10 Random Facts About Me

11/09/2015 Lifestyle, Lists, Personal 21

10 Random Facts About Me1. My parents called me Laura after listening to the Jimmy Nail song ‘Laura’ whilst thinking of baby names.

I think the song might actually be a cover, but it goes ‘But now I know, Laura, summer is a lonely place. Oh, Laura, I wish I could see your face.’ You really wouldn’t think there would be much of a story behind having such an ordinary name as ‘Laura’ would you?

2. Some of my earliest works of fiction was a story about talking rabbits and a fantasy tale called ‘The Tewkesbury Tales’.

The whole rabbit thing came about after I read and became obsessed with Watership Down (so it wasn’t exactly original!), and I started writing ‘The Tewkesbury Tales’ after visiting Tewkesbury in Gloucestershire. Weirdly, it had nothing to do with Tewkesbury, but was set in a whole other world! I basically just borrowed the name.

3. I have a massive fear of all insects…

…particularly spiders and daddy-long-legs. They are just so creepy – why the hell would anything need so many legs? I vividly remember a daddy long-legs flying in my face when I was a kid, so I think that’s where the fear came from. My brother pretending twigs were its legs and chasing me round with them certainly didn’t help!

4. As a teenager in the mid-noughties I was really into emo fashion (and My Chemical Romance!).

Seriously, during my high school years I was all cropped jeans with stripey socks and ties over vest tops. Even at school I used to wear black nail varnish, DC skate shoes and an armful of little black bracelets that looked like barbed wire. Needless to say, the school did not like it (although to be fair, it was the only way I was ever rebellious!).

5. Although for the most part I’m a shy, mild-mannered person, I get terrible road rage. 

For some reason I seem to go all Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde when I drive. Normally I’m nice, but as soon as I get in a car I’m just super angry all the time. It’s mostly people who do stupid stuff like pulling out in front of you that gets me. Am I invisible? Did you seriously not see me there in the BRIGHT BLUE CAR!?

6. My hair isn’t actually pink like it is in my profile picture…it’s now blue!

It’s actually been a couple of months since I dyed my hair blue, but it takes me so long to get a picture of myself that I actually like I really couldn’t be bothered redoing my profile picture. The pink hair will be staying on here for some time, I suspect.

7. I look very young for my age.

I’m now twenty-two, and still get mistaken for a teenager due to my lack of height and unfortunate baby face. I not only get ID-ed for everything, but was asked at KFC a couple of years ago (at the grand old age of 20!) if my meal was ‘a child’s meal’ (ARE YOU KIDDING ME? I haven’t had the kids meal since I was like, 8 years old!), and was asked what my age was when buying a 15 certificate DVD. It is super annoying, but I guess when I’m forty and look thirty I won’t be complaining!

8. I have one crazy pyjama collection!

I have a penchant for wacky pyjamas, and Primark with it’s affordable prices only encourages me. I have multiple sets of Batman pyjamas, Hulk pyjamas, skeleton pyjamas, Ramones pyjamas, Hogwarts pyjamas, minion pyjamas (you know, the ones from Despicable Me!), unicorn pyjamas, pug pyjamas, unicorn-pug pyjamas…seriously, it is one insane collection of pyjamas!

9. I like unicorns.

In case the selection of unicorn themed pyjamas in #8 didn’t tip you off, I like unicorns! I have pyjamas, a phone case, a sweatshirt, t shirts…I like unicorns, OK. Who cares if they’re fictional!

10. I have worn glasses since I was three.

I am very long sighted, and have been ever since I was three. I apparently even used to hold my picture books really close to my face, and it only transpired later on that I actually just had terrible eye sight. Thankfully glasses are a lot more fashionable now than they were in the nineties though: as a kid I wore absolutely huge frames that magnified my eyes, not helped by the fact I would always pick the wackiest, most brightly coloured pair.

21 Responses to “10 Random Facts About Me”

  1. CeecesTravel

    I Loved this post! Great stuff, always great to get to know each other, just did a post like this for my readers as well.

    Id love to see your blue hair. I am also named after a song, and I like Dinosaurs 🙂 And I still know all the lyrics to all the My Chemical Songs, but we wont talk about that lol.

    And As Always

    • Laura

      Glad you liked the post, and thanks for commenting! 🙂
      Hopefully the blue hair will be revealed soon, if I manage to get a reasonable picture of myself (I tend to pull such a weird face any time a camera is turned on me!). Dinosaurs are pretty cool too, and I actually have a really nice set of dinosaur socks.
      And I’m glad I’m not the only one who could still sing along to all the My Chemical Romance songs!

      • Cee

        Heya Laura!

        Well its not quite but almost a year later and I see the blue hair has made its debut! I love it and the face is good too, giggle.

        I still love dinosaurs, although lately I must admit I have been more of one than actually just admiring them. Seems with success and over booked schedule’s also comes a sudden increase in “Hangry” mood swings!

        Ha ha ha ha my poor best friend and business partner gets it so badly! Lucky he is always a gentlemen about it and know how to handle me. And I am making an investment in always having food available.

        How have you been? Please come follow me on twitter at @ceecestravel and come and see the site, there is so much new stuff, like fashion shows, music concerts, luxury boat shows and all sorts of stuff!

        I miss chatting,hope you’re well!

        Let me know

  2. Page Inman

    Loved your post and can understand about not looking your age. The one thing I got a lot is people misspelling my name and then asking if I was sure if that is how I spell it. DUH!

    • Laura

      Thanks! 🙂 I’m glad you liked the post.
      I can’t believe people ask you that. I think you know how to spell your name better than them!

  3. Jackie

    I’m 27 and people are usually surprised when I tell them so. A lot of people think I’m still in high school. The older gals tells me it’s a blessing that I will appreciate when I’m older, but in the work force it’s kind of a curse because people don’t often take me seriously.

    • Laura

      I get told all the time by older people that looking young is a blessing, but I often feel like people don’t take me very seriously either. It’s pretty annoying!

  4. Silvara

    I’ll be 38 in a few months, and I STILL get mistaken for a teen sometimes. My best friend used to love taking me to restaurants we hadn’t been to before to see if the server would give me the kids menu and offer me a lollipop. I blame it on being 4/11″ and having long hair. (As well as whatever genes I got from Dad’s side of the family. All that side look younger than they are!)

    • Laura

      Wow! I do find it pretty annoying when people think I’m still a kid, but I’ll probably be pretty pleased if they still think that when I’m 38.
      I’ll have to try that with the restaurants though and see if I get given the kids menu! I can still easily get into the cinema as a kid which is good, as it’s so much cheaper 🙂

    • Laura

      Yay! A fellow longtime glasses wearer! A lot of people seem to want to see the blue hair, so I’ll try and update my picture soon.

    • Laura

      MCR! I can still remember all the words to their songs 🙂
      Thank you! The blue is actually kind of patchy at the moment (it seems to wash out faster than pink), but I’ll try and post a picture soon.

  5. Inge @ Bookshelf Reflections

    Hahahaha I’m laughing because I totally went through the emo phase as well! I still look at some of the pictures of myself I took back in the day, because it was cool, and I can never stop laughing. In one photo, I’m very sadly hugging a teddy bear with the text: “Teddies don’t hug back, but sometimes they’re all that you’ve got…”


    Don’t tell anyone I told you that.

    • Laura

      Looking back at pictures of yourself during the emo phase is the best! I generally just look like I’m trying really hard to look serious in them all and have ended up looking a bit puzzled, but the teddy thing sounds hilarious. I wish I had been more inventive with my emo-ness now!

  6. Killian

    Even though I don’t drive I have a feeling I may be similar to you. Good thing is I’m planning on living in cities for the next ten years or so so hopefully I won’t really need to drive.

    Also I’m the opposite to you with my age. Even though I’m 16 (well 17 in three weeks) I always get offered alcohol in restaurants, and have been for about a year. I could probably buy alcohol or get into over 18’s concerts if I wanted to (in Ireland the drinking age is 18 although it’s safe to say nobody really pays attention to that. Just me and a few others. Stereotypes I know). As you said though I’ll probably be lamenting this in a few years.

    • Laura

      If you can possibly avoid driving, I would say do it, because sometimes it really doesn’t seem worth the hassle!
      I would love to not have to be ID-ed! I always get so nervous because the picture of me on my driving license for some reason looks nothing like me, even though it is me (which is very weird – it’s probably because i have my glasses off in the picture, so my eyes look really small). Maybe your looking older will slow down in a few years though, and you won’t have to lament it when you reach middle age!

  7. Kaja

    Haha, these are great. I completely understand your fear of spiders – I don’t mind them personally but I *loathe* centipedes, worms and everything else that has too many legs and/or is slithering around (but snakes are ok). Weird, how our minds work… It’s completely irrational to be afraid of an earthworm but I freak out completely when I see one.

    I also respect your vivid hair colour choices! I like the pink but am sure blue suits you as well (have you read Daughter of Smoke and Bone by any chance? The main character has blue hair there).

    • Laura

      It is pretty crazy how so many people are terrified of insects that can’t actually hurt you. I always try and tell myself ‘it can’t hurt you’ whenever I start freaking out about a spider, but it really doesn’t help! Apparently my mind doesn’t want to respond to logic. I’m not overly fond of worms or centipedes myself (they’re weird and creepy!), but they don’t freak me out quite as much as spiders.
      Thank you! I’ll definitely have to check out that book. I can’t remember having read a book about a blue-haired character before!

  8. Sarah H

    Lol, no I would have never guessed there was a story behind such a simple name as Laura. But I don’t find surprising either. Parents always give names to their children that means something to them in one way or another.

    I love Primark! Even though the quality of the things they sell is so-so, it’s a great place if you want to find fun or fashionabke clothes for an affordable price.

    It was an interesting post!

    • Laura

      Yeah, it’s pretty surprising, but I guess there’s always a reason behind everyone’s name.
      Yay for Primark! It isn’t exactly the best quality stuff, but especially if you’re like me and have so many clothes you don’t wear any one thing often it’s great. I especially love their t shirts (and pyjamas!).
      Glad you found this interesting! 🙂

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