Has it really been an entire month since I last posted? I am so slack. I am so sorry. I could promise to post more often but we all know how that’s gonna go. :)
I really like Chicago. Everything is awesome here. Unlike Nevada where many things felt wrong for me. And do you know what takes the cake? The house is literally full of spiders. Tiny jumpers and web spiders are everywhere. I am constantly vacuuming webs and insect remains, and I am always pleased to see jumpers walking around. We even have a pet Phidippus Audax, that Mitch caught when we were at his sister’s house for 4 July. We named him Dave. He is just adorable.
How many people would say a house full of spiders is a good thing? :)
I am having an awesome time playing with my outfits over here, with the nice dry air and lower humidity. My Free People wardrobe has expanded rather crazily due to free and faster shipping, and the environment which is perfect for all those glorious layers. I have a tonne of outfit peektures accumulated, which are all on Instagram. My Instagram is pretty much updated everyday, so please feel free to hit me up over there @jessicaval if you are tired of waiting for this blog to be updated. :P
I will attempt to post some peektures tomorrow. For now, it’s bedtime. :)
I hope everyone is well!
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Just received my ticket today for my next adventure, so it is time for a little announcement!
My next destination is… Chicago. Departing 1st June. I will either be back in September, or not at all. LOL!
Just kidding. I will definitely miss my mom, so I will be back… at some point. :)
Having gotten the Vienna peektures out of the way, I will try to finish posting Bangkok and San Francisco/Reno/Enfield/Boston peektures from my Sony before I take off again.
At the same time, I’m about to start a new work project. And I will have to start preparing 101 things for my upcoming summer in Chicago, so it is time to go into overdrive (again)!
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Prior to Mother’s Day, I was hatching an idea for a surprise for Mom. She has recently gotten back into gardening again, and has a healthy collection of potted flowering and non-flowering plants on our balcony. Dad likes to nag her about buying plants, so I thought it would be nice if she could blame it on me for buying them.
I found a site that had an option of three potted miniature roses, and ordered them promptly for delivery on Mother’s Day. Unfortunately, on Saturday night, they informed me that it would take two days for them to get the plants! Pretty annoying… Why did they not state that on the site? They tried to convince me to switch to a bouquet of cut flowers, which I refused and asked for a refund. Was it just a sale tactic to force people into buying something from them? Not impressed.
So, Sunday morning, I woke up super early to try to make alternative plans. I rang another nursery, and was pleasantly surprised that they not only had the miniature roses, they could even deliver within two hours! I was stoked. The delivery went smoothly, including a ninja mission where I met the delivery guy downstairs to make the payment first, so Mom doesn’t know how much I’m paying. The pots of roses were beautifully wrapped, and Mom was happy.
However! Upon closer look, the pink rose plant did not seem to be doing well. I only noticed it was slightly droopy at first. But after about three hours, it was obviously dying. Every flower and leaf had turned downwards. I rang the nursery and was told to water it. That seemed strange because the soil seemed wet. Mom had gone out for her choir class, and when she came back in the evening, we inspected the plant again and she pointed out that the stems and roots were all dark. The plant was probably sick well beforehand.
The next day, the red rose plant appeared to be starting to droop as well. I rang the nursery again, told them the problem, and said we would be happy to take the plants to them for an exchange, to which they agreed.
It turned out to be a rather fun excursion for Mom and bB. She was like a kid in a candy store. We poked around all the nurseries there, exchanged the sick rose plants for two healthy, happy ones, and also brought home a tiny pot of miniature orchids.
They did not have any more red rose plants, so we picked a dark pink and a baby pink. They are gorgeous! And doing extremely well! So it turned out to be a blessing in disguise!
We also had a lot of fun repotting them into proper, bigger, more comfy pots. Both pots consist of several small plants in each, and the darker pink plants were all growing sideways in their original pot. So it was a bit of effort to separate them and replant properly. Totally worth it though. They are absolutely flourishing now.
It has always been difficult to get Mom any pressies because she has always lived simply and doesn’t like luxury goods. It is even difficult getting her to go out for a meal! But now, I have endless options of gorgeous plants to get her!
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Good news, everyone! I have finally finally finished preparing my Vienna peektures from last November. There are 105 peektures to post, cut down from 199. These were taken over two days. LOL! I was very trigger-happy there. The architecture was beautiful and the people were lovely, which put me in a great mood to take more peektures. It was a far cry from Paris. :)
Will start posting either tomorrow or the day after!
I know… I have not posted any good Sony peektures, but just crappy ones from the iPhone lately. To anyone still holding on to their panties, thank you for your patience! :D
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Did you know? Tulips carry on growing even after they get cut! Kinda like strong people do. :)
I must be the last person in the world to find out. LOL! I am so friggin amazed.
Within one day, they have grown an entire bulb’s length. <3
After two days, they grew to this…
So I gave them a little trim.
I love the spirit of the tulip. It is my favourite more than ever!
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I am dying in this weather. Trying to keep up with work but the muggy air makes me so lethargic. How does anyone live in this place? I don’t think I can stay too long. And I don’t think I will either.
On the bright side, I may have travel news to announce very soon! Just can’t wait to get out of here so I can stop breathing wet air. I need to grow gills if I’m going to live here, and I would really prefer not to (live here or grow gills).
In the meantime, I am trying to keep from falling off my chair by reposting my old peektures on Instagram (@jessicaval). I have 4,000 peektures in my phone so that should keep me occupied for a long, long time. Yes, you read that right – I have four friggin thousand peektures in my phone.
I haven’t rambled for a while. It’s actually kinda fun to ramble. Why did I stop rambling? And why did I ramble so much when I was younger? I am going to start rambling (more) again.
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bB is back in Singapore (again)!
It has been an awesome coupla months in the US. I still have a few entries to post on the last few days in San Francisco, and there are tonnes of peektures as usual! I would like to thank JDawg for being a good host. We have decided to part ways due to major differences in lifestyle, habits and personality. Well, that was what we were doing – finding out if we get along. It is time for a new chapter. Right now, it looks like Japan or Sydney. :)
But first! I shall finish posting my tonnes of peektures for you guys! I also have backlog of my adventures in Paris and Vienna from last year. Hold on to your panties!
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Spent way too much time on the road today, especially in cabs on the roads of Bangkok. OMG. Bangkok traffic is truly a killer.
I am so completely bushed! Need to get to bed now but I can’t wait to start posting peektures, from Paris to Vienna to Bangkok!
In other news, someone bought me a one-way ticket to Nevada for 29 December. Don’t freak out, I’m not moving there (yet). I’m just going to stay a coupla months and see how it goes. You know what this means… Free shipping and free returns on all my shopping! Woohoo! No more wasting money on things that don’t fit and cost too much to ship back!
Talk to you guys real soon!
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