Ode to 2003 + a playlist

I recently saw on Facebook that my college Millikin University in Decatur, Illinois is planning a major renovation which includes demolishing Hessler Hall where I lived for one glorious semester in 2003. So I started looking back…

ode to 2003

I’m open about the fact that I ended up at Millikin because I pathetically followed my High School boyfriend to college. He got a scholarship and went to play football there and when I went on a campus visit with him I just loved it. I already had a roommate assignment at a different college but somehow I got out of it and into the Freshman Honors Program at Millikin. Ironically, my husband also went on a visit to Millikin University to check out their football team but we didn’t run into eachother because at that time I was in Junior High. This is why, when he brings up his college days, I like to shout, “tell us a story, Grandpa!” It’s hilarious and adorable every time. (To me.)

Anyway, it didn’t work out with the freshman year boyfriend but that year I did actually meet not one, but TWO loves of my life…these little biscuits right here, aka Lauren and Jess. Aren’t they pretty? The stories I could tell. Gosh I love them so much.


I’ll do a brief, self-indulgent synopsis. Lauren and I met where a lot of blonde sorority girls meet…in remedial math class. I had gotten up early to hot roll my hair and pick out my “Millikin Blue” sweater which I wore with majorly tight, verging on bell-bottom pants and sandals. She was wearing overalls with a black T-shirt and Tommy Hilfiger socks.  And since it was an early class she was really grumpy. Also she may have been hungover. I thought she was the coolest person in the world. I still do.

I met Jessica when we both pledged Tri Delta. I didn’t know her well at all when she came up to me one day in the cafeteria and announced that she thought I should break up with my boyfriend. She said she could just tell from her observations that it wasn’t really working out. I thought she was slightly crazy and a little rude. I was also completely amused and couldn’t wait to find out what she was going to say out loud next. To this day, I still feel that way about her.

Back to Hessler…

There were 8 of us girls from my pledge class who lived there in 2003, including Lauren and Jess. If you put my funny stories in a pie chart I think like 20% would be from those 4 months in Hessler Hall.

So for a very special #TBT Tribute to Hessler Hall, here is my 2003 Nostalgia Play List. May it take you back to a simpler time. A time when Nick and Jessica were Newlyweds. A time when Tina and Amy were still on SNL. A time when we wore logos on butts.

Happy #TBT 2003 Playlist:

Get Low by Lil’ Jon

In Da Club by 50 Cent

Ignition by R. Kelly

Picture by Kid Rock and Sheryl Crowe

Shake Ya Tailfeather by Nelly

Cry Me A River by Justin Timberlake

The Remedy by Jason Mraz


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Social Saturday: Deltas and Derby Parties

Recently I was honored to take over the position of President of the Tri Delta Alumnae Association (Shawnee Mission Chapter) which took place at our annual Pansy Brunch at Hallbrook Country Club. I was so honored to meet this wonderful lady who was celebrating her 75th year as a Tri Delta! What? Yes! She was fantastic!

I had a blast with these two outgoing Presidents and I am sure I will be asking them for lots of advice. Love these two!

My necklace is the Stella and Dot Daphne Pearl and we got the Daphne Bracelets for Linda and Becky!

Here I am celebrating with all of the Golden Circle Tri Deltas who have been members for 50 years or more. It was an incredible feeling of loyalty and bonding in the room. I felt really proud to be amongst so many women who honor their commitments and stay involved throughout their lives. I think we all feel like Tri Delta played a huge role in some of the happiest years of our lives and our deepest friendships and it was nice to celebrate the fact that we have held on to a little piece of those happy times through our Alumnae Association.

Then it was a quick stop by a baby shower, home for a nap, and on to my friend Tara’s Kentucky Derby Party! I used my Mrs. Overland Park Crown and some silk roses to spice up my leopard hat from Charming Charlies!

Here is the fabulous hostess Tara! This lady knows how to throw a bash!

Look at these adorable party details:

She even set up croquet in her backyard! 

You probably recognize Jane from my How Does She Do It Feature and her husband “Mr. J’adorable” from her blog Simply J’adorable. She also won the hat contest with this amazing hot pink creation. So gorgeous!



Had a fabulous time with these two stylish ladies who also happen to be Stella and Dot Stylists. I’m in good company with that company!


Here’s my dapper Derby guy!


Here’s my Derby Outfit! You might recognize it from Marisa’s Kentucky Derby Themed Wedding Shower last year!

Leopard Hat: Charming Charlie’s

Necklace: Mae by Stella and Dot

Dress: Coldwater Creek

Belt: Macy’s

Shoes: Apt. 9