I mentioned before that I was very interested in starting therapy due to some spiraling anxiety issues and my desire to get a dog (ESA letter ftw). I finally took the plunge and could not be happier. She's super nice, laid back, and a bit sarcastic like myself. She's helping me to find my triggers … Continue reading Diary 14 – Therapy and Poetry.
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.