After my marathon day of meetings yesterday (9:30 am - 11:30 pm), I'm giving myself the night off tonight to watch my favorite movie of all time. I really am a band nerd at heart. I inevitably blubber like a baby every time I watch this film...every time.
You know what I really love? When women's basketball is on TV. And I can actually lay around all day and watch it. Even if it is 6'8" Brittney Griner and Baylor. I can always cheer against them (and I am -- Go UW-Green Bay!)
This picture pretty much sums up my Saturday afternoon -- close to an hour spent on the phone (most of it on hold) to get a credit card situation worked out. Don't try to charge me twice, Blockade Runner Beach Resort in Wrightsville Beach, North Carolina -- I'm too smart for you! And dear, dear Thin Mint cookies from the freezer: you make my world go round and save me from insanity.
It's snowing in Illinois today, but it's cherry blossom time in Washington, D.C. These are pictures of last year's blossoms. I lived by the Japanese Embassy, so our entire street was lined with cherry trees. It was a beautiful walk to campus!
Of course, we had to go see the blossoms on the Mall and at the Tidal Basin. We probably could have gotten in trouble for climbing the trees, but we had a blast (even if there were millions of tourists everywhere). It's days like today that make me miss DC!
I was up bright and early to spend the morning cleaning up brush and trash along the creek in the Le Seur nature preserve just a few blocks from campus. It was really cold and I'm still picking burrs from my hair, but the water is flowing again!
The only video game system we owned growing up was just like this and was a gift from my Uncle Todd. We have this on loan thanks to my roommate's boyfriend. I spent part of my evening playing Super Mario Bros. and fondly remembered playing this with my little brother in the basement of our old house. My dad was a pro at Duck Hunt. We never could beat him! I was impressed by how much I remembered from this game. The music (in the link) is ingrained in my head forever.
I went and heard U.S. Olympic track and field gold medalist, Marion Jones, speak at church today. I remember watching her win the 100 meter dash 11 years ago in Sydney. I had pictures of her on the walls of my bedroom. She inspired me to run track. I ran all the same events as she did. These are some of my ribbons and medals from the good ol' days!
And then she admitted to using performance enhancing drugs. I remember being really disappointed, and then I pushed her from my mind...until I heard she was coming to Peoria. She spent time in jail for lying to federal investigators and now she's come out on the other side. She has an amazing testimony and I'm glad I got to hear her speak today! I can't wait to read her book and watch her play in the WNBA.
This afternoon I went out to supper with my grandpa. So ice cream was a must. When I was little I followed him around wanting to do everything he did...and we always eat ice cream together. I think I was really proud of that carrot. And don't ask what I was wearing. Apparently I had a problem wearing actual clothes when I was young.
I'm about 75% German, but tonight I raised a glass (or a bottle rather) of Guinness to my only Irish ancestor (that I know of). But of course I couldn't tear myself away from my precious annotated bibliography. Here's to my great-great-great grandmother, Kathryn Galloway.
Two of my favorite things: mail and fresh flowers. Mailed fresh flowers. Brilliant!
When I was younger my mother would frequently leave fresh flowers from her garden on my bedside table. I loved waking up to her surprise flowers. I could think of no more perfect place than by my bed to put such a lovely, thoughtful, and unexpected gift.
Sometimes I seriously wonder if I really am an adult. Especially considering my love for Teddy Grahams (but only of the chocolate chip variety). I may be graduating from college in 2 months (from today!!!!), but I'm pretty sure part of me will always be the six-year-old kid who eats Teddy Grahams and Goldfish for a snack.
I rocked my TOMS for the first time today. They are seriously the most comfortable pair of shoes I have ever owned. And I feel good knowing that somewhere in the world a child has shoes because I bought this pair. I can't wait until 5 April -- it's One Day Without Shoes. I will definitely be going barefoot!
And in completely unrelated news...I think my very short and very blonde hair is under control now.
Scenes from a day of freedom: Writing notes at my favorite cafe, Argo Tea. After returning library books I visited the lake front at Northwestern University to check on the painted rock (it's "Birthday" by Marc Chagall - there is also a song by the Weepies entitled "Painting by Chagall") where my friend, Braxton, proposed to my friend, Laura. (She said yes and they got married in May 2009.) I had lunch with Evy and during the tour of her office building we found a lovely stained glass window for our alma mater. Also, the flowers I bought last week are still alive!
Now to crack open the bubbly for celebration of my freedom and for Enrique's 1st birthday!
I helped my sister make Oreo truffles for her Calculus class. Apparently Monday is Pi Day (you know, March 14 -- 3.14) and they get to bring treats. My truffles were either too big, too small, too lopsided, or too crumbly for my sister the perfectionist. But they still tasted delicious!!!