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Claim to Fame

Have you ever heard of John Brown University?

Unless you know me personally or we went to college together, I’m gonna guess probably not.

JBU is a small private college in Siloam Springs, Arkansas. Aside from being ranked #1 Best Value among Southern Colleges by U.S. News and World Report, JBU has one other claim to fame.

The Toilet Paper Game.

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What started in 1980 with a few rolls of pilfered toilet paper thrown onto the basketball court by some crazy college kids has turned into the best technical foul in all of college sports.

Every year, hundreds of fans armed with hundreds of rolls of TP pack Bill George Arena for JBU’s home opener. There’s the dimming of the lights, the introduction of the players, the handshakes, the pep talks, the tip off, and then… the first points of the game for the JBU Golden Eagles, which triggers an immediate explosion of flying toilet paper.

See for yourself.

 

JBU gives up a technical foul as a result of the TP’ing, but it’s definitely worth it.

Now the TP Game is pretty exciting in and of itself, but the spectacle has garnered national attention over the past few years. It’s been featured on  Yahoo! Sports, ESPN’s “Around the Horn,” CBS Sports, and even Buzzfeed. Yes, Buzzfeed!

And let me tell you, anytime anybody from a small town makes national news about anything, it’s a big deal. It gets the townsfolk all a flutter. We talk about it for weeks. But then the talk dies down and life keeps moving and the Golden Eagles usually go on to have a pretty good season.

But for that one night, those few moments, we become the most exciting arena in college sports.

Gonna go get some gumbo

This is the back of the T-shirt I wore yesterday. It paid off.

If you missed the KU vs. UNC game, you missed out. It was one heckuva game! And of course, the best team came out on top. (Sorry Sadie Sades…)

My Jayhawks are headed to the Final Four in New Orleans!

“Gonna get me some gumbo.” That’s what our starting point guard, Tyshawn Taylor, shouted to the crowd as he cut down his piece of the net after yesterday’s Elite Eight victory.

Needless to say, I’m super excited about this weekend.

Hopefully we’ll bring back a little more than just gumbo.

Rock Chalk Jayhawk!

Selection Sunday

I. LOVE. SELECTION. SUNDAY.

For those of you who have no idea what I’m talking about (shame on you!), Selection Sunday is when the NCAA announces the 68 college basketball teams that will play in the greatest sporting event on the planet, otherwise known as March Madness, and where each team is seeded in the tournament bracket.

It’s a big deal.

Ever since I was a little girl, my Momma and I would watch the Selection Show together and fill out our brackets. We always filled out two: one where our beloved KU Jayhawks won it all and the other one with the teams we actually thought would make it.

Sometimes we kept track of our brackets just for fun, sometimes we entered various contests. I even won 40 bucks from the office pool at my job during my senior year of high school for having the best bracket (that was the year KU won the championship haha)!

The last couple years, my brackets haven’t done so well, but that’s just part of the fun and excitement. You never know which team is going to surprise everyone in the tournament and win when no one thought they would. Those teams are called “Bracket Busters.” And as much as people talk about stats and RPI’s and probabilities, the truth of the matter is that the tournament is always unpredictable. That’s why it’s called “March Madness.” And that’s why I love it!

 

This has been up on the whiteboard in my house all week…

 

Over the course of the week it got progressively added to.

There are infidels living in my house… obviously. But my sweet Momma Dear came to visit for a day this week and added “Rock Chalk Jayhawk” to the array of other nasty words (coughUNCcoughDuke). That’s right, you set ’em straight Momma!

We are now T-minus 10 minutes to Selection Show time and I couldn’t be more pumped!

Enjoy Selection Sunday everyone and feel free to shout out which team you’re going for in the tournament! But if you say Mizzou, or Duke, or UNC, I might have to delete your comments. (Just kidding.)

Life recently

I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again. I’ve neglected this blog. I’m sorry.

I know y’all wait with bated breath (pet peeve cliché right there) to read about the super exciting details of my life and y’all’s worlds cave in when I don’t post an update every day…

Okay, maybe not.

I’m pretty sure I only have three readers anyway, so sorry to you three. Let’s move on.

Life recently has consisted of…

–Thanksgiving. My favorite holiday of all time. It’s ten times better than Christmas in my opinion. No gifts. (I’m so not a gifts person.) Just quality time with friends and family, (I’m all about the quality time) and lots and lots of food. I’m all about the food too. I love to fill my plate with everything: turkey, mashed taters, sweet taters, green bean casserole, stuffing, and then cover my entire plate in gravy. Yes please, amen, thank you Jesus. Gravy is all that is right and holy in this world.

–Basketball. I’m still totally into football (even though my Chiefs are quickly playing their way to a last place standing in the AFC West) but basketball is my favorite sport and the college basketball season is gearing up. Several weeks ago my little Arkansas college made national headlines after our first home game of the season.

That is the Yahoo homepage. We’re famous for earning basketball’s best technical foul. And it’s a doozy. If you dont’ know what I’m talking about, you should do a Google search for, “JBU TP game.” It’ll change your life.

ESPN tweeted about us!

ESPN even aired footage of the game and gave commentary on our crazy tradition during its show, “Around the Horn.” We were on national television! It was a pretty big deal for our little bitty school.

And for one last bit of importnat life info, (that is probably not all that important to most people, but I’ll tell y’all anyway because that’s the kind of person I am…)

–I am turning into an old person. I just had a birthday earlier this week and now I go to bed at like 11:00 every night. Considering that I am a night owl and I am also a college student, this early bedtime business is kind of ridiculous. But I’m also not complaining. Sleeping is wonderful. I just haven’t done a whole lot of it the past three years of my life. It’s like I’m rediscovering my affections for an old friend.

That wording was weird. It’s past 11:30. I’m not thinking clearly. It’s past my bedtime. I’m going to bed.

Wednesday’s list

Happy Wednesday everybody! We are now closer to the weekend than the beginning of the week! Feels great, don’t it?

First off… let me apologize for my absence. Between my computer breaking, a nasty sinus infection, family weekend at my school, and just life in general I know I have neglected my little corner of cyberspace.

But I’m back! And I have missed you all! Thanks for sticking with me.

And because it’s Wednesday and a lot has been going on in my life as of late, I’m going to give y’all a middle-of-the-week list.

1. This was what it looked like for basically half the month of February.

Icy.

Sleet-y.

And dang stinkin’ cold.

But still beautiful.

Recently the weather has begun to turn. The spring rains are coming and the bushes are budding and soon we will see this!

Spring! Hallelujah! It’s been a long time coming.

March has never been so welcome in my life.

2. Yes, I like March weather. But, March is also very important to me because of… March Madness!

Seriously, I look forward to March Madness all year long. My obsession may or may not be a little unhealthy.

Ever since I was little, my mom and I have always watched the Selection Show together (until I went off to college that is) and filled out our brackets together. We always fill out two of them. One of how we think the tournament will actually go and one where KU wins it all. Because we are from Kansas and we love KU and we always want KU to win it all.

I won my job’s March Madness office pool during me senior year of high school. And KU won the national championship. It was glorious, but that’s a story for another day.

Back to the list.

3. I’m taking a practice LSAT test this Saturday. And I still can’t believe it. How I got to this point is a little bit of a long story, but where it sits right now is me taking this monster of a test in three days (completely cold, by the way) and starting to look into law schools.

Law school.

Never in my life would I have ever guessed that I would possibly go to law school.

People go to law school to become lawyers.

I don’t think I’m the lawyer type. But God knows what he’s doing, so I’ll just trust him and go with it! Faith is a scary thing. But that’s definitely another story.

4. I’m flying out to California in about a week and a half to celebrate my great aunt’s 90th birthday. My whole family–and I do mean whole family: every aunt, uncle, second cousin and sister-in-law by marriage twice removed–is going to be there. And I’m so excited! My family is the best family in the world in my opinion (but maybe I’m biased) and we always have the best parties! I can’t wait.

5. Once I fly back to Arkansas from California, I’ll have two days of class and then I’ll be on spring break! I can’t believe it’s that time of year already. School’s almost over. Life is about to get crazy. As if it wasn’t already.

6. Nothing is set in stone yet, but I have a good shot of completing an internship in Spain this summer. Words cannot explain how excited I am about this.

7. I went to a military ball this weekend. It was a blast! I went with one of my good friends and we had a great time together. I loved getting dressed up and learning more about the military (before I knew pretty much nothing, and I’m sure I asked my friend way too many questions about it) and just watching the people there. I expected the people there to be very formal and almost stiff because this was such a fancy shindig, but they were all pretty laid back, especially during the dinner. All in all, I had a great night.

8. I’m becoming addicted to the show Friends. Remember the popular sitcom that ran during the 90’s? Well, I’m only 10 years behind, but I’m finally jumping on that bandwagon.

9. It’s 67 degrees outside right now. Just thought you should know. I’m very happy about this.

10. KU plays tonight. And I have to write a paper before that. No more procrastinating.

The weekend is only two days away! Y’all can make it!

Much love,

kskristy

Pumpkins and a list

First off let me apologize for my week-long hiatus from this site.

I know this goes without saying, but life is crazy.

And that is definitely no exception in this college student’s life.

In the past week I have…

–Played more basketball than I have in all my high school years combined

–Toilet papered my university’s brand new sports arena to celebrate the beginning of basketball season

–Skipped class three times

–Skipped chapel twice

–Felt guilty about the above two lines only once

–Went to Kansas City

–Went to a rodeo

–Went to a concert

–Ate deliciously authentic German and Honduran food

–Pulled all of my hair out during the Chiefs vs. Bills game (just kidding… almost)

–Bombed a test

–And… (this is the best thing yet) won second place in a pumpkin carving contest with some of my best friends!

That’s all of us and our award-winning pumpkin!

We walked into the cafeteria one evening last week and were greeted with tons of huge orange pumpkins available for anyone to decorate. My friend Hannah and I picked out one of the biggest and smoothest pumpkins (because everybody knows it’s no fun painting a bumpy pumpkin, duh) and signed our group up for the campus-wide contest.

As we ate our dinner, we contemplated what we should paint on our pumpkin.

Our group consisted of a biology major, two education majors and two engineers, plus myself: the journalism and photography major. Consequently, that earned me the position of creative director of the group, despite my persistent refusals.

I tried to explain that there is a big difference between being creative with a camera and being creative with a paintbrush; the latter of which, I am most definitely not.

They didn’t get it.

In the end, we collaborated on the idea and decided to paint a seasonal pumpkin. Mainly because my friend Bethany is good at drawing trees and the rest of us figured it wouldn’t be too hard to paint little colored dots on the branches for leaves.

The finished product was above and beyond what any of us had imagined.

See for yourself.

Hannah and Morgan and their beautifully blossoming spring tree.

Kathryn and Lindy and their cheerful summer tree.

Lindy and myself and our vibrant autumn tree.

Bethany and her frosty winter tree.

Voting commenced over the next several days and the winner was announced on Monday. The winner of first place was an illustration major (go figure) and painted the most detailed design on her pumpkin I had ever seen. I’m sure it must have taken her ten years. She definitely deserved to win.

And we were all thrilled at our second place victory. In reward of our artistic efforts, we received a $25 gift card to Walmart.

Next weekend we are going to use the card to go buy real food (a true delicacy in college life) and make a real dinner.

You know you’re a college student when the highlight of your week revolves around fresh, homemade, healthy, non-cafeteria, non mass-produced food. I can’t wait.

Now excuse me while I go make some Ramen noodles.

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