Tuesday, August 25, 2009

That Good Ol' Baylor Line...

Classes started here at UT last Wednesday so all last week the campus was busy with people moving in, students buying books, freshman trying to figure out their way around campus. Friday night they (who "they is, I'm not sure) had free pool, bowling, table tennis, etc, at the University Center. I'm guessing it was to entice all the new students to spend Friday nights there in the future when it wasn't free.

Anyways, Jeremy and I went and enjoyed some free pool and people watched the freshmen and other students. Watching the freshmen reminded me how much I hated my first semester at Baylor, especially those first few weeks. I was so far from home, so far from my friends, I knew no one. And on top of that, there was this immense culture shock of being in Texas with all those Baptists and it was so hot. Those first few weekends were awkward. You'd hang out with people you met, people on your floor of the dorm, but you didn't really know them so you were forced to meet all these people, kind of picking and choosing who you thought you'd mesh with. Also, a lot of people went home those first few weekends, leaving me and other out-of-staters alone in our rooms.

Man am I glad those days are over and that I never have to be a freshman in college again.

However, the more I thought about new school years, the more I realized how much I loved the beginning of my sophomore-senior years of college. I loved going back to Baylor and seeing all my friends and roommates I hadn't seen in a few months. By this time I had good friends, I knew my way around campus, I had a major I was thoroughly enjoying, and I had adapted (somewhat) to the Texas heat. Life was great.

Jeremy and I are going to Baylor for Homecoming this year and I am really excited. I have only been back to Baylor once since graduating and Jeremy hasn't at all. I know at least two of my roommates are going to be there, along with other friends I haven't seen in a while.

However bad that first semester was, I'm glad I stuck it out. Although, I never thought about transferring closer to home. Now, after experiencing a different university, I am so happy I went to Baylor. It is such a great community and school. I can't imagine what my life would be like had I gone elsewhere.

Friday, August 14, 2009

Ode to My Recipe Box

I got this recipe box on a whim last year. We were at a craft store for something else and saw these on clearance by the check out lanes. They were super cheap so I had to get one, and a couple of extra packets of recipe cards.

I can't tell you how much I love having this. So many of the recipes I make I get from online. But I hate having my computer in the kitchen so I generally put it on the table in the dining room, but I also hate having to go back and forth to the table. Sometimes I will print the recipes, but then I don't have anywhere neat to put all the sheets of paper. I could just put them in a folder, but that's not as much fun. Now I generally make the recipe once, while looking at it online, and if I like it enough, I will write the recipe on a card so in the future I can just bring the card into the kitchen. I'm kind of a messy cook so it works out much better this way. Who cares if the card gets messy, but a computer on the other hand...

Wednesday, August 12, 2009

Jeremy and I were able to cross two things off our "Knoxville Bucket List" this past week. Jeremy has a fellowship this year and for it they've had to go to a conference and workshop the past two weeks. They also have "social events" in which they are allowed to invite spouses. The first social event was a dinner cruise on one of the riverboats in town. The fellowship paid for him so we only had to pay for me. We ended up being glad we didn't have to pay for both of us because it wasn't as much fun as expected. The ride was only an hour and a half and the food was a taco bar. Not very exciting at all and not worth the price if you're paying for both people. They have other tours with different food, but it still wasn't as great as we hoped for.

The second "social event" was a minor league baseball game yesterday. I've been wanting to go to one for a while so this was a good reason to. Plus, we ended up not having to pay for my ticket since some people didn't show up. It was fun, even though our team, the Tennessee Smokies, lost pretty badly. Turns out we're the AA team for the Chicago Cubs. I never knew that before. They also have buy-one-ticket-get-one-free deals for Tuesday and Thursday games so we might go back. Also, on the back of every ticket was a coupon for a free hotdog at Pilot stations and when we walked in, everyone got a scratch off ticket for something from Pilot. Jeremy was very excited today to redeem his free hotdog and mayfield ice cream coupons for his lunch.

We still have a lot more things we want to do before we potentially move in a year. Maybe we should make an actual list sometime.

Saturday, August 01, 2009

I noticed the other day that I'm pretty much only eating foods in the white to orange section of the color wheel. I first realized this on Thursday when I ate an English muffin with a fried egg, a banana, and orange juice for breakfast and then for lunch had an English muffin with laughing cow cheese, carrots, and cantaloupe. To make it worse, here is my dinner from last night:

That's oven "fried" squash and yellow sweet rice. For dessert, we had cantaloupe cream pie. All yellow and orange again. My favorite part, however, is that the squash and cantaloupe came from people at church. I love summer because everyone brings in their extra food for whomever wants it. We've also gotten tomatoes and cucumbers this way.

Anyways, to break up the monotony of our food, I bought some green beans from the cutest vendors at the Farmer's Market today. We try to buy as much as possible from a family farm that sends who I'm guessing are their sons to sell the produce. They are two awkward teenage boys who very well may be home schooled. And they always wear long sleeve button down shirts with their name and farm name embroidered on them and wranglers. They're way cuter than all the hippy/trendy looking vendors. Plus today, the better salesmen of the two gave us a free potato to cook with our green beans and free samples of their red clover blossom tea. Which then led us to buy a small bag of the tea. He's good.