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Not-so-happy valley

It was a cold, gloomy day in Michigan today.  It made for a looooong day of Spartan football.

But at least we had a decisive win against Purdue to keep us happy!

Things were not the same in State College, PA.  Penn State is a close second for me in college football.  And I’ve been pulling for Joe Pa and his boys in their pursuit of a national championship this year.

This man is my favorite coach. Ever.

This man is my favorite coach. Ever.

I came home from East Lansing on a post-victory high, and was busy getting ready for a dinner party tonight when I got a text that would change my mood.  All my friend Brad wrote was: Turn on ABC.  Now.

And I did.

And…… ouch.   The Nittany Lions were down by 23-24 to Iowa.  With just one second left in overtime.

Just like that – it felt like the season was over.  And I could be focused on the fact that they made a great run  of it.  They only have one loss now.  But it just seemed to knock the wind out of me.   I could relate to all the sad faces in Beaver Stadium.

I left a sympathy voicemail for a friend who would be feeling the loss so much more strongly than I.


Sorry Papa Joe.  Sorry Nittany Lions.  Sorry to all the fans in Happy Valley.  (and a few in Lapeer County, MI).

But it’s still a season to be darn proud of!

And MSU had a great win! 🙂

**note: This was actually posted at 11:48pm on Saturday night, and not on Sunday.  So I DID (barely) meet the NaBloPoMo requirements!!.


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Piece #10

10.) I went to Michigan State University.


And I am PROUD to be a Spartan!  Growing up in Michigan, I was vaguely aware of the rivalry between University of Michigan (UofM) and Michigan State University (MSU).  I really didn’t pick sides on the matter until I was a student at MSU. 

The deciding factors for me were the amount of “green” space and the specialty programs.  I graduated from what was Lyman Briggs School in the College of Natural Science.  LBS is now LBC – it’s been reinstated to college status in the last year.    What LBS meant to me was a uniquely challenging curriculum that integrated the sciences with art/philosophy/politics/pop culture.  You didn’t just learn about science, you also learned how it interracted with society as a whole.

LBS was also a residential college – which meant that I got to live in a huge dorm that largely consisted of other science-minded kids like me.  This was great because it gave me the freedom to fully be my “nerdy, tree-hugging, lab geek” self while I lived there.  It was also a safe place to do class/dinner/game-room time in my own little corner of a huge campus.  It really was the best of both worlds: Small college with lots of personal attention in the midst of a Large, Big Ten University.

As for the green space: My dorm window overlooked a large woodland, and there are lots of parks and natural woods distributed throughout campus.  I still love to walk in the Rose Garden, or the 4-H Children’s Garden – or Beale natural area. 

MSU was a place where I could breathe. 

I definitely made the right choice for me, and I haven’t once looked back with regret.  I made great friends, had lots of good & bad life experiences, learned to live on my own, grew up a WHOLE lot, and enjoyed some awesome Big Ten sports along the way.

#1 Mascot in the US!

#1 Mascot in the US!

Go Green!

Go White!

The fabulous Prezioso sisters, Sparty and me

The fabulous Prezioso sisters, Sparty and me

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For Kelly on her birthday

Dear Kel,

You are my oldest and best friend.  The first of all my Kelly’s 🙂  We went from checking out bugs, to drinking gross concoctions on dares, stealing textbooks (albeit discarded ones), to pre-teenhood.  Then came training bras, and boys, and o-my-gah – periods.  And high school. And boyfriends. and broken hearts.

After all this time I’m glad we chose not to be roommates in college.  It would have likely ruined our friendship.  I was in a very different place than you at the time, and I may have felt too constrained.  (Although a little more constraining might have done me some good!)  You saw me go from conscientious student, to college slacker.  Saw me through lost innocence, lost faith, lost sense of self, sense of worth.  You kept true to your own path, setting your sights on things beyond my vision.  Focusing on your goals,  and your calling.  Keeping your own circle of friends.  But you never let me out of your sight completely.

You never gave up.  You continued to encourage me, love me, plant seeds of faith and hope in my heart.  Even though I pushed them (and you) away.  Even though I asked you to kindly keep your Jesus to yourself, thankyouverymuch.  It took a few years (ha!) but your seeds found roots and are finally flourishing into a garden of my own.  And now he’s my Jesus too.  (and Kira’s, & Erin’s)  Who knows where your influence will end?  I know I’m not the only set of ripples you’ve sent out over the waters.

You let me know that you thought the world of me, and that I had value to add to this crazy world.  Even if it’s just my amazing Cranium skills!

You have always amazed me.  You are a bright and shining star in a gray world.  You are brilliant, talented, a hard worker.  A caring, insightful doctor.  A beautiful woman.  Funny friend.  Enthusiastic laugher.  I want to be just like you when I grow up. 🙂

Here’s to us on our 22nd birthday together.  May we have 100 more.  I love you more than words could express.



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