Gina had a very difficult decision to make this week. The North Carolina Tar Heels came to Charlottesville on Thursday to play the Cavaliers in Men's basketball. On one hand, Gina is currently attending UVA and is the recipient of one of their highly-coveted full tuition scholarships; on the other hand, she is an alumnus of UNC-Chapel Hill. What to do, what to do? As you can imagine, Gina takes these kinds of choices very seriously. I offered my UNC hat to her to support her alma mater, but her conscience wouldn't allow her to cheer against her current school. So, she came to the game an orange-blooded Cavs fan, and it paid off as Virginia overcame a slow first half to beat the Tar Heels ... well, you can see the picture. Seriously, it was a real treat for both of us to attend the game. This is one of the perks to attending UVA: free admission to ACC sporting events. I love college basketball and have always wanted to see North Carolina play. This game was a blast from the past for Gina, who got to attend some games in the "Dean Dome" in Chapel Hill. Well, UHall is no Dean Dome, but it was pretty crazy on Thursday.

Besides getting to watch college basketball, classes started for us on Wednesday. Both of us have similar schedules as last semester, even though our classes are different. Most of my classes are the second half of year-long courses, while Gina has a whole new set of courses and instructors. It looks to be an eventful semester, and we are both looking forward to it.

Saturday night we had several of our friends from school over to the house for a night of food and games. I grilled hamburgers and hotdogs outside in the unseasonably warm weather while Gina and Tommy prepared the other food. The guests provided snacks, desserts and the games. It was our first time to play Apples to Apples and Smarty Party, and I have to say both games were really fun. I have never been a huge fan of board games, but we had a great time laughing and getting to know each other better. We are already talking about doing it again soon.

I hope everyone reading this has a great week. Take care, and keep checking back for more updates.