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 ;)

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“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

a day at a pet-friendly beach with our french bulldog.

almost two weeks ago, David and I packed up his jeep, grabbed our bathing suits, and took Franklin, my french bulldog, to the beach. I believe it was his first time at the beach. you see, I rescued him from a family that did not pay attention to him; he came with numerous health issues and lived outdoors, to name a few things, so I highly doubt they ever took him to the beach. I’m extremely happy to report that he loved it! :)

april is not your typical time to go to the beach, but it was my birthday weekend and I felt like doing something different. I’m not a fan of the beach, but for some reason, I was craving the beach, you know? I have always wanted to take Franklin because I had a feeling he would love it, and, well, he did.

we spent our day at Mustang Island State Park in Corpus Christi, Texas. I had been there before with my family and when I found out they were dog-friendly, we took this trip the next day. thankfully dogs are allowed anywhere as long they’re on a leash.

going to the beach mid-april was probably the best decision we could’ve taken because, thanks to the nice weather, Franklin didn’t get overheated, we didn’t get sunburnt, and there wasn’t a crowd. it was very calm and it was honestly the first time I have absolutely loved going to the beach. I want to go more often now, but I know that once the weather starts to get hotter, the beach won’t be as enjoyable because it won’t include those aspects I liked of this visit. also, am I the only one that feels bad for going to the beach because of the contamination people generate? :\ it’s so sad seeing it. thankfully this beach was clean and its staff caring. they even featured Franklin on their instagram! :)

you don’t know how in love I am with that little guy… I know that because of his health he won’t be with me for a long time, so I’m trying to give him the very best life I can right now to make up for the suffering he endured before; to show him more of the world and new experiences. I know he’s just a dog, and that I probably sound silly talking as if he were a person, but if you’re an animal lover like me, you totally get it.

afterwards, the three of us got hungry and went to a burger joint just around the corner from the beach– the Padre Island Burger Company. BringFido said they were dog-friendly and had good reviews, so our decision wasn’t that tough. the staff was sooo friendly they even let us bring Franklin inside to be able to order. even the bar’s patrons were happy to see him. we ate in one of their picnic tables outside while Franklin observed customers go in and out the restaurant. I didn’t take photos with my camera while we were there, but I have some highlighted on my instastories if you’d like to check them out :)! and yes, their burgers were really good!

^ boyfriend wanted some pictures of his red jeep at the beach. I’m so proud of him. it’s his second car, but this time new and he bought it himself after he graduated and got his big-boy job. seeing your friends succeed, or in this case, partner, is such a good feeling. I’m happy to see him happy.

^ fun fact: got inside the water to get this and another shot above just because I wanted the water to come out. I am so glad my camera did not fall into the ocean! I didn’t have a strap on it or anything. bad owner. ^

I did not use to appreciate the fact that we have the beach 3 hours away until a friend who moved to our city thought it was amazing to have the gulf of mexico so close. it’s one of those facts you know but don’t realize. because she’s right, not everyone has a beach nearby and can take a sunday trip to it like we did. not to mention the road is also nice since you’re going through many cute rural towns. now every time I talk about where I live I throw in that little fact with pride.

I loved this day. we only did those two things and it was truly perfect like that. and seeing how excited Franklin was running into the water and rubbing his body in the sand was priceless.

Do you live nearby a beach? Have you ever taken your dog to the beach? Know of any places we must visit with Franklin around Texas? Let me know :) & thank you so much for stopping by. you can follow my blog via wordpress or by email or follow me on instagram @dianaagabrieela :)

– diana

p.s: in case you’re curious, this is the camera and the lens I used. Franklin’s yellow bow tie is from my own Etsy shop.

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

we were talking and eating pizza.

we were talking about the space between us all, and the people who hide themselves behind a wall of illusion. never glimpse the truth, then it’s far too late when they pass away.

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we were talking about the love we all could share. when we find it, to try our best to hold it there with our love.

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with our love we could save the world. if they only knew..

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we were talking about the love that’s gone so cold. and the people who gain the world and lose their soul. they don’t know. they can’t see. are you one of them?

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when you’ve seen beyond yourself then you may find peace of mind is waiting there.

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and the time will come when you see we’re all one, and life flows on within you and without you.

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strong words by the beatles. but they kind of fit the sort of thing we need right now in this world, don’t you think? coming together, understanding each other, engaging in conversation, having a delicious pizza cuz why not. no, but seriously. november has been kind of rough, but with love and unity we can do anything.

p.s. thank you for always letting me take pictures of your faces, david and didi.