Sunday, January 8, 2012

Silver Liningness Sunday

Greetings on this sunny Sunday!  We're one week into the last year of the earth!

As special as the holidays are, it was nice to get back to the usual and sometimes responsible grind.  School was back at it on Thursday, and I enjoyed seeing my little pedestrians and parents again at the crosswalk. 

Plus, weather-wise this past week was a mid-winter treat.  Highs in the 60's on a couple of days.  I ran errands on my bicycle while wearing capris.  CAPRIS!

A few years ago, I never thought I'd hear myself say this, but I'm seriously thinking of getting my own bowling ball.  Ever since Chaco started bowling for his school, we've been going bowling more often.  Still just for fun, but I'm the type of person that, if I'm gonna do something, I'm gonna do it right (dammit!).  Bowling for real is quite new to me.  But I've seen improvement in Chaco's game and form in a relatively short time.   True, he has a coach, but he also has his own ball which is way better than those plastic community chunks at the bowling alley.  So yeah, I've got a coupon that expires at the end of the month, and I'm thinking...

Speaking of coaches, I was feeling like maybe I was stagnating and possibly backsliding after nearly two months of helpful life coaching.  I knew that once our weekly sessions stopped, it would be up to me to keep my motivation going.  But I actually find myself doing quite well on solo this week.  I guess it was a combination of the zombie flu and the holidays that got me off track, but now I'm feeling more focused and motivated and organized rather than the scatter-brained and frustrated and clueless of a few months ago. 

My coach is actually a bit of a celebrity.  I didn't know that before I met her, but that is not an indication of her lack of celebrity.  I'm just often not in-the-know of such things.  Being a visual person, I thought a small pic of the coach near my wheel would help me focus, in much the same manner as I did my Web Cam training.  It's ended up to not be necessary.  I do still have my Shia Cam, however.

And I feel somewhat obligated to give a reluctant shout out to facebook.  In general, I think it's overrated, and I use it pretty sparingly.  This week, though, I found myself involved in a very helpful professional discussion with someone I used to work with.  I've gotten to know her much better since we've become facebook friends than when we actually worked together.  I'm still pondering if that's a good thing or a bad reflection...

Along those lines, one of my very first blog friends, who no longer blogs, shares good family recipes with me on facebook.  One of my nights of real cooking was one of our new favorites I got from her.  Big juicy burgers from the crock pot!


terri said...

Burgers? From the crock pot? That's a great idea! We love burgers, but it's usually too cold or snowy to do much grilling in the winter.

And bowling??? You KNOW I'm over here cheering for you to take up bowling! Having your own ball really does make a difference. Now you need to decide if you want to throw a straight ball or throw a hook. I'm so excited for you!

"Abby" said...

Terri- Yes! The crock pot! Who knew? Recipe Here:

Straight ball or hook? Wha..?

Anonymous said...

Can't wait to try out the crock pot burgers! And I'm with Terri on the bowling... you definitely need to get your own ball if you're going to do it "right". And I'm all for the "hook". Your ball needs to be one that will hook into the pocket. Better pin action! I'll stop there. Get me talkin' about bowling and it's hard for me to stop. :)

Linda Hensley said...

I think I have to go through the process of rejecting 50 or 60 balls before I'm in a bowling kind of frame of mind. I enjoyed reading your post about being the only woman. I can relate, especially making friends with my appointed old guy mentor. Nice "grounded"!

Rock Chef said...

I think you can get banned from FB for doing serious, useful stuff on there :-)

Crock pot burgers?

agg79 said...

Crock pot burgers? That is a novel idea. I am going to have to dig our our old crock pot and see if it still works.

And I am glad to hear you are moving up the bowling world. Your own ball is the step in the right direction. What's next? Your own shoes and a shirt with your name on it (or, perhaps the family logo)?

Anita said...

Another plug for social media.

I've learned today that one must know about throwing staight balls or hook balls to determine what kind of ball to buy. :)

One of the Internet geeks via Google helped me more with quite a bit of detail. Good luck Abby. Keep us informed.