Random Note: The title is stuck at "Life, Todrick" but is intended to be "Life, Todrick Hall, Lena, Paoli, Epic."
Where is August going? I only have three full days before moving back to Milwaukee! I've been super busy doing adult things lately. So far I've packed a million things into small boxes (a real life game of Tetris- yet to see if I can lift them), opened a savings account, figured out nasty student loans, among enjoying the rest of summer.
Last Monday was my first Monday since summer began that I was not at work. At a loss for what to do and not wanting to sound lazy when my parents got home and asked what I did all day, I decided to both go for a run and do a strength workout. I felt pretty good after the run, but after the strength workout I was exhausted (in a good way?).
The weather was lovely and I had a great view of the clouds from my driveway!
Afterwards I made a pretty healthy lunch plate of hummus, spinach, cauliflower, and pepper salad with salt and peppered avocados and leftover pesto tortellini on the side.
In the evening I met up with my favorite high school friend to discuss to discuss the meaning of life and undo my healthy morning by eating out at the Mexican restaurant and devouring every single item on my plate. Like I've said, Mexican food is my absolute weakness!
Tuesday morning I headed down to the bike trail for a leisurely walk while listening to Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince on audiobook. When afternoon came around, my mom, sister, and I picked up some afternoon coffee and drove to Milwaukee to see a Todrick Hall concert!
We went to the Cheesecake Factory for lunch. I ordered a falafel salad and it was amazing. I haven't had falafel in ages and had forgotten how much I love it! I'll have to find time to make it.
And why go to the Cheesecake Factory if you don't order cheesecake for dessert? We indulged and shared two pieces- the lemon raspberry and some sort of caramel butterscotch.
After eating we took a walk in the downtown area and noticed a very distinct art display going on- there were knitted creature/sculptures wrapped around everything!
Before the show we walked around Grand Avenue Mall. I have a knack for picking up change lying on the ground...
I enjoyed the show immensely. I was not familiar with Todrick Hall but felt more acquainted after the show. His YouTube videos were on display before the performance and the show was his life story. My sister is a huge fan and got to meet him after the show! She was so happy!
Wednesday morning I had a leftover sandwich for breakfast before taking Buzz out for a mini adventure! I really enjoy savory breakfasts.
Rusty was a total cuddle bug when we got back.
Buzz does not like having his picture taken lately. He gave me the 'really?' face before turning away!
On Thursday I went for a morning run. Beforehand I tried sneaking around the sleeping bodies of my sister's friends in our living room on the way to get my iPod, but my stealth mission failed. They had mostly closed the wooden dividing doors and I thought I could fit through without opening it (causing major squeaks) but ended up waking them all up. Oopsies.
For breakfast my mom made her amazing buttermilk pancakes topped with fresh fruit and syrup.
Later in the day I took advantage of Shutterfly's free unlimited summer photos and ordered just over 400 photos. I'm currently trying to rapidly scrapbook them before moving but don't know if it'll happen!
Friday morning I made a Buddha bowl following the guidance of HurryTheFoodUp.
Later that day, Ryan and I decided to cross "travel without a destination" off of my "20 Things to Do Before I'm 20" list. We alternated picking turns at each stop until we felt lost.
We ended up in small town called Lena. It had a quaint historic water tower and a few cute parks, including a small combination water park and mini golf course!
I was determined to find coffee before we left. We discovered a coffee food truck but unfortunately it was closed for the day. I think food trucks are very curious and have never seen one for coffee, so I might try to go back and find it again at some point. We did end up finding an open coffee place inside of Lena Mercantile Co. It was a miscellany antique store, candy store, and diner!
I ordered their specialty chocolate peppermint latte while Ryan got mint chocolate ice cream. It was a morning well spent! I was nervous when we left, but after all I'm the one who chose to get lost and it ended up being a wonderful adventure! The way home was very scenic.
That evening we made homemade pizza and played Mario and Sonic at the Olympic Games.
Last Saturday Ryan and I went to see my mom at her art fair in Paoli. It was the same Art in Mill Park that we went to last year and was just as upbeat and festive!
After walking around the fair we picked up some lunch and then explored the local businesses. Sugar River Pizza had a tent up so I got a slice of Mediterranean pizza from them.
I was so tempted to get another air plant because they're so gosh darn cute, but after I tragically killed the last one I got last year (still don't know how) I didn't quite feel ready for another.
The last place we went before heading for home was Cluck the Chicken Store. That place is so awesome. Nearly everything in there is somehow related to chickens, from actual chicken supplies to chicken themed baby toys to books to anything you could imagine!
There were some exciting packages waiting at home! My family's order of organic fair trade coffee arrived. This time around we ordered Jamaican Blue Mountain Style and Guatemalan.
Mmm I couldn't wait! I brewed up some of the Guatemalan in the French press.
My taco t shirt also arrived and quickly became my favorite clothing item!
For dessert that evening I made frozen peanut butter pie. I modified a recipe from the internet and will post it when I have time. I think as far as recipes go, I'll post the ones I think are good enough that I'd want in a custom cookbook (making one will then be another project for the future).
Last Sunday my family and I toured Epic. I cannot thoroughly explain how amazing that place is. Epic is a software company used by most hospitals throughout the nation and has a campus as awesome and enticing as Google and other major software companies. They have a policy that no photos taken of the inside of the campus may be posted online and I will honor that despite having 139 photos in my tour folder. However, the outside still has some dibs. Here is the lovely front walkway and a picture of my "yay we're touring Epic" face.
Lastly, this photo was taken driving past Epic so I don't think it counts towards their fule. These are future office buildings in progress. Yes. Office buildings. That look like castles. IT WOULD BE SO COOL TO WORK HERE!
Epic is located in Verona, Wisconsin and I highly recommend touring it to anyone visiting the area. Go out of your way to see it because it's just amazing.
That's all for now! This weekend my family has some exciting plans before I move back to Milwaukee on Tuesday. I still have a lot of August to catch up on and an in-depth year two college packing list to post, but it probably won't be until I'm back settled in Milwaukee.
Make this weekend great!
Hi my name is Emilee and I am a kinesiology undergraduate student. 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!