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Mardi Gras

I don’t normally cook on campus. If I do, it’s the traditional college meal – microwaveable Ramen noodles or macaroni and cheese. However, this week was a special occasion. I decided I was going to have a small Mardi Gras party in my dorm room, so Monday night my friend and I carried our cooking supplies up to the fourth floor of Medaille and started our cooking adventure! Following an idea on Pinterest, we made mini king cakes. Here’s the recipe/instructions:

1. Buy packaged cinnamon rolls

2. Unroll the cinnamon rolls so that they are straight

3. Then twist them and turn them into the shape of an “O”

4. Next, place them on a pan (wax paper is helpful so you don’t have to clean your pan or worry about spray) and place them in the oven at 400 F

5. After about ten minutes, take them out

6. Then frost them using white frosting

7. Finally, add the sprinkles…green, purple, and yellow (for Mardi Gras!)

*You can either mix all the sprinkle colors together or separate them into green, yellow, and purple sections.

The mini king cakes were a great hit at my party! We drank soy milk with our treats and danced to some awesome music…I highly suggest making these treats and having a party of your own next year 🙂


This past weekend was my first Mardi Gras experience! I had a blast!! I went with some new friends: Tyler, Kristen, Alexis and Tim. It was also my first time in Soulard. Beads, people and beer everywhere. We took the metro link to get there. I figured it was going to be crowded, and it sure was. Thats part of the fun though! As soon as we got there we enjoyed some drinks and started dancing. St. Louis sure likes to party. It came to my surprise that a lot of people were from Chicago and wearing Blackhawks jerseys. Which, I thought about wearing mine. Since they were playing that night and THEY WON! 🙂 It was such a great day and night.


Something that has been really throwing me for a loop in Saint Louis is the ever-changing weather pattern. It has been snowy and cold, rainy and dreary, sunny and beautiful all in one week. It’s so different from what I’m used to—New England winter is one thing above all else: cold. It might be cold and snowy, or cold and sunny, or cold and windy, but you can pretty much rest-assured that you need to wear seven layers of clothes and boots for a solid four-five months. I was comfortable outside in just a t-shirt today! In February! And I wasn’t on a tropical vacation! What?! That might be a first for me.

I’m gearing up for my first Saint Louis Mardi Gras tomorrow. People in this town sure do love Mardi Gras- it has been the buzzword for the last week. A couple of the girls in my program and I are headed down to catch the parade and enjoy the sunshine—I hear it’s going to be great weather!

In other news, my boyfriend was visiting this week for Valentine’s Day. He lives in Maine, so it was quite the trek for him to come for the holiday—Lucky gal, right here! We got to try out some great restaurants that I’d been meaning to check out for months; Vin de Set in Soulard was my favorite. If you’re big on atmosphere, then Vin de Set is the place to be. This place was emanating the perfect vibe for a Valentine date night. Tim is back home in Maine now, but I’m looking forward to seeing him next month for my Spring Break.

I’m working on homework stuff tonight- the most challenging thing about my program is that once you get your clinic stuff in order (meaning treatment plans, weekly therapy plans, other miscellaneous reports), it’s time to start cranking out school work. Classes tend to sneak up on me, which can be a drag for a self-proclaimed Type A personality. I’m working on a new color coding system in my daily planner that will hopefully nip my problem in the bud. That being said, I wouldn’t change a thing about my decision to be a Fontbonne graduate student. Sure it’s a challenge, but I do well when I’m presented with a challenge. It’s how I operate—I just do things like color-code my planner. Not to mention… I love what I do! I am so excited to have found one of the best jobs on the planet. It’s fun, it’s rewarding, and it keeps my brain conditioned. The cool thing about grad school is that you get to put what you’re learning into practice with help from seasoned professionals who can really help to steer your development. As much as I look forward to graduating, I’m also trying to absorb as much of “the process” as I can. I feel like I’m learning some invaluable lessons these days, all of which will make me a better clinician when my time here is up.

That’s all for now, folks. Have a good weekend!

PS: I wrote about how excited I was for the Oscars last week only to find out (after submitting my blog, of course) that the Oscars weren’t for three more weeks. Oops! Sorry if I got you revved up for the big night too early! Academia is frying my internal TV guide. I did tune in for the Grammy’s and here is what I have to say about that:
1. Paul! Paul! Paul! He was the highlight of my night.
2. Nicki…Nicki…Nicki… Lowlight of my night.
3. Whitney, I will always love you….
4. Who is that Adele chick, anyway? 😉 Just kidding- very impressive clean sweep!


The first home men’s lacrosse game is this evening, and as my team and I look to dominate Hendrix College, the weather is looking to make things a little more interesting. Thunderstorms and heavy rain are expected during the entire length of the game, making this meet between teams even more intense. My excitement and anticipation for the starting whistle is going to be the first thing on my mind until 7 tonight, and I want nothing more than to send those kids back to Arkansas where they came from with one more loss on their record. Fontbonne has never lost to Hendrix, and last year, I was able to contribute to the victory over Hendrix with our 11-5 score. This weekend is a double header for our team, as we face Otterbein College on Saturday afternoon. They are driving to us from Ohio and are going to bring their best game. Last year’s was a tough overtime loss for us Griffins, losing 8-9.  We have better personal this year and are playing at home so the score should be more Fontbonne-favored.

Saturday is also the Mardi Gras parade, and St. Louis has the second largest celebration in the country. Unfortunately, I have to miss the festivities, but getting a victory over Otterbein will make the sacrifice well worth it. My girlfriend’s mom is even driving 45 minutes from Breese, Illinois, to come see my game tonight. It is a big weekend for me, the team, and St. Louis. Always something going down around Fontbonne — that’s why I love this place.


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