September went by in a flash! After the first week of school, my family and I headed to the Green Bay area to celebrate my cousin's wedding. The venue and decor looked straight out of a whimsical Pinterest board!
They added a non-traditional element to their ceremony. They performed a whiskey barrel ceremony in which they both poured a bottle of whiskey into a barrel that they will drink from at big events in their lives, such as special anniversaries and the births of children. My mom painted the bottles and kept referring to them as the "whiskey bottle of love" the entire weekend, which got some laughs. There were also some chuckles during the ceremony itself because it took a long time for the bottles to empty out into the barrel.
After that, it was time to get back to school. I've been trying to eat healthier this semester and decided to make my own vegan poke bowls! I was very inspired by the poke bowls I ate when I was visiting my sister. The bowls below had spring greens, quinoa, cherry tomatoes, cucumber, green onion, pickled ginger, carrot sticks, glazed tofu, and vegan sriracha mayo. Yum!
UWM hosted a free night of rock climbing at Adventure Rock. I went with a couple friends and it was a blast! I was totally afraid to let go of the wall on my first couple climbs though. The first time I climbed back down the wall and the second I let go, but at the last second grabbed the wall with one hand and dangled for awhile before I got a better grip and climbed back down with two hands!! We also tried out the boulder wall where you climb with no harness on a shorter wall. For some reason, whenever I jumped off I always landed seated!
Out and about around Milwaukee! Ryan and I took a bike ride to Bay View to see a festival.
We went to the Bay View Bash. There were tons of street vendors and we enjoyed walking around the local shops as well. I found a cool physical therapy company that offered to let me job shadow, and I'm planning to take them up on the offer! We also found a cute bookstore called Voyageur Book Shop.
This crazy band playing in the street had anamatronic parrots!
More cool finds in Bay View.
Oooh coffee? We've got to stop! I ordered a caramel latte from the Drift coffee truck. Ryan also bought me a sunhat because I couldn't find any sunglasses before we left. I love it!
One of my favorite things to do is try out new restaurants. Cafe Corazon was highly recommended to us, so we stopped there for lunch before heading back to Milwaukee. I loved how colorful this place was!
Our server didn't realize we were in his area so we had to wait awhile. He felt so bad when we notified him that he gave us free guacamole and a margaritas! Both the food and drinks at this restaurant were phenomenal and I hope to go back again soon! I was really impressed with their extensive vegan menu and the food was super fresh.
A few more shots from life. I took fewer pictures this month as a result of school starting. The taco shop Belair had an awesome sign about taco body season! I also went to Rochambo coffee house to meet up with a friend from high school. Lastly, I was surprised to realize my jade gollum plant (pictured on the right) has nearly tripled in size since I first got it! Go little plant, go!
Finally, lots of food shots! There were a lot of food pictures in this post (sorry-not-sorry). Margaritas and tacos at Belair with my roomie, brunch at Comet Cafe with another awesome friend from high school, and celebratory sweet potato fries at Cafe Hollander with Ryan.
Those fries were celebratory because I found out at the end of September that I have been accepted in UW Milwaukee's Doctor of Physical Therapy program! That was such an emotional and exciting day and I am very much looking forward to the future. That announcement offered a breath of fresh air and I gave me a happy boost for days. Lots of things will change come spring, but I am looking forward to it.
I hope you all had a great start to fall. Have a great weekend!
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!