The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey

Hello, my lovelies!

So today I’m going to talk about the movie, The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey by Peter Jackson.

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Basic Data

Year: 2012

Director: Peter Jackson

Based on the book The Hobbit by J.R.R.Tolkien

Cast: Martin Freeman, Ian McKellen, Richard Armitage, Ken Scott, James Nesbitt, Graham McTavish, William Kircher, Stephen Hunter,

The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey is the first of the three parts in which it was divided the novel The Hobbit, by the British writer J.R.R. Tolkien for a movie adaptation.

An elderly hobbit by the name of Bilbo Baggins, who is about to turn 111 years, decided to write to his nephew, Frodo, the full story about his unexpected journey that he embarked sixty years previous. He begins telling the story of the amazing Dwarf Kingdom of Erebor, under the Lonely Mountain, where the dwarves mined precious metals under the reign of the king, Thrór. However, such wealth aroused the greed of Smaug, the largest of the North dragons, and attacked Erebor and the City of the Valley, driving the dwarves out of their kingdom and claiming it as his own, and seizing the enormous treasure hidden inside its walls. Since then, the Dwarves of Erebor became a wandering people and wandered through many lands, but never forgot the attack of Smaug and the old kingdom that belonged to them. After telling the story of Erebor, Bilbo goes on to relate his adventures, which began years ago when, in a quiet morning while smoking in front of his hobbit-hole, he meets the wizard Gandalf the Grey.

Gandalf was looking for someone adventurous, but Bilbo flatly refuses, as well as the adventures hates all hobbits of the Shire. However, not to be rude to the magician, invites him for tea tomorrow in the afternoon, before going home hastily.

In the afternoon of the next day, Bilbo hardly remembers what happened the previous day when he suddenly hears Gandalf calling at the door. Quite perplexed, see how many dwarves have at home waving as he does not want the thing. Finally, Gandalf comes with a dwarf who appears to be of high rank, and who turns out to be nothing more and nothing less than Thorin Oakenshield, the grandson of Thrór and next in line for the throne.Thorin and the twelve dwarves who have come with him request his help due to Gandalf’s recommendation, as they want to get their kingdom back. Bilbo can barely stand to hear that they want to bring it to an adventure and escape to hisroom to sleep not long after the dwarves finish explaining the plan.

Bilbo wakes up the next morning with the thinking that the visit of the dwarves was just a dream, to find that last night he left a note saying that if he wanted to take the job of their Bulgar, to meet with them OUT OF Bag End(?) Without knowing himself what he does, a strange feeling adventurous incites him out of his hole and hastily runs towards the destination to join the company of Thorin. There, with some regret, discover that most of the dwarves did not think that he would dared to join them and had made a bet that earn Balin and Gandalf quite the sum of money, confident in the hobbit.

The first problem arises through the Forest of Trolls, where the thirteen dwarves are caught by three trolls named Berto, Tom and Guille. Bilbo, despite shaking from head to toe, manages to entertain them enough until dawn, when Gandalf exposes them to sunlight and they turn to stone. Not far away are the three trolls lair, where Gandalf takes a sword that had stolen the trolls; and delivers a small dagger Bilbo (which puts the Dart name), which is illuminated when orcs nearby. Meanwhile, Thorin takes Orcrist. Near the ford of Bruinen, the group is one day suddenly with Radagast the Brown, a magician of the Order of the Istari, which Gandalf and other wizards belongs. Radagast Gandalf tells fearfully in Greenwood the Great, where he lives, evil is returning to the forest because a mysterious necromancer installed on Dol Guldur, an ancient fortress that belonged to Mordor, now in ruins, built before the second defeat of the Dark Lord. Just then, a group of orcs in Wargs mounted attacks the group, which escapes the secret valley of Rivendell thanks to Radagast distracting and a group of elves suddenly appears.

In Rivendell, Elrond, Lord of the elves, welcomes the company of Thorin, but the dwarfs are not very comfortable there because in the past, King Thranduil (from Mirkwood) did not help when he fell Mountain Erebor before the dragon Smaug. Galadriel (Lady of Lórien), and Saruman the White (leader of the istari magicians) are also found in Rivendell, because they are aware of the evil that has emerged in the Black Forest. So in Rivendell white council between Elrond, Galadriel, Gandalf and Saruman occurs. Gandalf suspects the Necromancer is none other than Sauron, since it was not completely destroyed due to the loss of single ring by Isildur. However, the view prevails Saruman, and believes that the One Ring is lost forever down the river Anduin sea, adding that the Necromancer is surely the witch king with a new offensive. Meanwhile, at Amon Sul, the orcs who had attacked Thorin and company in the ford of the river Bruinen warn his master Azog that the dwarf Thorin Oakenshield is alive. Several centuries before, Thorin had seriously injured Azog, at the Battle of Nanduhirion front of the mines of Moria, and Azog swore revenge on him since. In Rivendell, Thorin, Bilbo and the twelve dwarves start again as Gandalf continues on the council. To continue the journey must cross the dangerous Misty Mountains, where a stormy day on they witness an impressive battle between stone giants. To shelter from the titanic battle, take refuge in a cave. Bilbo, after seeing the dangers of the mountains, believes he has seen too much and prepares to return home on their own while the dwarves sleep. Bofur however finds out, and how you believe in it, Bilbo decides to stay. However, Thorin, the hobbit who does not like, believes that Bilbo is not interested in the issue and will only be a hindrance.

At that time, a crack opens in the cave and many goblins come out to meet them and capture the group, because the cave was one of many inputs of a system goblin tunnels.Bilbo and Thorin and Company are taken to the Great Goblin, who accuses them of wanting to steal and kill them. At that time, Gandalf appears and kill the goblin chief and some more. Thorin, Gandalf and the dwarves fled precipitately, but Bilbo falls and leaves the group, falling into a cave whose floor is a mysterious ring. Bilbo saved so without further and reach an underground lake, where Gollum, an old hungry creature who speaks with such a “treasure”, proposes you play puzzles. If Bilbo wins, Gollum will show off the tunnels, but if the winner was Gollum, the hobbit would eat. The two go throwing strangely similar riddles and Bilbo finally nervously fiddles with the Ring he keeps in his pocket, wondering to himself, “What I have in my pocket?”. Gollum interprets it as a riddle, and no acertarlo, instead of fulfilling his promise is preparing to go to his island in the lake, where he keeps his “treasure”, a magic ring that makes it invisible to whom it is put on the finger pretending to kill Bilbo by surprise. Not finding him, Gollum, very upset, he discovers that Bilbo has his ring, which should fall out while hunting a goblin. Gollum is about to kill Bilbo, but he sees him from afar and, incidentally, put a hand to his pocket, he slips the ring finger and Bilbo discovers that the item makes it invisible. Bilbo advantage of this property to follow Gollum and look for any output. At one point, he is tempted to slay Gollum with Sting sword, but a compassionate feeling makes you pity him.

Bilbo meets again with the group of Thorin to hear their voices, but do not tell anyone about the discovery of the ring. After a chase through the underground Goblin-town, the company of Thorin, Bilbo and Gandalf comes out only to fall far field of a herd of huge direwolves, it gets to chase them immediately. The fifteen members get into a fir next to a cliff to save himself from the Wargs when they discover that the pack was led by the Azog orc, who was in search of Thorin. Nothing seen, and Thorin Azog out to meet to meet, but Thorin get hit the orc him to the ground. An unexpected stroke of courage appears in Bilbo, which lowers the tree also to protect Thorin despite the fear he feels. The other dwarves continue to face the other orcs Azog in a desperate fight. Luckily, a group of eagles, friends of Radagast, down from the heights of the mountains and picking members Thorin’s company, brings them to a safe place that faces east, on the Grand River and the Black Forest, divisándose, far away, the Lonely Mountain. The group is already in the Wilderness, and Thorin, who was unconscious by the fall, revives and apologizes to Bilbo by their distrust, full of gratitude for having saved the hobbit. While travelers contemplate their fate, a thrush takes off and reaches the Lonely Mountain, where it captures a snail and strikes against a stone to swallow. The echo of the blows resonates inside the mountain where the dragon Smaug wakes giving way to the movie.

That’s all, hope you liked it!


-WorldWanderer out~

Taken 3

Hey! I realize that my last updates had not really been that good, but I simply haven’t had time. So sorry.

Anyways, today I’m going to talk about the third part of the series TAKEN

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The life of former special agent Bryan Mills is truncated unexpectedly after the murder of his ex-wife in his own apartment, and is accused of her death. After running away from the crime scene the CIA, the FBI and the police start following him and refuse to stop until he is arrested. Again Bryan Mills must not only escape the police but will seek the murderers of his ex-wife and protect the only one that remains in his life, his daughter.

Personally, I don’t really want to talk about this movie, not because it’s bad but because most of you guys haven’t watch it yet (probably) and I usually make horrible, horrible spoilers that might make you want to kill me.

So no, thank you very much.

Buts still, After TAKEN and TAKEN 3, we can pretty much say that the movie has the same kinds of plot… kind of. There are a lot of plot twists that might have you at the edge of your seat, biting you nails and trying to tear your hair off (okay, maybe that was just me). And honestly I don’t really have much to say.

Rating: Good. I think it could have been better.

Would I watch it again?: Mmm, probably? Maybe? Only time will tell…

Would I recommend it?: Yes, it’s one of those movies you have to see at least once.

That was all, and so sorry I had to make it so short.


-WorldWanderer out~

Tom DeLonge Splits from Blink-182

Pop-punk pioneers Blink-182 have been writing, releasing, and performing music together for well over twenty years now, but recent drama that has unfolded between the members within the last couple months may have led the band to an abrupt end, with guitarist and vocalist Tom DeLonge suddenly being declared an ex-member this past Monday.

The group formed back in 1992, and quickly rose to fame with their signature pop-punk sound–consisting of simplistic and yet catchy chord progressions on electric guitar and an speedy drum track–paving the way. Led by their hit singles, “All the Small Things” and “What’s My Age Again?”, their fame continued on through the early ’00’s, and even after they faded into obscurity, their fan base remained loyal and their influence remained evident in other hit alt groups, such as All Time Low and Fall Out Boy.

However, their fan base may have some trouble deciding who exactly to be loyal to when taking into account the band’s sudden break up, which was announced without warning on this last Monday.

While the whole fiasco is largely confusing–involving a supposedly agreed-upon record deal and studio time, confusing emails from DeLonge’s manager, and a contradictory statement from DeLonge himself stating that he never quit the band in the first place–it has ultimately led to the band’s breakup, however unhappy they may be about it. Although, this isn’t the first time they’ve announced an indefinite hiatus–maybe they’ll just pull a Fall Out Boy and cycle back, and reunite all over again.

Michelle Obama Visits Saudi Arabia

Michelle Obama, First Lady and activist for a variety of social issues, is a beacon in terms of women’s rights around the world. Saudi Arabia is another country known for its disregard for human rights, especially when it comes to women.

The Obamas, Barack and Michelle, talked about consistently putting pressure on the nation to improve in this area. When Michelle was with her husband in Saudi Arabia, she wore pants (not a dress) and went with her head uncovered. In articles that covered this event, it was noted that men did not shake her hand but chose to step back and just smile.

There was not much more coverage of this specific event, but it is an interesting mark of progress in terms of how world leaders treat each other in regard to women’s rights. While some cultures, such as in Saudi Arabia, reject the equality of women, others like the United States try to encourage it when they interact. Not only at formal meetings and conventions such as the ones that take place at the United Nations, but even on less formal visits they make underhanded comments and gestures to show their progression versus the other nations.

Countries cannot indoctrinate their polices and beliefs onto others, but they can work to promote it. Unfortunately, several countries are still incredibly behind when it comes to their treatment of women, as I’ve mentioned a plethora of times before, but it is a crucial thing for leaders and civilians to keep working on and uniting over so women can finally have the equal rights that they deserve.

Below is a picture of First Lady, Michelle Obama:


Hey chiquitos!

So I know that I was talking before about how some vegans are really hard core and others are really not hard core and I think this is one of the best ejemplos of this. When it comes to vegan foods, if you’re vegan you obviamente eat vegan food. But when it comes to vegan CLOTHES, it gets a little blurry.

I personally do not wear vegan clothes, but some people take animal rights and cruelty really seriously so they will NOT wear things like wool that are derived from animals. So is this extreme? I can’t say. I guess some people argue that wool grows back and it doesn’t hurt sheep but I’m not sure it really is about si it hurts the animal or not as much as if it just feels wrong to a vegan person to wear a wool sweater. I guess it’s kind of just like a lifestyle. And some people like to live it all the way.

So vegans who wear vegan clothing can NOT wear things como leather, real animal furs, leather, wool (obviously), feathers, and silk. They CAN wear cottons and synthetic fibers that are not animal-derived, however.

Cotton is A-ok!
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I suppose that once again, it really comes down to a matter of personal choice. There’s no set parameters for being vegan other than eating vegan food, and if you choose to wear vegan clothing, that’s great for you! If not, though, you can still be just as vegan as someone who does. It just depends on what you yourself want to do 🙂

Have a great day!


Artist of the Day: Lily Allen

Returning to my trend of sharing strong female solo artists, electro-pop singer-songwriter Lily Allen–cousin of none other than soul vocalist Sam Smith–will certainly not disappoint.

Lyrically, Allen may be the bravest writer I have ever encountered in the music industry. Unafraid to make blatant and bold political statements, Allen frequently calls out the sexism and other flaws in our society in a way that makes it clear she is completely willing to take the heat for it. She doesn’t use fancy metaphors or clever euphemisms to get to the point; she calls it like it is, and although alarming at first, her bravery is most definitely admirable. While it may get her a lot of “haters”, her audacity certainly ensures that what followers she does have are fiercely loyal to her and her ideas.
Allen performing at the INmusic festival in Croatia in 2009 (source)

While her lyrics are definitely what set her apart from other artists, her songwriting is nothing unimpressive, either. Her chords progressions are catchy–occasionally a little dull, but obviously not thrown together without effort. Her instrumentation is never anything but fascinating and pleasantly surprising, using a variety of sounds from  accordion to dubstep, somehow always tying together flawlessly. And while her musicality is not surprising considering her highly musical family, it is clear she has some significant stylistic differences and her own twist on everything she writes and performs.

Her most recent album, Sheezus, was released just this last year and is still available online and in stores. You can also support Allen at her website here.

Chocolate Macarons

Hi guys!

It seems that everyone wants to try out a macaron!

To be honest, macarons aren’t my favorite cookie and I personally don’t think they are worth the hype. But I gave my hand a try on this and I hope you like them!

French Macarons:

100 grams ground blanched almonds or almond meal/flour*

170 grams confectioners (powdered or icing) sugar**

15 grams unsweetened cocoa powder (regular unsweetened or Dutch-processed)

100 grams “aged” egg whites, at room temperature***

1/4 teaspoon cream of tartar (optional)

35 grams superfine or castor whitesugar****

Chocolate Ganache:

4 ounces (120 grams) semisweet or bittersweet chocolate, cut into small pieces

1/2 cup (120 ml) heavy whipping cream (35-40% butterfat content)

1/2 tablespoons (6 grams) butter

1/2 tablespoons liqueur(optional)


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Chocolate Macarons:Have ready three baking sheets (make sure they have flat bottoms (no warping)) lined with parchment paper.To make all the Macarons the same size, I like to make a template. Take a piece of parchment paper and draw 20 – 1 1/2 inch (4 cm) circles, spacing the circles about 2 inches (5 cm) apart. Place the template under your parchment paper so you can use it as a guide.

Place the ground almonds, confectioners sugar, and cocoa powder in your food processor and process until they are mixed together (about 30 seconds). Then sift the mixture to remove any lumps.

In the bowl of your electric mixer, fitted with the whisk attachment (can use a hand mixer), beat the egg whites and cream of tartar on medium speed until foamy. Gradually add the sugar, and continue to beat, on medium-high speed, until the meringue just holds stiff peaks(when you slowly raise the whisk the meringue stands straight up (no drooping)). Then, in three additions, sift the ground almond mixture over the meringue. When folding, cut through the meringue and then fold up and over, making sure to scrape the bottom and sides of the bowl. Once the almond mixture is completely folded (called macaronage) into the meringue (the batter will fall back into the bowl in a thick ribbon) it is time to pipe the Macarons.

Fill a pastry bag, fitted with about a 1/2 inch (1 cm) plain tip, with about half the batter. Pipe about 1 1/2 inch (4 cm) rounds onto the parchment paper, using the template as a guide. Then carefully remove the template and gently tap the baking sheet on the counter to break any air bubbles (can also break air bubbles with the end of a toothpick). Let the Macarons sit at room temperature for about30-60 minutes(depending on the temperature and humidity of your kitchen) or until the tops of the Macarons are no longer tacky when lightly touched.

Meanwhile, preheat your oven to 325 degree F (160 degree C) with the oven racks in the top and bottom third of the oven. Bake the cookies (two sheets at a time) for about 14 –16 minutes, rotating the pans top to bottom, front to back, about halfway through baking.The Macarons are done when they just barely separate from the parchment paper. Remove from oven and let the Macarons cool completely on the baking sheet placed on a wire rack. To assemble the Macarons, take two cookies and sandwich them together with chocolate ganache. While you can serve the Macarons the day they are made, these cookies really need to mature for a day or two in the refrigerator. Bring to room temperature before serving.

ChocolateGanache:Place the chopped chocolate in a  heatproof bowl. Heat the cream and butter in a small saucepan over medium heat (or in the microwave). Bring just to a boil. Immediately pour the hot cream over the chocolate and allow to stand for a few minutes. Stir gently until smooth. If desired, add the liqueur. Let sit at room temperature until thick and of piping consistency. (This can take a few hours.) You can make the ganache the day before. Just cover and store at room temperature.

Makes about 30 Macarons.



It doesn’t you do any good on a test to know the material if you’re too worked up to remember any of it. Me, for example. I took a math final the other day. Math has never been my area of expertise; it’s certainly not something I would characterize as an enjoyable area of study. Nevertheless, I prepared to do my academic duty. The afternoon before the final, I sat down to review five months of factors, asymptotes, logarithms, and sinusoids. I soon realized that there was quite a bit more to the whole process than I had remembered, and by nine o’clock at night I was starting to feel frustrated. I knew most of the formulas on paper, but none of it really made sense to me. I was frazzled and I still had a month and a half of notes to go through. I also perceived that each successive hour was taking a considerable toll on my ability to comprehend what I was reading, as well as my probable performance on the test tomorrow. Eventually I cut my losses. I called it a night.

I don’t know if you could call my mental state “panicked’—it was more like “single-mindedly anxious”.  The day of the test, however, I didn’t try to cram very much. I thought that my time would be better spent relaxing so I could use what I actually knew. Knowing the textbook inside and out won’t help on a test if you’re running on three hours of sleep and six shots of caffeine.

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WaMu Theater

WaMu Theater located next to Century Link field is concert building that hosts various concerts in Seattle. I have been to quite a few concerts there but the very first one was when Lorde was performing.  I had a great time and at the end confetti came down from the ceiling it was really just great. They had pink and purple lights flashing everywhere and everyone was energetic and clearly also having a good time.

There are seats in the concert room but at some point everyone just stands to get a better look so like any concert if you are short like me you barely see anything. Unfortunately this giraffe of a person stood in front of me with her huge afro blocking the entire stage! Hopefully anyone else going to concerts never has the lack of view like I did.

Apart from the giraffe in front of me it was a cool experience because who doesn’t like concerts, and especially ones that blow confetti at you! Before the show when we were waiting in a line outside someone saw Lorde casually walking in the parking lot a few stories up and started screaming then everyone started screaming and pointing, it was a crazy scene.


The theater itself it located right off the freeway with easy parking which is nice. Also since it is in Seattle there are many restaurants around to grab a bite at before or after the show. I would highly suggest going to this cool theater and seeing a concert!

Taken 2

Hi, wanderes! Today we will talk about Taken’s sequel!


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Year: 2012

Director: Olivier Megaton

Writer: Luc Besson

Cast: Liam Neeson, Maggie Grace, Famke Jenssen, Rade Serbedzija, Luke Grimes, Leland Orser, Jon Gries, Kevok Malikyan, DB Sweeney, Alain Figlarz.

Once again – like in Taken – the film takes place in the mind of the retired agent of the CIA, Bryan Mills to save his loved ones. In this occasion it was not only threatened the life of his daughter Kim, but also his ex-wife Lenore, who have been kidnapped by the Albanian mafiosi Murad, in revenge for the death his son Marko, the man who kidnapped Kim, who was electrocuted at the hands of Bryan (in Taken). The abduction of the family takes place in Istanbul, Turkey, where Mills took his family to vacation after three days of work.

After the events of Paris in Taken , relatives of the criminals who Mills murdered while searching for his daughter, returning from France his hometown, Tropoje, Albania for the funeral of their dead relatives by Mills. At the ceremony, Murad, Marko’s father, whom died electrocuted by Mills, says they will find him and avenge Marko.

Kim and her mother Leonore, who is going through marital problems, surprise Bryan in Istanbul, where he is vacationing after concluding a labor issue. During an out on the town, Leonore and Bryan are followed by men Murad, while Kim stayed in the hotel pool providing an opportunity for parents to a reunion. Leonore is then captured, forcing Bryan to surrender, but not before calling by cellphone to warn his daughter and allow her to escape the men sent to kidnap her.

Bryan wakes up in a dark room with her ​​hands tied to a pole. Using a small cellphone hidden inside his sock, manages to call his daughter and tells her to go to the embassy of the United States to tell what happened, but she asks him a chance to help, Bryan says no but the girl insists. Under instructions from Bryan, Kim opened his suitcase with weapons and launches Granada by the window, allowing Bryan deduce its location by calculating how long it takes the sound of the explosion in reach. Then asks Kim to take a gun and two grenades and head to the rooftops, as he is released from his bonds and lights a fire to indicate location. Kim throws to gun down the chimney, Bryan uses it to escape and then rescues the two men following her.

Bryan returns to save Lenore, but it has already been taken to another site, so that, after leaving Kim at the Embassy of the United States, goes in search following the route memorized when being kidnapped. After beating the kidnappers, he faces Murad, who claims that the two children that remain equally seek revenge on him in the future, if he is killed. Bryan says that he will also kill them, but Murad can change that if he swear not to pursue him again. Murad agreed to stop their revenge in exchange for staying alive, so Bryan throws his weapon, but Murad grabs him and tries to shoot, as he realizes that it is empty because Bryan had brought him the bullets knowing that Murad would never really agree to such agreement. Bryan then kills Murad, digging in a rack by the neck and saves Lenore.

After past three weeks everything seems to have returned to normal, the family is gathered at a celebration dinner because Kim passed his driving test, which then appears by surprise Kim’s boyfriend, Jamie. The four enjoy a pleasant evening in the parlor.

In the alternate ending, Bryan manages to rescue Leonore where both had been arrested and carries with Kim at the US embassy in Istanbul.

The movie in overall is very good, but it is a little confusing to some degree.

Rating: Good.

Best: Liam Neeson! He’s absolutely amazing, but that might be my hormones talking.

Worst: It does get a little bit confusing, and some of the deaths are plain idiotic.

Would I recommend it?: Mmm, it’s hard to say… It’s good and you will want to see it if you like the genre, It is definitely one of those movies you have to see at least once.

Would I watch it again?: Probably, but I like better the fist and third one.

That’s all! Hope you liked it!


WorldWanderer out~

When you’re at a game and you want FOOD but you’re vegan so you can’t have a hot dog and you just want to eat something cause you’re hungry

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SO what do you do when you’re at a game and you want food? If you’re vegan, you’re probably not going to find much food at a game cause they usually just have hot dogs and super salty pretzels and other overly processed things like ridiculously greasy popcorn. Even if you’re not AT a game and you’re just watching one on TV, you’ve always got to have some sort of snack to eat when you’re watching it. So here are some of my favorite healthy, vegan snacks to eat when watching a game!

  1. Roasted almonds: they’ve got protein and they taste great so
  2. Carrots & HUMMUS: I love hummus it’s one of my favorite things so why not just eat it with some CARROTS so you’re doing good for your eyes plus your stomach and your body and your tongue because dang that hummus is good
  3. Mix sunflower seeds + cashews + chex: Your own homemade chex mix featuring real chex (is that what you call those little square things idk lol)! Party!
  4. Bagel bites! Except you put vegan cheese on them cause you’re vegan and you would never eat real cheese (except you could if you wanted)
  5. Quesadilla: a BLACK BEAN quesadilla with tomatoes, garlic, cumin, tomatoes, salt, and any other spices like cayenne pepper or whatever you like in your quesadillas
  6. Chips and guac: because everyone loves guacamole and if you don’t then we cannot ever be friends, I’m sorry. (jk lol)

Hope you have a fantastic day! I know I will now that finals are over (:


“When Women Become Terrorists”

I came across an interesting article published in the New York Times‘s opinion section concerning female involvement in terrorism.

The article opens with talking about Hayat Boumeddieme, the 26-year-old who is a suspect for being involved in the terrorist attacks in Paris earlier this month. And, according to reports, officials believe that she is supposed to be the more radical of the terrorists involved in the attacks.

It then continues to make the argument that while what happened in Paris and how to prevent it in the future will be the focal point of discussion for this event, “the West’s inability to appreciate the role that women play in terror should come under the highest scrutiny.” Throughout history, women have actually played a significant role in acts of terrorism and terrorist groups. There were a fair amount of neo-Natzis who were women, and today groups such as ISIS include women in their ranks. In fact, 10% of the members of ISIS are female.

These women work against other women. They aim to enforce traditional male-female roles in society and go on home-raids to recruit more women to join their groups.

The media does not pay nearly as much attention to women as they do to men terrorists. This is partially because statistically, there are fewer of them and they tend to stay more under the radar, but also because society just does not associate women with terrorist organizations as much as they do men.

Terrorism is never acceptable. However, it is interesting to take a closer look at female empowerment and how it related to women’s roles in terrorism.

You can read the full article here.

Artist of the Day: Todrick Hall

For as much as I may slam the ridiculous number of vocal competitions that air on NBC, there’s no doubt that there is some serious talent that these shows bring to life and make stars out of; one of these such talents in none other than American Idol contestant competitor, singer-songwriter Todrick Hall.

His ventures on American Idol‘s ninth season brought him all the way up to the semi-finals, and while he didn’t win the competition it certainly brought him exposure. His true career bloomed from none other than YouTube, which he had been uploading musical covers to since 2009. While still miraculously unsigned, Hall has proved that independent musicians can achieve success, too, as he has managed to headline his own tour across the United States this last summer, and even snag his own reality show, which is due to air on MTV sometime this year.

One can begin to understand why Hall remains unsigned, however, when they actually begin to examine his work. His musical creations are often covers, mash-ups or remixes of some kind, often telling a narrative that is assisted by eccentric costumes, flawless production and stunning choreography, all of which Hall arranges himself. A ballet dancer and director in addition to a singer, Hall’s creations prove to be almost as much visual as they are musical.

Still, that makes them no less entertaining or worth your while–if anything, it makes them even more so. And while much of his work is humorous, he is a talented story-teller who is quite obviously dedicated to his work.

You can find all of his work posted on his YouTube here, although you can also support him on his official site here.


Piped Butter Cookies

Hi guys!

There are several types that describe a “good” cookie. A good cookie can have potato chips, chocolate chips, sea salt, nuts, peanut butter, and much more.

However, how about simplifying it to the most minimalistic cookie?

Not your classic sugar cookie but a Butter cookie. These cookies are very minimal an have a very heavenly fragrance. These cookies can be piped into stars.
They are also called spritz cookies.
Butter cookies has a more buttery fragrance than sugar cookies.
Sugar cookies on the other hand have more sugar.
These butter cookies are good for a holiday season (although holiday season is over…)
This recipe takes a bit more than a hour and a half because you need to chill the dough. It does make a difference if you chill it longer.
THe preparation takes around 15 minutes and it only takes 10 minutes to cook.
This recipe makes 3 dozen cookies.


1 cup butter
1 cup white sugar
2 2/3 cups of all purpose flour
1/4 teaspoon salt
2 teaspoon vanilla extract


In a large bowl, cream together the butter and white sugar until light and fluffy. Beat in the egg, then stir in the vanilla. Combine the flour and salt; stir into the sugar mixture. Cover dough, and chill for at least one hour. Chill cookie sheets.
Preheat oven to 400 degrees F (200 degrees C). Press dough out onto ungreased, chilled cookie sheets.
Bake for 8 to 10 minutes in the preheated oven, or until lightly golden at the edges. Remove from cookie sheets to cool on wire racks.

I hope you enjoy!