Wednesday, May 27, 2015

|| EATING ||

On my first "real" day of summer break (the first work day I didn't have to go to work), I made myself a healthy breakfast: Garbanzo beans with spinach, feta cheese, and a poached egg, with a side of strawberries and raspberries, and, of course, tea!

Also, please notice the placemats... this is a big deal... Peter and I finally agreed on something for our table!  You don't know how many times we've argued over table cloths, runners, and placemats.  I love these because they are colorful (how in the world did Peter agree to colorful placemats?! It must have been a good day), and they tie in the blue from our rug and the yellow from the flowers.  The placemats are from Target, so are the flowers (couldn't find the link to the flowers; maybe they're discontinued?)

|| LIVING ||

We got a dog!  Well, kind of.  We are fostering this doggie while he goes through some treatments.  Then, when he gets a clean bill of health we will probably officially adopt him.  He was a rescue that my coworker saved.  The vet thinks he is a Jack Russell Terrier mixed with Pug (curly tail) and about 3 years old.  He is very affectionate, calm, and sweet.  He is still very timid and scared sometimes.  He loves people and will not play with any of the toys we bought for him.  He follows us around and plops down wherever we are.  He loves sitting under the table and simply ignores the comfy bed we got just for him!

He was abandoned by his previous owners, and the neighbors said that his name is "Little Bit."  We don't really like that names so we're trying to transition to "Little Bear," or just anything else.  However, since he's 3 already, he's pretty stuck with Little Bit.  So we'll see how that goes.

So far he has learned "sit," "lie down," and "stay."  He also is already house trained, so that was great!

We've been having crazy thunderstorms!  Look at the size of that cloud above our pool house!


Have you heard of the site groopdealz.com?  They also now go by the name eleventhavenue.com (they tried switching groop dealz to eleventh avenue but it wasn't a great success, so they now have both.  Both sites have the same items, basically).  I love this site because it has great affordable stuff.  This dress was only $13.99!  I've ordered 4 things so far and they've all fit perfectly.  

This is a straight shift-dress, so I added a belt to make it a bit more flattering... Please ignore the mess in my bedroom... this is real life, you know... unmade bed, clothes on the floor, dirty mirror.

|| LOVING ||

And, last but not least, I'm currently obsessed with Jamberry Nails.  My good friend from college became a Jamberry consultant, so I hosted a party for her.  Now I'm hooked.  They are basically nail stickers that stay on forever.  Seriously.  They don't budge!  The only reason I've had to take them off was because my nails grew out and it started looking weird at the cuticles.

I love that there are so many designs to choose from, and I've gotten so many compliments.  I also love that they're nontoxic.  I HATE the smell of nail polish, so this is a big deal for me.  I also love that once you apply them you don't have to wait for them to dry!  They also do not damage your nails at all.  So many great things about this product.  The only downside is that it takes a bit of time to apply them.  But once they're on, they will not budge!

These are the "Nepal Relief" wraps... 100% of the profits from this particular design went to help the victims of the Nepal earthquakes.  Helping people and having cute nails = win/win!

Jamberry also does regular nail polish, but it is 5-free and less bad for you than regular nail polish.  I'm not as impressed with the formula, I found it a little difficult to get it completely opaque (took 3 coats), but I love the color and I love that it's 5-free.

If you want to try out Jamberry, contact my friend, Marie via her Facebook page.  Or you can order directly from her site.  Let me know if you give them a try! *

Ok I think that's all I have to update for now.  Later this week I'll show you my progress on my art journal.  So far I've painted flowers... typical

Alone with my tea

* I am in no way compensated or rewarded for posting about Jamberry.  I just really love the products and want to share the love.

Travel Tuesday || Kissing Alpacas in Cusco, Peru || REPOST

Tuesday, May 26, 2015

When I first started my blog, I had about two readers (I wish I could say they were my mom and dad, but I don't think even they followed along back then!).  So I thought it would be fun to repost some of my very first posts, from about 4 years ago.

In Cusco, some people train their llamas and alpacas to be super friendly with people.  Then tourists, like myself, will pay a quarter or two to get some funny pictures.  This was the kissing alpaca.  He wasn't even part of the "staged photo op" that included his mother and owner (dressed in festive, traditional Cusco-ian garb).  This little guy was naturally friendly, nuzzling us, letting us pet him, following us around...  

Travel Tip:  Before you visit Cusco, don't forget to ask your doctor to prescribe medicine to prevent or relieve altitude sickness!  I didn't, and as a result experienced painful altitude sickness - It felt like the worst sinus infection EVER.  My entire face was so puffy, my head felt like it was going to explode! An acquaintance we met there had it worse - he had to be hospitalized and hooked up to an oxygen tank!

Alone with my tea

Thoughts || Friendship

Monday, May 25, 2015

Moving to a new place is hard.  It's difficult to make new friends, especially when everyone else has known each other since they were born.  One of the hardest things I ever had to do was graduate from college, and leave the place where I found love and acceptance, people who understood me; where I found confidence (and my identity, in a way); where I became an adult.  But when I moved to a new city, found new friends, forged new relationships... and then I moved again.

And now I find myself at an awkward stage in life, where friendships are more difficult to create.  I'm not in any young college-age cliques, but I'm also not in the early motherhood stage, where most people my age are.  I find myself missing my friends and family back home, missing the people who truly know me and understand me.  I try to convince myself that true friendship goes beyond proximity and age, that the friendships I've created will last forever, and that new ones will develop eventually.  

I have to believe that true friendship is sometimes difficult to find, but when you do discover a kindred spirit, you will be friends forever, regardless of where you live or when you get to see each other.

What's your advice for making and/or keeping friendships?

Alone with my tea