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Dottie's Quick and Easy Thanksgiving Recipe

20 November, 2017 0 comments Leave a comment

Hi, guys. Dottie here. Thanksgiving is this week! To prepare you for this glorious (and terrifying) holiday, I wanted to give you a Thanksgiving recipe Momma Dot and I always use. We don’t eat meat in our nest, so we mainly eat side dishes. But luckily, side dishes are just as filling! I’m sure you know how to make the usual: green beans, mashed potatoes and stuffing. Most people like to stick to their familiar recipes. But if you’re getting tired of the same old same old every Thanksgiving, I have the perfect dish to spice up your dinner table. Today, I want to give you an easy recipe that few people use on Thanksgiving but many people will enjoy. What’s the dish? The glorious hash brown casserole.

Hashbrown casserole has become a staple at the Dot table on Thanksgiving. We love this dish. It’s filling, cheesy and delicious. And the best part? It’s so easy. All you’ll need is one bag of frozen shredded hashbrowns, one can of cream of chicken soup, one bag of shredded sharp cheddar cheese, one small onion and one container of sour cream. Make sure your hashbrowns are thawed before you start this dish. First, mix your sour cream with half the bag of shredded cheddar cheese and the whole can of cream of chicken soup. Mix it thoroughly, then chop up your onion and add it into the mixture. When all of that’s mixed together, add your hashbrowns. Mix one more time and then line your casserole dish. I recommend a disposable dish because it’s easier to store and easier to clean. Cook your casserole for 45-55 minutes, pull it out of the oven, and serve! Some say this dish is feather lickin’ good. Or maybe that’s just me…

Momma Dot and I can’t wait to eat this casserole for Thanksgiving. It makes the perfect addition to the usual dishes. And, if you’re on a budget, this casserole is for you. At max, this dish should cost  $10.00. If you have certain items laying around the house, it could only cost you about $5.00. I’m not sure what’s more amazing, the taste or the price. Anyways, this Hokie loves to chow down on all Thanksgiving dishes. Except… well… turkey. I hope you other Hokies get to try this amazing dish out for Thanksgiving. You won’t regret it, but the scale might.

 

Have a tasty day, Hokies!

Friday Favorites: Dottie's Dining Hall Diet

17 November, 2017 0 comments Leave a comment

As a Hokie bird, I’m on Virginia Tech’s campus quite a bit. I greet students on the Drillfield, I travel to sporting events to support other Hokies, I participate in all the campus events, and I certainly like to admire the Hokie Stone as I’m walking around. However, one of my favorite activities to do on campus is … EAT! Virginia Tech has amazing food. It always has and it always will. There’s a variety of different foods to try from different dining halls, and I love each and every one for different reasons. Today, I want to give you the details on a few of my personal favorites. If you’re up for some fun, or you’re feeling hungry, take the Dottie challenge and try all my favorite dishes one week. I call this challenge the Dottie Diet.

Monday: West End

West End happens to be one of my favorite places on campus. It has a wide variety of foods, and they’re all high quality. You want Italian food? West End has it. You want steak? West End has it. You want a vegetarian wrap? West End has that too. As a Hokie bird, I definitely don’t eat meat… I am a bird after all. So, my favorite dish at West End is a veggie burger from the Fighting Gobbler. I like my burger with cheese, tomato, onion, and lettuce. And don’t forget a half basket of fries! Those seasoned slices are pure heaven.

Tuesday: D2

I like to call Tuesdays, D2uesdays! The day after Monday is the day you need the most food. All that Monday stress wears and tears at your mind. Food is the perfect way to fill those tears. Luckily, D2 is a buffet that offers every food imaginable. And oh man, D2 throws an amazing Thanksgiving meal for all Tech students. However, my favorite meal from D2 is pretty simple: Egg drop soup with wonton strips. This meal is perfect for a cold day, especially during the winter time. It’s different from the usual soups like tomato and chicken (ew) noodle too. The wontons add a perfect salty flavor to it as well. Simple, but delicious.

Wednesday: ABP

I feel like Au Bon Pain is underappreciated; this little soup shop is just as amazing as West End. While it doesn’t have the variety that West End and Turner provides, it certainly has the quality. This dining hall is perfect for lunchtime. It’s enough food to fill you up, but not too much. My favorite meal here may sound a little weird to you guys, but it’s delicious I swear. I like a sandwich with only tomatoes and cucumbers on toasted white loaf. Yes, that’s all! Add that sandwich to a delicious cup of broccoli and cheese soup and you have the perfect lunchtime meal.

Thursday: Turner

Turner is most students favorite dining hall on campus. I’m inclined to agree that it is pretty great. Like most students, my favorite restaurant in Turner is Qdoba. I love that place. My favorite meal? A veggie bowl with the following items: brown rice, pintos, queso, two scoops of pico de gallo, shredded cheese, lettuce, tortilla strips, and sour cream. Put the lid on that bowl, shake it up real good, and you have the best meal on earth.

Friday: Hokie Grill

Friday is the best day of the week. Most students get to relax on Fridays, and it’s normal to want a quick and easy meal. Hokie Grill is perfect for a lazy Friday. Simply go in the doors, grab your food, and run out. My favorite meal is an assortment of sides from Blue Ridge Barbeque. I love those corn muffins! It’s just like eating cake.

Saturday: Owens

Owens has a great assortment of foods to choose from and an even better assortment of desserts. There’s an entire station dedicated to desserts alone. The beer-battered french fries from Owens are amazing and the smoothies are the perfect on-the-go breakfast. My favorite meal from Owens is a cheese quesadilla with salsa and sour cream. I love how you can easily make your own quesadilla. It’s simple and easy, but it makes up for the ease in flavor.

Sunday: Deets

Deets has a very Starbucksy vibe. It’s a cute little coffee shop with a peaceful atmosphere that’s perfect for catching up on homework or studying. On Sundays, peace is necessary. It’s calm before the Monday storm. Deets has the perfect café foods to munch on. At Deets, I can’t choose a favorite food. It’s all so good. I love every pastry and every cup of coffee. However, my favorite ice cream flavor is simple ol’ chocolate. It’s a classic and makes for the perfect milkshake.

There you have it! Dottie’s favorite foods from every dining hall. Don’t forget, if you’re feeling spiffy this week, try out all my favorite foods on campus. It can be fun, filling, and entertaining.  It’ll also be a great way to prepare your stomach for Thanksgiving.

Don’t go hungry, Hokies!

Dottie Thanks Veterans

14 November, 2017 0 comments Leave a comment

Hello, Hokies! Saturday was Veteran’s Day and out of respect I want to say a huge thank you to all the men and women who have served—or are still serving— our country. There are so many things about this country to love. Sometimes, we forget how beautiful and wonderful our country really is. Sometimes, we forget how lucky we truly are. Sometimes, we forget how amazing it is to be an American. Sometimes, we forget that we have it easy, that there are soldiers risking their lives for us. It’s easy to forget. But today I want to remember. Today I want to take a moment to tell you why we should all be thankful, why we should all be grateful.

First, let me start with my Hokies. I may be a tad bit biased, but I think that Virginia Tech is the most wonderful place on earth.What makes the university even better is how it values veterans. Virginia Tech is a military school; it has a long history with the military and still cherishes service today. The university goes out of its way to help and hire veterans and those who serve.  Thank you, Virginia Tech for appreciating those who serve and acknowledging their sacrifice. Thank you for teaching your students what service truly means, by embodying UT Prosim. And a very big thank you to the cadets who help our college thrive, create a loving and serving environment, and plan on serving our country as well.

Now, I want to talk to you about why we should thank all of our countries veterans. Today, most of us woke up in warm beds safely, no fear in our hearts or minds. Today, most of us ate a nice, quiet breakfast, undisturbed by chaos and warfare. Today, we can voice our opinions about politics and government without the being harmed or imprisoned. Today, we can drive safely to work, humming to our favorite tunes. Today, we can hold our children in our arms. Today, we can do anything. Today, we are free.

Soldiers and Veterans, thank you for your service. Because of you, us citizens have freedoms. Because of you, us citizens have hope. Because of you, us citizens are safe. I hope you all had a wonderful Veterans day.

XOXO

Dottie.

Friday Favorites: Dottie’s Favorite Blacksburg Locations

10 November, 2017 0 comments Leave a comment

Hey, guys! Dottie here. Welcome to Friday Favorites with Dottie. So far, you know the my most basic favorites: books, colors, foods, you know, the usual. Today, I want to talk about something a little different, something a little more personal. Today I want to talk about my favorite locations in Blacksburg. There are so many wonderful places in Blacksburg, it’s hard to narrow it down to just a few. To be honest, everyone deserves to visit every inch of Blacksburg! And while that may seem possible, it may take a while. So here is a list of my top favorite places in Blacksburg; if you haven’t visited some of these locations, you should. I bet you can guess my #1…

1.) Lane Stadium

Every Hokie loves Lane Stadium. After all, it’s where I was born! I practically belong on Worsham Field. The spirit of the Hokie lives in Lane. Hokies thrive on spirit and positivity, it fuels our souls. Momma Dot always told me she knew I’d be a spirited little Hokie before I was even hatched. She tells me all the time how I used to tumble about in my shell. Let’s face it, I was made for Lane!

2.) The Hahn Horticulture Garden

I’ve talked to many other Hokies around Virginia Tech’s campus, and a lot of these folks have never seen the Hahn Horticulture Garden. I was shocked! This garden is stunning—especially in the spring time when all the flowers bloom. It’s a beautiful place for an evening stroll, a magnificent area to gain inspiration, and one of the most underappreciated locations in Blacksburg! Go sniff some flowers!

3.) The Moss Arts Center

If you’re a Hokie like me, then you must appreciate the arts. What’s more entertaining than music and dance? Absolutely nothing!  The Moss Arts Center features all kinds of artistic talent. I’ve seen plays, concerts, symphonies, and dances! Who says small towns can’t be cultured?

4.) Frank Theatres/CineBowl & Grille

I love this place! It’s got everything packed into one building! It has amazing luxury seating in the theatre, so you can watch your favorite movie in the most relaxing of environments. And, it’s an IMAX, so you can watch them in 3D. It also has a bowling alley, so if you’re not feeling like a movie, you can participate in another fun activity. It has a full-service dining area and a bar, so if you’re hungry before or after the movie, you can enjoy a nice meal. It’s got everything you need in one building. How convenient!

There are many, many, many, more places that rank at the top of my list, but I can’t name all of them! If you really want to know some more about Blacksburg and my favorite locations, I recommend purchasing a Blacksburg A-Z book from our store! It’s filled with beautiful locations, activities, and traditions. It’s the perfect guide to Blacksburg, and it’s filled with amazing illustrations.

 

Momma Dot is calling!

 

Until next time, Hokies.

 

Xoxo,

 

Dottie

The Secret Life of the HokieBird

08 November, 2017 1 comment Leave a comment

Lauren Hicks Photography

Cody Lopez was just like any other college kid. He spent his time as a R.A. keeping freshman alive in the dorms, attending club meetings and getting excited for Friday night dates. However, he had a secret—a huge, feathered, maroon and orange secret.

He was the HokieBird… and he couldn’t tell a single soul. Keeping the masquerade of living a double life for four years wasn’t easy. He’s no Hannah Montana—  but Cody found a way to keep his cover.

“People started to ask why are you on the field, I see you down there what are you doing, or why did you go to Daytona with the cheer team? Early on I kind of developed a story, I just didn’t use it as much. I told everyone that I was an intern in the Sports Marketing and Athletics department,” said Cody.

His story was clever, and for the most part it stuck. However, it was hard lying to loved ones and friends. However, Cody considers the white lies a small price to pay for his incredible experience.

“When I was an R.A., residents would see me come back super sweaty and I would just tell them I went to the gym. If they knew me well enough, they’d obviously know that wasn’t true. I never go to the gym!” he exclaimed. Cody set his mind on becoming the Hokie Bird at his first football game during his freshman year of college.

“There was nobody else on the field. There were people lining the sidelines, the stadium was full, but the Hokie Bird was just on the field in an orange effect shirt just goofing off, cartwheeling and rolling around in the middle of the football field. I was like that would be the coolest thing—  He can just goof off and enjoy himself in front of 60,000 people and it’s all in good fun.” said Cody. Cody decided that one way or another he was going to become the Hokie Bird.  In that moment, he whipped out his IPod Touch and took a picture to document the moment.

“I was like, you know what, I would love to do that. I posted a picture of the HokieBird in September of 2012 saying ‘that’s gonna be me someday’ as the caption. Whopping 12 likes. Crushed it,” said Cody.

The process of becoming the HokieBird wasn’t an easy one. If Cody’s heart and soul hadn’t been set on being the mascot, it would’ve been easy to give up. The first step to becoming the HokieBird was figuring out who to get in contact with to apply.

“I pretty much asked every single person I could find in athletics. I assumed it was athletics run, so I was like, how do I do this. Either they didn’t respond at all or they didn’t know—at least they told me that they didn’t know,” Cody explained. After a long point of getting nowhere, Cody was frustrated. It wasn’t until he began talking to a cute girl that things started to look up for his HokieBird career.

“I wanted to ask her on a date, and I wanted it to be this really big elaborate thing. I messaged the HokieBird on Twitter. I tweeted at him and said, can you follow me I want to DM you about something. My plan was to have him escort her to our date,” Cody explained, “He did it, and it was really cool. Then maybe a week after that, I messaged him and was like, ‘hey so I’ve been trying to figure this out for a really long time, can you help?’” The Hokie Bird hesitantly sent Cody an email. Cody finally had the “In” into the HokieBird program.

The next few months were a whirlwind. Cody went through various tryouts, which he can’t disclose—it is a very secretive process. The university narrowed 60 applicants to 30.  In the end, Cody was competing against three other people for the two HokieBird spots.

“If it’s something that you really want to do, be persistent,” Cody advised, “Be positive and adamant about what you want to do.”

Cody found that the most rewarding factor about being the HokieBird was seeing the impact that he made in the lives of others.  He appreciated the moments that he experienced being the face of the university in times of joy and sorrow. Attending the April 16th memorial service was one of the most poignant moments in his HokieBird career.

“One year I decided that I was going to buy flowers, go as the HokieBird and put flowers on the headstones,” Cody explained, “Then this one older lady, I have no idea what her connection was, if she was from the area or if she was personally affected, I don’t know, but she made it all the way through and she was balling. Just absolutely, super hard sniffling, crazy crying and she walked up and she just wrapped me in this huge hug and squeezed me super tight. All she said was, ‘I can’t explain to you how much it means to me that you came here for this night. Thank you.’” Cody paused, remembering the significance of the moment.

“I’m inside the suit crying. I feel like I was able to see the rawest emotion of a person. People weren’t afraid to show that to me, because I was the mascot— If I had been a normal person, they wouldn’t just run up and hug me for no reason,” Cody explained.

Moments like those are what makes being the HokieBird worth it. Moments like those are the reason that the HokieBird stands inside a costume in a Florida heat wave at the Miami football game, or the reason why the HokieBird fibs to friends and family about being busy. For Cody, everything was worth it, if he could make a difference in at least one person’s life.

“I got to see when people were happy and excited, they don’t hold that back around you. I’ve seen so many people cry tears of happiness now, just because I showed up somewhere and that’s just such a touching thing,” Cody explained, “It just speaks to me about what it truly means to be a Virginia Tech student, alum, faculty member, or fan. I wouldn’t have given it up for anything and I’m so glad that I got to do it.”

Cody is a 2016 Virginia Tech graduate.

 

*Photo Credits: The Blacksburg Partnership does not own these photos. They are provided courtesy of Cody Lopez. Bryson Hicks Photography took the second to last photo. The graduation photos were taken by Lauren Rakes.

Friday Favorites with Dottie: Dottie's Favorite Book

03 November, 2017 0 comments Leave a comment

One of my favorite things about living with Momma Dot is story time. Every night after dinner, we sit by the fire and read each other stories. I love story time because it allows me to create new memories with Momma Dot, but it also lets me pull some of my favorite childhood stories from the bookshelf. Yesterday, as we were reading by the fire, I came across one of my old childhood favorites: The Velveteen Rabbit. It’s such a beautiful story, probably one of my all-time favorites, but man is it a tear-jerker.

 If you’ve never read The Velveteen Rabbit, I certainly recommend it. It’s about a child who receives a small rabbit as a present for Christmas. As time goes on, the boy forgets the velveteen rabbit for a while. He plays with all his new toys, the shiny, updated, and unbroken ones. The rabbit, shabby and sewn, is captivated by the love the boy gives the new boy, and wishes to be loved as much as the new toys. However, an old and wise toy tells the rabbit that realness cannot be ugly, that realness occurs at one’s shabbiest. The boy eventually begins to play with the rabbit again, and well, I won’t spoil the ending for you, but I will warn you: Grab some tissues. Although this book is made for children, even as a bigger bird, it’s still one of my all-time favorites.

After I recovered from the sniffles induced by this childhood classic, I stood on my tippy toes to reach the book that just so happened to be perched on the very top shelf. The picture book toppled over my head and landed with a soft thud on the straw-nest floor. I brushed off the dust and looked with enchantment at another one of my favorites, Blacksburg A to Z. Every time I crack open the book my head flutters with excitement, there are so many of my favorite places! Blacksburg A to Z is bursting with nostalgia and memories from living in Blacksburg and being a part of the wonderful Hokie Community. Momma Dot read me a few pages before I drifted off to sleep with dreams adventures in my dear hometown, Blacksburg, Virginia.

If you’re a bookworm like me, I’d highly suggest checking out these nostalgia-inducing books. Momma Dot agrees. If you haven’t read them, give them a try. You won’t be disappointed.

 

Until next time Hokies.

 

Xoxo,

Dottie.


 

Dottie’s Spooktacular Halloween

31 October, 2017 0 comments Leave a comment

BOO! Did I scare you?

It’s Halloween, Hokies. Today is going to be a spooktacular day. Little monsters are going to be running around, princesses and pirates will be knocking on every door, candy is going to be handed out for free, Halloween movie marathons will be on television, and Jack-o-Lanterns will light up the night for miles. It’s going to be amazing.

I have some super cool plans for today. First of all, I’m going to get ready in my costume. It’s a super scary costume: A Wahoo. I’m dressing up in orange and blue and everything. I even have the hat! Hokies everywhere will be terrified of such a hideous sight. After I finish getting ready and putting on my costume, I plan on strutting around the Drillfield for a little while. I want to spook all the Hokies and hand out some candy. Oh man, I love candy, so I’m buying a lot so I can have some too. Herhsey’s, Twix, Reese’s, Skittles, M&Ms… My beak is watering!

After I walk around the Drillfield and greet my fellow Hokies with candy, I plan on going back to my nest to prepare for all the little monster visitors. I’ll light my pumpkins, hang all of the egg carton bats I made and add some spider webs to all the corners of my nest. I went all out this year and got a fog machine. It makes for the perfect haunted atmosphere. I also made goodie bags for each of the little creatures that come to visit me today. There’s spider rings, candy, eyeballs, glow sticks, and all kinds of goodies in each bag. And of course, you know I added Hokie stickers as well. What’s Halloween without a hint Hokie?

After the trick-or-treaters stop coming, I plan on turning off all the lights, cuddling up under my favorite blanket, and watching scary movies all night with Momma Dot. Doesn’t that sound like fun? I hope the movies scare the feathers off-of me.

But that’s enough about my plans. What are you doing today? What are you dressing up as? Are you as excited as I am? You should be!

 

Have a spooktaculary haunting Halloween!

 

XOXO

Dottie

Dottie's Friday Favorites: A Fantastic Fall Recipe

27 October, 2017 0 comments Leave a comment

 

Hi, guys! Dottie here. Welcome to Friday Favorites with Dottie. Today I want to tell you guys about my new all-time favorite fall recipe. You ready? VEGAN PUMPKIN MUFFINS. I promise they’re much better than they sound. “Vegan” can be a scary word for some; but it just means that the recipe isn’t made with any animal product. I mean, that would practically be cannibalism. Anyways, I made them last night with Momma Dot, and boy did we have quite the feast. Let me give you the recipe. Grab a pencil and write this down quickly! 


1 Cup of Pumpkin Puree

½ Cup of Silk Original Almond Milk

¾ Teaspoon Ground Ginger

1 Tablespoon Baking Powder

½ Cup Light Brown Sugar

2 Teaspoons of Cinnamon

1 ¾ Cups of Flour

½ Teaspoon Salt

2 Teaspoons Vanilla

½ Cup of White sugar

½ Cup Olive Oil

 

            First, preheat your oven to 375 degrees. Then, find a mixing bowl and combine the flour, white sugar, brown sugar, salt, cinnamon, and ginger in the bowl. Make sure it’s mixed together well before you do the next step! After your flour mixture is evenly mixed, stir in your pureed pumpkin, vanilla, almond milk, and olive oil. Voila! You have vegan pumpkin mix! After you’ve got your mixture, find the nearest muffin pan and line it with cupcake liners. I prefer maroon and orange ones, but I could be biased. Fill the liners about 2/3 of the way full. Then, if you’re feeling sassy like me, sprinkle ¼ of a teaspoon of brown sugar on each muffin, along with some almond flakes. Put those bad boys in the oven and bake them for 16-20 minutes. To make sure your muffins are done, stick them with a toothpick. If they come out clean, you’re all set. Let your muffins cool for a bit and then dig in.

            Personally, Momma and I couldn’t wait for them to cool, so we ate them immediately. I did burn a few feathers, but overall, it was the best decision ever. Eating those muffins while they were still warm was pure bliss. And, wanna know the best part? They’re pretty healthy! So you don’t have to worry about eating one, or two, or the whole plate… Eat muffin is about 180 calories each, and the recipe claims to make only 14 muffins. However, we made the muffins a little smaller so we could feel like we were eating more!

            If you want a quick and easy recipe to make with your family, or if you’re having a sweet-tooth attack, whip up these cute little muffins and all your cravings will be satisfied. They’re definitely my new favorite fall recipe. That’s all for today. Stay warm, Hokies.

 

Until next time.

 

Xoxo,

 

Dottie

 

           

Embrace the Rain

23 October, 2017 0 comments Leave a comment

What a beautiful day! You may be thinking, “Dottie, you crazy bird! It’s dreary and gray outside.” But I promise, I’m not a bird brain. It really is a beautiful, calm Monday. “But Dottie, the rain…” The rain isn’t stopping anything, flock. Settle down in your nests for a bit, stretch your feathers, you’re in for a quick life lesson with Dottie.

Rain is inevitable, my friends, and there are many types: heavy rains that never seem to end, slight drizzles that add a little extra inconvenience to the day, rain that cools off the sizzling earth, fierce rain that smacks against the windows and sends shivers down the trees, and quiet rain that pecks against a tin roof, lulling you to sleep. Just as there is a wide and wonderful variety of flowers, there’s a wide and wonderful variety of rain. And while most of us enjoy roses and daisies, we forget it is the rain that creates such colorful petals and greened stalks. And just as there is beauty in a rose petal, there’s beauty in a streak of droplets snaking down the window. Rain isn’t dreary; it’s necessary. For growth, for renewal. Without rain, how could we appreciate the sunshine? Without a storm, how could we appreciate the calm? My friends, there is beauty even in the rain.  

Sometimes, the rain comes at the most unexpected moments. Sometimes, it drowns out plans or adds extra bleakness to an already bleak day. Sometimes, the rain may never seem to end; the skies get dark and the days drag on. But fear not, Hokies. The sun will surely come; the rain will surely end. Just remember, even the rain has a purpose. Don’t add extra tears to a crying sky. Cheer up and dance with the raindrops. Embrace the rain.

“Dottie, is this blog a metaphor for life?”

Well that’s up to you, my feather-loving friends. 

Have a fantastic day, Hokies. Enjoy this rainy Monday. Grab your favorite umbrella, strap on your rain boots, and go hop in a few puddles. Snuggle up under a soft blanket, sip on a cup of cocoa, and read your favorite book. Turn off your television and cut off the music. Listen to the rain; embrace it. The rain isn’t so bad after all.

 

Stay happy, Hokies.

 

Xoxo,

 

Dottie. 

 

Dottie's Friday Favorites: Fall is Here

13 October, 2017 0 comments Leave a comment

Hey guys, welcome to Friday Favorites with Dottie! Today I want to tell you guys a little bit about my favorite season. Can you guess it? I’ll give you a hint…. Crunchy leaves, crisp air, sweater weather. Of course, it’s fall. Fall is the best time of the year, especially in Blacksburg. The trees turn maroon and orange (the best colors ever), weekends are filled with Hokie football, and scary movies are on for an entire month! And there are pumpkins everywhere. Pumpkin coffee, pumpkin pie, pumpkin candles, pumpkin décor. OH! And don’t forget Halloween. Man, I love Halloween. I think the spookiest costume I’ve ever seen was a hunter. It was absolutely terrifying.

As a Hokie, there are so many events you can get involved in during the fall. You can go pumpkin picking at Sinkland Farms in Christiansburg (I love pumpkins, okay?), go to an apple orchard at Doe Creek Farms, visit the Blacksburg Farmer’s Market for some fresh Thanksgiving ingredients, go hiking in the beautiful mountains or riding on the Blue Ridge Parkway, or you can come to Lane Stadium on most Saturdays and see me! You can also take in the beautiful Virginia Tech fall scenery by strolling through campus. It’s hard to be stressed when the campus is so beautiful.

Fall also means hoodie weather! So comfy. You can gather around a campfire in your favorite Virginia Tech hoodie and roast s’mores. You can also tell the greatest tales of them all: The Legend of the Wahoo Victory and How the Hokies Overcame the Buckeyes. Pretty great stories if you ask me. Legend has it that the Wahoo Victory has yet to be seen. Who knows?

Overall, I just adore fall. It’s colorful, magical, eventful, and filled with the best foods and aromas possible. The fashion is great, the food is great, the football is great. Everything about fall is great. Right now, there’s a pile of colorful leaves waiting to be jumped in. I must go! Until next time Hokies. See you next Friday!

 

Xoxo,

Dottie

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