After New Year's, I went to stay with my sister in Madison for a few days. We arrived in the mid afternoon, so we decided to stay in for the night and order takeout, paint nails, and watch movies. Our choice for our movie marathon was the How to Train Your Dragon collection. I forgot how adorable and heart-wrenching those movies were!
I had a mission for our second day there: teach Katie how to ride the bus. We had high hopes for the day, and it started off well! We found our way to the mall and had a good time bumming around and window shopping. We explored most of the clothing stores and Barnes and Noble. I can get lost in that store for hours!
Here is where day two did not go so well: after taking the bus to Walmart, the bus back didn't show up. When next one did, we got on and it changed routes in the opposite direction of where we needed to go. We ended up getting off in the middle of nowhere and calling a cab home. I failed my mission for the day! The buses in Madison operate differently than those in Milwaukee (same buses switch to different routes, where as in MKE they stay on a constant path) and I did not account for that when I planned out our routes. We were so cold when we got back that we cranked the heat and cuddled on the couch the rest of the night. Whoops!
We had much better luck the last day. We went to the capital and explored State Street.
My favorite finds were Michelangelo's Coffee House, a gift store full of sassy gifts (you know the kind I mean, right?), and Earthbound Trading Company. It was great to spend time with my sister outside of our parent's house!
Another interesting find was a store called IT'SUGAR. I'm not a big candy person, but the store was so colorful it drew us in. We were both bamboozled by the giant gummy bear below. It makes me laugh just imagining someone trying to take a bite! They also had an interesting collection of plush treats. My favorite from this section was the bag of cheese balls. The only thing I didn't like was that they all had weird faces. I think they'd be much cuter without them! Since this experience I've been tempted to try and make my own plush bag of cheese balls, but am not sure if I'll ever have the time with school starting up again this week!
After returning to the apartment we ordered takeout sushi. Sushi seems an odd takeout food, but it turned out alright! We watched Ella Enchanted while waiting for our ride back home. Our trip to Madison was short but sweet and I'm thankful for the time with my sister.
The second week of January for me was filled with job shadowing and studying for the graduate readiness exam (GRE). I was so relieved once that was over!
Before returning to Milwaukee, my entire family went to a functional medicine workshop to learn the best diet for our personal needs. We each filled out the symptoms we had, the environment we lived in, and influential genetic factors that might be affecting our health. Afterwards, we were each prescribed a diet! Since I was on vacation last week (which I can't wait to share about!), I am starting mine today. I'm eliminating foods that are known to cause inflammation and digestive troubles and will reintroduce them one at a time in a couple weeks to see if my symptoms of intolerance related. I'm interested to see the results!
School is starting again this week and I'm going to work really hard on stress management because last semester was a roller coaster. Included in this goal is taking personal time to work on things I want, like yoga and this blog. I've got a rough schedule outlined for blogging so will hopefully be fewer periods of silence in the coming months. The outline isn't complete yet, so if there is anything in particular you'd like to see this year, let me know!
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!