Tuesday, May 27, 2014

The End?

J.K. Rowling wrote, "it is a strange thing, but when you are dreading something, and would give anything to slow down time, it has a disobliging habit of speeding up". While I was never dreading graduation, I was dreading having to leave everyone and the fact that my last summer vacation (EVER) would only be two weeks long. So, surprise! Time has completely flown by in a whirlwind and to be honest, I'm still spinning around. 
Senior week came to an end with a trip to Chicago to go to Second City. We took a bus into the city, had the whole afternoon to do what we wanted then met up at the comedy club when the doors opened. Don't let the blossoms and blue skies fool you, it was wicked cold the entire trip. 

 Instead of going to the Loop like usual, we decided to meander around Lincoln Park. This led us to the Lincoln Park Zoo and yes, I am aware that this is the second zoo I went to within a week time frame. We started off at a little farm that is perfect for all sorts of little munchkins . . .

And people who deny their impending adulthood. 

The boardwalk around the farm leads you across a bridge and gives you the most magnificent view of Chicago's skyline.  

That's the money shot right there!

The zoo is free and has amazing exhibits that let you get right up close to the animals.  

My favorites are:
The monkeys

Sahar, the lion who is overly (yet understandably) possessive about his rock.  

And the cubbyhole with baby naked mole rats (Rufus anyone?). 

After the park we took a stroll around Old Town and tried to figure out where we wanted to eat.  

 We ended up at a restaurant called Wells on Wells. We ordered burgers and a few bottles of wine as we passed the time until the doors of the comedy club opened. 

 Second City was, conveniently, right across from the restaurant so we dashed from one door and into the next before we got too cold. 

 Never having been to a comedy club before, I wasn't sure what to expect. The room was buzzing with excitement as we nestled down in our seats, ordered a drink and waited for the show to start. 

Not wanting to spoil anything that happens during the show all I'll say is that it was brilliantly funny. I laughed until my stomach ached and then laughed some more. Going into it I was beyond bitter that we didn't go to a baseball game but after having seen the show, there is no place I would rather have gone.  It was the perfect end to our senior week. 
Oh! And in case you're wondering, I did graduate. I did not trip up the steps. My name was not forgotten. My diploma was ready and signed for me. I did get rained on but the sun was shining in the end. Isn't that always the case? 

Wednesday, May 14, 2014


What's better than an end of the year pre-summer party? An end of the year pre-summer party where you get your own pizzas and bottles of champagne. Try to argue with that, I dare you. 
Another name for this party is Babetostal. Not a school sanctioned senior week event but just as traditional as all the other events. Each year all the senior girls have a party (Babetostal) and the senior guys have a party (Dude fest) - I think it's clear who has the better title and I'm not saying that's indicative of cleverness but . . . 

 A senior neighborhood in town hosts the party and there is dancing in the streets, a DJ, kegs on kegs, pizza and endless bottles of champagne. 

Despite the massive amount of 1D that was played, I think the definite stand out song of the night was obvious: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Yu17HNXfsTM 

Monday, May 12, 2014

"Save Some Champagne For The Toast"

Friday night kicked off the start of senior week or, in other words, the last week I will ever be a college student. We were told today that after this week is over the next time we will be called "seniors" is when we are senior citizens. Maybe not the best thing to say to a group of already emotional people but definitely a harsh, much needed reminder that come Saturday afternoon we will be forced to enter the real world and so we must take complete advantage of our remaining time as undergrads. 
So, to recap what has happened so far . . .
Friday night was formal. We all traded in our finals week sweatpants and baseball caps for dresses and heels. We were able to (finally) celebrate the end of studying, exams, papers, classes and have a carefree night of dancing, laughing, drinking and just being with the best people.

The actual formal itself wasn't too great but the people sure were. 

Sunday night was the season finale of Once Upon A Time (I'm having a lot of Elsa feelings still) and I got to check off another box on my bucket list: Chipotle

Monday began with a champaign brunch.

 The salad was pretty pitiful but who can say no to free champagne? Certainly not me!

We then hopped on a bus and headed over to The Round Barn Winery in Michigan. 

We were each given a wine glass with tokens in them that can be exchanged for wine or beer samples. 

If you ever get the chance to visit, be sure to try the Weekend White. I may have liked it so much I used two tokens on it. 

Across from the winery is the brewery where everyone raved on and on that the sangria was the best they had ever had. 

As of right now, I'm trying not to think about what the end of this week will bring and just enjoy every moment, every friend and every glass of wine . . .but mostly the wine. 

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