May has been so, so crazy! For the majority of the last 19 days I have been alternating between writing papers, studying, taking exams, and binge watching Friends. As of Wednesday at 3:44pm I am officially checked out of my residence hall and back at home for the summer! Although most of the month went by in a blur, with the help of some pictures I'm going to try to stretch my memory and recall a few more specifics!
Way back on Sunday, May 1, Ryan and I went geocaching for the first time! I never understood what they were and have been curious about trying it for awhile. Geocaches are small capsules all around the world that you can locate by GPS. Inside the capsules are notes from previous discoverers and sometimes small treasures!
While out searching we also came across a place called Hubbard Park, whose entrance is through a giant pipe!
After searching for treasures, we went to the Purple Door for ice cream. I had a token for a free kiddie scoop that I won playing bingo at the Earth Day party and was surprised at how much ice cream it got me!
My two favorite hobbies this month were exercising and watching Friends. I was doing super well keeping track of all my miles for the 1000 mile challenge, but when I started running I used my iPod on the track instead of my phone, which has a pedometer. If I want to keep tracking I'll have to guess how many miles I ran the past few weeks.
I celebrated the last day of Mexican food in the cafe with a big burrito bowl! I never thought of putting sweet potatoes in burritos until I tried it here, and now I'm hooked! They also had something they called "protein salad" that is a mix of chicken, black beans, garbanzo beans, peppers, and some kind of dressing that I couldn't quite place. I'm going to experiment with the ingredients over the summer because it was pretty good and I can always use more protein!
On May fourth I went to a Hype dance performance at the Union. Some people are just so talented!! For the most part it consisted of hip-hop dancing with some random dashes of musical theater and solo artist performances.
On the last day of our speech class everyone brought in food! The entire front of the room was covered in cookies, cupcakes, sweet bars, donuts, and miscellaneous candy! The cupcakes were adorable and I want to find a similar recipe to the strawberry rhubarb bars this summer!
Thursday night we went to Zootopia, the last movie playing in Flicks for the spring semester! It was so much better than I expected! The story line was well thought out and the world had a lot more depth than most animated movies about animals.
On May sixth, my RA hosted a trip to the Milwaukee Art Museum, which is free to the public every first Friday of the month!
These were some of my favorites.
This trunk was super interesting because it looks like a normal trunk from almost every angle, but when you lean over to see the grate it leads to a giant room below filled with water!
All the girls wore rompers in celebration of a day warm enough to make it worth wearing shorts!
We walked to the Milwaukee Public Market afterwards for a late lunch. I got a Flamingo Juice from the Green Kitchen and a chicken pesto panini from Nehring's Family Market.
That was going to be it, but we passed a coffee shop on the way out and I had to stop! I ordered a Honey Bee latte from Anodyne Coffee. It tasted similar to the Honey Nut Cheerio latte from the Grind on campus! The foam art was super cute too.
On Mother's Day I called my mom since I wasn't able to go home. It was great to hear her voice! After our call my friend and I went to Walgreen's for toilet paper and then to Cousin's Subs for lunch. They didn't give me a bag for the TP so while waiting in line for twenty minutes I just awkwardly held it like an infant. I tried one of their special sandwiches because it had guacamole on it!
After lunch we decided to finally try out the Bublr bikes, which are free to us as students. It was pretty fun! We rode them to the beach, and then into the city because we couldn't find another docking station. Since we were in the area, we grabbed some coffee drinks to take with us back to the lake.
Ryan was in Milwaukee on the ninth for a seminar and stopped by to have lunch with me. We went to the Kenwood restaurant at the Student Union. Their sweet potato chips were awesome!
After eating, we walked down to the Union Art Gallery to see the latest exhibit. This piece stood out to me in particular. I found it clever and true.
Over the next couple days I went to a Breast Cancer Awareness yoga class hosted by the Susan G. Komen foundation and also went to Belair one last time with my friends. Like the adults we are, we spent the entire evening discussing the Twilight series from back in middle school.
The following Friday I went for a walk with a friend to take a break from all the studying. We noticed that there are tulips planted at nearly every house!
The following Sunday we went out to eat at William Ho's Chinese Restaurant. Their egg rolls are the best ever, but other than that their food is pretty standard. They're so big!! After egg rolls, we went to the Metro Market up the street and tried all the samples! I'm not sure what Starbucks was giving out, but the cups were so cute.
I definitely want to go grocery shopping here some time! Their selection is great and it reminds me of Whole Foods but with more reasonable prices! I was totally enamored by the tiny pineapples.
After our Metro Market stop we went out for coffee (surprise). We went back to Stone Creek Coffee and this time I ordered a vanilla latte. Coffee sure has a sneaky way of putting a dent in my checking account!
Monday the sixteenth I took another walk to get away from studying. It was absolutely gorgeous out and I didn't want to spend the entire day indoors! As I was walking through a neighborhood I saw a dog for the first time in awhile in someone's yard and started making the doggy voice. I went on for a good while before noticing the owner standing fifteen feet away looking amused.
The lake looked awesome. I wish it had warmed up sooner so that we could have gone more before all moving out! There's always early next fall, though.
In celebration of my last day in Milwaukee, I spent the last $4 of my meal plan at the ice cream shop. I ordered the "Summer Vacation Sundae" which had rainbow sorbet, pound cake, pineapple, cherries, strawberry syrup, and whipped cream. Yum!
Because we love Chinese food, my friends and I found another restaurant to try out the night before I left. We went to the Eastern Garden on Oakland. I tried bubble tea for the first time! It wasn't bad, but I think I picked a weird flavor combination. I had kiwi tea with honey bobas. The bobas that I got were super chewy and odd, but I'd be willing to try it again in a different flavor!
We all ordered different dishes and then shared everything. It was a great last night!
When we got back we watched Love Actually and then I met up with another friend for some last minute studying before our exam the next day. The following morning I packed up all the rest of my belongings and then tried to study a bit more before taking my last anatomy exam.
One last Honey Nut Cheerio latte for good measure!
My last exam went pretty well. It at least felt better than the previous one, but I'm trying not to speculate too much in case I jinx everything! After the exam, I got a quick snack before heading to a job interview! I only turned in my application the previous day and wanted to interview before I left Milwaukee.
It was one of the most interesting interviews in that I wasn't actually interviewed. I filled out a bunch of paperwork and then the interviewer gave me an 11 page packet of questions to fill out. I only had about 4 left when I asked what time it was. 3:20?? My checkout meeting with the RA was at 3:40 and I had a bunch of missed calls from my mother, who came to help me move out! I left without finishing the packet, but if I wasn't moved out by 3:40 then I would be charged a $75 improper checkout fee! I ran up to my room and thankfully some friends helped me grab all my stuff and get it to the parking garage in one trip! I'm so happy I packed everything early because we had no time to spare!
After packing everything into the car, I finished my checkout meeting with the RA, said goodbye to my friends, and my mom and I were on the road back home! We got into super bad traffic and it took us almost an hour just to get out of the city, but we made it! I'm so happy to see everyone back in my hometown and am looking forward to this summer's adventures!
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!