The Elizabethan Era


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Fearless ’14

The always daring Alyssa has declared that the theme of the year is #Fearless2014 (this is a follow-up to #NoRegrets2013). I think that this is a very applicable tag line because 2014 is bringing some very large events along with it!

In one week I will begin my final spring semester at UT! The will bring lots of changes, as it will be my final baseball season as a Texas Diamond and CAAKE will sadly be coming to an end already. Image

I have thoroughly enjoyed spending my spring afternoons and evenings at Disch-Falk Field! It has truly been a pleasure to support the baseball team throughout the year with my fellow Diamonds, and I hope that my final baseball season as a student will not disappoint!

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Cody and Ashley will be graduating this spring and leaving the rest of us behind in Austin. While I am excited to see where they end up to begin the next chapters of their lives, it is still sad that they will be moving out of our wonderful home. We have made so many memories this first semester and I am so happy that we all still have one more semester to spend together!

This year is my final one as a student at the University of Texas and by the end of the year I will either be job searching or applying to graduate schools, which is a very terrifying thought. This also means that 2014 could be the final year that I live in Austin, which is both exciting and scary at the same time. I honestly do not know where I will end up or which route I will end up taking, but I still have eleven months left to decide, right? (yikes)

Here’s to a wonderful (and fearless) 2014!


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Falling Behind

Hello everyone!

It has been far too long since I have updated everyone on the CAAKE House shenanigans. We have all been very busy with school, work, and various other commitments. Nothing too exciting or scandalous has happened around the house, luckily. We are still dealing with a minor cockroach infestation, though. The biggest discovery we have had this fall is that our house is NOT well insulated and we may very well freeze to death this winter. Stay tuned…

Since my last post, one of my favorite seasons of the year began. I’m talking about football season, of course! It has been exciting and nerve-wracking thus far, and I can’t wait to see what the rest of the season holds! I am anxious for Texas football to finally return to Austin this weekend!ImageImageThis fall I also had the opportunity to attend ACL fest for the first time ever! The weather was absolutely sensational and I had such a fun weekend. It probably wasn’t the smartest decision to attend ACL the week before I had 2 tests, but alas, there I was in Zilker Park for 3 straight days. All of the bands were so great and I am already looking forward to going back next year! ImageImage

And finally, the moment we’ve all been waiting for: I TURNED 21!!!!!! Unfortunately, my birthday was on a Monday so I didn’t do anything too crazy. Some of my best friends and I went out to dinner (where I enjoyed a margarita, naturally). Cody, Alyssa, and I did have the opportunity to go out on Thursday night to celebrate again, though! ImageImageImage

That’s all I have for now, but I’m sure I will have something entertaining to post soon. We all know that the CAAKE house can’t go too long without some sort of drama!


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Dancing in September

It is finally September and the CAAKE house is alive and well. The fall semester is now in full swing, so things have calmed down and fortunately there aren’t any dramatic or embarrassing stories to report (besides a TERRIFYING cockroach infestation). We have all been adjusting to our new schedules, transportation to campus, and waking up at a decent hour every day. It is only 3 class days into the semester, but so far so good!

The biggest addition to our house is a gorgeous dining room table that was handmade by Alyssa’s dad! We all love it and I am so happy that I don’t have to eat on the couch/floor anymore! Our next mission is to purchase dining room chairs that aren’t from the side of the road…

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My room is still in progress, but I have finally purchased all of my furniture and organized most of my belongings. It still needs some work (especially my super tiny closet), but here is a current picture of my living quarters. 

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Although living off-campus has been very different, it is definitely one of the best decisions I have ever made! (I’ll see if I feel the same way after our first round of bills come due…) However, I am really enjoying cooking my own food and being able to escape campus at the end of the day. It has been an absolute treat to be able to live in a house with 4 of my closest friends (plus all of the others that practically live here!)

This month will no doubt be busy with all of our classes, organization obligations, and football games (HOOK ‘EM), but I know that it will be a great one! Hopefully there won’t be drama to report anytime soon!


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Burning Rubber

Y’all, we messed up big time.

Tonight Alyssa and I decided to make a spaghetti squash for dinner. Once the squash was prepared, we turned on the oven to preheat. After just a few minutes smoke started coming from the oven and there was a very strange burning smell. We looked inside of the oven but couldn’t find the source. So what did we do in this moment? We turned to Google of course!

The internet confirmed our suspicions that the smell was coming from built up grease or food particles left in our oven. Our first thought was to clean the oven racks. We soon discovered that our sink wasn’t large enough to soak the racks, so we ventured to the bathtub. But alas the drain stopper doesn’t work. Figuring that a thorough cleaning of just the inside of the oven would do the trick, Kelly and I set out to get some baking soda at the store.

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After cleaning the bottom of the oven we noticed that some of the water and baking soda had fallen through the sides, going to the drawer below the oven. That’s when the lightbulb went off in our heads. We had been using the drawer to store all of our pans (BIG OOPS).

When we opened the drawer everything made sense. Instead of baking a spaghetti squash we had BAKED OUR PANS. The rubber handles had been melted from the heat and there were little pieces of melted rubber everywhere in the drawer. After we took all of the pans out to inspect them we found that the bottom of the drawer said DO NOT USE FOR STORAGE (in rather large lettering).

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Needless to say, we felt like the BIGGEST IDIOTS EVER. We had been using a warming drawer as a storage drawer. At least it gives us a good story to tell (and our pans have some character), right?!


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Welcome to Adulthood, CAAKE

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Meet CAAKE (Cody, Ashley, Alyssa, Kelly, and Elizabeth)

This past week the five of us moved into our very first house and were instantly thrown into the adult world. In one short week we have already dealt with our fair share of drama, as I am sure you have seen from all of our social media outlets. Before moving in, we thought to have our water & electricity turned on. However, we had to wait a full week to get Internet/TV and gas (AKA hot water). After surviving 7 days in what felt like the 1800’s we have finally made it into the 21st century, somewhat unscathed.

As soon as the Internet and TV was installed we were all ready to go with our computers and phones in hand. After having the Internet for roughly 10 minutes, it completely stopped working (along with the TV). There was anger, frustration, and near tears from all of us. We decided to exit the house for a while and run some errands.

Upon our return we noticed that the house smelled like gas. That wasn’t going to stop us from cooking our very first meal though. After enjoying amazing turkey burgers (thanks Alyssa) Kelly called the gas company and they told us to exit the house. We sat in the dark on the front porch for nearly an hour only to discover that there had been a small gas leak in our water heater (shout out to the gas installer for not fixing it originally). We were also able to fix our internet and TV later that night. Major crisis averted.

Although there are still small issues to deal with (like changing air filters, toilets that don’t work properly, and walls that are falling apart) it finally feels like everything is falling into place. We get to take hot showers (finally), run the dishwasher, cook real food, and most importantly, surf the internet.

This week has definitely been stressful and we have all decided that being an adult is too much to handle at times. However, I am very excited to see what this year will bring for CAAKE. We are all intelligent young adults who can problem solve with the best of them, and I know hope & pray that we can survive the (sometimes scary) adult world!