Saturday, March 28, 2015

i'm off to oz! (australia) & that beautiful hobbitland of new zealand

today i am off to catch a plane to visit my sister in new zealand! i'm just about all packed & filled with anxious butterflies. i get to meet sarah & katyha in australia on my trip as well! i'm not sure how much i will be able to post on here as i am not bringing my laptop & i have been a poor blogger lately, but be sure to tune in to my instagram account where i'll be posting daily! @from_lina

Saturday, February 21, 2015

lina's letters

i've been getting back into letter writing lately :) i have a hashtag on instagram - #linasletters
i believe i have about fifteen penpals at the moment & it can be overwhelming at times, but i love it anyways! i love all of the stationary, making my envelopes, deciding how i will decorate each letter from the outside-in, gathering items to send with the letter, & more. i have even bought a postage scale to weigh my letters! i am not sure i write the best letters, but it's something that i love & i'm going to keep doing it. i am always looking for new stationary. what is your favorite place or company to get stationary from?

Saturday, February 7, 2015

terrarium making

this christmas, i decided to make terrariums for all of my close friends. it was such an adventure & so much fun. i got a pack of 100 tiny train model people for $12 on amazon, tiny succulents from home depot, & lots & lots of glass containers from thrift stores for $1 each, & put it all together. i thought they turned out pretty great :)

i am so into terrariums now haha. i was even tempted to take some furry moss & lichen home with me when i visited the redwoods recently at a state park. i didn't, but i really wanted to...!
i'm pretty sure the next zine i make will be on terrariums. stay tuned!

in other news...
  • i've been sick for a week with this cold that i just can't shake. going to work with it isn't fun. at all.
  • i made vegan chocolate chip cookies today. they were just ok.
  • i have to work this weekend at my second job, which means i will be working for 12 days straight. sigh.
  • i've been listening to audiobooks that i get from the library while i drive to & from work. pretty neat set up if i do say so myself.

Saturday, January 17, 2015


i've promised myself to always try to live near water. it's just so...therapeutic. calming. soothing. i love how it makes the air feel. i grew up near the water & i plan on staying near it. i took these photos with my iphone after having coffee after work with my coworker, kelly, at my favorite local cafe, just 5 minutes from my house. it was a beautiful evening.

i love working with kids. working at an elementary school is such a fun job. i love it when i walk down the halls & the students greet me & wave, "hi ms. gonzalez!" with a smile. it melts my heart when their eyes become so wide with excitement while they discover something new in my science lab. it's so encouraging, to witness the excitement & amazement of children when they learn a new, amazing thing. they are discovering everything for the first time & it's fascinating to me. i feel honored to be there while they are making these discoveries.

while it is such a rewarding job, it also can be a draining job. i am an introvert, & to rejuvenate & build my energy back up, i have to be alone. so, when i am surrounded with up four classes a day of up to 30+ kids, answering questions, moderating arguments, comforting cries, etc., it can be exhausting. so this week, i was pretty tired when i came home from work. i didn't want to talk to anyone. i just needed to be alone. i took some time to myself, & after a few hours i felt so much better. i've been really learning more about myself lately. learning about what i want, what i need, how to take care of myself, etc. it's really been a season of self-discovery.

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Tuesday, January 13, 2015


i adopted an orphan kitten in october. he was about 3 months old. now he is 6 1/2 months old & so big! the two photos show how fast he has grown. i named him theo & he is so mellow & sweet. he loves to watch the birds outside & loves loves to eat. when i am home, he is my shadow, following me everywhere. when i take a shower in the morning, he waits for me right by the shower curtain. when i leave for work in the morning, i say goodbye to him & tell him to be a good boy. when i come home from work, he runs to greet me at the door. i love having a kitten : )