Who would EVER think that I would wake up thinking about football? EVER? It’s not like I haven’t had the opportunity to like it forever. My dad and big brother brought me up on the NY Giants, but I never cared to watch. As a high school cheerleader, with football player boyfriends, I was only really interested in the social aspect…the cute little pom poms and skirt…and the boyfriends! My husband fell in love with the Dolphins and Dan Marino way back in the 1980s but not me. My wonderful clients invited us to join them for a game a few years ago that included a tour of the field, watching the Fins warm-up, up close and personal. It was a nice outing. I can’t remember the game. They would continue to give us their tickets to games, when they were not using them. Just nice, fun outings but I was just going along for the ride. 5 or 6 years ago, one of Kyle’s great friends, Lilly, became a Dolphin cheerleader and still graces the field with her beauty and that sparked some interest for me…well, at least in Lilly and the cheerleaders, but no football for me. Congrats to Lilly who has done SO well with them.
And then it happened. That magic moment. It took me by surprise…Just this season, with Kyle home visiting for one of the first games of the season, I wanted to savor ever moment with him and opted to watch the game with him and Mitch. I know the game, I understand the game and that day, and that particular day, I even enjoyed the game. A lot. Enough to get excited about the next one and the one after that. Now, I am hooked!
So today is Chad Pennington’s day to shine again. Out from an injury last season, and replaced by Chad Henne, the season started to go down hill a few weeks ago. Was it Henne’s fault? As with any sport, (or most things in life) you are only really as good as your last game. I am excited to see what Pennington, who Mitch says is REALLY smart, does today. He must be very, very excited to get back in the game. He has probably been the MOST frustrated of all, watching the interceptions and incomplete passes of the past few weeks. While I certainly feel bad for Henne, this seems like the obvious and exciting change our Miami Dolphins need. Though change isn’t often easy, it is usually good!
Part of our ritual is preparing some food just before kickoff and enjoying lunch together at kickoff time. I am going to make some Gardein chicken tenders to go along with some leftover veggies and salad from last night. I went a little overboard in the produce department of Publix yesterday, but that is NEVER a bad thing. Last night I made an Italian style mixed veggie casserole and a half of a butternut squash. I need someone to tell me how the heck you are supposed to cut those squash open? I did not have one knife in the house that would do the trick! Suggestions?? I would love some help with the fall/ winter squash ideas and recipes because they are really new to me and I can’t quite figure out what to do with them.
On a side and final note- If you were in my class yesterday morning, I meant what I said at the very end. I am so, so lucky to have students who make my job not feel like work, at all. I am so lucky to have clients that I not only adore working and working out with, but who have also become such special friends–almost family, to me. I am so lucky to have readers right here at peaceandfitness.com that give me feedback and support and affirmation that my words and my thoughts have some value. I am lucky to have the greatest family, a big red furry soul-mate, a preciously petite and sweet grand-kitty and perhaps above and beyond all else, a circle of girlfriends that are THE best in the world. Thank you ALL for being a part of my life. Have a fantastic Sunday. Much love…