Sunday, September 26, 2010

Random thoughts and happenings

{one}  Why does the work week seem sooo long and the weekend seem soo short???  Work days DRAG on, but Sat/Sunday fly by.  Seriously, where does the time go?   

{two}  It's officially the start of fall and I'm ready for the change of seasons.  True, fall is not quite the same here in Florida (palm trees don't really change color), but we do notice a welcomed change in weather (no more humidity!).... and, what's not to love about the start of football and end of baseball seasons?!? 

{three}  Speaking of football, no one talk to me about the UK vs. UF game yesterday, please.  I know what the score was.  Hoping for better luck on the field today.  GOOO EAGLES!!!!!

{four}  Had to mention this-  my dad made a trip up to IL this weekend, and spoke in honor of my grandfather, who was just inducted into the IL Basketball Hall of Fame.  Yeah, Grandpa!  My dad was also inducted a few years back...

 {five}  Hubby and I took the dogs to the beach yesterday.  They had a great time (as usual), UNTIL... the ride home.  Apparently Lochte drank a little too much salt water.... and then, YAK...all over my car.  Gross.  And, Phil was too grossed out to clean it up.  SOOO, I cleaned the car while he cleaned the dogs.  Interestingly enough, when cleaning, I found big chunks of my shoe (that had been missing for several days) AND pieces of our ocean-scene coasters.... hmmm.... BAD DOG!!! 

{six}  Lastly, I'm so very happy to have my favorite fall shows back!!!!  Life is so much better with my weekly dose of McDreamy, Project Runway, THE OFFICE, and Modern Family (BTW, our episode of The Office was on last Thursday!).  I've been hearing really great things about Glee, but just can't seem to get into it... Oh well, probably for the best.  I can hardly keep up with my DVR as it is!   

Hope everyone had a good weekend!

Monday, September 20, 2010


Saturday was the big football game.  OU vs. THE Ohio State.  Unfortunately for my alma mater, the only thing BIG about the game, was their loss.  The buckeyes completely dominated them (as expected), winning 43-7.  Ouch.

However, we did win one match-up during Saturday's game.

As Ohio State made its usual entrance onto the field, an intruder ran out and tackled Ohio State's mascot, Brutus Buckeye...twice.

That intruder, was none other than Rufus the Bobcat. 

There is some debate on whether or not it was planned.  Some people think it was a premeditated attack designed to throw the Buckeyes off their game...I think he was just looking for his 15 minutes of fame.

Regardless, Rufus surely made his presence at the game known... and felt (especially when he punched Brutus Buckeye in the ... er, towel).  It didn't take security too long to break it up and escort the bobcat off of the field.

Ohio issued a formal apology to Ohio State in connection with this incident:
"We apologize to Ohio State University and its many loyal fans for the poor decision made by the Bobcat mascot in tackling the Buckeye mascot when Ohio State came onto the field during Saturday’s football game. The individual responsible for these actions has been banned from any further affiliation with Ohio Athletics. The department does not condone this behavior and apologizes for the negative effects that this had on an intercollegiate event between two proud institutions. This is not indicative of the quality partnership between the universities and reflected extremely poor judgment and sportsmanship.”

Although it was in poor taste, I can't help but find the stunt midly amusing.  And, I really don't think OSU fans can't be too mad....  After all, they still won the game by 40 points, and thanks to some fast-acting security men, Brutus was not seriously injured.

Monday, September 13, 2010

Baby Briar

I found out several months ago that my old high school bf, Brandon, and his wife, Brooke, were expecting a baby boy, Briar.  Such happy news for such wonderful people!  They recently posted some adorable pregnancy pictures taken by their photographer friend, Jessica Flynn.

Well, the reason I am sharing this is becase I would like you to keep them all in your prayers today and over the next several weeks.

Early into the pregnancy, Briar was diagnosed with Anencephaly, a congenital birth defect that occurs in approximately one in one thousand pregnancies. It is a neural tube defect, where the baby is unable to sustain life outside of the mother's womb. Life expectancy for a baby with anencephaly is just a few hours after birth...a few days at most.

Since finding out this tragic news, I have been following Brooke's blog and have been truly amazed at her (and Brandon's) strength during this stressful and emotional time.  They have remained very positive and upbeat under extrememly difficult conditions.

Baby Briar entered the world and passed shortly after, on his mother's birthday.

Please bless and pray for my friend, Brandon, and for his wife, Brooke, as they celebrate the birth of their beautiful baby boy, and mourn his passing...

"You are valuable because you exist.
Not because of what you do or what you have done
but simply because you are."

Max Lucado

Sunday, September 12, 2010

Another Wedding Weekend

Another weekend, another wedding.  This time, we traveled up to Philly for one of Phil's best friend's big day.  Congrats to Di and Jay! 

We had a great time.  Not only at the wedding, but spending time with Phil's family, niece, best friend, Andy, his wife, Amanda, and their new baby, Jacob.

Tuesday, September 7, 2010

My Old Kentucky Home

Things don't get much sweeter than this.  I just saw Miss Allison in July, but HOLY COW, has she grown!  In the weeks since I've been gone, she has turned into quite a little chunky monkey!  What can I say, she comes from a long line of good eaters... Molly said if she continues at this rate, she will be in the 97th percentile for weight by her next check-up! 

Unfortunately, I didn't have much time to spend with my fabulous niece (and sister) this trip.  I was in full-blown wedding mode.  Shelby and Robby's wedding weekend was upon us.  And, I was plenty busy with all of the bridesmaid festivities: bridal luncheon, nails, rehearsal, rehearsal dinner, hair, make-up, pictures, etc.  We were so busy, we even missed UK destroy  LOSERVILLE in the first football game of the season! This annual rivalry game ALMOST qualifies as a religious holiday across the bluegrass state....    

Although I wasn't CRAZY about my bridesmaid's dress (purple is just not my color...), it turned out to be a beautiful ceremony (complete with exceptionally sweet, hand-written vows and a few sincere tears from the groom).  And, of course, Shelby was absolutely STUNNING in her dress! 

The reception took place on her grandfather's farm, in true KY fashion.  I was just thankful that Hurricane Earl brought through a cool front so we didn't have to run around outside, with long dresses & heels in 90 degree heat!  YEA!  

Here are a few candid shots from the weekend.  I will be sure to post more as they come in... and the professional ones should be available in a few weeks...


Rehearsal dinner at Champions Country Club

Bride and Groom to be @ Rehearsal Dinner
Bridal Party
Shelby and the MOH, Rebekah, getting pedicures!

Champagne Partay in the Limo

YUMMY cake!

Allen Fam
Megan, Shelby, me and Kirsten.... I love the ladies!!
Leigh-Ann and Eileen at dinner
Garter toss

Wednesday, September 1, 2010

Step One

I must really be serious about this masters swimming thing.  It's been about 2 weeks and I'm still on the swimming kick.  I'm seriously contemplating getting back in the water, for real.  Two weeks is generally plenty of time for me to change my mind... several times.... so I'm taking this as a sign.

This week, I focused my efforts on step one: research.  Dorky, yes, but I decided the best plan of attack was to start a spreadsheet to compare things like: price, practice schedule, location, etc.

I started with a google search, which only yielded a few local teams... I was a little disappointed (and surprised) that there aren't more masters teams in this area. The established teams are really far north (New Tampa) or really far west (Clearwater). Both much too far a distance to drive before/after work.

Location narrowed my already small list down to 4.  So, I contacted those 4 teams for more information.

Of the 4 teams, 2 programs were easily discarded because they were classified as "recreational" and not "competitive."  And, if I'm going to drag myself out of bed and jump in a freezing cold pool in the wee hours of the morning, I want it to be worth my while.

So, after a week of research, I'm down to two possible teams!  TWO TEAMS!!!! There are 10,000 pools in Tampa, and yet there is no place for me to swim?!?  

I'm still waiting to hear back from the other 2 teams.... so cross your fingers that one of them will fit my needs!