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As a proud graduate of the University of Illinois, it’s hard being in Ohio State’s territory! I hate Ohio State football with a firey passion…but I have to say, they are the most loyal, devoted fans. I don’t even think this state realizes they have 2 NFL teams! 😉

And everywhere you go near to Columbus, be prepared to hear “Hang on Sloopy” on repeat. I’m a fan of the song, but it is everywhere. Cell phone rings. Bar music. Radio. Crazy…


…And then there’s the buckeyes. When my friends who are OSU fans wear a necklace of buckeyes, it’s fun to call them poisonous. And I mean, a poisonous nut as a mascot? C’mon. But to EAT? Heavenly. It’s almost a traditional welcome gift to the Columbus region…

In our hotel room, a basket of OSU mugs and plentiful amounts of buckeyes (not pictured because they were all gone in 5 minutes between the 2 of us) and other candy, coffee, etc.

And Gina got us buckeyes last night!

Thanks, Gina! 🙂

Mr. Prevention and I got to meet up with Gina and Nick last night! This was great because 1) Gina has never had a blogger meet-up before, 2) it was a gorgeous night to sit out on a patio, and 3) we now have friends in Columbus!

Gina and Nick were a blast and I was sad to see the night end. But I have a good feeling there will be more to come 🙂

I have a date with the hotel treadmill and then off for another busy, productive day in Columbus! 😀 I haven’t worked out the past 2 days and I need to stay on track for my 101 Days of Summer challenge to run 70 of the next 101 days!

Question: Have you ever had a buckeye treat? What college team do you root for and what team is your #1 rival?

Go Illini!

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  1. June 11, 2010 / 9:01 am

    I had to google what a buckeye candy was… but they sound delicious!

    I’m not a big sports person, despite the fact that my dad was a sportswriter haha. I just end up rooting (read: making sarcastic “whoo” sounds when someone scores :P) for whatever team he does, which is never consistent because he went to Virginia Commonwealth University, which doesn’t have a football team. :O

    Glad you’re having fun! ๐Ÿ™‚

  2. June 11, 2010 / 9:21 am

    Oh, I LOVE buckeye’s! They are one of my favorites. For those who haven’t tried them, they must, because they are missing out!

  3. June 11, 2010 / 9:39 am

    I went to Texas A&M University so I therefore hate The University of Texas! haha!

  4. June 11, 2010 / 9:43 am

    I root for Mizzou all the way! Our biggest rival is Kansas, but we’ve also started a little border war with University of Illinois, too. So I should probably dislike all things U of I, but you seem reasonably nice, so I’m making the exception! ๐Ÿ˜‰

  5. June 11, 2010 / 9:58 am

    I’ve never really been with a certain team – but I do love watching the games ๐Ÿ˜€

    I’ve never had a buckeye but they look/sound awesome!

    Enjoy your weekend!

  6. June 11, 2010 / 10:34 am

    I love blogger meet ups! Kristen and I know of another blogger that lives here and want to plan something soon. It is so much fun!
    I have never had buckeyes before but they sound good!
    Have a great weekend Nicole!

  7. June 11, 2010 / 11:20 am

    I’ve never had a buckeye. Not really sure what it is. I’ll have to have my friend bring me some since she is a Buckeye!

  8. June 11, 2010 / 2:20 pm

    Sounds like a fun meet-up! I’m looking forward to starting my grad program at the University of Illinois this fall :-).

  9. Rachel Palmieri
    June 11, 2010 / 2:57 pm

    Buckeyes are so awesome! The food that is. I almost went to OSU but, thankfully, ended up at the University of Pittsburgh. So I hate Ohio State. I hate Penn State and West Virginia University even more. I’m not at UNC Chapel Hill so I hate Duke, even though I work there ๐Ÿ™‚

  10. June 11, 2010 / 3:50 pm

    I’m dancing to the song right now….such a great song…LOVE IT!

    ๐Ÿ™‚ Welcome to Columbus Nicole. You and Mark are going to fit right in. Like you said, I can’t WAIT for more meet-ups!

  11. June 11, 2010 / 4:49 pm

    GO BLUE! That’s all I need to say ๐Ÿ™‚ That’s great that you and Gina met. Two RD’s at the same table – I hope the guys got along, jk!! Enjoy your weekend in Ohio… ๐Ÿ™‚

  12. June 11, 2010 / 6:13 pm

    I don’t really have a team and the college I went to is not well known for its strong football team (Cal Poly, SLO). Sounds like it was a fun get together with Gina!

  13. June 11, 2010 / 7:26 pm

    I’ve heard some very good things about buckeyes! (I’ve never had them — I’m dying to try them though!) I’m glad you’re having such a wonderful time! ๐Ÿ™‚

  14. June 11, 2010 / 9:35 pm

    Growing up here Notre Dame was always on the TV so naturally they’re my team.

  15. June 11, 2010 / 10:30 pm

    GIRL I LOVE BUCKEYES!!! the treats that is.. haha they are delish!

  16. June 12, 2010 / 8:49 am

    That is so awesome that you and Gina go to meet up. It is also always nice to meet up with another RD. I have never had a buckeye. I did get accepted to OSU last year for a PhD program and almost went, but we of course went overseas instead. Enjoy the rest of your weekend.

  17. June 12, 2010 / 9:11 am

    I’ve heard of buckeye before just from the Mascot, but never tried one. What exactly are they?

  18. June 13, 2010 / 10:57 am

    I didn’t know you went to UofI – did you grow up in Illinois? I grew up in a suburb of Chicago. My grandparents live in Ohio and those Buckeyes are so tasty!

    • Nicole
      June 13, 2010 / 10:59 am

      Yep! I grew up in Oak Park — which burb are you from? Did you go to U of I as well? Small world ๐Ÿ™‚

  19. June 13, 2010 / 2:46 pm

    I went to the University of Vermont. I have no idea who our rivals were!

  20. June 13, 2010 / 9:01 pm

    How fun to meet up with another blogger especially Gina! Sounds like you had a blast Nicole! Just a little jealous ha!

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