Monday, September 29, 2008

I'm thinking about taking up tennis.

Every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday I walk from my apartment to the RB for my clogging class (don't mock me. clogging is hardcore.) My walk takes me right past BYU's outdoor tennis courts. Whenever I walk by I can't help but glance at the men's tennis team who practices there in the afternoons. Up until yesterday I had only seen the guys through the net-covered fence and had only gotten an obscured view of their toned chests and wash-board abs.

Well, yesterday as I'm walking to class this incredibly gorgeous man comes walking towards me carrying a tennis racket. The guy was shirtless, sweaty, and oh-so sexy. He looked so much better without the fence to obscure his bulging muscles. I seriously had no idea tennis players were that good looking -- except for Andy Roddick, who I've always known was that good looking.

Oh baby.

Anyway...the thought of those hot men running around the court has gotten me thinking about taking up tennis. Who knows I might even be the next Venus Williams. Maybe that man walking towards me, enticing me to take up tennis was really a sign that I have this hidden tennis talent.

I mean when I was like 12 I totally took a summer tennis class and I was basically amazing.

Well, maybe not amazing, but I was pretty good.

Ok, I actually kind of sucked, but that just means I've got tons of room for improvement!

And besides the sexy men there are a lot of great things about tennis. I even made a list:

Great Things About Tennis
1. It's a great workout so I would have a really hot bod.
2. You play tennis outside so I would have an amazing tan to go along with my hot bod.
3. Tennis players wear those adorable skirts so it would be an excuse to go shopping.
4. Tennis players also wear a lot of Lacoste polo shirts so I would have to buy some of those to fit in. Which means yet another excuse to go shopping!
5. I don't currently own a tennis racket, or any tennis equipment for that matter, so that's one more excuse to go shopping!
6. If I got really good I could compete at Wimbledon and I've always wanted to go to England. (And I bet British tennis players are even sexier than American tennis players.)

That's all I've come up with so far, but I think that's a pretty dang good list. This blog entry will probably spawn a nationwide tennis frenzy because of all the amazing reasons I've thought of to take up the sport.

See you all on the court!


This weekend I had my room completely to myself. It was a totally glorious experience. I thought I might get lonely but it was quite the opposite. Not that I don't adore my roommate...but it's great once in a while to have your room totally to yourself. I turned up my music, read with the overhead light on until 1am, and generally threw my stuff all over the room.

But you wanna know the best part...

On Sunday morning I snoozed my alarm for a solid 45 minutes -- guilt free. For anyone who has ever lived with me you know I have a love affair with my snooze button. But I've learned that roommates don't tend to love it when your alarm goes off every five minutes...for an 7am -- it just creates a lot of unnecessary tension. Despite not wanting to create drama with my lovely roommate, Little Kaitlin, I occasionally slip up and in my groggy, early morning state I snooze my alarm a little too much. And of course guilt for waking her up inevitably follows.

But this weekend that guilt was unnecessary, and I milked my snooze button for all that it's worth.

Ahhhhhh...sweet bliss.

Wednesday, September 24, 2008

Kaitlyn's Guide to New York, Chapter 1

I originally started this blog while I was interning at the Today Show this summer, but I got a little distracted in NYC and only put up like three posts about. My plan was to keep this blog up so I wouldn't have to keep a journal in New York -- because I am awful at keeping a journal. Obviously my plan failed because I didn't keep up with my blog. But I've decided to remedy that! The time has finally come for me to tell you all a little more about my time in New York. So every few days my plan is to write about one of my favorite things about the city or about a fun day or experience I had this summer! This will be a great way for me to reminisce about my time in New York and hopefully you'll enjoy reading about the experiences I had in the greatest city on earth! So here it goes...

The best thing about New York City is...

#1: Broadway Shows

While I was in New York I ended up seeing seven shows! I freaking love musicals! In order of best to worst the shows I saw were:

1. Wicked
2/3. Legally Blonde/In the Heights (I couldn't decide which one was better!)
4. Mamma Mia
5. Mary Poppins
6. Cry Baby
7. A Chorus Line

The best part was that I didn't have to pay full price for a single one of these shows. I didn't know this before this summer but practically every Broadway show has a way to get discounted tickets. "Talkin' Broadway" is a great website that lists all the shows that are currently going on and what the different options are for discounted tickets. Some shows offer student tickets (like Legally Blonde which gives students front row seats for $26.50) , rush tickets that you buy the day of the show (Mary Poppins does decent rush seats for $30), standing room when the show is sold out (I did Mamma Mia standing room for $21.50), or a lottery a couple hours before the show (the Wicked lottery gives you amazing front row seats for $26.50).

Another great option is TKTS which offers half-priced tickets for some of the most popular shows on Broadway. The way TKTS works is the shows give their random single seats to the TKTS discount booths and then TKTS sells them for about $60. You might not get to sit next to your friends but the seats are usually great! The TKTS website tells you the exact locations of their booths but the most popular one is right in Times Square. A great tip is to go to the booth at South Street Seaport rather than the Times Square one -- not as many people know about it so they sometimes have more tickets left.

If you are trying to get show tickets at the last minute I also reccomend going to straight to the box office and just asking what kind of discounted tickets they have for that night. I had some friends who got Hairspray tickets for $26.50 just because the box office had a ton of tickets left for that particular night. It never hurts to ask!

Anyway that's all for my rant about discounted tickets. They are really the coolest thing ever. When you are an LDS girl in the big city there just isn't anything much better than front row seats to Legally Blonde or Wicked for $26.50...except maybe a fake Gucci bag!

Stay tuned for my next entry when I tell you a little bit more about my favorite shows! I know you can barely stand the anticipation!

Tuesday, September 23, 2008

Everything is sexier when you're wet...

I'm totally obsessed with this scene from "Step Up 2: The Streets." When I'm bored I put on a sports bra and some baggy sweat pants and the Reeboks with the straps...haha...oh boy I really crack myself up sometimes. Like I was saying, I put on my most gangsta outfit and dance around my room trying to perfect Andie's dance moves in this scene. I've never been able to make them look quite as good and I think it's all because I'm not wet while I'm doing them. At least that may be one reason...another may be that she is just a tad bit hotter than me and a slightly better dancer. So next time I'm in the mood to boogie I think I'll grab a spray bottle and get a little spritzy before I get down with my bad self.

Anyway, if you haven't seen "Step Up 2" then you need to run to your nearest Red Box and pick it up -- and if you have seen it then you should watch it again -- I promise it gets better every viewing. Also, if you are a fan of the movie then you need to watch this and this -- which you've probably already seen but just like the movie they get better every time. And this one is fun too.

Monday, September 8, 2008

When I grow up...I wanna be famous!

Watch out Anderson Cooper....

Step back Katie Couric..

Here comes Kaitlyn Thatcher!

This semester I will be fulfilling a dream I have had since I first walked onto the set of the BYU Daily News back in August of '05...

Yes, I, Kaitlyn Joy Thatcher, admitted shopaholic and Diet Coke addict, will be anchoring the Daily News at Noon every Monday.

I'm not really sure what my superiors in the Communications Department were thinking but I'll try not to let them down.

Be sure not to miss my debut, Monday, September 15th at noon on KBYU (channel 11 in Provo).

Who knows this may be just the beginning of an illustrious broadcast career. Someday I could be as big as Walter Cronkite and my face will be all over commercials and on the sides of city buses and you'll all say, I knew her back before she was famous.

But I won't really care about the fame because I'll be concentrating on hard-hitting stories and I'll be interviewing the President of the United States and jetting off to Africa with Bono and Angelina Jolie to make documentaries about the plight of starving children.

Hey, a girl can dream, right?