Adventure Time

Good morning and happy Monday!

Usually Mondays are not the greatest, actually they are the wooooorst, but today is super special because STEVE AND I LEAVE ON A 2 WEEK VACAY FOR EUROPE TODAY!!!!!!

My life for the foreseeable future is packed into this color-coordinated carry-on (an actual cute purse is already packed because priorities y’all)


Anywho, here are the deets of where we will be. If anyone has any suggestions for must-do activities, places to eat, etc, then comment and let us know!

  • June 1-2: Travels
  • June 3-5: Budapest, Hungary
  • June  5-7: Prague, Czech Republic
  • June 7-9: Vienna, Austria
  • June 9-12: Berlin, Germany
  • June 12-14: Barcelona, Spain
  • June 14-15: London, UK
  • June 15: Travels

We’ll try to check in with the blog when we can but you can also follow me (@amandaguin54) or Steve (@thievensteven) on Instagram for an overload of pictures of our travels, sorry not sorry.

Little Things That Make Me Smile

Hi friends! Since last week the blog was a little bit of a downer, I’m going to overcompensate for it with happy things this week.

Yesterday was a pretty cool day in grad school world (read- it was chill). I’m stuck on research since I ran out of an etching material and Amazon’s 2 day shipping is not shipping fast enough. So I decided to head home a touch early and get some reading in.


Reading is way more enjoyable when you are outside and have a beer. If you have any doubt of my nerd status, I was excited about reading this…


Yeah it’s a textbook. Yeah it’s complicated. Yes I am way too excited about reading it and finding useful information.

Since Steve was at the library studying, it was just me and Indy for most of the night. Usually when Steve’s gone, Indy is pretty mopey and sits on her bed and ignores me. Last night, however, she hopped up on the bed to be my Netflix-watching buddy. Only, she kind of missed the bed and landed on me and promptly decided I was much more comfortable. It was pretty damn cute.


Other things that make me smile is the Wench house tradition of getting window decals/stickeys/idk-what-you-call-em-but-they’re-a-dollar-at-target. We typically buy things that spell out ‘Merry Christmas’ or ‘Happy Easter’. These cheerful greetings do not last long because we enjoy rearranging the letters and seeing how long it takes someone to notice. Here’s the latest scandalous anagram…


Note: this is a combination of “merry christmas” letters and “happy st. pat’s day” letters. It now says…. Scram pappy. Its a shart. thyme ryds. (sometimes we have to make up words since there aren’t enough vowels in the holidays)

Today was soooo pretty out! So Steve and I ate our lunch outside by the fountains! So pretty ❤


We had some leftover spiced chickpea wraps that were stuffed with carrots, cucumber, and spinach. Super healthy!

Speaking of healthy…..(like my transition there??)….a side effect of both of us training and trying to save some money is that our diet has unintentionally cleaned up quite a bit! Don’t get me wrong, we didn’t grab fast food every day before, but we ate out a decent amount and that adds up! We’ve really started cutting back on eating out and such because we’re saving up money for…..(drumroll please)….A TRIP TO EUROPE!!!!

We’re going for 2 weeks and are super stoked! My family will be with us for the first week while we hit up Vienna, Budapest, and Prague. Then we’ll go to Berlin, Barcelona, and have a short day in London. My brother, William, will be with us for most of the whole thing 😀 It’s our first time to go to Europe so we are crazy excited and are saving up as much as we can (on our limited grad student budget) so we can live it up while we’re there!

Any suggestions on places to go, food to try, things to see…are more than welcome!