Likes & Favorites: Adulting (part 2)

Last week I defined adulting. This week I have a few thoughts on the subject:

1.  Going grocery shopping on a Sunday is like the Hunger Games. With everything being restocked, you have a slim chance of beating that suburban mom to that last container of hummus.

2. You don’t know the true meaning of “being broke” until you experience that pure joy of seeing your paycheck hit your bank account… only to see it quickly vanish because it’s time to pay rent.

3. Saturdays are for adventures. Sundays are for napping.

4. You’ll miss college in some regards but not having homework= heaven.

5. Post grad, you dread Monday’s more, but Friday’s are even sweeter.

6. You still save extra money to buy alcohol.

I’m sure I’ll have additional thoughts on the adulting matter, but for right now, here are the likes & favorites of the week.

Making commuting suck less

While I don’t mind taking the train most mornings, occasionally it gets annoying constantly looking up the SEPTA schedule or realizing that you have to wait an extra hour to get the next train. Thankfully, there’s an app called Transitand it’s the answer to all your commuting headaches. All you have to do is put in your home address and indicate what types of transit you usually take (buses, trains, even Uber!), and it will pull up all the ways to get home with how long each will take. You can also “favorite” different lines or bus #’s and set alerts for when they’re arriving. Who says commuting is awful?

Rethinking brussels sprouts

Brussels sprouts have a bad reputation of being super gross. I held onto this stereotype until last year when my roommate Julie made them for dinner one night and insisted I try them. Turns out they’re really good and super easy to make! Don’t knock ’em till you’ve tried ’em.

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{Ingredients: Brussels sprouts, halved | Olive oil | salt & pepper| Balsamic vinegar | Garlic powder (optional)}

Prep time: 5 minutes | Cook time: 25-35 minutes

1. Pre-heat your oven to 400º. Line a baking sheet with tin foil (trust me, this makes clean up WAY easier).

2. Place your halved brussels sprouts face down on the baking sheet. Drizzle olive oil and sprinkle with salt, pepper & garlic powder.

3. Bake your sprouts for 25-35 minutes. Depending on your oven, it could be a little more or a little less. You’ll know they’re done when they get a little brown around the edges.

4. Drizzle some balsamic vinegar and enjoy!

An important PSA for all basics

It’s no secret that I’m fairly basic and a self-proclaimed Starbucks enthusiast. So I was pleasantly surprised (read: pretty ECSTATIC) to find out that Starbucks now has an “order & pay” option on their app. You’ll never have to wait in that enormous line in the morning because now you can order your drink, pay with your Gold Card and then go pick it up in store. Basically this changes everything. You’re welcome.

{Also,  please take note of the beautiful fall cups. Simply lovely.}

Fun fall things

On a very similar basic note, it’s officinally fall which means scarfs, boots and lots of pumpkin things. This weekend, I decided to go full on autumn and go apple picking. I enlisted my boyfriend Ryan to participate in my extremely basic fall outing, and we had a lovely time. If you’re looking for a fun fall date or just something seasonal to do with your friends, hit up Linvilla Orchards. While there are a lot of activities geared toward young families, anyone can enjoy apple picking, hay rides and extremely good food. Ryan and I recommend the homemade potato chips (with salt & vinegar), the pumpkin ice cream & dark chocolate and caramel covered apples.

Fun, fall & flip flops.

Fun, fall & flip flops.

Proud to be a wildcat

Last semester, I was selected to be interviewed for a Villanova promotional video (read about my 5 minutes of fame here). I was told that the video would attempt to capture what it means to be Augustinian and that it would be released sometime this fall. It was released. I watched it. And then I had all the feels.

{Once a wildcat, always a wildcat.}

Liking working from home again tomorrow (woo!) & Favoriting figuring out this adult thing.

{P.S. My super cool sister Krista made this video about this summer. It’s awesome so check it out.}

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