A U T U M N

Hey hey happy Sunday! I hope it’s been relaxing πŸ™‚

Also, happy happy fall! ❀

I'm pretty busy at the moment, so I'm just going to throw a bunch of pictures at you from my week!

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I had a nice hair day!

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Bought new boots for fall!

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Pumpkin oatmeal!

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Nephew’s birthday!

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Trail runnin’!

Summer Recap

Hey hey! Here I am, drinking my first pumpkin latte of the season and I’m feeling festive. πŸ™‚

Today I thought back to how phenomenal my summer was; surely the best one yet. So, to celebrate the unofficial beginning of autumn, I’ve decided to make a list of my summer adventures!

In chronological order (mostly):
Won 3rd place at Autism Speaks 8K
Turned 19 πŸ™‚
Visited McKinney Falls for the first time
Bungee jumped
Kayaked and paddle boarded on Town Lake
Vandalized on the graffiti wall
Finally visited the pecan place with the giant squirrel statue
Went on a road trip trough NM to Colorado
Had Amy’s ice cream for the first time
Trained my bootay off and got very tan in the process
Camping trip in NM
Galveston day trip (complete with hennas)
Got new running shoes
Had a hilarious GNO with my best friend
Took a 40 mile bike trip to Hamilton Pool
Swam at Krause Springs & Reimer Ranch Park
Went on a Blue Bell tour
Moved out of my first apartment ever
Solo camped for 4 days in the heat
Visited Sabrina, Mathew, and Bolt in Cali where we hiked, longboarded, and chilled

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Moved home for a few days before finally heading back to ATX
And then I started school

Aaaaand I got a bit lazy on the blogging front… But check out my Instagram to see pictures of said adventures!

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I want to go bungee jumping again soon!

Haha!

Love,
Juliana

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Read These Please

Hey world πŸ™‚

I am currently sitting in an oddly empty room with a sleeping man at some public library. I wanted to kill time with AC, some wifi, and possibly another new book before I head to the airport for hours and hours.

My flight for California departs at 6 am tomorrow and I didn’t want to book a hotel or camp, so I’ll be spending the night there! New experiences > comfort.

Considering I was in Bookpeople earlier and now a library, I figured I’d share the books I’ve read this summer! You should most definitely read them.

However, let me first say, that i really really like to read. Nonfiction. And mostly travel memoirs. I get on reading kicks, though. I can go months without reading a single book to completion, but then I’ll suddenly read 3 books back to back to back. That’s happening now. And I love it. Although, I’m having a hard time finding more books as soon as I finish one.

Nonetheless, here is my short list:
Wild by Cheryl Strayed – The movie comes out in December (which I didn’t know when I was reading it) and Reese Witherspoon plays Cheryl!
Going Somewhere by Brian Benson – I liked this one a lot and it inspired my further for my bike trip to Hamilton Pool (which I haven’t blogged about yet…)
Neither Here Nor There by Bill Bryson – Okay, Bryson is hilarious. In this book, he’s traveling throughout Europe (which is awesome) and he’s cracking wise butt jokes along the way.)
A Walk in the Woods by Bill Bryson – I actually read this in high school, but I loved it. And it is why I want to hike the Appalachian Trail eventually.
Wanderlust by Elisabeth Eaves – I’m actually currently reading this one, but I can relate to Eaves a lot. And it has sparked an interest in Egypt in me again.

I don’t know what to read next! I’ll probably buy another book in California. I’m thinking I’ll read all of Bill Bryson’s books….

Got any recommendations?!

what do you like to read?

HELLO

Hello!

Sorry to have gone MIA! Life’s been a little on the wild side and will be for the next two weeks! πŸ™‚

I’m loving it though! The nomadic life is pretty awesome.

Want to keep up with my shenanigans until I have time to actually write about them?

Check out my Instagram and Twitter!

Insta: @junicolini
Twitter: @jmnicolini

I’ve been training and working and moving and going on many many adventures. School starts in 16 days and I leave for California is 3 days! Holy guacamole, I’m packing summer with greatness until the very last day! πŸ™‚

At the moment, I am without a constant source of wifi… Or a house. Wait, what is Juliana talking about? Check it out on Insta.

Talk to you soon! (Hopefully!)

And RIP Robin Williams ❀

Morning Love.

I love mornings.
I love waking as the sun rises, or even waking up earlier to actually see it happen.
I love the peacefulness of it and feeling the positive potential of the day ahead.
I love the sounds of coffee brewing.
Also, I really love breakfast.
And I love visiting home. A giant kitchen all to myself and peace and quiet.

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Black coffee while reading my new book.

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Breakfast: toast with almond butter, the most beautiful nectarine, two perfectly (to my standards) cooked eggs over a bed of sautΓ©ed kale and chard and half an avocado.

What’s your morning like? πŸ™‚

Love,
Ju

BCB: Juliana

Good morning!
I am up bright and early because I have work, but then I’m driving home to have dinner with MY BEST FRIEND THAT I HAVENT SEEN IN TWO MONTHS!

You could say I’m pretty excited. πŸ™‚

Anyway, welcome to yet another episode of Battle of the Cold Brews: Juliana edition.

Juliana edition? That’s right. I made this one myself!

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[P.S. Please ignore my messy room… I’m in the slow process of packing it…]

I used 3 tbsp of my Allegro Italian roast coffee in my little French press. I covered it for about 8 hours and then I just pressed the grounds down as if I was making hot French press coffee! Boom. No cheese cloth or filter needed.

I let it refrigerate overnight so that I could taste it this morning.

First off, let me say that it’s interesting how different all the coffee I’ve had so far tastes in general. Solely, I guess, from whatever beans are being used.

Mine isn’t as smooth as the others I’ve tried so far, and it has a little bit of acidity. However, man oh man, mine is dark. πŸ™‚
The coffee I used is so good when I make it hot and black because if how strong it is! That boldness translated well when I cold brewed it.

And you know what else? It was free.

So far, my search for the best cold brew has cost me anywhere from $2.25-$3.50 per cup. Dang son. I just wouldn’t want to spend that every morning!

A month of that could cover a race fee! πŸ˜‰

Anyway, I am pleased with my cold brew! Now I just need to figure out how to make it in bigger batches!

Love,
Ju

BCB: Dominican Joe

The last thing I need right now is caffeine. Yet, here I am, sitting on the patio of Dominican Joe with an empty coffee cup and my new favorite book.

Oh man.

Welcome to another installment of Battle of the Cold Brews: Dominican Joe

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I ordered a small iced toddy coffee and holy guacamole, you guys, it is good.

It’s not very bold like Buzzmill’s was, but goodness gracious this stuff is smooth.

I seriously took a sip and almost said aloud “dang!” Hahaha!

Not to mention, Dominican Joe is a pretty cool company and you should check it out.

I have a bit of a caffeine headache now and it’s making reading sort of difficult…

I’m reading Wild by Cheryl Strayed and it is amazing. I know I know it’s about to be a movie, but the book is incredible.

Not to mention, I’ve been wanting to hike the Appalachian Trail (especially after reading A Walk in the Woods by Bill Bryson) for a while and now I’m intrigued by the Pacific Crest Trail!

Strayed’s story is like watching a skin graft heal over a burn in sped up time.
It’s so brutal and painful, but the potential for recovery is so real and tangible. There’s pain and hope and confusion and clarity.

I love it and I’m just a little over halfway.

Okay, talk to you later!
Love,
Ju

Battle of the Cold Brews

I’m on a mission.
To find the best cold brew coffee in Austin.

I’m going to do my best to document my thoughts on each one I try and compare them as I go!

However, let me make it clear that I’m only looking for cold brew.

Cooled coffee over ice is not the same. At all.

Oh, and don’t get me started on hot coffee poured directly over ice. It’s happened before and it breaks my heart everytime!

So without further adieu,

Yesterday I finally tried Jo’s (on SoCo) cold brew and it was niiiiice.

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My thoughts: To be honest, it was a little too weak for me! I like my iced coffee black with absolutely no sweetener or cream and I like it strong. To anyone else, black coffee is already really strong, but when it comes to iced coffee I like it extra dark! Nonetheless, it was still delicious and so smooth and it’s on S. Congress so you can pick some up, take an iconic picture with the “i love you so much” graffiti and then wander around!

Now today, after an unintentional three hour nap, I headed to Buzzmill for the first time!

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Yoooo, it was good. Majorly good. The vibe of the place was pretty cool, but I’m not sure I’d casually just sit there alone. Either way, I liked the coffee more than Jo’s actually! AND it’s open 24 hours and literally 5 seconds from my house, so I’ll keep that in mind when I’m up late studying next semester… πŸ˜‰

STAY TUNED FOR MORE!

Just Jubilant Ju

Here are some things making me oh so jubilant as of late…

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{sweaty runs}

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{long awaited purchases}

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{longish runs}

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{turtle selfies}

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{cold brew coffee}

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{silly niece pictures}

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{easy, recovery rides}

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{hot chocolate in July}

What’s been making you s jubilant this July?

Love,
Ju