Monday, March 30, 2009

When March Went Mad...

Did you know that March "Madness" officially began 30 years ago?
Until dating Dan, I had no idea. It all began when the Michigan State Spartans faced off in the championship against the Indiana State Sycamores. Magic Johnson vs. Larry Bird. April 2, 1979.
The most-watched championship game (at that time)...

I've gotta say that one of the most fun things (for me) in dating Dan has been getting back into sports again. For those of you yet to meet him, let me give you a quick intro: he loves sports. LOVES MSU and all things Spartan. (and it's really not an understatement) ...and he likes the Cyclones. And when it comes to random sports trivia, facts about players, mascots of various colleges and in minor & major leagues of sports...he's got a mind like a steel-trap.

Back in the day, I loved watching basketball. In upper elementary, middle & high school, and into college, I watched March Madness like it was going out of style. I remember the Chris Webber foul-up when he called time-out with none left, the Grant Hill to Christian Laettner pass resulting in his turn-around jumper (mainly because I was at the Lilly's and said, "That sucks." Debbie Lilly promptly reminded me that we don't use that kind of language.) ...watching ISU men play with my loyal Cylcones Jina & Allisha (and eating some make-shift puppy-chow with granulated sugar instead of powdered), watching the ISU women beat UConn to advance to the Elite 8 while spring-breakin' it at Lake Panorama, and even making an effort to watch ESPN in Costa Rica in 2000 when our men made their storied journey to the Sweet Sixteen. (which was ended, interestingly enough, by MSU. But whatev, no hard feelings now, right?)

And then I stopped. Cold-turkey. I'm not sure why; probably because I didn't have friends that valued watching sports. Plus, I probably thought Jesus didn't want us wasting our lives on sports. (Which is partly true; I mean, "It is seek first the kingdom of God" not "the kingdom of sports.") However, when you know that sports isn't life, but understand that sports can make life enjoyable & interesting (oh yeah, and that life is about God & oriented around Him first) - I think it's all right to partake in some Madness, now & again.

And, you know what? I like it! and I really like following the games with Dan. So, I will cheer my little heart out tonight for the Cyclone women as they take on Stanford & I'll be cheering like crazy on Saturday night for the Spartans (especially Goran & Lucious!).

I am SpartaClone. GO STATE!

Saturday, March 21, 2009

I think I'm in love....

Wait for it...
wait for it....

Nope, it's not what you're thinking. =)
I think I'm in love with northwestern Wyoming. I'm in Powell, Wyoming for my second-cousin Julie's wedding. And I LOVE IT!
I am surrounded by mountains on three sides and wide open spaces stretching as far as I can see. My heart breathes out here. Big, deep breaths of satisfaction, wonder and peace.
The last two mornings I've stepped out of the house where we're staying and drank in the golden sunlight illuminating the plains contrasted against a gorgeous blue sky.
Beyond that, this is one adorable little town. I've been working on my research proposal in a coffee shop the last couple days...and I'm love with this place, too. =) I've sat in front of a big front window with a table all to myself while people come and go and chat around me. If you know me, this is my ideal study environment!
Have I mentioned the friendly people? This morning while preparing to begin work, I had two great conversations with random strangers. One guy even gave me a free personality assessment. After our short conversation, he said, "You're outgoing; you're still figuring out what you want in life; you're smart. I can tell by your handshake that you don't like two things: B.S.ers and liars. I also know that you know how to establish boundaries and you don't let just any one come in too close to you."

Yeah, I could live here. =)

Monday, March 9, 2009

Daylight Savings

Daylight Savings time came to Orient on Sunday, March 8, 2009.
Daylight Savings time came to Sabrina Elizabeth (my car - the Fusion SE) on Sunday, March 8, 2009.
Daylight Savings time came to Rachel's house on March 8, 2009.
Daylight Savings time did not come to Jessica's room on March 8, 2009.
In fact, it barely came on March 9, 2009!

I went to bed like everything was normal last night. I set my alarm for 6:15 and thought nothing of it. When Rachel got up at 6:15, I thought to myself, "Good for Rach! She's going to work out!" Instead, she started getting ready for work. I thought to myself, "Good for Rach! She's going to work early today! ...kind of a bummer for me because I still have to get ready."
I went downstairs (thinking that it was 6:25) - when in fact, the stove said 7:25. I honestly thought, "Huh, the clocks are an hour ahead." I really truly thought that we had gone backwards for a moment! ...then the truth hit me. As well as the truth that I was now under the gun to get into work on time!

I got here by 8:25. That included making the bus by 8:06 and stopping at Caribou for coffee & a bagel. The really good news? Caribou is offering free shots of espresso in EVERY drink today & tomorrow!

I think I'm a fan of Daylight Savings time. least until the caffeine buzz wears off. =)