December Favorites

I can’t tell y’all how happy I am that 2019 is over.  It had me all types of fucked up 🙂 Here are my favorite things of my favorite month of last year. Yes, I am late and writing from the first day of the new year and now I’m writing even later and publishing on the 7th day of the new year (#procrastination).

1.The 52 List Series:  This year I am gonig to really try to be an organized person who knows whats important to her and priotitzes those things and people. These books are so asthetically pleasing and fun to use and helpful. I have the planner and the 52 list project book.  I’m also a very type A person and enjoy planning things and it makes me feel in control. If you’re like this then you’ll love these books so you can pretend to have control over your life lmao.

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2. Lip gloss: I’m having a new renaissance of lip gloss. I like how it makes you look fresh and healthy and alive. The way I’ve been sleeping or not sleeping, I need all the help I can get. My favorites are this one and this one.

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3. Packing cubes: Every instagram travel influencer raves about these and like everything else they recommend I usually take it as white noice and ignore it.  But as someone who has never done a good job packing I thought it would be worth a try.  It is really helpful cause it helps you sort your suitcase like it’s drawers. Also it looks way less stressful than a bunch of clothes that were once carefully folded and is not chaos.  My mottos is less chaos 2020. I got these ones cause they were cheapest and came in a pretty light blue.

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4. These are so pretty that they are making the transition from christmas decoration to winter decoration.

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5.  Carne asada: both the party and the meat.  I went to Mexico for Christmas break and learned so much about my own culture.  I’ve missed out on a lot by living so far from the Mexican side of my family.  I had never in my life experienced food that was so rich and whipped up like it was nothing.  I was emotional the whole trip learning about my grandparents and discovering the stories of their lives that I never knew.  I was emotional at the carne asada listening to my dad and his sister cry and sing mariachi, I was emotional trying the smooth guacamole salsa verde, I was emotional struggling to speak Spanish to my relatives that didn’t speak English and I was emotional sipping my cafe on the patio in the sun while dogs ran about.  And now one of my 2020 resolutions is to learn how to cook Mexican food (especially tamales, menudo, posole and tacos).  My best friend whose boriqua and I are gonna do Sunday dinner every other week and one week will be Mexican food and the next week will be Puerto Rican food and we will learn both of our cultures cuisine together.

 

Dislikes:

  1. The cycle of being broke so buying a cheap computer and then the computer breaking and then having it break and then buying another cheap computer and now I’m almost at the ammount of money it would take to buy the computer I actually want new (macbook air)
  2. January and Feburary. What are the bright sides? Shitty freezing slushymonths with a holiday that is only fun if you’re in love and there’s a lot of us who aren’t.  And some of us are starving in these new diets smh.
  3. Milk going bad so damn quickly.  It’s a real rough start to my morning when my coffee is ready but my milk is… rotten.

Christmas Eats

It’s a tradition in my family to make tamales every Christmas Eve but since it’s so time-consuming sometimes we don’t. This year we did (and by we I mean my dad did) but we started a bit late it didn’t end up being ready for dinner.  This is what usually happens.  So usually you have to fend for your self for Christmas Eve dinner and look in the fridge and see what you can whip up.  This year I made avocado toast.  When the tamales were finally ready on Christmas Day they were everything I dreamed they’d be and more and well worth the wait.

I went to Sugarland, Texas + these are my random thoughts, suggestions and loves

I went to Sugarland, Texas with my boyfriend to meet his family.  Sugarland is right outside of Houston and has the loveliest name of any town ever in my opinion.  Also I’m from NYC so I just tried to do all the Texasy things and soak up the culture and stuff my face.  Texas is kind of the opposite of New York.  And from my 12 days there, my investigation concludes in my opinion… yes everything is bigger in Texas.

1. Kolaches are awesome.  They are like giant pigs in a blanket.  And the dough is so fluffy and amazing.  Also I had never had a sour cream donut which was so good and I had a really intense apple fritter.

2. If you go to What-a-burger (which I recommend you do)  I suggest going before 11am and getting the honey butter chicken biscuit (even better than it sounds) and the patties melt (try the spicy ketchup!) but I also recommend not eating them one after the other cause I felt like I was going to die.

3.  I just really enjoyed seeing more of the sky.  I saw more stars than I ever see in NYC and theres really no mountains so you just see how expansive the sky is which is really humbling.

4.  Activities: We went to the Houston Zoo for their Christmas lights exhibit.  It’s really enchanting.  At the entrance there is a fountain and on each side of the fountain there are trees covered in Christmas lights and the lights go to the christmassy music playing.  And that’s before you even enter the actual light walk.  There’s a psychedelic part, a light tunnel and its really the perfect place to get a photo for your Christmas card.  You have to be fast though cause every one wants to get a photo for they’re Christmas card.

The Houston aquarium: It has a Ferris wheel and one of those rides that gives you butterflies in your stomach.  They have piranhas, really cool florescent jellly fish type creatures, a really depressed white tiger, and a place where you can touch and feed stingrays.  They’re slimey and soft at the same time and I couldn’t really find they’re mouth but Nick did and they will suck the fish right out of your hand.

Brazos Bend State Park – It’s a really lovely swampy park where you can see tons of alligators just chilling.  Nick’s grandparent’s have been there and seen 50 in one day but since it was after the flood they hadn’t seen humans in months and months so the park ranger said they were spooked by us since they hadn’t seen us for a while they thought we had died out.  So we only saw like five of them (but two babies!).  It’s a nice place to picnic or bring your lawn chair and relax.  Or to climb trees.

The Renaissance Fair – I’ve been to a renaissance fair but it didn’t compare at all to this extravaganza.  There are buildings that were built just for it.  There are turkey legs, wenches you can drench (by throwing a bean bag at a specific button while she insults you), there are baby goats dressed as Santa Claus, there are strangers calling you my lord and my lady, there is face painting, and fire whips, and dragon puppets and fencing and beautiful gardens and it’s really so amazing and overwhelming (in the good way) and it’s completely like anything I’ve ever experienced.

5.  Instead of drinking water like you’re supposed to I consumed as much sweet tea as possible which was easy cause it was everywhere.  It was awesome.

6.  Also I ate my first real bbq meal and it was amazing.  We had brisket (melt in your mouth and amazing ) and ribs.  All the employees at the place wore shirts that said I didn’t crawl my way to the top of the food chain to eat vegetables!

7. There are lots of strip malls. And lots of houses that look the same. There are a lot of fried things.  There are a lot of Texas flags.