Has this month been flying by, or is it just me? Somehow there are only 2.5 weeks left in the spring semester and then I will be graduating and moving on to physical therapy school! So many changes are rapidly approaching! I'm trying to enjoy the little moments to help slow the time down, and there have been quite a few this month. On the first day of April, I met my friend for brunch at Sweet Diner in the Third Ward. It was a cute place and we went on a non-typical day for brunch so it wasn't too packed! I ordered their version of chilaquiles and a latte.
School, school, school. Later on in the week I decided to try out a poke bowl from Fresh Fin Poke. I've been wanting to try this place out for a long time and finally decided to go by myself! I ordered the Kailani bowl that comes with chicken, shrimp, avocado, edamame, jalapeno, daikon, pineapple, cilantro lime, sriracha aioli, crispy onion, crispy garlic, and pickled ginger. It was amazing and I will definitely go back!
One of my roommates turned 22, so we went out for a roommate dinner at Cantina. I will be posting a "spotlight" post on this restaurant in the near future because it is a gem! We ate everything they put in front of us and almost had to roll ourselves home afterwards. I loved their "feed me tacos and tell me I'm pretty" sign!
During the first weekend of the month, I met up with an old friend from high school. It has been such a long time since we last hung out! We originally planned to get coffee, but it was packed so we went out for brunch at Cafe Hollander instead and then got even more coffee afterwards! I originally thought we would only meet for an hour for coffee, but between brunch and coffee and talking at the bookstore it ended up being close to four hours before I got back home! I love surprise moments like this! In trying to stick to my goal of buying coffee drinks when meeting friends only, I've been brewing up lattes at home a lot! When my roommate and I went to Seattle, her family sent us back with a bag each of double dutch chocolate and Italian roast coffees, and boy do they make a mean latte!
Ryan and I finally finished painting the Settlers of Catan game he 3D printed. Life has been busy so we haven't had the chance to play it yet, but one of these days we will!
Surprise snow storm! I walked out of class and it was coming down hard! It was super sticky so I was coated and had these lovely clumps in my hair by the time I walked to the bus stop. It snowed again when I made my weekend trip to get groceries and it was just as messy because I was walking into the oncoming precipitation. Crazy weather for April!
Ryan and I decided to try out Kawa Ramen and Sushi a couple weeks ago. This place was so good! The drinks were yummy, though I can't remember what we ordered. Ryan's for sure had lychees in it! We couldn't decide it we wanted sushi or ramen, so we ordered both! I had the garlic miso raman while Ryan went for the hellfire ramen. We both shared a godzilla roll and a special of some fancy raw fish.
When we got back from dinner, I got some sad news from my mom. Our dog Buzz, who has had a heart murmur all his life, had experienced heart failure and passed away. I was thankful for Ryan's company that night because that was an unexpected blow. We lost our other pup, Rusty, last summer and didn't think we would lose Buzz so shortly after. This boy was so loved!! It made me teary to put this collage together, but I'm glad I had so many pictures to choose from. I hope he and Rusty have found each other again wherever they are.
There is no great way to transition after sharing a pup's passing. Here are my plants, thriving now that they have a growth light.
I started creating meals for my upcoming meal prep series. I am striving to create meal preps that do not have a huge time commitment but that are also enjoyable to eat! Below is a sneak peek of the ginger lentils, vegetable curry, and yellow rice bowls.
And here is a sneak peak for the enchilada bowls. I've really enjoyed eating enchiladas every day for the past two weeks as I finalize the recipe!
I had the pleasure of going home this past weekend to celebrate the holidays with my family! My mom and sister picked up Ryan and I last Friday after my exam. We stopped for Mexican food at Cocina Real on the way back and ended the night with lots of catching up. We celebrated the spring holiday on Saturday the next day because we needed a ride back on Sunday. To help get in the mood, I picked a bunch of fresh flowers from the yard to brighten up the kitchen. I love fresh cut flowers!
We dyed eggs and made a ton of food! Our favorite way to color eggs is to draw on them with crayons before dunking them in the dye buckets. I really liked the sun and moon eggs that my mom designed! For our big meal, we made sides of fruit and vegetable trays, egg salad, baked beans, and a zoodle vegetable salad.
It has become tradition for us to fry fish for this holiday. This is the only time of the year I eat fried fish and I always look forward to it! Typically the men stand outside drinking and making the fish while the ladies color eggs, chat, and make the sides. Then we all come together when it is time to eat! This year the weather was nice, so we ate outside on the deck my dad built a couple summers ago.
When it got dark, we built a fire and continued to have drinks and chat. We had my dad's family over and a couple family friends and it was one of the best days I've had in a long time! After everyone left and my dad and sister went to bed, my mom and I went up to the "cozy corner" of the newly finished attic and had some honest talks about life. It was such a wonderful day and I was not ready to go back to Milwaukee on Sunday!
Ryan's parents drove us back, and before we left I got to play with their new Pomeranian puppy! Her name is Stella and she was unbelievably small and fluffy!
We kept the windows down the entire ride and had some crazy hair by the time we got back! We had a quick lunch with his parents and then it was time to get back into the groove of school so we can finish this spring semester.
I hope you are finding time to enjoy the little things in life. If you're a student, make sure to plan some time to relax during the upcoming end of semester mess that is finals. Thanks for reading!
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!