Friday, December 31, 2010

Favorite Friday NYE edition

DRUMROLL..... My favorite Friday for new years eve 2010 is DJ Earworm's United States of Pop 2010.

Hope you're having a great last few hours of this year! See you next year, followers!

PS-wearing purple tomorrow would be appreciated by yours truly! Go frogs!

Wednesday, December 29, 2010

2010 in Review

Well, today was my last full day in Texas of 2010. Tomorrow I head to California to spend the New Year cheering for my Frogs at the Rose Bowl! I don't know if y'all really know how excited I am for this! Since I'll be traveling most of tomorrow and busy sightseeing Friday (I'm hoping I have time for my Favorite Friday post, I already know what it is!), I thought I'd do a review of my year. It's been a crazy one and I hope 2011 is even more memorable than this!

I started my last semester as a college student! A dear friend of mine, Josh, proposed to his lovely girlfriend, Rachael, and her friends threw a surprise engagement party. If you knew Josh first you were to dress like a rockstar and if you knew Rachael first you were to dress like a Hippie. Such a cute idea! Here's Brigitte as Gwen Stefani, Sara, me as Hannah Montana, and Bry at the party.

We were graced with two of the best snow days Mother Nature ever bestowed upon TCU. Since we didn't have a single snow day first semester, her 14 inches in Fort Worth were a welcomed blessing. Here's me and my roomies in front of the good luck frog statue on campus.

March was somehow a short month for me; it went by in the blink of an eye. To start off my spring break, I joined a few of my Tyler favorites in Shreveport for a night of ridiculous fun. This is Anna, me, and Kendall in front of the Million Dollar Wall at the Horseshoe Casino.

The last full month of school before the big G word (graduation). Although it included my FIRST blog post, April obviously saw a lot of lasts for me including my last HIS Inductions. Here is the (active) family tree at Inductions Spring 2010.

Graduation. No doubt one of my proudest moments this year, if not THE most.

CAMP! My 12th year there! My 11th full month. You could say I'm a camp addict and this year was by far my favorite as a counselor. Although it technically happened in July (only the first 2 days), Hurricane Alex ruined Round-Up so we smooshed it into ONE DAY all in Harrison Hall. It was insanity, but amazing. I was honored and completely shocked to receive the award for Silver M Old Counselor. My new friend, Katye, got another award given to counselors named after one of the first camp owners, the Ag Award.

Eventful month! My mom and I went to California, got stuck there after ridiculous Continental's issues, and then saw Lady Gaga with Kendall and Art as a late birthday present (and ran into my favorite Amanda sisters)!

My first August NOT to be in school. CRAZY, right? I went to Fort Worth to celebrate Maggie and Allison's birthdays. Here's me, Trevor, Clay, Sara, and Bry at Capital.

The month where every other weekend was a wedding! And TCU started their path to purple reign (and another perfect season) at Cowboys Stadium.

After watching all summer, SYTYCD finally went on tour and I loved it! I also got to see my grand-little from HIS and a few of her friends. Becky and I proposed a photo op to our favorite SYTYCD season 7 hunk, Robert, and he liked it! I also experienced my first TCU homecoming as an alum, but kissing Robert on the cheek is my October highlight.

Another randomly short month for me. TCU football played its last home game in Amon G. Carter Stadium as it was before being demo'd for a $105 M renovation. Here's my last shot of the west side before it went down three weeks later.

It's been a busy month! TCU found out we're going to the Rose Bowl, several of my friends graduated from their respective schools, Christmas (obviously), Tacky and Tasteful 2010, Christmas PJ Party, and after several years my best friend from elementary school, Anne, and I reunited! And it's not even over yet!

Hope your 2010 has been as fun as mine, and that I'm not the only one who feels like it started last week. What were your favorite parts of your year?

Friday, December 24, 2010

Favorite Friday

My second Favorite Friday! This week, in honor of Christmas, my favorite is A Christmas Story. Especially when it's on for 24 hours on TBS starting at 7 pm on Christmas Eve. Here's the trailer from this 1980's cult classic. My dad introduced me at a very young age and obviously, it's a tradition to leave you TV on TBS for pretty much all 24 hours with this in the background. Nothing says classic Christmas movie like a movie that includes a leg lamp, let's be real.

Target clearly knows of A Christmas Story's awesomeness and although I've only seen this commercial once, I'm pretty obsessed with it. I finally found it yesterday and since it fits with my Favorite this Friday, here it is.

I hope you all have a wonderful Christmas with your families this weekend.

Thursday, December 23, 2010

Jimmy Fallon's Christmas Song 2010

I hope everyone is familiar with "I Wish It Was Christmas Today," from SNL and then last year Jimmy had Julian Casablancas cover, but this year we have something new from Mr. Fallon.

Sunday, December 19, 2010

2011 Wish List

Although we still have a few days left of 2010, I've been thinking a lot about 2011. I can't believe 2010 is so close to ending! It went by ridiculously fast and I know 2011 will too, but before it does here are a handful of things I'm hoping will happen (some sooner than later).

A paycheck (and job, obviously)!

I'm hoping the job search will come to an end soon so I can begin my REAL life as a big-girl and end this pseudo big-girl life I've been living for the past several months. I know I'll miss it after I have to start really paying bills and paying attention to how much money really is in my bank account, but I've had a few months buffer between school and the next step and I think I'm ready. Bring on the big-girl lifestyle!

A TCU victory and the Rose Bowl!

After last year's Fiesta Bowl, I think our boys are more than ready to show the world TCU belongs in the conversation about the big boys. I've started referring to the Fiesta Bowl as our BCS practice round. I truly believe my horned frogs are going to bring it January 1st and give the Badgers a really good game.

A puppy!

I know the breed, coloring, and name of my future puppy. All that's left is to find a breeder and hope for the best. Of course, getting a puppy means getting a job and a big-girl apartment, so like I said, bring on the big-girl lifestyle!

A manfriend.

Ok, I really don't want to sound like a whiny, bitter single person, but a manfriend would be nice. I don't want a boyfriend because I'm tired of immature boys. No one too serious though. Hence, the manfriend. I don't necessarily need to meet "the one," but would the one before "the one" be so much to ask? Or even the one before the one before "the one."

And of course I want 2011 to be filled with many, many, MANY memories with my favorites!

Here's a toast to 2010 and the great memories.

Friday, December 17, 2010

Favorite Friday

Favorite Friday is going to be my weekly post. I decided earlier today, well, yesterday. But as it is now Friday, I can officially post one of my favorite things. My aunt emailed me the original video of these cats, but then I found the extended and with someone's commentary and I died laughing.

Monday, December 13, 2010

My Excitement Can't Be Contained.

The countdown is on, kids. One of my favorite movie franchises is returning May 20 and the first teaser trailer already looks fairly promising.

Thursday, December 9, 2010

Pasadena Bound

TCU has SOLD OUT of the 20,000 allotted tickets to the Rose Bowl. My mom and I are two of the lucky people included in the sea of purple that will be taking Pasadena by storm for the last couple of days of 2010 and beginning of 2011. So excited! But of course, I must thank my ticket purchaser, Stef, because otherwise my mom and I would be traveling, but not actually getting into the game.

Go frogs!

Sunday, December 5, 2010

SO. Cool.

I wish I had seen this in person, but this will do. Sorry part of the video gets hidden - I don't know how to make the video smaller/what size to make it so you can see all of it.

And just like that, the Fort Worth skyline is changed. Video from KDFW Fox 4.

There's a neighborhood behind the stadium and this is an awesome view several families had this morning.

It's almost 8 minutes of footage, but the implosion is done in the first minute and a half or so.

Saturday, December 4, 2010

We'll Miss You, Amon G. Carter Stadium (of the past)

The implosion of the upper west side of TCU's stadium happens tomorrow at 8 am after our famed frog horn blows one final time in its home of the past. TCU has raised $105 M to renovate the 80 year old stadium. The west and south sides should be completed in time for the 2011 season, with the final product debuting in time for TCU's first season in the Big East in 2012. I thought it would be nice to chronicle a few highlights of the 5 seasons I've watched TCU play.

My first game was TCU vs. UC Davis. This was in the days I left before the fourth quarter had started, but it was definitely a W. Since it was our first game, TCU let the freshmen on the field to welcome the players. It was an awesome experience.

My first sold-out game happened when Texas Tech came to the Fort for Parents Weekend in a game with NO TDs - ALL field goals. It was insane. Another W for TCU, obviously.

My first homecoming game was against Wyoming (another win). Here's one of my favorite pictures from my four years at TCU.

Sophomore year was a year when I didn't go to a lot of games. That summer I had severe eye issues and standing in the student section (usually facing the sun) was just not what I called fun. Not to mention I just wasn't in Fort Worth many home game weekends (Rose Festival, a cousin's wedding/step-sister's birthday, etc). It was definitely the worst season (finishing 7-5) of TCU football while I was there.

My junior year was the first year the north end zone boxes were part of the stadium.

The Pink-Out game (or the first Frogs for the Cure not called Pink-Out) was a domination over BYU and my first time to stay through the entire game.

Senior year was the first undefeated season in 70 years. One of my amazing roomies was lucky enough to be on the color guard and go to the Fiesta Bowl with the team (TCU's first BCS berth).

I was also fortunate enough (please read sarcasm into this) to break my toe on the east side's stands at the Colorado State game. It was painful (an understatement), but it's a memory of my senior year I wouldn't give up (not to mention it's hilarious now and I left a piece of myself there). This picture is of the bolts holding up the stands on the east side, much like the bolts I broke my toe on, from Secrets of the Stadium.

Then there's the most amazing game I've ever been to: Utah at TCU, November 14, 2009. My second sold-out game. College GameDay was present. BCS bowl officials were present. Nike made us special uniforms. It was AWESOME. Here's the west side an hour and a half before kick off.

After the second half started. Still so full.

On the field at the end of the game looking at the final score.

My last game as a student was the last game of the 2009 regular season when the team won the Mountain West Conference.

In my first year of being an alum, I've been ridiculously proud to cheer on my Horned Frogs to another undefeated season starting at the new Cowboys Stadium and going 11-0 at home in AGCS's last game as is. This is my last shot of the west side as I'll always remember it.

It's been a fun 80 years, AGCS, the next 80 should be just was great! Go frogs!

Wednesday, December 1, 2010

Tradition Takes a Holiday

Christmas lights are one of my FAVORITE things about the holiday season. When they're put to music, it's even better. Two of my best friends, Kendall, Katie, and I will spend hours looking at Christmas lights on any random night of the season. Literally. Katie and I have started "the Tacky and the Tasteful," we like Christmas lights that much. There is one specific house in one of the nicer neighborhoods here in Tyler that puts lights ALL over their house and yard. It's amazing.

Charlie Brown 2009 from Ken Good on Vimeo.

This would have been their SIXTH year, however Christmas at the Goods is taking a holiday and I'm upset. Slightly depressed, even. Not only because they are not doing it, but because of their reason. The Goods' 5-year-old daughter has been moved to Children's Hospital in Dallas for a bone marrow transplant. Seriously upsetting to hear that such a cute little girl and her family are dealing with this, especially during the holidays. I wish them a merry Christmas and hope that sweet Laurel gets better.