For those of you out there who are college-goers, I wish you the best in terms of time and stress management as we reach the end of fall semester! I've had three exams in the last three days, and it's not even finals week yet! I'm looking forward to the end of classes because hopefully then I'll be in more of a holiday-December mood. Lately I've just been stressed and cold!
November already seems miles away, but it was a good time. I went home the first weekend to celebrate my birthday with my family. My mom and I stopped at Buffalo Wild Wings on our way back for chicken wings and fried pickles. Not healthy but so yummy. On Friday night we watched the last NCIS episodes on Netflix and I got to cuddle with the pups. Who could resist this little face asking to come up on the couch and sit with you?
On Saturday my sister and I went to a spa to get pedicures done. For some reason I've always wanted one and now have that curiosity crossed off my list! I'll be honest it was more of an awkward experience than anything. The attendant had to touch my feet and neither of us were great at conversation so it was just awkward! Beware: pictures of my feet lie below!!
Afterwards my sister and I went out to lunch, followed by shopping. While we were out I came across this adorable little Harry Potter Christmas ornament and was so tempted to buy it, but since I don't have a tree I was able to resist...
Saturday night my family came over to celebrate my birthday with a fish fry. I'm always treated to so much food while I'm home. My mother was the sweetest and made me an awesomely decorated cookie cake! I was able to take leftovers back to college and share.
The morning I went back to Milwaukee, my dad treated us to a homecooked breakfast. I miss Sunday morning breakfasts and drinking coffee in the living room until 10am!
On my actual birthday, I was able to leave work early and go to Helium Trampoline Park with Ryan! What a wild time!
The worst and the best: the worst part was definitely the Helium Jump. We climbed up to a tall platform and then did a trust fall off the edge with a 15 foot drop onto the airbag. It was terrifying! I don't like heights or trust falls, so the combo had my heart racing! We had to say to a camera that we understood the risks, and after I did my waiver, I stood at the edge of the platform for about seven minutes before actually doing the fall. The best part of the night though were the human hamster balls! We had to pay extra to use them but they were so awesome! You had to push with all your weight in order to get them to move, and when you collide with others you get bounced all over the place! That was definitely my favorite part of the park.
For dinner we went to a place called The Pizza Man. It was a very high-end pizza place with a rustic atmosphere. We ordered the barbecue chicken pizza which had barbecue sauce, pulled chicken, red onions, pickled banana peppers, cream cheese, and cilantro. It was so good! We ate the entire large pizza in one sitting, shocking our waiter. He said he'd never seen a whole one eaten by two people.
When I got back to my suite, my roommates had a surprise as well! They made me a llama muffin arrangement! It was so cute.
Later in the week I pulled the plug on my rock candy. It didn't grow on the stick and wasn't getting any bigger where it was growing, so I decided the time was right to eat it.
I've also been keeping tabs on my terrarium. It had a cute little flower that has seen died, and I think it's because I watered it too much. I watered it twice during November, and I think once would have been better for it. According to the internet, the colder it gets outside, the even less water they need.
In regards to actual school, chemistry has definitely been my most intense class this semester. It's the one I spend the most time on outside of class and the one I spend the most time studying for.
On November 12th my roommate and I participated in the Children's Mircale Network Dance Marathon on campus. It last 10 hours and we went and left as our schedules allowed. It was a pretty great event and they raised a lot of money for the children's hospital!
Dorm views. I love our room's color scheme! Also, my stuffed animal collection has been rapidly growing since I started college. Not complaining though!
Our dorm's cafeteria had a special food night called "7 New Wonders of the World" and had all sorts of foreign food. I added money to my meal plan so I could participate and it didn't disappoint!
While grocery shopping we came across this piece of eye-candy at the bakery.
On our way back I stopped at the City Market for a peppermint latte because, even though it was mid-November, I was having Christmas vibes! On Sunday night, Ryan and I went down to the boardwalk at the marina for an up-close look at the Super Moon!
Night time city skyline...the pictures aren't even close to expressing how gorgeous the view was.
I had a Walgreen's gift card and used part of it to invest in a couple bottles of nail polish. I've never been much of a nail painter, but I found a color I really like.
My roommate Gena surprised the rest of us one morning by decorating our blank wall to look like a fireplace! She even got us all stockings with colors that match our personalities!
Then, suddenly, we were nearing the end of November. Classes took a break and I was home again, this time for Thanksgiving. I spent almost all my free time the first two days back helping prepare food. The first night we made pumpkin and lemon meringue pies!
I had a wonderful Thanksgiving morning sitting on the couch eating Luna Maya leftovers and finally starting a book I bought ages ago called The Hippopotamus.
Thanksgiving was spent in great company and I couldn't be more thankful for the good health of my friends and family.
On the Friday after Thanksgiving, my family went to the theater to watch Fantastical Beasts and Where to Find Them. It was amazing and emotional. Afterwards we had brunch at The Pancake Cafe and my mom and I went for breakfast while my dad and sister went for lunch. My dad was nice and let me have his pickle!
My sister and I tried to do some Christmas shopping the next day, but all we ended up buying at the end of it all was coffee! We found some entertainment along the way, then headed home to have leftovers for lunch. That's one of the great things about Thanksgiving- you get to celebrate for about a week afterwards!
Since coming back to Milwaukee, I've been trying to keep up with healthy habits. With so many exams taking place on top of work, it's easy to get overwhelmed and forget. Everyday I try to eat a serving of fruit or vegetables along with exercising a few times a week. I also took my coloring book back out, which is extremely relaxing. My favorite way to de-stress lately has been by coloring while watching an episode (or five) of Once Upon a Time on Netflix.
December has been very busy so far, but as of today I feel pretty caught up with life. I had three exams in the last three days, finally responded to all my important emails, and made appointments for things that need appointments. After this blog update, I'm ready to put on my slippers, finish my Christmas shopping list, and watch Christmas with the Kranks!
I hope you're finding time to get in the holiday spirit! Have a good one!
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!