We felt like heroes

We felt like heroes.

I was jumping up and down flailing my arms as loud roars of, “Yes!!” came out of my lungs. We were doing it. We were even better than we thought. We had a chance.

Let me start back at the beginning:

This past weekend was our USQ Southern Regionals tournament for Quidditch. Yeah yeah, insert your laughs, because you actually don’t know how physical and difficult this sport is. On day one, we won our first game against Florida State University, and next up was Florida’s Finest. They are known to be the best team in the southern region, and they usually overall place in the top ten in the world (there are 148 official teams that compete regularly). So we were a bit nervous but we felt good about it, we really felt like we practiced enough to match up against them. We fought hard but unfortunately we lost by quite a few points. But hey – we knew that going into it.

The final score was 100* to 20 (the asterisk means they are the team who ended the game with a snitch grab of 30 points, this means that we were at 70 to 20 before the game ended).

However, day two came around. We beat our first game against a Tennessee community team who are like family to us, so it was a bit hard going through that. But then it got tricky – our next match up was against Florida’s Finest again, we were ready, we thought we could do even better this time.

The starting line up went out to the field, including myself; I am the starting female beater. We were SO ready…. And nervous.

As the game began an audience started to form in the bleachers, and over a matter of five minutes we had about one hundred spectators, and 98% of them were cheering for us. Several teams came and watched and cheered for us because they all wanted to take down FF as well, we were the underdogs.

As the game began it was a constant battle for points. We score, they score, we score, and they score again. We were tied. But then a breakthrough happened, we started scoring a couple more than them, and they didn’t tie it up. I looked at the scoreboard and gazed across the field, one of our chasers just scored another goal – barely.

We were up by a lot.

We felt like heroes.

I was jumping up and down flailing my arms as loud roars of, “Yes!!” came out of my lungs. We were doing it. We were even better than we thought. We had a chance.

We were actually ahead and winning.

With every goal the whole audience was standing up and screaming “TTU!” It was such a great moment – I will never forget it.

The game ended up fluctuating, but the crowd never lost its loyalty – we were at 90 points for FF and 70 for us, it was a close game. But FF ended the game giving them 30 points, with a final score of 120* – 70. Wow. I mean, if we had ended the game with a snitch grab we would have been at 100* us – 90 FF. We were close enough that the game could have gone either way. We weren’t even that upset when we lost; it was an accomplishment in itself. We were a match-up against FF.

As we congratulated the other team, we all walked to the sidelines, and suddenly several players from multiple teams starting congratulating us, high-fiving us, and complimenting us for our game. They couldn’t believe how well we played – and we couldn’t either. It was so rewarding.

My team is my family, and I am blessed that we all got to take in this moment – we deserved it. Always the bridesmaid, never the bride. TTU is a dark horse who is so ready to go to World Cup, now that we have earned our spot there for the third year in a row.

Words can’t express how psyched we are to get out on that field and surprise another team. TTU Quidditch is back and we’re ready to win!

  • Here is a video of our second game against FF – WATCH IT (unfortunately, they started the film about 10 minutes in, missing the first few goals where we were really killing it!)
  • Here is a recap video from day two of the world cup last year, it starts with our seeker catching the snitch in one of our winning games!
  • … and that is about it!

You know it’s time to graduate Tech if…

1. You know it’s time to graduate Tech if you were here when ResNet was your ONLY option in the dorms, and it had to be used with an Ethernet cable. Oh, and there would be days without Internet. (Luckily this has changed!)


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2. You know it’s time to graduate Tech if you were here when South patio was around.       Nursing_Class_12FEB14..

and now it looks close to this…


But it will some day look like this?


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3. You know it’s time to graduate Tech if you were here when Swoops used to be “The Grille.”


…. and we had various restaurants take up the space where Chick Fil A is now, such as: a salad bar, Yan Can Cook,  and Bonta something? We had it all. Oh, and does any one remember Mondo’s Subs?

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4. Let me reiterate, we had No Chick-fil-A or Which Wich. My goodness! How did we survive until now?


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5. You know it’s time to graduate Tech if you were here when there was a TTU Market downstairs … AND it sold Coca-Cola.


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6. You know it’s time to graduate Tech if you were here when we used to have unlimited printing.


and you had to fight off other people to get your papers before they were stuck in a hundred pile stack.

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7. You know it’s time to graduate Tech if you were here when we used to wait in line every TAB Tuesday for something free.


Oh, ya know, just a regular Tuesday dead hour reaping.

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8.You know it’s time to graduate Tech if you were here when homecoming representatives were allowed to chase you down with cupcakes and iPads to get you to vote for them. 


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9.You know it’s time to graduate Tech if you were here when the Eagle used to be on top of Derryberry ***If you’re out there reading this Mr. Eagle – come back home please, we miss you!


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10. You know it’s time to graduate Tech if you were here when the clock tower would buzz loudly for 30 seconds before sounding the bells. Embarrassing. 


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11. You know it’s time to graduate Tech if  your commencement shirt read, “Life is Good,” on the back.

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12. You know it’s time to graduate Tech if you were here when our football team won the OVC championship (2011).


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13. You know it’s time to graduate Tech if you were here when Foundation Hall didn’t exist on campus.


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14. You know it’s time to graduate Tech if you were here when there were green benches on the quad.


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15. You know it’s time to graduate Tech if you were here when President Bell was too. That was THREE years ago. 


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16. You know it’s time to graduate Tech if you were here when the free movies we got in the dorms were just the same movie on repeat all day.


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... If ten or more of these apply to you, then you must be nearing your graduation date with me!

Snowpocalypse and snowmageddon

So… Tennessee Tech made history this past week by canceling an ENTIRE week of school.

Let me preface this – we have never gotten an entire snow day within the last four years that I have been at this University. The only time I can recall a canceling was on a Friday freshmen year and it started at 4 pm. So… yeah it wasn’t really a snow day.


and not only did we get one day off, we got five!

  • Five days of eating badly.
  • Five days of growing cabin fever.
  • Five days of extreme Netflix.
  • Five days of fifty layers.
  • and Five days of needing something to do.

Don’t get me wrong, I loved doing nothing productive, in fact it made my senioritis expand some more. BUT, I started to get a bit restless.

After several snowball fights, quidditch practices in the snow (ice), too many games of Monopoly, and batches of homemade cookies – the time came. And just in time too.

School restarted today, and I am here to let everyone know that there are 75 days until I graduate. We can do this! Also… spring break is in two weeks every body!

Below are some pictures of my husband and I’s trek in the snow this past week!

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This college kid is growing up

About two months ago this cat-loving lady tied the knot with her best friend.

We both are Tennessee Tech students and high school sweethearts. We also are captains on the school’s quidditch team, and we bleed purple and gold. Tech is our home and we are sad to say goodbye after this semester. We are so thankful that we got married this last semester because now we each have a partner to make sure (nag) that our homework gets done and our rooms stay clean ;)

This video montage was made of our wedding, I hope you love it!


13 things you didn’t know about Tennessee Tech

Tennessee Tech is a big-time University located in small-town Cookeville, and it holds more little secrets than a grade-school girl. Below is a compiled list of all things Tech that gives us a little more character than other universities:

1. Bike Share Program

Tech has a bike share program where you can rent out a bike for FREE to help you get to class on time (even though you’re never late), and to pinch a few pennies on buying a bike you don’t want to be responsible for. There are three places on campus where you can rent one out: The Fit, Dunn Hall, and New Hall North. Bikes are available to rent for faculty and students. Also, this program runs through the entire year, including summer.

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2. TJ Farr building? or hall?

We all refer to it as TJ Farr, yet we never give it an ending – building, hall, clubhouse … etc. So what is it? Well, technically when it was first built it was called “TJ Farr hall.” However, because of Tennessee’s wonderful southern drawl, students would pronounce it “TJ Fire [Farr] Hall.” Students were mislabeling the building and confusing others so they had to rename it. Since then it’s been called, “TJ Farr building,” and as of now, it is the only “building” on campus.


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3. Free transportation in Cookeville

Not only is there free transportation on campus, but as a Tech student you also get FREE transportation around Cookeville with the bus system, as long as you have your TTU Eagle card. The gold route runs between 7:30 am and 4:30 pm Monday through Friday. Signs are posted throughout campus at its stops. The bus is operated by UCHRA.

Less walking = more time watching Netflix studying.

Click here for bus routes.



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4. People used to sleep in your classroom

Kittrell hall (the geology building) and Bartoo hall (the education building) were once the original dorms on campus. The ladies lived on the West, with the men on the East of the quad. Until recently, that was the closest men and women have gotten to live near each other. However, as of 1996 (81 years later) Tech opened their first co-ed dorm.

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Top: Bartoo Hall

Bottom: Kittrell Hall

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5. Free “Color Run” & video game tournaments

The Tech Activities Board (TAB) helps put on several events on campus that students actually want to participate in. FINALLY, events I will roll out of bed and attend. One of the biggest events they co-host is the “Color Run,” it is co-sponsored by the Orientation and Student Success office and Tech Athletics. The “Color Run” includes running one mile while other students are dousing you with purple and gold powder paint. This event usually takes place during Week of Welcome.

Another event they will be hosting is a video game tournament. It was a success last semester, so this semester it’s coming back on February 19th from 7 p.m. to 12 a.m. They will be playing Super Smash Bros on the Wii U, Halo 3 on Xbox 360, Mario Kart 8, and Call of Duty: Black Ops II.

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6. Dammit

Yes, I said Dammit. Not only is that a common word  heard on campus, it is also the name of an important dog who once lived on campus. Rumor has it that he lived between the East and West dorms (look at #4) on the quad, and would spend his nights taking turns between their dorm rooms. If you don’t believe me, check out the plaque made in honor of him on the quad.

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7. Camping? on a budget? 

Did you know you can rent out hammocks, tents, lanterns, sleeping bags, burners, and more? The TTU Fitness Center rents out camping materials and bundle packages so you and your friends can hit the great outdoors at a low – college affordable budget? Check out this link for more information regarding prices. These items will be released right before spring break.


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8. Quidditch is a real sport 

Tech has a world-renown Quidditch team that has placed 1st and 2nd in regionals and made it to 26th place last year at the World Cup. Last year the team had over 60 members. They have past football players, track athletes, and Harry Potter enthusiasts on their team. They have beat teams like Harvard, Duke, and Arizona State University. Click here for a video from another national tournament, that shows you how Quidditch is a lot tougher than you think.


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Photo courtesy of Tennessee Tech Quidditch

 9. Free movies, kindles, laptops, books, charger, etc. 


Not only can you rent out books and movies for FREE at the Angelo & Jennette Volpe Library, but they actually have an entire movie selection called “leisure movies,” that includes blockbuster hits, new movies, and several TV series’ that can be rented out. Leisure items can be checked out for up to 2 weeks. Also, if there is a book or movie that they currently don’t have, you can request it online and they will purchase it if it’s not in the library already. The library also has electronic books for rental, Kindles, laptops, video cameras, tripods, phone chargers, you name it! No more Amazon prime and wasting money – hit up the library.


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10. Have a hidden talent?

The Backdoor Playhouse in Jere Whitson hosts local talent as well as campus talent at least twice a semester with an open mic night. It is usually on the first and last Thursdays of the semester. Click here for a video from open mic.


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11. TTU has a food pantry

Located outside Foundation Hall is our campus food pantry. This pantry is available to not only TTU students, but employees as well. Pickup is between 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Tuesdays and Thursdays. This was created to fix the need for hunger on campus. If you are interested in more information or would like to apply, click here.

TTU Food pantry

Photo courtesy of TTU Food Pantry 

12. Tech has a food truck

Tennessee Tech has a food truck called the Birdfeeder. The truck is parked in various locations on campus and is always at our football games. Yay for not having to always walk to the UC for food, food on the go is the way to go! For the hours of the truck, click here.


Photo courtesy of Kimmy

13. There is a blizzard at Tech once a year

The “Blizzard” in The Hoop is a Tech tradition that has even been selected as ESPN’s Play of the Day. ESPN even used the video footage from the event as part of their national telecast for awhile. The legend began in 1985 where Tech students would throw their “Tech Squares” after the first basket in a home game. “Tech squares” were small toilet paper squares that were used in the building on campus, these are what made the building look like it was snowing. Next time: bring your toilet paper, put on your winter coat, and get ready to make a blizzard! Click here for a video on our tradition.


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** If there is anything on this list that you think should be added, hit me up at KeManning42@students.tntech.edu and you could be featured in my next blog post.


Yesterday morning I woke up with the birds singing, the sun shining, and a hunch that the Seahawks were back at it again.

Unfortunately, all of that last sentence was a lie minus the last part. The rain was pouring, the clouds were out, and that’s how I knew Seattle had a chance!

As a Washington state native, the weather of yesterday was a sure sign that God was on Seattle’s side.

My husband and I even dressed up in bright green, blue, and silver – we were dedicated and ready to win! (it’s hard to tell that I am wearing all three colors, but you can see them on Bryce pretty well… overachiever)



Any who, we spent the afternoon catching up on homework so we could waste the night away on junk food, bad food, and more food. Before we headed out, we decided to mix up a few dishes so we would be bringing the best food to our friend’s little shindig of a Super Bowl party!

Well… well… well… this is where it got a little bit tricky! As we were making the world’s best guacamole (you can trust me on this one), I cut my finger while chopping cilantro. If I could just tell you how many times I chopped up cilantro in Kenya this last summer, you would drop your jaw and continue laughing like every one else, I was a pro!

Emphasis on “was”

So as I pouted and Bryce finished the guacamole, I made cookies!

As we headed out the door twenty minutes late, we picked up our friends and made it for the party of the night- as in, we were all a group of people all equally promising to never judge how many tons of food we inhaled.

Here are a couple pictures of my friends who choose to hangout with Bryce and I even though we live and breathe cats, and quidditch!

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Anyways, where was I with the Seahawks…. so the night ended sadly as we were just inches from scoring a winning touchdown that would’ve completely turned the game around. However, the Cheatriots Patriots won and stashed away their air pumps pride as they claimed victory last night.

I will forever be indifferent.

We should have won.

At least I had guacamole though.

Death at Dawn

It’s exactly the title.

No exaggeration.

We wake up at dawn and experience almost death.




1. The time each morning at which daylight first begins.

… this actually needs some revision, because there is no daylight when we first start running at 5:30 a.m.

This event is hosted twice a year in Cookeville, by the local high-school’s soccer team. But it is now on it’s eleventh year, and has expanded its participants to Tech students, local residents, and anyone wanting to get into shape.

It is basically a boot camp that runs a course of ten days. If you attend at least nine out of the ten, you get a DAD t-shirt. THIS IS A BIG DEAL. You have to intentionally want that shirt to get it. It is not easy.

Today marks day three for me, and I was actually bumped up a level. So I guess I’m improving? Any who, I think this event is a must for any one wanting a little exercise pick-me-up. Also, you can come see me wobbling around the place, as I try to look super cool running. (WARNING: I actually do not look super cool running).

Below are some screenshots of the weather this morning as I headed out, also make sure to check out that the sun in fact rose fourteen minutes after the session was over.

I can only say three words.

Back to bed!

(sorry if the top of the photos look janky, I had to blur out my address)

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College Crash

College crash.

That’s what I did today.

If you’ve been in college, or are in it now, you know what I mean.

Food. Netlfix. Blankets. Brain dead.

Sometimes that’s just the only result of constant homework, work, and studying.

Today was a bit rainy too, so that may have increased the factors of this sudden onset of CC.

Even though I have hills mountains of homework and a to-do list over my head, I am breathing easy because it is FRIDAY.

Sure, chances of me crashing again any time soon is likely, but it’s what makes me a student.

We work HARD. We don’t just skim by, or ride easy, we work for it. We work for our grades, our hours, our tests, and our social life.


Sometimes, you find yourself under an electric blanket, eating oatmeal and watching Shark Tank. It just happens.

I’m curious, what do you do when you “college crash”?

(P.s. shoutout to my tour groups this morning at Tech, I promised I would mention y’all :))


Below are pictures of my rainy walk home:

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If you’re wondering if I accidentally put my title in all caps, don’t worry – it was my full intention.

I can’t help but leap for joy at the thought of becoming a TTU graduate.

Maybe backflip? I am more excited than a leap.

Yesterday was my first day back this semester, and after three classes I am waist deep in homework, and avoiding drowning at this point. No one said a college degree was easy – but I know five months from now it will be worth it.

Even though I am debbie-downing this article a bit, part of me is aching over the family I’ve built here.

Part of me never wants to leave.

So as far as this semester goes, I am going to stay above water when it comes to homework, and really embrace whatever else I find myself doing here, because I’ve got 108 days left.

(and for those of you who watch LOST, the fact that it is 108 days is kind of freaking me out!)

Oh and on top of other big changes in my life – I just got married a little over a month ago :)

Cheers to my last semester!



That crazy girl

…was me.

Oh boy, how I wish I could’ve seen the sight of me running home.

Let me start from the beginning:

My friend, Elissa, and I have to work on an environmental science project together that requires a 2-liter and some matches, but the problem was that neither of us drink soda.

Because we have good friends, our friend Dave left an empty one on my desk so we could get to business.

First things first though, I had to clock in for my internship.

As I carried this empty 2-liter to my desk as several people poked fun as to why I was carrying it, but little did they know I was about to look sillier.

As I got off work I started to walk home and I passed by Elissa who was headed to her car to go to my apartment for the project. Naturally, we started walking together.

My goodness it was freezing and the sun was near completely setting. As we reached the fork in our walk, she dashed towards her car, and I started to book it home. I ran across the street and began sprinting down my road with no street lights (safety hazard?). The best part though was that I was huffing, running, carrying 20 lbs of books, and an empty two liter in my hand as I sprinted in the dark towards my house.

I HAD to beat her.

As I struggled inside the door I did a little victory dance and turned on the kettle so her and I could share some hot chocolate on this chilly, winter night.

We had a lot of fun dancing around to music, doing our project and sipping our mugs clean!

I tried to get some pictures, but my cat photobombed them a bit ;)

As you can tell… one of us was one Facebook while the other was working. Whoops!


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