Hello from Milwaukee! This reflection post is being published a little later than I intended because I have officially started physical therapy school and am adjusting to the craziness that entails! Looking back on my photos from May feels unreal because so much change has happened since these photos were taken. Let's rewind to the beginning of May when my roomie and I went to Belair for Cinco de Mayo. We were under the impression that all tacos were $2, but they scrapped that idea from previous years so we tried out some of their brunch items instead. I had the Tosta Benedict which was good and my roomie had the Surfer Breakfast, which she said was alright but nothing special.
I am experimenting with a new meal prep recipe! Below are the prototype recipes for Indian meatballs, cumin-cinnamon rice, and Marsala-honey carrots. These turned out really good but the meatballs were super sticky when I was making them so I am fine tuning them a bit.
To celebrate the end of the semester, my coworkers from the research lab and I went to Ethiopian Cottage Restaurant for food and drinks and then walked around the to enjoy the weather. This is a fun restaurant to visit, but the flavors are not for everybody. I have loved each of my visits so far though!
Ryan and I went for a bike and dinner date during finals week. I hope we make this a regular thing because it was nice to get some pedaling in, eat good food, and then pedal off some of the fullness. I take a high number of photos when we take selfies with the hopes that we are both smiling in at least one of them. It used to annoy me when Ryan made faces when I was just smiling, but now I make some faces too and it's more fun to me to have the variety of facial expressions!
He and I tried out Harry's Bar and Grill. I ordered a salad for the sake of being "healthy" but next time I will go for the burger because I spent the meal drooling over Ryan's awesome burger. My roommate and I took a break from studying the following weekend to go out for a movie. We wanted to take a nice photo but we ended up trying way to hard to look like we were having fun and not super stressed out about life. We saw the Hustle and it had its moments.
On May 13th, my parents came to Milwaukee to see the UWM honors commencement. We went to Belair for tacos and margaritas beforehand and then walked around the campus neighborhood. The letter sign at Belair had the perfect message for my soul:
When evening rolled around, we went to the commencement. Both my roommates and I graduated with honors and it has been an amazing opportunity the live with them for the past four years! I am really going to miss them when we move away at the end of this month. I was so happy that my family also came to see me walk because their support has meant a lot to me during my time in undergrad. I chose not to go to the large UWM graduation downtown because I was starting starting PT school so soon after the graduation and it did not really feel like I was graduating, so this commencement signaled the end of my undergraduate career.
I was happy to go home for a week and a half before starting graduate school. On my first night home, we had cheese and crackers for dinner along with fresh margaritas served by a campfire. It was my ideal way to celebrate the end of another hectic term of school!
The days I spent at home blurred by. My sister and I had some good talks at coffee shops around the area and while sitting on the kitchen floor. I do not know why, but some of our deepest conversations are had while we are sitting on the floor of the kitchen! I don't know if it started in childhood, or what! The first one started while we were waiting for cookie bars to bake in the oven and more of them just happened during the rest of my stay! During one afternoon, we sat on the floor with Pinterest pulled up on our phones and designed the ultimate Halloween party!
I helped my mom plant some of her flowers and vegetables. I haven't helped with something like this since I was little and it was surprisingly refreshing. I was happy to see that in the time between planting and the time I headed back to Milwaukee, the green onions we planted had already sprouted shoots! Ryan brought a hammock back from Milwaukee and we tried it out at a local park. I can see more of this happening in the future because it was relaxing to recline in nature!
The following weekend, Ryan and I went to New Glarus for the day. I made a whole separate post about this mini trip and it was a relaxing excursion.
On my last day home, we celebrated my sister's birthday. We went to an awesome restaurant in Madison that allows you to make custom stir-fry bowls, browsed our favorite used bookstore, watched the new Aladin movie (amazing!!), and ate a Nightmare Before Christmas cake created by my super talented mother next to a campfire. I added a throwback photo because there are a lot of them from our childhood and it is fun to reflect on the past!
When I got back to Milwaukee a day before PT school, Ryan surprised me by setting up an awesome snack spread for us to enjoy. We ate so much food while watching videos of cute animals. After eating, we played a new game called Overcooked that simultaneously drove us crazy and made us laugh!
We cooked a nice stack of pancakes the following morning. Last week Tuesday I officially started physical therapy school. We got our gear and started our classes. I can already tell the next three years are going to be quite the ride!
Ryan and I went on a bike ride last Thursday. I wanted to get some fresh air after the information overload that was the first week of school and it was a gorgeous night.
Last Friday was my last day of work at my steady job from undergrad. It was sad to say goodbye to my coworkers, but I am glad I decided not to work regular hours during PT school because I can tell it's going to require a lot of my attention. I brought in cupcakes for my last day, though they got a little squished because I transported them via bike.
I look forward to sharing my adventures with you during this new chapter of my life! This blog is a place where I can keep track of my memories for future self-reflection, but also for those who wish to follow along. PT school already has me jogging to keep up! This past weekend was probably the most relaxing one I will have for the summer term. I had a chill day Friday and Saturday with friends and an "oh crap" moment scrambling to get all my work done on Sunday for this coming week. Homework took all day and then I realized I had neither clean clothes to wear or groceries in my fridge, so I will need to stay on top of those things for personal sanity! Classes are like a full-time job (yesterday was 8:30-5:30) and will take some adjustment. I am so excited for the future though, and in just a couple hours I will be heading off to our first clinical experience to practice taking blood pressure and heart rates. I will see you later. Thanks for reading!
Hi my name is Emilee and 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!