Tuesday, January 3, 2012

poke, poke her!

if the first two days of 2012 are any indication of what the rest of the year is gonna look like, then i need to prepare for two things:

The World Series of Poker & a seriously sore toosh!

i've played in three games and have won two...i've already equaled my number of wins from 2011. i know what you're saying, "you should play all day/everyday." well let me tell ya, i would be parked by that felt table if my booty didn't start aching 20 minutes into the game. i've dealt with bleacher butt before but this is on a whole new level! i'm talking about 'what what in the butt'!!!

you gotta endure the pain to fully enjoy the pleasure...so bring on the cards and the painkillers!

here's to a great 2012!!! #winning  

Saturday, December 17, 2011

i found this lil gem

i got my hands on the video played at the Husky Legend night. 
i figured you guys will get a kick out of it. 

 and don't forget to drink some purple beer this weekend!

Saturday, December 10, 2011

i have an addiction

 i've always loved shopping so this probably won't shock many people. i stumbled upon Etsy.com in september and if there was such thing as a "rookie shopper of the year award", i am positive that i would be in the running. below are some of my favorite october and november purchases. i can't wait to start...who am i fooling, continue x-mas shopping on this gem of a website.

the absolute best thing about Etsy is that all of the vendors are small businesses and in some cases, local too. people selling to people without the big corporation crap. did i mention that i love Etsy...

 awesome fine art photograph that i can't wait to hang.

 i have found the most amazing pillow covers...if i could, i would have a room full of pillows.

 these are the best hairbands i have ever owned. they make great bracelets before getting your hair out of your face.

 my most cherished purchase!

 if it looks antique it's because it is.

 gonna make some sweet vases.

 you already know!

chalkboard blocks...my mantle has a lot to say.

scrabble coasters.

enough blogging...back to shopping!

Tuesday, December 6, 2011

drinking beer for ALS. part 2

yep, you read this right! you get another opportunity to drink for the MEF.
go down to the Ram (U Village ONLY) december 11-18th, order some grub, watch a game or two and drink purple beer. not just beer, but PURPLE BEER...$1 from every purple beer sold will go directly to the melissa erickson foundation.

drinking for a good cause is always a good time and everything is better when it's purple...true, true.

Tuesday, November 29, 2011

miss you

i really miss this guy...

my way of coping is to pretend like the worst never happened. i'm finding that my way just doesn't work this time. 

it's just not fair. andrew fought harder than anything i've ever encountered.

he is truly my hero.
i choose to remember his laugh, his sarcasm, his strength and the joy he has brought to my life.

Rest in Peace.

Saturday, November 19, 2011

perfectly happy

here are a couple pictures from wednesday night. i can't even begin to describe how special the night and honor was. my memories of the dawg days are unparalleled and extremely cherished. so to be asked to return and have another chance to step on the court at good ole' Hec Ed, i was nervously excited. it's funny, besides the first few games of my freshman year, i never became nervous at the thought of stepping on the court and becoming the center of attention. so why, on a night that a MVP performance could only be derailed if my wheelchair broke down, was i nervous to step on the same floor that i've flopped, sprinted and chest bumped on for four years?! i dunno either...but that's why i brought my teammates with me. as soon as i stepped on the court, i felt at home again and i couldn't stop smiling. the video and script was perfect. when i realized that both Coach McGuff and Coach Bonvicini were keeping their teams on the floor, i felt extremely special. the best part of the night was the best part of every game day. husky fans are like no other in college sports...well they actually share the same passion as any fan of their favorite college, BUT according to me (and it's my blog, SO) Husky fans are the greatest! so naturally the best part of the evening was sharing it with our loyal fans. whether they've been following the team for a year or since the program's first year, these guys love their Huskies. the love and applause i was showered with was amazing. it was the most perfect night and i am so thankful to Megan Osmer, Shannon Kelly, Elliott Silvers, and Colleen and R.B. Caulkins. thank you to the program and my teammates for the continued support. and thank you to my family for EVERYTHING.

i'll post more pictures and a copy of the video when it becomes available. it was so, so awesome...i'm still smiling.

Monday, November 14, 2011

UW to recognize Melissa during game vs Seattle U on Nov. 16

When Mo asked me to write something for the upcoming UW game against Seattle U, where the new staff and team will recognize Mo and her courageous battle against ALS, I was simultaneously honored and nervous. There’s really no reason why Mo shouldn’t be able to write something like this herself, asking her legions of friends to attend Wednesday night’s contest, not simply because she will be recognized by the program where she dedicated four years of her life to perfecting her “flop”, but where she also took young freshmen under her wing and along with her 5 fellow seniors, taught me and three other wide-eyed 18 year olds what it meant to be a Husky. The hard work required every day, every practice, every drill. The dedication it takes to be great, both on and off the court. The commitment to support your teammates, challenge them and ultimately, stand by them, no matter what. I was nervous because I wanted to make sure the words I chose did justice to the person I have spent years admiring and looking up to, hoping someday to be like her when I grow up.

So really, when I think about it, there’s no reason Mo shouldn’t be writing this entry herself. She’s earned the right to ask her friends and family to join her on a night, long overdue, where the place she gave so much of herself is finally giving something back. A place where long after she hung up her Nikes and put away her sweatband, she continued to support new coaches and players as they discovered what it meant to be a Husky. But when Mo posed the question, she felt silly for asking and was worried that writing it herself might make her look “self-absorbed.” From the days where I longed for Mo to graduate, so I could finally wear #4 on my uniform, to today, where I long for a cure to an ugly and devastating disease, self-absorbed has never been a word I would use to describe her. Although the adjectives I would’ve picked at 18 might be slightly different than I pick at 29, they generally remain the same; Tenacious, caring, self-less, influential, dedicated, consummate teammate, thoughtful, humble in the face of adversity, thankful and genuine are only a start to the many that come to mind. Mo truly has shown us what it means to be a Husky, through and through.

As I get older and basketball continues to move further and further into the category of things I used to do, people still ask why I went to UW and if I liked it there. In the 11 or so years it’s been since I could call myself a Husky, the answer has never changed. And in those 11 years, it’s only become stronger. I went there because of the people I was going to be able to call my teammates and coaches. Maybe none of us realized it when we signed our name on that piece of paper or walked into the coach’s office, asking if there was a roster spot to try out for, the 15-20 people we would go through the next four years with would be, by and large, the same 15-20 people we will continue going through life with. And when one of those people needs our help, support or encouragement, the commitment we made all those years ago still binds us. When Mo sent a small group of us an email, shyly asking if we could make it to the game, it wasn’t long before numerous replies from friends and teammates all over the state came in, emphatically stating “yes!” we’ll be there. 

The pride we all take in being Huskies pales in comparison to the pride we take in each other and the women we have become. Mo has been an inspiration and example for all of us throughout her 30-some years, constantly being mindful of others, doing so much for so many people and never turning her back on anyone, even as her body started to turn its back on her. I know we all enjoy coming together to show our support on one sunny, summer day in Seattle, where throngs of people who know Mo and countless others who don’t, take to the streets of Queen Anne to imbibe for a cause greater than all of us. But, on a fall day where the sun might be obscured by clouds and the beer might not be flowing until we hit up the Ram after the game (like we always do), I ask that you join me and my teammates in showing our support for Melissa, our teammate, our friend. Mo has not only defined what it means to be a Husky, but she has also redefined the meaning of family. She has consistently shown that family isn’t whose blood you share; it’s who you care about. So whether your athletic family bleeds Cougar crimson or Husky gold, on Wednesday night we all share in one thing: our collective love for Melissa Erickson.