Wednesday, October 7, 2015

10 Things I Love About Football

Well, I love football. More importantly, I love the Minnesota Vikings. Now, I know they're not a very good team. They've got a lot of issues on and off the field, but Vikings fans are loyal to a fault. I remember going to work, back in Minnesota and talking to the guys about the games and the players. It was SO much fun!

Now I'm in Maryland, and I can't watch my team. =( They're not in the same division as any of the teams around here. So sad. I do keep up with the scores on game day using Facebook,, and Twitter. It's still not the same.

The fall before we moved, three years ago now, our church was signed up to send out emails to people for discounted Vikings tickets. It was the only pro football game my boys had ever been to. It was a blast! Now they're building a new stadium, and it's going to look like a viking ship. Actually it looks somewhat like an ark! When we were back in MN last July, and was left wow-ed by it.

So, here are the 10 things I love about football:

1. The yelling! I'm very vocal during games! Lots of yelling and telling the players what they're doing wrong. My kids would get so annoyed with me. They'll understand one day!

2. Pride in our home team. It doesn't matter if we have the worst record, we love our Vikes!

3. Camaraderie. I'd imagine this would be the same for any sports fans. Cheering, together!

4. Hanging out with friends! What could be more fun during a game than being with friends?

5. Talking about the game after it's over. Rehashing the plays just extends the game's fun.

6. Harassing people I know who like the other team. It's all in good fun!

7. Wearing purple and gold. Yes, as you can see above, I do have gold jeans! BOOM!

8. Chatting on social media about the game. It's a blast to be on Twitter during game day!

9. Fantasy football. So, this technically isn't football, but I played once and won! I like the strategy behind it, and my oldest daughter is playing this year for the first time.

10. Being able to say Skol Vikings. Skol basically is a Danish/Norwegian/Swedish word for "cheers," or "good health," a salute or a toast, as to an admired person or group.

Mama’s Losin’ It
Writing Prompts:

1. 10 Things you love about football.
2. 10 Things you don’t love about football.
3. Write a blog post inspired by the word: fate
4. Something funny your child said.
5. You won an award at some point in your life…what was it for?
6. Coffee Talk! Share your first pumpkin spice latte of the season with us.
7. 10 reasons why you’re glad it’s Fall.

Tuesday, October 6, 2015

Wordless Wednesday: Our House Is Almost Done

The kitchen is coming together! I love my dining room light that I got from Menards, on sale! It's even better than I expected!

I plan on using this closet for a pantry. See the opening above in the kitchen? To the right of that wall is this closet. Not inside the opening, but to the right of the opening. Where that black smudge is. lol

At the opposite end of the house from the kitchen is our living room and a gas fireplace. I'm looking forward to it being cleaned and one day having an amazing mantle around it!

I'm seriously dig the hardwood. It turned out so beautiful! I never knew how much I'd love hardwood floors.

So, this is part of our bedroom. I like the fan, and have to admit that I'm still loving the door design we went with!

This is the only thing my hubby wanted for sure in the new house and I made sure he got it! Even when they forgot it initially, I was adamant that he have a jacuzzi tub! Wishing we had a ledge around it though...especially for this book lover! ;) And yes, that big tear in the drywall on the bottom right will be fixed before we move in.

Since I'm back to doing these again, I'd love to have you join up below!

Sunday, October 4, 2015

Pre-Order Isle of Hope by Julie Lessman & Enter to Win

I have been SO happy getting back into a reading routine! Life has settled down enough that I can read on a regular basis, and I've even started a book club at church! I'm back in with keeping up with my favorite authors, and it seems fitting that Julie Lessman's book Isle of Hope will be coming out next month!

To celebrate, Julie has a contest going on. There are two chances to win. You can enter to win your name being used as a character & one of her books! I'm totally entering to win!

Thursday, October 1, 2015

It's Time To Travel, And I'm Freaking Out

Guess what, I'm terrified to fly on planes. I don't mean just a little bit. I mean ter-ri-fied. I have massive amounts of anxiety weeks, sometimes months leading up to getting on an airplane.

In fact, last week my boss was joking around telling me I needed to forget my trip and stay home to work because we're so busy. I told her I was absolutely fine with that. And about a minute later I was crying because I knew staying home wasn't what was going to happen. I used to travel by plane ALL of the time. I've flown around the world since I was a young girl.

About 15 yrs ago though, something clicked in my brain, and flying became a bad thing. It was scary. It's only gotten worse over the years.

Two years ago, I went on a mission trip to Peru. The trip was probably one of the most amazing trips of my life. Unfortunately, the flights were hard on me emotionally and mentally. I was pretty out of my mind when we left. First we flew to Florida, and then caught another plane and flew to Lima, Peru.

The flights themselves weren't bad. No turbulence thankfully. I just get inside my own head and freak myself out. One thing I've learned that helps me get through the initial stages of taking off and ascension is talking to someone I don't know. If they can distract me with conversation, then I can focus on them. I just have to let the people around me know that I'll probably cry, but if they talk to me, then I'll be ok. I always make sure to tell them I don't puke or go nuts, I just cry.

So, I'm subjecting myself to that plane ride again. Down to Lima! We're flying to Dallas, and then on to Lima. My experience with our previous mission trip was spectacular. When Fred signed us up at church last winter, my first thought was, "I have to get on a plane to get there." You'll have to be sure to check out the photos from our last mission trip down there. That was in July 2013.

I'm looking forward to our trip. Truly, being down there, putting wheelchairs together, possibly building a "house" for someone, I can't imagine anything better. Getting on that plane makes me wish there were another way to get there. It's very possible this could be my last trip down there. I don't know if I could handle getting on a plane again.

And yes, I know, it's safer to fly than drive. It'll be ok. blah blah blah You could tell me everything that's reasonable until the cows come home. Heck, I've said them to myself. It doesn't change this fear. Now, the "bright" side of this? I have medication for the first time! My best friend has this same fear of flying and taking medication has helped her. So, I'm planning on the same dang thing! If so, maybe I will be able to travel again one day. There are still a lot of places I want to see.

Do you have any fears as bad as this?

Mama’s Losin’ It

Writing Prompts:

1. Write something that begins and ends with the words “When I was younger.”
2. Listen to the sounds in your house for 5 or 10 minutes. Write about what you hear.
3. Write a blog post inspired by the word: travel
4. Locked out.
5. 10 Reasons why you love your job.

Tuesday, September 29, 2015

Wordless Wednesday: Busy Week #WW

Here's one more thing I haven't done in ages...a Wordless Wednesday! In staying with how I used to do Wordless Wednesdays...with words. What can I say?

Every night, when Fred comes downstairs to end the night, Peru comes down with him and absolutely HAS to sit on the love seat with him. If he has his legs propped up against the other side of the love seat, she pushes her body up underneath his legs, and she just fits herself in. This night, this is how she ended up.

It may be fall, but I'm still happy that the flowers are still giving me colors of summer! These Portulaca, aka Moss Roses, are an annual flower that makes me happy as can be!

Last Friday, while Fred and I were out grocery shopping after our date night dinner, I saw this ice cream in the freezer aisle! I was shocked. I can't even imagine how it must taste.

Did you watch the harvest blood moon? We wanted to. Unfortunately, it was cloudy here for a few days. That evening, when I ran to the grocery store, I was SO excited to see a clear sky with the large moon over the Bay. I thought for sure we'd get lucky and be able to see the entire thing. Unfortunately, the clouds came back in. We did go down to the bay around 9:30pm to see if things might change, but alas, it wasn't meant to be. We were all pretty bummed to not experience it. Maybe in 2033.

How was your week?

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