friday five

every friday, one of my favorite authors posts a "friday five" on her blog. about everything and anything, and i love what she has to share.

so i thought i'd adopt the idea myself:

1. finals week is fast approaching. luckily i survived this past week, and only have a paper, and 2 finals left. these 2 finals are going to be brutal, though. however, i cannot wait for noon next friday. why, you ask? freedom, that's why :)

2.

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i live in a co-op on campus and my cooking job as a resident is to bake bread from scratch once a week. these are the before and afters of what i made last night. super easy crescent rolls. i thought they were pretty tasty.

3.

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one of my favorite things about baking is that i'm forced to spend time in our communal kitchen for a long amount of time. while i'm there, i get to run into people and hang out with whoever else is cooking. my friend, jireh, was making some indonesian barbeque last night and while i was baking he started boiling some lemon grass. he then add a ton of honey and poured me a glass of delicious iced-lemon-grass-honey-tea. delicious, and so very-sweet of him.

4. yesterday while i was waiting for my 6 o'clock section to start i ran into my friend, karmia. we lived in the same hall as freshmen but hadn't seen each other for more than a year, and like magic, i ran into her. i guess running into people is really common, but it felt so good to reconnect with someone i adore so much. she is also a published poet. she's amazing.

5.

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{via joy williams}

last and finally, i was wondering if i could get some input from my [few, but very important] readers. i'm leaving to study abroad in florence this january, and then going to oxford in april. in between sessions, i have a 3-week period free to travel and do as i please. magically, david is also studying abroad [in germany] in april, but is coming early and we're going to explore parts of western europe during that time together.

i grew up watching "the sound of music" and thought that austria would be a beautiful place to visit. my thoughts were reaffirmed when i found the above picture in joy williams' adventure blog.

do you have any suggestions on where to go, or are there places you've always hoped to visit?

i hope the weekend finds you well <3