About Me

The bits and bobs about Yours Truly

Name: Maren; but basically everyone knows me by my nickname, anyway

Nickname: Kiwi; at times also “Shorty”

DOB: August 27

Zodiac Sign: virgo / Native American: brown bear

Personality Type: INFJ

Hobbies: watching sports, listening to music, reading, blogging / social media, Postcrossing, writing, (sports) photography, Sporcle quizzes, bubble baths, being creative in one way or another, jigsaw puzzles, …

– bands:
Bury Tomorrow, Blood Youth, Architects, Disturbed, Polar, Any Given Day, Three Days Grace, Sonata Arctica, Five Finger Death Punch, Bullet For My Valentine, Jimmy Eat World, The Amity Affliction, Nightwish, U2, Eluveitie, Dogstar, …
I am also fond of 80s music and movie soundtracks and have a pretty eclectic mixed playlist on my iPod – ranging from classical and instrumentals to pop to trance. And there’s also a Hip Hop & R’n’B playlist. The majority is Rock and Metal, though.
– artists: TORI AMOS. Leonard Cohen, Hans Zimmer, Eminem
– movies: The Dark Knight, Some Like It Hot, The Crow, Inception, Pulp Fiction, The Usual Suspects, American Beauty, Knives Out, From Dusk Till Dawn, Matrix, Point Break, Speed, Casino Royale, Skyfall, Top Gun, Top Gun: Maverick, The Hunt For ‘Red October’, Mission: Impossible (the whole franchise!), A Few Good Men, Jerry Maguire, Minority Report …and lots more. Won’t say “no” to a nice action flick that has Jason Statham in it.
– actors: Jason Statham, Christian Bale, Daniel Craig, Keanu Reeves, Sean Connery, Armin Rohde, TOM CRUISE
– actresses: Catherine Zeta-Jones, Jennifer Lopez (because she is so versatile)
– books: The Hotel New Hampshire (John Irving), A Little Life (Hanya Yanagihara), To Kill A Mocking Bird (Harper Lee), The Shadow Of The Wind (Carlos Ruiz Zafón), Die Stadt der träumenden Bücher (Walter Moers), The Way Of Shadows / Shadow’s Edge / Beyond The Shadows (Brent Weeks), The Grapes Of Wrath (John Steinbeck), Of Mice and Men (John Steinbeck), The Road (Cormack McCarthy), Demon Cycle (Peter V. Brett), 1984 (George Orwell), Neuromancer (William Gibson), The Dark Tower series (Stephen King), The Stand (Stephen King), On The Road (Jack Kerouac), The Midnight Library (Matt Haig), Malibu Rising (Taylor Jenkins Reid), the “Beartown” trilogy (Fredrik Backman), …
– sports:
American Football, hockey, baseball, handball, swimming, surfing, skydiving, MotoGP,  basketball, winter sports (esp. biathlon)
I also used to be a MAJOR football (soccer for you heathens 😉 ) fanatic, but I have lost pretty much my whole interest in the sport
– teams:
New England Patriots, San Jose Sharks, Toronto Blue Jays, Kölner Haie, FC St. Pauli, THW Kiel, Chicago Bulls & Cubs, Florida Gators
– colors:
blue, black, dark green
– countries:
New Zealand, Canada, Norway, Finland, Iceland, USA, Uzbekistan, Oman, Morocco …
– cities:
Barcelona, San Francisco, Christchurch (NZ), Berlin, Toronto
– animals: BEARS
, giant pandas, (sea) otters, hedgehogs, (great gray) owls, sharks, quokkas, meerkats, alpacas, Border Terriers
– scent: all things vanilla, forest/nature after rain
– sound (aside from music): falling rain shortly before going to bed, waves crashing in

Random stuff: Route 66, aviation, the ocean, beaches, Batman, teddy bears, JFK, sunflowers, sarcasm, Paddington Bear, winter / snow, random acts of kindness, mental health awareness, concerts / concert memorabilia (such as signed tickets, setlists, guitar picks, drumsticks), song lyrics, (urban) sunsets, tattoos, scrapbooking / journaling, geography

Life motto: “Life is not about waiting for the storm to pass; it’s about learning to dance in the rain.”