Thursday, March 18, 2021

Really Random Thursday, 3/18/21: March Madness

 March Madness. How I love you.

I begin paying attention to college basketball when March Madness nears. Mark and I each fill out our brackets--even though we do it in a nonconventional way. We only fill out the current round. If we fill out the brackets all the way through to the championship game, it is easy to be blown out of the water in the very first round. And then it's no fun anymore.  It is more fun (for the two of us) to reset at the beginning of each round and then keep track of our total correct choices. The winner earns a whopping $1--our standard bet.

The other day we were watching the Big 10 tournament game and I noticed the logo at center court. Fabulous! It made my color-loving heart beat a little faster.

Apparently, it has been around awhile, maybe prior to 2011, but I've never noticed it before. I found someone via google who thinks he figured it out: starting at the 12 o'clock position and moving clockwise, the colors correspond to: Ohio State, Indiana, Minnesota, Nebraska, Wisconsin, Northwestern, Penn State, Michigan State, Purdue, Michigan, Iowa and Illinois. 

And if you are wondering, yes the Big 10 has 12 schools. Go figure...

For two years, I was in a March Madness challenge using Painter's Palette fabric. We were able to choose a total of eight fabrics for our bundle and give it a name. People voted for their favorite palettes and participants advanced to the next round just like the basketball version. It was really fun. 

2017: Peach Blossom Festival. I have yet to make a quilt out of these beautiful fabrics but I do have a plan.

2016: Magenta Madness.
This group of fabrics ended up with some other beauties in my Cumbrey Crossing quilt:
This year I found yet another twist on March Madness. I subscribe to a daily newsletter called The Morning Brew. It is a short read each morning summarizing news of the previous day (if you are interested in subscribing, I'd love to send you the link--I'm trying to earn free merchandise--ha). At the end of the newsletter each day, they usually have a fun little quiz.  Anyway, this year they are crowning "the greatest product of all time." They have set it up just like March Madness basketball bracket.

Because these are a little hard to read, how about each division?

Which would you choose in each pair-off? It was a fun conversation the other day with Levi and Charlotte. Voting is already taking place on their Twitter feed, and winners have advanced to the Sweet Sixteen. Drumroll please:

Microsoft Windows
Google Maps
Boeing 747
Nintendo 64
Air fryer (!!)
Google Search
Uber app

I'll keep you posted next week with the final results. But just for fun, leave a comment with your choice for winner of Greatest Product of  All Time!

Mark went to Costco the other day.
No kidding...

Ella lost a tooth. And a picture of Aaron at the same age.
Then a couple days later the second one came out. 
While Ella was losing teeth, this one was doing something entirely different. And I know...the hair :)

My precious calla lilies began blooming. I do not like Easter lilies but I think calla lilies are beautifully elegant.
Experimenting with the "stagelight" setting on my iPhone.
While the fruit trees are in bloom here in the valley, Mark's brother, Pete, and wife Jane, who live close to Jackson Hole, are doing a lot of skiing. 

And taking pictures of the random animals they come across in town.

The other day my neighbor asked if I had had my hairdresser do a "fade" on my hair. Nope. The pandemic took care of that for me. The last time I added any color to my hair was March 10, 2020. I always wondered what color it would be if I grew it out. And honestly, I never, like really never, look at the back of my hair. Nobody I see on a regular basis cares about my hair--husband, grandkids, etc. So after she asked that question, I was curious about how it looked. Here you go...I kind of like it.

We all seem to be on computer screens way too much.

I sewed something truly hideous the other day. It took me all day to do it. When I put it up on the design wall, I was kind of amazed at how really bad it was. I'm not saying that this was a first-time thing with me and I will show it eventually. Once I get over the shock.

But in the meantime, this...

Happy weekend. 


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julie said... #

I'm interested in signing up for morning brew. Please send me the link.

Chris K. said... #

Have to go with Google Search.

Anne / Springleaf Studios said... #

Just so you know, back in the day when I went to Purdue it truly was the Big Ten with 10 teams. Love good ncaa bball games, especially when Purdue wins. They didn't do so well at this year's tourney though. Fingers crossed for the ncaa tourney. That last meme is so so so right on. Wouldn't it be fun to put a label like that on a quilt? Hope you can find a way to turn your "blunder" into a winner.

Robby said... #

Yes, they messed around with the college sports associations several years ago and the numbers are now off. Like, if you're in college, you should be able to count how many teams there are, right?

I'll give Morning Brew a try. I've been less than thrilled with my current new obtainment plan, so may be time to shake things up.

I'm going to have to vote for the iPhone. Seriously, more computing power than the rooms full of computers we used to send man to the moon. It would definitely be the winner if there was a good way to preview what a phone conversation was going to be about before I got on the call. Maybe by the next release, huh?

Mary on Lake Pulaski said... #

Calla lily photos are awesome. I have to say Boeing 747. I haven’t had any color to my hair or salon cut since November 2019 but I’ve cut it myself five times.

DianeY said... #

I would go with Post-it notes! I find them almost as useful at home as I did at work

OPQuilt said... #

Really enjoyed this edition of the Cindy News--you really excel at keeping us all entertained. And while I wrote iPhone, so many of those things are interdependent: Where would we be without Google? or electronic maps? or so many of the other things that make our digital life work? Hard choice, but I'm sticking with the iPhone. Your hair looks great--I don't think mine would have looked that great without some help!

PoseySlider said... #

OOOh. Please send me a link to The Morning Brew. It sounds like my cup of coffee ;)

Anonymous said... #

I love the picture of the skier and dog. If they were just a smidge closer it would look like the skier was riding along on the dog!
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