March 1 was actually our friend Carolyn's due date, but her and husband Ryan's son Blake Thomas Becker decided not to make his appearance until the 10th! But wasn't he worth the wait? We visited them yesterday and I'm completely in love. He looks like a little man - so much like Ryan. What a sweetie. I offered to set up Blake and Lucy in a few years.
Speaking of births, we celebrated mine a couple of weeks ago with a trip to Napa and an awesome dinner here in the city. It was low-key, relaxing and fun - exactly what I needed.
And then there's basketball. It's no secret that - other than Christmas - March madness is my favorite time of year. Selection Sunday started off a little dicey with the Cats almost losing to Mississippi State in OT in the SEC tournament, but the scrappy Cats pulled through and got that #1 seed in the South region. Here I am doing the John Wall dance.
Too bad their second round draw was Wake Forest (provided that Wake could be Texas in the first round). Almost surprisingly, given Wake's tournament performance in recent years, Brian, college friend Julie and I were able to celebrate Wake's success on Thursday night.
Everyone always asked who I'd cheer for if Wake and Kentucky ever played each other, and I had always been able to successfully evade the question until yesterday. Let's be honest. My bracket had Kentucky winning, but then again my bracket was already jacked because of Louisville and Kansas (oh well!). And I want the team that wins to actually have a chance at winning the title. No offense to the Deacs, but they haven't exactly been consistent. But at the end of the day, while I love Wake, I grew up bleeding blue and my love for college basketball is because of Kentucky. Having said that, I did my best to represent both.
We watched the UK-Wake game in a Kentucky bar that surprisingly exists in San Francisco, and I found my emotions surprisingly split! The UK fans totally welcomed me - WF Tervis tumbler and all - although they took every opportunity to give me stink eye when Wake scored. Unfortunately for Wake, it wasn't often enough. No more feeling torn until potentially the NCAA finals when Brian hopes for a Syarcuse-Kentucky rematch from 1996. Now THAT would be a good game!