All the things I loved in the month of May – From books, to food, drinks, music and social media.
Troublemaker – Leah Remini
I never “got” King of Queens. Maybe because I absolutely hate sitcoms in general. I just don’t understand the humour. It’s too obvious, too dumb in many occations. Of course, I knew who Leah Remini was, but I didn’t care much for her. Until I stumbled upon her TV series about Scientology. I was fascinated by all the stories told and also by her own experiences.
This led to me wanting to read her book, even though I never read what celebrities publish (about themselves – autobiographies etc.). I finished Troublemaker within days because I just couldn’t put it down. The world of Scientology that Leah describes is so interesting and surreal. After watching her TV show and reading this book, I have so much more respect for her. I highly recommend this book to anyone who is interested in getting an insight into the rules and day to day life of Scientologists.
Unorthodox – Deborah Feldman
After finishing Troublemaker, I continued with another non-fiction book about an extremist religious group. The author, Deborah Feldman, was born into a Hasidic Satmar community in Brooklyn, where she lives shielded from the rest of the world. She grew up speaking Yiddish, as English wasn’t considered to be a pure language. In her late teens she had an arranged marriage and only a few years later, she decided to leave her community behind. I finished this book within 2 days – I was supposed to do other things but couldn’t put it down. Deborah Feldman has written another book about her time after leaving her community, which I want to read soon.
Avicii Netflix Documentary
I wasn’t the biggest Avicii fan, but his music was everywhere the last few years. I watched the documentary out of boredom & found it really interesting. It’s hard to imagine the incredibly stressful life famous DJs, musicians, performers live. Having to deal with fame and the stress of constantly touring the world & never being home at such a young age must be so hard. I feel sad, that he saw no other way then to end his life. The documentary on Netflix is definitly worth watching.
Iced Green Tea
Unfortunately, I have a tendency to forget to drink throughout the day or drinking the wrong thing (i.e. 5 cups of coffee at work but no water, only Diet Coke etc.) To make sure I stay hydrated and to do so in a more healthy way, I started preparing a jug of Iced Green Tea in the evening. In the morning, I fill up my reusable bottle and take it to the office. At the office, I place the bottle right next to my screen, so there’s no way for me to “forget” about drinking (the right kind of drink).
Deep Fried Chicken Salad (Backhendel Salat)
It’s almost 6 months since I have moved back to Vienna. Since then, I’ve been taking full advantage of the culinary delights my hometown has to offer. The deep fried chicken salad has been one of my favourites not just in May but April, March & February.
Viennese Iced Coffee
The weather has been amazing for the past 2 months and I have been binging on ice cream. The UK is not known for it’s desserts (or anything food related, that’s decent – no, it’s not just a cliché), so I had to live with ice cream withdrawl for the 4 1/2 years I’ve lived there. Now, that I’m back I’ve been indulging in my favourite italian dessert. When I was younger, I used to associate Viennese Iced Coffee with my mother and rarely had it myself. Now, I’m really into it – maybe I’m getting old? Anyway, it’s not what is known as “Iced Coffee” in other countries – cold coffee and crushed ice cubes. It’s cold coffee, vanilla ice cream, cream and a wafer. It’s amazing.
Tales of Margaritas Instagram
In May I finally created a Tales of Margaritas Instagram profile – dedicated to compliment this blog. Currently, I’m posting photos of my South East Asia trip – blog post is in the making.
For the first time I live in a flat with a balcony, that I can design how I want to. I have lived in flats with balconies before but they were flatshares & it’s not really the same – you can’t make it “your own” & there’s no point in investing money if you’re not sure how long you’re gonna live there/if your flatmates wouldn’t appreciate it anyway. My balcony now is a lot of work, but it brings me so much joy to see my plants blooming. The photo below is of my mums garden, just because I don’t have one of my balcony up – but my balcony is regularly featured in my instagram stories/my highlights.
The first time I ever heard of Catholic Action was on my London trip back in May, when my friend made me go to one of their concerts. Since then I’ve been listening to their songs over and over again. I especially like “Rita Ora” – it’s so damn catchy:
I’ve been working on some videos for my YouTube channel in May. It will feature fun videos of randomness but also videos of my travels and my time living in London. The first proper video, however, is a tribute to my 17 year old self. At that age I discovered that YouTube was more than cat and music videos. I got really into the beauty community (no worries – my channel won’t be that) & especially loved “What’s in my Bag” videos.
I have thought about starting my own channel for so long now, and there’s more speaking against it than for it, but frankly – I need a new hobby since my social life has taken a plunge since being back in Austria & I need to push myself and get out of my comfort zone. There won’t be any fancy editing or great studio-like quality – it’s gonna be raw and random. At the end of the day, I’m not trying to be an influencer or full-time YouTuber.