Posts tagged ‘baseball’

October 23, 2010

victory dance

I recently learned that the last boy has successfully predicted the champions of multiple professional sports for several years now, which made me very nervous for the ALCS series between the Yankees and the Rangers. You see, D’s a die-hard Rangers fan. And I’m a die-hard Yankees fan. So I was a little worried. Sure enough, the Rangers took the series Friday night with a final game score of 6 to 1 and a series win of 4 games to 2. The moment the last out was registered, the boy did a victory dance.
 
I’m hoping he roots for my Yankees next year. (click to enlarge)
Texas Rangers victory dance
 
June 26, 2010

Five Senses: June 20-25, 2010

 
Taking a page out of my girl Cerella‘s book, I’m collecting my thoughts from this week and filtering them through the senses. It’s such a unique way to capture a single week of life. Thanks, C!
 
seeing new life smelling tangy sweet touching the screen
 
SEEING
A single young dove keeping watch on my balcony, and an unhatched egg in the nearby nest. There are always two baby dove born at one time. For two years I’ve been watching pair after pair grow and leave the nest. But this time there is only one who will venture out. I wonder if he feels the absence?
 
HEARING
The distinctive ::ping:: of metal bats while watching the College World Series. I love baseball with a passion that easily rivals my love of movies and television, and college ball is by far the most enjoyable. The players play for love of the game, with heart and joy that is sometimes lost at a big league level. The CWS brings the best of the best together, and the joy for fans isn’t always about who wins but about seeing great baseball every day. Now, that’s not to say I don’t have a favorite this year. So let me just say, Go Tigers!
 
SMELLING
The tangy sweet (thanks for the phrase, Cerella!) aroma of balsamic vinegar sprinkled on fresh bruschetta — half of my lunch from the Italian restaurant on the first floor of our downtown office building. I begin to smell the beginnings of the lunch menu around ten each morning, but I force myself not to partake often so that each dining experience is delectable. And Mama Emilia’s bruschetta is delectable. Thick, handmade bread topped with fresh mozzarella and tomatoes, sprinkled with the vinegar and topped with shredded parmesan and a few sprigs of fresh basil. Even though the bread begins to get a little mushy from the liquids, letting the bruschetta sit for a short time allows the flavors to meld together, and each bite is remarkable. But it all begins with the fragrance of that balsamic vinegar.
 
TASTING
Burgers and cheese fries at Fuddrucker’s to celebrate Father’s Day with my parents. It’s always nice to just get away together to share a meal with just the two of them, and it’s especially nice when none of us has a schedule to keep. We just sat for a while and caught up, talking and laughing and enjoying a leisurely meal. I treasure these times most of all. And the burger was pretty good, too!
 
TOUCHING
The screen of my phone on numerous texting sessions throughout the week. First on Sunday night with Cerella while both of us were enjoying the return of Leverage on our respective TVs in Philadelphia and Texas, then again on Friday afternoon as we both took work breaks at the same time. In the middle of the week with my friend Meredith as we attempted to make plans for a movie night around her unexpected trip back home for a funeral and my unexpected day of dizzy. And then with my dad as we watched TCU come back to win an elimination game in the College World Series. These impromptu conversations are definitely one of the greatest joys of each day.
 


Five Senses is a regular weekly series by my best good friend, Cerella D. Sechrist, who borrowed the idea from Abby Powell Thompson and Shari Altman.
 

June 3, 2010

this moment

 
right now, I should be heading to bed but don’t quite feel ready yet
 
right now, I have much on my mind, and yet…
 
right now, my mind is not filled with thoughts of worry
 
right now I am perusing photographs and finding inspiration in other people’s mundane moments
 
right now, I am thinking how nice it is to be still and not allow the chaos of my current reality to dictate my thoughts
 
right now, I am thinking about a creative piece that continues to gestate in my mind
 
right now, I am hearing the distinctive ::clink:: of aluminum bats as the Tide battles LSU for the SEC Championship
 
right now, this inspires my creative piece, and…
 
right now, this takes my mind to the first Alabama boy, and…
 
right now, I’m resisting the urge to text my best good friend — for whom the creative piece is being, umm, created — because it is nearly 1:00 AM for her and the text would not be as well-received as reading this post in the morning hours
 
right now, I find it very difficult to resist that texting urge
 
right now, I love that most all things are leading to conversations with my friend because…
 
right now, that keeps my mind off the chaos that threatens to consume.
 


with thanks to Jennifer McGuiggan for the inspiration
 

July 4, 2009

American Classic

Main Street parade   
neighborhood block parties   
backyard barbecue   
fresh-squeezed lemonade   
homemade ice cream   
children chasing fireflies   
sparklers in hand   
fireworks above   
 
stars and stripes and soldiers returning home   
 
This is my country.   
 
   my favorite t-shirt
favorite t-shirt, July 2009        

 

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