19: Awkward & Awesome


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+ When the landlord of the apartment building next door has the roof cleaners come out to blow all the dirt off their roof with leaf blowers and have your windows covered in dirt as a result of that. Seriously?

+ Trying to make sense of what is going on in this world. I saw some people quit Facebook yesterday. The overload of hateful posts, unsolicited opinions that were shared in response to posts, and general disrespect is a little quite demoralizing. Come on, we’re better than this!

+ Feeling a little bit frustrated with work right now, because I am currently splitting my time doing odd jobs for different people on different projects. I’d rather have a couple of dedicated projects to work on than so many different small tasks.


+ Fresh bread with French preserve. Yum!

+ I’m looking forward to the long Thanksgiving weekend. We’ll host a dear friend from Germany for Thanksgiving this year and I couldn’t be more excited to have her visit! 

+ I added some cinnamon to my coffee this morning and I am declaring that the holiday season begins now!

+ Inspiring new blogs and interesting and awesome ladies who run them. ♥

+ Last night, I made my first casserole for this winter and it was so delicious! I love how easy it is to throw all the ingredients in a baking dish and let the oven take care of the rest! If you have a good recipe, please share it with me!

+ Have you guys seen the “Charlie Brown Christmas stamps”? Oh goodness, they’re so cute! I almost don’t want to put them on any letters. 

+ My evening routine includes at least one or two cups of tea again. My favorites are vanilla-cinnamon and rose hip-hibiscus right now.

  1. I need to get some Charlie Brown stamps asap so I can use them for my Christmas cards!! I bet buy some this week in case they sell out super fast!

    Awkward: Working on a project where the data is very difficult to find and reconcile.
    Awesome: Pepper jelly with cheese and GF crackers. I love the hint of heat from the pepper jelly contrasted with creamy cheese. Mmmmm. Also awesome is that it was in the 50s this week, which is so warm for November!

    1. Oh, I have heard about pepper jelly before but have never tried it…. it sounds like an odd combination, but sometimes those are the best ;)

  2. I also made a casserole last night. Nothing fancy, just a ham-noodle casserole with the Maggi flavor packets that I brought back from Germany. So easy, so delicious! I may have my parents send me more for Christmas since they are great for quick and easy dinners.

    1. Oh, those Maggi packages come in handy sometime! I always have some of them on hand! :)

  3. Casseroles are my go-to meals as well…so quick and so easy, especially on busy days. I am in serious need of some new casserole recipes, though.

    I’ve definitely been ready to up and quit facebook myself, lately. So much negativity and drama! It makes you wonder what goes on it people’s minds.

    1. Thanks for stopping by, Tasia! :)

  4. That’s funny you should say that about Facebook because another friend of mine mentioned the same thing to me today how awful it is and how hateful people are. Just wow. She’s getting close to quitting it herself. So terrible. I’m so glad I’m not on it anymore. All here is that people are horrible and it’s all advertisements.

    I’m sorry about work. Sometimes that tends to happen until a couple of projects land in your lap. I really hope that is sooner rather than later for you!

    In Lebanon we actually add cinnamon to a lot of our food, not only for baking, but mainly for cooking meals. It’s so delicious! I love it so much.

    Love those Charlie Brown stamps!! I actually got some myself. :)

    1. Oh, I’d be so happy with Lebanese food… because I like pretty much anything with cinnamon :)

  5. I deleted the FB app from my phone a year ago and it has helped reduce the amount of time I’m on it/the negativity in my life, but I feel like I could cut back even more. I wish I had the willpower to just delete my account, but I feel like if I did, I would miss out on the few good things I see posted on FB once in a while like engagement and pregnancy announcements. :P

    1. I don’t think I will quit FB completely (for some of the same reasons that you mentioned), but definitely want to limit my exposure.

  6. while there’s a lot of bad and negativity showing up on fb these days, it’s also the place where a lot of people are posting some very positive things as well. so i haven’t been able to give it up just yet. i know it’s probably for the better if i did, but i’m reluctant still. :P

    if i didn’t already stock up on stamps at costco, i’d be all over those charlie brown ones! :)

    1. That’s very true. I do know that I have mostly good people on my friends’ list because of the goodness that comes out!

  7. I’ve been debating quitting FB for quite awhile but the negativity on there lately is pushing me that much closer. The only thing holding me back is the fact that I have a few friends from back home that I only keep in touch with through Facbeook – though I suppose I could convince them to e-mail me instead. But then I’d have to actually write back to e-mails and I’m horrible at that :D

    1. I won’t quit FB completely for the same reasons!

  8. I really know what you mean with the Facebook stuff. I am really really annoyed by some of my so called friends and I seriously question why they made it to the friend list. I would’t quite Facebook but I am close to going through the friend list and getting rid of a bunch of people. Its just so annoying and sad reading ignorant thoughts.

    And to calm down I go get a cup of coffee with cinnamon. What a great idea!
    Happy Friday to you, Tobia

    1. I won’t quit FB completely for the same reasons, but it’s good to start filtering the content a bit ;)

  9. I totally understand about the Facebook thing. I’d love to quit but I have my Italian friends there plus the people who organise our monthly irish music session. My reason to quit has mostly to do with the fact that Facebook sells its users to advertisers as products and I don’t want to support businesses like that (I’m already refusing Google for the same reason). However, every time before elections, or during this Autumn and the refugee crisis, and now after the Paris attacks, I’ve seen how Facebook kind of brings out the worst in people. I’ve quit reading comment sections because it scares me to see what an attitude some people have towards other human beings. They write all kinds of horrible things, and I don’t want to see it anymore. It’s all filled up with negativity and I have enough of that in my life.

    Coffee with cinnamon is lovely! During the Christmas season I put cardamom on my cappuccino. Also lovely!

    1. I won’t quit FB completely for the same reasons, but it’s good to clean out the friends’ list every once in a while!

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