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July 2013 Playlist

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The World is Watching– Two Door Cinema Club

Debut– Oskar Linnros

Wishing Well– Cheyenne Marie Mize

Sonsick– San Fermin

Darling Divine– Wild Child

Ready for the Weekend– Icona Pop

Thinkin Bout You– Frank Ocean

Bedroom Eyes– Dum Dum Girls

Life Round Here– James Blake

Play Hard– Krewella

Indigo Home– Roo Panes

You Come Down– Marika Hackman

 

Listen to the full playlist all the way through on Spotify! 

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A Morning at Melrose

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As much as I adore my internship, working full time has given me a new appreciation for weekends. When I’m going to school in Denver, weekends are almost more stressful than weekdays- every day is crammed full with catching up on homework, seeing friends, tidying up, and most importantly- knocking some episodes off the old Netflix queue. Now that I’m living somewhere where-let’s be honest-I’ve got exponentially less friends available to hang out with without extensive planning and no homework, I’ve got some time to do the things that I want to do! Yesterday (Saturday), was one of those days where I just woke up and wanted some cheese. But not the nameless QFC bought kind I already had in the fridge. I wanted some real artisan cheese like a fancy European lady might have in her fridge.

I’ve always been aware of the existence of Melrose Market in Seattle. I used to pass by it nearly every day last summer when I would make the hike up to Capitol Hill after work. For whatever inexplicable reason, I never thought to go in. In my adventurous (and cheese longing) state yesterday, I decided that there was going to be no better time to go spend my money on some fancy food.

Melrose Market is a charming little urban space filled with shops for all sorts of things from stationary, wines, and vinyl to fresh coffee, cured meats, and cheeses. Wandering inside the light flooded space, I immediately felt like I had discovered something truly special. It was relatively uncrowded, especially considering it was a Saturday in the tourist heavy time of the year, so there was a pleasantly calmed buzz about the place.

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After a brief wander around the space, I beelined straight for the cheese shop, The Calf & Kid. Slightly daunted by the abundance of delicious looking cheeses, I was honest with the cheese man and told her that I don’t know the first thing about cheeses except for that I like things like Gouda and I usually eat cheese with fruits or cured meats. Being the professional cheese man that he is, he helped me out, letting me have abundant samples of cheese.

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My favorite ended up being a salty goat cheese called “Nonna Capra” straight from a creamery in my very own Washington State. It reminded me of the gooey cheesiness that you might find in an expensive Macaroni and Cheese dish- I was sold. When he told he that a teeny slice (maybe about half the size of an iPhone) was about $5, I swallowed my stinginess and handed over my $5 bill.  I came here knowing that I was going to walk away with some good cheese and it wasn’t going to be cheap. I carried the cheese home safely tucked away in my bag and added it to some polenta for dinner that night. $5 well spent.

 

 

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Ch-ch-ch-ch-CHANGES

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As crazy as it to say, I’ll be a college graduate by this time next year.

Weird, seeing as I am pretty sure I just graduated high school a week ago.

In all honesty, I feel about as ready as a person could feel going into their last year of schooling ever could be (unless I randomly decide to come back). I love school, especially as I’ve been able to delve deeper into my communications and marketing studies, but I’ve discovered that I love working even more. When I’ve been in jobs that don’t feel like work and feel like I am just getting to have fun and be paid for it- that’s what I can’t wait for. I’m working full time this summer and I love it because I love my internship- simple as that.

I never thought I would ever enjoy a 9-5 schedule but here I am, saying it.

Weird.

My impending graduation has had me thinking about this blog. It’s purpose has always been to document my navigation of the gluten free diet while being away at college along with providing a space for new college students or newly diagnosed celiacs to get some useful and specific information from a somewhat relatable source. Doing the college thing without letting celiac disease surpass studying on the list of stresses has been the mantra of the blog, and writing updates for this blog has probably been more therapeutic and helpful for myself than it has for any readers. I do hope that there has been at least a smidgen of advice that stuck with some of you, a story that tickled your funny bone a wee bit, or at least made you feel sorry for me when I got glutened (hey-any emotional responses are welcome here. It’s a safe place). It has honestly warmed my heart every time someone has commented, “liked” my Facebook page, followed me on Twitter, or reached out with concerns and questions. Through my experience, I’ve been able to virtually meet so many amazing fellow gluten free bloggers and collaborate in initiatives larger than myself which means the world to me.

This is all starting to sound very sign-offish, which I’ll tell you it isn’t supposed to.

I will be graduating The Campus Celiac along with my own graduation since I will no longer be a college student. However, I am keeping the blog alive in another format. 

Over the next year, I’m going to be transitioning the blog into a lifestyle blog.

I know, I know, puke.

I don’t really like the sound of a “lifestyle” blog either because it gives the false impression that I live some pristine and orderly life that should be admired and modeled by all around me. Like I own all Thomasville furniture, am a beauty guru, and wear tediously styled outfits every single day.

Nope.

To me, the “new” blog is going to be an extension of The Campus Celiac, giving me added freedoms in terms of what I’m writing about. Recipes, restaurant reviews, gluten free shenanigans, it’ll all still be here. But I’m hoping to add in some non gluten free related topics like room decorating, DIY, thrifting tips, daily life ramblings, etc. Mainly, I want this to be a place where I can write about whatever was on my mind on any particular day without it needing to be related to gluten or the lack of said gluten.

I’m really excited to revive the blog, get it all spiffed up, and start writing about the things that I’m most enthusiastic to write about! And as I’ve gotten more into the swing of things with this gluten free thing, I see it as a small chapter in my life, not the entire book.

Big hugs to everyone who is reading my blog or has read my blog for their support throughout the last 3 years on this thing!

See you soon!

 

 

 

 

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