Hello everyone, and welcome to Cloud’s Reads!! I’m so excited to finally have a space to talk about books all day… every day… because I totally didn’t do exactly that until now…
Anyway, moving on. Since this is my very first official post, I figured a good way to start my blog and also introduce myself a little bit is with a tag!! The lovely May from Forever and Everly has done it recently and while it’s a lot of questions to answer, I’ve been known to like talking about myself once in a while. That is to say, all the time. Here we go!
1. What’s your name?
I’m Claudia – or Clau for short!
2. Any nicknames/aliases?
There have been a few, yes. Țonțo (don’t ask), Cloud (which is my Battletag that I use for Overwatch but that has since caught on because, according to my friends, I’m as cute and fluffy as a cloud. I don’t see it), and I’ve also been called by my last name because it’s also the name of a very popular dessert that people here LOVE.
I identify as female and use she/her pronouns!
4. Star sign?
Sun in Cancer, moon in Pisces – so you can imagine that I’m a very, very sensitive and emotional person. Which is why I cry at pretty much everything.
At this point in time I don’t know if I’m fully comfortable sharing how old I am… but I’m legal in every part of the world.
6. Relationship status?
Single pringle! The only kisses I get are from my dog.
Someday, but for now I’m just a dog mom (and very happily!)
The Love of My Life The Very Air In My Lungs The Best Thing That Has Ever Happened To Me, my dog Lucky! (Have I mentioned that I have a dog? BECAUSE I DO!! He’s a Cocker Spaniel mix and he’s my favorite ever!!!)
9. Tattoos or piercings?
Not any tattoos (yet), but I do have the lobes of my ears pierced twice each and a helix piercing on my left!
10. What do you like about yourself?
There aren’t many things, to be honest, but I like my ability to pick up languages quickly (I speak five and learning a sixth), I like my eyes sometimes and I like that I lead with the heart first (as damaging as that can be both for myself and for the people around me).
11. What do you dislike about yourself?
Everything else The fact that if I’m not perfect at something from the first try, I’m quick to lose interest in it!
Righty! Fun fact, my mom actually told me that I started to pick things up and eat with my left hand, but then ended up using my right after a while.
13. Last thing you drank:
Coca Cola (I’m not proud).
14. Last thing you ate:
Sensitive topic so, sorry, but no.
15. Last phone call:
Anyone who spends even a little time around me knows that I absolutely hate talking on the phone. I can’t even call a pizza place without several rehearsals beforehand. It was probably my dad.
16. Last text message:
Do Twitter DM’s count? Because if so, I wrote ‘yeye i’ll try’ to one of my friends!
17. Last email:
To a book website enquiring about the state of an order!
18. Last song you listened to:
I have to guess ‘Tonguetied’ by Grouplove! If not this, then probably the newest BTS album.
19. Last book you read:
Currently in the middle of ‘The Hating Game’ by Sally Thorne and I LOVE IT.
20. Last time you cried:
Probably less than a week ago?
21. Last blog you read:
22. Last person you spoke to:
23. Last place you visited:
Oh this question hurts because I haven’t been out of the country for so long but I think the last place I went to was Venice, Italy a couple of years ago!
24. Last holiday abroad?
See question #23!
HAVE YOU EVER…
25. …gotten back with an ex?
I’ve never had one, so nope!
26. …been cheated on?
Again, no (and cheating is pretty much the most despicable thing someone that’s in a relationship with me could do so… hopefully I never experience it).
27. …cheated on someone?
Never. If I ever would’ve been in that situation, I’d like to think I would’ve been honest and broke up with the person I would’ve cheated on first.
28. …lost someone special to you?
In terms of family members, no. In terms of friendships, yes.
29. …been so drunk you threw up?
Never been drunk and pride myself on it!
30. …fallen out of love with someone?
I don’t think I’ve ever been in love, so, no!
31. …met someone who changed you?
I think everyone you meet changes you in some way, whether big or small. But I think the most impactful change in my life has come at the hands of just one person!
32. …been in a situation where you found out who your real friends are?
Yup. And it sucked big-time.
33. …kissed someone you probably shouldn’t have?
Considering I’ve never kissed anyone… no!
34. …found out people were talking about you behind your back?
Oh yes. And this one sucked even more.
35. …broken someone’s heart?
No! And also, let’s be real, I’d be the one with the broken heart. Every time.
36. …kissed a stranger?
Nope! Probably wouldn’t want to, either. Depends on the stranger.
37. …had your own heart broken?
Not romantically, but yes.
38. …had sex on the first date?
HA good one. Never been on a date (I know).
39. …been arrested?
Excuse me I’m a law-abiding citizen
and would I really broadcast it on the internet if I had been?
40. …been attracted to someone that isn’t the gender you usually find attractive?
41. …done something you regret?
Oh yes. I think it’s actually been one too many times.
42. …had a threesome?
Considering my previous answers, you really need to ask?
43. …embarrassed yourself in public?
ALL. THE. TIME.
44. …misjudged someone?
I think so, yes. But I’m also very quick to give someone the benefit of the doubt when they don’t deserve it, so that’s another side of things.
Small PSA, this section is absolutely not meant to offend anybody! You have your beliefs, I have mine – and if I can respect yours then I expect the same treatment!
45. Do you believe in God?
Not the traditional God that I grew up learning about, no.
46. Do you believe in yourself?
Not at the moment – but I’m working on it!
47. Do you believe in Santa Claus?
Only as a kid, I haven’t in a long time.
48. Do you believe in ghosts?
I REALLY DON’T KNOW! It does seem a little far-fetched but so does a great big man in the sky who created Earth so?!??
49. Do you believe in aliens?
I actually didn’t use to, but I’ve come to think the Universe is too big for us to assume that we’re the only existing life form. So, yes.
50. Do you believe in miracles?
Again, I… don’t really know? I think miracles can happen, but I also think that ordinary occurrences can be miracles so I can’t say.
51. Do you believe in the power of positive thinking?
I think I should start to!
52. Do you believe in love at first sight?
Not love, no. Attraction, a connection? Yes, those are possible at first sight, but, personally, I have to get to know a person before I can fall for them.
53. Can money make you happy?
To some extent, absolutely. Everyone who says money doesn’t have a positive impact on someone’s life is lying. However you need more than money to be 100% happy!
54. Would you describe yourself as a feminist?
Yes, and proudly.
55. Are you pro-life or pro-choice?
When it comes to myself? I’m pro-choice. But I don’t have the right to dictate over another woman’s body, so whatever someone chooses, it’s their prerogative! Some people, though, should really take a look at this post and figure out that no one should get a say in what a woman does with her body except herself (‘Coaliția pentru familie’ I hope you’re listening).
56. Do you have strong political beliefs?
It depends on whether the situation warrants it. At the moment, yes, because I firmly believe corruption and laundering should have no place in our government (if you’re from Romania as well, you understand).
57. Do you have strong religious beliefs?
58. What do you think the most important thing you can give a child is?
Love! Care! Understanding! A healthy amount of independence! I grew up very coddled and still feel the aftershocks.
59. Are you eating anything?
60. Are you drinking anything?
I have Coke next to me so I guess that counts?
61. What are you listening to?
The sound of my parents’ TV coming from the other room.
62. What are you thinking about?
That I can’t wait to go back to my apartment (as hard as it is to be away from Lucky).
63. What are you waiting for?
MY VERY FIRST HARRY POTTER SET TO ARRIVE. I do own the copies that I grew up reading, but they’re in Romanian and as I grew up I’ve come to realise just how much the translation sucks. They’re still precious to me, though!
64. What are you most excited about?
#63, uni starting again, the fact that I might get to re-decorate my place before school starts, getting my driver’s licence (although I’m not sure this last one will be a thing – I’m very, very short).
65. What’s your pet peeve?
I have several, but I think the worst out of the bunch has to be people pretending to know what best for you, personally. I get so annoyed SO fast.
66. What’s your favorite thing?
Music (both in general and specifically – BTS right now), books (because I love being able to escape whenever I want), and writing this!
67. If you weren’t answering these questions, what would you be doing?
Either watching YouTube or reading tbh.
68. First best friend:
Is it sad to say that I never really had one? The first person I felt closest to, though, was the daughter of some family friends! We’ve lost touch though.
69. First kiss:
Nonexistent (and I’m more affected by that fact than I should be).
70. First celebrity crush:
Can you really have a full-blown crush on someone you only see through screens? I don’t know. Sterling Knight.
71. First holiday:
First meaningful one was Mamaia with my entire class when I was in elementary!
72. First pet:
73. First regret:
The first that I really noticed and felt super badly about was leaving art school.
74. First job:
I’ve… never had one… woops. I do want to try and get one, though, but I don’t know how well that will go if I’m unable to drive so we’ll see!
75. First childhood memory:
Having to leave for kindergarten and constantly looking back at my apartment complex, hand outstretched, crying my eyes out (what was I so afraid of???)
WHICH WOULD YOU CHOOSE?
76. Love or money?
Love. Every time.
77. Twitter or Facebook?
Facebook is an absolute hellhole so Twitter, of course (link on the blog!!)
78. Hook-up or relationship?
I crave commitment so definitely relationship!
79. Dogs or cats?
If you’ve read this post so far and don’t already know that my answer is automatically dogs what are you even doing?
80. Coffee or tea?
I like both but I think I prefer tea juuuust a little more!
81. Beer or wine?
Neither, beer is disgusting and I’ve never had good wine. Don’t plan on it, either.
82. Sweet or savory?
It truly depends on what I’m craving at the moment. But I like both!
83. Introvert or extrovert?
HELLA introverted!! My personality type is INFP-T!
84. Vampires or werewolves?
Vampires. Can’t tell you the reason
(probably my mild obsession with ‘Twilight’ as a pre-teen) but vampires.
85. Seaside or countryside?
Fun fact about me, I hate not being in the city, but I also despise the heat – so, seaside, but only when it’s cold!
86. Summer or winter?
Always and forever, winter (summer can choke).
87. Books or movies?
You really have to ask?
88. Horror or comedy?
I HATE HORROR BECAUSE OF HOW EASILY SCARED I AM. Comedy all the way!!
RANDOM LAST QUESTIONS
89. Do you wish you could change your past?
To some extent? Yes, I think everyone does. But I also know that I wouldn’t be who I am today without my life going exactly as it has so far, so I wouldn’t really want to mess with it
more than it already messed with me.
90. What’s your dream job?
Either something revolving around books, like working in a publishing house or being an editor, or something that has to do with music! I’m not particularly good in any of those areas, though, so I might have shot a little too far.
91. What’s your guilty pleasure?
Baking/cooking shows on Netflix.
92. What are you afraid of?
Ending up unhappy and not satisfied (Angelica Schuyler, anyone?)
93. What was the first thing you wanted to be when you grew up?
A veterinarian! I’ve loved animals since I was tiny!
94. If you could have any superpower, what would it be?
Reading minds because holy hell would that ease my anxiety so much. I might hear some really bad things, but at least I wouldn’t have to worry about what people think of me anymore because I’d know.
95. If you could change anything about your life, what would it be?
My first instinct would be to say the place that I was born in, but really, all I want is to be normal.
96. Would you want immortality?
Please ask me again when I’m a little more sure of myself and of where I’m heading.
97. If you could interview anyone alive or dead, who would you choose?
ARE YOU KIDDING?? I CAN’T PICK?!??!?
98. Would you say that you’re happy?
At this point? More unhappy than not.
99. What one piece of advice would you give to yourself at age eighteen?
Get more involved!! You can’t sit on the sidelines while life, college, everything just passes you by!! ALSO TRY FOR THE DAMN DRIVER’S LICENCE. YOU EITHER GET IT WHEN YOU’RE SUPPOSED TO OR KNOW THAT YOU WON’T EVER BE ABLE TO DRIVE. ANYTHING IS BETTER THAT WAITING AS MUCH AS YOU DID.
100. Where would you like to be in five years’ time?
Happy. Just happy.
PHEW. THAT WAS A LOT. I had so much fun answering all these questions, though, and I truly hope you had fun reading them! If you’ve reached this point, you get a chocolate cookie. Several cookies, actually, because WOW you’re a champ!
Thanks for reading, and see you next time!