Every July, there are a few things I look forward to -- Fourth of July celebrations, family birthdays, and last but not least, San Diego Comic Con :) In addition to potential celebrity sightings and all the craziness of roaming the aisles the Convention Center, I cannot wait to sit in on some amazing panels. In the past few years, I have had the opportunity to hear Ray Bradbury speak (amazing), meet Neil deGrasse Tyson (also amazing), and watch Buzz Aldrin (duh, amazing) be a total badass wearing a "Get Your Ass to Mars" t-shirt while talking about the future of NASA, alongside Mohawk Guy. This is my mini Martian Etsy collection, in honor of San Diego Comic Con 2015, happening in one week! And also I have Mars on my mind, currently a third of the way through Andy Weir's The Martian. No spoilers!
It's unofficially summertime, and that means ice cream sundaes -- and not just on Sundays! Here are just a few quotes and sayings to justify your ice cream binging and to feel no remorse after a scoop or two :)
You can pour melted ice cream on regular ice cream. It's like a sauce! -- Chris Pratt
Forget art. Put your trust in ice cream. -- Charles Baxter
Without ice cream, there would be darkness and chaos. -- Don Kardong
My advice to you is not to inquire why or whither, but just enjoy your ice cream while it's on your plate -- that's my philosophy. -- Thornton Wilder
There were some problems only coffee and ice cream could fix. -- Amal El-Mohtar
Eat Ice Cream.
My love for ice cream emerged at an early age -- and has never left! -- Ginger Rogers
You can't buy happiness, but you can buy ice cream. And that's kind of the same thing.
It is hard to believe that it has already been a bit more than four months since the holiday season, when we received an adorable faucet-themed plant holder as a Christmas present. The plant holder sat outside our front door for the past few months -- gathering dust, insects and spiderwebs. Instead of being a colorful and bright addition to our front porch, it has been a bit of an eyesore and a constant reminder of my lack of gardening skills. I finally settled on choosing a few succulents to add to the plant holder, and was pleasantly surprised at how well it turned out! Here is hoping that the succulents can survive and thrive :)
Source: SweetThymeDesign on Etsy
My first full day of my German vacation was an intense one. What was set out to be an hour to two hour hike ended up being close to a five hour excursion through the Palatinate Forest. Halfway through our journey, we came to a rest area near a lake for some quick snacks to re-energize. Much to my surprise, instead of an open area with some damp wet picnic tables and well-used tree stumps, we had stopped at a hikers' oasis. It was a full blown snack shop with sausages, liver pate and beer! I guess you could even think of it as a pub geared directly towards tired and muddy hikers and mountain bikers. I feel like I might be more inclined to go hiking if in addition to a beautiful view, I could be promised a bounty of deliciousness. As if the snacks there weren't enough, all the people we were hiking with had their backpacks full of Haribo gummies and pretzels to share. Yum!
It has been a crazy, hectic start of the New Year, and much to my dismay, I have yet to have a chance to visit my family to celebrate Lunar New Year! Thankfully, the celebration lasts longer than a day and we plan on finally celebrating with a non-traditional meal of burgers and fries tomorrow evening to ring in the Year of the Sheep. I was born in the Year of the Tiger, my parents both in the Year of the Monkey, one of my sisters in the Year of the Rooster, and my other sister was born in the Year of the Sheep. It is a big milestone for her, as it will be three full cycles through the Chinese Zodiac. Shh...she probably didn't want me sharing her age! :) Here are some sheep, and a dash of red, for a fortuitous year ahead! Happy Lunar New Year!
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I remember each year before Valentine's Day, I would go to the store to pick out a themed Valentine's Day card set to give to all of my classmates. They would always come in flat little cardboard boxes with sheets of cards prepped with corny and extremely punny Valentine's Day greetings. I would lovingly assemble a card for every person in my class, making sure I saved the "cool" ones for my friends, the "lame" ones for people I didn't get along with, and the "cute" one for my classroom crush. It was always such an event to distribute them to the paper bag "mailboxes" we would tape to the edge of our desks.
Even to this day, despite the lack of perforated tear-out cards, Valentine's Day just isn't Valentine's Day without a good pun or two. My husband and I never celebrate Valentine's Day in much seriousness. We did once attempt to get all dolled up and go to a nice dinner, but it ended up being overly priced and ridiculously crowded with mediocre food and bad service. Ever since then, we "surprise" each other with silly gag gifts. Mine generally consist of a pack of his favorite candy (usually heart-shaped Sweet Tarts and pink, red and white Nerds) paired with embarrassing Old Navy boxers with silly images and drawings. For example, an adorable cartoon squirrel saying "I'm nuts for you." Or robots hugging saying "Beep boop means I love you." That's my idea of romance :)
Every year as December approaches, the husband and I come up with a list of 25 holiday movies we want to watch as we countdown towards Christmas -- one movie for each night of December. We prioritize the classics, our favorites, and leave room for shorter films for busy days and also new ones to add to the rotation. Much to my dismay, National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation has made it on the list, and apparently is here to stay. My friends assure me I just need to give it a few more times to understand the true glory of the film. And so far on our shared Google Doc for our December movie marathon, my friends have somehow managed to schedule it for three showings... I guess nothing says December like a squirrel in a Christmas tree :)
Source: RowHouse14 on Etsy
Wicked witches, ghastly ghouls and monstrous mummies! It is only a few short weeks until Halloween, and everywhere I look there is a plethora of pumpkin-flavored everything and black and orange decorations galore. But who says you can't get in the Halloween spirit with some brighter colors -- how about orange, yellow and white instead, for a candy corn celebration? Who doesn't love candy corn? :) Even though I wholeheartedly agree with the sentiment on the card above, I can't deny how festive all these candy corn decorations and accessories make me feel! I am excited for my yearly excuse to wear a corgi onesie costume.
When I was younger, I was always really excited when December came around, not only because of Christmas decorations on the street and the many presents to be opened, but also because Coca-Cola cans always were so much more delicious to drink when branded with holiday designs -- specifically the polar bears. I still remember one year when my dad brought home a six-pack of holiday themed Coca-Cola glass bottles, instead of the regular aluminum cans. I never let anyone drink them because I thought they were too special to open. Sadly, we ended up finding them a long while later, just shoved in the corner of the fridge, never to be enjoyed.
Even to this day, there is just something special about drinking Coca-Cola from a bottle, instead of a can. Somehow the clink of the glass and the feel of the bottle makes the drink that much more refreshing and thirst quenching. And somehow it feels nostalgic, though glass bottles were already a thing of the past in my childhood.
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