Monday, August 26, 2013

Football season, popcorn, and the crew

I love football, and no, it's not just the men in tight pants. (Please note the word 'just'.) I also love the sense of expectation, the fact you never really know what's going to happen next, the excitement when your team's ahead, the rooting and yelling at the TV when they're not,  and...the popcorn.

It's all a ritual, one that we love here in Casa de Thurlo. My favorite teams are the Baltimore Ravens, the Steelers, and the New Orleans Saints. David's are the Broncos and Cowboys. But we watch anything, really. We like to watch Eli Manning (Giants) too.

 My favorite part of this is that we all pile into the family room, sitting in couches that are more like giant extremely comfortable daybeds! The dogs haven't a clue why we're cheering but they think it's great and bark along.

 For those two hours, we're not writers, we're just fans enjoying ourselves. It's very therapeutic. It all goes under the header of taking time to just have fun -what we do the least well.

 Here's the thing. When you work at a job you love, hours can slip away, and before you know it, you can lose track of life - you know, the real one just outside the office. Yet without balance, you can't 'walk in beauty', as the Navajos say.

 We're learning that when we make it a point to take time and have fun, everything else falls into place. Our work's better too.

That's where football comes in. We have our NFL caps - which we wear each time our teams play - because, as any fan knows, it brings your team luck! (Okay, we don't know that, but the last time we wore them our teams won. Just sayin')

So what do you guys do just for fun?
 

17 comments:

  1. My husband is a HUGE sports fan and baseball/basketball/football games are the soundtrack to my life. My father wasn't much of a sports enthusiast and I have only sisters, so my marriage took some adjusting... especially because Greg plays on two to three softball teams in different leagues and plays basketball with a community league in the winter. I've grown to enjoy watching him play sports (as long as he's not injured!) and watching his teams compete... thank goodness The Pirates are having a decent season so far... For my own fun, I enjoy quieter pursuits, reading, watching movies, book club with friends, things like that. But no matter how you slice it, free time is important and your post was a great reminder that we all need a piece of that pie!

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    1. I love football. That competitive thing was very much of a part of everything in my life. Nice competition - with rules. Not this dog eat dog thing that's often on TV. Ugh. I also crochet, so quiet's good too. But Cuban/Americans .... well quiet's not something we do so well. LOL!

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  2. I played sports in high school and was very competitive, but I'm not much of a sports fan when it comes to pro teams. I like college football. My sister and my husband were baseball nuts (I used to say) They had season tickets to Diamondbacks when Denny was alive. Now my sister is glued to the TV. I have 2 granddaughters who play h.s. softball and dive on the h.s. and a club team. I of course cheer them on enthusiastically. I guess I read for fun.

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    1. That's one thing about deadlines... I very seldom read for fun these days, and when I do it's stuff like Cesar Millan's books. Love dogs, love training, and so on!

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  3. At this stage, with a three year old in the house, we get a lot of 'fun' time playing with him. Every weekend we do one day where we take a three or four hour walk around Whyte Avenue and the River Valley here in Edmonton. We stop for frozen yogurt and at every playground we see lol. I do think about my books during that time, but the focus is primarily on family time.

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    1. Jen! Cheyenne and I want to go walking with you. Frozen yogurt and playgrounds!

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    2. You are welcome anytime! It really is as great as it sounds:)

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  4. Good for you, Jen!!! Nothing beats family time! Numero uno!!

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  5. I grew up 50 miles south of Boston with a complete Red Socks NUT, double-headers on Sundays. I keep up with their stats and get the bug at World Series time, but could live without sports. It annoys me that usually in the school system - sports get all the funding and art has to fight for it. ANYWAY - going out to lunch or coffee with a friend is such fun to me. Takes me completely out of my day to day environment and I get to listen to someone else talk (and maybe give me story stuff.)

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  6. Muriel, I love that too! Saturday we're having a friend over for lunch here. She brings her special sandwiches we provide green stuff (salad) and dessert. And we talk, and talk, and talk. Wanna come?

    David also HATES the way all the funding at school goes to the teams. I guess I was stuck in bed for so many years - really, really bad asthma - that I love any kind of sports, but football in particular. For most of my life I couldn't do much. Always at the ER etc. Then they came up with new meds, actually one new one - I was finally able to toss the bottles and bottles of medicine and now only use one very special inhaler two times a day, and VOILA! A normal life. This morning we all went outside to play football catch with the dogs. :-)

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    1. Aimee! Didn't know you'd been ill for so long. Must be a wonderful relief to be able to live a normal life! I will be there with a bottle of Moscato!

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  7. Yeah, it was like that until about...maybe ten years ago... I don't know exactly when the med came out. I'm just happy to be able to do that stuff I want now. I even got an eliptical machine!!!! Moi. The one who couldn't even walk fast!! I'm just glad that I can do it! (Maybe not fast, but hey, I CAN.)

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  8. I love high school sports (my kids played--now the grands do), and we live in a rural area where the priorities seem to stay mostly in place. I'm not much for pro sports except for the Colts. I do love the sound of that frozen yogurt-playground walk!

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  9. Liz, it's always fun to watch games, and it's always better when family's playing!

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  10. I'm not a football fan although I lived in Texas when the Cowboys' ruled.

    I played competitive softball, second base! If I'd been a guy, I'd have played for the Atlanta Braves during the Bobby Cox era. I'd have knocked Jeff Treadway off of second base.

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  11. You're into baseball, like David, Pamela! I remember going with him to a game when I worked for the paper. I was going to cover a local game, and he was going to take the photos. I needed to interview the mascot so I asked one of the guys when halftime was. I thought they were going to pass out!

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  12. Aimee, so glad to hear your asthma is better! I hate to admit it, but I've never been huge on football. I guess it's because I grew up with soccer and now my kids play basketball. Now, watching a live basketball game gets me adrenaline charged!

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