Friday, February 27, 2015

bookmarked.

Here's what I bookmarked this week:




// These rules for blogging are fantastic. I struggle with numbers 1 & 3. 

// "Have more fun with your blog" is something I can get behind.

// I'll admit, I didn't fully understand everything in this article, but it was fascinating: What ISIS Really Wants

// Elise nailed it with her birthday essay!


Thursday, February 26, 2015

happy birthday, Tony Bologna!


There's no one else I'd rather drink cheap beer with!

And just because I love this photo...



(Top photo from our trip to Cambodia; bottom photo by Kandise Brown)

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

highlights from datong.

highlights from datong

Remember last year when I told you we were taking a 3AM train to Datong for the Tomb Sweeping Festival weekend? Well, I'm finally going to share some highlights! 

highlights from datong

We arrived in the morning, so we spent that first day just wandering around the city, with our friend Nemanja as our guide.

highlights from datong

The air and skies were beautiful the whole time! Something to be grateful for, especially in China.

highlights from datong

highlights from datong


There were lots of statues, some scarier than others. 

highlights from datong

highlights from datong

The detail everywhere was breathtaking!


After climbing a couple sets of steep stairs, I opted to go back down and enjoy the sun while everyone else went to the very top. (Heights are not my friend.)

highlights from datong

highlights from datong

highlights from datong

highlights from datong

Again, all the details! Wow!

highlights from datong

Another scary statue. But the detail!

highlights from datong - Nine Dragon Wall

Contrary to what this photo would have you believe, we were less than impressed by the Nine-Dragon Wall.

highlights from datong - Nine Dragon Wall

Not the first time people have asked to have their photo taken with us.

highlights from datong

highlights from datong

I also skipped climbing this wall, and ended up missing a nice view and a dragon made of plates. But I made friends with some little kids using my limited Chinese!

highlights from datong

I admired his work...

highlights from datong

...and he gave me a chance.

highlights from datong - street food

Street food! (Pro tip: You should always try street food. Really, most of it is delicious!)

highlights from datong - street food

highlights from datong - street food

highlights from datong - street food

See? Delicious! (We went back for more later.)

highlights from datong - Hanging Monastery

The morning of the second day, we went to the Hanging Monastery. As you can see, it was only a little crowded ;) (Nemanja's aunt snuck to the front of the line to get our tickets.)

highlights from datong - Hanging Monastery

highlights from datong - Hanging Monastery

highlights from datong - Hanging Monastery

Spoiler alert: Despite my fear of heights, I went through the whole thing. And I cried. But people were pushing! And the sides only went up to maybe mid-thigh. It was scary!

highlights from datong - Hanging Monastery

Yah... this is on (in?) the monastery and it's really high and really crowded. This was probably the last time I smiled until I was back on the ground. 

highlights from datong - Hanging Monastery

highlights from datong - Hanging Monastery

highlights from datong - Hanging Monastery

Only a little high...

highlights from datong - Yungang Grottoes

In the afternoon, we went to the Yungang Grottoes.

highlights from datong - Yungang Grottoes

highlights from datong - Yungang Grottoes

highlights from datong - Yungang Grottoes

highlights from datong - Yungang Grottoes

The details here were incredible, too!

highlights from datong - Yungang Grottoes

highlights from datong - Yungang Grottoes

highlights from datong - Yungang Grottoes

The statues were huge!

highlights from datong

Candy art! (Dude's got skills.)

We left around 9 or 10PM the night of the second day.

Overall, the trip was a success! And writing this post makes me want to take more weekend trips to other parts of China. Two places I really want to go: Xian and Harbin.

P.S. Highlights from Shanghai.

Monday, February 23, 2015

a cold survival kit.

a cold survival kit / sunshineandwhimsy.net

The only thing worse than being sick is being sick somewhere other than your own home. I've been sick for two weeks now, and just when I thought I was getting better, I got worse. Bleh.

While I'm grateful to be on vacation and able to rest, I'm in Henan visiting Tony's family. I do have green tea, my Kobo, and chicken noodle soup (chicken feet sometimes included, not kidding), but it's not the same.

Alas, I spent some time curled up on the couch creating a cold survival kit, alternatively titled "What I Wish I Had Right Now":

1. Cold-fighting tea: David's Tea Organic Cold 911, one of the best things I've ever discovered.

2. Comforting tea: King Cole Orange Pekoe. This will always remind me of home (as in my New Brunswick home).

3. Favourite tea mug: Kati Cup – Tea is always a good idea. I have a similar one, a gift from my best friend Alanna.

4. Bath bomb: Lush Tisty Tosty Bath Bomb. I would kill to take a hot bath right now. I was happily surprised; this bath bomb isn't as flowery as I thought it would be.

5. Essential to a good night's sleep: Vicks VapoRub. Why, oh why, didn't I bring this with me?

6. Cozy blanket: Mehari Handwoven Blanket. I don't actually own this blanket, but I wish I did. I do own a handwoven blanket from Cambodia, but of course, it's in Beijing.

7.A good book: Graduates in Wonderland: The International Misadventures of Two (Almost) Adults. I can't wait to read this.

P.S. This is the first collage I've ever made in Photoshop and the amount of proud I am of myself is ridiculous. (It wasn't as hard as I thought it would be!)

Friday, February 20, 2015

bookmarked.


A few links for your Friday:

// This made me feel better about the hateful relationship I have with my boobs.

// Is it okay to hate your husband/significant other?

// Something to think about: Hollywood's diversity problem.

// Yes!

// One of my biggest pet peeves: misuse of quotation marks.

// Reading about other people's lives, even what they eat, is so fascinating.

// And for you Gilmore Girls/Parenthood/Lauren Graham fans out there.

P.S. More links, if you're in a reading, inspiration-seeking mood.

(Graphic by Maddy Nye, for DesignLoveFest)
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