Thursday, March 15, 2007

Thursday Thirteen #1

Hmmm.....this Thursday Thirteen seems to be an internet craze.....and one that I can't pass up!! So, since today is the start of the NCAA Basketball tournament, I thought I'd post 13 reasons why there really IS MARCH MADNESS!!

1. Well, silly, of course. It's the NCAA Big Dance!! It's the Division 1 basketball tournament! It's a time when Cinderella's are born and dreams are broken!! Don't you just love this time of year?

2. NIT Basketball tournament. For those teams that weren't lucky enough to get a bid to the dance, the consolation prize is a bid to the NIT. And since a bunch of the mid-majors got screwed this year, I wanted to be sure to include them in the madness!! GO BRADLEY!! (Gotta shout out to my alma mater, that beat Providence handily last night in a first-round game!)

3. Kick-Ass Office Pools. Only during the NCAA is it "legal" to gamble in the office. Gotta keep my streak up of totally beating the pants off the men. And YES, I figure out my own brackets. No advice from the men. This "little girl" can handle it all by herself!

4. Birthdays, Birthdays, Birthdays. March seems to be the month of birthdays. My husband's, my brother, my brother-in-law. Even Rocco's birthday (my St. Bernard) is in March!

5. Mom & Dad's Anniversary. I throw this in only because it's madness that the 2 of them ever got together in the first place....let alone are celebrating number 40 this year!! Gotta love them (even if it is completely uncomprehensible that those 2 right-winged Conservatives conceived 2 of the most liberal Democrats EVER!)

6. Bonus! I get my bonus at the beginning of March! Strange time for it, although Mike always does well on his birthday because of it. This year I splurged on me and bought 10 new books!! (imagine that!)

7. The Weather. It is said that March "Comes in like a Lion and Goes out like a Lamb". No kidding. The first of March it was in the negatives. Yesterday it was 78!

8. St. Patrick's Day, the feast of Ireland's patron Saint. What did St. Patrick really do? Supposedly he banished all the snakes from Ireland (Cool!). Truthfully, St. Patrick's Day is an excuse for the Irish (and the Irish for a day) to get drunk on green beer!!

9. Women's History Month. March is Women's History month and that's a very cool thing to celebrate.

10. The Spring Equinox is in March. This is a day when the Sun can be observed over the center of the Equator. The Sun spends an equal amount of time above and below the horizon. That's kind of neat, don't you think?

11. Ides of March. Julies Cesear was assassinated on this day in 44 BC. Now it means impending doom! Oh NO. THAT'S TODAY!! YIKES!! DOOM IS COMING!

12. March was named after Mars the Roman God of War. And War is truly madness!!

13. Taxes. Since I couldn't think of anything else, I thought I would throw this in as a last resort. Since I'm such a slacker, I am just now doing our taxes. That's pretty bad considering we are getting money BACK this year!!

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Chana said...

Thanks for the educational blog and fun too! I have always wondered about St. Patrick's day. Congrats on the bonus!

I am up!

amy said...

thanks for that post this week. I needed to learn a few things..Great list and blog

Bianca D'Arc said...

Thanks for commenting on my first ever 13. I enjoyed reading yours too and don't feel bad about the tax thing. I haven't even really looked at mine yet! I'm going to have to file for an extension because I left it so late, my accountant will never get to it in time for April 15. I'm a TOTAL slacker!

Tina Bendoni said...

Hubby gets his bonus in March, too. Kind of a weird time for it, but nice if you own on taxes. Which we didn't. (Don't hate me, we did ours the first week in February)

Amelia Elias said...

Way to go on shaming the men at the basketball pools! I want to get a bonus...

Thanks for visiting my TT!

Karen Erickson said...

A think a bonus in March is great - I'd love a bonus! LOL

Great list! :)

Pen said...

This is a GREAT list! This girl can pick her own brackets too and not based on who has the prettiest uniforms. I love March Madness!

Tilly Greene said...

A made month indeed, but the impending tax deadline is complete madness!

Go Rocco, hope you get a big bone for your birthday :-)

Raggedy said...

Terrific Thursday Thirteen!
My TT is posted.
Have a wonderful day!
Happy TT'ing!
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Sparky Duck said...

thanks for stopping by. I always forget about the Ides of March. I am going to come back as well. Fear the Aggies

Selena Kitt said...

Gotta love that spring starts officially this month! Yay! :)


kirleaper said...

I had no idea there was so much to March. At least I don't have to worry about taxes until later in the year as Australia's financial year ending is 30 June.
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