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…and we don’t care who knows

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I had probably snorted when my mom, during my college search, suggested I might enjoy going to a school with a solid sports program– why on earth would I care about going to a football game? I was only going to talk about Serious Things with Serious People when I was at school, with the occasional break for a drinking binge. I suppose you could say it started around the beginning of my freshman year, though technically I only went to one football game during that first season. Springtime brought the first season in which I was truly conscious that college basketball was A Thing– the jock I was dating was, of course, into basketball, and I was bound to pick up at least a thing or two during the endless hours of tournament play that I ended up watching.

As the years progressed, though, it wasn’t just proximity to whatever dude I was seeing that made me a college sports fan. I had grown up really only caring about baseball, and the revelation that there were other sports worth my time was a big one. A lot of it had to do with the fact that the players were, in some small way, associated with me: they went to the same classes, ate in the same dining halls, and visited the same establishment for an 11:30 cookie ice cream sandwich fix. The collective identity of attending the same university was an officially big deal, and I found myself screaming along with the crowd as the Bruins improbably marched down the field to score a touchdown against USC (our sworn rival and, um, repeat national champion during my college years), and holding my breath as I watched our basketball team improve under a new coach (suck it, Steve Lavin).

Yes, this poster was stolen from a bar. Yes, that chair in front of me is broken. No, I didn't do either of these things.

In what I can only describe as an instance of impeccable timing, I happened to be a senior the year my team made it all the way to the national championship. I watched them beat Gonzaga, reducing Adam Morrison and his mustache to tears (“You cry, Adam Morrison!” I shouted gleefully to my mom on the phone as I listened to the Westwood apartments erupt in joyful shouts), and I knew that LSU and Big Baby were no match for the 2006 Bruins…and then, Florida. I don’t need to tell you what happened, do I? Google it. It was bad. There was crying. Because, at the end of the day, I may be a college basketball fan, but I’m still a girl.

To lift your spirits after a crushing lost, or just as a fun “crack your shit up” moment, watch this.


This counts as the weekend, right?

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1. Why do we have to work and go to school during March Madness? It seems that we would all be happier if we were allowed to just sit on the couch in our pajamas, switching between games and episodes of Unwrapped on the DVR. What, just me?

2. Constantly having a hair elastic around my wrist and taking off my ring when I wash my hands are now habits. The elastic thing is immensely helpful when I get impatient with my hair (gah, there is so much of it!), but I am probably going to be sorry about the ring habit. Every time I slip it into my pocket for handwashing time, I can just envision dropping it on the floor of whatever gross public restroom I’m in. But…is that better or worse than having it slip off my finger and go down the drain?

3. I have spring break next week, but it means very little to me– I still have to go to work and my internship, so really I’m just getting a few free hours. Definitely not as exciting as undergrad spring break.

4. I had never heard the phrase “If you have to eat a frog, don’t spend a lot of time looking at it. If you have to eat more than one, eat the big one first,” until it came up when I was teaching a Study Skills class last week and it seemed a perfectly apt metaphor for procrastination avoidance. This probably doesn’t mean that I am going to become someone who follows through on all the elaborate plans she makes, but at least I have that saying in my head.

5. I currently have five pairs of shoes hanging around the living room, the way I always do. Much to GP’s chagrin. What? I’m working on it!

6. How was I to know that baking two dozen of those Guinness cupcakes was a bit of overkill? I got so caught up in the awesomeness of baking (and decorating!) with alcohol that I just kept filling the cups.

7. And as for the weekend, tonight I’m looking forward to a crazy food experiment in which I try to make spaghetti carbonara with no cheese (it might get a little hairy, I’m not going to lie), tomorrow my plans include visiting a couple of wineries with our friends Davemanda and meeting another set of friends’ new baby, and Sunday, I want to get some schoolwork done! Ambitious, I know, as there will be basketball on…and I am not so big on eating frogs, though I really enjoy the phrase.

Wah Waaaaah

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No, I don’t want to talk about the way the Bruins ended their season today. Needless to say, it was very similar to the previous two seasons, minus a loss to the hideous douchebag Joakim Noah and the nasty Florida Gators. Maybe this will convince K-Love to stay another year to get us a championship, though…? A girl can dream.

Other than basketball, today is a bit of a “nothing” day, with GP hanging out with a friend and me here, watching basketball (I promise I’ll still watch, I’ll just care a bit less because none of them is My Team) and listening to This American Life while I clean the apartment. Thrilling, I know.

In other news, I got a haircut today! There will be no pictures, however, because the highlight situation has yet to be addressed, and there is a bad root problem happening. Maybe when I get that done next week, I’ll document it. I know you all can’t wait. Oh, and last but not least…

Yes, I am a badass. A rhinestone-encrusted badass, who will recap SNL tonight because Christopher freaking Walken is hosting (yay)!

Allow me to present…

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…your three-times-in-a-row Pac-10 regular season champs, and all-around wonderful boys, the UCLA Bruins men’s basketball team! And yes, Kevin, I can learn to live with your nasty facial hair if you’ll promise to stay until you win me a national championship. Do we have a deal? It was a bright spot in my day that consisted of continuing to freak out over apartment construction, work/recruiting difficulties, and the reality of two whole nights spent GP-free (I know, I’m a whiner), and it had me exclaiming and writhing on my couch. Thank god for DVR, because seriously? I would not have been able to watch that thing in real-time.

Now, as I have a Friday night free, and will be working roughly twelve hours before it, are there any suggestions for fun activities? I’ve been thinking gin and tonics with a side of Project Runway and Lost…and probably some lolcats, too.

P.S. I promise I’ll be a little less of a raincloud in a week or so. Things are just a little sucky right now.

College Basketball Saturday!

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While John Wooden won’t be coaching my Bruins this afternoon as they tear the Oregon Ducks a new one, he will most likely be in attendance. Watching the game from my couch in Northern California isn’t as fun as screaming my butt off from the student section in Pauley, but I’ll still be wearing my Den shirt.