Rebecca, 2009-10 Dancer Diaries
Hey Jazz fans!!!
Isn't it crazy how time flies? I can't even believe February is almost over, and we are on the downhill stretch (hopefully!) of winter!! In fact, I'm already half-way done with winter semester in school…which means MIDTERM TESTS…and just my luck, I almost missed mine!!!
Somehow, for me, big tests seem to be synonymous with disaster! Last week I had my Quantitative Analysis test (a fancy name for business oriented calculus). I got to school with more than enough time to make it to my math test. I parked my car, threw my books, calculator, phone, and keys into my bag, grabbed my coat, and got out of the car. Without really thinking, I slammed my car door shut. As the door closed I realized I had left my bag on the passenger's seat of my car!!! I had locked my keys in the car, along with everything I needed for my test (that included the paper I had written the room number for the test on). At this point I had about thirty-five minutes to track down campus security, get my car opened, grab my bag, and get to the testing center.
I was able to contact Mark, the campus security guard, and he was kind enough to spend the next fifty minutes trying to break into my car. Under normal circumstances, I would have been thrilled that Mark reported my car was the hardest one he has ever been asked to break into…but on this particular day, that was the last thing I wanted to hear!!!!! When he finally managed to open my car, I grabbed my stuff and literally ran for my class. Luckily I got there…but with only twenty-five minutes left to take my SIX page math test. But everyone has those rare moments where they accomplish amazing feats. This was mine. I finished my test with three minutes remaining on the clock…an absolute miracle!!! Well…I guess I shouldn't use a word like miracle until I get my score back…but nonetheless…at least I finished the whole thing!!! And I learned a very valuable lesson from all of this. The moral of the story is…lock your car door with your keys safely in your hands!
I'm pleased to report that I have had a few other experiences lately, which have been a lot less stressful and way more fun! I have had the opportunity to participate in many great appearances with the Jazz Dancers the last few weeks. Us dancers helped out with a big Nu Skin event in Provo, where we were the "Vanna Whites'" of "Let's Make A Deal." The same day, Mikell and I helped judge the "Rowdiest Fan Contest" that went down at the Megaplex Theater in Gateway. All I have to say is the Jazz sure has a lot of CRAZY fans (keep up the good work guys!) On a more serious note, a few days later we had the privilege of helping raise money for the people of Haiti at the fundraiser, "Dance For Haiti." This was such a great experience, and I was so grateful I could take part in the Haiti relief effort!!
Here's to hoping the weather starts to turn warm, I manage to survive school, and the Jazz keep playing great! Until next time and as always…GO JAZZ!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Happy 2010!!!!!!! Well it's official…the lights have all been turned off, the presents unwrapped, and winter is in full swing. Since it's been a while since I blogged, I need to update everyone on the crazy December I had!
All the craziness started during the Lakers game a few weeks ago when I injured my leg in the middle of one of our dance routines. It was rough having to spend the whole game laying on a couch while the trainer and some EMT's poked around at my leg. The worst part of the whole thing, though, was there was a TV in the dressing room right in front of where I was laying. But instead of the Jazz game, the station was turned to the BYU vs. Fresno State basketball game. I couldn't move, and there was no remote ANYWHERE. So I had to watch BYU instead of the Jazz, as they beat the Lakers! Needless to say, it was a painful two hours for me on many levels!!! I'm still having a lot of problems with my leg, but I'm hoping it gets better soon so I can get back to dancing!
The rest of December I was kept busy with Christmas. All my family was in town for the holidays, so we had tons of things going on. My brother and I went Christmas tree shopping, and let's just say we did an awesome job picking out a tree! It's tradition for my family to see the Mormon Tabernacle Choir's holiday performance, which was put on a few days before Christmas. It was so fun to hear all the Christmas songs…they really do such a great job!!!
My family also decorated gingerbread houses together. We have so much fun doing this, except that there is some huge unspoken contest between all my siblings for who can make the best house. Problem is, my sister gets really obnoxious and starts thinking everyone is copying her "creative" gingerbread-making ideas. When this happens--and it happens EVERY year--she totally freaks out, calls everyone copycats, and acts like she's four (oh don't worry though, she's actually 27!). So the moral of the story is..if Caroline uses licorice, gum drops, or any other candy for that matter anywhere on her house, you better not use it too, or you'll literally NEVER hear the end of it!!
But eventually all the family parties and dinners ended, Christmas came and left, and things returned to normal. It's always a little sad when the holidays are over, don't you think?!
Well in a few days its back to school and the real world. Winter quarter starts on Monday and the business department at the U will make sure I'm kept very busy! I hope everyone is enjoying the inversion, because I sure am! Happy January and GO JAZZ!!!!!!!!!!
Its Christmas time!!! My favorite time of the year! I love the lights, I love the Christmas trees, I love putting Christmas carols on my iPod the day after Thanksgiving! (I firmly believe that the day after Halloween is WAY TOO SOON to start playing Christmas music though!!!)
But you know what I love the very most? The crowds! Shopping in a really busy mall during the holidays may be my most favorite thing ever! Most people complain about long lines, traffic, and no parking…Not me! The longer the lines the better! (Don't get me wrong, any other time of the year this sort of thing would drive me absolutely crazy, but during the holiday's things are different!) My family started a crazy tradition a few years ago, where all my siblings draw names for Christmas presents. To make things more complicated, my sister had the lame idea that all the presents had to be homemade. What was she thinking?! I would much rather go to the mall and buy something fantastic. Instead, I have to figure out how to do something crafty, like knitting some socks. Haha it really sucks for the person whose name I draw!!!
However, even though I love, love, love the Christmas season, I hate, hate, hate the college finals that go along with it. I recently had a series of unfortunate events happen to me. I had to finish a 10 page paper for my writing class and also study for my marketing final. Come around 2:30 (a.m.!) I finished everything, and I actually felt really good about it all! I woke only a few hours later to Tuesday's massive snowstorm, finding the street I live on completely snowed in! I didn't see a snow plow the entire morning. I started to panic because I had to be in my marketing final, but my car couldn't make it past my driveway … even though I have great snow tires! As a desperate last resort, I emailed my professor in the hope that he would take pity on me. It was an absolute Christmas miracle because my professor said he'd cover for me and if I couldn't make it to class safely, I could take my test the next day. (A special thanks to Professor Ballif!!!) Please keep your fingers crossed for me that I do well on all my tests!!
One of the highlights of being a Jazz dancer is being involved in some of the community events. Last week the dancers and the players visited the kids at Primary Children's hospital. This sounds a little crazy, but you really don't realize how tall the players really are, until you're standing right next to them! We talked to the kids and passed out mini jazz basketballs. It was a great experience, the kids were all SO cute, and seeing how excited they were made it all very fun!
Over the weekend, a few of us dancers also went down to Provo to walk in a holiday parade for our sponsor, Nu Skin. We did an awesome job of passing out candy to the kids along the way! We all expected it to be absolutely FREEZING!! I'm a firm believer in layers of Under Armour, so I dressed accordingly and stayed toasty warm.
The other fun appearance we had this week was reading Christmas stories to children at The Grand America Hotel. The hotel was beautifully decorated for the holidays, the kids enjoyed the stories, and we all had a great time.
Just another friendly little reminder for everyone to make sure there are coming out and supporting the Jazz at the games! Especially this Saturday when we play the Lakers! (I shouldn't have to tell anyone this…but REMEMBER the team you support is the Jazz. Don't even think about cheering for Kobe.)
Have a great week, enjoy the holidays, try to stay warm…and GO JAZZ!!!!!
Hey Jazz Fans!!
I hope everyone has had a good couple of weeks! To be honest, things have been a little crazy for me lately! Between practices, games, and school, I have definitely been kept busy!
But I have a question for everyone: What's the deal with guys and meat?!? I went on a blind date this last week, and it was just my luck that we ended up at the Rodizio Grill for dinner. The ironic thing about all this was it was actually the fourth time I have been to Rodizio's on a date!! I think it pretty much goes without saying that this place is not very vegetarian friendly! Even though I did my best to come up with something to eat, I was starving all night and ended up having Lucky Charms for dinner when I got home! Despite the dinner situation, it was a fun date, and I had a great time!
Anyway, I am so excited for Thanksgiving this week!!! We all have so much to be grateful for: our families, friends, mashed potatoes, pumpkin pie, and of course the JAZZ! Speaking of--I'm so happy to be spending the holiday with all of you guys at the game! Since the dancers have to be to the arena so early, I'm not able to have a traditional Thanksgiving this year. Its going to be a little bit weird, but I think it will be fun. And after the game, my family has decided to have a late, late Thanksgiving dinner so I can be there! So I get the best of both worlds (like that Miley Cyrus song haha!). I get a night of awesome basketball and awesome food, too. What could be better?!
I hope everyone has a great week, a great holiday, and a fantastic Black Friday filled with huge crowds and tons of great deals!!!! I will see you all at the games this week! As always…GO JAZZ!!!
Hey Jazz fans!!! I'm Rebecca, and I'm one of the six rookie dancers new to the dance team this year! Things have been so crazy since making the team in August! It seems like just yesterday it was sunny, hot, and summer, and I was in the middle of auditioning for the team. Then all of the sudden, the weather turned cold, and it was time to pull out the scarves and snow tires and get ready for some basketball!!
I still can't believe the season is here and in full swing! The past few months since making the team have been a total blur. The whole team has been working very hard in and out of practices to learn all our dance routines and get ready for the season! It has been a hard, busy, and tiring few months with rehearsals, appearances, and preseason games (us rookies held down the fort here in Utah while the veterans headed out for the Europe games-we missed everyone while they were gone!!). But it has been so worth it and has been an absolute blast!
Opening night was so much fun, and it was great to be out on the floor performing! The Jazz played awesome, and we all celebrated a win against the Clippers. After the game, all the dancers went to dinner at California Pizza Kitchen, and that topped off the night (I highly recommend the pumpkin cheesecake…it was delicious!) We had an awesome time together!
I'm so excited to be a Nu Skin Dancer this year and to be blogging, too! Since I'm new, I was thinking I should tell everyone a little about myself. I'm going to school at the University of Utah (my other favorite team aside from the Jazz!!), and I'm planning on majoring in business and getting my degree in marketing. I love school, and I love the U (by the way-everyone keep your fingers crossed for a Ute win down in Provo!) My favorite color is green. I love the summer and lots of sun (I'm a little bit upset, as you can imagine, about all this cold weather we are getting and the snow that will be coming soon…It's a good thing I have the Jazz games to get me through the winter, or it would be pretty rough!) I love the beach and palm trees, too. I'm also a vegetarian. I know crazy, right?! You are probably wondering why, so I will tell you. I have never liked meat of any kind, so one day I woke up and decided no more chicken, fish, or red meat for me. Instead, I cook things like tofu, humus, spinach, and tomatoes together…yum! I also eat a lot of fruit, salad, pasta, and I drink soymilk. My all time favorite food is cheesecake, though!
Also, I love movies! Mostly my favorites are the chick flick romantic comedies that are totally predictable! I must have seen "Sweet Home Alabama" and "What Happens In Vegas" over a million times!!! But every once in a while I like to throw some action, suspense, and drama movies into the lineup, just to mix things up a little! I hate scary movies though! If I make the mistake of watching one, I don't sleep for weeks, especially without a night-light! I'm also totally addicted to Grey's Anatomy! I hate to admit it, but I literally cried all night when George got hit by a bus. But most of all, I LOVE THE JAZZ!! Speaking of…everyone needs to come out to the games and support our team! You guys as the fans make such a big difference, you have no idea! So make sure you all get a hold of some tickets, and I'll see everyone at the next home game!!! Oh and I almost forgot! Congrats to the team on their win against the Knicks!! GO JAZZ!!!!!!!
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