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!

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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 nothingThey 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? 

September 11, 2001

Everyone has a story for 9/11, here’s mine.

6th Grade. Springville Elementary. Cafeteria. 

I was in the cafeteria line to get breakfast when I remember the lunch ladies were listening to the radio and instead of music playing, it was full of voices in a serious tone. I can literally still see the clock on the wall to see what time it was. It was almost 8am CST. School was about to start. I remember that no one seemed too worried, they were just in shock. That is until the second plane hit and everyone began to panic. You could see it on all of the teachers’ faces but still trying to remain calm to not scare the kids. I remember teachers walking up and down the halls to speak with each other.

Unfortunately, we weren’t able to watch TV like a lot of my other friends did, so it was just all word of mouth and I never really had a full understanding of what was happening, I just knew that I had to feel scared.

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At the end of the day, our principal spoke over the intercom to lightly explain what had happened that morning and to remain hopeful and pray. Mind you, this is a public school in a city so telling the kids to pray is not really allowed.

When the day was over, I was so happy to reunite with my parents, because that’s who I was worried about the most all day. My dad was parked in the lot with his ’55 Chevy and I just ran to the car, I was so happy to see him. My principal came over and talked with my dad and even mentioned that she could care less if she gets in trouble for saying to pray. When I got home I was glued to the TV to watch updates still unaware of what all was unfolding in front of my eyes.

Over the next few weeks, I was able to wrap my head around it a little more but still unable to fully comprehend what actually happened. I was just sad about the stories and lives lost.

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A couple events that I remember like it was yesterday was when I saw a fleet of massive military trucks making their way across the interstate. I was terrified.

We could see the interstate from our house and I was looking out and saw all of them. I thought we ready to attack on our own land. It was probably military cars heading to Offutt.

Speaking of Offutt, it’s still so crazy to think that George W. Bush Jr. was that close to us on that day. I remember classmates telling us that he might be there. Which actually ended up freaking us out because we thought the terrorists would know that and attack Nebraska.

I will also never forget the night of October 7 when the first bombs dropped in Afghanistan. I watched the live footage on the small TV in my room and will never forget that moment. It blows my mind that an 11-year-old actually watched that.

15 years later, the day still hits you in the heart and everyone has their own story, but there’s something that is the same for everyone: The world stopped turning that morning but we always move forward and we will never forget. 

What’s your story?

10 Things You Probably Did If You Went to College in the Late ’00s

College. One of the most beautiful times of everyone’s life. Especially when it’s within the wonderful years of 2008-2010. Here’s just a few of the things that were probably part of your life during this time period.

1. Hair Teasing

“How high can my poof go?”

Awe, the times of Guidettes and their influence on the height of our hair. It was part of the getting ready process, to gather in one dorm room and tease our hair with lots of hair spray to maintain a hold that won’t undo if jungle juice gets on your hair.

2. Jersey Shore on Thursday Nights

“T-SHIRT TIIIIIIME!!!”

Yes Yes Yes Yes. I LOVED Jersey Shore. Know what I loved even more? Watching the latest episode while getting ready to go out on a Thursday night. Grenades, chicken cutlets, and good times.

Oh yeah, Thursdays, Yeahhhh

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3. Ed Hardy. Ed Hardy, everywhere…

I still look at Ed Hardy and wonder how in the world that stuff was so popular. I even had a poster in my dorm of an Ed Hardy design (replica below *facepalm*).The Ed Hardy perfume was pretty good stuff, though – I gotta give ’em credit for that.  But if you were rich, you were probably donning that Christian Audigier.

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4. Your Party Playlist Consisted On…

Hits of Lady Gaga, Flo Rida (“Right Round”), “Single Ladies”, Katy Perry, Lil’ Wayne, 3Oh!3, “Boom Boom Pow”, Kanye, and so many great jams. I can’t say this with full confidence, but whenever I listen to music from 2008-2009, that miiight be some of the best music. I mean, “A Milli”… c’mon. So good.

5. Digital Cameras

You never arrived to a party without your digital camera in tow. Period. Ah, life before quality cell phone cameras.

Bringing up the point of…

6. Photo Limits

Ugh. After the weekend was up and you loaded all of your regrettable (really bad idea btw) party pics to Facebook, you had an album limit. 60. #FirstWorldProblem right?

That’s why you would then usually create an album for Thursday night, Friday night, and Saturday. Simple.

Kids these days will never know what that was like! Now I can load 300+. Nice work, Zuck.

7. Cellphones

The great thing about the late ’00’s is we all had really, really bad (but epic) phones. I initially arrived on college campus with a stunning razr-type cell that took the blurriest of the blur pics.

Then I upgraded to a slick used Motorola Q. I remember not understanding if I was technically “allowed” to use the interwebz on the phone or not because at that time you paid for every minute you used the data. (Yes, my parents received expensive phone bills because of this #FAIL). I even painted glitter clear nail polish over my phone because I was a cheap college kid who wanted a cool looking phone.

You ready to see this masterpiece?

Voilà…

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Oh, how far we have now come with our iPhones and massive Android screens. I’ll never forget the first pic I took on an iPhone. Our friend (hey, Kelsey!!) was the only one out of us who had one and I remember taking pics taking pictures on it in the middle of a Phi Psi party. Classic.

Here’s (part of) that pic!!

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8. The Hangover

“THERE’S A JUNGLE CAT IN THE BATHROOM!”

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Here was one of my fave things to do: Get ready for the night while watching The Hangover. It just got ya in the mood. Always left ya feelin’ great.

The Hangover never got old, it’s still not old. Pretty much everyone quoted this movie everywhere you went and that was okay. You were a good year, 2009.

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9. Four Loco

I think my liver just flipped over while typing those two words. As if Four Loco wasn’t bad enough with all the caffeine, we drank it every time we went out at one point. I’m so, so, so sorry body. Also, kind of glad that phase passed because I don’t think my 26-year-old metabolism could handle 60+ grams of sugars bathing in alcohol.

So. Much. Four. Loco.

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10. Mapquest

We weren’t quite blessed with GPS or Google Maps in the palm of our hands at this time. I totally forgot about this part of life until I was talking to someone the other day about how we used to write down (or print out) the instructions for our destination before leaving the crib. Thank tha lawd for Google Maps on our phone. I don’t really know how we did it. Also, this is the first “old thing” I will say… “Kids these days will never know what it was like to get directions to the party and hope you find it otherwise you’re screwed.” – Actually, you would just hit up the local gas station and ask the clerk for directions. Oh, good times.

Here is a picture of me (scarily) clutching the directions for the party. This is also a picture that will probably be used as blackmail one day…

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So what am I missing? Let me know in the comments, this could get good… 😉