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Thanksgiving Wrap-Up

Monday, November 26, 2012

 

 

Happy belated Thanksgiving!

I hope your breaks were all as good as mine was. I was able to go home for the week and spend some time with my family (and of course, my dog, Lucy, who is the real reason I like coming home). It was also nice to get a dose of warmer weather (even if only for a few days).

One of the first things I did back home was go to a UT women’s volleyball game with my little sister. I’d never actually been to a UT sporting event, so it was really neat to see a collegiate competition from another school’s perspective. It was very weird, however, not hearing “Fight CU Down the Field!” every few minutes. The UT women beat the West Virginia University volleyball team in a 3 game sweep, which was a lot of fun to watch. My sister and I had very good seats, as you can see in one of the pictures below.

One of the cool things the CU Bookstore offers is a silicone baking dish shaped in the CU Ralphie logo. I saw this while perusing the bookstore, and couldn’t pass it up. Once I was back home, my mom and I (ok, just my mom) made a cake in the shape of Ralphie. Once we iced it, the CU letters weren’t as visible, but as the picture below shows, it looked pretty good before the icing.

For the actual day of Thanksgiving, my family and I went to Houston to see some family (because almost all of my extended family lives in Houston). We ate turkey, watched football, ate some more, and had a great time. This year, for the first time, my sister and I ran a 5K “Turkey Trot” in downtown Houston on Thanksgiving morning. It was tough to get up that early and exercise, but it was worth it to make room for all that extra turkey we’d eventually eat. I couldn’t get a good picture of the race, so just imagine me crossing the tape finish line, arms raised, etc.

To top off my week, on Saturday I went with one of my friends from high school to a Texas A&M football game in College Station, TX. It was only the second A&M game I’d ever been to, and the other one was when I was about 8, so I barely remember it anyway. We tailgated a bit before the game and then went into the student section, which has great seats right above the sideline (see my panoramic picture below too).

This was another strange experience of a non-CU athletic event, especially because A&M has so many traditions that I’m unfamiliar with. For example, they don’t have cheerleaders; they have “yell-leaders,” who lead the students in very unique chants (“yells”) that I had to learn. A&M ended up winning the football game, so it was a very fun experience overall.

That about summarizes my break. It was nice and relaxing and left me ready to tackle the 3 week sprint to finals time. Enjoy the photos!

Sweet court-side view of the UT-WVU Volleyball game.

CU cake pre-icing.

Awesome view of Kyle Field in College Station. 

 

Mike
Biochemistry, Atmospheric/Oceanic Studies (ATOC) minor • Austin, Texas

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