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2017 is here, now where do I start?

20150830_154056That folks is the biggest question of all – Where do I start?

I know some of the goals for this year is to be more organized, look after myself just a bit better than last year.

I am still trying to find a balance of work and play. The Hub has said on many occasions that I work too hard but n waves it is starting to pay off.

I have the basic goals of losing more weight, walking even more, drinking water and all of that but it’s the work I think that needs the most help. I have given myself a day off each week and I stick to it. That is me time, I work on what projects I want to, play catch up on whats sitting on the DVR, stuff like that. The question is can my day off survive or will I become a workaholic again?

The hub and I have date night on the calendar and we are doing pretty well sticking to it. Sometimes date night is just at home, special meal and something we have taped.

The yarn projects need a big overhaul. Still have way too much stuff going on. Fingers crossed I can knock off some of what is sitting around before new stuff gets started.

Some things have become routine already, can I add a few more things to the daily run of life.

Only time will tell.

Bugger off 2016

20160520_091808It has been an amazing year but its also been crap!

We have lost way too many famous people who had an influence on our lives and it is a real reality check when that happens.

I know Phil and I were totally stunned when Carrie Fisher passed, she has been apart of all of your lives in some way. From the jilted girlfriend in Blues Brothers to Princess Leia. Who knew 25 some years ago that a little movie called Star Wars would become a phenomenon, and a part of today’s culture. When word arrived that Debbie Reynolds has passed 24 hours later, it was devastating news. I , like many others wonder if she died of a broken heart.

There were some really great memories also that Phil and I have, lots of them involving the Adelaide Crows and the events of the season.  Can’t wait to see what is in store for 2017. There will be lots of Crows stuff for sure, plenty of White Sox baseball and a ton of NFL. With plenty of yarn thrown in the mix.

The writing is getting better, jobs and getting paid comes in cycles. I think a little bit of how I am feeling today is burnout. Saying that if I can get better organized, and still take care of my mental/emotional stuff then I should be good to go.

I wrote my first novel, which is scary but also quite the experience. I was hoping to publish it this year but it was not meant to be, so early 2017 it will arrive.

The biggest thing I would like for the new year is to just be more positive. Get rid of the negative stuff or people cluttering up life. Doing the best I can to find a positive to hold on to when the negative rears its ugly head.

How can I ever say “THANKS” to all of you who have read anything I have written, given feed back or shared with me how I have touched your life with what I have written.

Phil and I can’t wait for the new memories to be created

 

 

Merry Christmas Kids

13220612_1267108243299776_508470623998151614_o-copyWhat a year it’s been

Didn’t go quite as I had planned but when does it.

I just wanted to take this time to say “THANKS” for all your love and support throughout 2016. It has been a wild ride full of some great surprises

I am taking a break over the holidays to spend some extra time with Phil and to just have a veg out.

Stay safe over the New Year’s celebrations.

See you in 2017

Taking Time to be Grateful

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The photo is of a year long project, you write down all the good stuff that happens and put it in a jar. On New Year’s Eve you open the papers.

 

It is that time of year when some things start slowing down and we all wonder one thing “Where has the year gone?”

That is a great question, it just seems like the year started.

Each year has its up’s and downs but I think we had some really great stuff this year. We really got involved with the Crows, and I opened a blog called the 19th floor dedicated to them which will return next season. We even got to do some Crow’s Ninja stuff as we call it, special events which was great. Getting to spend some time with some of our favorite players was the highlight of the season I think. Phil and I each took turns going on the field with the banner for the boys to run through, It is a whole different world down there.

We take the time to reflect on those we have lost, many famous people have left us, who had a real influence on our lives. David Bowie and Alan Rickman are 2 that I will miss. My Brother introduced me to Ziggy Stardust and watching Harry Potter will never be the same.

I published my second book and working on my 3rd book which is a novel. My first at a romantic comedy, and I am pretty happy with out it has turned out. Will be out early next year.

I am grateful for friends and family, for your support and love throughout the year. Hugs prayers and love to those I miss and are struggling right now.

Time to get set to party like its 2017 It is going to be a kick ass year.

 

Finding My MOJO again

What do you do when you feel like you’re in a rut, that  you have lost your mojo to do anything really?

Well, that is me now.

I was doing great, felt really productive every day but for some reason after the Sox and Giants closed for the season and the Crows finished. It wa like what now?  I have not been getting many of the Ohio State games so work with football games has been reduced this year.

I have a new book coming out in a few weeks and it is a real step outside of my comfort zone. In some ways it is scary, it is a total departure from what I am use to doing.

I use to get up early and get stuck into stuff. I made my to do list and get stuck into things. I have no clue why I stopped. Everything that worked I stopped doing and to be honest I have no clue why.

OK, now I am trying to get it going again but the question is where to start?

I see people who I admire and they inspire me so much but how do you ask for advice?

Being a writer and working for myself is hard at times, there is no instant feedback. Struggling writers get paid in all sorts of ways. I know that might seem weird but I have kept an open mind in all of this, getting a retweet is payment to me, or seeing that someone favorites one of my tweets or Instagram.

I know this might not make a lot of sense but I can see it’s time to start climbing out of the hole I have dug myself and get back to enjoying life. I have great friends, a career that I love.

I am holding myself back and it is time I strapped on the nikes and took off.

A Question For Bec Boop

My girlfriend in England Bec is fashion mad.

She has her own wonderful blog at

http://becboop.com/

I have a question for Bec — What are the 5 basic things to have in my makeup bag?

 

Bec is the #4 Beauty Blogger in England. she has great tips and favorites that she enjoys and takes you all over London during fashion week on her Periscope channel.

Thanks Bec

World Series – Game 7 – This is it.

Welcome back to Weaver’s Sports Desk

I’m Cricket Fox, filling in for Kendria today

In the office for the Tribe is Corey Kluber with  in the Cubs office Kyle Hendricks

The 9th World Series game played in November

For those who can’t see the game tonight the Tribe are wearing  white pants with navy jerseys, Cubs wearing dirty grey pants with blue jerseys.

*Top of 1st and Corey gives up a Yard and it is 1 to 0 Cubs.

*Bottom of 1st and Francisco Lindor is safe at 1st thanks to a bad throw.

*Bottom of 2 and an infield single for Jose Ramirez to open the pond, Ramirez got his stupid butt picked off. Lonnie Chisenhall with a single to left

*Top of 3rd, it’s bout damn time Lonnie, from the corner picks off the base runner, **Bottom of the inning opens with Coco Crisp with a lead off double to open the pond, Roberto Perez with the perfect bunt to get Coco moved to 3rd, Carlos Santana with a single getting Coco home for a 1 all ball game. Call on the field was overturned, 2nd baseman never had control of the ball,(e – 4) Carlos is safe at 2nd , Jason Kipnis at 1st

*Top of 4 and Kluber hit Rizzo, Cubs runner safe sliding in under the tag and it is a 2 to 1 Cubs lead. RBI double and its a 3 to 1 Cubs lead.

*Top of 5th and Kluber gives up a Yard and its 4 to 1, it’s Miller time (Andrew on his way to the office) Cubs extend the lead to 5 to 1

*Bottom of 5th has Carlos walking to open the pond, a miss throw trying to get out Jason at 1st gets, Carlos to 3rd. Jason moves to 2nd (E –  on Ross) On a wild pitch off the mask of the Cubs Catcher 2 runs score for a 5 to 3 Cubs lead.

*Top of 6th – Ross with a solo shot for the Cubs for a 6 to 3 lead.

*Bottom of the 6th – Brandon Guyer with a 2 out single, Andrew Miller is off to the showers flipping the keys to Cody Allen, Strike out with a throw out double play to end the inning.

*Bottom of 7th  – Roberto Perez opens the pond with a walk, Tyler Naquin to pitch run,

*Bottom of 8th – Jose Ramirez on 1st with a single, Brandon Guyer with a double getting Jose home for a 6 to 4 Cubs lead, Rajai Davis with a monster homer for a 6 all game, Coco with a single,

*Top of 9th – and Cody gives up a lead off walk, Tribe get the force at 2nd but runner safe at first, 1 out  and Rain on the way. Bryan Shaw in the office, stolen base for the Cubs (E -2) The Tribe get the final out.

*BOTTOM OF 9TH – 3 up and out and we are on the way to the 10th

*10th Inning – Rain Delay 15 minute delay, Runners at 1st and 2nd with 1 out, single gets the run home for a 7 to 6 Cubs lead. Giving Addison Russell a free pass t the pond, another run and its 8 to 6 Cubs, Bryan is off to the showers with Trevor Bauer on the way to the office.

Bottom of 10th – Tribe need 2 to tie it up and 3 to win. Mike Napoli strikes out, Jose Ramirez with the second out, Brandon Guyer with a walk to keep things alive for the Tribe, Brandon to 2nd with no one looking, Rajai safe at 1st

That is the office locked up for the season.

Congrats to the Chicago Cubs on the win.

**Personal

I just wanted to say a big THANKS” to Kendria for having me during the season.

See you in 2017

 

 

World Series Game 2 In Cleveland

Welcome back to Weaver’s Sports Center.

Cricket Fox here at the desk for Game 2 with the Cubs and Indians.

Trevor Bauer in the office for the Tribe and Jake Arrieta in the Cubs office

For those who can’t see the game the Tribe are back in the white pants with navy jerseys, the Cubs today are in their dirty grey pants with blue jerseys

*Top of 1st – the Cubs open the pond with a 1 to 0 lead.

*Bottom of 1st – Francisco Lindor with a walk to open the Tribe’s pond. Mike Napoli with a walk (2 outs and the boys were left on the pond)

*Top of 2nd  – Cubs 2 to 0.

*Top of 4th – Zack McAllister gets the office keys after Trevor’s disaster start. **Bottom of the inning Jose Ramirez with a walk to the pond

*Top of 5th – Lonnie Chinsenhall is having all sort of issues and another run scores for a 3 to 0 Cubs lead. Cubs add 2 more runs for a 5 to 0 lead.

*Top of 6th – Bryan Shaw , flipped the keys to Danny Salazar, (with Trevor’s crappy start its been a disaster of a night)*Bottom of 6th and Jason Kipnis plays spoiler turning a single into a double. On a wild pitch Jason races for home breaking the shut out, Cubs – 5 and Tribe – 1, Mike with a single and Jake Arrieta is on his way to the showers.

*Top of 7th Jeff Manship now in the Tribe office.

**(2 errors by the Tribe tonight)

Dan Otero and Mike Clevinger also took up residence in the office tonight.

**Final Score

Chicago Cubs 5 and Cleveland Indians 1

 

Pack your travel bag as tomorrow is a travel day as we head to Chicago for games 3, 4 and 5

 

Kendria returns to the desk on Friday.

 

 

 

World Series Game 1 — In Cleveland

cleveland-indians-mlb-picks-corey-kluber*Welcome to Weaver’s Sports Center*

My name is Cricket Fox’s and I will be with you at the sports desk for games 1 and 2 of the World Series.

This will be the first time that Cleveland has play host city to the Series.

In the office today for the Indians will be Corey Kluber, with John Lester in the Cubs office.

For those who could not see the game, the Indians are wearing white pants with navy jerseys and red trim, the Cubs are in their dirty gray away jerseys

**1st Inning — Corey has struck out the 1st 2 batters.***Bottom of inning with 2 outs,  Francisco Lindor opens the pond with a single and steals 2nd. Mike Napoli walks. Carlos Santana waked to fill the bases. Jose Ramirez on a single to 3rd gets Francisco home for the 1st score of the game,  Brandon Guyer hit by a pitch, bringing home Mike for a 2 to 0 lead.

**Bottom of 3rd — Carlos Santana on run to 2nd,(cramp, dehydrated )

**Bottom of 4th — Roberto Perez goes YARD for a 3 to 0 Tribe lead

**Top of 7th — Corey leaves the keys with Terry as its “Miller Time” Andrew Miller on the way to the office.

**Bottom of 8th — Brandon Guyer walks to open the pond in the inning, Lonnie Chisenhall singles getting Brandon to 2nd, Roberto goes YARD again for a 6 to 0 Tribe lead, (Roberto is the 1st Multi home run post season by an Indian since 1999 A L D S game 5 (Jim Thome) )

**Top of 9th — Andrew Miller has done a key flip and Cody Allen is the winner and is in the office to close it up. Lights out with Cody’s first strike out, Cody’s 2nd strike out closes the office door and he puts the key in the lock, Cody locks the door with this 3rd strike out and this game is OVA

**FINAL SCORE**

Indians 6 and Cubs 0

 

 

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