September wrapped itself up pretty quick and we’re already on the later half of October! We’ve already had midterms here and I feel like the semester is just flying by. I’m trying to take it one day at a time and appreciate the small things in all the busyness of college life.
While grocery shopping I tried a smoothie from the overpriced stand inside the store. I had the super spinach smoothie made with spinach, cucumber, kiwi, apple, banana, pineapple, strawberries, young coconut water, and cayenne pepper. Drinking it made me feel super healthy and I didn’t taste the spinach at all. It mostly just tasted like banana.
At the start of the week, I mass produced a rice and beans recipe that I’ll share at some point. It’s great and I can’t wait to make it again. The ingredients were all on the cheap end as well. I doubled the recipe and ended up making 12 one cup servings, so I basically ate it every meal for a week!
I’ve also been making sweet potatoes a lot. I had to put off making this last batch because our tower had a planned fire drill and they wouldn’t have enough time to bake before the alarm. My roommate and I took the easy way out and took the elevator down two minutes before the drill was scheduled to happen. While waiting on the lobby downstairs I took the Harry Potter patronus test and received a Wild Cat. If they had all the animals in the world on there I’m pretty sure mine would actually be a corgi or an okapi! We also talked about local tattoo places because I’m pretty sure I want to get a tattoo but am not sure where to go. I’ve been thinking about the same tattoo for more than a year so I’m pretty sure the decision will be a good one!
In the last weeks of September I tried increasing my running habits to prepare for the 2016 Panther Prowl. As was the case last year, I didn’t prepare for it as much as a should have. In the future I think I’m going to try approaching running from a different prospective by not focusing on distance and instead more on how running makes me feel. Running is something I’d really like to get into because I feel like running is an important thing to be able to do. In my introductory kinesiology class I learned that only about 20% of adults in each state get the recommended weekly amount of exercise. As an aspiring future health professional, I should not be a sideline hypocrite and will try from now on to get in my 150 minutes of moderate cardio a week as well.
So much rice and beans…and vegetables. After going home Cheese Days weekend I got garden fresh tomatoes and farmer’s market kale. I was super loaded for the remainder of the month. My favorite way to eat tomatoes is sliced with salt and pepper. I ate so many tomatoes that I didn’t have any left for stir frying kale so I substituted corn instead and it turned out alright!
Ryan and I took an evening stroll down Downer street to enjoy the evening air. It rained a little but was still refreshing. I noticed a plant store inside of Sendiks that I want to visit sometime in the next couple weeks before my birthday because one of the items on my “20 Things I Want to Do Before I’m 20” list is to make a terrarium.
I found a really great hot chocolate brand at Metro Market called Private Selection. One of my favorite ways to relax during the week is hot chocolate while watching Friends on Netflix.
One of my roommate’s had a birthday at the end of the month and we made her a cookie cake to celebrate! Elephants are her favorite animal so we decorated the top with one in icing. We did a terrible job of trying to be sneaky while preparing it and it caused a lot of laughs.
On National Coffee Day I made myself a hazelnut coffee at home before stopping by the Grind for a vanilla almond milk latte before my 9am class. I am such a sucker for coffee and National Coffee Day gave me the perfect excuse to indulge!
That same day we had enough time in the evening to take my friend out for dinner at Belair. We had to wait over an hour because it was $2 taco day, but it was so worth it. We were so hungry by the time we sat down and ate so much chips and salsa that we had trouble eating our tacos. I only finished one before calling it a night. The rest made awesome leftovers for the next day!
While I was at work the area of campus I was at had a fire drill and we had to close up the store and evacuate there as well! That brought a lot of excitement to my otherwise kind of boring job. After work I was stuck inside doing homework for most of the afternoon and evening and the view outside was gorgeous. I feel so grateful we got the location we did for this school year.
Ryan and I had a grocery store date the last Friday of the month and I had a few impulse buys. I bought furry cat slippers along with cheese balls because I was having a mad craving for them. Cheese balls are so yummy and I don’t even want to think about what they’re made of! We tried out the pizza place inside Metro Market and got huge slices of pizza for only $2.50. The service was horribly slow but the pizza itself was amazing!
That concludes the last week of September! Later this weekend I’ll get a start on October since we’re on the tail-end of the month already. I’ve been so busy lately but I’ve got a lot to share as well! Have a good weekend!
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!