Hellooo! How was your weekend? Mine was a perfect mix of fun and productive, but of course it went by way too fast. Like usual. Anyway, here’s a look back at it!
On Friday night, Fabio and I drove over to the Outback Steakhouse in Annapolis to celebrate my birthday with my grandparents, dad, stepmom, and sister. Going to Outback Steakhouse for my birthday is a tradition that started when I was very little when I was obsessed with their bread and cheese fries. Actually, I still am! Haha! Now it’s a tradition that’s set in stone and it would be weird to go anywhere else.
For my entree, I ordered a steak with sides of steamed broccoli and mashed potatoes, and everything was delicious as usual. Of course the bread and cheese fries didn’t disappoint either! 🙂
After we were done eating, my Grandma pulled out this beautiful cake she had brought with her.
It was red velvet with cream cheese icing (yum!) and was super tall! Look at all those layers.
She’s the best. 🙂
After dinner, Fabio and I headed back home where we watched the final episode of Narcos on the couch. It sure was fun watching that show after our trip to Colombia! I’m feeling a little sad that it’s over, especially since I don’t really see how they could do another season. Womp womp.
We were in bed by 11:00 pm which was perfect for me. 🙂
I woke up to a torrential downpour on Saturday morning, which was quite disappointing since we had plans to head over to College Park for the University of Maryland’s homecoming.
Fabio’s fraternity, Sigma Nu, recently renovated their chapter house, and they hosted a big homecoming tailgate for all the alumni to come check out the improvements. Our good friend Bobby was in charge of the renovation, so a bunch of our other friends came into town for the big reveal. Even though the rain made us think about skipping the tailgate, we knew that seeing our friends who had come down from New York City would make it worth going. Thank goodness for rain boots! 😉
When we arrived in College Park we headed straight for the frat house, which looked great! Bobby and the other alumni in charge of the renovation did a really fantastic job. (It was also way overdue – that house was gross when we went to school there!) After touring the house, we headed outside for the tailgate.
I have to say I was surprised to see that all of the college girls were wearing tiny shorts and cut-up t-shirts openly revealing bralettes – i.e., they were running around half-naked despite the cold weather and rain. Meanwhile, I was wearing a t-shirt, a flannel button-up, and an olive green jacket on top of all of that, and I was still a little chilly. I guess some things never change, right? I remember seeing tons of scantily clad girls when I was still in college, and I always remember feeling like I would much rather be covered up than running around half-naked, thank-you-very-much. #college
I was definitely feeling my age at this tailgate (and the fact that I just celebrated my birthday didn’t help).
Oh well, despite worrying about wrinkles and suddenly feeling self-conscious about things I never worried about before, I had a blast at homecoming. We saw so many of our good friends, including a bunch of the guys who will be groomsmen at our wedding. 🙂
Fabio of course had a blast catching up with his buddies and playing lots of games of beer pong.
Their relationships haven’t changed at all, and there was still plenty of trash-talking and other shenanigans.
It did wind up raining on us a couple of times, but luckily I brought my Maryland umbrella which got passed around by everyone at the tailgate. We also were able to stand under some tents and head inside when things got too wet.
Fabio and I hopped on the metro to go home later in the afternoon, and I have to say this year’s homecoming exceeded my expectations and I wound up having a lot of fun. It was great catching up with all of our close friends!
Sunday morning began with a trip to Home Depot and the grocery store, which seems to be a new Sunday tradition for us. Who knew we’d spend so much time at Home Depot these days?
When we got home I did some meal prep for the week (I made couscous for salads and boiled some eggs). I also made a batch of these pumpkin chocolate chip cookies since we had a can of pumpkin in the fridge that needed to be used up. They turned out perfectly! Yum.
I spent the rest of the day cleaning the house and hanging on the couch reading my kindle while Fabio watched football (I’m reading The Paris Architect and loving it so far!).
When dinner time rolled around I put together a deliciously cheesy lasagna per request from Fabio.
I served it alongside some garlic bread and arugula that was simply tossed in olive oil, balsamic vinegar, salt, and pepper. Dinner = done!
We finished up our evening watching Marco Polo on Netflix, which I’m finding much harder to get into this season. Anyone else watching?
Question of the day: Tell me one thing you did this weekend!