Friday, February 25, 2011

Mountain West Men's Bball Championship in Vegas: How to Get There

Like many, I have a special place in my heart for Las Vegas (as you can tell by my previous blog posts...) Disneyland claims to be the "happiest place on earth" but in my opinion, it doesn't hold a candle to Vegas! Their coined phrase alone is it's own selling point, "What happens in Vegas, stays in Vegas." Add college basketball (and college basketball players) to the equation and it's an amazing weekend! Which is why it is absolutely perfect that the Conoco Mountain West Men's Basketball Championship is held there.

The problem is, may of us are poor college students (I'll be the first to admit that I consider Cup of Noodles a major food group and save my 7-11 cups for cheaper Diet Coke refills). I can't afford to cruise to Vegas whenever the mood strikes (which is...EVERY weekend...)

However, I finally have the perfect solution to this problem. Enter the CBS College Sports $1000 Tourney Tix Sweepstakes! Not only will you win tickets to the game, but also $1000!

This Sweepstakes ends March 2nd and currently only a little over 8,000 people are registered. EIGHT THOUSAND. For an online contest those are AMAZING odds.

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The happiest place on earth....VEGAS (yes...I won a nickel. WHOO HOO)

Thursday, February 24, 2011

Gym Time: Pet Peeves

Yesterday I was at the gym when I noticed about a bajillion things people were doing that annoyed me. At the gym, the "annoyed" feeling is quite the energy booster. Ever notice how when you're angry you run faster & longer? Well, I experienced that same thing for being annoyed. At least it did SOMETHING good for me. After I left the gym all I could think about was how I absolutely HAD to blog about my gym pet peeves.

So, here it is. My list of things people do at the gym that I cannot STAND!

1. Not wearing a bra. I never noticed before yesterday just how many nipples I literally see at the fieldhouse. First of all, OUCH...I would not want my "goodies" to be bouncing around with nothing holding them down. Second of all, when you're sweaty and have RT, I can't look at your face. All I look at is your chest...and I'm female! Ladies....protect your "goodies" AND my eyes...PLEASE...invest in a sports bra! It is not flattering. Not one bit.

2. Cut-off shirts. Dear boy, I'm sure you're hot lifting all those weights. So hot that you cannot wear a real shirt (I'm SURE that's the reason you're wearing that "shirt" right?'re right..of course that's not the reason.) Gosh! Wearing a cut-off shirt just screams "tool" and I cannot take them seriously. These guys remind me of the girls that show up at the & make up done, wearing tight spandex and a sports bra...barely jogging on the treadmill so they can look "hot." It's very clear that these girls come to the gym for one reason - to pick up guys. Yes cut-off shirt is the equivalent (bet you feel like a tool It is especially hilarious when they lift their shirt to "wipe off their sweat". We all know you're trying to show off them abs. And even if your abs DO look lose points for being a tool.

3. Asking to join my rotation. Seriously? You can't wait 5 minutes for me to finish my last rep on the power tower? This is extremely annoying when you're using a machine that adjusts for height and low and behold some 6'3" guy wants to join the rotation. Waiting would save us both some time, Mr. Tall.

4. Introducing yourself in the middle of my weight lifting routine. "So what year are you?" "(deep breath) I'm a...(deep breath) (lifting of weight) junior. What (deep breath)(lifting weight) about you (deep breath)?" Not cool. I don't care about the questions you are asking me. All I'm thinking about is how I'm going to get this 20 weight up and finish my rep! Can a person look ANY busier?

There are the obvious things that annoy me -taking too long on the treadmill, wearing 10 sweatshirts and 2 pairs of sweatpants to sweat more, guys who obviously cannot lift the amount of weight they are trying too, not wiping down the machine, etc.

I feel like everything in this post are things that should be common sense. Right?

Tuesday, February 1, 2011

The Dating Game: Types of Guys

The dating game...something we can ALL relate to. College is the greatest dating scene of all time...mainly because there are single males everywhere you look. Now, I've been the single girl for awhile...aren't you proud? In "Ending the Cycle" I described breaking the cycle of ALWAYS having a boyfriend. & here I am! Sure, I've met boys here and there but the inevitable always drives me away: I get bored. I don't know why this happens. But, it does. Perhaps my expectations are too high, but after 6 years of dating, I think they should be. I just need to find the type of guy that is for ME. It's not that I've stuck to one type of boy either. I've dabbled in all types, which is why I decided to put my experiences on paper (or on post rather)...

The Frat Boy:
Let me make a confession- I don't know one single person who I hang out on the regular who isn't Greek. Which in turn means, I've dated my fair share of frat boys.
The Frat Boy knows how to have a good time and dull moments will be rare
All his friends are your friends
Double the formals & Date-nights
Frat parties are pretty fun.. especially if you have a fratslam
They love to be Greek just as much as I do & understand Greek Life

Boys. That's exactly what they are. Men? Not even close
They believe they deserve more than one woman at all times (Dear Frat Boy, you're cool, but you aren't THAT freakin' cool)
Dates consist of hanging with his bros (can I call that a date?)
Their life revolves around three things: themselves, parties, their "bros"

The Hippie:
I wish I understood my attraction to hippie guys. Perhaps it's the way they go with the flow? For whatever reason, I have had my fair share of hippie phases (which my dad absolutely HATED)
Great music, concerts, and dinner dates
Fights? Never. A hippie guy doesn't want to fight. It's all about the love.
All the hippies I have dated shower me with compliments...all.the.time.

Those dreds have to go (ugh.)
The ponchos need to go also (if the hippie had a fashion sense, I'd be all over that)
So.Many.DRUGS. (seriously? Can you be sober for like....ten seconds?)

The Mormon:
The University of Utah has three types of guys: RMs (50%), Married (35%), Other (15%)...which means...the Mormon guy is EVERYWHERE...
They won't be dating a million girls...only you (cough...frat boy)
These boys are so sweet & nice
Many are Returned Missionaries..which means they have learned to live on their own & have tons of stories to tell
The best kind to take home to mom!

Three months and you want to talk marriage? (See ya later...)
If I hear ONE more mission story....(10 stories in 30 minutes is a BIT much)
Favorite topic: The future!
The questions they ask on the first date: "how many kids do you want?" "where do you see yourself in 5 years?" "Why did you and your last bf break up?" (SERIOUSLY?)
They are pretty behind in their education (they did serve a mission for 2 years)

The Athlete:
I'm a sucker for a good bod and a passion for working out. Who isn't?
Did I mention their amazing bodies?
Active fun dates: running, batting cages, soccer, going to the gym
They aren't texting you every second of everyday (hello..they have practice, games, & working out to do)
Watching your man play a professional sport? HOT.AS.HELL.

The Athlete is gone A LOT during the season (although I would count this as a pro as well...)
Groupies? MANY.
He expects you to understand the game, rules, standings, etc. (No...I didn't see the game. Gossip Girl was on...sorry!)
Location. They move around a lot which means you aren't driving distance away (again, I could use this as a pro)
You won't be his top priority. (yet, this passion for the game is a turn on for me...)

The Law/Med School Student:
I've only dated two of these in my this description may not be accurate. I'll go from personal experience..
He's smart which means he has a bright future
Need help with your homework? BINGO
He doesn't have too much time, so when he does it makes it count (awesome dates/conversation)

Busy, Busy, Busy
Some of these guys think they are smarter than you...hey I don't care what salt is made of?! k?
They are stressed out a lot
The guys I have dated lack humor (DEAL BREAKER)

The Older Guy:
I've only dated one guy younger than me (he was a hippie...sigh) other than that I date guys older than me. I dated one guy 13 years older than me (I was 18, he was 30), which even now I cannot believe I did. Since John (name has been changed) I've dated a few guys 5-10 years older than me. But I'm a huge fan. Here's why...
This guy has an established career, home, etc. and knows what he wants in life.
BEST DATES EVER (I'm not even kidding. This guy knows where to take you to have a good time)
The conversation is intelligent, interesting, and REAL (the other guys have yet to develop this quality)
They are gentlemen (generous, courteous, caring...heck they even open doors!) Chivalry is not dead for this type

When you were in middle school...he was in college...weird (I just don't think about it)
The generation gap can get you a bit (What do you mean you don't know what Twitter is?)
They get serious pretty fast (Not as bad as the Mormon Guy however..)
You may feel a bit unsuccessful compared to them (hello! you are!) which can be a bit disheartening (I'm used to being way more successful than the boys I date)

The Metro Guy:
He takes 30 minutes longer than you to get ready. And those shoes? Fabulous! I don't have too many Pros about this type...but I'll try to squeeze some out...
Their sense of humor is pretty girly also (which is fun because it's like that of your girlfrineds!)
Shopping with the boyfriend just got a whole lot better!

Seriously...your outfit is better than mine. Ew.
I don't even pluck my eyebrows....and he does.....
I like manly men. I hate feeling like I'm dating a chick
Tanning (SERIOUSLY?) tanning???
You can't wear sweats with no make-up when you run to the store with him. When is it ever okay for the guy to look better than me? NEVER.
Please see description above in picture!!! (hahahaha)

What I've learned from these many, many failed "relationships" is that my perfect guy is a bit of all of the above (okay the metro can be thrown out. I like my men manly....). Thank goodness I have many years to continue the search (Hey! I'm only 21!!)

What do you think? I know I missed a few...fill me in!