Hello, long time no talk. I've made a few realizations during the past week. The first is that if there's something you want to do, you can definitely make time for it. Time sometimes seems to just slip away without anything productive coming from it. This can be avoided by scheduling time for the things that truly matter. Also, back up your computer files regularly. My laptop's operating system crashed during an update and was damaged beyond repair. My talented father was able to extract about half of my computer files, but unfortunately the rest were lost. I have this weird empty feeling inside knowing that some of them are gone for good. So, back it up regularly! Lastly, I should dedicate more time to studying than playing the Sims 4, however addicting and stress relieving it is. Lately I feel like I've been just going with the flow too much and am missing out on opportunities to grow and continue developing into the person I want to be. End of spiel. Below are some pea plants I rescued from my biology lab. My TA told us to toss the extra plants, but I couldn't bring myself to do it so I took them home instead! They suffered a spill right before I left for spring break, so I propped them up on supports the best I could, gave them a good amount of water, and I'll see what condition they're in when I get back!
I don't have a lot of life photos to share this post. However, I have been taking a lot of meal photos that I'm going to compile into one post on meal prepping in college. My schedule is so busy during the semester that meal prepping is a must! There have been a lot of buy one get one free deals at Metro Market, so I've been collecting on the items I can freeze and use later. This may be a psychological trick, but for some reason I have convinced myself that brown chicken eggs taste better than the white ones! After I started buying brown eggs, the white ones just don't seem to cook or taste the same. Any one else experienced this?
The Wisconsin transition to spring has been really crazy. The temperature fluctuates so much during the day. In the photo below I was wearing a sweatshirt and capris because it was so warm when I left for campus; while walking to class, however, it began to snow violently for 10 minutes! The flakes were hard and everyone ran for cover. After it stopped, the sun came out and it was warm again. Now even two weeks later it's supposed to snow overnight and then all melt by tomorrow afternoon. I'm just ready for warmth! I was hoping over this spring break it could be warm enough to wear shorts and have campfires in the backyard, but it's been winter coat weather instead. Keeping hot coffee with me helps a lot when it's cold out and I love my coffee thermos from Savannah. I found out that if I bring it to the campus coffee shop, they charge me for a small plus a BYO cup discount even though the mug is 16 oz! Gotta take advantage of any way to save money in college.
My mom picked me up in Milwaukee last Friday after my morning classes. My sister surprised me by coming along, and even more after she suggested we go to a Mexican restaurant for lunch! She usually wants to go for Asian food, so I was happy with her pick. They made us fresh guacamole that was good but also very expensive. The rest of the ride went by fast because my mom put together a playlist of all the songs we like to sing along to and we sang the rest of the way back.
On St. Patrick's Day I went to Saturday morning yoga with my mom. It was so relaxing. The studio in my hometown is sunny and adorable and the instructors are all local women. I borrowed a pair of my sister's dance costume leggings. I forgot to bring yoga pants home, so these were a nice find. My dad thought they were crazy, but they got a lot of compliments at the yoga studio! My sister and I went out for coffee afterwards and then walked around town catching up. In the afternoon we went shopping for groceries and then started prepping for dinner. St. Patrick's Day typically involves alcohol, and at our house we mixed caramel vodka with almond milk. It sounds weird but turned out really good!
We had a great assortment of cheese, salami, crackers, fruit, and bruschetta for dinner. Then we watched the first live-action Scooby Doo movie. I don't know how it's so captivating, but once a year we all have the urge to re-watch it! We followed it up with the first Jurassic Park, which is also a favorite in our household. We set the food out buffet style on the coffee table, which was far enough up to be out of reach of the dogs, but close enough to capture their attention all evening.
I spent most of this spring break studying because I have two exams coming up. It was nice to be in a relaxing non-Milwaukee atmosphere, even if I couldn't get away from school. I also had a lot more free time than I originally planned because my laptop operating system got really messed up and I lost my telecommuting connection so I couldn't work the whole week. That was both a blessing and a curse, because it's nice to get away from work, but I also can't make up all the hours I missed. Another great thing about being home is getting to see the pups! Buzz loves sitting next to me so that just our butts are touching, no idea why! He is my coffee buddy every morning on the couch. I'm not sure how Rusty is comfortable in the second photo, but he was fast asleep when the picture was taken!
A couple nights ago, my mom and I made six total lasagnas! The one we had for dinner is out of sight. We had stations with cooked noodles, bowls of shredded cheese, containers of ricotta and cottage cheese, and meat sauce. The kitchen was a mess by the time we finished, but now my parents, sister, and I all have lasagnas frozen that can be pulled out and reheated on short notice. That night my mom stepped it up even further and baked a yellow cake. It was such a heavy food night. Everything was great, but we all had food comas afterwards.
Yesterday my mom and I tried out a new restaurant in town called The Black Walnut Kitchen. It's a farm-to-table type place and everything we tried was great! I had a (very) spicy noodle bowl, a side salad with pesto dressing, and rose tea.
This morning I had my yearly physical and then my mom and I went up to Madison to go to Trader Joe's. We found some cool foods, and I'm especially happy with an imported coffee I found that had a sunset and llamas on the container. I have to remember to grind it before I head back to Milwaukee because I do not yet have a coffee grinder. Then we went out for coffee and chatted before picking my sister up for the weekend. This weekend we're celebrating Easter early by decorating eggs and having a fish fry with the rest of our family. To end this post on a non-food related note, here are more pictures of my doggies!
Until next time. I hope it feels more like spring where you are!
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!