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).

http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/tilting-waves

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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