Happy Mother’s Day: A lipogram without the letter E

mommy-girl-brunetteA light pink mouth lifts upwards, a smiling pink mouth that laughs with joy as I try to mimic your motions. Your arms form a warm crib that I crawl into. You laugh again, and I do, too. I don’t know why, but I am happy.

At six, I am still happy. You and I probably look outlandish to visitors—two girls playing with dolls; two girls trying to cook; two girls having way too much fun window-shopping and trying on shirts in a tiny fitting room. But tomorrow morning, you will transform into a lady as you go to work. I think it’s magic. In your outfit, you do look sort of scary; an air of adulthood and authority surrounds you . I don’t worry, though, for tonight you will transform into a young girl, and  I know you will play ‘animals’ again.

Now, I am as tall as you, but I would not turn down any opportunity to call you my idol, my ally and my companion. Thanks, Mom, for always loving and supporting this crazy child. And though I may act annoying by running around trying to hug you as you cook to avoid studying for a physics quiz, I am so happy to call you my mom. 🙂

One Lovely Blog Award: Thanks!

Thank you to the sweet Debbie from Plain Debbie, who has nominated me for the One Lovely Blog Award. Debbie has one lovely blog of her own, and she posts really amazing things about beauty and traveling, so definitely check out her blog here!

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Alright, the rules for this award are as follows:

Thank the person who nominated you and provide a link.
Post about the award
7 facts about yourself
Nominate bloggers and notify them.
Give your readers good news.

Facts about ME:

  1. I love to travel! Although I’ve only had the opportunity to visit 13 states in the US and 10 countries, there are so many more that I’d like to go visit because there’s just so much to see out in the world!
  2. I’m the shortest person in my family (both immediate and extended…) at 5’1”. A doctor once told me I’d grow up to be at least 5’10″…but obviously that didn’t happen.
  3. Coffee and tea are my lifesavers. Give me either and I will love you forever.
  4. I’m a proud Chem major at the University of Texas at Austin. Hook’em!
  5. I wear size two shoes…which I guess makes sense since I’m short AF.
  6. I write for one of the oldest (and the best) college newspaper in the nation, The Daily Texan!
  7. My mom’s allergic to cats and dogs, but I love them so, so much. I’m definitely your neighborhood cat lady who has yet to get her own cats.

That’s it for me. As for my nominees:

Simply from the Heart

Globe Trotting Teen

The Confessions of a Wanderer

Lisa’s Everyday Life

Millie Schmidt Writes

To Love is to be Vulnerable 

In honor of Valentine’s Day, I’d like to share this sweet comic strip by the amazing Gavin from ZenPencils:

My favorite thing about Gavin’s work is that it just so perfectly captures the essence of a single quote through the beautiful artwork, and I’d highly recommend you check out some of his other wonderful work on his website. On another note, enjoy your Valentine’s Day! Show some love to your special other, your family, your cat and most importantly, yourself! ❤

first my mother, forever my friend

I’ve put off writing this for an incredibly long time now, because I’ve never realized how hard such a seemingly simple topic would turn out to be.

How would you describe a best friend in just five-hundred words? Even five thousand words cannot do justice to the memories, experiences, love and strength of such a relationship. And when your best friend is your mother, there really aren’t enough words and languages in this world to exactly capture what she means to me.

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the most wonderful time of the year

Christmas was a couple days back, but hopefully y’all all had a wonderful day/few days, whether you spent it with friends or family (or both). We usually don’t do as extravagant of a meal as we do for Thanksgiving, since we usually just stay at home for Christmas with the family.

happy holidays! eat lots of food!

happy holidays! eat lots of food!

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a miracle that never stops amazing me

Thanksgiving’s always my favorite time of the year, because it has just the right combination of food, family, fun and fall!

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Every year, my family hosts a big Thanksgiving dinner for my dad’s students, most of whom are international and don’t have a home to go to for the holidays. My mom will spend almost a week in advance preparing all the food, from the main dishes to dessert. We don’t really do the “traditional” Thanksgiving dinner of turkey, cranberry sauce and mashed potatoes; rather, my mom likes to incorporate her own style into the dinner, which is an amazing mix of (mostly) Chinese & American food. For a lot of the students, this is probably the most legitimate Chinese food they’ve had in a while, haha. 🙂

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Just the way you are

Here’s your daily dose of inspiration. 🙂

As Lisa Kleypas points out, “You are your own worst enemy. If you can learn to stop expecting impossible perfection, in yourself and others, you may find the happiness that has always eluded you.”

So stop doubting yourself every time you look in the mirror, because true beauty is being yourself and loving it. 

Versatile Blogger Award #1, #2, #3 & Sunshine Blogger Award #2: Thanks!

September has been such a wonderful month for me and my blog! Thank you, thank you, thank you x 100 to Sascha Darlington for nominating me for the Versatile Blogger Award #1, Universe Unexplored for nominating me for my second Sunshine Blogger Award, and The Black Veil One for nominating for me for my Versatile Blogger Award #2 and Just an Indian Girl for nominating me for my third Versatile Blogger Award! ❤ It means so much to me. 🙂

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