Thursday, July 31, 2014

Melero Currently August 2014

Current outfit

A lot of things have changed in my life but my fashion sense remains the same since high school. Pika pika!!! #30YearOldPokemon 

Current mood

Confused.
this year is going by so fast! Its almost the end of July and I haven't crossed a single item from my extensive "Things to do this summer" list...
 Where did my year go!?


 Current wishlist item

I recently sampled some products from "something gud" and now I want to buy them all. Its a farmers market delivery service with prices 2-3 times higher than the store... but let me tell you: $10 granola doesn't get any better than this


Current shows

Recently watch the HBO series "Silicon Valley". Its too funny and everyone should be watching it STAT



Current Triumph

We are battling a demonic fruit fly infestation but our homemade traps are working. So far we are winning the war. Gross picture of dead fruit flies for your viewing pleasure:

Cue to appropriate reaction gif 


Current banes of my existence

I bought a beautiful sunflower to go with my happy sunny summer... and it died in less than a week.
I watered it enough! I swear I tried!!
Such a happy-making plant




Current playlist

Instead of a song that I like, I chose the worst song ever written, courtesy of spotify radio. This song makes me want to invent a time machine so that I can go back to make sure that whoever wrote those lyrics is not ever born.

Disclosure: Song is in Spanish..

Current favorite Quote


Current food

I finally caught up with the "zoodles" trend and I have made zucchini pasta twice this week.


Current favorite app

I have been obsessing over Brian Wars which has many brain games that you play against other people.
I struggle A LOT with the calculation mini games.. which is very obvious in my lopsided brain map.

 Play with me on  the BrainWars app : Invitation code: BY0552


Current favorite product

My impulse-purchase of the month was a pink fitbit flex and I love it like a love song.
It's only been three days but it is actually making me more active. I keep going on little walks to make my fittbit happy. 


Current happiness

Feeling my fitbit vibrate and glow to tell me that I achieved my 10,000th step of the day is priceless.

Current books

I read three books since the last update. My opinions:

Eleanor & ParkEleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This book is just adorable.
I savored every single word and could not put it down.
Its about Eleanor and Park and their high school romance. It sounds just like the other 5000 teenager books that exist (and I've read) but it stands out as unique and it made me swoon.
The characters are relatable and real, and very different from the typical YA protagonist.
100% recommended and I will probably read it again someday.
Can't wait to read other books by the same author.


ReplayReplay by Ken Grimwood
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I enjoyed this one, it has a good amount of everything,,, politics, romance, philosophy, etc.
Written and set in the the late 1980's it follows the story of Jeff, a regular person who suddenly dies and wakes up in his own body 25 years back with all his memories intact and gets to replay his life again in a new way and with a different perspective.
Many questions about life, love, and purpose are explored. The characters are believable and relatable
Definitely would recommend it.

The Tyrant's DaughterThe Tyrant's Daughter by J.C. Carleson
My rating: 1 of 5 stars

It was ok but I felt like Leila was too fake. She was raised in the middle east in a somehow conservative way and yet she was grinding like a pro on her first night out in America. Without drinking any alcohol... I just don't feel you can lose your shyness so fast and easily.

The only parts that I loved were the last two appendixes from the author and commentator..

Goals for next month

I need to update my blog with many relevant stories from the past 4 months... My goal for August is to get it up to date.



Wednesday, July 02, 2014

Melero Currently - flying to Alaska version


current playlist
I found this song in a random spotify mix and really liked it...

Not sure why...I have no idea what the lyrics mean

current triumphs
We got upgraded to first class!!!


Current food

First class airplane food!


current favorite show(s)
been watching a lot of world cup. 

current banes of my existence
I am afraid that after traveling in first class I might not be able to go back to economy class without having my soul die a little bit...

current outfit
Writing this on the plane towards alaska. Wearing my hiking Jacket which still has the theft protection thingy attached to it... And Yoga pants becase  traveling in stretchy pants beats traveling in style.


current excitement
Did I mention I am on my way to  ALASKA??? In first class.?? .. and every time the flight attendant comes out with a new surprise I jump up and down  and take pictures..
So far I got overly  excited about the wet towels, the blue moon beer, the red wine and the gelato.. i just saw some trays with snacks and fruits coming my way .. Squeeeee

current mood
Pretty chill,,, it could be becuase of the red wine and gelato mentioned above..

current wish list item(s)
I realized (too late) that I forgot to pack a hoodie.. and I  also want to get the most ridiculuously big hiking hat that my budget can afford...

current favorite product(s)
Mint and jasmine tea by Numi,,,
They had them in the airport lounge and they are amazing... Somehow a few of them made it to my purse..


current book(s)

The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt
This one was on the bestseller list for a while, and me being  a trend follower decided to check it out.  
The book is about the life of  Theo , whose mom dies in a terrorist attack  to a NY museum. Theo leaves the scene traumatized and orphan but takes  The famous painting of the goldfinch out ot the museum with him.  The book then follows theo´s life adventures with an stolen piece of art. 
I really liked this one. Reminded me a lot of Great Expectations in style and in how Theo is as annoying as Pip.
My favorite part of the book was Boris, Theo´s childhood friend who is a horrible person overall but who I felt had a good soul... he didn´t choose the thug life, the thug life chose him.
Its a fat one but I recommend it ...


The 5th wave - Rick Yancey
This one has been hyped a lot on the Teenager literature blogs .. (ahem... not that I follow those or anything) as the new Hunger Games/ Divergent saga... so I jumped at it at the first opportunity I  had (a.k.a. after waiting weeks to get it from the hold list in the library)
The story is about an alien invasion to earth on present day. The mothership just shows up and releases four deadhly waves of attacks against humanity. Our main charachter,  "Cassie for Casiopea" survived the four waves and is determined to save her brother before the 5th wave hits...
I liked the  premise a lot. I think the setup is well done and it is definitely a page   turner.
There is a good dose of teenager on Alien romance and it is action packed...The problem I have with it is that it seems too cheesy and repetitive.. the fact that Evan's hands are soft as clouds is  mentioned around 20 times... I KNOW HE HAS PERFECT CUTICLES... STOP  THIS NON SENSE AND START MAKING OUT DAMN IT!!
I will definitely wait for the next one in the series but it didnt impress me that much..

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Panama

(Four months late but here are my panama pics and thoughts for the record)

Highlights from Panama

  • The trip started out stressful because Teddy bought his ticket as "Teddy" and the people at Copa decided that it was nowhere close to his real name and therefore might not be able to board the flight.  After several hours on the phone and a trip to the airport he was able to change his name on the ticket and take his flight without having to pay an extra $1000.
  • After landing we rented a car to drive to the resort area which, according to Google maps, was less than one hour away from the airport.  After getting lost in the scary parts of town, going against traffic,  missing our exit on the highway and  multiple stops along the way to ask for directions, we made it to the resort in only 2.5 hours.  Panama Teddy loved the adventure and he only complained about driving in third world countries about 50 times....Such a trooper.

  • The resort was practically empty which was weird considering that it was high season.  The view from our room was A-MA-ZING (below) . We stayed at the Sheraton Bijao.  The food was not THAT amazing but it was good for an all inclusive. The facilities and amenities were great overall.. 


  • My favorite feature: Beach recliners inside of the pool. Brilliant idea... 

  • Beach chillin' in the shade becuase the sun scares me.  Fun Fact about Panama; The sun  is scrochng hot... I dont remember feeling such a burning sun in my life. I could hear  my skin zizzle like a juicy steak after staying in the sun for 3 minutes...Such a fun fact.

After the beach we spent some time in Panama City and visited some cool places like The Amador Causeway which features delicious seafood

And of course, the Canama Panal.. modern marvel with an equally modern and marvelous IMAX 3D movie..Then we drove by this extremely cool building that locals nickname "el tornillo" *The screw" which I had never seen or heard of and I thought was extremely cool. 

Panama selfie wearing a Panama hat (made in China)


Monday, June 23, 2014

bigger accomplishment

Photo session walking around campus the weekend before commencement (Two months ago)

Feeling like a flying squirrel with the gown wings.

Melero and the famous John Harvard statue..


Jumping in front of the library wearing sort of high heels feels like a bigger accomplishment than graduating...


The proud mother and photographer 

Hiking Blue Hills MA

Two weeks before the vacation, we needed to break-in our new hiking boots so we went o Blue Hills for a 2 hour 2 mile hike.
We are apparently very slow hikers.. maybe because we took time to stage scenes from the Lion King 


Although my rock climbing skills were not that great


A problem that apparently Ted "The Billy Goat"  does not share...


We  even ventured off the road to get to a stinky pond which required a thorough  tick check ( and tick freak out)


 
City Views from the top

Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Extremely irrelevant selfies

I found a collection of extremely irrelevant selfies to post. Fair warning: these are as old as they are irrelevant...

Thinking about replacing my regular ear muffs with these amazing Dinosaur accessory.  Winters have never been so fun and fashionable

And to match with a similar discreet style: A new summer Hat
The grand opening of Wegmans was the event of the season


Some random night out. You know you had a fun night when you end up in the bar's bathroom snapping selfies.


Practicing our synchronized intense stare into the camera. 


Kato visited the groomer for his Spring Lion haircut. He attacked the person holding him down and made him bleed profusely. He had to get a bath to clean up the groomer's blood from his fur. He is very pleased with himself.

Apparently I find Fridays extremely exciting.

Friday, May 16, 2014

Books April / May

I usually try to balance my Teenager books with more adult titles but this month all 4 reads are YA...
Here they are ordered from Amazing to Horrid

Dreams of Gods & Monsters (Daughter of Smoke & Bone, #3)
This is the third and last book of the Daughter of Smoke and Bone trilogy. I LOVED  the series  . It has strong and kick ass female characters, suck it Katniss put Karou is my new imaginary best friend from a teenager novel. (Sorry Bella, you never stood a chance)

I admit that it might not be for everyone: It is about Angels and Chimeras so the fantasy element is there. but .. But the narrative is beautiful and the story is totally engaging. The first book is still my favorite but I love the series as a whole. There is romance but the book does not revolve around it, there are way more important things happening in Eretz to worry about love affairs...



Paper Valentine
This one could win the prize of guilty pleasure of the month. It has it all
 Girl who talks to ghosts: Check,
A murder mystery that only teenagers can solve (with the help of said ghosts of course) : Check.
Problematic and trouble teenager with a heard of gold: Check

It is cheesy and a little predictable but I  really enjoyed it and could not put it down.



Allegiant (Divergent, #3)

Another third in a trilogy and what a horrible way to close a trilogy.
The first book was interesting and entertaining, the premise is of a post apocalyptic Chicago in which people are separated in "Factions" based on their personalities. Our heroine Tris turns out to be a divergent which means that she has affinity with more than one faction. this means that her life is in danger because someone is killing the divergent so she must hide... The second book  is kind of boring but the plot thickens and you really really want to know what is behind the city walls...
The third book (Allegiant) is horrid. It took me 5 months to finish it because it was just soooo boring.
The mystery that we have been wondering about for so long is anticlimactic and lame. It turns into a psychological drama ridden with fights and guilt and a lot of rancor.
LAAAAME


Clockwork Angel (The Infernal Devices, #1)
This one started out with a good premise and the first 50 pages were promising but it became unberable very quickly. The main female character is totally odious, insufferable, rude and despicable. (Are all those synonyms?)   and it is supposed to be set in Victorian England but it just tries too hard and fails too miserably.
Such a waste of my time... I quit when I was abut 75% done and opted for reading the ending on Wikipedia.
Even reading the wikipedia synopsis felt like a waste of my life. THAT BAD/