Although I am not a graduate of PC, I did spend my first years away from home at this beautiful liberal arts college.
Thanks to online resources (i.e. myspace), I have been reacquainted with a number of old friends, including another former editor of F&T, Ted. In 1992, one of Ted's pieces was published in F&T --
"A Thousand Souls." I'll have to see if he'd allow me to include it here. Anyway, I sent him a little message, and wouldn't you know it, mere moments later my phone was ringing. Ah, to hear a Southern accent! We talked for more than an hour -- what a delightful diversion from my list of to-dos.
So you get an idea of how rare this is, there is only one other person from PC with whom I have spoken on the phone with during the last -- oh, let's say nine years (maybe more). And the other person lives in Switzerland!
For me, it was wonderful. Calling to mind the days of Mayes (my freshman year "dorm" since they ran out of room on campus)... remembering the rigors of college classes... reminiscing the old romances... All I can say is thank you, Ted, for that fabulous adventure to the past. (Why haven't I more photos from those years? It really is upsetting).
I also looked up the local alumnae association for my old sorority. Mine was not the average sorority experience, but that's a story for another time. Anyway, I looked up the Tri-Sigmas and contacted the president of the Colorado Springs chapter. It seems they are having a get-together on Dec. 8th. It's to be an auction to support the national charity, The Robbie Page Memorial Foundation. So I need to figure out what to offer up for the auction.
My husband--I did mention that I'm married, didn't I? -- well, my husband and I are hosting a Thanksgiving dinner for all the folks on his project who don't have family to spend the holiday with. We invited about 15, but it was a little late to issue an invitation. We had intended to invite folks before we went on the cruise, but due to all kinds of craziness at work, George was unable to get the invitation out until after we returned. Needless to say, a lot of folks had made other arrangements. So as of right now only two people are joining us. There are a couple other potential guests, but not many. I'm not too terribly upset by that fact, though, since I am really not a cook. Actually, I kind of hate cooking. And I can never seem to get things to all be ready at the same time. Nonetheless, we are hosting. And we will have a grand dinner just like my mom always makes:
Turkey, stuffing, jellied cranberries, corn,
green bean casserole, sweet potato souffle, salad,
-- oh, what am I forgetting?
Well, I am not making cornbread dressing -- it's much too involved for my skill level. And I'm not making cranberry relish -- neither G nor I like it and it makes a TON. But I still think I'm forgetting something. Anyway, I haven't decided on desserts. Our dinner guest tonight (Yep -- I cooked last Monday night, tonight, and I'll cook again Thursday -- Am I on a roll or what?!) brought 2 pies: Cherry and Peach. I had made brownies, so we'll have the pies for Thursday. And our T-giving guests may bring something. Maybe Mrs. Smith can provide a pumpkin pie or pecan pie if folks want it. We'll see.
As for my week, I guess it doesn't seem that extraordinary. It was absolutely fantastic getting to talk to Ted. I'm excited (and a bit anxious) to meet some other Tri-Sigma alumna. The house projects are finally coming along. AND I met some wonderful ladies at the local Holiday Craft Show yesterday. I hope to keep in touch with them as they seem really fun and very talented, too. And one of the ladies is named Lola -- I just love that name!
I know this is a bit text heavy, but it is at least started. We'll see what happens next.