My Nature-Inspired Bedroom


I’m having an I-can’t-believe-I-live-here moment.  From the day I moved in with a blanket, a laptop, and a garbage bag of clothes, I knew I wanted a giant mountain scape headboard and a huge branch in my bedroom.  This past week I finally made it all happen, and I’ll walk you through all the little pieces necessary to make it happen.  I broke them into three separate articles:

  1. The Headboard
  2. The Lamp
  3. The Shelf


Backpacking Tips: What to pack

Apparently this is the only picture I took of my pack

Planning on traveling abroad and not sure what to pack?  I did a 30-day-16-cities backpackathon and here’s what I recommend:


This set of items will keep you prepared while keeping the weight down and even saving a little room for knickknacks bought along the way.  The liquids/gels listed will fit into a TSA-regulation-sized plastic bag so you can walk right onto a plane with your pack.

The key is to find as many multi-purpose items as you can, for example solid shampoo can be used to clean your hair, body, and clothes.  A bandana can be used to keep sweat off your face, blow your nose, temporarily cover a wound, or dry off after a shower if you can’t fit a hand towel in your pack.  Nail clippers can clip your nails, thread, zipties, and bags you just can’t get open.

A good rule when trying to decide what to pack and what not to pack is if you haven’t used it in at least the last week, if not the last couple days, you really don’t need it.  If you find yourself abroad and without some absolute necessity, it’s okay, you can always buy whatever it is when you’re there (people live there, too, you know).

Fellow nomads, did I miss anything really important?

A Couple Little Ladies in My Life

For those of you who haven’t noticed or haven’t been over, I have a couple new additions to my lovely little home.  Meet Penny and Lucy!



I adopted them from a local rescue back in September.  I also adopted their sister, but she passed away a few weeks later because she was unknowingly really sick


But expect a zillion pictures and tweets and videos and r/guineapigs lurking for the next few years.  I love them like my own little babies.  My own furry, squeaking, cuddly little babies.

Why guinea pigs, you ask?  Originally I got them because my landlord doesn’t allow dogs, and I’m allergic to cats.  I’ve found that guinea pigs might be my spirit animals though.  They make all sorts of cute sounds, sometimes get so excited they popcorn, and can’t stop exploring.

Here’s a cute video of popcorning

(it’s when they jump and wiggle at the same time because they’re so excited they can’t contain themselves)

New Phase

This is the first time in about six years that I’ve felt settled.  I signed a lease for my first grownup apartment (I have a living room AND a dining room, WHAAAT?!), so I’m really actually not going anywhere for at least a year.

For those of you who know me well, I can’t sit still in the same country, let alone the same neighborhood, for more than a few months.  On top of that, this is the first time I’ve ever really been alone.  This stands as the perfect time to start fresh, look inside myself, and really figure out who I am without any external influence.

Things I’ve found out so far?

Also, now that I don’t do web design for a living, I’ll try to get back to doing it for fun.  I realized this week that my website has been broken for about a year now haha

Hopefully I can start blogging about some of the home DIY projects I’ve been tackling and the little bit of leisure travel I’m able to fit into a person-with-ten-vacation-days-per-year lifestyle.

Took a trip to Goa with 30 of my closest friends

I went to Goa for a few days with some friends from college. It’s an awesome place if you like hanging out on beaches, cheap shopping, riding motorcycles, and clicking pictures. Oh, and you can get a King’s beer for the equivalent of about fifty cents. Plz enjoy some snaps I took with my manual Pentax :D

I also set up a Flickr account because I’m really into conforming.