Dearest: A few personal questions

Jesse Liebster Award Hecticophilia

How was your weekend? For me, it’s been all about catching up with friends (Ioanna and Emma), eating out at old favourites, grabbing a few bargains from Warehouse at the Oval charity sale and editing all the remaining pictures of our two weeks in Croatia. If you missed my first Postcard from Rovinj – have a look; I’ll write about Split in the next few days (post here!) and about Dubrovnik right after that.

So, what did I get up to this weekend? I prepared the blog’s editorial calendar for this Fall, debated with Rob on the meaning of the experiential play we caught this week, The Boy Who Climbed Out Of His Face (by Shunt Theatre at the Jetty – check it out!) and – don’t laugh at me – I also watched Frozen, all curled up in a blanket.

It’s the first Disney film I watch in ages and it felt both familiar and unrecognisable, possibly also because unlike the ones from my childhood, this one was in English. I’ve had to sit and think hard about this but I think the last one I saw was actually Princess and the Frog (2009), on a lazy Christmas afternoon at home with my sisters. Crepes were probably involved. Anyway, I’m getting sidetracked.

Today, I wanted to thank Anya at The Peppermint Pencil for nominating me for a Liebster Award a little while back and throwing a few personal questions my way. I did not look at these in advance so that I can try my best at answering them spontaneously. Here we go, first off is:

Share 11 random facts about you.

I grew up wanting to be a forensic expert.
In fact, I once performed stitches on my own knee injury.
I somehow love French retro pop from the 80s.
I dislike any patisserie involving cream, and so did my mother when she was pregnant with me (!)
I am an illustration enthusiast, in spite of not being able to draw, should my life depend on it.
I am an apt baller dancer. An all-kinds of dancer actually.
I can be obsessively passionate with what I like. I’ll listen to a song 200 times in a row.
My heart was broken real hard twice. Both times it was an illusion though, which puzzles me.
My go-to crowd pleaser is a crumble recipe: pear, almond and chocolate – and it never fails me.
The first song I learned to play on the guitar was by Leonard Cohen.
And finally: I love nothing more than a good scare. Those who know me will confirm it’s unhealthy.

What has been your highlight of 2014 so far?

A lot of things have made me happy this year. Some that just happened, some that I seized and some that I made happen. I guess that in general what’s made me happy is to go after the things I want more and more and to not shy away from desires, dreams and the hard work necessary to get to them.

What is your spirit animal?

An animal that’s fast because I can be quite impatient. And nocturnal too, so I guess an owl or a fox.

Do you have any guilty pleasures?

I certainly do. That bad toffee popcorn they sell in corner shops? And Project Runway.

If you could be any fictional character, who would you pick and why?

Not a specific one but an archetype, as I’d pick a Mary Higgins Clark heroine. Those strong, interesting urban young women thrown into dangerous investigations and getting out alive gracefully, they were really something. They shaped my summer reads when I was a teenager and I still have a lot of fondness for them.

What song have you been listening to the most recently?

I’ve been obsessed with Christine and the Queens’ new album Chaleur Humaine. I’ve been following her since MySpace days and she constantly blows me away. Check out Saint Claude. The Guardian wrote about her too.

Do you have a phobia?

Drowning because I almost did. But I’m a good swimmer now. So, spiders and centipedes.

What is one item of clothing you couldn’t live without?

You can pretty much always find me in a pair of jeans. Maman, you were right.

Do you have a party trick?

I’m good at keeping the conversation going and making people feel comfortable.
I can get the good stories out of them, if that counts?

What was the first ever CD you bought yourself?

I don’t really remember. My first CDs were a 60s hits compilation and The Coors (Talk on Corners) but I’m not sure if I got them or if they were offered to me. I enjoyed them both and I still know the lyrics to that Coors album.

If you owned a pub, what would you name it?

“The Archivist”. It would definitely have a mystery book club and loads of kooky items piling up in every corner.

What is your dream destination?

Right now I’m dreaming of Tokyo but it changes with my mood.

Thanks again for nominating me Anya and readers, you can give her blog The Peppermint Pencil a visit to read about her adventures, recipes and DIYs. Anya also cooks a wealth of gluten-free and sugar-free recipes and has a lovely Pinterest page. I’m now supposed to nominate other bloggers with less than 200 followers on Bloglovin for this award so here we go:

Ala at This Particular
Amy at Slice of Sunny
Ben at Ben Mirza
Cate at Cate St Hill
Federica at Whatever Gets You Through The Day
Ferren at Art Cream

Here are the rules: 1) Thank the blogger who nominated you. 2) Share 11 random facts about you. 3) Answer the questions listed below. 4) Nominate bloggers you’re reading. 5) Leave them your own 11 questions to answer.

1. What is the last film you have recommended to a friend?
2. You can only save three things from your house on fire, which are they?
3. What has been your biggest challenge this year?
4. If you could own a studio anywhere in the world, where would it be?
5. What was your childhood’s favourite book and why?
6. You’re invited to a Hollywood dinner, who do you sit next to? (must be alive)
7. How has the way you dress evolved these last few years?
8. Do you have a role model? Fictional or otherwise.
9. What is the best piece of advice someone gave you?
10. Which of your parents do you resemble most? (personality and looks)
11. What is the biggest wish you have for yourself right now?

Ala, Amy, Ben, Cate, Federica and Ferren, I hope you’ll take part. I’ve been reading your blogs lately and I’d love the opportunity to get to know you a little bit better.

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September 26, 2014

Darling Jesse,

I'm loving this post! Getting to know you better via blog - we gotta fix this when I come back for good :P!

Got nominated for the Liebster Award myself and finally getting around to do it! Wanted to nominate you as well, but I guess what I'll do is just tag you so other people can read it now! :)

Missing you loads! xxx

September 26, 2014

Thank you Alex! I'm looking forward to reading your post too :) I hope all is well East and we miss you here! x

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