bon année!

it has been a quiet week. i have been writing a lot (one of my new years resolutions). i have not been on the internet much lately, as i am trying to find inspiration elsewhere. i have been planning a trip to europe (again), but this time i want to see & do much more. so far i have decided on the italian riviera to go hiking through the cinque terre, and the greek islands to visit my aunt's parents.

also, i am currently reading this book:

if you haven't heard of it, it is a set of 4 journals of mia kirshner's travels through ingushetia, burma, juarez, and malawi. she tells stories of individuals she meets along the way. i'm just finishing the first journal, ingushetia.
you can see more about the book here.

i have had a lot of time on my hands lately, so i planted a little "salsa" garden; cilantro, cayenne pepper, sweet pepper, and beefsteak tomatoes. they are sitting on my windowsill. it's nice to have something to take care of and look forward to every day while i am not working as much.

i put the leftover seeds in tiny buckets, and gave them to my parents.

i hope that your new year is off to a productive, creative, and happy start!