Category Archives: life

ignite

Happy Wednesday! I have all day to myself today and a million things I want to do, and I have yet to accomplish anything other than breakfast and online perusing. 90 something degree weather will do that to a girl, but I thought I would share some things that have struck my fancy recently..

“looking back over a lifetime, you see that love was the answer to everything.”

 Ray Bradbury.

  •  “the universe is so well balanced that the mere fact that you have a problem also serves as a sign that there is a solution.”

    Steve Maraboli

     Communal dining


    How I Met Your Mother

    All white decor, with colorful art


    “we do not need to go out and find love; rather, we need to be still and let love discover us.”

     John O’Donohue (Anam Cara)

    “with a plan, you only get the best you can imagine. i’d always hoped for something better than that.”

    Chuck Palahniuk

 

 


I want to eat this:

 

 

 

 

 

Drink this:

 

 

 

 

Read these..:

 

 

 

 

…here:

 

 


  • And I want to make a bookshelf out of wine crates:

    “In any given moment we have two options: to step forward into growth or to step back into safety.”

     Abraham Maslow


    This kiddo is just cute:


And I just thought these were funny:


 


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san fran

Long weekend filled with wine, smiles, and sunshine! Through the perspective of my handy little phone, and not in any particular order..

 

wrap

Tessa and I have in recent months fostered a love for Satellite’s rabbit wraps. Though it always is incredibly difficult to justify paying $5.50 for some vegetables encased in a tortilla, we have faithfully forked over the money for the better part of the spring semester while complaining about it the entire time.
I have more than a slight hunch that they infuse the dressing with some crack-like substance because no matter how many times I tell myself that I refuse to pay for another one, my will power is absolutely diminished by the time lunch time rolls around and I find myself 9 dollars poorer (after mandatory additional coffee and tip) and once again ashamed that I paid such extravagant prices for something I could so easily make.
So, seeing as it is now summer and time is more readily available. I am no longer constrained to prioritizing convenience over all else–and therefore my first culinary mission was deemed to be the replication of this particular wrap.
The first step was to look up the ingredients used in the wrap, located on the Satellite website.
Next, necessary modifications were determined–lemon dressing to replace the pomegranate, omission of sesame seeds, and apples instead of jicama. Mainly, these modifications occurred due to the availability of products at Trader Joe’s. Post TJ’s frolicking session (which is usually a bi-weekly event at the very minimum) I had all the ingredients.
Finally, Operation Reconstruction officially commenced.

RABBIT WRAP:

Prep work:

Massage the kale with the juice of two lemons and 2 TBSP of olive oil, set aside.
Chop half of one apple, half of one roasted red pepper, and a handful of (pre) shredded carrots

Assembly:

Smear hummus on a tortilla
Layer kale on tortilla
then your chopped ingredients
don’t forget the artichoke hearts!
roll up and enjoy!
little bit of advice: buy tortillas large enough to hold all of your ingredients!
but if you fail to do so, as i did, you have no choice but to get another tortilla and eat it quesadilla style (which, actually, is quite awesome and some might say preferable from the start!)
put any leftover vegetables into Tupperware for future rabbit wrap assemblage ;)
The best part of all, is that the ingredients used to make numerous rabbit wraps all added together come out to be as much as a single lunch at Satellite so not only can you easily customize your own wrap but it is freaking cheap too (leaving you more money for wine, of course! I have priorities..).
edited to add: YIKES! need to use spell check for future posts hahah or just simply re-read what I write

caturday

I have accumulated an absurd amount of cat pictures on my phone from this past year, and it seems like such a shame to deny everyone the pleasure of enjoying them! Generally, the only people that get the unique privilege  of seeing such exquisite photos are those unfortunate souls that I regularly accost in public places (i.e. everyone I see within a 10 foot radius).

Speaking from an entirely unbiased perspective, of course, I would have to say that our cats happen to be the best in the world. They continue to provide us with love and quality cuddle time despite the fact that we are rarely home, and occasionally feed them saltines and popcorn when we run out of cat food (let it be noted that oliver will eat anything, and probably does not have a problem with this).

We also subject them to random internet cat trends like cat-breading..

Now that I have a medium through which to display them, I shall proceed to dazzle you with Stanley and Oliver’s magnificence!

Because, really, who doesn’t enjoy a good cat montage? ;)

Happy SatCaturday

switch

I am feeling the itch to switch up my room—only three months in! I blame it on constantly looking at apartment therapy, I warn you it is a dangerous habit!

I have a low bed so I want to make a headboard and make my room not so cluttered. I have piles everywhere! and yellow, and national geographics, and frames, and it is just so freaking busy. I think a bedroom should be more peaceful and serence to counteract the stress that I induce upon myself everyday.

I have a mild obsession with scouring various sites–apartment therapydesign sponge and desire to inspire— and compulsively saving pictures on my computer. I don’t ever do anything more than simply drool over the photos, so it is not really helpful to my life at all.

Yet I continue to do it.

The thing is, I feel like alot of the things I like are absolutely do-able if I decided to invest the time and energy into it. So, and this may just be the coffee talking here, but I am fully motivated to make my room a more peaceful environment.

In other news, I am the proud owner of a spanking brand new french presssssss. It is green, giant, and I love it.


mmmmmmalright


This past month in a nutshell.

Books read: Winter’s Tale, A Tree Grows in Brooklyn, Little Bee

Boxes of wine consumed (in household, not indivdually): innumerable

Money spent at Trader Joes: $60

Games of apples to apples played: seven..ish

Sunburns: yep

 

Things I’ve found

Man the Fuck Up--http://www.mtfu.org/

Soup!--http://lisasfoods.com/2010/11/29/start-a-weekly-soup-night/

What I need!–http://www.etsy.com/listing/62194108/keep-calm-and-drink-coffee-13×19-poster

Favorite Swedish cafe (where we would hang out if we lived in stockholm, no doubt)http://cafestring.com/

gather

I feel like the space you inhabit reflects the goings on in one’s life. Your room tends to be messier when your life is more chaotic and busy, and neater when you have more time and prioritize the need to maintain order.

Our little house has been coming together more and more in the past weeks, reflecting my current life. This is particularly true today with the arrival of a magnificent musical instrument. Our living room has transformed into a place designed for gathering–and gather here we have.

It all began with a new couch

I mean come on, how freaking cozy can you get?

A recent trip home provided us with board games!

and silly kitty pictures..

and finally today we (by we I mean boys and RICO!) moved this baby into our livingroom

Obviously some decoration is going to occur in this area BUT it just gives me chills. It cost us forty dollars each–I have bought shoes for more!

And now, it is spring break. Tes and I have compiled a list of things to do–fully aware that much of it is likely to not get done BUT hopeful nonetheless.

–compost in the side yard

–Take all recycling in the basement and move stuff down there

–Buy plastic chairs for outside

–Move litterbox outside

–Plant flowers

–Buy shower caddy

MMM we shall see. I am no doubt sunburned at the moment but I have literally never been happier and I am so grateful for this week off! I see brunch and camping in the near future and I cannot wait :)

typical

Due to my literature class’s current focus on structuralism and deconstructionism, I have been hyper aware of social and cultural structures and how my world fits around them. We all like to think that we are individually unique, and for the most part we all are, but it is still a peculiar feeling when you realize you totally embody a cliche.

One day you look around and get this eerie sensation of pluralism…

You look at your ever-overflowing recycling pile and notice a particular trend..

and that your sink is perpetually full..

and you mix dollar pre-packaged rice with fresh vegetables as a contribution to a barbeque

and you spend your Saturday afternoon AT a barbeque

and yor turn on your camera the morning after attending a reggae concert with friends and you find pictures that you do not recall being taken..

 

(Scratch that, you simply take into account that you went to a reggae concert.)

Looks like I am a typical college student hahah when did that happen?!