• Coming from New York, I assumed that moving south would bring less snow and fewer snow days.  I was very wrong.  In Raleigh, the threat of a single snowflake falling from the sky brings the city to a standstill.  So far this semester, we’ve missed a couple days of class, and church even got canceled one Sunday.  The biggest snowstorm we’ve had came during a weekend a few weeks ago, and it’s been one of my favorite times with the fellows so far this year.  Almost all of us spent Friday and Saturday night at Alison’s cooking fajitas, playing cards and other games, and watching movies.  Most of the girls had a sleepover both nights, and on Saturday morning we had a fancy brunch complete with circus animal-shaped waffles, pumpkin chocolate chip pancakes and mimosas.
  • Monday nights have quickly become one of my favorite nights of the week.  That’s because Monday nights are Bachelor Viewing Party nights at Ashley’s.  It started out as a girl thing, but slowly we’ve been converting the boys into fans of the show.  Ashley usually makes cookies (or cookie dough as I like to eat it) and popcorn, and it’s a lot fun to watch (and make fun of) together.  We especially love Sam’s (Ashley’s husband’s) commentary.
  • Our guys are the best.  Last week at Roundtable, we sat down to dinner, and the girls found invitations to a three-course Valentines dinner.  On Monday night, we got dressed up and came to Ashley’s, not quite sure what to expect.  When we walked in, Mike took our coats, and we were each escorted to the table.  Andrew served us wine and prosecco while we began our feast with bread and salad.  For our main course, Chef Mike prepared spinach-wrapped, mozzarella-stuffed chicken with green beans and mashed potatoes.  And for dessert, they spoiled us with oreo cheesecake from the Cheesecake Factory.  They’re pretty classy and we love them a lot.