Sunday, August 30, 2009
Today was the big Jamboree for my son and his football team. Our area has a population of about 400,000. I think five of those folks stayed home today! LOL! Our team (Go Bulldogs!!) was scheduled to play at 11:00. Which meant, of course, we had to be there at 9:30.
Surprise, surprise, we were late. Well, technically, we were in the area on time. But when it takes almost ten minutes to walk from parking spot to meeting spot, it tends to make "on time" a little less achievable. No worries. We weren't the last ones and we didn't miss anything.
After we all stood around for the appropriate amount of time, the boys lined up to go onto the field and the parents lined up to go into the stands. I should note, that our local university (where the jamboree is held) is Boise State University. If you know anything about college football, you know that BSU has blue turf. If you do not know this, learn it now, commit it to memory and do not forget it! LOL! Here is a link to a thing of beauty...
Since the jamboree consists of 6 plays for the defense and 6 plays for the offense (~15 minutes total play time), the real thrill for the boys is they get to play on the blue turf. The real bummer for the parents is that we DON'T! We don't even get to touch it! Man!
My son played offense, so he was up first. I'm not sure if he was following directions or what, but I swear that every time I watched, he flopped through the defensive line and landed on the ground! LOL!! I'm sure I missed something, but that's what it looked like to me!
Afterward, we went to see if the BSU Broncos (football team) were still set up to sign autographs. Last year, we played at just the wrong time and did not get to see them at all. We were in luck...they were still there!! They had posters that the kids could take and have signed. My son also had a jersey for them to sign. He gave his sister the poster. They separated us (again!)...kids could get autographs, parents had to stand behind the barriers. Hmmmm....I detect a trend. Could it be that the parents did not behave and had their privileges revoked? Probably...
I do have to say this for the organizers of the Jamboree. We were scheduled to start at 11:00. We started...yes, at 11:00!! I was totally amazed! I think the first teams played at 8:00. To keep just under a billion people, half of them kids and the other half ill-mannered parents, in line and on schedule is amazing! There was plenty of seating. There was food (if you wanted it) and things were well labeled. Other than the crowds (which were unavoidable), it was a very pleasant experience. Tiring, but pleasant.
Oh, BTW, the team mom wasn't there. I expressed my opinion that a new team mom should be appointed. Then I dropped it and enjoyed my day!
(the last one is supposed to be a bulldog)
Saturday, August 29, 2009
Tonight was game one of our end-of-season tournament. I don't know if they went by record to set the schedule, but since we had the first game, I'm guessing they did! I decided that my glove was broken. I couldn't stop a ball to save my life! I played catcher and I swear every single ball saw my mitt and swerved! Okay, so it wasn't the mitt, it was me! But dang! I really sucked!
My first at-bat was a bust too! I hit the ball, but it was a dribbler right to the pitcher. And to top it off, I couldn't get a good start out of the batter's box. Of course I was out on that turn. The next at-bat was an AWESOME hit between short and third. Unfortunately, they fielded it cleanly and I was out at first. My last at-bat, one of my team mates told me how to hold the bat so that the sweet spot was in front. I did. Then I hit it totally wrong, popped it up, they caught it and I was out! Son of a biscuit eater!!!
The good news? Despite my contribution (or lack thereof), my team won! And we won by a fairly large margin...14 - 2! Our next game is at 11:30 tomorrow. I can't make that one (Football Jamboree for my son!). But, hopefully we win that one and play again at 2:00-ish. I should be able to make that one! Fingers crossed!
Friday, August 28, 2009
and I don't do well when my plans are changed. Don't get me wrong, I don't go into lock-down mode or anything like that. I just get a little cranky and miffed while I try to retro-fit my plan.
Why do I bring this up you ask? (Yes, I am the great Kreskin and can read your mind!) Because my plans got changed, of course! LOL! I get paid every two weeks. So, every two weeks, I make menus and then make my grocery list based on those menus. Then I go grocery shopping. Been doing this for a couple of years now and it works really well for me. I find out about a week ago that MIL and FIL are coming to town tomorrow. Okay, good. (BTW, tomorrow is payday - read "Menus are done through Saturday, food is bought")
MIL has Celiac, just like my son. No problem. I know how to cook for that. She is also allergic to corn and pork. Tomorrow's dinner? Tacos on corn shells. No biggie, she can have a taco salad, no shell, no problem. Saturday's menu? Pork chops. Yeah, no way around that one! LOL! So, I'll be heading to the store tomorrow after work to pick up a roast and some potatoes to put in the crock pot Saturday morning. The good news is I still have pork chops for us for sometime in the next two weeks!
Thursday, August 27, 2009
One of the ladies at work has some very productive cucumber plants. Every couple of days she brings in cukes to share. I always get at least one and, if any are left when everyone else has theirs, I take the rest. Today, I used my last two. I cut one up to take in my lunch tomorrow. The other I cut up and put in a vinegar, salt and sugar mixture.
My mom always used to make cucumbers and vinegar and I loved it! She always put onions in too, but I don't have any onions. Maybe next time I have a cuke, I'll have the onion too. I've already sneaked a couple of pieces of cucumber cos I can't wait until tomorrow to eat them.
Speaking of which...time to go eat another slice and head to bed.
Wednesday, August 26, 2009
Why am I so happy that school starts tomorrow? Because I'm not going!! Hee hee!! I started back to college in 2000 (my son was one year old) to get a second degree. I was not using my Bachelor of Business Administration in the job I had and it didn't like I would any time soon. However, engineering looked good to me. So, I decided to go back to school and get my engineering degree.
When I started, I was planning to be an Electrical Engineer (EE). EE's (apparently) brains are wired differently than most people. I thought "Hey, I'm certainly different. I'll be an EE!" Yeah....no! I am wired differently, but not like an EE!! LOL! So, I switched to Mechanical Engineering. So much better for me. I actually got the material and enjoyed studying it (most of the time).
So, once I had my major figured out, all I had to do was take all of the classes. While working full-time, raising two kids and taking care of DH when he shattered his ankle two years into it. (Long story for another time). After 8 years I finally finished. I love having my degree but I love NOT going to school more!!! LOL!!
The other great part about school starting? My kids are going!! They won't be home to call me and tattle and ask if they can have a Face Book account (NO!) and whatever else they can think of. I'm looking forward to a fairly quiet phone day tomorrow...at least until they get home.
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