Tilting Waves — Exciting news in knitting adventures!

I have not put out a post about knitting projects in a long time. This is due to a few long-term projects that were all taking way longer than expected.

But my first one is finally done.

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My very first original pattern — Tilting Waves — was released on Raverly this past week! This is a scarf I designed for M-mom last year. Writing the pattern up, getting all the bugs out, getting it tech edited and tested took an entire year. But finally, it is out (linked below).


Thanks so much for my editor and the testers who were all so nice and helpful. I learned so much from getting this first pattern out.

Honestly, I am not sure how well this pattern will do. It is a little complex with techniques not often seen. Only for those very adventurous knitters.

Hopefully, I will have more patterns released (in my slow manner) in the future!


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The great US beauty haul III: Last minute drugstore shopping

The last two days in the US, I did run to some drugstores close to home and picked up some last things that I thought would be difficult to get in Germany. I ended up with way more than anticipated.

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The great US beauty haul II: Sephora/MAC Trip

We ended up at the mall (oh man, have not been in a mall for a long time) with a Sephora’s and MAC store right next to one another. I had to shop super fast since Little M was with us. Alas! But it was nice to actually swatch and shop in store. I did pick up a lot of stuff that I wouldn’t have if shopping online.

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Little M monthly summary: Month 16

This past month has been eventful for Little M — we traveled to the US to visit family and he logged in his second ever transatlantic journey.

M thought there were huge changes in Little M’s vocalizations during the 2.5 weeks we were away. He has been talking a lot more, making different sounds, and using sounds to communicate (although he still has very few words at the moment). Little M also started to take a first crack at singing — very cute and funny.

On the downside, we have been seeing the first signs of the terrible two’s emerging. Little M learned to plop and throw a little fit when he doesn’t get his way, and this could be in the middle of the street. The fits would never last long, but we have a glimpse of the next few years, ew.

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Easy potato salad

M-mom makes a killer potato salad with mayonnaise that we all love. I’ve been trying to perfect that for a long time.

But this past week, I wanted a lighter, more refreshing potato salad.

Potatoes were boiled for 20 minutes, until firm but not soft. When they were cool enough to handle, but still quite warm, I chopped them into bite-sized chunks.

Added to that was salt, pepper, olive oil, apple cider vinegar, diced tomato and finely diced salami. Lastly, because I wanted something crunchy, I added some chopped scallions.

Let it all sit until completely cool.

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The great US beauty haul I: Online Orders

Little M, M-mom and I traveled to the US to visit my family. Every time I’m in the US, I have to do beauty shopping. This time was no exception. I am quite disorganized when it comes to photographing the products, so I roughly grouped posts into the three different shopping “trips” that occurred.

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Wedding makeup — the lip color

August is going to be an exciting month! A great friend from graduate school (my housemate for a year) will be getting married! Not only will I travel to celebrate this event with her and her family, it will also be a reunion of sorts of lots of friends whom I knew in graduate school but now have scattered across the globe in various jobs and research positions.

There will be a pre-wedding party event and then the wedding itself. I already picked out dresses, earrings and most of the makeup. However, settling on a great red (yes, of course it will be red) lipstick has been problematic.

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Beauty on the go: July US trip

This trip to the US was busy! We went to the Shannadoahs, my parents’, my aunt’s, and Washington DC. Since I was living out of the travel bag so much, and had to deal with the toddler along with family, I chose very simple makeup that could be thrown on in about 5 minutes.

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Quick update, upcoming posts, and more traveling!

I just returned from a 2.5 week trip to the US with Little M to visit my family. I have to say, traveling without M was a challenge, even though M-Mom was with us. I depend on him for so much (lugging stuff, organizing stuff, driving, etc). But overall, the trip was a success! Saw all the family, lots of friends, and Little M had a lot of fun. I hope M-Mom did as well (her first trip out of Europe).

We saw family in NOVA and also visited DC.

In about a week, I set off again (sans Little M and M) for some more family visit in the US and a wedding in Montreal. Going to be a lot of fun, but also exhausting. I am looking forward to staying still a bit after that trip.

Upcoming posts will mostly be beauty (I did a lot of shopping in the US), some knitting excitement coming in August/September, and perhaps some US food posts (not sure about that yet — the photos were not the best).

And of course, will try to get a Little M update done for August as well.


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Korean Bean Paste Stew

I bought this korean soy bean paste on a whim at the local asian shop, and then looked up some classic recipes to cook using it.

I tried this classic tofu stew, which is mild but very delicious.

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