30 September 2013


I love Thierry Henry.  And the meme that has grown since his 'goal celebration' or lack there of, "Henrying" is pretty great.  Similar, although probably not as hilarious as the "Mo Farah Running Away From Things" tumblr.

27 September 2013

Whirlpool Gold

Yesterday felt like Christmas to me.  I couldn't stop thinking about the new refrigerator that was heading my way.  After a long and thorough hunt, both in person and online, we purchased a Whirlpool Gold bottom-freezer in white from Nebraska Furniture Mart.  And it got delivered yesterday after work.  When the NFM truck came around the corner Isa started jumping up and down in the front yard and I pretty much felt that same way.  The guys did a great & quick job of taking away the old frig and bringing in, leveling, connecting it to the water line and setting up the new one.  (sidenote: I need to get a set of moving straps for the future. Those things are amazing.)
There is SO MUCH room in the new frig!  We have increased our shelf space by over double and all the in-door storage is super useful.  The pullout freezer drawer and its basket will take a little time figuring out the most efficient way to pack it, but I love it all.  Woo hoo!  Everybody come see it!

Mariano Rivera

My lack of interest in professional baseball doesn't mean I can't enjoy the drama and emotion of this moment.  Mariano Rivera, arguably the best closer in modern baseball,  gets a standing ovation in his final career game.  And when you think about where he came from, it is pretty great.

19 September 2013

A Trip to Kinnick

I've been so remiss on my blogging lately.  I'm telling myself that I will make a focused effort to improve and post more often. 

So here is a fun one from a couple weeks ago.  minovia scored some cheap tickets to the Iowa vs  Missouri Southern game so we packed up a little tailgate food and took Isa over.  We parked in the greenleaf driveway, like always and then enjoyed a little tailgate picnic before walking over to the stadium.  It was a HOT day, but everyone held up well and had a good time.  It was a delightful surprise that two schoolmates of Isa's happened to be sitting directly one row behind us.  (what are the odds?)  It was a first time experience for minovia and for Isa so I was happy that the Hawks could muster up a win.

Interview with a Pope

I saw Fr. James Martin's tweet hints this morning that a big story was getting ready to be released in the America magazine and then I heard the end of an interview with him on NPR after school.  But I wasn't able to read the full interview article until this evening. It is long, but very readable.  And I am thankful for whenever I can say that about some said by a Pope!  Too many dense encyclicals and I just gave up reading a Pope JPII book because it was such a chore.

 Favorite quotes:

I am always wary of decisions made hastily. [You and me both!] I am always wary of the first decision, that is, the first thing that comes to my mind if I have to make a decision.

being able to appreciate the small things inside large horizons

I see clearly that the thing the church needs most today is the ability to heal wounds and to warm the hearts of the faithful; it needs nearness, proximity.... The people of God want pastors, not clergy acting like bureaucrats or government officials.

We must walk united with our differences: there is no other way to become one. This is the way of Jesus.

complaining never helps us find God

If one has the answers to all the questions—that is the proof that God is not with him.  

You can, you must try to seek God in every human life. Although the life of a person is a land full of thorns and weeds, there is always a space in which the good seed can grow. You have to trust God.”

You cannot bring home the frontier, but you have to live on the border and be audacious.

Also, he falls asleep in adoration sometimes, so you are in the clear, homebase. :)
And you can read some of Fr. Martin's thought on the interview here.

10 September 2013

"We talkin' about practice."

I couldn't help but hear Allen Iverson in his press conference, downplaying the importance of practice, as I read through an excerpt from David Epstein's book The Sports Gene in a recent Sports Illustrated.  It is a fascinating read, touching on the 10,000 hour rule, deliberate practice, and authentic repetitions.  I highly recommend checking it out.  I had read previously a little about the ability of grandmaster chess players being able to recall many exact layouts of pieces if they were situations that could occur naturally occur.  If they were odd set ups that would never occur, they could not remember hardly any.  That example is mentioned in this article as well, along with examples from many other disciplines. 
Alternate title for this post was, "You can't think up there.  If you think, you're dead."  The point in the article referring to game action happening too fast to think, that great players anticipate better than others definitely reminded me of the Top Gun scene where Maverick is at a loss to explain his actions and decisions.
I am gonna have to check this book out soon because I also heard an interview (transcript) with Mr. Epstein on NPR a few weeks ago about running/runners that had me thinking.  Things like the length of your Achille's tendon, the genetic diversity of Africans, the dearth of white cornerbacks in the NFL, the two reasons people run in Kenya, as well as a hilarious statistic that if you are talking to a North American who is 20 to 40 years old and 7 feet tall, there is a 17% chance he is playing in the NBA.

06 September 2013

Funny & Terrifying News

Separate news items.
I saw this article about a 727 pound alligator being caught during hunting season in Mississippi (yet another reason to stay away) and shared it via email, but then when I went back to search the web for it so I could blog it, I came across an article about a golfer on vacation in Cancun getting attacked while chipping out of a bunker.  He lost some fingers but his golf partner/friend saved him by smashing the gator with a rock.  Impressive!  And another article about a vacationer in Australia, kayaking around until a crocodile held him hostage on an island for two weeks.  And lastly, a story of an IT guy, celebrating someone's 30th in the Australian Outback, decides to swim across the Mary River (one of the highest concentrations of crocodiles in the world) after some drinks.  Doesn't make it.
After all that, how about something funny.  Well, you can't beat the Canadian Prime Minister hilariously mistaking 'twerking' for 'tweeting' during a press conference.  And not just one little slip...nope, he sticks with it.  Best line, as caboose pointed out, "would like to twerk with every Canadian but that of course is impossible."  Although I also like, "a quick twerk is a great way to express what I’m thinking."