Thursday, November 22, 2012

Learning My First Downs ( Review)

I was a cheerleader from age 8 until 18, when I graduated from high school.  I cheered my way through Pop Warner football, YMCA football, Catholic league youth football, and finally, high school football.  You'd think that ten years of a cheering for my team to get a  first down would mean that I actually knew what one was, right?

Wrong. I literally said the same cheer for years before understanding that on offense, moving the ball down the field is a good thing.

Not a clue
[Hangs head in shame]

Today, I'm happy to argue with you about why there isn't enough video evidence to overturn a call and can sit on a Saturday and watch football from noon to midnight, especially when a game might influence Alabama.  P.S. - Thanks, Stanford and Baylor!

So, how was it that I finally learned the ins and outs of football?

Picture it:

Tuscaloosa, Alabama.  The year is 1999.  I'm a freshman at the University of Alabama and a Kappa pledge at my first swap.  It was a "rave" theme, in case you're wondering about that makeup.  It's slightly questionable, I know.

One of the purposes of a pledge swap is to find a date to the football game that weekend.  Yep, at Alabama you simply don't go to the game without a date, a dress, and a flexi-flask of bourbon taped to your thigh.  That often resulted in a lot of last-minute scrambling for an outfit and a boy to go with it.  I had some really random dates that year.

The one thing all my dates had in common?  They knew their football, and they were appalled that I did not.  And they were all happy to lecture me.  Since I didn't know most of my dates from a hole in the wall,  I listened and learned.

While Alabama had some seasons that can only be described as fugly during my tenure (3-8, 4-7, the Fancione fiasco), going to the games was a social event one simply did not miss.

Even my brother loves Alabama game days.

After graduating from Alabama, I went on to Florida for law school, where I met J.  As very good luck would have it, his whole family went to Alabama, including his Dad.  His Dad was the person J called to confirm that UCF did, in fact, beat Alabama during the 2000 season.  I was wrong about that so I "had" to go on a date with J.  The rest is history.

As is our winning record against Florida. Zing!

When I was given the opportunity to make a custom NFL calendar by, I immediately knew that I would give it to my father-in-law.  He's the biggest sports fan I know.  Alabama, the Braves, and the Falcons are his three favorite teams.   If only my husband had gotten the Alabama fan gene...

For the cover of his calendar, I selected Julio Jones, the wide receiver for the Falcons from Alabama.

I then personalized the calendar by adding in important dates like birthdays, Alabama's 2013 schedule, and the Braves Spring training schedule.  You can also opt to add in photos on the calendar, but I decided to keep mine clean and simple.

I gave it to my father-in-law at Thanksgiving.  He was definitely a fan.  I also think my brother-in-law is going to try and steal it.  Like his apron?

My in-laws insist on emailed Christmas lists (the more hyperlinks, the better) to make Christmas shopping easier and I had to laugh when my brother-in-law's list included five different Braves items, one Alabama shirt, and a Falcons jersey.  The good news is that I can order all of it from SportsFreak365.  Given that Baby Peanut is supposed to arrive all of two weeks before Christmas, I really don't have a lot of time to spend googling potential presents.

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I was selected for participation in this campaign as a member of Clever Girls Collective.

Thursday, August 2, 2012

Cottonelle "Name It" + A Giveaway

***This contest has ended.  Winner announced below. *****
Thank you to Cottonelle for sponsoring this post and encouraging me to "Name It!", Visit Cottonelle on Facebook to share your name and enter to win! Weekly winner gets a year supply of Cottonelle Double Toilet Paper and a year's supply of Cottonelle Flushable Moist Wipes.

This Summer, Cottonelle is sponsoring a promotion to name its new two-step process.  Cottonelle asked us to come up with a name as it may pertain to traveling over the summer.  As you all know,  I recently went to Mexico for a few days with J.  For about two weeks prior to the trip, all I could think about was flying down to Mexico and staring at pristine, sandy beaches with a (virgin) pina colada in hand.   Boarding the plane, the only song I heard in my head was Two Tickets to Paradise - which, come to think of it, is also the name I'd select for this product.  You may also recall that I got extremely sick the last day of the trip.  I really wish I'd had some Cottonelle with me then.

Cottonelle also sent me an awesome pack of goodies, and they're giving all of you a chance to win one as well! 

Giveaway Details:
One of you will receive a Clean Care kit from Cottonelle, which includes:

  • 1 tub of Cottonelle Flushable moist wipes
  • 1 pack of Cottonelle Ultra Care toilet paper
  • 1 travel pack of moist wipes
  • 1 solo pack of moist wipes
  • 1 pack of Name It post-it notes

I'm particularly excited about the solo pack of wipes.  Want to know why?  It fits perfectly in a fuel belt.  Ever been on a long run when nature calls? If you have, then you know the benefit of having a nice, hygienic way of taking care of things.

In order to enter the giveaway,all you need to do is enter through Rafflecopter by selecting your entrance option - or four - no need to limit yourself!

You can enter by:
  • Leaving a comment on this blog with the name you'd pick
  • Tweeting @Cottonelle with the name and the hashtag #nameit 
  • Posting the name to the Cottonelle Facebook page
  • Entering a name on the customizer below. 

a Rafflecopter giveaway Thank you again to Cottonelle for sponsoring my post. Visit them on Facebook to share your name! I was selected for participation in this program by the Clever Girls Collective.

Friday, July 20, 2012

Running Out? Run In Publix Gift Card Giveaway!

Do you shop at Publix?  If so, I've got a great giveaway for you!

But first:

One thing I hardly ever talk about on my blog is that I  am always out for a great bargain.  I especially like to stockpile when I see a particularly good deal.  Publix is always my go-to store for saving money on groceries because they run amazing weekly sales (every week dozens of products are BOGO) and on top of that,  have special programs like the "Running Out? Run In. promotion that just started.

A little bit about Running Out? Run In:

  • From July 19th through July 25th, look for the "Running Out? Run In." event at your local Publix store and "run in," to take advantage of the great savings on some of your favorite brands from General Mills and Procter & Gamble, including Cheerios, Totino's, Charmin, and Crest
  • Also, don't forget to look in-stores for over $13 in coupon savings - coupons are valid July 19th through August 4th
  • Receive a $5 Publix® gift card to use on your next shopping trip when you purchase $30 or more in participating items between 7/18 and 8/4; simply mail in the rebate form found in-store or online at along with your receipt(s).
  • For more details on this great rebate, visit
I've got one $25.00 gift certificate to give away to one of you!  To enter, simply leave a comment with what you'd stock up on at Publix.  I will select a winner on August 4, 2012. 

Disclosure: I received a $25.00 Publix gift card as consideration for this post. The Publix gift card, information, and additional gift pack have been provided by General Mills through MyBlogSpark.