Barbecue in the Garden

The Working World

So I think I jinxed myself when I said I was excited for a Monday full of work – it was the longest day ever. I felt exhausted by 11 am and I didn’t have much work to do, so the time passed more slowly. I was also anticipating the evening, so it felt like a Friday. Unfortunately, when 5 o’clock finally hit, I had a massive headache. Despite how I was feeling, I met some really nice partners while I was waiting for Matt to arrive at dinner.


The orientation barbecue was held at Duke gardens, right where my sister had her wedding reception! I got there early, but within 20 minutes, this area was covered with 440 new students. There were lots of babies there too and they were fun to watch.


Dinner was burgers, dogs, and bbq chicken. I had the chicken with tons of these delicious beans. They tasted so sweet and tangy.



I had a bite of a cookie before handing it to Matt,


because I wanted cobbler. I had peach and it hit the spot. I haven’t had cobbler in forever; it seems like no one makes cobbler or pie these days, but between the cupcake craze and my cake obsession, maybe I’ve just overlooked it?


I’m trying to recover from this headache, so I can make it over to the party across the street. There’s soo much going on, I can’t keep up!

Do you sacrifice sleep for fun events or give in to tiredness and potentially miss-out?

[edited to add: I did go out and it was so much fun. If this party had only been on a Friday night…]

Hi new Matt:)
  • Aub
    August 2, 2011 at 12:40 pm

    Love your dress, too cute!

  • Kath
    August 2, 2011 at 3:39 pm

    Exciting Doris Duke!

  • Joelle (On A Pink Typewriter)
    August 2, 2011 at 5:08 pm

    That party looks like lots of fun!!

    Where’d you get your dress? I’m in the market for a couple of cocktail dresses – one for a wedding dress rehearsal dinner, and the other for the actual wedding..

    • Laura
      August 2, 2011 at 5:11 pm

      I got that one at last year’s anthropologie clearance!

  • Kelli H (Made in Sonoma)
    August 3, 2011 at 1:04 am

    I probably seem like an old lady but it has to be something very special for me to miss out on my sleep. 🙂

  • Anna
    August 3, 2011 at 12:01 pm

    The gardens are so pretty! And I also love the dress; not something I would pick out but it looks ADORABLE on you!