Boring update: Still sick. I’ve been sleeping 10-11 hours each night this week, wake up to get all of the junk out of my nose/throat/lungs, shower to get even more out, put my contacts in to feel more like a real person, go to work where I reassure my patients that I wash my hands eight million times, come home, take Nyquil, go to bed. I feel like this entire week has been a waste and I don’t like it! Even if I don’t do anything other than run, I at least have running (hello, 12 miles in one day is a lot!).
I did clean my bathroom yesterday, which is a plus. I lost my FAVORITE (okay, only pair) of earrings that I wear when I knocked them off the bathroom counter with a towel a few months ago, and it was a sad, sad day. I thought the earring had gone down the drain, but I found it yesterday! Apparently I hadn’t really cleaned all the corners lately. I’m glad I just announced that to all the world, but at least I got my earring back!
I know this is mainly a running blog…but with the lack of running and upcoming March Madness, I figure I would share a glimpse of my life in the past. I’m currently watching the ACC Tournament (Duke vs Virginia), and it brings me back to my college days when I was in the marching band and PEP BAND at the University of Maryland. I played the trombone, and we were given the opportunity to travel with the teams, especially to the tournaments. Being in band may have been dorky, but it sure had its perks! Band took me all across the country…for free!! (Minus that whole out of state tuition thing…) Let’s check it out:
Freshman Year – Denver
My freshman year, I got a last minute call to go to Denver with the men’s basketball team for the first round of the NCAA Tournament. Although we lost in the second game (I think?), we had enough time to go skiing at Breckenridge (my first time skiing!), and it was all around a good time.
Apparently I didn’t travel anywhere sophomore year…but I did get this awesome shot of Gatsby at a basketball game…check out that uniform!
Junior year was the year of the WOMENS basketball team. Our men’s team was leaving a bit to be desired, but the women were rocking it. I followed the team to Albuquerque, New Mexico for the second round of the NCAA tournament. It took me awhile to learn to spell Albuquerque, and it was also the furthest west I’d ever been! The women’s team has a much smaller following than the men’s team (imagine that…), so it’s more of a close knit group and the team LOVED the band, so that was cool.
Yep, our team was amazing and next up was the final four…in Boston!! For the record, going to the final four is SWEET. We were right in the middle of Boston and could walk to the main hot spots. Not too mention the excitement of the championship!
That was an awesome trip. Being at an NCAA Championship isn’t something many people get to do, and it was an amazing experience!
Senior year was the year of TRIPS. Oh my goodness we went a lot of places! First up was New York City for the Coaches vs Cancer Tournament.
Next up…a trip to Tampa, Florida for the men’s ACC tournament. We were pumped to go somewhere warm, but after a long bus trip to Tampa, we lost in the first round and headed right home. We spent more time on a bus than we did in Florida, but a glimpse of the sun was quite welcome…
A little more exciting (with a shorter bus trip!) was the women’s ACC tournament in Greensboro, NC. Greensboro is NOT a fun town, but band kids always have a good time.
Let’s go Terps!!
Okay, so maybe Greensboro wasn’t so exciting.
My Terps made it to the NCAA my senior year, so off to BUFFALO, NY it was. Let me tell you…NEVER go to Buffalo in March! What a terrible time of year…
Sadly we lost our second game and that was the end of my pep band traveling career.
Traveling with the band was AMAZING. Perks included:
Per diem for food money (more than I really needed!)
Opportunities to do fun stuff (skiing! go to canada!)
Free pass out of class!
Best seats in the house.
Traveling the country with some of my best friends. (awww!)
Yes, I miss college. And band. Take me back!! You can see all the places I went, and that was only with the pep band! We went many other places with the marching band, but I can save that for another post.
Time to get ready for work. Sadly I didn’t get picked for jury duty so I have to go to work! Blah. Hopefully it’s not too bad of a night and maybe I’ll be magically cured so I can have a good weekend…even if it rains the entire time!
Happy Friday to everyone and GO TERPS!!