Can’t believe I’m graduating in that short amount of time.  I remember Freshman year like it was yesterday.  Time really does fly.  I feel bittersweet about graduation — I could definitely stay an extra year here at Temple but it’s time to move on because I’m getting my degree!  Plus, I just mailed in my enrollment deposit for Middlebury yesterday so I must move on! haha.  Random side note — apparently this year at Commencement Patti LaBelle will be getting an honorary degree so that will be cool to see her there!

So last week was Temple’s annual Spring Fling.  My last spring fling ever!!!  So sad.  It was great…but not amazing.  The weather was kind of crappy — it was cloudy/rainy/cold and all the tickets were sold out to the N.E.R.D/ GirlTalk concert so I was a little disappointed.  However, there WAS a pie-throwing stand in which my supervisor volunteered to be in, so I got to pie her!!  And of course I have pictures🙂

Winding up...

...got her! 😉

Jayme, Adrienne, Ashley & Me on Spring Fling

In other news, the infamous Westboro Baptist Church of Topeka, KS was supposed to come protest Temple’s productions of RENT and the Laramie Project.  However, they did not show…much to the disappointment of Temple students who had a huge peaceful counter-protest of about 1,100 students!  I can’t stand that group of ignorant, bigoted, undeserving people.  I’m glad they didn’t show because they would have been completely outnumbered.  Nevertheless though, I had a great time with a bunch of my friends and it was SO nice to see how many people came out to support LGBTQ rights and eqaulity🙂

Jayme, my girlfriend Ashley, Me, Tekara, and Talisa @ the counter-protest

Me holding up my flag🙂 Notice all the people and cops in the background!!!

Legalize Gay! Jos, Me, Dan, Jayme, Liz, & Chris @ the counter-protest

That’ s all for now!!  Everything is wrapping here at Temple….so bittersweet!  More to come soon🙂

Where oh where to begin??

I GOT ACCEPTED TO MIDDLEBURY COLLEGE!!! WOOOOOOOOOOO!  I actually found out about a month ago but things have been so crazy in my last semester here at Temple.  So I’ll be leaving for 6 weeks at the end of June to head up to Vermont on Middlebury’s campus.  It’s an intensive 6-week program in which I sign a pledge to only speak French for the entire duration of the program.  Then I head off to PARIS (again!) in September for a year in order to complete my M.A. in French.  I am VERY EXCITED!!  I worked my butt off in my 4 years here at Temple so this is definitely a well-deserved payoff.  More to come later…

In other news, I am graduating Temple in less than 2 months!  EEEEEK.  So scary and bittersweet.  I also just returned home from Jacksonville, FL with the band.  We were there for 3 days with the Temple Men’s Basketball team for the NCAA tournament.  We played Cornell in the 1st round and lost, embarrassingly.  It wasn’t very entertaining.. in fact, the most entertaining part of the trip was that we had 2 free days to explore Jacksonville, which was fun but I wouldn’t go back.  It was kind of a ghost town to be honest.  I’m glad I went somewhere that I had never been, but I don’t plan on returning.  Either way it was a paid trip by Temple so I can’t complain too much!  But all in all, it was definitely a fun trip for my last trip with Temple (so sad to say!).  Also, our women’s team just beat James Madison the other day and play UCONN this Tuesday night at 7:30pm.  Hopefully they beat #1 UCONN!  Let’s go Lady Owls!!!  Here are some pics from the Jacksonville trip:

Off to Jacksonville on our charter flight!

View of Jacksonville from the Skyway -- aka the worst public trans system ever.

The Jacksonville Landing. There are a lot of restaurants/bars in here and live music! We had dinner here both nights - pretty decent.

Main Street Bridge @ night -- one of the many bridges in Jacksonville over the St. John's River

Statue of Andy J for whom the city of Jacksonville was named after!

We went to the Cummer Gardens & Museum on one of our free days

My art creation that I drew at the Cummer Museum & Gardens..go owls!

Me, Rick, and Rachel at the Cummer gardens

Hooter and Cornell's Bear mascot

President Ann Weaver Hart aka the Weave! She also came to Jacksonville to come out and support the Owls in the NCAA tourney.

Picture from ESPN.com of Temple's band! I'm in the 2nd row, just left of center. Too bad the team lost😦

Not too much else is going on.  I’m just trying to get by in my last semester.  It’s definitely proving to be much harder than I had anticipated!  3 research papers in my last semester, eek!  Guess I should have seen that coming being a Liberal Arts major and all, huh?  Anyway, one of my good friends Mike celebrated his 24th birthday last night so I went out for that with my girlfriend.  We went to McGillin’s for some good beer and karaoke!  For some reason when we all get together, we always say “Slappin’ da bass, man!” I have no idea why, but it started when we all hung out in DC for the EagleBank Bowl.  It was a good time, though!

Ash and I with the birthday boy!

Happy 24th Birthday, Mike!

Also, my girlfriend Ashley and I just got a kitten!  We named her Lily and she is adorable!  Our friend Gida rescued her from University City and we think she was neglected because she is really tiny.  Anyway, Ash took her to the vet and she is somewhere between 6 months-12 months old and only 4 lbs!  We got her a rabies shot and a collar and nametag so she’s all set!  She’s sooo cute and cuddly.  We are definitely spoiling her and making her feel at home.  It’s nice having a little pet in our house!  Here she is:


Lily's new favorite spot. She will sit on our bedroom ledge in the sunlight and look out at all the passersby.

That’s all for now…hopefully I’ll update more frequently!  Peace!

Happy 2010!

I am VERY excited for this brand new year!  But first, some old 2009 news:

Temple Football lost the EagleBank bowl game against UCLA, but they did have a respectable showing score-wise.  It was a very exciting game down in DC in historical RFK stadium (former Redskins stadium) and it was absolutely FREEZING!  But overall, the trip to DC was really nice because the whole band got to spend about 3 days there with lots of free time.  Some friends and I checked out all the historical monuments and sites and also went to the Holocaust Museum, which was very moving and interesting.  Ashley and her brother Jim also came down for the Bowl game so we got to hang out in DC that night.  The next day, the 3 of us all checked out the Museum of Crime and Punishment, which was probably the best $17 I’ve ever spent!  It was SO cool.  They had everything from medieval torture instruments, to info on all types of bank robbers like Bonnie & Clyde, all the “Public Enemies” from the 1930s, the mafia, and even present-day criminals from America’s 100 Most Wanted People.  It was seriously awesome!!

RFK Stadium

Andrew, Greg, Sara, and I in back of the White House

Me in back of the White House

Andrew, Me, Sara, and Greg in front of the Abe Lincoln Memorial

Front of the White House at night

Washington Monument

Washington Monument and the Capitol in the distance

Look who's in the lineup! Recognize anyone...?

Reading up on some famous prisons in the US like Alcatraz, Rikers, and Eastern State

Opening a door in the morgue...creeepy!

After 3 well spent days in DC, we drove back up to Philly for New Year’s Eve and Day.  This year I had a pretty low-key New Year’s but it was definitely the best New Year’s Eve and Day that I’ve ever had!  It was a lot of fun for sure.  We also got to see a little bit of the annual Mummer’s Day Parade since it literally passed by 4 blocks from my house!  Pretty cool.

On January 2nd, Temple Men’s Basketball played the #1 ranked team in the nation, Kansas.  It was a good game, but Temple just couldn’t catch a break and ended up losing by 30+ points.  But I did, however, make it onto national tv on ESPN!  Only for about 2.5 seconds though, haha.  But here is the picture:

Me and some surrounding trumpet players on ESPN!

Ashley & I  had her 2 little cousins up for the day/night.  They came out to the Temple game to support the Owls in their game against Kansas.  Afterward, we took them out to Spaghetti Warehouse.  We ate in the trolley car so the kids loved that and we played some race car games and the claw machine afterward.  It was fun!  The next morning we made breakfast and showed the kids Love Park and the new Comcast building and took lots of pictures.  Then we drove down to Delaware to drop them off and hang out at their house since their mom was having an Eagles party.  It was a lot of fun until the Eagles got shut out by the Cowboys 24-0.  I don’t want to talk about this anymore.  I’m feeling a little too much defeat from the past couple days.

Me with Ash's little cousins Jonathan and Lauren🙂

Now it’s back to life, back to reality.  Back to work!!  I’m looking forward to the Men’s basketball game against St. Joe’s this upcoming Wednesday night.  More to come soon!!

EagleBank Bowl here we come!  Come support our Temple Owls in DC on December 29th at 4:30pm in RFK Stadium!  Temple Football hasn’t made a bowl appearance since 1979.  This is going down in history!!  I’m so excited to go with the band..and at no cost!  We’ll be staying in downtown DC with lots of free time.  I can’t wait.

Also, tomorrow is the last day of classes!!  WOO!  My last Fall semester as an Undergrad.  Crazy… This semester has been dragging on and on..and needs to be over stat!  I only have 2 finals but I still have 2 more papers due next week.  I feel like I have so much to do, what with buying Christmas presents, finishing up school work, and applying to grad school.  I’m looking forward to a much needed Winter Break.  I don’t even mind working full time during the break since I could use the money.  Not too much else is going on.  I will certainly post pictures from the holidays and the Bowl game in DC!

Happy Holidays all!

I cannot express how excited I am for Thanksgiving to come!  I’ve been pretty busy lately — I have 2 research papers left to do, a French paper, a paper for Death and Dying, and a final political science paper.  Needless to say, I’m buried in work and cannot wait for Thanksgiving Break.  Only one more day left to go!  I’m looking forward to going out on Wednesday night with my high school friends.  Every year, my high school (Upper Darby HS) has a football game against Haverford HS on Thanksgiving morning.  It’s also known for being the alumni game of the year…where I get to see all my friends from high school and former teachers.  Afterward, I always have dinner with my family.  Then there’s BLACK FRIDAY SHOPPING!  That’s right — my mom and I are some of those crazies who go out at 4am to shop.  It’s a tradition and I love doing it every year!  Thanksgiving is my favorite holiday because there’s always good food, good family and friends, and good football!  It’s not overly commercialized or mass-marketed.  There’s no stress involved.  My biggest pet peeve?  When my holiday gets overshadowed by people who decorate for Christmas and play Christmas music before Thanksgiving even takes place!  It’s not fair :(  But alas, I’m still looking forward to the best holiday of the year.

In other news, Temple Football just won their 9th consecutive win this past Saturday against Kent State, making Temple’s overall record 9-2!!! HOLY COW!  I cannot explain how exciting of a time this is for Temple students!  I personally am very excited because it’s been so long since Temple Football has been bowl-eligible and since we’ve had such a good record.  As of now, if Temple beats Ohio University this Friday night, then they’re going to the MAC Championship on December 4th in Detroit!  This also means that the band will travel with the team — so I’m super excited!  But mostly, I’m holding out hope that Temple gets invited to the International Bowl in Toronto in January!  I would love that —  I’ve never been to Canada!  Either way, I’ll be sure to post more updates as soon as I find out!  Keep your fingers crossed for Temple Football🙂

Also, I posted a video in one of my previous posts of Temple’s Diamond Marching Band playing Sum 41’s Fat Lip, with rapping and dancing!  We just found out the other day that Sum 41 posted our video on their official website!!  How cool is that!?!  Check out their website: http://www.islandrecords.com/site/artist_home.php?artist_id=259.  The video is right on their homepage!!!!  Props to us!!  If you don’t feel like it, I’m copying the video below this paragraph so you can see it!  The video is from the Temple vs. Navy game in Annapolis, MD.

Happy Thanksgiving, all!

Last night, the Philadelphia Phillies, for the second consecutive year, clinched the National League Championship and are advancing to the World Series!!  WOOOOOO!!!  Last night was awesome!  Everyone ran out to Broad Street, yelling, lighting fireworks, rioting…you name it!  It’s one of the best feelings in the world — everyone around you feeling great and celebrating a huge victory once again over the Los Angeles Dodgers.  The riots this year weren’t as bad as last year — this year, Philly cops were prepared!  They brought in State troopers, every cop not only had their baton and handgun, but they also had tazer guns!  They brought and entire bike fleet and lined the streets.  Everyone was having such a great time…and no one around me got arrested at least!  I did, however, see someone jump on a car on Broad St and then jump on the back windshield of the car and it smashed EVERYWHERE!  Pretty crazy stuff.  I took some pictures on my cell phone that I will upload on here so you can see the craziness.

I can’t WAIT for the first game of the World Series next Wednesday!!!  It’s pretty unlikely at this point that the LA Angels will win, but I’m still holding out hope….or else, it’s going to be an East coast THROWDOWN!  Let’s go PHILS!!!

Not much else going on otherwise.  I just registered for my last semester of classes at Temple – how sad is that?  I do have a pretty sweet schedule though.  I’m finishing my French major and my Political Science minor, but I also had room to take some fun classes as well!  I’m taking Personal Defense for Women and Gay and Lesbian lives.  I’m pretty pumped about both classes!  As far as band goes, basketball band is starting up next week as well…aka my favorite time of the year!  Our football team is also doing very well, with a 4-2 overall record.  Apparently, Temple only needs 6 wins to be eligible for a bowl game, and Temple Football was predicted to go to the International Bowl in Toronto!  Obviously the band would travel with the team.  But right now, I’m not getting my hopes up until we know for sure!  I’ll keep you posted.  More to come later…



Some dude who climbed a pole to wave a Phillies flag around that had a firework going off at the top of it!

Some dude who climbed a pole to wave a Phillies flag around that had a firework going off at the top of it!

City Hall madness

City Hall madness





Crowdsurfing.  I love Philly.

Crowdsurfing. I love Philly.

More crowdsurfing!

More crowdsurfing!

Singing Oleyyyy oley oley oleyyyyyy

Singing "Oleyyyy oley oley oleyyyyyy"

Crowdsurfing bikes...haha

Crowdsurfing bikes...haha

All the Po Po ready!

All the Po Po ready!

They even brought in State Troopers.

They even brought in State Troopers.

The police bike fleet!  They were prepared, to say the least.

The police bike fleet in action! They were prepared, to say the least.

Homecoming 2009!

This week is Temple’s annual Homecoming Week.  It should be a lot of fun!  Each year, different offices all over campus decorate desks, lobbies, and walls with Temple stuff for a decoration contest.  Last year, the Welcome Center (where I work) was a winner!!  I always look forward to helping out because I love Temple and have tons of school spirit.  Apparently the Homecoming concert this year features Lupe Fiasco and Asher Roth.  I’m personally not going, but it sounds like it should be fun.  I’m mostly excited for the Homecoming game on Saturday vs. Army!  Temple Football is now 3-0 in the MAC!!  GO OWLS!!!  I have a video from this past weekend when the Diamond Marching Band played Sum 41’s Fat Lip at a nearby high school’s band show.  We were just there as exhibition, but it was still cool to have lots of high schools see  Temple’s band. 

Otherwise, not much else to report.  Just super busy with classes and papers and homework and trying to have a social life, haha.  I’m looking forward to Halloween though!  I love dressing up as something crazy and going out with friends.  I’ll keep you posted as to what my costume will be this year :)  more to come!



Temple’s Diamond Marching Band plays “Fat Lip” by Sum 41 at Pennsbury HS