Thursday, March 27, 2014

Todo los dias

I found this cryptically titled post in my draft file. No post, just a title. I have no idea what I intended to write about, obviously something cultural...or chihuahuas. Obviously.

It seems that it is sinus/allergy/my head is not going to explode it's just going to make me wish it would season, which is AWESOME!! I think we can all agree that the opportunity to have a smashing week long headache is something everyone can make time for, right? It's killing me. I've had a couple of people recommend the Neti pot but just typing "neti pot" makes me gag a little so I don't feel like I'm really a candidate for that type of treatment. I prefer to ingest gallons of over the counter medicines and wait it out. Like the cavemen did.

How about this...sometimes the robots at Netflix recommends things based on my viewing history. I think it's pretty safe to say those robots have never seen Planes, Trains, and Automobiles. Not that Planes, Trains, and Automobiles is a bad movie, but the only similarity I can come up with between it and Fargo is mittens. And I don't know about you, but it's rare that I go on a mitten themed movie binge.

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Miles to go before I sleep

Or millions of math problems to work.

I have a math test this morning so, naturally, last night, while I should have been sleeping, imaginary numbers and square roots of things were running through my brain and the whole time Taylor Swift was singing in the background. Gah!

Stinking Taylor Swift. Does she bug you? She bugs me. She's all sweet and smiley on the outside, but I think girlfriend is a little bitter on the  inside. And, how in the world does she con men into singing duets with her? Does she call them up and say, "hey, I wrote another song about love.....going south.....because of the guy....wanna sing it with me?" I think the twinkle in her eyes must have like some James Bond gadget hypnotic powers and that's why they say yes.

I mentioned I didn't sleep much last night, right?

Anyway, here's Taylor, giving ultimatums to what appears to be a perfectly nice young man.

Monday, March 17, 2014

Finally, the expert advice I promised.

Reposted from 3/9/12

My brother was kind enough to write up a few REAL ideas for bracket strategy. I think he's spot on, until he starts knocking the mascot method, but whatever.......Thanks Scott!!

Okay okay. Here it is. The long awaited Bracketology or my thinking on this. You can pick Kentucky to go all the way and win or you can pick Duke and lose early.

On to a more serious level. A few things to watch. Never in the history of the NCAA tournament have the (4) #1 teams made it to the Final Four, so if you are looking at your bracket thinking that may happen you may want to reconsider. Also something to really watch is the fact that just because Kentucky has had close to a flawless season doesn’t make them a shoe in for the Final Four or the Championship. Every team in the country knows this and will come out hoping that they will be able to say that they are the team that knocked Kentucky out of the tournament.

So as you look at seed rankings on Sunday evening and Monday look at some of the individual teams. Personally I still have a lot of faith that the Ohio State Buckeyes are going to do some damage in the tournament. Look at Notre Dame. That team had some big wins before they finally got some respect this year and got ranked. I tend to put a lot of faith in the SEC and little faith in the western Pac-12 and Mtn West Conference teams. ACC teams are going to be solid to watch this year as well. Duke you can pretty much put your money on them making the Sweet 16 along with UNC and possibility even Florida State this year.

The little schools will be someone’s bracket buster for sure, so don’t count them all out, but on the flip side of that most of them are so happy that they even got invited to the tourney they will try their best, but still fall short.

Last recommendation. Don’t use the stupid Mascot picking or the seed picking, but budget 15 minutes today and 45 minutes on Saturday while you’re waiting on your kids and read up on ESPN or Fox Sports about some of the teams. Look back at early in the season to see how some of these teams started and how they finished.

Good luck.


(Sunday morning I'll post the link to the ESPN group and the rules for our little contest.)

Note~Remember this is an OLD post, do not go thinking Duke is going anywhere near the Sweet 16 this year, also all that stuff about Kentucky? Sadly, words from another era. 

Sunday, March 16, 2014

Think of it as Episode 4

I'm going to be re-posting a few old posts full of basketball talk. If you hate basketball then the next couple of weeks are going to be really annoying around here for you. Maybe instead of reading blogs you can schedule some time with a therapist to find out where your irrational dislike of the best thing EVER comes from. 

Just kidding!!

Originally posted 3/7/12

Don't you hate hate hate the way the Star Wars movies have "episode numbers"? My kids never say The Empire Strikes Back, they say, Episode 5. So stupid. First of all, if anything it's Episode 2. Secondly it's not an Episode, an episode is like 30 minutes of The Office. Right? The Empire Strikes Back is a movie. The whole mixing up the numbers has kind of put a cloud over my childhood. It's a little bit tragic.

That's kind of how Round One of the NCAA tournament is. Using my limited knowledge of tournament who-ha's I'm going to try to explain things, but it's going to be boring and possibly (likely) confusing, and the bottom line is that Round 2 is REALLY the 1st round so don't worry about episode 4.

Here goes~

There is a selection process to determine which 68 teams will be able to enter the tournament. 30 teams get in automatically by winning their conference tournaments. The Ivy League doesn't have a tournament they just send the winner of their regular season because they are a private club, not a conference. That makes 31 teams, leaving 37 more, "at large", spots. Those spots are filled with teams chosen by a committee who makes decisions based on all kinds of things like national ranking, cutest cheerleaders, and strongest mascot. This naturally leaves room for interpretation, and also a few hard feelings among those whose teams don't get selected. (Sorry Santa Cruz Banana Sluggers)

Once the teams are picked and seeded (ranked), on Selection Sunday the brackets are released. The 4 lowest seeded automatic (if you consider winning your conference automatic) teams play the 4 lowest seeded "at large" teams in Episode 4 Round 1. This was formerly known as the Play-In round, but for who knows why, probably to generate confusion, it is now known as Round 1.

Round 1 will not be on your brackets but you should pay attention to it a little bit, even if it's just to know who the teams are because the winners of Round 1 WILL be on your brackets, but not until it's too late. Got it? Me neither.  In my opinion, just like the 8's & 9's, it's pretty much a coin toss. If you have other insight please share in the comments. PLEASE.

My advice to you is if you really want to understand all of this stuff you go either here, or here, and see what someone with actual knowledge has to say.

And.....if you're sick of basketball talk, come over tomorrow when we will explore my crazy on a deep and revealing level.

Friday, March 14, 2014

This. Is. Awesome.

Thursday, March 13, 2014

The best part was smelling like a coconut all summer long.

Yesterday all that talk about Hawaiian Tropic reminded me of this secret tanning concoction my mom used to make. It was baby oil and iodine. When applied correctly it gave your skin a bit of an orange tint. I know, RIGHT?! I'm not sure of the ratio (I'd guess something like 20 parts baby oil to 1 part iodine, Mom? Care to share your recipe?). Anyway, I was just thinking about how my friends and I would LITERALLY fry ourselves for hours at a time, turning our lounge chairs to insure we were always DIRECTLY under the sun. Heaven forbid you roast unevenly.

Crazy, right? Now I wear sunscreen all the time and I would never let my kids get all slimed up with oil and sunbathe. I mean really...CANCER!! It's real. Maybe because I grew up in Kentucky my mom didn't feel like we were close enough to the actual surface of the Sun, but here, in Arizona, I'm mean, it's almost like you can reach right out and touch it, so, I don't know, maybe that makes a difference. Also, it was the 80's. If a tan was important to Don Johnson and Mr. Roark it was important to all of us.

Speaking of basketball...

Here's a link to the bracket group. It's called Sue's 2014 Group. I know, I'm the most original group namer EVAH. 

Same deal as last year.~
1. Click on the link.
2. If you've played before just use your same login/password from last time, or you can login through your facebook account.
3Pick your teams.
4. When your team wins you get points, whoever has the most points at the end of the tournament wins. (I don't care how your office bookie scores his bracket group, we will be using the ESPN rules, which do not require me to do any math, thankyouverymuch.)
5. Winner gets one shirt, any team they want. Unless you don't like prizes, or you feel weird about claiming prizes, or you don't wear shirts. If you're just in it for the glory I get it. (Not really, but I'll pretend like I do so you don't feel awkward.)

You will not be able to start filling in your brackets until Sunday evening after all of the teams have been announced. The group will remain open until tip off of the March 20th games, at that time the group will lock. 

May the odds be ever in my your favor, and all that jazz.

Wednesday, March 12, 2014

Young me would be so embarrassed by old me.

This week is my Spring Break. It's funny how your idea of a good time changes as you get older, right?

When I was younger (and stupider) Spring Break was a big party, like the kind with beer, and there was always a significant effort to get a tan so it at least LOOKED like you spent the week all slathered up with Hawaiian Tropic on the beach in Florida. It's still a "party", but my definition has changed. Now party means I can get to bed at a decent hour and I don't have wear make-up for 2 days in a row.

It's so nice to not have to go to class or have math homework for a few days. I've been using my free time super wisely. I polished off the rest of season 2 of House of Cards, then I washed my brain out with a few old episodes of 30 Rock, then I day-dreamed for an hour about the unstoppable team that would be created if Jack Donaghy and Frank Underwood joined forces. I've also eaten my weight in dark chocolate Cadbury mini eggs (I really need the candy holidays to be OVER), and I returned some over-due books to the library. It's only Wednesday!! Can you imagine the amount of candy and bad TV I will have consumed by the end of the week??

Spring Break ROCKS!

It's not all fun and games though, I have a presentation due soon after the break is over, and a math test coming up, so I'll be doing some school work this week. Just not the normal amount and I won't be wearing make-up....or pants....while I do it. Cha-Ching!!

And now, if you'll excuse me, I have to go do some research on the rising rates of female incarceration in the United States.

Tuesday, March 11, 2014

It's that magical time of year

Just because things are crazy around here doesn't mean I've forgotten what's important in life. Selection Sunday is this weekend...YAY! Basketball, y'all! Kentucky is having a rough year, not as rough as last year, but still.... I always struggle between team loyalty and my vicious competitive streak when it comes to filling out my bracket. Sigh. Anyway, the time is nigh, study up and get ready to make your picks.

Later this week I'll post a link to the bracket group and next week I'll post some links to printable brackets.