Happy April Fool’s Day! Don’t worry, I don’t have any trickery for you..or do I?
It’s officially Cherry Blossom season! Do you have any plans to head into the city to view them? It’s been pretty windy so I’m not sure what the chances are that they’re still intact but it’s definitely worth a try! I haven’t been out yet myself, I’ve been attacked by allergies and have isolated myself to our apartment. Are there any big updates for us, well I can’t say there are many. I’ve registered for my summer courses and I’m happily trekking along in my art class.
I’ve finally bit the bullet and went out with my brother and got some more clothes and by more clothes I mean clothes that can fit my current body. As you can imagine, I’ve outgrown more than half of my wardrobe and have been bumming it around but I’ve grown tired of that. I shouldn’t have to sacrifice style and professionalism just for comfort. Ok, not that it was a sacrifice it was more of me being lazy and refusing to buy bigger clothes. I’ve learned that I really like Cynthia Rowley dresses and can snag some great ones from the likes of TJ Maxx and Marshals. Also, I still really like Target for simple things like blazers and dresses as well.
So as you know, I pretty much went vegetarian bordering vegan for 4o days and 40 nights. Even though I finally had a steak on Easter, I may extend it through April or at least post about things I’ve found that have been useful if you’re considering making the transition. I’m not fully vegan myself and have been on the fence but have slowly been finding things to consider a lifestyle change.
We’ve just gotten done with midterms and my professor, who is a creative individual that loves to give back the community, wanted us to write about art installments. I don’t know many artists or even knew where to begin to look for an installment piece let alone an artist. Luckily for me, my answer fell onto my lap; figuratively speaking of course. I had used Artsy on previous occasions within this past year when I had to write papers about artists or works of art and their site catalogs the information and makes it easily accessible.
After reading more in depth about Alexander Calder and connecting with one of his pieces, I was on my way to writing my paper. Who wouldn’t relate to a piece such as Jerusalem Stabile which was intended to serve as a symbol of modernity and hope in Israel?
Alexander Calder also happens to be the inventor of the mobile, so in part, you sort of have him to thank for keeping your baby occupied in their crib.
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My morning routine consists of waking up to get myself ready in about 20 minutes, take Tyler outside and head to work. I’ll have my morning coffee or tea and play a little catch up with what’s going on in the world. Before I started receiving TheSkimm in my inbox, I used to go to Refinery29 and read the 8 Things To Know This AM. They’ve had the series on their site for a while now but I’ve been pretty terrible at following along until they came out with a beautifully designed app. It’s simple and pleasing to the eye. From the 8 subjects, you’ll see a sentence summarizing the event and it will link you to a full article. The app is mostly used in conjunction with their site because it links to articles posted on there but at least you’ll be in the know and can hold a conversation with your colleagues at the next water cooler break!
I can’t believe it’s already March. Where has the time gone? I’ve been so busy with school and work and my downtown has been playing video games..sorry blog. I have been playing this new game on PS4 though! More on that later.
Since Lent started, I’ve been on a matcha latte kick and trying out a limited “vegan” lifestyle. I’ve found some pretty amazing meat alternatives though I’m not a huge fan of vegan cakes. I’ll fill you guys in on how that’s going but I did just recently have a date and walnut “cake” which was pretty delicious. I also finally pampered myself. I haven’t really taken a photo of myself or been in photos in what feels like forever because frankly, I’ve let myself go. I’ve had family members asking if I was pregnant and I haven’t had a haircut in over a year. Right now, my eyebrows are nicely shaped, hair is shorter and appears healthier and my nails, my nails are ‘5 Apples Tall’, OPI’s Hello Kitty line. Yup! New things happening!
So now I’ll leave you with a little playlist. Happy March! Please don’t let there be anymore snow. Thanks!
I was looking for something quick and easy that I could make and carry with me to class and be budget-friendly. I still haven’t fully given up lattes so I need to make a cut someplace and I figure instead of buying granola bars and the like, I could make my own. Then I stumbled upon these bite-sized goodies.
1 cup (dry) oatmeal (I used old-fashioned oats)
⅔ cup toasted coconut flakes
½ cup peanut butter
½ cup ground flax seed
½ cup chocolate chips or cacao nibs (optional)
⅓ cup honey or agave nectar
1 tablespoon chia seeds (optional)
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
Mix everything together and refrigerate for about half an hour
Take the mixture out from the fridge and roll into balls
Store in an air-tight container in the refrigerator and enjoy!
Easy to take on-the-go for a healthy and quick snack.
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I wanted to curate a playlist that was chill and not overly mushy despite February being a lovey month. I didn’t want to leave anyone out so it’s very neutral whether you’re single, in a relationship or just don’t care. Sit back, relax and enjoy.
This year I’m just in a pink mood so needless to say, this gift guide has a color theme!
PURPOSEFULbkr Glass Water Bottle ($28) – She started a New Year’s Resolution and you’d like to help her stay on track? Why not give her a stylish and useful water bottle. It’s glass and has a silicone sleeve.
The great East Coast Blizzard known as Jonas stopped by over the weekend and caused a panic where everyone went to their local grocery stores and wiped them out of bread and milk. It seems that during inclement weather, bread and milk could be the new currency. Because of my busy schedule, I didn’t have time to stop by the grocery store. S went and came home with potato bread and vodka. Seriously, that’s it. My brother (who is temporarily residing with us) brought eggs and other various items.
On the day of the storm I tried to get groceries delivered and boy was I lucky. Instacart was able to deliver groceries to me within hours before the storm hit. I opted to order from Whole Foods since it was the option that was able to deliver to me with in hours compared to waiting next week for other selections like Safeway and Harris Teeter. I accidentally ordered a lot of potatoes thinking they were the tiny ones that just happened to be sold separately so I’ve got potatoes for days. I should probably try some new recipes for them. Before S came home he stopped by a wholesale club and got us bulk orders of spicy Italian sausage and ground beef (well, patties for burgers). We could fit some things in the freezer but not all so I’ve had to improvise so our food wouldn’t go bad. Here I combined my love of pasta and trying to clear the fridge for SNOWZILLA ONE POT PASTA! You have to say it like you’re announcing Godzilla. Anyway, here it is.
SNOWZILLA ONE POT PASTA
1 package of pasta (I used linguine)
1 cup of milk
2 cups of chicken broth
2 cloves of garlic, minced
1 small onion, diced
1 cup of parmesan cheese
1 package of spicy Italian sausage, sliced
2 cups of spinach
1 can of diced tomatoes with Italian seasoning (optional)
2 cups of halved grape tomatoes (optional)
Salt and pepper to season
Turn the stove to medium-high heat
Chop the onions and the garlic
Slice the sausage (optional to remove the casing)
Add olive oil to the pot and stir in the onion, garlic and sausage
Cook until onion is clear and sausage is cooked
Pour in the milk and chicken broth and stir until boiled
Add the pasta and let it cook a bit (under half the time for al dente)
Add the diced tomatoes and spinach and cover
Add the parmesan cheese and continue to let it cook until the sauce thickens
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One winter day, two years ago, I met S while we were out with a group of mutual friends. We met through a GPS-based game. We’ve seen each other at different meets and one of the times we hung out (as a group), he met Tyler and while we all grabbed a bite to eat, he went into the restaurant and bought Tyler a chicken sandwich. Seriously, he got himself some water which he shared with Tyler but mostly the sandwich was for him. In a way, he peaked my interest in the way he catered to Tyler. Weeks later, we went on our first date. I knew S was a keeper when he showed up to our first date with a bouquet of peonies (my favorite) in the dead of winter. How he tracked them down, I’m not sure but I can only assume it was not cheap. To this very day, he still opens the car door for me everytime we go out.
He listens, is attentive and he makes me laugh. He’s my best friend and the only person I’ve dated that I’ve ever truly been able to be myself around. He loves Tyler like his very own. He supports me with my dreams and ambitions and tells me my cooking is good even when it probably isn’t.
We have disagreements just like everyone else and after about a day of silent treatment, we’re back to cracking jokes. Sometimes our arguments are even weird. My brother was once asked how we are as a couple and he replied to them, “well, I think they’re okay but they seem really passive-aggressive so I don’t know” because we hardly ever raise our voices to each other. I can be an absolute brat during my lady times and he continues to be patient with me and even pampers me. I’ve gained so much weight during the course of our relationship (truth: I have an aunt that thought we were expecting and a parent that told me that I need to lose weight) and yet he still finds me attractive and tells me I’m beautiful every chance he gets.