Friday, October 30, 2009

Baylor Homecoming 2009

Jeremy and I went to Waco this past weekend for Baylor's Homecoming. It was the first one we've been to since graduating, and also the 100th anniversary of Homecoming there so we figured it was time to go. It was a blast. I'm so glad we went. As a student I always saw the alumni walking around campus Friday afternoon of Homecoming, reminiscing, and now WE got to be the alumni doing that.

This was the first time Jeremy has been back to Baylor since graduation. I went about a year and a half ago, but it wasn't the same. It was a weekend and campus was dead. This time was so much better with all the hustle and bustle of Homecoming activities. We toured some of our old buildings, bought a ton of Baylor merchandise, saw a couple of people Jeremy worked with at the library, and made the all the obligatory remarks about "how much campus has changed."

We also got to see many of our old friends from Baylor, which was awesome. It was actually kind of a whirlwind of a weekend, trying to spend time with everyone we wanted to see. It was great though. I even got to see and talk with a couple of my favorite professors! We also saw the parade, me for the first time ever. I never saw it as a student because it was just so darn early. I said every year that it was for the alumni who come back for Homecoming, so when I come back, I'll go then.

Here are some pictures from the trip:

Yes, Samuel Brooks, we will!

My old dorm! My window is covered by the tree (3rd floor up, window just to the right of the last column).

Fireworks over Pat Neff. What recession?

Us with Chris and Meredith at the bonfire. We're so sad they moved back to Houston.

Me with Anali and Claire. We used to get in some good trouble together back in the day. Viva la revolucion!

Roommates and an apartment friend at the football game! I miss these girls.

We're hoping to be able to make it back for Homecoming more often in the future. As we walked around campus, we both kept commenting that we were so glad we went to Baylor. It's so different from the University of Tennessee, and in good ways. The people are so nice and friendly. I had forgotten all about that. Plus campus is beautiful and professors geniunely care about their students. Now it does have its faults, for sure, but I am so happy I went there and made the friendships and connections I did. Sic 'em bears!

Friday, October 02, 2009

I love Fall

It's officially fall here. A cold front came through at the beginning of the week and the weather has been "delightful" as my weatherbug says. It's been cool enough in the morning for me to wear a jacket to work. Unfortunately my office is cold enough for me to have to keep wearing the jacket most of the day.

My favorite part of fall is eating fall foods, especially pumpkin. I made my favorite pumpkin soup this week. I first saw the recipe in the food section of our paper two years ago and had to make it for dinner that day. I later found out it's a Racheal Ray recipe. Nevertheless, it has become one of my favorite fall dishes. I make it with vegetable stock instead of chicken. Also, this time I used 2% milk instead of heavy cream in an effort to be healthier. Neither Jeremy nor I could taste the difference.

I also made homemade rolls to go with the soup. I used my new favorite roll recipe, compliments of Tasty Kitchen. They are divine. And, I actually used the bread basket we got for our wedding as an actual bread basket! Usually I put fruit in it since we don't have a fruit bowl. It works better for bread though. Shocking, I know.

Next pumpkin food to make: Pumpkin bread, or pumpkin pancakes. I can't decide.