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A Spartan Weekend

This past weekend I was able to cross off something on my list that I’d never done before: attend a Spartan basketball game.

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Do you guys know that in the four years I attended Michigan State I didn’t attend a single basketball game? For shame. I went to so many football games but a big regret of mine is not doing Midnight Madness and getting Izzone tickets (the student section). Just terrible. But hey! Better late than never. The best part of the weekend was being able to do this with one of my best friends, Jackie! I actually bought her tickets to this game as a birthday gift and assumed she and her husband would go. So when she asked me if instead, I’d go with her, and we’d make a girls weekend of it, I couldn’t say no!

But I’m getting ahead of myself. Let’s rewind and start from Saturday.

Saturday

Jackie arrived via Amtrak around noon, and after picking her up we headed to brunch! Since we both have an obsession with Paris and brunch, I decided going to Felix Bistro and Bar would be perfect! And was it ever! We each got a champagne cocktail and shared some warm olives. For our main meals, I opted for the Eggs Benedict (but really it was florentine since I got spinach to make it vegetarian) and Jackie got a Croque Madame.

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Both our meals and drinks were delicious and it was great just catching up with her since I hadn’t seen her since her birthday in December – also for shame. After we were done eating, we walked around Ann Arbor’s downtown since it was unusually warm (almost 50!) and I took her to a bookstore in town called Literati. It’s such a cute bookstore with local book signings, a cafe upstairs and they even have literary quotes painted on the side of the building. The downstairs is cute because they have an old typewriter set up and encourage patrons to add onto a story they’ve started.

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From there we walked around a little bit more, got a quick cup of coffee then headed to the store to get some fixings for for later (i.e. more champagne and items to make a charcuterie board for dinner). We ended up spending the afternoon and evening watching movies, drinking some bubbly and just having fun. If any of you follow me on Snapchat, you may have seen some of the hilarity I had posted on there.

SUNDAY

Sunday morning we got up kind of early, had a quick breakfast at home, but then packed up and headed up to Michigan State’s campus for the game! We arrived in East Lansing early (like noon-ish) and since tip off wasn’t until 5:15, we had the afternoon to kill. Our first stop before checking in was having lunch at Woody’s Oasis, which is a nostalgic place for any Michigan State alum. They definitely top my list as some of the most legit Mediterranean food ever. I got a falafel plate that came with four pieces of falafel, spicy hummus, fattoush and pita. I think I ate maybe a quarter of that plate, if that. I had forgotten how huge their portions are! Luckily we just packed up our leftovers!

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Once we were done eating, we took our chances and were able to check into our hotel early. The Marriott in EL is situated across from campus so it’s perfect because you can park underground and then walk across the street and into campus!  Since we had a few hours to spare before the game, we walked to the newly build Eli and Edyth Broad Museum on campus.

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It is an absolutely stunning building architecturally and it’s pretty quick to walk through since it’s quite small. There were some interesting exhibits in there, though.

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After we left there, we went back to the hotel for a few minutes and then made our walk to the Breslin for the Spartan game!

Let me tell you: It doesn’t matter how many times I visit that campus, my heart just goes pitter-patter walking through it. It is seriously one of my most favorite places on earth. The memories I made there during time there will never leave me. I love walking through it and seeing what has changed, seeing what is still the same and remember all the shortcuts to get from A to B.

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Sparty aka Bae watching over campus <3

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Beautiful Beaumont <3

Overall, the game was a lot of fun! Jackie and I were doing all the student cheers along with the students, even though we were sitting a lot further up from the student section. Hey! Some things you never forget how to do – and Spartan cheers during games is one of them ;) Spartans played and defeated Rutgers so it was a good time for sure! GO GREEN!

After walking through the mist back to our hotel, we changed out of our slightly damp clothing (the weather was not too friendly to us that day) and then made our way to our favorite bar and our ol’ stomping ground: The Peanut Barrel. This bar is everything to us. A lot of students have their bars they love and while I went to a few of them, the one that is my absolute favorite is this one. They’re known for their long islands, which are so strong you’re only allowed to order 2. Then you have to switch to something else. I remember them being a lot stronger and a lot larger than what is served now, but I still had to get one for ol times sake.

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We met up with our other friend Valerie who not only lives in the area, but she works for the university and was also at the game. So it was fun to just hang out and catch up. Unfortunately, being a Sunday, Valerie had to leave so she could get to bed before work. However, Jackie and I were staying the night, so we ended up staying at the Barrel for a while. And by “a while”, I mean, we closed the bar down. That was a first! Luckily there weren’t a lot of people in there and the ones who were, we all became fast friend with, and the night ended up being a contest to see who would pick the best songs off the jukebox. A truly fun, and memorable night!

After making it back to our hotel, we crashed pretty hard but were somehow still wired and didn’t fall asleep until 4ish. Terrible. So that meant the drive home on Monday a little… groggy. I wouldn’t have changed anything though, because it was a lot of fun and another fun event I can add to the memory bank!

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And really, any time I can hang out with this chickie, is time well spent.

What are some of your favorite college memories?

Biking. Bees. Football.

 

I would say Happy Monday to everyone, but Mondays are gross and I don’t welcome them with happiness.
However, I will say this: I had quite the good night’s sleep last night. The first in a very long set of nights. I don’t know why I can’t sleep well. I go to bed at a decent hour every night and get well between 6-8 hours of sleep each night! I honestly think we need a new bed. But I digress.

How was everyone’s weekend? Ours was…good. It had a lot of ups and downs actually.

As most of you probably already know, REB and I participated in the Tour de Troit in Detroit over the weekend. It’s a bike ride through the city. There were two rides to choose from: the 62-mile metric which was more hardcore and more like a race. Then one we did: the 30-mile leisure ride through the city.

But first, the weekend kicked off with a date night downtown at one of our favorite breweries, Grizzly Peak. It was a beautiful night downtown and also very busy since it was a home game weekend for Michigan (who killed the Minute Men I might add). Nevertheless, we enjoyed waiting outside while we waited for our table.

Even though I am not a fan of the school here, I can’t deny how fun the downtown atmosphere of Ann Arbor is. Especially in the summer and fall! It’s like a big, little city and we love it here. We ordered a few beers (I got a pale ale and he got an amber – both local), then we split some warm pretzel sticks for an appetizer, then split dinner: he got the chickpea sandwich and I got a margherita pizza. Delicious!

We went home after walking around a little bit, relaxed and hit the hay early since we had to be up very early to make it down to the D before the ride began!

The Tour de Troit starts at the iconic Michigan Central Station: the old train station in town. The same guy who designed this building also designed Grand Central Terminal in NYC. It’s so sad to see MCS in the state it’s in now :( It closed down in the mid-80s, but apparently people still sneak in there (risking receiving a trespassing citation!) to get some beautiful shots of the city and the architecture inside.

We got there super early to pick up our packets and also enjoy the light yogurt, granola and fruit they were offering as a quick breakfast. The metric began at 8 a.m., an hour before we started our ride, and then by 9:30 we were off!

 We were two of 5000+ people who rode that day! We rode all over Detroit, through some run down places, but also through some beautiful neighborhoods with huge homes still occupied today. It was a really fun way to see the city, and safe because it was a completely closed course that was also police-escorted.

We had a few stops here and there, but the main stop was on Belle Isle Park where they provided us with apples, bananas, granola bars and Viatmin Water to fuel up. We opted for the fruit, and packed our own bars in the back of our bike shirts. I also downed a ton of water during that stop. It was 18 miles to Belle Isle, and then another 11 or 12 back to the starting point!

I’ve never been to Belle Isle, but it’s a beautiful little island in the middle of the Detroit River and from there, you can see both Windsor, Canada and Detroit and its skyline!

The race was a lot of fun, but I don’t know if I’d do a leisure ride again. Both REB and I like to maintain a steady speed (he can go REALLY fast. Me? I like to do around 15-16 mph) and because there were so many people going so slow, we couldn’t do that. It took us like 3 hours to complete the whole ride because we averaged about 10 mph. There were pockets where we could go on the outside and speed up, but I don’t know. Cruising around isn’t really my thing on a bike, I came to find out. But hey! It was a fun way to see the city, do an extended ride for the first time and also a pretty good workout!

The rest of the weekend was spent trying to take pictures of bees in mid-flight – which is VERY hard to do – and also watch football! It was just not my weekend for football this weekend. Michigan State lost to Notre Lame and I was pretty pissed. I wasn’t happy, it was awful, and I don’t want to talk about it.

My fantasy team didn’t do as well as it could have either since all my players decided to get hurt or not show up to play ball. I didn’t do terrible, but last week was a lot better.

All in all, not a horrible weekend, but I wish it could have been better sports-wise ;) I hope this week in football makes me happier!

Lots to look forward to this week and weekend too. One of my best friends is celebrating her 30th birthday and she and I are finally doing a girls night together! Should be a lot of fun!

Does anyone else take football as seriously as I do?