Monday, December 29, 2008

Indiana Pacers

So, we didn't go to the Colts game on Sunday, but went that night to a Pacer game.  I know...crazy, right?  Here's the deal.  The last time I went to a Pacer game was their first season at Conseco Fieldhouse which was ten years ago.  The whole atmosphere was thug-like, and I hated every minute of it.  If I'm not mistaken, they were actually in the NBA championship finals, and I didn't even know until it was over.  That's how much I didn't care about them.  Over the past year, the Pacers marketing gurus have been working diligently to get fans interested in the team again, and it's worked.  I mentioned to John a few weeks ago that maybe we should give them another shot.  Lo and behold, his company was offering a promotion to buy discounted Pacer tickets.  We bought two center court seats (row 17) that normally sell for $145 for - get this: $25 dollars each.  That's insane!   Needless to say, those were nice seats.  The atmosphere was much changed: family friendly music, $10 dollar t-shirts (John and I each got one), and the ushers seemed to be keeping a pretty close eye on everyone.   The visiting team was the New Orleans Hornets.  Wait...when did they leave Charlotte??  I really am out of the loop.   I only knew one player on the team going in:  Danny Granger.  Once we got there, I actually recognized Marquis Daniels and Jeff Foster.    It was a good game, unfortunately, the Pacers lost in the last few seconds.  I was disappointed, but not inconsolable like after a Colts loss.  I'll tell you what, Conseco Fieldhouse feels like a high school gymnasium after spending the past few months watching football in the mammoth Lucas Oil Field.



101 Things to do in 1001 Days

Instead of New Year's resolutions, I thought I would attempt 101 Things to do in 1001 Days.

Here's how it works:

The Mission:
Complete 101 pre-set tasks in a period of 1001 days.

The Criteria:
Tasks must be specific (ie. no ambiguity in the wording) with a result that is either measurable or clearly defined. Tasks must also be realistic and stretching (ie. represent some amount of work on my part).

Why 1001 Days?
Many people have created lists in the past — frequently simple goals such as new year’s resolutions. The key to beating procrastination is to set a deadline that is realistic.
1001 Days (about 2.75 years) is a better period of time than a year, because it allows you several seasons to complete the tasks, which is better for organizing and timing some tasks such as overseas trips or outdoor activities.

Goal setting tips
  • Be decisive. Know exactly what you want, why you want it, and how you plan to achieve it.
  • Stay Focused. Any goal requires sustained focus from beginning to end. Constantly evaluate your progress.
  • Welcome Failure. Frequently, very little is learned from a venture that did not experience failure in some form. Failure presents the opportunity to learn and makes the success more worthy.
  • Write down your goals. It clarifies your thinking and reinforces your commitment.
  • Keep your goals in sight. Review them frequently, and ensure that they are always at the forefront of your thinking.
The official timeline for my 101 is 1/1/09 through 9/29/11. If you'd like to try this, it doesn't have to be a New Year's start; that just worked out for me. You can start any date you like, or set it up to end on a momentous date, i.e. a milestone birthday or anniversary.

ADDENDUM:  You're supposed to strike through the goals you've accomplished once that happens.  Because I am challenged in this area, I will change the text color to red once a goal is completed.  For goals that are ongoing, such as church attendance and poop patrol, once they have been successfully done for two months, I will change that text color to blue.  Make sense?

Here are my 101 in no particular order:
  1. re-learn crochet
  2. lose 30 pounds
  3. maintain said weight loss for remainder of 1001 days
  4. blow the dust off my exercise ball and band set and start using them
  5. attempt waterskiing
  6. attend church at least twice a month
  7. start a Christmas Club account
  8. finish Lily’s scrapbook
  9. attend a production at IRT
  10. attend a production at Beef ‘n Boards
  11. attend a production at The Murat
  12. find a long term volunteer opportunity to become passionate about
  13. learn to dive
  14. get all pictures on computer copied to CDs
  15. re-do Robin’s bedroom
  16. re-do main bath
  17. re-do master bath
  18. new kitchen counters
  19. install organizer in bedroom closet
  20. visit Indiana State Museum
  21. visit Indianapolis Museum of Art
  22. get family pictures from Mom copied
  23. learn to use some sort of photoshop-type software
  24. get some sort of sun damage treatment done on my face
  25. use sunscreen
  26. take an out-of-state weekend trip by myself
  27. climb Mount Baldy
  28. do front yard poop patrol at least once a week
  29. enroll Ringo in obedience class
  30. get Lola’s teeth cleaned
  31. spend a day with Lily in Broad Ripple
  32. balance checkbook every week
  33. clean out the attic
  34. spend a day at the spa
  35. visit a winery
  36. go to a high school basketball game
  37. buy some good bras
  38. figure out my iPod
  39. visit the Eli Lilly Home
  40. buy a cupcake from The Flying Cupcake
  41. go to England
  42. buy something at a thrift store
  43. call Dad once a week
  44. visit Crown Hill Cemetery
  45. go duckpin bowling
  46. go camping
  47. go to an apple orchard or U-pick produce farm
  48. go to an IMAX movie
  49. ride the carousel at the Children’s Museum
  50. birdwatch
  51. go to a farmers’ market
  52. use the firepit on the deck
  53. reconnect with an old friend
  54. plant a tree
  55. go hiking in a state park I haven’t been to in at least a year
  56. go boating somewhere other than Lieber or Glenn Flint
  57. attend work-related seminar or class
  58. try sushi
  59. buy a wig
  60. clean carpets quarterly
  61. do something with Grandma’s quilt pieces
  62. actually go someplace to watch 4th of July fireworks
  63. buy a basket for my bike
  64. have a fire in the fireplace
  65. repair loveseat cushion
  66. say the Rosary at church
  67. go on a carriage ride downtown
  68. participate in a 5k
  69. make pasta from scratch
  70. have a Christmas open house
  71. grow my own tomatoes
  72. wear glasses for a week
  73. whiten my teeth
  74. record every penny I spend for one week
  75. make ice cream
  76. donate blood every 56 days or so
  77. buy more sheets
  78. new carpet in family room
  79. write a thank you letter for product or services
  80. host a ladies’ night at Creative Escape
  81. visit the Metropolitan Community Church
  82. find a signature perfume
  83. re-do my blog so IE users can view
  84. make 70s cheesy music CD for Farmer
  85. attend an away Colts game
  86. buy a t-shirt from
  87. make homemade doughnuts
  88. attend a Switzerland County First Friday
  89. sign up for a water aerobics class
  90. refrain from shopping at Walmart for one month
  91. invite Tom over for pork chops olé
  92. complete a 500-piece (at least) jigsaw puzzle
  93. play bingo at the Legion
  94. finish cross stitch project given to me by Betty
  95. make caramels - successfully
  96. get home wireless mess figured out
  97. play Fantasy Football
  98. go vegetarian for one week
  99. complete my Everybody Loves Raymond and Seinfeld DVD collections
  100. for every completed goal, $5 goes into a fund for a TBD charity
  101. inspire at least one other person to start a 101 list

Colts 23, Titans 0

In anticipation of a game played mostly by second and third string players, we did not attend Sunday's game at Lucas, but instead watched from home. It turned out to be pretty entertaining, even into the last few minutes. Records were broken: Peyton, Marvin, Dallas, Tony. Having said that, records are nice and all, but really won't mean a whole lot without a Super Bowl XLIV victory. But first, we'll (ha! like I'm on the team) have to get past the Chargers in San Diego.

It was fun to watch the game with Robin, Lily and their friend Jordan. Robin, however, needs to get a grip on herself. She thinks Anthony Gonzalez is cute. Uh...not really. Jordan said he looks like a "buffoon." That's a little harsh, but my main problem is his baldness. I just don't like bald guys, but then and again, I'm not sure he'd be my cup of tea even with hair.* To test that theory, I went to Instyle and whipped up a few examples. What do you think?

*For the record, I'm quite certain Gonzo has no shortage of female admirers, and that he couldn't care less what some slightly overweight, middleaged blogger thinks.

Monday, December 22, 2008

Disco Elf Dance

It just so happens I have pictures of me, Bridget, Stephanie and Gretchen wearing white afro wigs which are the perfect accessory when dressing like an elf. Since disco's the music of my era and this is my blog, that's the dance I chose. Check out Jib Jab where you can Elf Yourself anyway you like.

Send your own ElfYourself eCards

Saturday, December 20, 2008

Colts 31, Jaguars 24

That was a good game - unless you're a Jacksonville fan.  I'm sure they were licking their collective chops at the half.  Peyton was actually putting up some good numbers the first half, they just weren't getting anywhere.  It's amazing how much difference it makes when the defense decides to play.  Oh, and John says he doesn't think Vinatieri will be back next year. With that victory, the Colts became the first team in NFL history to win three games on the road in one season after trailing by at least 14 points.  Probably a record we'd rather not have to even deal with, but there it is.  By the way, I hate Jack Del Rio.  I don't know why, really; I just do. It was nice to see Reggie Wayne get a lot of airtime with the Fox announcers after the game, except that stoopid "Neon" Deion Sanders told him the Colts will be "one and done in the playoffs." Here's the Christmas card* I'm sending Deion:

*Courtesy of List of the Day

By the way, I was more than a little sad this a.m.  The Hoosier Dome (it will always be the Hoosier Dome to me, not the RCA Dome) was put to rest today.  Back in September they deflated the dome, and today the rest of it was demolished.  I have a lot of fond memories of that place.

Farewell, old friend!

Wednesday, December 17, 2008

Colts 31, Lions 21

View this gallery at IndyStar: Colts vs. Lions: Action

Okay, that's seven in a row. Let's beat Jacksonville on Thursday to avenge our 23-21 loss from back in September and secure a playoff berth.

By the way, Pro Bowl selections were announced. Peyton Manning is the starting quarterback for the AFC...yawn. Freeney is also a starter, and I was happy to see Robert Mathis selected as a back-up. Don't forget Reggie Wayne, also a back-up.  Eli Manning will be the back-up quarterback for the NFC, which is kinda cool.  Kudos to Kurt Warner; didn't see that coming.

Speaking of the Pro Bowl, I heard something rather disturbing the other day.  There's talk of moving the Pro Bowl to the weekend before the Superbowl.  WHAT??  Are they crazy?  That, to me, is just a recipe for injury disaster.  Not to mention, they want to hold it in the Superbowl host city.   I'm as happy as the next guy that Indy has the 2012 Superbowl, but c'mon...  If we're rewarding these guys for a job well done, I can't really say this is where I'd send them.

Wednesday, December 10, 2008

Hey, Baby.

The artist's caption for this cartoon reads:  
That Baby Looks Like Alfred Hitchcock or a Penis.

My friend, Bridgie McBridgerton, had her baby today.  Scarlett Faith entered the world at 8:45 a.m., weighing a whopping 9 pounds, 10 ounces and measuring 22 3/4 inches long.  Wow.  I'm not posting her picture as I don't know how Bridgie would feel about that, but let me assure you, Scarlett is a cutie and in no way resembles Alfred Hitchcock or a penis.

Congratulations, Bridget, Craig, Lucy & Max!

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Tuesday, December 9, 2008

Here's the Tricky Part

Do any of you remember the Fig Newton commercials back in the 70s with the guy dressed like a fig and dancing to the Fig Netwon jingle?  "Here's the Tricky Part" was the tagline for LOTD the other day, so of course, I immediately searched the internet to see what I could find.  Here's the commercial, and it's just as funny today (maybe funnier).

Hit it, Hal...

Sunday, December 7, 2008

Colts 35, Bengals 3

I told John this morning the Colts needed to win AND win decisively, and that's what they did. Peyton threw three TDs, Dominic Rhodes ran one in, and Kelvin Hayden returned a Ryan Fitzpatrick interception for a touchdown. Hayden had another interception, and the defense had four sacks.  Granted, this was against the Bengals, but have you already forgotten last week's game versus the Browns?  

We won't mention Dallas Clark's fumble on the goal line, or the fact that for the first time since 2002, the Colts will not be the AFC South Division Champions.  Tennessee sealed that deal today by beating the Cleveland Browns.

Next week: the 0-13 Lions. Nothing in the NFL is a given, but you have to think our chances are good for a seven-game win streak. Oh, by the way...I will not be at the game next week. In my quest for Mother of the Year, I will be attending the BHS Holiday Choir Concert. In my quest for Stepmother of the Year, I gave Tom my ticket.

Wednesday, December 3, 2008

Muskrat Love

List of the Day had a post today about celebs who might be dead. One such person was Daryl Dragon of Captain and Tennille fame. In case you're wondering, he's alive. Anyhoo, this reminded me of a video I saw not too long ago and I was struck by a few things:

  1. While Toni Tennille is harmlessly cheesy, Daryl Dragon is one weird mo fo.
  2. Muskrat Love is a really stupid song.
  3. I lusted after Tennille's "pumpkin cut" so bad. Little did I realize, my crazy hair was never going to be that smooth and shiny. I think my 7th grade school picture is proof of that.
  4. My aunt gave me a choice of birthday gifts in 1976: a shopping trip or tix to see Captain and Tennille in concert. I chose the shopping trip and am still kicking myself. After all, I could have witnessed this in person:

(If video doesn't show up on blog, click here.)

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