Two weeks ago my mom invited my sister and I to go to her studio for lunch. We ordered takeout from Poncho and Lefty's and it was fantabulous. We shared an order of sweet potato fries and I ordered a steak burrito. It was HUGE!
Later that night I went to a campfire with my high school friends and it was really great to catch up with them all. For dinner we made foil packets and I couldn't resist making mine into a llama. It was pointless because I actually used extra foil to build onto it, but it definitely didn't get confused for anyone else's!
And what would a campfire be without s'mores? I ate so many (plus two bars of chocolate)...
The sunset was gorgeous.
We lit a paper lantern and watched it float away into the night. I've always wanted to release one and it was really relaxing to watch it go (except for when it almost landed in a tree).
The next day I had an awesome strawberry raspberry smoothie before work. It had a mini photo shoot with a dragon because art is currently taking over our kitchen. Smoothies have been my favorite go-to breakfast lately.
Since I've been feeling fairly healthy lately I also decided to make oven roasted chickpeas! They were great right out of the oven, but if left to sit I feel they'd be best on a salad.
On Monday I was a busy bee. I made stir fry on my lunch break that was so full I was worried it wouldn't cook down enough for me to add the sauce!
It had cabbage, the roasted chickpeas, green beans, onions, and carrots.
After work my family had taco salads before taking another impulse kayaking trip!
I'm so glad we live close enough to bodies of water to be able to just pack up and go.
After we got back my mom and I decided to finish off the overgrown basil plants in our kitchen and make pesto for dinner the following night. We tried it on toast too, just to make sure it tasted alright!
On Wednesday I finally had the courage to put Buzz back on the scale, and guess what? He lost 0.7 pounds! It seems that his no-human food diet along with more exercise is doing some good! Rusty also benefited from the no-human food rule and lost 0.2 pounds.
I had an oatmeal banana smoothie for breakfast and did some reading on the basic chemical components of anatomy in a book called Anatomy 101 before taking Buzz for his morning walk.
Walks make Buzzy so happy!
I went on a trail excursion the next morning and did some jog/walk intervals. I've completely fallen out of running since coming home for the summer and have been halfheartedly trying to get back into it. I restarted the couch to 5k program but don't think I'm ready to move at their pace, so I'm going to just do intervals at my own pace and work up as I feel ready.
While I was on the trail, Google uploaded this first photo from my phone and added it to the Google maps images for a nearby park! I'm sure I signed away my rights in some terms of agreement, but I was still really surprised when I got the notification (immediately after taking it). That's what I get for taking pictures with my GPS on!
I love cool clouds.
I had a chocolate protein smoothie after I got back and tried the tucked half shirt look for the day. I ordered shirts online and they're too big and I can't return them because they were final sale items, so now I'm experimenting different ways of wearing them before banishing them to pajamas-only status.
This super odd book about a fart come to life passed through our local library system...the things people read...
The following morning I discovered one of my favorite smoothie recipes of all time! It has Greek yogurt, almond milk, frozen banana chunks, kiwi, and frozen mango. Yum! The Greek yogurt gave the smoothie 23 grams of protein while the loud fruit flavors overpowered its sour cream taste!
I also stir fried some Swiss chard, quinoa, and mushrooms together. Looking back at last-last week makes me feel so much less healthy this week lol. I did also make the realization though that I prefer Swiss chard raw. It gets a slightly different and very intense flavor when cooked and I ended up eating around it. I'm greatly enjoying my ability to cook almost every meal while at home and hope I can continue to this fall when I move back to college.
Super vogue close-up shot.
I recently purchased a reusable K-cup and am very excited to take it to college with me! I like the ease of the Keurig machine but buying K-cups at the rate that I drink coffee is pretty expensive and I usually only buy the cheap non-recyclable kind which definitely isn't doing the environment any good. It's so simple to use and allows me to drink fancy coffee with the same simplicity as K-cups!
I love the dolphin recycling sign and, since it came with a little serving size scoop, will probably just grind enough beans for the week so that making the actual coffee in the morning won't take any time.
After work my sister and I went to our favorite Mexican restaurant for lunch and shared nachos. Mexican food is ultimate weakness (and favorite).
Last Friday morning Ryan and I met up for coffee at Perks. I had a new (to me) drink called a Breve that is like a latte except made with half n' half instead of milk. I imagine it's not healthy at all, but it was oh-so good! It was flavored with Ghirardelli caramel syrup.
After coffee Ryan and I decided to be bold and introduce Buzz to his dog Tippy. It did not go so well, but for a first meeting of grown, unfamiliar dogs it probably wasn't terrible. Buzz was happy that the meeting included going for a walk!
That night my entire family went to Freeport to eat at the Oriental Palace and to go see a movie. I'm not fond of the place since in the three times I've been there I haven't enjoyed a single meal, but they do have killer egg rolls!
What movie did we see? Ghostbusters! I give it a 7/10 because the storyline was a little lacking/wonky but overall it was positively quirky!
That's another week all caught up! I'm breaking this week up into two parts because it included a camping trip during which I took a million photos that still have to be sorted through. Hope your weekends were pleasant and that you're prepared to jump back into the work week!
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!