It’s the Little Things in Life

It’s the little things in life people. We all know my love for coffee goes deep but then at Christmas, my sweet baby boy passed on some coffee that had been given to him by a friend. Now this was no ordinary coffee… no people it was SNICKERDOODLE flavored coffee!! I am not sure I can impress upon you how truly amazing this stuff is. It smells and tastes of the perfect mix of cinnamon, sugar and that warm buttery flavor of fresh baked cookies. But to top that off… you put just a little bit of Sweet Cream creamer in it and that’s it… I’m done… off to the land of bliss.

If you told me there would be something come along that would make me look forward to getting out of bed in the freezing cold, I would have laughed in your face. I am a well-documented non-morning person. (I’m pretty certain it’s even in the Library of Congress- Wendy Reeve: non-morning person) But I’ve found it and people, it is good stuff.

Bad news? Oh come on you knew life had to have a kink in it… this particular coffee came from out of state… way out of state. Like not even a border state of a border state. I can’t even drive there and get more… well I guess I could drive there… over a few days. Hmmmm… who’s up for a road trip??

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Black Monday

An oldie but a goodie...

An oldie but a goodie…

It’s a REALLY sad day in my house…one I dread for months. No, it’s not the day the boys go back to school it is WAY worse. It’s the very last College football game for seven months. WHAT?!?! Now it’s true, I have plenty in my life to keep me occupied. But why does college football have to end just when the weather gets so cold, grey and windy? At least during the spring and summer, we have the sunshine and being outdoors to keep us occupied but winter? Yeah, nothing.

It’s funny because by this point in the year Chris Fowler, Lee Corso, Kirk Herbstreit, Desmond Howard and David Pollack feel like family we’ve spent so much time together!! And yes, like any family, we have had our differences (especially with you Herbbie! Don’t act like you didn’t pick against me on purpose…I know you did.) But as I’ve told you before my TV practically turns itself on for College Game Day every Saturday morning. I admit I don’t sit down and watch every second but it’s perfect for me as I prepare our game day noshes. It’s like my own game day ritual only I get to stay warm/cool and then enjoy a seat on the fifty yard line for every game.

So I will just endeavor to enjoy tonight’s game to the fullest. We’ll have our classic game day foods, we’ll all be in our spots and, if our luck holds, it will be a good, close game. (Yeah, when you don’t have a dog in the hunt a close game is WAY more fun… sorry Auburn & Florida State fans.) Just make sure you don’t call me early in the morning… because not only will I be tired from staying up so late because of the five overtimes (my blog, my dream) but I can promise I’ll also be in a mood so bad it make take more than two cups of coffee. Yes, I eventually get over the fact that the college football season is over… but people, let’s keep it real… it’s going to take a while!

The Best Way To Spread Christmas Cheer

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Everyone has a favorite Christmas movie and while we’ve already discussed my love of the Hallmark Channel Christmas movies, I don’t consider them REAL Christmas movies. (sorry Hallmark!) No, real Christmas movies are movies you go to the theater to see when it’s cold outside and you are all excited because school is out. They are the movies that you can watch with your kids and not get embarrassed! Tim’s favorite Christmas movie is hands down “It’s A Wonderful Life” but my Christmas movie choice is not quite as traditional. Now there are literally hundreds of movies to choose from and plenty of those movies that I love. Everything from “A Christmas Story” to “The Holiday” to “The Santa Claus” and I will watch these films over and over. But HANDS DOWN my favorite all time Christmas movie is….. “ELF”!!

I know, I know, it’s not really an adult movie nor what you would expect a well read, highly educated adult to pick (it’s my blog just go with it) but what is not to love about “Cotton-headed Ninnymuggings”, “He’s an angry elf” and my favorite “No, it’s the world’s BEST cup of coffee.” All through the year I find random quotes from “Elf” coming to mind at the most arbitrary times. Admit it, there has been a time or two you wanted to answer the phone, “Buddy the Elf what’s your favorite color?” (just between you and me, life would be a lot more fun if that were the norm.) When we watch the movie as a family, and yes we MUST watch it as often as possible during the holidays, we find ourselves not only laughing out loud but saying the words right along with them.

Maybe that’s why I love this movie so much, no matter who is at our house or how old they are, we can watch this movie, laugh, have fun and no one is offended. Well, other than the occasional South Pole Elf…

Coffee? Yes, PLEASE

I LOVE COFFEE. Love is not even a strong enough word for how I feel but it’s the best I got this early, people. Naturally my family loves it when I have coffee because as we discussed recently, I am NOT a morning person. They have learned that unless they see an empty cup beside me, tread lightly cause I’m still becoming human. I recently got this mug and it had to be MADE just for me:

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(That’s my sweet daddy… y’all say hey!)

In case you can’t see it the mug says: ALL THE COFFEE IN THE WORLD WILL NOT MAKE ME A MORNING PERSON. (thanks Sandra!!) Now that is not entirely true, but it is pretty dag gum close. I grew up in a home with parents who have always ground their own coffee beans, no pre-ground mess in our house. They were coffee connoisseurs before Starbucks was even a thought, therefore not only do I love coffee, I love GOOD coffee.

Now I have been accused by some of drinking a little coffee with my cream but that is only because I grew up with real coffee that was strong, flavorful and needed just a little something to keep it from being too bitter… or it could just be that I found FLAVORED CREAMERS and what’s not to love about a little French vanilla, pumpkin spice or Cold-Stone real cream in your coffee??? Back in my working days, the first thing I did after I arrived every morning was make the coffee not because it was my job but because I like good, strong coffee. Control Freak? Probably but hey, I knew that I was way more likely to properly answer my emails with a mug of good coffee in my hands.

Since I’ve retired, coffee has become my own personal sanctuary. Every morning at 7:00am I start my coffee, turn on Good Morning America, and no matter what comes my way, it’s a good day friends!!

Friday Morning Girls

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             I am not a morning person. Nope, not even a little bit. I love my sleep. So for me to get up at 5:30AM every Friday during the school year is a big deal people… a BIG deal. (remember I don’t have a job and could sleep til noon if I wanted… not that I do … not very often anyway) So when I tell you I am joined by up to 35 teenage girls, you should pay attention. Teen girls are beautiful, complicated souls and being the mother of three boys I have come to appreciate all they entail. They also LOVE their sleep so when they join me it’s an even bigger deal!!

                We don’t get together for coffee or to workout. Nope. We get together to study the Word of God. Not sugar coated, not politically correct, but the plain and simple truth of God. We talk about the hard stuff like boys and modesty (Modest is Hottest!), the easy stuff like daily prayer and everything in between. The funny thing is that I have learned just as much from these girls as they have from me. Sure I was a teenage girl once upon a time in a land far, far away but I’ve been in the world of testosterone for so long now that I’ve forgotten much of what I knew! I’ve learned that girls eat… a LOT and are beautifully healthy when they do that. I have learned that nothing sounds sweeter than a group of girls laughing at 6:45am even when they’re laughing at me (ok, there are sweeter sounds but I’m making a point here… WHAT? Just living the truth) I have also learned that girls want to please the boys they are so madly in love with at the moment and I have learned that girls can learn from their mistakes. Most importantly of all, I have learned that I’m going to love being a mother-in-law. (no rush boys!)

                There are three of us that lead the study- Kathy, Leigh and me. Between us we have seven sons and ZERO daughters. This is not by accident. You see those of us without daughters want to help raise up a generation of Godly women for our sons to marry. It’s common knowledge that husbands tend to spend more time at their wives families for holidays so were just trying to building up some alliances. I kid! I kid! But when this opportunity came up, I thought what if I have the opportunity to teach a future daughter-in-law? In Bible Study no less?? How cool would that be? Do I seriously think my boys will marry one of these girls? It’d be great if they did but if these girls don’t marry one of my boys, they will be marrying someone’s boys. So my prayer is that the girls my sons will marry are at their own Bible Study somewhere being taught by women like Kathy, Leigh and me.

                 I’ve done this long enough to see some grow in their faith as they go to college and to see some turn their back on their faith as well. But the truth is this, I’m just called to plant seeds in the hopes that one day they will remember a piece of scripture, word of advice or Godly truth just when they need it most. The byproduct for me is getting to know some AMAZING Christian teen girls, understanding what they are seeking in a mate, learning how to deal with my future daughters-in-law and seeing the joy when they discover that the truth is truth not matter what the world says.

                So if you’re looking for me on a Friday morning during the school year, look early and listen out for the laughter of teenage girls… and do me a favor, bring a LARGE cup of coffee for me OK? Thanks