Archive for September, 2008

It Just So Happened…

Monday, September 29th, 2008

Greetings from Acapulco, Mexico! Hubby and I invited ourselves on my in-laws trip (Thanks, Dad and Mom! Heehee!) and we’re having a blast!… What a beautiful country this is. And, with all of its beauty and culture I got to thinking (Uh, of course. I have to remind myself that I’m still blogging on vacation.) about the Hispanic culture and their role in sports.

And, it just so happened that this month is Hispanic Heritage Month (You learn something new everyday, huh? Okay, well it’s not exactly Mexico-specific, but you get the picture.)…

Anyway… there are a lot of Hispanics who play in the Major Leagues (baseball). And, like any other culture, there are those who came before and paved the way for the ones who benefit today. For this, it’s a great opportunity to celebrate Roberto Clemente and Hiram Bithorn. The former has been established as a pioneer, while the latter isn’t as celebrated-but is just as much a pioneer.

Now some will argue the technicalities of these guys nationality (Please don’t… I’m sensitive. Okay, I’m really not, but I am on vacation!!), but I am just here to bring honor and kudos to those who made it easier for different cultures to be great and lucrative (Let’s not forget “lucrativity”! I really had to make this word up here!]) in the world of professional sports.

Okay, I’m going back to vacation mode… ESPNdeportes Rock!

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Show Me The Money

Friday, September 26th, 2008

So, the New York Yankees didn’t make it to the playoffs (Wow, uh!) and there has been quite a lot of dialogue about the ends and outs of this team… You know, how they’re like the highest paid team ever or how the celebrity list of the team just goes on and on. My blogging counterpart over at That’s What I Think has a good grasp on the Yankees state of being with the Let’s Talk a Bit About the Yankees post… be sure to visit when you get a chance.

With all this Yankees talk, I was thinking about a profession that has also been in the news, but on the other spectrum of celebrity and income. It’s a profession that some consider to be most important and without it a lot of us would be loss (Any takers?)… Yep! I’m sure you guessed it! Teachers!

They give the most and for some reason aren’t rewarded with a reasonable salary… I wonder what the world would be like without them… those who care and spend time before and after school to make sure students get what they need.

So, I give a big “shout out” to teachers for all they install and sacrifice…

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A Day to Reflect

Wednesday, September 24th, 2008

So, yesterday was the funeral for my Hubby’s grandfather (Yes, you’re at the right site!) and it was actually a wonderful day as Granddad’s children and grandchildren honored him and remembered his life. He lived a long life… serving in WWII and marrying in 1940, but what was also so surprising was that he involved himself with so many sports and activities.

Hubby and I were surprised when we realized all these things about his grandfather… You know, just how active he was. He lived quite a full and interesting life!

There are so many things we don’t know about our loved ones… What is something interesting you recently found out about a loved one? And if not recent, what is something you were surprised to learn about a particular loved one (whenever you found out)?

By the way, Hubby spoke on behalf of the grandchildren and he just blew me away as he so eloquently recalled the memories of him and his granddad. It was a day of great reflections.

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Time Management

Monday, September 22nd, 2008

Monday nights for Hubby and I are usually common evenings, with conversations about the week ahead and reflections of the all-too-short weekend that just flew by. It’s not until this time of year that Mondays take on a whole new meaning…

It means staying up way pass the time we should in order to watch Monday Night Football… This night will be no different as we get everything ready (All the remotes, cells, cordless telephone, snacks… all within arms’ length!) for the potential smash-mouth competition between the New York Jets and the San Diego Chargers. But, like with anything, you want to have good time management when committing to such a time stealer as football (and it is that)… so we multi task (folding clothes, cleaning during half time, a little this, a little that). We’ve even settled into the fact that, if it’s a good game and we stay up for it’s entirety, we’ll introduce ourselves to Tuesday mornings without being grumpy.

So, yes, I agree that time management is important… Especially if you’re weighing a spouse and children or other priorities. I also remind myself that we usually do exactly what we want to do and find a way to make whatever we want happen. This’ll be a great game tonight so it’s cool to be cool with your significant other tuning in… And, you can be that balance in the evening, clarifying what multitasking is all about… (Uh, be sure to wait ’til a commercial [Yes. Hence the name!] before rambling off the to dos! Hilarious!).    

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Do Something Different Today…

Friday, September 19th, 2008

I thought talking about this story, although the NBA isn’t up and running yet, would be a great one for today…

Charlie Villanueva, a power forward for the Milwaukee Bucks, has an organization (the Charlie Villanueva Foundation) focused on helping kids with similar backgrounds as his. Villanueva grew up in New York and was often teased because of his condition, alopecia areata, which caused him to lose all his body hair. It saddened me to know that he, like so many other children growing up with various diseases, had to endure their illness and the criticism (…more like malice, but I’m giving the kids the benefit of the doubt! Can they even possess such a thing at such a young age? Oh well.) of their peers. Basketball was his oasis to escape his reality. Now he wants to use his voice to help others, proclaiming that he has never forgotten where he’s come from.

With all that goes on in the world, sometimes it’s just so nice (hmmm… like a chocolate malt from that place with 31 flavors!… I’m back, I’m back!) to hear of someone doing something nice for someone else. I’m in a good mood… I’m going to go do something nice for Hubby today (Hint, hint! Let this be a contagious effort!).

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No Refunds Accepted

Wednesday, September 17th, 2008

Imagine this… you’ve already bought your plane tickets. You had the time squared away at work, so you made sure you added it to the vacation calendar. The family is excited and ready to go and then you get a call (email, text, you get where I’m going) saying you won’t be able to take your vacation time from work. Hmm… what is an angry employee to do now? Go, and potentially lose a job or have to deal with pending consequences or don’t go, and disappoint your family-and yourself? Okay, close your collective mouths… this didn’t happen to me, but it did happen to the Baltimore Ravens.

Because of the devastation that Hurricane Ike caused in Texas, the Ravens were unable to travel to Texas to play their opponent, the Houston Texans. For this reason, the Ravens’ “bye week” (Yes, you got it… their vacation week) was the chosen week to re-visit this competition. Now, of course, you can never predict what a natural disaster is going to do; however, there has been a lot of chatter about the Ravens being complainers and whining over nothing-that it’s their job to play. Well, it’s our job to be a lawyer, a surfer, a podiatrist, a blogger… but, when it’s time to go, Baby! (Yes, I needed the exclamation point there for impact.) It’s time to go. The other part of this is that while all the other teams are getting their rest and relaxation, the Ravens won’t be getting a break at all.

I’d just like to see folks taking it a bit easier on the Ravens since they are human and they have families like the rest of us. And although they’re making a lot of money doing what they do, they like time off, too.

And, this is an example for us all… put your time in early and buy those plane tickets in advance. (That’s always a good excuse for the boss as to why you must go!)

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Change Isn’t All Bad

Monday, September 15th, 2008

Well, it appears that the Green Bay Packers’ choice to go with quarterback Aaron Rodgers has paid off. The whole world stopped (Okay, maybe just the hardcore football fans who had nothing else better to do!…) and waited to see what the final decision would be: Let Brett Favre come back and continue his 17th year in the league or go with Rodgers, who had been Favre’s understudy for some time. The latter choice has proven beneficial for the organization.

With the new season underway, the Packers are 2 and 0 (Note: The Win column is always first!) and really don’t show signs of slowing down…

I guess that’s the dry knot that’s sitting in the back of my throat (Wait for it. Wait for it… I am drinking something for the dry knot.). (Okay, I’m back.) Change can be a good thing or a scary thing. Either way, none of us tend to like it very much. Sometimes I cringe at the thought of it… Why change how I line up stuff in the refrigerator or how I sometimes throw my clothes onto the bench and leave them there (until Hubby raises that eyebrow just so… heehee!)? But, then it hits you that change is imminent-and-not so bad if you accept that it will always be there.

Acceptance is key… The Packers accepted that it was time to utilize Rodgers. I’ve accepted that clothes aren’t attractive hanging over the bench in my bedroom. That’s 2 and 0 (Remember the columns.). Got something to add to widen the margin?

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Keep It Moving…

Friday, September 12th, 2008

Have you ever just felt like losing it or that (maybe) you’d already lost it?

Tennessee Titans’ quarterback, Vince Young, has been under the radar after some of his actions were viewed as him losing mental control. After some poorly planned plays (Wow! Say that three times.) against the Jacksonville Jaguars, Young was “booed” by some of the fans. He later said he wasn’t prepared for those reactions and that he just needs to mature in some areas. Offering a very insightful assessment of himself, Young appeared to be very vulnerable; but at the same time, very self assured that a positive change was imminent.

Good for Young… But his experience was really something I felt we all (at some time) go through… It is, indeed, tough some times to endure the pressures of the world and all the expectations that we (and our families, and friends, and neighbors, and pets) put on ourselves. At the same time, like Young, you just have to choose to get up and dust yourself off (even with all the “boos” in the background).

So, let’s all practice!… Get up. Dust yourself off. And, keep it moving (Wait, you missed a spot!).

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Got Cha Back!

Wednesday, September 10th, 2008

The quarterback’s job is to choose the best option on the field that will produce the greatest reward… He stands in the pocket (an imaginary box that offers temporary [and I mean temporary] comfort) to make his decisions and every second counts… He doesn’t do it alone.

He has an offensive line (big men with their backs to him ensuring his safety… at all cost) in place to protect him and if they all work together and do their job, the quarterback isn’t touched and can then get the ball-successful-where it needs to go… Obviously, the end zone is the ultimate goal. The offensive line’s presence is crucial and without them football would be a tea party (with big, sweaty men wearing the same hat… uh, social faux pas!).

Everyday you’re out there (in a sense) “quarterbacking” your life. Who’s your offensive line and what would you do without them? Man, my offensive line wins the Super Bowl for me every year… and without them I’d probably stay in bed most days. Thanks Hubby, Mom, Fave Bro, Fab Sis (in law), In Laws Supreme, and the rest of you guys (you know who you are) who suit up each day (spandex and all!) and have my back!

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One Moment

Monday, September 8th, 2008

Overjoyed is an understatement as Hubby and I (with our teams’ season list in hand) flipped back and forth between channels watching football. There was an unending array of yells, high fives, and nail biting moments… and, this was only watching the teams coming out of the tunnels (LOL!). The thrill is, indeed, overwhelming at times (but great none the less). There was a game; however, that brought me pause.

The Kansas City Chiefs were at New England (the Patriots) and of course, the winners seemed to be an easy pick (Uh, the Patriots!)… That was, of course, until Patriots’ quarterback, Tom Brady (Yes, Gisele’s goddess boyfriend…), was injured in the first quarter-but still managed to walk off on his own… (Wow!). An opposing defender fell (Lunged… depending on how you look at it.) on Brady’s left knee… some thinking of it as a season-ending injury…

But what actually came across my mind was that nothing’s guaranteed and that although something’s one way right now, doesn’t necessarily mean it’ll be that way in the next moment (Yeah, that sentence seems pretty gloomy, huh?… Stay with me, it’s positive! Hilarious!). Brady went out there and probably never imagined considering not playing again until next season. Personally, I just think when you consider everything, it’s important to really live in the moment…

So go ahead, say that thing you’ve been thinking and just haven’t found courage or take that vacation that just seems unimaginable. We should all learn to just live more and live better. What could it hurt? In all that you have to get done today (or whenever), take time out for you and commit to embracing the moment!

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