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What makes me happy lately

My presentation went well… at least that’s how I felt (and that’s what ultimately matters ;)). Β But today I want to talk about something else. I want to talk about what makes me really happy lately (other than having Star close by ;)).

I’ve been feeling a lot of love from some new (old) friends lately. Old because I’ve known them for years. New because I just discover how wonderful they are and we’ve became closer.

Each time they show affection and care about me, I feel so grateful.

Every time we spend time together, I have so much fun.

Every time I think about them, I feel warm and I smile.

This recent discovery was due to something I learned.

I learned to forgive.

I learned to understand them.

I learned to accept that sometimes they have more important things to do than hanging out with me.

I learned to appreciate every friendly gesture.

I learned to not expect.

I learned to not take anything for granted.

In sum, I took a step back from my expectation about friends. However, a little step back actually worked as a big step forward, because I received so much more love and support! πŸ˜†

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Yesterday I craved eggs. In particular, running egg yolk. So I had an unconventional breakfast combo πŸ˜‰

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running yolk on toast with butter. Woooo….. I was in heaven! πŸ˜€

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just before going to school for the presentation I snacked yogurt + sample pack of bran buds

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didn’t like it much… it was tasteless and too dry. But it did the trick. I didn’t had lunch until 4PM.

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my wonderful friends organized a dinner and movie night to celebrate my presentation. πŸ™‚ I didn’t have to bring anything because they were in charge of everything (including the movie ticket! How awesome they are!!! ;)), but I wanted to give back. How? Making bread!!! πŸ˜†

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They are all argentineans so I made an argentinean type of bread called Figazita de Manteca

Ingredients (20 small buns):

  • 1/2 cup of milk
  • 1/2 cup of water
  • 3 oz. butter
  • 4 cups of all purpose flour
  • 3 tbsp sugar
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tbsp yeast

Method: Add them in this order to the bread machine. Choose dough cycle. Form 20 buns and let it rest and rise for 1 hour. Bake at 350F for 20 min.

Pre-baking

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post baking

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Tester A: “I can’t believe that you made this. This is exactly like the ones we get from bakery.”

Tester B: ” This is very very good! It reminds me more of Argentina.”

Tester C: “Amazing. I assign you to be the official bread-maker of all our future dinner/lunch/BBQ events!”

YEAH~~~ πŸ˜†

Dinner was simple. As appetizer we had guacamole, cheese and figazita de manteca.

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main dish was too kinds of pizza: one with mushroom, onions and cheese

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and the other one was ham and tomato. I had one slice each. I don’t remember exactly how they tasted. All I could remember was how much I enjoyed just being with my friends! πŸ˜‰

After dinner, we went to watch Wall Street 2. It was not as good as we all thought. We were a group of economists expected the adrenaline of wall street, but we found a love/family story instead. It was a good story but just not as we expected. I arrived home at 1AM… satisfied with the day! πŸ˜€

Q: Have you rediscovered any friend recently? What do you consider the most important factor determining a good friendship? In addition to what I said above, I think BE THERE for friends when they need you is really important. No matter how busy you are, if your good friends need you, STOP whatever you’re doing, just BE THERE for them.

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I got sick! :(

I haven’t been sick for years and it was about the time…. I just spent 6 hours between doctor’s office and hospital, went through an uncomfortable study 😦 Fortunately it was nothing and I have no fever anymore. 😦 Not fun being sick. Glad that Star lives close by now. He took the day off and came to take care of me πŸ˜‰

Let’s rewind a little bit. I did bake new batch of bread. Hearty-chia bread

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baking in oven is easy but I really want to try baking in a dutch oven. Many bread makers use it, it seems to capture better the moisture and make the crust extra crunchy. CSN stores have a large collection of dutch ovens. I like this and this.

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Hearty-chia bread adapted from bittersweetblog

  • 3/4 Cup Warm Water
  • 1/4 cup chia seed
  • 3 cup white whole wheat flour
  • 1 cup bread flour
  • 1/2 wheat germ
  • 1 tbsp yeast
  • 2 tbsp sugar
  • 1 1/4 cup water
  • 1/4 cup apple cider

Method

1. Combine the chia seeds and warm water, and allow them to sit for at least 15 minutes, giving the mixture a good sir after the first 5.

2. Add all the ingredients from liquid to solid to the bread machine and choose dough cycle.

3. Put the dough in a floured surface and let it rise 1-2 hours more covered with a towel

4. Bake at 375F for 35 min

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warm bread + butter = perfection! πŸ˜€

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Yesterday I got a big shipment of tea that I ordered for my BFF Mara

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She’s obsessed with Bigalow’s green tea with lemon, truly believing that it’s a great source of antioxidants! πŸ˜€

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4 pounds of tea!!!

when I came back from the post office I began to feel cold and tired. So I took this

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It didn’t work because I got fever later, not too high, about 100F. This morning I woke up terrible, with a sharp pain in my tummy, I could barely move. I didn’t want to go to doctor, just sleep until I feel better. But Star wouldn’t agree. He took to the doctor and the doctor suspected appendicitis. Oh.. no!! that means surgery.. means days spent in hospital, means no 10k, means no time to finish my dissertation… so many unwanted consequences. 😦 After a scan study, the doctor told me that it was just bloating, no appendicitis. Β Such a relieve!!! I hope I feel better tomorrow so I won’t miss the apple-picking that we had planned.

Here’s me at the doctor office, devastated 😦

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Summary of LIFE, new bread & shopping!

I think this quote summarizes perfectly my current state of mind about LIFE! πŸ˜€

source

Do what you like and Do it OFTEN!!!

If you don’t like something, change it. If you can’t change it, change your attitude!

STOP overanalyzing, it’s a dead end and stressful journey.

Life is SIMPLE, it’s us that try to complicate it, so STOP!

When you eat, appreciate every last bite. When you do anything, BE present.

TRAVEL often! Get lost so you can find yourself.

LIFE is about PEOPLE you MEET! Be open to meet new people, be selective choosing friends and cultivate your friendships.

LIFE is SHORT! Live every moment of it. Find a PASSION and devote yourself to it.

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We started Labor day doing some house work.

I couldn’t open the oven door completely so I burned myself several times.

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Star was in charge to fix it πŸ˜‰

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once fixed, I baked some bread (last batch was consumed too quickly ;))

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This time, I added oatmeal and coconut oil. It has a great flavor, moisture inside and very crunchy layer πŸ™‚

Oat bread flavored with coconut

  • 1 cup WW flour
  • 1 cup WW Arthur King’s while WW flour
  • 1/2 cup bread flour
  • 3/4 cup rolled oats
  • 2 tbsp sesame seeds
  • 2 tbsp coconut oil
  • 1 tbsp granulated yeast
  • 1/2 tbsp salt
  • 2 tbsp vital wheat gluten
  • 1.5 cup lukewarm water
  • 2 tbsp raw sugar

Method:

  • Put all the ingredients into the bread machine (liquid ingredients first, dry ingredients later and yeast last)
  • Choose dough cycle (90 min) it should double its size
  • Put the dough in fridge overnight
  • Next day, form two balls and let it rest for 2-3 hours
  • Bake at 400F for 35-40 min

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then we went to SHOPPING!!!

Poor Star was holding all the clothes I wanted to try and my sunglass πŸ˜‰

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I looked tired after just an hour

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I couldn’t stop laughing at this pic of Star. He looked so not himself but soooo cool πŸ˜†

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3 hours later.. we were done with cloth shopping and went to groceries shopping

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and look this guy! He seemed to coming out about the ancient history

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Here’s what I got Β fromΒ Abercrombie & Fitch and Nike

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tempo running short and 3 pair of runners socks

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and then I had to say a short goodbye to Star. Star “moved” to VA (35 min away from DC). During the week, he’ll be living with his coworkers. For the moment we’ll be weekend couples. It’s not ideal but we’re very happy. After four years living apart, 35 min away is nothing. πŸ˜†

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Q: If you’re married, what’s the biggest challenge of living with another person?

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