Why this picture? Because life is a rollercoaster. Or something.
I'll level with you, guys. I need to blog today, but I can't blog about the thing I want to blog about. Yeah, I know, cagey and mysterious isn't usually my "thing," but to summarise, I'm a little low today. And yes, I'm only five feet tall, so I'm always a little low...
I sat and had a ponder and in between my more weird thinkings (that Matt Smith would not suit a goatee and that they should make Babybels using a variety of different cheeses), I decided that, since I have an urge to blog and don't want to write some long "woe is me" rant, I'd do one of those "twenty random questions" blogs instead. Easy, I thought. So I googled "twenty random questions." I expected a convenient link to twenty random questions and there wasn't one, which left me in a pickle.
And that was the moment that my beloved McBusted came to my aid. Somewhere in the back of mind, amongst the entire script of Sister Act and the ability to sing How Much Is That Doggy In The Window backwards, I remembered watching a video on YouTube, in which Tom Fletcher took all of his clothes off. And whilst removing those clothes, he answers random questions. Fifty of them. So, seeing as Google let me down and twenty questions probably doesn't give me enough time to bore you senseless with my answers (hey, you at the back, stop snoring!), this is me, shamelessly stealing Tom's questions to answer here for your
tedium delight! And yes, it's better as a vlog. But I've broken my camera and I can't work my camcorder properly. Oh and I'm already on my blog, so let's just do this, shall we?!
You'll be pleased to know, I'll be keeping all my clothes on.
Oh and before I start, should you wish to see Tom with too many clothes on (and then none at all),you can watch his YouTube video here. Right then, here I go:
1. What are you wearing?
Well, my sweetie, I'm wearing a rubber catsuit and a gimp mask.
Oh, no... Hang on... No, I'm wearing this.
My catsuit is in the wash.
2. Ever been in love?
Yes. I probably fall in love too easily, to be honest, but I'm a soppy old romantic.
3. Ever had a terrible break-up?
Well, this is awkward... The short answer is yes. The long answer is DEAR GOD, YES. Let's not sully this light-hearted quiz with a long answer about what it's like trying to find the strength to walk away from an abusive relationship. Needless to say, "terrible" is a bit of an understatement. Although I ought to counter that by saying: once you're out of the situation and you've gotten some help, the freedom you feel is actually one of the most wonderful sensations you can possibly have. So my "terrible" break up led to me being pretty damn ecstatic. It just took a while to get there.
4. How tall are you?
Five feet. And if you want me to be a pedant, half an inch. Yes, I'm practically a hobbit.
5. How much do you weigh?
About 5lbs more than I'd like to. I think I'm roughly 8st7lbs. And also: BIT PERSONAL, WHOEVER INVENTED THIS QUIZ...
6. Any tattoos?
A Doctor Who quote and a shooting star on my foot (because I am a NERD). A Manics lyric and some cherry blossom on my left shoulder blade. A paw print on my right shoulder blade (in honour of my late cocker spaniel, Cal) and "friend" in Japanese on my right ankle, which I hope one day to have changed into a blue bow to go with my Doctor Who quote (TARDIS blue and a bow like a bow-tie).
Pictured: My foot. Looks less stumpy in real life.
7. Any piercings?
Just my ears. And just the once. I like wearing earrings, but I've never fancied any other piercings.
Not gonna lie, I had to google what the HELL "OTP" means. Apparently it stands for "One True Pairing" and refers to the perfect combination of two characters within a fandom. I'm going to resist the urge to say Tom Fletcher and Danny Jones (sorry, Lydia) and go with The Doctor and River Song. Hello, Sweetie.
9. What's your favourite show?
I'm guessing this means show as in TV show? And blatantly that's Doctor Who. If it refers to theatre shows, then... I love too many to pick one. Maybe Les Mis or West Side Story. Ooh, or Rent. Or for something a little more lighthearted, either Sister Act or Joseph And The Amazing Technicolour Dreamcoat. I've got a soft spot for Oliver! as well. Argh, too many to pick from!
10. Who are your favourite bands?
The Manic Street Preachers, Blur, The Beatles, The Kaiser Chiefs, Abba, Take That, Green Day, Backstreet Boys, The Clash, Muse and of course McBusted. In fact, McBusted come before most of those others except the Manics. I just bloody love McBusted, okay?!
11. Name something you miss?
I want to get all deep and meaningful and say "the freedom and security of childhood," but instead I'm going to say... I miss my bestie Lydia, because I've not seen her in a while.
12. Favourite song?
I literally don't have just one favourite song. If you put a gun to my head, I'd say Design For Life by the Manics, but currently, the song I sing most often is probably Nerdy by Busted. Ooh, or Britney.
13. How old are you?
I'm 32. I don't look a day over 29?! How kind of you to say...
14. What's your Zodiac sign?
Virgo. And I used to believe in all that nonsense, until I sat down and thought about just how many millions and millions of Virgos there must be on the planet. The daily horoscope can't be right for all of us. That said, I suppose I exhibit some "classic Virgo" traits. But that is probably through utter coincidence.
15. What qualities do you look for in a partner?
Creativity, sensitivity, loyalty and intelligence. And geekery.
16. Do you have a favourite quote?
I have several, but I suppose two of my favourites are the ones I have inked on me forever. "This world will not impose its will, I will not give up and I will not give in" is a line that has gotten me through some tough times. And the full version of my Doctor Who quote tattoo is pretty lovely: "I am and always will be the optimist; the hoper of far-flung hopes and the dreamer of improbable dreams." There's also an Audrey Hepburn quote I really love, which says simply: "The best thing to hold onto in life is each other."
17. Favourite actor?
Robin Williams. He was the most important actor in the world to me, growing up. He was Peter Pan, he was Mrs Doubtfire, he was the Genie from Aladdin. I still can't believe he's gone.
18. Favourite colour?
I'm writing in it.
19. Loud music or soft?
Surely depends on the situation?! But if I have to choose... It's gotta be loud, right?!
20. Where do you go when you're sad?
Depends on how sad I am and why I'm sad, really. Sometimes for a walk with the dog. Sometimes to the beach. Sometimes to my bed, where I hide under the covers and dream up a different life for myself until I miss the one I actually have (or until I have no choice but to live my real one...).
21. How long does it take you to shower?
Well, I currently live in a house that has a water metre and which is owned by my dad who pays the water bills, so I have little choice but to be no more than 5 minutes, really. Given the choice, I'd take a bit longer (and sometimes do). I'm always clean, that's all that matters.
22. How long does it take you to get ready in the morning?
Ugh, I'm such a typical girl. Probably an hour, maybe a little more if I need to shave my legs. But let me defend myself: That hour involves: A shower, a 12 minute daily exercise plan I invented months ago in a bid to lose my belly, getting dressed, blow-drying my hair, taking my asthma medication (lungs that don't work properly are sexy, right?), doing my make up and having a quick breakfast. So... That's not so bad, right?! Hmm.
23. Ever been in a physical fight?
Play-fighting, yes. Real fighting? Nooooo. Did I mention that I'm only five feet tall and have asthma?! If a fight broke out, I'd probably hide.
24. What's your turn on?
A guy who can make me laugh. Or play the guitar. OR BOTH.
25. What turns you off?
Arrogance. If a guy fancies himself more than I do, what's the point?!
26. What's the reason you joined YouTube?
This is where you can tell this should be a vlog, haha! Um... I have a YouTube account mainly because someday my friend Lizzie and I are just going to make a whole spoof Doctor Who series, involving Stephen Mulhern. But I currently use YouTube mostly for watching music videos and suchlike.
27. What are your fears?
DYING ALONE. Aherm, sorry, don't know what happened there... Spiders and wasps. Oh and also having my blood taken. Bit of a weird one, that; I don't mind needles, but I hate the thought of having my blood removed from me and sucked into a tube. Even though I know it's generally done with good, medical reason, I hate it. Freaks me right out.
28. Last thing that made you cry?
I guess without going into detail... It was a feeling of never being good enough in someone else's eyes. Wears you down after a while.
29. Last time you said "I love you?"
I said it to my mum yesterday. We tell each other that pretty regularly. I've never shied away from saying "I love you" to the people who mean the most to me.
30. What is the meaning behind your YouTube name?
I think my YouTube name is MrsManics, which is just the name I used to use on Manics forums etc years ago. My blog name, The Rambling Curl, comes from my propensity to ramble on about certain subjects and the fact that I had very, very curly hair when I set this blog up. I have it straightened nowadays, but The Rambling Straight sounds weird.
31. Last book you read?
McFly - Unsaid Things... Our Story. And very interesting it was, too.
32. What book are you currently reading?
My mum accidentally bought me the book of the movie Dead Poets Society instead of the DVD for my birthday, so I'm reading that!
33. What was the last show you watched?
TV Show? Never Mind The Buzzcocks. Theatre show? West Side Story.
34. Who was the last person you talked to?
Technically, my lovely friend Kirstie, via text message. The last person I actually spoke to was my mum.
I talk to her all the time because we live together. And because she's AWESOME.
35. What's the relationship between you and the last person you texted?
She's one of my closest friends and she's also my Manics gig buddy. And she just had a haircut (she texted me a photo) that makes her look so beautiful, she just became my "hair idol."
36. Favourite food?
I eat most things; I'm quite greedy. It's really hard to pick one thing... I guess I'm a sucker for a pizza. With a stuffed crust. Mmmm.
37. Name a place you'd like to visit?
I'd like to go to Australia. But I'd also love to go back to New York City.
38. Where was the last place you were?
Eh?! I suppose that would be the kitchen. Told you I was greedy...
39. Do you have a crush?
Yes. Yes I do.
40. When did you last kiss someone?
Kissing my laptop screen after posting that picture totally counts, right?! Um... Does this mean as in a full-on kiss with someone, or just your general friendly/family kiss? Because I kissed my mum goodnight a couple of nights ago. Proper romantic kissing? Yeeeaaaah, that's been a while. It was probably James. Sadly not the one pictured, but the abusive shit for brains I mentioned earlier. Wow. That's sad on many, many levels. I'll do question 41 when I've finished weeping.
41. When was the last time you were insulted?
Last night, when someone called me selfish. Which I'm not.
42. What's your favourite flavour sweet?
Strawberry. If I buy a bag of Haribo, it's the strawberry flavoured sweets I rush to cram into my greedy gob!
43. What instruments can you play?
I can play a little bit of piano. I tried learning the guitar, but I got to grips with maybe two or three chords and then realised I was rubbish. My poor sister, who is great at the guitar, just gave me a face like: "Give up, Em." So I did. I wish I could play guitar, though.
I can sing, which is kind of like playing an instrument of sorts, right?!
44. What's your favourite piece of jewellery?
Mum bought me this ring for my 15th birthday. It was my first really "grown up" piece of jewellery, besides earrings and I only ever take it off if there's a danger I'll lose it or it'll get filthy.
45. What was the last sport you played?
I kicked a football around with a couple of the kids I work with a few days ago. Prior to that, I'm not sure... Probably bowling with Lizzie at Butlin's. I now have a mental image of me literally throwing Lizzie down a bowling lane to see how many pins she'd knock over. Sorry, Lizzie.
46. What was the last song you sang?
I couldn't get Star Girl by McFly out of my head yesterday, so I sang that on and off whilst I was editing my book. Last night I watched Never Mind The Buzzcocks and ended up singing loads of the songs used in the "next lines" round!
47. What's your favourite chat up line?
I don't really have one. I prefer my hugely successful method of glancing shyly at someone and not being able to actually go over and talk to them... I once introduced myself to someone I'd spoken to online and really fancied with the words "this is me in real life!" THAT is how good I am at chatting people up (did work, though). But yeah... Chat up lines aren't my strong point, which is probably why I've been single so long! Can I just borrow Joey's "How YOU doin'" line from Friends and say THAT is my favourite chat up line?!
48. Have you ever used your favourite chat up line?
How YOU doin'? There. Just did.
49. When did you last hang out with someone?
My closest friends and I live an hour/hour and a half away from one another, so we don't hang out as often as we'd like. But a fortnight ago, Lizzie and I hung out on the beach at Polzeath and then went for lunch at a cafe overlooking the sea. That was nice.
50. Who should answer these questions next?
Anyone who has a vlog or blog! I'd like to see answers from Kirstie, Lizzie and Lydia, but I don't think they blog OR vlog. Rachel has a blog, so SHE can definitely do this!!
So that's my TMI 50 Questions done. And thankfully, I'm wearing more than Tom was when he finished his... Until next time, guys - byeeee!