That's why there was no doubt in my mind that when we woke up on Saturday morning that we'd be driving to State College to see something that represents Penn State better than anyone could ever imagine: THON.
If not you're familiar with THON (long form: Penn State Dance Marathon) allow me to explain. It's (now) a 46-hour no-sitting, no-sleeping dance marathon that raises money for The Four Diamonds Fund at Penn State Hershey Children’s Hospital in the fight against pediatric cancer. Some of you may remember reading in last year's much more emotional and thought-out post (if you don't know THON, read it) that I was involved in THON each year I attended Penn State, including one year that I convinced 200+ people to donate 12+ inches of their hair for Locks of Love and one year that I danced. THON was truly the best experience of my life.
After leaving the BJC we walked around campus with a failed attempt to get into the Lion Ambassador office at Hintz. We did find our brick again and Shaun paid homage to his shadiness & engineering side and I grabbed a cool shot of Old Main.
On Sunday, we visited with Shaun's parents and family members at a brunch hosted by his Aunt & Uncle. The spread was amazing and did not disappoint: mimosas, bloody mary's (with homemade tomato juice), a stocked bar, blueberry french toast, ham & cheese breakfast puff, bacon & onion breakfast puff, apricot and blueberry bread pudding, turkey and waffles, crumb cake, cinnamon rolls, turkey sandwiches and more. Clearly, we left with full bellies for our drive back to Pittsburgh.
My brother was home for the weekend so on Sunday night we met up with him and my parents at Bado's for some pizza, subs, calzones and drinks. Seven hundred Seinfeld quotes later and Shaun and I were back home, relaxing on the third floor with the pups watching terrible Sunday evening TV: Pawn Stars & Hoarders.
Most people have been off today (Shaun had to work and it's a floating holiday for me so I decided to save the day) so it's been a great, productive day at work. And I'm optimistic that I'll make it to the gym tonight following last week's health issues. More to come on those tomorrow. After all, the February Run Challenge isn't going to run itself!
Here's to a wonderful Monday and an even better week ahead! Cheers!