Rivals…and Friends – the Purdue vs. IU Party

9 Feb

For those of you who don’t know, I’m a diehard Purdue fan. I bleed black and gold, which is disturbing to phlebotomists when I have to get my blood drawn but, don’t worry, it’s healthy.

For those of you who don’t know Indiana, the rivalry between Purdue and Indiana University is one of epic proportions.

Purdue has alumni like Neil Armstrong and Orville Redenbacher, so clearly we have brains and awesomeness on our side. And outer space. But, last night, the most important happening at Purdue was the basketball game between the old rivals. John (who is an honorary Boilermaker) and I couldn’t make it up to West Lafayette ourselves, so we decided to have a party instead, and of course invited many of the local Boilermakers we know.

After graduating from Purdue I moved down to Indy, where I have since become friends with a shocking number of IU graduates. I have to admit, they’re not all that bad. Usually. So, we invited some of them, too!

This was also a particularly important event because it was the very first party we’ve ever had at our house. I just moved here in late December and we’ve both been so busy in the meantime that we’ve barely had time to unpack. Here’s what the living room currently looks like:


Note the useful location of the random bookcase.

Despite the fact that I just posted the above picture on the Internet, I hated for people to see our house looking anything less than perfectly arranged, painted, and decorated…but at this rate, we wouldn’t have a party until about 2013. So, we cleaned it up to the best of our abilities and invited everyone over.

I’m so glad we did!

Everyone represented either Purdue or IU in some way, even if just through trash talking. There was also a lot of food and alcohol, two things that both Boilers and Hoosiers can agree make a good party.


Check out those IU cookies. As a Boilermaker, I’m obligated to say that they’re disgusting, but I was actually a little impressed by the school spirit from my friend Brian. (Not shown: about 7 different kinds of alcoholic beverages.)

Purdue fans while Boilering Up

The IU cheering section

We watched the game, but mostly we were talking, joking, making fun of each others’ schools, and learning about things like facial hair, keeping kosher, and pilot lights. Fun and educational!

The party was a blast and (I think!) everyone really enjoyed themselves, despite the bitter rivalry. Definitely the first of many parties we’ll have here at the house.

For now, it’s time for me to be actually productive before getting ready for work tonight. I’ll be writing my first Wedding Wednesday post on here sometime later today, too, because I can’t just be productive all day.


Super Bowl 2011: Not Actually That Super

7 Feb

So, the Super Bowl was last night, as I’m sure you know. If you didn’t know, you’re probably not the kind of person who reads blogs or knows what the Internet is anyway, so I’m pretty sure I’m speaking to the right audience here.

I spent most of Super Bowl Sunday sleeping since I worked the night before, but after being promised an evening of commericals, guacamole, and watching others get drunk, I got myself out of bed and headed to a Superbowl party at our friends Nathan and Tania’s.

My fiance, John, and I were dressed appropriately in shirts from the only team we know how to cheer for. And were also depressed appropriately for the fact that said team wasn’t even in the game we were about to watch.

We’ll be cheering for the commercials.

In a lot of ways, the whole thing was a disappointment, and I’m not just talking about the lack of Colts players on the field. Right off the bat, Christina Aguilera’s rendition of the national anthem made approximately 80% of Americans say “wait, that’s not how it goes…is it?”

In case you missed some of the commercials, the AdBlitz channel on YouTube has a handy list of all of the ads aired last night during the game. But, trust me, you didn’t really miss much. Highlights included politically/socially insensitive Groupon spots, way too many movie trailers, and excessive Eminem (why does he look so angry all the time?!). My one and only favorite was definitely Bridgestone’s Reply All.

Despite all of the above, there were still some things I actually liked about the Super Bowl. The awards go to:

  • Best Hat
                             (Photo courtesy: LAtimes.com)
            The cube hats worn by the back-up dancers at the end of the 
             horrific halftime show. Runner up: will.i.am’s clear plastic helmet. 

  • Best Quote: “It’s a great night to be great.” -Greg Jennings
             I plan on using that one in everyday life. 

  • Best Overall Outcome: The Steelers lost!! I’m sorry (ok, I’m not really sorry), but there is no way I can ever cheer for the Steelers. I was at the RCA Dome on January 15, 2006.

So I guess it all ended on a good note. At the very least, this year’s Super Bowl set the bar pretty low. Let’s hope next year’s right here in the Circle City will happen will be even better!

Favorite Things: Paper Crafts…and the Source

4 Feb

I remember the first time I walked into a Paper Source. I was in San Fransisco with my friend and then-roommate Brian, who used to live there. He was giving me the insider’s tour of SF, and we were out shopping in the Fillmore Street area. We went to a lot of great little boutiques, but then we walked into Paper Source.

It was amazing. Here’s a picture that sort of describes what I felt like at the time:

For those of you who aren’t familiar with it, Paper Source was started in Chicago over 25 years ago, and now has stores all over the country. They specialize in paper, obviously, but also have all kinds of cute gifts, craft ideas, and host workshops. I even love their slogan: “Do Something Creative Every Day”. Good words to live by right there.

Don’t ask me why they don’t have a PS in Indy yet. No, really, don’t ask. I don’t know the answer, and it’ll just make me kinda sad thinking about it.

Being surrounded by all of that paper really made me want to make something with it. Paper crafts is one of many crafting areas I haven’t yet explored, so of course I had no idea what to do. Honestly, I still don’t. So I came up with this great Valentines-Day-inspired list instead!

How cute is this?! (Answer: very.) These pieces of chocolate cake are actually favor boxes, made by the very talented imeon design in Portland, OR. You can visit the Etsy shop here to buy ’em yourself!

These roses from Paper Source are made from, you guessed it, paper! They also come in red. Perfect way to give someone flowers that’ll last way longer than the real thing!

This is one of the many selections of specialty paper you can buy at PS or online. Great for wrapping, scrapbooking, etc.!

This isn’t paper, but at least it’s Valentine’s-ish! I’ve always wanted an apron. I’m not even sure why; I really don’t cook.

I bought this Japanese paper during the aforementioned first visit to Paper Source because it’s so freaking cute. This isn’t even remotely Valentine’s-Day-related. I’m getting off-topic here…

Do you have any Valentine’s Day favorite gifts? Leave a comment below and maybe I can drop hints to your significant other or something. I’d also love to hear about the paper crafts or PS adventures any of my 0.25 readers have tried!

Thanks for stopping by my first Favorite Things Friday!

I’m A Blogger?

4 Feb

I used to write in a blog every day for about 6 years straight, sometimes multiple times a day. But then life got in the way and, after a while, I started feeling like I couldn’t write anything unless it was going to be incredibly meaningful or earth-shattering. Otherwise, what’s the point?

It took me a while to remember: you don’t have to be anyone special to start a blog; you just have to have something you want to share.

So that’s what this blog will be about – things I’d like to share about my life in and around the Circle City, and there’s kind of a lot going on right now. In between, I’ll probably talk about what it’s like being a relatively new NICU nurse, share some random links I’ve found, write about places I’ve been to here in Indy, and post all kinds of other junk for you to enjoy! I’m pretty darn excited about it.

So…I guess I’m a blogger again!