Wednesday, February 24, 2010

Polar Bear Plunge

Jonathan came down for Valentine’s Day weekend and we got to go to the UK vs. Tennessee game. Christina and I made shirts that said “Volunteer to Lose” (see above). UK won, of course. On Valentine’s Day we dragged Jonathan and Von to the movies to see (surprise) Valentine’s Day! It was actually a really funny movie and I know the boys secretly liked it. The whole next week I dedicated to the job search. I’ve been sending out a bunch of resumes and found some jobs that sound great! We just have to wait and see.

At some point a couple weeks ago I thought I would be a good citizen and sign up for the Polar Bear Plunge, which consists of jumping in a pool of freezing water in the middle of winter. All proceeds go to the Special Olympics. So last Saturday a couple other AKPsi girls and I went to Texas roadhouse and participated. My parents came down to watch and take pictures so I was really glad to see them. Once I got on stage I was totally freaking out and the girls had to basically drag me in. It was WAY colder than I was expecting! They said the water was 35 degrees. And since I jumped in with so many articles of clothing on, I could barely get them off! But it was fun overall and I’m glad I raised money for a good cause. (Of course the day after was almost 60 degrees outside. Oh well.)

There are only about 2 and a half weeks left until Spring Break so I’m back to the work out routine and the “Kali-diet”. I call it the “Kali-diet” because it only makes sense in my head. It’s all about will power, trying really hard not to snack before bed, and justifying pop-tart filling for a fruit serving. We’ll see how it goes. I would just like to be able to fit into my bathing suits from last summer. But I did sign up for an excursion on the cruise! We are going to the town called “Hell”, swimming with sting rays, and going to a turtle farm! I’m so excited because I LOVE sea turtles! I’m somewhat apprehensive about the sting rays but you only live once!

On the school subject, I’m doing well. I got a 100% on my first marketing research exam. I am prepared for the grades to dip a bit once we get into statistics (I think I’m missing the gene for comprehension of that subject) but at least it’s a good start! For our Global Scholar Strategic Management class we are in the process of creating a new restaurant business plan and menu. Our restaurant is “the last stop on the bourbon trail” and features wing sauces made from all the different kinds of bourbon. We have to prepare a signature dish at our professor’s house for judges to taste. Lucky for the judges, I’m not cooking (I didn’t want them to have to sign a waver). Playing it safe: I’m working on the business/marketing plan and store layout.

On the sports front: USC sent UK a taunting letter after they beat us a few weeks back. I feel really sorry for them that they have to come play at Rupp now. Not a very smart move there, Gamecocks.

I would also like to share that I was just sitting on my couch enjoying a bowl of Life cereal when I proceeded to tip the bowl over covering myself in milk. As I waddled to the kitchen to get paper towels, I left a nice little trail of Life cereal pieces as they fell off of my pants. I’m pretty talented.


Wednesday, February 3, 2010

First NBA Game!

This past weekend I got to experience my first NBA game. Jonathan is a Cleveland Cavaliers fan so for Christmas I bought him tickets to the Cavs vs. Pacers game. So last Friday he took off work early and we headed to Indianapolis. Once we checked into the hotel (we actually had a reservation BEFORE we went – shocker) we headed downtown. We parked literally next door to Conseco Stadium and looked for somewhere to eat before the game. The Hard Rock CafĂ© was nearby so we chose that. It was painfully cold outside, WAY colder than NKY. We sat in the Michael Jackson room and had some yummy french fries smothered in cheese and bacon! (I’ll discuss how the diet’s going later on).

Jonathan had bought a shirt with the puppet version of LeBron throwing the chalk up in the air (his signature pre-game ritual). So he was pumped to see that. When we got to the stadium we headed down to the floor to take some pictures of warm-ups. The stadium is really nice and I think it’s relatively new. We sat in some random seats abut 6 rows back from the court hoping we could get some pictures of LeBron before we had to move. Amazingly, the seats we chose were the only ones that didn’t fill up right before the game. No idea how we got that lucky! I got some great pictures up close and we had an awesome view for the 1st quarter.

At the end of the 1st quarter, the people whose seats we were in came and we were forced to move to our nosebleed seats. We were so high up and the steps were SO steep that my fear of heights kicked in (especially since I was in heels and carrying a beer). But the view wasn’t so bad, so we still enjoyed the rest of the game.

The half-time show was this small Chinese woman who rode a really tall unicycle while stacking bowls on her feet. Then she would flip up the bowls catching them on her head. She kept increasing the number of bowls she would flip and got up to like six or something. It was crazy! I wonder how people figure out they can do things like that. Of course Jonathan mentioned that he used to be able to ride a unicycle (that boy can do everything). I said he belongs in a circus because he can do flips, juggle, and apparently, ride a unicycle.

We came back early afternoon on Saturday because Jonathan was feeling pretty sick with a cold. Saturday night I hung out with Jen, Tommy, Steph, Michelle, Casey, and Ben. We played a game called Battle of the Sexes that was pretty fun. I was going to see Avatar in 3D the next morning but after a few too many glasses of wine that didn’t happen. So instead I went out to eat with my parents and then to Jonathan’s flag football game. I was so glad Jen came to watch with me because we always get in some quality girl-talk time. Unfortunately, J’s team lost but he scored the only touch-down! I love bragging about how my boyfriend is the best receiver on the team  Jen and I want to make big corny signs for the next game but J won’t let us HAHA.
Two weeks ago I was doing REALLY well working out almost everyday. Then I got really sick for a week. So I am starting back up on Friday (I have to spend today and tomorrow studying for my Marketing Research exam). Hopefully I can do as well as I was before! Just getting in some cardio and weights everyday really feels awesome. And hopefully I’ll fit into my bathing suits for the Spring Break cruise!!

My parents are on my back about updating my resume and sending applications to places (as if I don’t know I have to get started). So I plan to spend Friday working on that. Talk about the most stressful time ever! I was watching Gilmore Girls the other day and the daughter who was graduating from college put it perfectly: I’ve always been able to see what is in front of me, what to expect. But now it’s like I’m standing on the edge of a cliff looking out into a huge abyss. And I can’t see what’s in front of me because it’s foggy. It’s really foggy.