Friday, April 29, 2016


When I reminisce about some of my favorite days I've noticed they all have one thing in common and that is that they were never planned. They are days filled with random doings and people that make me happy.
The day started out typical I had clinical in the morning, went to my weekly lunch with Emily at Liberty Cafe, and then I headed home to quickly finish up a project. I had promised Victoria that I would take the night off so we could hang out, because our schedules don't always match up.

While thinking of things to do Victoria asked if I could put her dreads up.
It turned out darling which lead to me putting my hair in pigtails.
We picked outfits related to how our hair made us feel...if that makes sense. 
We then drove around Green Bay and found cute walls to take pictures next to.

Our friend Lesley invited us over for dinner and martini's, which was a perfect random thing to add to our night. We were a bit under the influence and decided it was a good idea to go get something pierced. So we waltzed into the Colour Box looking like middle schooler's and got it done. 
We didn't go the traditional route with piercings. Victoria got her septum pierced and I'm the proud new owner of a single nipple piercing...that hurt like a bitch to get. I don't see myself getting the other one pierced anytime soon.

We headed to Lesley's and surprised her with the news of our new piercings, which she got a kick out of. We then sat around the kitchen, drank some beer, and then decided we needed to go to the grocery store. 

Victoria ended up running into these older ladies who commented on her boots, hair, and septum piercings. She started up a conversation and I walked past the aisle and Victoria shouted, "That's my roommate I was telling you about!" They laughed and said, "You two are so cute together." The majority of the time I feel like older generations judge younger generations, but these ladies were the exact opposite! They said from personal experience that your youth goes fast and to embrace these days with full force. They then told us to remember this quote, "Too old too soon, too smart too late." 

Back at Lesley's we cut up veggies, drank martini's, listened to music, and had some great conversation. The end result was vegetarian curry, which was so yummy! That bottle of ibuprofen was for my aching nipple that I was trying to make feel better...the martini's helped!
We cuddled up on the couch to watch music videos and creep on people via facebook. Lesley decided to get my nurses opinion on her GI issue, which made me realize I'm pretty much Ann from Parks and Rec. Give me all your medical questions! If I don't have an answer I'll make one up!
We spent the night talking about traveling, drugs, sex, religion,age, friendship, society, politics, etc. Pretty much all of my favorite topics! We had to move on to margarita's eventually, because we are adults that drink too much. At one point I was complaining about the size of my nipple, so Lesley and Victoria so kindly exposed their nipples to make me feel better. That's what adults do. 
Lesley is who I want to be when I grow up. She's almost thirty and just got back from a 8 month bike trip to South America with her boyfriend. She's artsy and fun! She has no desire to fit into a box that society tries to place us into. Lesley actually attended the same school as Victoria and I years ago. She was in 8th grade and we were in 2nd. I remember seeing this cool 8th grader walking the halls and wanting to be just like her. If only I could go back in time and tell my 7 year old self we would be getting drunk and showing each other our nipples one day. Even if I could I'm sure I would think I turned out crazy. Life is weird and unexpected!

Tuesday, April 19, 2016

Small Party

I finally had a Friday off of clinicals and decided to make the most of it!
Victoria has been complaining about how little time we spend together and I gave her dibs on my Thursday night.
She decided we were getting drunk.
Of course.

Our parties have gotten out of hand lately and being hosts can be exhausting when you are trying to make sure everyone is having a good time. So we invited only a few people over to our loft for a small get together.

We had the best time with only 6 people!
Everyone got along, we all hung out together, and didn't spend a fortune to get everyone drunk.
It was a wonderful night.

My drunk purchase of clown noses has become one of the greatest purchases of my life.
We get some killer pictures wearing them and everyone loves them!
Best $3 I ever spent.
Good job, drunk Rae.
I loved how Emily, Kaitlyn, and I went from taking care of people in the hospital to getting drunk and wearing clown noses.
We are some classy nurses.

Everyone had a place to sleep, we all had fun, and we got some killer pictures.
Maybe it is our old age, but I'm starting to think smaller is least when it comes to parties.

Sunday, April 17, 2016

Winona Bound

Last Friday, I headed to Winona for the first time in almost two years.
The roads were awful because Wisconsin decided to have a blizzard in the middle of April.
The four hour drive was worth it though!

I arrived in Winona around 6pm and got to have dinner with a few of my old Morey-Shepherd hall mates. It was so great getting to catch up with everyone! My friend Anna from Sweden came to town to visit as well. I apparently did an awful job at informing people that I was in town, because once I started posting snap chats I had a ton of people contacting me. I've missed so many people in this town!

After dinner, we went to Scott's apartment and played True American.
If you are a fan of the TV show New Girl you probably know what that is.
It's pretty much a drinking game that involves hopping around on furniture and drinking. 
We played for a few hours until someone wiped out and we decided we were too drunk to continue the game. Anna and I had a heart to heart on Friday night and I learned that I was one of the first girls that she was ever truly friends with. Which blows my mind, because I've always had a great group of girls in my life. It meant a lot to me that she is still thankful for our friendship.
After the game we just sat around, talked, drank more, and pretended to be freshmen in college again. 
Being a freshmen wasn't that long ago, but there was such a difference in our partying ways.
We could go to the liquor store to buy our own alcohol compared to finding a connection to buy us some. We didn't need music blaring to keep the party going, because our conversations were filling the room instead. 

On Saturday, my friend Matt came to town. 
We went hiking at Garvin Heights, had a wine tasting at Elmaro Vineyard, and had dinner at ZaZa's. 
After dinner, we walked around campus and snuck into our old dorm building. 
All of our floor is guys now!
It felt so weird walking the walls where we met!
We use to run around those halls wasted and doing ridiculous things.
I mean we were drunk while reminiscing, but it's a different feeling when you can't get caught and kicked out of your dorm for drinking. 

Scott and I headed back to his place for a nap, because drinking for almost 24 hours straight makes you exhausted. Matt and Anna went to go check out a house party. We eventually reunited, had a few beers, and then I got lame and went to bed around midnight. I woke up in the middle of my slumber to Anna and Scott kissing my forehead and tucking me into bed(aka the couch). Drunk people never fail to make me laugh.

The craziest part of my trip was seeing how much everyone has grown up.
Matt wears suits to work and has a nice car now, but when I knew him he was always partying and getting crazy. Anna was a party animal who rarely slept in her own bed, but now is in Sweden working her adult job and cringing at the stories we tell about her. Hayley's applying to Pharmacy school and Sharna's graduating in the Fall. Our college days are flying by and ending soon. 

Leaving on Sunday was hard, but I left in a wonderful mood.
I've been in a funk lately and being with old friends made me feel so loved and allowed me to get back to a better mindset. 
On Sunday, I got up early and drove to the cities for lunch with my cousin Gina.
I've never had one-on-one time with her and was a bit nervous beforehand.
She's a hipster lesbian and one of the coolest people I know.
We went out for brunch and bloody mary's.
I thought we would just have a quick lunch and then I would be on my way back to Green Bay.
Four hours later, I had to stop the conversation, because I needed to go.
We had the best conversation and talked about so much!
I love bonding with people, especially people that I look up to. 

It was the perfect weekend!

Saturday, April 16, 2016

Ron Swanson

A few weeks ago we headed to Milwaukee to see Nick Offerman aka Ron Swanson.
If you aren't a fan of Parks and Recreation you might not know who I'm talking about, but you really should. 

We left right after my clinical ended on Thursday.
Victoria drove for I could work on my homework on the way down.
The show started at 7:00pm, but we had plans to meet up with Rachel and Clair in Milwaukee earlier.

We met them at Colectivo for coffee and got the most amazing taco's at Bel Air Cantina. 
Afterwards, we decided to walk around and take some pictures. 
It was really cold and jackets would have ruined our outfits.
So we braved the cold! 

We were casually walking when I noticed blood dripping from my finger.
I had somehow managed to slice it open.
Probably should have gotten a tetanus shot, but oh well.
We got some great shots!

Everytime someone takes a good picture of myself I got more annoyed with my senior pictures.
I paid $200 for a professional to do them and hated every single one of them.
I've loved pictures of myself taken with a simple iPhone and instagram filter. 
Words of advice: Save yourself the money and use an Iphone!

The show was fantastic!
He read from his book and then did a Q&A, which was hilarious. 
Some people are idiots and Ron...I mean Nick totally called them out on it. 
Victoria ended up driving back home and I tried to get some sleep, because I had clinicals at 6:00am the next morning. Being exhausted the next day was so worth it!

Friday, April 15, 2016

This and That

I came to this coffee shop to get shit done, but then I ordered the most amazing quiche, which for some reason reminded me that I haven't blogged this month. Oh the horror. It's a situation that needed to be fixed and put on top of my "to-do" list. Patient care plans? Those sick people can wait. Clinical management paper due in a few hours? I work best under a time crunch any way.

Victoria and I slaved away at Starbucks on Easter. 
We loved it, clearly. 
Our new manager isn't awful, but he thinks that being a manager at Starbucks is the equivalent of curing cancer or feeding the starving children in Africa. Calm down, buddy. The world will continue to turn even though we aren't wearing our name tags. 

I had a dinner with my younger cousin Jonna. 
My younger cousins are starting to become people I don't mind talking with.
I've waited a long time for this!
Her dad came up to me at Easter and said, "Thank you for inviting Jonna to dinner! She was so excited and has been talking about it ever since." Parent's are so embarrassing, but I'm glad she had fun!

Victoria also dragged me to bible study a few weeks ago.
It wasn't awful, but I was just reminded how much of an outsider I feel in a church setting. 

That's all I got for ya, folks.