Saturday, October 30, 2010

Mark and Carol's Wedding

AJ and I were invited to attend Mark and Carol's Wedding.  It was in Enterprise on October 30.  Since this was a pivotal game for Auburn, we listened on the radio on the ride down and actually watched a little of it at the country club before the wedding.  We were also able to visit with Mark a little bit before the wedding.   He was a happy groom, not nervous at all.  Carol was a beautiful bride.

The wedding was held outside at the Enterprise Country Club.  The weather was perfect.  We met tons of news friends AND celebrated Auburn's win over Ole Miss.

Our friend, Steven, was unable to attend.  He is currently working in Afghanistan. 
We made sure he was represented. 

Walking back down the aisle as husband and wife.

We sat with the Schneiders at our dinner table.

AJ wasn't happy about Steve not being there...

The guys celebrating

AJ and the groom

Finally got a picture of us together

With Carol, the bride

Saturday, October 23, 2010

LSWho? LSU - And, check them off the list

The AU/LSU weekend was wild.  The week included tons of work events, including the CADC Banquet and CADC Dean's Club.  We had a lot of alumni in town.  Then, on Saturday, it was on the game. 

I was so looking forward to seeing Kati Murphy Downes.  She is one of my college friends and sorority sisters.  She and her husband, Kevin, live in Texas now.  So, I haven't seen them in years.  Luckily, AU won and we were able to celebrate.  It is fun to have guests in town during football season.  Going downtown and rolling Toomer's Corner is something you get jaded to when you are a "local".  I know it sounds crazy.  I want AU to win as much or more than the next person.  But, living here, I don't always participate in ALL the downtown activities.  I am glad that Kevin and Kati and their friends stayed with us and reminded us to CELEBRATE!

Me and Kati.  My toilet paper throwing abilities were lacking during this trip. 

Our group at Toomer's.  So fun.  We did walk through town and looked at everyone standing in line trying to get in the bars.  Most of the waits were over an hour - crazy.  We also drove by the Supper Club for old times sake. 

Friday, October 22, 2010

CADC Dean's Club

On Friday, October 22, we had our annual fall CADC Dean's Club event.  It was a great of my favorite days of the year.  In the afternoon, we met at the AU Hotel and Conference Center.  Then, a group toured Samford Tower and the other group watched the Rural Studio film. 

At night, we had our event at the new Auburn Arena Courtside Lounge.  I highly recommend it. It was fabulous. Everyone had a great time.

At the Auburn Arena - Leighton, Me, and Brenna.  Last day all together. 
Can't believe that I stood next to these beautiful girls. 

Sunday, October 10, 2010

I ♥ NYC - Part 4 - AU Event

Sunday evening, we hosted an alumni event at the AKA Lounge.  This was perfectly located at our hotel and was in close proximity to MoMA.

Two of our architecture alumni selected this lounge and helped us book it.  They closed down the lounge for our private party. 

Sweet Julie Young, recent Architecture grad. and Chi O.

We had about 40 attendees.

After our event, we took the subway to Bar Baresco in Chelsea for dinner.  Our friend, Katie, booked it for us.  It was a wonderful night.  We pretty much closed the place down and took a harrowing cab ride back to the hotel.  So glad that AJ was able to go on this trip with me.

I ♥ NYC - Part 3 - Rural Studio Exhibit at MoMA

Our Rural Studio program was featured at an exhibit at MoMA - Small Scale, Big Change: New Architectures of Social Engagement.  Along with some of our alumni, we took a tour of the exhibit.  It was very well done.

Sketches of the $20K house at the Rural Studio exhibit.

A life size picture of the $20K house. 

Models of the $20K project. 

After seeing our exhibit, I had to take a side trip and visit Van Gogh's Starry Night.  I snapped a pic of it before the security guard scolded me.

I ♥ NYC - Part 2

I have always wanted to jog through Central Park.  This was the perfect time to cross this off my To-Do list.  The weather was great and our hotel was one block south of the park entrance.  I decided to stay with other runners on the main path.  Even though I wanted to break off on the side trails, I reminded myself of all the Law & Orders I have seen. 

I saw so many sites on my journey, including the carousel.

The park was very crowded on Sunday.

AJ and I walked to Rockfeller Center and ate at Bill's Bar & Burger. 

I had a fantastic veggie burger.  We met a guy in the restaurant who had graduated from Auburn.  He had just moved to NYC and seemed pretty homesick.  We talked to him for a while.

After lunch, we got stuck in the Columbus Day parade (Hispanic version).  AJ asked a policeman how long it would last.  He said 6 hours!  We told him that parades in Alabama last for 30 minutes.

Saturday, October 9, 2010

I ♥ NYC - Part 1

I really do ♥ New York City.  The real excitement of any trip to NYC starts when I see the skyline and then land at LaGuardia.  My anticipation builds as my taxi approaches Midtown.  I love the energy of the city.  This time, I was even more excited when we arrived at our hotel.  First, our hotel (AKA Central Park) was wonderful - located just south of Central Park right behind the Plaza Hotel.  Second, Alabama was losing to South Carolina.  Then, Auburn beat Kentucky.  During half time, we ran out to a local cafe and grabbed dinner so we could watch the rest of the game.  This was shaping up to be a great trip.

Our boutique hotel.

Sunday, October 3, 2010

Last Braves Game (For Us) - October 3, 2010

Well... It was a fun run while it lasted.  We had a great time at the Braves game on Sunday, October 3.  We knew we had made the playoffs AND that we wouldn't get to attend the first set of games.  We had already committed to be in New York.  Who could have predicted that the Braves would be playing at home that following weekend?  AJ was also very excited to see the concert after the game - REO Speedwagon.

After the game, waiting for the concert to begin.

REO Speedwagon drummer

 Heading out after the game.