17/31 There’s no buddy like a Brother!

17. What is your most proud moment

Watching my brother collect his degree. Ooo no wait… it was during his last year at University, when I watched him in his Drama group’s end of year performance. He had a couple of vocal leads and I welled up like a baby. I thought, in that very moment, that my heart was actually going to burst! It’s in these moments that I wish I was allowed to film it to be able to feel that pride over and over…

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11/31 Raindrops on roses and whiskers on kittens

11. List 15 of your favourite things

I foresee plenty of lists appearing this month… apologies in advance!

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  1. The Royal Family… I love the Queen but, I mean just look at him! Prince George is on a whole new level of cuteness!
  2. Inspirational quote signs (I’ve actually lost count how many I own)
  3. Notebooks.
  4. RuPaul and all of her fierce drag queens.
  5. Mermaids, rainbows and unicorns.
  6. My books – Workin’ It by RuPaul, Binge by Tyler Oakley and Life Is Short (no pun intended) by Jennifer Arnold, MD, & Bill Klein (from TLC’s show The Little Couple).
  7. Netflix. Some of my favourite shows include RuPaul’s Drag Race (no surprises there!), Orphan Black, The Big Bang Theory, Once Upon A Time, Orange is the New Black, Pretty Little Liars, Person of Interest, The Good Wife… so many!
  8. Dancing without a care in the world.
  9. Singing without a care in the world.
  10. West End theatre and live performances/gigs.
  11. Disney. Pixar. Warner Brothers. Kids films in general.
  12. Making lists and satisfyingly crossing the completed tasks off one by one.
  13. Brunch. Especially on a Sunday…
  14. Exploring new places and restaurants.
  15. Reading or learning new about new things whilst sat cosily on my bean bag with a nice cup of peppermint tea.
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Sunday brunch with my flatmates at Dishoom near London’s Kings Cross – Sausage and egg naan with masala beans and a pot of fresh mint tea

2/31 Wait… you didn’t know?!

2. 20 facts about you

I have a feeling that this is going to be a tricky prompt… ten I could have managed but 20 facts just about me?! Well, here goes:

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My Queen… Amen!

  1. I’m addicted to RuPaul’s Drag Race and love pretty much all of the queens that have walked through the ‘You Better Werk’ room doors.
  2. My favourite colour is duck egg blue.
  3. I own more pairs of socks than I care to admit.
  4. I’m a bit of a Netflix addict – entire mornings can disappear if I’m not careful.
  5. I love singing and dancing.
  6. When I’m at home, I’m often found in pyjama’s… I mean what’s the point in wearing your outdoor clothes, indoors?!
  7. I began and completed WordPress’ 365 Days of Writing Prompts challenge in 2014.
  8. People find it odd that I don’t drink tea or coffee…
  9. If money was no object, I’d go to see a West End theatre show every single week.
  10. I have a very close family, which means the world to me, and am even related to Howard Carter, the guy who discovered Tutankhamun’s tomb.
  11. My Great Nan reached 104 and a half years young… the half is very important at that age.
  12. I’m obsessed with Mi backpacks. So far, I’ve got a peacock feather one, a gumball one, a galaxy print one, a duck egg blue polka dot backpack and one with elephants all over it.
  13. I’m commonly found wearing Converse hi-tops… wearing heels is for special occasions.
  14. For RuPaul’s BOTS, I temporarily dyed my hair blue. I loved it so much that I’m planning to dye it permanently blue – hopefully two tone, using cobalt and duck egg blue (of course!)
  15. Through my last job, I was sent on press trips to Iceland (Ice Age 4: Continental Drift), Norway (How To Train Your Dragon 2) and Slovenia (Postojna Cave), interviewed a robotic cockatoo (Nigel from Rio 2, with actor Jemaine Clement in another room) and even photographed the stars of TV on the red carpet at the National Television Awards.
  16. I have a BA (Hons) in Human Resource Management.
  17. I love afternoon tea… especially quirky ones such a Spanish or Thai themed.
  18. Working in children’s media means that I get to see many of the new films before they hit the cinemas and I’m a big kid who loves everything Disney, so I end up enjoying every single screening… sometimes even more than the kids that are actually there.
  19. I love unicorns, rainbows and mermaids. I even wanted to be a mermaid growing up… still do!
  20. Primates are my favourite animals (well, and dolphins and marine life of course), but I’ve been lucky enough to meet the famous Primatologist, Dr Jane Goodall three times and even helped her present awards.
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At the most recent Jane Goodall Roots & Shoots Awards with my flatmate, Féaron, where we got to meet Dr Jane’s beloved Mr. H, which travels around the world with her.

Standout

#228: When was the last time you really stood out in a crowd? Are you comfortable in that position, or do you wish you could fade into the woodwork?

Yesterday.

Whilst AnimalMan, Nick Spellman, was getting reading for his last show of the day in our NG KiDS tent at LolliBop festival, he put on Frozen’s famous track, Let It Go, and asked the kids to sing along. Unbeknownst to me, I was gleefully (unconsciously) singing along, too. No problem right? Wrong. I was standing on my lonesome in front of our banner/stand to the right of the stage for all the kids to see. That’s when I noticed a boy turn to his mum, point in my direction and say “she knows all the words”. Argh! That when I saw all of the tiny eyes on me… Although, instead of glowing bright red or turning to run and hide, I simply gestured that they sing louder and really get involved. I think that deflected some of the attention, as I’m really not a centre stage thriving individual in the slightest.

The zone

#153: Tell us about your favourite way to get lost in a simple activity — running, chopping vegetables, folding laundry, whatever. What’s it like when you’re in “the zone”?

Some call them simple tasks, I call them mundane tasks! So, when I have washing up to do, dinner to prepare or, most recently, having to hand wash all my clothes in the bath (whilst we wait for a new washing machine to arrive!), I open up Spotify and sing to my heart’s content! I find that there’s no better way to make time go quicker, than to preoccupy your mind with your favourite tunes!

I couldn’t really explain what it’s like when I’m in “the zone” purely because I’m in the zone. It’s almost trance-like! I know what I need to do and I just get it done. Simples.

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Unconventional love

#133: Over the weekend, we explored different ways to love. Today, tell us about the most unconventional love in your life.

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This was a pretty tough thing to answer, as there are quite a few things in my life that I love unconventionally… singing (everything), primates (of all kinds), conducting interview junkets, blogging, a wedge of Choccywoccydoodah traditional chocolate cake or the ginger cake, the list goes on! However, one thing that will always be a huge passion of mine, giving me goosebumps and bringing a lump to my throat, is musical theatre! I simply have a deep love and appreciation for the performers’ demanding line of work. My all time favourites, which I think will remain with me for my entire life (in no particular order as that was way too hard to decide), are The Lion King, Les Miserables and Wicked. Don’t get me wrong, I’ve never been to a musical and come out with negative thoughts, but these three I could easily watch week in, week out!

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Happy happy joy joy

#87: We cry for lots of reasons: sadness, pain, fear . . . and happiness. When was the last time you shed tears of joy?

Easy… when I watched my brother in his drama production the day after my birthday, a few weeks back. It was his singing that made the tears of happiness and pride fall as he’s never participated in a public show like this… and to be honest, I’d never heard him sing like that in all my life! He had quite a few solo sections within the four or so songs he performed in and it felt like my heart (and the fabric of time) had stopped with every word he sung… it was just incredible! I don’t normally get emotional in that way but I have never felt prouder to have him as my little brother. I thought I was going to burst with pride!