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The Graduate

Posted on May 12, 2013 | 6 comments

Congrats to Matt for not only making it through two challenging years of business school at Duke, but for getting awesome grades along the way and a fabulous job in the end!! I’m so proud:)










Graduation weekend is complete and was fantastic!!!! Next up, wedding.
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Posted on Apr 30, 2013 | 6 comments

Matt is officially finished with business school! Wooo hoo! He doesn’t graduate for two more weeks, but finishing eight terms at Fuqua is definitely something to celebrate!


The Dean hosted a reception at the Nasher Museum with all kinds of goodies:



The bbq salmon was so awesome!! And how cute are these little pimento cheese biscuits? I’m going to miss Durham’s pimento cheese obsession.

More than the pimento cheese, I’m going to miss the people.

Good thing some of these folks are heading to Dallas with us!!


Early to bed, early to bootcamp! Night.

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This & That Weekend

Posted on Feb 10, 2013 | 2 comments

Another weekend over:( I didn’t do a whole lot, but enjoyed it nonetheless.

On Friday, I headed to Duke to help out at the Stop Hunger Now campaign that was going on at Fuqua Friday. I enjoyed being on an assembly line and was in charge of the funnel station:)


After volunteering, Matt and I went in search of the Foothills Brewing Sexual Chocolate that we had last year around Valentine’s Day. We found it at the Federal, one of the local neighborhood bars – I love this little nook so much! And the beer is must-try.

On Saturday, I headed to Men’s Warehouse to see Matt try on a tux:) They had the slim-fit one that he wanted, so we just need to set everything up for the group, and we’ll have another thing off the list. The only bad news is that rentals have gotten soo expensive – I feel bad for the guys, but I guess it’s still cheaper than bridesmaids dresses.

Afterwards, I headed to the lovely Geer St. Garden for a dinner out with friends – this is becoming another favorite spot! I had essentially the same dinner I had the last time we visited, because it was that good…


The Pranqster Belgian golden,


the jalapeno cheddar hushpuppies,

and the fried chicken and arugula salad! Matt had some sort of double cheese stuffed chile that was a hit as well.
Of course, since the Fullsteam Brewery is right next store, we had to stop in and have the First Frost, which is simply delightful.

And the weekend concluded with a very un-photogenic, but delicious combination of turkey burger in whole wheat pita with dill yogurt sauce.
I’m procrastinating bedtime with the Grammy Awards, and now I’m feeling inspired to create a new running playlist for tomorrow.
Good night.
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Parade, Party, Prom

Posted on Dec 2, 2012 | 0 comments

I had a fun-filled and exhausting weekend, starting with a surprise visit from my sister (well I knew she was coming, but my mom didn’t..).

Kath had never visited Fuqua, so we took her for our weekly social hour + buffet, known as Fuqua Friday. They had a great spread of bbq and other southern foods. My family got a kick out of the fact that there’s free dinner almost every Friday! We are so spoiled here and sad that there’s only 6 more months to go:(


I held baby Mazen, who decided to take a nap during dinner!


On Saturday, we headed home to Hillsborough for the annual Christmas parade. I was busy talking, and actually didn’t watch too much of the parade, but it brought back memories from when I was little. And the weather was awesome – I even got a tiny sunburn:(

And Saturday night was the prom! I rushed home from the parade to prep all the food and put on my party dress. The prom was fun (although we actually didn’t dance that much), and I think the party was a success – more on that tomorrow. I’m pretty tired from staying out way toooo late last night and I’m gonna hit the sack early.
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Posted on Nov 29, 2012 | 4 comments

I spent my evening cleaning! I mentioned on Tuesday that I’m hosting a pre-prom party, and since I didn’t want to put the hard part off until Saturday, I went ahead and took care of all the chores I hate – toilets, shower, cleaning that little space between the wall and the kitchen sink, and clearing off my desk, which tends to get piled up with junk. I feel especially good about these tasks because I’m usually not very productive at night. I tend to get sucked onto the couch and work on computer things. But tonight, I popped open a Corona, turned up the Christmas tunes, and got dirty.


Anyway, the fun part is planning the menu, prepping the food, and then the fiesta itself. Entertaining is a lot of work, and I’d do it more if it weren’t for the cost, but I love it! I think I just enjoy anything that involves planning and food.


Since this gathering is just a short pre-game, I’m keeping it simple. Everything can be assembled beforehand and put in the oven when people arrive.

Mushroom and Pepper Pizza – I like to make a square because you can cut it into smaller squares and it still looks pretty (Well I guess you could kinda do that with a round too…)

Pigs in a Blanket – Trader Joe’s has its own version of crescent rolls as well as cocktail dogs.

Mexican Dip – A simple version with layers of refried beans, cheese, salsa, and guacamole.

Goat, gouda, and salami with crackers and fruit.

Mini caprese skewers – Halved cherry tomatoes drizzled with oil and balsamic with cheese in the center.

And another apple crisp, because Matt gobbled down the leftovers of the one I made Tuesday. Plus, it’s a quick crowd pleaser!


And wine + beer! One day we’ll have the funds for a full liquor bar…


Hey, gotta please all palates with the bud:) I also bought nice beer.

Happy weekend!!

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