valentine’s day 2019: burgers, photo booth strips, & ear tattoos.

people say valentine’s day can be so shitty, and i get why they say that. i got nothing against it, but it’s not really my thing. it was the bomb in grade school, not gonna lie! picking the best card for your best friend and carefully selecting who got which one was the most thoughtful decision at that age.

my boyfriend and i don’t really do much on valentine’s day. we don’t even exchange gifts. but this year we, for some reason, both felt this pressure to do something. like, going out somewhere was something we absolutely had to do. we felt “like if we don’t do something, we suck,” as he put it. and we didn’t know why we felt this way if we had never fallen victim to this (either very loved or very hated) holiday before. has anyone felt that way too?

we spent an hour on the phone deciding what to do; talking about random things and sometimes being in complete silence with each other’s company. afterwards, those pressuring feelings went away and we decided to see each other and eat. he brought over to my house the most delicious thing ever known to man: a bacon cheeseburger. five guys burgers and fries to be precise.

we were just there in my little dining room with my nosy dogs around us, surrounded by the flowers and chocolates my mom and sisters exchanged, and it was perfect. our date and the delicious burgers – all perfect. i think this has become my favorite v day. how does doing something so ordinary end up meaning and changing so much just because of the date? weird, but i loved it.

he also handed me these photo booth strips. we took them a few weeks ago on a trip to new york inside the best pancake place that happens to have a vintage photo booth in the basement. and yep, that first photo caught us off guard. it’s still a cute strip and i can’t wait to frame them both.

  

i think after this i’m kind of a fan of this day. and i’m proud of us for not spending money on gifts. we said we weren’t because we were, truthfully, lazy (haha) and are saving for our future. :) (and to pay off our credit cards.. spend your money wisely, kids!) anyway, i do think the idea of having a whole day dedicated to love is an interesting one. and i don’t mean just relationship love. love for each other, love for friends, love for ourselves, etc. truly dissecting what it means to love. this world needs it, so i hope people look past the gifts and truly think about it and, ultimately, be kind enough to love each other.

i hope you had a good day, too!

much love,

 diana

oh, also: i have the word “LOVE” tattoed on my ear! just in case you wanted to know a random, fun fact about me ;)

“nobody reads what you write.” – second-guessing my writing and other fears i’m overcoming.

it’s been a while since i’ve posted something on here. i hate it when i don’t do so. and it’s not like i have people waiting for me to post. that’s not why i write. but i get mad at myself for not being consistent. i truly enjoy writing here, even if its just anecdotal. some might say it’s a little narcissistic to have a whole website where you just write about things you like, but for me it’s therapeutic. and if someone along the way reads it and enjoys it, then yay!

it’s also sometimes discouraging to hear people say no one reads blogs anymore. but i try to not give much care to them. if i write on here it’s for myself. either way, i know there are others like me who still enjoy reading blogs and who like writing for theirs. we even support each other.

i do have to admit there have been many times i’ve stepped away from my keyboard or many deleted drafts because the phrase “who even cares about this??” pops up into my head. the thought of my work being boring or uninteresting has not allowed me to post in so long. it’s almost like a writers-block, but an even more frustrating kind because you do know what to write, but you don’t know if you should even write it. it sucks. and i don’t think it should be that way.

so, i’m saying f that to those thoughts and am going to post once more. i miss it. and if you feel the same way or have had the same thoughts, say f it too and do what you love because you care and it makes you happy, regardless of what you create.

i am going to start writing here again, and that makes me so excited. i have some posts in mind and am planning on doing a little get to know me one just because i feel i started my blog randomly and never properly introduced myself. for now,

hi.

my name is diana.

i have blue hair and many pets.

love to travel, journal, and take photos.

welcome to my little corner of the internet!

i hope you’re well, and never let others, or yourself, discourage you from creating.

also, if you’re a fellow blogger or have an insta (here’s mine!) or any channel through which you create through, please link it in a comment! i love discovering new content creators, big or small. thanks for stopping by!

– diana

nyc.

hello! today i wanted to share with you photos from my nyc trip. i spent almost two weeks in this amazing city that truly never sleeps. the first days i was with my sister, and after that i was by myself. after that i flew to london and scotland (post on those coming soon!).

i hope you enjoy what i’m about to show you, since i very much enjoyed this visit to the big apple.

DAY 1

midtown

 

st. patrick’s

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our first day we walked around midtown (where we were staying). because of my not-so-good packing skills, we missed our early flight, thus delaying our arrival. but i was so nervous cuz i didn’t know what to pack for a whole month in london too! nyc greeted us with a cold and rainy day. it was beautiful.

 

DAY 2

the rockefeller building.

top of the rock.

my sister ^

top of the rock had to be my favorite observatory in nyc. i had never been, but i am so glad my sister suggested it. you get views no other skyscraper can beat! and also, to say you were actually inside that iconic building– so surreal!

Continue reading “nyc.”

mexico city – may 2017

hello, since a long time ago! i know its august and this post says may, but i have some photos from trips i’ve been wanting to share with you here.

after the spring semester ended, the boyfriend and i got on a plane and spent the weekend in mexico city for the graduation of our friend macarena. we love that city so much, so when she mentioned her graduation and invited us, it was the perfect excuse for a getaway too. david worked, so we couldn’t stay for many days, unfortunately, but our time there was just perfect either way.

we rented an airbnb (for the first time!) downtown and lovedddd it.

  

we stumbled upon this food festival where almost every country went to present their traditional dishes. it was amazing! unfortunately, we had just eaten so we didn’t try much even if we wanted to try everything! i tried little things like samosas, baklava, and natural drinks. david tried the beers.

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we also went to the soumaya museum. it was founded by the richest man in mexico and top billionaire of the world for his late wife, and it is free and open to the public, displaying their art collection.

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the graduations in mexico are very different to those in the states. it’s like prom, but with your family and alcohol.

if you’re reading this, macarena, congratulations again on this badass achievement. <3

 

i had more photos on my camera, but i lost the memory card :( why do they have to be so tiny and me so forgetful!

this was a perfect weekend. if you ever get the chance, please please please visit mexico city. it is amazing and beautiful. i have way more posts on this city here in my blog if you’d like to explore.

i hope you enjoyed this little post highlighting our weekend. :) i also went to nyc, london, and scotland, so if you’d like to see those, stay tuned! :D

p.s: if you’d like to check out airbnb, here is a coupon from me to you :)!

 

my favorite vegetarian quesadilla – recipe

I have to admit it: I am 22 and I really don’t know how to cook a lot of things. this become more obvious to me last week when my family left for spring break to mexico and i stayed behind. finding three meals (or sometimes two, if i woke up really late) to eat during the day was kind of challenging. most days cereal was my breakfast and i can’t remember what i would eat for dinner..

one of the things i do know how to make–and i really love making!– is poblano pepper quesadillas. they’re flavorful, colorful, and vegetarian! and i mean, they have cheese. who doesn’t love cheese? (if you wanted to make it full-on vegan, you can substitute the cheese with something else and the flour tortilla for a corn flour one!) also, if you prepare it well, you can get away with only using one pan.

if you’re like me, then this recipe is for you.. and nope! it’s not spicy. don’t worry. btw, i don’t really have specific measurements. i just eyeball everything, and you should too to your liking.

 

FOR 1 QUESADILLA YOU WILL NEED:

  • a poblano pepper
  • 2 flour tortillas
  • oaxaca cheese (aka melting cheese)
  • corn
  • black beans

also, save the plastic bag the peppers came in. if not, get a ziploc bag big enough to fit them.

 

STEP 1:

Broil the peppers. If you have a gas stove, put them directly on the fire. I have an electric stove, so I had to put them in a pan. They will make popping sounds, but don’t worry, everything is good. Make sure to turn them so they broil on all sides.


They’re ready when they’re mostly burnt and the skin already peeling off in some areas. Place them in the bag I mentioned earlier. Close it well, set aside, and let it sit for 10 minutes.


STEP 2

While the steam does its magic, shred the cheese. Oaxaca cheese is so easy to pull apart. Make whatever amount feels right to you– it’s your quesadilla! This was the amount I used for two.

STEP 3 

Once you’re done or 10 minutes have passed, take the peppers out of the bag, and start taking off their skin. If you were patient and waited a good amount of time, it will be super easy to take the skin right off.

Once its off, cut the pepper open, take out the membrane and seeds. Cut into little pieces–strips or squares.

Prepare your corn and black beans.

looks delicious so far! getting there..

now the fun part!

STEP 4

Get your pan on low/med heat, cook (is that the correct word?) one of your tortillas. When you get to the second one, turn the heat a little bit down and cook only one side of your tortilla. Flip it and bam, act fast:

put a layer of cheese, poblano peppers, corn, and beans:

Put another layer of cheese on top to attach the first tortilla you cooked. Make sure you have cheese on the sides too, so it acts as glue to seal everything in. Put the first tortilla on top. If you want to be extra-awesome, you can flip it. I always fail, so I don’t do it, haha. Put it on your plate, garnish some of the left over veggies on top, & YOU’RE DONE!

Yay! Please make it, it’s so good and easy! Perfect for meatless Monday! You can add any other things you want to make it yours.

Enjoy! Happy Wednesday!

–diana