In no particular order....
1) Once and for all, quit the nail biting (see evidence below of the serious need for this). I figure it's time to grow up and find something else to do with my nervous energy.
2) Take that nervous energy and let it run off with a size (or 2) of pants. Yep, I've squandered my free gym membership long enough, it's time that I reacquainted myself with the elliptical machine.
3) Become an educated Believer. I have always been faithful; always believed that Jesus died for us and is God's Son; always known that I, and each of us, were put on this earth deliberately and for a reason. My Bible knowledge, on the other hand, is terrible and I'd really like to improve that. I've already enrolled in a women's Bible Study that I'm excited about and tomorrow I'm looking forward to starting at Devotional #1 in my Women's Devotional Bible Becoming.
4) Stop the 'hemming and hawing'; the whatever you think; and the constant agonizing over decisions. Sometimes, I even debate so long that I miss opportunities. A friend suggested a book, Who Moved My Cheese? by Spencer Johnson, M.D., to help me with this and I've got it ready to go for tomorrow morning.
That's it for this year's resolutions. Now it's a night of cookie-eating, nail-biting, non-decision making fun with The Man!
Happy New Year!
The 6-hour drive went by quickly and we were in Charlotte in time to watch the Statewide Sportsline Live Broadcast - oh so special for me because Tony Caridi was my link to WVU Sports when I lived out of Morgantown:
Friday night was much like the previous eve...I was supposed to be in bed sleeping, but my eyes were wide open. The game was the next day. I woke up at 3:15 thinking it surely had to be almost time to get up, not so much. Finally - 7:30, let's get going!
We had yummy Chicken from Bojangles and other tailgate neccessities and then headed over to Bank of America Stadium - FINALLY!
The game was the most exciting all year! Pat White's greatest passing performance of his career, the defense stepped up when it mattered most, winningest senior class in WVU Football history, 4-0 in bowl games...and of course, the final score:
To sum it all up:
2 Tickets to Meineke Car Care Bowl: $170
Gas for the drive to Charlotte: $60
Food and drinks: $75
First-ever Bowl Game Experience: PRICELESS!!
We tried something new this year and by all reports it went well. Both my Mom's side of the family and The Man's family typically celebrate Christmas on Christmas Eve and then we spend Christmas Day with my Dad's side of the family. When The Man and I lived out in Martinsburg this created the situtation where we had to choose who to see on Christmas Eve and how to share Christmas Day. So, this year, we asked our families to try something new.
Mom's side - being Italian, celebrates The Feast of the Seven Fishes (ok, so I think we hit 5 of the 7 fishes, but we do our best) and The Man who loves to eat has always enjoyed this day of food, food, and did I mention food. So most years when given the option of what he wants to do, he has opted for Christmas Eve with Mom's side of the family and then to share Christmas Day with his family and Dad's side.
This year though, we (being back in Morgantown and having a little more contact with everyone) asked if a combining of traditions could be done. Would The Man's family be willing to join Mom's side of the family for the 'Feast' and would Mom's side be willing to move the celebration to her home here in Morgantown instead of Nan's home in Pittsburgh. All were willing and what resulted was a great day of families getting more acquainted and 2 very grateful people who realize that everyone was willing to stretch their comfort zone and try something new for us.
Some of our Family enjoying snacks in the afternoon.
Christmas Day was then spent with Mass at our own church and then with Dad's side of the family for more food and family. We have started our own little tradition of the 'kids' all playing a board game on Christmas Day after dinner - and I have to say, I so look forward to sitting around a table playing a game with The Man and my brothers. Of course there is the occassional dispute over rules and NO ONE likes to lose, but all in all a good time is had.
Here's hoping your Christmas was as blessed and enjoyable as mine.
You see, this will be my first ever WVU Bowl Game trip! Surprising to those of you who know my love for the 'Eers it may be, I have just never had the urge to get it together and go. I guess I'm more of a 'home field' body. I usually just prefer to
hijack the TV from The Man watch away games with The Man on his High Def TV. Yea, it's his...a gift from me. Anyway, this year I decided that I wanted to go and through a series of highs and lows - hey this is serious stuff - I was able to secure 2 tickets for The Man and myself!
I got the call that I could go pick up our tickets today and even got all the green lights going across town! So here's hoping that the next 8 days go fast because I am so excited I'm just not sure what to do with myself!
Let's Go Mountaineers!
Anyway, there is a part of me that is grateful for the snow today because I am oh so late on getting the Christmas cards done and I have squandered 3 snow opportunities for a wintry picture with Kali to put on said cards. So this morning I decide that no more squandring, it's time to bundle up and get the picture taken. Now, Kali is so like me in many ways - loves to sleep in, enjoys cookies, always roots for the Mountaineers, and thinks a nap in the afternoon is just a part of the day - however, somehow she LOVES the cold. I just don't get it. Yes, snow is pretty and all, but I'd take 95 and sunny any day over snowy and cold. Not Kali, she LOVES this cold weather. Based on this information I should have known that a trip outside for a Christmas photo would be ANYTHING but quick.
Then she must take the candy cane toy and try to convince me to play chase (come on now little one - this NEVER works, I realized long ago that chase is only fun for one of us and it just ain't me).
Some background:When The Man and I started dating everyone around us knew it long before we did. We were just going to be friends and I was determined that no boy was gonna hurt me again. Well, before we knew it every afternoon was spent together before work and we were together. Sometime in the midst of all that, afraid of actually saying how we were feeling, we began 'giving' each other songs to avoid using the actual words. And the one that impacted me most was...drum roll, please....
To Make You Feel My Love by Bob Dylan
It was in that moment, as I watched this amazing man, who I love more than words could ever say, sleeping so peacefully, that I knew the title for this blog must be Feel My Love because in all I do, I want him to always, every day, in every way Feel My Love for him.
As I considered this decision that seems so huge, naming a blog for goodness sakes!, I realized that this title also encompassed the person I want to be. I want to be a genuinely kind person who others around me are able to Feel My Love for them.
So, why now? Why a blog? What am I thinking????
I guess there are a few reasons:
~It is often noted - rightfully so - by The Man (ok, again, Kristen thanks for referring to your hubby in this way, it has now stuck in my vocabulary when referring to my hubby :)) that my "awareness of one's surroundings" is not always the best. Translate: I don't always pay that great of attention to much of anything. I'm always multi-tasking and moving on to the next thing. So I am hoping that by blogging I may become more aware of my surroundings and connect more deeply with those I love so much.
~It's gotta be cheaper than therapy.
~I've never been one to keep a journal or diary and this seems like a way to chronicle events in my life that I just might like and keep up with because I do so enjoy technology.
~I know how much I enjoy reading the blogs of those I do not live near and how it makes the distance seem less and I hope that this blog may help others feel closer to me.
~Finally, maybe some day, something that I write about will impact someone in the way blogs I have read have impacted me. Even if it's only just one giggle or one tear or one smile, it will all be worth it.
So, I say hello to the world of blogging! Let's get it started....