Fun Fun Fun weekend!!! Congrats to Larbs! It was fun to go through Davidson graduation again – 3 years after my own 🙂
Saturday and today were much more toned down than Friday night for me. Here’s a photo recap:
We arrived at Davidson in the afternoon for the Baccalaureate. The hub and I walked around campus for a while and checked out the recent growth and changes in the town. We lucked out with perfect weather!
I snacked on some trail mix I brought in a baggie around 4:30.
After the service, there was a President’s Dinner on the main quad lawn. The plates were pre-assembled. Most of them had chicken barbecue (which was good – I had a bite), but I asked what the vegetarian option was and was happy to hear they had lentil oat patties so I got that instead!
They were obviously made with vital wheat gluten like the chickpea patties because they had the same flavor and texture. They weren’t the greatest, but for a college cookout, I was impressed.
I didn’t eat the coleslaw (never have liked it) and left some melon (not a huge melon person) and I shared bites of the patty around the table, but I ate everything else.
Later that night we went to a Psychology Dept. Reception and I had a few small handfuls of mixed nuts and just a sip of the husband’s wine and a bite of his brie on cracker.
Beer Truck Party
And even later, we attended the infamous “Beer Truck Party,” which is a senior class parent-sponsored party with kegs in a truck. I had a Blue Moon, but honestly, it didn’t taste much like Blue Moon (in a bad way).
The food varies from year to year depending on the planner. This year was….well. Pretty bad (in my opinion!). Chicken fingers, spring rolls, pig in a blankets, store-bought cookies, artichoke dip, mini pizzas – I’m not the least bit interested in any of ’em. But my family sure did dig in!
Here’s all the food I didn’t eat. Although I did have a few small nibbles only to confirm that it just wasn’t good.
I did have half of what looked like a homemade brownie bar that was pretty good –
We got back to the hotel around midnight and collapsed of tiredness.
Hotel Workout + Breakfast
I actually brought some workout clothes and did a quick workout in the hotel fitness room (about 40 minutes on the elliptical). I knew it would help wake me up and brighten my day, and it did.
After a shower, we hit up the hotel breakfast. But I found myself eating the usual 🙂 Our lunch reservations weren’t until 1:45 so I needed something to hold me over a long time. It didn’t seem like the time to experiment with cereals and bagels, so I made oatmeal with hot water, banana, and some crushed peanut trail mix I brought from home. Along with a carton of milk and coffee. I didn’t end up eating the yogurt – I really don’t like sweetened yogurt that much.
Our graduation was held in the sports arena due to rain, but this was the first year in about 5 years that they could hold the ceremony out on the academic lawn!! It was so much prettier and sweeter than our dark indoor one.
The profs all lined up for the graduates to walk in!
Genes. My dad and I love magazines 🙂 (Yes, this was posed, but we did both bring them to read and we looked like this while waiting for the ceremony to start!)
Family photos with the grad:
We’re all Davidson alumni now!
Since our brunch wasn’t until 1:45 (every restaurant was booked through lunch!), Karen treated the group to what she referred to as the “celebratory interlude” at a wine bar across from the restaurant 🙂
I had about 1.5 glasses of a fabulous pinot (we’d had the Tolosa 2006 Pinot before – I highly recommend it!)
We were all a little tipsy by the time we sat down to brunch 😳
The graduate received a Red Sox hat for a present! She and Matt are moving to Boston in late June and she’ll be getting a specialist degree and masters in school psychology at Northeastern. I’ll be up to visit for sure!
For lunch I started with ‘dessert’ – the best cornbread muffin of my life with honey butter. Mmmmmm!!
Followed by Apple-Butternut Soup (with apple chips and pumpkin seeds)
And a side salad with parmesan. I didn’t have any dressing (it wasn’t my style)
I also had a bite of the husband’s fried green tomato sandwich, mom’s pesto “Green” eggs and gouda mac’n cheese. All were grand!
Some of you have been requesting some more grocery store trip shots. This week is strange because I’ve got my night school starting tomorrow so we just got a bunch of fresh stuff and will come up with recipes as needed.
- Havarti from the deli
- Brown rice
- Swiss Chard
- Plain yogurt
- Flavoroed yogurt
- Garbage bags!
- Deli turkey
- Goat cheese
Matt (Larbs’ Matt) had a soccer game near our house so we invited him for dinner 🙂 The husband said he was in the mood for pizza, so pizza it was. But we decided to do something more nontraditional: Cilantro Pesto with Mushrooms, Zucchini, Goat Cheese + Parmesan. He used the Grilled Flatbread Recipe for the dough, but multiplied it by 1.5 (and used whole wheat flour for the addition). It was our most perfect pizza dough yet! I made the cilantro pesto by whirring a bunch of cilantro in the Cuisinart with a handful of walnuts, about 1/4 cup parmesan and 1 tbsp olive oil. The veggies were grilled before they were added.
I wasn’t terribly hungry because of our late lunch and had 2 small pieces (we cut the pizza into 12 small instead of 8 medium slices). My toungue wanted to keep eating, but I was just not that hungry.
On the side we had a salad made with grilled radicchio, lettuce mix, sprouts, raw zucchini, pumpkin seeds, sunflower seeds and homemade balsamic dressing.
I had a second serving of about 50% of what you see here –
So sad our weekend is over!