I’m sorry I had to say it again, I’m rather excited! Don’t be too annoyed
As I mentioned in Saturday’s post , it was alumni weekend around these parts and the main shenanigans that took place was the tailgate before the football game. It’s safe to say that less than half of the crowd that was at the tailgate went to the actual game though… yeah UMASS isn’t the best haha
I went into this event with an open-mind. Basically I was going to eat what I wanted, drink (during the day!) and just let loose a bit, if these are things that could result in a feeling of happiness (that is the goal after all). Overall I had a well…both odd and fantastic time! This particular event, the weekend, and my birthday coming up did get my mind churning with thoughts however. But let me back up and talk about the tailgate and then all that truly encompasses it.
Saturday morning I woke up quite late for me, 9:15, had coffee, followed by an apple, finally fixed my blog and then headed to the gym right in time for it to open at 10. Side note- does anyone else find strange that the fitness center opens so late on the weekend? During the week it is open at precisely 5am, but then Saturday is 10 am and Sunday at noon! Other than those odd-ball hours the fitness facility is gorgeous though, so I really should not complain.
I rarely talk about what my actual workouts are on zee blog, so why not share one today? I started with a 15 minute warm up on the elliptical while reading Gone With The Wind, to keep myself entertained.
After my warm-up (aka making sure I burn enough calories, ugh) I completed this circuit, thank you Lindsay ! Found on her fabulous blog of course
Chest press on stability ball – 15 reps
Rest for 1 minute then repeat once. This took about 25 minutes!
I was actually planning on doing a bit more after this, but then I realized enough was enough! More on exercise (addiction) issues later though… that deserves its own post.
After refueling, showering and cleaning up the room a bit, I headed down to the tailgate. Now I attended this particular event last year and it was pretty chaotic. This year however, well things were taken to a new level!
*Can I first just say how absolutely perfect the weather was this weekend? Finally lovely fall temperatures and not just for one day, but both Saturday and Sunday! Oh and the beauty is supposed to continue this week… Yes to that.
I met people from my cross country team last year, which basically entailed standing in the middle of a small field surrounded by hundreds of other people who were all drunk out of their minds. Not going to lie, this made for the ultimate people watching experience.
It’s hard to put into words the things I saw, so I shall just show you some pictures instead Things started out a bit more low key in the beginning….And then shiattt got crazy. Things just got progressively more chaotic as the afternoon progressed. By the time it was 3:30 and the game had started, the tailgate was starting to get broken up by the police…ahem, attempted at first! They came raging through on horses basically knocking into people that stood in their way. These were seriously the most well trained horses I have ever seen in my life. They were not spooked by anything, even when people started throwing bottles of beer at them and the riders… a scene which absolutely enraged me. What is wrong with people sometimes? The two officers did manage to catch one of the people that threw something at them, and he was arrested right on the scene. It was right after this point that I left, as things were out of control and the police that were trying to break up the tailgate were rightfully pissed. Good time to get the heck out of there! So yes, a very interesting experience to say the least... like I said, the ultimate people watching experience. Oh another incident that occurred (which I unfortunately did not get a picture of) was a guy who had the brilliant idea to run and hurl his body onto a table set up for ruit… the table collapsed instantly, he got covered in beer, the owners of the table were rather irritated. Worth it? Umm sure. I actually did not end up drinking anything because I honestly did not feel it was necessary. Chatting and socializing with my friends, and watching others do
Do you know why I keep on fighting? Because I don’t, WE don’t, NO ONE deserves to be plagued by such tormenting thoughts and actions.. ones that have the ability to destroy you. I am better than this, and therefore I am choosing to quell my anger by continuing to get better. Simple as that.
1) Does some kind of emotion, such as sadness, anger, even happiness, prompt you to make a change?
2) Have you ever been to a tailgate like the one I attended?!
3) What are your best tips for dealing with frustration? For me, breath in, breathe out… call mom
4) how was your weekend? Did you do anything of particular interest? Any new recipes/food finds/tasty treats you ate? Please share, I would love to hear
Thank you for bearing with me on this and have a lovely rest of your Monday!