Hello there!! I hope you all had a glorious fall weekend! Here’s a little recap of what’s been going on my world…
(I should preface this post by saying that I also went out on Friday night with Fabio’s friends which was fun but not the highlight of my weekend by any means. I am skipping that recap and getting straight to the good parts 😉 haha)
So as I mentioned a couple of times last week, the University of Maryland celebrated Homecoming this weekend! Although this amazes me, after talking to some coworkers it seems that some schools don’t have a real “homecoming” and some people don’t even know what homecoming is (how could this be true??). I’ll do my best to explain all that is homecoming, but it’s so hard to understand unless you’ve experienced it.
For most schools, I would assume homecoming revolves around a big homecoming football game on Saturday (for my school though, our team has never been really good so many people skip the game). There is also sometimes a homecoming parade and fun activities leading up to this big game.
Because I was in a sorority at Maryland, I also got to participate in competitive Greek Life activities the week before homecoming which were definitely awesome (e.g, skits, sports, games, and theme-party overload). However, this Saturday mostly revolved around meeting up with friends at various football tailgates across campus. It was a blast!
Before we headed over to good ol’ College Park, we started off with a brunch at my friend Lauren’s. I brought the pumpkin scones and candy corn cookies that I mentioned last week and Lauren provided fresh fruit, bagels, and the makings for mimosas.
We had a great morning catching up and getting excited for the day! Soon it was time to leave and we headed on over to the metro.
Before we knew it we had arrived in College Park! Yay!
The tailgates were already underway when we arrived and we wasted no time joining in on the fun. We started out at Fabio’s old frat house, Sigma Nu. While there, we said hi to some of my favorite guy friends and enjoyed a few beers. Most of these guys live in New York so it was great to see them again! I miss that group!
After a while we decided to switch tailgates and go meet up with our friend Jess who was in a parking lot on campus. On the way, Megan and I stopped by our old house from senior year, Sloppytown!!<– Yes that’s what we named it lol. Jealous?
Ahh we were seriously nostalgic at this point. I miss living there! This house is also next to my old sorority house, Kappa Delta! I had such a great time living in both of these houses and it was so weird to be back. Although I love my life now, there is something so sad about going back to visit college.
Soon we arrived at the next tailgate and wasted no time getting in on the action!
Of course it had all the typical tailgate staples like UMD-themed corn hole games…
We stayed at this tailgate for much of the afternoon and then headed to the oh-so-numerous College Park bars (there are only like 2 that are really popular haha).
I think honestly that was my favorite part of the day because I kept running into so many friends. When we were at the tailgates everyone was kind of spread out but as soon as we arrived at the bars it was like all of my favorite people were in one central location. It was so fun!
Eventually I took a cab back home to Arlington at 3:00 a.m. haha and I am refusing to check my bank statement to see how much that damage cost. Ugh. But, at 3:00 a.m. I felt much safer sucking it up and grabbing a cab than taking the metro home, which sometimes can take forever and, in PG County, doesn’t always have the safest crowd. Yeah, the cab was worth it.
Sunday morning Fabio and I headed over to my dad’s to go pick up Jack (where he stayed for the weekend). It was a beautiful fall day and we couldn’t stop “oohing” and “ahhing” over all the gorgeous foliage! The trees are really beautiful right now.
While at my dad’s there was a lot of recovery from the day before.
Eventually we headed out of the house to go pick up some apple cider from a local farm called Butler’s Orchard. Although I’m actually good friends with the owner’s nephew from college and we went to go to Butler’s many times throughout college, my true memories of Butler’s Orchard date back to being a little kid and going there every year to pick pumpkins, get my face painted, and eat caramel apples. They have a great fall festival that’s so much fun!
Yesterday though, we were only there to pick up some apples and apple cider. We plan to go back next week to do the full pumpkin-picking experience!
We did manage to pick up a couple things other than apples and cider, including two weird gords (one for my desk at work and one for Fabio’s!) and a big butternut squash. I cannot wait to cook up that baby. What should I make?? Soup? Raviolis? Tell me your suggestions!
I had fun goofing off with my little sister 🙂
I hope you guys had as awesome of a weekend as I did and that you all got to spend time doing the things you love! See you tomorrow!!