Tag, you're it…

6 Jun

On Wednesday morning I woke up to discover I’d been tagged by the lovely Trish from Under Lock and Key which really did make my day. I started doing my answers to the questions that evening (some of them are tough!) but then life got in the way (it’s been an extraordinarily busy week) but finally here’s my answers and the people I’m tagging too…


Via [AV Photography]

Here are the rules:
1. respond and rework; answer the questions on your blog, replace one question that you dislike with a question of your invention, add more one question of your own.
2. tag eight other people

And here are my answers:
What is your current obsession? Um, I have a few. Is that allowed? In no order, they are dutch bikes, tin globes, bathroom tiles (which isn’t even a fun obsession!) and Pocky (though I’m coming round to the idea of Mikado as an acceptable substitute).
What is your weirdest obsession? Finding a vintage pump tea pot. Ever since they served us green tea in one in Kyoto I’ve been stalking them. Frustratingly there’s one in my local charity shop but it’s broken so they won’t sell it. The only other I’ve found is this one from Raveena Girls Vintage below which costs a bit much for postage to the UK.

Coffee or tea? Tea all the way. I’ve only drank three cups of coffee in my entire life (despite the fact that the other half is a coffee fiend). That said I’m still not a conventional tea drinker. I drink green tea, peppermint tea and a cup of Earl Grey now and then.

What’s for dinner? Not sure. When I started writing this post (it takes me too long to answer questions about myself) the other half had made us a veggie shepherd’s pie (from scratch) with roasted potatoes and carrots. It was yummy.

What would you eat for your last meal? That always strikes me as a dark question. Not sure I would have much of an appetite if I knew it was my last meal. If I had to choose it would be the other half’s spicy tomato tofu noodle dish. The first time he made it for me I ate two huge bowls of it and was nearly sick – it is that good!

What was the last thing you bought? A pair of floral tights. I love tights, I really do, so I loathe to giving them up for summer. Bright floral ones are my compromise.

What are you listening to right now? Currently birds tweeting outside… I’m also currently playing to death Friendly Fires, The National and itunes genius mixes based on Fleet Foxes!

What is your favorite ice cream flavor? I’m not a big fan of ice-cream (me and dairy don’t make the best of friends) but I do like to steal the chocolate bits out of the other half’s ice-cream!

What do you think of the person(s) who tagged you? She’s funny and pretty, has very good taste and is very far away. (She’s in Sydney, I’m in Edinburgh).

If you could go anywhere in the world for the next hour, where would you go? Probably back in time. There’s a few things I’d like to tell myself when I was younger. An hour should cover the important stuff!

Which language do you want to learn? I would love to learn Japanese – the other half did pretty much all the talking while we were there, I just smiled at people!

What’s your favorite quote (for now)? “In memory everything seems to happen to music.” Tennessee Williams

What is your favorite colour? This one is easy. Yellow. With an incomprehensible passion. Though I do also have a thing for neon pink right now – even if I do end up looking like a giant highlighter pen when I’m wearing it!

What is your favorite piece of clothing in your own wardrobe? My reversable dress from H&M. I bought this dress a few years ago as a cheap dress to go on holiday with… and it somehow became my most treasured item of clothing. I love it dearly and genuinely worry about the day it shrinks or rips…
What is your dream job? An author or a sugar mice taster.
What is your worst habit? Being a stress bunny. I get myself worked up about things like money, deadlines etc… far too easily. I sometimes wonder if that’s why I suffer from migraines.
If you had £100 now, what would you spend it on? A sideboard, a vintage dress, a yellow floor lamp, an old chaise lounge that needs reupholstered and a retro chandelier. This of course would all have to be bought at the world’s most magical shop where totally fab things cost no money! 😉
Do you admire any one’s style? Trish already stole my style icon but screw it I can’t think of anyone else but Zooey Danschel… she has the best dresses, gorgeous hair and of course the best name (even if she does spell it funny!).
Describe your personal style? Co-ordinated chaos. Most days I live in dresses, cardigans, bright tights and dolly shoes. For more formal occassions, I’m a huge fan of 50s dresses – my figure is so not made for the current era.
What are you going to do after this? Go buy a toilet! Sad but true!!
What are your favourite movies? I have lots but there’s only a few that I never tire of watching, like Toy Story and Howl’s Moving Castle.
What is your favorite fruit? Right now I’m really into pears (if you can be into such a thing!). They’re kind of a recent discovery on my part… yes I’ve known they existed for some time but I just thought I didn’t like them. Turns out I do. I’m also extremely partial to raspberries (comes from picking rasps in my Nana’s garden as a little kid).
What inspires you? The idea that something can always be made better, that’s there’s a better idea just around the corner…
Your favorite book? If This Is A Man by Primo Levi. I wrote my dissertation on it in high school and it stayed with me ever since – it reminds me to be a better person and not take things for granted. I also love Watchmen – as it was the first graphic novel that I really fell for in a big way.
Do you collect something? I used to collect art deco mirrors (I’ve got around 19 now so I’ve stopped for the moment) which I still need to find somewhere to put in the new flat. I think nowadays I technically collect chairs – at one point we had chairs chairs everywhere and not a seat to sit on.
What is your favorite smell? Acqua di Gio for boys. The other half used to wear it when we were first seeing each other.
What are you most proud of? My little sis. She’s so talented and driven – plus she can sew, knit, bake, play the guitar and do a perfect Welsh accent (she is an actress!).
How many times do you press the snooze button before you get up? A ridiculous amount. I’ve never been a morning person. Ever.
Cats or dogs? Cats. I identify with their random temperaments much more – dogs are too needy for my liking, I would get stressed leaving them on their own.
What’s your biggest fashion mistake? In the 90s I had the big slouchy fall down socks which I wore with a short skirt and Doc Martin shoes. Let’s not mention that I had the hairspray bump/quiff thing too!
Complete the following: Love is… never being afraid to show your dweeby side!

9 Responses to “Tag, you're it…”

  1. Meg 06/06/2009 at 8:03 PM #

    Thanks for the tag! I will get working on my answers!!

  2. Laura 06/06/2009 at 9:17 PM #

    Thanks for tagging me!

    These are some interesting questions and so many of your answers I agree with (are you my secret twin?).

    I agree with yellow, my figure is neither good for todays clothes, I cannot see the advantages of wearing low cut jeans, tights the whole cat vs. dog thing (you have to bath a frigging dog, and brush it’s teeth!).

    • Conversation Pieces 07/06/2009 at 7:30 PM #

      Never knew that about dogs, Laura! As for secret twinning… I did always used to say when I was little that I could have been adopted (slightly ridiculous as I am the spitting image of my mother!) so maybe…

  3. Eden Rose 06/06/2009 at 10:01 PM #

    Sugar Mice taster as a job???? that is frickin funny! I see cats and dogs the same way as you, dogs need way to much looking after and attention, my cats just come to me when they are hungry or need a lap to sit on, so much easier. x

  4. Anastasia 07/06/2009 at 3:16 AM #

    That is funny. My boyfriend is a coffee drinker but I am a major tea drinker. Maybe there is some kind of connection between coffee and tea people.

  5. biba (inspiration bubble) 08/06/2009 at 8:45 PM #

    Oooh i love your answers, thanks for tagging me – gotta give this some hard thought! Sugar mice taster…. lol

  6. Kerry (the seventy tree) 09/06/2009 at 12:20 PM #

    Thanks for the tag lady! I’m working through my answers at the mo…may take a while…there’s a lot to get through! Lots of fun though and I very much enjoyed your answers!

  7. Trishie Koh 15/06/2009 at 1:42 AM #

    Love love LOVE your answers! And thanks for your lovely compliments, made me blush. heh.
    Howl’s moving castle is a fantastic movie, thanks for reminding me, need to watch it again soon.

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