I could begin this post many different ways. The best way (the one I’m choosing to go with) is to just say hi! I have another post already planned for this week so I’m ahead of the game.
As someone who craves timelines and structure, I’m *trying* to give myself some grace with this whole adjustment thing. Everyone has told me that it takes months, which is both reassuring and frustrating. Adjustments have never ever come easy to me so I wasn’t expecting this to be any different (you didn’t know me when I first started college…yikes!). I promise I won’t mention it every post ;)
Today, let’s talk about less serious things…like football, Florida and Flo Rida. A week’s delayed weekend recap.
Last weekend was very exciting in Tampa. We hosted the College Football Playoff National Championship Game. Too long of a long title. And by we, I mean not at all me, just the city of Tampa. The game (Clemson v. Alabama) was last Monday night but my family and I had access to some fun events over the course of the weekend. Perks of living at home.
First, I ran a 5k. Let’s not confuse this with racing a 5k, I just ran in an organized race. It was 30 degrees that morning so I think that forced me to run faster. I was pleasantly surprised with my time (23:43) considering my running status is still TBD.
Here I am with a big metal statue of a football player near the finish line.
I took the hottest shower ever after the race because I was neither mentally nor physically prepared for the cold.
Later that night, we went to see Usher perform downtown. The CFP hosted a free concert series on the Saturday and Sunday before the game; Flo Rida performed on Saturday and Usher headlined on Sunday. Flo (we’re on a first name basis) attended Usher’s concert and we saw him at a pre-party. The only reason I knew it was him was because other people were taking photos. He’s like a C-list celebrity so I don’t know if I could pick him out on the street (minus the posse, of course). You don’t know how badly I wanted to sing “shawty had them apple bottom jeans, boots with the fur…” I’m sure he loves being reminded of his Grammy-worthy breakout hit.
Back to Usher. Free concert or not, it was amazing. He sang a few songs with Lil Jon and it was just a really fun (late) night. The jumping and dancing helped keep us warm, too. Oh and Gavin DeGraw sang before!
Monday was the game.
As a sports fan (and human being) I feel really lucky to have attended both a Superbowl and now a College Football National Championship. The funny thing is…if you didn’t know the teams were college-aged, you would think this was a Superbowl. It was in$ane, from the set-up and signage around town to the pre-game events and entertainment.
It would have been like a million times better if my school was playing (or a school I was affiliated with) but still, the atmosphere was electric. You just couldn’t help but get into the game.
My one complaint: WHY did it have to start at 8:30 p.m.? Even the Superbowl starts at 6:30! Because I wanted to get at least five hours of sleep, I left before the end of the game. It pains me that I didn’t see that last play live, but I did what I could given the circumstances of work the next day.
I almost forgot the best part: I made the jumbotron. I tweeted a picture with the hashtag for the game and either no one else in the stadium did it (likely) or I got lucky. I almost tweeted this picture of the jumbotron with the hashtag again, just to play with the system.
Two nights of very little sleep made for an emotionally eventful and exhausting week. It was worth it. I’d do anything for sports.
One last thing before I leave you…I was interviewed by my friend Christina from Addicted to Lovely. We talked about celiac disease, gut health and a few other fun things. Check out the interview here!