Friday, August 29, 2008
"The truth is tornadoes, hurricanes, and storms occur everyday all over the world. When God made this earth, He made it to work in cycles. Although we seem to be more afraid of the damage from hurricanes, the churning of the ocean waters help to "mix up" the water and bring more nutrients closer to the surface so sea creatures and plant life can have more to feed on. We are scared of damage from tornadoes, but tornadoes often have rain that accompanies it. Plants and animals need the rain that comes from these storms. So you see, storms do have a place in this expansive world."
It really made me realize how awesome God is and how He really does have a reason for everything and has everything under control. It's so neat to learn how those things we are so afraid of also do some good in this world. You can always find something in a situation to bring God glory from it.
On another note, my girls (volleyball) beat Auburn tonight, at Auburn, in their own tournament, in three straight games, for the first time in school history. We were 0-4 against them. It was incredible to see. To see these girls turn around from going 6-21 two years ago to 16-13 and having the first winning season in school history, to beating a team like Auburn, was so fun. You would have thought that they won the national championship by the way they celebrated after but I know it was just because they were so proud of themselves and each other. They really worked as a team. No one player stood out among the rest. The burden was never on just one player. They worked together and it was so fun to see them get something good out of it. And the people who needed to step up and be leaders, did so. And it showed.
We have a new coach; he's pretty awesome. Already you can see how hard these girls are working and the discipline they are learning and how that is paying off. Also he's a spitting image of Dane Cook so just being around him is a treat. I cry everytime from laughing so hard.
Anyway, it's almost midnight and I have to get up in about seven hours to get ready for a match at 11:30 and then wait around about seven hours for another one. And then drive back to Birmingham. It's going to be a very long day.
Sidenote: Tulane is evacuating to Samford this week. Let the fight for facilities and practice times begin, especially if it rains all week. Southeastern Louisiana's tennis team is also evacuating to Samford with the possibility of UNO coming as well. Geez, there's going to be a lot of people on campus next week.
And the Saints just evacuated to Indianapolis. Really? Why so far? I guess they are not taking any chances.
Gustav, stay away from NOLA. Please. I don't think it can take much more. Plus, Casey really, really wants to have her bachelorette weekend there. Be kind.
Thursday, August 28, 2008
Wednesday, August 27, 2008
Object: answer questions with one word ONLY. Not necessarily as easy as it looks! Can you do it?
1. Where is your cell phone? desk
2. Where is your significant other? non-existent
3. Your hair? brown
4. Your mother? musical
5. Your father? hero
6. Your favorite thing? laughing
7. Your dream last night? interesting
8. Your dream/goal? ministry
9. The room you're in? office
10. Your hobby? painting
11. Your fear? snakes
12. Where do you want to be in 6 years? marriage
13. Where were you last night? Boehm's
14. What you're not? working
15. One of your wish list items? iTouch
16. Where you grew up? Jackson
17. The last thing you did? yawned
18. What are you wearing? clothes
19. Your TV? off
20. Your pet? Randi
21. Your computer? on
22. Your mood? sick
23. Missing someone? definitely
24. Your car? saturn
25. Something you're not wearing? rings
26. Favorite store? Target
27. Love someone? undoubtedly
28. Your favorite color/shade? maroon
29. Last thing you ate? orange
30. When is the last time you laughed? today
31. Last time you cried? today
Tuesday, August 26, 2008
Extremely important recommendations for wives, girlfriends, fiances, mothers, sisters and daughters.
1. From the first weekend in September until the end of the bowl season, the television is mine, at all times, without any exceptions. The remote control will be fingerprinted each night, any sign of your fingerprints and all shopping trips will be canceled for a month.
2. If you have to pass by in front of the TV during a game, for an important reason such as preparing snacks or getting the beers, I don't mind, as long as you crawl along the floor.
3. During the football season, read the sports section of the newspaper so that you understand who I'm yelling at during the season. As a tip, check the box scores for the referees names too.
4. During the games I will be drunk as Cooter Brown. You cannot expect me to listen to you, open the door, kill any spiders, answer the phone, etc. It ain't gonna happen.
5. It would be a good idea for you to keep at least 2 six packs in the fridge at all times, as well as plenty of things to nibble on, and please do not make any funny faces to my friends when they come over to watch the games. In return, you will be allowed to use the TV between 12am and 6am, unless they replay a good game that I missed during the day.
6. Please, please, please!! if you see me upset because my team is losing, DO NOT say I'll get over it, it ' s only a game, or don't worry, they'll win next time. If you say these things, you will only make me angrier and I will love you less. Remember, you will never ever know more about
football than me and your so called 'words ofencouragement' will only lead to a break up or divorce.
7. If a great play occurs while you are in the room, you may be required to freeze or repeat your act for the rest of the game as good mojo. If my team wins, you will be showered with gifts for the next 6 days. If they lose, you will be blamed repeatedly for moving, blinking or secretly
not believing in your heart of the power of mojo.
8. Tell your friends NOT to get married, have any babies, or any other social related parties or gatherings that requires my attendance because: I will not go, I will not go, and I will not go. However, if a friend of mine invites us to his house on a Saturday to watch a game, we will be there before the Coors Light bottles reach 'Code Blue'.
9. You are welcome to sit with me to watch one game and you can talk to me during halftime but only when the commercials are on, and only if the halftime score is pleasing me. College Game day and the highlights on Saturday night are just as important as the games themselves. Even if I curse Lou, Herbie, and Corso like the anti-SEC, biased dogs that they are, I still want to hear what they say.
10. And finally, please save your expressions such as: 'Thank God the football season is only during the Fall.' I am immune to these words, because after this comes the NFL playoffs, the Pro Bowl, AFL, AFL2, the CFL, and the replays on the college sports channels.
Me, Julie, Casey and Hollye
Saturday, we celebrated Ross's birthday with family time at my parents' house and pizza. Ross is fun and cute and all but not as cute as the nephew William is, so all photo ops were centered around the little man. My sweet boy had a surprise in store for his Boompa, Lili and KK. Check it out:
I'll close it out with a few cute pictures of William. He's growing so much! I can't believe it. He's got his front two top teeth and front two bottom teeth and some are now coming in the back. He'll be a year on October 31, Halloween! I can't believe it!
These cymbals, along with the drum behind him and a tamborine, were his daddy's when he was a babe.
This is the high chair that Anna and I used when we were little.
Friday, August 22, 2008
Five things that make me laugh out loud:
1. That 70's Show
4. My nephew, William
5. That show, Wipeout
Five reason why I love the Olympics:
Five websites I visit more than five times a day:
Last five movies I watched:
2. Indiana Jones and the Crystal Skull
3. Stick It
4. Rumor Has It
5. Cool Runnings
Five places I haven't been to but I want to go to (one day):
1. Fenway Park/Boston
Five places I have been to and can't wait to go back (one day):
2. New York
3. Fort Walton Beach, Fla.
4. Paris (hopefully the next trip will end better)
5. Knoxville, Tenn.
Thursday, August 21, 2008
1. ICEEs and mashed potatoes - Not necessarily together. I love ICEEs and I'd get one every day if I could. And mashed potatoes are my favorite food. My Grandma used to make the most amazing mashed potatoes ever. Homemade. I never thought that I would find another recipe for mashed potatoes to top it. That is, until I went to Honduras. It was like eating clouds. So good. I don't know how they made it but I would have begged the women that made them to make them every day. They were soooo good!
2. The cellphone/text messaging - I really don't know what I would do without it. Most people know that I don't like talking on the phone so texting is a lifesaver for me. It's not that I HATE talking on the phone. I can definitely talk on the phone especially if its my parents or sister or a boyfriend. BUT...because of text messaging, gone are the days of calling someone to ask them a simple question and then getting into a long conversation. You just type the question, send it, and, TADA, you've got your answer. This is also good for me because I like to make sarcastic remarks and instead of saying it to myself when no one is around, I just send it to Casey, Bethany or Chris, all of whom usually appreciate it.
3. TV Remote Control - I hate commercials. Especially Alabama commercial. Sticks 'n Stuff is the worst. And Suzuki Man. There are maybe three commercials on TV that I will sit and watch. Mostly Sportscenter commercials. (The Michael Phelps one is classic). Anyway, when I commercial break comes up during my TV viewing, I immediately change the channel. The remote control makes this easier. I can't funtion if the remote doesn't function or if it is missing.
4. TV - Staying on the same page, I don't think I could live without TV. Actually, I know I could because I did it in Honduras. But it absolutely one of my pleasures in life. How else would I live vicariously through other people without Big Brother, American Idol, So You Think You Can Dance, Real World, Jon and Kate Plus Eight, Deadliest Catch, and The Hills. Also how would learn how do survive life or be a superhero without Grey's Anatomy, Heroes, Chuck, and 24. Or hone my gameshow skills without Wheel of Fortune. And not to mention the sports. Football, basketball, baseball, tennis, golf, the Olympics. Everything. The TV is on when I'm at home and it's on in my office.
5. The CHI/GVP - See my CHI post for background info. Even though I don't have crazy frizzy hair, I love this product and couldn't imagine not using it. Like Tricia told me once, "Once you CHI, you never quit." So true.
6. Coke/Dr. Pepper/Wild Cherry Pepsi - One of the three must be stocked in my house. I don't think I could go a day without just one.
7. Pepper's chips and rotel - Need I say more? Birmingham needs to get a Pepper's. McAlister's just doesn't cut it.
8. The internet - How else would I keep up with friends I haven't seen in years?
9. Flip flops - I don't like wearing shoes, and since I can't just go barefoot outside, this is the next best thing. My feet are suffering because if it. I have plantar fascitis in my left foot. I'm convinced there's just a huge crack in the bottom of my foot. Possibility?
10. My Bible - I've read more of my Bible in the past year than I think I have in my life. I just read when I'm bored and it's so good! There's some good stuff in that book people! Even in Deuteronomy and Judges. God is good!
Thursday, August 14, 2008
A few days ago one of our football players, who also plays baseball, lost his mother and his grandmother in the same day. That's tough. He's a two-sport athlete about to start his junior year of college, and he's hit with this. That's hard. I pray for his strength through this and that he sees the glorious handprints of God as he walks this hard road. Praise God that he has coaches and friends that will pray for him and with him and just speak truth into this situation.
Also our head athletic trainer's brother is battling cancer and has been on the brink of death for the past couple of days. It's heart-breaking watching a family member being eaten away by cancer and knowing that there is nothing you can do about it...except pray. I pray for peace for the family, knowing that most of them have been preparing for this stage for a while and glorifying God that he will soon be completely whole and untouchable by any sickness.
We have to just thank God that everything we face, even death, has been conquered by Christ and we can know that if we have accepted the amazing grace of God and believe in what he has done for us and confess that Christ is Lord of our lives and build that relationship with him, that our fate is sealed and we have eternal glory in heaven awaiting us.
Death is a bittersweet thing for me. I often miss those I've lost, but I'm quickly reassured of where they are and who they are with and I'm instantly jealous and become homesick for heaven. It only spurs me on to listen intently to God revealing his plan for my life and strive daily to be the person he wants me to be and to do the things he wants me to do, especially making disciples of all nations.
I think that is why I've become restless with my job. I'm not seeing the potential that I have right in front of my face. I pray that I will focus on what God has in store for me right here in Birmingham and then have a willing heart to do what he wants me to do.
"We do not lose heart. Though outwardly we are wasting away, yet inwardly we are being renewed day by day. For our light and momentary troubles are achieving for us an eternal glory that far outweighs them all." - 2 Corinthians 12:9-10
Wednesday, August 13, 2008
Michael Phelps. Have you seen this kid swim? Of course, you have. If not, you've either been living under a rock or have no contact to the outside world or are really unpatriotic.
Being a swimmer myself, I'm in awe. I can't believe how good he is. He is the fastest swimmer ever. Ever. This is raw talent. No artificial flavors. No preservatives. Pure, raw, unexplainable talent.
He has won gold in ever single race he has swam in this Olympics, and done it in world record time. Five gold medals already in these games. Two more and he gets $1 million from Speedo. He's got 11 overall. The most decorated Olympic athlete. Ever. Top that! Oh, and did I mention he made history with his eyes closed. Yep. Sure did. His goggles were malfunctioning and the more he swam the 200 meters the more water filled his goggles. No stroke is easy to swim with your eyes closed but the butterfly definitely has to be the hardest.
Have you seen his mom too? She is too cute. She's a middle school principal. And a single mom to three kids. What a legacy she is seeing played out right now! God's definitely blessed her.
I usually get excited about the Olympics. Especially the summer ones. There are more sports that catch my attention in the Summer Olympics than the winter. However, I don't think that I've been more into any other Olympics (besides '96 in Atlanta and the Magificent 7) than the Beijing installment. This picture says it all:
This was my expression as I was watching the men's 4x100 IM the other night. I think that my neighbor's probably thought I was being attacked because I was jumping on my couch, yelling, "Go Jason! Go Jason! Get there! Get there! To the wall! Push it! Go! Go! Go!"
I felt like I could've been there standing by Debbie Phelps because I felt like such a part of the the experience. That is the most exciting relay in history. I hope nothing tops it. Nothing. Unless Michael Phelps is involved. (Did I mention I'm moving to Baltimore just to be closer to Michael Phelps. I think he'd be into me.)
It's just so fun to watch these guys (and girls) do what they do and do it at their best and be proud to say that they are an American. This is patriotism at its best. I want to be an Olympian. I could be...if I lost about 50 pounds, grew a couple of inches (unless I was an gymnast and in that case, I'd have to be really, really flexible), and be really, really fast...in the water and on land.
It just gives me such great joy and just a great feeling of pride to say that I am an American. I was proud to say that I come from the same country that the men's gymnastics team does even after they won the bronze. That was a huge deal for them. Three of those guys competed, and just a few months ago they thought they would be watching from the stands. They acccomplished an amazing feat and did it as a team. The women's gymnastics team was a bit sad that they couldn't push for that gold medal but they were happy to have that silver medal around their necks, even after all that they've been through. The best thing about it though was when someone messed up, no one blamed. They encouraged. And that's what it is all about. Believing in yourself and believing in your team. That's what sports is about and that's what life is about. Believing and pushing towards that goal. Being glad that you are able to participate, never being satisfied with second best, but always, ALWAYS, doing your very best.
Friday, August 8, 2008
Oh, good. You're back. It's it great! See, now you're not going to want to concentrate on work either. Ha! God is good!
Thursday, August 7, 2008
Here is the text of the email with his platform: (P.S. We really do like Mexicans. Good food! Great times!)
"My Name is OLD COACH BOBBY WALDEN and I approved this message!"
Tuesday, August 5, 2008
The concert started at 7 p.m. so we left the hotel at about 6:30 to walk about a block and half to catch the trolly. Festive, right? Not so much. It was way too hot. 101 degrees, too hot. We hadn't gotten half a block and we were all dripping sweat, not to mention Casey had blisters on the bottom of her feet from her new Rainbow flops. It was miserable.
We finally got to the trolly stop, after two trollies had passed us on the way and thought there would be no problem getting a trolly. Wrong again. After waiting 20 minutes, we flagged a cab down to take us the two miles to the park, but not before we had to stop so the cabbie could fill his tank up. Meanwhile, Casey, Dane and I are crammed in the back of the cab, sweating profusely while the lovely engaged couple (Casey and Dane) argue about why we didn't just pay the 10 bucks to park at the venue. dane's argument was that it wasn't about the money. It was about having to wait to get out of the parking lot afterwards. I agreed, but I didn't say anything as I felt Casey's pain with the blisters. My plantar fascitis in my left foot was killing me. Curses! Anyway, little did we know, we'd be waiting forever anyway. (We ended up walking back the two miles back after the concert...well one and a half until Casey could walk anymore and Justin ran, literally ran, to the hotel to get the car. Thanks Justin.)
Anyway, we got there at 7:30 and Willie Nelson was opening. He was okay but I felt kind of bad because nobody was really paying attention...that is, until he starting playing "Mommas don't let your babies grow up to be cowboys."
Around 8:30, Dave began and rocked it out for about three hours. Being my first Dave experience, I was wide-eyed the whole time. It was great! He's just so good and Carter Beauford has to be the most amazing drummer ever! I'm ready to see him again. He and Mac Powell from Third Day could take turns singing me to sleep every night.
Since my headaches make me worthless, and right now I should be working on player bios and reading through the questionnaires that I have new players fill out every year, I decided try and answer some of the questions myself. I'll throw out the ones that actually have to do with playing a sport, since I don't and never have, and get to the good stuff.
Full name: Katherine Jane Walden
Name you prefer: Katie. Please, Katherine is so formal. Not that I don't like it. I love my name.
Birthdate: July 26, 1983
Father's name: Bobby Walden
Mother's name: Libby Walden
Do they live together?: Yep. For 35 years.
Hometown newspaper: The Clarion Liar...oops, I mean Ledger
High School: Forest Hill High School
Other sports played in high school: Does paper football count? No, really. "Other" would require me to have played at least one sport to start with. Not I. Dad says when I was little that I didn't like heat so he gave up on me playing anything where I would get hot. I almost played soccer my senior year when they started the girls' program but the coach and I didn't get along and it worked out well because I ended up playing Dorothy in The Wizard of Oz, fulfilling a life-long dream.
H.S. Athletic awards and honors: Really? The closest I got was captain of the cheerleading squad.
H.S. Academic awards and honors: I actually had lots of these. I won't go into detail.
Relatives who played college athletics: Dad was a defensive lineman (tackle, I think) at Mississippi State.
Hobbies: Singing, painting, watching TV
Your most memorable sports moment: Junior year, last game of the football season, Michael Harris takes a hard hit and is paralyzed. I did a follow-up story on him in the school paper the next year. He was determined to walk again.
In 10 years I'd like to be: A) Hopefully married. B) Running my own sports ministry or at least working for one. Anyone know anyone?
My pregame ritual is: Set up.
The strangest nickname I ever had was: It's a toss-up between "Bubbaette" and "G-Money".
My earliest sports memory was: Either my first Egg Bowl or a state (I think) championship soccer game my dad coached in.
The biggest obstacle I've had to overcome is: Having confidence in myself to do the things that I want to do, even when someone tells me I can't.
My parents were right when they said: Putting your faith in God is the most important thing you will ever do in your life.
I am proudest of: This year -- My parents. They've been through a lot together this year and have never given up on each other or God. In life -- The way that I've bounced back from adversity.
My biggest frustration has been: Not having the money or resources to accomplish my ultimate goal in life.
I can't imagine going a week without: Wow. Talking to my parents, text-messaging (actually did this in Honduras and it was brutal), bathing.
I have to admit, I'm really good at: putt-putt and making up words and convincing people that they are actually legit words. That's the writer in me!
My most prized possesion: my Bible (something that has become more prized in the last couple of years) and my photos
The hardest thing I've ever done is: Give up on someone.
If I could change something about myself it would be: NO MORE TWO-DAY HEADACHES!
My worst fear is: Drowning and losing loved ones
My craziest dream is: I once had a dream that I worked at Sea World.
Person (past of present) you would most like to meet: A lot of my athletes say, "Jesus," which makes my heart smile, but since I know that I will meet him one day, I'm going to say that I would like to me Prince William because I know that he would instantly fall in love with me. Seriously. We are soulmates.
Favorite sport besides the one you play: Football
Favorite place to eat: Cheesecake Factory, Olive Garden, O'Charleys, PF Changs, Pepper's
Favorite food: Shrimp, Crawfish and mashed potatoes (Not exactly together).
Favorite thing to do on a day off: Sleep, lay by the pool
Favorite movie: The Wizard of Oz
Favorite singer/group: After this weekend, Dave Matthews
Favorite Holiday: I like them all. Halloween was when William was born, Thanksgiving brings lots of food and a whole weekend of football, Christmas is when we celebrate Jesus' birth and we get presents, Easter, we are reminded of what Christ did for us and how he lives forever in those who choose to put their faith in Him, Fourth of July is just fun.
Favorite color: MAROON....WHITE...
Favorite Cartoon Character: I'm going to have to go with the Powerpuff Girls. They are just too funny.
Favorite actor or actress: I heart Matthew McConaughey and Amanda Bynes
Favorite Song: Signed, Sealed, Delivered
Favorite Book: Blue Like Jazz
Favorite Athlete: Andy Roddick and Dwayne Wade
That's it for me. I'm going to post about the Dave Matthews concert later when I can get my pictures uploaded.
Saturday, August 2, 2008
Unfortunately, I can't embed it because it was disabled by request. But follow this link to view it: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9ylgchWR-Ig
I'm off to Memphis to see Dave Matthews!