Can you guess the highlight of my weekend? Think maybe it has to do with basketball? With the Mountaineers making it to the Final Four? IT DOES! The West Virginia University Mountaineers are going to the Final Four!! I’m still giddy about it. As I was saying to my friend who’s a Duke fan, this does not happen for us. The state is perpetually made fun of. The students have a reputation for being focused on nothing but partying. Coaches leave our teams for ‘greener pastures’ all the time. We’re under-rated, disrespected and laughed at all the time. And although it’s just a basketball game, to see my school on such a big stage, is absolutely, positively fantastic. I had the time of my life at WVU, found myself there. Figured out who I was without my family and the comfort of my hometown (Pittsburgh). Because of that, that school and that state are very important to me.
This is from ESPN, talking about an advantage WVU might have going into the game against Duke:
Advantage: Huggs and the passion of a people. Huggins has professed his love for the state of West Virginia throughout the run to the Final Four. He has waxed poetically about the game being piped into the mines in West Virginia. He seems genuine about how much this run means to the people, a state in which he is beloved and returns the affection. This is Huggins’ cause in Indy. A year ago, Michigan State was able to ride the depressed auto industry into rallying the people to back the Spartans. Huggins has an entire populous in West Virginia behind him in his attempt to deliver good news — in the form of a title — to a state that doesn’t always receive much positive press nationally.
Anyway. Moving on to eventful incident #2 of the weekend. Murphy destroyed some blinds. On Saturday morning he was looking out the window and got his little head stuck in the cords of the blinds. Because he’s a dog and doesn’t understand logic, rather than stand still, he took off like a bat out of hell and took the blinds with him. They shattered, plaster and dry-wall was destroyed, and he was afraid to even look at the windows for several hours. So now we’re in the process of hanging up new, improved blinds in our front windows. Those suckers are expensive! The previous owners left us with $3 per window blinds, but when we went to hang the $30 per window blinds in the same spot, we found that the holes for the new brackets were already there… meaning the previous owners had good blinds in the windows and took them with them when they moved! Bastards! But I totally want to do the same thing! I didn’t realize what a big difference nice blinds made, but they look great. Unfortunately we’re still in the process of switching things over, so the house looks a bit ghetto. One window sans blinds, one window with cheap blinds, one window with non-cheap blinds.
I think I need new running shoes, but I’m afraid to buy them. I have a history of quitting the gym mid-stride, and I don’t want to plop down a bunch of dollars on shoes if I’m not going to wear them. But my feet are cramping like crazy when I run, so I’ve gotta do something. Oh, I’m doing Couch to 5k again. I went to the gym for three straight weeks, then started the program. I’m now on week #2 and am determined to finish. I’m going to be able to run three miles, dammit!
Speaking of running, walking, whatever, I’m participating in a wonderful fundraiser for the Wake County SPCA. So if you have any extra money laying around, feel free to sponsor me and every penny will go to help abandoned animals find homes.