I hope everyone had a great holiday and is looking forward to the New Year! Another treat for the holiday is another guest blogger, senior goaltender, Ilana Friedman!
Greetings Badger Fans!
This is Ilana Friedman, one of the goalies on the women's hockey team. I'm writing from a distant location in relation to Madison...well actually not really. As a Middleton, Wisconsin, native, my holiday travel plans are not as exciting as a lot of other members of the team this year. A quick ten-minute drive west on University Avenue gets me home! Downtown is usually very quiet during the various breaks, and this break has been no different thus far, especially with the recent snowfall that's forced many to stay inside!
Break has been very relaxing thus far. My plan usually revolves around sleeping in, trekking over to the rink and working out, sitting in our amazing hot tub or sauna, and then relaxing the rest of the day. Over break the team likes to pick up new TV shows as we have a bit more free time than during the semester, so I'm currently catching up on Scandal (a team favorite) and just started a new biography about the Kennedy's (one of my favorite topics as a history major).
Winter break also includes another not so fun activity: law school and internship applications. I took the LSAT in October and am now applying to various schools and internship positions. Although they're not too difficult to complete, they are time consuming. I'm mainly looking at schools out east either in Boston, New York, or Washington D.C. but as our recent trip to Vail forced me to fall in love with the state, I might apply some places in Colorado too.
My holiday plans were probably a little different than many of the members on the team, as my family and I do not celebrate Christmas. I was raised Jewish, so our holiday traditions have a different little spin. Christmas Eve was spent with my family playing various different board games like Settlers of Catan and Tripoli. The fun continued on Christmas day, which included a movie at one of the local Madison movie theaters and Chinese food for dinner (that's why I have to continue working out over break!). In years past we usually saw one of the Lord of the Ring's movies, and this year was no different with The Hobbit! The rest of the day was spent with the famed pets in the Friedman household: the puggles (pug-beagle mixes). They're names are Jem and Scout and they are divas just as their big sister is!
Although Christmas is not a holiday that I personally celebrate, I do love this time of year and I would like to extend my holiday greetings to all of our supporters! Thanks for being the best fans in the country and enjoy the rest of the holiday season!
Seasons greetings and On Wisconsin!
- Ilana Friedman