Realigning to Positivity

I was reading a blog post the other day about how you serve no one when you focus on the negativity in life (even if your version of negativity is just talking about how busy you are). It sort of got me to pause. Much as I hate to admit it, I do that all…

Egged-out Sweet Potatoes

What people often forget about recipes from the internet is that they have the high potential to go “wrong.” Granted, they usually don’t go as wrong as this one recipe did. They certainly won’t look Pinterest official – but there’s nothing wrong with a recipe looking “worn in.” These are things I tell myself at…

Book Review: The Fifth Season by NK Jemisin

Title: The Fifth Season (The Broken Earth #1) Author: N.K. Jemisin Genre: Fantasy, Fiction, Science Fiction, Dystopia, Adult, Post Apocalyptic, Epic Fantasy, High Fantasy Publisher: Orbit Published: August 4, 2015 Page Amount: 468 pages Goodreads Summary: This is the way the world ends… for the last time. A season of endings has begun. It starts with…

Add just a little sunshine

Magically whip up some blue sky, add in deviously sunny afternoons and you’ve got yourself Berlin in March. It’s not exactly what could be described as springtime, but as long as you wear something mildly warm: it suffices. The bits of sunshine make graduate school and nonstop life just a teensy bit better. Even now,…

Strawberry Oatmeal Bars

Anything sweet at all is better than nothing: says your resident sugar addict. Unfortunately we cannot all eat chocolate every night for dinner, otherwise I would be more than happy to. The issue with that is… well, well there’s really no problem at all with that (in my opinion). But every once in awhile, it…

Book Review: London Falling by Paul Cornell

Title: London Falling (Shadow Police #1) Author: Paul Cornell Genre: Fantasy, Urban Fantasy, Mystery, Horror, Fiction, Crime, Paranormal Publisher: Tor Fantasy Published: February 25, 2014 Page Amount: 432 pages Goodreads Summary:The dark is rising …Detective Inspector James Quill is about to complete the drugs bust of his career. Then his prize suspect Rob Toshack is murdered in custody. Furious,…

Made glorious spring by this sun of schooling

For at least one Berliner, spring has officially arrived. It isn’t March 21st, but who’s arguing about semantics when it’s finally warm enough to ditch the winter jacket and move to my lighter (and much less bulky jacket). Apparently school has also decided that it’s late spring, because I already have a midterm this Wednesday,…

For Lack of Cooking…

For a lack of cooking and time this week, I can only offer a picture of some delicious take-out food that inspired me to eat in more often. What are you looking at, you might ask? A side of hummus, salad and pita bread to start. For the main course, I ordered a “Viva Bowl”…

Book Review: Zeroes by Chuck Wendig

Title: Zeroes Author: Chuck Wendig Genre: Science Fiction, Thriller, Fiction, Cyberpunk Publisher: Tor Books Published: May 19, 2015 Page Amount: 336 pages Goodreads Summary: Five hackers—an Anonymous-style rabble-rouser, an Arab Spring hacktivist, a black-hat hacker, an old-school cipherpunk, and an online troll—are detained by the U.S. government, forced to work as white-hat hackers for Uncle Sam in order…

Black Tea with Milk or… Coffee

When things get stressful, I want to sit down with a cup of tea. The slow mornings that sometimes turn into long sips of coffee and peanut butter toast are beginning to accomplish the same thing. Granted, I haven’t had many of these morning as of late. In a way, the ambition that I love…

Toasted Coconut Pumpkin Oatmeal Porridge

If there’s one thing I know for sure about oatmeal, it’s that it carries with it high standards. We’ve all tasted our fair share of boring and flavourless brands of Quaker oats and brown sugar: so when a blog tells me that I’m going to want to eat this all the time, I’m skeptical. But…

The Hanged Man by P.N. Elrod

Title: The Hanged Man (Her Majesty’s Psychic Service #1) Author: P.N. Elrod Genre: Science Fiction, Steampunk, Fantasy, Mystery, Historical Fiction, Paranormal, Urban Fantasy, Historical, Alternate History Publisher: Tor Books Published: May 19, 2015 Page Amount: 336 pages Goodreads Summary: On a freezing Christmas Eve in 1879, a forensic psychic reader is summoned from her Baker Street lodgings to…