Monday, February 27, 2012

Pullman Visit

Last Thursday, I drove over to Pullman to visit Naseem for her 18th birthday. I was lucky enough to spend 3 whole days with her. I baked cookies, cupcakes & party popcorn for her to share with her friends.
I love how these turned out!
Birthday treats

Party popcorn!
Click here for the party popcorn recipe. I found it on the very fun blog She Wears Many Hats.

One of the nice things about driving to Pullman is the Palouse Scenic Byway. Miles & miles of the most beautiful rolling hills. It is something you really have to see in person to appreciate.
Fellow Cougs: You know what I mean!!!!

 I made it to Pullman in good time. Naseem & I visited for a while, but she had an important midterm in the morning. I let her be & walked around on campus for a while so she could study. 

Later, we met up at the library so she could finish up a research project.

After she was finished, I took her out to a birthday dinner at South Fork restaurant. Guess what I had: If you said Cougar Gold Macaroni & were right!!!!

Want to make your own Cougar Gold Mac n cheese? Click HERE for the recipe.

On Friday, I got up bright & early and went up on campus.
 I stopped at one building to surprise my friend Pam; but I was the one who got the surprise. Pam took Friday off. Darn it! I left her a nice note & some 'Crimson & Gray' WSU cookies I had baked and went down to the basement to visit the Charles R. Conner Museum.

The museum has over 700 taxidermied animals, but I liked this guy best.
 Then I headed over to French Ad to surprise my friend Karen. Another surprise for me. Karen was in a meeting & unavailable for most of the day. I learned my lesson: email friends the next time I am planning a trip to Pullman. I left Karen some of my cranberry shortbread and headed downtown to meet my dear friend Katie for lunch. Katie & I have been friends for 15 years. She moved to Spokane about 7 years ago & made the drive down to Pullman. We had a fun reunion & I loved every minute we spent together. 
Katie & I

Me, Nas & Katie
 Katie & I met up with Nas for a brief visit, then went back up on campus. Katie took me to her sorority Gamma Beta Phi. We were able to see her photograph on the wall with her pledge class from 1991. We were also given a tour of the house by a really sweet girl, Michelle. My favorite part was when Michelle asked Katie, "How did you get your hair so big in the 90's?" It was so funny!☺

I said goodbye to Katie after we spent 5 hours together & helped Naseem deliver all her party supplies to a friend's apartment. I stayed for a while to clean & frost cupcakes; but then left when about 50 people arrived at once. Too crazy for me!
We woke up to snow the next morning.
We had to cancel our plans to visit a few neighboring towns, as the snowstorm got worse & created blizzard conditions that shut down the highways out of Pullman. So we stayed in & I met some of Nas' friends.

Hanna & Liza
I convinced the girls to let me order pizza from Pizza Pipeline for dinner. I used to love to order pizza from them. I have to say...I prefer the pizza from Costco now. Sorry PP!

 We were really pumped up for the basketball game later that evening. It was WSU's final home game & against our rival UW!

 We sat with Nas' friend Marcus.
Fun fact: Marcus was Naseem's first friend at WSU (bonus fact: Marcus speaks fluent Spanish).
It was a fun game with WSU up by 13 points at one time. Sadly, we lost the game 55-59. Oh well, next year!!!

Nas went out with friends after the game & I went to bed. I was so sad to pack up my things & leave. It was a fun filled three days & I am already looking forward to my next visit.

I miss you Nas!!! Thanks for giving up your weekend for me!♥
Beginning of the drive home.

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