The Silver Lining | Friday Five: Nostalgia Edition


It’s that time of year again. Time for March Madness. Which means it’s time for me to humble brag that several years ago, back when I was a computer animator, I designed all the March Madness graphics that air on CBS. Basically what that means is the score ticker, anytime they show the brackets, any time they give statistics: I designed and animated those graphics. I no longer do computer animation (now I work in publishing designing mobile apps and other digital products) so I’ll continue to savor my claim to graphic fame until CBS redesigns once again.

The graphics are more important than the games, I promise.


When March Madness rolls around, I always get nostalgic for 2003, the year Syracuse won the NCAA tournament. I’ve mentioned this before on the blog but I’ll share it again. I was a senior in college at Syracuse University that year, and it’s one of my greatest memories from my time at college. I remember the night of the championship fondly (despite the alcohol I consumed that tried to make me forget). I got to the bar at noon to stake my spot for the 9pm game. Yes, that means I skipped all my classes, but that’s okay. Almost everyone did. My husband–who was also a senior at Syracuse that year–went to class drunk, and he wasn’t the only one. (I promise, we are MUCH more responsible now than we were back then.) I believe at some point I ate dinner while still holding my spot in front of the TV, but I can’t be certain. Right before the game started, I left my precious spot to use the rest room and when I got back, some chick had pushed my friend out of the way and took over our stake out. I attempted to fight her.

If you know me at all, you’ll know this is hilarious. Imagine a puppy yipping at a Doverman. I can barely hold my own in an argument, let alone a physical fight. Not to mention that lifting five pound weights is difficult to me, which probably doesn’t bode well in terms of putting some force behind a punch. Thankfully for me, the bartender stuck up for me and made the girl vacate our spot because we had been loyal for 9 hours all day (and the tips we gave him didn’t hurt).

And the first thing I did when Syracuse won the game? I called my parents in excitement. Yep, that’s how cool I was. All the other students are hugging each other and celebrating and I took out my phone to tell my mommy about my day, lol. After the requisite cheering, all the students had so much energy, we spilled into the streets. Because it was Syracuse, it was of course snowing. We had nowhere to go once we entered the streets so we all just stood there, thousands of students crowded outside in the snow, jumping up and down to expel the energy. I ran into my husband (who was just a friend at the time) wearing his Halloween costume for no reason at all.

It was one of the best days of my life.



Speaking of being nostalgic for college, I’m excited for this weekend because one of my college friends is getting married. This is awesome for several reasons:

  1. I get to see all my college friends at the same time!
  2. I get to dress up in a fancy dress and put on false eyelashes.
  3. I get to dance all night and stay up past 10pm (something I haven’t done since I had a baby).
  4. I get to sleep through the night without being interrupted! Well, unless the husband decides to snore, but in that case I have a Plan B. (Plan B is to kick him out of the room and make him get his own hotel room.)
  5. It’ll be my first night away from the baby, which is a milestone in and of itself.



On last night’s GLEE, the characters revealed songs that were their “guilty pleasures,” as in the songs they were ashamed to admit they actually liked. It made me wonder if I had a guilty pleasure. I mean, I listen to a LOT of bad and embarrassing songs, but I fully own up to it. I’m not ashamed at all. Spice Girls? I know every lyric. Ace of Base? Reminds me of High School. Britney Spears? I dressed up as her for Halloween several years in a row. 90s Alternative Rock? I still love every single one. Barry Manilow? Who doesn’t love Mandy.

And then…

I figured out what my guilty pleasure is.

A song I embarrassingly listen to way too often. A song that makes me nostalgic for 8th grade when I used to go on newsgroups to trade VHS tapes so I could watch the Japanese episodes before they dubbed them into English. And no, I didn’t understand a word of the episode. I didn’t care.

I’m talking about a theme song. Both the English and Japanese version, it doesn’t matter. I love them both equally.


Another thing I’m nostalgic for? WARM WEATHER. WTF, Spring? You and I are in a fight.

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