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Thursday, November 6, 2014

The New Misadventures of Me!

Hey! It's been a while...

Sorry about that. 

Things have been *crazy* around here. Well, it's been so long since I've written, you've no idea where "here" is, do ya? I'm in Indiana! I defended my grad thesis at IU in September (YAY) and am now getting ready to move to California for work, the bay area to be specific. 

To honor the occasion, I made a Cali playlist on Grooveshark. Check it out and let me know what I'm missing by posting a comment!


 I've got tons of pics I still need to share, and I certainly hope you'll join me on what are sure to be some new misadventures on the west coast! For now, check out my new haircut and style by the lovely and awesome Lane @ Transformations Salon and Spa. If you're reading from central Indiana and you need absolutely anything beauty related, you should definitely call them up!


Wednesday, January 22, 2014

I Break for Bling

Butterfly High Jewelry is where it's at.


Logo I designed on wintery wonderland background
Photo & logo by me

So, I've been home on "break" from grad school for a little while. By "break", I mean I have been working my butt off to finish final papers (one of which is a draft for my thesis). Whew! While I await further comments from my director, I've certainly been keeping busy.

Photo Credit: Outlander on Facebook

Busy reading some great new books, like Outlander and Dragonfly in Amber by Diana Gabaldon and wishing the TV series version on Starz would start soon...Busy playing video games (I find myself embarrassingly addicted to Skylanders and the demo for Bravely Default)...and busy actually getting to act like I have a real job. I've been teaching English whenever possible, but I miss working full time. Now at home on "break", I've been able to do just that. I've been learning new things while employing skills I love, like photography.

Once Upon a Blue Glass and Swarovski Crystal Pendant, photo taken by me during the "Polar Vortex". I had to come inside after shooting every item because it was SO COLD


My fiance's mother, Bev, has been designing and making handcrafted jewelry for a few years now. She attends shows and sells her amazing items there, but the heydays of the "craft fair" seem to have come and gone. In this digital age, there is no time like the present to transition a small, handmade items business to the internet. And so, during this "break" in which we have been plagued with more snow and yucky weather than we'd care to admit, Will and I have been helping his mom to do just that. 

 Visit ButterflyHigh.com!
The shop is open for business!
Right now, www.butterflyhigh.com reroutes to the Etsy store. :)
Photo by me
This post is just an introduction and review of what's been going on, but I'd like to include some tips and tricks for Etsy in future posts, especially for how to take great photos of jewelry (I'm still learning, but I'm happy to share what's worked and save you time by admitting what hasn't!).

Whimsical Wonderland Cat's Eye Earrings
Photo by me
For now, you can like Butterfly High Jewelry's Facebook page to make sure you get updates when we post new items or have sales. Make sure to visit the shop too, at www.butterflyhigh.com because right now we have a SPECIAL going on. All items in the Dreamy Discounts section ship for free when purchased with another item. :D

Alright, back to work for me! Don't forget to take a "Break for Bling" and check out all of the hard work Bev, Will, and I have put into this little gem!

Monday, December 2, 2013

Too Buti-licious for You?

I am in butifarra heaven.


It's almost time for me to leave Barcelona, at least for a little while. Except...I just tried a really amazing new restaurant.... So, maybe I'll stay a bit longer. ;)

I figure since I really do have to leave, I might as well share this gem with everyone else. Now you have one more reason to visit Barcelona (or one more reason to never leave!).

Butifarra is a really great Catalan dish, based off of sausage. But not your run-of-the-mill, boring sausage. No. The sausage I have had in Catalunya has been some of the best sausage I have ever devoured.

However, it's actually quite hard to find great butifarra-type dishes at restaurants, especially in the city center. The best butifarra is made by family, for family. Luckily, that's exactly how the "Classic" butifarra tasted at Butifarring!

It's buti-licious! Sorry, Beyoncé. I stole your word. And improved it. :P

Anyway, now that the cat's out of the bag, I'll sweeten the deal. 

These are gourmet-type dishes at affordable prices. I had that huge sausage in the picture (really, a sausage and a half) with cheese, potatoes with ailloli, and a Coke (it wouldn't be Lemon in My Coke, Si Us Plau without that!) for....drum roll.....6.90 euros!

So, next time you are near Pl. Sant Jaume or Liceu, stop by for some amazing food or even some Montseny beer.


Sunday, October 20, 2013

Guten Morgen, München

I'm terribly behind on my postings. I'll get caught up...eventually.

In the meantime,  Munich has been amazing. We (my parents and I, as they've come to visit me and travel) are all sad to leave. Everyone has been extremely nice, and the countryside is gorgeous. We have enjoyed crisp autumn weather and colorful fall foliage.

We had a hard time deciding where to stay, but we ended up choosing Hotel Monaco (www.munich-accommodation.com). It's only a few minutes by foot from the Central Station and where our castle tour left. The staff are quite friendly,  the room is cozy and nicely decorated as well.

Tomorrow we fly to Dublin,  and my parents are already mourning their departure from Bavaria. 

Friday, August 23, 2013

Taiwan, Typhoon, Tired

Well,  we are leaving Taiwan.




We were supposed to fly back to Hong Kong on Wednesday, but that didn't work out. A typhoon was coming through, and half the flights back were cancelled. Of course, ours was one of those. After quite a debacle, which I will not explain in detail here, we were finally able get our flight exchanged for one today.

So, we stayed at the airport hotel and chilled.



Of course we had tons of fun visiting friends in Taiwan,  and I will post about our adventures soon! For now, it's time to try again to return to Hong Kong, but here's a sneak peek.



Wednesday, August 14, 2013

Hong Kong: First Impressions

My first impression?

"..." - At first, I was speechless!


I'm a bit behind with my writing due to adventures and slow internet. After we left Tolentino, we went to Noci to spend some time with a good friend while exploring the area. We then traveled to Rome for a short time while preparing for our flight to Hong Kong. We had to lighten up our luggage quite a bit due to our flight carrier's regulations, but it was worth it.

Photo by Will
The view from the taxi on the journey to HK Island from the airport

We took a taxi from the airport to our temporary flat. As you can see from the photo above, HK has a ton of natural beauty. We were so excited to arrive! 

We have spent our entire first week here hunting for a longer term flat for Will's MBA exchange. Our home base, a flat near Sheung Wan, was located in the dried seafood area. We saw many interesting varieties of dried seafood. I'd tell you what they were, but the only ones I recognized were seahorses, octopus/squid, abalone, fins, and fish. There were many more than just those.

Photo Credit: Will
HK Skyline from IFC Mall - Gorgeous!
It has been hot day and night, around 90 Fahrenheit/32 Celsius for the most part. We explored Sai Ying Pun, Sheung Wan, Central/Soho, and Causeway Bay while looking for flats. We also went to Kennedy Town with a friend from ESADE. 

One night we took a walk along the bridges near Central that allow pedestrians to walk to various destinations without dealing with traffic or crosswalks. We were able to see all around HK from the IFC Mall's roof, and Will snagged the above picture there to show off the building where his classes will be held.

On Monday we decided on a flat, and on Tuesday we signed the contract, moved in, and made the customary journey to Ikea. However, by that time, the weather had changed dramatically due to the presence of a nearby typhoon. The wind was so strong that our umbrellas turned inside out, and the rain came down in full force. This was only a level three warning, and life and business seemed to go on as usual as we dragged our belongings to our new home.

Pictures of our new place and backlogged reports from our travels in Italy are coming soon!


Friday, July 12, 2013

How Not To: Speak Italian

Only having studied Italian for a short time in 2012 and again now that I am in Tolentino, I should have known better.


Perhaps I did, but from all of my linguistics studies and personal experience, I have found that one of the best ways to really become proficient in a new language is to speak it.

I have been here less than two weeks, and I have already made at least three grave errors (that I am aware of). I suppose the fact that I have realized I made these errors without anybody pointing them out to me shows just how quickly I am learning, but it doesn't make me feel any less shame for my accidental but controversial comments.

How I feel right now.
Photo credit: https://plus.google.com/u/0/+HBOWatch/posts


Let the countdown commence!

My 3 Mortal Mistakes


3. You put fish in what????



Bottled tea is really quite popular here. I kept seeing tè alla pesca. I decided that pesca must mean "fish", but I was quite confounded by this and assumed  I had to be wrong. However, lack of internet and forgetfulness when I had it kept me from double checking this matter. Lack of pictures of peaches or fish on the bottles made it impossible to verify by sight alone.

One night we went go-karting with some of Will's colleagues. We sat across from two siblings who we tried to talk with in Italian as best we could. One said the word pesce, and I noted that it sounded different than what I thought pesca would. I found out from her that pesce meant "fish" and pesca meant "peach", much to my relief and chagrin, as she wanted me to explain why I was laughing so hard when she explained the two words to me.

2. Waiting for the call that never came...


I was talking to one of the many, very nice hotel workers here at Hotel 77. I was trying to tell her that I was waiting on a call from my father and imagined papa would be an okay way of saying it. I'm pretty sure that's exactly how I said it too, stressing the first "a". Another guest arrived for her to assist, so she never got to tell me just how interesting that was, since papa is the word for "Pope" and papà is apparently how "dad" is pronounced. 

My apologies to the Pope for inadvertently suggesting I was expecting a call from him which I never received.

1. Would you care for what Theon just lost on GoT?

I humbly come before you all to admit this last error. May my embarrassment bring you both laughter and knowledge, and may you never ask the same atrocious question I asked a colleague of Will's.


Everyone was signing their lives away consent forms at the go-kart track (they went 70 mph), and I had a pen. Another person needed to fill his form out, so I offered him my pen, only I said pene when I looked to him and offered it. Awesome. 

I was so confident I knew the right word because I had read it just the night before in my Rick Steves' Italian Phrase Book and Dictionary

However, I was dead wrong. I had just offered one of Will's colleagues a penis. I am mortified. The man said nothing and kept a poker face. Penna is pen. 

That's one word I will never forget!

Have you had a similar experience with a language you are learning? Please share it below (you can even do so anonymously if it's terribly embarrassing!).



I miss this book, which I had to leave in the States because it was SO BIG and I *never dreamed* that I would get to stay in Italy for so long. Maybe if I had it with me, I would have actually offered that poor man a pen!

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