Tuesday, October 4, 2011

On the Road: Life in the I-Pass Lane

Much like my week, this post is going to be a jumble of tangent thoughts. As you may have guessed, I'm busy! This may sound obvious and outlandish, but grad school is intense. I knew this going in, but I don't think I grasped the concept until I was knee-deep. I knew I would be staying in more, reading more, applying eye drops every two hours, driving for long stretches, working part-time, and juggling everyday life. I was like, 'no big deal, I can do this'. And yes, I can, but man it's tortuous. Like how nongravid women like myself ponder the concept of childbirth pain only to have a horrific revelation once in the delivery room.

In addition to having that rather enlightening thought, I made a few more discoveries.....

1. The Brewers are awesome. They play the Diamondbacks tonight. The road to the World Series is getting shorter and shorter! If that happens, this blog might morph into a sports page. I can't make any promises.

2. Triskele's in Walker's Point never disappoints. You may be familiar with their amazing soup served up daily at Sugar Maple. But this little place tucked away in the Walker's Point neighborhood near the Outlaws Motorcycle Clubhouse (no joke) is a true hidden gem with a seasonally rotating menu that focuses on local ingredients.

3. I've been exploring the Ravenswood neighborhood where I've been staying on school nights. I realized I will never be able to afford anything at Scout, an uber-cool design and furnishing store, but that will not stop me from window shopping (aka drooling) and the Julius Meinl coffee house, a jazzy european-esque Vienna cafe suites me very, very well.

4. Thermacare neck patches have kept me alive for the past week. Long drives and long nights studying have wreaked havoc on my trapezius muscle. They're a little costly but they last 8+ hours and keep me functioning. Godsend!


  1. Must check out Triskele. And I'll back you up...grad school is rough. No matter how stressful the "real world" gets, I'm so happy to be out of it! You can do it! And as someone who also racks up the $ on her ipass....we can do it!

  2. ah, i lived at julius meinl when i was in chicago for PA school!! love those little biscuits!



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