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Ask Me No Questions, I’ll Tell You No Lies

January 15, 2017 | 2 comments


It was way too long since I filled out a random survey. I stole this one from Audrey. Please play along, won’t you?

What are you completely bored of in life right now?
The darkness. I miss the sun. I think I need more than 4 hours of daylight to function.

What is your favorite scented candle?
I’m more of a non-scented candle type of gal. On the rare occasions I like a scented candle, my go-to scent is always vanilla. It’s the only scent that I don’t get bored with or hate as soon as I get out of the store.

What movie do you laugh at the most?
I have a soft spot for the Police Academy films. Don’t judge me. (Films that don’t make me laugh are Mr Bean or anything with Jim Carey.) Also, you cannot go wrong with John Cleese or Simon Pegg and Nick Frost.

What is the last song you listened to?
The last few days, Ed Sheehan’s new singles Castle on the Hill and Shape of You have both been playing on repeat.

What’s one thing you still have from your childhood?
Nothing at my apartment (because I recently moved to a different country and had to prioritize what I could take with me) but my favorite stuffed animals are kept safe at my mother’s place.

What was your least favorite subject in school?
Psychology and history. Mostly because psychology just made me confused and I was horrible at memorizing dates. (I do, however, now really enjoy reading about historical events.)

If you had a superpower, what would it be?
Photographic memory.

What is the best compliment you’ve ever received?
During a conference dinner, a random guy told me that I have a perfect smile. I gave my dentist (and years of dental braces as a teen, and invisalign as an adult) full credit. I used to be really self conscious about my (what I think) very large front teeth, but comments like that (and my dentist repeatedly telling me that my teeth have the ideal proportions) have made me realize that it was all in my head.

What’s the most adventurous thing you’ve done?
I don’t really consider myself adventurous, but I guess moving around the world multiple times counts? And my chosen profession (volcanologist) maybe counts as adventurous too?

What’s one thing you need to have in your fridge at any given time?
Cheese, milk and eggs. And soda.

If you could raid one woman’s closet, who would it be?
No idea. Maybe the Swedish Crown Princess Victoria? I’ve always liked her style.

If you could teach one subject in school what would it be?
Geology/Volcanology (which is what I currently teach).

What is your favorite movie?
It’s impossible to narrow it down to only one.

Twitter or Instagram?

Dogs or cats?
Dogs. Definitely dogs.

Dolphins or koalas?
Koalas? And dolphins.

Bird-watching or whale-watching?
Whale-watching. (Although combined puffin bird and whale watching is my favourite.)

Weirdest thing you’ve ever eaten?
I’m not very adventurous when it comes to food, but I had some weird whole fried fish in Indonesia (the eyes did freak me out a bit).

What’s your favorite band?
Lifehouse. And Scars on 45 and Queen (and so many others).

What country do you wish to visit?
Italy and Greece are high on the list.

What’s your favorite color?
Blue and purple.

Least favorite color?

What color dress did you wear to your prom?
I didn’t have a prom.

Blow-dry or air-dry?
I prefer blow-dry my hair but I am too lazy so I usually air-dry it.

Pilates or yoga?

Jogging or swimming?
Swimming. And walking.

Best way to decompress?
Go for a long walk while listening to a good audiobook or podcast.

What’s the best thing to happen to you this year?
It’s too early to tell, but last year will be hard to beat. My best friend got married, I finished my PhD and moved to Iceland to start a new job.

Where would you love to live?
I’ve just moved to my dream city (Reykjavik). If I had to move again, I would probably move back to the UK.

What’s your midnight snack?
Ice cream.

What do you usually order at Starbucks?
I prefer Coffee Bean and Tea Leaf over Starbucks, but when I go to Starbucks I tend to order either an earl grey tea or a hot chocolate.

Who is the last person you texted?
My sister.

What are three things you can’t live without?
Books, music, and my sister.

What’s the first thing you do in the morning?
Brush my teeth, and then have a cup of tea.

What is the question you get asked the most?
No idea.

What’s one word you use too much?
OK, and exactly.

Would you describe yourself as messy or neat?
Neat with a side order of messy.

What karaoke song would you sing without needing the monitor?
Ironic by Alanis Morissette (but only if I was the only one in the room).

What’s one skill you wish you had?
I wish I could sing (other in the shower) and dance (other than when no-one is watching).

What is the geekiest thing about you?
I learned html coding on my spare time when I was 13 or 14 (so that I could make tribute pages for my favourite movies, books, and artists).

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