Thursday, August 12, 2010


Despite the insanity running all of my friends’ lives, we were able to take a few hours in the afternoon to do lunch and shoe shop together. I went with my friend Jessie, she’s heading to Florida next Thursday for college. We became especially close last fall because of cross-country, and it was difficult to keep up with each other through the year, but I really wanted to spend time with her before she left. Our friend Ariel came along as well, who is going to be a senior this year.
We went to this fantastic place called The Muar House CafĂ©. It’s an upbeat, casual-chic sandwich and gelato restaurant located on Canandaigua Lake. I went there once before with my best friends the day we graduated:
The loft upstairs is painted bright teal and contrasts with the hardwood floors and black leather sofas. It almost feels like you’re eating in someone’s loft, which I love! For this lunch I ordered a roast beef panini; very out of character for me (I have a vegetarian or poultry tendency), but something compelled me to order it! What arrived was this huge grilled sandwich with layers of thinly cut roast beef, wide strips of roasted red peppers and melted provolone – horseradish on the side, that stuff I can’t handle. I also had red skin potato salad on the side. Ariel ordered an enormous greek salad, and Jessie ate a three cheese and tomato panini with fruit. We had gelato afterwards; mine was a delicious pairing of passion fruit and coconut in a waffle bowl! We sat outside under the shade beside the lake with our cool treats and caught up with each other.

After this, we went to Payless for shoe shopping!! Jessie wasn’t able to make it to my graduation party in July but she still gave me a gift: $20 to Payless, because she felt that treating yourself to a pair of new shoes before college was important :D Soo after many indecisive fittings and the suggestions of my friends, I decided upon a pair of black ankle boots and black suede flats (I didn’t own any up until now!). I had to dish out $23 of my own after the gift card, but I believe these will be wardrobe essentials for the coming seasons:

I should do another post about today, but I just needed to tell you all…
I cut my hair!!! I’m donating 9 inches to the Pantene Beautiful Lengths Program. It looks flat because it's wet hahaha. Hope you all are doing fine! :D

Saturday, August 7, 2010

Follies and Concerns

I wake up in the morning, not feeling like P. Diddy, but more like a disillusioned child who is ready but can't believe she is really beginning college in 15 days. Yes, I said child. I have so much life to live and I do have certain aspirations that I am extremely anxious to fulfill, but... I am plagued by self-doubt, fears of inadequacy and inexperience. I'm going to miss my friends unyielding amounts!!! I know everyone raves about how college you make your friends for life and though this could easily be true, they were not the ones I grew up with for the last eight years; the people I can attribute my happiness to; my best friends that never allowed me to fall without being there to catch me.
I suppose it comes down to the reality that I simply do not want to be severed from what I know and am secure with.

On the other hand, college will probably be the best thing that has ever happened to me.

I'm really, really striving to pick up my blogging habits again; especially when I'm in school. For the few people that read this blog, you have been amazing supporters and advice-givers! I feel obligated to share the journey because I thrive off your feedback. This summer has been an absolute whirlwind! First it was the ultimate leap through final exams which were the worst of my high school career, then I went through the highs of graduating, reciting my well-taken commencement speech, have my snarling look of enthrallment photographed and slapped on the front of the local newspaper, partied my way through the end of June and beginning of July, then juggled my life with two jobs to buffer my bank account (still working one job, the other ended), my mother had total knee-replacement surgery, running and trying to keep up with a training schedule because I've joined a Division III cross-country team, failed my road test for the fourth time (No lie. I am going to college without a license...), went to the drive-in way less than I had planned, still shopping and preparing for college life but feeling eternally unprepared and constantly struggling to find time to see my friends as they go through similarly demanding shit.

That is summer twenty-ten in a nutshell. Definitely not what I was hoping for, but what more can I ask? This life has been good to me.

'til we meet again,
Nicole :]