At the beginning of October, Ryan and I went on a double date to the Shalom Wildlife Center in West Bend, Wisconsin. I was impressed at the depth of this sanctuary. It didn't look like much when we drove up, but it went on for miles! I enjoyed their nature-knowledge signs posted along the trails with pieces of lore and information.
Some of the trees were already turning beautiful colors. We bought a bucket of animal feed to share and headed out to the trails.
The elk were probably my favorite animals we saw. Their tongues were slimy and my hands were covered in goo after feeding them, but it was worth it!
These cute dear on the right were so excited we were going to feed them that they also ate part of our trail map when we weren't paying attention!
There were a multitude of activities along the trails. Little houses with information inside, containers already containing non-edible Halloween goodies, and a rope-climbing pole!
Look at all these cute, curious faces! I think the white deer below has a very dog-like face!
Rawr. These bears had a fighter while we were there that was quite impressive to watch.
This pine tree lined pathway offered a great photo opportunity!
Fall slowly crept in as October went by. The awesome dinosaur pumpkin appeared outside our apartment. Stone Creek Coffee also started offering some fall flavors. I really liked their maple syrup flavor! I love the blend of colors in the plant leaves below.
A friend from high school and I (who coincidentally attend the same university and haven't been meeting up until just recently) went to the Ethiopian Cottage Restaurant to catch up over some delicious food. It was so good to get up-to-date and also talk about our crazy Sims stories.
I arrived early to an observation site for a course project and walked the neighboring blocks and on the bike trail until it was closer to my scheduled slot. I found an array of sights.
I went on a group horseback ride with a school organization. It was a positive experience! It was snowing when we got there so our ride got delayed. While waiting for the weather to let up, we learned how to interact safely around a horse, especially when walking in their blind spots. The stables also taught us about grooming, nutrition, and riding gear. Then, we went on a super guided trail walk on horseback. That same weekend, Ryan and I went to Cafe Benelux in the Third Ward for some good eats and to enjoy the atmosphere.
I found a very random note on the ground while walking to work that said, "to: women, from: God." I think it was out of its original place because it pointed to a fence that said "beware of dog." I also took a leap and decided to switch up my hair. I cut a lot off and went much darker than before. I wasn't sure how I felt about it initially, but it's been growing on me. I also met my friend Emily for brunch at Cafe Hollander. I had their "sweet potato noshers" and it was super good. I'm going to try and remake it at home because it was so amazing. It had sweet potato wedges, poblano peppers, pickled pearl onions, aged cheddar, beer cheese, sriracha roasted cashews, and a fried egg on top. So. Yummy.
Meal prep madness. I decided meal prepping would help me eat healthier, so I have been doing tons of meal prepping on the weekend to help simplify my work and school week.
My roommate and I took a break from studying a couple weekends ago to go to Mayfair mall. I found a cute fall coat at Charlotte Russe. It's been so cold lately though I've only worn it a couple times. We found a super decadent candy store that has a huge selection of chocolates (including the chocolate "happy pills" shown below) and an entire wall of alcoholic gummy bears! We also went to Bath and Body Works to smell the Christmas scents. They had these really weird hand sanitzer holders that look like the gel comes out of their butts when you give them a squeeze. We couldn't stop laughing at them!
We got fro-yo afterwards and chatted about life. The Fro-Zone in downtown Milwaukee has excellent frozen soy yogurt by the company Silk. It was one of the best dairy free ice creams (or yogurts) I've had. The next day, Ryan and I invented a new pancake recipe. I did not have regular soy milk so we used my dark chocolate variety and added pomegranate seeds to the batter. It was a great combo!
To celebrate Halloween, Ryan and I went to the the ballet Dracula. It was incredible! I am amazed by how graceful every single movement was. We also witnessed the retirement of a ballerina and got to see as her coworkers, company, and sponsors bombarded her with flowers at the end of the performance. I had never seen her before, but by the strong emotions of everyone in the room I knew she was a great dancer and we truly witnessed something special.
On Halloween Tuesday, Ryan and I took a break from costume creation (that will now be postponed until next year, haha) to eat yummy food at Belair Cantina and watch The Shining. I'm glad with the way our plans ended up. I had been wanting to watch a scary movie all month, but I won't watch one on my own because my scare tolerance it very low. Also, chips, salsa, and tacos are always a good time.
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!