Wandering in the Wisteria

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My posting schedule is hereby cancelled until the semester is over. There will be new posts, but I have no idea what days they’ll be going up on.  I’m spread a bit thin and have too much going on in the next couple of weeks. I’ve also been sick which means precious time that could’ve been spent productively has been spent sleeping and wandering around my room in a confused state. When I miss class, you know it’s bad. However, before everything went downhill, we had that beautiful, 80+ degree Saturday last weekend. I spent about an hour of it in Old Town Alexandria, walking around with my cousin enjoying the weather and signs of spring. It was the perfect excuse to wear these seersucker shorts that I’d recently picked up and had been dying to wear. There’s nothing better than loose, comfortable shorts on a hot day, or in general. My bag for the day was this light pink polka dot backpack that I found on sale over the winter and use religiously. It’s the perfect size to carry all of my essentials (camera, wallet, lipstick, portable charger) and wears comfortably on my back. Hopefully this weather will return with a little less humidity so I can start studying outside soon!

Shorts // Sandals // Backpack

Family Weekend

This past weekend, I convinced my cousin Scott to drive down from RI for a weekend visit. He arrived Friday night and left Sunday afternoon. While I probably should’ve spent the entire weekend writing a big paper I have due Tuesday, we had a fun weekend playing tourist.

When he arrived Friday night, we immediately went to visit my friends and spent a few hours with them. We played our silly games which reminded Scott of his own social life… in tenth grade. Afterwards, we found batteries and inflated Scott’s air mattress before falling asleep… or at least he did. I, instead, got to stay awake and listen to his snores.

 

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Saturday morning, we got up and headed to Georgetown so Scott could get coffee before driving over to the national harbor to do some returns and shopping. While in a store, Scott thought a gift card looked cool so he asked the employees who he’d quickly befriended if he could take one with $0 on it. They agreed and laughed at him some more. Next, I was dragged to an army store before doing some dragging of my own over to Old Town Alexandria. We got pesto asiago croissants from the farmer’s market before walking around and exploring a bit. After, we intended to explore the area surrounding Iwo Jima, but because it’s under construction, there was no parking so we settled on a half hour of traffic instead.

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After our late night and busy morning, I was exhausted and decided to take a nap which in all actuality consisted of taking an allergy pill, turning the AC on, drinking a ton of water and eating half of a banana bread, whatever works! While I decompressed, Scott headed off to explore the city on foot and go to a museum. We eventually met up at Lincoln before walking over to see what was left of the cherry blossoms.

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That evening we drove back to Georgetown, this time for cupcakes, which I force fed half of to Scott. I don’t know what’s wrong with him, but he has something against sugar. Doesn’t he know that dessert is the most important meal of the day?!?!?! Between eating cupcakes, we visited the Jefferson, which is my favorite monument, before heading back. I almost forgot to mention how on the way back from picking up cupcakes, Scott decided it would be a fabulous idea to yell at some pathetic-looking frat boys. They were sitting out on their little bench, minding their own business and thinking they were so cool, when my lovely cousin, while driving his car, stuck his head, upper body and arm out of the moon roof, honked the horn, and started screaming “WOOOOO!!!!!!!” like a mad man. For a solid four seconds, there was dead silence as they were in a state of shock, but after the slight buffer period, several screamed back. I’m still shaking my head.

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Sunday morning, we got up, and again, headed to Georgetown. Scott found a parking spot while I picked up cupcakes from Georgetown Cupcake, both for myself and for my parents. Sunday is mocha fudge day and April is salted caramel chocolate chip month. Needless to say, everyone in my family was pretty excited for dessert. After I got the cupcakes, Scott got his coffee and we headed to the NRA’s firearm museum in Fairfax. It was so cool! I love guns and this place had more than I’d ever seen before in my life. I definitely got some room inspiration from the framed of bullets… bullet art is going to be a thing!  After spending over an hour looking at every single gun in the place, we got matching NRA hats and talked to the man at the desk. He informed us that they had a state of the art, BYO gun shooting range on site that was only $15/hr for non-members and $20/hr for members.  Unfortunately, neither of us had guns on us.

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After driving aimlessly around and stopping so Scott could shoe shop, we drove back into the city for dinner with my roommate at 1pm. Then, it was off to Autozone for new windshield wipers to equip Scott’s safe drive home in the rain. Overall, we had such a fun weekend. It was great to have family who is just as crazy as me around and to be able to play tourist and explore so many different surrounding areas that I’d never been before. Scott is definitely going to come back and visit next semester and the one following that!

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Wait… What Am I Doing?

The other morning, I woke up and decided I wanted to graduate a full year early. I’d been planning on graduating a semester early since the beginning, but now, the idea of spending three more semesters in undergrad seems pointless. I really don’t think I could sanely do it, nor do I want to. Being in school just seems like a waste of time; I know these are far from the best years of my life.

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Graduating early means a delayed start to my summer, though, which will be primarily spent preparing for the LSAT. Once I finish with finals this spring, I’ll have a couple of weeks of free time before I go home and start taking three online classes which will last for a month. My summer is going to be nonexistent and not fun at all. Between interning, studying, preparing for the LSAT, eventually taking it in September and trying to decide which law schools to apply to, I’m not anticipating much of a vacation.

Three days ago, I wrote a post on this very topic, however, I had to scrap it because my mentality and plan has shifted so much since then. Now that I have a plan in place, I feel better, but will finally be relieved when I am registered for all the courses and know what I’ll be doing and when I’ll be doing it. I am in the most scattered head space right now between planning ahead and assignments and everything else that life decides to throw at me.  I have an immense amount of pressure on myself to do well in all of my classes this semester because this is the last one that will count toward my GPA when I apply to some law schools. I definitely didn’t plan ahead for this but am absolutely positive that this is the right thing for me to do.

District Daffodils

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I love how everything has been in full bloom for a couple of weeks now. Even though it doesn’t feel like it quite yet, it actually looks like spring! After driving by these daffodils one day, I knew I had to take photos here, it’s just so beautiful! That morning, I had been thinking about the field of daffodils that I’d visited last year in Massachusetts and how I would miss going to a daffodil field this year. Fortunately, I stumbled across these! I’m hoping you can’t tell, but when I did end up going, there was mud everywhere and it was pouring rain; it’s always an adventure!

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Midterms are over and the semester is winding down. I just have about five papers and three finals to go! I’m excited to get outside and explore a bit more this spring. While I’m starting to make some big decisions regarding my undergrad path and how fast it’s going to bring me to my next road, I’m focusing on getting outside more and not stressing so much. After a long winter and encountering some extra toxic individuals, I’m all about spending my time around happy people who are motivated and excited about life. Somehow this year, I managed to find an amazing group of people despite all the awful ones I encountered… always a silver lining!

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I’ve been very tired lately so this post may seem a bit jumbled, but I want to take a minute to share some things that I’ve been loving lately, other than my typical cookie dough and pasta. Yoga, specifically power and vinyasa, have replaced the stair-stepper-elliptical as my go to workout this semester. These classes provide a highly effective, intense workout that I love! There’s nothing better than pushing every muscle in your body, working your flexibility and actually working up a sweat while doing it. The classes I’ve been taking will actually kick your butt; I can see and feel a difference in my body! I decided to bring my friend Jason to a class one day and he went in expecting an easy joke of a workout. Instead, he could barely get through the class; he was shaking and fell to his mat while attempting a chaturanga (the ‘going down’ part of a push up)!

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I’ve been burning my salted caramel Yankee candle (which I most definitely DON’T have in my dorm room😂) non stop; it smells so good! Finally, I’ve been wearing these white sneakers everywhere, they’re so light and comfortable! They come in especially handy for my late night monument walks which have become essential for a good nights sleep.

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Top // Jeans

Cherry Blossom Bows

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I’m not sure if it’s actually shorts weather yet, but that didn’t stop me from wearing some this week when I went for a walk to see the cherry blossoms. Originally, I thought it would be cold, so I wore a winter coat with my shorts (I probably looked ridiculous as some of the tourists) but ended up taking it off and putting it in my tote, it was so warm! IMG_1052

I hate how crowded DC is this time of year. All winter, I get spoiled when it comes to my walks. No matter what time of day or night, there are no crowds and if you go out late enough, not a single person will be around. Unfortunately, warmer weather means those days are gone for now. The tidal basin was super crowded as is everywhere else in this city. I’m currently on the market for a new destination to walk to every night, preferably a tourist free one… hopefully I find it!

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My entire outfit on this particular day with the exception of the shoes was from J.Crew Factory. They’re killing it this season, even more that J.Crew itself. Last summer, J.Crew sold out of these exact shorts before I could order them but fortunately, they came back for less than half of the price this spring and I got them! They’re very high waisted, comfortable and adorable thanks to the pink color and the bow tie on the front. While I’d typically wear it with something short sleeved, the cooler weather had me reaching for a thicker striped t-shirt with polka dotted tulle bell sleeves. White heels pulled the whole look together and I couldn’t be happier with how it turned out. While the shorts were a tad see through when I tucked my top in and I was a bit unsure of my outfit even after leaving my room, I love it looks and can’t wait for another warm day to repeat it!

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Shorts // Similar Top // Heels

Sarasota’s Best Italian Bakery

Happy Wednesday! This week is off to a crazy start. After flying back to school early yesterday morning for a long day of classes and a midterm, my stress levels are officially off the charts. This has me thinking of two things: warmer weather, and dessert. Flashback to Spring break. Mom and I, two infamous dessert addicts, were craving chocolate and searching high and low for high quality dessert in Sarasota. On a recommendation, we took a drive to Paisano’s Italian Bakery, owned by a family who are also from Rhode Island. You know a dessert place is good when it has two cases filled with various desserts as they have to sell out regularly.

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Initially, Mom and I were drawn to the biscotti which were amazing. We tried the chocolate walnut, which was mediocre at best, the cranberry pistachio, and finally, the chocolate chip and the amaretto white chocolate, both of which came straight from biscotti heaven. They were crunchy, a good size and flavorful. This bakery clearly knows what it’s doing! We also tried the walnut cookies, which were also amazing, with a perfect buttery taste. We ended up consuming about 2 lbs of cookies each over our time in Sarasota and have zero regrets!

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Next, we were drawn to the death by chocolate cake. I was a bit skeptical about how good the cake itself could be as it was coated in frosting, topped with hardened ganache and dipped in chocolate chips, but it did not disappoint. The cake begins with a dark chocolate layer of cake at the bottom, followed by a milk chocolate layer, before being topped with another dark chocolate layer of cake. Next, the cake is frosted with smooth and rich chocolate frosting which is covered in chocolate chips. On top, is rich dark chocolate ganache which ties the entire cake together. We had it every day of our trip; it was that good. One night, we split a piece of chocolate mousse cake which features chocolate mousse centered between two dark chocolate layers of cake and covered in chocolate, but it just didn’t compare. There’s no beating death by chocolate.

Find directions and information of Paisano’s here.

Happy Easter!

Happy Easter! This post is going up following an insane weekend! Wednesday night I flew home to spend the remainder of Holy Week with my family. Of course, a snow storm in Wisconsin of all places had my 50 minute flight delayed 2.5 hours. Unfortunately, my travel complications didn’t end there. I was scheduled to fly back to school early this afternoon, however, thanks to the SNOW, my flight was cancelled and now, I can’t get back until early tomorrow morning, just in time for my midterm. Despite the inconveniences, it’s been great to be home, relaxing with family, biking a total of 32.6 miles and studying for that midterm!

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After arriving home at 1am Thursday, I was reunited with my little sister that afternoon. We went to take some photos around Wickford. It was so fun to drive around in the truck and catch up. Friday, my mom and I ran errands and picked up fresh ravioli from Venda on Federal Hill. When we got home, I went for a fun ten mile bike ride (partially in the dark) and painted some Easter Eggs! Saturday, my mom and I went to pick up some flowers (we decided on a pink hydrangea and tulips) and bunny ears for Delila. I had two pairs from past Easters, but I somehow managed to forget them at school. Eventually, we found an adorable pair and Delila was absolutely thrilled to wear them! Easter Sunday was a lazy day. We made a ham and had a few family members over for dinner. I spent much of the day studying and after dinner, we went for an extremely short version of our annual egg hunt.

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