Friday, April 26, 2013

We'll Always Have Rome

Summer is only two long, terrible weeks away. We're so close to being free to sit on the beach all day with no academic responsibility. However this means that there are only  two more weeks until the dreaded G word for my senior friends (*whispers graduation). 
The beautiful Liz hosted one final dinner for our Rome family, so we can all be together one last time. Let it be known, that as I write this I am most definitely not tearing up and eating my weight in chocolate trying to cope with the imminent future. 





















 I can't believe we won't all be together next year. While part of me selfishly wants them to stay with us one more year, I know they are moving on to bigger and better things. These are some of the best girls I have ever met and I can't wait to sit back and watch them conquer the world.


Sunday, April 21, 2013

Wandering in Niles

This morning I woke up a good hour and a half before my alarm. I was not happy. 
When my morning meeting was over I started packing up my things and was prepared to crawl back into bed and hibernate for the day. Before I knew what was happening I had my sunnies on and was getting into my car, not my bed. I believe wandering is good for the soul, so I just started driving. 
I finally stopped when I saw this:
A Casperson Books is a rare and used bookshop in downtown Niles. Obviously, I had to go in. 







An old children's school book from 1914.



 This entire section was completely dedicated to books about Abraham Lincoln. 

 And a section on fire? 

Right across from the bookstore was Veni's Sweet Shop. Books and chocolates? I'll take it. 




I mean. . . I couldn't leave empty handed. 

 Milk chocolate caramel and dark chocolate mint truffles. . .
Dark chocolate covered Oreos and homemade milk chocolate mints.
Needless to say my grumpy mood disappeared pretty quickly. 
When in a bad mood there are no better words to live by:



Thursday, April 18, 2013

South Bend Chocolate Cafe

The fact that I've lived in South Bend for three years now and haven't visited the South Bend Chocolate Cafe is ridiculous. There's no need to worry about the world spinning the opposite way or that the moon will suddenly crash into Earth because I finally made the trip. 
Oh and what a trip it was!

The cafe is divided into 3 parts: the candy section, the cafe/food section, and the chocolate section.




How can you not love a place that puts goldfish in your soup?

They have every candy you could ever think of here. Ones you haven't seen since you were a kid and ones you see all the time. It's terribly exciting! 


Oh, and there's a giant moose. With ankle bracelets. 




This lovely lady is Lucy the Bear. 

We became fast friends.  

I don't think anyone would be able to resist the chocolate here. 

Just look at it! 


Chocolate cake with chocolate icing, with chocolate drizzled on top? Don't mind if I do! 





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