A freak tag? YES PLEASE. Thanks go to Katie from Oh To Feel Pretty for tagging me in this! You all know I love a good tag post, and this looks like the most interesting one to date. So without further ado...
1. What's a nickname only your family calls you?
My parents call me Leez because they can't be bothered to spit out my full name. Every so often it's 'OI YOU', tithead, arse - anything insulting really. We're Welsh, we think insults are perfectly acceptable forms of address.
2. What's a weird habit of yours?
I cut my nails as short as I possibly can at least every three days. I can't stand them growing any longer than a fraction of a millimetre. Which doesn't help because my dog has a fit when he hears the clicking sound of nail clippers, so I have to migrate to a different room just to satisfy my obsession. Plus I don't think it's weird but I have OCD about hand hygiene, I'm forever washing my hands to smithereens. Boy, when I discovered hand gel, I was the happiest human.
3. Do you have any weird phobias?
Ever since I slipped head-first down a slope to the beach as a child, I've had an irrational fear of steep inclines. I'm petrified of going up or down hills that are too steep for me, so anything beyond 20 degrees, and I'll refuse to walk it. Unfortunately I live in a very hilly city, so I face this situation every so often, but thankfully not on a daily basis, otherwise I'd never get to university...
4. What's a song you secretly love to blast and belt out when you're alone?
Anything by Fall Out Boy. My walls tell me I'm as good a singer as Patrick Stump, but my non-tone deaf ears tell me that my walls are tone deaf.
5. What's one of your biggest pet peeves?
Grammar and spelling. By far. I even walked into my boyfriend's shop and told him one of his signs was grammatically incorrect, I was that concerned. I get indignant when I see a typo in a paper or book, to the point I feel like writing a letter suggesting I'd make a better editor than the pathetic excuse they're employing right now. If you saw me post this on Instagram the other week, you'll understand my frustration.
6. What's one of your nervous habits?
I need to keep my hands busy when I'm nervous, so I'll play on my phone, change the music I'm listening to, twiddle my hair, put my hands in my pockets, check my makeup, rummage through my bag, anything to distract me really.
7. What side of the bed do you sleep on?
The side nearest the wall, but I have a single bed so I don't need to worry about such luxuries. I just fall out of beds too easily. I fidget like nobody's business so if I'm not as close as humanly possible to the wall, I can guarantee I'll wake up on the floor.
8. What was your first stuffed animal and it's name?
Scratchy. It was a little stuffed toy dog made from a really shiny, scratchy material and, you guessed it, I used to scratch it. I still have him actually. He's just a little scratched out.
9. What's the drink you always order at Starbucks?
Grande coffee frappuccino, with lots of whipped cream on top, and I set the staff a challenge by saying my name's Voldemort, but to this day nobody's spelt it right. Lately I've been ordering a strawberries and cream frapp. I'll go mental if that isn't made a permanent fixture.
10. What's a beauty rule you preach, but never actually practice?
I don't think there's anything I don't practice, because I don't preach any rules. Rules aren't for me. I don't use skincare products half as much as I should. It's enough effort for me to use a moisturiser, the rest can go for a burton.
11. Which way do you face in the shower?
Towards the water. Because I'm stupid like that. Unless I'm trying to preserve my makeup, in which case it's away from the water, but normally towards it. I like to stare death by water in the face.
12. Do you have any 'weird' body 'skills'?
My little finger on my left hand is dislocated, so I can't pull all my fingers together. Plus my elbows bend back a little further than they're supposed to. Also, even though this isn't a skill, I have a joint condition that means I can't point my toes without super pain. I'm a biological mystery!
13. What's your favourite comfort food that's 'bad' but you love to eat it anyway?
Pastry cheese twists. Sod it, anything made from pastry. I'll eat that stuff for the rest of my life if someone tells me it's actually good for me.
14. What's a phrase or exclamation you always say?
'Christ on a bike', 'crikey Moses', 'Jesus, Mary and Joseph' are the top three, and yes, I'm aware they're all biblical references, but I'm an atheist so blasphemy is none of my concern. Others include 'cor blimey', 'life goes on', 'could be worse' and 'ah sod it'. I also do a damn good Austin Powers impression when I say 'Ithankyouu'. Just don't ask me to do it on command.
15. Time to sleep, what are you actually wearing?
Haha, this is awkward! I sleep in a vest top, bra and my undies. That's it. I can't wear anything on my legs, not even in winter, and I have no idea why. That's only changed recently though, I used to wear PJ bottoms in bed, but something changed one day, it baffles me.
16. What did you used to wear that you thought was cool but now you realize it wasn't that hot?
My entire wardrobe isn't hot but I think it's cool! I have plentiful photographic evidence to prove I spent my entire teenage years wearing flared jeans. I genuinely thought I was the bees knees, because in my head I was growing up in the 70s, but in reality it was the noughties and skinny jeans had just been resurrected. And by the time I grew into the idea of skin-tight jeans, they fell out of fashion again. I'm always 30 years behind with my fashion sense. One day I'll get it right. One day...
That's officially the most fun I've ever had doing a tag! But for the sake of not inadvertently calling you all FREAKS, I challenge you all to do this tag! Send me a link to your response, I want to know I'm not the only one that cuts my nails tragically short!