I Mustache You Some Questions

mustache-questionsI know you all love learning random facts about the person behind the blog, so this one is for you, dear readers! (What? You don’t love learning random facts about the person behind the blog? Too bad.) Danya, a fellow fantasy+romance+pink movie+The 100 enthusiast and the owner of one of my fave blogs, Fine Print, tagged me to participate in this questionnaire. Since I love lists and bad puns, I Mustache You Some Questions tag is a must. By the way, I’m skipping the Tough Travels meme this week, but go check out other bloggers’ posts! Here goes:

Four names that people call me (other than my real name – which is Kaja, pronounced like Maya with a K):

  1. Kajč (č = ch), Kajčica (which I dislike because it’s a diminutive in Slovenian), Kajuc (only my grandpa calls me that), and other variations of the name.
  2. Bucik (pronounced BOOT-sick), which is my maiden name. It’s not customary to call women by their surnames here, but I was called this a lot in high school because there were four Kajas in my class. Kaja is not a very common name (I only knew one other Kaja before high school), so it was weird to have three others share it. We had to use surnames to avoid confusion.
  3. Mačko (= diminutive for cat), which is what my father calls everyone in the family.
  4. Pipi (= completely random, except that pi-pi-pi is the sound chickens make), which is what my mother sometimes calls me. I have to add here that I have a wonderful relationship with my parents and that their name-calling in no way reflects their opinion of me. :)

Four jobs that I have had:

  1. I translate books for a living. I love it and if I could do that forever, I would. Fingers crossed!
  2. For one summer, I worked in the translation service of our Ministry of Foreign Affairs. It was dreadfully boring and made me redouble my efforts to be a great literary translator.
  3. I also worked as a sort of intern at the Slovenian Book Agency, helping with the archives and whatnot.
  4. I did art workshops for kids both as a kind of summer daycare programme and as a part of this great festival where the workshops are set in the street and any kid can stop by and participate. I loved this job, it was perfect for the summer!

Four movies that I have watched more than onceOh, man. I’m a serial movie re-watcher, so this list could have been at least 20 titles long.

  1. Pride and Prejudice, the Keira Knightley version.
  2. 27 Dresses. I love Katherine Heigl.
  3. Leap Year. And Amy Adams (except for her role in Man of Steel).
  4. Star Trek. I’m not a true Trekkie but I really like this one.

Honorable mentions: Lord of the Rings trilogy, Made of HonorThe Princess BrideMulanIndiana Jones movies…

Four books I’d recommend:

  1. lies-locke-lamora-lynchFor the fantasy lovers: The Lies of Locke Lamora by Scott Lynch. Lovelovelove. If you haven’t read Lynch yet, you’re seriously missing out. Best swearing, banter, and heartbreak ever.
  2. For historical romance lovers: One Night in Scotland by Karen Hawkins. She writes funny, witty romances with smart heroines and swoony heroes.
  3. For YA lovers: Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor. I might be biased because I translated this trilogy, but I really liked it.
  4. What is this genre crap, give me a book about real people: A Spot of Bother by Mark Haddon. A wonderful family saga that had me laughing out loud. I adore Haddon!

Four places I have livedSlovenians are really bad at moving. It’s a cultural thing.

  1. My parents’ place. I shared a room with my younger brother for 11 years and then I got my own room, which was smaller than his but so much cooler. I loved it.
  2. The first apartment I shared with my husband (then boyfriend). It was 32 m2 (= 345 square feet, if I’m correct), so it was tiny by most standards, right under the roof of a 5-floor building with no elevator. It was really cold in the winter (like 18°C (65F) with heat to the maximum) and had a mold problem, but it was nice and cozy and ours. Really cool.
  3. Munich. I spent three months there because I got a scholarship at the International Youth Library there – it’s a crazy-cool library in a medieval castle. They have a reference library, where I studied, and an actual lending library for children’s books. I would LOVE to have something similar here, that place is seriously magical. Fun fact: I love castles.
  4. Our current place. We’re still renting, but it’s twice as big as the previous apartment and the baby has his own room. Yay!

Four places I have been: ugh, this is a hard one. I travel a lot (I expect a bit less now that we have a kid) and it’s one of my favourite things to do.

  1. Canada – twice. Vancouver was my favourite.
  2. Malaysia – it was wonderful, but I’m not a huge fan of the heat/humidity.
  3. Scotland + the Lake District – one of my fave trips, I really want to go hiking around the Highlands at some point. Outlander just confirmed this. If you haven’t watched it yet, GO WATCH IT NOW.
  4. Istanbul, Turkey – so many gorgeous things! The architecture, the food, the shops! So nice.OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

Honorable mentions: Berlin, Helsinki, Dublin, Provence, Rome (our honeymoon!!), Paris, London, San Francisco, New York City

Four places I’d rather be right now: I did a post on this once, but here are the first four that come to mind:

  1. New Zealand – because it’s summer there now and because hobbits. My friend was just there and he sent me a postcard from the Hobbit Village (or whatever it’s called) and I have serious travel envy.
  2. Japan – I’ve been looking at some gorgeous photos recently.
  3. Iceland – well, maybe not right now, because, you know, I’d probably freeze to death, but someday for sure.
  4. Norway – ditto, it’s been on my to-go list forever, but it’s crazy expensive, so we’re saving it for later!

Four things I don’t eat: I’m a bit of a picky eater, though it’s usually more of a “I don’t eat any fruit desert if I don’t bake it myself” kind of thing.

  1. Pineapple. I hate the smell.
  2. Raspberries. I hate the smell, texture (those crunchy little seeds), and whenever I’ve had to pick them, there were earwigs. Ew.
  3. Clams. Because they’re chewy and disgusting to look at, and they filter the water they live in. I’m ok with crabs, shrimp, etc. I also wouldn’t eat snails.
  4. Tripe. While I have no problem eating black pudding and stuff like that, the idea of eating an unstuffed stomach of a cow is just too much.

Four of my favourite foods: ohhhh… I love food. I love cooking and baking. But these are my favourites:

  1. My mom’s lasagna. I can make lasagna myself but it’s so much better if she makes it.
  2. My dad’s saltimbocca. It’s really thinly sliced veal with proscuttio and sage. So good. I’m SO HUNGRY right now. Both my parents are really good cooks and it’s from them that I learned most (but not all) that I know about cooking.
  3. My mom’s tiramisu. Godlike.
  4. Brie cheese. The gooey one from French farmers’ markets, preferably.

Four TV shows that I’ve watched: again with the choosing! I can’t choose just four!

  1. Cop/detective shows: I still watch ElementaryCastle and Bones, which are great. If you’re not a chicken, Criminal Minds is good, but I had to stop watching it because I had nightmares. I hate horror.
  2. Superhero/Supernatural stuffArrow (Season 3 is the best so far), Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., Grimm and I watched 8 seasons of Supernatural but then it was too much even for me.
  3. ComedyThe IT Crowd (SO dorky but so good), Brooklyn Nine-Nine.
  4. All the drama (in the broad sense of the term): The 100, Outlander, Game of Thrones, The Blacklist.

Four things I’m looking forward to this year:

  1. Seeing our baby grow – I know all humans go through the same motions and processes, but it’s mesmerising to watch your own kid master rolling onto his belly, laughing and leaning to put his toes in his mouth. He just got his first two teeth a few days ago (yep, two at once).
  2. Vacation – probably no air travel this year but we’ll definitely escape somewhere!
  3. Reading – this goes without saying, really.
  4. Working on my PhD – as soon as I get my lazy self to do some actual work.

Four things I’m always saying:

  1. Rada te imam (= I love you), which I choose for the cheesiness level.
  2. Kakec (= poop). It’s surprising how many conversations revolve around poop these days. Seriously, I had no idea this would happen.
  3. Lačna sem (= I’m hungry). Always.
  4. Zmanjkalo nam je čokolade (= We’re out of chocolate). In a slightly panicked voice.

Four people I tag:

  1. Nikki of Bibliophibian Inc. for her love of fantasy and great reviews!
  2. Becky of A Fool’s Ingenuity for her amazing recommendations of romance novels and shared fangirling over favourite authors!
  3. Casee Marie of Literary Inklings for her thoughtful posts and her love of all things Outlander!
  4. Lark of The Bookwyrm’s Hoard for her great taste in books and shared love of historical romance!

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MAN, this was a long one!

What would you say in answer to these questions? I’d love to know more about you! :)

  • Ok. I had no idea you did translations for a living. Which leads to other questions. How long does a typical book take being the first I have.

    • Kaja

      Yeah, I’m still new at it, I mean, I’m only turning 28 this year so I’m still at the beginning of what I hope will be a long career as a translator and I’ve only recently started getting more serious books to translate. I started out with romance novels because that’s what they give to newbies, but I kind of like translating them :) They make me blush a lot, though.
      Umm well, when I’m on a roll, I average at about 20 pages a day (when I’m nearing my deadline, for example), so a book with 400 pages can take as little as 20 days – but that’s for the first translation, which is like a rough draft. I do quite well with this and don’t need loads of corrections but I read the translation at least twice more before I hand it in. Then it’s off to the copy editor for grammar and the editor for style and then back to me for a final reading or two. I’m lucky enough to work for a publishing house that can afford to do a quality job on translations. I usually get about 4 months for a book but in reality, it’s like one month of really hard work. (I bet you just wanted a number of days, not an essay, but there you have it.)

  • I enjoyed reading your answers – wow, you’ve traveled a lot! I’m a little envious. Things are a lot farther apart here in the US, and a lot more homogenous than Europe.

    And thanks for tagging me (and for the compliment)! I was recently tagged in another get-to-know-you meme (20 Questions) which I’ll be posting next week, so it may take me a few weeks to get this one finished and ready to post, but I’m looking forward to it!

    • Kaja

      Yep, travelling is the best. It’s true – if I drive in any direction for more than 2.5 hours from where I live, I end up in another country. One of the most popular destinations, Venice, is like 4 hours from where I live. My parents travel a lot as well so they gave me the travel bug which I’ve successfully transferred to my husband :)
      I would love to see more of the US, it’s this felling of great expanses that’s actually very attractive for someone who lives in a country with 2 million people. Canada, too, is something I’d love to explore more. Ohh, I have so many travel plans :)
      I’m looking forward to reading your answers on both memes! :)

  • Phew, I’ve been pronouncing “Kaja” correctly in my head. Ugh, you are so cool!!! Working as a translator sounds like the perfect job for you, it’s awesome that you’re so passionate about it. High five for P&P and pink movies, I’m a big fan of 27 dresses as well. B-b-b-bennie and the Jets! Your first apartment with your husband sounds very similar to my first place; I think living in a run-down apartment is kind of a rite of passage. Would you believe I’ve never been to Vancouver?! It’s more expensive to take a plane there than it is to visit Europe at some times in the year! It’s definitely on my list though. Hahaha, “we’re out of chocolate” is definitely worth panicking over. I could definitely go for some lasagna and tiramisu right now!

    This tag is definitely massive but it’s got some pretty good questions on it, I think! Very interesting to learn more about you, I think I speak for everyone when I say that I have travel envy! :)

    • Kaja

      Bennie and the Jets! Omg I have to re-watch this movie again. One of the best rom-com scenes ever ;)
      Most of my friends at the university got through this crap-appartment-rite-of-passage while they moved to Ljubljana to study; since I’m from Ljubljana, I only moved away with A. when we graduated (we were 24). It’s late to have your own place, but as I said, people in Slovenia rarely move permanently, especially when it doesn’t make sense commute-wise.

      Yeah, I have travel envy about my younger self right now – I can’t imagine we’ll be going anywhere far this year, but there are still some exciting places close by that we can discover. My parents travelled a lot (we started when I was 7 and my brother 5 and we never really stopped) and I kind of roped my husband in when we started going out. We were together for 3 months when we went to London with almost no cash but it was awesome :) It’s easier to travel around Europe because you can reach most places with a car (or really cheap air fares if you know where to look). I had the best sushi of my life in Vancouver :)

  • This is such a cute tag, and I loved reading your responses! Especially about your travels – I’ve always been so interested in other countries, but I’m afraid of flying so I’ve never been out of the US. Someday! I would love to see the Lake District; a friend of mine went recently and I was swooning over all her photos. (New Zealand and the hobbit village, too!) I adore the Keira Knightley version of Pride and Prejudice, it’s definitely one of my most-watched films. Such beautiful performances, and cinematography, and the lovely score. I’m a big fan of The Blacklist, too, and I just started watching Arrow in the fall. I’m right in the middle of Season 2 on Netflix, I think, and I’ve been recording the Season 3 episodes to catch up on as soon as I can. Felicity is my favorite! :)

    • Kaja

      Thanks, Casee Marie! :) I’m not very comfortable with flying, either, but since it’s the only way of getting to some places, I bear it. I have this ritual where I tell my husband I love him right before take-off and landing (either in person or by text), which makes me feel a bit better. I was terrified to hear that the first of those Malaysian flights that went missing was exactly the same route that we’d taken 2 years prior to that accident. I really prefer driving – which is very doable in Europe.

      Felicity is AWESOME and I want to steal her wardrobe (minus the stilettos because I’m already almost 6 feet tall (181cm), so I don’t really need the extra inches!).