Tuesday, October 20, 2015

WSU Homecoming 2015

This past weekend, Omid and I travelled to Pullman for Homecoming weekend! Earlier this summer, I won two football tickets to any WSU home football game via CougarCruiser on Twitter. We chose the game against the OSU Beavers. Our friends Lin & Ward were also going to the game, so we were lucky enough to stay with them in their RV.

Our original plans had us flying stand by, but ALL flights were full. Ward took the jump seat and Omid and I hit the road. It was a race to see who could get there first!

Pullman bound! 
We beat Ward by 40 minutes! To his credit, he did have to stop and pick up the RV in Spokane and hit Costco for food & beverages. But still....we won.

Omid and I stopped by the Old PO for a beer while waiting for Ward. Omid picked up a Daily Evergreen (student newspaper) and I saw this ad for a 5K fun run. I am still feeling sad over the loss of our beloved President and really wanted to do the fun run. I texted Lin (who was still at home & would be joining us on Friday) and she was in! Both Omid and Ward tried to talk us out of doing it, saying it was too early, etc. but we were determined!!

Here's a shot we texted Lin on Friday morning. What a beautiful morning it was too! 70* or more at 10:00 a.m.!
Good morning from Pullman!!

Omid and I spent Friday running around town and campus. Afterwards, we stopped at the Palouse Ridge Golf Course for a beer and to admire the view.  While sitting here, an  Alaska Airlines 737 flew over on it's way to the Pullman airport! Not something you see too often in Pullman. Very cool!
Happy hour on the Palouse!

Lin finally made it to Pullman Friday evening. We had dinner, met up with Lia, Mark, Ron, Karen, Fred & Ping and just enjoyed our time together and being in Pullman.  Lin and I asked Karen to join us on the fun run and she was in too! We made a plan to meet outside the RVs at 7:30 a.m. on Saturday morning. The guys still weren't sure we would be up, but we were determined!  

We arrived at the Rec Center around 7:40 a.m., paid our entrance fee, picked up our shirts and looked around. There were about 50 people in all, and 45 of them students! Only 5 'adults' registered. I wish it had been advertised better. With SO many alumni in town, they would have made a lot more $$ for the new medical school. 
The shirt says it all!

After the fun run, we headed back for breakfast. Around this time, Cougar Athletics sent ambassadors around to all the RV lots with Cougar swag. I really tried to get this flag from an ambassador, but she wouldn't budge. It was for photo ops only. I did score lots of tattoos, several pair of WSU sunglasses and a WSU keychain though!
During breakfast, Omid flagged down a student shuttle driver to come back and drive us all to the game.  We squeezed 8 of us in the van and headed to Martin Stadium.  We walked around for a bit, loving the sea of crimson everywhere!
View from our seats! Not bad for free tickets!
Athletics played this video during the game. I loved it!!! Definitely brought tears to my eyes. It felt so good to be HOME in Pullman!!!

If you didn't watch the game or aren't into football, the Cougs won 52-31 over the Beavs!

An Oregon sweep (with the win over the Ducks last week)!!!!

Very happy alum celebrating the win!!
We had such a great time in Pullman, it was hard to leave! I'm already looking forward to our next trip. 


Saturday, October 3, 2015

Tom & Katie Weekend!

Our dear friends Tom & Katie came to visit last weekend.

Even though we live 6 hours apart, we always make time for each other (visits, phone calls or texts).
I am totally standing on my tippy toes in this photo!
Lin & Ward joined us for dinner & brought this awesome & delicious dessert! GO COUGS!!!

WSU love stories!!! #gocougs
On Saturday, Tom & Omid spent the day fishing, while Katie & I met up with mutual friends for lunch. We spent 4 1/2 hours at the restaurant & the guys came home with a salmon!
Katie, Kate & I
Friends for 20 years!
The next morning, we drove out to Lacamas Lake for a final adventure before Tom & Katie had to leave.

Forever friends! ♥
So looking forward to our next visit!

Thursday, October 1, 2015

50th Anniversary Party!

Two weeks ago, my sisters and I threw a 50th anniversary party for my parents. Well, actually my sister's threw the party, I gave them a check for my portion of the bill. All I had to do was show up!
We were supposed to be working, but were having fun instead!

Party animals!

♥ LOVE ♥

B & I with  Gisela (Cynce's mother-in-law).
Fun fact: Gisela was on The Price is Right a few years back and won BOTH showcases!
Fun fact: We didn't even know what the other was wearing, but showed up color coordinated anyway! #sistersense
The Family Z!
Uncles & cousins!

B, me, Grammy & Cynce
Unfortunately, we were so busy chatting with all the guests, we never got a family shot with my dad.
Sorry, Pops!
I love this man! ♥
He makes me laugh everyday!!!

Matty & Nas

The next day, we said our goodbyes to the Oly crowd and headed downtown. We only had about two hours to spend with Nas before she had to head to work in Seattle.

Remy spotted a pigeon under this grate. It was so cute!

Family shot at Percival Landing.

Fun fact: We headed to the Farmer's Market right after this photo and I spotted my 7th grade English teacher, Mrs. Murphy.
She even remembered me!

Monday, September 28, 2015

Nick & Amy Get Married!!

My friend & colleague, Nick, got married over Labor Day weekend to his beautiful fiancé Amy.
Nick and Amy went with me to the Barry Manilow concert and they know how to have a lot of fun! In fact, it was at the Barry concert that Sandy offered to help the two with their meet & greet party the day before their wedding. Sandy is so creative and did a great job with all the little details. I got to be her assistant and learned a thing or two from her.

Decorating the venue: the Alumni House
Look what a beautiful day it was!
Omid drove over to help us out with the party as well. Unfortunately, by the time 5:00 p.m. rolled around, so did the rain clouds.

Omid and a few others ran to save the food & wine. The keg stayed in the cold rain. After about two hours, the rain stopped. Having everyone under the tent was cozy!

Nick, Me, Omid, Walter & Sandy
Barry Happy Wedding Nick & Amy!!

No explanation needed!

My favorite photo!
Uncle Steve & Aunt Sandy ☺
The party went on 'til about 10:00 p.m. It was a huge success! It was so fun to meet Nick & Amy's family & friends.

Matt & Bryan were kind enough to help Sandy and I clean up.
Thanks guys!!!
Fast forward to the next day....the wedding was held at Columbia Edgewater Golf Course.
Waiting for this party to get started!!

The rain held off until the ceremony started. Thankfully it was just a light rain and didn't last too long. Rain is good luck on a wedding day, right?!
Nick & Amy's biggest fans!!!

The reception was a lot of fun! Good food, good friends & lots of dancing. Actually, I danced so much, one of my sling back pumps broke!
Beautiful bride!

Congratulations Nick &  Amy!
We are so happy for you!!!

Thursday, August 27, 2015

Llama Love!

Today was move in day at the University of Portland with lots of fun things to do all over campus.
Be the "I" in PILOTS!
The BEST thing they had on campus? Hugs with Rojo the therapy llama!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
I loved on this sweet boy for a full five minutes. He was soooo cute and very loving. If we ever get acreage, I definitely need a pet llama!
After the hug, I got to give him a 'carrot kiss.' I won't lie, I was a little nervous. Have you seen how big llama's bottom teeth are?
The good thing is, the giant teeth are only on the bottom and llama's can't bite you with them.

Carrot kiss, then "Can you believe I just kissed a llama??!"

Netflix This!!

We've watched two more good movies this week. One I absolutely loved: Nebraska with Bruce Dern.
It was shot in black & white, had a great/sad/funny storyline. Definitely two thumbs up!

Boyhood was also good, but long (2:40). It was filmed with the same actors over 12 years. Very good, though sad at times, but it has a happy ending too.