The BEST HOMECOMING Ever – Tuskegee University (OVERDUE)

Sadly, this post has been in my drafts since 11/6/12, but the same still applies.

I had the pleasure of attending the best Homecoming Ever – Tuskegee University. Not too long ago, Serenity asked do you take your significant other to Homecoming and it seems this is a big deal, seeing as though Curtis Bunn wrote a book entitled Homecoming Weekend and part of the story line was the same scenario. When it was asked via Twitter I responded that I had been going to my husband’s homecoming with him since before we got engaged. Now, it was apparently a big deal that my husband, back then my boyfriend to ask me to come, because I still remember sitting on his lap in the hospitality suite and sharing a drink with him and the paparazzi was all up in our faces snapping pics! That was so crazy! I still get tickled when I think about it, but his fraternity brothers had never seen him that serious about anyone apparently and definitely not bringing them around to Homecoming.

Well, fast forward to this year, (it’s now 2014) I’ve been going to Homecoming every year for the last 6 years and it’s the Best Homecoming Ever, the best HBCU ever and this was something totally different for me. I didn’t attend a HBCU or participate in Homecoming. My undergraduate university doesn’t even have a football team. Now, my husband on the other hand, is a third generation graduate and legacy Alpha man. His Grandfather attended TU, as did his parents, who by the way met at this prestigious university which was Tuskegee Institute when they attended and got married there the day after graduation. His aunt and his cousin attended there as well, all from Houston, TX, except for his Dad who is from Birmingham.

Here are some pics of Homecomings past, visits to the campus and just representing the BEST HBCU ever:

From the pics you can tell we have a damn good time! So, imagine my surprise when my husband told me he didn’t want to go this year?! The Hell?! Well, ok, I’m going! I made me a hotel reservation and he told my Mother-in-Love I would be there. I reached out to a Soror that would be traveling there and she and I went back and forth a couple of weeks, still not believing that my husband was not going. On a Friday night, a week before Homecoming, at the ninth hour, after asking that man again was he sure he wasn’t coming, I canceled my reservation so that I could room with my Soror. I worked 1/2 day, went home packed, and got on the road. A key was left for me at the front desk, so I made a pit stop in Montgomery, AL to drop my luggage off at the hotel and then headed to campus to meet my Mother-in-Love and my Soror who had found each other on campus and we had a ball!

Here are pics from this year (2012):

 

My Mother-in-Love & Soror!

On Friday while walking on the Ave, I recognized GradyDoctor’s Mom! That was so funny, because I could only remember the name that she calls her on the blog, so I proceeded to walk up to her, greeted her by that name and introduced myself and told her I read her daughter’s blog. She then introduced me to her husband and I called my Mother-in-Love over and talk about awkward, because I had to admit to her I didn’t know her real name lol. She made the introductions and my Mother-in-Love went to school with her husband, they both recognized each other. I inquired about their daughter and they told me she would be arriving the next day. Well, the next day, I ran into her sisters and still not her! I once again, introduced myself and they realized it was me that stopped their Mom on the Ave lol, so JoLai, the younger sister suggested we take a pic:

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GradyDoctor’s Sister, JoLai

JoLai and I immediately started following each other on Twitter and Instagram, she’s cool peeps.

Then later, I finally ran into GradyDoctor, aka Kimberly! It was AWESOME!

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GradyDoctor!

She was so nice! She called my curls luscious! I loved it lol. She was celebrating her 20th Deltaversary and I didn’t hold that against her :). My best friends are Deltas lol. Her blog is great, I have truly learned valuable information from her. And also I love the love that she and her family have for each other.

Now, this year, just last weekend actually, I attended homecoming again and I now think my husband is jealous because I have so much fun at his homecoming! Ohs, and wells! Here are the pics from this year:

 

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Drink Token

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My fav Gamma Kappa Soror, next to my Mother -in-Love!

This was my roomie for the weekend and we kicked it at homecoming 2012 when my husband backed out of going. The party don’t stop with me lol!

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Charter Member of Gamma Kappa

 

This Charter member of the Chapter at Tuskegee is the Mother of my Graduate Advisor when I pledged. I have had many meals at her house and never knew she was the Charter Member until this Homecoming. It was great seeing Soror Ophelia! I snapped this pic and immediately tagged her Daughter in it while I was there!

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Our annual Homecoming Photo-Op

My girlfriend and I went to High School together and she said she forgot I didn’t go to school with her at TU lol.

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More of my favs from Gamma Kappa (the ATL crew)

 

I LOVE Tuskegee’s Homecoming! It’s truly THEE BEST HOMECOMING EVER!

Do you participate in Homecoming?

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The Haps on a Monday!

Sorry I’ve been MIA. I’ve survived 2 Snowstorms, the first one required to me spend the night in my office because we didn’t get out in time. This last one, I made it home an hour before the snow started and it melted the next day.

First Snowstorm:

Playing in the snow

Playing in the snow

 

Parked for the night!

Parked for the night!

 

Second Snowstorm:

Snow pic2

We also just celebrated Valentine’s Day and it was wonderful to receive a fb shoutout from Mister and then a delivery of Shari’s Berries that I was guilted into sharing with Mister.

Shari's Berries

Anywhoo, that evening when he arrived home from work, he said I sent you flowers to and since you never mentioned them, I guess you didn’t get them. Well, uh NO! We tracked them that night and according to Fed.Ex they were scheduled to arrive on Saturday. Well, since I don’t work on Saturday, I text my co-worker that was working and asked her to be on the look-out for them and hit me up, I would come get them. Well, around 2 PM, she text me the flowers never came. My husband was not home at the time, but when he returned, I asked him to track them again and they said they would arrive today, Monday, which brings us to this:

 

They were already dying!

They were already dying!

I would like to give a Special Shout-out to Fed.Ex who continues to not be shyt!

 

I hope you all have survived the Snowstorms in your area, your Valentine’s Day was fabulous and have a you have yourselves a Marvelous Monday!

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My 3-day Holiday Weekend!

I was so happy to have a long weekend. Friday, I was supposed to go to dinner, but bailed out and stayed in with my husband and we ate leftovers – he a Chicken Potpie I bought from Sam’s (never again, no seasoning) and me, Beef Tips and Rice that I cooked earlier in the week and that was my first time eating it and I must say I did good, it was quite tasty!

Saturday, I had Bookclub Brunch, where we discussed the The Awesome Girl”s Guide to Dating Extraordinary Men by Ernessa T. Carter, it’s $3.99 on Kindle if you’re interested.

 

Awesome

 

It was a great read, totally not what you were expecting, given the title, it was a novel, not a self-help book. I actually suggested that book to my girlfriend that was the host and had read it last year, so I really enjoyed having a group discussion. Next month, we’re reading Mansharing.  It’s $2.99 on Kindle if you’re interested.

Mansharing

Very interesting title and read, I finished it just this morning before work.

Later Saturday night, my cousin was having a family gathering at her new place. The menu was such a smorgasbord, I just stopped in Sam’s and picked up a bottle of Sangria, Ice cream to go with the cake my sister was bringing and some Pinwheels. She has a huge apartment and it was decorated so nicely. I’m happy for her and her daughter. When we get together as a family it’s nothing but laughter and good times.

No clue why my cuz did this!

No clue why my cuz did this!

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Koolaid Smile!

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My Sister and Cousin!

Sunday we went to check out Ice Cube and Kevin Hart’s latest #1 box office hit, Ride Along:

Ride Along

and it did not disappoint. Some very funny parts indeed!

MLK Day I was fortunate to have the day off and had intentions of getting out of the house, but I ended up starting on a cleaning frenzy and stayed in and read the rest of the day away. That was my weekend, how was yours?

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Thankful Thursday – The one where I go cook for my Sick & Shut-in Sister!

My Sister had been complaining about not feeling well leading up to the New Year holiday. She actually tried to self-diagnose herself and I went alone with it and actually brought her some Antibiotics that I stopped taking at the advice of my Doctor (they did not agree with me). We met at my Mom’s since it was New Year’s Day. I brought the meds and she asked for some of my Mac n Cheese, but turned up her nose when I shared with her that it was Lobster Mac n Cheese. Her husband took it instead and loved it. Score for me!

Long of the short, after they left to head home, she had her husband to take her to the ER! On New Year’s day, no less. She was released thank goodness, but advised to follow up with her Doctor, but she really was sick and shut in, so on Saturday I went grocery shopping in my house and took a drive out to hers, we live about 30 minutes away from each other, made a stop by her local grocery store and once I made it her house, settled in to make a pot of White Chicken Chili, see recipe below. And I also made this Easy Shrimp Dish too since she had Shrimp on hand.

 

Here's my handiwork and my family!

Here’s my handiwork and my family!

 

White Chicken Chili

1 lb boneless – skinless chicken breast

1 medium onion – chopped

1 ½ tsp. garlic powder

1 tbl. Veg. oil

2 cans (15 ½ oz) Northern Beans, rinsed and drained

1 can (14 ½ oz) chicken broth

2 cans (4 oz.) chopped green chilies (I use 1 can of Rotel)

1 tsp. salt

1 tsp. cumin

1 tsp. oregano

½ tsp. pepper

¼ tsp. cayenne (I don’t use this)

Saute chicken, stir together all of the ingredients, bring to a boil, just before servicing, stir in:

1 c. sour cream

½ c. whipping cream (I don’t use)

I add cheese before the sour cream (the recipe doesn’t call for this)

I’m so thankful for family and that I was able to help my sister while she was on the mend. What are you thankful for today?

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