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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!!

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WOOO!!!  The Eagles won on Sunday and beat the NY Giants!!!  Here we come NFC Championship!!! I am so excited for next Sunday’s game against the Cardinals!!!

This weekend was a lot of fun.  Friday night after work I hung out with one of my best friends from high school, Kari.  She is 1 year younger than me and goes to Penn State Main and plays in the Blue Band there.  She just recently returned from Omaha, Nebraska since she played at the NCAA Women’s Volleyball Championship (which they won) and the Rose Bowl in Pasadena, California (which they lost).  So we decided to see a movie and then catch up afterward.  We saw Bride Wars at a Regal nearby my house and then went to Starbucks afterward for some coffee.  The movie and the coffee were good 🙂  It’s always nice catching up with friends every now and then because everyone is always so busy!!  The next morning, I got up early with my mom and mom-mom to see Gran Torino at the AMC by my house (the one that I worked at for over 2 years).  AMC offers all their movies for $5 every Saturday morning at 10am so it’s definitely a good deal.  Let me just say….Gran Torino was hands down one of THE best movies I have ever seen.  Clint Eastwood was outstanding of course.  I was laughing every other line but some parts were sad.  But overall, I really enjoyed it and want to see it again in theaters because it was that good.  After that, I went home and got ready to go to my friend from high school Liz’s daughter’s 4th birthday party.  Wow, tongue twister much?!  Her name is Leah and she is just adorable.  We watched her open presents, sang Happy Birthday to her, and watched her blow out all her candles on her Kung Fu Panda birthday cake.  It was all too cute.  Saturday night I just hung out at home and finished reading The Last Lecture, which was really good.  I definitely recommend reading it.  Then on Sunday, I had some friends over and we all watched the game with my mom.  Then after we won, we played Cranium and Balderdash and ordered some Chinese food.  Good times all around!!  Love me some Chinese 🙂

Other than that, not much else is going on.  My roommate and best friend, Ashley, is currently in Barcelona, Spain studying abroad.  She just got there on the 10th and I’m already missing her a lot.  She is all settled into her new apt. and is having a great time.  Check out her blog if you’re interested!!  She’s posting some really great pics.  Her blog is on my blogroll, too!

More updates later!!

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Kari and Me at her house hanging out

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Leah blowing out her birthday candles!!

templet125th Anniversary of Temple!  I was driving home and saw the Temple ‘T’ on the Cira Center at 30th St. Station!

Leah and Me in our Eagles gear!!!!

Ben, Dan, and Chris in the back.  Liz, Me, Leah, Jayme, and Jim in the front!  GO BIRDS!

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MY LIFE HAS BEEN CRAZY!!  This is definitely finals week for sure.

 I only have 2 finals, one on Thursday and one on Friday, but let me just tell you what else I have to do… Yesterday, I had my final French paper due in my 4000 level class, which was 5 pages long!  I think that was the longest French paper I’ve ever written.  Today, by midnight, I have my final 8-10 page Political Philosophy paper due.  Did I mention I haven’t started that one yet?? Ha.  And on top of that, that professor also assigned 2 reaction papers due by Saturday at noon!  Ridiculous!!  Who do they think I am?! Then I have to study for my American Supreme Court final tomorrow then study for my Spanish final on Friday.  So OFFICIALLY…I am done Fall 2008 semester this Saturday at noon, haha.  Life = crazy right now.

On top of that, I’m trying to find someone to take over my lease so I can move out asap since I’m leaving February 4th for Paris!!!!  A few people have seen the room already, but I’m awaiting a final decision.  And on top of that, I still haven’t bought my Christmas presents for people which I have to do on Friday.  I don’t think I can get any busier.  Really.  But it’s ok.. I like being busy rather then bored.  

In other news, a bunch of my friends and I just went ice skating at the RiverRink in Penn’s Landing.  I had been there once before, but it was so nice going again when I’m much older!!  And also, Temple Men’s Basketball had the best upset ever!!  I think it was the best game I have been to at the Liacouras Center thus far.  Temple played #8 in the nation, Tennessee, and we PWNED!  And although I couldn’t storm the court afterward since I’m in basketball band, I did manage to take a picture on my phone so I’ll upload that on here.  And most importantly, I WENT TO MY FIRST EAGLES GAME AND FIRST FLYERS GAME!!!  My first Eagles game was on Monday for Monday Night Football!!! WOO!  And we won against the Cleveland Browns 30-10!!  It was amazing.  And just last night, I went to my first Flyers game… IN A SUITE!!!  One of my best friends here, Erin, won some type of contest online and got a free suite with her and other friends she could invite.  We played Colorado Avalanche and won 5-2!!!  It was soo awesome!!!  I LOVE Philly sports!!!!

So, since I REALLY need to start that 8-10 page paper like NOWish..I have to cut this post short.  Sorry for the lack of posting.  But I’m sure you can understand and see why!  Here are a few pics, though!!

 

n1091100037_30161476_7086Me, Mike, Ashley, Flounder, Andrew, Adrienne at the RiverRink at Penn’s Landing!  

 

n1091100037_30161473_6073Ashley and Me ice skating!! ❤

 

n8229334_37938698_1272My mobile upload from my phone when everyone stormed the court.  Temple beats #8 Tennessee 88-72!!  WOO! GO OWLS!! 

 

n54203960_31008304_3478Friends from home at the Linc! Rob, Me, Kim, Jayme @ the Eagles game!

 

n54203960_31008306_4034Jayme & Me with the field in the background!! ❤

 

n1091100037_30161536_746Ashley, Erin, Me (AEM!) at the Wachovia Center for the Flyers game!!  Love this pic.

 

n1091100037_30161531_8888Santa Claus decided to stop by!!  Group picture in our Flyers SUITE!! 

 

That’s all I’ve got for now!!  Happy Holidays!!!

–Monica

 

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