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An open love letter to my boyfriend

Since my boyfriend and I have been together for five years and today it’s our 5-year anniversary,  I’m going to write an open letter to him. So, here it goes. Woah, I’m so nervous, I have never done this before…

Hi honey! I love you,

Love,

Me (a.k.a. your girlfriend)

Nah, just kidding, I tend to joke when I’m nervous, please don’t leave my blog! Keep reading!

Hi honey, I know this must be weird but I promise you that I won’t reveal anything or do anything to embarrass you. I love you so much and I’m pretty sure you already knew that, but I think that after five years a simple “I love you” just won’t cut it anymore. So that’s why I thought that writing you an open letter and letting everyone know how much I love you could be a pretty cool gift. It’s been 5 years since we started this awesome, beautiful relationship and a lot had happened to us. We changed a lot and we grew up together, we became stronger. We had to face a lot of bullshit and we had to learn a lot of awful things by ourselves. I’m not gonna lie to you, there were times where I thought that maybe you’ll get tired of me because everything that was happening to us was so intense and I was being a little extra and a little intense… but those awful things happening to us instead of coming between us, they came at us and we faced them as a team. It actually made us stronger.

Like I said, I know sometimes I can be a little extra, I can cry a little too much and I can feel a lot of stuff and react to it, but you figured me out. You learned to understand me like no one does. And I love you so much for that because I can finally be myself, I can be myself around you and I know that I won’t be judged and most of the time you’ll understand me. And feeling that way it’s something so amazing that I can’t even try to put into words; so thank you.

Being with you these past five years has been an amazing journey. The amount of love and understanding you give me pretty much every day is overwhelming. These past few years had been the happiest time of my life and I want you to know that.

Also, I’m so happy that YOU are my significant other because I couldn’t be any happier that it’s someone like you. Why? Because you are the best human being on the planet: you are kind, you are smart, and you are so funny and thoughtful. Also, you are so handsome, OMG don’t get me started on that one.

I love my relationship with you, I love the fact that we can be together and we can be ourselves. I love the fact that we share some interest but we don’t share all of them. I love that when I’m with you sometimes I feel like I’m by myself and I feel free. I love that you love me the way I am; with all my faults and imperfections. I love that you love how random I am, how I get passionate about things and how my eyes brighten up when I want to do something silly.

I love how much you love me and I love loving you. Because loving you is one of the best things I have ever experienced. I love how thoughtful you are, I love how we can talk about anything and still understand each other, even if we don’t agree. I love that you are not afraid of trying new things, I love how passionate you get about things you like and I love you. That’s it. I love you. I love all of you.

I only hope that our relationship keeps growing stronger as time passes. I want to keep experiencing new things in life with you by my side. Thank you for these past five years and for many, many more…

I love you so much.

Me.

Ok, that was intense guys. I wasn’t joking when I said I was a little extra and intense, see?

Anyway, I hope you guys liked how open and honest I was and I hope my boyfriend doesn’t leave me after I wrote a two-page public love letter to him. What was I thinking?

So guys, what do you think? Are you in a relationship? Would you ever write a public letter to your significant other?  What was your favorite anniversary gift to give? And to receive?

I would love to read all your comments so please leave me a comment in the comment section below. Also, if you are new to ITBC please feel free to check the rest of the blog out and also please subscribe to my blog or follow me on any of my social media listed on the left so you’ll be notified whenever I post new content on the blog.

Thank you so much for reading this, I really appreciate it!

-L.S.

 

 

Why did I start learning Japanese?

Ok, so today I wanted to share with you why I started learning Japanese a little over two years ago.

Here’s the thing, I love learning a new language and I love when I’m capable of understanding things in the same language they are written, like reading books in English that were originally written in English, reading books in Spanish that were originally written in Spanish an watching TV shows in English because they were made in the U.S. or England. Why? Because I think that there is a lot lost in translation when you are reading something that’s been translated. You are not listening or reading the original words that were meant to be there, you are listening to the words a translator used and most of the times, it’s not the same.  The jokes, they are not the same. There’s something special about a comedy, especially comedy, that it’s really funny in its own language but once it’s been translated… it’s not so funny anymore.

Well, this exact thing here is one of the reasons I wanted to learn Japanese, in order to be able to watch anime and read manga in Japanese, understanding the meaning of every word that’s supposed to be there.

Also, I like learning a lot about different cultures and I think that learning the language it’s a huge way to understand any culture. There is so much said (or not) with words, it’s such a key component of our life that if you are able to understand how people from a culture talk, you learn to know how they think.

For example, in languages like English or Spanish, words aren’t everything. There are a thousand ways to express things, let’s take sarcasm for example. Or here in Argentina, we tend to add so much meaning to the way we say things, you could say the same word twice but if you say it differently, it’s not the same. On the other hand, in languages like Japanese, words are EVERYTHING. It doesn’t matter how you sound while saying anything, the only thing that matters are the words you say.

But you might be asking, what does this have to do with the fact that I study Japanese? Well, I’ve always felt intrigued by the Japanese culture and I have always wanted to know more about it and what better way to understanding it than learning its language? Also, I would love to be able to watch anime or read manga in the same language it was created, without the help of translators. And last but not least? It’s actually really cool, I can read it and I can write it. I like learning languages, I speak English and Spanish fluently and I know a little bit of French and now I’m learning Japanese, which I think it’s pretty cool.

So, these are the reasons as to why I think learning a new language it’s really cool and interesting and why I choose Japanese.

So I would love for you to tell me: What languages do you speak? Do you want to learn another language? Do you think that learning a language it’s a key part of understanding that country’s culture? I would love to know what you think about this topic, so please let me know in the comment section below!  Also, if this is the first time you are reading ITBC please feel free to check the rest of the blog out and subscribe or follow me on any of my social media so you can be notified whenever there is an update on the blog.

I hope I see you next time… bye!

-L.S.

I’M BACK! Did you miss me?

Hello! I know, I know, it’s been a while… again. Yes, again. Actually, I’m getting pretty tired of having to write these same things every time I’m out of business for a while. But what can I do, I guess I’ll have to try to be consistent with my writing. I guess I could try that.

I know I haven’t been posting a lot this month; it’s just that I’ve been going through a lot of changes and a lot of new things.

Besides from being a Biology student, getting my masters and living by myself; I have also gotten an internship in a laboratory and I’ve had surgery on my left hand. All those things are making it hard to adjust and I’ve fallen behind schedule.

I’m trying to have a schedule up for October, but I can´t promise anything.

I’m going to try to make it up to you by answering  10 questions about myself that I found interesting, so I hope you like it and you get to know me a little bit more.

  • If you didn’t have to sleep, what would you do with the extra time?

I guess I would write some more, I would use the time to work on my blog. I would also finish that online course I’m taking on web development. And I guess I should use that time to study for college, but I’m too tired of that.

  • What hobby would you get into if time and money weren’t an issue?

I’ll have to say scuba diving. I did it once and I loved it, I would like it to be a hobby.

  • What fictional place would you most like to go?

Oh, this is a good one. I would probably be killed by a monster or die from a bacterial infection but I would love to go to the Sengoku Jidai from Inuyasha.

  • What job would you be terrible at?

Mmmm… I guess I would be a terrible surgeon. I mean I almost fainted when I had to cut a dead frog open, so cutting a living human being? No thank you.  I would be fainting all the time!

  • If you could turn any activity into an Olympic sport, what would you have a good chance of winning a medal for?

Being organized and achieving a lot of stuff on a day. Also probably binge-watching a lot of TV shows and remembering little details and characters’ names.

  • What job do you think you would be really good at?

I’ll guess I would be a really good wedding planner. But I’ll be so stressed and I wouldn’t want to deal with crazy brides so… no, thank you.

  • What are some small things that make your day better?

A perfect weather, waking up next to my boyfriend and having some extra time to talk a little, cuddling with my cats… all those sorts of things.

  • When people come to you for help what do they usually want help with?

Relationship issues.  Personal issues. I’m the type of girl you come to when you need help figuring something out. I’ll listen to you and we’ll talk a lot until you feel better.

  • What’s something you like to do the old-fashioned way?

Making a to-do list. As I wrote in my previous post (here) I like to write things down, I don’t like using apps to keep track of all the things I have to do. I need to write them down and cross them out once I’ve done them.

  • What are you most looking forward in the next ten years?

To everything changing. Everything is going to change and I can’t wait for that to happen. Maybe I’ll be living in a different country… I don’t know, but I guess you could say I’m ready.

Anyway, I guess that’s all for now. Did you like it? Do you want me to answer some more questions about myself? If so let me know in the comment section below! Anyway, like I said before I can’t promise you anything about being on schedule and I think I’ve lost all credibility but all I can say is that I’m going to try it. Thank you so much for reading this post, if this is your first time visiting be sure to check the rest of the blog out and subscribe so you’ll get an e-mail every time there is new content on ITBC!

See you next time… bye!

-L.S.

 

Favorite ways to unwind after a stressful day

Have you ever had those days where everything is wrong, that you feel blue and stressed, that you’ve been working like crazy or binge-studying and you need to unwind? Well, today I’m going to share with you what are the things that help me unwind.

When I have a stressful day I have a lot of things I like to do to unwind.

Dim the lights and listen to some relaxing music

I would go to Spotify and listen to the Playlist “Relax & Unwind”. I’ll try to stay away from bright screens (If I have to use my cell phone I would set the screen brightness as lowest as possible). I would try to stop thinking about all the things I have to do. I like to do this with my boyfriend after a long day. We would cook something nice together and we will sit down and eat it. We can talk about our day and let go of all the stressful things that happened. Wine or beer is optional, but it’s a nice touch!

Relax and read a book

I would lie down on my bed and read a book; nothing’s better than letting your mind wander to other things.  Nothing is better than a good book to take your mind off of things.  After that, I would take a bath, have a nice dinner and go to bed early.

Watch my favorite TV show

After a long and stressful day maybe all you need is a good genuine laugh. And for that my favorite thing to do is to sit down and watch my favorite TV show (and I prefer comedies when I’m stressed). I will sit down and watch Friends, or Modern Family, or Parks and Recreation or Scrubs. Anything that would make me laugh and forget about everything.

Have a dinner date with friends!

If you are stressed nothing is better than let it all out with some friends. Talk about what’s been bothering you over dinner, laugh about it with friends and then go home with a big smile on your face. Eat whatever you want, be happy, you’ve had a stressful day. You deserve it.  Also, you can go to the theatre and watch a movie. Have a great night out.

Well, those are the things I do when I’m stressed. What are the things that you do? Do you do some of these?  Please leave me a comment; I would love to read it! Thank you so much for reading this, if it’s the first time visiting ITBC feel free to check the rest of the blog out!

-L.S.

I don’t know what I’m doing

I don’t know what I’m doing. Honestly, I don’t. Writing this blog is something hard for me and there are several reasons as to why.  English is not my first language. Spanish is, but somehow I feel more comfortable writing in English than writing in Spanish. I’ve carried out a few blogs in Spanish, but I don’t know, they didn’t feel right. But that being said, writing in English is so hard for me and I tend to make mistakes while writing and I am afraid that those mistakes are going to cost me readers. But anyway, I wanted to take that chance.

Secondly, this blog is my baby. My project that I’m working really hard on and I refuse to let it go without a fight. I don’t have much money so it’s hard for me to spend money on my blog. I don’t live in the U.S. so it’s also hard for me to monetize my blog. But I also refuse to focus on all the negative aspects of my blog, I will push so I get the chance to make this blog work. I honestly don’t have a product to sell to you guys and I don’t have a niche:  I only have my feelings, my knowledge and my thoughts on certain topics that I would love for people to read.

And I also go to college. I’m about to get my masters in Biology and it’s so hard to keep up with posting and the social media. But here I am. Sometimes I would say that I am failing, but I’m doing everything I can to make this work.  I won’t stop writing. I know I have to keep going because even though I’m not seeing the light at the end of this dark and mysterious tunnel, the light exists. I’m going to see the light eventually if I keep going. This blog is going to make it.

Also, I’m getting surgery tomorrow. I have something on my left hand that needs to be fixed and that means I won’t be able to write for a while. That’s why I’m on a crazy marathon trying to write a billion posts so this blog won’t end up lost in the internet world.

I honestly don’t know what I’m doing but I know I’m doing everything in my power to make this blog work. Because I believe in Ideas That Build Cities and I believe in myself. I believe I’m capable of achieving great things and I won’t give up no matter how much it takes.

If you have ever felt like I feel right now, please let me know in the comment section below. I would love to read what you think about this. I hope to see you soon…. Bye!

Today I have to say goodbye to 4 of my fish.

Today it’s the day that I have to say goodbye to my fish. No, they didn’t die. Luckily they are in perfect health but they have outgrown their tank and I have to give them away to someone with a bigger tank.

How did this happen? Well, when I started my tank I didn’t know much about this hobby and I asked the guy at the store for help and he told me that a yoyo loach and a pleco can live in a 10-gallon tank. He didn’t tell me about yoyo loaches being schooling fish, they didn’t ask questions about my filtration capacity AND they didn’t give me a warning about the potential size of these creatures.

When I came home I wanted to learn a little more about the fish I just bought and I found out a lot of things that left me in awe: I did everything wrong and my yoyo loach was prone to be stressed all the time because he was alone and my cute little pleco? He was going to be HUGE.  In an attempt to fix that, I went to another shop and they told me that all I had to do was buy two loaches more, which I ended up doing, and that there were going to be fine.

After doing all that and feeling like I dodged a bullet, I sadly found out that a 10-gallon tank was like a closet for these guys and they needed a bigger tank, like ten times bigger.

With all the information I gathered, I made a plan:  I was going to keep them in there for as long as I could (when they were still babies) and then I was going to buy a bigger tank for them. But then life got in the way and when the time for me to upgrade my tank came: I had no money at all. It was so sad, but I had to make the right choice: I was going to give them away.

As I am typing this I’m looking at them one last time before I had to give them to their new owner and it breaks my heart. I don’t want to be selfish, that’s why I’m giving them away, but a part of me just wishes that I could keep them. Because they are so interesting to watch, I love to just sit in front of my tank and watch them swim around…

And this is why, when I wrote  How to set up a Freshwater Aquarium from scratch, I said that you have to do your research BEFORE going to the store. Don’t mess it up like I did. Buy fish that you can keep until the end, otherwise, you are going to end up emotionally attached to some creatures that you are going to give away!! And trust me, it’s awful!

I’m happy because I’m doing the right thing. They deserve better.  It just breaks my heart that I’m not going to see them anymore.

I’ll be twitting today letting you know how the delivery of my fish went. The good thing is that I get to share my whole experience while repopulating my tank with you guys!

Has this ever happened to you? What do you think about sellers that would say anything in order to make a sell? Have you ever had yoyo loaches? What do you think of them? Let me know in the comment section, below!

Anyway, I hope I see you next time… bye!

Let’s try a different approach

Hey everyone, it’s been a while.

I’ve missed you and I want to believe that you missed me too! I am back with a little something I want to try… I’m going to take a new approach about this blog. It’s going to get a lot more personal and I’m going to try to post a lot more. Why? Because I’ve been struggling so hard to write the perfect post that I hardly post anything at all. I have to stop chasing perfection and start practicing. Because maybe if I post more often I will reach new readers and I will be better at this.

Also I decided that I’m not going to share any posts from other blogs on any of my social media. If you are following me is because you care about my content, not about things that I might share in order to have my posts shared. This blog and what’s in it is mine, this is my baby and I need to start treating it like one.

I’m still trying to figure it out but bear with me. I’ve always wanted to be a blogger and I’m not going down without a fight!

What do you think about this? Are you ok with it? I would love to read what you think so please leave a comment in the comment section below!

See you next time… bye!