Get To Know Me Tag: 15 More Questions About Gecko

Hey! I trust you are having a fabulous Wednesday. Can you believe it’s August already?

Today I’ve decided to do, yet another Get To Know Me Tag. I’ve attempted these before and, to be quite honest, I enjoy working through them when I’m afflicted by my old faithful writer’s block (or is it blogger’s block?).

What I’ve seen most people do is to ask their readers/followers either on IG or any other social media platform to send the questions. I would have done something similar as well, but I came across this list on Endi’s World.

I guess, at the end of the day, you guys deserve to know a little more about who is behind the blog. If you don’t, well, I will hopefully work through my writer’s block and create even better content for you to read next time.

I’ve attempted to answer, as truthfully as I can, the very best of these questions.

Here are 15 fun/random/left-field questions about me:

1. Are you named after anyone?

Nope. Fun fact, though, my first name, Cara, means friend in Irish and dear/ beloved in Italian and Latin. Pretty cool, huh?

When I was a baby, a Romani gypsy once told my mum that she could: “see my name in lights,” I wonder if I’ll ever live up to that?

2. When was the last time you cried?

This is mildly embarrassing.

It was about three days ago. I was watching an episode of Bones (S4E3) where Brennan and Booth are investigating a dog-fighting ring. At the end of the episode, Brennan decides to adopt one of the dogs and has a collar specially made with the tag ‘Ripley Brennan’.

Turns out the poor thing was put down by the FBI (because, you know, it’s a fighting dog) before he could even experience a real, loving family.

I cried.

Probably way more than I should have. Dogs are a weak point, even fictional ones.

Don’t judge me!

3. Do you have kids?

Nope, not yet.

4. Do you use sarcasm a lot?

Me? Never!

Of course, I do. It’s a fun way to talk to people on another level of humour.

I think that true love, fairy tales, the positive messages of positive stories – I don’t think those ever die. Sometimes we like to hide them in sarcasm or irony, but they are still there, and they still move us.

Jon M. Chu

5. What’s the first thing you notice about people?

Well, this is a hard one.

I think I notice how people interact with others at first. People’s attitudes, body language and mannerisms are very telling and often give away their true personalities.

I also notice a person’s shoes initially.

Not sure why.

6. What is your eye colour?

Hazel. They seem to change colour a lot, though. I’m never quite sure if I’m seeing things or not.

It all depends on what I’m wearing, my hair colour (dye, etc.), make-up or even the season. They appear to range from light brown to green.

7. Scary movie or happy endings?

Happy endings, all day every day! There’s too much negativity in our lives; happy endings offer a small glimmer of hope amidst a life of mundanity.

Don’t get me wrong, I’m a realist – and a media student – and I know happy endings in films are very much a narrative device, but I’m still a sucker for them all the same.

8. Do you have any special talents?

Nothing exciting.

A few small things do come to mind, though: I can remember really random sequences of numbers.

You know, like stupidly long Wifi passwords or random car registrations? It’s almost like having a selective photographic memory. A useful talent, if nothing else.

Another thing: I can try my hand at most things. I’m truly a jack-of-all-trades and a master of none.

Whether it be mechanical tinkering, computing, painting, sewing, guitar-playing, language-learning – anything! With enough research, I can usually get the job done.

Knitting completely flummoxes me, however. I cannot get my head around it.

9. Where were you born?

I was born in sunny South Shields, UK.

There’s nothing particularly remarkable about the place, but we do have a fantastic coastline and great transport links for seeing the rest of the UK!

There’s a selling point… transport links. I won’t be Shields’ Chief of Tourism anytime soon, that’s for sure.

One interesting fact for you, though: film director Ridley Scott was born in South Shields, too. I wonder how he would describe the place now?

10. What are your hobbies?

Video gaming, reading, driving, baking, drawing, language-learning and ice-hockey. There’s more, I dabble in a lot of things without much commitment, but I won’t bore you with the details 😉.

11. Do you have any pets?

Yes, Oscar the Shih-Tzu and Patch the cat. They’re a secret double act who pretend to dislike one another but get up to mischief whenever they think we can’t see them.

12. Do you have any siblings?

Yep, two younger brothers, Daniel (15) and Harry (12).

Dan is soon to be excommunicated from the family because he’s an irritating teenager with nothing better to do than sit on his PlayStation and whinge all day.

Harry isn’t too annoying, just yet.

I have an older sister, Gemma, too!

13. How tall are you?

Pretty average: 5.5/5.6ft

The forward slash exists because I swear it fluctuates. I’ve been measured by medical professionals many times over the past few years (for career reasons/check-ups, etc.) and there’s a different outcome every single time.

Who knows! My response is always “5.5/5.6ft,” so that is my final answer.

14. How would you describe your fashion sense?

This is quite the question!

I think I’ll go for: laid-back hipster.

I love plaid shirts, they’re incredibly versatile, forgiving and cute.

Equally, I love my bobble-hats that go with them and a pair of Converse or Vans. With my few tattoos, I suppose, this all adds up to looking like a wannabe hipster.

To explain: while I love a cute A-line-dress-and-flats-combo, my Uni-days haven’t exactly been forgiving. While I’m working on my body-image and losing weight, for no reason other than to be happy with myself, I’ll be sticking to a trusty pair of jeans for the time being.

While I’d NEVER go so far as to call myself fashionable, I’ll go with whatever is passably ‘trendy’ and equally, whatever I feel comfortable in.

Life’s too short to wear clothes for the sake of following a fashion trend, unless it makes you happy.

One day, soon hopefully, I’ll be back to feeling confident enough to wear dresses again, I may even post a picture to commemorate the occasion!

15. How many countries have you visited?

3. France, Greece and Germany. I mainly travelled around the UK when I was younger so I’m currently looking to plan an elaborate trip around the world for when I finish my PhD. I truly love to travel so I aim to see as much of the world as I can.

Bonus Questions

1. What was your favourite/worst subject in high school?

Favourite – P.E. and English. I miss P.E., as much as it seemed like such a slog at the time, I really did enjoy it. English was always fun, too. I suppose that started off my love of writing!

Worst – Nothing. I really enjoyed most of my lessons. Science was a bit of a bore due to the uninspiring and overworked teachers, but everything else had more fun times than boring ones.

2. What Sports do you play/have you played?

In the past I have played tennis, netball and field hockey. Some may even say I was quite good, too. Only, I was a creativity-fuelled teen who quit her budding sport careers in order to pursue her art.

That lasted five minutes, too 😉.

Right now, I pretty much just run when I can. I enjoy cycling when I can convince my brothers to join me as I don’t enjoy it much alone and I enjoy a bit of hiking, too, when I can find the time.

I’m eternally training for my military fitness test so running is EVERYTHING right now… much to my distaste.

One sport I’d LOVE to take up is ice hockey… only I can’t skate for toffee and would probably leave the rink after one game missing a few teeth. I’ll stick to following the sport, for now.  

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