I read quite a bit but doing one book review a month means that I don't get to reviewing all of the books that I do read. When this happens, I plan on doing a mini review of all the books I do read this month starting today:
Love it or hate it, it looks like it's here to stay! I've noticed my Instagram stats changing quite a bit this month but like any other changes I have to face, I've learned to adapt while posting some fun photos of my life behind the scenes while I was at it!
I can't believe how quickly this month went by and that we're now approaching mid-2016! I feel like so much has happened already and I have so much more to do!
Last month's bucket list was a half success - I took a random trip, I spent Mother's Day with my mother, and did the Embassy Tour - but I still wish I could have done more so I decided to re-add some of the things I didn't manage to get to last month to this month's bucket list!
I was recently offered a new telecommuting schedule at work. I decided not to keep it as I have a hard time focusing on work at home but it did get me thinking about some of you guys out there who do have flexible teleworking schedules. I've had to figure out how to get things done when I wasn't able to go to the office (most recently, this happened during the snowstorm, Jonas) and I figured out a few things I absolutely need to get hustlin'!
For the first sunny day in, I'd say weeks, I am proudly stepping out of the house in a dress without tights! Seriously, it's been so rainy that I was half convinced the weather forgot how to sun. I’m told the sun is here to stay…though that usually means it comes with a fair amount of humidity. You never can win #eastcoastsummers. I will say that I had a fun time soaking in the weather and taking advantage of the the sun sans humidity yesterday! You gotta appreciate what you have before it's gone!
I'm a bit behind with my blogging schedule, mostly because the weather over the weekend was miserable and I couldn't take any photos. I did however, put together this little post though. I love reading about the bloggers behind the blogs I read so I decided to write a few random facts about myself! I hope you enjoy reading:
As I mentioned in my last post, I managed a brief getaway to Richmond last weekend. We stayed for only one night and two days but we had a few specific activities planned, meaning I could pack light but not too light. Packing shouldn't be as difficult for short trips like this but it can be - I was at a bit of a loss because when I checked the weather forecast for that weekend, it was all over the place! I was 80 degrees on our first day, but with thunderstorms in the afternoon. The second day would be a high of 68 degrees but with lots of sun. How do you even dress for that?
For all you ladies in a similar predicament, I put together this list of packing tips for your next mini-trip!
As I said in a previous post, I took a quick trip to Richmond, VA this weekend, thus fulfilling another item on this month's bucket list - taking a random trip! My boyfriend and I are big history buffs and we wanted this to be a brief weekend excursion. While a lot of ideas were thrown around (Philadelphia and Miami, for instance), we agreed on Richmond for it's access to a train station (Brian likes train travel), and its rich history. We had such an amazing time and I wanted to share some photos from our adventures!
I hope you all had a great weekend! I took a weekend trip down to Richmond, Virginia and had a blast! I'm not sure what I expected from this trip, but I think Richmond has quite a bit of the Southern charm with the progressive qualities of northern towns. That's mid-atlantic cities for you! I Snapchatted my way through my weekend adventures and if you would like to follow me on some of my other planned trips, please follow me @deborahyi08.
I am a klutz. I freely admit this - I'm constantly bumping into things, falling down, tripping over nothing, and gaining mysterious bruises from mishaps I don't even remember (probably because it occurs so frequently that I tune it out of my memories). I hesitated a bit before wearing this outfit because of the bruises on my leg. Literally, as I was leaving my apartment to take these pictures, I bumped my knee on the edge of my bed frame and it started to swell - the kind of swelling that I know will bruise the next day! My top is actually a dress but the bottom portion of it was so short and tight, not to mention a tad bit see-through. I wore a midi skirt over it and voila, two problems solved in one. Hidden bruises, and covered up bottoms!
I'm a history buff and a literature nerd so it should come as no surprise that I quite enjoy reading a piece of historical fiction. I like to imagine that a spunky character that had the attitudes of a modern-day woman could exist in a historical context so naturally, Brooklyn on Fire was something I eagerly looked forward to reading. My thoughts on the book? Read on to find out.
Every spring, I feel a slight guilt as I put on my floral sundresses. Why the guilt? I saw Devil Wears Prada as a kid and I can always hear Miranda Priestly giving me a judgmental side-eye while sarcastically saying, "Florals for spring? Groundbreaking!"
I saw recipes for baked apple roses floating around Pinterest and I had been dying to try them. I finally got a real opportunity to make them when I was invited to a friend's party - he had recently gotten his US citizenship! I wanted to bring something very American and though apple pie was suggested, I decided to go the easy route and bake apple roses instead (much prettier to look at). Luckily, I didn't mess them up too bad and they were gone by the end of the night! I call that a success!
Here is the recipe I used:
2 apples - I used fuji apples but honeycrisp apples work as well too)
3 tablespoons of lemon juice
2 tablespoons of brown sugar
1 tablespoon of melted, unsalted butter
1/2 teaspoon of ground cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon of nutmeg
1 sheet of puff pastry
3 tablespoons of fruit preservatives (I used raspberry but peach and strawberry would be good too)
Flour for dusting
Preheat the oven to 375 degrees while you grease a standard muffin tin
Core an apple and slice it into 4 equal pieces. Thinly slice the apples into 1/8 of an inch (If you have a mandolin, use that - so much easier!). Toss into a large bowl and add lemon juice so that the apples don't brown. Add in butter, brown sugar, cinnamon, and nutmeg. Mix thoroughly.
Microwave the apple slices for about 45 seconds - just to make them more flexible to molding.
Place the puff pastry on a floured surface and cut into long two-inch wide strips.
I hope you had a great weekend! I helped my boyfriend and his housemates move to a new house... two blocks away from their old place haha! The forecast predicted a wet weekend so I was a bit worried that would make moving rather difficult. Fortunately, it didn't rain that day, though it poured all day the next!