Tuesday, 18 December 2018

5 Random weird facts about me

Hello!

I was thinking today, and decided to write down 5 things that other people think are weird about me. I don`t know, there are so many and people always seem to e so surprised by things I do that it was only right to start making a list ahaha

1. I wear different socks. I buy a bunch of the same ones in different colors and then just mismatch them hahaha The reason I do it is weird also: Michael Jackson used to wear different socks and I love him, he is my favorite artist. His music was there for me trough thick and thin, and wearing different socks just reminds me of him.


2. I sleep without a pillow. I don`t find that weird as my mum often sleeps without pillow too, but when other people find out they are always amazed (to me it`s weird how someone can sleep with more than one pillow! )

3. Horton Hears a Who. Have you watched that cartoon? If you have, then get this: I have this weird thought that we and our universe and everything we know is actually something like Who-ville from that movie ahaha Either that, or we are just an alien`s The Sims game πŸ˜‚



4. I eat popcorn mashed with yoghurt. Or kefir, either works haha This is so weird, but if I eat popcorn by themselves, 9/10 times I`ll get a migraine. But I`ve found that if I dip it into yoghurt/kefir, I feel fine!


4. I have read Harry Potter series so many times that I am almost embarrassed to admit it.. Hahaha Probably around 20 times? And I keep re reading it every year... I just love the books, they are so well written I find them fascinating! Especially as I want to be a writer one day, reading these really helps me learn how to write.


What are some weird facts about you? :)

- Lena xx

Monday, 17 December 2018

BEST Office memes!

Hello everyone!

One of my favorite tv shows is.. The Office, you`ve guessed it! Wasn`t too hard considering title of this post hahah

This guy I used to like told me how great the tv show is and that I should try watching it, and I am SO grateful I did check it out because it is one of the funniest things I`ve ever watched! It`s not that stupid mainstream funny, it`s sophisticated: just the right amount of mocking, irony and sarcasm :)

I always laugh out loud when roaming around Pinterest in search of memes and scenes from the show (I am a nerd like that...), so I decided to share some of my favorite ones with y`all! Hope you enjoy this art:








This is so me...

And my most favorite one... *drum rolls please*:


Hahahaha I swear these will never fail to make me laugh! Sooo good.. Did you watch The Office? Who`s your favorite character?

Jim and Pam are my heart, but Dwight Schrute can`t not be the favourite!!

- Lena xx

Sunday, 16 December 2018

Mushroom rice bowl recipe invented by ME


Hellooo!

Welcome to the post that features my (current) most favorite dish in the WHOLE WORLD!

Okay, yes I`m getting a little too excited, but I just love food 😍 Eating is something we have to do couple times a day every single day of our lives - isn`t it better if it`s an enjoyable activity?

Here I have the recipe for a mushroom-rice bowl that I invented. Well, it might already exist somewhere in some part of the world, but I`ve never before tried it and I invented it by mixing everything I found in the fridge that day hahaha. I totally didn`t expect it to taste this good!!

What you`ll need (this is for one portion, as I cook just for me):
  • Mushrooms - I used about 80g, but you can put as little or as much as you want
  • Poppy seed - 1 tbsp
  • Sausage (or some other kind of cured meat) - about a handful of small chopped pieces
  • Wholegrain rice - 2-3 tbsp (previously cooked)
  • Butter - 1 tbsp (but you can put  more :P)
  • Salt
  • Pepper
  • Olive oil - 1 tbsp







How to make it:

1) Pour olive oil in the warm pan. It is better to put oil in the pan after it`s already warm, as oil becomes less and less nutritional as it cooks

On the picture below is the olive oil I like using, it`s the Greek kind. I tried Italian, but found it had too much flavor for my taste.



2) Put the mushrooms in the pan and roast them until they get smaller (the water starts coming out of them) and start getting slightly brown

3) When the mushrooms turn brown (very light brown mind you, almost beige) put the sausage in. Roast it until the sausage gets a little crunchy - that`s how I like it! And mix it all together

It is important to keep stirring throughout this whole process because if you don`t, everything won`t be cooked the same - and it`s possible that something will get burnt!





4) After it`s all mixed, add rice and keep stirring for a minute or two. The rice is already cooked so you just need to warm it up and mix it with everything else.

A little tip: I usually have a jar of cooked rice in my fridge - I cook it once a week, and then I can use it throughout the week and don`t have to wait for it to cook every time I want to eat it. Also, I use small amounts of rice - a couple tablespoons at most a day, and it would be pointless cooking a couple tablespoon every time haha

5) And now the last and most important step of all: add a little bit of butter, a pinch of salt and a bit of pepper! This all depends on your taste, I personally loooove adding a ton of pepper because I love the spicy taste of it! And putting butter really makes a big difference as well.



Annnnnnd voila! Here is the finished dish! Trust me it tastes better than it looks πŸ˜‰


- Lena xx

Saturday, 15 December 2018

How I ruin my books and why you should ruin yours too...

Hello!

I love reading. I strongly believe that there are no people who hate reading - just people who have not found the right books yet. I think there is no higher form of art than reading words and making you own movie inside your head!

A lot of bookworms  care about books so much that they don`t even like bending the spine of the book, as to not `ruin` it.

But yo, books are something I get to myself to make myself happy; they are something that prompts me to think in ways I haven`t thought before, and evolve as a person! I LOVE highlighting the parts I love, I love making certain quotes stand out, so that I can find them while flipping throughout the book if I am in need of instant inspiration.

And besides, it makes me happy seeing a books that looks worn out because it makes it visible that it served a purpose - it was read and well loved!

Here are some pictures of what one of my books looks like - this is The Alchemist, my favorite book! I am about to send it to my sisters who live on the other half of the Earth haha



What I do is first just underline with a normal pencil the parts I love.. Ain`t nobody got time for making it all cute and colorful while reading - I just wanna reach the next page! Ahaha but once I`ve finished reading it for the day, or once I`m finished reading the whole book, I`ll go back with colorful highlighting markers and go over the underlined text.

I also write down any thoughts I have, or inspiring quotes that I find are perfect for what that part of the book is talking about. Later when I look back at it, this waterfall of thoughts and inspiration come hurling to my mind and I l-o-v-e it!




Here is another book I love: The Fault in Our Stars. Yes, I know, I have read the book after the movie came out, shame on me... Everyone was talking so much about it the year or so before the movie came out that I just couldn`t get myself to read it! I hate when something is so popular nobody talks about anything else..

But as soon as I`d seen the movie I was mind blown and had to read the book (books are always better than movies, it`s a rule!). Anyway, here I actually stuck some sticky notes on pages so that I can find them more easily - an awesome technique also.






Do you draw all over your books, or is it just be? Tell me in the comments below! 😢😊

- Lena xx

Thursday, 13 December 2018

2019 Reading Challenge!


Hello everyone!

I love reading. I always loved good stories and had grand imagination to accompany them. I haven`t read a lot of books in the past couple years - probably only one every couple of months, whereas I used to read a book a week before! So I decided to read more again.

It wasn`t a decision honestly, I just felt that need to read that I haven`t felt in a very long time. I guess I was in a reading slump.

I think I want to set my goal for 2019 to be hmm, maybe to read 20 books in total? Yeah, 20 sounds good. I don`t want to over-exhaust myself and not be able to achieve it and get into a reading slump again ahah.

Here are some ideas for the books I`d like to read:

  • Fiction:

1. The Great Gatsby by Scott F. Fitzgerald
2. Hippie by Paulo Coelho
3. The Pilgrimage by Paulo Coelho
4. Life of Pi by Yann Martel
5. The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde
6. Una by Momo Kapor
7. Re-read Heidi by Johanna Spyri
8. Re-read Anne of Green Gables & Avonlea by L.M. Montgomery

  • Art:

9. The History of Art by H. W. Janson
10. A Treatise on Painting by Leonardo da Vinci

  • Spirituality:

11. Siddhartha by Hermann Hesse
12. The Tao of Pooh by Benjamin Hoff
13. The Third Eye by Lobsang Rampa
14. The Art of Happiness by Dalai Lama XIV
15. What the Buddha Taught by Walpola Rahula
16. Mindfulness In Plain English by Henepola Guaratana

  • Biographical:

17. Does The Noise In My Head Bother You by Steven Tyler
18. Travelling to Infinity by Jane Hawking
19. Slash by Slash
20. It`s So Easy: And Other Lies by Duff McKagan

Is a theme visible here? I love rock n roll legends, books about peace and buddhism, and (what will hopefully going to turn out to be) some good fictional literature!

I have made a Goodreads account and you can check it out HERE. I have also added it to the left side of the blog, where the list of pages is. I plan on

- Milena xx

Wednesday, 12 December 2018

That time I... visited Venice, Italy

''A realist, in Venice, would become a romantic by mere faithfulness to what he saw before him'' 

Too bad I was a romantic to start with 😍

Hello wonderful people of the internet! It makes me so joyous to say that today I am writing about my most favorite city in the whole entire world: Venice! I fell in love with that city, it is the most magnificent human-made place on Earth!


Look at this beauty. Just look at it. I`ll wait. Aghhhhh so mesmerizing! Piazza San Marco contains one of the most beautiful buildings I`ve ever seen in my entire life.. the St. Marks Basilica. 😍😍😍

I couldn`t take pictures of the whole thing because my phone camera is not made for that, but I tried to take pictures of at least couple details. I just don`t understand how people built that. Like, I still can`t comprehend it. I swear I have to go back to Venice, stay there for a month, and just draw and paint every day whole day. This was the first time I saw details painted deep blue and golden, and I was shook by how good it looks.





The streets are narrow, some were barely wide enough for two people to pass trough (and that is when they are sideways hahah), but I didn`t feel claustrophobic at all. Probably because the buildings are such bright colors, yellow, orange & similar.

I think I loved it so much because there is never a straight-line road. And there is always 5 different ways to come to a certain place. Like a beautiful labyrinth at which`s ends there are cute little vintage shops full of knick-knackary, pizza, and ice cream! As long as your imagination serves you, I don`t think you could ever get bored in this city.

In the end my friend and I sat on a small square and sang out loud haha! It was so fun.



Going to Venice has been on my bucket list since I can remember (and there are only a couple of things on my bucket list, mind you). But my friends who have already been to Venice used to tell me it is nothing special, that it stinks of fish, backwater and mold, and it was money not well spent. OKAY NONE OF THAT IS TRUE.

I was expecting to be wishing to leave quickly because I can`t stand something smelling bad, but it did not smell bad at all! It smelled like ocean, it smelled like sea.

How incredible is it to wake up and have literal sea in front of your doorstep? I mean, c`mon! And get this: taxis in Venice are actually little boats hahaha





This, my lovelies, is the restaurant where Hemingway used to go to!! How cool?? And how expensive does it look!? Maybe one day I`ll be wealthy enough to drink a cup of tea there haha



Oh Venice, oh lovely Venice.. Please don`t sink before I get time to see you again for you are the most magnificent place I`ve ever set my foot on..

- Milena xx