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Liebster Award and the last day of the blog challenge!

liebster-award-logo3 The lovely DaisyBisley nominated me for the Liebster Award!

Liebster is a German word that means dearest or beloved and is an unofficial award given to up and coming bloggers with under 200 followers by fellow bloggers. It’s a way to pay it forward, so now it’s my turn to pay it forward.

Here are the basic rules for being nominated:

  •  Share 11 random facts about yourself
  •  Answer the 11 questions the blogger who nominated you asked
  •  Create 11 questions to ask the 11 people you nominate
  • Nominate 11 bloggers with under 200 followers and let them know they’ve been nominated

1. I am random and love many things. 2. I like to read but I don’t like to re-read blog posts so I frequently have dumb editing mistakes. 3. I do not like listening to the same music over and over. I hate it when the same album plays repeatedly. 4. I’m a fan of watching tv and blogging at the same time, which also probably explains minor mistakes in my blog posts. 5. I love animals, especially cats, puppies, and ponies. 6. I’m a foodie. 7. I get scared easily. 8. I love to laugh. 9. I love action movies especially with Jason Stratham. 10. I am ticklish. Pedicures are sometimes a bit much when they rub or scrub the bottom of my feet. 11. Showtime has some of my most favorite television shows, like Dexter, Californication, Weeds, House of Lies, Homeland, Shameless, and the L Word. (However FX is another network with a lot of my favorite shows, Archer, Justified, and The League)

My answers to DaisyBisley‘s questions:

1.  What is your favourite book? In high school, I would have immediately said, “Atlas Shrugged”. I’ve recently read, “The Magicians” by Lev Grossman which is a wonderful blend of the Chronicles of Narnia, Harry Potter, and life after college. I’m now reading the sequel, “The Magician King“. 10079321
2.  What’s the one city you’ve always wanted to visit? I’ve always wanted to visit New Zealand, specifically the South Island. I’d also love to revisit Italy and the French countryside.
3.  What are your top 3 albums of all time? This is hard because I don’t re-listen to music over and over. I love Pandora and Spotify. I am able to easily say My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy-Kanye West is my top favorite album. 220px-MBDTF_ALT Some other front runners are Come Away with Me by Norah JonesNorah_Jones_-_Come_Away_With_Me
4.  Why did you start blogging? I was inspired by Jen Lancaster. She turned to blogging when she lost her job and she’s absolutely hilarious. I love her humor, her Chicago references and her perspective on kids. Mr. F and I already had a supervillan. It was our first cat, Foosa. 122_504957524392_9226_n This is the look she used to give our friends when they came over and she didn’t like them. imageThe comic strip Get Fuzzy perfectly captures Foosa’s spirit. 104_503511746742_9616_n
5.  Star Trek or Star Wars? Mr. F and I just had this conversation the other day after watching the new Star Trek movie. I prefer Star Wars because I like fantasy. Mr. F prefers Star Trek because he love science fiction.
6.  What’s your favourite blog at the moment? My heart breaks for Emily who just lost her dad. I love her blog em=me also known as the Doctors Fleming.
7.  What’s your favourite recipe? I don’t really cook but my most favorite recipe that I make is the  Pioneer Woman’s Christmas Rum Cake.
8.  If you could learn a new skill what would it be? Is it possible to learn how to have a photographic memory? I want to be like Lexi Grey from Grey’s Anatomy.
9.  If you could invent anything you want, what would it be? I would like calorie free, healthy, yet great tasting french fries. I would like all my favorite foods removed of unhealthy side effects.
10.  Favourite TV show of all time? Grey’s Anatomy is my guilty pleasure but Arrested Development is the only show that I can rewatch over enjoy it every time. 8437_266919863451363_1818078005_n
11.  If this character was a real person, what fictional character would be your best friend? When I was a kid, I would have chosen, Anne Shirley from Anne of Green Gables, Princess Leia, or Dagny Taggart from Atlas Shrugged. I might have said Tyrion, if I wasn’t in the books but that’s pretty dark. Mr. F wants John Carter of Mars but then he reminded me of the characters in Ready Player One by Ernest Cline. Art3mis would be an awesome best friend.

Create 11 questions to ask the 11 people you nominate:

1. What do your favorite hobbies say about you? I like to read, talk alot, yoga, playing with my cats,   eat good food and be entertained. Like I mentioned earlier, I’m pretty random.

2. What are your top 3 favorite children’s books? My favorite children’s books are the Wizard of Oz series, especially Ozma of Oz. Ozbook03cover Nancy Drew, the Boxcar Children and the Anne of Green Gables series are also my favorites.

3. What are your top 3 favorite books that you’ve read recently? Bitter is the New Black by Jen Lancaster, the Magicians by Lev Grossman, and Ready Player One by Ernest Cline.

4. What chore do you absolutely hate doing? Folding laundry.

5. What super hero power would you want? Flying

6. Who is your celebrity doppleganger? When I was younger, I looked like Jessica Alba in Dark Angel. Dark-Angel-1x04-C-R-E-A-M-jessica-alba-14710784-640-48025092_525134065442_6942712_nYes, I am wearing a costume for our school’s production of “A Midsummer’s Night Dream”. I was Hermia.

7. Do you have a go to dance move? Jumping up and down, smiling and laughing

8. What songs are included in the soundtrack of your life? Runaway by Kanye West, Silver Linings by Kasey Musgraves, A Kiss to Build a Dream On by Louis Armstrong

9. What was one of the best parties that you’ve ever been to? Mr. F’s and my wedding. We had so much fun dancing with all of our closest friends and family.

10. When was the last time you were nervous? I was nervous to meet my best friend, Andy Mac’s new boyfriend, last weekend. On Saturday, I was really excited to meet him and had so many expectations so when she texted me that she was on her way back from the airport, I waited on the end of her sailboat until they walked down the dock. I was surprised how easy it was to like spending time with him. He’s just like Andrea and he reminds me of some of my guy friends in college!

11. Do you have a favorite picture? I can’t pick just one. Here’s some recent family favorites!IMG_1507 IMG_0987 IMG_0413IMGP5033 IMG_0420

Nominate 11 bloggers with under 200 followers and let them know they’ve been nominated

My good friend, Julia at Sessions with Sweetie

Cardigans and Couture is a college connection that gives me sweet Pacific NW fashion advice with a DC flair.

A new favorite blogger that I found through the Blog Every Day in May Challenge is http://www.glitzngrits.com/

I also wanted to nominate Confessions of a Northern Belle (even she has a fast growing fan base over 200 followers). I’ve been impressed from her first blog posts to creating a strong blogging presence with lots of sponsors.

I’m failing to find 11 bloggers with under 200 followers! 

Some of my favorite smaller bloggers like my cousin, Colleen, my college friend and matron of honor, have stopped blogging. A few other favorite bloggers have made their blogs private and write primarily about their families. I also have a few favorite Chicago bloggers like Curly in the City and Breakfast at Toast who have huge fan bases. The Mermaid Chronicles is another new favorite blog but she also has more than 200 fans! My top favorite bloggers, the Doctors Fleming, Fairy Tales are True, the Pioneer Woman, and Jen Lancaster inspire me every day but have thousands of followers! (Technically I named 11 but didn’t officially nominate them all!)

Last but not least, Story of My Life is another new favorite blog (with tons of followers).

A vivid memory of mine would be bringing my great-grandmother, Lola Lola, fresh cherries. Lola Lola lived to be 107 and passed away when I was in middle school. Lola Lola spoke English but most responded to us in Tagalog. She loved it when we came over with our cat, Grey Kitty too.

One of my clearest memories was my mom cutting branches from our cherry trees and bringing them to her grandmother, so Lola could pick the cherries herself, in the comfort of her own home. It would have been in July and the cherries were reddish yellow Rainer cherries.

 

Atlas Shrugged, the movie?!

One of my most favorite and memorable books from childhood is Atlas Shrugged. I read it as a teenager and wanted to be Dagny Taggart. She’s self-assured, confident, beautiful and willing to stand by her beliefs until the end of the world. Dagny grew up with everything and wanted for nothing, but still had integrity and a moral code.Taylor Schilling as Dagny Taggart in “Atlas Shrugged.”  Check out her Rearden Steel bracelet!
Now the book is being made into a movie. I wonder how it will even compare. (I posted about this once before…) I can’t wait to see my favorite characters in person. I can already tell that Francisco d’Anconia is not nearly as dashing as I imagined him, but perhaps the actor’s charisma will change my mind. 
I’m also very curious how Ragnar Danneskjöld will appear in the movie, he’s my second favorite character after Dagny!

I really don’t want to be disappointed if the movie doesn’t measure up to the book. Besides, I never see movies in theatres, (except Harry Potter). I cannot wait to read reviews this movie. 
The trailer is pretty intriguing, so I may not be able to wait until it comes out on DVD. I also just found out that it’s playing at a theatre less than two miles away from me this weekend!
If you’re not aware of the story, here’s the synopsis of Part I:

Wishful Wednesday…Dagny Taggart

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topic this week:


‘I wish’ …. I could play a character’s role in a book and it would be __________!


Include the fictional characters name and novel too!


I have many favorite books and favorite characters, such as Richard and Kahlan in Wizard’s First Rule, or Dorothy and Ozma in the Wizard of Oz series. I also loved Anne Shirley in the Anne of Green Gables series growing up. In particular, I adored  Anne of Windy Poplars, Anne’s House of Dreams and Rilla of Ingleside


‘I wish’ …. I could play a character’s role in a book and it would be Dagny Taggart from Atlas Shrugged



I read Atlas Shrugged by Ayn RandAtlas Shrugged about every other year. It’s known as Ayn Rand’s last novel about the mysterious disappearance of the world’s greatest innovators and industrialists. It’s my favorite book because all the characters are fascinating. Hank Reardon, John Galt, Francisco d’Anconia, and Dagny Taggart are full of integrity and idealism. I also enjoy Ragnar Danneskjöld, the pirate with ideological principles. 


Dagny Taggart is the herione of the novel. She is much more than the Vice President of the Taggart Transcontinental Railroad. More than a powerful woman engineer, she’s a fair and strong leader, an adventurer with a dynamic personality. Who wouldn’t want to be Dagny with her confidence, beauty and intelligence? 


Here are some of my favorite quotes from Atlas Shrugged:


“This was reality, she thought, this sense of clear outlines, of purpose, of lightness, of hope.”
— Narrator (referring to Dagny Taggart)
Atlas Shrugged (Part 1, Chapter 4, Page 87)



“Don’t ever get angry at a man for stating the truth.”
— Dagny Taggart
Atlas Shrugged (Part 1, Chapter 10, Page 297)



“Love is our response to our highest values — and can be nothing else.”
— Francisco d’Anconia
Atlas Shrugged (Part 2, Chapter 4, Page 490)



“No one’s happiness but my own is in my power to achieve or to destroy.”
— John Galt
Atlas Shrugged (Part 3, Chapter 2, Page 798)



“To love is to value.”
— John Galt
Atlas Shrugged (Part 3, Chapter 7, Page 1,033)

Favorite books turned into movies

Watching a movie, if you haven’t read the book that it’s based on, can be very confusing. I generally prefer to read the book before it is made into a movie. I enjoy picking up subtle references, nuances and fully understanding the plot if it’s become disjointed. The Harry Potter movies are a prime example of the movie not able to capture all tiny details because it would make a more than two and half hour movie. Likewise, the recent Watchmen movie cut the secondary plot from the original graphic novel and made it into a second straight-to-DVD movie. Streamlining the plot is essential in a movie, but I always enjoy knowing more of the back story.


However, you do not always get the luxury of reading beforehand, or even knowing that it was based on a book. When I started watching the HBO series, True Blood, I neglected to notice that it was based on the Southern Vampire Mysteries, otherwise known as the Sookie Stackhouse series, by Charlaine Harris. After several recent glowing recommendations, I’ve ordered the series on Amazon. I’m very excited for the series to arrive in the mail in the next week.

Here are a few notable recommendations:

The James Bond Series by Ian Fleming are rather fun and easy reads. They are quite fast paced and intriguing too. From Russia, With Love was my favorite book and the Sean Connery version is awesome too.

Stardust by Neil Gaiman was my first graphic novel and it was made into a stunning movie. The characters were portrayed beautifully, especially Claire Danes as Yvaine. Robert De Niro’s character Captain Shakespeare was a scene stealer in the book and movie too.

I’m hoping that the Time Traveler’s Wife coming out soon will make a good movie. Rachel McAdams is even more beautiful than I imagined the main character and she’s totally sweet and innocent just like Clare Abshire.

Ultimately, I’m very curious about Atlas Shrugged by Ayn Rand being made into a movie. There’s rumors on imdb.com that it’ll coming out in 2011. The main character, Dagny Taggart, is such a strong and powerful, independant woman, driven and forthright. Ayn Rand and Dagny Taggart introduced me to “rational selfishness”. How could any mortal play this dynamic woman?