This year’s homecoming experience at U of I felt like my reunion, too. Ex-husband Michael graduated from this university and I have certainly made the area my new home. The day was perfect: warm and sunny. Autumn-orange trees paid tribute to the alma mater, reminding me that I must invest in orange garb since University of Georgia red doesn’t cut it. Thanks to Denise, alum extraordinaire and the world’s best houseguest (she let Dreamsicle nap between her legs!), I felt like part of the scene—minus hangovers most “real” alums sported by the time the big football game kicked off.