Wednesday, November 19, 2008

It's finally time!

Okay friends and family... we all know know how much I love my UNLV Rebels. Yes, it's finally that time of year! I normally hate the winter, but I actually find myself looking forward to it more and more every year because winter=college basketball. I'm such a junkie. Now, why do I love the Rebels so much? Let me fill you in. I love the drives to the games, speculating on the possibilities. I love walking through the tunnel into the T&M, with the teams warming up and so much energy in the air, it's almost tangible. I love seeing our "Rebel Family"- The Grensings, Hills, Shepards, Bridget, Mr. Carter (my health teacher turned usher), and of course Coach and Barb... its even fun seeing Ricky and Lucy and wheelchair man, no matter how much they drive us crazy. I love it when the lights go down and the inspirational pregame video comes on the screen. I love the fireworks and the fight song and the pregame intros of all our favorite players. I love the clapping prior to the tip off. I love the student section starting the RE-BELS chant, echoing through the entire building. I love the announcer saying "THREE-point goal" (and the new flashing of the Leavitt Insurance logo through the Mac... gotta love the plugs). I love the place flooded with people in Red. I love sitting next to Jessi and Kori in the best seats in the house- front row right next to the bench. I love that we have our own nicknames and jokes about everyone and everything. I love yelling at the refs... when the time is appropriate, not after every call (ahem, BYU fans). I love that Cliffy learned his lesson and started offering season tickets to the winner of the Findlay shoot-out. Times are tough Cliffy, can't be giving away cars left and right. I love the confetti after a win, and listening to Jon and Gondo on post-game live. I love that the players acknowledge the student section after the games. Classy. Basically, I love everything about this team, this place, and this game. I can't help but smile and forget everything going on outside when I step into the Mac, prepared to immerse myself in the game, good or bad. I LOVE MY REBS.
So, college basketball season is upon us, and I couldn't be more happy about. Here's to high hopes for an exciting season!

Tuesday, November 18, 2008

The Big 2-1

Happy Birthday to my bestest friend Samantha Dawn! Also known as ham ham, hambino, sammy doo, and beeef jerky (to a select few). I just love this girl with all my heart and I can't believe she is 21! Now you can actually go clubbing like we've always talked about... hit em up for me. Anyways, here's 21 things I love about my Sammy:
1. She is accepting of everyone
2. She's not ashamed or afraid to be herself, no matter what
3. She's always up for a fat day with me!
4. White Wine Spritzer (which I indulged in tonight to celebrate)
5. Her random knowledge of every movie ever made... including the most randoms
6. Her appreciation of Kim Fuller films ("I don't know, but whatever it is it feels great. That I could be the one...")
7. She knows every lyric to every song... seriously even all the oldies!
8. The fact that she didn't get her license till like senior year... we had to bond because I had to give her rides all the time!
9. Being volleyball groupies together all through high school
10. Peacing out on broadcasting senior year to get sausage egg mcmuffins... in her moms car... when she didn't have her license
11. She's not afraid to speak her mind to anyone... even if it requires standing on a table in the middle of the quad and calling people out haha
12. She is extremely loyal
13. She's the only person that I can just call up and talk to on the phone... I HATE talking on the phone but with Sam I can talk for hours and not even notice
14. Carmines at 2 in the AM... always down
15. That she shares my love for Rebs! JD45 anyone?
16. Her passion for all things Chicago. Bears Bulls Cubs (next year...), even Chicago Dogs from Weinerschnitzel
17. Speaking of Weinershnitzel, she's my only friend that enjoys it with me!
18. The fact that we've known each other since 6th grade... she saw me in the prime of my awkward phase and is still friends with me! "Go get yourself a treat"- Ms. Patenaude
19. We did this incredible science project in 8th grade that required a 6 ft by 6 ft display board and it was incredible. And our science teacher hated us and didn't put us in the Expo for reasons still unknown. OCD OCD is a big big problem!
20. Amp it up... enough said.
21. She is the only person I know who owns and rocks red sequined chucks and gold knee high lace up shoes on a daily basis.

I really could go on for forever. I love my hambo! I don't know what I would do without her. HAPPY 21ST SAMMY DOO!

Wednesday, November 5, 2008

why's of the week

Why is all my clean laundry sitting in a pile on my floor?
Why do teachers assign 45 minute long presentations within 5 days of each other?
Why do I live in the ice cold tundra where it's already snowing?
Why do I have the worst luck ever and drop my phone into a glass of water? Yes, a GLASS of water.
Why are there so many cute coats at work that I want to buy but I just cannot?
Why didn't I take more pictures while the leaves were pretty and still on the trees?
Why do I dread Halloween every year, but always end up having a blast?
Why can't Thanksgiving come sooner?!?!
Why do people act like it's the end of the world when the candidate they voted for loses the Presidential election? So I didn't vote for Obama, but like it or not, he is my President. I will support him and put my trust in him, hoping that he'll fulfill his duties to the best of his ability. He's very capable. By the way, I think it's amazingly cool that I was involved in the election that ultimately ended up with the first black man in the White House. So historic.

This post wasn't a woe is me post, but more of a "here is what I'm up to right now, in the form of questions" post. I love my life. I just don't like winter/school/lack of funds. So now I leave you with some pics from said fun Halloween. Peace.

Jackie and her boyfriend dressed up as Little Red Riding Hood and the Wolf after he ate grandma... it was hysterical

Saturday, November 1, 2008


Paying my own rent? CHECK
Living on my own? CHECK
Attempting to earn a living for myself? CHECK
Voting for our next President of the United States?

I'm so proud.