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My Son is Turning 40!

My Son is Turning 40!

OMG! My son is turning 40. Wait, isn't that how old I am? When did this happen? It doesn't seem so long ago that he weighed in at 9 pounds, 11 ounces and could get his legs over the side of the incubator in the newborn nursery. I knew then that he was going to be mighty, but nothing could have prepared me for all that he would be.

Sure, there were signs. Like when I walked into the nursery and saw a football in his crib, a premonition I guess, that he would play and coach. That he would have the opportunity not only to teach young men to play football, but to teach them the important things in life. That someday he would have a mini Jamie, a boy called Jay, trailing after him with a football in his hands.

Marshall Co. Schools

Marshall Co. Schools

If you have read more than a few of my blog submissions, you are undoubtedly aware of the very high regard in which I hold teachers, school administrators and school service personnel. I believe very strongly that the folks who are charged with the duty of educating and caring for our young people have the most important job there is. It is their responsibility to prepare our children for the challenges of adulthood, and no job could possibly be more significant. They are often asked to deal with difficult children, disrespectful parents and a public who has little knowledge or appreciation of the challenges inherent in what they do. All of this while receiving a salary that is modest at best. For those reasons, I always do my best to make sure our local school personnel get the recognition they deserve.

March Madness Memories

March Madness Memories

As Championship Week begins and Selection Sunday and the NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament approaches, I can’t help but think back to my time as a WVU Cheerleader during postseason action in March. In 2006, being only a freshman, I didn’t have the opportunity to travel to any of the postseason tournaments, but I definitely remember them. At our first game in the Big East tournament, we suffered an always heartbreaking loss to the University of Pittsburgh in the quarterfinals ending our run at the Big East Title. We went on to be the #6 seed in the Atlanta Regional and defeated Southern Illinois and Northwestern State to advance to the Sweet Sixteen to face the #2 seed Texas Longhorns. I remember a group of my friends cramming into a small dorm room in Summit Hall to watch the game. We were at the edge of our seats as we watched Kevin Pittsnogle sink a 3-point shot to tie the game 71-71 with six seconds left in regulation but the Longhorns made an impressive 3-point shot at the buzzer to win the game 74-71.

Graduation

A few months ago, my daughter, Emily, came home from school with a Josten’s graduation packet. We went through the catalogue and picked out her cap and gown, her ornament for her tassel, graduation invitations, etc.—no biggie. Then, a few weeks later, we started preparing for her senior pictures (what outfits she wanted to wear, how she wanted her hair fixed, props she wanted to use, etc.)—again, no biggie. A couple weekends ago, I took her shopping for her prom dress. We gathered a few dresses she picked out and headed to the dressing room. THEN, as she stepped out of the dressing room, it hit me! She has grown into a beautiful young woman.

Shocks, Tires and Rims, Oh My!!

Shocks, Tires and Rims, Oh My!!

Get Ready Ohio Valley. It’s Pothole Season Again. With the ice and snow melting, the potholes now love to eat our cars. Recently, as I traveled to my destination, without the ice and snow to fill in the potholes, I came to the conclusion that it is downright dangerous on our roads. On one section of Interstate 70 in Pennsylvania, you only had a small window of time to change lanes without losing your car to a pothole. The center of the road was just one continuous, giant pothole. You had to make a choice either stay in one lane or risk your life to get into the other lane. In addition, I had to worry about “The Boys” (Barley and Guinness) being bounced around in the back seat when I couldn’t avoid hitting a giant pothole. Having a sick dog in the car is never any fun.

A Not So Typical Work Day

A Not So Typical Work Day

Last Friday was a normal typical work day for me, until I got in my car to go to work. My car started right up but would not budge. That is when I noticed that my car tires were imbedded in approximately three to four inches of ice in my garage. We have always gotten a little water in our garage from the hillside but nothing like this. I was not sure what to do next. My husband had already left for work and my son was still sleeping since school was canceled for the day. I went in and took my good work clothes off and called my husband. He was an hour away and told me I had two choices – start chiseling away the ice or sit on the couch and wait for him to come home tonight and do it. I thought real hard about just sitting down and not worrying about it, but then decided I should at least try.

36 Years of Sheer....

Bliss. Huh, my husband would not describe the last 36 years as that and I probably wouldn’t either, but there you have it. Now, you have to know Tom. He’s just not going to say anything is bliss. Even a cold beer on a 90 degree day in mid-summer. It’s just a beer. As is 31 years of marriage.

Health Benefits of Exercise on S.A.D.

Health Benefits of Exercise on S.A.D.

I started noticing many years ago that, at some point, not long after the holiday festivities had passed and I started to “hunker down” for the winter that, despite all the activities/blessings in my life, i.e., work, family, children, friends, etc., symptoms such as irritability, fatigue, loss of enjoyment of my daily activities, low energy level and a general sense of “the blues” started to set in and the symptoms became more severe as the winter season progressed.

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