Holy Whirlwind Y’all! That- is precisely what the last few days have been! Last Wednesday evening, I said goodbye to Raleigh and headed back to Florida for my brother and sister’s college graduations. I sincerely want to do them both justice with a thoroughly, sentimental recap, but the crazy train doesn’t slow down around here until June, so for now, this too brief recap will have to suffice.
My sister, Mere, was graduating from the best school in the whooooleeee wide world, the University of Florida (Go Gators! :)) with her bachelors in Nursing. We met for a quick drink at the one and only Swap, Thursday afternoon before attending her pinning ceremony that evening.
The following morning, I headed out to do the most natural thing on the planet, something I had not one in four years. I set my alarm for an early wake-up, drove to campus, and ran six glorious miles around my former stomping grounds. I passed the football stadium where we won National Championships, past the gym I used to run track workouts in, past the orange groves I loved to watch blossom in the winter, past my sorority house that was and still is my home. It was where I became a runner, and it was amazing.
After a quick shower, it was time for Mere’s graduation! Her ceremony was lovely and were happy to snap pictures in the perfect Florida spring weather. After a quick lunch it was time for one last stop at the best place on earth…. yes…. better than my beloved Menchies…
My freakish love for froyo is no secret. I can easily eat close to a pound more than once per day, thankfully, my wallet cannot :) As much as I love froyo, and Menchies specifically, there is one ice cream-esque treat that has no comparison, and sadly no franchise…. Gator Dlites! Guys, I ate a pint both days an it was heaven on earth. I easily could have thrown down tow more!I had not had this glorious treat in four years! Dlites alone was worth the plane ticket ;)
Our day was far from over, dlites in hand, we hit the road to make the 2.5 hour rive to Tallahassee for my brother, Eric’s graduation from Florida State (Yes, Eric and Mere are twins.)
Eric took us to a fabulous dinner where we met up with our close family friends whose son was graduating as well. After dinner and drinks it was time for a few hours of sleep before my first tour of FSU.
I moved to North Carolina just when Eric left for school at FSU, and I had never visited our northern rival. Saturday morning, I met Eric at his frat house, and he took me on a jog through their gorgeous campus. He then took me to one of his favorite breakfast spots for delicious runny eggs, followed by his favorite coffee shop. That afternoon, it was Eric’s turn to walk. We scored perfect seats to watch Eric and a few hundred of his closest friends become FSU graduates. Congratulations everyone!
As soon as graduation was over, we hopped in the car to head home to St. Augustine. Sunday morning, I wished my mom an quick happy birthday before heading to the airport. I had an early flight back to Raleigh where life is not about to slow down anytime soon. I hope to pop in when I can but between leaving for Peru in two weeks, a new role at work, and a special new friend (Oh my goodness I can’t wait to share) I am not sure how regular CCR posting will be.
Have a wonderful week!
Do you remember your graduation?
Where did you graduate from?