City to Bay 2016 — Craig’s walk

20160913_202010It is that time of year again for the City to Bay. I am registered this year as a runner and it should be fun.Weather forcast is looking great.

The wonderful mate in the photo with me is Craig. He is a Crow Ninja along with Phil and myself. (Crow Ninja’s have special missions like building banners, helping the club with special events.)

Craig is walking in the 12 k division which goes from The Entertainment Center to Glenelg.

One of our Ninja’s has been struck down with the ugly “C” word — Cancer. Craig is raising money for the Cancer Council of S.A.

Craig has made his goal he set but help him break that ceiling, There is still plenty of time to throw a few bucks Craig’s way for a super cause.

It is always an amazing time during the race, encouragement comes from unknown places. Come out and cheer us on as we make our way to the bay.

You can find Craig’s page and donate at the link below.

https://citybay2016.everydayhero.com/au/craig

 

**Personal — I am so proud of you Craig. You are an amazing mate.

Looking for a Positive to Hang on to in a Sea of Negative.

Dear Self,

I know what I am feeling is nothing compared to some of my friends who I know are really struggling right now. I send them my love and prayers that things will get better and soon.

I know the body is changing and there is nothing I can do, it’s just life. I got my tubes tied years ago but it still doesn’t change the fact that a part of my life is over.

Some of my work is coming to an end with the regular baseball season ending soon, there is still the playoffs and if the Giants make the World Series then my work is still going.

The Crows are playing in postseason and that has been an emotional roller coaster mixed with some amazing experiences that I won’t trade for anything. We have built banners, been on Adelaide Oval numerous times. Even started a blog from Phil’s request, it really hurt that he made the request and has never really taken the time to really read it. If you know my work by now you know I put my heart and soul into every piece.

College Football and NFL have started so that will keep me hopping for a bit til baseball  and the Crows end.

I am in search of a positive, that one thing I can go to when I feel the exact way I do now as I write this.  I feel more alone. Just wishing for someone to listen at times, let me bounce ideas off of. I am working work but and maybe it’s just me, I don’t feel supported it what I am working my arse off to accomplish.

I wear my heart on my sleeve and it does get me in trouble a lot, but that is just me, it’s who I am. I have always put everyone else first and it’s taken a long time to learn to take care of me.

I don’t trust very well but when I do it seems like I always get hurt, things don’t go how I  guess I think they should.

I told someone who maybe I needed to be the heartless bitch workaholic to get through this. If I just ignore how I feel and put my head down and bum up as they say here in Australia maybe I can keep the feelings at bay, or maybe not but it’s the only plan I got now.

I am not even sure the book will get published when I was hoping to.

Tired of asking for help, I know what I need but no one seems interested in helping out  just a little.

Just to have that go to project would be amazing and would help out more than anyone understands.

The question is — How do I find that positive to save my sanity?

 

Signed

Cricket

 

 

 

Don’t Assume that I am that Person when I am not.

20140822_214419Whatever you do don’t assume that you know a person and who they are mad passionate supporters of and just because they follow one team that they follow the same teams as everyone else?

Ok, I can see you’re scratching your heads on this but let me have a go at explaining.

As many of you know I am a mad passion White Sox fan. I started “A Year with the Chicago White Sox” as a challenge to myself. I love sports especially baseball and football (gridiron as it’s called here in Australia). I was born in Ohio but always followed the Dallas Cowboys.

It was taken that with me following the Sox that I also followed the Chicago Bears. I am a female and I don’t know anything. Basically females don’t know anything about sports. Well, I am sorry to inform all of you, so-called know it all smartass boys that we ladies know our stuff!

Yes, Boys we Ladies know our stuff and probably are smarter than you most of the times. I know a lot of great sassy, extremely smart ladies who are just as knowledgeable about the sports they follow. I have a saying that “if you’re going to bitch, back it up”. You have your opinion and that is fine but give me a good reason you have that opinion.

Writing sports in a career dominated by men, I have to work twice as hard to get noticed. I spend hours researching, digging and reading to be able to know how players are doing, what is going on behind the scenes, reading injury reports and all. I do that because I have to be informed, to share with my readers.

I have set myself standards and I keep to them, I check my sources and make sure my facts are straight. I have a different view of things and yea, maybe it’s because I am a female but it’s also how I choose to look at it.

I think that is the key to all of this, it is how the person looks at the situation. I have been talking with some of the guys from one of the Sox Facebook groups and they have been great. They have backed up their opinions and I have made sure to thank them for sharing with me.

I know this might have been a little all over the place but just remember the next time you think the girls are not as sports smart as you give them credit for, give them a chance they might just teach you a thing or two.

 

 

New Book Out Soon

After a series of life events, Madison decides that a change of scenery is needed and after packing what she can in her Prius, she drives cross-country with a stop in Albuquerque, New Mexico

After marrying the star pitcher of the White Sox, a series of events and 1 secret that Madison had thought she protected her whole life comes back to almost destroy everything she had worked for.

It’s the fall out of that one night and decisions in the hours and days after that which could make or break Jake, Madison and those around them.

Romance, giggles and some steamy love-making stirred together in this adventure of the search for romance and the love of baseball in the new book by Laure Eaton called;

 

Bridgeport Wives

Dedicated Stupidity

OK, I can see you totally dumfounded that by but bear with me as I try to explain.

As my husband Phil and I were walking across the footbridge to Adelaide Oval for a night game, we support the Adelaide Crows. It was cold, wet and miserable. I ask Phil “Are we dedicated or stupid going to the game?”, and the lady walking behind us called it dedicated stupidity.

Fans do all sorts of things for the love of their team, doesn’t matter if its football, soccer, hockey, baseball, your sport of choice. I love seeing the dedicated fans and their rooms to their team and all. Painting your house in team colors is a little much but it’s still amazing none the less.

Passion – I love the passion of fans getting dressed up and all on the day. Wearing your team colors no matter what. Late last year, the Crows lost their Coach who had only coached 8 games in tragic circumstances. It was a case of wearing the colors for all the wrong reasons but it brought the fan base closer together.

I guess where the stupidity comes in is the fair weather fans. We all know them, when the team is winning, doing great they are on board but as soon as one mistake, one loss and they run like hell. They are the ones who know how to fix the problems, they are the ones who have all the answers and will shove their opinion down your throat.

The recent events with the White Sox are proof of that. Starting out with a great season, everyone was happy and then the wheels fell off and everyone is said to trade this person or that one. That because of Chris Sale’s snap, he needs to go. That would have to be a grand slam deal according to Hawk Harrelson. Chris might actually have done the club house a favor by having that snap letting off some steam when it was hard for anyone to it publicly. Trade deadline is coming soon and it will be interesting to see how loud those fans do the screaming.

With Football (NFL and college) coming soon, I think they are some of the most passionate fans I have ever met and watched on television. Answer me one thing, WHY in sub – zero weather would you be outside in no shirt and wearing a cheese on your head? (green bay fans please explain) (now that is dedicated stupidity)

Since I have started looking in on the Chicago Bears, those are the most frustrated. Jay Cutler has not lived up to the standards that everyone has, they should be playing post season and I have a feeling that a lot of fans this season will become the frustrated stupid fans. I don’t mean that as an insult. I get the frustration, and how it can and does overflow when the season goes on and going into the 4th quarter you have the win, and win up losing the game. It happens anywhere in any game.

Then there is the rare breed of dedicated stupidity, fans who go hell for leather, will blow apart the team when things just completely fall apart, scream at the top of their lungs but, then each week pull on the team colors and get behind the team with everything crossed for a great win.

 

So, here is the question:

Are you a dedicated stupidity fan?

 

 

 

 

Way Beyond my Comfort Zone

cropped-1509187_10151790863085373_1105883732_n.jpgWhen I started writing it was a way to keep my sanity after Phil had his accident. I soon discovered that my lifelong dream was starting to become reality.

I opened my first blog, getting some feedback which I had to learn to take on board, it was not personal it was about my work. I had to get in the right mind-set of how I could make my work even better. 3 years later I have come to discover that I have to find the positives in the feedback, take those little things and use them when I write the next entry.

Opening up the sports blogs was such a huge step. I was raised on Ohio State football and baseball.  I love my sports and will usually turn on Sportscenter over breakfast or busy reading my Twitter feeds to get caught up on what I have missed overnight. I have basically taken what I love and turned it into a way of life.

I wrote my first book a couple of years ago, I wrote my first book. It was just a collection of my blogs with an introduction to each chapter. I self published and all. It was a real learning curve, as I had lots of decisions to make about all the little things and the fact I was really putting myself out there but I already do that each time I hit the publish button.

Late last year I decided it was time for another trip into the unknown, outside the comfort zone as far as I could get, writing my first novel.

There, I said it. I wrote my first novel. Something that puts fear in every writer.

Being a well schooled blogger I know that I have a 1,000 words or less in which to get the job done. OK, I hear you but that is the standards I have set for myself and they work. I can open, make my points and close in less than 1,000 words. In a blog I don’t have the item to be descriptive or anything really. I have to make my points and get out.

Learning to write beyond your comfort is a huge step. In a novel you are responsible for everything, creating characters, their background, telling a story. The hardest part was making sure the story flowed from one chapter to the next. I have never written conservation until now.

It has been fun taking the story idea and putting it down, taking the heroine to hell and bringing her back to finally having love and the man of her dreams.

I am hoping by Christmas to publish this step outside the comfort zone. It has been fun and scary all at the same time, like that first hill on a roller coaster.

Hope this made some kind of sense.

Here’s the question – When is the last time you stepped outside your comfort zone for your passion?

 

 

How I got a job in Chicago by way of Australia

1621773_411924682270980_1520233027_nWith my love of sports and a unique life journey I started writing when Phil had his accident, to keep me from going around the twist.

Slowly I have found an audience in lots of ways, from creating different blogs. The sports blog have found their audience, going better than I have ever expected. Living in Australia and working on US time is a bit of a challenge. Basically I don’t sleep from the time baseball season starts and NFL ends. Phil thinks I am nuts but I love what I do.

The yarn or wool blog is a great way to help track projects and catch up with other knitters and crocheters.

the blog “the 19th floor” was started as a request from my Phil, but also as therapy during this year as we have mourned the loss of Coach Walsh. July 3 will be a year since the terrible day. I didn’t realize how raw the events still were.

Why have I told you that, so I can tell you this. . . .

Roaming around a Facebook post yesterday talking about fair weather fans and getting really frustrated how people think the White Sox season is already over. I connected with a really nice person in the threat and the next thing I knew we got to talking about writing and all.

Before too long a video call took place and they said, I have an offer for you. I jumped at the chance, and before I knew it I was having an interview with the Chairman of the company.

By the end of the day, I had an offer from a major media company in Chicago to write for them. It’s unpaid but you know, I don’t care. OK, you’re going are you nuts, but it is going to pay in other ways. It is an offer I can’t wait to get stuck into.

This new journey is going to be amazing and I can’t wait to see what happens next