Pull Up a Tailgate (yes, again)

It’s FOOTBALL SEASON again!!! And while I know that none of us are Green Bay fans (I don’t think, anyway), I just couldn’t resist using this picture, because these guys just made me smile. Look at how much fun they’re having!!! This might help illustrate to folks who don’t understand why people get all crazy about a team sport – no, they’re not on the field playing, but there’s a serious camraderie in the stands, the parking lots, and even in living rooms across the country. If you let yourself join in, it becomes an instant party. Even with all the trash talking when the *other guys* are winning. (PS… my BEARS won on Thursday!! WOOT!!)

So, grab a beer and a brat, pull up a lawn chair, and enjoy the ride. What are you up to this week?  Oh, and please state, for the record and future potential good-natured abuse and trash-talkin’… who is YOUR favorite team?

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18 Responses to Pull Up a Tailgate (yes, again)

  1. Joy says:

    My Vikings won too.

  2. SKL says:

    It’s been a long time since I watched a football game; even longer since I’ve been a serious fan. I used to be a Browns fan, but they’ve been disappointing for so long, and I’m so busy.

    So this weekend, I’ve chillaxed a little bit. On Saturday we went to lunch with a bunch of people and then went to watch the last hour of the airshow on the roof of our building. It was the first time I really watched an airshow, and honestly, it wasn’t all that exciting. But what the heck, right? Better than working. It was extremely hot and sunny, and we were dying even in the shade, so I left before everyone else and took the girls to the zoo. We hung around at the indoor “rainforest” for about an hour, then went home early. We were just too exhausted from the heat of the day.

    Today we got up late and I didn’t feel like chasing around and getting ready for church. To be honest, I am not fond of Communion Sundays (which are every other week). I’m not a member, so I feel funny going up there and yet I’d feel more funny hanging back. I am just not in a mindset where that does anything for me. I suppose I’ll go to hell for saying that. I also wasn’t in the mood for another discussion with the pastor’s wife about my kids’ school placement.

    So anyhoo, since we had lots of time in the morning, I decided to find a family movie to watch, which we hadn’t seen before. I chose The Ten Commandments, with Charlton Heston and Yul Brenner. It was pretty good. A little too much in the debauchery scenes, but otherwise pretty reasonable. It was heavy for Miss E. She was especially horrified by the concept of slavery. I’m glad she’s a deep thinker and compassionate and all that, but here’s my dilemma. How do I guide her into becoming a bleedin’-heart conservative instead of a liberal? Any suggestions are welcome.

    It was interesting to see how they handled the adoption issue in the movie. Has anyone seen that? He was shocked to learn about it, but ended up doing right by both his birth mother and his adoptive mother. I did have to narrate over the “WTH, who am I” aspect of it.

    So I’m getting into a rhythm with homeschooling. Mostly I just go with the flow and then log stuff in the evenings. Try to get a reasonable balance of the different subject areas. Luckily, I have tons of nonfiction books for young readers, as well as tons of storybooks. I ordered a wall clock for the girls’ room, but it came broken. I am getting better at sneaking in a lesson here or there during our daily activities. “How many planes are in that set? What are the differences between this critter and that critter?” Mostly I just wish I had someone to debrief with a few times a week. Even on the homeschool forum, I’m kind of an oddball. Nothing new there.

    Tomorrow is technically a day off, but I have a lot of work to do. My sister is coming to sit with my kids, whose school is closed. Later this week, we have a couple of things to go to – I think the Elton John concert, an Indian festival, and a 9/11 free concert with fireworks on Public Square. I’m looking forward to all three. (Is there anything I’m forgetting??)

    Oh well, I hope everyone has a great week!

    • Joy says:

      I give your girls a huge amount of credit. I’m not sure I could sit through The Ten Commandments.

      I’m not really sure you can “teach” political affiliation. Do you think you can? My parents are both democrats and my brother and I are both republicans. I don’t know very many families who all believe the same way. Paul’s parents were one of each. I think you have to just let them be who they are and like what they like. I’m just not sure it’s something you can “make” them believe. I think it’s just they way you feel inside and there’s no teaching that.

      I love Elton John. I’ve seen him 3 times.

      • Laura says:

        I *STILL* haven’t sat all the way through the Ten Commandments. I’ve tried multiple times.

      • SKL says:

        I was just kidding about the political affiliation. I mean, it totally would bug me if she grew up to be a liberal activist, but putting it on here was more for a chuckle. (But you’re right – my mom’s mom campaigned for Carter – both times – while my mom is about as Republican as you can get.)

        As for the 10 commandments, Miss A had no trouble sitting through it. Miss E left the room several times because the sad / heavy stuff was too much, but she always came back.

        In the evening, they proceeded to watch The King and I – their other favorite Yul Brenner movie. Miss E used to leave during one of the parts of this movie (where they are about to beat the runaway concubine), but she stuck it out this time.

        It probably sounds like my kids get a lot of screen time, but not really. My sister usually lets them watch one movie on Sundays, and other than that, they only get them on special occasions or when someone is sick. So yesterday was a special occasion.

  3. Jenny says:

    We don’t really watch or care to watch football at our house. We watch real football, where they run constantly for two 45 min halves! 😉 and don’t take breaks every 2 minutes. lol

    • Joy says:

      To each their own. I hate what you call “real” football.

      • Nikki says:

        Kids around here get picked on for playing for what you call, “real” football. LOL

      • SKL says:

        Are you talking about soccer? I got a chuckle the other day when I asked Miss A, “what’s your favorite sport,” and she said, “soccer.” Not sure what I was expecting, but I didn’t even know what soccer was at her age.

      • Joy says:

        It’s just not that popular in the US as it is in other countries. It’s also not called football in this country. Why do you say it takes more endurance? I’m sure they’re both equally hard physically to play. I just found soccer very boring. Up and down the field, running back and forth….it’s just boring to me. Right up there with tennis and basketball. I can’t watch any of them. Football and baseball are really the only sports I care to watch.

    • Joy says:

      Also, maybe if it were more popular here it would be different. Jason played it one year when he was 6 and I was so grateful that he didn’t want to play anymore after that one year because it was all I could do to watch him play that one year. I thought maybe with Beckham here it may get more popular and we’d learn more about it but that didn’t really happen. Is there only one team for our whole country or how does that work?

    • Jenny says:

      ok so the only reason why I said REAL football is because thats what the rest of the world calls it. US is the only country who calls it soccer, because they have american football. Don’t go getting all upset and crazy over this! And another thing, we don’t watch US soccer, becase it mainly sucks compared to English football. We watch the big leagues!

      • Joy says:

        Thanks for letting me know asap that your comment didn’t go through. I haven’t been going through them anymore with all the spam we get now so if you don’t let me know, it’s going to get deleted.

        And it’s okay. Different strokes.

  4. Laura says:

    Josh’s 8th birthday is on Sunday. Saturday will be his “friends” party. I’ve done ZERO planning for it. NADA. Ok, I called my brother and told him to bring the archery stuff. Josh decided this morning that he wants a “Robin Hood” theme. And I found a set of rocker-pad things that they stand on for jousting. So I guess I’ve planned a little bit. But we’ll have to make invitations tomorrow, and I’ve got to duct-tape him to a chair until he spits out an invite list. He wants to invite half the school, and my house just isn’t that big!!!

    Last week was the insane-scout week. Our pack purchased new software, and I’m the one who is using it, which meant inputting every scrap of information that I had – roster of boys & adults, all health forms, activities, fundraisers, service projects, etc. It took me the better part of the week to get it all in and to get it to print the reports the way that I want. But I think I have it mostly under control. Fortunately, one of the other dads took over as Den Leader, and I think he’ll do an awesome job. I’m standing in as Assistant, but I really think he’s going to take this job and run with it. Which makes me happy, because (1) Josh & the boys will get an excellent program, and (2) I don’t have to deliver it!!! Bonus! I am a bit peeved, though, over the fact that it’s 2011 and people still have the attitude of “yeah, I have an email address, but I really don’t use it. Could you just text me and tell me what I need to know?” NO. I cannot TEXT you .pdf documents. I cannot TEXT you Word documents. Especially when you can’t find the time to show up at the meetings and collect the hard copies that I wasted my own paper and ink on. I swear, some people……. snort.

    Criminy. It’s almost midnight. I should go to bed. I probably won’t (since I have to find some C25K podcasts with Country music, first)… but I should. Good night all.

  5. Nikki says:

    Of course we’re all VIKINGS fans in this house. The problem is it’s really hard for us to get into it until baseball is over. Baseball is our 1st love. But, football is a close 2nd. We’ll actually miss the 1st regular season game, due to Bailey and his team having their 1st Fall baseball game.

    My week will be interesting. I’ll let you know how it goes. Tomorrow, I don’t even want to think about that so……

    This weekend was so nice. The weather was beautiful and we spent some good quality family time together, which is exactly what I wanted/needed.

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