Monthly Archives: April 2013

The Boys of Summer

This weekend was all baseball. All weekend long. Seriously. I’ve got photos to prove it! It really was baseball all weekend long.  It was supposed to be a baseball-packed weekend except I don’t think anyone told Mother Nature we didn’t want that much of it. Somehow game one of a three-game series started one day and ended the next day. Really, it’s true. The rain logged Friday and Saturday turned into a great afternoon for some Sunday doubleheader baseball action. See below.

Friday:

Friday ASU vs. MTSU Rain

After a two and half hour rain/lighting delay the Arkansas State University Sun Belt Conference match up with Middle Tennessee State University finally started. Above is ASU Third Baseman Claude Johnson at second base in the pouring rain. The players were able to get in an inning and half before another lighting delayed was called and the field was cleared. Forty five minutes later they postponed the game to Saturday to pick up right where they left off. ASU had the bases loaded. Saturday was supposed to be a double header.

Saturday:

Baseball Saturday

After a forty five minute rain delay Friday’s game started about 2:45 p.m. Saturday afternoon right where it left off: bottom of the second with the ASU bases loaded.  Yes, it was raining on and off for most of Saturday’s game, but no lighting so they played on. ASU won 4-3. In case you are keeping track that was a 17 hours and 40 minutes suspension of one game. Because of the rain delay Saturday the doubleheader was moved to Sunday.

Sunday:

Baseball 3

Finally some beautiful baseball weather. ASU and MTSU split the Sunday doubleheader, each team winning one game.

Sunday was also Bark in the Park at Tomlinson Stadium Kell Field so I got to bring Harley to a baseball game! He is taking in the game here.

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The Sugar Scrub

Here’s a nice recipe for a body scrub that works! It’s not my own creation so I won’t take credit for it, but I didn’t pull it off of someone’s else blog or page. It is a combination of at least two different scrubs that I’ve found. My favorite part of the recipe is if you don’t like it change it to something you do like or works better for you! It’s extremely flexible.

Sugar Scrub:

  • 1/2 cup of granulated sugar
  • 1 tablespoon of olive oil (I used extra virgin olive oil)
  • 1 tablespoon of honey
  • Mix in a bowl until you reach your desired texture

If you want more (for gift purposes or more than one person) doubling the ingredients  will make roughly 8 ounces of the scrub. I used 1/2 cup (possibly less, I was eyeballing it and not measuring) because I only wanted enough for my hands, face, and (hopefully) my feet.

The desired texture is really up to you. The more olive oil added the thinner the product gets. I wanted a rough texture so I went light on the olive oil. By the time it was done, I added a little more honey for the soft scent and even added some more olive oil because the mixture was a bit too rough for me.

The product will settle and moisten up a little bit if you let it set. So if you don’t like  the way it feels after mixing but aren’t sure if you want to add more more honey and/or olive oil, let it sit for 15-20 minutes. See how you like it then and then if it still doesn’t meet your expectations start adding then.

If you have sensitive skin please use caution! This is scrubby scrub!!! HUH? It works! It’s rough and tough so please be careful when using this if you have sensitive skin. (Go light on the sugar and little more on the olive oil.)

Is this recipe similar to what you use with your DIY scrub? Do you  add anything to your mixture? Let me know. I’d love to hear your own creation if you are willing to share.

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The Movie List

America has lost an icon today. Roger Ebert, film critic, passed away in Chicago at 70 years old. He and his movie critic partner, Gene Siskel, could make or break a newly released movie with their simple, but profound, thumbs.

With his passing, I thought I’d release my top favorite movies. I don’t think he’d agree with this list, but that’s OK. This is my list. You don’t have to agree with it or like it either. I have seen a few movie lists in the past couple of days and I actually started a scary movie list, but I’ve not seen enough for it to have any validity. So  I nixed it. I have, however, seen a lot of movies. I don’t consider myself a “movie geek” though I’ve been called one. I simply like movies.

This is a list of movies that have made an impact on me. That means the movie has moved me in some way or another. I hope you enjoy reviewing it.  You will find a few my favorites on the AFI’s Top 100 Movies of All Time. Click here to see the full list.

Here is my favorite movies list in alphabetical order:

Back to the Future Trilogy – 1985, 1989, and 1990: This has always been and always will be my favorite. I can’t explain it. I’ve always enjoyed it. Make a Back to the Future reference in front and you will have a friend for life!

Batman Begins – 2005: Christian Bale is Batman.

Beauty and the Beast – 1991

Children of Men – 2006

Indiana Jones Movies – 1981, 1984, 1989, and 2008:  I enjoyed watching these with my father growing up. (I did hold my nose including the 2008 movie in this list, but it’s part of chain. Go with it.)

Magnolia – 1999

My Fair Lady – 1964: I first watched this on TV with my mother who told me I’d like the movie. I don’t think any other movie has kept me so entranced and spellbound since. Momma was right. I liked the movie.

Romeo + Juliet – 1996

The Breakfast Club – 1985

The Departed – 2006

The Lord of the Rings Trilogy – 2001, 2002, and 2003

The Wizard of Oz – 1939: The world stopped at my house when this movie came on TV. There truly is no place like home.

To Kill a Mockingbird – 1962

That’s my list. I’d love to hear what movies are on your list!

The April Fools Day

Yes. Today is April Fool’s Day. It’s a day for those who love pranks, jokes, and laughs. Although I love to laugh, I do not like to be pranked. It’s been a long time since anyone has tried to play to a big joke on me. I happen to be very observant (most days) and am pretty good at putting two and two together. When you are good at those two things people tend to not play the joke on you.

Not that I have fallen for a few though. I think my favorite April Fool’s Day joke was a few years back when a friend from college posted a positive pregnancy test photo on Facebook. I totally fell for it. So did a bunch of other folks. Harmless fun. That’s the best.

I did some research on April Fool’s Day and its origins aren’t that clear, but it most likely originated in the mid- 1500s  when the French switched to the Gregorian calendar. This switch changed the new year from late March to what we currently know. As legend has it there were some people who were able to convince others that the new year was still in
March. Those silly pranksters!

Click here for a story on April Fool’s Day. It’s an easy read, unlike some of the stories I read while researching.

Click here for a link to some modern day April Fool’s Day pranks in the media and social media.

May today bring some laughter to you! Have a great one!