Go Terps!

Apr. 5th, 2006 12:04 pm
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So, if you couldn't guess from the previous entry, last night was AWESOME!!! G and I went to Pasta Plus, my favorite Italian resturant EVER, for dinner, then headed to campus to watch the game in the Hoff movie theater. Vivian met us there, too, and we got free popcorn and a drink and signs. The game was not pretty--I will admit there were times that I didn't think we would win--but we stuck it out and after a three point shot by Kristi Toliver with 6 seconds to go that tied it up, we went into overtime. It was quite a stressful night, but I am proud to be a Terp and so happy for our ladies!!

After the game, G took me home and we waited up until 01:02:03 04/05/06 before we decided it was late and time for bed. That was pretty neat too.

I am submitting this for a Mastercard commercial...

Tickets to the finals: $120
Airfare to Boston: $180
Watching MD's Women's team win their first National Basketball Championship: Worth $1,000,000
Beating Duke in the process: Priceless!

GO TERPS!!!!!!!!
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Maryland, we're all behind you
Raise high the black and gold
For there is nothing quite so glorious
As to see our team victorious
We've got the team GIRLS!
We've got the steam GIRLS!
So keep on fighting don't give in
M - A - R - Y - L - A - N - D
Maryland will win!!!!
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Well, yesterday was quite a success for me!!  I got home from work and Tania and I went for a run.  We got inside about two minutes before The Storm rushed in.  There was lightning, torrential downpouring and hail.  All very exciting!  Our lights flickered once or twice but we didn't loser power, wihch was great because that meant I could use my computer (once it passed us by, of course!)  So I managed to download all of my pictures from this weekend off my camera and then upload them so everyone *coughMeredithcough* could see them! =)

2006 Snow

Cherry Blossoms

Random 2006

Flowers (first one through "tulip")

Also, UMD's women's basketball team is playing in the finals tonight, so G and I are headed to College Park to try to catch the game.  They're showing it in the campus movie theater, but if that's too packed, we're just going to head to the bars.  Anyone who wants to come is more than welcome!!  Any bad vibes sent in the general direction of the Duke team would also be greatly appreciated! ;)
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Here's why:

Friday afternoon G picked me up from work and we went down to the Tidal Basin to see the Cherry Blossoms. Our original plan was to see the trees, catch a 5pm movie, grab dinner at 7pm and get me back to work by 9pm to handle my group. That didn't end up happening, though. It took us a while to find parking, but when we finally did, we decided to walk allllll the way around the tidal basin to see all the pretty trees. It was so fun. I took a ton of pictures that I will be downloading tonight, hopefully! I tried to do some artistic black and white, but I guess we'll have to wait and see how they turn out. Then my group ended up calling me around 7 to say they were about an hour away, which means they were an hour early. EARLY? That never happens! G and I ended up at a Thai resturant just down the street from the church and grabbed dinner before they showed up.

While I was doing the Orientation, G's friends called to tell us about a party in Arlington, so when I finished, we were off to VA. We stopped for some ice cream on the way and then we met up with Nick and Eugene. We got there about 10 and there were 2 kegs. We sat around upstairs in the living room hanging out and around 11:45, this girl comes in and says "The kegs are tapped, but there's some beer in the fridge downstairs." Ok, thanks for the info. Fifteen minutes later, one of the girls who lived in the house walks up to the front door, flicks the lights on and off and yells "There's no beer left, the party is over, GET OUT." So, basically, they kicked us out at midnight. LAAAAAAAAME!! But on our way out, Eugene checked the fridge and found a 24 pack of beer still in it, so he and Nick took that to continue the party elsewhere. ;) G and I headed home and ended up talking until waaaaaaaay later than either one of us should have been up.

Saturday I woke up after about 6 hours of sleep, got some stuff together, and drove go G's house. We went running and did some sprints/footwork stuff for about an hour, then grabbed quick showers and headed up to Baltimore for his Aunt's baby shower. I was the "official" photographer for the event, so I took another ton of pictures (after G ran out to replace my batteries when both of my sets and his extras failed). There was SO MUCH good food there--the BEST crab dip I've ever had, crab balls, spanikopita, fresh fruit (YUM pineapple!), cake....it goes on and on! I got the soon-to-be new parents some books and a picture frame and a little girl's outfit, cuz that's what I'm pushing for. Sadly, there were several boys outfits, so my karma might not work too well. But I am keeping my fingers crossed!!

After the party started to break up, G and his sister and cousins and I went for a little drive to a snowball stand and had yummy snowballs. We hung around B-more for a little while longer, then we headed home. On the way, G and I stopped at BlockBuster. We were trying to decide between "Prime" and "The 40 Year Old Virgin." I asked if his mom was going to watch with us and he said probably not, so we go "The 40 Year Old Virgin"--the unrated version. Good thing his mom decided she DID want to watch it with us. A.W.K.W.A.R.D. She decided about 20 minutes in that maybe this was not something she wanted to watch after all, so she went to bed. G and I finished the movie and then we realized that it was late and then we realized that it was even later because of Daylight Savings time, so I left.

After another mere 6 hours of sleep that night, I got up and headed to church on Sunday. After church I jetted home to see mom and dad for a bit. We ended up getting subs and taking them to church while they got ready for their last performance. After that I headed to the bank and then met some peeps at the movie theater for "V for Vendetta." Too bad we were an hour early for the show! So we ended up at TGIFriday's and I had an Ultimate Mudslide before we headed back to the theater. WOW. Good movie! It reminded me of the book "1984" but with someone who wants to do something about it. And I only shrieked out loud once in the whole movie. Yes, I cringed a lot, but shreiking was held to a minimum!

The movie got out just in time for me to run back to church for youth group. After we did some planning, we went outside on the playground for the rest of the night. I got a blister teaching the kids how to spin each other on the tire swing and make themselves very ill in doing so. We had one girl who I think puked on the car ride home...I hope we don't get phone calls about that! After I left, I called mom for an update on the Lady Terps game (final four in the women's NCAA tourney) and found out it was not on radio. BOOO. So instead I went waaaaaay faster than normal on the beltway and made it to G's house in record time and saw the end of the game, which we WON. YAY!!!! At least one of our basketball teams is worth watching. After that we watched "Gray's Anatomy" and then we talked more and then it was late again and I had to go.

I got more than 6 hours of sleep last night, amazingly enough, but the best part is that I am AWAKE and energetic today! The rain has held off so far and I am keeping my fingers crossed that it does for a little while longer, since I really want to go running when I get home from work. I've been super busy at work so far today, but that's good--it feels nice to check off a whole bunch of things on my to-do list!
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This weekend was crazy. CRAZY!!!

Thursday night I watched Maryland win and go to the second round of the ACC tournament. And that was all the MD happiness I had for the rest of the weekend.

Friday I ended up driving into work and then drove out to G's house for dinner. We ordered Chinese food and sat outside on the deck to eat because it was SO freaking nice out. I left around 7:15 to head to Dan and Rach's house so G could study some more. Rach and I went out shopping to Target and Kohl's. I was looking for a dress to wear to the wedding in CA and a gift for G's Aunt's baby shower. At Target, I got a pair of flip-flops, a pair of brown shoes, a pair of hot pink gym shorts, two boxes of cereal, and a dress to wear around CA but not nice enough to wear to the wedding. If you read carefully, you'll notice that I didn't actually NEED any of that!! (Well, except for the cereal.) At Kohl's, Rach and I spent about an hour in the baby clothes section fussing over all the adorable little girl baby stuff. Sorry boys. Baby girl stuff is WAY cuter. I ended up getting a cute picture frame for the shower and I'm going to find something else, too. (Ideas?) I also got St. Patrick's Day socks for me, Kym and Tania. =) After shopping, we got some Pilsbury cinnamon rolls to make for dessert. We were planning on watching the MD vs. BC game, but stupid Comcast wasn't showing it. @#($*^!@(#*^!*@&$^ I had plenty of choice words for that idea. Instead, Rach and I looked at all of her cool jewelry making stuff and then watched Dan play Tiger Woods golf while we ate our cinnamon rolls.

I left around midnight and headed to mom and dad's house. My uncle is a track coach and he is in town with one of his sprinters for a national meet over in Landover. The girl and her mom were in my room and Jessie's room and my uncle was in the guest room, which left....a couch (not a pull out) for me. That wasn't too bad. What WAS too bad was that I got home around 12:40 and realized that I had left my bag of toiletries on my bed at my apartment. Luckily, I found an extra contact case and solution under the sink in the guest bathroom.

Saturday I woke up around 8 (earlier than I do for work!) and got ready to go to the White House with my mom, Uncle, track star, and track star's mom. It was cool to see the White House, but at the same time, I think I was expecting a whole lot more. After the tour, we ate at the Reagan building and then went to Ford's Theater and the house where Lincoln died, which was cool in a nerdy, historic way. After that, mom and I headed home while the rest went to the track meet. From home, I headed up to Baltimore to start painting my cousin's room Harry Potterish. We got the first coat of Killz primer on in less than 2 hours, which bodes well for finishing the rest of the room! (Side note: Killz stinks to high heaven. Holy smack, is it headache inducing!) After that, I headed to Rockville to eat dinner, shower, and get ready to go to a party with G. He picked me up around 9:30 and we met up with all of his friends from high school and had a ton of fun at the party. I got to talk to the couple getting married in CA and they are so great. I love them! They are so California chill and relaxed about everything! We got home from the party around 1 and G and I hung out until about 2 and then he left and I passed out.

Sunday I got up at 9:30 and headed to church. The sermon was really great this week--all about use the bible as a guideline to living your life, not as GOD'S WORD WRITTEN DOWN FOR ALL ETERNITY!!!!!!!! Also, that Jesus came here to teach us one thing: LOVE each other. That's really all he wants us to do. Anyway, I liked it. I poked Erik awake a couple times and he probably would have done the same to me if he hadn't been nodding off more than I was. ;) After church I headed home and baked cookies for G while watching the ACC Championship game. DAMN I hate Duke. I helped my dad with some yard work, then he helped me with a Secret Project, then I baked more cookies, then they all (mom, dad, uncle, track star, track star's mom) went out to dinner while I headed to Youth Group. We watched "Sky High" and ate pizza, which was great. After youth group, I stopped by G's house to drop off his cookies and then finally got home around 10:30. I watched the end of "Grey's Anatomy" with Tania and Kym and then showered and went to bed.

I woke up this morning at 8:30 and was in my office at 9:45 so I could leave at 11 to meet everyone (mom, dad, uncle, track star, track star's mom) at the Hard Rock Cafe for lunch. Track star and I got free milkshakes because they forgot to bring them to us but left us the check for them. Nice! I had to leave because my group called me but I really like the woman who is here this week, so I just spent an hour talking with her and things look good. I have some (as in a LOT of) errands to run tonight and Tania is feeding Kym and I turkey meatloaf and garlic mashed potatos. YUM!

Oh, and also, it's 81 degrees today!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Sweet. It's supposed to get worse as the week goes on, but oh well. This week is super busy for me but next week I finally have a break, which is good becuase I just realized yesterday that G's spring break starts on Thursday (since he doesn't have Friday classes) so I am looking forward to having time and him having time and us spending time together!

So that's why I am tired today and will probably continue to be tired throughout the week. But it's worth it.
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from washpost.com:

Michael Lee's NBA Insider

The wins have been hard to come by in Portland, so when a team gets almost a quarter of its wins this season in one week, it's cause for celebration. The Blazers improved to 13-24 after winning three in a row against the Lakers, Magic and Cavaliers. Beating the shorthanded Magic is not incredible feat, but Portland was able to withstand a 45-point barrage from Kobe Bryant in a 113-103 win and a 29-point onslaught from LeBron James in an 89-87 victory. Much of the success can be attributed to the play of former Washington Wizards guard Juan Dixon, who scored 52 points on 20 of 29 shooting (69 percent) in wins against the Lakers and Magic. Dixon had a near flawless outing against the Magic, shooting 10 of 13 from the field and buried two game-clinching jumpers in the finale minute.

"I live for those moments," Dixon told the Portland Oregonian. "I have confidence that I will make those shots, and I have confidence from the coach. He has my back by making calls for me down the stretch." Since he took over the starting shooting guard role Dec. 18 against Washington, Dixon has averaged 17.4 points, 3.9 assists and 2.9 rebounds and has shot 47.4 percent from the field in 15 games. "He has become one of the guys we look to give the ball to if the game is close," Blazers Coach Nate McMillan told the paper. "He has been the guy who is able to finish, make that big bucket down the stretch." Dixon has been aided during the run by his former Maryland teammate Steve Blake, who has started the past 16 games at point guard for the Blazers. Blake has held on despite the return of Sebastian Telfair, Portland's top pick in 2004. Against the Magic, Blake hit four of five three pointers and finished with 17 points, six assists and one turnover.

Grrr

Jan. 12th, 2006 10:56 am
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Well that sucked.

Go Terps!

Jan. 11th, 2006 02:00 pm
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So MD plays Duke tonight...and we've not looked great all season...which means we should kick some Blue Devil ass!!

Here's a fun article on that!!

My favorite quote from the article: "Very little evidence this season suggests Maryland has a strong chance tonight, which probably means the Terps are in prime position."

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