total eclipse of the sun

Well in a very small area of the continental US only (west thru east which is more rare for eclipses), so us peeps in turkey are outta luck, but that’s what the internet and live streams are for! Happy solar eclipse day!

*updated with some screenshots of the live stream(not in the right order by the way), not the same as watching it of course but still magical!

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lunar eclipse

There’s going to be a partial lunar eclipse tomorrow – August 7 – and it will also be a full moon then. The new moon is in aquarius, and this month is for leos (especially my birthday sweets on the 8th). You won’t be able to see it in the US, but we should see a bit of it in Turkiye and that’s grand. Then on the 21st there’s going to be a solar eclipse, and that is only for parts of the US to see – lucky! All in all, it’s a magical month and I hope it brings good fortune to you all, esp. my honee. Happy early bday! <3


I have never heard of the Hooded Merganser bird before, but today while playing my brain games I came across a photo of one. So cute and silly, so I thought I would share. There are so many beautiful and strange creatures in this world <3

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That scary deprem/earthquake was a week ago plus today, and yesterday evening a crazy rain/hail/lightning storm hit istanbul. seriously, it was crazy! Things seem to be mostly back to normal here in Bodrum land and the streets and beaches are crowded so that’s good. Hope all are fine in istanbul too. 🙂Screen Shot 2017-07-28 at 10.12.05 PMScreen Shot 2017-07-28 at 10.11.50 PM

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winter is here

That’s a line from Game of Thrones, which just recently is back after over a year (sonunda/finally), and it’s wishful thinking on my part as it’s super hot and humid here in Bodrum. I knew it would be hot here in the summer, but darn, why you gotta be always around 37C/98F? Definitely missing cold weather and cold pillows and the need for blankets and pants and long sleeves. Hard to even imagine actually, but at least all the summer fruits like watermelon and honey melon and nectarines and cherries are taking over the pazarlar/farmer’s markets. mmm!

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uh oh it’s me again. I bet you forgot that I even kept a blog by this point, no? I did at least! Let’s see, to recap a bit… Our first ramadan in Bodrum has passed, epic summer heat was achieved (can I get a 111F? whew!), my dad and tomma came and we had such a nice visit here (all the swimming!) and then a day after they left there was a 6.6 earthquake 10km away. (so much like the northridge quake)

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Also our dodgers went on a tear and and have the best record in baseball! Let’s keep it up all the way to the WS, boys! 😀 #octoberiscoming (and no more earth shaking, ya hear?)

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everything is black and white (beƟiktaƟ)!!

BeƟiktaƟ celebrated their 2nd championship in a row today in istanbul, including a black and white navy flotilla on the bosphorus! So very cool. Wish we were there but it sure looks hot! congrats BJK!

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mish mash

I’ve got a bunch of things that are cluttering up my chrome and desktop so instead of waiting for them to somehow all work together with my writing I’ll just post them all here for your enjoyment.

It’s the early hours of June now, so happy June (ma mere’s month!) I’ve started up my daily exercise (at midnight) and seem to be getting more used to the shift in schedule that Ramazan brings. The thunderclouds and stormy weather seems to have departed, so today was a warmer day but our house so far stays nice and cool. Mini is cuddling her daddy at the moment, while I’m about to start cooking my oatmeal for suhur.

So here we go: BeƟiktaƟ won the super lig for the second year in a row! YAY! It was an away match, but the fans back in istanbul’s beƟiktaƟ district still partied.  Looks like it was the same madness fun as it was last year when we were there. Shame we didn’t see any games this season, but congrats all the same, my black and whites!

Speaking of istanbul, here’s a lovely video that captures the feel of that magical and bustling city, esp. my beloved bosphorus (one of my favorite things to keep me company while fasting). And here’s a little history about the writing on the minarets that happens only during ramazan, and only in istanbul unfortunately.

This is a ridiculously otherworldly video of the aurora australis recently in Tasmania. How it must be to feel and see that sky being painted in those colors. wow.

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And lastly, do yourself a favor and make this soup. It is delicious and I only want to eat it from now on, with fresh squeezed lemons from our trees and ramazan pidesi of course. It’s probably just as amazing even if you aren’t observing ramadan. 😉




And because it was recently memorial day, and ma mere reminded me how in high school I used to study for finals and use the summer movies coming out on the holiday as my reward, and there’s a new pirates movie coming out:

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bird’s eye view

here’s a nice drone video of istanbul and cappadocia on this warm and sunny Sunday. hope it’s nice wherever you may be too! It’s our second day of fasting so I’m staying inside and starting to think about what to make for iftar. not much else to say I guess, a lazy afternoon.

BeƟiktaƟ has a match tonight (which will be a nice distraction for us from food thoughts), and if they win they’ll be the Ɵampiyon/champions!! We were at their clinching match last year at their new stadium for that excitement. nice memories indeed! If we win tonight I’ll post some photos from then. let’s go, bjk!

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hoƟgeldin Ramazan!

Screen Shot 2017-05-26 at 10.26.22 PMIt’s that time of year again – ramazan! Our fast begins tomorrow so this friday was our last day for a month that we can eat and drink during daylight hours. (yes I really enjoyed my oatmeal and coffee) And it will be our first one here in bodrum. They were testing out the canon earlier this evening, since it’s traditional to fire a canon to signal the breaking of the fast. 🙂 I’m not yet in the groove of making meal plans and prepping… well, I am always thinking of meal plans but not iftar and suhuur ones so we shall see. Mostly all the summer fruits and veggies are out so there are so many yummy options. I was thinking about ramadan last year, and how the euro cup was happening so my fasting days went by pretty quickly (at least during the group phase when there were 3 matches a day!) I was also thinking about our bosphorus view and how pretty the light was just before dawn and hearing the call to prayer all around. It will be nice to make new memories in our new home, but too bad no football madness to keep me busy when i’m cooking. Thunderstorms are in the forecast for tomorrow, so hopefully we’ll have a not too hot month. Last year I remember it also being very pleasant, until about the last week or so when it got hot and humid.

Here’s to a happy, healthy, and peaceful ramazan! [and let’s not forget the ramazan pidesi either. can’t wait to see if we can find a yummy one here in bitez. oh boy!]

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