As of about a week and a half, I’m 21. I had one extraordinarily delicious mixed berry mojito on my birthday but if you want me to be real, I’d take a cupcake over booze any day of the week.

As far as turning 21 goes, Joy the Baker knows what’s up. I like her.

In other news, I’m alive after Organic Chemistry and I didn’t lose my hair to stress! Quite a feat.

I recently got back from a nice vacation with my family to California. Pictures? I got some.

I swooned over this fairytale house.
I’m a little obsessed with Instagram.

I’ve been spending my newfound free time with my nose in books (that I actually want to read!):

And watching junky tv like Pretty Little Liars and Teen Mom.

Reading good books, watching lame tv. It balances out.

Cooking is always good too. I got a cutesy apron for my birthday and decided to put it to use by making Chicken Tikka Masala.

Yeah, that totally happened. I based it super suuuper loosely off of this recipe. By loosely I mean, I cut the recipe in half, omitted the cream and butter, subbed in a touch of 0% Fage, and grilled my chicken instead of broiling it. You might think all those changes would make for a lame dish, but it was seriously so good. It was obviously much less creamy than the original recipe would have it be, but still satisfying. I’ll try to write down exactly what I did and share it with you guys later!

What have you been up to lately?


Ethiopian food

I had some today. My friend and I ventured out to a restaurant called Blue Nile. This was a very hole-in-the-wall type of place. I don’t know why, but some of the shadiest places can churn out the best food hah.

I know. So unappealing looking, but it’s totally worth a shot! We got a vegetarian assortment and a meat assortment and pretty much everything was good. Super unique.

You eat with your hands using this spongy, flat, sour bread called injera. That bread was probably one of the weirdest things I’ve ever eaten in my life.

Anyways, it works with the other food. The vegetarian options included lentils, chickpeas, spinach, cabbage, green beans, and another unidentified mixture. The meat stuff was pretty much all beef.

Overall, I thought it was good! I think it’s so fun to sort of immerse yourself in another culture through food. This was an awesome experience!

Hop aboard the “vegetrain!”

Have you tried Ethiopian food before? Any other cuisine from an unfamiliar culture?

Wishing you a great 4th of July! I’ll be studying away for my organic chemistry final that I have on Friday, which also just so happens to be my birthday. So convenient…

Say a prayer for me.