I know, it's the middle of fall and I am just now finishing up my last post of the summer. Colectivo is a huge local coffee group based out of Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Not only is their coffee amazing, but they also have cool events at their different locations including trivia nights and live music concerts. All of their locations have a different kind of charm and are awesome spaces to study or get some computer work done. The photos below are from a free concert at the lakefront Colectivo.
At the end of August, I decided to take a trip to visit my sister in Madison. This became my first stop on an adventure that took me all over the state. I stopped at Stone Creek Coffee before boarding my bus. I love this spot's giant rooster painting over the fireplace!
Even though I drank coffee right before my bus ride, the first thing my sister and I did when I arrived was get more coffee!
My travel goodies and sister's cat. I had quite a heavy suitcase because I didn't want us to need to drive to the grocery store before making dinner my first night there. Next time, I'll just plan on shopping after traveling because that was a heavy suitcase! I brought Barefoot sparkling wine, beans and corn for vegetarian tacos, nacho cheese, three avocados, and all eight of the Harry Potter movies in addition to my clothing. As a side note, my sister's cat is quite a character.
I've been trying to resist posting too many food photos, so here is a collage of my favorites from my visit. A vegetarian poke bowl, hibachi grill, and pot stickers with sushi. Do you see a theme??
We spent our first couple days completing a Harry Potter movie marathon and ranked all the movies in order from best to worst. I'll do a nerdy Harry Potter post in the future and include my rankings with all the other details. After that, we decided it was time to emerge from the movie den and feel the daylight on our faces. We started with a trip to the zoo!
There has not yet been a trip to any zoo that I haven't enjoyed!
Check out these chill capybaras.
A trip through the bird house.
On another day, we went to the Olbrich Botanical Gardens. This place was so cool! It had themed areas that looked right out of picture books!
So many routes and tunnels. My yoga pose in the photos below started a crazy series of photos between my sister and I. We went beyond yoga and just got silly. We'll keep those photos between us...
I really wanted a splits photo but didn't want to take it with anyone around. My sister and I made several laps around this fountain area before the coast was clear!
This bridge looked so magical.
So much diverse greenery.
I had so much fun visiting my sister! It was hard to say goodbye because I never know when I'll see her again. After staying with my sister for almost a week, my mom picked me up to go to her art show in Green Bay, Wisconsin.
The first thing we did when we got to Green Bay? We went to Margarita's of Green Bay! They have some seriously awesome Mexican food. We ordered a trio of chips and dip including white queso, guacamole, and spicy yellow queso (plus the free chips and salsa lol), giant margaritas, and shared steak and chicken fajitas (it was three plate large!). We took so many leftovers back to the hotel!
The art fair itself was great! The music selection this year was awesome and my mom's booth was right across the lot from the main stage. It only rained a little and we discovered an amazing coffee shop called the Daily Buzz. I went there four times over the two days of shows. I found a street sign stating what types of animals weren't allowed at the show. It made me wonder, if the list is so long, was this actually an issue? Wow! My cousin and his wife also stopped by with their adorable son who is almost two. It was great to see them again.
Art from my mom's booth. She and her business partner Nikki do some amazing work!
It's impossible for me to go to a good art show and not take home souvenirs. Below are the most recent additions to our apartment. Our walls are finally filled! On our last night in Green Bay, we went to a fancy restaurant near the football field and then to a cool hole-in-the-wall comedy club. After Green Bay, my mom and I drove north to visit my grandparents by the Michigan border. It was so good to see them again, though I did not take any pictures there. After a few days with them, we traveled back to the opposite end of the state to my hometown for a few days before I returned to Milwaukee.
At the end of August our dear pup Rusty said his final goodbye. He had been getting progressively sicker and finally had a stroke that did him in. I'm so glad he's no longer in pain but am sorry that Buzz was left without his buddy of 12 years. These two escaped many years ago from being studs at a puppy mill. They were found swimming in a river and were taken in by a dachshund rescue group. A family friend located them for us and they came as a bonded pair. Since then they have been spoiled beyond measure and Rusty lived lived beyond his life expectancy to 17 years old. The beginning was ruff (pun intended), but he was a happy dog after that. We will never forget him.
I spent a lot of time with Buzz. He was so lonely the first month without Rusty. I discovered talking him on long walks cheered him up, so we went on a lot of those!
On one of the last days of the summer, I reunited with two of my best friends from high school to go mucking about and catch up. It's so funny how we can go years without seeing each other, but the moment we're back together it's like nothing changed at all.
We took tons of photos and videos. It was so amazing to see them again!
After our day of playing at the park, we went to the drive-in movie theater to watch The Incredibles 2 and the latest Jurassic Park. For some reason I cannot ever stay awake during the second feature. I watched approximately the first 15 minutes and then woke up during some kind of auction scene, slept again, and then woke up for the credits haha.
On my last night in my hometown, we celebrated my mom's birthday. I made her a llama card, my dad grilled a nice dinner, and she opened her presents on the deck while enjoying a nice campfire. Buzz kept doing this cute thing where he would stick his head under the pillow like it was a little lean-to tent! It was such a great night to end summer vacation on.
That wraps up my summer. I miss it already. However, it's time to look to the future because we're somehow already halfway through the fall semester. Thanks for reading!
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!