Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Monday (Let's Pretend!) Morning Review

Aye... the Heels did not play so hot this weekend. We took on Miami at home and quickly fell down 17-0. We made a second half comeback, but it was too little, too late and we lost 30-24.

This weekend we head down to undefeated Clemson (yikes). I'm a little scared for the game, but so excited because I'm actually going to Clemson! I am heading down Friday around noon to see my family and cheer for the Heels. I absolutely cannot wait to watch the Heels play, see some loved ones, tailgate hard and enjoy one of the greatest football atmospheres in college sports!


Monday, October 10, 2011

Monday Morning Review

Can you believe it? I'm posting a Monday Morning Review on a Monday Morning! What are the chances?!

I enjoyed a fabulous weekend. Friday night was super low key and was spent on the couch watching DVR-ed shows with the roomie and half a Pumpkin Blue Moon. I was up bright and early Saturday to make Honey Bun Cake and Bacon, Gruyere and Green Onion Scones for our tailgate. Then off to Chapel for a lovely tailgate and a (not so lovely) victory for the Heels.

The first half was awful and we went into halftime tied zero to zero. Yes, it was a thrilling half. Things got better in the second half and we pulled out the 14-7 win over Louisville. That makes the Heels 5-1! We play Miami next week which will be a tough test.

I was up bright and early again on Sunday for the Walk for Hope. Lauren (roomie), Lauren (friend) and I did a 4-mile walk and had a great time. The rest of the day was spent relaxing and watching some football at a new local sports bar, the Barking Cow. It is about a mile from my house and is AWESOME. I'm sensing a Sunday ritual...

What did you do this weekend?

Thursday, October 6, 2011

Steve Jobs' Death and Pancreatic Cancer

I've debated writing this post for several reasons, but have decided I need to. I need to for the voiceless and while my voice may not reach the masses, even one person reading this is a start.

Since last night my Twitter timeline, Facebook, television, etc. have been filled with the news of Steve Jobs' death. It is terribly tragic news about a visionary who has given so much to our society.

Since the news of Jobs' passing, I have seen articles about pancreatic cancer, the cancer that ultimately took Jobs' life. While I'm grateful some good can come of Jobs' death, that is, bringing awareness to a cancer that gets very little attention and funding, I am also a little sad that this is what it takes.

Pancreatic cancer is often referred to by doctors as an "automatic death sentence." The survival rate for someone diagnosed with pancreatic cancer is a mere few months. Yet, it is also the cancer that receives the least research and funding. Jobs is an inspiration for so many reasons, including the fact that he not only lived, but thrived, well past his "mere months."

It is certainly important that we mourn the death of Jobs and again, I am grateful for the attention he is bringing to pancreatic cancer. It's also important, however, to remember that there are other, less famous, ordinary people, like me and you, who are suffering or who have lost loved ones because of this disease.

My best friend is one of those people. He is the stoic type and would probably never want me to write this (or at least never ask it of me), but I have to and I think Steve Jobs would be okay with that and I'll accept my best friend being mad at me if this makes an ounce of difference. It is that important.

I watched my best friend struggle as his father passed away when we were 17 years old, a time when life is hard enough already. I watched him outwardly act as though everything was okay, but secretly confide in me that nobody had any idea what he was going through or even anything about the awful disease that took his father. I have watched him get stronger every year, but still have those moments when he wished he had a dad around to ask for advice. I have watched him now, almost 9 years later, become a man that his father would be so incredibly proud of - one who works hard, one who protects and loves his mother and sister to no end and one who has learned to open his heart again after all these years.

I have watched him, and I know there are so many others that have experienced similar pain. We owe it to everyone who has had to face this awful disease either as a patient, friend or family member to push for funding and research. Pancreatic cancer has many faces, including, but not limited to Steve Jobs, and it is important we do this for all of its faces.

On Nov. 5, Raleigh's Pancreatic Cancer Action Network will host the 2011 PurpleStride 5k for Pancreatic Cancer. Please come out and support this cause. Or, if you can't make it, a donation or even spreading the word to family and friends would be incredibly appreciated. Every effort counts.

2011 PurpleStride for Pancreatic Cancer
Lindsay's Fundraising Page

Tuesday, October 4, 2011

Monday (I give up) Morning Review

Saturday the Heels took on ECU in Greenville. Other than Georgia Tech, this game was considered our toughest test to date - and we owned it!

Well, I should clarify. We owned the first half. Like seriously, dominated. The second half, not so much. But it was enough to give us the 35-20 win over those dirty Pirates and that, my friends, I will gladly take.

Our game was at 8 and I decided not to make the trip to Greenville because 1) Greenville is gross and 2) Greenville can be scary in a heated rivalry game, especially at night. Instead, I headed to the State game at 3:30 to tailgate and play with friends. We had a blast - and the Pack lost - perfect! We all then headed back to my place where I jumped up and down obnoxiously with every play while the State boys drank away their 2-3 sorrows.

Yesterday was my mom's birthday! We had dinner at Ruth's Chris and I gave her this little baby:

At dinner, I was reminded how much I admire my mom. She has figured out how to have it all. She is the perfect combination of strong, opinionated, compassionate, loving and kind. If everyone had what she has, the world would be a much smarter and kinder place. I love you, Mom!