Monday, October 4, 2010

Bits of My Weekend, volume 12

I had a Spanish Literature test on Thursday, which ended up being about as difficult as I anticipated.  There are 13 students in my class and 10, including myself, did not finish the exam during our hour and 20 minute class period.  My teacher told us that he knew the test was long and would see how far everyone got and then decide what to do.  I have the class tomorrow, so hopefully he will tell us what his decision was.  I spent the rest of the day just lounging around and trying to shake the rest of my sinus infection.  The weather was gorgeous and I wanted to be outside, basking in the sun, but unfortunately, I do not have access to a pool, so I just hung out in my room doing homework, watching movies, and being somewhat unproductive.

I slept in pretty late on Friday (one of the perks of not having class) and then drove around Denton for a while.  I know where most of the basics are around town, but I haven't really explored anywhere, so that's exactly what I did.  I got a little lost and found some back routes to get to crowded places around the city.  The weather this weekend was perfect, so I took advantage of the new-found Fall feel and took a walk around campus.  

I woke up on Saturday with every intention of going to my first UNT football game.  I texted a few friends from high school that go here, but everyone that I heard back from was busy and not going to the game.  I really did want to go to the game, mostly because I haven't participated in many social activities since I started at UNT.  Mizzou football is such a big event and, although I know UNT football will never measure up, I thought it would be something fun to do.  Unfortunately, I do not like or know enough about football to go to a game alone, so I didn't.  Maybe next weekend.  

I went home Saturday evening to have dinner with my friend Alex who was home from OU for the weekend.  Classes are canceled at the University of Oklahoma on the Friday before the Red River Rivalry game between UT and OU.  How ridiculous is that?!  Alex and I had dinner at this new Asian restaurant that just opened up in our neighborhood.  We chatted for a while and then I went home and passed out.  I have been so exhausted lately.  It must be a combination of getting over being sick and taking antibiotics.

My family and I woke up early on Sunday morning and headed to Fair Park in Dallas for the Texas State Fair!  We hit a little bit of traffic and it took a full hour to pull into the parking lot once we got onto the fair grounds, but the wait was so worth it.  If you know anything about Texas, you know that everything is BIG!  The State Fair is no exception!  The fair is huge with lots of things to do, see, and eat.  There are all of the typical carnival rides and games, plus countless shows/concerts, vendors, fireworks, parades, celebrity appearances, animals, livestock shows/competitions, shopping, a number of museums, a car show, a football stadium, and much more.  People come from all over to go to the fair.  Elementary school students have Columbus Day, commonly referred to as "Fair Day", off from school and are given a free admission ticket.  I hadn't been to the fair since my freshman or sophomore year of high school and am thrilled that I was able to go this year!

The Texas Star:

The Cotton Bowl, where the Red River Rivalry game was played the day before:
A few of the animals:

Big Tex:
Big Tex is a landmark of the Texas State Fair.  He is 52 feet tall and wears size 70 boots, a 75 gallon hat, a size 100 shirt, and 284W/185L XXXXXL size jeans.  After several renovations, Big Tex's head moves from side to side, his hand waves, and his mouth moves as he booms a hearty "howdy y'all" throughout the entire duration of the 24-day annual fair season. 

Something has to be said about the fair food, which goes much further than the typical carnival hot dog and cotton candy.  The State Fair of Texas fries everything, and I mean everything, imaginable.  I saw signs for fried ice cream, fried pb & j, fried Coke, fried praline, fried latte, fried cookie dough, fried banana split, chicken fried bacon, fried butter, fried beer, fried Frito pie, fried Snickers, fried Oreos, fried Twinkies, fried margarita, fried chocolate-dipped strawberries, waffles, and fried smores, just to name a few.  I almost tried fried beer out of curiosity, but after seeing the reactions of a group of fraternity guys, I decided to not be so adventurous.  Check out this link for a look at fried beer.

I did, however, indulge in some yummy treats!  I sampled one of the best corn dogs I've ever had in my life, a fried latte, the best thing in the world: a funnel cake, and tator twisters.  I was very curious about the whole fried liquid thing.  The fried latte ended up being little fried dumplings, much like sopapillas, that had iced coffee inside of them.  The fried bits were topped with coffee ice cream, caramel, coffee flakes, and a ton of whipped cream.  It was amazing!

Obviously, I love love love the state fair and I am SO glad I was able to go this year!  It was a day full of food, family, and fun!

I headed back to school after we left the fair and promptly went to the rec.  I mean, how could I not go work out after a day of munching on food like that?  I'm pretty proud of myself that I worked out after such a long day.  I went to the rec this morning, too!

This weekend brought about the most gorgeous weather imaginable.  It is cool, but not cold, and sunny, and beautiful!  I'm totally digging this whole Fall thing.  Speaking of which, I changed my background once again.  I wasn't happy with the Fall background I chose before, but I love this one.  It's called "Pumpkin Spice Latte" perfect!

Have a good week,

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