I’m really dropping the ball with the blogging lately, as my mom so gently informed me. Sorry guys! It’s been pretty busy. Softball games and babysitting, but I like it that way. My sister graduated from high school earlier in the week, and it has made me incredibly nostalgic while making me feel incredibly old.

The devastation in Moore, Okla. left me just as heartbroken as it did the rest of the country. It was painful to watch, understanding some of the pain that community feels after such a disaster. I still have the occasional tornado dream even two years later, and they have been brought back this week. My thoughts and prayers are with them during this time. You can prevail. You will prevail.

My wonderful friend, and former professor, who experienced a more first-hand experience with the tornado, wrote an op-ed piece for the city. It was originally in the Christian Science Monitor, but has been picked up by other online news outlets. (Meredith, if you’re reading this, I think this comes 360 degrees, and you should restart the Upbeat blog. 🙂 )

Things will be slowing down very quickly though. The last day of school is tomorrow, then it’s summer! I leave for the beach next Wednesday and won’t be back for 10 days. I love the beach, but I feel confident there will be more sand in my bed than on the beach when it’s all said and done. Until again, happy almost summer!



Last week, Chipotle opened a new location on The Strip. Thanks to awesome friends Savanna and Caleb, Tara and I quickly headed there to get free Chipotle!




Tara officially asked me to be one of her bridesmaids. We’re just a little over a year away from the wedding, which leaves plenty of time for planning and fun! 



After covering high school softball the weekend before last, I got the pleasure of covering the NCAA softball regional in Tuscaloosa. After covering Alabama all season long in 2012, it was so fun to be back in my home away from home, even if it was for another school. 



Baby sister’s high school graduation. It was perfect weather, which is all you can ask for in late May in Alabama. 



Cooper is a sweet kitten that loves him some naps. I don’t know what I’m going to do to be away from him for 10 days. My family might want to kill him while cat-sitting. 


A Day

This weekend brought a glimpse of Saturdays in the fall. The football team held its spring scrimmage game on Saturday, bringing thousands of people into Tuscaloosa. While the masses enjoy getting a free glimpse into the 2013 squad, there was much more going on in the sports world. The softball team swept Mississippi State and the baseball team put up a brutal fight against LSU both Saturday and Sunday, losing in 16 innings Saturday and winning Sunday in the 10th inning. The men’s and women’s golf teams each won their respective SEC championship, bringing home even more hardware for an ever expanding case.

With friends in town for the scrimmage, it also gave me the opportunity to enjoy lots of good food and quality time with friends I don’t see very often. The weather was beautiful. Sunny and pleasant. And the same weather promises to return this week. Spring might actually be here now! Have a fabulous weekend!


I used Savanna’s new Butter London polish, Jasper, and my new Sally Hansen, Pink Blink, to do a little nail art. See? Spring!


Late night gelato with a complimentary cup.

image_2Cooper enjoys all the sun and fresh air he gets with the windows open now.

TanlgedABC Family aired “Tangled” Sunday afternoon. One of my favorite newer Disney movies.

powerrangersSometimes you find a childhood classic on Netflix and watch it with your friends. It’s morphin’ time! (Maybe this helped in nurturing the love for dinosaurs.)

Spring Fever

It’s almost spring and you can tell. The trees are in bloom and it’s cool in the morning and warm in the afternoon.

It was a beautiful, almost-spring weekend in Tuscaloosa. I spent a great deal of it at the ballpark, covering the Alabama-Tennessee baseball series for the The Daily Times in Maryville. It’s been so long since I covered an event, and I forgot just how much I loved it.


The Easter candy consumption was in full force this weekend. Thanks to Savanna for bringing a load of goodies. These bunny gummies might be my new favorite.


I’ve been reading up on ways to speed up the drying process for nails. I came across the idea that you could put your hand into a bowl of ice water and it would set it immediately. Maybe I did it wrong, but it definitely did not work for me.


A cool Sunday afternoon at The Joe.


Spring is just around the corner. The blooms look so pretty.


Tara is off in Spain for two weeks for school. Have to keep up with her somehow while she’s away.

Diamond Days

It’s been a warm and sunny week in Tuscaloosa, and the weekend is just as promising. We’re currently transitioning from the gridiron to the diamond. I’ll be spending my weekend covering the Alabama-Tennessee baseball series.

I’m so excited to be covering sports again, even if just for the weekend. Between the baseball and warm weather, it’s going to be a wonderful weekend.

BRACKET UPDATE: Things were looking good at first. I had only missed the Mississippi State game. But then Arkansas lost to Vandy last night and now there are quite a few red lines.

Luckily this is just a warm up for the NCAA tournament.

Hope you guys have a fabulous weekend!

Basketball Mania-SEC Tournament

It’s about that time of the year where you can find basketball on television all day. It’s a glorious time for those who love basketball. (Yes, that includes me.)

The Southeastern Conference has seen better days in terms of basketball seasons. There seemed to be only one sure team heading to The Dance, Florida. But they got beat by not-so-powerful Kentucky recently.

Jerry Palm of CBS Sports currently has Tennessee and Kentucky in the last four in. While Alabama and Ole Miss are the last four out.

Due to the lack of dominance in the SEC, it leaves the tournament wide open. It’s going to be a very interesting few days.

Here’s how my bracket looks:

As obvious as Florida seems to be as SEC champion, I just don’t see them losing. But, that’s the joy of it all, anything can happen.

Here’s to basketball mania.

(Also, if you would like to print your own SEC bracket, here’s the link.)

(Also x2, if you would like to follow me on Twitter, my handle is @Morgan_U)

Sunny Days

The weather this weekend did not disappoint. Mid 70s and sunny, it was perfection. But it’s Alabama, and today it’s raining and in the 50s. But, it’s the best nap weather you could ask for. Which is a good thing since it’s National Nap Day.


Saturday afternoon roller blading session with Tara.




We normally stop off at a store on our route that offers Coke Icees, but they were closed. Glass bottled Coke was a great alternative though.


Strawberry cake with chocolate icing. A nice end-of-the-weekend treat.

And it was definitely March Madness in Tuscaloosa on Saturday. Alabama’s Trevor Releford hit a half court buzzer beater to give Bama the win over Georgia. Below is the video and call from Chris Stewart of Crimson Tide Sports Network.

March Merriment

Sorry I missed Wednesday, it was a crazy day of wedding dress alterations and ordering bridesmaid dresses for my friend, Katelin’s, wedding. By the time I got home, I needed a nice long nap.

But I’m back! And so ready for the weekend. I don’t know about y’all, but this has felt like one of the longest weeks ever.

It’s a new month, and I’m so excited about it. Why, you may be asking? Well…

March Madness. Whether you follow basketball religiously or pick a team based on it’s mascot, March Madness appeals to almost everyone I know. I love filling out a bracket and keeping up with my wins and losses. I’ll be in a few bracket pools and will be happy to share them with you guys.

The Time Change. The days have been getting longer ever so slowly, and the 7 p.m. sunsets are almost here. I love when the sun stays out so long. Even if you don’t spend the whole time outside, just being able to see the sun is pleasant.

Warmer Weather. This weekend is supposed to bring 70 degree temps back to Tuscaloosa. It’s going to be warm and sunny and I plan on taking advantage of it.

Spring Break. Later in the month, the university and public schools will be enjoying a week off. While there are no big plans made currently, just knowing everyone has time to relax and enjoy the week is exciting.

Press Boxes. I get to head back into the press box for the Alabama-Tennessee series. I’ll be covering it for the Maryville, Tenn. paper, The Daily Times. It’s been far too long and I can’t wait to get back in it.

Easter. While I used to love getting an Easter dress every year, it doesn’t happen anymore. Easter isn’t as big a deal for my family since we’ve grown up, but the candy is still just as good. I love early-year holidays because they are centered around candy. Peeps are a must and Sweet Tart’s Chicks, Ducks, and Bunnies are also a good get. And the Cadbury Eggs, of course.

Dying Eggs. It goes along with Easter and all of its festivities, but I love dying eggs. A house filled with a vinegar aroma reminds me of many Easters with my family. And the dying packs have gotten much more creative since my earlier days, but I still enjoy the crayon that allows you to write on the eggs.

Pastel Colors. While I love the rich colors that come with fall and winter, change is good. And pastels are good. I love using pastels in my wardrobe, nails, or anywhere I can fit it in.

March is bringing a lot to the table, and I’m sure there will be even more unplanned excitement. Here’s hoping March brings plenty of sunshine and happiness to everyone. Happy weekend!