While the other admins work the registration table...
I spent a lot of time on the phone
working out issues with the local transportation for our invited undergraduates from all over the country (15 this year, competing for the Frank & Sara McKnight Award in Molecular Sciences...)
After a great barbeque dinner, we held the poster session for current students, postdoctoral fellows and the invited undergraduates - I always enjoy that part of the day - I take pictures of the undergraduates and their posters (here's two of them mugging for the photo op)
and I get to hang out with them and learn a little more about them
All 15 were very personable and EXTREMELY bright...such a pleasure to work with them!
The next day, Darlene, Angela, Andrea & I went to the Wimberly TX Market Days, which is a fabulous once-a-month flea market -
We spent several hours there and didn't even come close to seeing it all!
Then we stopped at the San Marcos outlet malls before heading toward San Antonio - where we did even more shopping at the SAS Factory outlet
where I really enjoyed their collection of old vehicles
After that we went on into San Antonio to eat at the Tip Top Cafe - as seen on Food Network's Diner's, Drive-Ins, and Dives... and, I will admit, I had my doubts, but OMG what GREAT food!! And a great time!
|Amazing Onion Rings and not greasy!|
|Andrea's Chicken Fried Steak was almost as big as the plate and delicious!|
|Darlene's Fried Chicken was crispy and scrumptious!|
|And the Fried Fish (Angela and I both had that) was classic wonderful diner food!|
|Darlene & Andrea|
|Jo & Angela|
The next day, Darlene and I treated ourselves to Collins Street Bakery in Corsicana for lunch and got home in the late afternoon.
All in all: good shopping+good food+good friends = Great Time!