My family and I took an amazing trip to Colorado at the end of May. We started our journey in Estes Park and the mountain campgrounds outside of Boulder. As soon as the mountains came into view, I put away my e-reader and stared out the windows instead until we reached our destination.
We stopped rather suddenly at the entrance sign to Estes Park. My mom, who was driving, asked us if we wanted to pull over by the entryway for some photos. She asked very last second, and slammed on the breaks, causing us to skid across the gravel. Everyone stared out the window in shock while she hopped out of the truck, un-phased. What a wake-up!
We stayed at the most dreamy cabin during our time in Estes Park. Our accommodation was in The River Lodge at the Inn on Fall River. It had a kitchenette, fireplace, and patio overlooking the river. It was the perfect first stop on our journey. My family loved the patio beyond measure. That's where we sat to drink our coffee in the morning and where we read our books in the evening before bed.
Our river view off the patio.
Kicking back and relaxing. One of my favorite "amenities" in our lodge was a faux bear skin blanket. The mornings and evenings in the mountains were quite chilly, and this blanket was warm and large enough for three adult humans.
We spent our first full day in Estes Park exploring Rocky Mountain National Park. To help us get in the mood, my mom played John Denver as we drove into the park. After listening to so many songs, for some reason I had a tune in my head that I thought was John Denver. When I sang it out loud though, my mom was like, "what are you saying?" The tune was already stuck though, and it kept popping into my head during our trip. It went, "in the hiiiiills......of Colorado." ("Ka-lore-ah-doe") My dad and sister quickly picked up on the tune and made up their own lyrics. After a bad sunburn my sister sang, "I got buuuurned......in Colorado."
My sister's goofy celebratory dance!
Although I'm happy looking back on these photos, I know they do no justice to the in-person views. These pictures make me want to go back again!
All smiles from the family. Believe it or not, there was hardly any arguing on this entire trip despite many long hours in the car with one another. I focused on taking lots of people photos because on trips in the past I've mostly captured scenery. I want to have more photos of my family members to look back on in the future.
Up, up, up the mountain. We had to park the car and walk on foot at this point because the safety of the roads was uncertain. The road was blocked off, but the park rangers allowed us to walk around and keep going up the mountainside.
I wanted to take a cool picture that looked like I was sitting in the snow. I put some rocks down on the snowbank so I wouldn't get wet, but not enough because it happened anyway!!
After coming back down the mountain, we took a hike around the lake. My dad unfortunately threw out his back right before our trip, so we picked the shortest trail. Despite being a warm day, there were parts of the trail covered in snow! We had to scale some snow banks and walk through melted slush to finish the trail. What a surprise! The weather changed so quickly while we were in the mountains.
Some elk, just chilling out in the streets of Estes Park. I saw a sign on our trip that said "If you see an animal in your backyard, it's likely because you moved into theirs." There were a lot of restaurant menus containing elk burgers, but after seeing them in person they were just too cute to imagine eating!
We took an afternoon to visit the shopping district of Estes Park. After the first couple shops, we realized that it was one of those areas where the shops sell all the same t-shirts and other tourist merchandise. It was a little disappointing, but I wasn't too surprised. One of the shop owners compared Estes Park to the Wisconsin Dells, a popular tourist trap in Wisconsin, and I could definitely see the similarities! While there, we did pick up some yummy saltwater taffy. There were several taffy shops on the street, but between them all we picked up almost every flavor imaginable!
One good find was a coffee shop called the Raven's Roast. The coffee was amazing! I had a butterscotch latte made with macadamia nut milk. I did not know that was a thing!
We also went to a glass blowing studio up the road. It was cool to see all the interesting shapes glass can be made into. There was a viewing window by the furnaces so you can watch the artists work. The artist who was there when we went was kind enough to explain the process as she worked. My parents are signed up to take glass blowing class now and they're very excited!
After staying in Estes Park a few days, we tried going camping. The end of May was too early in the season for some campgrounds so it took us awhile to find an open one. Then, the park we picked had just sprayed their roads with an anti-dust spray that essentially turned the roads to muck. I was thankful that my dad's new truck kept us on the road where we were supposed to be. I could imagine other cars slipping in the mud and had to close my eyes and hold my sister's hand on some of the hills because there were no rails to stop if you slid off the road. We took the truck through a car wash after picking out our site. I have some good pictures of my dad's disgusted face as he tried to scrap some of the muck off with a stick. It splattered all the way up the back passenger windows! Our campsite itself was beautiful. A tree in our site had this cute crafty rock resting at its base. We admired it but left it for others to find.
I've had very little exposure to alcoholic beverages, but we picked up this Woodchuck Hard Pear Cider before going camping and it was very good!
It got waaaaaaay colder as the sun went down. We packed on all our layers and I brought my sleeping bag out of the tent to wrap around myself as we sat at the fire. During the first picture of me, my mom didn't notify me she was taking a picture and that was my facial response to the flash. She has been taking all sorts of sneaky pictures lately. She thinks I look funny when I eat so she has a bunch of ugly photos of me eating that are way too close up lol!!
Camping in the mountains was basically the coldest night of my life. I cannot recall ever sleeping in such cold conditions. It was in the 70s during the day, but dropped into the 30s at night. My sister and I ended up sharing a sleeping bag and layering the other one over the top of us we were so cold. We cooked a hot breakfast in the morning and then decided to leave for Boulder earlier than planned. I want a Colorado camping redemption, and will make sure to bring more blankets when I do!
Those were our first few days in Colorado, covering Estes Park and the mountain campgrounds outside Boulder. I very much fell in love with the mountain views and now want to move somewhere with mountains in the future.
This is part one of two featuring our trip to Colorado. Adventures from Boulder, Denver, and Colorado Springs to come!
Throwback to the the beginning of May! My mom and her friend Nikki, the owners of Green Chicks Studios, came to Milwaukee for the Mitchell Dome's "Art in the Green" show. They create sculptures out of recyclables and can make anything you can imagine! If they don't already have it available, you can make custom requests on their website.
I spent most of the weekend with them at the show as a mini getaway from end of semester finals. I only had one exam left to take at the time, so I brought my biology notes with and studied intermittently. I took plenty of walks through the domes, and the photos below are from the desert dome. I'm always tickled by the "Old Man Cactus" shown on the right.
My favorite part of the desert dome has always been the "Living Stones" that are part of the genus Lithops. They are a type of succulent that can actually be grown at home! I've been growing a bunch of succulents lately and I'll have to see if I can add them to my collection.
Ryan stopped by to greet my mom and take a look at all the art. Then we made some loops through the domes before he had to return to campus. He convinced me to do some yoga poses in the show dome. I like the idea of breaking out into yoga no matter where I am, I just feel embarrassed doing while there are other human beings around.
Scenes from the tropical dome. There are lots of interesting fruits to learn about and I enjoy viewing the fairy garden. I used to make fairy gardens as a child out of tree stumps. I would hollow them out to make a shelter and then find rocks, leaves, twigs, and walnut shells to make them a bed, kitchen, and appliances! If I was lucky I could find some moss and make them a little backyard as well. My mom once placed a statue inside one of my fairy houses that got me super hyped because I thought someone had actually moved in.
I love this woman to pieces. She is super talented and one of the hardest working people I know! Mom told me this would probably be her last year at the domes, so we enjoyed the time while it lasted. She and Nikki have bigger plans for next year!
As an end-of-the-year treat, mom and Nikki took me, Ryan, and my two roommates to the Comedy Sportz club. It was censored for the children in the audience so they dialed the jokes down, but it was a good time nonetheless. If you are in the area and interested in the Mitchell Domes, check them out sooner rather than later because they might not be open much longer. They're experiencing a lack of funding and may close them down. There is a movement throughout the city to "Save the Domes" and we'll just have to wait and see what happens!
This spring semester is wrapping up quickly! Since I last had an update, classes have ended, I've taken four finals, have been working tons of hours, and am wrapping up loose ends before going on a start of summer vacation with my family. With my work hours has comes a lot of TV watching- I've finished Eureka and am now on season 3 of Skin Wars. I'm also trying to muster up the energy to continue studying for the last couple exams I have this week. Last weekend my mom was in town for an art fair, and I'll share more of that in a future post. Below are some shots from the Third Ward. My roommate, Ryan, and I went to check out a couple free art shows two weekends back. One of the reasons I love Milwaukee is that there are always free events taking place!
I stopped at the Public Market to get some cumin from the spice vendor. It's the best deal I've found around so far and it's fun to check out all the other unique blends.
I bought a coffee mug at the Islands of Brilliance art gallery. It's now my go-to mug and I've shunted the others aside for now. I take turns with my coffee mugs and will use the same one for months, then switch and only use another. Anyone else do this?
In the past month, I've been lucky enough to have gone to Belair Cantina twice! They restyled their menu and have a new inspirational quote: "Inhale tacos...exhale negativity." I think it's a perfect motto for finals week!
I went to a conservation gathering to hear a guest speaker talk about how to passively make our homes more energy efficient. I learned a lot and have the main principles down below in case anyone else wants to know.
Ryan and I also went for a bike ride to the lake! He's always riding his bike, but this was my first trip of the season! We took commemorative photos...one of which I was ready for and the other not so much...haha! I'm going to need to get more comfortable riding my bike in the city because my university bus pass will be unusable during the summer months because I won't be taking classes. This will make grocery shopping even more interesting! Also, check out that gorgeous water in the long shot below! (Wishing I could insert a heart emoji here).
That's a brief update on the college front. This is sure to be an interesting summer. I've talked to both of my jobs and it looks like my work schedule will be decided as we go. Additionally, I'm going to pick up a new fitness routine and make a list of summer books to read since for once I'll have a lot of time for leisure reading! I am also playing with the idea of doing some anatomy illustrations to combine studying and art. And before that, I've got family vacation, so I have a lot to look forward to!
The first two weeks of April have been full of showers...including showers of snow! I can't believe it's still so chilly this far into the year. Ryan and I took a grocery trip to Trader Joe's in Bayshore and it was freezing rain the whole way. On the bright side though, I found a cute duck sticker on the sidewalk and our bus stop was right next to a pet store! This little bunny was keeping an eye on us the whole time and it was the cutest thing!
On April 1st, Ryan and I had the pleasure of going to Cirque du Soleil: Corteo. The performance was beautiful and kept us on the edge of our seats. These performers were absolutely amazing! Most of the show was not in English, but this only added to the beauty of it. My only regret is not getting a t-shirt to commemorate the show because they aren't sold online. After going this time, I'm definitely going to keep my eye out for tickets in the future. Loved it!
While looking for the bolsters during my next yoga class, I was surprised to find a literal skeleton in the closet! I also found another cool sticker on a street lamp on campus. That week I had an exercise physiology exam that went frustratingly unwell. The class average was a 66% and the highest grade an 80%. I was really put out by this because I started studying a month ahead of time and felt like I knew the material pretty well. My exam grade does not reflect how much I actually learned during this unit. That happens in college sometimes...
On the bright side, we also celebrated my roommate's birthday that week! We met up with a group in the student union to eat yummy treats and catch up. That night, we went to a bar called Gibraltar for a Salsa vs. Bachata night. It was so much fun! I'm developing a liking for Latin dance and it was much more fun than a typical American bar night.
We had a brief period of warmth last week! I got to break out my new sunglasses and almost didn't need my winter coat when I went out to job shadow. I've been finishing up my required in-patient observation hours so I'll be ready to apply for physical therapy school in July. I'm excited (and stressed) that the time is getting so close! I also met up with my old roommate last week for coffee and had a lot of fun catching up. Roast Coffee Company had an really interesting flavored latte: sage. I tried it out and was pleasantly surprised.
With the brief warm temperatures came my yearly spring sickness. I somehow manage to avoid getting sick all through normal flu season, but last week it struck me down for two days. The first day I crawled out of bed to the chair in the corner of my room and didn't move again for three hours. After that, I stayed in bed with soup Ryan brought over and finished the last two seasons of Friends. I also started watching New Girl, which is alright but not the same.
Last weekend, I went to the birthday party of an adult I've been working with in a local senior home. She turned 80! The party was at the Wisconsin Center and Ryan and I were able to meet all her family and friends. It was a great night. :)
My favorite breakfast right now is avocado on toast with two eggs on top. It has healthy carbs, healthy fats, and a good dose of protein that can keep me full up to five hours! It's great for days with long mornings on campus. I also tried baking a new chocolate chip recipe. For some reason, I haven't gotten the hang of baking yet. The dough turned out super dry and flaky. According to the web, that could be because the butter wasn't soft enough and/or the eggs weren't at room temperature first. I tried to fix it by adding water, but accidentally added too much. I didn't want to mess with additional flour, so I just stuck them on the tray as is. They turned out edible, but have more of a scone than cookie texture. I'm going to try again with a different recipe next weekend and do some research on successful cookie baking first.
Also last weekend- THIRD WINTER. This was the third significant snow in Wisconsin. We had no snow for Christmas, but now that it's the middle of April...ergh. Up in Green Bay the snow was a tall as my cousin's toddler! Thought I'd be wearing shorts by now but nooooo. Hopefully it will warm up by the time summer break starts in four weeks lol.
The last weeks have been very busy for me because I'm now the only student worker for my telecommuting job, so I've been given the opportunity to work 24 hours a week in addition to my full course load. I don't have to work all the hours, but it's money on the table and I'd like to build up a cushion for when summer comes and everything changes again. On the bright side, this also means a lot of Netflix, since I can easily turn it on in the background and listen while working. My sister just informed me that you can watch Eureka with Amazon Prime, and I remember loving that show when I saw it years ago, so that's next on my watch list. I hope the weather is better wherever you are! Have a great rest of your week!
Here is the first post of many to come where I share some of the meals I make each month, along with some information on my grocery budget. The meals immediately below are from the month of February, during which I spent a total of $170.76 on groceries, or about $42.69 per week. The photos below are the meals I ate the most during this time. I also had many other meals that did not make the photograph cut. I found the first two recipes on Pinterest: African Sweet Potato Soup and Ethiopian Yataklete Kilkil.
The next series of recipes were my favorite meals from March. During this month I spent $92.81 on groceries, or about $30.94 for each of the three weeks I was in Milwaukee (I spent one week at home for spring break). The first is one of my meal preps for the month:
The last two meals from March have heavily influenced my meals so far in April. Later this month I'll share my adaptation of a wonderful dahl recipe! I've also been keeping track of specific food items I spend my money on so I can share how to eat an adequate but affordable diet. I've been shopping around to make sure I'm getting the biggest bang for my buck!
I didn't take enough photos last week to make a decent recap post, so I'll combine it with this week's and hopefully have it posted on Sunday. Last week was full of stress over a big exam, but I also got to see Cirque du Soleil: Corteo and start my in-patient job shadowing. More stories to come. Have a great rest of your week!
Hey friends. It's been a whole week since spring break already. Last Saturday, my family had a small early Easter celebration because both my sister and I were home and we wouldn't be there for the actual holiday. Ryan joined us and helped the men fry fish in the garage while all us ladies decorated Easter eggs. I enjoy doing this, but every year the first few eggs are really fun and then I run out of ideas and just want to make solid colors. I took to the internet to find some "eggspiration" and was inspired to make the two gentleggs and the mermaid. My mom made the awesome eyeball one. She always has the coolest designs!
We found a new friend! This poor birdie was outside in the cold, so we took her into our house. We only had a cat carrier on had, so that's where she had to sit until we found her a better home. Thankfully we had some of the fresh foods lovebirds eat in the kitchen, which made this little birdie cheer up quite a bit!
I wish there were more holidays because I love reuniting with my family. Everyone is always so busy there are hardly times for social visits, but for holidays everyone makes time to be together. My dad cooked pancakes on our last morning home before driving me back to Milwaukee. He doesn't usually drive me back, so that gave us the opportunity to talk one on one, which was really nice. It was hard getting back into the swing of things once I got back, but I feel like it's been that way for a lot of other students as well.
The second half of the semester started with a bang. I had work hours to makeup from my computer crash last week and I had one exam this yesterday morning and have another next week I'm spending most of the weekend studying for. One thing to look forward to is that almost all of my classes are switching units soon, and a change in topic always helps me refocus. I am also trying to take more time to spend on my personal goals. Working out is something that's always on my to-do, but often gets moved aside for other things. I want to make that a priority because health is important! So far I have been increasing the frequency and duration of my yoga practice. This week I also hope to get into the gym at least three days to run on the track and lift weights. I cannot wait until it is warm enough to run outside!
Ryan and I took the bus to Trader Joe's this morning and scored a bunch of great deals. I've finally been to enough grocery stores in the area that I'm beginning to get an idea of which places have the best prices on certain items! The weather was not in our favor this morning, so we walked 20 minutes in the rain to the bus and were soaked by the time we got to the store. Gotta love grocery days! I have a bunch of meal photos from last month I'm going to compile into a cheap recipe post, and will keep track of what I make with my groceries this month. I'll share more about how I budget when I shop because I eat alright spending $25-$45 a week on food. I'm not sure how much other people spend, but that's what my income allows! I spent the rest of my Saturday studying for exercise physiology with the occasional yoga break. Tomorrow I've got some fun planned though. Hope you're weekends are off to a good start!
Hello, long time no talk. I've made a few realizations during the past week. The first is that if there's something you want to do, you can definitely make time for it. Time sometimes seems to just slip away without anything productive coming from it. This can be avoided by scheduling time for the things that truly matter. Also, back up your computer files regularly. My laptop's operating system crashed during an update and was damaged beyond repair. My talented father was able to extract about half of my computer files, but unfortunately the rest were lost. I have this weird empty feeling inside knowing that some of them are gone for good. So, back it up regularly! Lastly, I should dedicate more time to studying than playing the Sims 4, however addicting and stress relieving it is. Lately I feel like I've been just going with the flow too much and am missing out on opportunities to grow and continue developing into the person I want to be. End of spiel. Below are some pea plants I rescued from my biology lab. My TA told us to toss the extra plants, but I couldn't bring myself to do it so I took them home instead! They suffered a spill right before I left for spring break, so I propped them up on supports the best I could, gave them a good amount of water, and I'll see what condition they're in when I get back!
I don't have a lot of life photos to share this post. However, I have been taking a lot of meal photos that I'm going to compile into one post on meal prepping in college. My schedule is so busy during the semester that meal prepping is a must! There have been a lot of buy one get one free deals at Metro Market, so I've been collecting on the items I can freeze and use later. This may be a psychological trick, but for some reason I have convinced myself that brown chicken eggs taste better than the white ones! After I started buying brown eggs, the white ones just don't seem to cook or taste the same. Any one else experienced this?
The Wisconsin transition to spring has been really crazy. The temperature fluctuates so much during the day. In the photo below I was wearing a sweatshirt and capris because it was so warm when I left for campus; while walking to class, however, it began to snow violently for 10 minutes! The flakes were hard and everyone ran for cover. After it stopped, the sun came out and it was warm again. Now even two weeks later it's supposed to snow overnight and then all melt by tomorrow afternoon. I'm just ready for warmth! I was hoping over this spring break it could be warm enough to wear shorts and have campfires in the backyard, but it's been winter coat weather instead. Keeping hot coffee with me helps a lot when it's cold out and I love my coffee thermos from Savannah. I found out that if I bring it to the campus coffee shop, they charge me for a small plus a BYO cup discount even though the mug is 16 oz! Gotta take advantage of any way to save money in college.
My mom picked me up in Milwaukee last Friday after my morning classes. My sister surprised me by coming along, and even more after she suggested we go to a Mexican restaurant for lunch! She usually wants to go for Asian food, so I was happy with her pick. They made us fresh guacamole that was good but also very expensive. The rest of the ride went by fast because my mom put together a playlist of all the songs we like to sing along to and we sang the rest of the way back.
On St. Patrick's Day I went to Saturday morning yoga with my mom. It was so relaxing. The studio in my hometown is sunny and adorable and the instructors are all local women. I borrowed a pair of my sister's dance costume leggings. I forgot to bring yoga pants home, so these were a nice find. My dad thought they were crazy, but they got a lot of compliments at the yoga studio! My sister and I went out for coffee afterwards and then walked around town catching up. In the afternoon we went shopping for groceries and then started prepping for dinner. St. Patrick's Day typically involves alcohol, and at our house we mixed caramel vodka with almond milk. It sounds weird but turned out really good!
We had a great assortment of cheese, salami, crackers, fruit, and bruschetta for dinner. Then we watched the first live-action Scooby Doo movie. I don't know how it's so captivating, but once a year we all have the urge to re-watch it! We followed it up with the first Jurassic Park, which is also a favorite in our household. We set the food out buffet style on the coffee table, which was far enough up to be out of reach of the dogs, but close enough to capture their attention all evening.
I spent most of this spring break studying because I have two exams coming up. It was nice to be in a relaxing non-Milwaukee atmosphere, even if I couldn't get away from school. I also had a lot more free time than I originally planned because my laptop operating system got really messed up and I lost my telecommuting connection so I couldn't work the whole week. That was both a blessing and a curse, because it's nice to get away from work, but I also can't make up all the hours I missed. Another great thing about being home is getting to see the pups! Buzz loves sitting next to me so that just our butts are touching, no idea why! He is my coffee buddy every morning on the couch. I'm not sure how Rusty is comfortable in the second photo, but he was fast asleep when the picture was taken!
A couple nights ago, my mom and I made six total lasagnas! The one we had for dinner is out of sight. We had stations with cooked noodles, bowls of shredded cheese, containers of ricotta and cottage cheese, and meat sauce. The kitchen was a mess by the time we finished, but now my parents, sister, and I all have lasagnas frozen that can be pulled out and reheated on short notice. That night my mom stepped it up even further and baked a yellow cake. It was such a heavy food night. Everything was great, but we all had food comas afterwards.
Yesterday my mom and I tried out a new restaurant in town called The Black Walnut Kitchen. It's a farm-to-table type place and everything we tried was great! I had a (very) spicy noodle bowl, a side salad with pesto dressing, and rose tea.
This morning I had my yearly physical and then my mom and I went up to Madison to go to Trader Joe's. We found some cool foods, and I'm especially happy with an imported coffee I found that had a sunset and llamas on the container. I have to remember to grind it before I head back to Milwaukee because I do not yet have a coffee grinder. Then we went out for coffee and chatted before picking my sister up for the weekend. This weekend we're celebrating Easter early by decorating eggs and having a fish fry with the rest of our family. To end this post on a non-food related note, here are more pictures of my doggies!
Until next time. I hope it feels more like spring where you are!
I made these peanut butter and banana muffins before Ryan and I went on our trip to Savannah, and we enjoyed them so much that I've made them three more times since we got back! I found the basic recipe from Taste of Home and tweaked the flour a little bit. Instead of 1-1/2 cups of flour, I used 1 cup of flour, 1/4 cup of powered peanut butter, and 1/4 cup of hemp protein powder. I'm going to continue developing these muffins and look for a way to reduce the amount of sugar to make them a little more healthy, but they are still great as is until then!
These muffins are a convenient grab-and-go breakfast on busy mornings and are cheaper than muffins purchased at a coffee shop. Feel free to share questions or modifications below!
This month has flown by. I feel like I start with a phrase along those lines each post I make, but it's the truth. Schoolwork piles up quickly, and it's taken me awhile to a get feel for this semester's pace! Here are some of the moments that stood out. In the future I'm going to try to do some more posts about what my experience as a college student it actually like. For now though, some of my favorite memories!
Earlier this month my roommate and I went to an Ethiopian restaurant downtown. It was such a great experience! The food was served on a soft, thin, squishy bread that you use to pick up the food instead of utensils. It was fun!
Going into any store around Valentine's Day was pretty amusing. The decreasing chocolate box sizes seemed to be asking, "how much do you really love your significant other?"
I was able to meet up with my roommate from last year for some coffee and to catch up on our lives. The weather fluctuations this month have been wild. It alternates between warm, crazy snow, and ice! It seems they always over-anticipate certain storms and others you're not prepared for in the least! I had my first college class cancellation due to over-excitement, and, though the weather wasn't even bad, all my Friday classes were canceled so I got to start my weekend early. Can't complain there!
Ryan and I took a break from some of the college craziness last weekend to have brunch at Swig in the Third Ward. We were happy with our meals and service. They're also a bar in the evening, and I look forward to going back to try out their nighttime menu.
Afterwards we battled the snow to walk to the Art Museum. Some streets were plowed and others were not, so I'm glad I wore my snowboots. There's something magical about being near the lake in the snow. It gives of a very magical feeling. I love seeing local artwork at the museum. This time around they had an exhibition featuring art from local middle and high schools. I was very impressed with their talent!
I was looking at a beautiful landscape painting when I noticed this guy in the corner getting his butt sniffed by a dog! Made me laugh!
Valentine's Day rolled around. My roommate's sister found her the perfect man, who gave us all a laugh! My parents also sent me a nice package with homemade rice crispies and a cute card. It made my day. :)
For dinner on Valentine's, Ryan and I went to Casa Blanca on Brady Street. Their specialty is Middle Eastern cuisine, and we enjoyed trying out some new flavors!
In my biology lab this month we had to grow slime mold cultures on our own time, so these two were living in our potato cabinet this month. One grew really well and the other did not...
Last Thursday, Ryan and I celebrated National Margarita day at Jalisco's. I had a big exam that day and it was a nice way to end the evening. I spent the rest of the weekend catching up on all the work I seem to have fallen behind on this semester. I had lots of notes to catch up on and studying to do because it turns out I have an exam this week I forgot about! Tonight I ran to the grocery store to restock on vegetables. I'll do a mini post in the future on how I conduct my grocery shopping on a limited budget. Roasted vegetables is one of my favorite things to keep in the fridge because they're both cheap and delicious!
I hope your weeks are off to a positive start. I think I got caught up on work this weekend (fingers crossed I didn't just jinx it) so I had the time to update this evening. I've said a thousand times that college keeps me crazy busy. I also can't believe it's almost March. I am however looking forward to spring break, now only three weeks away! Enjoy the warming weather!
After a breakfast of savory grits and coffee at the Bed and Breakfast, Ryan and I headed out for our second day of exploring! We started out for the Foxy Loxy Cafe, but stopped at the gorgeous Forsyth Park on the way.
I found one of my most favorite street stickers ever down below. A man in a pom-pom hat with a technicolor beard. Love it!
This coffee shop was packed! And rightly so. It was too dark inside to get great photos, but the atmosphere was chill. If I lived in Savannah or did an extended stay, I would definitely bring work here to do! The walls were decorated with art, my favorite being plates with animal torsos dressed in old fashioned clothing. I ordered an horchata latte, the specialty of the Fox Cafes.
Later in the day, we took a tour of the Thomas-Owens House as part of the three building museum tour package. Ryan and I were the only two people who showed up for the time slot, so the tour was very personal! The Thomas-Owens House was one of the first in the country to devise a system of indoor plumping!
After, we checked out the other two museums, the Telfair Academy and the Jepson Center.
Another awesome sticker find:
For dinner, we went to a restaurant called Jazz'd Tapas Bar. We went all out since it was our last night in town. We ordered mojitos, three Americanized tapas (including bruschetta, but I don't recall the names of the others, though they were delicious), and a bread pudding for dessert. Bread pudding is totally not for me, but Ryan enjoyed it! There was a local artist playing live music and our waitress was really friendly. I would definitely go back if we're ever in the area again!
The following morning, we enjoyed pancakes at the Bed and Breakfast and then relaxed in our room until checkout. Once on the streets again, we crossed off the last of the historic squares on the map and went back to River Street to pick up souvenirs. Then, we picked up drinks at Savannah Coffee Roasters and sat in one of the squares, drinking in the atmosphere. A man was singing some soul music nearby, making the mood very enjoyable.
Eventually 4:00pm rolled around and we headed for the Greyhound station. I was hoping for a quiet ride home, but we had a lot of bumps along the way. We almost missed our transfer in Atlanta and then we got stuck in Nashville, Tennessee because none of the new drivers showed up!?! We were stuck with about 200 other people at the station for 3.5 hours between 1:00-4:30am. Not a pleasant experience. We were so tired by the time we transferred again in Chicago. When we finally reached Milwaukee, we went straight to bed. This is the biggest factor to my deciding to never travel by bus again. Too much can go wrong otherwise, especially in winter! That being said, here are three more travel tips I'm going to remember for future trips:
1. Be mindful of checkout time. This falls in line with my previous tip to be mindful of check-in time. I wanted to maximize our time in the city, so I picked a later bus that didn't depart until 6 hours after our checkout. Once again we had to carry around our luggage, which for me was heavier because I took home some souvenirs.
2. Estimate how much your trip is going to cost, then multiply it by 1.75. This is especially true if you don't have a lot of money budgeted to begin with. This will take care of miscellaneous expenses that will more than likely come up. And, if it turns out you don't need it, it's more money in your pocket. However, I ended up putting a lot of expenses on my credit card because I did not anticipate them ahead of time.
3. Pack your suitcase, then cut the amount in half. I definitely over-packed for this trip. I was planning on it being warmer than it turned out to be, so I didn't even wear half of my wardrobe. I ended up wearing the same pair of jeans everyday and rotating tops. It totally worked out! In the future I will hopefully remember this experience and pack less to begin with. I was especially reminded with how I over-packed when we were in our last hours there carrying our luggage around. It was even heavier than the first day and I knew I hadn't worn half the stuff I packed (including my red boots, which made my feet so sore on day 1 I didn't wear them the rest of the trip). Another, subsequent mini-tip is to pack practical shoes.
Hi my name is Emilee and these are my adventures as a young adult living in Milwaukee. Here I will share my experiences as I navigate through college. Thanks for stopping by!