Tuesday, June 29, 2010
Many years passed when I was boycotting attending weddings, but due to recent loved ones in my life, I am back on track. Kendahl & Peter had the destination/Christmas wedding which was an amazing time. Shane & Amanda's engagement happened just before we returned home for Bishop's Baptism so it was fun to celebrate with them. Now, Jennylynn & Davis are engaged and getting married in October. The first of my best friends to get married! So exciting!
I am so honored to be a part of so many special days. One of the most exciting and cherished things is to be along side two people who are making a life-long commitment to love one another in front of the Lord!
To JL & Davis, thank you for letting me celebrate with you!
Sunday, June 27, 2010
Theme: Girls Night accompanied by wine, cheese, gossip, and roaring laughter
Activity: aside from stuffing our faces and increasing our 6-pack abs via chuckles, watching the Indie film Corked
Review: a comical satire about the NorCal wine industry including rednecks, snobs, tourists, and all other random classifications
Highlights: Shizzle Creek wine, "And I'm from Sherman Oaks", wanting a "newer" bottle of wine, snootie all white tux guy, and enjoying an evening with the ladies
If you have a chance, pick up the DVD online. $15 for a well-deserved laugh is worth it.
Saturday, June 26, 2010
TAG is an acronym for Think About God, a Christian organization that is dedicated to providing its members with a thought provoking message daily.
I immediately signed up for these thought provoking email messages. They come every other day, stimulating my mind, heart, and soul. Topics include but are not limited to character, anxiety, and love.
I am fully endorsing this great organization. And I highly recommend subscribing to their daily thoughts. TAGline, you're it...
Friday, June 25, 2010
EJ pointed out my neglect of Team USA in their last minute World Cup victory on Wednesday. My apologies as I sincerely had cold chills and was jumping up and down upon Donovan's goal. I might also note that I was hovered around the conference table at work, high-fiving CR at the height of it all.
I have clearly been following Wimbie, outlined by my 6 posts regarding the match heard round-the-world. It can also be said that each morning I arise with the hope that ESPN will have a heart and show me 25 minutes of London coverage before I have to trek to work. They actually do NOT have a heart, and I am always saddened by this reality.
But I think the most noteworthy sport-related news of all would be...
DRUM ROLL PLEASEEEEEEEE
5, count 'em, 5 Kentucky Wildcats were drafted in last night's NBA 2010 Draft. This marks another historical sports event. UK is the school to have the most players drafted EVER in the overall draft. Boom! We may not have won a National Championship this year, but we definitely are fielding some kick a$$ NBA playas!
#1 John Wall (aka Jive Buggin) Washington Wizards
#5 Demarcus Cousins (aka Boogie) Sacramento Kings
#14 Patrick Patterson (aka P-Pat) Houston Rockets (joining my boy Chuck Hayes)
#18 Eric Bledsoe (aka Crank the Mustard) Oklahoma City (via pick to the Clippers to the Heat and back)
#29 Kyle Orton (aka Two Step) Orlando Magic (to play with that loser J.J. Reddick which serves him right since he has been talking smack about UK)
Do work boys!
Thursday, June 24, 2010
This, my friends, is what you call a mascot.
On Friday July 2nd at the Men's National game versus Montenegro in Newport Beach, Shieldy the Great will make his first appearance. For as long as I have been working at USAWP, which is over half a year, Shieldy's arrival has been a buzz around the water cooler. Around the conference room table, at our lunch outings, and in the kitchen. Hell, this guy is a celebrity and he hasn't even officially surfaced!
All of that will change next week.
Now, if we are being truthful, I have had the pleasure of running into Shieldy a time or two. He makes rare stops by our office to "check in" with the staff. We felt that unveiling him to the public needed to be somewhat of a spectacle though. Any old game just wouldn't do.
So, we created the Team USA Member's Only Tailgates to pump up the crowd, get our fans enthused, and indulge in a little food while beating our thunder sticks aloud.
Hope you can join us!
Wednesday, June 23, 2010
Started yesterday and moving into today, this 5 set thriller is keeping me on the edge of my seat.
If you don't know, in all grand slams, the 5th set can never end in a tie breaker. A player must win by 2 games.
Isner leads 48-47, 30-15...stay tuned
Monday, June 21, 2010
Perhaps the most prestigious tennis tournament ever, where players are referred to as ladies and gentlemen. The grass court grand slam began back in 1877. The All England Lawn Tennis & Croquet Club was founded nine years prior. The first ever Gentlemen's Singles tournament brought in an outstanding 200 people, each paying one shilling to spectate. Like all sports, the women were introduced later with a singles division in 1884. The rest is history, as they say.
Over 100 years later, Wimbledon still remains the most-favored of the four Grand Slams (for me anyway). Something about the grassy knoll, the purple & green symbol, and the classy structure makes me grin.
With Federer already being pushed to the limit and hanging on in a 5 set first round thriller, this year's competition will surely keep everyone on their toes. I, for one, will be getting up extra early each morning to watch the finest in tennis try their luck at the Gentlemen's Title.
Sunday, June 20, 2010
In every since of the word
Though I don't always follow
Your advice is heard
You are my protector
Ever since birth
Even when others didn't
You knew my worth
You are my supporter
My biggest fan
Leading by example
Such an amazing man
You are my dad
How lucky I must be
To be blessed with you
And all you've given me
Thursday, June 17, 2010
Feel the ocean breeze
She catches his eye
Making her weak in the knees
Their eyes meet
Shyly she looks away
Her mind races
There's so much to say
As he walks towards her
She quickly glances down
And just for a moment
It feels like no one else is around
He grabs her hand
Leading her to the beach
The water's cold
Even on their feet
Their bodies touch
Blue skies above
This is the start
Of summer love
Wednesday, June 16, 2010
...there were no rules to follow in terms of relationships?
...love was enough?
Tuesday, June 15, 2010
Papa left behind a family name that surpasses any other in my opinion. I proudly refer to myself as a Collins (and have a feeling that I won't ever let it go). He left behind a wife whom he devoutely loved and cherished for 60+ years. That, my friends, is a rare thing to find these days. He left behind a son. A son who is a mini-Papa. A son who has modeled his life after my Papa. (You do not know pain until you see your father breakdown with the loss of his father. It is heart-wrenching).
Papa left behind a community that he helped build into an established, metropolitan area. His efforts to improve the city of Louisville included building and rebuilding homes that had been abandoned, turning the old Male High School into a center of arts, and a place of refuge for other Parkinson's Disease victims.
3 days of funeral service visitations were needed for all of those who my Papa had touched to express their gratitude and sympathy. The feeling was overwhelming, to know that someone so influencial in my life had impacted so many others.
Papa, I miss you.
Monday, June 14, 2010
Friday, June 11, 2010
Thursday, June 10, 2010
I am not sure exactly when this became the story of my life, but it often feels like it has. There have been points in my life and in certain areas that I have lacked enthusiasm or poise or serious effort. I freely admit this weakness at times.
But I also strongly believe that there have been ample amounts of time when I have poured my heart and soul into something, many things. Yet somehow I manage to fall short of someone else's expectations.
As a slight perfectionist, such a feeling is truly damaging to my mind and heart. I have strived to whole heartedly engage in life on so many levels. I generally feel a sense of self worth and accomplishment when I work so hard, giving something my all. The most devastating reaction is one filled with a lack of gratitude, appreciation, or approval.
The daunting feeling of not being good enough for anyone or anything. I don't so much enjoy it.
Carrie struggles with the lack of sparkle in her marriage to BIG. Charlotte hides her frustrations with motherhood and her bra-less nanny. Miranda quits her job. And Samantha attempts to avoid menopause at all costs.
Noted events include the "gayest" wedding featuring Liza Minnelli and a trip to Abu Dhabi to explore a touch of the "New Middle East."
Inspirations from SAT2:
1. I never want to take a break from my husband.
2. My closet could stand to have a serious makeover/face lift.
3. NYC is truly loved by those that inhibit it, and I think I need a trip there sooner rather than later.
4. My girlfriends are fabulous, and our girls' trips are to die for.
Wednesday, June 9, 2010
Luckily, my collection in the noted spot was mild: Gavin DeGraw, Kings of Leon, Josh Hoge, and (a hidden gem) JK's 2005 Mix Volume 1.
Out of sheer curiousty and a bit of boredom with my currently overplayed musical selections, I popped that bad boy in on my way to work Monday.
Boom! Rejuvenated. This mixed CD has some sick throwbacks. I am talking Keith Sweat, D'Angelo, Mary J. Blige, John Legend, and Aaliyah to name a few. And I have been jamming to their tunes all week.
My favorite pick, to be put on repeat: Lady by D'Angelo
Monday, June 7, 2010
Friday was kicked off with a glass of wine, delicious homemade brownies (by me ;) ), and catching up with Ry's parents. Then we met him for dinner at Pitfire, our new local spot. We dined on woodfire pizza, paninis, and salad. To work some of the calories off, we strolled down Abbott Kinney to see the freaks, I mean sights, of Venice beach.
Saturday began with a solid 9 mile hike around Fish Canyon with blazing sun courtesy of being in the valley. The views were breathtaking though, and we worked up quite a sweat. If I had brought my swimsuit, I would have been dipping into the creek for sure. We enjoyed some KY-like outings post hike including a visit to the local Walmart and McD's for lunch. Yummy! Showering up, we drove down to Carson to cheer on the LA Galaxy to another "W" (still undefeated might I add). We threw back a few brews and banged our Super Mario Galaxy 2 glow-in-the-dark thunder sticks. The night wouldn't have been complete without indulging in Chipotle and Yogurtland.
Thanks to my RCIA class, we rose early for church at 7:30am. After a great service and message, we stopped for breakfast at Huckleberry. If you live in the area, it is a must. One of Santa Monica's newest gems. With our bellies full, we cruised the coast to Santa Barbara where we tasted all day. First stop, our favorite, Lincourt followed by a picnic lunch with Panino's at Foley. As if we hadn't been glutonness enough, we rounded out the weekend with In N' Out.
Such an amazing weekend with great company, conversation, and culture. If it was possible, I'd put the weekend on permanent repeat.
Friday, June 4, 2010
10. I can wear whatever I want and no one even flinches at the sight of mismatched clothing
9. People of all professions take a 2 hour lunch break to surf
8. Words such as bro, gnarly, and rad are part of my daily vocab
7. It is completely acceptable to have a drink in hand at any time
6. My access to staycations is endless- think Pasadena, Catalina Island, Marina del Rey, & Malibu for starters
5. The sun shines 98% of the time
4. Half of the places I see on TV are part of my everyday life
3. I can hike the mountains in the morning then chill on the beach in the afternoon
2. One word- Yogurtland
1. Katy Perry writes songs like California Gurls about this place
Thursday, June 3, 2010
I have missed one deadline for my book, and I am approaching a second deadline that really has no chance of being met. I am feeling very uncreative at the moment. I assume that this lack of creative flow comes from working a 9 to 5 job, sitting at a desk all day, and not being exposed to the outside world in a positive light 80% of the time (I am exposed to some pretty negative lights while working).
Most importantly, my motivation to write has fallen. I desperately want to finish the book. Trust me. In terms of therapy, writing takes the cake for me. The whole process has been about healing, growing, and doing something for me. It is not about money. If it never sells one copy, I don't care. I just want to accomplish something great. And if completing the book is the only thing I accomplish, then I will be incredibly fulfilled.
I sincerely hope that I can regain focus, heighten my motivation, and simply write.
Write from the heart. Write from the mind. Write with experience.
Wednesday, June 2, 2010
Please click on the link below to understand how I feel each day at work. We all encounter adult bullies, but the brunt of them live in the water polo community. I promise.
Adult Bullies in Action