Black Cat Blue Sea Award

Hey everyone, Vivian nominated me for the Black Cat Blue Sea Award and I’ve never heard of it, so I figured I would take part. Sorry for all the tags and awards recently, we will be back to our regularly scheduled rants and shitposts soon.

Rules:

  1. Anybody nominated can nominate up to eight other bloggers
  2. The nominee answers questions posted by the nominator
  3. The questions you ask while nominating can be any three questions
  4. If any of the questions asked are offensive or the nominee simple does not want to answer, the nominee does not have to answer them to get the award.

My Answers:

  1. What’s your favorite genre? I’m assuming book genre so science fiction.
  2. What type of shoes do you swear by? Converse
  3. Shorts or skirts? Neither. I only wear pants.

My Questions:

  1. What is your favorite holiday?
  2. Heels or flats?
  3. Dream travel destination?

I nominate

Elm           Alexandra          John


Until tomorrow

Alicia

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The Winter Wonderland Tag

Hi everyone, Debbie from Debbie’s Library tagged me to do The Winter Wonderland Tag. Be sure to check out her blog, very cool stuff. When I saw this I got extremely excited. I am one of those people who believe the Holiday season starts November 1st. When my local radio station started playing Christmas music on Friday at 4:05pm you better believe that I was ready just like I’m ready for this tag.


The Questions

Do you like the cold?- okay okay okay okay. So unless you live in Russia, some of those most extreme winters are found in Midwest and upper North America. I do not like when the temperature is -7 degrees Fahrenheit and with the wind-chill it feels like -20 degrees Fahrenheit. I do not enjoy the cold where I can’t walk 5 feet outside with wet hair and have it be frozen. I do enjoy colder weather. I like being able to see my breath in the air and being able to go out comfortably with a hat, gloves, coat, and scarf. I don’t even mind when my nose is red from the cold. So, I like the cold, I just don’t like the extreme cold Chicago and Wisconsin choose to bestow on me most days from November to April

Favorite part about Winter- Going to the German Christkindlmarket every year with some family and friends after breakfast at Seventh on Heaven.

Does it snow where you live- DOES IT SNOW?!?!?!? All I can say is hell yes it snows.

Favorite clothing item in winter- Scarves. I can wear them with sweaters if it’s somewhat decent of a temperature outside or with my winter coats for when it’s a lot colder

Your favorite winter memory- Probably last winter when I came home from San Diego and seeing my sister because of how excited she was.

Favorite hot drink- Peppermint Mochas from Starbucks. Soy milk and no whipped cream of course.

Best winter book to read curled up in a blanket- Milk and Honey- Rupi Kaur

Best winter movie to watch- How the Grinch Stole Christmas, the real version not the cartoon one. It is hardly ever on anymore and it is always a treat when it does make its appearance on ABC family.

Do you do any winter sports (skiing, snowboarding, ice-skating)- Okay, story time. A. No I cannot do any of these things. When I was in fourth grade, my best friend had her birthday at an ice skating rink. Her mom and my mom (she was our neighbor so it was convenient) piled 10 girls into their minivans and we made our way to the rink. Like most of the other girls who went, I also had never ice skated. A bunch of my friends and I stayed on the edge holding onto the railing so we could get the hang of skating. As I was trying to skate I stepped too far forward or the girl in front of me stopped quickly (I don’t remember it was 10 years ago) and basically we linked skates and both ended up on the ground. She was fine but I ended up falling directly on top of the other skate, piercing my butt. My butt was bleeding, my pants had ripped, I was crying, and finally ended up with a bruise the size of a softball and couldn’t sit for weeks.

Favorite Christmas/Holidays/New Year tradition- Every year on New Year’s Eve, I go to one of my two friends’ house and we do a secret Santa gift exchange and then wait until midnight to ring in the new year together with a ton of super cute photographs.


I Nominate…

Triz          Sally          Anna          Cassie          Jenny          Lia          Britt


Hope you guys all take part in this and can’t wait to see what you guys say!

Alicia

Food fights

Nov. 18: What’s the dumbest thing you and a partner have ever fought about?

Hi everyone. Okay, I hate to say this but I can be very passive aggressive when it comes to disagreements. So typically, when it comes to significant others, friends, and family, there aren’t many fights.

Despite this, I am also a very indecisive person. The only thing I ever really argue/fight about with anyone is where to eat.  Like I can honestly say it’s never caused any actual fights or a strain on any relationship but it is such a hassle.

Being vegan, my options can sometimes be limited, so every time I go out my friends make me pick where we go. After rolling my eyes, I tell them that most places they pick have vegan options and that wherever they pick will also be fine. After they roll their eyes, they tell me “You’re the one with the dietary restrictions… so you have to pick.” After go back and forth for awhile we both finally decide on a place to eat.

Sometimes however, it isn’t that easy. I was once with my friend and we both couldn’t decide what to eat. This was actually before I went vegan so there were no excuses for places we couldn’t eat. We spent an hour driving around debating over where we would eat. We then went mini golfing and drove around for another hour before finally settling on Denny’s.

I hope you all don’t struggle this much with where to eat.

Alicia

The Sunshine Blogger Award…. Round 2

Hi everyone, Lu over at GirlWhoReads tagged me in this right after I finished doing my first Sunshine Blogger award, so I figured I would answer her questions as well. Also, the picture for the award is different and I really like it. Also go give her blog a visit because she is an amazing writer and blogs about fun stuff.


Rules:

* Thank the person who nominated you and link back to their blog.

* Answer the eleven questions sent by the person who nominated you.

* Nominate 11 new blogs to receive the award & ask them eleven new questions.

* List the rules & display the Sunshine Blogger Award logo in your post and/or in your blog


My Answers

Summer or Winter? Unpopular opinion but honestly… Probably winter

Tea or coffee? I love coffee but I think tea takes the cake

What’s your current read, and your thoughts? I just started Secret Life of Bees and I’ve been so busy that I haven’t gotten through much so.. No thoughts yet

Your Favorite post this month? This one

5 of your blogger friends? Tag them! I picked the first 5 people who popped into my head (you are all nominated for this… except Lu, who nominated me)

Rayna    Alana        LifeOfAnInspiredTeen      Lu         Jenny 

Sweet or savory? Does it change between the seasons? SWEET

Favourite warm drink at the moment? Soy Peppermint mocha

Hardback or paperback? Or no real preference? Paperback. I honestly can’t stand hardcover.

A favorite pastime? I was always a big basketball fan. I played for 10 years until I messed up my knee junior year.

What’s the weather like at the moment? It was 80 degrees today. But oh no… global warming doesn’t exist

DNF’ed books this year? This list is far too long, I can’t even begin. :/


My 11 Questions

What time of day do you typically write your blog posts?

What is your favorite social media?

Who are you favorite bands/musicians?

If/when you exercise, do you prefer working out at home or the gym?

When you were younger, what did you want to be when you grew up?

What is your favorite day of the week and why?

What was/is your favorite subject in school?

What is your favorite color and why?

If you had one day left in this world, how would you spend it?

Which is your most recent favorite song?

Would you dye your hair? If so, what color?


I nominate the bloggers I already tagged and anyone who else who wants to do this!

Alicia

Don’t sweat the small stuff

Nov. 17: What is the hardest lesson you’ve learned from having pets?

If I have learned one thing from having pets, it’s to not sweat the small stuff.

My dog is notorious for getting into places she shouldn’t and eating things she shouldn’t. She gets into the bathroom garbage, my bedroom every bedroom and finds anything to eat and eats it. Obviously, this isn’t small to some of you. And I know if she came into contact with the wrong object, she could possibly die. However, she seems to be ‘smart’ to some extent and only really eats paper. For the past 9 years we have had Rosie (my 75 pound rott) she has eaten tissues, toilet paper, as I’m typing this she picked up a ticket to my sister’s play from last weekend, and an enormous amount of mystery items. We always get mad and yell at her. Every time something comes in front of her snout that shouldn’t. But at the end of the day, we probably didn’t need what she was munching on or we would have placed it in a safe location in the first place. She has never eaten money and she only ate hockey tickets once (my mom left them on our ottoman and she was only like 2 so it was totally our fault).

Rosie has always had a very weak stomach. When we decided to switch her dog food to a healthier brand, it took two weeks for us to do so so her stomach could adapt. Through all of her tampon and paper eating (also when my dad gives her pizza…..) she has thrown up a numerous amount of times. My dad is always the first to yell at her. It isn’t her fault she made a solar system shaped vomit line across our entire living room carpet. She was sick or ate something. When a human throws up, people comfort them, We should do the same with our other babies. Yeah, we have to spend the weekend deep cleaning our carpet but our dog is doing better and that’s all that matter honestly.

From every substance that has gone in and out of her mouth, to when she gets defensive about her food and growls, you need to stop sweating the small stuff, because in the end, none of it really matters.

Until tomorrow

Alicia

P.S. enjoy these photos of my dog because she turned 10 last week and I totally bought her a cake.

The Sunshine Blogger Award

Thank you so much to Jess from JessReadsBooks for nominating me for this award. If you guys couldn’t tell from her blog title, she likes books. So, if you like books (who doesn’t) go check out her blog! Let’s get started with this award

The rules:

  • Answer the 11 questions from the nominator
  • Nominate 11 blogs
  • Ask them 11 questions

My answers:

  1. What is a popular book or series that you haven’t read yet? I never read The Hunger Games. I didn’t even watch any of the movies until Mockingjay Pt 1.
  2. Who are your auto-buy authors?  James Frey, Emma Cline, James Patterson
  3. What is your favorite genre? Tie between Science Fiction and Drama
  4. If you could switch places with any fictional character, who would it be? Ugh, why do you do this to me? I honestly have no clue. I’m trying to think of a book one (since the rest are book related) but I can’t so I’m totally picking Hannah Montana. In her wise words “You get the best of both worlds”
  5. If you could live in any fictional world, what would it be? What child didn’t want to go to Hogwarts? I would most definitely live in Harry Potter’s world.
  6. Who are your OTP?  Okay, since I read book one, saw movie one, and since then I NEEDED HARRY POTTER AND HERMIONE GRANGER. I loved them together. Loved. Like since I was 4 years old I wanted the two of them and NOPE
  7. Do you have a favorite book to movie adaptation? Okay. I am saying Brave New World. Why? It was the worst movie adaptation of a book I have ever seen. However, it was so bad… it was good. If you ever have the chance watch it (the 1980 version none of the newer ones)
  8. What are your feelings about audiobooks? I have never listened to an audiobook in my life. I know so many people find them beneficial but I’ve just been too lazy to try it for myself
  9. What about ebooks? I love my kindle. I also love the smell and feel of real life books. The kindle is great for night time reading and is nice for those with carpel tunnel whose arms get stiff and angry after holding the book open. I am indifferent
  10. What book are you currently reading? Secret Life of Bees
  11. What is the next book on your TBR? I have so many books in my queue honestly… Some of them are The Blade Itself by Joe Abercrombie, Lovely Bones by Alice Sebold, and Local Girls by Caroline Zancan.

My Questions:

  1. What is your favorite type of flower (the award image inspired me)?
  2. Do you believe in conspiracy theories? If so, which ones and why? If not, why?
  3. What has been your favorite age so far?
  4. What is your favorite Disney movie?
  5. If you had to pick: rainy day or snowy day which would it be?
  6. If you could have three wishes, what would they be?
  7. What was the last thing you ate?
  8. What is your biggest pet peeve?
  9. What was the last book you read?
  10. Are you a coffee person or a tea person?
  11. What are you looking forward to most right now?

I Nominate:

Sarah          Sally          Leticia          Debbie          AJ          Jasmine           Lindsay, Gina, and Jacquie          Flavia          Ally, Laurena, and Melia          Elizabelle           Emma


Just one more heads up. You don’t have to do these but they are super fun!

Alicia

I hate you, MTV

Nov. 16: What TV series finale are you still upset about and why?

Hello everyone. So, most of the shows that I watch haven’t ended or I didn’t watch them to the end because they got boring. The only show I have actually watched until its end was Finding Carter. And technically it hadn’t been ended on the show itself. MTV decided to stop airing it after only two seasons.

I was obsessed with that show (not to mention all of very very attractive guys in the show) from episode one and it was the way I discovered my favorite band ever (they sang the intro).

This show was a little predictable (as most shows these days are) however, for the most part there were so many unpredictable twists and turns, by the end of the show I needed a couple minutes to catch my breath and compose myself.

The episode starts off with the main character waking up after being knocked out to her fake mother who had kidnapped her (long story). Behind the mother was the main character’s (Carter) boyfriend bloodied up and dead. People begin accusing Carter of killing him, despite her being unconscious. All of a sudden the fake mom (Lori) admits to killing him and their other prime suspect runs away. OUT OF NOWHERE Carter’s best friend (Max) admits to killing the guy (Jared). Not to the police but to Carter and her family.

Carter’s brother who she didn’t know about until three ish episodes ago is completely beaten to a pulp by some drug guy who actually worked for Jared and is left unconscious in the middle of the road, and Max admits to Carter’s ex-boyfriend (who shot Max last season… another long story) that he has to tell the truth so he drives Max to the police station where he confesses that he killed Jared. Lori is released as Max utters an “I’m sorry” as he is carted to a holding cell and every other character is left in tears.

Basically, I was pumped for season three because they left so many things unanswered and had sparked so many plot moves. Within a month of the show ending, Finding Carter’s twitter announced that the show would not be back for a third season. MTV if you’re reading this, just know I hate you because that show, by far, has been my absolute favorite thing on TV ever.

Until tomorrow,

Alicia

Music Tag

Nov. 15: What are the best/worst dishes at Thanksgiving dinner?

Totally skipping today’s prompt because I don’t feel the need to talk about my love for mashed potatoes or hatred of rubber in a can or you might know them as ‘canned raspberries.”


Over the past few days I have been tagged in an enormous amount of tags and awards and I personally find doing them super fun. So, I did an award already and now I’m going to be completing the Music Tag. I was tagged by Azia, so definitely check out her blog!!

Onto the tag.

Questions

Name your top 3 favorite bands. 5 seconds of Summer, Misterwives, Saint Motel

What is the last song you listened to? Feed me Now- Saint Motel

What was the first concert you went to? Justin Bieber (the tickets were free do not judge me)

If you could spend a day with your favorite singer who would it be? Michael Clifford (lead guitarist in 5 Seconds of Summer) lol I love him

Are there any songs that you can’t stand hearing? Anything by Ariana Grande:/

If you could have a soundtrack to your life what would it be? I’m Good by the Mowgli’s

Can you sing? I like to think so but maybe not

Your favorite cheesy song? Ripped my Pants by Spongebob is literally the only thing popping into my head

What songs do you listen to when you are feeling down? I have a pump up playlist which contains a lot of upbeat songs such as “I’m Good” the Mowglis, “Move” by Saint Motel, “Girls Talk Boys” by 5 seconds of Summer, “Happy Pills” by Weathers, “Welcome to Your Life” by Grouplove, “Dark Blue” by Jack’s Mannequin, “Nine in the afternoon” by Panic! At the Disco, and a bunch more

First L.P./CD/MP3 you bought? My first CD I bought was Taylor Swift’s debut album “Taylor Swift” I went through such a stage with her omg

Do you like musicals? If so, which is your favorite? I adore Wicked but Oklahoma, Annie, And Legally Blonde are really good too.

Favorite musical instrument? I always wanted to play the saxophone, guitar, and piano so one of those probably

If you could see anyone in concert who would it be? I was fortunate enough to see 5 Seconds of Summer this past summer whom I’ve waited 2 years to see so now I really want to see Misterwives. AND I AM. My mom bought tickets for me, my sister, and one of our friends to see because three of our favorite bands are playing together, in one night, at one venue, TOGETHER. So I AM PUMPED.

If you wrote a song what would it be called? Dude I don’t know, I got yelled at last night for singing Christmas Carols so I made up a song about Christopher Columbus for Thanksgiving. It was called “Fuck You Columbus”


Quick Fire Round:

Rock or pop? Ugh how about pop rock. I like them both and the mix equally.

Sing in the shower or on stage? Shower, only when no one’s home though.

Musical or concert? Concert for sure. The adrenaline while at a concert is like nothing else.

Guitar or drums? Guitar.

Ear phones or speaker? When I’m alone at home definitely speaker but usually ear phones.

Music while you work or quiet? It has to be like jazz, classical, Alpha waves and then yes.

One Direction or Justin Bieber? One Direction. For about 4 years my head was shoved so far up One Direction’s ass you don’t even know, I own all of their albums, know all the lyrics, and even have merch.

Sing or dance? Sing. I cannot dance to save my life.

Instrumental or lyrics? When I’m writing, instrumental but typically lyrics.

Prince or Michael Jackson? MJ


I Nominate

Ayo           Britt               Cassie          Rayna             Jenny


That’s all for today, can’t wait to see what you guys answer with

Alicia

The Entertainer Blogger Award

Okay everyone, so I have been tagged in a couple tags/awards over the past few days am debating on whether posting all three of them during the week or saving some till the weekend. Decisions, decisions. Well, let’s get started. Only doing this one (wasn’t technically tagged) because I had already written it before I was tagged in the other 2

Lu over at GirlWhoReads did this award and nominated whoever and since I had never heard of this award decided to do it. Let’s go.

The Rules

  1. Thank the person who nominated you and provide a link to their blog.
  2. Add these rules to your post.
  3. Answer all the questions below.
  4. Display the award picture in your post.
  5. Nominate 12 other bloggers who are funny, inspiring and most important of all ENTERTAINING!

The Questions

  1. Why did you start a blog in the first place? My first ever blog was a fitness blog that I used to keep motivated and keep track of my food consumption and exercise… thinks like that. It sort of turned into a lifestyle blog because I developed some poor eating habits and an eating disorder. I would blog about that and other things I was going through. That inspired me to make a separate blog for just my lifestyle and rant shitposts that you see today.
  2. What is your favorite book? Okay, this is going to sound really basic and like boring but Catcher in the Rye. Ever since I read it in my sophomore Honors English class, no book  has yet to top it. I love reading but can get lost or lose focus pretty quickly. This book was phenomenal and also in the writing style that I write in most often so it was easy to relate to.
  3. What do you dislike the most? People who shove their opinions down their throat… especially when it comes to religion. I have never believed in God and all that jazz. I am totally fine if you do but when people tell me I am wrong for not believing in God or try to get me to ‘leave the dark side and come to the good side.’ yes those words have been said to me
  4. What is your favorite food item from the mall? Ok so I’m not sure if this is an American thing, a Chicagoan thing or everyone has it but at some malls and other touristy locations in the city they have like candied almonds, peanuts, walnuts, and cashews. The almonds are by far the best but they make them fresh and the smell is honestly intoxicating
  5. What is your favorite past time? I think I would have to say writing. I mean writing has always been something I’ve done and will continue to do. Whether I have a good writing day or a bad one, writing has always been a way to express myself in the purest form.

Because I suck and feel like I had nominated the same people for the last 2 awards, I nominate anyone whose name starts with a vowel: A,E,I,O,U and if your name starts with a Y… flip a coin.

Alicia

Challenging, Eye-opening, Memorable

Nov. 14: What was it like to be you in 2016?

Challenging, Eye-opening, Memorable.

If I had to sum up my 2016 in three words, it would be them.

This year was challenging in many ways. I have overcome most if not all of those challenges, though. I was challenged with college. My second-semester load was a lot more challenging than my first semester, yet I still powered through and completed the semester, no matter how difficult. Upon finishing my first year of college, I was faced with the challenge of deciding what I wanted to do with my life. Deciding my major, my plan of action for the 2016-2017 school year and what school I would be attending. While this is still a challenge for me, I am making my way through this one step at a time. I had my first real job ever. After a life of babysitting jobs. I finally had my first real 40-hour a week job. And I hated it. It was probably the worst summer of my life. I woke up at 5, worked from 7-3, got home at 430, ate, and then slept. As much as it sucked, I was able to save up a ton of money. My mental health was also a challenge in 2016. Not as much as it has been previously, but mental illnesses never quit. It will continue to be a challenge but I know I am not alone in this, which is all I need. Despite this year being challenging, I learned lessons from all of these which I feel has been very beneficial for me.

2016 was such an eye-opening year for me as well. My entire life I have been obsessed with what people thought of me. I was too afraid to wear certain clothes, wear makeup, and enjoy certain things for fear that people might judge me. I have realized that I don’t care what people think. Yes, I sometimes still get self-conscious and worry what other people think of me but that doesn’t stop me from doing and wearing what I love.

Through all of these challenges and life revelations, I have made some incredible memories this year too. I started 2016 off with some of my best friends having a great time. Then I took a risk and dyed my hair red. Although it was only temporary, it was still crazy for me that I jumped so far out of my comfort zone to do something I always wanted. I spent the first half of the year studying in one of the most amazing cities in the country surrounded by great people, great weather, and an ample amount of things to do. I got to see my favorite band in concert, cried seeing my favorite band in concert. I got to see the Cubs win a World Series, something I never thought I would do. I made so many new and amazing friends from all over the world. This year I went vegan, got new tattoos, tried so many new things, became a better version of myself and so much more. There have been so many downs this year but there have been by far so many more ups.

What was 2016 was for you?

Alicia