A quick look into some August celebrations. There was a lot of coffee this month. My goal this summer was to read a book I bought last semester and didn't find the time to read. It is called "The Gene: An Intimate History." I loved it so much! It broke genetics down into easy to understand language and I learned so much. If I wasn't going into physical therapy, my second choice was biology, specifically genetics.
I started my school supplies shopping this month. This notebook and planner are from Paper Source. I love the notebook because is has four sections with different colored pages. I have four lectures on Tuesdays/Thursdays this semester and I can use this single notebook all day!
Pancakes! A success photo after managing to flip the giant pancake without breaking it.
This month, my roommate invited some people to her family's annual bonfire. This is definitely the largest bonfire I have ever seen in my life! For scale, you can see her dad lighting it in the middle photo. It was crazy huge and burned for hours!
The next day, we went hiking before heading back to Milwaukee. We went to Blue Mound State Park to enjoy the views.
I also propagated my succulents. They have come so far since these photos were taken! I was fine pulling the bottom leaves from the plants, but felt mean cutting the tops parts off with a scissors and leaving the little stumps behind. Much to my surprise (even though my web source told me to expect it), little plants have started sprouting from the stumps where the leaves used to be! This has been such a fascinating process and I can't wait to share the current photos!
All the leaves in their new nursery (a Chinese takeout container). In this photo, some of the leaves are just barely starting to sprout new life. Look real close and see if you can spot them.
Scenes from a bike ride through Milwaukee Rotary Centennial Arboretum.
One of my favorite memories from August was whitewater rafting for the first time! It was such a thrilling experience! I wish I had photos from the actual event, but for safety purposes no one brought cameras for the ride. It would have been fun to have a Go Pro for this. Ryan and I sat in the front and it was so frightening during the tip down the ten foot drop. I'm so glad we did it though! So exhilarating! I can't wait to do it again!
Post-rafting selfies while waiting to dry off before the ride back.
Ryan and I paid a visit to the Sip & Purr Cat Cafe. It opened in Milwaukee this summer and is a super cute place! They serve fancy food, wine, and coffee drinks. After some noms, you can play with cats in the cat room. All the cats are from local shelters and available for adoption. I think this is a super sweet way for members of the community to meet cats. This way, they aren't sitting inside a tiny cage and can express their true personalities.
At some point, I want to attend one of their yoga with cats sessions. You have to book pretty far in advance because the classes are so popular!
After some coffee, we took a stroll through Black Cat Alley so see the new installations that were in creation during the Summer Solstice Festival. They look great!
There are also koi fish everywhere throughout the alley! Love it!
This month my roommate and I checked out the state fair. This will honestly probably be the one and only time I go. The crowds were crazy, the food overpriced, and the lines long.
I did enjoy that everything at the fair was super colorful.
We watched a dog agility competition for awhile. The dogs were so smart and adorable! We also discovered a nature center built into the park. We stepped through the entry and felt as though we were transported into another dimension. It went from super crowded and industrial to peaceful nature in about 15 feet! The most interesting food item I saw was deep fried olives.
Lastly, my roommates and I went to Belair to celebrate my roomie Hannah's birthday. She turned 22! We enjoyed tacos and margaritas. I don't think there's any better birthday meal. :)
That sums up the adventures from the first half of August. I took so many photos I decided to break the month up into two posts. I am planning to post once a week to get caught up, and after that monthly life updates with some content posts in between. School is crazy busy and must come first, but I still want to keep this blog going so I can look back on my life adventures.
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!