Hey all. ~crickets chirp throughout the empty room~ I have decided to probably not get braces. First - because lol $5000 (almost 3.5 lakh if you're tuning in from India). Second - because they're estimating 1.5 to 2 years which is a pretty long time. I know that they say not to avoid doing something … Continue reading Diary 13 – Learning Tamil.
Five years ago I had a wonderful Hindi tutor named Varsha. She was so sweet and incredibly patient. I was actually near fluency after only a couple of months! Then she moved back to India and my Hindi has gone a bit tatti (💩) since. When her husband came from work, she would make a … Continue reading Cooking Challenge: Indian Snack, Dahi Puri*.
Disclaimer: this took nearly 2 hours. The other day I was in HyVee (grocery store) with a friend of mine. Unable to find dark chocolate covered peanuts, he settled for milk chocolate and I made a secret plan to surprise him with dark chocolate covered peanuts this weekend. I spent the afternoon researching the task … Continue reading Cooking Challenge: Dark Chocolate Covered Peanuts.
Disclaimer: no animals were harmed in the making of this steak ❤ I only had one head of cauliflower because 2 seemed excessive for one person. And honestly, even just the one made about 3 meals for me. So use sparingly. I didn't measure the oil, spices, or cheese because I want to get more … Continue reading Cooking Challenge: Cauliflower Steaks.
I've been wanting to fix my teeth for about 5 years. I have minor crowding on the top and still relatively mild crowding on the bottom. A lot of people don't notice until I complain about it or make a weird face that reveals their full crooked selves, but it bothers me. It wasn't terrible … Continue reading Diary 12 – Orthodontic Consultation.
To preface this guide, this was my first failure. I've learned from my mistakes, and I'll point them out along the way. So let's get going. I did not use peanut oil because I didn't want to spend that much. I don't know if it affected the taste, but I wanted to let you know. … Continue reading Cooking Challenge: Spicy Vegan Peanut Butter Tofu.
March 15 - the day I set foot back onto American soil. Today marks exactly two months since getting back. Two months since my priorities took a major shift. Two months that have both flown by and somehow also crept by simultaneously. Last year I spent the better part of it getting everything together. Saving, working … Continue reading Diary 11 – I’ve Been Home for Two Months.
After my cooking so far this week, I'd run out of planned meals. So I googled 'sweet potato, spinach, tomato, onion' in an effort to use up the bits I've got hanging around so that they don't go bad. I browsed a couple of recipes, but this one was the easiest. I only had to … Continue reading Cooking Challenge: Sweet Potato Curry with Spinach and Chickpeas.
Last night I went to bed around 8 because I had a terrible migraine. It's not something that happens often, I honestly can't even remember the last time, but I knew I wouldn't be able to make dinner so I hopped over to Subway. As predicted, I woke up around 1am. Starving by 3, I … Continue reading Cooking Challenge: Easy Ciabatta Pizza.
Some people who know me know that I have a twinge of anxiety. This is exhibited by my persistent nail biting, obsessive cleaning, and extremely detailed day planners to keep my thoughts organized. Over the past couple of years it has been getting worse, and after this most recent trip it has peaked a bit. … Continue reading Diary 10 – I Had My First Anxiety Attack.