Friday Faves (August 3)

Long time, no Friday Faves post, huh? I guess I’ve just been a little too busy these last couple of weeks, with my birthday, finishing up my internship and planning things for the upcoming school year. I’m still pretty busy these next few weeks–in fact, when you’re reading this, I’m probably up in FoCo setting up my apartment for the fall!–but I really wanted to get in a Friday Faves post.

Favorite Milestone: Finishing my first internship

Sorry about the lame screenshot of the video!

When I started my internship at one of the local TV stations back in late May, I had no idea what I was in for. And, well, it was both a lot more and a lot less than what I was expecting, but I’m so glad I did it (and that I’m done on Saturday, woooo!) Now I know that being a reporter (and even anchor) is less than glamorous, but it is incredibly exciting. Unlike most office jobs, being in TV news brings new stories and new challenges every single day. Some days were crazy, others were slow-paced and almost boring. I wrote a million stories, practiced live standups (where the reporter is on the scene and reporting about the events going on, like in the above photo), tried my hand at some editing and video shooting and answered more phone calls than I would have liked to. I talked and joked around with all the reporters and photographers, stalked and admired the anchors and cussed at my supervisor under my breath. Yeah, not everything about the internship was ideal. But I learned more in just 11 weeks than I have so far in my journalism classes over the past 2 years. And now I know that Iย amย crazy enough to want to continue in this business ๐Ÿ˜‰

Favorite Vegan Re-creation: Tempeh “Crab” Cakes

Crumbly and messy, but so so good!

I honestly can’t remember ever having crab cakes in my former omnivorous life. I used to be a huge fan of seafood, but I always went for the shrimp, scallops and white fish. This vegan rehash of the classic crab cake is probably not much like the real thing, but I really liked it. Best of all, it’s pretty simple and healthier than the original.

Tempeh “Crab” Cakes (vegan)

1/4 block tempeh

1/4 cup to 1/2 cup bread crumbs (I used leftover cooked multigrain pizza dough and grated it)

handful broccoli slaw, shredded carrots, chopped celery or green onions

1 to 2 tsp Old Bay Seasoning (I didn’t really measure it out, just tasted it!)

1/2 tsp garlic salt

2 tbsp vegan mayonnaise (Veganaise or Nayonnaise)

1 tsp mustard

Chop or grate tempeh into small pieces and place in a bowl. Mix in veggies, Old Bay, garlic salt, half of the bread crumbs and 1 tbsp of the vegan mayo. Pack together with hands until mixture can mostly stick together. Form into 3 or 4 small patties and roll in the remaining bread crumbs. In a small pan sprayed with nonstick cooking spray or a little olive oil, cook patties for 3-5 minutes per side, or until slightly crispy and golden brown. In a bowl, mix the remaining vegan mayo, mustard and a little Old Bay until combined. Serve tempeh cakes topped with the vegan remoulade. Serves 1.

Favorite Thing I’m Looking Forward To: Estes Park

So gorgeous, even on a cloudy day!

A yearly trip to Estes Park, CO in the summer has been a family tradition since I was at least 10 or so…so we’ve been doing it for 10 years now! I love the gorgeous scenery and hiking trails that nearby Rocky Mountain National Park have to offer, the condo-side pool surrounded by giant mountains, quirky cool boutiques and great restaurants (with some vegan options). What’s not to love? I’m going there next week, so I may or may not have some posts lined up for the days I’ll be gone. But I’ll for sure have a recap post!

Favorite Thing I’m Doing Today: Setting up my apartment

I still want this for my place…

In just a few weeks, I’ll be living on my own for the first time ever. Okay, yes, I’ve been technically living on my own for the past two years at college, but both years were spent in the dorms, meaning not a lot of freedom and minimal cooking opportunities. But now I have an apartment of my own (it’s a one bedroom) and I’m beyondย excitedย to move in and start living independently. Well, for the most part since I’ll still be coming home on breaks and once or twice a month, and still relying on my parents financially. But it’s still exciting for me! I can’t wait to actually cook for myself every day, figure out the transportation thing (I’ll have a car, but I still will probably take the bus sometimes), go grocery shopping on my own and maybe even go on mini road trips on the weekends. Oh, and I can’t wait to start decorating the apartment too!

What are you looking forward to in the next week or so? What do you think about apartment living?

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25 thoughts on “Friday Faves (August 3)

  1. Alexandra says:

    Congrats on finishing your internship, how exciting! And YAY for estes park!!!!! I love that place so freaking much– just so gorgeous ๐Ÿ™‚

  2. Congrats on finishing your intership,Ashley! I’m glad it was such a good experience, even if it was different from how you’ve supposed it to be. ๐Ÿ™‚
    Plus,I am suuuuper excited for you due to the own appartment! I wish I had enough money to live on my own as well, I am despairing at home lately,really… ๐Ÿ˜ฆ Anyhoo,take pictures and all, I want to see EVERYTHING – even the little spider under your bed. ๐Ÿ˜›

  3. Congratulations on finishing the internship! That’s exciting! So is living on your own! I’m jealous you’ll be able to cook. I’ve got a month left of having a kitchen and believe me I am making use of it!

  4. I would love that hammock too and so would my husband, he loves some hammocks! I’m glad you enjoyed your internship even if it was tough and not always ideal, that’s just how jobs and internships are. I love the screenshot of you “anchoring”, that’s so awesome!

  5. Congrats on finishing your internship! I’m probably going to be looking for one in Journalism too :] That’s not for a year or two though but any advice is very welcome! I wanna know what to expect! :]
    I can’t wait to live in an apartment or flat with someone! I LOVE IT. My friend and I are going apartment hunting in the next couple of months so we can get a good one for next year :] I’ve already seen so many things I would like to have but the pricing is ridiculous! Like that hammock….I would definitely like to see that at my place! :]

    • That’s so cool! I definitely have a few pieces of advice: not every thing you do in the internship will be exciting, but it’s all really good real-life experience and make friends with the employees–the ones I worked with were all super nice and funny and made even the most boring days fun. I think you’ll really love whatever journalism internship you get!

      • Oooh thank you! :] I’m {hopefully} doing a degree in Linguistics and Spanish so it’s not directly involved in journalism but hopefully I’ll manage to snag an internship or a summer job at a community paper..Anything really and I would be happy! :] I worked at a kiwifruit packhouse and I’ve definitely learned to make friends with employees! If I had no friends there I would have died from boredom!

    • I was really jealous of my friends who moved into apartments last year while I was still in the dorms, but now I’m excited and completely ready to live on my own, without all the rules of the dorms!

  6. Thats awesome you really love being in the news field! My moms ex-boyfriend worked for our local news so I always got to visit with my mom and see all the behind the scenes stuff. It’s so interesting!

  7. Emily says:

    This post is so exciting! First of all, congratulations on completing your internship! That is an amaaazing milestone and it sounds like it was such a great learning experience. Working hands-on is the best way to learn anything. And second, I’m so excited for you to move into your own place. It’s going to be amazing and you’ll learn SO much about yourself in the process. (:

    Oh, and I’m making those crab cakes ASAP! Yum!

  8. Lisa says:

    Congrats! It’s great you know you’re in the right field ๐Ÿ™‚

    As for living on your own with much more freedom, I hope this doesn’t mean you’ll be even more tempted to fall back on ED habits because no one will be there to hold you accountable. That happened to me and I just feel like at certain points of my life, if I have “too much” freedom, it’s not a good thing… obviously, something to work on since I have to be able to make healthy choices on my own no matter what, but just from my experience, I fell back pretty hard on ED habits when I was completely on my own. So I hope that doesn’t happen to you! You have a lot going for you and EDs are NOT worth it!

    • I have definitely considered that I might be more prone to falling back into ED stuff, but I’m really trying to work on being proactive now so that won’t happen. And I’m hoping that having 24/7 access to my own kitchen and a car will mean I have no excuses not to eat!

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