Meredith and I are both big college sports fans, so it’s no surprise we’ve spent two evenings in the past two weeks at LSU’s Pete Maravich Assembly Center getting our sports fix. The first was a basketball game vs. Vanderbilt, which was drastically underwhelming compared to the energy of the Paint Crew and Boiler Brass in Purdue’s Mackey Arena . Our second date was a women’s gymnastics meet vs. University of Georgia and little did we know how big of a deal tiger gymnastics is. The lady tigers were NCAA runner’s up in 2015 and are now ranked #1 in the nation, after demolishing the Georgia bulldogs in every event. Neither me nor Meredith had ever seen gymnastics in person before, it was intense. My goal is to go to at least one football game while we’re here.
We spent New Years Eve indulging in $2 beers, breakfast tacos, and donuts while watching LSU play in the Citrus Bowl at Tin Roof Brewery. The tigers pummeled the Louisville cardinals, making for an exciting atmosphere. Unfortunately, that’s about all we got to do that day due to rain, rain, rain, rain, and more rain: which is a bummer, because I was looking forward to watching fireworks over the Mississippi River and the “red-stick” drop at midnight. But of course there is always next year. And unfortunately due to the storms, nearly all of the banana trees on our backyard lost their bananas and dropped their leaves. Luckily Puddles got to enjoy them one last time before their demise.
In other news, class starts Wednesday with a lecture double header: Biogeochemistry of Wetlands and Hydrology. I’m stoked.