Pull Up a Ball

Inspired by Sue’s accomplishment this week, we’re going bowling . So grab your balls, your shoes, and your talc. Make sure you’ve got plenty of cash for the goodies that go along with bowling – beer, fries, and a couple good games of pinball.

And while we’re talking, let us know… do you bowl? What’s your best game?

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24 Responses to Pull Up a Ball

  1. Joy says:

    I do bowl and I love it. My highest game was a 256 and my high series was a 589. I wanted a 600 in the worst way. I miss bowling and wish I could have found a way to make it work for us to bowl this year.

  2. Jenny says:

    My best ever was probably around 180 or so. We don’t ever go bowling. Funny though, this Saturday is my works Christmas party and we will be bowling. I usually bowl around 120…if I’m lucky! lol

  3. Sue says:

    Oh, thanks Laura! My high game is 202! I’ve had 199 a few times, but that 200+ game seemed to elude me until a couple of weeks ago. Whoop Whoop!

  4. Laura says:

    Lately, my games have been near 300. On the Wii. I’ve also had a couple of 200 “real” games… when we use the bumpers for Josh. Honestly, we’ve just been “fun” bowling around here. Josh absolutely loves it, so I take him when I can. We usually go to Cedar Rapids or Waterloo, because they’ll let the adults bowl on the “bumpered” lanes, as well, and Steve can’t bowl anymore unless those are up. So we just kinda do a free-for-all, the scores don’t really matter, and it’s just a good time.

    For *real* bowling, I think probably a 100+ game is good for me.

  5. Jason says:

    My highest was 215

  6. Vicki says:

    I don’t bowl anymore but my highest was a 268, i choked under pressure. lol

  7. SKL says:

    I don’t bowl. Boy, I’m boring!

    Since this is the pull-up post, I just want to announce that I’m the happiest woman in town, because I have my kitchen sink back. Man, I love running water!

    Yesterday I did some real exercise and I was thinking maybe I’d get on a roll. Then today I ate like a pig (my sister’s cooking). Something about spaghetti – I always scarf down a couple of plates, and then I have to eat everyone else’s leftovers. Now I feel like the wolf who ate the seven kids – after the mama goat sewed him back up (with rocks inside). Ugh!

    This was a pretty normal weekend, as expected. Still supposed to be working. Wondering if I should treat Monday as a 3rd weekend day or a work day. Of course every day is a work day for me, but if most other people have the day off, it’s less stressful for me.

    Have a great week, everyone!

  8. Nikki says:

    I haven’t bowled in such along time, and was never that good. I hovered around 100. I do think it’s fun!

    We had a good weekend. We ended up going out for Mexican food on Saturday. We went early, so we could catch the game. We were the only ones in the place, so that was nice. My favorite part is their warm tortilla chips and salsa. Mmm, they have the best salsa! There was some good Football on this weekend. I’m still surprised Green Bay lost, but I’m not that upset about it. NY played outstanding, which make me nervous for SF. I am rooting for them, I should. They are my closest “home” team, 99% of my family and friends I grew up with love them. How big of a b**ch would I be if I cheered against them?!

    I decided weighing in on Fridays is just plain stupid! I really let my guard down, and gained back a pound. It’s amazing how fast it can jump back on! I did still do my Pilates Saturday and Sunday, I just ate too much. So from now on I’m weighing in on Mondays. I think that will keep in on track over the weekend. One of my sisters is trying really hard (maybe for the 1st time in her life) to REALLY lose some weight. Even though we’re a thousand miles from each other, we’ve been able to help one another. I’m very excited for her. Now If I could get my other sister to join us. Yeah, right!

    Hope everyone has a good Monday and a great week!

    • Joy says:

      Weighing on Mondays really does make you pay attention to what you eat over the weekend. It got me down after a while though. After going through this, I’d pick Wed. Middle of the week. You can “sneak” a “little” over the weekend and still have 2 full days of working out. But you have such a good plan and don’t forget what you told me, a pound could be water and don’t stress that! Go by how you feel.

      I really have to start working more on my eating habits. I know I have to start eating breakfast but it’s so hard for me. I don’t think of it till it’s almost lunch!

      • Nikki says:

        That’s a good idea too. I’ve been very good about my sugar intake. That is until we went to Walgreen’s and they had Candy Corn on sale for 20 cents a bag and I felt compelled to buy 2 of them! I just can’t have it in the house yet.

  9. Laura says:

    We had kind of a so-so weekend. Josh was grounded, so there was no TV, no video games, and the big deal… no birthday party! He was invited to go to his buddy’s party, which was held at a Lazer Tag joint. OH, he was so disappointed that he couldn’t go, but he kept repeating over the weekend, “don’t do the crime if you can’t do the time”… I’m hoping this sinks in.

    Sunday went better. My parents and big brother Mike flew out (Mike’s a pilot) to watch Josh at his wrestling meet. Mike joined me, mat-side, to coach Josh (Mike was a wrestler all through hs and part of college) while I took pictures. Mom and Dad joined Steve in the stands to give him play-by-play. Josh wrestled four times, went 1-3, and ended up 6th in his bracket of 8. Which, honestly, I’m pretty happy with. He hasn’t had much experience, and has only done three tourneys/meets, so he’s doing ok. He was kind of discouraged with his losses, though. I told him that he just needs to use that to learn more. He had some trouble with take-downs, so I told him to ask his coach to help him with them.

    Life is falling a little more into line today. I’ve FINALLY got the tree down. It was supposed to come down last week, but between Josh’s antics and the roof leaking and the softener going kerflooee, I didn’t get to it. Now, it’s down, I’m washing a bunch of ornaments, the garland and some of the light strands – which have gook on them from the roof leak – and the place is an absolutely cluttered and confused mess. I still haven’t figured out if I can wash that crap out of the tree…

    But the sun’s out, the ice is melting off my driveway without me putting salt down (one less chore! Yess!!), and I’m taking a lunch break with some shrimp picatta. So it can’t be all bad, right?

  10. Just a Mom says:

    I love bowling. My highest game was a 196. I usually average around a 130. I was on a bowling team in my 20’s. I think they letme stay on because my handicap helped them!
    We had a great weekend! My youngest daughter was bored yesterday so I suggested going to the zoo and I told her she could bring a friend. They had a great time. It was fun to do something spur of the moment like that. Today, my youngest was off from school so her and a different friend went to a local amusement place called The Kemah Boardwalk. They also have a place where you can feed and touch sting rays. My daughter’s friend had never done that so I paid the money for them to do it. My daughter and I love it, but I don’t think the friend shared our love!

  11. SKL says:

    My dad’s in the hospital again. Apparently he needs his gall bladder removed, and maybe something else. He had the ultrasound this morning and they had him come in this evening for the surgery. That is a bit unsettling, but maybe they are just having a slow month or something? Once he got in there, they decided to wait until morning to cut. At least, that’s the latest I heard. I hope it goes well and there isn’t too much pain or a long recovery. Poor dad, for years he has not been able to do the active things he used to love. It’s been one thing after another for him. He’s going to be 70 in a couple of weeks – too young to be done having fun, in my opinion.

    • Joy says:

      I’ll be praying for him SKL. Keep us informed.

    • Phyllis says:

      To the question of bowling, I enjoy bowling but I’m really lousy at it. A high game is about 125, a normal game is hovering around 80, but I don’t really care about scores since I’m there for the fun. That’s my theory when it comes to whatever games we’re playing.

      Life around here has been a bit of a challenge with one hit after another coming our way. My daughter’s father had a heart attack right after Thanksgiving, open heart surgery, and all the stuff that goes with it so my girls lives have been chaotic to say the least. He’s staying with his brother after doing re-hab and is being a boil on the butt of humanity at this point.

      My brother was in a serious accident in India (he travels for his work) and ended up with multiple pins, rods and plates in his leg, ankle and arm. The good news was they were able to save his foot but it’ll probably be 4-6 months before he’s walking normally again. His arm is healing nicely so that’s a good thing.

      Multiple cars have gone down mechanically so we’re down to 1 car for the bunch of us. Mornings are taken up driving people to school, work and yada, yada, yada. Very, very hectic to say the least.
      SKL I’ve already prayed for your dad and will continue to do so.

      • SKL says:

        Wow! Thanks for the prayers, and I’m sending some your way as well! They say both good and bad things tend to happen in threes. . . .

    • Joy says:

      Wow. Good luck with all the irons you have in the fire. I’ll bet you’d give anything for a day to yourself.

      • Nikki says:

        Sounds like you both need a lot of prayers and good thoughts! All mine are with you two and your family’s…..is that right or should it be families?

        Good luck to your Dad, SKL! And good luck with everything you’re dealing with Phyllis!

      • Joy says:

        My guess is “families” because family +’ is really “family is.” Is that right Laura??

        • SKL says:

          Ha ha! The apostrophe post! Apostrophes are for possesion or contractions. Plurals don’t get apostrophes. (So tempted to write “apostrophe’s.”)

  12. SKL says:

    Now here’s something weird, back on the school front. Yesterday when I dropped my kids off at Sunday School, the pastor’s wife (and 1st grade teacher) asked me to come to the day school’s open house later this month. I reminded her that their principal had told me they would not accept my kids in 1st in 2012 even if they’d successfully finished KG. She said since they were actually in KG now, that “rule” probably wasn’t set in stone and I should come to the open house anyway.

    Thing is, I’ve spent the last several months getting used to the idea of my kids going to the public school. I mean, though it took me forever to find the right person, that guy was understanding and supportive and plans to expend resources to ensure the right placement for my kid. The school district rates “excellent” and it has an active gifted program. Of course, the price is right. The public school is closer to my home and I assume they will provide transportation. I’ve already started telling my kids about it.

    The other thing that goes through my mind is that my kids are going to stand out in a small parochial school. They are brown, obviously adopted, immigrants, with a single working mom. One is a “brain” and the other is a short kid with glasses. Will they be accepted?

    But I think that if the school accepts them both into 1st next fall, I’ll probably do that. I think the academic foundation makes a big difference (based on my own experience). We can always transfer later if it doesn’t work out.

    • Joy says:

      Only you can make this kind of decision. How long do you have to make it?

      • SKL says:

        I don’t know, but today I collected Saturday’s mail, and in it was a registration form, LOL. The letter attached to the form said “dear church member, looks like you have a kid who is eligible for KG registration.” Hmm. I’m not a member, and . . . but anyway, I guess I could go ahead and fill out the form. The open house is January 29 (a Sunday) so maybe I will check it out.

        I guess the timeline probably depends on whether the 1st grade class fills up quickly or not. If they are approaching me in the halls, I assume they expect to have room for nonmember kids.

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