Frat-tastic Friends + Fun

April 26, 2008

This Pretty Much Sums Up The Day

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We had a blast today. It was a perfect hot spring day and the friends and frat kept me on my feet for about 7 hours straight. I. am. exhausted!! Not only was it a fun day, but it was a healthy day too! I actually didn’t have anything to drink until dinner despite being surrounded by endless amounts of beer. It was just not that appealing so I never had one (and it didn’t help that it was all from cans – eww! If I’m going to drink water, I’ll just drink water 8) I only like flavorful beer that comes from bottles and taps.)

One Of These Things Does Not Belong

So I had the bright idea of getting a salad from the Harris Teeter salad bar when we stopped to buy the alumni contribution to the beer. The salad bar was great and had lots of fresh veggies and mango!! I also got a 4-pack of Perrier, which was delicious to sip all day.

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The Main Event: Spring Frolics -

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Since I had breakfast at 10:30, I didn’t get hungry for lunch until around 2 p.m. The BBQ and coleslaw at the frat house were not that appealing, so I ventured down to the main event where they were serving free hamburgers, hot dogs and VEGGIE BURGERS!! I had a MorningStar burger on a wheat bun, along with a few pretzels, animal crackers and my salad bar fruit.

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And here’s my big salad, which I mixed with a tsp of Caesar dressing I found in the frat house fridge.

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I think I ate more than anyone else there volume-wise (well, except maybe all the beer they were drinking ;) )

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I had a few waters and Perrier’s throughout the day – and a Diet Coke.

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It’s Sigma Alpha Epsilon’s (the husband’s fraternity) 125 anniversary on campus, so here’s the plaque to celebrate that he was in charge of getting -

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And here he is with his dad, who pledged the same frat at Davidson in the 1970s and came up for the weekend -

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Good times 8)

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And me with my sister (a senior) and her boyfriend, Matt -

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Dinner

Despite a late lunch, I got hungry for dinner around 6, so we went with our friends to the walking distance bar/restaurant where we always end up, The Brickhouse. They have a mix of bar food and nicer entrees and the BEST PIZZA in the world.

I decided on Blackened Grouper with sides of corn on the cob and grilled zucchini and squash. Both were quite buttery. I ate 1 of the 2 grouper filets, 1 of the corns and all of the Z+S. Plus a big bite of one of the husband’s pizza slices and one of his crusts :)

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And I had my first drink of the day with dinner – a glass of Pinot Noir. Although it didn’t really taste that good. I don’t know why alcohol was so unappealing today! I think it must have been the heat – it got pretty hot mid-afternoon. Guess I shouldn’t complain though because it was probably better that I didn’t have any more!

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And we close with SAE’s mascot, M’Okay Monkey :mrgreen: He dates back to our junior year, I believe – 2004! He’s been through a lot!

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The husband is staying at Davidson with his friends and I headed back home (a 40 minute drive) for the night. It was a loooong day, and the second I push “publish” I am headed upstairs to take a much-needed Epsom Salt bath and crawl into bed. After 5 hours on my feet last night and 7 today, my whole body needs a good rest!

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1 Ilene April 26, 2008 at 8:10 pm

Congrats on eating healthy today! The picture of the fruit salad + beer in the shopping carts cracked me up :)

Also, I find it really interesting that your sister’s boyfriend has the same name and looks similar to your husband!

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2 healthychick22 April 26, 2008 at 8:13 pm

Wow!!!
What a great day you guys had…and all of that healthy and yummy food!

I just have to say that the two Matt’s look too much alike :) that is so neat!

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3 BethT April 26, 2008 at 8:36 pm

Ha, you sound just like my husband and me – he stays out to party, I go home to sleep :) Looks like you had a nice day together!

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4 Yaz April 26, 2008 at 8:42 pm

Hey Kath your day sounds exhausting but fun. I was just wondering… is there a third Matt look a like? ;)

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5 Amy April 26, 2008 at 8:44 pm

I have never liked beer. It doesn’t matter if it is from a beer, bottle, or tap! It just takes gross to me, like I am drinking urine or something. I know that is a bit graphic, but I have always liked mixed drinks and wine much better. Maybe that makes me a wuss when it comes to drinking, but that is fine by me.
Anyways, sounds like you are having a fun weekend!

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6 VeggieGirl April 26, 2008 at 8:44 pm

I can’t even BEGIN to tell you how fun that event looks – now I can’t wait for MY alumni weekend celebrations, in future years, haha!! :0)

Okay, M’Okay Monkey is too adorable of a mascot – love it!

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7 Becca April 26, 2008 at 8:56 pm

What a fun day! And nice way to luck out on the veggie burger!

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8 Romina April 26, 2008 at 9:04 pm

That looks like so much fun!!

And that’s awesome they were serving veggie burgers. I noticed that lately events I attend (that are non-veg) are serving up veggie burgers too. They’re growing quite popular. =)

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9 rachel k April 26, 2008 at 9:13 pm

that does look like a fun day. about how many students go to Davidson?

ha–the “spring frolics” shot makes me laugh–only on a college campus, on the beach or at a theme park is it socially acceptable to wear a bikini and teeny shorts.

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10 Hailey April 26, 2008 at 9:49 pm

You left your husband and family to go home and sleep!? Live a little….you are only 25!

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11 Jill April 26, 2008 at 10:14 pm

I can understand going home and sleeping – sleeping rocks.

Looks like so much fun! I wish it were warm enough to dress like that here! And your sis and her bf are very cute, I could steal one or both!

You want water in a can? Try Utah, where our alcohol level in beer is lower than the rest of the country – people drive to Wyoming or Oregon if they want anything but ‘water.’

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12 Suzanne April 26, 2008 at 10:18 pm

You’re so good at eating out! Thanks for setting such a great example. I try to eat healthy when I eat out, but I always fail when it comes to dessert.

Thanks for answering my question regarding buffets in yesterday’s post. The desserts are always the hardest to resist for me – just like for you. But, eating a little of each is definitely wise advice. thanks again.

by the way, your sister is lovely (as are you!)

AMY –
don’t worry, I hate the taste of beer too – always have. And your description of it was right on. I have given it a chance so many times, but I can’t even get past 1 sip. No offense to the beer-lovers out there – it just doesn’t make my tastebuds very happy. I prefer cocktails and wine as well.

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13 Ruby Red Vegan April 26, 2008 at 10:48 pm

Yay for your healthy day! And for the veggie burger. :)

I think it’s funny that the husband is staying the night at Davidson – it’s like he’s having a little “sleepover”!

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14 Caroline April 26, 2008 at 10:49 pm

Your lunch looks great, especially considering the usual BBQ fare. The pics are making me crave veggies burgers and animal crackers!

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15 Justy2003 April 26, 2008 at 10:50 pm

Looks like you’re having a fun weekend so far…and there’s still another day left! :)

TimeofButterflies-
Not sure if you’ll see this here, but I saw that you had posted a couple days ago about being in Houston…I was in Chicago for a couple days so I’m just getting caught up on the blog, but I’m one of the people that’s in Houston! Where in Houston are you?

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16 Tina April 26, 2008 at 10:55 pm

So fun! I miss the fraternity days at Union!

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17 konz2 April 26, 2008 at 10:58 pm

Great spring day! You did well to resist the barbeque.

I enjoyed the pictures of your family. I see where your husband gets his good looks – his dad could be his older brother! Is he free?

Keep on eating healthy!!

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18 K April 27, 2008 at 4:09 am

Your hubby and your sister’s bf look so much alike. I guess the same taste in men runs in the family :D

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19 TimeofButterflies April 27, 2008 at 4:28 am

Hi Justy!

I’m up north, near Kingwood. I’ve always lived in the northern suburbs since 1990, except for a brief stint during college (UH) and also after college, when I lived near the Galleria for a year or so.

I’m upset there isn’t a Whole Foods or any “healthy” type restaurants up this way. This area is veritably exploding, so I am hoping the health-craze will catch up.

Where are you?

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20 Sidi April 27, 2008 at 7:26 am

Did u guys noticed what a resemblance – the husband and sister’s boyfriend. They look more like brothers than Kath and sis as sisters. Those fruits look great next to that burger.

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21 Alisha April 27, 2008 at 7:39 am

I was always fond of SAE’s “Jungle” party at Texas Tech every fall!

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22 oatmeal April 27, 2008 at 7:46 am

Wow~sounds like a great alumni party! My school doesn’t have fraternities, so it’s interesting to see your pictures! And it’s awesome that they had veggie burgers there–party + healthy food? Awesome.

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23 Betsy April 27, 2008 at 8:00 am

oh, college. sometimes i really do miss i!

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24 Justy2003 April 27, 2008 at 8:05 am

TimeofButterflies-
I’m near the med center right in Houston! I just moved down last June for a job at Baylor (originally from Ohio) and am looking to start grad school in the fall (hopefully staying here in Houston).
Surprisingly there are some decent healthy restaurants in Houston! And some Whole Foods! Although I don’t usually shop there because the one time I did go it was crazy busy and it scared me away! Oh, and they’re so much more expensive! I’m sure I’ll go again, just not on a weekend! Usually I go to Central Market…I love it there! Maybe eventually they’ll get some healthy things in Kingwood!

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25 Cassie April 27, 2008 at 8:12 am

Wow and I thought I had a busy weekend so far! Looks like a wonderful time and great job staying on track with your eating!

Just so you know I went to Target for the first time ever! I am addicted!

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26 TimeofButterflies April 27, 2008 at 8:49 am

Justy,

Small world! I interviewed for a job at Baylor Med a couple of years ago, but the job was nothing like they advertised–it was supposed to be an editorial job, but it was more of a secretarial job. So I stuck with teaching. :) Even though there are no WF or CM stores in Kingwood, I still venture back into my “old haunts.” I especially still love to go to Rice Village.

Houston is a WONDERFUL city (every city has its flaws, sure) and I adore the variety it has to offer. I think it says a lot I can say that after living here for 18 years. ;)

I sure hope you stay! I go to grad school part-time, as well! Look me up on Facebook if you have an account there. Otherwise I’m at amcabu at yahoo if you ever want to chat or need any recs for anything in Houston!

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27 Kate April 27, 2008 at 9:32 am

That looks like so much fun! Great weather, fun people…but after 7 hours in the sun I’d be exhausted too. You sound like me, going home to get some sleep so you can make sense of the next day!

I love that universities are starting to regularly serve veggie burgers at gatherings!

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28 Lauren April 27, 2008 at 9:35 am

Looks like so much fun! It’s so funny Matt and your sister’s boyfriend look like they could be related too!

The other thing is, Matt is seems so nice, but SAE on my campus definitely is one of the more “shady” fraternities. It goes to show how much one campus differs from another in terms of frat reputations. Kath were you in a sorority?

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29 Mom April 27, 2008 at 9:45 am

Kath,

Nice to see your good looking father-in-law on the blog!

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30 Tina O. April 27, 2008 at 9:49 am

Oh Kath, I love my sleep, too, but life is short! And after the children come along, well, you’ll see.
Just sayin’, do what you can now cuz soon you’ll be too old and you will really know the meaning of tired!

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31 Lauren April 27, 2008 at 10:12 am

Kath, sorry to add, but on an earlier post I asked how the TJs greek yogurt compares to fage, besides price haha!

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32 Kath April 27, 2008 at 10:12 am

Yaz ,
He has a younger brother, but he’s just 21!

Amy ,
Try some of the darker beers like New Castle, Killians, and others with “Red” and “Amber” in their names. Those are the kinds I like the best. And wheat beers too!! They all have much more flavor than anything you find in a can.

rachel k,
Davidson is pretty small – about 1700 students.

konz2 ,
I agree that’s where the good looks must come from ;) But if you think his dad is cute, you should see his little brother!!

Lauren ,
Even within our campus, this SAE used to be quite shady and has make a huge comeback in the past 8-10 years. We didn’t have sororities at Davidson – just “eating houses” which are basically the same thing: girls, parties, meals but no rushing or pledging and you don’t live there. I was in one but it was no where near as structured and close-knit as the fraternities, which I now kind of regret. But I wouldn’t trade my college choice for the world!

Re. Look Alikes,
I can’t believe you all think they look alike – but it makes sense because my sister and I have always had similar taste :)

Re. A Party Pooper,
TRUST ME, the highlight of the day had past. The thought of being shoved around by drunk freshman with sloshing beer cups all night with music destroying my eardrums was not much to miss out on.

Lauren ,
TJ’s greek is the same, if not better, than Fage. I love it!

Kath

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