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I have been so quiet on the internet over the last few months. I know that this blog has not been exactly active for a long, long time, but recently, I have retreated from even Instagram (actually, taking a break from the internet of things feels pretty good). There is a sort-of reason for that, other than the fact that I tend to go on and off stuff rather abruptly.
The truth is, I have been distracted by the bun that I’m growing. Only this time, it is not on my head (like the sock bun that I cultivated previously), but in my belly (which, I am happy to report, is swelling in a most satisfactory way). And this time, I am about a million times more obsessed than before.
So, I guess that there are three of us now : )
But I want her to know, that this world is made up of sugar. It can crumble so easily, but don’t be afraid to stick your tongue out and taste it.
-Sarah Kay, If I Should Have A Daughter…
I don’t know the gender of the baby yet, but when I think about having a daughter, one of the things that come to mind is this funny, touching and generally very lovely piece of spoken word poetry by Sarah Kay that I first watched a few years ago.
And with a little editing, it can definitely work for a boy as well.
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August has been kind of a crazy month, so I am glad that September has rolled around. Isn’t this always the month where things quiet down a little, aside from the cheesy “Wake Me Up When September Ends” jokes?
As of yesterday, I have been married for a full year. A year of turning an apartment into a home, a year of building a life together, a year of being two instead of one.
I would not say that it has been a piece of cake (whatever they told you about marriage being work, its true), but I would do it all over again just to reach the here and now – a year forward and a year better.
To avoid getting all touchy feely about things, let’s just say that we’ve enjoyed ourselves and would like more from where that came from.
Speaking of being couple-y, Buzzfeed produces a series of videos about the day-to-day of being in a romantic relationship that is both funny and touching.
Like this one about the “weird things couples do in public“.
Definitely good for a laugh, so give it a click – and you may recognize yourself, and laugh some more.
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It has been incredibly hot these past weeks, even for Singapore – which got me thinking about the popsicle mould that we bought when we first moved in, all caught up in a wave of optimism and faux determination, thinking that we would be doing so much in our new kitchen.
But, better late then never. And baby steps. This recipe for strawberry cocktail popsicles looks simple enough: sugar, water, a nip of alcohol, bits of strawberries, then into the fridge. TA-DA – instant domestic goddess.
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But if you need a drink drink, just shake up some strawberry basil daiquiris.
How do you fall in love?
You don’t fall in love like you fall in a hole. You fall like falling through space. It’s like you jump off your own private planet to visit someone else’s planet…
And the falling was really the big jump that you had to make to be with someone you don’t want to be without. That’s it.
PS You have to be brave.
- Jeanette Winterson in Big Questions from Little People & Simple Answers from Great Minds
The full quote and a matching song can be found on Literary Jukebox, a side project by Maria Popova of Brainpickings. What a great idea, to bring words and music together.
Anyway, this is the second space-related quote in three days. Considering that New Horizons just flew by Pluto (how very awesome), I absolutely have to hashtag it #cosmic.
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Oh, and there is this post about romantic relationships that I stumbled upon – the universe is conspiring to get me feeling all lovey-dovey! I think its spot-on in its description of being in that “after a while” phase, where there are no butterflies or quickened heartbeats all the time. And it is actually nicer when you don’t feel all pumped up when you are together.
Before I head off for the day, a few links:
- A not-so-classic braid for up-ing your hair game.
- I don’t keep up with the fashion shows anymore, but I still take time to drool over Elie Saab’s collections. Here’s a video of his AW 15/16 Haute Couture show. And this Tumblr of backstage snapshots.
- An Anti-Stress Coloring Book for adults. That’s right, we should be coloring well into our old age.
- I am pretty obsessed with the Afternoon Acoustic playlist on Spotify. Works like a dream as work music.
- Currently reading: Everything I Never Told You by Celeste Ng. Young girl dies mysteriously in small town America, family secrets / drama kind of story. [I am just a few chapters in… may report back if it is good.]
- A heavy sleeper’s guide to getting up in the morning.
- Cute illustrations of a raccoon (i.e. Couture Bandit) that steals designer goods.
- I am already fascinated with the contouring make-up technique, but these “clown contouring selfies” bring it to a whole new level.
- A hilarious open letter to the people who live in fancy tiny houses. Because teeny homes are the new black.
- A pretzel necklace feels oddly right.