If you’ve been following my blog for the past few weeks, you’ve seen more posts about Duke than usual. Partially because I got excited about Duke Basketball this year, which I think made my husband overjoyed, and Justin was accepted to Duke’s Engineering Management Masters program.
So there is a lot of Duke love happening.
My sister-in-law, Kelly, however is not a Duke fan. She’s a Carolina fan. I don’t know how that happened, but it did.
Now if you aren’t from around these parts, you may not know about the Duke vs. Carolina rivalry. It’s pretty intense. I had no idea what I was moving into when I moved south.
So you can imagine there was quite the rivalry in their household while they were growing up.
When Justin was applying to Duke, he and Kelly made a bet. If he got in, she would go to Duke’s campus, wear a Duke t-shirt, and take a picture in front of Kryscrunchskiville* sign. This sign represents the plot of land in front of Cameron Indoor Stadium where the students live in the spring(and I mean that literally. . .they live in tents for a few months in order to get tickets for the Duke vs. Carolina game at Duke. It’s a big deal).
I can’t remember the other side of the bet. . .maybe because I was so confident that Justin would get in. 😉
So last weekend, we made the trek out to Durham. Justin proudly led my sister, myself and Kelly on a beautiful tour around campus.
Here they are in front of the chapel. I told Kelly to smile. But her real feelings are shown in the second photo.
Then we made her “kiss” the Blue Devil.
And then we made it over to Krsysodhfnfsville*.
Look at how happy she was.
And if this isn’t a sign. . .I don’t know what is.
Kelly was a great sport. And she looked great in a Duke shirt. 🙂
I posted about Justin’s acceptance into the school & his program, but he was still deciding whether or not to go. Well, he finally decided.
Here is his academic life in a nutshell:
He will graduate from NC State this May with an undergrad in Aerospace Engineering and begin working at an Engineering Corporation in June. The Masters of Engineering Management graduate program at Duke, which he confirmed that he is attending in the fall (yay!), will be a distance education program that he’ll do alongside his full time job.
So basically, we are busy people.
Oh, and he’s a genius.
A rocket scientist you might say.
And I’m kind of really proud of him.
*Okay, here is the explanation of the misspelling of Krzyzewskiville.
My sister, in her infinite humor and wit, told me a few months ago that Coach Krzyzewski just announced to the news that people have been pronouncing his name wrong for years.
People have been pronouncing it “Sha-Chef-Ski”, but it was actually supposed to be pronounced “Kre-Zoo-Ski”.
I said, “Oh my gosh, REALLY?” and totally believed her because she’s my sister and would never ever, EVER lie to me, right?
So for about 20 minutes I sat there, thinking to myself, “What kind of person wouldn’t correct the pronunciation of their own last name? Especially since he’s a public figure! C’mon Coach K! Get it together! Geez!”
She must have seen my glazed over look while I thought about this “breaking news”, and she said, “You know I’m kidding, right? It’s definitely supposed to be pronounced “sha-chef-ski” in real life.”
Nope. Sure didn’t. ::embarrassing::
From that moment on, I call him some version of kre-zew-sker or kre-scissor-ski or kri-crunch-skert.
And I feel better about myself.