November 9, 2014


Hey hey! Even if I am a little sporadic, I still really enjoy blogging and I won't let Instagram or Twitter or even Netflix and Hulu stop me from doing it more. I've had two different colds the last couple of weeks, probably from all the little snotty noses I'm around during the week. My mom came to visit for a couple of days (she left this morning) and while she was here I had an allergic reaction in the middle of the night. I think it was from the new fabric softener. My legs were so itchy and inflamed and my feet and hands were huge. I felt like a troll. I soaked in the bath for an hour and half around 5 am. It all went away by the afternoon after my Mom went out and bought me cortisone cream and some antihistamine pills while I was at work. David took care of me too, he acknowledged the size of my hands and went back to sleep. It's always nice to be taken care of when you are sick. I am obsessed with the metal tube the cortisone cream came in and it is the reason for this blog post. 
And Tippy is cute and has been hiding under blankets. More posts soon!

September 28, 2014

Rain & Beach

It had been so hot and humid that I didn't believe it would actually get cooler, but autumn came and brought rain. I really enjoy hearing church bells, but church bells with thunder and rain is even better. 
Spanish tile is guay. That's Spain Spanish for cool, but don't let me fool you, I'm awful at speaking Spanish. 
This is a local almond liquor from Mallorca. When I get paid I will buy a bottle. 
The sun came out yesterday and we went to the beach. The water is clear and shallow, but turned more teal, but still see-through as we swam deeper out to a yellow buoy. The sea temperature has gone from lukewarm to feeling more like pool water so it's still perfect. 
One of the churches by my house, Santa Eulalia is beautiful from every angle. I love seeing it every day and night. 
Asturian blue cheese from my favorite little shop Embotits Es Miracle. I took a picture from the balcony because I love my neighborhood. 
A Renault from the Sixties, my dream car. 
Door knob of my dreams. I've been in love since the very first time we met. I will have you one day, but for now I will wait. 
Just a building and some shutters. 
A Mallorquin-German hybrid beer from the shop where I got the cheese above. 
I made a scary face because I was certain I was in Dracula's castle. This photo was taken during Nit de l'Art (Art night) when the whole city celebrated and there were art exhibits and museums open late and gin and lemon juice and pintxos for sale in the streets. A few days ago I saw that someone had graffitied Nit de Fart on a building. P.s. If you didn't know, Catalan and Mallorquin are the languages of the island. Everyone speaks Spanish too. 
David uncovered! 
A dog on a boat! What!
Another picture of Dave, the wave. If you made it this far, please watch this now, I laughed and cried so much. 

Dennison's Bogie Book

I came across this Halloween party suggestion book from 1920. It offers really great ideas for decorating and party tips like, “When your guests arrive the door should swing open apparently unaided" and I love the menu for the The Business Girl's Hallowe'en Party:

fruit cocktails
chicken patties
potato chips
ice cream
individual cakes

September 15, 2014

The Blog Returns

I left Portland and moved back to Spain to teach English again. We chose to live on the Balearic Islands because we wanted to be surrounded by seawater. We arrived in Palma a few weeks ago and found an apartment in the oldest part of town. The streets are made of stone and we hear everything, but I'm a curious (nosy) person and I love looking out the window and from the terrace to listen and people watch. I do not like the noisy trucks in the morning. Four or five different trucks come every morning, a few for recycling, a dump truck, and another truck to clean the bins. I can walk to the beach in ten minutes from my apartment. The city beach is considered less desirable because there are prettier beaches outside of the city, but it's only a ten minute walk and the water is still clear and beautiful and right now it is lukewarm and perfect. 
The lifeguard stand at the undesirable city beach. 
Tiki umbrellas at city beach.
Horse-drawn carriage out my window.
Mounted police from the terrace. 
A street in my neighborhood.
A day trip to the Port of Soller. 
The Mediterranean in Soller.
I feel so far away from everybody, but I am happy here.

May 9, 2014

San Sebastián

Throwback a esos viejos en San Sebastián.

May 6, 2014

Fake Smile


I was having a really terrible night so when I went out I decided to smile big (like Christina Ricci Wednesday Addams) and when people asked me how I was doing I replied enthusiastically. Even though I was really sad I noticed that smiling and pretending to be happy actually made me happy and for some reason people were extra nice to me. And now I am happy. Also, sometimes I think when bad things happen it’s actually a really good thing. It gives you perspective and epiphanies to fuel you so you can do better. I knew all of this already, but sometimes I forget. 

April 13, 2014

Tippy modeling on the balcony. She’s been loving the sunshine and blossoms.

April 12, 2014

Lentil Soup for Lunch


I made a version of "Four Corners Lentil Soup" from My New Roots for lunch today and it was delicious. I usually make a similar lentil soup, but I’ve never added lemon before and it turned out great and now the house smells good and cozy. In my version I used what I had in the kitchen; green lentils instead of red lentils (difference between lentils, found here), ginger powder, cayenne, cumin, salt, pepper, water instead of broth, shallots, garlic, and one can of whole peeled tomatoes with no extra toppings. 

March 19, 2014

Blackberry Scones with Vanilla Glaze

I’ve always wanted to post recipes and make animated GIFs on my blog so I decided to do both! This is just a simple blackberry scone recipe I made over the weekend. The scones turned out delicious, not too sweet with the right amount of dry biscuitness. Please don’t be mad at me for using Mexican blackberries instead of waiting for Oregon berry season. I read somewhere that you should freeze blackberries and blueberries in the summer when they are in season so you can use them all year long, but I didn’t do that. p.s. the scones are in pre-oven form in the picture.

March 18, 2014

Mendl's Courtesan Au Chocolat

You can make the delicious looking cream puff treat from The Grand Budapest Hotel, there’s a video! I need to go buy some dye and pastry bags now! I’m so excited! I loved the movie, of course.image

March 6, 2014

This is the mood board I made for my class. I love making collages, they’re always therapeutic for me. Credits: 1. Top left, mine 2. Citrus Chandelier 3. Creme de la creme 4. Bacalao, loritos, erizos, gambas 5. Dress 6. Cool pinkish wall 7. Poster 8. The Selby (palm trees from The Selby as well) 10. Lovers, Jarek Puczel 11. Pineapple, top left. 12. Bottom three pictures, mine

AND I am obsessed with these chocolate chip cookie milk shots made by Dominique Ansel, the inventor of the cronut.

February 20, 2014


photo via

Dear Friends,

Sorry I’ve been so distant. Things I could blog about seem to end up on Instagram. I know I want to keep blogging, but I’m trying to figure out what I want to post out into the world. Are there things you want me to blog about? Please post suggestions in the comments! I do like American life, but I miss blogging from Spain where I was always going on little trips. Blogging about trips, whether I was going on them or dreaming about them has always been my favorite thing to blog. I guess I should really just blog weekly and maybe tell you more current things about what’s going on with me. Here, I’ll start. 

I started a CSS/HTML course a week ago with Skillcrush. I’m working on building my own website and I’m really enjoying it. There are all sorts of resources to learn CSS and HTML, but I chose Skillcrush because I actually have teachers checking in on me, virtual office chats on Google+ Hangouts, morning emails (just during the week), as well as a discussion room with the other students in the course. I’ve also been using Pugly Pixel’s Photoshop and CSS course, which I love. Next, I’d like to learn JavaScript, Ruby, and Python. 

Now can we talk about this baseball dress/shirt  from Zara? It’s silly, but I think I should own it. I love the words and phrases Zara chooses for their fashion line.

February 5, 2014

Tippy + Tea

"Tippy + Tea" by Bethany Smith @ssbazodi Thank you for making and sending this beautiful watercolor, Bethany! It makes me so happy! You’re a real talent. Visit her blog here and her shop here.

February 4, 2014


I love the Waterlogue app! 1. Carousel in Biarritz, France 2. Me and Coco, my Mom’s dog 3. Mediterranean in Mallorca 4. Treats in Lisbon 5. Cozy house clothes 5. Palm trees in Lisbon


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