Carnival of the Animals

A Few of My Favorite Things: March Ed.

Ciao a tutti!

So far the month of March has been more than jam packed with more of everything than normal. Even with the Spring Break added in and some “supposed” R&R. I still had lots of school work, tutoring lessons to give, with additional house sitting at a quant little farm inspired house in the outskirts of the city. Honestly though, who doesn’t want to get paid to be lazy in someone else’s home and play with their dogs and slightly obnoxious cats? I will also be covering for the owners sister home in addition to their mother’s as well. This has become quite a lucrative side job that allows me to escape the normal routine I have at home.

Recently, I have been getting more and more into foreign skin care, as more often than not, their products are highly tested and controlled so there are no chemicals that are harmful for my skin or what ever else. In my quest to find anything Italian, I found this Italian tanning accelerator start up on Instagram! In which they sent me a product prior to releasing it to the public, which absolutely surprised me, that they sent it for FREE. Who doesn’t like free things?  If you follow me on Instagram, you would have already seen that I have used it to reap the benefits of the bi-polar season we have called Spring. It is a tan accelerator that repairs and replenishes your skin as it works its’ tanning magic. Another favorite of mine that I have been recommended to use is a Korean sleeping mask that makes your skin as soft as a cotton ball! Following suit, I have finally caved and bought Dior Blooming Bouquet Perfume. Oh my goodness, it smells absolutely wonderful. Given the time of year we are in now, it gives off plumes of rose, peony, and fruity floral scents. It’s absolutely perfect for spring! My next favorite has to be the Fizz and Bubble mint mojito lip scrub. If you all missed Spring Break vacation, let this little lip scrub take you away for just a moment! It tastes like warm sun, mojitos, summer, and relaxation!

As for baking and cooking, I haven’t had much time for that lately, so if any of you have any suggestions, please comment below!



The Home Stretch


School is almost done for the semester and so far I still feel like I have conflicting feelings about my Italian. I have been using my tutor for about a month and half now, and he is absolutely fabulous. I don’t think I could say anything negative about him. Being home with just my dad has been a real trial of my true patience because despite loving my dad, we are beyond polar opposites in about every aspect of our daily lives. He is very quick to temper and has a short fuse, me on the other hand, I try to avoid conflict and yelling. When someone raises their voice, I lower mine. Moreover, we just are like a cat and a dog trying to live in the same house unsupervised, being that my mom is literally the glue that keeps the house together… I can’t wait for her to return. 

I leave for my trip in less than 23 days and I am beyond excited to be going back to Italy again! I will arrive in Bologna with my friend and his adorable mother who I am jealous of and want her as my mom. I will leave the day after Christmas and arrive on the 27th. I have to download a bunch of movies and things to keep me occupied during the flight. Any recommendations? I would love to know if Baby is on iTunes as I bingewatched that in like a two day time frame. 


Ricette: Pappardelle with wild mushrooms 🍝 

3/4 pound/350 g porcini mushrooms (fresh)

2 shallots

1 clove of garlic

1 small bunch of flat-leaf parsley

Leaves of 1 sprig of rosemary

A few leaves of fresh sage

4 tablespoons olive oil

3/4 pound/350 g canned diced tomatoes

3/4 cup dry white wine

Fine sea salt to taste

Black pepper (freshly ground) to taste

Optional: 1/4 cup heavy cream (see below)

1 pound/400 g pappardelle (ideally fresh rather than dried)

Optional: freshly grated Grana Padano or Parmigiano-Reggiano

Clean the mushrooms, brushing the dirt away from the stems, and separate the caps from the stems; dice the stems and slice the caps, keeping them separate.

Mince the shallots, garlic, and herbs and sauté them for about 3-4 minutes in 4 tablespoons of oil in a large pot. Add the diced stems, cook 1 more minute, and then add the tomatoes and 1/2 cup of the wine. Season with a little salt and black pepper and simmer the mixture over a very gentle flame for 30 minutes. Add a little more wine and a splash of water (or the liquid the mushrooms steeped in if you are using dried mushrooms), and the sliced caps.

Continue simmering the sauce over a gentle flame until the pasta is ready. Depending upon how much moisture the mushrooms contain, you may need to add more liquid — another splash of wine and a little hot water, or if you’d rather 1/4 cup of heavy cream, and if need be, a little water.

In the meantime, bring pasta water to a boil, salt it, and cook the pappardelle. Drain the pasta and toss it with the sauce; then serve with grated cheese for those who want it.



Without Me- Halsey

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Things I loved in November: 

  1. The Goodnotes 4 app: Great for studying for school or all you people trying to go paperless. 
  2. “The Good Doctor” and “Baby”, they are AMAZING… you should watch! 




Facciamo una pausa…


Life Update☀️

Allora, questo post sarà corto, perché non so scrivere bene in italiano. Lo sto imparando da un anno, quindi devo provare a migliorare il mio livello di italiano. Perciò se sei un(a) italiano(a) nativo(a)… Sopportami, con questi errori in questo post. Tra poche settimane ci sarà la Festa del Thanksgiving (il terzo giovedì di Novembre di ogni anno…), dopodiché cominceranno le festività di Natale. Per tale ragione la mamma starà sempre in cucina e i bambini a lavoro staranno facendo tante cose per Natale e Capodanno. Ed io? Cosa starò facendo? Starò lavorando e studiando per gli esami. AH! Ho un nuovo tutor di italiano. L’ho trovato su Craiglist (abbastanza inquietante, lo so…, ma lui non è uno psicopatico per fortuna/fortunatamente). Ho lezione le domeniche alle 9.00 di mattina. È nato nella mia regione preferita dell’Italia: l’Emilia-Romagna (però la mia città preferita non è Bologna; la mia città preferita è Modena, hahahaha)! È difficile per me e indovinare la sua età, perché il suo livello d’inglese è simile al mio, e sa tante cose circa l’economia, culture diverse, e non si è sorpreso quando gli ho detto che volevo cambiare gli hardware del vecchio iPhone 6 della mia mamma. Penso che lui abbia… Bo… fra i 32 e 35 anni? Non lo so, ma la cosa più importante è che lui sia un insegnante fantastico! Lui è molto figo. 😎

Durante l’estate ho comprato la fotocamera del mio capo di stage ed è una fotocamera bellissima! È una Canon 5d Mark II e alcuni giorni fa ho ricevuto la lente da 24-105 mm. Purtroppo devo aspettare che il lettore di schede CF arrivi da Amazon. Poi ti potrò mandare tante foto.


Le Ricette: I Pancake Americani 🥞

195 gr farina
15 gr levito
3 gr sale
15-20 gr zuccchero (in base al livello di dolcezza che ti piace)
420 latte
1 uovo
50 gr burro (fuso)

1. Mescolare la farina, levito, sale, e zucchero in una ciotola. E pio in un’altra ciotola mescolare il latte, burro, e l’uovo.
2. Aggiungi gli ingredienti umidi agli ingredienti secchi.
3.Cuocere su una padella a fuoco medio-alto. (Entrambi i lati dovrebbero essere marrone medio.)

(Opzionale: Dopo aver aggiunto la pastella nella padella, puoi cospargere un po ‘di gocce di cioccolato, dei mirtilli, oppure se vuoi su ogni pancake) ♥️ 


Il Tivù/Netflix 📺

Cosa sto guardando sul Netflix e tivù in questo momento?

  • The Good Doctor
  • Bodyguard (doppiato in l’italiano)
  • The Break (doppiato in l’italiano)
  • Le forêt (doppiato in l’italiano)
  • La Mante (doppiato in l’italiano)

Le Canzone 🎶

“La Vie En Rose” – Jason Lux e Nieka Moss 

“Love You Anymore” – Michael Bublé

“I Feel It Coming” Sax Cover – Andre Schnura






  1. I am “adopted”.

First off, let me say this- I don’t know much, if anything, at all about my birth parents. I was put into legal guardianship right at birth to the people who I call my parents. Now, I say “adopted” because it is way easier than to spend the time explaining legal guardianship to others and why my parents chose that versus the typical adoption route. (That will be coming up later…) However, if you are curious about the differences in adoption compared to legal guardianship you can click the link here!

2. I have had three major surgeries.

I was born three weeks premature, and just like many other preemies, I had suffered some health issues. One of them was Coarctation, which according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC for short) is a congenital heart defect in which a part of my heart, (the aorta), is narrower than usual. The narrowing of the aorta blocked normal blood flow to the rest of my body; but to fix it doctors performed corrective surgery right after I was born, thus far having no other issues!!!

The other two surgeries were for Hydrocephalus. Which, when I was nine months old I wasn’t reaching the “major milestones” of a typical nine-month baby should be doing (crawling, sitting upright, using a pincer grasp, etc etc). My mom was very observant and was watching me closely as I started to gow (I also came home on an oxygen tank which had about 25 yards (23 meters) of tubing so I could crawl around the house… sidenote: this probably contributed to my asthma, which in my opinion is the worst of all my health issues) and finally decided enough was enough and took me to a doctor. They diagnosed me and performed brain surgery on me and placed a VP Shunt in me. Which until 11 years old, worked perfectly well, due to my mom being very careful and reminding me not to hurt myself. (Fun fact: They usually last 2 years max…) Then, the headaches started coming and when we went to my neurologist in the capital, they told my mom I needed another surgery. Blissfully unaware me didn’t really care too much about it though because my mom always made the appointments to see my neurologist fun (about every 3 to 6 months). They performed an Endoscopic Third Ventriculostomy which hasn’t caused any issues since then. The doctors don’t know the cause of my Hydrocephalus and suspect it may be due to the grade 4 brain bleed (stroke) that I had suffered right after birth.

3. I come from a large family.

I have three older brothers and two older sisters, one of which whom are adopted, and two younger siblings who are adopted as well. That meant that growing up in my household was usually full of lots of faces given at any point in time. My mother’s side of the family is considerably large as well. It was run by “The Four Queens” who were my grandmother, and her sisters Mary, Alice, and Florence. I also had some uncles as well named Charlie and Budd. By far though, my mom’s side of the family was highly matriarchal. Which is extremely atypical in the average American household. Regardless, I wouldn’t have it any other way.

  1. My feet have touched 8 different countries across continents

My parents instilled in me the love of traveling at a very young age. I don’t remember not yearning to travel the world, learn about new cultures, or actively choosing to ease drop on foreigners’ conversations just to hear the different sounds of their native tongue, that of which vastly contrasted from my Anglo-Saxon ears and mouth. I can remember being eight years old walking around in San Francisco on Pier 39 with my family surrounded by a multitude of different languages and thinking how amazing it was that they spoke another language that wasn’t remotely similar to my American English.

A lot of my out of the country trips (excluding Hawaii since it’s still a state but not on the mainland) as a child were mainly to the Caribbean as my parents absolutely adore the heat and the crystalline waters of the Islands that we unluckily have the misfortune to not have access here in Northern California. The rest have been within these past two years when I have gone to Europe alone.

  1. Sto imparlando l’italiano (I am learning Italian)

Ho iniziato l’italian la scorso Agosto all’università (Santa Rosa Junior College). I would like to become sufficient in Italian so I could work there and eventually move there. I love the language, food, culture, and people there! I especially love the region of Emilia-Romagna.

  1. I have an unhealthy addiction to Coffee and Netflix

Lots of people love coffee and lots of people love Netflix, but if I had to log the amount of time that I have spent on Netflix paired with the amount of coffee drinking on a daily basis, I should be a couch potato with heart palpitations (Ignore the fact that I was born with a heart defect…) I am also a little bit of a coffee snob. My favorite drink is a Macchiato(NOT THE ONE FROM STARBUCKS!!! Unless you get an espresso macchiato)

  1. I am an Introvert

That, unfortunately, means that I have a lower threshold for stimulation than extroverts, which is essentially any of these equations:

Me + Walk in Forrest or Netflix or Coffee Shop or book = Normal Person + Clubbing

To further simplify that, it means that any of those would satisfy my need to be happy. It also means that I lose my “social energy” quicker than an extrovert and can get a social hangover. (I currently have one now, to be honest… field trip to SF plus Field Day all in one week is A LOT) Therefore, to recover I’m relaxing in my room, writing this post and later, I’ll probably watch Italian Netflix.  Click here if you wanna know more!IMG_0716