Was it SUPER for you?

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The Super Bowl is over.  The Patriots won!   Was it the outcome you wanted?  Did your team win?  Mine did, and I’m happy about it.  I’m glad it was a good game, not a blowout like last year or other Super Bowl’s in the past that I’ve seen that were over after the first quarter.  Glad to see that.  Statman was keeping track of all his favorite players, the lone Clemson player (Byron Maxwell), and wishing he could stay up to watch the Seahawks win (much to his dismay at breakfast this morning they did not).  Bookworm was half a sleep most of the game (except for when the food was put in front of him).  Bookworm had a busy weekend of sleepovers and playing Minecraft, which wiped him out.

But the real question is: “Was it super for you?”.   Did you have lots of friends over and have a viewing party?  Did you eat a lot of good food?  Drink a lot?  We kept it quite subdued at our house.  Kelli had a 20 mile run on Sunday (not failing to mention the 10 miler on Saturday), and being a school night, we decided not to have a party (much to our disappointment as we love to host a good party!).  We came up with an appetizer list earlier in the week, and made many of them from the list.  They were GOOD (my wife is such an amazing cook)!!  We started with some filo shells filled with bacon, cream cheese, some seasonings, and some other yummy stuff.  They were baked and were incredible.  Kelli can provide the recipe if you want it.  It was much better than the way I describe it.  We then had Chicken Parmesan meatballs, substituting turkey for the chicken, and no parmesan cheese filled middles.   I got this recipe from A Little of This and That, so thank you.  My wife also made a great buffalo chicken dip, with lots of cheese, some taco flavored grilled chicken, salsa, more salsa, and more cheese.  Add tortilla chips, some celery and carrots with ranch, and that was our buffet.  And boy did we ever eat alot.    Bookwork and StatMan enjoyed it themselves, and ate the filo shells before they even hit the table.

As for the commercials, was not very impressed. Some were funny. My favorite being the Snickers commercial with Marsha Brady, and then the poor polar bear not being drafted.  Other than that, I was disappointed and somewhat appalled by a few of them, as some were just utterly wrong.  I know the theme this year was targeting more family oriented ideas, but some of them went way too far.  I’m sure you could agree with those, so no need to re-hash them here.   If you want, feel free, I’ll comment back.

All in all, it was a good night.  We made up some fun games to pick while the game went on to keep it interesting.  We ate lots of food, drank a few beers     shinerand just enjoyed the company of our family.   The boys went to bed after the halftime show, which I must say is one of the better ones I have seen in the past several years.   Kelli and I watched the rest of the game, ate a few buffalo chicken boneless wings…and then called it a night.

So, for me I would say my super bowl viewing party WAS  super for me, as I was with the ones I want to spend my time with.

How was your night?  Was it SUPER?

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We had some fun this past week and weekend.  We, as a family, have been looking for some new things to do at night to keep us busy and not getting bored at home.  We have learned new games (Farkle, Golf), watched movies or new tv shows (Steve Austin’s Broken Skull Challenge), completed puzzles, and have tried to implement a 20-30 minute reading time each night.  But this past week, we taught the kids Blackjack.  We printed out the “rules” to blackjack, broke out the poker chips and started playing.  It was quite fun to see the boys using their minds and following “the rules” of blackjack to win chips. It is educational, as they have to do the math to figure out what they have, and what they need. So we’re teaching them something, right?  I myself did not fair so well, but my youngest, Stat Man, did amazingly well.  He sort of followed the rules of betting, and won lots.  He was cleaning house.  We are debating taking him to Vegas next time we go.  (We did not fair so well at the tables in Vegas).

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As for the rest of the weekend, my wife completed a 19 mile run on Saturday in preparation of her marathon in March.  I did an 8-mile trail run on Sunday morning with the WRRC group, in the rain.  Wasn’t a bad rain, well, not during the run. It was a downpour driving to the state park.  But, we have to get our runs in no matter what.  We watched some football.  What a finish between Seattle and Green Bay.   And way to go Patriots.  Looking forward to seeing the Patriots hoist the trophy again on February 1.

And a question has been proposed to me by my partner in crime (“honey, I have an idea…..”). My wife, RunningBoston&Beyond (Kelli), is registered and training for the 2015 Florida Ironman (after her March Marathon).  As part of her training, it was suggested to her to participate in the Wilmington Beach2Battleship Triathlon, which is an Iron distance triathlon and relay.  She would do the swim and bike portion of the relay for training, and then I would do the marathon portion for the relay.  At first I was hesitant, not sure I wanted to tackle another marathon so soon.  But as of last night, after our conversations of what 2015 will bring, I said what the hell, let’s do it.  We’ll figure out specifics later.

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So, I guess I now have a marathon on my calendar to train for.  What do you do  at night at home to keep things fun around the house and the boredom at bay?  What big activities are you planning for 2015?

Sports, Reality and Stat Man

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Wednesday is here.   The holidays are over.   I went back to work on Monday.  The kids went back to school on Monday.  We all resumed our “normal routines” this week.  I’m sure some of you have made new year’s resolutions.  Some of you have already started exercising like mad men, trying to get ALL the miles in now to prepare for that upcoming race in March, or May, or November.  The gyms are full of people lining up to register and begin their resolutions.   And by May, the gyms will be empty again.

I do miss being home on vacation.  I basically spent 2 full weeks at home on vacation.  I worked a couple days  between Christmas and New Years (since I used all my vacation throughout the year and didn’t save it all for December).  But it was fairly slow, so no real stress.  I did start to get bored.  I wasn’t bored with my family, or bored with being at home.  I just didn’t know what to do.   I should have picked up my book “Unbroken” and read more than the “Introduction”.  I didn’t want to start any home projects as I knew I’d be getting back to work on Monday.  My wife said to just sit and relax.  I didn’t think I had a hard time doing that, but I guess I did.  It was rainy out.  So, I watched football.  I tinkered in the garage, played on the internet…watched more football. I tallied the results of our family football pool. Watched some more football.  Drank a few beers, including my Porter homebrew (ps. It’s really good!).  Jumped on the new trampline with the boys. Watched more football.

My family loves football.  Mostly college, but we get behind the NFL teams when it comes to the playoffs. The Carolina Panthers, our local team (well, North Carolina based and I grew up watching them), played Arizona in the Wild Card round of the playoffs.  My 8 (soon to be 9) year old, now to be known as Stat Man, has been collecting football player cards for the past year or so.  He holds them in a stack, carries them around, flips through them, memorizes them, shows them to everyone, wraps up certain players to give as gifts at Christmas based on where that person is from (he wrapped up two Kansas City Chief’s players for his grandparents, as they went to a KC game this year, and they live in Missouri).   He is immersed in football year round, since August 1 when his season started, helping me with my fantasy football draft, watching the scores for me, telling me ALL the stats, watching SportsCenter every Saturday and Sunday morning.  Stat Man corrects me on statistics, players, where they played in college, numbers, etc.   It’s awesome!   Here is what he prepared for the Panthers game on Saturday afternoon:

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And as the college football season is winding down (one game left, and not really  much interest), and the pros now in the playoffs with the Super Bowl on February 1, I guess we will turn to baseball.  Stat Man will learn all new stats for this season, and we will have really high hopes for the Red Sox.  Pitchers report on Feb 1.

College basketball season is gearing up.  Clemson doesn’t really have a good team, so nothing to follow there, other than the increasing #’s in the L column.  My other favorite team, Kentucky Wildcats, are very good this year and favorites to be cutting down the nets at the end of the year.  I will watch the conference tournaments and the Big Dance, but nothing really in between.  Stat Man will keep me posted I’m sure.

So what are you doing the beginning of this year?  What do you have planned for 2015?  Races? Vacations?  Sporting Events? Concerts?

It’s Go Time Clemson!!

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Here we are Clemson. Game day for the end of the 2014 football season in the Russell Athletic Bowl against Oklahoma. Hoping for a win tonight, but hoping more for the future. A win tonight will continue your building towards a national power, but getting healthy quarterbacks and great recruiting classes will only make the future that much more exciting for this program.
So Good Luck tonight. I’ll be watching along with thousands of others in Wilmington and across the land. I’ll be proud of you no matter the outcome tonight and look forward to a great future. GO TIGERS!

First run back and Turkey Day

Happy Thanksgiving!

Happy Thanksgiving!

We arrived at my parents’ house Wednesday afternoon as the kids immediately left us for gramma and grampa. So what do we so as parents, go out for a jog. It’s been raining for 40 days an 40 nights in Wilmington (it feels that way at least). Getting out to exercise has been difficult and with all the recent travel between the 2 of us, exercise has been at the back of the list. We got out for a nice jog Wednesday before dinner: me a quicker paced 5 miles and Kelli getting in just over 6 at her much faster pace than I. She felt great; me not so much. For my first run back since the marathon, I am okay with it. I feel weaker than I did at marathon time, but think it will come back quicker than when I first started training in July.
And getting this run in will make me feel better about my eating habits for today, Thanksgiving Day.

So we will be off to my brother’s house for the big turkey lunch. The kids will run and play outside, hit the trampoline and whatever other trouble 8 and 12 year olds can get into.  I’ll eat too much, hopefully watch some football, and then wish I had eaten less come end of the day. But I will enjoy it.   I will take in the time with family and be thankful.

I am thankful for my amazing wife and awesome boys, my family, for my health as ability to run, and the friends I have. I wish everyone a Happy Thanksgiving and hope everyone enjoys their day, however you choose to spend it.

What does your Turkey Day bring?  Any Turkey Trots? Football?