oh, the foxden crew.
i spent the weekend celebrating my sorority sister ‘s wedding with my best friends from college.
let me tell you about these girls.
they are ridiculously beautiful (its borderline annoying), they are hilarious and smart and loud and awesome. they/we are each so different.
ali lou is the chill one who has no idea how gorgeous she is. lauren is far cooler than she realizes. jenna is always up for a good time and can pull you out of any slump. liz is fierce and will always remind you that you are too. cory is kind, she’s the compassionate one that will listen and always have arms wide open. eru, oh eru – her naiveté is endearing and she can somehow make complicated things simple and you can’t help but smile. jaclyn is a firecracker, who’s not afraid to ask for what she wants and just brings infectious energy. schaar has a huge heart and is pretty much the best friend a girl can ask for after a night out.
we told each other everything. we annoyed each other. we defended and stood up for each other. we held each other’s hair back, and borrowed clothes and gave ego boosts. for two years, we were each other’s family.
i didnt realize how much i had been missing them until i saw them. it’s one of those funny life things. there were so many times over the weekend when i would just look at one of them and think “well, that’s eru” or just laugh because it was so jaclyn to say that. and my heart would hurt because our reunion was so fleeting.
you’ll never have friends again like you do in college. or i won’t at least. and i didn’t realize that at the time. you live together, you see each other constantly, you do everything together. not that they aren’t amazing, but i can go weeks without seeing some of my friends now. it was a different “knowing someone” than it is now. there just wasn’t any hiding back then – you were exposed and they loved you anyway. and by you, i mean me. and that’s something.
we lived in a house called foxden – at miami all the off-campus houses had names – 9 girls (if the landlord asks, it’s 8), 7 (ish, more like 5/6) bedrooms, some mice for a time, a bit of mold, a LOT of hot sauce and bob marley (the fish, not the musician).
there were times when these girls drove me mad. it was tough – when you added boyfriends and friends and neighbors that slept on our couch – we were on top of each other – it was dirty – sometimes you just wanted to take a shower without three people coming in to pee and brush their teeth – but it was a once in a lifetime for two years.
and oh these girls pushed me. they made me better. they each gave me something they don’t even realize.
it was so great having the gang back together again. like old times. watching jenna – little franzia – get her happily ever after and all of us just bursting with happiness for her.
now foxden, someone’s gotta get married quick so we can do it again – and you know it ain’t gonna be me. so get to it cory and jaclyn!
this is a recipe from giada – i put a bit of a healthy spin on it by swapping in greek yogurt for mayo.
i can’t believe i spent years of my life not making chicken burgers. i feel bad for myself. i missed out on a whole lot of deliciousness.
- 1/2 lb ground chicken
- 1/4 cup greek yogurt
- 1/4 cup fat free mayo
- 1 tbl onion, chopped
- 1 tbl rosemary
- 1/4 tsp salt and pepper
- 1 tsp minced garlic
- 2 buns
- heat skillet or grill over medium high heat
- in a small bowl, combine yogurt, mayo, onion, salt, pepper, garlic, rosemary and stir until combined
- roll each turkey patty into mixture, making sure the mayo mixture well covers the patty.
- cook each patty, about 7-9 minutes each side.
- meanwhilte, heat a separate skillet (disregard if grilling)
- spread butter on each side of a bun and toast until nice and brown, about 3-4 minutes per side.
- top with arugula