In case you aren't familiar with Guys behind The Blog, it is a monthly link-up hosted by Betsy at Heavens to Betsy and Laura at According to Laura Jean. It spotlights the amazing men in our lives by asking them a few light-hearted questions. I always love hearing from the guys!
And without further ado...
College basketball, and lots of it. It's the time of year where my schedule - and let's be honest - my life revolves around North Carolina basketball. That's not too different from the rest of the year really, but at least there are real games happening now. I make sure time is blocked off to watch every Carolina game, but knowing the enemy is also important too, so when there's free time I watch whatever teams are close to Carolina in the polls, and other ACC games. And I just know Evelina just loves all the basketball on our TV! (eye roll emoji)
(UNC basketball game, Chapel Hill, NC - December 2014)
When I'm not tied up with basketball, we are watching Gossip Girl. I don't know why, but I love shows and movies that are set in High Schools. I also love seeing all the spots that we visited in New York.
I'm not really a big reader. I read a lot of news articles online, but I just don't really have the time or the patience to sit down and read a book. The last book I read was Pedro Martinez's autobiography. I've had every intention of reading Dean Smith's book and Roy Williams's book, but again, I just haven't been able to make time for it.
The radio. All of my favourite artists seem to be on a hiatus from making new music, which has been quite disappointing. Kanye West has a new album coming on , so I'm pretty excited for that. Lately I've just been listening to the radio, with Sirius Fly (90s/2000s Rap and R&B), Lithium (90s Rock) and the decades channels (especially 90s on 9) getting the most play.
Summer. I miss the warm weather, the sun being out until 9, playing softball, and wearing shorts and sneakers. It can't come soon enough.
(Szczecin, Poland - July 2014)
Pizza is always my go to, but right now I have a serious fried chicken craving. We have KFC and Popeyes, but I have a feeling like our Popeyes locations might not be as good as American ones. I've had a serious craving for Bojangles which hasn't left since we were in North Carolina a year ago, and I've yet to find anything that's anything close. There's a new place in town that is supposed to be good, so we'll have to give that a shot.
How to show restraint. I'm definitely more of a shopper than Evelina. Unfortunately, right now the Canadian dollar has taken a bit of a nose dive. An American dollar is worth about $1.40 Canadian. A few years ago they were equal, with the Canadian dollar actually worth more for a bit. Since my salary hasn't gone up 40% at the same time (would be nice to get a 40% raise though, wouldn't it?), it makes ordering online quite a bit more expensive. If I don't reaaaaaaaaaaaally want it, I've got to pass. It's been tough, but I'm learning to deal with it.
For a Carolina National Championship this April.
Carolina basketball. I've detailed this at length numerous times. I am completely in my element right now at this time of year!
Life. It's human nature to complain, and believe me, I can complain a lot, but when I take a step back to reflect on things, I have a lot to be grateful for. I have an amazing wife, a stress free job, a loving family that is close by, and terrific friends. When the biggest stressor in my life is whether or not Carolina will win their next basketball game, I have a lot to feel fortunate about.
Trips trips trips. We are for sure going to Poland this summer, and while we don't have any cross-border road trips set in stone, there are a few situations I'm keeping my eye on. Let's just say that North Carolina, Chicago, Philadelphia, and Texas(!!!) are all in play as potential impromptu trip destinations. I'm sure Evelina will keep you posted :)