Monday Chit-Chat

 

Happy Monday, everyone. How was your weekend? Yesterday, Vinn and I went to the Mercedes Cup tennis tournament in Stuttgart and had the best time!

 

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We had tickets to the finals on Center Court and got to watch doubles and singles. Watching these incredible athletes is so inspiring and makes me want to get back into tennis. I haven’t played since November…oops.

The grass courts made me think of Wimbledon and how I hope we can go there someday. A Frenchman, Lucas Pouille, won the Singles and it was really cool to watch a younger player win a tournament. He won a new Mercedes convertible and over 100,00 Euros. All in all, we had a great day learning some new German phrases, getting sunburned in the stands and finishing the day with some margaritas.

 

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Today, I thought it would be fun to do a chit-chat/question and answer session to get to know each other a little better. I love reading these on other blogs because I feel like I really understand the person behind the computer much better.

If you ever have any questions, feel free to leave a comment below or contact me!

Go-to alcoholic drink? Champagne/Prosecco/Sekt. Anything with bubbles.

 

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What’s the first thing you do when you wake up in the morning? Check my phone. It’s a horrible habit and I need to change it.

Cake or pie? Cake. Well, does tiramisu count as cake?

How many photos do you have on your phone camera roll? 2,032. In fact I need to delete some because my phone storage is full.

Favorite veggie? Broccoli, probably. But only roasted in the oven with extra virgin olive oil and garlic salt.

What’s your biggest pet peeve? Ending a sentence with a preposition, especially at. “Where’s it at?” sends chills down my spine.

What was the first CD you ever bought? Oooh, that I bought myself? I don’t remember, but I did get Michael Jackson’s Thriller and a Gloria Estefan CD when I was six.

What’s your favorite travel destination? Italy. Always and forever. I can’t wait to go back. To check out our Venice and Milan adventures, click here and here.

 

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Gummy bears or gummy worms? Haribo Gummy Bears.

Favorite fruit? Tie between strawberries and blueberries.

I also thought it would be fun to tag some of my favorite blogs so they can post their answers to these questions to get to know them better! These ladies have amazing blogs and I’d love for you to check them out. Tag, Flowers and Leather, Madeline Moves and Blair Blogs.

And, I’d love to know more about you! Leave your answers to these questions below in the comment section. What’s your favorite fruit? What’s your go-to alcoholic drink? Favorite travel destination?

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New Blogging Schedule

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It’s Monday, the start of a new week and, for me, the start of a new blogging schedule. I have been doing a lot of thinking, behind the scenes working and discussing about where I want this blog to go, what I want to do with my life and what the future looks like. I talked about it a little bit in this post where I shared how I want to follow my passion. Now I am putting these thoughts into action!

I have signed up for a blogging course/mentorship program and am putting a lot more time and effort into following my dream. I have a plan in place to take this whole writing gig to the next level and am going to activate this plan one step at a time. My dad always says, “By the inch, it’s a synch. By the mile, it’s a trial.”

That being said, I have come to realize that quality is more important than quality. I haven’t really had a schedule for when I write, stuck to a timeline or anything remotely related to structure of any kind. I operate my best life when I am on a schedule, so why haven’t I transferred this over to my writing? Instead of just wondering, I’m giving myself a schedule.

I will now post a blog Monday, Wednesday and Friday mornings. I love sitting down and reading blogs with a cup of coffee and I hope you all can do the same with mine! It’s such a great way to ease into the day.

Friday Favs will no longer be a weekly series, but now a monthly series. I’ve found that I struggle to post fun things every week that aren’t surrounded by travel or even worth noting. A lot can happen in a month and I think having favs every month will be much better from my side, as well as the your’s.

What will I write about? Many of the same things, really. I want to focus on topics surrounding expat life, German culture, our travel adventures, great recipes, things I’m loving and anything and everything fun along the way! I want Room for Gelato to be a place where we can share the joys of life and to focus on the positive.

Overall, I am really excited about the future and hope you will continue to follow along. And to always remember that life is better when you save room for gelato.

Is there anything specific you want to see here? Any topics about life abroad that seem interesting? 

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Reflections on Freshman Year

I’ve seen all over Facebook these nostalgic pictures of college freshman moving into their dorm rooms. My cousin just started his first year, too, and it’s brought back so many memories for me.

Believe it or not, I moved into my freshman dorm 10 years ago! Wow. It’s incredible to say. One decade ago, I was packing up my parent’s SUV saying goodbye to everything I’ve ever known. I still remember my bed spread. It was pink and blue from Nautica. I loved it! I made some scrapbook pages with my favorite pictures of my high school friends and family to put on the walls. I had my new computer, a new North Face backpack and bright thoughts on the future.

My parents helped me move-in and my dad cursed how much stuff I brought with me. He still does that to this day, even on vacation. Saying goodbye was really hard. And, strangely enough, we said our final goodbyes in the hallway as I was heading down to my first dorm dinner with my new floor mates. I can still picture my mom crying and me fighting back tears because I didn’t want to ugly cry in front of all these new people.

I lived in the all-girl dorm and was excited to make some great new friends. That very first day and that very first dinner, I heard there was another girl from Cincinnati living on my floor. I went up to her and said, “I’m from Cincinnati, too!” Instant bond. She quickly became my best friend. And she still is to this day.

My first semester, I took 5 classes and one was at 8 AM. I love mornings, but I wouldn’t recommend an 8 AM to any new freshman…ever! I had psychology 101 and felt like I could rock that class. I took psych in high school and made a decent study guide for my first test. It was my first test in college. And I flunked it! Like, a big, fat F. I called my parent’s crying. I had never failed a test. I felt like I couldn’t make it in college. That I wasn’t going to cut it. Luckily, my dad talked me off the edge and reminded me that it was just one test and as long as I tried my best, that’s all he could hope for. I ended up getting a C in the class.

Every weekend, I hung out with Megan, the other girl from Cincy and soon to be life BFF, my friend, Mike, from high school and all the guys that lived in his dorm. One of those guys was named Vinn. See where I’m going with this? That’s right. Vinn and I met freshman year of college. We celebrate our first college Halloween together. And, as they say, the rest is history. I had no idea back then that we would get married, but we certainly had some fun nights together that year.

Second semester was way better than the first. The homesickness went away, I was getting starting to figure out how to study and the methods that worked best for me, but the best thing that happened for me was sorority rush. I was happy that it was the second semester because I could see the girls “in action.” I knew which sorority I wanted before rush even started. And that’s the one I pledged! Megan is also my sorority sister and I am so thankful for all the women I met. Some of whom are still my best friends. (Megan and my other sorority sister, Jenna, were bridesmaids in our wedding).

Spring break sticks out for me. Vinn and another guy came to Cincinnati and spent the week between my house, my friend Mike’s house and Megan’s house. We took them to all our favorite Cincinnati places: Skyline Chili, Graeter’s Ice Cream, the zoo and Montgomery Inn. It sticks out as one of the most fun weeks ever!

All in all, freshman year was one of my favorite years in college. (Senior year was my absolute favorite). I was on my own, I could do whatever I wanted to do. I studied, I partied, I made my best friends. All in those first 9 months away from home.

My hopes for anyone going into their freshman year of college is that they have as much fun as I did, to study a little bit (it’s hard to dig out of a hole), to say yes to everything, and, whatever you do, don’t drink the Jungle Juice!

Some freshman year pics:

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Me and Jenna in our dorm on our way to have separate V-Day dinners with our guys. (Vinn and I went to the restaurant that would later become the spot for our wedding reception!)

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Nothing has changed. A decade of friendship.

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Holy. Crap. Vinn still has this shirt.

 

21 Questions

Confession, sometimes I Google bloggers and read articles and interviews they’ve done. I can’t be the only one to do this, right? Please tell me it’s not just me….

Any who, during one Google-fest, I stumbled upon an interview Emily Schuman of Cupcakes and Cashmere did with The Fashion Spot. The interview was Emily answering 21 questions and I thought it’d make a fun blog post over here.

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  1. When it comes to being a blogger, people don’t realize… how hard it is. I don’t consider myself to be a blogger, necessarily. I don’t blog full-time or get sponsorships or have affiliate links. But I do write. I consider myself a writer. And writing is hard. Creating content is difficult and I hope to continue to improve.
  2. My biggest fashion pet peeve is… wearing clothes that are hot or trendy even if it doesn’t look good on you.
  3. I’m dying to splurge on… a house. #wishfulthinking
  4. The last thing I googled was… “Gigi Hadid Diet.” Damn, that girl is hot.
  5. My favorite designers are… Michael Kors, Tory Burch and Kate Spade. If money was no object, I’d love some Cristian Siriano gowns.
  6. My life motto is… “There’s always room for the good things in life.” AND “Life’s too short to put up with bullshit.”
  7. The item of clothing I wear the most is… my Cole Haan black pumps.
  8. My guilty pleasure is… US Weekly and Bravo.
  9. You’d never catch me wearing… a romper. They’re a lot of work for me.
  10. If I had one extra hour in the day I’d… read.
  11. The last great book I read was… The Girl on the Train.
  12. My favorite brunch spot is… Toast in Lincoln Park, Chicago.
  13. My summer fall fashion must-haves are… plaid scarves, a great cape and riding boots.
  14. One of my secret talents is… singing.
  15. I’d love to work with… Bethenny Frankel.
  16. If you looked at my desk you’d see… pictures of my Hubby and dog.
  17. The one thing I can’t live without is… sunscreen, excluding my family and friends.
  18. My current Netflix addiction is… Friends.
  19. My beauty essentials are… sunscreen, primer, mascara.
  20. I like to collect… purses. You can never have enough and they will always fit.
  21. One thing you’d be surprised to know about me is… even though I’m outgoing, my favorite activity is snuggling on the couch and watching a movie with candles burning.

Your turn! What are your beauty essentials? What’s your current Netflix addiction? Your life motto?