Thursday, 27 September 2012

You'll be somewhere talking to me as if you knew me

A week or so ago, the lovely Tamsyn from Seaside In The City kindly nominated me for the liebster award. I was so excited that she'd picked my little blog, I think its a great way to celebrate new bloggers who don't have hundreds and hundreds of followers yet and find out more about one another. Normally I'm not one for tagging and whatnot but I like the whole concept between this one, and also its been so flipping grim outside and I've not been anywhere exciting this week so I've got limited interesting things to post for you people!

If you're tagged you have to write 11 things about yourself, and then answer the 11 questions from the blogger who tagged you. You then choose other bloggers with less than 200 followers that you want to get to know, and choose your own 11 questions you'd like to ask them.

11 facts about me:

I have a bit of an obsession with burgers. If I spy them on a restaurant menu I don't even consider any other option. I'd just be disappointed if I went for something different.

I graduated from Leeds Uni with a degree in English Language in 2011. A rare achievement as its now a vintage course because they've stopped running it now.

I also like cake. A lot. Especially butter cream, which I have been known to eat straight from the piping bag quite frequently.

I work as a learning mentor in the hospital for 13-25 year olds with cancer. Its not an easy job, I love it but it can be so emotionally driven. Seeing teenagers go through such utter shit when they're still facing the challenges of growing up really makes you stop and re-evaluate your own life. 

My room is filled with owls. It started off with just a cushion, then I acquired a doorstop and sensing a pattern people started buying me them as presents. I now have a fully fledged owlery. 

Aside from somewhere around Leeds and Liverpool, I think the only other place I can really see myself living in the future is Manchester. Apparently I'm most at home when I'm somewhere that is accessible from the M62. I think I need to see more of the world.

The part of the world I'd most like to see is San Francisco and the rest of the West Coast of America. My fascination with San Fran started when I was about 7 and Blue Peter went on one of their summer expeditions there. I wonder if Blue Peter ever realised quite how influential their programme could be...

I'm an indie kid through and through with my music. There's just no feeling quite like watching your favourite bands and getting goosebumps when they play your favourite song.

I very rarely actually buy any music myself. I just wait around for about a week or so after a new album has come out and sure enough my boy has usually bought it for himself. I like to share, its just a very one sided sort of sharing.

I am a proud Cardie and Englangang member. The Cardies are my old housemates from uni (we lived on Cardie lane in a delightful house with a blue front door and a whomping willow in the garden) and the Englangang are my old course friends (when together we can usually be found dancing like absolute special people near the dj in The Cockpit in Leeds)

I'm trying to get good at photography. I like taking pictures and seem to do alright with twiddling the buttons on my slr and taking some fairly decent pictures but I'd like to be able to actually understand what I'm doing.

Seaside in the City's eleven questions:

Who's your favourite musician? 
I'll have to base this upon the best live gig I've ever seen and say Jarvis Cocker from Pulp. Leeds Festival 2011... he may have been older than half of the crowd put together but my word did he know how to create an amazing atmosphere. 

If you could meet anyone, in any location who and where would it be?
I'm going to be a big cheeseball and say my uni friends in Leeds. Not many of them still live in Leeds now and its just so much fun putting us back in one room together and pretending none of us have moved away. 

What's your favourite hobby?
I don't have any proper 'activity' hobbies in the same way as when I was younger and used to do trampolining, gymnastics, piano and about a billion other things. Now I mostly just go to the gym (I'm getting really into spinning these days) and bake cakes. The two balance each other out quite well I think.

What's your ideal Sunday?
Waking up without the aid of my horrific alarm, eating chocolate in bed with the boy and watching videos of cute animals on youtube, going for a wander down by the canal and a mooch around the shops, then going out for a burger and a kopparberg. 

Biggest adventure of your life so far?
Aside from moving away from home for uni and going on holiday with 20 other people to Lanzarote last year I've not been on any overly adventurous adventures so far. I am hatching a plan to live my little dream of going to the West Coast of America in the next year or two though so I'm sure that'll be the start of many adventures yet to come. 

Favourite accessory?
I've got a pocket watch necklace that we found in my Granny's endless jewellery collection when we were clearing her house out after she died. I'd been hunting high and low for the perfect watch necklace and so was so happy when I came across that. I'm sure my Gran would be pleased I'm getting so much wear out of it too. 

Desired holiday destination?
Oh, I kind of answered that in the adventure question already. But I'd love to see more of Europe one day soon, I'd love to see Berlin and Barcelona to name just a few places. 

Tea or Coffee?
Neither. Ever ever ever. So many people have tried and tried to make me like them and attempted to convince me that everybody else in the world likes at least one of these but not me. Give me a juice or lemonade any day please.

What inspires you to blog?
Mostly pretty places I've been and days out I've had. I originally started my blog to give me somewhere to occasionally post pictures I'd taken on days out, but I've got quite into outfit posts too- its made me far less lazy with my clothes and I feel like it makes me put a bit more effort into what I'm wearing (its a good job you can't see me right now mind you, I'm wearing a huge jumper and my pjs...)

Favourite Celebrity and why?
Probably Fearne Cotton. I wish she was my big sister... just think of the hand me down clothes I'd get if she was!

Top tip for being a blogger?
Be yourself. I love reading blogs that give a real insight into people's lives and aren't solely about outfit posts with no substance behind the pictures. Oh and a decent sense of humour goes a long way too. 

Now for some nominations of my own... Go have a peek at these lovely blogs if you fancy something new to read!

Other Infinities

If any of you delightful bloggers that I've nominated fancy doing your own post, here are my 11 questions for you!

1. You can only eat one food for the rest of your life, what's it going to be?
2. If you could live anywhere in the world where would you choose and why?
3. A music festival or a week on the beach?
4. Where did the name of your blog come from?
5. What's the one thing in your wardrobe you couldn't live without?
6. What is your earliest memory?
7. Which is your favourite high street shop?
8. Where did you last go on holiday?
9. What's your perfect Saturday night?
10. What's your all time favourite song?
11. What's the best thing about blogging?


  1. Ooh congratulations! xx

  2. Lovely blog.

  3. this was so much fun reading!

  4. Congrats on the award lovely, I feel like I know you so much better since reading this :)
    Also I'm not a fan of tea or coffee either, it's always seems like this thing that everybody does so I'm glad I'm not alone on that one... I'll have a frappucino if I'm at starbucks but that's more cream than anything else, haha.

    1. Woo finally somebody else who's with me on the no tea or coffee front (although I feel you're still winning since you'll have a frappucino... I always just get extra cake- any excuse!) x

  5. Great post, I love the phrase 'vintage degree', I like owls too but I seem to have accumulated a lot of bird cage items in my room.

    1. Haha thanks! Ooh bird cages are pretty too though :) x

  6. Woooooooooooah! Thanks Kaz! ♥

  7. Thank you so so so much for the little nomination, you are most kind!!!! How can you not like TEA?!?!? Sorry as i bet you have heard that far far too many times xxxx

    1. I couldn't not nominate you really could I?! Haha I'm used to hearing that one... I just think its a peculiar sort of taste that I don't think I'll ever get used to! x

  8. Thanks for this Kaz, that's so sweet of you! I'm very excited although i don't have many followers yet to read it, eek. Loved reading this, great to get to know you better :) I could not be more happy that you put Jarvis Cocker, i am so in love with Pulp it hurst sometimes. love lizz xxxx

    1. I didn't get any notification about you linking me though, just happened to be nosing. Is there a way to let people who have been linked know on blogger?

    2. No problem Lizz, I love your little blog :) glad you share in my pulp loving!
      As for the technical bits and bobs... I don't have a clue if there's any way of linking people (I'm not quite technical enough for that one!) x