What I Learned From Watching Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life

*Spoilers do appear in this article, so read carefully or come back and read once you finish! 🙂

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I swear it wasn’t “the time of the month” when I watch ‘Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life’ on Netflix this past week, but I was bawling numerous times (mostly through the Fall episode). I think it struck a cord a bit with me and let me explain why:

Because their life was moving on and changing, and so was mine. 

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Now let me explain further (pull up a chair, we might be here for awhile)…

The Winter through Spring episodes were great, I loved them and felt like they did an awesome job bringing in characters and keeping their identity. The Fall episode is the one where I just broke. I literally wondered if I was having a quarter-life crisis, but then decided the next morning it was just the drama of the show that got me.

Throughout the seasons, we watch Rory struggle as a super-smart 32-year old finding her place in journalism and it’s refreshing in a way because it’s like, hey – here’s a Yale graduate who is broke and technically homeless. You’re doin’ alright, Stephanie. It was important, though, because I’m sure I’m not alone in every-so-often feeling like you’re not where you should be in life or that OMG you’re over 25, why do you have so much student loan debt? But, cmon. It’s life. It’s what happens. You’re okay – just keep doin’ you and working hard (this is my inner therapist talking right now, she hijacked my blog real quick).

Let me back up real quick: I’m currently reading this book called Slipstream Time Hacking (BONUS: You can get this fo free if you have a kindle or download it as a PDF!) and it has made me think a lot about time. What it means to actually live your life and spend your time wisely. I’ll save this positive rant for another post, but it has me realizing that a week that goes by fast is not a week well spent, you need to savor your time. Have you ever noticed that a vacation might feel like it’s going slow at times? That’s a good thing! I had no idea. But now everything makes sense and I think about time throughout the day to slow down and live in the moment more. Which is why when I was watching their year fly by and knowing that it was about to be all over in less than 90 minutes, I was starting to realize that my life is already over 26 years done. WHERE DID IT GO. It made me realize that we don’t really let ourselves turn the page and live for the next moment smartly.

When Rory and Logan were having their official goodbye: I translated this into all of the relationships and memories I’ve made that I never really closed, I just moved on and kept letting life happen. There are people we will never see again in our lives and we don’t want to believe that nor do we want to think about it so we just keep living. What if we actually got to give someone we will never see again a hug and a proper goodbye? Can you imagine what life would be like then?

Now you can see why I was an emotional wreck and poor Brandon was like, OMG, I have officially married one of those girls who is crying at the TV screen because of a fake show. All that was missing was a pint of Ben and Jerry’s, guys.

Richard’s death didn’t help either (of course). Watching Lorelai come to terms with herself and calling her mom on her “Wild trip”, I was completely melting down. It just stuck a dagger in my emotions of me realizing I didn’t properly get to tell people in my life goodbye because I wasn’t ready and now it’s too late. For those who don’t know, I lost my Aunt Diane the day before college started and I’ve had lots of time to cope, but it still doesn’t get easy. Including the fact that I got to move on quickly because I began an entire new chapter of my life the following day called college! So it hit home a bit.

With my puffy red eyes, Brandon attempted to ask me why it was sad and I couldn’t even explain Richard’s actual death without choking up. DAMNIT GILMORE GIRLS.

So that’s pretty much my emotional ‘Gilmore Girls’ post. Now onto the future of ‘Gilmore Girls’.

WTF.

AMIRIGHT?

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Those last four words. NOT what I was expecting. Throughout the entire season, I was trying to put it together. I can’t tell you how many times I said words out loud while counting to four on my fingers… I thought someone was going to ask Rory to marry her! UGHHHHH

The issue here is we know it’s Logan (who I LOVE) and that he will be what Rory’s dad was to Lorelai, so Rory will raise the child by herself and maybeeee Jess will be her Luke?

Guys, talk to me. What are your thoughts on all of this???

 

Addicting Vegetarian Buffalo Cauliflower Wraps!!

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I am addicted. Addicted to these (easy-to-make) buffalo cauliflower tacos/wraps! You guys, I don’t joke right now. The cauliflower turning into wannabe buffalo chicken is the greatest thing since cold brew coffee. I was a wee bit skeptical because nothing on cauliflower but I tried “rice” cauliflower once and it was a little nast-ay.

But the grace of the hot sauce and BUTTER make these little nuggets so good! Add a little ranch to the mix and you’ve got yourself crack. Also, the recipe is SUPER easy and quick! Even for me. I’m no cook, guys. Seriously, keep me out of the kitchen. These are easy, yummy, and really healthy (despite the butter and hot sauce) because you can serve them in lettuce wraps like I did or in taco shells like I also did. Both equally delicious!

INGREDIENTS

1 head of cauliflower
2 tsp garlic powder
1/2 tsp salt
1/4 cup of hot sauce (I’m not a spicy person, but I’ve been using Frank’s Hot Sauce Buffalo)
2 tablespoons of butter, melted

For the taco part:
1 head of butter leaf lettuce or taco shells
halved cherry tomatoes
avocado cubed
blue cheese or ranch dressing

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DIRECTIONS

1. Preheat the oven to 425ÂșF

2. Cut the head of cauliflower, pick apart florets with your hands, and trim bottoms. (I find this part almost therapeutic, it’s fun! I don’t know if this does anything but I try to cut as close to the floret as I can.)

3. Toss the cauliflower in a large bowl with the garlic powder, salt, hot sauce, and melted butter.

4. Spread the cauliflower on a baking sheet and roast for 40 minutes, while mixing after 20 min.

5. Put together your tacos, fixings, and ENJOY!!!!

Side note: If I don’t have to make the taco, I just dip the cauliflower in ranch!

Have you tried other cauliflower recipes? Share them with me because I’m craving it right now!

Holiday Gift Guide Under $30 For Your Crazy, Fun Friend!

THE HOLIDAYS ARE HERE!!!!!!!!!!

Everyone! Can you believe it!? I know, I know that we still have a day until Thanksgiving, but guys, Black Friday is this week and gift giving season has begun! I love weird knick-knacks and trinkets and I also feel like anything over $30 is expensive so here ya go! Here’s the perfect gift guide for your crazy best friend, office mate, sister, or really… anyone!

(Make sure you click the arrow to the right for more!)

What am I missing? What’s your fave gift under $50 that you love giving to your “fun friend”?

Books That Have Changed My Life (So Far…)

Now I have to admit that I haven’t been as great of a reader as I plan on becoming one day. A lot of times I prefer a movie or documentary, but once I start reading a book – I’m like, well, this is fun!

So here are some of my favorites. The ones that I would hands-down recommend to anyone who wants to improve life, so here it goes…

Normal Gets You Nowhere
by Kelly Cutrone

51vyplkoc5l-_sx330_bo1204203200_This is my all-time favorite book. It’s like the first book to ever speak to me. I 100% love and believe in Kelly’s life philosophy. The one thing that still to this day sticks out so much to me and when I read it I was like OH SHIZ *epiphany*

She was discussing human rights and the united nations and mentioned how she thinks it’s dumb that we even have passports because we are citizens of the world. Basically, saying that when we are born in a country, we are almost owned in there, but we are really a citizen of the world. Loved that thought – “we’re all in this together”.

Purchase here.

The Harry Potter Book Series
by J.K. Rolling

harry-potter-book-seriesI mean, duh! Also, I understand that adds more than 3 books to this list, but I can’t resist… I’m rereading the entire series and every time I read it I am no longer a muggle and living back in the best mindset ever. For example, I may or may not be watching one of the movies right now and listen to the soundtrack every day at work…

I read an article about studies that have been done that shows those who read (or watch!) ‘Harry Potter’ are less likely to be prejudiced against minority groups. Check it out here! How cool is that? I can totally see it too because Harry Potter is some deep stuff that you learn a lot from without even realizing it.

If I have kids someday, the moment they can read chapter books, I’m sliding Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone into their hands.

Purchase here.

 Outliers: The Stories of Success
by Malcolm Gladwell

outliers-tales-of-successAll of Malcolm Gladwell’s books are nothing short of amazing, but TOutliers was the first one I read thanks to a college journalism class. It was so mind blowing, it was like everything in the world made sense. For example, one of the most popular parts of the book: “The 10,000-hour rule”. How if you practice something for 10,000 hours you become perfect at it like The Beatles did!

That was an eye-opener, but also realized I don’t think I can’t focus enough on one thing for 10,000 hours sooo…

Another eye-opening part of the book is when he explains that success depends very heavily on where you are born and what circumstances you are on. He talks about how a child born into rice field labor in a 3rd world country might be the one to create a cure for cancer, but he will never get the opportunity to do that. If Bill Gates had not received his rare opportunity to attend a private high school with a computer club (when most colleges didn’t even have computer clubs), what would have happened? Would he still have found his way to computers if he wasn’t given the opportunity to use one?

It’s fascinating!

Purchase here.

Year of Yes
by Shonda Rhimes

year-of-yes-shonda-rhimesWell, we already know that Shonda Rhimes is the $hit so it’s not really a shocker that this book will change your perspective on life. In fact, if you’re feeling a little weird from the election last week… this might be a bit of fresh air for you 😉

This is one of those books that I have bookmarked in so many places because her words are so good and she’s real. She talks about dealing with weight, not balancing her life, and shying away from her success at times. If you want a glimpse of this book, just watch her Dartmouth graduation speech here. The script is in her book too.

Check out my full book review of Year of Yes.

Purchase here.

 The Secret
by Rhonda Byrne

51k7ple3bll-_ac_us160_This book will LITERALLY change your life. I need to read this one more often because it’s so easy to forget to live like this every day. There’s also a documentary version available of this! I’m not sure if it still is, but it used to be available on Netflix–check it out!

Basically, you have the power to achieve anything you want in your life if you just believe in it and send your vibes out there in the universe. I don’t know if this was a coincidence or not but I ended up putting a fake check that you can print off from The Secret website and wrote $50,000. I looked at it every day and kept seeing it as real. Well, a couple weeks later a friend randomly asked to meet up with me and told me about a job available she thought I would be good for and guess how much the salary was? $50,000. I didn’t go for it, but holy crap IT WAS THE SECRET!!!! Thanks, universe!

Purchase here.

The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up: The Japanese Art of Decluttering and Organizing
by Marie Kondo

life-changing-tidy-upBefore I go any further, I must admit that I haven’t finished this… yet. You can only handle so much decluttering and organizing at a time. This book is insane how effective it is, though. I read this over 30% of this book in one night (which is UNHEARD of for me #ADHD) and the next morning I felt extremely motivated and got rid of so many clothes. I’ve never whipped through stuff like that before, I’m not necessarily a “pack rat” I just tend to lean towards that but I might use this sometime…

Well, not anymore! Check out my full review here!

I am definitely forgetting other important books right now and some are just great book, so I’ll have to write another post later about those!

 

But, I want to know… What are the books that have changed your life??

Nashville in One Minute

Back in August, two of my best friends and our dudes went to Nashville. BOY WAS IT WILD! You know, that trip where we met the songwriter of “Friends in Low Places”? 🙂

Yeah, that one.

I’ve also been testing out my GoPro Session and trying to improve my photo/video game. Well, this probably doesn’t look fantastic but it’s my first one! Also, we only used it one night – so the footage was scarce. However, every night was pretty much like this with this group, so I would say this lil vid turned out alright!

Enjoy!

Halloween Hangover

By the time you’re reading this Halloween will be over, your stomach might hurt from to much sugar (good job!) and you’re probably tired from staying up too late because you scared yourself from watching scary movies.

If this is true, congrats, you did Halloween right!

I’ve been out doing my typical Halloween in the past seven days, and currently watching Hocus Pocus  for the third time in the last five days. Goodness, it’s a great movie! P.S. I can’t stop thinking of this meme I saw once:

How I think I look in the morning:

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How I actually look:

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Bahaha that will never get old. I’ve also been flipping between The Ring during commercials. Still a pretty freaky flick 12+ years later and to think I watched it when I was 12! TWELVE!

And before this (when it was still light out) I watched The Babadook. I’d be lying if I said it didn’t scare me (I refused to take a shower until Brandon was home), but it wasn’t AS bad as I thought it would be. It’s just a really dark movie that sets the stage to make you worried during every scene.

So this year I did it again. You know when Halloween begins to peep its head out and you’re all like “I’m going to have such a good and creative costume this year” – then it’s suddenly a couple days before Halloween and you’re just trying to find something on Amazon Prime that will ship in time?

This was me. On Tuesday I decided that I could put together a “Chef Boy-ar-dee” AKA “Chef Boy-ar-Steez” outfit together with three things: a chef hat, red scarf, and chef coat. So the day before I needed my costume the chef hat arrived and I found a scarf at Wally-world. The coat, of course, arrived Sunday, when I no longer needed it. THANKS A LOT AMAZON PRIME! I learned a valuable lesson here: always look at the expected delivery date when checking out, it will deceive you. Good news is I had the most important pieces for my getup.

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BOOM! Good enough! We watched the ‘skers play at the movie theater and LET ME TELL YOU SOMETHING. This was so much fun. So much fun in fact that I returned to the theater the next day (Sunday) for a full-out Harry Potter marathon. It was fantastic. Paid $5 for the last two HP movies, then got a wild hair to pay for overly priced popcorn. Yeah, freaking $6 for a SMALL! *internally cries* followed up by a stomach ache. I’m used to going to Tuesday night movies: $5 movies and free popcorn (highly suggest this move if you live in the Lincoln area)!

Now it’s time to finish up Hocus Pocus and then start blasting Christmas music tomorrow morning.

Happy Halloween!

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48 Hours in Chicago

Flashback to last Wednesday around 2pm. Brandon messages me that he has something to discuss and that he’s coming up to my office (I work on the floor above him) and here I’m thinkin’ dangit, what’s he up to and what’s happening?

He comes upstairs and proposes that we hit the road to Chicago Friday afternoon and go to both Cubs games on the weekend. WHOA. WHAT? OKAY!

So I was in. Plus, ROOOOAD TRIP! I’ve never driven to or from Chicago before (and gotta say, it’s actually not as bad as I thought)!

We left around 3pm Friday, stopped at Chipotle in Des Moines (of course) and landed in Chi City around 11:30pm. I got the vibe that the hotel we were staying at was in a business district so we were striking out left and right trying to find a place to get a drink around midnight, but we were on a mission.

Hour 2:

We ended up finding our way to CityScape Bar in a randomly really fancy Holiday Inn. I was impressed.

Hour 12:

Breakfast and time to PARRRRTAY! We make our way to the Signature Room on the 95th and enjoy overly priced $16 cocktails…

WORTH IT, THOUGH.

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Also: I really think you get buzzed up there because you’re so high up. I was only a few sips in and felt a little somethin’. Maybe it was just that Chicago feeling 😉

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Hour 14:

Makin’ our way to Kirkwood for the Husker game! For those unfamiliar, Kirkwood is one of the Husker alumni bars in Chicago, also happens to be the Indiana basketball alumni bar… awkwarddd

Next up, the first quarter. Um, can I just say that was some of the best minutes of my life? Can we always play like the first quarter?!! I was so amped up I bought a boot. Couldn’t resist. (I also did not drink most of this).

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YOU GUYS WON’T BELIEVE WHAT HAPPENED NEXT.

So here we are just completely lovin’ life, with a boot filled with beer, what more could we possibly want? Uh, I DNK – how about TIM MILES WALKING INTO THE BAR.

No joke. Tim and his wife came into the bar. I knew in that moment that this would be one of the most special days of my life. 🙂 🙂 🙂

Sadly, I do not have a pic, but we did chat with him and his wife. I just wanted to feel cool and not ask for a pic, ya know what I mean? Also, he told Brandon and I that he has this picture of us from when Brandon proposed to me with a ball signed by him. WE HAVE OFFICIALLY MADE LIFE SUCCESSFUL, MY FRIENDS!!

The game started to get a little crummy but my spirits were still as high as the Signature Lounge on the 95th. So we made our way towards Wrigley Field and watched the rest of the Husker game at the other Husker alumni bar, Rockwood Place.

Hour 17.5:

Tensions were starting to run high. Nebraska was not looking so hot, but I was doing juuuust fine. Had a drink in my hand and was in Chicago. Plus, the Cubs hadn’t even played yet! But then, the miracle happened. WE WON.

So we took our pride with us down to the Cubby Bear for one last drank before heading into Wrigley, then life waved its wand and made magic happen again…

A Jimmy John’s promoter was handing out free JJ’s and HATS! HATS YOU GUYS! Like legit Jimmy John’s hats. We were so happy, you have no idea. Also, they were quality New Era hats! WHAT? So… we have a Husker win, talked to Tim Miles, and now this? OKAY!

(Yes, we were actually this pumped up about JJ…)

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Hour 20:

First Cubs game of the weekend. LEGGO!

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What a fun game! Thoroughly enjoyed this one – and that Grand Slam in the 8th. AMAZING.

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SNAP CHAT FILTERS DESERVE A “W” TOO!

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Hour 37:

While I struggled through the day a bit (thanks ‘skers and Cubs), we still had a good time IN A BOAT!

You can rent little electric boats on the hour at Chicago Boat Rental! It up to holds 10 peeps and I hear you can usually find a 50% discount during the weekdays!

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Look at how small that little thing was! haha! This wasn’t our boat, but someone else renting the same one:

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Hour 39:

Bub City brunch. I sustained from the booze and ordered mac n’ cheese instead. My body just couldn’t handle.

Afterward, we were all feeling the wrath that Chicago gave us and took a quick nap at the hotel. No. Shame.

Hour 43:

Made our way to the Cubs game and got ourselves Giordano’s pizza. P.S. Did you know that all food is 25% off an hour before the game starts? Boom!

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The game didn’t quite end as good as we hoped. 🙁

Next up: Drive back to Lincoln. I slept the entire way, landed in Lincoln around 7am, got ready for work and was back in the office within the hour.

WHAT. A. GOOD. TIME.

Cheers to next weekend!

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Let’s Talk About Coffee

Sheesh, it’s been awhile on this thing! I need to start getting more active on here with the chilly months quickly approaching (research shows that people read more blog posts during cold months)! 😉

I honestly have no idea where this blog post is going so I’m going to take a quick peek into my “archives”. My archives are a bunch of half-written paragraphs of blog ideas in my Notes app. So let’s see what we get…

Haha, Cuban Coffee is the latest note scribble, so let’s talk about that! Let’s talk about coffee, shall we?!…

Now, coffee. I don’t need it. I mean seriously, just ask Brandon or my parents. I have enough energy but you know what I love more than energy? HAVING EVEN MORE ENERGY!!!! Seriously, remember the YouTube video Powerthurst? That was I. With Red Line (God bless your heart, Red Line) and Red Bull, people around me said I belonged on the Powerthurst video. So you know what was awesome?

Discovering Cuban coffee.

And drinking cold brew.

I can see your face now bein’ like “aw, lawd help us all” *does sign of the cross* Hehehe.

Oh! I should mention that I literally hate coffee but within the past year or so I’m trying to make myself like it. Now, I can’t say that I’m necessarily a fan quite yet, but I’m trying and Cuban coffee and cold brew make it a heck of a lot easier! When I do drink coffee from a shop I like to go after the Iced latte with sugar-free vanilla syrup. (I know my “basic” is showing right now).

The Magic of Cold Brew Coffee

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I instantly fell in love with cold brew coffee. It’s not that it tastes like chocolate milk, but it doesn’t have that acidic taste that I absolutely can’t stand with coffee. Also, it’s easy on the stomach. I don’t know about ya’ll but my stomach can go nuts when I drink coffee and if I drink cold brew, it’s like I just drank water. I feel nothing! So that’s what’s so special about cold brew coffee first of all – it’s less acidic, some call it the coffee “tea”. Sounds healthy AMIRIGHT? And it is! With cold brew, you can just mix it with water or almond milk like I do, no need for da sugar. Also, it’s cold, just the way I like it! I can’t stand hot coffee and I will never understand why people drink coffee so hot (along with decaf coffee – what’s the point?!).

You know what else is cool about cold brew? It’s science, BRO! Here’s another bonus of cold brew: It’s super easy to make and you make one batch then let it last over time. That’s why I don’t really drink coffee often is because first, I don’t want to pay for it at the shop and second, it can take awhile to make GOOD coffee (aka the kind that I like, not just a Keurig kind). How cold brew works is you get yourself a nice ‘lil Toddy (here’s the one I have) and good quality cold brew grounded coffee beans. I get mine at The Mill, just ask for a 12 oz. of ground cold brew blend. It’s about $12-13 and will give me enough coffee to last a couple weeks!

One thing I learned is that you can steep (I think that’s the right word?) the coffee for 12-24 hours. The first time I made it, it went towards 25 hours, but I would suggest more like 12 hours does the trick. Also, be careful when you’re making it, you can get a headache from being around it too long! Now that’s when you know you got some good caffeine!

Getting all Jacked Up on Cuban Coffee!

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This summer I was lucky enough to visit Miami twice for work! It’s such an awesome city with tons of rich culture – which bring me to… CUBAN COFFEE! Remember that Kourtney and Kim Take Miami episode where Khloe gets addicted to Cuban coffee? Well when I saw that, I was just like “challenge accepted”.

THIS STUFF IS SO GOOD. It’s just a tiny amount which I approve of and tastes freaking good! I think they mix some sugar and special milk in there and it’s probably shipped in cargo from Heaven. When I was there last week, I had another adorable little cup of it and then purchased a bag of it even though I had no idea how I would make it.

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Turns out you can make it just like regular coffee in a coffee pot! So I did and then added a dash of milk and sugar (because I need my sugar) and IT WAS SO GOOD! I was seriously preparing myself for it to taste like the nasty burnt office coffee but it didn’t! AT ALL! It tasted more chocolate milk than office coffee. I just made enough for a cup, which I’m not sure if you’re really supposed to drink an entire cup of it, but I did. It was also like 6am and I went NUTS. By 7am I was looking like a crazy Jim Carrey in one of his movies. But at 11am. Not so much. That was the only downfall. But hey, you can just make some more!

I ended up buying La Carreta Cuban Coffee THAT YOU CAN BUY ONLINE!! Rejoice! Rejoice! You can get it on Amazon here!

Guys, just trust me on this one and buy it then let me know what you think!

Does anyone else have any other energy drinks they would like to share? I’m so open to trying any!

 

PIN ME! 

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A Weekend in Chicago…

Full of booze, fun, fish, bikes, and a couple wins.

Safe to say I’m exhausted. Good news is this Monday back at work we spent half the day playing “tiny golf” aka mini golf. So that was awesome!

This Chicago trip was one of the tops for me. I don’t know if it was all the Husker fans taking over the city or that we were able to pack so much greatness in a couple days. Let’s begin where it all went down…

Wrigleyville.

Highly recommend staying at this sick Airbnb that is 3 APTS AWAY FROM WRIGLEY FIELD! I couldn’t believe it – def the way to stay in Chicago. Just a few blocks away from the Red Line and beach. Here’s what we did during the weekend (and what you should plan on doing when you visit Chicago next!!)

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Wrigley Field Tour

Quick pro tip: Do the tour when there’s not a game that day because then you get on the field! We need to do this again, though because we couldn’t visit the opponent’s locker room since the Cards had already arrived. That locker room is one of the most historic places in the ballpark because so many famous athletes have been in there. Think Babe Ruth, Jackie Robinson, you name it!

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Trader Todd’s

What we really wanted was karaoke and boy did we find it! THIS PLACE WAS AWESOME! It reminded me or a Margaritaville meets Nashville. If you’re ever near this place, be sure to visit Trader Todd’s.

I also sang “Friends in Low Places” for the 98th time. I’m really livin’ out that glory of the time I met the songwriter.

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Cubs Game

Because, duh! Also made sure to get my brew, peanuts, and Giordano’s personal pizza.

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Ride Bikes Along the Beach

This was so much fun (and so much work). We should’ve known that after drinking two days straight your muscles don’t work quite the same as usual. It was still awesome, though. We rented a bike for $10 then rode it along the beach from Wrigleyville to the Navy Pier. It’s a great ride that took about 30-40 minutes but for sure grabbed an Uber on the way back 😉

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NE vs. Northwestern Football Game

Okay, so you can’t always do this but it was great! Always a good time there, it’s just straight up Husker fans all around. That stadium was FILLED with red – such a beautiful sight! BONUS: They had veggie burgers!!! Seriously, I love you Memorial Stadium but you NEED to get some veggie-friendly selections. It’s so not fun not having decent food to fill my booze-filled stomach with!

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This trash can is no joke.

Shedd Aquarium 

THIS is getting its own post soon – OMGSH you guys, this was one of my favorite parts of the trip. When I woke up Sunday morning I had very rare end-of-the-weekend energy. I was determined to make it to Museum Campus to check out a place I haven’t been yet even if I went alone. So I did. The place was so cool and so worth a visit. I even found a book about Lake Michigan shipwrecks that I’m now currently reading and holy crap it’s fascinating. Will have to share my finds later on here 😉

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The Types of Fans You Meet at a Husker Football Game

We have all witnessed one of these fans at some point of our Husker fan career…
*Please note: These might be dramatized and stereotypical arranged for one’s humor. 😉

1. The Heavy Shopper

This person is usually toting around a couple bags of new Husker merchandise. They are also about 98.5% likely to purchase a program at the game and upgrade to the souvenir cup at the concession stand.

2. The First Timer

Usually a kid under the age of 10. They look around in awe and have a red First National balloon in hand. They will remember the game for weeks to come and become a life-long Husker football fan. Witnessing “The First Timer” is a great fan site for any Husker.

3. The Drunk Guy

You knew this one was coming, huh? He might be screaming “GOOO BIIIIG REEED” in anticipation for a GBR chant from the crowd following or he could just be shouting words. Who knows. He may get angry at bad calls and stupid plays during the game, even drop profanities here and there, but he could also just fall right asleep sitting up. You never really know what to expect with “The Drunk Guy”.

4. The Drunk Girl

Ah yes, this beautiful fan. She might stumble in the game, drop a shooter or two in the bathroom stall on accident, and may need help walking up the stadium stairs. This one I like to call “The Drunk Girl”. We’ve all been her a time or two. I mean, Nebraska is known to tailgate and tailgate hard. Can we really blame her? She might also be fast asleep in her seat by the third quarter.

5. The Fancy Season Ticket Holder

Usually found near the Champions Club or on the west side of Memorial tailgating in the horseshoe with a badge (of honor) around their neck. They may pregame with fellow ticket holders and discuss business every once in awhile or schedule the next tee time.

6. The Husker Football Historian

Knows everything there is to know about everything Husker football. They might’ve even come from the Volleyball game before kick-off. This person misses nothing. They can spew off every former player’s name and what their stats were. They also have a Bob Devaney and Tom Osborne shrine at home. Might also bring binoculars and a radio headset to every game.

7. The Small Town Nebraska Fan

One of my personal favorites because nothin’ says Husker football like a small town Nebraskan. This person might stick out with their overalls, game jerseys, farmer hats, and boots. They enjoy being in the “big city” on game day. They’ll probably have a beer in hand and might get down to party. In fact, I’ve found there’s two types of these fans: those that are here to party hard and those who are just here to enjoy the game then head back to their town. Both equally great fans.

8. The Past Husker Football Player

This fan might still wear their letterman jacket (I’m lookin’ at you, Johnny Rodgers), but most just sit back and blend in with the rest of the crowd or give on-air commentary to local radio stations. Sometimes, you might even find them at The Bar The Bar, which is always refreshing to see other alumni reppin’ the college bars.

9. The Negative Fan

Ugh, the worst. The only thing that will please this fan is a National title every single year, and I bet they even still find something to criticize. Every once in a while, you might be placed by one of these fans in a game and I’m so sorry for that. They might make you feel uncomfortable as they shout mean things to our own team, but never give into their satire unless you want to yell positive chants nonchalantly when the team does great things.

10. The Person Who Has No Idea What’s Going On Fan

“Oh, we lost?”

Yeah, that fan. I like to envision this fan as a mom who is just happy to be out with her family at a game. This fan might accidently cheer for the wrong team every once in a while and ask what happened when a touchdown is scored. They will also most likely remain positive throughout the game, making you appreciate them more if you end up next to the negative fan.

11. The Wave Starter

You can love ’em or hate ’em. This person is probably a student and one of the first people in line to get into East or South stadium. They wear the red and white striped overalls, oversized corn head or foam cowboy hat, makeshift signs, face painted, you name it. Their main intention is to get the crowd “riled” up (see what I did there?)

12. The Question Asker

This fan might have a little “Has No Idea What’s Going On Fan” in them. Side note: Never watch a movie with this fan. Will ask play questions, ref call questions, who’s that player questions, you name it, they have a question for it.

13. The Worrier

On the edge of their seat the entire game. Doesn’t know if we can pull it off. Will squeal when we have to make a play to score a touchdown or kick a field goal. Every game is a playoff game in their eyes.

14. The Phone Checker

Only at the game to get a good Instagram pic. Snapchats are also a must for this fan and most of the game is spent checking social media. There’s two types of fans that can fall in this category: The one who legitmetaly doesn’t care or the one who needs to check Twitter for what other fans are saying while they watch the game. This may also get frustrated when service in Memorial gets shady.

15. The Unsportman-like Fan

Better known as the rude fan. Luckily, Nebraska doesn’t have many of them, but there’s always a bad apple in a sea of red. This fan might make snide remarks to opposing team fans and will most likely get belligerent at some point of game day. Be cautious of these fans, they aren’t worth talking to.

16. The Nostalgia Fan

Won’t stop talking about the good ole’ championship years. Is probably sporting swag from the 70’s or 90’s. Probably has a tailgate spot with a tricked our RV sporting a Husker football mural and stickers on the outside. Push the horn and you might even get the school fight song!

Which ones am I missing?