Monday, April 30, 2012

It's like a whole new car

Remember my earlier post (here) about the spoiler on my car breaking in half and needing to be replaced?

Well, this weekend, the replacement was done. My car, Muskie, looks like a whole new car.

(Well, maybe not. And I don't want a new car anyway--I love the one I have. But I think he's looking better these days with the new spoiler. Plus it's nice to not have to worry about any water leaking into the trunk.)

On Saturday afternoon, my future brother-in-law and his friend installed Muskie's new spoiler. David and I helped--David did some of the drilling, and I was really good at holding spare screws and washers in one hand while holding the trunk halfway open with the other. But it was mainly the other two who did all the work (and had the know-how).

Want to see a picture? Of course you do.

Awesome.

A brand-new spoiler would've been more than $600. I got this one (again, thanks to a certain future brother-in-law's knowledge) from a salvage yard in New York. He found a spoiler online from a car that was the same model, year, and color, so we didn't have to worry about getting it painted to match. It was $147 (and that includes shipping).

When it arrived, we discovered that it wasn't quite the same as the old spoiler. It was very close, but just different enough that we'd have to drill through the holes already in the trunk to make them just a little bigger. We bought new screws, washers, and some Loctite, which we put on the screws before putting them in, just to add a little adhesive.

The tape (or "protector," as Mazda called it) on each end of the spoiler that acted as a seal was crumbling and peeling off, so we removed it. We needed to replace it, so I visited the local Mazda dealer last week to see if they sold anything that we could use. The guy took a look at the new spoiler (which I'd brought along in the trunk of my car) and told me he had just the thing. He gave me a length of double-sided automotive tape. Ha! I wasn't expecting that. But it seems to work just fine. Plus, it was free! Thanks, Mazda!

The total cost came to less than $200, or less than a third of what it would have cost to purchase a brand-new spoiler. And it looks just as great! Unfortunately, the light doesn't work, but that's a very minor issue. Maybe we can work on that some other time. Right now, I'm just excited to have the new spoiler attached.

Let's take another look, shall we?


Beautiful!

Friday, April 27, 2012

Upcoming Projects, Part III

Tired of hearing about all the things I need/want to do around the condo? Don't worry.... this is the third and final post of the "Upcoming Projects" series. If you missed the earlier posts, you can find Part I here and Part II here.

The kitchen

Here's our kitchen. Well, here's a portion of it:



What jumps out at you as needing to be updated? Um... everything, right? Unfortunately, "everything" is not in the budget.

Actually, the floor is probably OK. The appliances, which obviously are not shown here, are good, too. The cabinets and counter, however, could use a makeover. I'd like a new granite countertop, but being that we live in a modestly priced condo and, as far as I know, none of our neighbors have granite, it's probably something we wouldn't get money back on when we sell. So I'd be OK with a laminate that looks like granite. Or maybe something else. I'm not sure yet.

I'd like to paint the cabinets white, but like with the desk, I'm scared of what kind of result I might get. If the desk really turns horribly, it's not the end of the world--we could try to fix it or replace it or just deal with it. But you can't exactly go without kitchen cabinets, and their appearance is pretty important too. So instead of painting, we may replace them completely.... or at least replace the hardware.

I'd also like to add a backsplash. I don't know what kind, and this would be one of the last things we do, but I think it could be a not-too-expensive way to add a little something extra to the kitchen.

Since we won't be living here forever, I'm OK with not having my dream kitchen. And a total makeover doesn't make sense financially. But a few changes could be good.

What do you think about our kitchen? What updates should we consider? What can stay as-is?

Thursday, April 26, 2012

Upcoming Projects, Part II

Welcome to part two of the "Upcoming Projects" series. If you missed part one, you can find it here.

Here are the next couple of things on my list:

Those blank walls

Look at this wall in our bedroom.



It's very empty. It has the TV up against it, but that's it. I'm not sure what to do. Two things that match, or coordinate, on each side of the TV? Something different on each side of the TV? One big long picture or series of pictures across the top of the wall?

I need something for above the bed, too.

I really wish that vent was somewhere else.

Oh, and above the chest of drawers. And I need something to go on top of the chest of drawers.



Here's a big blank wall in the bathroom. Any artwork ideas here?



The desk

This desk sits downstairs, in the space between our family room and dining room.



You can just ignore the dust.

This desk is kind of the landing space for things like mail, coupons, etc. I've already started working on some improvements (more on that later), but I still have some ideas.

I'd like to get the things that are on there organized. The photo album needs to be filled with the photos sitting on top of it. The papers in the black container on the far right need to be filed. The coupons and gift cards need to be organized in the small gold box that they're currently stacked in.

I have a few bigger-picture things I want to do, too. I'd like to paint the desk black. I'm a little nervous about this, but I think it can be done. Michelle at Decor and the Dog has a great tutorial here about painting furniture. I think I could do it! (Side note: Isn't her dog cute?!?!?)

I'd like to get a new chair, too. Here's what we have now:


I'd rather get something like this (not sure yet on a color):
Photo from World Market

However, most chairs like this are outside of my budget, so I think I'm going to try to find a similar style at Goodwill and then paint and reupholster it myself. I'm not too worried about doing that, but I am a little nervous about painting the desk.

What do you think? Any ideas for those blank walls? Have you ever painted a desk or reupholstered a chair? If so, how did it turn out?

Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Spring has sprung

We have a rosebush in our side yard, and it's finally bloomed.






There are only three flowers so far, but I'm hoping for more soon.

My parents also have rosebushes in their side yard. Their yard is bigger, so they have several of them, while we only have one.

My mom had mentioned several weeks ago how theirs had started to bloom. (They live a couple hours south of us, so usually our plants and flowers bloom a little after theirs.) When I saw our roses had started to bloom, I sent her a picture.

She then sent me back a picture of theirs:


Showoff.  ;)

Upcoming Projects, Part I

The other day, I sat down and made a list of things I want to do around the house. Most are smaller decorating projects, although there is one that would involve remodeling.

The list was rather long, so I thought I'd share it in a series of posts. We'll call this series.... drumroll, please.... Upcoming Projects. (Creative, right?)

Quite a few of these are quick projects that it would seem I could knock out in no time, but if you factor in other things to do on any given day, the fact that I'm working on a budget and want to spend as little as possible (and am willing to take time to shop around to find the best deal I can), and my indecisiveness or, in some cases, absolutely no idea what I want to do with a particular project, then you'll see how these could take some time.

And now, without further ado, I present to you, Upcoming Projects, Part I.

Wedding pictures

See these photos on top of our entertainment center and bookshelf?



Please ignore the messiness of the shelves.

Those pictures are all mine.... pictures of me with my family and friends. Time to add some photos with David into the mix. After all, he does live here, too.  :)  We want to put up some wedding photos and other decorations.

I've already made the hurricanes to go on top of the entertainment center. We want to add two photos of us with our families at our wedding. The pictures will be added as soon as I stop being a lazy bum and start ordering them. I need to get frames, too.

For this top shelf of the bookcase, I want to put a photo of us with the wedding party. I also have a vase I'm working on (something I found on Pinterest--I'll post it when it's finished) that will go on the shelf, too. The vase is taking a little longer than anticipated due to some problems I've had.... the creative stuff doesn't exactly come naturally to me. As for the wedding party photo (and frame), see the "lazy bum" statement above.

This is our guestbook from the wedding.



We got a picture frame for everyone to sign. The picture in it is one of our engagement pictures. (We were going to change it to a wedding picture once we got those back, but we decided we liked it the way it was. There are/will be several wedding pictures around the house, and we haven't used our engagement pictures as much.)

This is going to be a gallery wall once we have other wedding pictures printed and framed. Why hasn't this happened yet? Once again, I refer you to my "lazy bum" statement. I'm working on it. Really. I am.

Laundry room

Our laundry room is a small closet off the kitchen. Obviously, the washer and dryer aren't pictured here, but they are fairly new and awesome. The shelving is nice to have, but the whole design could use.... some work.



See the seafoam green walls (which actually look better in the picture than in person)? That's the color that the master bedroom was when I moved in. I took care of that right away, but I didn't do much with that lovely color downstairs in the laundry room because I figured no one would see it. I've already decided it's not going to get painted because, let's face it, it would be way too much time and trouble to move the washer and dryer. So I've decided to work with it instead.

I think the main steps will be to brighten up and organize the shelves. First, organization. Things are scattered, not really in any particular order except being put wherever there's room. Also, you may see some things here that you think belong in the kitchen. You're right. But we're not working with a ton of space, which means putting paper plates and Solo cups in the laundry room. However, I think a few baskets on the shelves would help organize the contents, make it less obvious that kitchen supplies are in the laundry room, and add a little more color to the room (because that lovely green isn't enough, right?).

The shelves are currently bare pieces of wood that aren't even attached to the brackets, so it would be easy enough to take them down to paint. I'm not sure yet on a color. I figure that since the wall is rather... bright... I may as well just run with it and add another bright color that will clash contrast nicely with the green. I was thinking some sort of red, maybe something with a bit of a coral shade to it. Or maybe I'll go with a neutral color, like navy or black.

What do you think? Am I going overboard with the wedding photos? What would be a good color for the laundry room shelves?

Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Chalkboard paint

So, I know the chalkboard paint is all the rage right now (or, you know, six months or a year ago, and maybe I'm a little behind) and everyone's already written about it, but I wanted to give it a try anyway, even if I am a little late to the game.

First, I needed to figure out what I was going to do with such a chalkboard. I decided it would be good to keep in the kitchen to use for a running grocery list. We try to write things down as we run out of them, but we either forget or write things on different scraps of paper that inevitably get lost. (Note: I have no expectations whatsoever of David using a chalkboard--although I do fully expect him to make fun of the fact that two adults have a chalkboard in the kitchen--but I figure as long as I'm using it and he tells me when he thinks of something we need from the grocery and I write it down, then the chalkboard will serve its purpose).

Once I knew how I was going to use the chalkboard, the project began.

I bought a frame for 99 cents as Goodwill.

Most were $1.99 or $2.99--or even more--but I was determined to spend the least amount possible. I'm pretty sure this one cost less because of those four spots on the frame where the finish had rubbed off, but I didn't really care what kind of shape the frame was in, because I was going to paint it anyway.



I used a paint sample left over from the bathroom painting project (click here, here, and here for "before," "during," and "after" pictures of that one) to paint the frame. Here's how it looked after a couple of coats:



I bought a can of Rust-Oleum black chalkboard spray paint from Home Depot for about $5. After washing and drying the glass, I followed the instructions on the can, coating the glass with two coats of paint.

I did this out on the patio, on newspaper on our table. It was fine except for one thing--I hadn't thought about the wind, and some newspaper that I hadn't properly secured blew up and onto the paper, causing streaks. I tried to wipe them off, but the paint had already started drying, so I just left lines in the paint. Oops.

I decided I'd have to buy a second cheap frame to use that glass for the original frame. Back to Goodwill.

I liked the second frame (apparently so much that I forgot to get a picture of it) and decided I'd paint it as well. Who knew.... maybe the first piece of glass would work out and I could have two chalkboard frames. Twice the fun, right?

I painted the frame with the second (and final) sample paint color from painting the bathroom and used the chalkboard paint to paint the second piece of glass.

Once everything was dry, I seasoned the chalkboards by rubbing the side of a piece of chalk on each piece of glass, coating the entire surface, then wiping it off. This is supposed to keep your writing from being etched in the chalkboard.

Oddly enough, the first chalkboard--the one I thought I'd messed up--turned out pretty well. The second, not so much. This was more noticeable after seasoning--in the picture below, you can see where there are some spots around the edges.


I'm not sure what happened. Oh well. I was really happy with how both painted frames turned out, so I decided to use both of them anyway.


The yellow one with the messed-up chalkboard may have to go inside a cabinet, but hey, it's still a fun way to keep the grocery list. Also, I'm hoping the mistakes won't be as noticeable when there's writing on the chalkboard.

On a slightly related topic, I'm glad I'm finding ways to use up the extra paint from the samples. I think they'll make good accent colors around the house. In fact, I've already used the green on something else.... I'll show you that soon!

Are you a fan of chalkboard paint?

Monday, April 16, 2012

Yardwork and me--a history

Yardwork. Gardening. Landscaping. Call it whatever you want. It's not my thing. I love the warm weather, but I'd rather be outside swimming or going for a walk or trying some sort of sport than I would mowing the grass or weeding.

Growing up, I did my fair share (actually, it was probably much less than my fair share) of yardwork. My parents have a pretty large yard. Well, the front yard is smaller, but the backyard is big. The house is built on a hill, so the backyard slopes downhill and then levels out at the bottom (yielding a perfect flat space to play kickball, install a basketball goal, or set up a trampoline--all things that happened when I was growing up), running into a small wooded area and a creek. In addition, there are two decks: the upper deck is off of the first-floor dining room and the lower deck is off of the walk-out basement. It's a great house for a party. It also requires a lot of outdoor maintenance.

When my brother, Max, and I would get put to work in the yard, he usually did a little better with the chores (despite being several years younger than me). I would work diligently for about half an hour, then I'd get bored. I had no interest in mowing the grass, planting flowers, or weeding. If I was mowing, I was stuck finishing that job, because it'd be pretty noticeable if I just stopped. Otherwise, after my 30 minutes of work, I'd head inside to eat a bowl of ice cream and either read a book or watch TV.

Like I said, the yard was pretty large. If my parents were working in the backyard and I'd been given a job in the front, or vice versa, it was easy to go inside without being noticed. They couldn't see me, and it was too far away to yell for me. Plus, they were busy doing their own work, so it wasn't like they were going to stop and come find me. Unless I timed it badly and they were just finishing up a task and coming to my part of the yard, I was usually safe inside for a good 30 to 45 minutes before they discovered I was missing. They'd call into the house for me to come back and help out again, and I'd say, "I'll be there in a minute!" That usually bought me at least 15 minutes, and sometimes more. In that time, they could get a lot of work done, meaning there was less to be done once I finally did go back out there.

Sorry, Mom and Dad.

Fast-forward to a few years ago, when I was in the market for my own house. One of the things on my list was a small yard and minimal landscaping, something that would be easy to maintain. I'd grown up and knew that yardwork was just one of the many responsibilities of being a homeowner. But I knew I had no interest in it, so I wanted something that would require minimal work.

And that was exactly what I got when I bought a condo. There's an HOA fee that we pay every month, and that covers much of the work (like mowing, raking, and putting mulch around the trees), as well as other maintenance- and weather-related issues (plowing or shoveling snow, salting the roads, putting new roofs and siding on each of the homes on schedule, taking care of the pool, etc.). It's great--the people do a great job, and it's worth every penny. The neighborhood looks really nice.

But we're responsible for the landscaping around the house, meaning that mulching and weeding are things I still have to do. Fortunately, I don't have to do much in the way of flowers, as the previous owner(s) planted perennials that look good every year. Also, we don't have a big house, so there isn't too much space to cover. We put down mulch once a year, weed every couple of weeks or so, and that's it. That's my kind of yard!

But that isn't all. David moved in to the condo with me when we got married, but before that, he had (and still has) his own house. He rents it out, and while the tenants are responsible for mowing, we have to do the rest of the work. We've already made a few trips to the house this spring to do some weeding and picking up sticks. (Oh, and we bought a new lawn mower, as the old one died at the end of last summer).

Actually, before we got married and David moved in, I still helped him regularly with yardwork at his house. It certainly wasn't because I enjoyed it, but because I was being a nice girlfriend. David jokingly nicknamed these times "date days"--if doing yardwork isn't a good date, I don't know what is. I joked back by asking if he'd be taking me to dinner at the Speedway down the street for a hot dog once we finished the work. (He never did. But sometimes we went to Qdoba.)

I still think I've gotten better, though. I don't look forward to date days, but I don't complain about them, either. And a couple Saturdays ago, I was the one who suggested we do some weeding and trimming and general clean-up here at the condo. And I was the one who suggested mulching the following weekend

Of course, the fact that it only takes about 30 minutes for the two of us to get all the work done doesn't hurt, either.

Thursday, April 12, 2012

Chocolate chip banana bread


Oh boy. Unemployment has apparently turned me into a housewife. I realized this the other day when I found myself in the kitchen, baking. BAKING. Those who know me are probably astonished to hear this, but apparently it's something I do (at least every now and then). But I enjoyed it, and the chocolate chip banana bread I made turned out great.

About that bread. I hadn't planned to make it--it was more of a last-minute project. I was cleaning up the kitchen (and the house in general, as we'd just gotten back in town after spending the Easter weekend with David's family) and was about to throw away a few brown bananas we'd never gotten around to eating when I remembered that I'd seen a recipe for chocolate chip banana bread online somewhere the week before. I've never made banana bread, but I do like bananas and I do like bread, and I really like chocolate chips (or pretty much any type of chocolate, for that matter), so I thought I'd give it a try.

I spent a few minutes trying to locate the recipe from the week before but couldn't find it. (I should've bookmarked it.... oh well; lesson learned.) Fortunately, the Internet is full of recipes like this, and after browsing a few, I chose to use this one.

I read the recipe and the reviews and decided to make a few changes (mainly to cooking time and the size of the pans I used), so I'm going to post what I did here. (I'll note where I did things differently than the original recipe; at any time, click on the link above to see the original.)

First, the ingredients. We already had everything except the chocolate chips, and I was on my way to the grocery anyway, so I just added those to the shopping list.

Ingredients:

1 cup granulated sugar
4 ounces butter, softened
1 1/2 cups mashed bananas
2 large eggs
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
2 cups all-purpose flour
1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 cup semisweet chocolate chips


I used a little less sugar--closer to 3/4 cup, which I'd recommend. I also used more chocolate chips--closer to 1 1/2 cups, which I wouldn't recommend. I added them thinking it'd be nice to add a little more chocolate, and while it still tastes fine, I feel it's a little too chocolate-y (something that I didn't even realize was possible!). I didn't measure how much banana I used, but I used three bananas and I think that was about right for me. The chocolate chip and banana measurements can really be based on personal preference.

Time to bake!

First, preheat the oven to 325 and grease and flour the pans. The directions suggested using a  9x5x3-inch loaf pan, but based on the reviews, I learned that mini-pans generally worked better. Fortunately, I had four mini-pans. (I didn't use the pan on the far left, but had it ready in case I had extra batter.)


Chocolate chip banana bread wouldn't be chocolate chip banana bread without mashed bananas:


Cream the sugar and butter, then beat in the mashed bananas, eggs, and vanilla.


 Combine dry ingredients (flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt).


Stir the dry ingredients into the first mixture just until moistened. (I probably stirred this a little too much. Clearly I need to read directions better. I should've mixed it a little less than I did and waited until the next step to mix it more. Oh well... live and learn. It seemed to turn out fine.)


Fold in chocolate chips until well incorporated.


Pour batter into the greased and floured pans. Bake for 30-35 minutes at 325, uncovered, or until a toothpick inserted in the middle comes out clean. Cool for 10 minutes, remove from pan, and cool more.


Yum!

Here's where I strayed from the original directions, based on the reviews: The original says to use a larger pan, cover loosely with aluminum foil, bake for 30 minutes, uncover, and bake for an additional 30-40 minutes. Apparently people had trouble with the bread being burned on the outside and still too gooey and uncooked inside and suggested using different sized pans, cooking for a different amount of time, and not covering with foil. Several people mentioned using mini pans or baking at 350, and one review noted that baking in mini pans, with no foil, for 30-35 minutes worked well, so I decided to try that.

After 30 minutes, the middle was slightly gooey, so I left it in for an additional 5 minutes. The bread turned out slightly more brown on the outside, so I thought that next time, I might try cooking for 30 minutes at 350 instead. However, after a couple of days, we're so happy with the recipe that I'm not sure I would want to change anything at all!

Give it a try.... I'm sure you'll like it! Now if you'll excuse me, I need to run downstairs and have another piece of this delicious bread (which, by the way, works well for both dessert and breakfast).

Wednesday, April 4, 2012

Grilling out (and a recipe)

Spring has sprung here in Indianapolis. Actually, some may argue that it's felt more like summer. There were quite a few days in March that it got into the 70s, and even a few days in the 80s.... pretty hot for Indiana! The temperature dropped a little over the past week or so, but it got hot again yesterday (high 60s-low 70s), so David and I decided it was time to grill out for the first time this season.

I love grilling out. The food tastes great, and it's quick and easy with little clean-up required. Plus, David is generally the one who runs the grill, so that means a little less cooking for me! We grill all kinds of things--steak, chicken, shrimp, veggies, etc. We have one of those baskets that you can leave on the grill to grill vegetables, and we even have a set of metal skewers to make kabobs--yum!

But for last night's dinner, we went for something a little more traditional: the cheeseburger.

Well, I say traditional, but we add a twist to ours: we add cheese and Ranch to the ground beef before cooking. I don't remember where I originally found the recipe (or what, exactly, it is), but it's delicious. I'm writing this with the ingredients and measurements that we use, but they can be adjusted easily based on your personal preference or the amount of food you want to make.

Ingredients:

1 lb. ground beef, thawed
1 packet Hidden Valley Ranch dry salad dressing and seasoning mix
1 small container of blue cheese (8 oz., maybe? I'm not actually sure)

Instructions:

It's really easy! Mix the Ranch dressing mix and blue cheese in with the ground beef. I recommend using your hands and mixing in a little of each ingredient in at a time. Once everything is mixed up, make into patties. We can usually get 4-5 patties with a pound of ground beef, but it all depends on how big you want them to be. Also, you need to pack them together pretty solidly or they may fall apart while on the grill. Make sure they're thick enough to stay together but thin enough that you can get the inside cooked to your liking without burning the outside.

We just added some condiments and we ready to go! We had them with chips on the side, but we've had them with baked beans and fruit before, too.... all are good options.

If you don't have a grill, I bet you could still make these on a smaller George Foreman grill or even by cooking them in a skillet. I've never tried any way but grilling outdoors, but I bet one of these other options could work!

And no, I don't have pictures. Sorry.  :(  Hopefully I'll remember to take them next time....

Home Improvement: Painting the Bathroom (After)

Well, it's finally here.... the "after" pictures from painting the bathroom.

I hadn't forgotten about posting these, as you may suspect, but rather, we had some problems with reinstalling the two corner shelves. Pieces broke off of both and had to be glued back on, and I couldn't put them back in with a screwdriver and the old holes, as I'd originally planned. Gluing the shelves, finding the power drill charger and charging it, and buying new screws all take time--not that much time, of course, but of course we weren't on top of this project like we probably should've been. Besides, other home improvement projects like door handles and light fixtures seemed to get in the way.

But the shelves got fixed and reinstalled, and the bathroom was finally complete. So, without further ado, here are a few pictures:




Yep, yellow. That's the color I decided on. More specifically, it's Summer Wheat by Valspar. After going through more paint swatches than you can imagine and trying two different colors on the wall, this was the final pick. It ended up being a little brighter than I'd imagined (and brighter than it looks in these photos), but I've gotten used to the brightness and actually really like it now. David told me the other day that it's really grown on him, too. He said he thought it was a little different and he liked that.

I'd also like to replace the mirror, but that's a project for another day.

Now the upstairs bathroom needs to be painted! I don't think I'm quite ready for that just yet, though....

Tuesday, April 3, 2012

A little home decor

The top of our entertainment center holds several framed photos. All the pictures are my family photos. None of them shows any type of evidence that another person lives here or that I'm even married.

David and I agreed it was time to redecorate. We're going to replace those photos with some photos from our wedding, but I thought it would be nice to use something else in addition to the pictures.

I found these hurricanes over at two twenty-one and thought they would be perfect. I especially liked the green of the split peas. I decided to give them a try.

I already had three vases left over from our wedding. I bought three candlesticks at Goodwill (total: about $7) and white pillar candles from Garden Ridge (total: about $8). Split peas came from the grocery store (total: about $1.50).

I used Scotch Maximum Strength glue and glued the vases to the candlesticks. I went ahead and put the candles and split peas in each vase, mainly because I'm impatient but also because I thought the extra weight might be helpful in keeping the vases and candlesticks together as the glue dried.

Here's the finished product. It's now on our dining room table, but will get moved to the entertainment center once the wedding photos are ready to go. Sorry these photos are blurry.... I took them on my phone.



Stay tuned.... there are a couple more home improvement/decorating projects on their way, and I hope to get them posted soon!

Eight is great

I just wanted to take a moment to say congratulations to the University of Kentucky Wildcats, who won their eighth NCAA basketball championship last night!

I think I've mentioned it before, but for those who don't know, I am a diehard UK fan. I was born and raised in Louisville (and no, that doesn't make me a Louisville fan.... there are actually plenty of Kentucky fans in the city of Louisville), and my immediate family, as well as much of my extended family, are UK fans. I have quite a few relatives who graduated from Kentucky and have a couple of cousins who are currently students there. I have many friends who are UK grads as well.

Even though I didn't go to school there, they are still my team (along with Xavier, my alma mater), and it was great to see them have a successful season and a great tournament!

Way to go, Cats! And how about Anthony Davis? Wow, that guy is awesome!

Eight is great! Go Big Blue!