Monday, March 19, 2012

Spring Break 2012

Well, here I am, sitting in the library on campus. Back to another week of school after a week off for spring break. I miss it already! Although it feels good to be back on campus and being productive, I sure do miss the warm weather down in Mesquite, NV.

This year for spring break I spent the entire week at my friend Jake Frisby's house in Beaver Dam, AZ (about 10 miles outside of Mesquite). We spent every day BBQing, eating tons of junk food, watching college basketball, gambling, and shooting shotguns. For me, this was a perfect way to spend spring break.

In years past, I've had some bigger adventures for spring break. My freshman year I went on a roadtrip with seven of my friends from Logan to Las Vegas to Huntington Beach to San Diego to Zions National Park and back to Logan. I slept on a bed once the entire trip! For the most part, we would buy one hotel room and cram eight of us in the room. I had a blast on that trip, but I think my back was a bit angry with me by the end.  My sophomore year I spend my spring break down in Las Vegas for the WAC basketball tournament. Most of my time was spent yelling my brains out during our basketball games. And to cap it off, we got to storm the court at The Orleans Arena when we won the championship game. Well, to also cap it off, I did win an Android phone for winning a dance competition during a time out. I guess that was pretty sweet, too.

For this year though, it was all about relaxing. With school being so stressful and time-consuming, I didn't want to spend my spring break going from place to place and being stressed from traveling. The most "intense" part of the trip was going spotlight jackrabbit hunting in the middle of the night. I've never hunted before, but this was a blast. Standing in the back of a moving truck with a rifle, shooting at jackrabbits and beer bottles. It was a great time.

Another first-time thing for me this trip was shotgun shooting. We spent two days shooting clay pigeons over a cliff in the Arizona desert. It was awesome! And it turns out I'm actually not too bad at shooting shotguns.

Red shorts and shotguns.

One thing that didn't go so hot for me this trip? Gambling. Our first night in Mesquite we played at a $3 blackjack table. I ended up breaking even the first night, but the next two nights I lost $20 a night at the exact same table. Ending up forty bucks down at the end of the trip didn't make me too happy, but it was fun to play cards with my friends and meet new people.

Overall, the trip was pretty good. Felt great to get away for a while. I'm not used to being on campus just yet, but I'll be okay. Let's hope.

Wednesday, March 7, 2012

Waiting for Spring Break

Hey everyone!

Alright, this is one of the hardest weeks of school by far. Next week is Spring Break, and all I can think about it no classes for an entire week! Everyone on campus is talking about where they're going and what they'll be doing for the break. Does this make paying attention in class and studying for an exam difficult? Very.

Luckily, this week isn't too packed for me. Okay, actually, it kind of is. I've already completed a Physics assignment, had a physics quiz, also a biochemistry quiz. I need to complete two biochemistry lab reports, then do a biochemistry lab on Thursday. Also, to top it all off, I have a genetics exam on Thursday morning. What a joy! But... if I just busy through this week and fight through the pain... I can relax all of next week.

Speaking of next week... it's going to be fun. Next week I'll be traveling down to St. George, Utah; Mesquite, Nevada; and Las Vegas! I'll be traveling with four of my good friends that are in my fraternity: Max Parker Dahl, Jake Frisby, Brian Isom, and Ben Wilson. Basically the entire week will be filled with BBQ'ing, coyote hunting, gambling in Vegas/Mesquite, and watching some March Madness.

That's Kyisean Reed. The dude is a BEAST!

Before I talk about March Madness... just take a look at that picture of Kyisean Reed on senior night. Get out of his way! He had too many awesome dunks to count this season in the Spectrum. I expect him to throw down some monster jams in the WAC tournament.

The men's basketball team won both their last two road games to finish off the season! We won at San Jose State and won a clutch 61-60 victory at Hawaii. It's not easy to win at Hawaii, let alone on their senior night. We ended the regular season at 17-14 (8-6 in the WAC). This puts us as the 4 seed in the WAC tournament coming up later this week. It kills me that I won't be there. Sigh... I just hope that we can make a good run in the tournament. We play La Tech for our first game. If we win the tournament (like we did last year), we'll punch our ticket to the NCAA tournament! The big dance! But, there are some great teams in the WAC this year. Nevada and New Mexico State are the powerhouses (fitting, they're our rivals). Also, Idaho has been great, too. So, really, this tournament is anyone's for the taking. After the WAC tournament, it's then all about March Madness. I know I'll blog about that later.

Another awesome thing to note... our women's basketball team this year has been amazing! They finished the regular season at 20-8 (11-3 in the WAC). It is the best record our women have ever had (with the 20 wins)! They basically killed it all season. They're a 2 seed in the tournament and will play Nevada. I believe our girls can win the tournament!

Well, I guess it's time for me to get some sleep so I can get all my work done tomorrow. Only a few more days until I'm enjoying the 75 degree weather down south.

Until next time!