06 October 2012

Weekending it

Weekends are pretty great.  Possibly the best idea ever.  Usually I use them to catch up on homework and reading, but lately I've been busy having fun instead.  Last weekend I journeyed back to Illinois and went on a road trip with two dear friends from high school/undergrad to Tanner's Orchard.  Is there a better way to spend an autumn morning?  Or a better excuse to wear flannel?  I think not. 

Just look at those beautiful apples.  Okay, so I have to admit that those apples probably aren't actually from Tanner's.  They probably aren't even from Illinois.  Usually you can pick your own apples there, but with the drought this summer the apple crop wasn't so hot.  But they still look good to me!
But, I think we had more fun goofing off, taking pictures, and feeding the llamas and goats.  Yeah, we went through the petting zoo like we were on our 1st grade field trip.  It was awesome -- and I am proud to report  that the llamas didn't spit on me like I feared they would.  We tried all the free samples of cider, apples, salsa, etc.  And then I finally found what I'd been searching for...

...an apple cider doughnut.  And if that photographic evidence isn't enough for you, let me tell you -- it was delicious (and still warm).  Eat your heart our Krispy Kreme.  You don't even hold a candle to Tanner's.

And then this weekend it was Homecoming football time at IU!  Forget hot dogs and beer, our version of tailgating consisted of bagels and coffee.  And the Hoosiers almost won!  You know you root for a losing team when you create a hierarchy of losing.  We only lost by four and everyone was ecstatic.  It kind of reminded me of being at a Cubs game.  But it was exciting nonetheless!
It was cold...but sunglasses were a must.  And now I'm sporting an awesome sunburn with some raccoon-esque lines from my sunglasses.  Can someone please tell me how I can go all summer without getting burnt, but when it's October and forty degrees outside I'm as red as a beet?
The whole gang!  Look at that IU school spirit! So much crimson!

Stay tuned, y'all -- I have a couple more awesome weekends on deck!  Next weekend at Monmouth Homecoming and the following weekend in Chicago to see the USWNT!

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