Cool People, Silly Questions.

(Read this in a Law and Order voice for fun.) 

Sometimes I ask people to answer some questions so I can post them on my blog. And sometimes they answer me. This is what today’s post is.


DUN DUN
THE QUESTIONS: I had everybody choose five of these questions and answer them. Too bad nobody tried to draw me or anything else with their eyes closed. Those are my favorite type of drawings.


-Name three things you like that start with the letter R.
-Tell us one beauty product you can’t live without.
-Teach us an awesome DIY project.
– Tell us about your pet(s) and/or share a photo.
-What are five of your favorite books?
-If you could cross-breed two animals, which ones would you choose and why? What would you name your new hybrid?
-Draw a picture of me, Tank and Yeti, and share it here.
-Draw a giraffe, elephant and rhino poker game with your eyes closed and share it here.
-Tell us an embarrassing story, something that happened to “your friend” is okay.
-Share a photo you’ve taken that you’re proud of.
-Share a delicious vegetarian recipe.


THE ANSWERS:


ALYCIA of The Curious Pug.

Name three things you like that start with the letter R: Reading, reruns of my favorite shows, rocking out, reminiscing, and riding down hills in a wagon.

Tell us one beauty product you can’t live without: Lip gloss! I get anxiety if I realize I don’t have any with me.

Tell us an embarrassing story, something that happened to “your friend” is okay. I went to college at The University at Buffalo so we were fairly close to the Canadian border. Well, one day on my way back to school after winter break, I was talking to my friend who was with me and not really paying attention to where I was going and ended up missing my exit. I realized my mistake when I came to a huge toll booth that said Canadian Border Patrol, or something to that effect! Oops. I can understand missing an exit but having to backtrack a hundred miles or so? Yea.

What are five of your favorite books? The Hunger Games (book1), The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, Dead to the World, Sellevision, and The Host.

If you could cross-breed two animals, which ones would you choose and why? What would you name your new hybrid? I’d cross-breed a bulldog and a shih tzu and would call it a Bullshit! (Ok, I stole that from Dumb & Dumber)



Three things you like that start with the letter R: Road Trips, Rats (i used to have five!),  and Rainbows

Tell us about your pet(s) and/or share a photo. I am obsessed with my pets. I have five right now. I have two pugs, Phyllis and Priscilla. 

 

They have a Tumblr: http://phyllisandpriscilla.tumblr.com/  (Editor’s Note: GO LOOK AT THE DOGS THEY’RE SO CUTE) They are both differently-abled pound puppies and I try to take them everywhere. My husband and I are definitely crazy pug people. 

We also have three cats. I don’t have a picture of any of them together so here is a picture of Murray Hewitt. 

He is the first cat that I have ever gotten. We got him right after we got married. We also have a siamese/torti named Scampi, and a little white cat with tabby spots named Scout. 


Five of your Favorite Books: These are the books I read over and over again: Watership Down by Richard Adams, St. Lucy’s Home for Girls Raised by Wolves by Karen Russell, The Witches by Roald Dahl, Be My Baby : How I Survived Mascara, Miniskirts, and Madness, or My Life as a Fabulous Ronetted by Ronnie Spector, Crackpot: The Obsessions of John Waters (Whenever I am in a really bad mood i can read his essay “100 Things I Hate” and it makes me cackle with glee)

One Beauty Product you can’t live without: Hurraw lipbalm It is the only vegan lip balm I have ever tried that actually feels AMAZING on my lips, not grainy. And it tastes good too! I accidentally washed the first tube I had and I almost cried. The coconut is my favorite.

A delicious vegetarian recipe: I wrote a post about some amazing vegan sweet potato pancakes that were in Bust magazine this fall. They taste really good and make your house
smell amazing!






Danielle of Danfredo Rivera

Tell us one beauty product you can’t live without: Tweezers because I’m a hairy beast and need to pluck my eyebrows everyday lest the unibrow takes over. 

What are five of your favorite books? The Happiness Project by Gretchen Ruben, The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini, Free Food For Millionaires by Min Jin Lee, I Hope They Serve Beer In Hell by Tucker Max and Where The Sidewalk Ends by Shel Silverstein.

Teach us an awesome DIY project. DIY Stupid Wedding Banner

Tell us an embarrassing story, something that happened to “your friend” is okay. Um, one time my friend had really bad gas and wanted to share it with everyone within smelling distance. She ran into the kitchen where everyone was hanging out and assumed a gas sharing stance. She accomplished her mission, but she also shit herself in the process.
Share a photo you’ve taken that you’re proud of. I call this picture, “Drippy Rolls.” 
  

Christmas

Malori of Sunday Morning Sugar

What are five of your favorite books? I love to read!  The following are five of my favorite books: The Delivery Man By: McGinniss Jr., The Virgin Suicides By: Jeffrey Eugenides, A Wolf at the Table By: Augusten Burroughs, Bright and Shiny Morning By: James Frey and Grab on to me Tightly as if I Knew The Way By: Bryan Charles
For a complete list of books that I’ve read in the past few years, feel free to check out my book list on my blog!

A delicious vegetarian recipe!  My go-to site for great vegetarian recipes is Fresh 365.  I recently made her recipe for stuffed peppers and just about died and went to heaven.  I suggest you make these immediately.

My favorite beauty product: I’m not big on beauty products or makeup, but I don’t mess around with my chapstick.  I have like three or four of them in every purse/bag/pocket.  My two favorites are yes to carrots and EOS.  And if you’re wondering about flavors, mint is obviously the best for both brands.

An embarrassing story: I live in downtown Chicago and take the train everywhere.  One day it was raining pretty hard and I was rushing between my internship and my second job… I was in a grumpy mood and walking REALLY quickly because I was running late and wasn’t going to get to eat. 

I run into a subway stop to rush down the stairs only to realize that it is an escalator which is EXIT only and is moving in the opposite direction of the way I want to go. I avoid falling over and run to the next entrance of the subway and again attempt to rush down the stairs. About three steps down I slip and completely fall down 3 or 4 steps.  

I immediately started laughing at myself only to turn around and see a guy behind me looking REALLY angry. 

The moral of the story is that you should never take yourself too seriously because karma will spite you and make you fall down the stairs. The other moral of the story is that people who live in cities don’t like anything that holds them up so if you do fall down the stairs you better hope a local isn’t behind you because they’ll be PISSED!


If I could cross-breed two animals … it would be an English bulldog and a bunny.  Why?  English bulldogs are the best but how cute would they be if they were fluffy AND JUMPED AROUND!?  I would name it a bun-dog because that kind of reminds me of “hot-dog” which is also such a good thing…


Name three things you like that start with the letter R. Robin (the Dick Grayson version), Red Velvet Cake, Rent (the musical)

Tell us one beauty product you can’t live without. My MAC
foundation.  I would be lost without it.
Tell us about your pet(s) and/or share a photo. I have two pets, Shadow Cat and TokiDoki. 

TokiDoki is a chihuahua mix who has been in the family for about 3 years now. My husband and I found her at the SPCA when we lived in Seattle. We had been dog shopping for about a month and just could not agree on anything…until we saw her. Honestly, we weren’t looking to take a pet home that day, but we just fell in love with her. The day after we brought her home I had to get my wisdom teeth pulled, so we both spent the week sleeping in bed all day. Toki is very cheerful and spoiled. Everyone that meets her falls in love like we did.

We found Shadow Cat last year when we were searching for a companion for TokiDoki. We originally were looking for another small dog, but decided to check out the cats just for kicks. Poor Shadow Cat had a horrible flee condition when the SPCA here in Virginia found her. Because of this she was missing a lot of her fur and was a bit under weight. Next thing I know, we are at a pet store getting the basics so we could go back and adopt her before the shelter closed for the days.  Shadow Cat is very affectionate with people, and she loves to tease TokiDoki. 

 
What are five of your favorite books? Battle Royale by Koushun Takami, Alice in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll, The Watchmen by Alan Moore, Alas Babylon by Pat Frank, The Killing Joke by Alan Moore
Share a photo you’ve taken that you’re proud of.
 


Name three things you like that start with the letter R. Rain. Reading. Rapping. (KIDDING), but imagine me rapping, hilarious!

Tell us about your pet(s) and/or share a photo. I’ve got a cat, her name is Nala and she’s crazy!


What are five of your favorite books? God, this is going to be tough..The Perks of Being A Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky. The Five People You Meet in Heaven by Mitch Albom. The Book Thief by Markus Zusak.Invisible Monsters by Chuck Palahniuk. The Stranger by Albert Camus.

Tell us an embarrassing story, something that happened to “your friend” is okay. Ugh, this happened to me senior year of High School. 

I was in this awesome extracurricular activity that was called S.A.D.D (Students Against Destructive Decisions).. we had a play one night and we usually spoke and handed out flyers at these events. Well, me trying to be the “president” of the group felt confident enough to walk on stage and talk about the group and read off this paper. 

Well, I got on stage, mic in hand.. read the first few words and then got so red people thought I was going to pass out. I started shaking so badly I couldn’t see the words on the paper and just froze. People started clapping and cheering for me, but seriously? I felt like such a fool. 

Even better, I had to sell refreshments during intermission. EVERYONE was asking if I was okay.


Share a photo you’ve taken that you’re proud of.

I’m not sure why, but I love this picture from my Diana Mini. It was my first time taking a plane and I was nervous/excited!


Lynsey of Dressed to Chill

 Three things you like that start with the letter R: The Raconteurs. Reading. Red toenail polish

Five of your favorite books: High Fidelity by Nick Hornby, Minor Characters by Joyce Johnson, Breakfast of Champions by Kurt Vonnegut, The Road by Cormac McCarthy, A Home at the End of the World by Michael Cunningham.(PS. you can read more about my favorite books here)

If you could cross-breed two animals, which ones would you choose and why? What would you name your new hybrid? If I could crossbreed two animals, I’d choose a parrot and a dog, and call it a pog. I can’t begin to imagine what a pog would look like, but my reasoning behind the crossbreed would be that it would be cute, cuddly, and loyal like a dog, but be able to actually communicate using words, like a parrot. If you combined the intelligence of, say, an African Grey Parrot with the patient, affectionate personality of a Labrador Retriever, you might just end up with the best pet ever- an African-Grey-Lab Pog.

Share a delicious vegetarian recipe. 


My Mom’s Family-Famous Taco Salad

You will need:
1 head of lettuce, shredded
1 can of kidney beans (or black beans…or both)
1 lb Colby cheese, shredded
1 onion, diced
1 green pepper, chopped
Several tomatoes, diced
1 regular bag of taco flavored Doritos, crushed

1 cup Crisco oil
1/2 cup ketchup
1/4 cup vinegar
3/4 cup sugar
1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
This is my mom’s family-famous taco salad. Normally it’s made with hamburger, but I think it would be good as a vegetarian taco salad, too. I like it a lot, and so does everyone in my extended family. 

It’s easy to make, too- all you do is toss all the vegetables together, mix up the dressing ingredients, and then toss the dressing in with the salad. You can mix the crushed Doritos in, or serve them on the side to sprinkle on top so that they don’t get soggy. Great for parties and potlucks.


Share a photo you’ve taken that you’re proud of. 


Attached is a picture I took of the palace square in Amsterdam during the semester that I studied abroad there. I don’t really remember taking the picture, but I like how it captures the movement of the city. It’s probably my favorite picture I’ve ever taken.



Courtney of Nobody Too.

Name three things you like that start with the letter R.
Reading, Red (the color), Royal (my cat)



Tell us about your pet(s) and/or share a photo. My cat, Royal, who’s pretty much the coolest. He’s massive by cat standards (somewhere around 20lb), has a great mustache, and one grey toe. 

I don’t know if I could live alone and not have a pet, and if I’m going to have a pet I’d prefer it be a cat, and if I’m going to have a cat I prefer it be Royal. He’s affectionate, but not always up in my business. He likes to be in the same room as me but doesn’t need to be on top of me all the time. Like most cats, he enjoys empty boxes, rubberbands, catnip, and putting his butt in your face. His favorite things are eating and sleeping.

What are five of your favorite books? Dandelion Wine by Ray Bradbury, The Awakening by Kate Chopin, Foxfire by Joyce Carol Oates, The Golden Compass by Philip Pullman, Anne of Green Gables by L. M. Montgomery. 
If you could cross-breed two animals, which ones would you choose and why? What would you name your new hybrid? I’d cross a sloth and a bat. No real reason, I just think it would look cool–basically just a sloth with bat wings. I’d call it a hang-glider! Get it? That was terrible, I apologize. 
Share a delicious vegetarian recipe.

Black Beans and Rice
1c rice of choice, uncooked
1 can black beans
½ of an onion, diced
½ of a bell pepper, chopped
2 cloves garlic, minced
½ tsp cumin
1 tsp olive oil
¾ c salsa (more as desired)
Cook rice according to package and set aside. In a large sauté pan, sauté onion, pepper, and garlic until soft. Add rice, beans, cumin, and salsa and simmer for about twenty minutes (add more salsa or other liquid if it starts to dry out too much). That’s it! This is great as a side dish, but I usually eat it as a meal with a little cheese and sour cream on top. Also makes great burrito filling. Really it’s just good all around.
 
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