Snapshots from fall…



Sitting out on a sunny day.


My brother’s crew meet.

Football games.

More colorful leaves.

how are you spending your autumn?

xoxo, Karoline


BSU Bears are the 2011 Cranberry Bowl champs!


Yeah! We brought that Scoop right back where it belongs!

My Columbus Day Weekend Checklist

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Yes, I realize that it’s wrong to celebrate a man like Columbus.  I know that he committed genocide to the indigenous people of various “New World” locales.  However, there is one reason while I will always be grateful that he sailed to North America on The Nina, The Pinta, and The Santa Maria…we all get a long weekend!

For many college students, like myself, Columbus Day weekend generally means heading home to see friends and family that you might not have see since school started.

I’m taking full advantage of the weekend by…

Watching some great football.

Football season is officially in full swing, and I wouldn’t have it any other way!  I’m kicking my weekend off on Saturday by watching my personal favorite team, the BSU Bears, take on the Coastguard Academy.  If you’re interested, you can tune into the game too and watch me and the BSN team broadcast the game live on!  Kickoff is at 12 noon.  Then, on Sunday, is one of the most hotly-anticipated games of the NFL season…Pats vs. Jets.  I don’t know about you, but I’m going to be glued to my TV cheering for Brady and Co.

Reading a (non school-related) book.

I don’t know about you, but I just get really bored reading all the required material for my classes.  Especially my research methods class where I have to read upwards of 40 scholarly articles for my final project.  So, this weekend will be a nice opportunity to get away from academic writing and read something that I want to read.  I think I’ll bring home Fifth Avenue, 5 A.M. by Sam Wasson.  It’s all about the making of the film Breakfast at Tiffany’s and all the players involved.  My mom gave it to me for my birthday, and it really seems interesting.

Playing with my pets.

When I’m at school, there’s definitely a few creature comforts from home that I miss.  But I also really miss my creatures!  The other day, I was really missing my cat.  But then, my dad sent me an audio recording of her purring, and then he video-chatted me with her.  It was awesome, but not quite like actually cuddling with her.  Long story short, I can’t wait to see my pets!

Pumpkin bread, pumpkin bread, pumpkin bread!

My mother’s pumpkin bread is literally the best food on earth.  It is beyond delicious.  I can’t wait to get home and basically gorge on the stuff.  I’ll be so happy!

Curling up in front of the fireplace.

Last night, my little brother made a fire in the fireplace and sent me a picture of it.  I was so jealous!  Fires are one of my favorite parts of fall and winter.  It’s going to be warm this weekend, but I still plan on having my brother make one.  It’s been really chilly here in Bridgewater all week, so thinking of sitting in front of the fire really keeps me warm inside.

What are some of the things you want to do with your long weekend?

Exclusive Interview with Patriots’ QB, Brian Hoyer

On July 15th, the Lowell Spinners celebrated New England Patriots night at the ballpark. They had two Patriots players, kicker Stephen Gostkowski and quarterback Brian Hoyer there to kick and throw autographed footballs in the stands.

Brian Hoyer and Stephen Gostowski throwing out the 1st pitch.

Hoyer was nice enough to agree to an interview with me. Remember how I said I had a surprise for you all? This is it! My exclusive interview with Brian Hoyer, quarterback for the New England Patriots.

Karoline Zacharer: Unless the NFL really does come to an agreement next week, you’ll be starting the season off with a lockout. What are the attitudes of you and your teammates heading into it?

Brian Hoyer: We’re just hoping that something gets done and just making sure we’re prepared, and that any moment they tell us, you know, the lockout’s over that we can get ready to go back and get into things.

KZ: So, you guys are all practicing and getting ready none the less?

BH: People are kind of all over the place, they’re kinda working on their own, there’s not much practicing going on. But, you know, a few guys are up here so I’m able to throw with some of those guys; and obviously just workout running, lifting, all that stuff.

KZ: Brian, you’re currently the back-up quarterback for Tom Brady, what’s it like working so closely with such a legend?

BH: It’s great. I’ve learned a lot from the last two years and I can learn a lot just by watching him. He’s very approachable any time I have a question, I don’t hesitate to ask. And we also have a very good quarterback coach in Bill O’Brien, too, so between those two I[‘ve] learned a tremendous amount about football.

KZ: You just finished your second year in the Pat’s organization after being drafted in 2009, do you like playing in New England?

BH: I love it. I don’t think I could have come to a better place. You just mentioned playing behind Tom, I learn from him, Coach Belichik. Growing up in Cleveland, he was coaching there so it’s kinda surreal for me to now play for him. But, you know, I couldn’t ask for a better situation.

KZ: And I mean, you do say all of that, but could you see yourself moving to a different team where you may get more playing time? Kind of like Matt Cassel’s move to the Chiefs?

BH: Obviously every athlete wants to be “the guy” and to play, so you know, whatever happens, happens. I’m just here to do my job, and that’s to be ready at a moment’s notice and, you know, learn in the process and we’ll see what happens.

Brian also stopped for a photo-op with me!

Overall, it was a great night. Hoyer was very gracious, and was completely comfortable answering the questions I threw at him. I see big things for his future, and I wish him the best of luck! Also, like all the other football fans out there, I’m keeping my fingers tightly crossed that there won’t be a lockout!

xoxo, Karoline

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