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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.

 

Countdown to May 2011 for Jen Lancaster’s newest book!

OMG, Jen Lancaster just unveiled her new book cover! It’s her first novel too. I can’t wait. I adore her witty humor and wry, sarcastic writing. Yay!
If you enjoyed Bitter is the New Black and her other amazing memoirs, check out her website: http://www.jennsylvania.com/jennsylvania/!
Have a happy Monday!

My Fair Lazy and Dreamy dress days

I enjoyed reading My Fair Lazy by Jen Lancaster, author of Bitter is the New Black this weekend. Mr. F and I did a bunch of chores and cleaned the house after a nice brunch at Macrina, on Sunday. (I had the amazing French Brioche Toast with Lavender whipped cream and strawberries. It was divine.) Here my weekend finds. These lovely pink and yellow vintage prom dresses were photographed by Mandy Lynne and featured on the Ruffled blog. The pink one reminds me of the dreamy dress from A Diary of Lovely

I love weddings. Here’s a local Garden Gardens wedding with a beautiful slate blue wedding dress! Check out the bride’s photography blog too!
I love this Principessa gown from J.Crew too. The name and style are so classic and dreamy.How was your weekend?

Book Reviews of 2009

Referring back to my October 10th, 2009 post, there is only one book left on my list, Books I Want to Read in (or by the End of) 2009. It’s Pretty in Plaid: A Life, a Witch, and a Wardrobe, or, the Wonder Years Before the Condescending, Egomaniacal, Self-Centered Smart-Ass Phase by Jen Lancaster! I’ve been hoping I can find it for less than $10 on Amazon soon.

My favorite book of this year was The Girl Who Played with Fire. It’s a dynamic and eye opening sequel to The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo by Steig Larsson. The first book was quite graphic and dark, but the sequel explains more of the main character’s idiosyncrasies and strange habits in a logical fashion. I’m eagerly looking forward to the end of the trilogy, The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet’s Nest, coming out in May 2010. 

I have just finished God Came Near and started Cleaving by Julie Powell. Both are fascinating and intriguing, but I’m ready for light and fun reading, like Jen Lancaster for my Maui vacation. I am also very curious about the new book by the Time Traveler’s Wife author, Audrey Niffenegger. Has anyone read Her Fearful Symmetry: A Novel? Perhaps on a light note, I’d also be interested in hearing reviews about How to Train Your Dragon (Heroic Misadventures of Hiccup Horrendous Haddock III)!

I did find a great review of Pretty in Plaid on the blog, “A Girl Walks Into A Bookstore…“. She makes me think this will be a perfect Hawaiian vacation read. In Bitter is the New Black, Jen Lancaster gave us the brief details of her bio before she was famously fired from her high-powered job. In Pretty in Plaid, Lancaster illustrates some of those moments, from growing up in Cow Town, Indiana, to her life as a sorority girl during her eleven years of college, to her first job post-college. Like her previous books, Pretty in Plaid is written as a series of essays, all of which are connected by the theme of clothing. From her Girl Scout uniform—covered in (il)legally earned patches—to her first job interview suit, Jen illustrates how clothes shaped the way she views the world. I was extremely entertained by this book. It’s a fast read—I read it in less than two days—and it’s just as funny, if not funnier, than some of her other books. Jen Lancaster definitely has a unique voice that’s very witty, and her thoughts, as usual, are uncensored—good for the reader, since it meant that I was belly laughing all the way through. In fact, in places, I had to put the book down, I was laughing so hard. No matter what situation Jen finds herself in, she’s always got a positive attitude about it. Although the present-tense narration got a little irritating in some places, I simply couldn’t stop turning the pages. It’s a nice, light read that’s perfect for spring.”

Books I Want to Read in 2009

Busy Bookworm Challenge

My Life in France by Julia Child


The Virgin Suicides by Jeffrey Eugenides (I loved the movie and only found out it was a book when I blogged about this movie!)

Cleaving: A Story of Marriage, Meat, and Obsession by Julie Powell (This the author of Julie and Julia! She’s written a second book and it’s coming out November 30, 2009)

Pretty in Plaid: A Life, a Witch, and a Wardrobe, or, the Wonder Years Before the Condescending, Egomaniacal, Self-Centered Smart-Ass Phase by Jen Lancaster (The only Jen Lancaster book I have yet to read!!!)


The 10th Sookie Stackhouse novel, perhaps not published until early 2010

The Girl Who Played with Fire by Stieg Larsson (I thought the first book of this series was too graphic and dark, but I couldn’t put it down. He writes in a haunting and intriguing manner that’s fascinating.)

An Ideal Husband by Oscar Wilde (Why not?)

Why I decided to start blogging…

As a child, I would read anything I could get my hands on. Now with a 8-5 job, I have to schedule the time to read. Although, every once and awhile, certain books will come along that make me stay up until 1AM to finish them, for example, “Girl with the Dragon Tattoo” by Stieg Larsson. I love to read anything from chick lit, historical fiction, mysteries, science fiction, to some romance and thrillers that are not too scary. I will pretty much try to read anything.

In the last year, I’ve been inspired to write more after reading several bloggers turned writers, like “Julie & Julia: 365 Days, 524 Recipes, 1 Tiny Apartment Kitchen” by Julie Powell and “Bitter is the New Black” by Jen Lancaster. I’ve always enjoyed keeping a diary and I’m curious to try this new creative outlet. I hope you appreciate my random and varied interests. Please join me in my journey to become a better writer.