Thursday, September 27, 2012

Wednesday, September 26, 2012

T-t-t-today

T-t-t-oday, junior.
We're at the letter T.


Where to start? I went with brands - Tods, TOPSHOP, TODS, Temperly and Tory Burch.

Then, I went to tea. You probably know this by now but I love the stuff in a variety of different ways + the British afternoon tea with scones and tea sandwiches, I prefer cucumber and cream cheese, anything with smoked salmon and egg salad.
+ Some orange pekoe, split with my mom
+ Starbucks China Green Tips Tea
+ Lipton regular with almond milk and equal
+ Starbucks Iced Green Tea, unsweetened, with no water

Then, I went to the color turquoise and tacos, those are one in the same, right?

Right?

Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Arts & Farts & Crafts

Awhile back, you may remember that I told you my bestest friend moved to Chicago. She's my bestest friend for many many reasons. Some of them, of course this list is not exhaustive and there are many more reasons, include:
  1. She's always always always always up for an adventure
  2. These tend to include cooking and crafting
So yesterday, we spent the day picking out crafts and hitting up Michaels. We decided to buy the supplies for:

  1. Floral Print Clock
  2. Glitter shoes
  3. Melted Crayon Art
So far, we've only gotten through numbers 2 -3. We started with the crayons, seemed the least complicated. D went first to test it out and then I went second. What we learned from her turn? Be sure to hold the canvas up straight rather than have it lean back. I'd say it's quite pretty :P

Monday, September 24, 2012

101 reasons I love: fall


I'm not sure why exactly but for some reason fall elicits some really fantastic memories for me. It's by far my favorite season and typically by the time September 1st comes around, I've already retired my sandals and flip flops, sundresses and tees for flats and boots, sweaters and scarves, regardless of the temperature outside. Luckily, its officially been fall weather for the past week or now, as of Saturday, it's officially fall.

  1. Pumpkin, duh!
  2. J.Crew's fall line
  3. Leaves as pretty as flowers
  4. Apple Cider, served hot and cold
  5. Cool breezes
  6. College Football
  7. ...but really, Badger Football
  8. Back to school shopping
  9. Pumpkin Spice Lattes
  10. Mom's apple pie
  11. Breaking out my jacket for the first time 
  12. ...and finding cash from last year
  13. Apple Acres opening
  14. Thanksgiving
  15. Einstein's Pumpkin Cream Cheese
  16. Sweaters
  17. Pumpkin Picking
  18. Halloween
  19. Chai Tea Lattes
  20. Early morning frost
  21. Scarves
  22. The smell of cinnamon
  23. Vests
  24. Apple Picking
  25. The crisp-ness in the air
  26. The return of television shows
  27. ...and the premiere of new ones
  28. Stuffing
  29. Nights being a little less crazy than summer
  30. Family Holidays
  31. Creating a Fall Shopping list
  32. Apple Pie Shots
  33. Carving Pumpkins
  34. Layers
  35. Switching back to hot drinks
  36. Creative halloween costumes
  37. Fresh School Supplies
  38. Halloween
  39. Nana's Jello Mold
  40. Cardigans
  41. visiting Haunted Houses
  42. Rust Colors
  43. Cozy Sweaters
  44. Trick or Treating
  45. Roasted Pumpkin Seeds
  46. breaking out my jeans again
  47. the sound of leaves crackling beneath my feet
  48. carving jac-o-lanterns
  49. tailgating
  50. Boots
  51. Pumpkin Pie
  52. and Cheesecake Pumpkin Pie
  53. Hay Rides
  54. Soup season
  55. pretending welcome week still exists
  56. watching Halloween shows like Hocus Pocus and HalloweenTown
  57. celebrating oktoberfest
  58. Light jackets
  59. Hearing people say, "i hope it never gets colder"
  60. high school football
  61. Fall Fashion Week
  62. the smell of fireplaces roaring
  63. fall fruits like apples and pears
  64. the first snow 
  65. flats
  66. and these loafers, that I'm lusting for
  67. cool weather pajamas
  68. hiding under blankets
  69. ...and not sweating
  70. college memories
  71. the color orange, it's everywhere
  72. lazy weekend mornings
  73. wearing socks
  74. flannel shirts
  75. ...and the boys wearing them
  76. ...and I've also always loved flannel sheets
  77. candy corn
  78. the extra hour of sleep with we turn the the clocks back
  79. returning to Madison
  80. perfect morning temps for running outside
  81. cider doughnuts
  82. jumping in leaves, and throwing them up in the air
  83. cranberry sauce
  84. dewy mornings
  85. feeling like you can get a fresh start
  86. staying in and relaxing on the couch
  87. afternoon hot drink breaks
  88. wearing tights
  89. long hot showers
  90. my birthday being only one season away
  91. cuddling
  92. the feeling of the sun on a cool day
  93. planning holiday presents
  94. when the red sox are in the playoffs, I know, not this year
  95. the end of humidity
  96. the smell of fruit crisps baking
  97. it's the most wonderful time of year
  98. the ability to be more productive during the work day
  99. the look of famous cities in the season: London, Paris, New York, Boston and more
  100. The Nordstrom's fall catalogue
  101. anticipation in the air
Cue my roommate hating me. She hates that I love fall.

Friday, September 21, 2012

Sssssss

There were A LOT of Ss. And yes, that is with the aforementioned second list. So I can only imagine just how many I would have thought of given many months of planning.
 + there were olympic swimmers, especially sans shirts 
 + and classic combinations like sequins & stripes and saturdays & sundays
 + i had to show some extra special love to Scott Speedman, he sure is a double s.
 + there were plenty of things that ended in ing, like spinning, skiing and swimming
 + plus some really great shoes i.e. Stuart Weitzman & Sam Edelman
 + and given my recent leather pants purchase (debacle, I had to order them 3x to get it right), I'm really enjoying shopbop these days
 + given numbers 7 and 62 on my 101 list, I am dying to invest in some really beautiful stationary
 + I'm also digging Sperry's and boys who wear them : )



Thursday, September 20, 2012

Fall Wishlist

One of my favorite things about a new season, particularly of fall, is that its a perfect time to assess my wardrobe and see what I'm lacking. While I'm not actually LACKING anything, there's a few things I could definitely benefit from purchasing.

  1. A dark chambray
  2. A vest
  3. A state necklace, and I cant decide if I want Wisconsin or Massachusetts.
  4. These Jessica Simpson wedges
  5. The hen scarf from JCrew


Friday, September 14, 2012

This Week's Takeaways


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And that J.Crew Spring is going to be pretty great. But I'm still enjoying the very first signs of fall
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Thursday, September 13, 2012

Rrrrrrr

Here we are at R, nearing the finish of my very first series with an actual start and a finish. When I thought of R, I immediately thought to all the beautiful RUSTIC homes I'm always drooling over on pinterest.


And RUSTIC Weddings. Give a barn, some twinkle lights, mason jars and a cute boy...some day.


Other Rs, you ask? Raspberries, Rebecca Minkoff [I'll take a MAC bag or the coveted Morning After Bag], Ray Bans, and naturally, Badger Red.







Wednesday, September 12, 2012

1 down, 29 to go...

For those of you avid readers, you saw my 101 things to do in 1,001 days post. I'm slowly, okay very slowly, yet surely making my way through the list and feeling really accomplished. One of my goals, was to read 30 books. Now, I'm a big reader, was always the girl with her head in the book, I'm quite fast but 30 books, is surprisingly a lot. So I'm vowing to just finish one book and pick up the next.

And, I finished the first one.


It was the perfect book to read while I was kicking off my 101 project. The book begins on "One rainy afternoon, while riding a city bus, Gretchen Rubin [the author] asked herself, "What do I want from my life, anyway?" She answered, "I want to be happy" -- yet she spent no time thinking about her happiness. In a flash, she decided to dedicate a year to a happiness project. The result? One of the most thoughtful and engaging works on happiness to have emerged from the recent explosion of interest in the subject."



Each month Rubin focuses on one main goal and creates sub goals based on that.

January: Boosting Energy -- go to sleep earlier, exercise better, toss, restore and organize, tackle a nagging task, and last is to act more energetic.

February: Remember love -- quit nagging, stop expecting praise or appreciation, fight right, no 
dumping, and give proofs of love.

March: Aim Higher -- launch a blog, enjoy the fun of failure, ask for help, work smart and enjoy things now.


April: Lighten Up -- singin the morning, acknowledge people’s feelings, treasure happy memories, and take time for projects.

May: Make time for play -- find more fun, take time to be silly, go off path and start a collection.

June: Make time for friends -- remembered birthdays, be generous, show up, don't gossip and make three new friends.

July: Buy some happiness -- splurge on modest things, buy needful things, spend out and give something up

August: Contemplate the heavens -- read memoirs of catastrophe, keep a gratitude notebook and imitate a spiritual leader.

September: Pursue passions -- write a novel, make time, forget about results, and master a new technology.

October: Pay attention -- meditate on koans, examine true rules, stimulate the mind in new ways and keep a food diary. 

November: Keep a contented heart -- laugh out loud, use good manners, give positive reviews and find an area of refuge.

December: Perfect -- Put all of her resolutions throughout the whole year to the test. put all her resolutions to the test. "She never had a perfect day but she did ultimately become happier. Even her family seemed a little happier, even though they won’t admit it."

Read full summary here


So what did I learn from this? 
  1. “The days are long, but the years are short.” 
  2. “Never start a sentence with the words 'No offense.” 
  3. “One of the best ways to make yourself happy is to make other people happy. One of the best ways to make other people happy is to be happy yourself.” 
  4. “Work harder to appreciate your ordinary day.” 
  5. “Look for happiness under your own roof.” 
  6. “When I find myself focusing overmuch on the anticipated future happiness of arriving at a certain goal, I remind myself to 'Enjoy now'. If I can enjoy the present, I don't need to count on the happiness that is (or isn't) waiting for me in the future".” 
  7. “One of the great joys of falling in love is the feeling that the most extraordinary person in the entire world has chosen you.” 
  8. “What you do every day matters more than what you do once in a while.” 
  9. “The things that go wrong often make the best memories.” 
  10. “Happiness is the meaning and purpose of life, the whole aim and end of human existence.” 
  11. “It's about living in the moment and appreciating the smallest things. Surrounding yourself with the things that inspire you and letting go of the obsessions that want to take over your mind. It is a daily struggle sometimes and hard work but happiness begins with your own attitude and how you look at the world.” 
  12. “There is only love.”

Next up: A Place of Yes...

Tuesday, September 11, 2012

The Shops at Target

I had a horrible day. I'll confess that much. Had I not, I probably would have gone to the grocery store and then probably Target after work. Because, the newest shops at Target have arrived. And, you know how I feel about Target. I also would have ordered these.













Monday, September 10, 2012

A little redecorating

It's another 5 day week...eek. I'm going home this weekend so I'm thinking it's going to be a VERY slow one.

Over the weekend, I did a little fall cleaning, as I've said a thousand times, I'm dying for the fall weather to arrive and to put away my summer clothing for good, or at least to start using it for layers. In the midst of cleaning, I was feeling that some of my shoes were just far to pretty to be sitting behind closed doors.

And how pretty do these shoe displays look?




So I did this...




Thursday, September 6, 2012

Q is for...

The letter Q was probably the main reason I was so upset about loosing my already brainstormed and written out list. It's a pretty hard letter. However, yesterday in the car, driving back from my meeting in the Northwest Suburbs, I finally managed to come up with a few.

Q is for...


Her Majesty, the Queen.



Call it the New Englander in me, but Quaint Little Towns like the one I grew up in...


And, if you haven't caught on yet, I'm a BIGGG fan of quotes. There's always one of there that can perfectly put into words exactly how I feel.

- - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -- - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -- - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Other Qs-
peace and quiet
questions

Wednesday, September 5, 2012

It's mom's birthday!



Today, it's my mom's birthday so I'm dedicating this post to her and wishing her a VERY happy birthday. I only wish I could be there to celebrate with her with delicious food and cake with tons of frosting...maybe some of her favorite Limoncello, too.

For those of you who aren't lucky enough to personally know my mom, you are truly missing out as she's not only the best mom but also the best best friend I could ask for.  She is the kindest most friendly person, who always sees the best in others and in life. I hope to one day be as lucky and as happy as she is and be the kind of mother, sister and friend that she has been to me.

Things I learned from my mom:
  • A piece of cake could save the world
  • And also a cup of tea, too
  • It's okay to serve spreads and dips in their original container
  • And there's nothing wrong with take out
  • Never forget a birthday
  • And be sure to send cards
  • To stand by your man, even when you think he's wrong, or in her case, being moody. (Love ya, Dad)
  • Retail Therapy is really a cure-all, really it is.
  • You can always call home
  • And always come home
  • Everything will be okay
  • And she's always right, because she said so.

Tuesday, September 4, 2012

Home Decor


If you read my 101 things post, you may have noticed that I want to do something with my penchant for Interior Design. While I'm no way closer to doing something with it, I'm also no way trying to deny it nor stop looking for the latest in home decor -- I have a weakness for Jonathan Adler and Target, Jayson Home and Homegoods and more.



Saturday, September 1, 2012

On Wisconsin!


And we're back! College Game Day, that is! Who's ready? Cause I sure am. I asked my best friend and roommate yesterday, if I'll always be this excited for the start of college football. We discussed the merits of how excited we get, how when I watch videos inside Camp Randall my heart get happy, etc and while we're not sure if it will last forever, we'd be perfectly okay if it did.

Now, like I did last year at the start of college football, I share with you a news article. This year's comes from Bill Connelly, SB Nation's NCAA Football, Basketball & Tennis (i know, weird, right?) contributor.

100 Steps to Learning to Love College Football (All Over Again)
....no I did not need to take any steps. Someone said there were two national holidays coming up this week and wondered if I could guess them. I promptly replied, Labor Day and the Start of College Football?
...and yes, I LOVE lists, as you know.
...and because this one is so long, I've done my favorite badger fans a favor and highlighted everything badger related in BADGER RED.

These are not necessarily the most important things, places and games of 2012; they are just the ones most likely to rekindle your love of the sport.

August Games

1. Washington State at BYU (August 30). Because starting the season with Mike Leach sounds glorious. And because BYU could be semi-salty this year.
2. Boise State at Michigan State (August 31). Because this is the rare opportunity to unwrap a brand new Boise State offense, complete with new features and, potentially, kinks. It's like Christmas.

Six Things

3. Eastern Michigan's bowl quest. Or Kent State's. Or maybe Louisiana-Monroe's. So much to love about college football rests below the surface. Maybe you're a fan of some major conference team, and you wouldn't stoop to rejoice about a minor bowl bid, but to other schools a bowl bid of any kind means the world. Louisiana-Lafayette played last year's New Orleans Bowl like it was the BCS title game, and it was one of the best moments of the season. Quite a few teams that have dealt with ages-long bowl droughts -- Eastern Michigan (last bowl: 1987 California Bowl), Kent State (1972 Tangerine Bowl), UL-Monroe (N/A) -- could have decent teams capable of reaching bowl eligibility this year. And if they make it, they will celebrate like they won the national title.
4. The Flexbone. Maybe you don't want your own team running this offense (or, hey, maybe you do), but the Flexbone is the ultimate example of this simple fact: you can win a college football game in so, so many damn ways. Watch Georgia Tech. Watch Navy all of the armed forces schools. Watch Georgia Southern if you can. It's fantastic. And it confounds the hell out of Goliaths from time to time.
5. MACtion. And, this season, SunBeltion.
You know how some basketball fans will try to convince you that women's basketball is more enjoyable than men's because of the fundamentals and the fact that "they are playing for the love of the game"? And you know how this turns out to be incredibly false? Let's just say that the mid-major portion of the FBS universe combines the "for the love of the game" thing (needless to say, hat ceremonies for recruits announcing they are attending Central Michigan aren't typically televised on ESPNU) with some creative, immensely entertaining football. Last year in particular, that resulted in a level of fun and insanity in the MAC that the world has never seen before. If you missed it, you missed out.
We at SB Nation have carried the MACtion flag for quite a while, but while certain MAC stars have departed (Toledo receiver Eric Page, Northern Illinois quarterback Chandler Harnish), many return. And come November, when MAC games start showing up on your TV almost every weeknight, you will enjoy it so much more than you think you will.
6. Nebraska home games. Or LSU, or Oregon, or your ridiculously loud stadium of choice. When a game at one of these locales comes on TV, turn the volume up as loud as it will go, or until the decibels begin to disorient you a bit. That's what it's like standing on the field.
7. Notre Dame. I know, I know. Notre Dame is supposed to be one of those things you always hate about college football. They get too much credit from pollsters, they can make a BCS bowl with a 7-5 record (approximate), et cetera. But really, there are only two ways Notre Dame's 2012 season can go, and either might be entertaining: a) With a strong defense and an enlivened offense, the Irish win a series of dramatic games versus strong opponents (Michigan State, Michigan, Stanford, Oklahoma, USC) and put together their best season since 2006 or so. Or b) they once again kill themselves with silly mistakes and finish 5-7. Whether it is a daredevil act or a train wreck, it will be fascinating.
8. Pac-12 Network. Because this is going to be awesome.

September Games

9. Navy vs. Notre Dame (September 1). Because it's in Ireland, and because it kicks off at 9:00 a.m. ET!
10. Alabama vs. Michigan (September 1). Because these helmets don't face off very often.
11. Nevada at California (September 1). Because you should know Nevada quarterback Cody Fajardo's name, and because California's renovated stadium is gorgeous. Watch if just for the panoramic shots.
12. San Diego State at Washington (September 1). Because quarterback Keith Price has a new offensive coordinator, and this could be pretty fun.
13. Washington at LSU (September 8). Because Keith Price and his new coordinator will be tested. Severely.
14. Florida at Texas A&M and Georgia at Missouri (September 8). Because for a very short window of time, we will basically get an answer to the question, "How would a Big 12 team fare with an SEC schedule?" And because the home crowds in both College Station and Columbia will be very, very excited about this.
15. Louisiana Tech at Houston (September 8). Because Air Raid disciple versus Air Raid disciple.
16. USC at Stanford (September 15). Because we don't have to wait long to find out how good Stanford will (or won't) be this year, and because last year's game was incredible.
17. Florida at Tennessee (September 15). If only because of the ambience. And because we have no idea what Tennessee might be capable of this year. See: Video

18. Alabama at Arkansas (September 15). Because fired-up Hogs.
19. BYU at Utah (September 15). Because of the healthy, whole-hearted rage.
20. Michigan at Notre Dame (September 22). Because if this game has one-tenth the craziness of last year's affair, it will be worth your while.
21. Ohio State at Michigan State & Wisconsin at Nebraska (September 29). Because these games will feature great matchups and atmosphere, and also because they will help to define the Big Ten narrative in 2012.
22. Texas at Oklahoma State (September 29). Because games in Stillwater are really, really fun.
23. Washington State vs. Oregon (September 29). Because Mike Leach vs. Chip Kelly. Mike Leach vs. Chip Kelly!
24. Toledo at Western Michigan (September 29). Unfortunately, it's on a Saturday and not a Tuesday night. But this is one of a trifecta of games that will determine a wonderfully fun MAC West.

Quarterbacks

25. Teddy Bridgewater. The Louisville quarterback takes a hit, gets up, makes a play, takes another hit, gets up, and makes another play. And he's only a sophomore.
26. Alex Carder and Tyler Tettleton. Because Chandler Harnish has left Northern Illinois, because we need a new "Throws for 3,000 yards, runs for 1,000" guy in the MAC, and because these two (Carder is Western Michigan's quarterback, Tettleton is Ohio's) are both capable. (So are Arkansas State's Ryan Aplin and Louisiana-Lafayette's Blaine Gautier, for that matter, but they're in the wrong mid-major conference.)
27. Austin Dantin & Terrance Owens. Because the Toledo duo proves that, once in a while, a quarterback platoon can actually work. This one worked really, really well last year, and with former offensive coordinator Matt Campbell still calling the shots in Tim Beckman's absence, it should again this year.
28. Nick Florence. Because the new Baylor quarterback has some game and some really, really fun weapons.
29. Collin Klein & Bill Snyder. Klein is the perfect Bill Snyder quarterback (well, the perfectSnyder quarterback would be a bit better throwing the ball, but he's close), and he's still got his Geppetto pulling the strings on the sideline. There is no reason this pair should have succeeded as much as it did last year. But it did. And you'll want to watch just in case it does again.
30. Wes Lunt & Johnny Manziel. The new OSU and Texas A&M quarterbacks are a true freshman and redshirt freshman, respectively. And watching them lead their respective offenses is going to be like watching a 15-year-old with a permit driving a Porsche. Spectacular things are going to happen, good and bad.
31. Keith Price. We won't have to wait long to find out just how good the Washington quarterback is. Their early schedule is brutal.
32. Denard Robinson. Just survive Week 1, Denard.
33. Logan Thomas. The Virginia Tech signal-caller is so enormous and frustrating to tackle that a Georgia Tech defender punched him after a sack attempt ... and Georgia Tech was winning at the time. (They weren't for too much longer.)
34. Tyler Wilson. We don't actually know how good Arkansas is going to be this year, but they are top-five in confidence, and no quarterback has more of a swagger than this guy.

October Games

35. USC at Utah (October 4). Because this is why the Utes joined the Pac-12. (Well, this and money. All of the money.)
36. Arkansas State at Florida International (October 4). Because it could decide the Sun Belt title.
37. Miami at Notre Dame (October 6). Because it gives you a reason to fire up YouTube. See: Video
38. West Virginia at Texas (October 6). Because if WVU's offense and Texas' defense formed a team, it would win the national title.
39. Georgia at South Carolina (October 6). See Michigan-Notre Dame. If this game has one-tenththe craziness as last year...
40. South Florida at Temple (October 6). Because it's Temple's first conference home game in its second stay in the Big East.
41. Navy at Air Force (October 6). Because Flexbone Flexbone Flexbone Flexbone Flexbone Flexbone Flexbone.
42. USC at Washington (October 13). Because if USC survives trips to Utah and Washington, it will have begun to live up to its No. 1 ranking.
43. Oklahoma vs. Texas (October 13). Because fried food.
44. Southern Miss at UCF (October 13). Because Conference USA occasionally plays defense.
46. Michigan at Nebraska (October 27). Because with these helmets in that venue, it's going to feel like these teams have been playing for a century.
47. Northern Illinois at Western Michigan (October 27). Part II of your MAC West Trilogy, once again unforgivably on a Saturday.
48. Notre Dame at Oklahoma (October 27). Because history happens when Notre Dame visits Norman later in the season.

Coaches

49. Matt Campbell & Tony Levine. The new head coaches at Toledo and Houston have all of the offensive know-how with none of that pesky defense getting in the way.
50. Dana Holgorsen. Because he holds the key.
51. Mark Hudspeth. Because the Louisiana-Lafayette head coach is going to make one hell of an SEC coach one day.
52. Chip Kelly. Because he does things you've never seen before.
53. Mike Leach. Because he's back. HE'S BACK.
54. Urban Meyer. Because Meyer once engineered the biggest innovations in the spread this side of the Air Raid (it's easy to forget that when you remember how his 2010 Florida offense looked), and I can't wait to see what he does with quarterback Braxton Miller.
56. Tom O'Brien. Because Get Off My Lawn.
57. Paul Rhoads. Because, almost three years later, this clip still doesn't get old. And because he keeps claiming scalps each year. See: Video 

November Games

58. Oregon at USC and Alabama at LSU (November 3). Because it is a requirement for passing the class.
59. Oklahoma State at Kansas State (November 3). Last Year's Craziness, Part III."I'm not so sure they shouldn't have been watching our game."
60. UL-Monroe at UL-Lafayette (November 3). Because true joy in college football can be found in the true hatred lying among the nation's lesser-known rivalries. Because I'm willing to bet The Other Swamp will be a lot of fun for this one. And because this year's game might feature the most combined quality these two teams have ever produced.
61. Florida State at Virginia Tech (November 8). Because Lane Stadium on a Thursday night against Florida State.
62. West Virginia at Oklahoma State (November 10). Because Mike Gundy vs. Dana Holgorsen might be more fun than Chip Kelly vs. Mike Leach.
63. Tulsa at Houston (November 10). Because a) points, b) this could be an incredibly important game in the Conference USA race, and c) points.
64. Toledo at Northern Illinois (November 14). Because there is no greater MACtion than this.
65. Oklahoma at West Virginia (November 17). Because this is why WVU joining the Big 12 sounded like one hell of an idea despite geographic silliness.
66. Stanford at Oregon (November 17). Because the last two matchups between these schools have resulted in two of the most enjoyable blowouts in recent history.
67. Utah State at Louisiana Tech (November 17). Because it might decide the WAC. And because both of these teams could be very fun to watch this year.
68. Thanksgiving weekend. All of it, from Thursday night through Saturday night. Whether a national title, a conference title, bowl eligibility, or anything at all is on the line, rivalry games are rivalry games. If don't get excited watching Washington at Washington State, or Notre Dame at USC, or Michigan at Ohio State, or Oregon at Oregon State, or LSU at Arkansas, or South Carolina at Clemson, or Georgia Tech at Georgia, or Oklahoma State at Oklahoma, or Auburn at Alabama, then college football might just not be for you. And beyond these classic rivalries, you've also got West Virginia making an almost certainly deadly Black Friday trip to Ames, TCU visiting Texas, Louisville facing Rutgers for (potentially) the Big East crown, Tulsa heading to SMU for the last time (as conference mates) and Texas State facing off against UTSA for the first time as FBS rivals. Devour it.
69. The Pac-12 Championship (November 30). Even if it isn't Oregon-USC II, it will be the most entertaining of the major conference title games.
(Okay, it's going to be Oregon-USC II. And it's going to be fantastic.)

Other Highly Enjoyable People

70. Tavon Austin. Because hell yes. (And because he did all that last year in a new offense. It's not new anymore.) See: Video
71. Montee Ball. Because you like touchdowns, right?
72. Steve Beauharnais and Khaseem Greene. Because Rutgers might have the most underrated defense in the country this year, and because these two make a tackle for loss on just about every damn possession.
73. Jamie Collins. Because Southern Miss might steal Boise State's "best mid-major defensive line in the country" crown this year, and because Collins is the primary reason why.
74. Kain Colter. Because he's quite possibly Northwestern's best quarterback, running back and wide receiver. And he will be used as all three.
75. Justin Hunter. The Tennessee junior was the nation's best receiver for two weeks last year, then disappeared with a knee injury. And because I can't wait to see what he might do over the course of a full, healthy season.
76. Brandon Jenkins and Bjoern Werner. Because Florida State's defensive ends are devastating, and because opponents know it.
77. Marqise Lee. Because USC started playing like an elite team basically the moment things clicked for Lee last year. Robert Woods is fantastic, but Lee is the big-play guy. And big plays are fun.
78. Zach Line. Because the SMU running back looks like Mike Alstott and runs like Montee Ball (approximate).
79. Trey Metoyer. Because we might pretty quickly feel stupid for questioning Oklahoma's receiving corps this year. See: Video
80. Barkevious Mingo and Sam Montgomery. Because the LSU defensive ends are probably faster than most of the running backs they are going to face this year.
81. Malcolm Mitchell. Because he's Georgia's best receiver ... and he's listed as the starting cornerback. He's going to be tired at the end of games this year.
82. Brent Musberger. Because he really, really enjoys himself. And because he absolutely has money on this game.
83. Sheldon Richardson. Because Missouri has a habit of producing high-personality defenders who end up first-round draft picks (Sean Weatherspoon, Aldon Smith, Ziggy Hood), and because Richardson might be next.
84. Stanford's fullbacks and tight ends. Because Stanford has 100 of them, and because ... wideouts? Who needs 'em?
85. Joe Tessitore. Because he's everything you think you're getting from Gus Johnson.
86. De'Anthony Thomas. Because he makes Tavon Austin look slow. See: Video
87. Sammy Watkins. Because he ever-so-briefly made you think that Clemson was a national title contender last year (despite that defense). He's that good.

December Games

88. Oklahoma at TCU (December 1). Because TCU fans have been waiting for this one for a long time.
89. Boise State at Nevada (December 1). Because the last time they played, the Tessitore Effect was born. See: Video
90. The MAC Championship (December 1). Because.
91. South Alabama at Hawaii (December 1). Because only in college football can you say "Congrats on your move to FBS! Now here's your obligatory trip to Aloha Stadium in early-December."
92. Army vs. Navy (December 8). Because you have heartstrings.
93. The New Orleans Bowl. (December 22). Because it's Sun Belt versus Conference USA, and this might happen again. God, Mark Hudspeth is awesome. So is college football. See: Video & Video
94. The Holiday Bowl (December 27) and The Alamo Bowl (December 29). Because the Pac-12 and Big 12 need to play each other as much as humanly possible. And because there is at least the tiniest chance that Mike Leach and Dana Holgorsen could face off.

Six More Things

95. San Diego State might not punt much.Rocky Long has been listening to the nerds.
96. Tonight's Tweets. Around the time ESPN's 7:00 p.m. ET telecast of South Carolina at Vanderbilt begins tonight, your Twitter feed will be awash with "FOOTBALL!!!!!!!!!!!!11!!!!!!" posts. And you will enjoy it. And you will probably post it yourself.
97. Twitter in general. It is the world's biggest sports bar, and for all of its faults (basically anything with the words "breaking news" involved), it has enhanced the college football experience.
98. UTSA. You realize how big a market we're tapping into here, right? In the Roadrunners' first ever home football game last year, they drew 56,743. Obviously they are going to struggle this year (somewhat, anyway; they only play seven FBS teams, only five that aren't also FBS newcomers) and for a little while, but let's just say there's a reason why Conference USA already claimed the program as its own, basically sight unseen.
99. Vengeful Owen Field. Oklahoma will have plenty of flaws in 2012, as will just about everybody else. We'll see whose flaws are fatal. But one thing is sure: When OU plays at home, with something to prove, bad things tend to happen. And it is typically pretty fun to watch, at least from a morbid curiosity standpoint. A vengeful demeanor even makes Oklahoma fans act like Wisconsin fans. And that isn't a bad thing. Hey, speaking of which...
100. Wisconsin fans. See: Video & Video. (Cue Heart Melting)


And we'll start as we began...
ON WISCONSIN