Tuesday, November 25, 2008
I had the pleasure of being at Shotwell stadium on Saturday (along with a record 12,000 fans) to see the slaughter. It was a great game, with ACU only punting once, and a missed field goal on the other non-scoring drive. There were some defensive struggles from both teams, but I have to hand it to the outstanding receivers for both ACU and WTA&M. Once they got loose, there was no catching 'em.
Now on to the OU game. I don't recall ever being more nervous about a football game than I was on Saturday night. There was pacing, wringing of hands, heart flutters. The whole she-bang. After we were up 21-0, I was finally able to calm down. I can't believe the outcome, and I don't think anyone could have predicted it. It was a total defensive smack-down, and I enjoyed every stinkin minute of it.
Now, lets discuss the mess the Big 12 south is in. Currently, we're in a one-loss-3-way tie: OU, Texas, and Tech. Texas beat us 45-35, Tech beat Texas 39-33, and we beat Tech 65-21. Now, based on points spread alone, I think we are the most convincing winner, and we have the best opportunity to jump ahead this weekend, when we go into Stillwater to play 12th ranked Oklahoma State. Tech has Baylor at home, and Texas has the Aggies at home. Not many 'style points' to be earned in either of those games. True, I'm a bit biased, but I think it's the most likely scenario. We're only .084 behind Texas in the BCS. This weekend will determine the fate of the Big 12 south powerhouses. One question lingers with me though, why in the world do we have to split the North and South? Why can't the Big 12 game be played with the top 2 teams? Sigh...back to the BCS.
I hate the BCS, as most other die-hard college football fans do. The past few years have absolutely screamed for a playoff system. But the BCS does make things interesting. What if, just what if, Auburn beats Alabama this week, Florida beats Florida State, and then Auburn beats Florida in the SEC title game? Granted, of course, that OU takes the Big 12 title and takes care of Mizzou, would a BCS Title game of OU and Texas be possible? Absolutely. I think that would be freakin amazing. So maybe the BCS isn't so bad after all.
Nah, it is.
Friday, November 21, 2008
Tuesday, November 18, 2008
This has to be one of my favorite pieces so far. I love the shape of it, and how the glaze turned out! It will be a perfect bowl for a yummy Thanksgiving side dish!
I love the nutmeg/oatmeal glaze combo, it looks like a desert sunset!
Monday, November 17, 2008
Big weekend in store...and I'm not gonna lie. I'm scared. Those of you who know me, know that I hate losing. It's not fun. In fact, it sucks a lot. Especially when OU is your team and you live in Texas. There's a lot on the line for several teams, and it all comes down to Saturday night. I'm trying to swing a ticket (or tickets) for the game, but unless I get lucky (which is entirely possible, I am a Turner) I'll be watching from the couch instead of the stands. The pro to that situation is that I'd get to be in town for the ACU game on Saturday (GO CATS!!). We won the LSC and we're #2 in the nation, DII. We play West Texas A&M at noon this Saturday. It's exciting!! When I was in college, our football team was no good.
Anyway. I've got some new pots, so look for photos of those tomorrow.
Wednesday, November 12, 2008
Click the photos (each one is a different contest) to vote for Roxie in the coolest dog contest on Dogster.com!!
Tuesday, November 11, 2008
Monday, November 10, 2008
We roasted hot dogs, and then s'mores. Roxie didn't much care for the tie-out I had her on, it had about a five foot lead on it. She'd go to the end of it and then beg and grunt and growl. It was funny, and adorable. I slept pretty well, it was warmer inside the tent, out of the wind. Roxie also makes a very good heater. Saturday morning we made scrambled eggs and potatoes for breakfast in an iron skillet on the fire. Yum!
I drove back into town around 9:45 or so, dropped Roxie off at the house and went to Hobby Lobby to get a new mat for the photo I was submitting into the BCAA (Big Country Arts Associations) art show. Went home and put it together, took it downtown to the gallery (along with a pottery piece). Drove home, took a shower, had a sandwich and watched a little football. Went to the ACU game at 2, left at 2:45 and headed back downtown to the gallery for the announcement of the winners (I was not one), but both of my pieces were selected for the gallery show, which is good. Then back to the ACU game, which we won 47-17, took the LSC title, are 10-0, and have a bye and then at least 2 home games in the playoffs, woohoo! Also got to see my cousin Evan march in the band during halftime. He's on the far right with the drum. Back home, football craziness—Penn State losing in the last few seconds, LSU tying it up to send it into overtime and then blowing it—changed clothes and went to a party with Lindsey. Mango margaritas and fajitas (yum!), got to see Niah and Creed (two new babies of friends of mine) left there at 8:30 and caught the last few songs of the Abilene High symphony concert. They had a group called Barrage perform at the end (which is the only part we saw). Like Riverdance except they played fiddles. It was pretty awesome. Went home and watched a few minutes of the TT/OSU game (the pokes did NOT show up in Lubbock) and then crashed.
Yesterday I went to church, then watched football/read a little/napped a little. Carol and I went up to the church around 5 to take tickets for the Mercy Me/Bebo Norman show. It was completely sold out. Stood at the doors until 8 or so and then went in and found a couple of seats. I got some really awesome photos from several different angles. I've found that if you look like you're supposed to be there doing what you're doing, nobody questions you. I found an almost empty front row on the right side of the stage and got a few amazing photos (imho).
I'm tired. And it's Monday. How unfair is that?
Wednesday, November 05, 2008
After how many months (too many) of constant politics, I am very glad the fight is over. However, it was definitely not the outcome I was hoping and praying for. The thing that frustrates me the most, I think, is the fact that while Obama is a very gifted orator and has inspired millions of people, what is it based on? Can the country be run by a man whose eloquence--along with his race--gained him the office? And before anyone accuses me of being a racist, don't. I'm not. I'm honest. I'm afraid this election turned into a popularity contest, and for some people, just having a black president leading this country was good enough to gain their vote. I kept hearing the same things over and over again from different people. The exact same things. Can we form our own opinions, or must we just repeat the endless lines of BS fed to us by the media? If I hear one more news story on how record numbers of young people registered to vote (in order to vote Obama), I will throw up. You remember college, right? You remember being 18, right? Did you have any idea which candidate stood for what, and more importantly, where you stood on the issues? I didn't.
I am no political expert. But I know what I believe, and who I choose to believe in. Regardless of the man in office, I will continue to support my beliefs no matter what the consequences. There is worry and anxiety in my heart for the next 4 years.
I cannot imagine a society where thousands of babies will be discarded merely because they were 'unplanned.' Take responsibility people!
Talk to most people who are in the military and they will tell you that we are making progress over there, and to pull the troops now would be catastrophic.
The answer to every problem is not to throw more money at it.
How can we truly know what will happen in the next 4 years? We don't. All we can do is pray, because God is bigger than politics.
Tuesday, November 04, 2008
Monday, November 03, 2008
The Halloween party was a blast! Rab totally surprised me and drove up from Houston for the party. He apparently told everyone he was coming, except for me! I was SO excited to see him. Here he is being creepy in his creepy mask (he was a streaker). We hung out around the firepit, watched The Changeling, and had a great time! We even had some trick-or-treaters: "whoa…you're house is haunted!!" Lots of great costumes too! Have I said how much I love Halloween?
I drove up to Duncan on Saturday and then on up to Norman for the OU/Nebraska game at 7. There is seriously nothing better than sitting in a stadium full of 85,000+ screaming fans and watching your team lay it down on their opponent. It's amazing. There were, however, a few glitches in the weekend.
- Texas losing to Tech—I freakin hate Tech. The last two games we've played in Lubbock were total crap. We were absolutely cheated out of the first one, and in the 2nd one they knocked out our QB in the first half. I will never go back to a game in Lubbock. The Texas loss does help us in the Big 12 race as well as the National Title hunt. They play OState this weekend (in Lubbock though), so that will be a huge game. We play A&M, so that should be an easy game for us. We luckily have a bye the next week, as we'll need it for the next two games, Tech at home (thank the LORD for that) on the 22nd and OState in Stillwater (UGH) on the 29th. It works to our advantage though, playing two highly ranked teams. As long as our defense does its job, we may come out of those on top.
- The Cowboys suck. Seriously disappointing. I wanted to watch them play at 3, so I didn't leave OK until 6:15. What a freakin waste of time.
On Sunday we had a giant birthday party for everybody in my family who has birthdays from Oct-Dec. There were 5 of us. I got some fantastic homemade gifts from everybody. What a crazy artistic family I have! It's awesome.
I'm tired, and looking forward to a weekend home (my first in awhile). Hopefully the week will fly by…
One more thing. Only in the BCS can you beat the hell out of your opponent and drop 2 spots in the polls. $*#@!(*&#($^@#)$.