Monday, December 15, 2014

Sunday, December 14, 2014

4 years!

My real life has just begun
Cause there's nothing like your smile made of sun

In the world full of strangers
You're the one I know

Friday, December 12, 2014

Books read on 2014 - Tableau version

I was working on my list of books read and I thought it would be a brilliant idea to make them into a tableau dashboard..because that is what normal people do.... Here are the highlights
  • Finished 43 books. And I have 3 in progress which I will probably finish during my holiday travel.. but they are not included  here
  • The setting of the book was not very diverse. On the top 24 in USA, 6 in England.

  • My literary credibility goes to ashes when noticing that close to 50% of those books were written for teenagers...

  • Most of the books were cataloged as "Romance " . However Romance also has the lowest rating... So apparently I Love to hate teenager romantic books. Nothing new here... 

Tuesday, December 09, 2014

50 book challenge - tableau version

Updated my list and made a tableau dashboard..

Sunday, November 09, 2014

Life according to my iphone pics

I recieved the best news I have ever recieved after a dentist visit: I only need to fix two cavities... And they also gave me a new tongue scatcher ..Best day ever
I would never want to be judged based on the contents of my recycling bin... 
I would much rather prefer to be judged based on my winter accessories... 

I found wannabe-tunas in the market and was tempted to buy them but the creepy kid on the box seemed to be up to something so I ran away.

The usually photogenic Kati shows his wild side . 
I learned how to make bags and totes in my sewing class... the world could use some more totes I reckon..
I tried my luck at making pan de muerto this year. It was a total flop... Turns out that you are supposed to knead the thing for more than 20 seconds.. who would have known?
I took a class on how to make french macarons. It was easier than I thought.. they ended up a little ugly but yummy!

Thursday, October 30, 2014

50 States book challenge

I am trying to complete the 50 states book challenge in which you read a book set up in a different state.
I've read some books with repeated states but I am only listing the first one that comes to mind...
I think this is fun and maybe I can do it with countries later? The  possibilities are endless

The list is a work in progress..

Alabama -to kill a mockingbird - Harper Lee
California - Replay -Ken Grimwood
DC -The lost symbol - Dan Brown
Georgia- Gone with the Wind- Margaret Mitchell
Hawaii - Cloud Atlas, David Mitchell
Illinois - Divergent Series - Veronica Roth
Indiana - The fault in our stars, John green
Kansas - Dark Places, Gillian Flynn
Kentucky - Paper Valentine, Yovanoff, Brena
Massachusetts - We were liars, E Lockhart.
Minnesota - Freedom - Johnathan Franzen
Mississippi - As I lay Dying - William Faulkner
Missouri - Gone Girl, Gillian FLin
Nebraska - Eleanor & Park - Rainbow Rowell
Nevada - The goldfinch ,  Donna Tartt
New Hampshire
New Jersey
New Mexico
New York - The Great Gatsby - F. Scott Fitzgerald
North Carolina
North Dakota
Ohio - The 5th wave , Rick Yancey
Oklahoma - The Spectacular now, Tim Tharp
Oregon - If I stay - Gayle Forman
Pennsylvania - The Lovely Bones, Alice Seabold
Rhode Island
South Carolina - The invention of wings - Sue Monk Kidd
South Dakota
Virginia- The Raven Boys series - Maggie Stiefvater
Washington - Where'd you go Bernardette, Maria Semple
West Virginia  - The Hunger games series - Suzanne Collins (Technically district 12th but its clear is the appalachia)

Friday, October 03, 2014

Melero Currently - October 2014

Progress from last month's goal

My goal for August was to get my blog up to date... After two months I can declare this a failure... The Summer is too short to spend it blogging. Although there are some amazing moments that I should blog about ,
Like that day when I saw  Benedict Cumberbatch in a bar and annoyed him by taking not-so-subtle paparazzi pictures...He wasn't very happy but at least  I got him to talk to me ...when he came to tell me to stop being an annoying stalker...  .Still a win

Current book

Out of my pile of Young Adult dystopias two books stand out


 1984- George Orwell- Such a good book. No wonder why its a classic. It is enthralling and linguistically superior

El ruido de las cosas al caer

El Ruido de las cosas al caer - Juan Gabriel Vasquez - I just started it and I haven't read anything in Spanish in a while. I am blown away by the beauty of well-written Spanish..

Current favorite app

I have been using Camoji a lot, it allows you to  make animated Gifs on the fly. Even Kati loves animated Gifs.

Current shows

I just finished watching the British series " Happy valley".
Its only 6 episodes so go binge watch now, its available on Netflix. British accents are the best

Current triumph 

Home made crockpot pozole. Surprisingly delicious and easier that expected...

Current happiness

This year I am extremely impressed by the fall colors. It's ridiculously pretty and happy making

Current favorite product

I just got the new Iphone 6 and I love it. Kati loves the slo-mo videos. Slo-mo kati shake:

Current excitement

I signed up for sewing classes and got myself a sewing machine.. I am one step closer from winning project runway. My fall fashion line is on the works. 

Current food

Lots of apples and peaches from the Orchard "pick your own" adventure. 

Current banes of my existence

I had my in-body assessment at the Gym and apparently  the classification of  "slightly chubby latinas with a big booty"  does not exist and they placed me on the Obese category.

I am glad I am not 15 or I would be having terrible body image issues...... 

Current playlist

Quite appropriate song of the moment:
All that Bass by Meghan Trainor

Current outfit

UGGs and yoga Pants... to go with pumpkin spice latte to complete the cliche

Current wishlist item

I have survived for 30 years without owning or operating a clothes iron but now that I started sewing it looks like I cannot escape it any longer..Time to buy an Iron...#OfficiallyDomesticated

Goals for the month

With the winter approaching I need to bring my winter coats to the dry cleaners... They have been hanging by the door waiting for this since April...
Sounds like a small goal but this would actually be my first time going to the dry cleaners  and for some reason the idea is slightly overwhelming...

Thursday, September 18, 2014

The Alaska diaries: The Kenai peninsula

We arrived to the Kenai peninsula with big plans and were welcomed by a storm and a forecast of miserable weather. This was the visibility of the wonderful dreamy bay.

Our bay cruise to see the wild life and devour on crab legs was cancelled because of the bad weather and the dangers of capsizing.. and we had to fill up the time with the closest thing to crab legs that we could find ... beer. #dontjudgeme

So we had to get our best purchase of the trip, the 1 dollar plastic ponchos to go see exit glacier

Does this plastic bag make me look fat?

We took the ranger guided glacier tour in which the accelerated disappearance of the glacier was made evident. Our ranger guide however scoffed at the idea of global warming and remarked that the disappearance of glaciers is a good thing because life will make a comeback. If we had a glacier here where would these moose live?  uuuuh?? #RangerLogic

Glacier ice tastes just like snow.. in case you were wondering...

We tried the hike up the Harding Icefield  but were were deterred by rain and  fog. We made it to Marmot meadows where I tried  to channel my inner  "person who found interior peace" for a picture.. It was not very convincing.  

When the bad part of the storm passed we were left with only the fog, perfect weather for kayaking Resurrection Bay. Teddy was terrified that my selfie taking ways would cause the kayak to flip .

Kayaking through the fog was cool and it eventually cleared so were were able to see more than 3 meters beyond our nose.  We even saw some whales jump feeding in our proximity..

According to our Kayak guide we were extremely lucky because he had never seen something like that before....In the two weeks that he had been on the job #Sweet

Sunday, September 07, 2014

The Alaska diaries: Denali National Park

We spent two days in Denali national park. The highlights

- We stayed in "The crows nest" which are beautiful cabins in a muddy hillside.. It doesn't get more picturesque than this

- Denali national park has limited hiking trials and they encourage people to get off the paved road and explore the park on their own. A system of buses drop and pick up people in different locations. The bus drivers also provide some narration and stop for wildlife and scenic sights. 

- Grizzly bears roam around in the park and apparently they particuarily like walking on the main road which is where we saw this hottie.

- We also saw plenty of moose hanging around 

- The statistics say that Mount Mackinley is only visible 33% of the time but we were able to see it peeking behind the clouds throughout the day.

- We made it all the way to Wonder Lake which is 6 hours into the park. This is the spot where the sightings of wild enourmous mosquitos is best. We were however well prepared against them.

- We got off the bus to hike on our own for a few hours. We climbed the Alpine trail which was very joyous until we got vertigo from the heights and decided to keep our hiking away from the steepy hills. 

- There is still some snow from the winter around. which I thought was extremely exciting

- On day two I was obsessed with hiking "geode mountain" which the internet has told me that I would see amazing geodes and all my dreams would come true. We got off the bus and started hiking to the mountain which seemed to be reachable by foot..

- But required some river crossings which ended on wet feet but it was all good becuase we had good boots

- Then the rain started which was cold and quite annoying but it was all good because we had rain ponchos

- And then the seemengly walkable terrain turned out to be tundra which was a knee deep marsh through which we had to wade through. But it was all good because we love mud. 

-We hiked for two hours in the horrible tundra and we did not even make the base of the mountain... at this point we did not have enough time to get to the mountain, climb it up and down and make it back to the road for the last bus out of the park... so we decided to abort the geode mountain quest and get back to the camp   #brokendreams .

But at least I can do this:

- We had dinner both nighs in the same place "The Bake" which is delicious and has an excellent menu featuring Yakadilla (Yak quesadilla,..and  yak tastes just like reindeer which tastes just like beef)