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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.

 

Happy Halloween

On Saturday, we hosted a Very Harry Potter Halloween dinner party. I went as Bellatrix and Mr. F was Lucius Malfoy!We had so much fun with our costumes. To keep with the Harry Potter theme, we had a Deathly Hallows Pumpkin Pie. We both found it hard to look evil all the time, like our characters. This is our attempt to look serious and not smile at the camera. Our friends dressed up as Harry Potter characters too. We had a Draco Malfoy,  two Harry Potters and Hermione too. After dinner, we took a taxi up to Lakeview and enjoyed a few costume contests and dancing at Cody’s Public House and the Liar’s Club!
 It was a wonderful Halloween weekend!

Halloween Harry Potter Costumes!

Oh my goodness, I’m so excited for this weekend. My friends and I are dressing up as Harry Potter characters and I cannot wait!!!
I’m going to be Bellatrix.



Check out my awesome wig!

Source: amazon.com via Emily on Pinterest



Mr. F’s going to be Lucius Malfoy and he has an awesome wig too.

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My friends are going to be Narcissa Malfoy and Draco, although they may end up being Hermione and Ron. Another friend is going to be Harry Potter!!!



I would love to find Harry Potter cupcakes in time for our dinner party, on Saturday! Mr. F thinks we should try making these same designs ourselves.

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Happy early Halloween!

Halloween and winter is coming!

I’m still gathering items for my Halloween costume, Bellatrix Lestrange and Mr. F’s Lucius Malfoy,

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but I was amazed to hear Christmas music playing today!

Have you thought much past Halloween yet? It’s hard to believe winter is coming! (Yes, I’m also reading Game of Thrones.)

Harry Potter facts

I’ve decided I’m watching all 7 Harry Potter movies before seeing the last one. It’s also fun looking up trivia from IMDB.com! Here are some of my favorite facts.


Richard Harris only agreed to take the part of Albus Dumbledore in Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone (2001) after his then 11-year-old granddaughter threatened never to speak to him again if he didn’t.

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The last name Dumbledore means “Bumblebee” in Old English.


The Hogwarts motto, “Draco dormiens nunquam titillandus” means “never tickle a sleeping dragon”.


Two Persian red cats were used for the role of Crookshanks: Crackerjack and Pumpkin. 








The design of the large clock which functions as a visual motif in Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban appears to be based on the Old Town Clock (also called the “Orloj” – pronounced “OR-LOY”) in Prague, Czech Republic. The Orloj tells not only the time, but shows the month, the sign of the Zodiac, and shows the relative positions of the moon and sun.




In one of the first takes of Hermione’s “Cinderella moment”, Emma Watson actually tripped in that fancy dress and fell down the stairs.


The radish earrings worn by Luna Lovegood were actually made by Evanna Lynch (the actress portraying her).

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Wow…I’ve watched all of the movies more than once… Check out more facts on zimbio.

Oh Harry Potter!

Are you going to see the last installment of Harry Potter, when it comes out on July 15th?

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I won’t see it opening weekend, but I plan on seeing it during the week after July 15th!