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Grilled Cheese Day

I was lucky enough to attend a college that was known for its stellar on campus food.  The three years that I lived off campus I still used my 10 weekly punches (meals) and always ran out of dining dollars before the end of the year.  Even now I still think about how delicious the chicken, mac and cheese, mashed potatoes, and slice of cranberry bread from Cranberry Farms was.  Oh how I miss my daily turkey sandwich with cheese and honey mustard on a monster sized bagel, all warm and toasty.  Splurging a few extra dining dollars for a chicken cheesesteak and side of fries?  Not a problem.

There was one day in particular that I especially looked forward to lunching in the main buffet style dining hall, D-Hall, if you will.  I always made sure to have a friend scheduled to meet me for lunch on Thursday afternoons for grilled cheese day.  We’d line up outside the D-Hall doors, waiting impatiently for them to open for lunch, swipe our cards, rush inside to claim a table, throw our shit down on it, and then line up for the delicious melty cheese sandwiches.  I’m not even kidding when I say I would put three on my plate, on average, before moving over to grab a plate of fries to accompany them.  (My 26 year-old metabolism hates my 18, 19, and 20 year-old metabolism by the way.  Just as I’m sure my 36-year-old metabolism will hate my 26-year-old one).

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Grilled cheese day was the highlight of the week, especially once I hit Junior and Senior year and no longer had Friday classes, because grilled cheese day also marked the start of the weekend and my favorite night out.  Oh Highlawn, how I miss you and dancing my ass off with $1.50 dirty shirley’s.  What’s with the trip down memory lane you ask?  Well, last night’s happy hour reminded me of my favorite day in college.

After my workout, 30 minutes on the treadmill alternating between 2 minute sprints and 1 minute recovery, I met up with a few of my friends at Mister Days in Clarendon to take advantage of their Wednesday happy hour specials.  Sometimes you just can’t turn down $2 drafts and $2 food specials.  Upon arriving, I immediately placed my order for a Blue Moon (switched to Octoberfest after one) and grilled cheese sandwich.  While this grilled cheese was nothing compared to my favorite D-Hall variety, it still brought me back to my college days.  As did enjoying drinks with friends on a Wednesday night.

Did your college have great campus food or was it awful?  I seriously loved eating on campus, not to mention the Chick-fil-a we also had right next door to our dining hall.  The year we got a Starbucks on campus, I died a happy death.  I need to go back and visit… soon.

I Like Happy Hour

One of the things I was always most jealous of, and therefore looking forward to the most once I moved, was weeknight happy hours with my friends.  You see, ever since 2006 when a bunch of our group that was a year ahead of us graduated, we’ve had a group email chain going.  Originally it was so those of us still in school could keep in touch with the ones that graduated, and eventually we all graduated and it became the best way for us all to keep in touch.  There are at least 100 emails exchanged, daily, between us and with most of the group residing in the Arlington/DC area it also serves as a way for them to organize plans.  Anytime there was mention of something going on (like a weeknight happy hour) that I couldn’t go to since I lived far away, I would definitely get a little jealous.

Well, last night was my first happy hour in the area since moving, and it was so much fun.  In fact, it was really the only thing getting me through the day yesterday after my incredibly stressful morning.  A bunch of us, including my two roommates, met up at Mister Days in Clarendon to take advantage of their $2 draft beers and food menu for Wednesday nights.  I got there around 5:30 and after driving around to find parking for a little while, finally made it inside the bar.  Dani and I ended up staying until a little before 9 pm before calling it a night and heading home.  It was a lot of fun and I can’t wait until the next one!

Actually, the next happy hour for me is technically tonight because I’m meeting up with Kacy, who is in town for work!  I’ve been reading Kacy’s blog for almost as long as I’ve been blogging, so I’m very excited to have the chance to meet her in person.  Plus she needs to get out of her hotel and see more of the area ;).

No work-out this morning, as I was somewhat more tired than usual due to last nights events, but I am extremely sore from the strength training I did yesterday.  I guess I managed to get a good workout in despite only having about 20 minutes.  The morning commute was much less stressful today, and only took about the usual 40 minutes.  I can’t believe it is Thursday already, this week really seems to be flying by!  Have a great one!