Yesterday was something like the 10th or 78th day that school has been cancelled and today the weather gal with the inappropriately tight sweater is saying sleet will be arriving around 4:00 pm. I am possibly going to need to be institutionalized. Which leads me to my new favorite thing I've seen on The Twitter, et al. This is for you, Weather gal or woman or person or whatever you like to be called.
It is likely a really bad idea to start writing right now, but my kids are at school today and there are some very important and inspirational things on my mind that I'm quite sure you are going to want to read and then print and save for reference at some future point in your life when maybe you're feeling stuck and needing some direction. Or you might want to just click away now.
1. As a Texan, I must mention that yesterday was Texas Independence Day, which we Texans think is the most important day ever. Because anything that involves Texas is, of course, more important than anything else that might be happening anywhere else in the whole darn world, 'kay? We have Texas sized egos and we assume everyone wants to be a Texan, If you don't share this sentiment, we'll just let you in on our favorite saying from Davy Crockett.
Aren't we sweet? Texas Forever, y'all.
2. If you didn't celebrate Texas, well, I'm sure you took a moment to celebrate Jon Bon Jovi's birthday which was also yesterday. You didn't? Then please take a moment to re-evaluate your life. This morning I'm feeling a little bit like I cheated on Jon because last night Nancy and her Real Daughters and I went to see Maroon 5 at the Verizon Center and I was a little bit squeal-y and might have conducted myself like an infatuated teenager. (1/10th of the behavior I display at BonJovi by the way.) You might recall, if you've been here for awhile, my writing about the last time I saw Bon Jovi at the Verizon Center . It was on my "Best Day of My Entire Life" list along with the four other times I've seen Bon Jovi when I screamed and cried and almost peed in my pants. Oh, and along with when Texas beat USC in the National Championship on January 4, 2005 when I screamed and cried and almost peed in my pants. And ok, yes, my wedding day, kids' births, blah, blah, blah. It's possible there was screaming, crying and almost peeing in my pants those days, too. Whatever. Happy Day to you, JBJ.
3. It is highly likely that my kids are getting really dumb due to all the school cancellations, but I'll have you know that if we could find a TV/Movie Trivia competition to enter, it will be JACKPOT CITY in Skinner World. Joe has not completed reading Orwell's 1984, but has finished all seasons of The Office. Kyle and I watched a bit of Walker, Texas Ranger and then he watched a Jaws Marathon Sunday and Monday. I joined in for the end of Jaws 3. Dennis Quaid is in Jaws 3, as are Lea Thompson and Louis Gossett, Jr. You're welcome to keep that information in your back pocket the next time you play Trivia Crack.
This is the end shot of Jaws 3. Sandy and Cindy are like two Vegas Show Girl Dolphins at Sea World. We are certain that Jaws has eaten Sandy for an afternoon snack. (or maybe it was Cindy. I'm sure they have unique personalities, but darn it, are they hard to tell apart.) At the end Dennis Quaid and Bess Armstrong are frantically searching for Sandy when lo and behold Sandy leaps up out of the water nailing a perfect full 360 twist. All is well, as Sandy and Cindy are back together while the sun is setting over Sea World. Bess Armstrong raises her hands in victory blocking Dennis Quaid's face from the view of future movie directors which is likely why he went on to have a successful career. At this point Kyle and I burst out laughing because it is the dumbest thing we've ever seen and that's saying a lot because we've been watching some pretty dumb stuff lately.
I think it's pretty safe to assume that Spielberg was NOT involved in the making of Jaws 3.
3. This is what I have to say about Adam Levine: "Dear God, That was a mighty work you did on that one." Of course with the face and the talent and whatnot. But did y'all see this? This little boy who has Down Syndrome loves Maroon 5 and he was able to go to the concert last night and meet the band. Apparently, he got really nervous and had to lay down, so Adam and the whole band said, "No problem, we'll just get down on the floor with him." Can you stand it?? God makes good people. Good regular people and good crazy-talented-beautiful-rock star people.
4. Speaking of good people, Kyle's Kamp's 4th Casino Night was a huge success. We raised a lot of money for pediatric cancer. But, one of my favorite things about the night was seeing so many people just having a plain ol' good time. Kyle's Kamp deals with some serious, tragic horrible things. And I think God absolutely wants us to be aware and to walk into His hurting and broken world to be His hands and feet. And the people that attended the event did exactly that. They were generous and selfless and committed to the cause. At the same time, I know that God wants us to find joy and to celebrate. The Gospel of John reminds us of His want for us to have a life abundant:
"So with you: Now is your time of grief, but I will see you again and you will rejoice, and no one will take away your joy." John 16;22
"I have come that they may have life and have it to the full." John 10:10b
The best part of Saturday night was seeing my friends who are grieving surrounded by love, support and laughter. (and also, cupcakes.) I also was so grateful to so many members of our baseball community and my family who cleaned up, dressed up and showed up. Often times, our communication involves who is dropping off and who is picking up. We wave and honk and smile at each other from windows as boys pile bat bags in our cars and we race off to make it to practice on time. It was such fun to spend time with my fun, generous, joyful friends. My people showed up for a very important cause because their hearts are so big and because of that, my heart is so full.
5. I am going to list a fifth item because ending a list with four things just seems wrong. So, you should know that I will have dinner ready for my family at 6:00 pm on the dot tonight because I am somethin' else and even though I got to bed at 1:00 am last night, I have already put country style pork ribs in the crock pot. I just felt like I should tell you that, fine reader. What do you think I do all day - just watch tv and write about Adam Levine and how handsome and talented he is and how I sang my lungs out to Sunday Morning and could have blown out a knee when dancing to Sugar alongside a couple of 15 year olds? Well, I don't do that all day long. I mean I have a house to run and a family to feed and children to raise into fine young men. I am a grown up married woman, for goodness sake.
But look at him, y'all.
I would recommend a Maroon 5 concert. Your husband will even have fun. Mine didn't go. When I told him that Adam Levine put on a great show. He said, "Adam who? Does he play any sports?" I'm not sure if he was kidding.
Y'all have a good day. I gotta family to raise and a mix tape to make for my husband. Find joy, friends!.