Another month has come and gone & I’m still at my computer studying (and heavily procrastinating) for all the exams and papers that this non-study-abroad life brings me. I have gotten away for a few fun adventures so far this quarter: a quick trip to Coeur D’Alene with some cousins, a concert on Capitol Hill and most Saturdays spent down at the University of Washington Farm, where I’m interning at this term. Even though this is short and sweet, here are some snapshots of spring quarter in the Pacific Northwest.
Another beautiful shot of my incredible campus – because are there ever too many?
Saturday morning at the UW Farm, planting some baby salad greens.
Seattle spring time – so indecisive about which season it is.
I did say there wasn’t a limit to pictures of my campus, right?
Homemade gnocchi with burrata and fresh chives.
A night out on Capitol Hill.
Beautiful peonies to bring a bit of spring to my room.
Woopsies, campus shot #3.
Beautiful weather & wonderful times with cousins (and adorable labradoodles)!
Lake Coeur D’Alene, Idaho.
Just a small insight into what I’ve gotten up to this month. Instead of promising that I’ll be updating soon, I’ll just say ’til next time!
Oops, I did it again. I’ve been having a hard time coming up with valuable content to post on this blog – because I’m almost certain that you don’t want to read ramblings about registration for classes or looking for new apartments. So, allow me to start again and hopefully have a better track record for keeping up with this lovely blog site once again.
After a round of finals that left me absolutely exhausted, I left the clouds to go back to sunny Sacramento for a week and a half of pure relaxation (aka spring break). What a difference 800 miles makes – I boarded that plane with a heavy coat on and walked off almost combusting from the 75-degree weather at 9 o’clock at night. Nonetheless, my California skin was itching to get back in the sunshine and regain some of the tan that I always lose during the school year in Seattle.
Spring break was full of celebration. You see, two of my good friends and I all celebrate our birthdays within 3 days of each other. And this year being the big 2-1 meant that our days would certainly not go unnoticed. I started my golden year (21 on the 21st!) with a lovely and leisurely day in the Napa Valley with my buddies Catherine and Jocelyn, along with all of our parents. We popped a bottle of champagne for mimosas and then snacked on a delicious brunch spread of bagels and lox, salads, dips and so much more.
My father decided that we had to proclaim that we were all recent 21 year olds, hence the bright pink sashes that were rhinestone filled and conveniently lost in the back of the car on the way to the first wine tasting. Thanks dad, you sure do know how to make us feel like proper 21 ladies. The first stop was Frank Family Vineyards, where we weren’t even ID-checked (but that probably has to do with us celebrating with our parents in tow!)! After joking about all the subtle overtones we did definitively not taste, we took some group pictures and went a little further down Silverado Trail to Rombauer Vineyards.
The day was shaping out to be so beautiful, and when we pulled up the road to Rombauer, the views were stunning as well. Right on top of a hill overlooking their vineyards, their tasting room is seriously picturesque. A few cabernets later and we headed home with a convenient pit stop at Taylor’s Refresher, on the sideof Highway 29 (recently renamed as Gott’s Roadside – but I’ll forever call it Taylor’s)! Stuffed with burgers and sweet potato fries galore, we said goodbye to our little gaggle of friends and drove in to another California sunset on the way back to Sacramento.
What a wonderful 21st birthday it was, and I couldn’t have asked for better people to celebrate it with. Hopefully, this quarter of school won’t leave me bombarded with schoolwork until the very last day so that I can keep posting little tidbits about my days spent up north. Happy Spring! Now go enjoy the outdoors!!