Anyone else having a bit of a struggle this fine Monday morning? Post-halloween + time change, and I feel like my body is so confused. I woke up at 7am this morning, ready to go, and confused as to why my body would not let me fall back asleep.
Blanket scarf, purse, water, and duffle bag packed. Gracie gave me that look the entire time I was packing.
And off we went. Points for every teenage-angsty alternative song we sang in the car ride down. Fall Out Boy for life.
After arrival, and dinner (which is not pictured because it contained a disgusting amount of amazing food that I’m pretty sure the waitress judged us for) we had a onesie party. You know, as you do when you’re college alumni who came back for a weekend visit. We’re in our twenties and we don’t care who knows it.
Picture left to right: Jess, Amanda, myself, and [Other] Kelsey, our hostess for the weekend.
Saturday morning we started early to complete an IU Bucket List item.
Climbing the fire tower. It’s an 8-story tall fire tower in the middle of the beautiful Southern Indiana hilly country. It was equal parts terrifying and also exhilarating. The first three staircases shook like crazy when you started climbing, but then got really sturdy. Made you feel like you were dying, it was great.
Other Kelsey capturing my exaggerated posing as I tried to get the full fire tower in a picture. Points for Harley, totally not giving a single f*ck in her Hoosier football jersey.
Look Ma, we made it. The pictures don’t do it justice. Even with a lot of the trees already shedding their leaves, it was so gorgeous. And only a little bit freezing and windy.
Risking death by sticking my phone out the window to take this picture of Other Kelsey babysitting Harley while we climbed. Harley, taking a break from barking like a mad women while Mom Amanda seemingly climbed to her death.
After the climb, we had a delicious breakfast and then went into Bloomington to do a little shopping and walking around. It was a gorgeous day, so Harley napped in the car. We came back to her curled up in the front seat, about ready to make her get-a-away.
But before we got all dressed up, we made a pit stop at the 25th Annual Indiana University Dance Marathon.
I participated in the marathon all 4 years of college, twice as a dancer, and once as a Dancer Group Representative (basically support staff to those who are dancing), and the final year as a member of the Recruitment Committee for the marathon.
I surprised by grand-little, who is on the same committee I was on, and visited some other friends. It was amazing to see how much the marathon has grown since we were involved. They had double the amount of dancers we had my senior year (YAAAS, Recruitment Committee killing it!), and raised over a million dollars more than my last year. It’s amazing to see how a group of several thousands students can make things happen if given an amazing cause. At the end of the 36 hour marathon, and a full year of work, they raised $3.88 million, marking the biggest year-to-year increase in Children’s Miracle Network history. I’m so proud of my people.
Then, costume time.
A turtle, an Ewok, Pikachu, and their missing friend are ready.
Unfortunately, this is the only picture I got of just myself with my costume. Turtle backpack, turtle Halloween!
We went to a bar that was having a Dance Marathon alumni event, so we got to see even more special people. Managed to snap a picture with a few generations of Recruitment Committee alumni.
This picture is hilarious for two reasons: paddles are not allowed by Alpha Delta Pi standards, but this paddle was given so long ago to Nick’s English Hut, a Bloomington staple bar/restaurant. Gives any ADPi a little chuckle whenever we see it. The people at the table next to me as I snapped this selfie also laughed pretty hard.
Second reason this is a great picture because take a look at my eye make-up! You can’t see it, but I did a strong blue to gold smokey/ombre eye, with a thick cat-eye liner. So bold for what I usually do, but I’m in love. I’m going to do something like that much more often.
Other Kelsey, the Ewok, and I joined the costume contest at the bar for sh*ts n’ giggles. Spoiler: We did not make top 10, but the couple dressed as Blades of Glory did. I think the guy and his girlfriend dressed as Subway Jared and a small child did as well. She was holding onto his foot long.
And then, somehow, magically we jump all the way to the Sunday evening drive home. Shocking how that happens, huh?
In my quest to finally have the Toasted Graham Latte, I made Amanda stop at Starbucks on the way home. They were sold out, because of course they were, but I still ordered a Puppachino for Harley. And about died at the cuteness of the tiny cup! I may or may not have saved it.