Tuesday, April 9, 2019
Ah, an oldie but one of my favorite ways to tell the story of right now.
So here goes:
Listening to Musical soundtracks. After Sofia's show this weekend I've had the Into the Woods soundtrack on repeat on Spotify. And then I listen to Dear Evan Hansen.
Reading Sourdough but have lost interest in the story. I am 3/4 of the way through and will finish but I'm not super excited by the story any more. I'll push through and move on. I am listening to The Heart's Invisible Furies and absolutely loving it!! I also picked up The Path Made Clear at Target and am reading that one before bed.
Clearing my desk off at the end of every work day. Putting my word clarity into practice. Clearing off my desk and putting everything in order so when I walk in in the morning I can start fresh and not feel overwhelmed. it's actually making me more productive.
Going to a Dodger game this weekend. It's Cody Bellinger bobble head night and Sofia must be there.
Watching Game of Thrones to refresh our memories. To be honest, we thought the new season started last weekend and just had time to watch the last episode of season 7. With a week to go we have been catching up on the best of the best. We are huge fans of GOT. Looking forward to the new season and all that is to come.
Hoping to get some cool things at the Notre Dame event this weekend. They always have great items at the silent auction. The live auction is beyond my means but they also have a raffle and grand raffle.
Eating out a lot this week. We have Volleyball games, a softball game/ practice/batting lessons, meeting at Notre Dame, an event at CHA, youth group. It's hard to plan when people aren't in the same place at the same time. Maybe next week I'll plan a weekly menu.
Making lasagna soup for an event at school on Friday. It's one of my favorite events of the year. The middle school students make bowls and the staff makes the soup. Parents bring food to donate to the food pantry and they take home a bowl. It's a fun community event.
Wondering if I have 92 more stories to tell.
Writing for 8 days in a row is a win.
Sunday, April 7, 2019
This is really 2 stories.
The first story is that I am blogging again. Well at least today. I'm back to where it all started because I can't remember the password for the other blog. And it's kind of fun to look back at the posts here. I haven't done a post since 2016!
The real story is the one from today. The story of the guy who manages his daughter's softball team. Who put his heart in every game, every practice, every girl. That's the story.
This season has been rocky. He has a monster team but they just haven't gotten it together to play as a team. There have been some wins but more losses. Some really close games and some games that just leave you shaking your head in disbelief. But he believes. He believes in every single player. In the potential of the team to beat any other team in the league.
What makes him special as a coach is the same thing that makes him special as a human. He is a good person. He gives people the benefit of the doubt. He is forgiving and kind. He never loses his cool but fights for what he believes in. I've seen it in different situations.
I always worry that people don't really understand his intentions. Why he makes choices on the field. Parents can be tough. I hear them in the stands. But he knows his role. He has to take it sometimes. And he's the first to admit when he's made the wrong choice. To take the blame for a decision, or indecision. He's not too proud to say, that was my fault. Even if it means being yelled at or blamed. I think he is protected by a suit of armor worthy of a Game of Thrones battle.
Today at the team meeting, after an exciting game but a tough loss, he talked to the girls about working on strategy. The focus of the season being on learning the strategy of the game more than the batting and catching. It's what will elevate them as players, gaining value not just winning games.
After the coaches spoke, one of the girls raised her hand and talked about how much Bobby has helped her believe in her ability to be a better player. She said it was his belief in her that made her play better - and she's doing amazing. Isn't that what this is all about?
Taking on leadership roles gives you the chance to do great things, or just to make sure terrible things don't happen. But it also exposes you to criticism, blame, and frustration. Some people can take it. Some people deal with it for the greater good. They withstand criticism without always getting to tell their side, because that's not the point. They absorb the frustration and take the blame. It's not always fair but it comes with the territory.
Monday, February 1, 2016
i've been wondering if after all these months you'd like to speak.
to go over, everything.
i know. where have you been?
i'm sure each and every one of you has worried about what to make for dinner because i wasn't posting my menu.
are you back?
well, sort of.
well, for now.
because today i felt like writing.
is it crazy?
man you ask a lot of questions.
i haven't blogged here since october 22.
since then a lot has happened; 3 jobs, 1 new blog, lots and lots of kid activities, holidays, fun, laughter, and great food. it's kind of sad to not have it documented here.
but i'm not going dwell. instead i am going to move forward.
so let's catch up later, shall we?
instead let's post the menu, cause i need this structure back in my life, badly.
so here you go:
saturday: chicken wraps from california chicken cafe - after a very long swim meet.
sunday: mexican food
making this week
monday: chicken won ton soup, orange chicken, rice
tuesday: salmon with avocado cream, potatoes, salad
wednesday: rosemary pork burgers, salad
thursday: chopped salad
and in case you haven't heard, i'm collaborating with my sister and our friend jennifer on a new lifestyle blog, sense & serendipity. we are having a blast and would love for you to take a look. lots in store for this year.
and i hope you'll come back here soon. i promise i will.
Thursday, October 22, 2015
this weekend the fun started with a dodger game on thursday afternoon.
bonus win: getting out of the stadium before the last out, getting out of the parking lot before the traffic jam and getting to notre dame with 10 minutes to spare before jordan got out.
loss: well, they lost. and it was another tough one to witness. they were ahead for most of the game and made some incredible passes and touchdowns but it just wasn't enough.
win: they won 2nd place in their category. the drum major won 1st place overall. and it wasn't 102 degrees like it was at the previous parade.
loss: not having my dancing partner with me. both the parade and the mitzvah were at the same time so we had to divide and conquer. he was missed.
loss: finding out that the actress who plays annie was not doing the show that night. we saw the understudy, angelina, instead.
say hello and got them excited to see the play. after the show we went to the stage door to get her autograph and picture. this girl was incredible in the part. and what a doll. she spoke with such poise and confidence to the girls. she's the same age as sofia and looks like she would fit right in, doesn't she?
bonus win: we are making plans to go to seattle next year. we'll just have to find a weekend that isn't so busy.
Monday, October 19, 2015
|smoked salmon tartines from le pain quotidien|
we have a few more weeks of insanity before we can relax...if at all. and then thanksgiving, christmas and the new year will be upon us and there will be other things taking up our time.
i really needed the 75 minutes in yoga class this morning to breath, focus and remind myself to be present along the way.
this week looks a little gentler for us. let's hope it stays that way.
saturday: bat mitzvah late lunch/small meal before going to see annie
sunday: mexican food
making this week
monday: chinese food from trader joe's
tuesday: lasagna soup, garlic bread
wednesday: enchilada casserole, salad
thursday: halibut with bacony corn saute
friday: football game
i couldn't even tell you what we ate last week. lots of take out or leftovers. we had meetings and band practice and a baseball game and a homecoming game. feeling a lot better about staying on track this week.
have a happy monday!
Friday, October 9, 2015
this little girl turned 10 on wednesday. her abundant energy and dramatic flair keeps our home alive and unpredictable.
for the past week she's been reminding me that i will no longer have children in the single digits. it's the sad truth.
with this birthday we leave behind a little innocence, some childishness, we are made to grow up. but just a little bit.
she has been mature and grown up since she was 3. but now i see it in her beautiful face. the baby face is almost gone and she is looking like a young girl. but she will still talk in her baby voice, snuggle with me when she wants some love, and wrap her hand around her daddy's to feel safe. and we'll enjoy that for as long as we can.
she is our risk taker.
her confidence exudes from every pore of her being.
she has a wicked sense of humor.
she is creative and expressive.
she is a thinker and an innovator.her friendships are meaningful and compassionate.
she has an incredible memory that she is using to her advantage.
she is brave but not fearless.
she is strong willed - always has been.
her love is limitless but her pain is too.
she will carry on a conversation with anyone.
she has amazing insight and instinct.
she has amazing insight and instinct.
on wednesday when i tucked her into bed she said, "the best present i got today was being with my family and friends and feeling loved. . . and the barbie dream house."
she is truly a loved little girl and i couldn't be more proud of the young woman she is becoming.
happy birthday sweet sofia!
Tuesday, October 6, 2015
|caramel cream pie recipe from shugarysweets.com|
big magic. she read the first few pages outloud which was awesome. then she talked about her creative process, troubles and doubts. she also did a q&a giving some insight into what she believes about creativity, fear and the need to make something.
the pie above was my entry to the pie contest. it looked so pretty.
a busy week ahead with a fundraiser, a little girl's birthday (to be celebrated at least 4 times this week), and jordan's first band review of the season.
did a good job sticking with the menu last week. it felt good to be cooking again.
saturday: bbq at the cha parent social
sunday: enchiladas and rice to celebrate my brother's birthday
making this week
monday: skateland fundraiser event
tuesday: gnocchi soup, bread
wednesday: sofia's 10th birthday - burrito/taco bar
thursday: steak, baked potatoes and salad
friday: surprise birthday celebration for sofia