Wednesday, February 24, 2010

Memphis Tennis

For one of my birthday presents, Morgan and I went to Andy Roddick's first round tennis match at the Regions Morgan Keegan Championships in Memphis. I loooove tennis. Roger is my favorite (since before he was even great...I saw something in him, haha), but I also really like Andy. He's my #2. Followed by (in no order) Hewitt, Soderling, and Djokovic. I like a ton of players though. (like James Blake) Well, when I found out about the tournament, I told Morgan we HAD to go. I was torn between buying tickets for "Maria Sharapova's first round match followed by another featured match", "Lleyton Hewitt's first round match followed by another featured match", and "Andy Roddick's first round match, followed by another featured match". It wasn't a hard choice for Morgan--Andy of course (but I still really wanted to see Maria). So, we bought our tickets...without knowing who Andy was playing or who the other featured match would be. The week before the tournament I found out that Andy would be playing James Blake! So exciting. Annnnd then, the day before the match, I looked online to see if maybe they had released the "other featured match"...they had. And it was (dun dun dun) Maria Sharapova vs. Bethanie Mattek-Sands. Also, I was going to skip my 3:00 class that day, but it was canceled, so I didn't have to!

Well, we got to Memphis, ate a quick bite, and headed to the venue. When we got there, we found our seats...that were AMAZING, if I may.

Roddick v Blake 6-3, 4-6, 7-4

Roddick won the first set 6-3. (Blake wasn't very happy with a few of the calls.) Blake used his anger to come back and win the second set 6-4. The final set (they only play 3 at this tournament) was so unbelievably close and went to a tie break. In the end, Roddick won.



Also, Andy's serve really is amazing to see. They talk about it all the time and I've seen it on TV...but this was just...different. this was a 133 MPH ace.

Maria Sharapova v Bethanie Mattek-Sands 6-1, 6-1

This Mattek-Sands girl didn't really impress me much...but who would be impressive against Sharapova? In the middle of the match, some people left, so we moved down to the front row (from the 6th). I'm pretty sure Maria's sweat landed on my arm.



And, a video of Maria's serve.

It was such a fun time...my first professional tennis match to go to. I don't miss one on TV...so it was cool to finally see it in person.

Tuesday, February 23, 2010

Week Long Birthday

Okay, so...I really like myself. So of course, my birthday celebration lasted a whole week.

It all began on Thursday, February 4th

My very best friend, Brittany, came to visit. We've been friends since middle school and have remained extremely close.


I'll begin by saying...I had a great time this night...from what I'm told. Some of my best friends and I all hung out at Brad's and then went to my favorite "sitting" bar, The Burgundy Room. This is how I hear my night went: I had trouble standing on my own, passed out fell asleep at the bar, fell into a bush when we got home, and missed a delightfully funny comedy hour with Erin and Brad. I really regret not taking that 5 Hour Energy Shot.



And the fun continued on Friday, February 5th


We had a whole row filled in the movie theater at the Oxford Film Fest to see The Night of the Loup Garou. (A friend of mine made the film, and a group of my friends were in it. Rachel was in it and was seeing it for the first time.) It is seriously legit. So funny and so just...awesome. So, buy the DVD. Learn more about the movie at the Loup Garou website. Annnnnd once you buy the DVD, I'll be free to autograph it. Just contact my agent.

After the film fest, we went back to Brad's and watched SNL: the best of Amy Poehler. Buhthis Buhis Buhmy Buhfavorite Buhskit...even though I am a fan of W.

The Main Celebration: Party @ Brad's Saturday, February 6th

My friends are wonderful and threw me a party at Brad's condo before we went out to the bar. Our time at the bar was definitely overshadowed by the party, which was a BLAST. My Matthew Gray Gubler cake (that originally said "Happy 13 Jay") was awesome. My friends were awesome. And of course, my presents were awesome.



But even more awesome...was the icing fight after the bar.



And then Superbowl Sunday February, 7th

The day began with Morgan, Rachel, and I going to Memphis to go to Target. I bought myself a birthday present (NIRVANA: Live @ Reading). Then, later, we went to our office SuperBowl party. Sadly, I was pulling for the Colts. We arrived, expecting everyone to be yelling "Who Dat" and decked out in black and gold...but the Colts fan base was significantly larger. I guess the support didn't really help the outcome but it's okay. We still had fun!



Finally, my ACTUAL birthday - Monday, February 8th

Mondays are NOT fundays for me. I have work from 8-9. Business School CEO office hour from 9-10. Economics class from 10-11:15. Work from 12-3. Marketing class from 3-4:15. MIS class from 6-8:45. Not the way I wanted to spend my birthday, but I guess I had celebrated enough. Orrr...had I? After my class, Holly and I went to the B-Room for a few (which turned into a lot) drinks. We switched dates, which was fun.



Tuesday, February 9th

A good friend of mine was in town from Austin, TX, conveniently the day after my birthday...so we got to hang out, have a couple beers, and catch up with each others lives for a few hours. (We obvi have a couple beers every time we hang out.)



And finally, Day 7... Wednesday, February 10th

Wednesday night I just had a chill night with a group of my best friends. It was a very nice, relaxing way to end my crazy week long birthday celebration.

Thanks to all my friends for making 22 the best birthday yet. And, if you read ALL this...and got all the way to the bottom...thanks for putting up with me!