I just want to say that I love my friends. All of them, and a lot. I am lucky enough to have made two of my best friends in elementary school, and I'm still very close with the group we hung out with all through high school. Inside jokes from the 9th grade have yet to die out (even if they should), and we get together as often as we can to eat pie and drink Mountain Dew at the Shari's near my great grandma's house. I wouldn't trade those nights for anything in the world.
I'm always super proud of my friends and I brag about them constantly, especially now that they are all off doing stuff that really matters. This past week Brittany did the ultimate thing to be proud of, and I feel like the Leslie Knope to her Ann Perkins as I run around telling the world how my poetic noble land mermaid got into a PhD program at one of the top grad schools.
For as long as I can remember Brittany has been passionate about two things: teaching others, and saving the world. I'm pretty sure CalTech will be the perfect combination of both, since she will get to continue studying renewable energy in a research lab and I assume will TA some engineering courses along the way. When she told me she was applying for grad schools I wasn't surprised at all, and I'm so excited that she is getting this opportunity.
Plus it helps that I will now have an excuse to fly to California on the weekends!
Yesterday I hopped on the lightrail and met a friend from my sorority down at Pioneer Square. After exploring a vintage pottery shop and grabbing a macaroon at a cafe, JLo (aka Jennifer Lo, aka J(en)Adore Blog) and I decided to try The London Plane. I've been wanting to go to this cafe/flower shop/bakery combo since my friend Taylor told me about it last year, but this weekend was my first time stopping by.
The space was super cute, with huge windows and an upper level for more seating. Unfortunately since the weather was gloomy there was much less natural light than I was hoping for, but in Seattle that can be expected. The menu was pricey with a lot of fancy ingredients I didn't recognize, so we settled on splitting a hazelnut honey toast on the sourdough bread they make in house. While the spread closely resembled Nutella, it was definitely more heavy on the hazelnut than the cocoa making it a little more bitter. I also got a bottle of Rachel's Ginger Beer, which is one of my favorite drinks. As someone who isn't a big fan of sugary tasting sodas, RGB is perfect when I want something other than water.
Luckily for us, by the time we were done inside the rain had died down to a sprinkle and we were able to take photos of our outfits. I was happy to debut my Madewell booties, which are more of statement piece than most of my shoes. When I picked these up on sale right after Christmas, I was drawn to the speckle pattern that reminded me of Yayoi Kusama's Infinity Net paintings, which I have been obsessed with since a feminist art class I took my sophomore year.
Velvet Tank: Material Girl (I bought this in high school and still wear it regularly)
Necklace: Forever 21
Jeans: American Eagle
Bag: This was a gift, but a similar version is available at Madewell
This past weekend I got to go with Tyler and his mom to Lake Tahoe for his last hockey tournament with UW. I had never been there before and although Ty had gone several times with the team, he hadn't really explored the area. Since he didn't have a game Friday we took the day as an opportunity to walk around and see what Tahoe had to offer. The local soda shop was definitely our favorite part and after checking out flavors like ranch dressing and bacon, we settled on some more conventional options. I enjoyed my peach flavor, and Tyler's cookies and cream was essentially just an extra sweet cream soda.
Overall the trip to Tahoe was super fun, and a nice break from the repetition of my school schedule. The only downside was getting home after mudslides caused road closures that prevented us from getting to the airport. We ended up driving for nearly 6 hours before making it to a hotel for the night, and were lucky enough to catch a flight first thing in the morning.
After more than 4 years of watching Tyler's games, it's weird to think that this weekend was the last. I am so used to the practice schedule, the travel weekends, and the nights at the rink. It will probably take some adjustment to get used to.
School getting cancelled for snow is quite possibly one of the most exciting things that can happen, and being in college definitely doesn't change that. It gives you the perfect opportunity to wear wool pants and eat soup dumplings.
I'm grateful for a day off, especially after procrastinating on my homework for too long (but honestly, no surprise there). It's going to be difficult to wake up for my 8:30 class tomorrow morning. If only everyday was a snow day!
Coat: Calvin Klein
Top: Old Navy
Pants: Forever 21
Shoes: Bettye Muller
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