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May is Riesling Month in the Finger Lakes!

At my college, Senior Week is the time between finals and graduation for the graduating class to bond and experience the community before entering the “real world”. I appreciate this concept because most of our time here has been spent in our college “bubble”. We attend classes, study at the library, eat on campus and return to our dorms day in and day out. We rarely have the opportunity to explore the area and absorb the culture. To kick off the week, the Senior Class takes a trip to the wineries. About an hour away resides the beautiful Geneva, New York and the Seneca Wine Trail. The three wineries we visited were: Fox Run, Anthony Road and Fulkerson.

Around 12pm we arrived in Geneva and went to a large banquet center for lunch. The food was served buffet style and was mediocre. I had a plate of an over dressed green salad, pasta salad, green beans and mushrooms, chicken, fruit salad and half of a chocolate chip cookie (all that was left on the platter 😦 ). There were 6 buses of people (about 300) to feed and the food served was that which was “easy”. I find that when I attend large events the food often suffers because it is hard to accommodate the size and variety of tastes. I don’t have a picture but to be honest, it wasn’t exactly picture worthy anyways.

The first stop on our tour was the Fox Run Vineyard (the pictures above were taken here). I wish we had lunch at their cafe because the food is AMAZING. I have been to this vineyard before with my parents and had the Brie and Boar’s Head Ham Sandwich on Walnut-Raisin Sourdough Bread. This was about a year ago and I still remember it being heavenly. One of the highlights of this vineyard is the Arctic Fox. This table white is one of their most popular wines. It is fairly sweet with a 2.1% RS (residual sugar) and has hints of citrus and vanilla. I don’t always LOVE really sweet wines, however; in the summer months it pairs perfectly with grilled fish and vegetables. It is best served chilled and is both light and refreshing.

After tasting 6 wines, my friends and I enjoyed a glass of  Arctic Fox and the sunshine. The view from this winery is absolutely breath-taking. I was so glad that we were able to go on a sunny day.Our next stop was Anthony Road. We we able to taste 5 wines and I chose the 2008 Dry Riesling, 2009 Semi-Dry Riesling, 2008 Gewürztraminer, 2007 Cabernet Franc/Lemberger and the 2007 Pinot Noir. I was pleasantly surprised by their Semi-Dry Riesling.It was sweet and light with prominate citrus and melon characteristics. This is another great wine for the summer months!

Enjoying the sun at Anthony Road.

It was such a beautiful and fun day. By the time we returned to campus it was 6pm and we were starving! My roommate and I decided that we were not in the mood to cook and ordered food from the pita pit. After a long day of wine tasting, it was necessary to have some hearty and solid food. I devoured my gigantic pita (thus no picture) that was filled with chicken breast, feta cheese, hummus, mushrooms, black olives, pickles, cucumber, alfalfa sprouts, tomato, spinach and hot sauce. I’m not sure how I had room after eating this (my roommate was only able to eat half of hers!) but shortly after I had an ice cream sandwich for something cool and sweet.

I am absolutely exhausted, but  so thankful that I am able to spend time with friends before graduation. As the end draws near, I am coming to the realization that I will never be at this point in my life again. It is a bitter-sweet feeling because I have been itching to leave and enter the real world for such a long time but I will genuinely miss the fun I have had here with my friends. I know that we will stay in touch but it will be on another level with long distance communication and sparse visits. In the next few days, I am going to take in every moment and live life to the fullest!

Sentimental,

Nora

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Did I really just complete my undergraduate college education? Ladies and gentleman, at 4pm this afternoon I emerged from the confines of my minuscule apartment looking half-human and walked to campus to hand in my last college paper ever. It still hasn’t hit me yet. Do I really not have any readings to do? Tests to study for? Papers to write? As I sit in my room and type this I am in disbelief  that the past four years have finally come to an end.  It has been an interesting ride to say the least. The knowledge I have gained at this institution expands far beyond the classroom. I have learned a lot about myself and have grown tremendously. I have to take a moment here to pause and thank my parents.

Mom and Dad- Thank you so much for every opportunity you have provided me with. I am so grateful to have your love and support in my life. The road hasn’t always been easy, but you never stopped having faith in me and I appreciate that more than you will ever know. Thank you for never doubting me and encouraging me to pursue my interests. You are my best friends and every day I truly feel lucky to have you in my life. I LOVE YOU SO MUCH!

On to my day:

Today was such a scramble. I’m always such a mess during finals week between little sleep, weird eating and stressful studying. I’m glad that this marks the end of it! I started today around 7am and was under lock and key paper writing in my apartment until 3:30pm. I literally moved from my floor (everything was spread out on my floor…I couldn’t sit at my desk anymore!) to the kitchen all day long and finally sat in bed for some final editing and to provide relief to my numb “bottom” that suffered from my harsh floor all day. Yeah, it wasn’t a fun time.

Breakfast was exactly what I was craving: Berry Oats. Last night for dessert I had some luscious local strawberries with MaraNatha Dark Chocolate Almond Spread.

I knew that I needed to have these again for breakfast, so I made a big bowl of oats for breakfast with strawberries and blackberries.Into my bowl:

Base: 1/4 cup oat bran, 1/8 cup rolled oats, 1/4 cup vanilla almond milk, 1/2 cup water, 1/2 sliced banana, 2 tsp chia seeds, cinnamon, vanilla extract.

Toppings: ~1/4 cup Chobani Greek yogurt (last of it!), 3 strawberries, handful of blackberries and almond butter.

This was SO delicious. I really liked the melted Greek yogurt on top. It made my bowl so creamy and I loved the sour contrast with the berries. When I get more yogurt, I’m going to incorporate it into my warm oats more often!

This is the only meal that I was 100% certain of all day. As I got into paper writing the rest of my food was completely random and consisted of “I can’t focus, go make food” dishes. They were all consumed sporadically between the hours of 10am and 3pm. I really hate mindlessly eating, I never feel wonderful when I do and today was no exception. My stomach was…let’s just say a bit bubbly, but it got me through the day. I’ll try to categorize as best I can the randomness of food:

Morning Snack: Jonagold Apple with Almond Butter.

“Lunch”:

Lunch was a compilation of everything in my room/fridge/freezer that I could think to put together. I’m not sure what time this all actually took place, but I think it was a few hours after breakfast when I was getting into the really tedious part of my paper. I spotted a Luna Cookie Dough Protein Bar and decided I needed a little cookie dough to chug through more work. I ate half of it before lunch and the other half later in the day. Shortly after I decided that I needed to refocus and make myself a snack. I went back into my kitchen and prepared a plate of watermelon and pineapple. I wasn’t full and it was almost lunch time so after maybe 30 minutes I went back into the kitchen to make some real food. Remember that Multigrain bread I picked up at the bakery a while ago? Well it also comes in a Multigrain Currant variety(be still my heart, I’m in love with this bread), and I happened to have a few pieces in my freezer from a long, long time ago 🙂 . The pictures above are a before and after shot. I topped my toast with some natural crunchy peanut butter. After I made my toast, I thought to myself, “Nora, you can not live on nut butters, fruit and carbs alone.” And decided to make a plate of sautéed spinach topped with a runny fried egg, extra sharp cheddar cheese and hot sauce. Maybe I should just call this breakfast number two! It was so delicious, and held me nicely through the majority of my paper writing! I really love the combination of egg yolk and extra sharp cheddar cheese, it is so creamy and flavorful!

I finally completed the bulk of my writing around 2pm and determined I needed some editing food.I needed some greens so I made a mini “sludge” monster with 1/2 cup vanilla soy milk, 5 ice cubes, 1/2 frozen banana, 1 scoop Amazing Grass GREEN Superfood, 1 heaping TBS Hershey’s Unsweetened Cocoa, and a big bunch of spinach. It looks like sludge, and wasn’t as good as my protein packed monsters, but it was still refreshing. After this freezing beverage I needed something warm so I microwaved a Medjool date with almond butter and cinnamon. I microwaved another unpictured date with just cinnamon after this. Still not satisfied, and now wanting chocolate, I used a random (embarrassing purchase… my campus store sells them so I picked up a bag a while ago.) rice cake as a vessel for MaraNatha Dark Chocolate Almond Spread and Raspberry Jam.

Today was a whirlwind, and I had a bunch more “finger swipes” of almond butter, some raw almonds, another apple and a big carrot somewhere in between. I think it’s safe to say: my paper was a nut butter fueled production.

It was a bit cool out when I finally left my apartment, but the walk was welcome. I was in need of a good leg stretch, and it settled the random bites of my day. I was fortunate to get to the Political Science Department mere MOMENTS before they locked the doors. My professor told us that the paper was due at 5pm, and the department locks  down at 4:30pm! I don’t know what I would have done if I left my apartment 5 minutes later.

I haven’t had time this week to exercise so I did a light 50 minutes on the Pre-core machine before heading home. I was planning to run but was felling a little “blah” when I finally got to the gym. I’ll tell you, paper writing + sitting + eating = exhaustion.

I wasn’t particularly in the mood for anything fancy for dinner, and wanted to continue my fridge cleaning so I used the remainder of my Bush’s Baked Beans for another Baked Beans and Sweet Potato dish. I served it with a fresh green salad and the last of my watermelon. I decided to cook my sweet potato in the microwave for the sake of time, and it wasn’t very photogenic. I ended up mashing it and topping it with cinnamon and Crofter’s North American Superfruit Spread (cranberry/blueberry mix) before adding my baked beans, which was delicious :).

For dessert I had a few squares of Green and Black’s Mint Dark Chocolate and a cup of Decaf Constant Comment Bigelow Tea. I needed something a little cozy to curl up in bed with because The Notebook was on and I had some blogging to catch up on :).

Hopefully, normalcy will resume tomorrow. I still think it is SO strange that I do not have anymore school work to accomplish. I have some personal projects and fun books to read, so I’m sure I’ll find a way to stay occupied. I think the most exciting part about finishing is that I now have time to do the things that I really like. I’m all for academics, but when it is a struggle to love and appreciate the material you are learning the work is tedious and stressful. I’m really looking forward to reading for fun and continuing my food/wine aspirations.

I have MANY more thoughts, but until I gather them I’m going to leave this rather long post be. I have one more week on campus for  “Senior Week”, which is filled with senior class functions (Finger Lakes Wine tour Monday…stay tuned!). I’m officially out of here after our graduation ceremony next Sunday. I can’t wait to see what the future holds!

Surreal Life,

Nora

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