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Friday, April 22, 2016

My new blog finally has more views according to the kind-of-unreliable pageview counter here on Blogger!

That screenshot is actually a bit old, but it still does the job. And I'm still proud of it.

It's funny because when I started this blog, I was so intent on having it be very different than my Sent to Singapore blog. I wanted this blog to be polished, professional, and less personal. Honestly though, that sort of blogging isn't for me. I like creating high-quality content on occasion, but I'm too busy to churn it out constantly. I have a diverse set of interests and I try to blog about them all on occasion. I'm probably not going to be a professional blogger, and over time I have learned to accept that.

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Wednesday, April 20, 2016

This year was the first year that I haven't been with my mother on her birthday. Last year, my parents came up to Boston for the long weekend (she's lucky that Patriot's Day is a thing is Massachusetts). I was looking forward to them coming up again this year and meeting my boyfriend, but my dad got sick overseas and couldn't make it. Since I thought my parents were coming up, I had to mail her card yesterday. Whoops.

Oh well, that's life.

I'll be with my parents on my 20th birthday which is coming up in May, but it's still strange to think that I wasn't with my mom on her Who-Knows-She-Looks-So-Young-th birthday (you're welcome, Mom). Every year prior to this one that I've been alive, we've done something together that typically involves flowers, eating sweets, and giving her plant-related gifts.

Here's a picture of us in Myanmar! Since this photo was taken, I have since ended up with both sarongs and wear them around campus. I always forget that the pink one was originally hers... it was actually the one I took first. I guess that's a mother's love though-- putting me before her in so many situations and helping me grow into the person I am today.

Love you Mom! Happy Birthday!

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Thursday, April 7, 2016

I cannot believe I forgot to write a blog post about these amazing lemon cupcakes, because they were great! I got the recipe here from Crazy for Crust which was surprisingly quick and easy. I ended up using my tried and true Sorted Food lemon curd (I halved the recipe for the cupcakes) which made the cupcakes truly a sweet and sour treat. Making them look adorable was pretty easy-- I made a lot of frosting, then used the biggest piping tip I had to make a big swirly. These cupcakes were silly good. My mother is normally the big lemon-sweets eater in the house, but I actually made these for myself over spring break and ate the most in total. I can't wait to go back to my parents house and bake more... "procrasti-baking" shortbread cookies at three in the morning just isn't as satisfying overall. 

Oh yeah, I made two different cupcakes that were in this container to bring back to Boston. The chocolate ones were actually chocolate stout cupcakes with Bailey's icing for St. Patrick's Day, and they were really good. There wasn't enough Bailey's in the frosting to get anyone drunk, but it had a lot of flavour in it! I licked the bowl, spatula, mixers.... it was great. Chocolate cupcakes are weird (or at least that recipe was) because it was incredibly liquid-y. It was almost like water! But they came out great and I ate a bunch of those as well. 

Great, now I want to eat cupcakes. Do you crave any sweets?

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Tuesday, April 5, 2016

I should preface this post by noting that the weather was beautiful on Friday. It was so beautiful that my boyfriend and I ended up going on a walk that turned into a spontaneous date night in the North End. It was windy Thursday and Friday, but warm and a bit muggy. There were lots of bird chirping, a couple of ants flying around, and sunshine. Springtime things.

But look what happened yesterday...

Look how sad and dead the flowers are! They were really pretty the other day and made the air so nice smelling when walking back to my dorm. Now they are sad and wilted. Hopefully when it warms up again the trees will flower again. I don't even want to think about the poor daffodils and tulips that were in Boston Common. 

It sleeted for about two hours in the middle of the day which makes it even grosser. Now there's slush everywhere which is already turning grey. How unpleasant!

Oh, Boston. I guess it's a good thing that I'm signing up for 7 months of summer in 2016... In the meantime, I hope spring comes back so I can start wearing my pretty dresses. 

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