Liebster Award!

Reneé over on Antiquarian Miss nominated me for the Liebster! :) This looks like a really great networking technique for smaller blogs. The rules are:

  1. Each person tagged must post 11 things about themselves
  2. They must also answer the 11 questions the tagger has set for them
  3. They must create 11 more questions to ask bloggers they have decided to tag
  4. They must then choose 11 special bloggers to tag & award with the Liebster award with less than 200 followers
  5. These lucky bloggers must be told in a comment on their blog 
So.... 11 things about me!
  1. I've always lived within 45 minutes of Disneyland.... until now!
  2. My favorite movie is Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind
  3. I have been dying my hair red since I was 16 or so... no idea what my true natural hair color is!
  4. I used to be obsessed with japanese and korean pop music. 
  5. I lost about 30 pounds last year, but have gained a few back.
  6. I write and keep notes around about EVERYTHING, I am addicted to lists.
  7. I love eating new kinds of food. If it smells not-bad, I will eat it just to try it out. 
  8. I have a small makeup addiction- my makeup drawer (which takes up half my desk) is almost full! My favorite brands are Urban Decay and NARS.
  9. I have made a 101 things in 1001 days list, and I think the 100 books task is the one I am most looking forward to.
  10. Jack and I are looking to adopt a female 1 year old cat, and name her Petra after Petra Arkanian from the Ender's Game series.
  11. I am addicted to movie adaptations of books! I do think most books should be presented as mini-series though. Especially Harry Potter.
11 questions from Reneé:
  1. What is your favorite holiday?
    1. Probably.... Christmas. It's when the whole family gets together and it's an amazing organized meal, and a lot of members put aside personal issues to have a wonderful day. This will be the first christmas I am away from home, and it gets to me sometimes!
  2. Cats or dogs?
    1. Aaaaah, this is so hard! I miss my dog, Honey, a lot but I have a wonderful cat. Jack and I are planning on adopting another cat soon as well. I love both!
  3. What is the best thing that has happened to you because you own a blog?
    1. I have been more creative, and done more things for myself. Instead of getting into a slump because of the 'between jobs' aspect of my life, I've been able to work on personal improvements and projects to enrich my environment while I search for a fulfilling job.
  4. Coffee or Tea?
    1. I love boooth. I've been on a tea kick lately, but I have some coffee in the pantry that is waiting for me! 
  5. What is your favorite thing about yourself?
    1. Physically, my smile! Emotionally, my optimism. It's been a bit neglected lately, but I always try to look on the bright side of things or at least remind myself there is a bright side.
  6. What is your favorite candy?
    1. DOTS. Always DOTS. Gelatin based candies are the best, and what would mess me up if I chose to go vegetarian
  7. What are your thoughts on IKEA?
    1. I love love Ikea. Furniture that's cheap and pretty sturdy? Awesome! At my new place the nearest Ikea is like, 3 hours away apparently so I've started investing in 'real' furniture, which has been interesting. I miss all my swedish names!
  8. What is your dream job?
    1. Dream job is something where I get to work with a team, and talk to other people a lot. I need to find the right passion to apply this to!
  9. Pepsi or Coke? Or neither?
    1. Coke Zero, all day every day! I am addicted, and I have Jack drinking it too now. He usually asks for it first at restaurants, haha.
  10. What is your favorite superhero?
    1. Invincible! I love that he had to deal with normal high school stuff while uncovering all the secrets about his life. The comic Invincible is by Rob Kirkman, who also writes the Walking Dead.
  11. If you had a million dollars, what would you do with it?
    1. Pay off my debt, buy a car, buy a house and save the rest. After shopping a bit for things for the new house. 
Hm, this is always hard for me! 11 questions for those whom I tag:
  1. Which sounds better, Disneyland, or Disney World?
  2. If you had to host a chick flick night, what movie would you choose?
  3. You have to hike a mountain, which one do you choose?
  4. Green, black, white, or what other kind of tea do you like the most?
  5. You get to repaint your bedroom, which color would you like?
  6. What is your dream vacation?
  7. If you could have a super power, what would you want?
  8. Favorite book from classic literature?
  9. If you went to Hogwarts, what would your favorite class be?
  10. You get a gift card for the store of your choice, which store is it? Major mall or handmade shop?
  11. Would you rather cruise in the Caribbean or vacation in the snow?
I don't actually have 11 bloggers to choose! I am still growing what I read a lot, and I think a lot of people will have been tagged already. 
  1. SimplyCallMeSylvia
  2. Brittany's Notebook
  3. Living Bittersweetly
  4. I think I need to explore more! I will link back to this post as times goes on, to nominate other bloggers I find and feel a connection to. :)
So, I've been tagged for this a few more times! Here are some additions:
  1. If you could be a character on any TV show, which show/character would it be? 
    1. Battle Star Galactica! 
  2. What is your favorite book?
    1. Ender's Game by Orson Scott Card. This does change a lot though!
  3. If you could pick which decade you were born in, what would it be?
    1. I love when I was born, 1989. :)
  4. What is your favorite part about being a blogger?
    1. Feeling more comfortable with writing- I feel there is a lot more direction in my life now that I blog.
  5. If you could learn how to do or make anything what would you pick?
    1. Play the piano! 
  6. What was your favorite TV show as a child?
    1. Sailor Moon.
  7. What is your favorite dessert?
    1. Apple pie with ice cream.
  8. What, in your opinion, is the cutest baby animal (pictures are always good)?
    1. Puppies!
  9. What accomplishment of yours are you the most proud of?
    1. Moving to NH on my own.
  10. What was the last movie you saw in theaters?
    1. Looper.
  11. If you could meet anyone who would it be?
    1. Real? Not sure, to be honest. Fictional? Remus Lupin. :)


  1. I know there are some brands of gelatin free gummy bear, but I admit I haven't tried them yet.

    Christmas away from home is hard! I hope you guys start some new traditions to help make it festive anyway!

    1. I'm working on it! Hopefully doing a chop-your-own tree this year, and DIY decorations/garlands or something. :)

  2. Thanks so much for tagging me! I'm so excited to work on my post this weekend! It was super fun learning more about you too!

    Thanks again!

    1. I am excited to read yours too! :)

    2. Here's the link to my post in case anyone wants to read it:

  3. Congrats on your Liebster!

    I am following you now:)
    Please check out some of my looks on!!

  4. 45 minutes away from Disneyland?! How often did you go there? I'd be there every weekend.

    I'm a lister too! I have to write everything down. Definitely keeps me on track and helps me manage my time. I also get some sort of odd satisfaction when I cross things off of lists.

    I also love UD. I'm a complete eye shadow junkie, and they are one of my favorite go-to brands for shadows :)

    1. When I had a pass and was able to go on weekdays 2-3x a month! It was awesome. After a while it turned into 'what can we do next?' culminating in taking Twister mat to take photos around the park with.
      I get satisfied to! I like writing comments on the side if they aren't done, but nothing is as satisfying as them all being crossed off.
      I love love love their palettes. I picked up the Vice palette a few weeks ago, and between that and my Naked palette I have all the eye shadow I need. For now. :)

  5. I love your answers!! I knew you would make this awesome.
    Your questions are clever too.
    :D <3

    1. Because I had awesome questions! :D
      Thank you :)