It's definitely beginning to feel more like the holidays! Our dorm is decorated and classes are done. All that's left before winter break are the last round of final exams!
I somehow magically came across a topper for our little Christmas tree. While I was walking back from work I literally found this little golden pine cone on the ground with wires attached to the bottom. I picked it up, and now it's on top of our tree. How perfect!
December 4th was the first snow in Milwaukee. While out and about I saw this slightly evil looking snowman. Of course, he was knocked over by dawn the next day because people are people.
That weekend I made a ton a stir fry that included bowtie noodles, onions, carrots, yellow bell peppers, mushrooms, kidney beans, and teriyaki sauce. I love stir fry because most of the ingredients are filling and inexpensive.
My roommate and I also watched our first Christmas movie of the season. We chose White Christmas because it's a classic and she had also never seen it before. Since then I've also watched Christmas with the Kranks.
During the following week, our roommate Gena made her mom's sweet potato casserole for everyone to share. We also received new door decorations from our RA and went to an end-of-semester coloring party she hosted.
I've definitely got my college staple foods down. Eggs, black beans, corn, sweet potatoes, and rice.
Grocery shopping in the Christmas spirit! We stocked up on baking supplies for the coming weekend.
My roomies and I went to a campus event called "Back to Childhood" where they offered children's food and stuffed animals. We took so many chicken nuggets!
The following night, Ryan and I combined our resources and made a monster pot of spaghetti.
Last Saturday my roommate and I went Christmas shopping in Bayshore and I got all my shopping done at once (there were three more bags inside the Old Navy bag)! We stopped by the square to see the giant Christmas tree in the middle of the complex before heading home to stay in for the coming snowstorm.
While it snowed that night, I stayed up watching Once Upon a Time on Netflix and making little Christmas gift tags with note cards and watercolor pencils.
On Sunday afternoon, my roommate and I braved the snow to travel downtown and see the winter wonderland. It was beautiful!
On Monday we finished our gift wrapping and made homemade Christmas ornaments out of a mixture of applesauce and cinnamon. They smelled so good!
The 14th was the last day of semester classes. I bought a latte to celebrate and then went to an event called Panther Pause. It was a relaxation event that had different stations including yoga, massage chairs, food, health surveys, crafts, and even something called an oxygen bar. After grabbing some food we decided to try it out.
The oxygen bar was super weird. It was breathing in scented air. The scents were coming out of these odd bubbling chambers we were weirded out and called it quits after just a few minutes.
Afterwards, we headed back to the dorms to study. Awhile later my roommate asked me if I'd looked out the window recently and if not I should go look. I looked out to see that someone actually took the time to make this:
Since then I have been preoccupied with work and finals. I've been eating a ton of Christmas cookies and am trying to do yoga everyday to help relax. Because it is the end of the semester, my roommates and I have been working on cleaning out our fridge and bathroom so our suite's common areas can be cleaned over the winter. I cooked up all my remaining vegetables and have been eating oddball meals in order to use up all my food.
I have my last final exam tomorrow and am so excited to go home because we have a big trip coming up! I've also mapping out a strategy to make my resolutions for next year actually happen.
I hope you're getting into the holiday spirit and that any travels you take are safe!
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!