This past weekend provided a much needed break! With a couple days off school, and only work and the never-ending to-do list to tackle, I could finally breathe a little bit. As always, I took the word “break” a little too literally. and didn’t accomplish as much as I possibly should have. Regardless of the feeling of anxiety Monday morning, I had a wonderful Easter here in St. Louis.
My first ever Easter away from my hometown and a large gathering of my family, I celebrated the day in the city with my twin and mother. Being from a much smaller town than St. Louis, they’re always happy to come to the “big city”. I threw on my Easter dress and statement necklace late Sunday morning and drove down to Lafayette Square to meet the pair. We brunched at Sqwires, a restaurant I had been wanting to try for quite some time. The area of Lafayette Square is beyond picturesque, and has become one of my recent favorite neighborhoods of the city.
One breakfast burrito with veggie sausage in the gorgeous sunlight later and I was feeling great. My twin, always eager for a little city shopping, was disappointed to learn the malls were closed. We decided to do the cultural thing and seize the opportunity to visit Forest Park, in particular the Art Museum. We battled all the traffic, picnic loving individuals, and runners, eventually finding a parking spot. With it being such a beautiful day there were many out and about. After wandering around admiring the art for a couple hours, we were hungry once again. We decided to visit Kayak’s Coffee, another spot on my “must do” list. It’s located just a few minutes from Fontbonne, and I have to say I’ll be coming back again. An iced coffee and a cranberry muffin did me in for the day, and it was time to return back to reality.
A crazy busy week (or three) of school awaits, but it was thoroughly enjoyable being Easter happy here in the city.
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Beginning my Easter break a little early last week, I went to a concert of one of my favorite performers, Gavin Degraw. Surprisingly, he didn’t make a stop in St. Louis on the current tour, but he did visit the town of Effingham, Illinois. Most people have probably never heard of the town, but being from Southern Illinois I knew right where it was at. A couple hours drive from St. Louis, I made my way there Wednesday after interning, class, and a meeting.
I was joining my concert buddy Jessi for the night. We always to to concerts together, especially Gavin Degraw’s. It was great to see her, eat some good food and catch up at the local pub, and then dance to the music all night long. Rozzi Crane, Parachute, and Gavin were performing that night. Jessi and I had great seats, but we rushed to the stage during the second band’s performance. Being so close to the stage for amazing performances was the only way to spend that night. I even ran into a friend from high school. All in all, it was a successfully fun evening, and a great way to kick off Easter break!
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Whew! What a week! Life has recently been going from one thing to the next, with a few hours of sleep added in every once in a while. Besides working 20 hours this week, attending class, going to meetings, and working on campus, the entire week I was preparing for the big event. The finale of a thrilling but exhausting week was a presentation to the Board of Trustees at Fontbonne. Omicron Delta Kappa was given this exciting opportunity last semester after we became and installed organization on campus.
The rest of the executive board and I spent Christmas break working on our brief speech to the Board of Trustees, and it all came together this week! We were able to successfully deliver what ODK is, how we fit into Fontbonne, and how FBUODK benefits the university. If you’d like to know, like us on Facebook! (https://www.facebook.com/FontbonneODK) At one of our trial runs with one of the board members, it was mentioned that cupcakes similar to those I made for our Tapping Day would be a great and welcomed addition to our presentation. Needless to say, I spent Friday making cupcakes. Triple chocolate mocha with chocolate buttercream was on the menu for the day, and in true ODK fashion, we made them visually appealing with cute chevron boxes and toppers.
All this baking and an offer to make cupcakes or sweets for a party makes me wonder if I should take my hobby of baking and turn it into something bigger. For now, I’ll leave this question unanswered and stick with the title of “Official ODK Baker”.
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