Hi, everyone! Welcome to Earl Grey Books, I’m Ely! I thought it would be fun to start off this new blog with the Get to Know Me Uncomfortably Well tag. I saw this on FictionTea’s blog—it is a post from 2016 but it seemed like fun. So without further ado, let’s get into it.
- What is your middle name?
Jayne—a classic one with a bit of a twist.
- Do you have any Nicknames?
My family are big into nicknames, most of which are too embarrassing to get into here. But two that I have always liked for some reason are ‘Pumpkin’—my dad has called me this since I was a kid because pumpkin has always been one of my favourite foods, and my Grandpa used to call me ‘fairy features’—I don’t know why, but thinking of it now that he’s passed always brings a smile to my face.
- What age are you?
I’m twenty-four, turning twenty-five this October.
- What is your zodiac sign?
Libra! I don’t know how many of the traits really fit me, but that’s what I am.
- What is your favourite colour?
I definitely go through phases with colours. I’ve always loved purple, but lately, I’ve also really liked greens and yellows.
- Do you go to School/College/University?
I graduated high school in 2013, finished off a Literature degree with Honours in 2018, and have just gone back to study Art History this March.
- Do you have any pets?
As you might be able to see in my sidebar—I have a beautiful rescue cat named Percy. He’s three years old and I love him with my whole heart.
- Where are you from?
- How tall are you?
I ‘m 5’4. People tell me this is short, but I don’t know.
- Introvert or extrovert?
Introvert, 100%. I have HUGE social anxiety issues.
- Tea of Coffee?
Uh…can you guess?
- How did you come up with your blog name?
I love Earl Grey…I love books. Boom. There we go.
- What talents do you have?
I’m a fast reader. That’s a talent, right?
- Are you psychic in any way?
Oh absolutely not. I’m generally in such a state of panic that I don’t observe things around me. Maybe that’s my talent?
- Favourite song?
UNDER PRESSSSSSURE! Seriously, Under Pressure by David Bowie and Queen. If I was a demon, that’d be how you’d summon me.
- Favourite movie?
The Mummy series…the first two. Look, I love Rick O’Connell. These just make me laugh a lot. Also The Terminator—this is my dad and I’s thing.
- Who would be your ideal partner?
I don’t know that I have an ‘ideal’.
- Your favourite place to shop?
Dymocks, but also T2. And also every other book or tea shop.
- What’s your favourite type of restaurant to visit?
I like most food, but I also have a very specific dumpling restaurant I always visit with Angel.
- Favourite Quote?
I’m not really a quote person? But the one that instantly comes to mind is ‘Out of the ash I rise with red hair and I eat men like air’ – Sylvia Plath.
- If you got a free plane ticket to go anywhere in the world, where would you go?
Right now, probably Orlando. Weird pick, I know, but Angel and I just cancelled our trip to Disney and I’d do anything to get to go.
- Have you ever got in trouble with the law?
Nope, I’m way too anxious for that.
- Have you ever met any celebrities?
Can we count authors as celebrities? Because I’ve met many.
- Baths or showers?
Baths. I love a good Lush bath bomb while I listen to an audiobook.
- What colour socks are you wearing?
They’ve got koalas on them!
- Have you ever been famous?
I was on TV once. It was a children’s hospital TV, but still?
- Would you like to be a celebrity?
Honestly, no. I like being in control of what people know about me.
- What type of music do you like?
I do like pop—you know, your Taylor Swift, Ariana Grande and etc. But I also love some of the ‘older’ stuff, like Fleetwood Mac, Queen, Bruce Springsteen. Bowie is my all-time favourite artist.
- Have you ever been skinny dipping?
- How many pillows do you sleep with?
One, if I have to, but most of the time I end up moving it in the night.
- What position do you usually sleep in?
On my side, curled up. I’m always cold.
- How big is your bed?
It’s a double. I don’t take up that much room.
- What do you typically have for breakfast?
I’m not a big breakfast person. Usually I just have tea, and maybe some fruit.
- What’s your favourite food to have for dinner?
At home, pasta. It’s quick, it’s easy. But if I’m going out, I love a good dumpling. Or eight.
- Have you ever tried archery?
Yes! We used to have to do archery at school camp every year in Primary school.
- Can you speak any other languages?
I did French for something like 8 years in schools, so that. I can also speak a little German, Danish and Spanish. Very little.
- Favourite swear word?
Oh, 100% Fuck. I probably say it too much. Sorry, dad.
- What’s the longest you’ve ever gone without sleep?
I think I managed 36 hours on the trip to the US.
- Do you have any scars?
Oh boy, do I ever? I had 60 operations on my right leg as a kid, so there’s probably like 20 or so on that leg alone. Plus another four on the other. And if they count, I have a bunch of scars on my eye from when another kid kicked a raw chestnut into my eye. Yeah, I’ll just let that one sink in.
- Have you ever had a secret admirer?
Apparently in high school? A girl told me she’d tell me who it was, and I told her I didn’t give a shit.
- Are you a good liar?
I don’t really know?
- Are you a good judge of character?
I’d like to think so. But also my default setting is to just not like people until I feel I can trust them.
- Can you do any accents other than your own?
- Do you have a strong accent?
I don’t think so. I think in comparison to other Australians, mine is kind of mild? I get confused for being British. But my American/European friends always gush about how Australian I sound so there’s that.
- What is your favourite accent?
British. Yep. It’s not just the like sexy Mr Darcy-esque factor. All my grandparents are British, so it kind of sounds like home.
- If you could speak one language fluently, what would it be?
Danish. I just really freaking love the Danes. But also Dutch because there are a lot of really amazing looking MG fantasies that only seem to be in Dutch.
- What is your most expensive piece of clothing?
I bought a dress for like $120. It’s Ted Baker, and it’s beautiful
- Can you curl your tongue?
- Are you an innie or an outie?
- Left or right handed?
- Are you scared of spiders?
Yes. I live in Australia. Have you seen our spiders? HAVE YOU?
- Are you scared bees or wasps?
Yes. I love bees from afar. I love things with bees on—I own multiple t-shirts and jumpers, but get them near me? I freak out.
- Favourite animal?
Well, cats. But I also really like owls.
- Are you a clean or a messy person?
If you look up ‘messy’ in the dictionary, you’ll find a photo of me. Seriously, once my dad left a comment on one of my blog posts telling me to clean my room.
- Do you collect anything?
Other than books, I also collect tarot cards. And tea…does that count?
- Anything you wish you could collect?
More art! If I had the money and space my apartment would be filled with art.
- How long does it take for you to get ready?
I’m usually super quick. I long ago accepted that my hair will never do anything but sit in its natural straight form.
- What takes you the longest, hair or makeup?
Probably makeup, due to that above statement. Even then, I’m usually just an eyeshadow, mascara and lipstick kind of girl.
- Biggest achievement?
My Honours degree in Literature!
- Biggest fear?
Deep answer—getting stuck in life, being stagnant. Somewhat irrationally? Sharks. I can’t even handle pictures of them.
- Do you talk to yourself?
I live by myself…with a cat. So hell yeah I talk to myself.
- Do you sing to yourself?
Kind of? I don’t sing actual songs but I do make up ridiculous ones about Percy and how beautiful he is. He’ll occasionally join in.
- Are you a good singer?
No. I have zero talents.
- Are you a gossip?
Yes. But, only ever with Angel and only about really, really awful people. I don’t know if it’s gossip so much as ranting?
- What was the last thing you purchased?
I bought some groceries yesterday?
- Do you like long or short hair?
I love long hair, but every time I say I’m going to grow mine out again, I end up cutting it to just at my shoulders.
- Least favourite school subject?
Oh, Maths. I sucked at Maths. I still suck at Maths. But also, Legal Studies, which my mum made me take because she said it’d get me a job. It hasn’t yet.
- Favourite school subject?
Literature, obviously. But also Psychology because my favourite teacher took it—he was one of the only reasons I survived the last few years of school.
- Something you’ve always wanted to do?
Get a book published! Move to London!
- Have you ever been scuba-diving?
I’m so terrified of the ocean. It’s not even funny.
- What makes you nervous?
Everything? But no, you know—big crowds, loud noises/people, being out at night, public speaking.
- Are you scared of the dark?
I was as a kid. I had a nightlight for ages.
- Do you correct people when they make mistakes?
Only ever my dad. His spelling is atrocious and I love pissing him off.
- Are you ticklish?
I think so? I don’t think anyone has tickled since I was a kid.
- Have you ever started a rumour?
I did accidentally in high school. I asked one of my friends if another one of our friends liked this particular boy and somehow that became ‘Ely said blah likes blah‘. I’m sorry blah…both of you.
- Have you ever been in a position of authority?
Does being the senior staff member on a shift count?
- Were you ever a Girl Guide/Scout?
I was a Girl Guide for like 8 years. I didn’t really enjoy it that much? I made absolutely no friends in all those years.
- Have you ever been part of any other clubs?
Australian schools don’t really have clubs? I guess I joined a book club with my school library.
- Who was your first real crush?
I think there were some guys in primary school, but the first guy I actually wanted to date wasn’t until I was like 18. I had a lot of medical stuff going on in high school and couldn’t be bothered with boys?
- How many piercings do you have?
None. I had my ears pierced as a kid, but let them heal when I was about 12.
- Do you have a Tattoo?
I do! I got one in November—the lily represents my Mum, who’s maiden name was Lilly and it’s a lily of the valley because that was her month’s flower. It can also mean ‘return to happiness’ which is what I’ve been trying to do since her passing. I already have a whole bunch of other ideas but haven’t decided where to put them yet.
- How fast can you read?
I can read pretty fast and still pick up on everything.
- How fast can you run?
My life motto is never run unless something is chasing you. Nothing has chased me for years.
- What colour is your hair?
I’m kind of a weird mix between like dirty blonde/light brunette naturally, though right now I’ve got some extra blonde tips in.
- What colour are your eyes?
- What are you allergic to?
Possibly alcohol? I spend a lot of time around medical-grade alcohol in hospitals which always make break out. Buuuut, I can still drink wine and be fine.
- Do you keep a journal?
Yes, I’ve kept one on and off since I was about 16.
- Do you have any siblings?
I have a brother. He’s three years old, and his name is Michael. We look absolutely nothing alike, and people have actually confused him for being my dad.
- Do you act like your age?
What does a 24 year-old act like? I don’t go out anywhere. People do often think I’m like 12 because of my baby face, so does that make me mature?
- What makes you angry?
People not including disabilities when talking about diversity.
- Do you like your own name?
Yes, even when people say it or spell it wrong. It’s E-L-Y, but it’s pronounced like E-L-L-I-E.
- Have you already thought of baby names, and if so, what are are they?
Yes, I have a few in mind. Namely, Henry for Mr Henry Tilney. Do I actually want kids? Ehhhh, I don’t know.
- Do you like short or long names?
I don’t really care?
- Favourite genres?
Historical romance in books 100%, but also I enjoy fantasy. I love a good crime TV show, or rom-com movie though.
- If you were on Youtube right now, what would you be watching?
Something booktube related. If not that, then tarot, specifically deck collection videos. I also use ASMR a lot to help me fall asleep at night.
- Something we don’t know about you?
I feel like quite a lot of this is stuff people didn’t know?
- Cookies or doughnuts?
I’m more of a potato chip kind of girl, honestly. But I can’t deny a good hot cinnamon doughnut.
- Favourite mythical creature?
Well. I like the idea of dragons, but I don’t necessarily enjoy reading about them? I do love How to Train Your Dragon! I also like them because they’re on the Welsh flag, but my love for Wales is a whole other discussion. I can tell you that I can’t get behind the whole unicorn trend.
- Colour of your bedspread?
Grey. I have a cat who loses a lot of fur, there’s no point trying to have something exciting.
- Colour of your room?
The walls of my whole apartment is white—I’m renting so I’m not allowed to change that. I do have a white and purple bookshelf in my room for a little bit of colour, as well as some photos and art prints on my wall.