Lifestyle: Getting To Know Me

I just fancied writing a chatty post. I’ve got a really busy week at work. I’m training on new software and I’m at a crucial stage in a project. I needed to write aimlessly, so that’s what I’m doing. A post to remind myself about all the things I love, what makes me ‘me’ – before all work and no play turns me into a very dull girl.

So, X Number of Things About Me…

(image from Pinterest)

1 – My hair is the bane of my life. It constantly looks messy, takes forever to wash and dry, and I have no idea what to do with it. I can’t put it up, I struggle to style in. Hot rollers are the only thing that have so far worked for me.

2 – I went to a Boy’s School, and had 8 “prom dates.” Granted, the majority had girlfriends, and obviously I had W! I managed to get into the local and very good Boy’s School for Sixth For, with only a handful of other girls. Turned out that despite going to the Girls School for five years, boys were hell of a lot nicer. I made some great friends, and I speak to far more of my guy friends than those ‘besties’ I was at school with. My multiple dates happened as the school was reluctant to allow external people to prom…and our group were all going to Legoland the next day!

Oh, I did actually purchase that picture, but I can’t find the actual copy to scan in so there’s the marked version. Fab photographers!

 photo 2014-12-03141311_zps8d7c69ab.jpg3 – I love scaring the hell out of myself with ‘extreme activities’ but hate sport. I’ve tried high-ropes courses, zorbing (amazing!), abseiling down a cliff, indoor caving…and next on my list is rafting. Oh, curling is amazing too. But going to badminton with work terrifies me so much I just can’t go!

4 – Currently trying desperately to be healthier. I’m dieting without dieting, and trying my best to squeeze more exercise in. You can read more here.

5 – I have a worsening obsession with lipsticks. I’ve added six MAC ones to my collection since July. One for each pay packet. Not sure where the extra one sneaked in…I’d give anything for the Nars lip pencils too!

 photo 10464251_10201833358628057_7137741447011300528_n_zpsda2dc99f.jpg6 – I fell in love young. I met W when I started sixth form, and we were together within a month. Nearly 4.5 years on, still going strong. Whilst I wouldn’t advise setting out to find your soulmate at that age, I have no regrets!

7 – I still have cooking disasters. I made a toad-in-the-hole this time last year that was basically liquid. Yum…

Revision photo 2014-05-09174200_zpse9b3f7a5.jpg8 – I’m a math’s geek. I’ve loved it forever, and I’m studying Actuarial Science at university. My placement year has confirmed that an actuary is what I want to be, so I’m currently psyching myself up for years worth of exams…

9 – A beach is my favourite place to be. I hardly ever get to go, but I love watching the waves. I can never resist a paddle either. I remember full-on swimming on New Year’s day in Cornwall several years running. And I never wore a wetsuit.

 photo 2014-07-18212135_zpse2324295.jpg photo 2014-07-19124219_zps70610d2d.jpg photo 2014-12-25142812_zps4dda63c2.jpg10 – My dog(s) mean the world to me. My first ‘best friend’ was my grandparents dog (weirdly also a William), and I adored him. Tee-J is also very much adored, definitely the baby of the family. I would sacrifice anything for my dogs!

11 – I’m extremely socially insecure. I occasionally have mini panic attacks when in public, and will constantly relay situations over in my head to see how I could have done ‘better.’ I’m definitely improving – it’s been a while since I cancelled plans due to feeling too insecure!

12 – I have at best Irritable Bowel Syndrome, with other digestive orders currently being ruled out. I’m highly sensitive to changes in water (Kent = worst…give me Switzerland anyday!), and I have to watch what I eat. The hospital appointments are most attractive…

13 – I LOVE cheap hair products. ASDA conditioner has been my go-to for years, and I adore Boots Pink Curl Cream.

14 – I can never remember my postcode. I think it comes from moving around so much with university. I’ve used five over the past two years, and its a nightmare when it comes to medical appointments as for some reason addresses aren’t synchronized.

15 – I still get ID-d for a lottery ticket. Yet not for alcohol. In the same shopping trip. Yep, I don’t understand Sainsbury’s logic either…

16 – Spiders terrify the life out of me. To the point I can be physically sick. I will never live alone for this reason.

 photo 2014-12-02222543_zps88be2c50.jpg17 – I would love to be able to celebrate my half birthday. Mainly because I am desperate for a birthday BBQ, and that won’t be happening anytime soon in July.

18 – I’ve already planned myself three weddings on Pinterest. At least I’ll be prepared when the time comes!

 photo a3d817b8-6871-484c-ace3-c0e984adc0b8_zps75fc13b0.jpg19 – I’m addicted to tea. I can’t function without one in the morning, and I usually have at least three a day. And that’s a considerable cut back!

20 – I can’t throw away books. It’s a major problem, I fear for my floorboards. No matter how many times I have read them, something stops me. I really need to have a clear out though so they all fit on one bookcase again. Especially as I have a much-used Kindle!

I loved writing that post – it was so much fun to think about all little bits that make up my personality. Let me know if you want more chatty posts like this! Now, tell me one random thing about yourself…

  • Jennifer K

    This was such a lovely post – I definitely like these kind best! Although I went to a mixed school, my main friendship group by sixth form was almost all boys and I wouldn’t have it any other way – they were so easy to get on with and I’m still in touch with a few of them. Plus it always reassured my parents when we all went out because there were so many boys to look out for me! I got to uni and made some great girlfriends, but now after three years of all girls housing and it’s associated dramas, I remember why boys are so much better!

    My dog is also my world, and a guaranteed conversation point if anyone want to get me talking!

    Oh, and yet more similarities- the postcode thing I definitely agree with! So far I’ve had six postcodes in four years (often two at a time and not including my home home!) and have another one to add in a week’s time…

    Jennifer x

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    • ninegrandstudent

      Boys are just so much nicer – and for some reason I find myself making less of an effort to change myself to fit in with them! x

  • Joanne

    Such a fascinating post! I relate to so many of these, especially numbers 4, 7, 9, and 20. You have such a wonderful life, I hope things are going well in your relationship too! Thanks for sharing xxx

    • ninegrandstudent

      Thank you – they are going brilliantly at the moment! x

  • I really enjoyed this post – chatty posts like this are fun to read! And I always love the chance to get to know the blogger behind some of my favourite blogs a bit more.

    My hair is also pretty much the bane of my existence. I’ve been watching so much Call the Midwife lately that it makes me want to chop it all off, but I just know it won’t look sweet like their hair cuts. It tends to flatten out and get a bit more manageable the longer it gets so I’m currently growing it out … but I just want to chop it!

    xx Kathryn

    • ninegrandstudent

      Thanks! I know I won’t be chopping mine off as I did it when I was 13. Worst mistake of my life, though weirdly because it grows so quickly I went from short bob to shoulder length in six months! x

  • Kathryn

    Really enjoyed reading this post, its nice to be able to get to know the writer behind blogs better. I’m similar on some points: I love the beach (when it’s nice of course), I’m a tea addict and I don’t do well in social situations. But the maths part, nope definitely not similar in any way haha.


    • ninegrandstudent

      Aha, maths is definitely like marmite! x

  • That 21 bday cake looks awesome!!

    • ninegrandstudent

      It was amazing – four layers (vanilla, caramel, coffee, chocolate), caramel sauce, chocolate frosting and gold glitter. My dad made it! x

  • Rebecca

    I also do not enjoy social situations but I love this from Lena Dunham: “I still go to a party and say something embarrassing to someone, and then write them a weird e-mail about it the next day, and then write them a text because I think they didn’t get the e-mail. No matter what happens with your level of success, you still have to deal with all the baggage that is yourself.” At least I know it’s not uncommon! Super jealous that you’re at Kent: my boyfriend went there for five years and I loved it. x

    • ninegrandstudent

      Great quote. And it’s such a lovely university, I don’t want to leave! x

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