Tuesday, December 29, 2015

Holiday Action

Satchel decided he was a super Jew this year and asked that he get all of his presents during Hanukah. Also, when I told him that his hebrew name is Shlomo Nitzan he lost his mind. He changed all of his gamer tags and online profiles. Who would have thought?

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Warren took the boys to Amurica and had a family photo done. (He even mailed them out!)

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Chip took some pics of me and the boys, but they are over on that other blog.

Per usual, we spent Christmas Eve at Gigi's. There was gumbo, dice and ugly scarves.

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Christmas morning we continued our tradition of delivering meals for MIFA.

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And we finished up our family time at CK's with some greasy food and magic tricks.

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Monday, December 07, 2015

Broken

File this under self-indulgent.

Ever since the Cooper-Young 4-miler, I started getting a little more serious about running. Some friends and I decided to sign up for Wade's Big Adventure, which is an 8 mile trail race at Shelby Farms. We spent several weeks running the trails on the weekends and on race day we totally kicked ass. I mean we did't win or anything, but we had fun and we felt strong. We'd all signed up for Sylamore in February and planned to once again double our distance (4->8->16.).

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Since the race was on a Sunday, I also had a soccer game that day. I didn't feel tired, but my brain was not communicating with my body in the way that it normally does. I had a total freak accident that resulted in me crushing my own foot. After several X-rays and finally an MRI, it was determined that I broke my first metatarsal.

Yep, broken again. It's actually been a good 9 years since I broke my leg in three, and 25 (!) since my ACL surgery. And compared to those two injuries, this is nothing. (I hope.)

When I moved into the Pie Factory, I kinda had a feeling I'd be tackling these stairs on crutches some day.

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Thankfully the crutches only lasted about ten days.

Also, please note I got a pedicure ASAP. Even better, Kristy crocheted me some toe covers for my cast.

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Being in a cast has severely cramped my style. I was running three times a week, doing yoga twice a week, and playing soccer. Now I can't even stand at my desk. It's frustrating as hell. But I haven't let it totally ruin me. I still made it to New Orleans for Thanksgiving weekend (more on that later. maybe!) and I am trying to look on the bright side.

The Bright Side

1. At least it's my left foot, so I can still drive.
2. I got to take three days off to convalesce which resulted in getting to watch every episode of "The Master of None."
3. The kids have learned to carry their own shit.
4. When I met the Mayor-elect, I got to make a joke about Chuck Brady running me over.
5. According to the pedicure dude, I have a cool story. "At least you didn't fall in a hole," he said.
6. Strangers talk to me, a lot. "I told you not to kick the dog," they say. "We aren't getting any younger," they remind me. "You were watching soccer or playing soccer?" they ask. (Ok maybe this one belongs on a different list!)

I'm four weeks in, and hopefully transitioning to a boot soon. I so want to scratch my ankle.

Wish me luck. I haven't given up on Sylamore yet.

Wednesday, November 18, 2015

Ravioli Day 2015

Ravioli Day is my favorite. It is also one of the few days of the year when Satchel is excited and motivated to leave the house.

"Do you think the Alleys will ever give us their recipe?" he asked me.

"No," I replied.

"Not even when they get old and die?"

"Nope."

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This year marked our tenth year of making ravioli with the Alleys. TEN YEARS! (Unless we did the math wrong.) This year, Aunt Elizabeth was busy packing up her house to move, so I was in charge of making sure everyone washed their hands and didn't fuck up. I was drunk with power! Not really, it was a lot of pressure!

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The best part of being in charge, was having Genevieve sit next to me AND talk to me!

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As much as Satchel loves to eat ravioli, he is not usually into making it. He stayed outside most of the time riding his Swegway with the other kids. Jiro did come in and help for awhile, which was sweet. Chip took a bunch of pictures, but his computer broke or something, so I am making due with mine!

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We were aiming for 50 dozen this year, but I think we capped out around 38? I could seriously make ravioli all day. I love it.

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There's always lots of laughter, and not just because we are making jokes about ball size.

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We eventually lured Aunt Elizabeth over with disturbing photos of giant balls and triangle raviolis.

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We were basically done by the time she got there, so we moved on to the "patiently waiting for the ravioli to cook" phase of the afternoon.

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This time is also known as "time to dip bread in the gravy."

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Let the record show that despite being in charge and drinking a lot of Ananda, it was not me napping on the couch this year!

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In Melissa's defense, she did run 13 miles earlier that morning! (Elizabeth also snuck in a power nap before dinner.)

Soon, everything was ready and the children were summoned.

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Ravioli Day is the best.day.ever!

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Look for Richard on the cover of the next issue of Ravioli Men Magazine.

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Friday, November 06, 2015

October!

I just went an entire month without a single post. I guess that means I've been busy! Here's a recap, for the record.

Jiro got to spend a week at the beach for Fall Break thanks to the incredibly generous and amazing Edwards family.

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He went last year too. How lucky is he? Last year he got pretty homesick and I got a ton of late night "I can't sleep" texts. This year, I barely heard a peep. He had a great time.

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We had to celebrate Warren's 49th (!!) birthday without him. Satchel and I took Warren to the Beauty Shop for a fancy brunch that included cake.

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If you are thinking that Satchel looks huge in the picture, it's because he is. He's officially taller than both Warren and I (though only one of us will admit it) and his feet are definitely bigger. It's an amazing thing to watch your baby grow taller than you!

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Wait, I thought I just said Satchel is taller?

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Someone just got busted on his tippy toes!

Let's see, what else? I am still amazing the children with my culinary skills. I made potato soup for the first time and Satchel said it was better than Warren's. (Shhh!)

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Satchel saved up enough money to buy a Swegway. It's pretty awesome.

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It's actually making him want to leave the house, which is great.

Jiro has been learning to play bass now that he's in the band.

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He's VERY shy about it.

On Halloween we had our very last Rock-n-Romp ever. Ever! It rained so hard that we almost cancelled, which would have been a first, but the awesome owners of Memphis Made let us move it inside. Good thing, since original DC founder, Debbie Lee, came all the way to Memphis for the show!

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It ended up being really awesome, and it was great hanging out with Debbie! Mean ol' Satchel refused to attend.

After RnR, Warren and Jiro dressed up for Halloween and went to a party.

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That's Jiro in the monkey mask. He's a Black Ops 2 character called Lui Calibre.

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Guess who Warren was?

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Alex from a Clockwork Orange!

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I don't play Black Ops 2 and I haven't seen A Clockwork Orange, so I'm a little out of the loop on how awesome or not awesome these costumes are.

And that was October! At least what I can remember of it!

Thursday, September 24, 2015

Soccer Lady Adventures

Last weekend was full of soccer lady adventures.

On Friday, Lauren, Jenn and I ran the Cooper-Young 4 Miler in our jerseys before joining the rest of the team for a ride on the Sprock-n-Roll.

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Considering it was 900 degrees when we started, I was happy to have finished.

The Sprock-n-Roll was a great follow up adventure. Lots of people were out and about and we felt like celebrities rolling down Cooper.

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Joanna served as bartender/DJ. I can't express how much freaking fun we had.

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On Sunday, Lauren, Jiro and I drove to Birmingham to see the USWNT play a friendly against Haiti on their Victory tour. Paula, the boss lady of the Thursday night league, organized group tickets for about 20? 30? 40? of us, so it was super fun.

We had a quick bite at Flip Burger before going to the stadium.

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There was a shuttle service to the stadium, and we had the best driver ever.

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I think they said there were 35,000 people in attendance.

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Look! The USWNT is right there! Abby and all! And my favorite, Julie Johnston, scored the first goal right in front of us.

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It quickly became apparent that Haiti didn't stand a chance, so the game wasn't that exciting after the first 15 minutes. But it was still awesome. I mean, come on.

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It was fun to sit with all of our buddies.

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When it was all over, Jiro desperately tried to get an autograph from Abby, but was mistakenly directed to the Haiti side. He took it in stride.

Then we did a little tailgating before hitting the road back to Memphis.

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Special thanks to Paula for making this happen. We all had a great time.

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Friday, September 18, 2015

All Day I Dream About Soccer

Last weekend was the Soccer Elite Tournament at Mike Rose. Liberty sent two teams, including Jiro's and Satchel debuted as a ref. (He took the three day course back in August.)

On Saturday, Jiro played two games and Satchel reffed 4. Four!

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On Sunday, Jiro played in one and Satchel reffed two.

Then I had a game.

That was a lot of soccer! I loved it!

Satchel made lots of money, and Jiro got his first win of the season.

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The weather was awesome.

The only other thing of note was that my own mother mistook me for Julie Cloar. We have the same hairstylist!

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It's not Brantley. (This is us belatedly celebrating Julie's birthday after the Highballs' game. Her three boys played six games over the weekend!)

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I can't wait for the next tournament!!

p.s. Here's a picture of Jiro from one of his first games that Chip just sent me. Beast!

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