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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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I apologize for the lack of updates recently!  I can’t even begin to tell you how busy I’ve been with school, work, band, football games, homework, and trying to have some fun!!

Last weekend was pretty rough losing to UCONN.  I’m over it now, but poor calls were definitely made and justice was definitely NOT served..not to mention Hurricane Hanna drenched everyone, haha.  But anyway, Ashley’s friend Denise, who goes to University of Delaware, came up for the weekend so that was a lot of fun.  We hung out all weekend with our friends and by Sunday the weather was much better.  Ashley, Denise, and I went down to Center City because my phone had water damage from the game, and Ash’s phone has just been acting up.  So we fixed that problem at the Verizon store and then walked around to Love Park, the new Comcast building (which is BEAUTIFUL btw), played with the dominoes and SORRY! pieces, and actually walked home all the way from City Hall to Temple.  We’ve never done that before.. and it only took about half an hour.. and it was such a nice day outside so we al enjoyed ourselves.  

This past weekend was a TON of fun since it was Ashley’s 20th Birthday, on September 11th.  A lot of us went out on Thursday night and had a great time!!  Friday night Erin, Ashley, and I went down to Wilmington to watch Ashley’s brother’s football game.  He goes to Salesianum School and they were playing William Penn.  Sallies won, even though they weren’t favored to.  It’s always a lot of fun to watch them and eat at the tailgate afterward.  Then Saturday Ashley’s mom was having a family party for her birthday at her house.  Ashley thought it was only family and family friends.. but Greg, Erin, Bryan, and I drove down to her house to surprise her, along with one of Ashley’s high school friends, Gina.  Ash was really surprised!!!  So overall, it was definitely a good weekend. 

Right now though I have to go do some homework.  Boo.  So more updates later on!!




The new Comcast Center building! 


Inside the Comcast Center building.  Do you see how CLEAR that picture of the Philly skyline is?!  That is a screen!!  When it’s not showing pictures, it shows the image of the wall below it, so it looks like there is no screen there at all.  Coolest thing.


Love Park fountain with City Hall in the background.  I love Philly. 


Ashley, Denise, and Me in Love Park


Ashley and Me with the SORRY! pieces by City Hall 


View of the Comcast Center Building 

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From here on out, I should be writing a few times a week.  FINALLY!  Things have been crazy lately, let me tell you.  First off, I couldn’t be happier that classes have been over for a couple weeks now.  Sophomore year was by far the most difficult year for me, and that wasn’t even because I broke my foot in the middle of it! Haha.  It was just a lot of hard work and time and balancing so many things at once.  But at least I can officially say, “Hi, my name is Monica Kramer and I am a junior here.”  Halfway done already…wow, time flies.

So my birthday was May 23rd and I had such a great time!  First of all, my 2 friends threw me a surprise party a few weeks before my actual birthday at a hookah bar called Byblos in Center City.  I was SO surprised!!  They really fooled me, which is a pretty hard thing to do!  It meant so much to me that my friends were there.  We all had a really good time, and afterward, we all got ice cream at Scoop DeVille which was very delicious.  I think I got Monique’s Malt Madness, or something along those lines, haha.  But the point is — it was great!  On the way back to the subway, we decided to take a visit and takes some pics at Love Park.  It was just the perfect night — everything was so well planned and the weather was fantastic.

And on my actual birthday, I went down the beach with Ashley and her family.  This year my birthday happened to fall on the Friday of Memorial Day weekend, which was pretty nice.  Of course I took off that day and headed down the beach early.  Ashley and her family stay right outside of Rehoboth Beach in Delaware.  It’s such a nice area down there.  Last year was my first time there and I just fell in love with the place.  On Friday night, we went out to Grotto’s, my favorite pizza place there!  The food is always good and there’s a game room where we played air hockey and one of those cruisin’ car games.  After we were done eating, all the staff came out with a cake and clapped and sang Happy Birthday to me.  It was pretty cute and very nice of Ashley’s family.  Memorial Day weekend was so much fun going to the beach.  We went to the beach that Sunday and it was definitely hot enough to lay out on the sand, but not hot enough to go on the water.  You know who decided to go in the water anyway?  ME!  Ashley’s little cousins, Lauren and Jonathan, were playing around by the edge of the water and I had them count me down from 5 until my whole body was submerged in the freezing water.  It was sooo cold at first, but I warmed up in about 10 mins and stayed in for almost an hour.  There were only a few other people in the water!!  Later I found out everyone thought we were crazy, haha.  I got Lauren and Jonathan to tell Ashley to come in with me.  For the first few times, Ashley said no, but then lo and behold, she came running in, full speed and all.  So Ashley and I were the 2 crazies in the ocean that day if you were there, haha.

After that it was back to reality.  I’ve been working at the Welcome Center Monday through Friday 9-5.  It’s a slow time for us here, but once all the high schools are done, we’ll all be giving 2-3 tours a day.  It really is such a fun job though.  Everyone is really cool and I’ve met so many of my friends here.  Love it.

Oh!  Huge news!  Saw Cirque du Soleil 2 days before my actual birthday in Philly!  IT WAS AMAZING!!  They did things I never thought the human body was capable of doing.  The show was called Kooza and I was so impressed with everything they did.  It was my first time seeing Cirque!  I’m definitely a huge fan, and the best part about it was that we got student price tickets.  Hells yeah!

This weekend is looking like it’s going to be fun.  Steve is coming up from Jersey and staying the weekend with Ashley and I.  Plus, Greg’s graduation party is on Sunday and a lot of people are going to that.  It’s up in Allentown and should be a good time.  I hope the weather holds out!!  We’re roadtrippin’ up.  Erin is driving me, Ashley, Steve, and Kelly.  I can’t wait!!  Then next week my brother, Travis, graduates from high school.  Upper Darby HS graduates at Villanova because we’re such a large school, haha.  UDarb just doesn’t have the room on the football field anymore.  So I’ll be taking lots of pictures there for my mom, etc. Then the following weekend, my oldest cousin Alicia is getting married and I’m going to the reception afterward at the Brandywine River Museum.  Already have a dress and everything so I’m looking forward to it.

I’ll write soon about studying abroad next Spring!!  Check out the mixture of pics though 🙂

Steve, Greg, Me, and Ashley at my Instrumental Concert in MaySteve, Greg, Me, and Ashley at my instrumental concert in May


Group of us at my surprise bday party at Byblos!

This is me when I first walked in.. you can tell how surprised I was!


Some of us at the table in Byblos 🙂


Group shot in Love Park!


Girls’ Night sleepover with friends from home 🙂


My cousin Alicia’s bridal shower at the Moshulu in Penn’s Landing




Greg and I on Commencement in the Welcome Center 🙂   








Some Owls in the Welcome Center

Yay grads!








Me, Greg, Steve, and Caitlin on Experience Temple Day in our fashionable red work polos 🙂






Spring Owl Party!

Me, Greg, Amanda, Rahul, Kelly, Vinnie







Kelly, Amanda, Tekara, Erin, Adrianne, and Me








Owl Ambassadors 2008








Funny pose 🙂

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