Friday, April 29, 2016

happy friday!

Home alone and I'm not mad about it.

T left yesterday morning for a 5-day vacation in Singapore with his IT department. I realized the night before he left that I haven't spent more than a night alone in this apartment since we moved in together almost 3 years ago. I was (and still am) a bit sad that I wasn't able to go with him, but I was (and still am) also excited about the alone time I get to have.

I came home from work today—the beginning of a 3-day weekend—to a clean apartment, washed my face and changed into pyjamas, lit candles, made tea, and found my spot on the couch. My plans for tonight include reading, catching up on Scandal, and ordering Indian food. If that's not heaven, I don't know what is. Wait! I just remembered our ayi (cleaning lady) washed and changed our bedding today. Going to bed tonight will be heaven!

Plans for the rest of the weekend include more reading, writing, TV watching, and also dinner with friends, going to our school's production of Grease, and a girls' date with Melissa. I am so excited for this long weekend and am hoping it will be just what I need to recharge my batteries. (Of course, I'm also excited for T to come home ;)

What are you happy about?

Wednesday, April 20, 2016

forget the rules.

Because I think the blog has been lacking "whimsy" lately, and because I was inspired by this sign last night and thought, heck yah! when I saw it, I give you these photos:

High five, Bershka.

Monday, April 18, 2016


Today was a fun, but busy day and now I'm tired. (Yay, field trips!) But not too tired to share links with you! Here ya go: 

// How beautiful crazy awesome is Sarah's embroidery?!

// I live in Beijing, but I bookmarked this for future weekend plans.

// I have my eyes on this cart and this article made me want it even more.

// If there was ever a time to use the heart eyes emoji, it's for this photo.

// This made me even more excited to finally read Lean In: How to Demand What You Deserve.

// A step in the right direction.

// Ha! Yes!

// This might be my favourite "beauty uniform" post yet: One, life is not about being beautiful, and two, everyone is beautiful.

// "To eulogize is to forgive"—A Eulogy, Despite

// Working in an international community, I see a lot of foreign caregivers, and found this interesting and heartbreaking: "The Cost of Caring"

// 5 things you didn't know about Serial. (I haven't listened to the second season yet, but I'm going to!)

// For my teacher and parent friends: Why I Don't Teach SCLANs (shapes, colors, letters, and numbers)

(Photo by Sarah K. Benning, via Instagram)

Tuesday, April 12, 2016

22 happy things.

spontaneous Friday night trips to Ikea.

a new coffee table.

finally using the handmade coasters we bought in Cambodia.

lilac scented hand soap.

lilac scented candles.

my overall Think Dirty rating dropping to a 2.

hot chocolate in my polka dot mug.

singing "my momma don't like you and she likes everyone" over and over. (and over.)

a Sunday night sushi date with T and Melissa.

T letting me eat most of the leftover sushi for lunch the next day.

daily hugs from S, a student from last year.

singing "The Woman I Love" with Tony.

wearing comfy clothes to school because field trip!

T bringing me a coffee when the field trip was cancelled.

sunlight, and pausing to appreciate a golden moment.


purple nail polish on my toes.

beer, because this.

eating this salad, again.

leftover croissants for breakfast. with peanut butter, of course.

every time I see T wearing his glasses. he's so good looking.

spontaneous dance parties in the apartment, even when it's just a party of one, aka me.

What's making you happy lately?

Monday, April 11, 2016


It was a good week on the internet!

// How delicious does this spicy cashew chicken dish look? Definitely added it to my slow cooker Pinterest board.

//10 tricks guaranteed to get you to drink more water. Now if only I'd remember the tricks!

// If I was willing to spend $51 on a novelty purse, I'd totally buy this one or this one.

// "The vagina is a self-cleaning oven." Haha! But really: 11 Pressing Questions for an Ob-Gyn.

// I've just discovered jojoba oil, which is apparently magical.

// Would you ever make your own laundry soap?

// Surprisingly, I'm loving this butts throw pillow.

// How the rest of the world caught up to Tegan and Sara. Did you preorder their new album? If you did, maybe we should be friends.

// Rory Gilmore is a teacher?!

// "I tried natural deodorant for 6 months & here’s what happened." Happy to see Schmidt's was a winner for her, too! I love the lavender + sage scent.

// Funny because it's true: What overthinking looks like.

(Image: Max Wanger)
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