This past weekend I was able to cross off something on my list that I’d never done before: attend a Spartan basketball game.
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.
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.
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.
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 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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
And really, any time I can hang out with this chickie, is time well spent.
What are some of your favorite college memories?