Praying for Boston.

Just wanted to take a quick minute to express thoughts and prayers for anyone involved with the explosions in Boston. It’s been a sad week in America, and the death of a local police officer in Oklahoma City had already put a damper on our Monday. Chad Peery was paralyzed in 2011 after he tried to break up a bar fight and was brutally beaten. He has been honored in the community and at Oklahoma City Thunder games and was an inspiration to many. I attended a Thunder game where he was honored, and I didn’t know much of his story but I was truly touched. To maintain such a positive attitude through such a horrific tragedy is so inspirational and I know Peery will be remembered greatly by the Oklahoma City community.

Oklahoma City police officer Chad Peery  reacts after receiving an award during an NBA basketball game between the Oklahoma City Thunder and the Golden State Warriors at Chesapeake Energy Arena in Oklahoma City, Wednesday, Feb. 6, 2013. Photo by Bryan Terry, The Oklahoman

Photo courtesy of newsok.com.

Later that day, we all heard of the explosions at the Boston Marathon. I feel like it’s always a state of confusion immediately when these kind of things happen. I saw a picture on Twitter, but “explosion” was used, not “bombing,” so I thought (and hoped) perhaps at first it could have been an accident, although my gut told me otherwise. When things like this happen in our county, I (as I’m sure many others) just wonder why. I can’t fathom what would give someone the thought to hurt so many innocent people, but I think it’s best that way. Events such as this, as well as 9/11, the OKC bombing and the Sandy Hook tragedy just to name a few, aren’t meant to be understood in my opinion. I’m thankful that I can’t wrap my mind around something like this, and my deepest thoughts and prayers are with victims, families and residents of Boston. I know from experience the effect this type of thing can have on a community, and I wish the best for everyone involved. I’m sure many have seen the quote from Mr. Rogers, and I think it’s important in times like this. Despite the evil in our world, the good still outweighs it.

“When I was a boy and I would see scary things on the news, my mother would say to me, ‘Look for the helpers. You will always find people who are helping.’ To this day, especially in times of disaster, I remember my mother’s words and I am always comforted by realizing that there are still so many helpers – so many caring people in this world.”

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All good things must come to an end.

I’m sure you’ve all heard by now my No. 2 Oklahoma State Cowboys lost last night to Iowa State…yes, you read right. Iowa State. The world of college football is always full of surprises, isn’t it? After the devastating losses of two basketball coaches Thursday night, Friday was just not a good day for Oklahoma State sports.

Unfortunately, I was at work until 10 p.m. so I didn’t see most of the game. When I called my boyfriend to check the score, I was shocked to hear we were only up by one touchdown with 10 minutes to go. I’m no college football buff (I save that for the boyfriend), but all I’d heard about Iowa State was that it was terrible. Any loss would be painful after a record 10-0 season, but for me, I just couldn’t believe we lost it all to an unranked, (supposedly) not-very-good team.

I won’t comment on much more because I know about as much about sports as you would expect a 21-year-old college girl to know. 🙂 All in all, I still love my Cowboys, of course. They’ve had an amazing record-breaking season and it’s not over yet. We had a not-so-good week two weeks ago against Kansas State, a great week last week at Texas Tech then this week…enough has been said about that. Hopefully we can continue the pattern and rest up for the next couple weeks and come out strong against OU for Bedlam! I can’t wait.

I know all our fans are heartbroken and disappointed that we lost last night, but I’m so proud to be a part of a community that supports its team no matter what. I’ve seen disappointed tweets and Facebook statuses (and a few trash-talking from another certain school in the state), but most that I’ve seen have been positive in one way or another. It’s been a great year so far for the Cowboys and after last night, it can only get better, right?

Go Pokes!

America’s latest addiction

I admit I am one who has fallen victim to a drug that has taken over our country. Whether we need a pick-me-up, need to stay up to study hard or just have a craving we can’t ignore, many of our lives would not be complete without this drug: caffeine.

There it is.  We’ve all seen it: the famous Starbucks cup.  Not only has coffee taken over everyone’s life it seems, but Starbucks has also transformed the idea of a coffeehouse into what it is today.  Because Seattle’s Best Coffee is sold on the college campus where I live, that’s probably the brand of coffee I see around the most.  But back at home in Oklahoma City, Starbucks cups are pretty much all I see.  I occasionally see a coffee from 7-11 or McDonald’s, but Starbucks is by far the most popular.  It seems like there’s one on every corner.  It’s crazy to think that it was once a single neighborhood coffee shop in Seattle, and now I can think of four shops off the top of my head within 10 minutes of my parents’ house.

The original Starbucks store in Seattle

Even back when I didn’t like coffee, I was a sucker for Starbucks’ cream-based frappacinos, hot chocolate and caramel apple cider.  Coffee drinks aren’t just for the businessmen and women and cramming college students anymore, and I think Starbucks has had a great deal to do with that.  Throughout middle school and high school, it was “cool” to have a Starbucks cup in class.  It was “cool” to go to Starbucks after the football games.  In fact, it was more about the status of the logo on the cup than the drink inside of it.  Starbucks has always longed to bring a feeling of connection and community with its products, and it has done just that.  A coffee shop is now not only thought of as a place to stop in quickly for a cup of coffee, but also as a hangout to study and socialize.

While many complain about Starbucks’ prices (ahem, my dad), not many complain about the coffee itself (that I know of).  Despite those high prices, Starbucks has stayed a very popular and successful company now complete with its own instant coffee, mobile apps and even e-gift cards.  It’s quite apparent that Starbucks isn’t going anywhere and has changed our idea of coffee and coffeehouses for years to come.