Some days I’m exhausted.
Some days I lose my voice from having to repeat myself a gajillion times.
Some days I question if I was really meant to be a mom.
Some days I want to curl up in a ball on the floor and cry my eyes out.
Some days I feel like I’m completely failing at this whole parenting thing.
Then I look at them.
And I can’t help but smile.
I love them.
Forever and always.
Bonjour mes amis!
So, you know when you’ve been planning what you want to do for your 10 Year Wedding Anniversary for like 2 years in your head and then you realize you don’t have enough saved for it?
Yeah. That bites.
And you know when you start planning something else pretty spectacular to celebrate that momentous occasion and then realize that this too is out of your budget?
Major suck fest.
Oh, oh and you know when, after all that, you come up with another plan, equally amazing, fun, and theoretically less money so you can technically afford it, but because of recent airline mergers and rising fuel costs, airfare to the place you’re supposed to go to skyrockets and your airfare cost goes up by $800 so now you’re not even sure if this awesome thing is even going to happen at all?
I’d be lying if I said tears weren’t shed and I didn’t eat my feelings.
But, you never know. Things could turn around.*
I just have to stay positive.
Hope ya’ll have a magical weekend!**
Much love, bacon, and sprinkles,
**Bonus points if you hang out with unicorns and baby dragons.
Photo by Marcus Hoapili
The Oscars. It’s not really my thing but I did watch some of it.
Some things of note:
Lupita Nyong’o is flippin gorgeous.
And if your heart didn’t swell when she said, “For every little child, no matter where you’re from, your dreams are valid,” you just might be a robot.
Cumberbombing is awesome.
I would’ve totally eaten pizza.
Let It Go songwriters Kristen Anderson-Lopez and Robert Lopez EGOTed. Don’t know what that is? They’ve won an Emmy, Grammy, Oscar, and Tony award.
Totally bummed that Idina wasn’t able to sing the full version of Let It Go.
To feel less bummed out, I think we should have some brownies.
- 3 ½ cups mini pretzel twists
- ½ cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, melted
- 2 ½ tablespoons granulated sugar
- 1 ½ cups granulated sugar
- 2/3 cup brown sugar
- ½ teaspoon salt
- ¾ cup cocoa powder (I used Hershey’s Special Dark)
- ¾ cup all-purpose flour
- 3 eggs, lightly beaten
- 1 ½ teaspoons pure vanilla extract
- ¾ cup unsalted butter (1 ½ sticks), melted and slightly cooled
- ½ cup creamy peanut butter, slightly melted
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
- Spray a 13×9 inch pan with nonstick cooking spray or line with parchment paper.
- For crust: Put pretzels in a food processor. Pulse until the pretzels look like coarse sand.
- In a large bowl, mix together pretzel pieces, butter, and sugar. Evenly spread mixture into prepared pan. Set aside.
- For brownies: In a large bowl, combine sugars, salt, cocoa powder, and flour with a whisk.
- In a medium bowl, whisk together eggs, vanilla, and butter. Add wet ingredients to dry ingredients and gently mix. Be sure to not over mix.
- When oven comes to temperature, bake crust for 8 minutes. Remove from oven and let cool on wire rack for 5-10 minutes.
- Pour the brownie batter into the pan. Dollop melted peanut butter over the batter. Swirl with a spoon or butter knife.
- Bake for 30-35 minutes.
Bonjour mes amis!
I’m super stoked to share with you all an interview with the amazing designer, illustrator, and fellow geek Risa Rodil. She and I are definitely kindred spirits.
Tell us a little bit about yourself
Hi! I’m Risa Rodil, a 20 year old designer/illustrator/letterer from Manila. I graduated from De La Salle – College of Saint Benilde with a Bachelor’s degree in Multimedia Arts. I am a pop culture junkie, a bookworm, and a nerdfighter at heart.
What were your interests as a kid?
I loved the Powerpuff Girls, ballet, and figure skating. My childhood dream was to be a dentist (as surprising as that may sound).
What things do you currently geek out over?
TONS! I geek out over TV shows, movies, books, and fictional characters. Superwholock, Hannibal, Orphan Black, The Hunger Games, Harry Potter, John Green’s books, Divergent, Avengers, and Frozen are currently on the top of my head.
What do you like most about those things?
It’s nice to take a break from reality once in a while. I love stories that make me think and stories that transport me into a different world. These stories usually help me get my creative juices flowing.
If you could meet anyone, real or fictional, who would it be?
I can’t decide on a single one so let me share with you my complete list:
Fictional: Severus Snape, Loki, Dean and Cas, Katniss Everdeen, and Sherlock.
Real: Tom Hiddleston, Misha Collins, Benedict Cumberbatch, and Zach Levi. ♥
It’s ‘Cheat on Your Diet’ Day. What are you eating?
Reese’s chocolate, yum!
Who are some people you look up to or admire?
Aside from the 4 lovely gents I mentioned above, I am a huge fan of J.K. Rowling, John Green, Suzanne Collins, and Veronica Roth. In the design world, I love the work of Olly Moss, Saul Bass, Ty Mattson, Jessica Hische, Chris Piascik, and Mary Kate McDevitt.
If you could live in any movie or television show, what would it be?
I’m torn between Harry Potter and Doctor Who. Either one would be EXTREMELY fun.
What’s your personal motto or mantra?
“Make each day your masterpiece.” – John Wooden
I’d also like to take this opportunity to invite everyone to the Type Kita exhibit happening on March 15-16 at 10A Alabama in Quezon City. I will be one of the exhibitors along with other talented artists, calligraphers, and letterers in the country. I hope to see you there!
A bajillion thanks to Risa Rodil for graciously granting me this interview!
All images courtesy of Risa Rodil