Sunday, February 03, 2008

Another Long Downward Slide

Joshua and I got a lot of rest this weekend, which was good, because both of us have been trying to throw a mild bug that made us queasy most of last week, sapping our strength.

We went to bed at 8:00 p.m. Friday night, and slept for twelve hours. We stayed home all day Saturday, not leaving the apartment even once.

We slept in on Sunday morning, and skipped church. My parents came over to our apartment Sunday morning right after church and we gave them a quick sandwich, after which my Mom headed for home while Josh and I took my Dad to the Minnesota/Wisconsin game. The game had an early start, and we barely made tip-off.

We should have stayed home. The Badgers blew out the Golden Gophers from the opening minutes, and gave Tubby Smith what must be his worst loss as head coach of the Minnesota program. Minnesota gave Indiana and Michigan State all those teams could handle on the Gophers’ home floor, but Minnesota could do nothing against Wisconsin. The game was frustrating, and dispiriting. After a 12-3 start to the season, Minnesota has now lost four of its last five games. The Big Ten is tough, and Minnesota always seems to tire and to lose focus and to wither during the course of the conference season, always ending the conference season on a long downward slide. This year is holding true to form, and fans here were hoping that Tubby Smith would break that long-term pattern.

After the game, Josh and I took my Dad home, and we stayed at my parents’ house for the rest of the afternoon and evening. My mother gave us a good dinner, and we didn’t do very much other than relax and keep the dog amused. It was another restful day, and Josh and I needed it.

Both Josh and I have very busy weeks planned at work this coming week.

It is that time of year.


  1. Back to the grind. I am happy to know today that you and Josh were able to get rest this weekend. I was concerned upon returning Saturday. Of course, I am amazed that you can even dove-tail such interstitial "nothing" into a seeming, "all-stuffings" life.

    Stay well, guys.


  2. Thanks, Danen.

    The weather here has been bad, keeping everyone cooped up indoors, which means that various colds and flus circulate in offices and schools and everywhere else. It's that time of year.

    We're fine. We're getting by, and we have not missed any work (not that we would be allowed to, given how busy things are at work for both of us).

    Take care of yourself as well.


  3. Drink plenty of fluids and take 200% vitamins, Andrew.

    I hope you had a nice time at the game.


  4. Thanks, J.R.

    We're OK. These mild bugs go around in winter, and it is not always possible to avoid them.

    The game was a blowout. Minnesota was never even in the game. It was a real disappointment.

    This coming weekend we will go to the Iowa game, but that probably will be our final game of the year.

    I hope you are getting your week off to a good start.