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Snippets from the Last College Winter Break (!!)

One of my favorite parts about being home is that when I wake up there is usually a pot of coffee ready and a free comfy chair to sit in for maybe a little too long, eventually getting out on a run, and then meeting up with Ian or friends later on! It’s my favorite routine, but unfortunately each day absolutely flew by 😦 I’m back at school and only forgot a few things (ummm- the sheets for my bed, what was I thinking??)

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I only went to the canal twice this break because it was pretty much a sheet of ice the whole time I was home. But on the random 50-degree day I really wanted to go for a walk while I had the chance!

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I also have a much harder time getting to 10,000 steps at home than I do at school. At school, I usually have hit that goal by 10am just from my run and then walking to classes. At home, my run doesn’t quite get me there – but Ian was willing to go on a few walks with me 🙂 we could walk into the marshes because the mud was frozen solid! I’ve never done that before!

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And most of break was food, food, and more food! I need to get back on track this week 🙂

The last night of break my family went to Antonio’s, which is almost 45 minutes from our house, but WELL worth the trip. My dad is obsessed with this place and lucky for us, we get to benefit from that 🙂 Portuguese food for the win!! We got way too much and had plenty of leftovers. I wish I had remembered to take a picture before digging in.

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For Christmas Ian had a gift card to Fisherman’s View! We decided to go a few days before school started which was a great way to end break. I got swordfish with mashed potatoes and it was AMAZING. Ian got fish and chips (typical). It was really fun, I had only been there once before!

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We really don’t ever say goodbye until I’ve eaten some chocolate chip pancakes 😉 The first time we left for college this is what we ate, and then we just kept doing that every time we parted. I love this tradition, and actually this is the second to last time we’ll do this after carrying it out all the way through college! Can you see how chocolate chip pancakes are a bittersweet food for me 🙂 ?

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Today my roommate and I are going to an art museum and then getting started on some of the work we’ve already been assigned, it will for sure be a good first weekend back!

 

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Feelin’ 22

Luckily there was no major blizzard on my birthday this year (although it was pretty close!!)

I was so excited for the seventh this year because as a gift for Ian and I, his mom got us tickets to the Killers concert! We’ve both listened to them since probably the seventh grade so it was pretty exciting. I started off the day with a cup of coffee before the rest of my family was awake, and then once Morgan was awake we went downtown for Marylou’s coffee and to look at the canal. It was FREEZING so we sat in the car the whole time.

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I opened presents from my mom and got ready for the day- we left for Boston around 1!

After we checked into the Boston Park Plaza, we went to the Thinking Cup for, yes, another cup of coffee. I was over-caffeinated the whole day and was pretty happy about it. An americano for me (or coffee water as Ian called it) and a French hot chocolate for Ian! He normally wouldn’t want to sit in a coffee shop for as long as we did, but since it was my birthday I got my way 🙂

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Then we went back to the hotel to catch up on the Jaguars game and get ready for dinner and the concert! I honestly can’t remember the name of the restaurant we went to, but it was a bit further from the Garden because everywhere near it had almost a 2-hour wait. Just a nice, healthy dinner for the two of us!

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I can’t even explain how awesome the concert was. The Killers are SO GOOD in person, and they played all my favorites (Mr. Brightside, Smile Like You Mean It, All These Things That I’ve Done, When You Were Young, …) and Ian knew the words to every song 🙂 I’m so glad everyone stood the whole time because it’s way more fun that way- We were there for over 3 hours but it felt like a half hour, it flew by!

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After seeing the line for the T, we opted to walk back to the hotel in the cold. I was glad we did though because we got to walk through Boston Common at midnight with nowhere we needed to be!

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Safe to say that this was one of my favorite birthdays yet, filled with all my favorite things to do, and favorite people to be with! I’m very, very lucky 🙂

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Washington D.C. and Hershey Park

I’ve left this recap waiting for way too long, but I remember everything we did so well because it was so much fun! Julia and I only had two full days to visit with Kayla, so we packed each day with stuff to do. It was great to see Kayla after leaving from Granada, we missed her so much!!

Our flight left Boston early on Saturday, so I left home extra-early, but I was excited and I knew Julia would be down to get coffee with me right when we got to the airport. The flight was so short and comfortable 🙂

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Since we arrived in D.C. so early, we pretty much had the whole day to head into D.C. and look at some of the monuments. I’ve seen the monuments before but they’re still so fun to go admire and take some pictures.

Although it was freezing we stayed outdoors for a long time! But eventually we went to another coffee shop to warm up and get a snack.

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I could have sat in there for so long, but we had plans to go to the Simthsonian. I love that most of the museums in D.C. are free to go to, it makes for a much cheaper trip!

After spending some time there, we went to see the White House, the front side! I hadn’t realized that everytime I’ve been to D.C., I was looking at the back of the White House, weird.

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Since I was with my friends from Granada, we wanted to get tapas for dinner and found a wine bar called Barcelona! It was a very pretty restaurant, and despite the cold we ended up sitting outside by the heat lamps and with the blankets the waiters brought us. We ordered a smorgasbord and four different tapas to try.

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We got back and had wine in Kayla’s hot tub- really living the dream 🙂

Sunday was all about chocolate! We went to Hershey Park, which had everything from lights to roller coasters to reindeer. If you ever go to Hershey Park, you have to get the hot chocolate because it was the best I have ever had! We asked one of the workers how they make it, and they told us it was just the mix and hot water – but it tasted SO much better than Swiss Miss.

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We didn’t need to leave until noon the next day, so we slept in and Kayla made cinnamon buns while we watched Home Alone 🙂

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The flight home was just as easy as the flight there, and pretty soon we were back to Boston!