Bites of My Life

This one is going to be long, just a warning. College graduation is the definition of bittersweet. This word has never made more since to me in my entire life. An incredible weekend it was though sharing last moments with friends, being surrounded by family and wrapping up the last of my college career. Never will I take a test again, cram for a quiz, sit through long lectures or enroll in a class. Nor will I live in the same town as all my best friends, go to a date party, attend a chapter meeting or be a student ever again. It's bittersweet I tell you.

After having record breaking rainfall and crazy spring storms all week, I was about to go mad. It was the like the rain was foreshadowing all the tears I would be crying this weekend. Our big outdoor graduation barbecue plans were canceled, we got stuck spending way too much time inside (some of that underground in shelter), and nearly had graduation rained out. All I can say is, it made the week that much more memorable. 

After one last long night in Norman, I packed up and left my college town for good yesterday. I bawled the whole way home, then cried some more and cried some more. I moved home with my parents and celebrated a great day with my family for Mother's day. Tomorrow starts my first full day in my new city. On the horizon are big girl job interviews, moving into my own house and settling into the next chapter of my life. Today is my 100th bites post. What a great way to mark all the new bites to come!

-Avocado is a game changer in smoothies/smoothie bowls. So dang creamy.
-Got to share barre3 in the Myriad Gardens with Marge and Whit! A perk of moving back to OKC.
-Sirens blaring and tornadoes sweeping down the plains. Classic finals week having to take shelter from Oklahoma storms!
-Last "morning with marge" :( Great life chats and lots of coffee and tea these past few weeks!
-Whole Foods goodies to brighten up the dreary week we had.
-Last Thursday at our home way from home.
-Little do you know it's actually raining in this picture. We'll do anything to document our dear Kappa days. 
-Cue post-grad life.
-The weather may have washed out our big grad party plans, but it's safe to say we made the best of it!
-Celebrations always call for cookies!
-Lunching at Whole Foods for the first day back home.
-Steak and potatoes, moms request. 


Bites of My Life

The past two weeks have been filled with lots of blue, sorority songs, catching up with friends, getting settled, and celebrating the few days between recruitment and school starting. 
I personally don't mind school starting. I like having a routine to stick to and reasons to be organized. I love things the school season brings. Football games, sweater weather and in the words of Kathleen Kelly, bouquets of freshly sharpened pencils.
-Got to escape a few hours of work week to make my favorite sugar cookies.
-Kappa cookies for treats during our alumni/skit night!
-Pistachio, almond butter, white chocolate and orange liqueur rice crispy treat! Yes that is all packed into to one treat and sis brought it back for me all the way from San Diego!
-When a friend offered to buy all the ingredients for omelets as long as I showed her how to make one, I quickly obliged. 
-Loved getting to do my last recruitment week with the best PC around! Go Kappa!
-Cutie cups for the new house! 
-Loved exploring around the new West Elm in Classen Curve. Way to go OKC, now if we could just get a Trader Joe's, Zara and H&M....wishful thinking.
-A fresh coat of paint for my new room. Full bedroom tour to come!
-Can't wait for more breakfasts like this. Love having roomies who also enjoy things like coffee, breakfast foods, sriracha and smoothies. 
-A day of laying out and dinner at my dear friend's parent's house!
-Only good things went into this Saturday night salad. Avocado, dried figs, red onion, prosciutto and basil.
-To rap up my two weeks of bites; a back to school dinner with my Kappa family! Parmesan baked chicken with arugala salad, sautéed summer squash and watermelon feta salad!
Today is my last first day of school, hello senior year!

Anything But Studying

It's finals week for most people. I can't help but brag that I finished school yesterday, but for everyone still chugging along, I am giving you some study distractions today! 
We all know finals week is really just a time to find any excuse not to study. Here is a list of random things I've found, want to buy, want to eat and want to listen to. Take a quick break, then get back at it because it's almost summer!

image via Sincerely Jules

John Mayer's cover of Beyonce's XO and an hour long documentary about his life. 
Big purse little purse. I'll take both. 
Remember Ethan Craft? Apparently Lizzie McGuire characters grow up to be hot.
My favorite study snacks and my new favorite snacking concept. Use my friend code and get your first box free!
For all of you graduates, welcome to the real world. If you aren't entering the real world, take this quiz to see what you should do after graduation
The perfect summer tank.
I want to make this and these.
Apparently I should dress like I'm from the 20's
Brit+Co gives you ideas on how to celebrate Cinco De Mayo with this fringe backdrop, no-bake margarita cheesecake and 20 different taco recipes.
For all you 90's kids. Show of hands for all the bagel bites lovers out there.
Hopefully this was a good study distraction!