Saturday, July 7, 2012

Miscellaneous Facts

Hey guys!  Look, I’m posting again!

Today is a random post.  Random, because I’m going to tell you ten random facts about me.  Let’s get started.

1.   During the 2011-2012 school year, I wrote 56 reviews of books I read that year in my reading notebook.  I read more than that, I just didn’t bother to review every single book.

2.  I have blonde hair, and brown eyes.  This is a combination you don’t see very often—a lot of blondes have blue eyes.  When I was a baby, my hair was really, really light blonde, and my eyes were really, really dark brown.  According to my parents I was “striking”.

3.  It takes a lot to make me cry during books, movies and TV shows, but when it does happen, it means that I really enjoyed/felt strongly about it.  One example of this is “The Fault in our Stars” by John Green.  A TV show that made me cry was Doctor Who, and a movie that made me cry was "Marley and Me".

4.  The only J.R.R. Tolkien book I’ve ever finished was “The Hobbit or There and Back Again” which I actually just finished yesterday!  Though I am attempting to read as much of the “Lord of the Rings” trilogy this summer as I can.  I’m about 240 pages into “The Fellowship of the Ring”, but I can only read it in short little bursts, so I don’t know how far I’ll actually get.

5.  I own approximately 400 books.  (This number is approximate because I counted my Nancy Drew books last time I counted, but they’ve mysteriously disappeared, and were possibly given to the Blind.)  The funny thing is, is that I don’t buy books very often.  I’m much more likely to get books from the library than to buy them.  In fact, I quite rarely buy books.  Though I get a lot of books as hand-me-downs and from the library book sales, so there's that.  (And I'm horrible about giving away books, so I have a ton of books from my childhood I couldn't bear to give away...)

6.  When asked to pick between which words I’d rather hear:  “Yer a wizard,” or “I’m the Doctor,” I was unable to choose.  Harry Potter and Doctor Who are both just such big parts of my life, that I don’t know if I’d be able to choose one world over the other.

7.  My room and shelves are full of random knickknacks, such as a plastic banana that has Doctor Who quotes written on it, a fan from Japan given to my family by a Japanese exchange student, a tiny mask from Venice, a stuffed French the Llama, and Luella the Latin cow, that my sister got me at a Latin convention a few years ago.

8.  My walls are covered in pictures, posters, maps and quotes.  I currently have two Doctor Who posters, three travel posters, five maps, seven photos (though I plan to get more soon), and at least twenty-one quotes.  Also a poster from the Tour de Nerdfighting 2012.

9.  I have a lot of stuffed bears in my room and in my closet.  Currently on my bed I have five bears.  One is from the YMCA, one is from Finland, my sister knit me one, I got one for Christmas, and the other is a red panda bear that I got at the zoo a few years back.  I have at least one more smallish bear that I got at the hospital when I was five or six.  I also have three gigantic stuffed bears—a panda bear that I won at a carnival, a polar bear that my friend gave me for Christmas, and a polar bear that my parents gave me for Christmas.  There’s actually a funny story about the gigantic panda bear.  I went to this big carnival in my state with my friend about two years ago.  We were playing one of those horse racing games, where you try and make your horse get to the finish line first.  I thought I was a completely different horse near the back of the pack, but it turned out that I won, and because there were about ten people playing, I got a gigantic panda bear.  It’s currently sitting on my lap.

10.  This is a weird one but… I hate wearing skirts.  I don’t mind them on other people, in fact I think they’re really pretty.  But personally, I hate wearing skirts and dresses.  I also hate wearing sweat pants, though yoga pants are acceptable as pajama pants.  On that note, I also hate wearing the majority of pajamas, especially pajama tops.  I’ll tolerate pajama bottoms, though I’m happier in yoga pants, or shorts in the summer.  As for pajama tops, I mostly wear t-shirts instead of actual pajama tops.  As for the sweat pants, it’s not for any reason other than this: they make me uncomfortable.  I don’t find them particularly comfy, and personally, I’m much happier in jeans.

{This picture has no relevance to anything, really, and I've already posted it on my blog.  I just really like it.}

The Dandy Lioness


  1. Harry Potter all the way! But I must say, "I wear a fez now, fezes are cool,"


      On that note, I must get you into Doctor Who. It's my new goal, since I have access to all the seasons. Muahaha. You're not getting out of it.

      But seriously, I could not decide between the two. Harry Potter is my oldest fandom and really important to me, but Doctor Who is also super important to me, and has also changed my life. I cannot decide.

  2. Meh, I don't like skirts and sweatpants, either. Regular pants are just so much easier to wear, IMO.

    I loved reading the stories behind the objects you mentioned.

  3. That's a ton of book reviews! I don't think I've written that many in my entire life...

    Congratulations on finishing The Hobbit! I read it, and liked it, though I didn't really like The Fellowship of the Ring. I'm in the process of watching the movies now, though (I delayed my watching because I didn't really enjoy the book all that much) and I'm finally seeing why everyone likes the Lord of the Rings. It's definitely epic.

    I just went and counted my books, because I was curious, and I have approximately 200, not counting picture books. Where do you keep all your books? Mine are struggling to fit into my bedroom.

    I'm also caught up in the HP/DW debate. Recently my focus has shifted away from Harry Potter and towards Doctor Who, but I've loved HP since first grade. It's been a huge part of my life, probably the biggest obsession with something I've ever had. I can't really choose between something that's been so influential and something that I'm REALLY obsessed with now.

    On skirts: for some odd reason I've always loved wearing skirts and dresses. I love the way they feel, I love the way they look. I've made a lot of skirts, and they're definitely a staple in my wardrobe. I don't really like wearing sweatpants, however. I don't own any. I mean, I'll wear them if I have to, but I wouldn't if I don't. I'm one of those people who can't fall asleep if they're too hot, which means I'm usually in shorts and under a sheet. I have a friend who can't sleep if she doesn't pile five blankets on top of her in the summer, but I can't do that. So I've never worn sweatpants as pajamas or anything. I don't like the way they look, either.

  4. Haha, my teacher made us write on passages from each book, and a book review for it. But I wrote less and less as the year went on, but I don't think she minded much, because in the end of the year, I had read and reviewed four more than she had, so she didn't bother me about it. :P

    Well... I have three bookshelves in my room. One of them has several shelves doubled up, because I still had to put my books somewhere. I also have my books scattered throughout the house, on about four different bookshelves. :P

    As for The Lord of the Rings... I think I might just end up giving up on The Fellowship of the Ring, and watch the movie. Maybe it'll give me enough motivation to finish it. :P

    Exactly! Harry Potter has been such a big part of my life, ever since I was three years old, and I've gone to premiers, watched every movie, stayed up until midnight, listened to Wizard Rock, the list goes on and on. But Doctor Who has also become such a big part of my life, in such a short amount of time. It is truly impossible to choose which world I would rather live in.

    I wore skirts up until I was six or seven, and then I would wear skorts (skirts with shorts underneath) until I was about nine. But then I absolutely refused to wear skirts or dresses to anything. Though I do occasionally wear a skirt to something fancy, I usually put up a bit of a fight. I don't know why I don't like them-- it's totally irrational, I just really don't. But I hate sweatpants. I don't the feel, the look, just everything. Blerg. No thank you. I much prefer yoga pants, and even at that, I don't wear them for anything other than pajamas.