Back in December when The Home Depot ESPNU College Football Awards Show aired, they announced that Colt McCoy had won, among other awards, the Davey O'Brien Award for the top quarterback. Since the award is based here in Cowtown, I wondered whether fans could attend. I made a phone call the following day and found out that fans could attend . . . for a price. Friends tried to get me tickets in the main room, but it wasn't meant to be. So I accepted my seat an adjoining room and hoped for an encounter at some point during the evening. God blessed me beyond measure with getting to ride the elevator with Rachel Glandorf, Colt's fiancee, and getting to chat with her later in the evening along with his mother and father. And for one brief moment, I was able to shake Colt's hand and get a picture with him, albeit one with a man's head in the way. If I didn't have the pictures, I probably wouldn't believe that I had actually been in attendance. It was such an amazing evening and a lot of fun to dress up and attend such a formal event. (And in honor of the recent Academy Awards, I want to thank Krista who shot the first two photos and who let me borrow a sparkly ring; my sister who let me borrow the dress, earrings, and purse; TJ who let me borrow the wrap that kept me warm all evening; and all my friends who asked me about the event and then listened to me go on and on about it.)
Not long after the Davey O'Brien Awards Dinner, I attended an awards dinner at the zoo with my co-workers. I had never been to an event at the zoo, so it was fun to come at night and honor a special person, eat delicious food, hang out with my co-workers outside the office, and listen to a great band.
I've always wanted to learn how to take better pictures, so I took a one-night photography class at the end of February. Below is one shot that I took while I was there. I loved filling the frame with the subject matter that was on the teacher's shelves. I have so much more to learn and now really want a camera with more manual settings.
Then, I set out on my sports weekend. First up was attending the TCU baseball game versus Texas Tech. It was a perfect spring night (in February!) and the Horned Frogs got the win.
Next up was a Mavs game with amazing court-side seats and the gold parking pass, which added a whole new dimension to things I would buy if I was wealthy. And dinner at the buffet on the platinum level wasn't too shabby either.
And finally, there was the shooting range. I'd never shot a gun before but wanted to learn how. My small group leader just happened to have all the connections - a gun and a father who works at a gun range. He was a great teacher and had me shooting "tight groupings" in no time. I can now check off "learn to shoot a gun" on my bucket list.