Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Happy Turkey Day

As you all know this week is Thanksgiving week. I hope you all have something to be Thankful for, I know that I have been blessed and wish you all wonderful holiday joy.

And as many of you know if you have been following my blog, this is also Black Friday week. This is one of my favorite days of the year. When I look back on how this tradition started I really don't even know. I think the year we started we needed scooters, and they were way on sale and man has it escalated since then. Now we start about 3 in the morning instead of 5 and go all day long. We have a few new shoppers this year, my niece is finally old enough to go this year and Patty, she is just a good friend. I am kinda hoping that everyone needs small stuff this year cause there is no way we will be able to get that much stuff in the car and still be able to ride in the car.

I am going to try this year to take some pictures so I can share with you all. But in the heat of battle there are no promises.

Hope you all have a Happy Thanksgiving and a Wonderful Black Friday.

Tuesday, November 17, 2009

My Heroes

I have to share with you all how wonderful my sisters and their children are. I always knew these girls were sweet but this brought a tear to my eye. Let me start with I haven't mowed my yard in the past few weeks so the leaves and the grass was out of control. I finally was going to get a day off on Saturday and all I got to do was yard work.

Well on Saturday my sisters asked if I wanted to walk around the square with them and look for deals and sales. (Host of Christmas Past was in town) Well I ended up eating with them before we left for town and my littlest niece was dying to tell me something. They all acted like it was a Christmas present they had bought for me that day. Well they finally got her to not talk about it again until the meal was over.

We were standing outside and she (the little one) came over to me and wanted me to hold her. I could tell she was still dying to tell me something. She held it in as long as she could and then she told me that she along with her cousins had "rolled my grass." A few weeks ago I took another niece to go rolling and we rolled my sisters house so I just thought this was payback.

Well after that I was dying to go home and see just how bad my yard was. I had been at work all day so they had plenty of time to get me really good. They were even talking about throwing rolls over the house. So I went home and they followed me to pick me up to go to town.

When I got home there was no toilet paper, there was nothing. I was so confused. My sister popped out of the car and said "oh just check the backyard" That is when I figured it out. (I hadn't slept in 36 hours at this point, that's why I was so slow) When I looked in the backyard, there were no leaves, and the lawn had been mowed. I was super excited. This meant I got to sleep the next day!!!!!!!!!

Well on top of them cleaning up my yard, they also came back over the next day and helped clean out the gutters. YOU GUYS ROCK!!!

Aww with the raking.
Keith cleaning out the gutters.
The children loved the leaves, they played in them the day that the girls did all the work and then they played in them again during the gutter clean out.

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

So so long

Hello all,

I wanted to get back on here after a very long week. I wanted to let you all know that my post may be few and far between for the next few weeks. I have taken a second job working nights so most of my waking hours are spent sleeping. I know how that sounds but I think you know what I mean. I'm still trying to do good on my diet, not eating overnight when I have eaten during the day... I have even been walking on my lunch break instead of just sitting for 30 minutes.

This has however put a damper on my working out. Some days if I have to work that night I choose (yes choose) to go home and sleep instead of working out. Well tonight I have my favorite workout class and I will be attending. I don't have to work tonight and I am so very happy about getting to the gym. I hope ones my schedule becomes more of a routine then I will be able to get to the gym more often. I have been doing this for about a week and a half now and I am less tired and have a little more energy so hopefully that is a sign that my body is adjusting and I am able to get to the gym. What I don't want to do is get exhausted. I wont be doing my body or myself any good in that situation. So right now I'm playing it by ear until I can get into more of a routine.

Also, my friend at work has decided that she is ready to go on a diet with me. She has been off and on with it for a while now, but she is ready to join me...hopefully that will be a little motivating as well. I love having someone who can talk about struggles as well as successes with.

And to my wonderful workout buddy (who never works out) has entered the Biggest Loser at her work. GOOD LUCK! I hope you win.

I probably forgot something in all of this, lots of info in a short email. I will like always keep you updated on my progress...and for those of you who are my faithful readers, I am still holding strong to the no hair cutting until 100 lbs. Well since making that promise, I have gained 3lbs. so 28 lbs to a hair cut. Woo Hoo. I wish you all could see this crap on top of my head.

Ha Ha Email

This just fell into my inbox and I thought it was too funny to not pass along.

Statue of David Being Returned to Italy
A bit of cultural news for a welcome change.

After two years on loan to the Uninted States Michaelangelo's David is being returned to Italy.

His Proud Sponser were:

Wednesday, November 4, 2009

You Guys Played Great

Hello all,

I just got home from a ballgame came straight in the house changed clothes to get comfortable and now I have climbed up on my soap box. Just so you know this has nothing to do with diet, weight loss, or exercise. I have to speak on behalf of a bunch of middle schoolers that will not be able to have a voice.

For starters I am a huge supporter of Riverside Christian Academy. We are the smallest smallest school in our county with PreK through 12 grade. Our county has 7 other middle schools in the area, none of which will play us in sports during regular season. I DO NOT know why the other schools in our county will not play us in sports. On any good season there may be 1-2 teams that will schedule us during regular season. For the most part our teams travel out of county and state to fill a schedule. Right now I am speaking for middle school only, high school has its conference that it must play in, but middle school does not fall in that category.

However, the local Lions Club puts on a tournament every year for the middle schools in our county and they ask us to be a part of it. In my opinion, if our team is not going to be given a fair chance to play and win, WHY INVITE THEM AT ALL!!!!!!

Let me just tell you a little about our games during this tournament. On Saturday night we played a team that we were evenly matched with, probably a little better than, but none the less they were our first draw. When that game was over I just assumed we were on the bad side of a horrible referee or home cooked. But I really let that game go and thought...we will show them. In fact they showed us, that they had no desire to let us win in their tournament.
We played our second game of the tourney and won big.

Tonight however, I witnessed the most blatant form of fixing a game that I have ever seen in my life. This game started out pretty normal, evenly matched through the first half, even fouls called on both ins of the court, a couple of questionable calls but nothing major. During the second half of the game, the game stayed within about 6 points both teams having a lead at any point. The game came down to a nail biter at the end within 1 point in their favor with less than a minute on the clock.

When the second half started our guys entered the court 5 against 7. The referees, TSSAA referees, openly favored the other team (I think they had uniforms under their stripes.) Please let me provide a few of the many examples:

1. At one point during the game, the last few seconds, we were down by 1 point. They inbounded the ball and our player grabbed the other team member trying to draw the foul. He was holding the kid around the waist looking up at the ref trying to get the foul called so the clock would stop and the ref would not call the foul, he did however call a jump ball that gave the ball to the other team again.

2. During an inbounds play also with very little time left on the clock, they were again in possession. We held them to a 5 count, great defense boys, but the offside ref gave the other team a timeout, after the 5 second call had been made.

3. One of our boys was called for going over the line on an inbounds play....questionable!

4. At one point during the game, the ref blew his whistle but didn't have an actual call to make that would go in the other teams favor, so he just called a jump ball again. Ha Ha to him, the ball went to us that time. Just so you know, the ball was never tied up, so that was again questionable.

5. One of the refs, had 3-4 nephews on the other team... (not sure how many) and best I can tell they just nominated him the Mayor of Flintville.

That's just of few of the examples of how our boys were treated tonight. I also thought that maybe I was being a little sensitive about the game, but when I left the gym I had another person come out to talk to me and my sisters. He was not a fan of either team that had been playing. He asked had the whole game been called as badly as the last 4-5 minutes.

I would also like to say, that our guys didn't win the game, and that is not why I am so upset. Our boys weren't given a chance to win the game. Call after call was made against them to give the other team possession. We may or may not have won the tournament, may have not even won the game tonight (with real refs) but our boys deserved a chance to play this game.

I have so many questions after that game tonight. I want to know what TSSAA in Lincoln Co. will not allow our boy a chance to play a team without the refs becoming a factor. The refs are there to supervise and enforce rules, not determine the outcome. And that is exactly what they did tonight. AGAIN...WHY INVITE US TO PLAY IN YOUR TOURNAMENT IF WE ARE NOT GOING TO BE ALLOWED THE SAME COURTESY AS EVERY OTHER TEAM, THAT IS FAIR REFS WITH NO OTHER AGENDA? Our boys were there to play basketball, not to be some pawns in a county game of the Private vs. Public schools.

If I had been the coach of the other team I would refuse to accept that as a W in my book. I would have hung my head in shame after the game.


And while I'm on my soap box I will go ahead and continue to the parents that can never admit that their children make mistakes too. I had a parent come to me after the game and tell me that if we had some big boys down low we would have won that game. Well you know what, if we had made one of many of our missed three pointer, layups, and free throws, then the game wouldn't have even come down to the last second. But I guess its so easy to blame things on other peoples children. This is a team sport, one persons mistake is a team mistake. Whats that famous phrase "There's not I in Team."
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