That Time I Moved Away To College

Wednesday, August 29, 2012

DePaul is nothing and everything I expected it to be. It's fantastic, fast-paced, friendly (holy cow, I just totally used alliteration there!) But mostly, it's just so much fun. Yes, another F-lettered word. Get used to it.

First of all, my roommate is amazing. She is so much like me, but enough not like me at all. We get along great. At least much, much better than some of the roommates I'm hearing about...

Second, our room is the most adorable abode ever. Thank you, Audrey!

Third, the food here doesn't suck. I had the best apple & cranberry salad today. Life complete.
Fourth, the people are awesome. We made cookies last night for all the lovely kids in Belden, and while we were yelling out "cookies!" running up and down the halls, we met some pretty cool people. I'm excited. And then we went out exploring Lincoln Park a bit. It was so good to just walk around in the night with people I don't really know and freak out over boutiques and restaurants I'm sure we'll venture to later on.

Fifth, the view from my dorm. Self-explanatory.

So that's that. I'm a college girl now. And I couldn't be happier. Being in the city makes me feel so independent and free. I mean, I bought my own GROCERIES yesterday!

But at the same time, I'm wishing I'd have someone to tell me what to do. This being away from home stuff is weirder than I'd thought. Oh well. I'll get used to it.


That Time I Saw My Extended Family After A Year

Sunday, August 26, 2012

I've been home for a little over a month now. And my mistaking-french-words-for-english-words phase is almost up. Just in time to head off to college! But I thought I'd make a quick visit to see my family before I started my new life in Chicago.

So I spent the second half of my birthday driving up to my grandparents' house where I answered endless questions about France, coming home, and how I was doing. Then I hugged them goodbye and trekked to my Aunt's* house to see her and my two lovely cousins*. And then we finally came back to the homestead for a night with the amazing Liz (my other cousin*) that had been much-needed.
*Disclaimer time: these relatives are not blood-related nor marriage-related. But they're the closest thing I have to family. My godmother, her daughters, my brother's godmother, godfather, and their daughter. But that's another story.

In my days spent with these awesome ladies, we lounged, watched TV, talked, laughed, and cooked. Yes, yours truly is still on her cooking-kick. And I'm soaking up new recipes like a dried-out sponge recently dropped in water.

Here I'll share my Aunt's famous Spinach-Feta Frittata recipe:
2 lbs spinach
10 eggs
1/2 C milk
3/4 C feta
Pinch of pepper & Tabasco
Preheat oven to 400F. Oil frying pan. Cook down spinach. Drain. Re-oil pan. Mix eggs, milk, pepper & Tabasco in a bowl. Add mixture to spinach. Cook until set*
Put in oven for 20 minutes and enjoy!
*set: when you move the pan, the mixture moves but is firm
(this is only a quarter of the gorgeous pie, it was too delicious to wait!)
I'd say my housewife skills are coming along quite splendidly. I'm even preparing dough right now to make cookies for my new dorm! Let's just say I'm embracing my love for cooking while it lasts.

I'm off to start the adventure of packing my clothes for school, it's all I have left before I'm 100% ready to pack up and leave town. Here goes nothing!


That Time I Turned Nineteen

Tuesday, August 21, 2012

Yes, I am officially nineteen years of age today. Happy Birthday to me!

I said goodbye to my darling German, Luisa, yesterday afternoon..probably the worst birthday present in history. But I know we have to leave each other sometimes so the reunion is that much sweeter.

Nineteen-Year Old Resolutions:
(I know it's not New Year's, but I never end up following those anyway. So why not make Birthday Promises? I feel like that makes it a little more personal, and more like I really need to follow them. Please excuse me talking to myself for a moment.)
  • Pick up dance again, as a hobby. Don't over-do it, but keep up with it because it's what you love. And you heard your mother yesterday, you've been dancing since you came into this world. Quitting was a stupid idea.
  • Be more patient with the world. Remember that "look at every side of the situation" attitude you used to have? Yeah, get that back.
  • Remember how darn lucky you are. Seriously, you don't have room to complain.
  • Read the whole book. I know you're starting college and you think you won't have time. But do it.
  • Make sure to get running in at least twice a week. It makes you feel better.
  • Eat gluten-free as much as possible.
  • Enjoy this year and don't lose the people who hold you close. Good luck, we'll talk again when you're twenty.
There. It's done. I've written these down and put them in a box as well. I guess we'll see how that turns out in 365 days!

My Birthday presents: my lovely new macbook pro, dorm accessories, tea & a tea cup from my ladies, a Lilly tumbler, a gorgeous creme Guess bag, and my new glasses from Warby Parker (Reece in Whiskey Tortoise)
Oh! and this day marking a new term of my life, I created a Twitter account and found my new life motto:

Holy cannoli! A lot has happened today already. Time to start packing for family week, I'm off to my grandparents and cousins' houses.


That Time I Found Out I'm An Autumn

Sunday, August 19, 2012

Yesterday was an episode of perfection. I started my day with a Watermelon Agua Fresca (watermelon purée and seltzer water) and delicious zucchini fries. Then I spent the afternoon with the best friends on this planet as we got told which colors look best on us and ultimately counseled in how to pick our wardrobes.

After, we dressed up & went out to eat at my favorite restaurant in downtown Toledo, Rockwell's!
I can't gloat enough about this night filled with good conversation, laughs, and more food than anyone could possibly consume. My ladies are just that, my ladies. One spring, one summer at heart, one winter, and one autumn. We complete each other. And now I'm going to write a bit about them because they wholeheartedly deserve it.

My Spring: She is the girl that walks into a room and lights it up with her animated character, infectious laugh, and glowing smile. The girl that I knew I'd be best friends with the first time I laid eyes on her. And our friendship is like wine, it just keeps getting better with age. She has a way of making me laugh almost all the time. She takes everything lightly and can never be mad for long. Her head is in the clouds, but there isn't a more loyal girl walking this earth! I can't imagine my life without her. She is my favorite, my Sarah.

My Summer: Okay, I have to admit she is a "spring" but to me, she'll always be summer. Perhaps because she's spent two summers with me & I know there's only more to come. She is my sister-daughter, the one that teaches me to be patient, and knows me so well it scares me. She is nonchalant about life and keeps calm always. Her beauty is unconventional and astounding, and I'm convinced she'll be the face of some designer someday. She loves me despite everything & will always hold a big chunk of this here heart of mine. She is my German, my Luisa.

My Winter: This girl keeps me guessing all the time. She's honest and doesn't like to waste time beating around the bush. Her demeanor can seem icy cold, but her heart is as warm as a cup of hot chocolate on a snowy day. She's intelligent, confident, and beautiful in her own skin. She owns up to herself and does as much as she can pile on her plate without it tipping over. And sometimes, when it does, she knows we're there for her. She's my twin, my Muri.

These are my girls. Forever & always.


That Time I Started A Blog

Thursday, August 16, 2012

Hello there!
My name is Emily. I'm eighteen years old and about to start my college career.

I don't want to miss a beat (and I'm sure you won't want to either), so here I am, documenting my journey to adulthood.

A Few Things About Me:

  • I'm a bit of a feminist. But I also love to cook, clean, craft and online shop. Basically, I'm the best of both worlds.
  • My favorite colors are navy, white and mustard. And I still believe that knowing someone's favorite color is important.
  • I speak fluent French and lived in Bordeaux, France for a year.
  • I'm a part-time vegetarian, but chicken is probably my favorite food group.
  • I should have been born anywhere except the Midwest, but I'll always love my charming hometown.
  • My major as of now is Pre-Med/French (please don't ask what I'm doing with it).
  • I move to Chicago in 10 days to start my life as a college student.
  • I have an obsession with Tommy Hilfiger, green tea, Gossip Girl and fat animals.
So I'm taking a page from Life's Little Instruction book and turning myself into a classy, well-traveled, well-dressed, perfectly polished machine.
Who is on the list of my inspiration? Jackie O, Kate Middleton, Lilly Pulitzer, Audrey Hepburn, Blair Waldorf, and my own dearest mother, with whom I share almost everything in common.

Well, here's to the start of an incredible journey to adulthood.
Wish me luck. I'm gonna need it.