October is almost half a month away already, so I compiled my photos into one long post. As of late I've been very busy with work and classes but am finding time to enjoy myself as well. Before Thanksgiving break in a week and a half I want to try making pumpkin pie and have already started compiling a list of Christmas gift ideas! I love how there are so many holidays at the end of the year!
On the first day of October, Ryan and I took a trip downtown to the Oriental Theater to watch Indiana Jones Raider of the Lost Ark. I love this theater because it shows a variety of old and modern movies. The atmosphere inside was perfect for the theme of the movie.
Afterwards I made some maple soy tofu. I cooked the tofu with a little bit of olive oil, soy sauce, maple syrup, and green onion and then added it to cooked rice.
In the evening we went for a walk around campus to appreciate the scenery in a different light. There are so many interesting statues around campus that I never pay attention to when I'm on my way to class. At some point I want to just walk around campus and take pictures of all the different buildings and scenery because our campus is actually a pretty cool place!
On the second of the month I volunteered at the Lakefront Marathon to pass out Gatorade and water. It rained for most of the morning, but that probably helped out the runners. I was amazed by the dedication of all of them. I can't imagine running 26 miles straight!
The rain stopped by afternoon and the air felt so fresh on the walk back.
I bought a fruit called a pepino melon at Metro Market. It tasted like a cross between a cantaloupe and a honeydew.
My uncle was flying out of Milwaukee the first Tuesday of the month and came a day early to take me out for dinner. It was great to see him because he lives pretty far away. We went to the Screaming Tuna and ate a huge, wonderful meal. For an appetizer we started with salted edamame and a tempura platter.
For the meal he ordered a rainbow roll, I had a the "Rising Sun" roll, and we shared another kind of fish but I can't remember what it was. It was definitely the best sushi roll I've had so far in my life! For dessert we ordered a mochi sampler and a tempura battered banana. I was so full afterwards! The mochi ice cream balls were good, but the skin/peel on the outside had a peculiar texture. This was by far the best meal I had in October and I'm very thankful he took time out of his travels to come see me.
My roommates and I worked together to get our suite feeling more spooky for Halloween.
The night before the Panther Prowl I walked to Metro Market to get a smoothie and a salad. It's actually been so long since I had salad that I was craving one! I listened to Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows on my walk.
I saw an awesome looking mushroom growing in someone's yard. I felt a little creepy taking a picture on their lawn, but saw another person doing the same thing on my way back!
We woke up bright and early on the morning of the 5K to watch the children's dash and get hyped up for the run. I made a special playlist on my phone to help me keep track of pace.
We finished in just over 30 minutes! I was planning for 12 minute miles, so was really happy when I had to skip ahead to my finish song, "Uptown Funk."
After the prowl, Ryan and I went to a TedxMilwaukee! For just $10 we were able to listen to 12 influential speeches from prominent figures in our area! It was so thought-provoking and really opened my eyes to issues and events around our city. They broke the presentation into thirds and served lunch and coffee in-between them.
A local artist made giant crayons of to-scale human skulls to represent our shared nature and mortality. Then they had us write words of advice to our fellows on the wall outside the theater.
On Sunday I tried out a chicken fajita pasta recipe to eat throughout the week. It was pretty cheap to make granted it made six servings!
Early the next week, my mom sent me a care package with a bunch of my favorite foods along with some new mittens and a fuzzy hat! The avocados were pretty ripe so I made them into a large batch of guacamole. Ryan also surprised me with a present! When I was younger I loved playing Webkinz and at one point wrote to them and asked them to make an okapi. Guess what? They did! I always wanted to get one but never did, but after hearing that story, Ryan decided to surprise me with one. It even had an access code! It's so cute! My stuffed animal collection has grown a startling amount since I've started college, but that's okay with me!
I grabbed a vanilla latte made with almond milk before my Friday morning class. That night Ryan and I went to a special planetarium show called "Nightmares in the Sky." We went to the "very spooky" show but it wasn't spooky at all. Instead it was fascinating to hear about the stories of the different monstrous constellations.
On the 15th Ryan and I went to Brady Street to visit Glorioso's Italian Market.
It was such a magical place. The shelves were filled with authentic Italian food and a variety of imported products. There was a live band there and made-to-order food counters selling sandwiches, meats, desserts, and coffee drinks.
They had cute little sample sizes of cheese so you can try them out before investing in a big piece! I bought one called Paese.
I wanted to sample every single one of their desserts. I will definitely go back and try some in the future! In addition to the cheese, I also got a tiramisu latte. It was heavenly!
After the market, we walked up and down Brady Street to see what else it had to offer. We didn't stay long enough to thoroughly explore, but there are tons of unique shops, restaurants, and bars. The taco sign almost lured me in!
Then we came across a place called Cass Street Park that was full of the most whimsical statues!
That night I went to a home soccer game with my roommate. We originally went because they were handing out free scarves, but ended up staying the entire time because it was much more engaging than we expected!
Then we met up with the rest of our suitemates to watch Bad Moms in our dorm's movie theater. Here are three phrases to describe the movie: "Oh my God," "Are they really?" and "Ehh."
On Sunday a friend and I went to a Collectivo coffee house to work on homework. Even though it was busy I was able to stay very focused. The shop was full of plants and the cups had a Dia de los Muertos theme. I ordered a vanilla latte made with coconut milk.
The week that followed flew by because I had so many exams and meetings. To help relax, the following weekend my roommates and I went to Downer for a Halloween trick-or-treat and street art event. Each shop participated in a pumpkin carving contest.
Sendiks had apple cider and a giant platter of free fruit that we had trouble staying away after taking our samples.
Sendiks also had a wide variety of plants on sale. The baby tomatoes were adorable and the kale plants looked so bizarre! I had no idea they grew this way!
I picked up a succulent to use in my terrarium for my "20 Before 20" list.
After the street festival we went to Belair for lunch. I ordered the shrimp burrito and ate more than my fair share of chips and salsa! When evening came around we went to the movie theater to watch Suicide Squad.
On Sunday I spent some time outside and enjoyed the beautiful weather.
My roommates and I made an apple bake and watched The Woman in Black 2 in honor of Halloween. It was pretty darn creepy!
College kitchen staples: sweet potatoes and rice and beans.
I ordered a Stitch Fix box and was pretty satisfied with what I got! The items were a little out of my price range, but I ended up keeping three of them because they fit so well!
Ryan and I made pumpkin bread on Halloween weekend and watched a lot of movies. While we were out walking about we saw a squirrel up on top of a rooftop and had no idea how he got all the way up there!
Ryan's parents came by to take us out to lunch and catch up on life. They were super sweet and bought me a new winter coat for my birthday! It was great to see them again.
Halloween weekend wrapped up pretty quick. Life got pretty busy but I kept my head above water and found some time to have fun as well. I hope your lives are busy-but-balanced and that you're finding things to be thankful for as Thanksgiving approaches! Until next time!
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!