Monthly Archives: January 2012

winterized

The temperature finally dipped below freezing here in Amsterdam. After a taste of Florida’s warmth and sunshine, I am dialing up the coziness for the rest of Amsterdam’s winter with wool socks, fleece sheets, and furry blankets. Here are a few essential ingredients for a successful hibernation.

Faux fur blankets, mug cosy, and a warm drink.

Woolen hot water bottle, cable knit slippers, and a good book.

Or maybe just a giant scarf. Here’s to staying warm!

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cooking with kumquats

The last week has been an experiment in cooking with kumquats. A colleague brought me a bag full of the small, oval fruit from Spain and it was actually the first time I had ever seen or tasted them. Kumquats are delicious when eaten raw with the skin, but also bring a burst of citrus to recipes, such as kumquat bread, kumquat marmalade, and kumquat spritzer. I think kumquats would also make a nice addition to a salad or when sauteed with tofu and veggies.

The numerous bowls filled with kumquats also have added a splash of color to my home, much needed in late January.

weekend links

Weekend Links is a collection of the interesting bits and pieces that I’ve come across on the streets and online. The weekly post is my chance to share with you a few things from the week, in a list compiled during the weekend. I hope you enjoy them as well.

A few things I enjoyed over the last week:
1. Looking at Andrew Dickinson’s photo series from Kyrgyzstan (pictured above)
2. Reading an article about the 150th birthday of Edith Wharton and the persistence of stories about social artistocracy
3. Seeing a Shanghai wedding photographed by Chris Spira (who will be shooting our day!)
4. Wishing for a sprinkling of snow
5. Spotting the art prints by Wit & Whistle – $10 of proceeds will be donated to a community development non-profit in the Central African Republic (pictured below)
6. Immersing myself in the tales of English monarchy while listening to the audio book Elizabeth I by Margaret George

Florida in January

Playing on the beach in Florida. A perfect mid-winter getaway to visit family and soak in the sunshine. We swam, ate Cuban food, shopped (successfully!) for my wedding dress, drank margaritas, and had a wonderful time together. I am so lucky to have a fantastic family that I love to spend time with. Sometimes I wonder why I live so far from them, but then I remember what adventures we can have when we travel to reunite.

an adventure in Florida

Tomorrow morning I will wake up, pack the last items in my suitcase, and head off on a flight to Miami. I wasn’t expecting to spend the second week of 2012 in Florida, but I am going to join my mother, older sister, and two nieces at my grandmother’s house for an impromptu reunion. While I am excited at the thought of sun and sand, living abroad means that time with family is rare. I can hardly wait to spend time talking with my abuelita, swimming with my nieces, hugging my mom, and laughing with my sister, cousins, and aunt. Farewell to cold Amsterdam for the next week.

Painting by Christopher Scott (via)

weekend links

Weekend Links is a collection of the interesting bits and pieces that I’ve come across on the streets and online. The weekly post is my chance to share with you a few things from the week, in a list compiled during the weekend. I hope you enjoy them as well.

A few things I enjoyed over the last week:
1. The beginning of a new year, hello 2012!
2. Spotting an embroidered octopus pillow. Awesome (pictured above, via)
3. Finding writing inspiration with the daily themes from Figment
4. Getting a post-Christmas music fix with the lovely music of Charlie Haden and Hank Jones
5. Seeing photographs of gold fireflies dancing in the evening light in Japan (pictured below)

one week of 2012

One week ago, we went from 2011 to 2012. Perhaps it’s the plethora of blog posts about New Year’s resolutions, but I find myself thinking more this year about what has been and what is to come. The highlights of last year were the engagement, the trip through Turkey, and two trips to the Pacific Northwest. On a professional note, there was a new website, an iPad application, and a lot of interviews. What made the year so sweet really were the moments that tied all the major events together: meals shared, books read, sleep savored, working out, short trips (Berlin, Copenhagen, Barcelona, Cologne), and laughter with family and friends.

And what is to come over the next year? A wedding, traveling to new countries, and more time with family and friends. I have some small resolutions, but I think that as long as we can pull off the wedding with the least amount of stress and enjoy a long honeymoon in the autumn, I will consider this year a success.

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