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Well, I must admit this post isn’t very St. Louis centered, but it does highlight another pretty cool place in Missouri – Kansas City! It’s about 5-6 hours away by train, and has some pretty cool stuff. I especially liked the farmer’s market – it’s huge! Bigger than Soulard! – and the raw/vegan/organic restaurant that I naturally hunted down.

While at the market, I visited tons of local produce stands, and even stopped by the nearby tents of the flea market. Funny story, I was wearing one of my Fontbonne Cross Country shirts, and a guy stopped me and reported that his mother had gone to Fontbonne back when it was an all girls school. There was also an urban farmer who knew Fontbonne through his sister who graduated from Wash U. Small world!

This market accepts food stamps as well, which, especially as a future dietitian, I support 100%!

Lovely orchids!

Farmers!

Ruby red turnips, yum!

This dude carved flowers out of melons and stuff. Neat-o.

Bulk spices!

The restaurant was another winner. You know I love me some raw vegan food, and this was delish! I had the raw lasagna with olive tapanade and cashew cheese, some house-made kombucha, and a raw tiramisu! Fantastic! I would go back in a heartbeat (but of course Frida’s Deli and PuraVegan here in the STL will always be my true loves). My mother, aunt, and uncle went along with me to the restaurant, and I’m pleased to report they enjoyed it as well! Yay for passing along the joys of vegan food! ;)

I’M SO CUTE.

Lasagna and side salad.

TIRAMISU OM NOM NOM.

So if you ever get a chance to hit up KC, be sure to get off the beaten path a bit and try some of the local hotspots!

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Hello, dear readers! You may have realized that I’ve been on a blogging hiatus for almost two weeks. That’s because I was on vacation with my family in Orlando, Florida. While there, we went to three Disney World theme parks (Magic Kingdom, Hollywood Studios, and – my favorite! – EPCOT), and we also went to both of the Universal Orlando parks. It was a great time despite a bit of rain from their first tropical storm of the season. Let’s just say that “Sunny Florida” isn’t always sunny. But all in all, we had a great trip. We experienced a lot of great theme park shows like “Beetle Juice’s Graveyard Review” at Universal and “Beauty and the Beast Live Onstage” at Hollywood Studios. Plus, we rode a lot of really fun rides and saw a lot of great attractions. We even tried two new (as in “new to us”) attractions for the first time – “Toy Story Mania” at Hollywood Studios and “Twister – Ride It Out!” at Universal Studios. Both attractions were really fun and innovative. “Twister” was so realistic that I felt like I was back at home in good ol’ Tornado Alley!

About halfway through our vacation, I randomly recalled that poster that hangs in the Kinkel Center. It says, “Everything I Need to Know I Learned in Kindergarten.” Maybe it was the Disney Magic, or maybe it was my once-upon-a-time-an-author-to-be mind racing yet again, but I came up with my own version of this poster. It’s called “Everything I Need to Know I Learned from Disney.” Enjoy, and be enlightened.

1. “What do you do when life gets you down? Just keep swimming, just keep swimming…”

2. “There’s a great, big, beautiful tomorrow shining at the end of every day…”

3. “It’s a small world after all…”

4. (Based on one of my all-time favorite EPCOT attractions, “Ellen’s Energy Adventure” starring Ellen Degeneres and Bill Nye the Science Guy): Brain power “is the one source of power that will never run out.”

5. “It’s kind of fun to do the impossible.”

Vacation was a blast, and I got to spend a lot of time with my family. However, I’m excited to return to the lab, and I need to start preparing for the GRE. While looking forward, I’ll definitely look back on this and other great vacations I’ve had thus far in life.

And now, enjoy some of my favorite vacation pics. (Sorry – I just can’t resist!)


At my favorite park, EPCOT, with my mom.


Once a tiger, always a tiger. If you don’t understand this little inside joke of mine, read my previous blog, “What’s YOUR Animal?!


Waiting for my favorite theme park show to start….


Grad school, here I come!!

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Conner

Oh Mexico

by Conner on June 6, 2013

in College Life

I love traveling, and this summer I got a chance to go to one of my favorite places, Mexico! I went with my family, and this trip was kind of the final hurrah because we are all getting older and growing up. I got to spend 7 days in paradise, which was a great stress reliever. I had quite a bit of stress over the last school year, so it was nice to just lay back and absorb some sunlight! Not to mention use some of the Spanish I learned in high school!

We did a few things other than relax on the beach in Mexico. One excursion was an adventure park, where I ziplined, sky-walked, and swam in a cenote. I am terribly afraid of heights, so the ziplining and sky-walking were major feats for me. I was kind of surprised of how I handled it. Beforehand I was pretty sure I was going to be near death, but in the end I’m so glad I did it. I was zipping across the tops of the treetops in the Yucatan jungle!

It rained for one entire day on our trip, and my family spent most of the day playing cards. It was great to spend some “family time” together. Other than the occasional rain shower on some days, the sun was shining. The only thing I wanted to do was get some sort of a tan, and I accomplished that! My summer job, nannying, has begun and I’ll be increasing that tan over the summer at the pool with the kids. I’m looking forward to the rest of my summer!

Thanks for reading..

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Deanna

So close!

by Deanna on November 26, 2012

in Academics,College Life

What has seemed like the longest, most difficult semester of my life…is finally coming to an end! As my final day of Thanksgiving break is beginning, I am realizing that once I get back I only have two weeks left! That’s just crazy! Although two weeks is a short time, I do have a lot to get done within that time, so I can’t be blinded by how close winter break is, I need to plow through the rest of the work and not just quit! Even knowing the amount of work these next two weeks are going to be, I still find it hard not to be excited. After I finish my final exam on Thursday December 6th, I will have five weeks of no classes! I’m sure after about two weeks it will begin to feel too long, but five weeks off sounds great right about now!

Winter break is so close! … Yet so far…

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Spring Break

by Elizabeth P. March 12, 2012

In college, it seems everyone goes away for Spring Break. I was going to be one of them. I was possibly going to take a few friends from Fontbonne to Gulf Shores. Unfortunately, that did not work out, because someone already had the condo the week we wanted it. Instead, my mom and I were [...]

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Going Back Home

by Elizabeth P. October 26, 2011

Going back home may be just to do laundry, visit with family, or just to see something familiar. Going home for me is all of those things. Last Saturday I took a few extra guests with me. I took three of my Fontbonne friends back to O’Fallon, Mo. You may be thinking “Where is that?” [...]

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This Is It!

by Courtney May 16, 2011

I can’t believe I’m saying this, but this is it – the official last blog I’ll be writing as a freshman. This year, though crazy at times, provided me with new experiences, plenty of new friends, and great memories that will surely last a lifetime. I’m so happy that I decided to attend Fontbonne and [...]

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Come Home in the Summer…Live a Life That You Miss

by Carly May 12, 2011

I’ve heard that our sense of smell has the power to bring up certain memories: your favorite perfume, for example, may bring back memories of a certain first date. While this certainly holds true, another one of my senses possesses the unique ability to pull me back into the past: my hearing. When I play [...]

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Almost Over!!

by Marielle May 12, 2011

Well, I can’t believe it, but my freshman year at Fontbonne is finally coming to a close. The ending is bittersweet – like any student, I’m excited for the coming of summer and reuniting with old friends, but at the same time it will be difficult to leave all my new friends behind. If I [...]

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All Packed Up

by Alumni Posts May 12, 2011

Hey all, this’ll be my last blog for this semester! My room’s all packed up, and I’m pretty much ready to roll! Saying that, I realize what a crazy long year it’s been. The fall semester seems like a total blur, a distant, distant memory. And this spring semester? While I still have a few [...]

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