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Thursday, June 29, 2017

Review: The Boathouse at Disney Springs

On my family's vacation to Disney World last week, we went to Disney Springs for the first time. If you haven't been to Disney in a while, you might know it as Downtown Disney; it's a beautiful area with shops and restaurants. 

Since we took Thursday off from the parks to recuperate a little, we headed to Disney Springs with the help of my cousin Marisa who lives in Orlando. She recommended The Boathouse for lunch, a cute boating themed restaurant that boasts incredible seafood and a wide selection of drinks. 



We couldn't have been more pleased with our delicious food or the calming relaxed atmosphere, a big change from being in the parks! Everyone at the table (well, except my little sister) ordered a beer from the Funky Buddha brewery which is local to Florida. The waiter described The Floridian as similar to a Blue Moon, my favorite, and I absolutely loved it.


My mom and I both started with the Maine Lobster Bisque which was amazing. I could have done with a bit more actual lobster in it, but I feel like I can't complain because the flavor was so incredible.


For my meal, I ordered one of the specials: a Shrimp Po-Boy. My only complaint is that I have no idea how they intended for me to eat this sandwich. It was served on an incredible, but thick, baguette with fresh tomato and lettuce. I ended up eating off a lot of the shrimp before attempting to pick it up (well, after my first failed try).


I got truffle fries as my side but my sister ordered one of the "Sides to Share" to go along with her soup as her meal. They're not kidding when they say you can share the sides! She basically received a mountain of delicious truffle fries.


The Boathouse is definitely a restaurant I'll return to on our next trip to Disney. It's a bit on the pricey side, but no worse than your average upscale seafood restaurant. If you go, definitely try one of their beers and the truffle fries! x

Wednesday, June 28, 2017

Life Update | I Graduated??

The reason I've been somewhat silent on this blog lately is because I was busy with graduating from college and then recovering from the chaos of moving home. Yes, I graduated from university!! Normal content should resume soon, with some Disney World posts and Friday Internet Finds.

On May 20, I graduated magna cum laude from Elon University with a BA in Strategic Communications and History with a minor in French. It's strange to think that my four years are already over -- but I feel like a completely different person than I was when I started, as cliché as that is.

my amazing parents and little sister
While at Elon, I studied abroad at the University of Sussex and the University of St Andrews, did a Winter Term trip to Disney World and Disneyland, and did internships in Raleigh, NC and New York City. I completed my Honors Fellows thesis project (and even got a scholarship for it!) on the salonnières, women who ran salons in Enlightenment Paris. I also worked for Elon's newspaper, history department, and comedy sketch TV show, Elon Tonight.

With my roommate Brian and best friends MaryClaire and Lauren
In all honesty, I have some regrets about my time at Elon and things I would do differently if I could do it over. I regret not majoring in Arts Administration or minoring in Theatre Studies. Most days, I wish that I had gone back to the University of Sussex instead of going to St Andrews (but then I remember I wouldn't have met my darling friend, Lucy, and I take it back!). And, I'm graduating with no job yet in a friend group of people who mostly have their plans sorted which has been difficult.

with my best friend, future broadway star kimmy
Those difficulties aside, I had a wonderful graduation day. I had family who had come from across North Carolina, Florida, and Illinois and friends who had flown back from being in LA all spring just for graduation week. Plus, I had my amazing roommates (one of whom was my freshman year roommate!) and other incredible friends. (And there's something a little funny in watching the first boy you ever kissed get his diploma!)

with my new diploma!!
All day, all I could think of was how lucky I was to have these stupendous, kind, intelligent people beside me. I perhaps summed it up best on my Instagram post, or rather Dave Malloy summed it up best with Natasha's line in Great Comet: "And for the first time in many days, I weep tears of gratitude, tears of tenderness, tears of thanks."

Check out my video for more information and musings!


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