Wednesday, May 28, 2008

Wednesday is Great Bambino Day

This post is being made for two reasons: baseball season and my little brother.

It's that time of year again when major league baseball is just beginning to really dig into their season for the year. It is also the time of year when little leaguers are in the height of their season. My little brother Will plays for a team called the Redhawks in the Muskogee League. At the beginning of the season, he almost hit one of the park so to speak. He was even in the tradional #4 power hitter spot (although that was Lou Gehrig and not the Babe's spot). That night he coincidentally had a black eye...and so Petey Ruth was born.

Sadly, Petey's season took an unfortunate turn of events after that hit. We soon found ourselves in one serious little league slump. Stuck between the pressure of hitting and trying to maintain his confidence my brother struck out 5 times in a row. He was moved to the bottom of the lineup and his coach began to sit him regularly. Another part of the story is that my brother has been playing 3rd base for about 1-2 years for this same team. (It also should be noted that he's played with this team since t-ball.) And I guess as a result of this slump, he was moved to the outfield...right field to be specific.

Unhappy does not even begin to describe him these days. My brother is learning a lesson of humility mixed in with a little dose of politics at the ripe old age of 11. I feel so bad for him. All of this baseball talk has me a thinking about the one and only great Bambino. I looked for some motivation to give my brother. And here's what I've found...
  1. Upon moving to the Yankees, Ruth transition from a pitcher to a power-hitting outfielder was complete. In his fifteen year Yankee career, consisting of over 2,000 games, Ruth re-wrote the record books in terms of his hitting achievements -- but made only 5 widely-scattered token appearances on the mound, almost incidentally compiling a perfect 5-0 record as a Yankee pitcher.

    So even though the Sultan of Swat was known as a pitcher things changed due to his fantastic hitting career. Practice makes perfect and the Great Bambino realized that.
  2. Despite his suspension, Ruth started his 1922 season on May 20 as the Yankees' new on-field captain. But five days later, he was ejected from a game for throwing dirt on an umpire, and then climbed into the stands to confront a heckler; Ruth was subsequently stripped of the captaincy.

    Attitude gets you nowhere. Just because you can hit well, does not mean that you are exempt from getting too big for your britches.
  3. Lineup and Roster
    1927 NY Yankees Batting Lineup

    CF Earle Combs .356, 6 HR, 64 RBI, 231 H
    SS Mark Koenig .285, 3 HR, 62 RBI
    RF Babe Ruth .356, 60 HR, 164 RBI
    1B Lou Gehrig .373, 47 HR, 175 RBI
    LF Bob Meusel .337, 8 HR, 103 RBI, 47 2B
    2B Tony Lazzeri .309, 18 HR, 102 RBI
    3B Joe Dugan .269, 2 HR, 43 RBI
    C Pat Collins .275, 7 HR, 36 RBI

    1927 NY Yankees Complete Roster

    Fielders
    C - Pat Collins
    1B - Lou Gehrig
    2B - Tony Lazzeri
    3B - Joe Dugan
    SS - Mark Koenig
    LF - Bob Meusel
    CF - Earle Combs
    RF - Babe Ruth

    A man who was part of Murderer's Row and one of the first 5 EVER inducted into the Hall of Fame...played right field.


    My point is that you can't let yourself get down bubba. Love you.

    P.S. Yes this counts for Educational Day people.

Tuesday, May 27, 2008

I know it is May, but...


I got a whiff of some smell today. Not sure what it was, but it made me think of Thanksgiving. I love that holiday. Now I know we're on the verge of summer...which is my favorite season, but just for a moment, I wished that Thanksgiving was just around the corner. You know, because Brandon and I will celebrate everything together this year as husband and wifey for the first time. It is sure to be fun.


Sigh....





Okay I'm over it.


Onto other news, I received my letter from WestB over the weekend. Can I just say that I laughed at the envelope for about ten minutes? See above image for what I'm referring to....I like the fact that she stole university property and used it as her address for her letter to me. Hopefully one day she'll be fortunate enough to send me something from a New York address. Of course at that time it will probably come in a TeachforAmerica envelope....heh...heh....heh.

Friday, May 23, 2008

“Don't judge each day by the harvest you reap but by the seeds that you plant.”
Robert Louis Stevenson

Wednesday, May 21, 2008

Wednesday is Teddy Kennedy Day!

(As if you were surprised with the current news reports people.)

Today I thought I'd share the random facts that I know about Teddy Kennedy. Here goes...

  • Edward Moore Kennedy was born on February 22, 1932 in Boston, Massachusetts to Joseph and Rose Kennedy.
  • He is the youngest of the 9 infamous Kennedy siblings.
  • He has been a senator since 1962. He is only behind Sen. Robert Byrd in terms of seniority in the Senate.
  • He was named after a family friend.
  • Teddy is the surrogate father to John and Bobby's 13 children.
  • He has three of his own, Kara, Edward Jr., and Patrick.
  • He took the father-daughter picture with Caroline when she graduated from Radcliffe, the sister college of her father's alma mater Harvard.
  • He also walked Caroline down the aisle on her wedding day.
  • He has been married twice. His first marriage was to Virginia Joan Bennett. The family used to call her "the dish" because she looked like a fashion model. His second marriage is to Victoria Reggie Kennedy
  • During his re-election to just his second term in 1964, he was almost killed in a plane crash. He has suffered severe back pain from that accident since that time. His wife Joan, campaigned for him.
  • In 1969, Edward Kennedy drove a car off a bridge into the channel between Chappaquiddick Island and Martha's Vineyard. Kennedy managed to escape, but his passenger, campaign worker Mary Jo Kopechne, drowned in the submerged car. Kennedy left the scene of the accident and did not call authorities until the following day. Kennedy pled guilty to leaving the scene of an accident and received a suspended sentence of two months in jail.
  • He was kicked out of Harvard because he cheated on a Spanish exam.
  • Following in his brothers's footsteps he ran for the presidency in 1980. He failed to receive the nomination. Since that time, he has been considered the unofficial head of the party.
  • He is considered a very influential member of the Democratic party and is considered by some to be a "Democratic Party Icon".
  • He delivered the eulogy at Bobby Kennedy's funeral/wake.
  • Finally it is rumored that he is/was a playboy just like his older brothers and father.

Whew.

Monday, May 19, 2008

Well it had to happen sometime, I suppose.

I was pulled over...by the Cussing Police.

Yes, it might sound silly, but I was not very happy at the time. A new friend of mine called me on the situation and caught me two more times.
Now the two other times were instances where I something to the effect of "my iPod is really kick-A!"
And she said "You might as well say the word b/c we know that's what you were thinking."

Well suck a big hairy toe. I know my cussing habits can be pretty bad occasionally. It has been something that I've been working on recently. But what about if it makes you really mad or hurts really bad? Like you get drop-kicked in the head for instance, is it okay to say a dirty word then? I'm really not trying to make excuses. I am quite serious about this inquiry.

When is it okay to say a bad word and who makes up those rules? Is it biblical? If so, I want some references...no I'm not kidding.

Thursday, May 15, 2008

Grannie's Grand Adventures of the Day

My sister, Jessi, has been watching my grannie lately. She is home for the summer and my grannie's regular caretaker is on maternity leave. Jessi was telling us tonight about how she makes Grannie a daily sheet complete with wardrobe, eats of the day, activities and a forecast! It sounds really cute. We all got a kick out of Jessi's description of these daily sheets, also known as "Grannie's Grand Adventures of the Day".

Now let's rewind a few months...

This past semester has been one of the roughest for my sister in large part because she had to make OU a place she could call her own. I had been with her for her first year and a half at OU. this semester was basically like she went away to college all over again...only it was for real this time. She was definitely out of her comfort zone to say the least. She really struggled, and a lot of people did not expect her to make it. In fact, some pulled the rug out from under her. When all of this happened, I just wanted to rush to her and be with her to make everything okay. And a few weekends I did. But in true Jessi style (and time for that matter) she pulled through this rough time with flying colors.

She decided one day that she was going to have a good day for a change and she never looked back.

Jessi bloomed and blossomed right before my eyes this semester, and I have never been so proud of her. She is one of the most courageous people I know. Jessi has always been a nurturer. She will take care of anyone at any time. She has no problem telling you how it is, especially if she thinks you need it. this background comes from several key people in her life, one of them being my Grannie.

Now fastforward to Jessi's tales of her adventures with Grannie. As I sat there listening to Jessi tell her story, my heart couldn't help but hurt. She was now taking care of the woman who took care of her every day until she was big enough to go to school. And she picks up after her, just as Grannie did her. And while my heart hurts, because my Grannie's mind will soon be forever lost. I am forever grateful to my sister for taking care of her during her last adventurous days. Jessi will make them exciting because she has found the confidence she needed from her perils of the past semester. And that makes me smile, because God's timing is perfect. And the circle of life is once again complete.

I'VE HEARD IT SAID
THAT PEOPLE COME INTO OUR LIVES FOR A REASON
BRINGING SOMETHING WE MUST LEARN
AND WE ARE LEDTO THOSE WHO HELP US MOST TO GROW
IF WE LET THEM
AND WE HELP THEM IN RETURN
WELL, I DON'T KNOW IF I BELIEVE THAT'S TRUE
BUT I KNOW I'M WHO I AM TODAY
BECAUSE I KNEW YOU...

Wednesday, May 14, 2008

Wednesday is Political Education Day...

Well as promised kids, it is Wednesday, the most sacred of posting days. That's right, this is the educational day. I usually don't discuss politics...at least my opinion on them. I do know what is going on regularly, no doubt about that, but to say what I think is a separate matter. So the education for today is what I think about the Democratic primaries. Not technically education, but for those of you who do not know which candidate I support, then this is news aka education to you.

I support Hillary Clinton.

There I said it.

I know it is a shocker, right? For those of you who know me, are fully aware of the fact that I am a huge fan of the Kennedy family. Now for those of you that don't, here's the connection. About two months ago, Caroline Kennedy Schlossberg (JFK and Jackie's daughter) wrote a very moving op-ed piece in the New York Times. And I was surprised that she compared her dad to Barack Obama. If anyone has a right to make comparisons, it is her. And as you can imagine, I was very surprised when Bobby Kennedy's kids broke from that opinion.

Well it seems like I'm doing the same. I've chosen Hillary mainly because all I've heard is hope, hope, hope from Barack Obama. Now don't get me wrong, I think that our country is need of some desperate change and a good shot of hope in the arm probably wouldn't do us bad either. BUT with the hope message, needs to be a clear promise of direction. I haven't seen that from him. I want to hear plans and see direction...which leads me to my biggest point of the post.

The Democratic Party has had the last three years to get their crap together on the nomination. Now it is May. I'm pretty sure DNC is next month people. And all I've heard is this looks horrible for us, blah blah blah, shoe-in ticket for McCain, blah blah blah. But you know what, the last time a Kennedy was aiming for the White House, these things weren't determined until Convention. And I like the fact that Hillary is still in because of that reason. She firmly believes that she is the best candidate and is not pulling out, even under immense pressure from her advisers. The last glory days of our political system was during the time that Kennedy was president and his unfinished presidency completed by Johnson and guess how they got there....CONVENTION. All I'm saying is if it ain't broke don't fix it. So good for her that she is using it to her advantage.

So I'm voting for Hillary because she has hope, drive and DIRECTION lit up inside her. Not to mention she is one hell of an under dog.

P.S. I'm on Team Audrina for next season of the Hills.

Thursday, May 8, 2008

"Stormin' Norman"

After 4 and a half years, I am finally going to graduate.

Oh yes I know I graduated last December, but I actually get to go through the motions. My family is coming in for the event. I'm sure that my mom and sister will cry. Of course that means I'll cry and then that means that Loren (my youngest sister) will cry. (And I'm sure that Emily and Jessi are crying as they read this.)

But you know what?! I hope that is exactly how it happens.

I want all those cliche` memories to occur. There is a lot of struggle going on in my parents life right now financially and I want this to be a good weekend filled with good memories. I would like it to be a happy weekend. Of course at some point, because we're all tense about what we're wearing and saying, I'm sure there will be some small eruption. And if there weren't I would be seriously concerned because it would mean that someone is running a fever.

But yeah, I hope all those things happen. To see my dad and mom puffed up like blowfish with pride will make it all worth it.

And believe me, all of it was.

There is not a day that goes by that I don't think about all the fun times that I had and shared with many of you. I would not trade the world for my college experience. It was full of all the typical ups and downs that a rollercoaster life like mine entails.

One of my proudest moments will occur this weekend when I graduate. I truly am honored to be an alumna of the one and only University of Oklahoma!

For those of you, who are part of the great tradition, I say: Live on University!

Wednesday, May 7, 2008

Wednesday is Hump Day.

In second grade my teacher was Mrs. McGee. At the beginning of the year during the back to school review, one of our first spelling tests had to do with the days of the week. And as she was giving the example sentence that we received when we were told what word we were to spell, she said this, "Wednesday is hump day."

We all giggled at the time because we thought those words were funny. Later as a teenager it was another sort of reference. Heh heh. And now as a young working girl, I looked it up on Wikipedia and this is what I found. (By the way, Wikipedia is becoming more credible by the day.)

CULTURAL REFERENCES
An English Language Idiom or Wednesday is "hump day", a reference to making it through to the middle of the work week as getting "over the hump."

And so in honor of my wise teacher who was trying to teach us a lesson at such an early age, I have decided to make Wednesday's my educational posts. Now this said educational day will not always include the most highly intellectual posts.

I am perfectly capable of doing that, however it's not my style. In fact at times, I can be downright juvenile. Hello! I still laugh when someone says the word "preggo". I automatically think, she's "preggo with an eggo!"

Baaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaahahahahahaha! It's rhymes.

That's funny right?

Okay, maybe not.

Now don't doubt that there will be some days that it is informative. I just prefer to make it interesting, rather than intellectual.

Happy Wednesday.

Tuesday, May 6, 2008

One of those posts....

Today is May 6th.
This year, seems to be the year for all celebrities to become PREGNANT. I could name several off the top of my head including: Nicole Richie, Christina Aguilara, Jennifer Lopez, Cate Blanchett, etc. And there are several more that are due very soon, including Jamie Lynn Spears and Angelina Jolie (<--this woman is a whole other post that will have to wait for another day). At this point, I hope you get where I might be going with this post.

Now, earlier I mentioned that it was May 6th. It is a simple declarative sentence--a little Shirley English for some of you.
That is a whopping 4 & half months people!! We've only been married that long. Now explain to me, why people are suddenly asking us about the B word.

Yes, I am talking about the word, BABY.

Slowly but surely, my parents, family and friends have been dropping hints, both indirectly and directly. Both of my parents told us from the beginning that whenever we decide to have kids is good for them too. However about two months ago, we had a slight scare. And ever since that time, my mother will occasionally say things like " I have a really hard time saying no my kids, what will it be like when I have grandkids?" Now yes, harmless and indirect, but still spoken. Then she will pick up babies at church. I have to tell her to put them back of course. And last night my uncle just flat out asked me when I'm having kids.

Seriously? Seriously!

Where is this coming from? I'm not mad at my parents/family/friends for asking. Just wondering why this question is occurring less than 6 months after the wedding.

That's all.

Sunday, May 4, 2008

Blogging...

This whole blog thing is waaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaay confusing.

How do I add people?
How do I search for them?
Can they see my blog?

I am in serious need of help.

Edit:
I have figured out the adding people thing.
Still no luck on the search.
And yes, they can see my blog. IF I want them to...do you know how much that delights me?

Couple Friends

For Brandon and I, the past few months have been a struggle as far as friends are concerned. I was in Norman for 4 and half years and Brandon was there for 2. We made solid bonds with friends we hope to have for the rest of our lives. We grew up there and became our own persons respectively.

Then we got married.

We went from always having someone to do something with and somewhere to go regularly to...Hometown, Oklahoma, land of low restaurant options. AND suddenly we're expected to hang out with couple friends.
Now I want you to understand me. I wouldn't trade the past 5 months of my life for anything. I love being married to Brandon. There isn't a day that goes by, that I am not thankful for him. But seriously, our friend options are at an all time low. The Lord has blessed us with some couples recently and I know that I am very grateful for their fellowship. But there's only so much time that couples can get together. We're living big people lives and right now it's not all that fun. You have to hope that people don't have anything that comes up so that you can hang out.
My brother-in-law and sister-in-law told us that we'd suddenly be like the plague once we got married. I really didn't want to believe them. But it is so true. We are pretty much limited to people that are married...which is totally and completely lame.
It has suddenly made me realize how grateful I am for the friendship aspect of marriage. No matter how much I know Brandon may hate watching chickflicks or doing girly things, he will still do those things for me. We've definitetly learned that we're going to have to rely on each other.

In the meantime, I'd just like to have some more friends.

Saturday, May 3, 2008

I am a rock star.

In the past six months, I have graduated college, become a MRS., started a new job and moved. My life is just now settling down. On this blog, I'll be discussing my life, gossip, rants, raves, lists, thoughts, proof that Jessica is better than Britney, etc. I promise it will not be boring and will keep you entertained. Clearly I will have lots to discuss with all the current changes in my life.

At the end of the day, know this: I am one of the coolest people you will ever meet.
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