Monthly Archives: June 2011

Foul Ball!

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It’s that time of year again, when the baseball diamond takes center stage on ESPN, ESPN 2, and all the other sports networks. My favorite college team of course is Vandy, and they made it to the College World Series this year, which was ABSOLUTELY awesome. When I was streaming the game at work, I was watching at home cheering on the boys in Black and Gold! Also I went to a Nashville Sounds game recently after having not gone in year’s, so baseball is following me left and right!

One of my favorite baseball stories goes back to when I was 14 year’s old! I went with a friend to a Vandy football autograph signing followed by a free Vandy/Ole Miss baseball game. So my friend and I are chilling by the third baseline, just acting like 14 year olds, and I hear the famous words “Heads Up”! Well luckily I put my head up slightly and BAMMM a 60+ MPH ball hits me right in the neck!

I was in complete shock- like it didn’t immediately hurt but and all I knew to do was to stand completely still. I think adrenaline

This looks painful!

kicked in pretty quickly cause I didn’t even feel the slightest bit of pain until later that night.

So there is a guy nearby watching all this take place and goes to get a trainer with Vandy’s baseball team. The trainer immediately comes up and tells me not to move my neck, which was fine cause at that point I hadn’t moved at all.

So we are standing there and he starts saying things about broken collarbones, ice, Emergency Room, etc. and asks me where my parents are. Well here is the kicker—my dad, who had dropped my friend and I off for the football thing, was with his friend’s participating in an annual mock baseball draft, and having a good time! And by good time I mean beer, wings, more beer and baseball!

The trainer suggested that I call my dad, which I did and guess what he asked me? “Well it’ll be a few hours before I get there. Do you think you need to go to the ER?”  Yea I’m pretty sure that was the alcohol talking, and the fact that he was in the middle of what he called “a very important draft”. So three hours later, and A LOT of ice dad comes to pick us up!

But have no fear cause this girl was just fine? I was being cared for by a really FAB trainer and the Vandy baseball team felt bad for me and continuously kept checking in. I even got an autographed ball out of the deal (don’t ask me where it is now though)!

The biggest bummer was the mark it left on my neck. Let’s just say it looked like a giant hickie for about three weeks, which for a freshman in high school is VERY embarrassing!

So when you hear someone yell “Heads Up”- it may be best to duck down!

Ta Ta for now—xoxo

J

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MOB Bosses!

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Right now I’m reading a book called “Five Families”, which is about the history of the mafia and mobsters in the U.S. and is so unbelievably interesting! Seriously, this book is such an eye-opener and very “in your face” when it comes to the reality that is and was the mob.

The ladies of Mob Wives and their furs!

That being said, I’ve also discovered a new reality show on VH1 called “Mob Wives”! For those of you who have seen it, you understand how crazy these women are on the show, and how messed up their lives are. If you haven’t seen it then you probably are making a wise choice cause it is highly addictive. An episode does not go by when one of the four ladies highlighted aren’t fighting with each other, saying things like “your father’s uncle” and “my ex-husband’s brother” in thick New Jersey accents. What’s also really interesting is the way they live. They aren’t in huge ginormous houses with big, expensive cars, like other reality divas. And they aren’t spending thousands in at the spa or in the jewelry store. They are busy throwing down F-Bombs every other word@

As I’m reading this book, I’ve noticed a lot of the names mentioned match up with these ladies on the show so I’m pretty sure this is meant to be for me. I’m suppose to be reading about the mob, and watching “Mob Wives” right?!?!? I think so too!

Got any other good mob books I should read. “Five Families” is 1200 pages and I’m not even half way through, but would love a follow up if you have suggestions.

Holla-xoxo

J

The Terminator Did What?

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I’m sure many of you know about Arnold (say it with the accent) Schwarzenegger and the recent tabloid sensation of his extramarital escapades. And for those of you who have no idea what I’m talking about must be living under a rock!

Anyways as the story has unfolded the last couple of weeks, my reactions have been mixed. First and foremost, he is definitely a DOG for cheating on his wife. This is true without a doubt. But the minute I saw the picture of the alleged mistress I was completely taken back and let out a BIG what the hell!!??? I’m not trying to be mean, but really Arnold? Really?!?!? Mildred is not exactly a beauty by any stretch of the imagination, and either is Arnold at that. And I’m not talking about recent pictures either-there are plenty of older photos over the past few years that aren’t much better. Chick has definitely not aged gracefully!

'Nuff said!

The biggest kicker with me is that she was pregnant the exact same time his wife was with their youngest child. Not only that but the two children are a month apart in age. What an IDIOT! And to top it off he didn’t come out to Maria about it until he was out of political office. If that’s not selfish then I don’t know what is!

Is he really that dumb? Did he really think he’d get by with this? I mean he ran the state of California for crying out loud. I know he can’t be that stupid, but obviously common sense isn’t his forte! Arnold also just betrayed one of the most powerful families in the U.S.! The Kennedy-Shriver clan is not one to mess with. I’m pretty sure Maria will get a large settlement and Arnold’s (say it with the accent) days will slowly start to fade, especially if his movies flop in the upcoming years (not that they were that great in past). All I’ve got to say is I have a strange sense that a new reality TV show will become of this. Maybe something along the lines of  “I’m a Moron-Now What?”

Would love to hear your feedback! Ta Ta for now 🙂

J

Yum Yum-Honey Whole Wheat Blackberry Cream Scones

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New Recipe for your eating pleasure:

Thanks so my friend Brandi- I have made these yummy scones recently and they are both delicious and nutritious! Check it out (substitute blackberries with your fave fruit if desired):

Ingredients

§  1 cup whole wheat flour

§  1 cup all purpose flour

§  4 tablespoons brown sugar

§  1 tablespoon baking powder

§  1/4 tsp salt

§  4 tablespoons cold unsalted butter, cut into cubes

§  3/4 cup heavy cream

§  1 egg slightly beaten

§  2 tablespoons honey

§  1 teaspoon vanilla extract

§  1 1/2 cups frozen blackberries

Instructions

1.       Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. In a food processor, add both flours, baking powder, brown sugar, and salt. Puslate the dry ingredients for a couple of seconds to mix everything. Add the butter. Pulsate again until a coarse meal forms. Transfer everything to a large mixing bowl. Add the heavy cream, egg, honey, and vanilla extract and knead the dough inside the bowl until it comes together. Add the frozen blackberries and work the dough with your hands and fast as you can into a large ball. -The less you handle the blackberries, the less purplish colored scones you’ll have. Frozen blackberries also help the berries keep their shape instead of getting smoothed into the dough.-

Deliciousness!

2.      On a floured surface, flatten the dough ball into a disk one inch thick. Cut the disk into eight equal pieces. Place the scones on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper. Bake the scones for 15-18 minutes or until the bottoms are golden brown. Transfer scones to a wire rack to cool.

 

“Uh Jen, what’s wrong with your lips?”

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Yes, unfortunately this has been a question that I was faced with not too many years ago after a beautiful day in the Florida sun. You see each year, my hubby and I and some friends make a visit to Destin during a long Memorial Day weekend. It’s TONS OF FUN! What’s better than the beach, the pool, hot weather, wave runners, shopping, and pina coladas?

So needless to say the first year we went, this beach bunny was sitting out in the sun the first opportunity I got. Well I didn’t realize my lips were soaking it up as much as my skin. I’m a big Lip Smackers user so I’m constantly applying and reapplying throughout the day. Who knew it didn’t have any SPF to help block the rays? So when I woke up the next morning, my husband looked at me and said in a frightened tone, “Oh crap, Jen-What’s wrong with your lips?” Let’s just say they rivaled Angelina Jolie’s in size-top and bottom! I do not lie when I say that trying to push them together was a challenge. I, of course, immediately panicked and wondered what the hell to do. I figured ice would work but guess what? That not only made them larger, but it also made them go numb so I couldn’t even feel where to put the ice.

Get the picture?

Of course the crew I traveled with thought this was the funniest thing they had ever seen, and I had to beg and plead not to have photos taken. Luckily, there are no photos of the incident-or at least any I know about. I had to stay out of the sun for 24 hours, but finally found out from my nurse mom that I had sun poisoning in my lips. The swelling went down and I took all necessary precautions to have this happen again.

I had a little scare the last week when we went for our annual trip and woke up the second morning with the familiar tingling sensation in my lower lip. Luckily, the puffiness was nothing like the first time and I made sure to put SPF 50 on immediately!

Got any crazy, interesting or embarrassing beach stories to share? I can’t be the only one!

XOXO

J