Saying Goodbye

I’ve had to say good-bye more times than I may have like, but everyone can say that. And no matter how many times we have to do it – even if it’s for the greater good, it still stings. And although we will never forget what we’ve given up, we owe it to ourselves to keep moving forward. What we can’t do is live our lives afraid of the next good-bye because chances are they are not going to stop. The trick is to recognize when a good-bye can be a good thing – when it’s a chance to start again

This seemed to be the theme of my Thanksgiving.

My parents and IL’s ascended upon our home in Maine, after a horrid drive up from Maryland. I think it took them about 15 hours because the East Coast had a storm from VA to ME. Gross. It was a good time though. Beanie loved having her grandparents around and, of course, they spoiled her rotten. I’m already working on undoing all of the spoiling. Least favorite parental task ever.

Thanksgiving was a good day. The women-folk cooked while the men folk entertained Beanie. I don’t have any pics of the feast because, lets face it, we all eat the same crap. We know what it looks like and, unless you’re in a food competition, it’s not really fun to look at food.

The highlight of the day, though:

A Big Win!

A Big Win!

And despite Mike Tomlin and his devilish ways, we still came out on top. I really wish our defense would figure their nonsense out. I mean, we’re one of the top rated red zone defenses yet we consistenly flub at the end. But this was a good turning point for us. We’re in contention for a Wild Card spot and here’s hoping we can keep Purple Friday going through December and into the new year!

MIL and I walked the Turkey Trot on Black Friday. It wasn’t terrible for her first 5K. I took the stroller with Beanie. Beanie wasn’t impressed but to her defense, it was wicked cold out. 57 mins to walk it. I’m proud of MIL for this accomplishment. We definitely attempted to burn off some of the cals we took in on Thanksgiving LOL

My parents and I took Beanie to see Santa being brought in via CG boat. Our Station brings Santa into Rockland Harbor to visit, every year, and this year was no different. It attracts a pretty decent crowd and the community loves us for it.

(I have movies of both but go figure, my computer is being stupid.)

Happy Thanksgiving!

Happy Thanksgiving!

Another thing I had to say good bye too: My MFP streak.

434 days of tracking my food/caloric intake and exercise and I forgot to log in yesterday.

I FORGOT!

For 434 days, it was a way of life. I logged almost everything. But yesterday. Yesterday didn’t happen. To be completely honest, I was bummed this morning. But I’m looking at this as a new start. I’ve been slacking since I busted my ankle up before Halloween. I haven’t been working out, I’ve been slacking on the food logging, and my weight has be bouncing back and forth with the same 2 lbs. 2 lbs isn’t terrible but it’s the 2 lbs that is on the cusp of two weight classes. That’s what’s got me irritated. So I figure, fresh start, time to bring it and get these next 10 lbs off. Weigh ins for work are coming up mid/end of next month and I told myself, I won’t have to be taped this time. I want to get on the scale, show my peeps that I made the standard via weight, and move on with my life.

I also got an app that will have me working on speed work. It’ll have to be on the treadmill because we’re in our winter season. I love running outdoors but the thought of potentially running over ice has me less than thrilled. On super dry, sunny days, I’ll get a run in outdoors but for this new app (Running for Weight Loss PRO: Trainer. On special today for $3.99 which I think is a great deal considering most are $5.99 and up) I’ll be on the dreadmill.

I’m ready to face 2014 head on and move on.

Ravens Football!

Ravens 1

What a hell of a way to retire, Way To Go, Ray!

Ravens 2

 

Action Shot - On the Move

Action Shot – On the Move

Ravens 3

I saw this meme floating around and I literally laughed out loud

Ravens 5

You know someone was going to come up with something…

WOO HOO!

We did it. The Baltimore Ravens are going to the Super Bowl!

Let’s face it: Haters Gonna Hate. But to everyone who complains about Ray Lewis crying, shut your face. Seriously. The man has had an incredible career, he plays for the second most penalized team in the NFL, he is the Original Raven, and after 17 yrs of playing, he’s retiring. It’s an emotional thing for him. Football is an emotional game. You can’t play this game without being emotional. Right now he feels like he’s carrying the weight of the City of Baltimore on his back and it’s emotional for him. Last night, those guys played their hearts out and aside from Pollard’s nasty hit on Ridley, it was a clean game. They earned that win and you have to give credit where credit is due.

Funny though, how much the ball was ran and passed equally and we finally started to really utilize Doss, Boldin, and Pitta now that Cam Cameron is gone.

Funny indeed.

My favorite new “meme” out there:

Sorry Tom Brady.

Sorry Tom Brady.

I get why this is an “Instagram” Photo-Of-The-Day because this is shown in the “Nashville” filter. (I stole this pic from my SIL, Thanks T!)

There is a trend starting, no?

There is a trend starting, no?

And just because I thought it was pretty funny:

Breakfast DatesApparently Beanie thought E needed some dates for breakfast. She systematically placed all of her Little People on his tray and plate. This little girl is finding so many different ways to amuse herself 🙂

 

It’s Football Sunday!

(as originally written by Dave Tieff on FB)

“Why are Ravens fans making such a big deal out of Ray’s retirement?”

Here’s why:

I’ve seen some grumbling in the national media (Terry Bradshaw), from current NFL players (Reggie Wayne), and from countless fans of other teams who don’t understand why Ray Lewis retiring is such a big deal to Ravens fans. I was sort of surprised at first, but then I realized you have to be a fan to truly understand, and you have to keep in mind the history of Baltimore football–not to mention the history of the NFL.

Once upon a time, the Baltimore Colts won a Championship in 1958, a game that was dubbed “The Greatest Game Ever Played.” That single game put the NFL on the map and thrust football into the fabric of American culture forever–and virtually overnight. It also produced the NFL’s first big star, Johnny Unitas. Before Bart Starr, Joe Namath, Terry Bradshaw, and Joe Montana there was Johnny U. I wasn’t alive to see Johnny Unitas play, but his significance has transcended generations, and to this day Baltimore fans call him their own–it makes no difference whether he was a Colt or a Raven. As Johnny once defiantly said when asked about his records being part of the Indianapolis Colts history, “I didn’t play for Indianapolis, I played for Baltimore.”

The Baltimore Colts won a Super Bowl early in the SB era, and also lost one of the most famous Super Bowls–or games for that matter–to the Joe Namath lead NY Jets. By the early 70s the Colts had remained one of the NFL’s premiere teams. A big deal for a small city when compared to New York, DC, and Philadelphia. When I was old enough to become a fan in the late 70s the Colts still fielded a competitive team and a playoff contender. I had no reason to believe the Colts would ever leave Baltimore.

Fast forward to 1984, and the classic seen of the Mayflowers trucks leaving in the middle of that dark, snowy night for Indianapolis. As a kid I was crushed, but older generations who had been fans from the Johnny U days had their hearts ripped out to see their beloved team leave forever. It really doesn’t matter what age you are, when your football team leaves, a team with a once proud tradition, it leaves a whole in your soul and a black cloud over the city.

So what does this have to do with Ray Lewis?

12 years later we got a football team back in Baltimore, and I was ecstatic. But I know many will agree that at first it just seemed strange. New uniforms, new name, and new players that we hadn’t come to love, or even like–yet. Ray Lewis changed ALL OF THAT. When the Ravens won the Super Bowl in only their 4th year of existence, the pride came back to Baltimore, and the team and it’s fans adopted the personality and spirit of it’s most passionate player, #52. He became more than just another great football player, he was the most inspiring and uplifting player we had ever seen. Please try and name ONE other player that’s had more of an impact on his teammates, his fans, and his city. You can’t, because there aren’t any.

Ray Lewis is more than his skill on a football field, which by itself is worthy of a first ballot Hall of Fame Induction. He’s the voice in the huddle before the game, he’s the dance coming out of the tunnel, he’s the emotional leader of the Ravens and has been the face of defense in the NFL since he entered the league. He made us proud to be Ravens fans, and more important then the mascot name, he made us proud to be BALTIMORE fans again. First there was Johnny Unitas, then there was Ray to UNITE US once again. Baltimore was back on the map, and has been there for his entire 17 year career, and because of one man will remain there for long after he retires. As a fan we all owe him a sincere debt of gratitude. It’s meant much more than wins and losses, though fortunately there have been many more wins.

So here we are at the AFC Championship once again. There’s no question that Ray’s return after his injury has provided the spark that the Ravens needed to get to this point, when no one (outside of Ravens fans) thought they would make it this far. Of course the story book ending would be the Ravens beating the Patriots and then ultimately winning the Super Bowl in New Orleans and sending Ray out the right way. But honestly, the story is already written. Football is back in Baltimore and that’s where it will stay, and it will reach far beyond the outcome of this season. I know there are/were MANY great people involved who brought football and joy back to Baltimore, and as a father of two sons I am eternally grateful for the excitement and memories that that will create throughout our lifetimes. But there’s really been ONE MAN who made all of this possible, and Sunday could very well be his last game. Here’s hoping you’ve got two more wins left in you Ray, but either way, the biggest victory has already been ours.

POTD Day #20: Scent You Adore

Scentsy!

Scentsy!

Pumpkin Roll

Pumpkin Roll

I absolutely adore Scentsy products. I adore their Cafe collection and anything Pumpkin, I’m on board. Apple Press, Mochadoodle, Sugar Cookie, and Pumpkin anything. LOVE!

It’s Only Weird If It Doesn’t Work

For 17 years, you danced your way out of that tunnel and for those 17 years, we danced with you. Today you dance your last dance but rest assured, we will continue dancing for you and carry on the tradition that is Baltimore Football.

Ask any true Baltimorean what Baltimore means to them and they’ll more than likely say “FOOTBALL”. You ask any real Baltimore Football fan what that means to them and they’ll say “RAY LEWIS”. So you can imagine our sadness when Ray Lewis announced he was retiring from the NFL after this season was complete.

Today was his last dance out of that tunnel.

Baltimore is a city full of superstitions. For instance, no one in my circle can wear a Flacco jersey. We never win when one of us wears a Flacco jersey. Beanie wore a Ravens football dress for her first football season, starting when she was 10 days old because we won every time she wore it. But she couldn’t wear her Ravens pajamas pre-game day.

Ray Lewis

We won’t say “we’ll miss you, Ray” because he knows Baltimore is home and we’ll always rock our #52 jerseys 🙂

POTD – Day #6: Perfume

POTD 6

 

Like my SIL, I’m of the body spray era. I guess this is considered perfume. I still rock Victoria’s Secret “Heavenly” and I love it!

 

30 Days of Giving Thanks – Days 10, 11, and 12

So clearly I suck at this whole “blogging every single day” bit but I’m trying!

10) A Time Of Day: After Beanie’s bath but right before she goes to bed, we sit in her glider and we read a story from her Bedtime Story Book and she settles down and watches the pages turn. I can’t believe she is getting so big so fast but she is an amazing little human ♥

11) A Tradition: one tradition that started in my family and I’ve continued it with Beanie is every Christmas season we watch the Christmas movies on TV and then we watch Emmet Otter’s Jug Band Christmas. The singing and dancing are my favorite and it just gives a great message. We watched it last Christmas with Beanie (well, we watched it and she slept) but it’ll be something we’ll do again this year.

12) A Gadget: Apple TV, by far, my most favorite. I love being able to catch up on shows that are off the air or that I’ve downloaded from iTunes. I’ve had many Netflix days with this gadget 🙂

Sunday brought the usual football and baking. A 1pm game where we promptly pummeled the Oakland Raiders (am I the only one that was surprised they still have a team? I honestly thought they didn’t have a team anymore). Sneaky Sam Koch and his TD 🙂 Awesome Play.

In the baking division, up to the plate was: Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Muffins

This is a “Case In Point” when you don’t omit ingredients. I left out the chocolate chips because I didn’t have any and sure enough, they are missing the sweetness :/ E is still eating them but they could have been better with the chocolate.

I might actually try these again when I get chocolate chips.

And I learned a VERY important lesson this past weekend.

Do Not Leave Beanie Unattended

Apple Crisp and Football

Sundays are the days where we watch football and chill and get ready for what is almost always assumed to be crazy weeks. Yesterday was no different. We watched the Ravens play the Dallas Cowboys and like last week, this was an ugly game. I’m not sure what’s going on with these guys but c’mon! My blood pressure can’t take much more!

I couldn’t take watching the last 5 mins of the game so I decided to indulge and bake a little. After looking at what I had, I came up with this: Apple Crisp

I used Honey Crisp Apples. I know that seems nuts, given that they are $8/lb (Exaggerating. I think I paid $2.99/lb) but I like that they’re juicer. Galas would probably work too. I like the sweet and the tart flavors together.

All of this put together becomes this:

 

It was just sweet enough that you only needed a small serving. I’m sure it would be awesome with vanilla ice cream but we didn’t feel like running out to get some.

This was the aftermath of Skyping with E’s parents. Apparently play time took a lot out of them. Happy Sunday!

How About Dem Balmer Sports Teams, Hon?

It feels great to be a Baltimore Girl 🙂

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