my face within three steps of putting on a pair of one inch. I can about manage in completely flat shoes, but it’s genuinely easier for me to stride along in heels.
7) I sometimes end up with massive gaps in my memory, caused by my ME or my Lupus (I genuinely can’t remember why, and that’s not even a pun!). I pretty much always lose the first 30 minutes to an hour after getting up, along with periods of the day where I’m particularly tired. My ridiculously extensive Filofax is the running joke of the family!
8) I’m terrified of fish. Not even a mild dislike, but they scare me. I have panic attacks in pet shops! Funnily enough, I’m fine watching documentarys on whales or sharks (you know, things that could actually hurt me) but goldfish? Uh-uh. My boyfriend keeps an episode of Bear Grylls stored on the SkyBox where he bites into a live fish. Just the thought of it makes me feel panicky so he says he uses it to ‘keep me in line!’
9) I have a ridiculous sleep pattern, but it’s not entirely my own fault. Sleep reversal is a massive symptom of ME and it used to be a huge problem for me. I’d sleep from 4am to 11am everyday and be completely unable to sleep at any other time. I know this can happen to ‘normal’ people too, but for me, it’s not just a matter of getting out of the pattern. It’s genuinely just the way it is. I’ve got used to it now, although I haven’t given up trying to sleep earlier.
10) So, so clumsy. So very slumsy. When I was a Scout Leader, it used to be a running joke that if I didn’t walk in with some sort of bruise, cut, bandage or sling, I was an imposter. I once needed a total of 14 stitches in my head, arm and hand just because I tried to get a glass out of the cupboard.
11) I hate talking on the phone, I always have. When I was little I used to pretend to be ill so I didn’t have to phone relatives on their birthdays. Even now my sole motivation for paying bills on time is so I don’t have to speak to a representative on the phone.
BONUS – I am 100% way-over-the-top ridiculously excited about The Muppets Movie. I love Kermit and the theme tune was my ringtone for the longest time. I may just go and change that back actually…
Now for Laura’s questions:
1. If money was no object, where would you most like to live in the world?
London or New York. I’ve never been to the latter, but I adore the former. I could easily spend all day every day wandering round all the museums and poky little shops. There’s just so much culture!
2. What books are on your nightstand/wherever you keep the books you’re going to read next right now?
I know it’s strange, but I hardly ever think about what book I’m going to read next before I’ve finished my current one. I like to keep my options open 🙂 Unless I have some review books that need to be read that is, but otherwise I’m slowly trying to get my TBR down.
3. Do you have any hobbies apart from reading that are really exciting?
The short answer would be a raised eyebrow and a snort. The long answer would involve a book about Lupus and ME, and would probably have a photograph of my bed on the front.
4. What is your favourite cartoon?
I’m not really a big cartoon watcher. I used to love Scooby Doo when I was little though. Well, until I started to get nightmares about the Headless Horseman and my parents banned me from watching it!

5. Who is your favourite celebrity crush, if you had to pick just one?
I’ve never really done the whole celebrity crush thing, but the guy from Thor is so pretty I would do all kinds of nasty things to him. 
6. What kind of music is your favourite, and which artist would you most recommend to me/anyone?
I’m a rock/indie girl. I think. I’ve never been that good at classifying different genres of music. I love The Dropkick Murphys, Blink 182, Death Cab for Cutie, The John Butler Trio, etc.
7. Are you a simple girl or a Katie girl? (For help with this question, see this video)
Oh ho ho, I am so not a simple girl. You could ring up every single one of my ex-boyfriends and not one of them would tell you I’m simple. I’m not entirely sure if that’s a good thing (it’s probably not) but there you go.

8. Readalongs: Scourge of the devil, or really really really fun?
I always sign up but I always fail. I love the idea of reading the same thing at the same time as a bunch of other people and then all talking about it, and posting similar posts. Even now the concept has made me smile! But when the time comes I either don’t want to read that book at that time or I can’t slow down enough to read it in the designated time period. What can I say, I’m a free spirit.
9. Cupcakes: anti-feminism, or just tasty little cakes?
 Anti-femi…what? No, really. What!?
10. You’re given a ticket for a round the world trip- who do you take with you, and where are you going first?
Either my best friend, Caroline or The Boy, depending on whether we’ve recently had a Harry Potter Argument. It’d be fun to go travelling with Caroline, I think. We’re pretty similar and I’m more than a little jealous she’s in New Zealand at the minute.
I’m not sure where we’d go. There are so many places I’d love to visit. I’ve always wanted to go to Russia but right now I’m in the mood for somewhere warm, so I’ll go with… Egypt!
11. What is your desert island book?
Oh, I don’t know! I don’t think I could survive anywhere with just one book! If I had to choose, probably Pride and Prejudice. It’s my absolutely favourite, to the extent that I have 33 copies 🙂
My questions:

1) What’s your TBR pile like? How many books are on it and how is it organised?
2) Are you scared of anything?
3) Do you like inscriptions in books or prefer them in mint condition?
4) Would you say you’re a girly girl?
5) Favourite dinosaur? 🙂
6) Your favourite pair of shoes? This is Booking in HEELS, after all!
7) What’s the last film you watched?
8) Who would you want to play you in a film about your life?
9) What’s your take on audio books?
10) If you could ban one actor/actress from ever acting again, who would it be?
11) What’s the strangest google search term used to find your blog?
I’m tagging:
EVERYONE! I know that’s a bit of a cop-out but I’m way too socially awkward to actually tag anyone in case they somehow resent being tagged (or something). Instead, if you’re reading this and haven’t done it yet – I HEREBY TAG YOU!


  1. Laura says:

    YOU HAVE 33 COPIES OF PRIDE AND PREJUDICE?! That's insane/awesome. Also, I HATE talking on the phone. HATE it. I'll only answer it under duress, really. Aaaand, YAY MUPPETS!

    1. Hanna says:

      I do! I collect different editions 🙂

      That was a while ago, I have more than now, but I love the way they look on the shelf.

      Haha, I'm the same. I rarely answer the house phone and if I do, it's only after glaring suspiciously at it for the longest time first!

  2. Love this post! May very well join in with the tag as well, later in the week. Weirdly, I have a very similar fish phobia to you, and I also used to be an avid collector of frogs, although not so much the last few years. Also adore the red gingham wedges.

    1. Hanna says:

      Really? That's great! Well, it's not great, obviously, but it's a relief to know I'm not the only fish-crazy person around.

  3. Jean says:

    Yay Muppets! I just checked out a book for my daughters that is a really nice biography of Jim Henson. It's a picture book and very simple but I love it. We enjoyed the new movie too.

    We should trade. You can come live in my house in California for a while and I'll go live in England like I've always wanted to. (My daydream is to live in the UK for a year. We would do school 3 days a week and have field trips 3 days a week.)

    1. Hanna says:

      Where would you go on your field trips?

      Haha, I think you'd lose out on that deal but I'd be MORE than willing 🙂

    2. Jean says:

      Ha, you don't even know where I live in CA! I love my town but it's a long drive to anyplace very exciting, unless you are really into the Gold Rush or national parks. Or almonds–we grow a lot of almonds. I live in Chico. 🙂

      I would go everywhere! Sheffield is actually one of the 3 places in England I've been–I was taken to Bakewell and Peveril Castle. To a California girl anything old is amazing all by itself, so I'm easily pleased, but seriously I would go all over the place! Oh, and I'd go to Leek, because apparently I have some sheep-stealing ancestors who went through there and changed their name, which is how I got my family name…

  4. Posts like this leave me not knowing where to start on commenting!

    Ok so some random thoughts:

    Fish are SO gross! I can look at them in a tank but will NOT swim in the sea or anywhere else that there's a danger of fish. The thought of them being near me makes me feel sick even now when I'm sat in my living room! The thought of being near a pigeon renders me even more of a quivering wreck.

    Kitten heels are the work of the devil.

    For all of the legal profession's progression, tattoolessness is still one of its dull standards. I hid mine on my hip and, because I'm ladylike, it's still a secret, which is fun in its own way!

    And lastly, cupcakes? Anti-feminist?! I echo your What?! whole-heartedly!

    I'm loving this whole 'tag' a lot and one day soon, when I get back from work with enough of my brain still functioning, I'm seriously tempted to lump myself into your 'everyone' tag…:)

    1. Hanna says:

      That's because you never realised before, but you were absolutely DESPERATE to know all the things you never knew about Hanna 🙂

      I love this blog more than ever before, simply because I am no longer alone in my fish freaking out. I can't even look at them in a tank! Well, actually I can't STOP looking at them because I'm anticipating one of their eyes falling off, or one floating dead on top or a crack appearing in the tank… Wow. I'm an actual wreck when it comes to fish. Huh.

      The legal profession knows what progression means now? 😐 What's your tattoo of?

      Grr. I've had too many OTT-feminism rants on this blog to talk about it properly (I keep expecting BiH to start popping up under Google searches for 'I hate women' lol) but… cupcakes? Really?

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