April 29, 2011 § 18 Comments
In honor of the love, umm… fashion, paparazzi and Royal hullabaloo, I wanted to share what I am loving.
I am loving and missing the Spaniard.
I love looking back at old pictures. It makes me feel close, even when I’m far.
I love Florida skies and Florida trees.
I love Florida weather that just demands thick, creamy, cold, smoothies!
Banana / Coconut / Chocolate / Heaven!
I love Publix.
Where shopping is a pleasure.
I love perfectly pedicured Shrek green toes…
and matching neck flare!
$10 on sale = basically free!
[I love the friend that taught me that.]
I love holding babies.
Practicing for the impending birth. [SO excited!]
I love grapefruit. Especially this one.
I love that though I am currently in Florida, but this picture of citrus gold was ironically taken in Paris.
I love that this picture completely illustrates the relationship between my brother and I.
Can you see the love?
What are you royally loving today?
April 28, 2011 § 21 Comments
You know how when you wait for something for so long, the anticipation builds up and the reality can never live up to the dream?
That is how I feel about this post. Oh how long it has been waiting.
The internet Gods have been mean to me. We are still fighting.
I hope you enjoy!
But if I’m honest, it’s hard. I hate that dinner time is 9 pm… at the earliest! This is the absolute hardest part for me. I am starving. Yes, I can snack until dinner but then what’s the fun of dinner? I don’t want a snack, I want dinner. And worse than eating late, is going to bed full. My body just doesn’t like it. I once slept on the couch so I could sleep upright. No bueno.
I also have to go to the grocery store at least every other day. [Trust me, this is no Whole Foods experience.] Refrigerators are small and my food is big. And heavy. My list always includes grapefruit, pears, kiwi, carrots, tomato… just to name a few of the more weighty items.
Hmm… well, basically those are my gripes. Other than that I am A-okay!
I eat breakfast at home and snack throughout the day. I always carry food on me when I am in the city and eat when I am hungry. I’ve never been big on “lunch time.”
I can’t survive without these: Greens Plus Bars. A trafficed good from the States.
I usually cook dinner at home and eat at a Kristen reasonable time. I try to eat later than I’d prefer just so when we eat out it’s not such a stretch. Some days this works. Some days it doesn’t.
And when I say cook, I mean blend hummus, chop veggies, make salads, roast things, etc… There is nothing Le Cordon Bleu going on over here.
The Spaniard and I operate on different schedules. I eat at my time, he eats at his time. It works for us.
When we go out, we make the earliest dinner reservation possible. Our favorite Italian will make reservations at 8:30 pm. You better believe we are the first ones in the door!
Another thing we do that helps me manage is before dinner drinks. It is absurd to me to be sitting at home waiting to leave for dinner at 8 or 8:30 pm. Going out for drinks helps me not notice my grumbling tummy.
Once we get to the restaurant eating is usually no problem.
We go to places that we know have dishes that can be ordered “sin queso, carne y huevos.” Though convincing a server that it’s possible to customize food is an entirely different story for another day!
The tapas culture is completely different. Meat, cheese, a lot of fried food (which I don’t do) are a plenty! Again, I always carry food and eat what is available. I have had a few questions on vegetarian and pescetarian tapas and I am going to write a separate post on that topic. Stay tuned!
For the most part I have really fallen in love with restaurant dining in Madrid. There are some amazing places with fantastic food!
I always look forward to date night with my love, talking over drinks, ordering different courses, and sitting until we are good and ready to leave. There is no rushing and no quick table turnover. After all, servers aren’t tipped here. Sit as long as you like!
I have always been a stubborn gal. I like to think it’s one of my endearing qualities. [No comments on that.]
So it IS possible to survive in a pork producing country without eating any. You just may be starving until 9 pm.
April 27, 2011 § 4 Comments
Who loves technology?
**raises her hand with a smile**
Who hates technology?
**raises her hand with a grunt and moan**
I know what I know about computers, routers, firewalls and blogging.
But what I don’t know is made glaringly apparent when problems arise.
Patience. Never been one of my strong suits.
I’m working on it…the patience and the problems… with many grunts and moans.
Are you technologically savvy? Care to give lessons? Or the name of your fix it person?