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20 Facts About the Blogger

Over the last couple of days there’s been a trend on Instagram of stories featuring a couple of facts about bloggers, I have no idea where this began but if you do please let me know so that I can appropriately credit them here.

As it’s been a boatload of fun to read everyone’s facts and learn a bit more about the people I see on my timelines everyday, I thought I’d boost these 5 facts on stories to 20 facts in a bit more of a permanent place.

 1) I’m the youngest of 3 siblings, my two sisters are 11 and 12 years older than I am.

2) I’ve never broken a bone, though I once bruised the bone in my wrist by tripping over in heelies. I was 13. Far too old for heelies.

3) I’ve had a total of 10 housemates in my time, due to uni and house sharing in London. 10 is a whole lot of people to live with over a few years. I’ve had some fucking awful ones.

4) I spent a month travelling around Japan right before my final University exams, which meant that I was writing coursework on the bullet trains between cities.

5) I have a degree in law, a career path I don’t think I’ll actually ever end up going down.

6) I always studied very academic subjects despite deep down wanting to study things more creative. My jobs since leaving education have all relied on creativity, I don’t think I’ll be going back to academia anytime soon.

7) I identify as bisexual. I’ve got a post in the works on this, though it’s a topic I don’t really discuss that much. I always knew growing up that I didn’t feel ‘straight’, leading to a lot of confusion during my teens until I just accepted that I’m attracted to what I’m attracted to at around age 18.

8) When I was 21 I quit my only job to go to V Festival all so I could see Sia perform live. I knew I wouldn’t be able to get the time off work and absolutely hated the job so just threw the towel in and got in the car to head to V. That same day I watched Bastille perform, a band I knew little about bar their big hits, and then fell completely in love with their music. I’ve seen them 9 times since then.

9) I really dislike cooking so only make anything that’s quick, easy and cheap. Sounds like a description of me.

10) My absolute worst habit is biting my nails, I’ve been trying to stop for years but always fail. Currently I’m trying to incentivise myself with a record if I don’t bite my nails for a week. It’s not working yet.

11) Cereal is my favourite food, specifically an off brand Krave called Chocolatey Checkers that don’t exist anymore. I contacted the brand multiple times to find out if they’ll ever bring it back, it’s a solid no.

12) I aim to visit 25 countries by the age of 25. As of right now I’m at 18 with the vast majority being in Europe, I’m hoping to expand this to South American and Oceanian countries in the 2 1/2 years I have until I hit 25.

13) I took up archery for a while because I really admired Katniss Everdeen. I was mediocre.

14) When watching TV shows and films, I get very invested in them and must know everything about the world, the behind the scenes, the character’s backstories and motivations, the source material, etc. Watching Game of Thrones ended with me intensely studying theories night after night for months after finishing the books (which also took months to get through)

15) My poison of choice is whisky/whiskey. This all came about because I watched Mad Men, in which every person bloody drinks whiskey all the live long day. Turns out I actually really do like it.

16) I love anime, I spent my teens watching series after series and collecting all of the merchandise. I still love anime as a form of storytelling, though I began to enjoy watching more western series so that I could discuss it and theorise with my friends in real life, rather than discussing it with small English speaking communities online. I still watch anime, though I struggle to find the time these days. My favourite series, that everyone should watch, is Puella Magi Madoka Magica and my favourite animation studio is SHAFT.

17) Glass Animals are one of my favourite bands, I watched their Glasto set as BBC iPlayer put it on straight after Lorde’s. Immediately I knew that I was going to be head over heels for their music. I forgot about them until a few weeks later I saw Dave (frontman) in a bar I was in with a friend but couldn’t place him. Later I put their music on during the bus ride home and haven’t stop listening to them since.

18) I love to run, even though I’m shit at it. I have a knee injury which flares up almost every time I road run or run 5km or more, meaning that I barely go as much as I used to.

19) A huge percentage of my friends I met online. I find it strange looking back at it now, that some of the people I consider extremely important in my life now I met through a mutual love of Pokemon in our early teens!

20) Once John Stamos changed his Twitter bio to a Mean Girls reference because of my tweet. This is my true legacy.

I tag 12 blogging buddies I’d like to know more about:

Midnight and Lace

Stylefade

Halo of Thoughts

Luisa Christie

Joseph Burrows

Modish Male

A Bloke’s Eye View

Ryan Mules

Maff Jones

Mr. Carrington

Squibb Vicious
Life With Maria

+ everyone else because I want to know more about my friends. That sounded almost nice, that’s not on brand for me.

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A-Z of David

Inspired by my friend Jemma’s recent post, I thought I would tackle the A-Z of X challenge!

I like to do a post like this every now and then, think about how satisfying/cringey it is when you find an old Facebook note (remember those?) or MySpace bulletin you saved before it automatically disappeared after 10 days. It’s like uncovering a time capsule of you!

I’d like to hope I am far past the point where I look back and cringe at things I’ve said about myself in recent years, but I know that’s a lie, TimeHop is a daily reminder of stupid things I’ve tweeted. But let’s hope that the things I say here don’t haunt me in years to come!

So let’s begin with this gif I found of myself in Blogger’s picture archives, there’s a whole folder of gifs that either my phone or Blogger has made automatically? Weird. Especially as the pictures used are from a year ago!

 A – Anime. I was massively into anime as a teenager, and I’m still really into it now! Anime definitely shaped those formative years, lead me into making some brilliant friends and lead me to loving Japan as much as I do.

B – Bastille.

I’m currently obsessed to a degree that may or may not be healthy. I’m sure my friends are sick of me going on about them, and playing their records when they’re over!

C – Cosplay and costumes.

 I’ve only really gotten into costumes in the last few years, but I’m made/put together a fair few now, including Star Lord, Indiana Jones, Rick Grimes, Han Solo, and my crowning glory, Obi-wan Kenobi!

D – David. My first name! I also go by Dave, Davey, or the occasional ‘DD’ from a flatmate of mine.

E – E 900. As in the Samsung E 900, that was one of my first ever phones, I loved it so much. I was going to get the D 900, but the E 900 had just come out and I wanted to be cool.

F – Five Guys. If it weren’t so damn expensive, I’d eat there everyday. It actually came up on my Timehop recently that the Liverpool branch was announced a year ago, I remember texting everyone I know and dying inside. That cajun seasoning is what I want my cremated ashes to be mixed in with.

G – Game of Thrones. I bloody love it. I love the book series, I love the show. I can’t get enough of it.

H – Halloween.

My favourite holiday. I can’t wait to have my own apartment again so I can decorate.

I – Indiana Jones.

 I seems to be a very hard letter, so I’m just gonna go basic and go with my favourite film series. I made a blog post last January about how much I bloody love those films.

J – Juggling. My party trick is that I can juggle really well with 3 balls,  4 if I’m having a good day.

K – Ketchup. I hate it so much, I’ve tried to make myself like it, but it’s just runny red water that’s salt, sugar, and anything that isn’t a tomato.

L – London. I love the city and wish to move there. My other choice is Liverpool, which I adore too. I will only live in cities beginning with L apparently.

M – Mad Men.

Another of my favourite shows, I’m nearly done with rewatching the series from the beginning! I started this in June, and now I have about 3 episodes left, and I’m going to cry as much as I did the first time!

N – Notepads. I have an insane amount, and I’m trying to put a ban on myself from buying more.

O – Orange. Orange is my favourite colour, and that may have a massive deal to do with my naturally orange hair. I know we all call it ginger, but orange sounds so much cooler.

P – Pokemon.

Pokemon has had such a huge influence on my life, I can’t even begin to describe the impact it’s had!

Q – Quizzes. I love a good pub quiz, and I’m still convinced other teams cheated for us not to place in the top 3 for the Game of Thrones quiz my uni held. I revised harder for that than I did my exams.

R – Russia. I really want to take the trans siberian railway from Moscow, through Mongolia to Beijing. It’s super expensive, I’m not sure if I’ll ever get the chance, but it’s towards the top of my travel bucket list, right behind Machu Picchu.

S – Socks. As a kid I had a thing about my socks not being comfortable and would spend about 10-15 minutes every morning moving my socks around on my feet until they were perfect. It was a thing I did for far too long.

T – Thomas. My surname that I don’t use online for the fact that there are so many David Thomas’ in the world, including my father. People often get my name backwards due to the fact it’s just two names! I also get told that it’s a very Welsh name, the Thomas side of my family does hail from Wales!

U – Unknown. U is a hard letter ok! I don’t really have much of a fear of the unknown, I feel like I should probably be a little more afraid of it, but I dunno, it excites me instead.

V – Ventress. A severely underrated Star Wars character, she’s sick.

W – Weasel. The Pottermore test gave me a weasel as a patronus. However the complete test, that has all of the questions instead of the few Pottermore selects, gave me a St.Benard! And since cartoons depict them as always having whisky on them, I think that’s a bit more me, even if I do like the weasel.

X – Xylophone. I don’t own one, but I’d like to.

Y – YAS. I love the word ‘yas’, especially accompanied by a gif.

Z – Zoolander. One of the best comedy films ever made, up there with Hot Fuzz and Bridesmaids.

 

Thanks for reading!