Sunday, July 15, 2012

Liebster Blog Awards

The Liebster blog award is given to up and coming bloggers (200 followers or less I think). A big thank you to Taz for tagging me!

The Rules:

1. Each person must post 11 things about themselves. 
2. Answer the questions the tagger has set for you and create eleven (11) questions for the people you've tagged.
3. Choose eleven (11) people and link them in your post.
4. Go to their page and tell them.
5. Remember no tag backs!

11 things about me

1. I don't have low self esteem, I just have low esteem for everybody else
2. I have been a vegetarian for about 5 years now, although I despise PETA and their chauvinistic sexist arrogance.
3. I'm bilingual. I can speak Irish (gaelic) and English fluently. Thanks to the flawed Irish school system, I speak irrelevant French. I couldn't tell you that I am stranded and I need help, but I can say all the parts of a car in French. I cannot ask you for directions, but I can write a postcard to my mother.
4. I am in a interracial relationship. I've been going out with my boyfriend for almost 3 years now.
5. I watch an unusual amount of documentaries. I've actually been watching undercover documentaries, exposés and so forth from a very young age. I can firmly say that it has molded me into the cynic that I am today.
6. I study English, Media and Cultural studies in college.
7. I am currently reading 'The Handmaid's Tale' by Margaret Atwood
8. Here is a list of celebrities that I do not care about: Lana del Ray, anyone involved with $cientology, all of the kardashians, professor green, paris hilton, nicole scherzinger, simon cowell, jimmy carr, alan carr, adele ect
9. My favourite video game series is Fallout.
10. I have listened to anarcho-punk, crust punk, thrash, oi and ska since I was an angsty teenager and I am still as in love with these genres as ever.
11. I'm blue da ba dee da ba die..

Taz's questions

1. What are you most proud about? 
Probably just how far I've come in life so far. I'm in college, I have a job, I maintain social interactions. My parents seem happy enough.
2. How many different countries have you visited?
America, Italy, Austria, Spain, France, the UK and Austria. So, 6.
3. If you could have any job in the world, what would it be?
Probably an indie video game designer or a screenwriter.
4. If someone gave you a million pounds, how would you spend it?
Buy a creepy yet beautifully furnished mansion and harbour as many cats as humanly possible. Or hire a personal chef and become fat. Maybe both.
5. Are you an Optimist or a Pessimist?
I would say I am a realist however , we all have different interpretations of reality and my interpretations are often interpreted by others as 'pessimistic'.  
6. If you could go back in time, what era would you go to and why?
I would go to the Weimar republic (Germany, right before the Nazi era) and warn the people of the aftermath of the Third Reich. 
7. What thing do you wish you had invented?
Concealer. Women everywhere would be eternally grateful. 
8. If you brought out a beauty line, what would you call it?
Síóg (pronounced she-oug), it's Irish for fairy.
9. What is your favourite product?
Probably eyeliner, I look like a zombie without eyeliner.
10. Which is your favourite season and why?
I really do not like warm weather.. I prefer Winter, I like dark days (just think of me as a vampire.. with less marketing)
11. If you could be any fictional character, who would you be?
Either Harold or Kumar from the Harold and Kumar series, just so I could get into wild and weird adventures with Neil Patrick Haris. And eat White Burger.

11 Questions from me!

1. If you could punch one celebrity in the face, who would it be?
2. What is your favourite food?
3. If you could change one law OR make a new law, what would it be?
4. Do you believe in a God(s)?
5. Do you have a diet or exercise routine? 
6.  What is the cheesiest song on your ipod/mp3 player?
7. Have you ever read a book or saw a film that changed the way that you look at life?
8. What would your idea of a perfect date be?
9. How old would you be, if you didn't know how old you are? 
10.  If you had the opportunity to get a message across to a large group of people, what would that message be?
11. What is the last book that you read?

I tag:
Anyone who sees this.
I know this bit might qualify as cheating.. oh well.
Here are some of my favourite blogs with less then 200 followers,

1. Ethan
3. Claire 
4. Kyle

I suck at this >.<

Thursday, July 12, 2012

Perfect Presents! (For people you hate..)

I don't even like buying presents for people I like. Not because I'm cheap ass. Because I usually end up buying something crap, something very clichéd or doing the honourable thing and getting them vouchers. But buying presents for people that you don't actually like? Well it's so much more fun then it at first seems. Get creative and let your annoyed, over-worked juices flow. 
Here's some inspiration:

1. Unwanted magazine subscriptions 
Has your anti-war, "save the children" neighbour rallied the 'peace troops' in his garden again? Has he being pushing you to 'join the cause'? Has he used the terms 'flower power' one too many times? He's gonna just love his new subscription to American Hand-gunner Magazine (America's most popular gun magazine, don't ya know).

2. Noisy toys
Does someone in your life have a spoilt and obnoxious loud child? Well then, gift them with the loudest, most annoying toy that you can find in the toy shop. Usually, anything colourful and within the nickelodeon franchise does the trick. Think a Dora the Explorer doll. A singing Dora the Explorer. And hey, while you're being so generous, why not provide a years supply of batteries alongside the toy. Aren't you the generous one?
- Also consider: Toys that take ages to put together or a sing-a-long Barney DVD.

3. Candy underwear
Of course, we are entitled to our own opinions and freedom of choice but if that special conservative friend in your life has pushed your buttons by condemning the scientific basis of evolution (LOL), ranted about the 'sanctity of marriage', complained about abortion while pushing for death penalties then maybe you should consider the tasty, classy candy underwear. Maybe.. just maybe.. a bit of (sugar and) spice in the bedroom will allow him/her to let of some steam and give him/her less to bitch about.

4. Pro-Fur coalition membership
I am a vegetarian. However, most of my friends are not vegetarians. And I accept that. Why wouldn't I?  People should be able to enjoy their food and their chosen lifestyle without some nutcase force feeding them nonsense propaganda. So for that special peson in YOUR life, who frowns at you everytime you take a bite of that delicious burger and spends the weekend protesting in a cage to highlight the plight of chickens, consider gifting them with a fur-coalition membership. If no such coalition exists in your area, simply buy them the real thing. Or a years supply of meat. There are different ways that you can go with this, allow your creativity to flow.

5. 'Easy livin', Microwave Cooking' book
As a blogger, I am aware that there are many, many different food and cooking blogs out there with weird and wonderful, creative and mouthwatering recipes. And don't get me wrong, there is nothing wrong with this alone, I have used many a recipe that I have found various blogs. But, if these foodies are going too far in your life, be it foodie mommies that shame your version of school lunches or an in-law who snubs any of your attempts to speak fondly of comfort food, then the simplicity of 'Easy livin' Microwave Cooking' book is sure to reduce them to tears (and not of joy..).

If anyone can think of some more great gifts to get for people you don't actually like, share them in the comments won't you please?