Saturday, February 28, 2009
AND! The waitresses name..............VERA!
I'm very excited. I get to go meet this little fella today. I hope he likes me.
I did my first, and surely not my last, background change today. I was very intimidated at first, but found it to be very easy. So, that means it will now change all the time. It's kind of like having new shoes to wear.
I'm worried about my brother's baseball team, they're in a losing streak right now, hoping for a win today! Come on Tigers.
I joined Twitter. Soon, there will be no secrets in my life. :-)
Here's another all time great make you feel happy song. Just try not to dance:
Thursday, February 26, 2009
Steven and I went to lunch today in Old North Charleston. We love this area. One of our favorite bars, Madra Rua is here, as are neat houses and businesses. The girls at work have told me about the "Idle Hour Restaurant" for a long time. It's been around forever, and everyone sings the praises of their burgers. I was always a huge fan of the Woolworth's Lunch Counter, so I can appreciate a good ol' lunch spot. All I can say is that we were not disappointed in the least. It's a small little place with a counter and maybe five booths? The menu hangs on the wall. Each day, there's a new special with a choice of sides. (Today's special: Country Fried Steak) I had a cheeseburger (all the way) and Steven had a hot dog with cheese only. Our food was served on old time (and I'm sure, original) cafeteria-type plates.
Sunday, February 22, 2009
We found a great pub in Jacksonville, called "London Bridge." I had researched on line and discovered this pub and the fact that it carried Strongbow ON TAP. If you know me at all, you know I love my Strongbow, and have to go to great lengths to obtain it. (or, rather, Steven has to...) Anyway, to find it on tap is like finding the pot of gold at the end of the rainbow. We spent a lot of time and a lot of money at the London Bridge. We made friends with the staff and even bought a tshirt off the back of a bartender for Taylor.
Of course, the reason we were in Jacksonville was to see Jonny Lang. He was performing at the Florida Theatre, an old refurbished theatre. We've seen him in similar venues.
We were sitting next to a "screamer." Now, I love me some Jonny Lang, but I'm not going to scream every time he breathes. This woman did. Nonetheless, the show was great. If you ever get a chance to see him, do it. He is so talented and puts on a great show. He is worth every penny!!
Can you imagine THIS combination on a marquee??
Back to the HodgePodge..
We woke up Friday morning to a text that our dear friend, Mary, was in labor. We spent the day in anticipation of the newest member of the Reaves family. At 6:46 pm, Griffin Carrington Reaves was born. We were sitting in the London Bridge Pub (again) and celebrated his birth the rest of the evening. Congratulations to Mary, Larry and Baby Grif. We are so happy for them and can't wait to meet the little fella.
We ate at Miyabi last night to celebrate Kristen's 34th birthday. She and Grace are back from Bali. This is the first time we've seen Grace since their wedding, over a year ago.
And finally, today, we finished the weekend with lunch at Mellow Mushroom. Man, they have the best avocado sandwich ever.
Why can't all weekends be 4 days long? Now, it's back to reality: work, being a mom, finding a new car, paying bills, bla bla bla. Here's to a good week for all of us!
Wednesday, February 18, 2009
Team's gesture supports grieving opponent
ESPN.com news services
Two missed free throws, ordinarily the cause of a coach's headache, became the symbol of sportsmanship in a Milwaukee boys basketball game earlier this month.
Milwaukee Madison senior Johntell Franklin, who lost his mother, Carlitha, to cancer on Saturday, Feb. 7, decided he wanted to play in that night's game against DeKalb (Ill.) High School after previously indicating he would sit out.
He arrived at the gym in the second quarter, but Franklin's name was not in the scorebook because his coach, Aaron Womack Jr., didn't expect him to be there.
Rules dictated Womack would have to be assessed a technical, but he was prepared to put Franklin in the game anyway. DeKalb coach Dave Rohlman and his players knew of the situation, and told the referees they did not want the call.
As a principal, school, school district staff, and community you should all feel immense pride for the remarkable job that the coaching staff is doing in not only coaching these young men, but teaching them how to be leaders.
--Milwaukee Madison boys basketball coach Aaron Womack Jr.
The referees had no choice. But Rohlman did.
"I gathered my kids and said, 'Who wants to take these free throws?'" Rohlman said, recounting the game to the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. "Darius McNeal put up his hand. I said, 'You realize you're going to miss, right?' He nodded his head."
McNeal, a senior point guard, went to the line. The Milwaukee Madison players stayed by their bench, waiting for the free throws. Instead of seeing the ball go through the net, they saw the ball on the court, rolling over the end line.
"I turned around and saw the ref pick up the ball and hand it back to the player," Womack said in the Journal Sentinel. "And then [McNeal] did the same thing again."
Said Rohlman: "Darius set up for a regular free throw, but he only shot it two or three feet in front of him. It bounced once or twice and just rolled past the basket."
"I did it for the guy who lost his mom," McNeal told the newspaper. "It was the right thing to do."
Womack, overwhelmed by DeKalb's gesture, wrote a letter to the DeKalb Daily Chronicle, which had first reported the story.
"As a principal, school, school district staff, and community you should all feel immense pride for the remarkable job that the coaching staff is doing in not only coaching these young men, but teaching them how to be leaders," Womack wrote.
DeKalb had traveled more than two hours for the game, and waited another two as Womack rushed from the hospital, where he had been with Franklin, to the school to gather his team.
"We were sympathetic to the circumstances and the events," Rohlman said in the Journal Sentinel. "We even told Coach Womack that it'd be OK to call off the game, but he said we had driven 2½ hours to get here and the kids wanted to play. So we said, 'Spend some time with your team and come out when you're ready.'"
The two schools had met twice previously, and this one ended with a Madison victory, but as in the other games, they also a shared pizza dinner "four kids to a pizza, two Madison kids and two DeKalb kids," Womack told the Journal Sentinel.
"That letter became a big deal in DeKalb," Rohlman said in the paper. "We got lots of positive calls and e-mails because of it. Even though we lost the game, it was a true life lesson, and it's not one our kids are going to forget anytime soon."
Womack, in his letter to the DeKalb Daily Chronicle, added this at the end: "I'd like to recognize Darius who stepped up to miss the shot on purpose. He could have been selfish and cared only for his own stats [I hope Coach Rohlman doesn't make him run for missing the free throws]."
Tuesday, February 17, 2009
I really wanted to blog tonight. I thought about it all day. I came up with nothing. I even asked Steven for ideas. He reminded me that you can't force it. So, with that in mind, I'm not forcing it. But, I will share something that never needs forcing; a list of pet peeves. Are you like me? These are always easy to list!
- I have DirectTV, and every night I am bombarded with the ads for "Mamma Mia," the movie. I get to hear the song over and over and see Meryl Streep jumping on this bed and then butcher the last line at the end of the commercial. (she says, "I should not have let you go" instead of, "I should have never let you go. ARGH)
- People that throw cigarette butts out the car window. They don't want those stinky things in their car ashtray, but it's okay to throw it out into my world? I THINK NOT. Just once, I'd like to see a policeman sitting behind the driver that does this, so they could pull him over and give him one of those "$200 fine for littering" tickets.
- Small paper clips.
- Drivers with road rage. Drivers who constantly change lanes trying to get ahead. Drivers who talk on their cell phones to the point of distraction.
- BLUE TOOTH EARPIECES.
- Improper usage of "your" and "you're."
- Randy Jackson on "American Idol." Greenlee on AMC. (although, she's now over the cliff) Vicki on "Real Housewives of Orange County." Victor Newman. Jessica Simpson and Tony Romo. Tom Brady. The Patriots. The Yankees.
- Breaking a nail right after a manicure.
- Rudeness, bigotry, prejudice, selfishness. (had to throw a serious one in there)
- The Family Guy. (am I the only one in the world that doesn't like that show?)
- Remakes of songs that should never be re-made. (Greatest Love of All, I will always love you, and Unforgettable. It should have never been a duet with Nat and Natalie)
- Gum Poppers.
- When Steven licks the lid of the yogurt/pudding container. Yeow!
- The "swing out wide"(left) to turn right.
- Trucks that drive through neighborhoods that say, "no trucks."
- People that back into their parking space. (the only exception is at a concert where there is a lot of traffic upon leaving) WHY are they in such a hurry to get out of that space?
- The flip flop sandal stickers people are posting on their cars these days.
- I really get annoyed when my spacing screws up on my blog. How DO I get that right?
- But more than any.. right now I hide when the FREECREDITREPORT.COM commercial comes on. The Renaissance Fair commercial makes my head spin. I even pulled the blanket over my head so as not to see it. That dude moves his head back and forth with this dumb little look on his face and it just makes me cringeeeeee.
Monday, February 16, 2009
Thursday, February 12, 2009
- The University of Missouri hosting the NCAA baseball regional. (my brother is the head coach at MU.)
- Satellite Radio (all that country music, the Frank Sinatra channel!)
- The election and inauguration of Barack Obama. (I know my dad would have cried)
- Vodka/RedBull (Dick would have especially loved this)
- The Arizona Cardinals in the Super Bowl. (still in shock about this one)
- The Harry Potter Books, from the first to the last.
- Digital Cameras (wow, they could have deleted all those fuzzy pictures)
- Ipods, cell phones and automatic car door openers
- Will Ferrell
- Lance Armstrong winning the Tour De France, over and over; Michael Phelps' 8 Gold Medals, the Red Sox finally winning the world series, the Cardinals winning again, World Cup festivities, now that I understand it all
- Movies like Slumdog Millionaire and Billy Elliott
Of course, on the opposite spectrum are many things that I'm glad they never had to see. For some reason, this list was much easier to compile:
- Hurricane Katrina and its aftermath.
- Monday Night Football moving to Sunday nights.
- The DC Snipers, Scott/Laci Peterson, the death of Princess Diana
- The Tsunami
- the war in Iraq
- athletes carrying guns, athletes shooting the guns, athletes doing drugs
- those horrible new Burger King commercials, the Alltell commercial and "Dancing with the Stars. " (although, truthfully, my mom probably would have loved this one)
- More than anything, 9/11.
So much happens each and every day, and when I look at a list such as this, it's overwhelming to realize how very much they have missed. And, it reiterates how very much I miss them.
Tuesday, February 10, 2009
- I decided it must be time to retire Robbie and replace him with another cover. I have discovered recently that the "standard" checkbook cover is very quickly becoming a thing of the past. Remember the days when the banks would give you the cheap covers for free? They were either this horrible brown I'm showing, or another horrid blue or green color. (I think of them as accountant colors---boring!!) And, when you ordered new checks, they would always send a cover. Well, let me tell you, no more.
So, off I went in search of a checkbook cover that would reflect my fun loving (!) personality. Really, all I wanted was a vinyl cover with something sassy on it. Well, that's almost impossible to find. (sassy + google = trouble) You can find plenty of cloth covers. There are plenty of homemade covers on Etsy, complete with the hand sewn label. There are stripes, polka dots, animals, leaves, initials, flowers, cartoon characters, and all varieties of sports teams. But, there are very few exciting, yet classic, vinyl covers.
How does one choose from all these choices? And, why spend all this time on something that doesn't even get used that often anymore? I mean, if this was an ATM/debit card cover, then I could understand the time spent, and consider it a wise investment. But, who writes a check anymore? Honestly!
Speaking of "honestly," check out this cover! That would intimidate the heck outta the folks at the checkout, eh?
Saturday, February 7, 2009
This one just wanted to taste some of that Bacon Explosion.
Thursday, February 5, 2009
Wednesday, February 4, 2009
When I think of walls closing in on me, often times I picture my work environment. I've been staring at the same beige colored wall for thirteen years now. Day in, day out, same old beige. I do have a little bit of window up high; it serves to tease me with the changing weather, seasons and an occasional squirrel scrambling past. You will see the Satellite Radio in here, it's my link to the outside world.