Tuesday, November 9, 2010

Hillsdale Homecoming 2010

I didn't have my own homecoming until college because I went to an all-girls high school and I do not count going to my family's alma mater every year as my own. So, in the spirit of this past weekend, here are my TOP FIVE Happydale Homecoming Highlights:

I picked up Vivian from the airport Thursday night and spent the evening at her eldest sister and brother-in-law's house, with this fantastic bottle of Michigan wine that I am not sorry we finished off... 


I was reunited with the other 2/3 of the Thuper Three!! The Thuper Three was formed freshmen year; we lived across the hall from each other in Mac and were positively inseparable. And even though we three each got involved with different activities around campus, we have stayed supremely close friends. (And yes, I know; we really haven't changed much since this picture was taken four-ish years ago.)


Julia wanted her three non-family bridesmaids to meet at 8:30 a.m. to go to Quincy for wedding dress shopping. It was way, way too early, but we certainly had fun! Fortunately for Julia, the other two bridesmaids are very knowledgable in the wedding department; Kaite got married this past summer, as did Marisa's sister, so I did not have to wholly reveal my utter ignorance over styles, necklines and cuts of wedding dresses.

I helped with toady tasks, made fun of heinous prom dresses, put wedding dresses back on their respective hanger, gave my opinion when needed and played guinea pig for dresses Julia wanted to see. I can't show you what Julia tried on, but here is Exhibit A:

Socks and dress are matchy-matchy! 

Then, Exhibit B, the bridesmaid dress we all like:

Imagine it in navy blue...


I spent lots of heavenly time with my second family...

D's face is just classic!


Hillsdale won the game!!!!

I saw so many wonderful people-- really, too numerous to mention-- and am glad I was able to go back to see professors and students alike whom have become such dear friends and people to me.

"May the earth be better and heaven be richer because of the life and labor of Hillsdale College."
--the cornerstone of Central Hall, placed in 1853


  1. So much fun!!!! I'm so happy I got to go and I had you to pick me up. It made my week :)

  2. What is it about being an American that makes us like lists and countdowns? This was awesome!!! I just wish I could have been there with you guys to celebrate in the madness! I'm glad you had such a great and blessed time. Love the pictures!!!

  3. I have a grammar/writing question for you regarding the wonderful ambiguity of certain contractions.

    Is and Was are contracted in the same way, yes? (Wow, that makes them sound like diseases.) Thus, "he's" could technically mean "he is" or "he was," right?

    And then my real question: is there any canon of writing, *apart* from the general rule favoring clear construction, to prevent he's (e.g.) from referring to BOTH tenses?

    Earlier today, when I was pondering this, I though it would be relevant only in some sort of clever sentence designed for author's enjoyment and reader's amusement over wry mangling of the English language.

    But then? While reading my Evidence assignment? It became real-life relevant--a girl stated "he's fixin' to kill me." If it's present-tense, the statement is admissible as an excited utterance; if past tense, the case for admittance is harder.

    Fascinating. Ultimately, the statement was present-tense and admissible, but my question remains.

  4. Stacy-- in brief: no.

    The question, nonetheless, certainly lends the the contemplation of how wonderful the English language and why all its rules are so fascinatingly wonderful!