Lately

I’ve been MIA for the past little over a week. I literally haven’t had time to touch the blog as I’ve moved back to Boston and started RA training. I’ll pop in here when I can, but no promises for the next week or so. Until next time!

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Lately

Guilty Pleasures

I basically stopped watching TV when I went to college. I never feel like I have the time to sit and binge watch Netflix, and I’ve never had a TV to watch anything regularly. But this summer, I’ve gotten hooked on watching Big Brother with my family.

Prior to this summer, I was pretty sure I could declare my lowest point of life if I started watching Big Brother, but I misjudged the show completely. It’s undoubtedly my favorite reality TV show. Much more entertaining/less annoying than The Bachelor, and a super light show to get into. Definitely a new guilty pleasure.

I need to start finding more guilty pleasures that I let myself indulge in during the school year. I’m trying to rework my approach to being in classes so that I have time to actually RELAX and not feel guilty even though I’m not studying. What are your guilty pleasures? More importantly, how do you de-stress?

Guilty Pleasures

Two Must-Have Apps Before Heading Off to College

Hi guys! I just have a quick post for you today. I was originally thinking I might have more to add to this list, but I really don’t keep a lot of apps on my phone. Honestly, my 16GB iPhone only holds so much data and I take far too many Instagram photos for it to contain anything but the bare necessities. I’ve found these two apps to be my most used since collge started.

Uber and Lyft // These apps would be nearly useless if I went to school in the middle of nowhere, but since I’m in Boston it’s almost necessary. Public transportation shuts down at something like 2AM (and during the winter–ha!) and taxi drivers almost always take advantage of college students, so these are great alternatives. Uber and Lyft send a car at the touch of a button. I use them pretty much interchangeably, but I check Uber first because although it’s slightly more expensive, I think their drivers are a little more thoroughly screened. However, you’ll find that a lot of drivers drive for both companies and I trust both.

Venmo // Apparently my friends from other schools haven’t heard of the glory of this app, but John introduced me a while back and it’s pretty popular in Boston. It’s the most useful app I have on my phone. You can hook it up to your bank account/debit card in the same manner as you would PayPal and send friends money at the touch of a button. I always forget who owes who money for what, and Venmo eliminates that problem by allowing me to send cash to my friends immediately after a purchase is made!

I hope this was helpful! Let me know if there are any apps you love having on your phone!

Two Must-Have Apps Before Heading Off to College

Pie!

I rarely choose favorites, but I’m like 95% certain pie is my favorite dessert. Or maybe not because I also love ice cream. And crumbles. And cobbler. And I would never pass up a good cupcake. Stop it, Allison. Clear your mind. Anyway….

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My sister Lauren and I trekked to the fruit market to grab some rhubarb (that stuff is huge and heavy) so I could make a couple of strawberry rhubarb pies. To be quite honest, I mostly wanted to take pictures of my pretty pies. I’ve always been equally interested in pretty food as I am in tasty food. I remember being six or seven and reading an article in a magazine about food artists and truly believing it was my calling.

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Making food beautiful isn’t always as easy as this looks, and the perfectly latticed and braided pies I’ve been dreaming of all summer didn’t turn out quite like I wanted them to, but fortunately half of my food score is based on taste and I got that one on lock. Here’s the recipe I used. Pro tip: don’t get impatient waiting on your dough to chill. In fact, make the dough the night before. I made two pies and the second crust was much easier to work with because I let it refrigerate longer.

Pie!

Farewell 612

We sold our house this weekend. 44 hours between when we posted it to signing the forms with the realtor. Yeah. It happened that quickly. To, you know, the house we lived in for literally my entire childhood (the past 16 years) and that I sort of thought we’d be living in for a few more years until my parents actually got around to listing it.

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It’s a little weird–first, because I’m actually in town for the event. Because I’ve pretty much missed every other major event in our family since I started college. I was in town for my grandma’s funeral last November, but other than that nada.

Second, our new house is not really ever going to be home for me. Like I will feel comfortable in it and being home is mostly about being around my family and not where our physical location is, but the new house will have a lot different kind of memories in it.

It’s sad when you leave a house to know that you probably won’t ever see the inside of it again. It’s captured in pictures and engrained in my mind through memories, but I won’t be able to show my future friends or children where I grew up.

Anyway, if it’s not obvious by my sentimentality, I’m a little bit too exhausted from the weekend and overwhelmed by what’s ahead to be writing this post up. Until next time!

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Happy Friday!

Happy Friday! I keep seeing New York Times articles pop up in my news feed on Facebook, and I’ve really enjoyed these in particular:

The Real Skinny on Freshman Year // A mother’s funny and true take on freshman year. Don’t stop reading at the first paragraph warning, even if you’re not a freshman.

A Millennial’s Guide to Kissing // An insightful take on dating in our generation.

I hope you all have a great weekend!

Happy Friday!

The World at Your Fingertips

It can start when you’re wrapping up high school or wrapping up college or when you land your first internship or job. You’ve suddenly entered this weirdly adult phase where the world is at your fingertips. No one is preventing you from walking down the street to grab a pint of ice cream, and no one is preventing you from buying plane tickets across the world.

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I felt less freedom in choosing where to live when I went to school because my college decision was limited by finding a university where I would be supported financially by a lot of merit aid, but I knew I wanted to have access to a prominent city and I knew I wanted to leave the South. And I did it. It required drive and persistence, but I made the leap and haven’t looked back.

I’ve been spending a lot of time thinking about this freedom, and how the two big leaps I’ve made (Boston for college and going to India last summer) have led to my coolest life experiences thus far, and I’ve already started pondering my next moves. I have a six month co-op in the Spring, next semester, Fall 2016, and my first post-college move to experience wherever I want in the world. It feels like this freedom could stay for many years to come, but I don’t know if I’ll actually feel the freedom once I have a steady job out of college and am starting my career. I need to pounce on every opportunity that comes my way in the next year. Stay tuned, y’all!

The World at Your Fingertips