Ahhh…Football

I can not begin to tell you how excited I am that football season is once again among us.  I mean, I have had one seriously craptastic summer dealing with knee surgery, but as of last night (W00T!  Eagles pre-season win!!) my joy has returned. 

What a year we’re going to have too…I mean, this is the Philly Dream Season (says a prayer to the football gawds not to jinx us because I said that).  Andy Reid has put together a dream team…we have Vick…who is, well, awesome…

Deshawn Jackson is back…

We’ve hired ourselves a defense!!

And a kicker!!

And we have this man – the man with the most tenure among NFL Coaches!! 

Let’s go Iggles!! 

Fly Eagles Fly, On The Road To Victory.
Fight Eagles Fight, Score A Touchdown 1-2-3.

Hit ‘Em Low.
Hit ‘Em High.
And We’ll Watch Our Eagles Fly.

Fly Eagles Fly, On The Road To Victory.

E-A-G-L-E-S, EAGLES!!!

This Post is All About Balls

Yup.

Balls.  Nuts.  Harbles.

To be specific…Bull Nuts.

Our trip to Colorado is nine days away.  I can not begin to tell you how excited I am about this.  Not just because it’s vacation, because, well, duh…it’s vacation.

But it also means that I will get my one opportunity I have to eat all the Rocky Mountain Oysters that I can.  NOM.  Yup.  I said it.  I eat bull nuts.  And I love them.

Rocky Mountain Oysters, also known as Prairie Oysters, Montana Tendergroins, Calf Fries, or swing beef, are a delicacy that squicks many people out.  I will fully admit, when my husband first told me about them, I turned several shades of green.  I mean really, I make exceptions for some balls in my mouth…but bull balls…errr….I just wasn’t sure about that one.

I battled him for a year on whether or not I’d even try them.  I mean, seriously, what on earth would make you think that bull nuts would taste good.  I mean, look at where they are LOCATED.

The, all of a sudden, these things showed up on all kinds cooking shows and travel shows, including Bizzare Foods (oh how I love that show).  I don’t eat things normally that show up on Bizarre Foods – I mean really…eww.

But then we landed in Denver.  And we went to the restaurant, and my husband ordered us a big old order or Rocky Mountain Oysters with a side (yes…seriously) of cocktail sauce.  And they smelled so good.  And then I had the questions…

“Well,” says I, “What do they taste like?”

You just have to taste one.

So….I pulled together all the courage I could muster.  I squinted my eyes, and took a bite.

Holy shit.

These things are made of awesome.  Unicorns that fart rainbows.  Kittens.  Everything that is good in the world.

Holy NOM Batman.

I’ve been hooked ever since.

Now I’m like a junky trying to get a hold on my fix.  And every year, at the end of April, my tastebuds just start crying out….and I start to get the itch….and I start looking forward to the day where I can have a big old order of Rocky Mountain Oysters.

How do I describe the taste?  It’s like the tenderest veal you’ve ever eaten.  Breaded and Deep fried.  And smothered in cocktail sauce.

*drool*

The best place to get Rocky Mountain Oysters is a little town called Chappell, NE – out in the middle of Bumfuck, Nowhere, Chappell is surrounded by cattle ranches.  And the freshest bunch of bull nuts you can ask for.  There’s just nothing quite like a smokey dark bar, a big old beer, and a sweet order of fresh fried bull nuts.

And this may be the only post I ever discuss holding balls in my mouth.

Admit it though – you want some.

Red Fridays- Until They All Come Home

So, I’m sure you’ve seen the meme going about Red Fridays where folks are wearing something red every Friday in support of our troops overseas.  We’ll wear our red proudly every Friday until they are all home and reunited with their families.

My problem – I only have one red shirt.

So I”m participating in odd ways.  Last week, I wore my garnet necklace and earrings.  And my red underwear.  Not that anyone but me could see it.  Today – I painted my toe nails red.  All hail pedicures.

Even if the meme is hokey, I have always believed in supporting our military and their families.  I may not be in full support of why they are over there doing what they are doing, but I support them, and they job they do for this country.  I salute military families – for being brave enough to repeatedly be separated from the ones they love to put their life on the life for us.  I have friends in the military.  I have family in the military.  They are doing a job I personally could not do.  And I think it’s very unselfish of them.

So, until all Moms and Dads, husbands and wives, brothers and sisters, lovers and friends are back home safe, every single Friday something on my person will be red.  In their honor or in their memory.  Until they all come home.

What Gets Me Through

Work has been so busy lately I honestly come home from work and do absolutely nothing but fry my mind with a bit of Facebook, a bit of nonsensical TV, and then bed.  I’ve been enjoying my new puppy, and she’s been taking a big of my time as well.  Blogging, however, hasn’t been at the top of the list.  Although I have kept up with my Photo a Day blog and am trying to keep up with my weightloss blog, although not much has been going on there.  Of course, I get the most traffic there.

To deal with the stress, I tried to take a day off last Friday.  I had no plans except to play outside with my dog and veg.  And while I was doing just that, my boss called – boo.  He needed help with a report. 

So, since I can’t seem to pry myself away from work, even when I’m not at work, I’ve been plunging myself into my iPod whenever possible at my desk (that means probably the full 10 minutes a day that I am not in a meeting/on a conference call/charing an activity/pulling my hair out and sobbing uncontrollably).  I have a totally eclectic taste in music though.  I have everything from 40s swing to 70s rock to modern day country. 

Today’s playlist has been this:

Neil Young’s Harvest Moon – the best song EVAR.  I’m not even a huge Neil Young fan, but this sone makes me happy to hear it.  Happy happy happy happy.  I listen to it over and over again.  Lurve it.

Brooks and Dunn – Rock My World (Little Country Girl) – because Kix Brooks and Ronny Dunn are probably the best country duo to hit the scene since Johnny and June (who also are prominent on my iPod, thank you very much).

Dancing Queen – Abba – because if you don’t have this song on your iPod you are not human – or at least aren’t admitting that Abba is awesome – silly.

All I Do Is Dream of You – Michael Buble – because it is made of win and awesome and kittens.

And We Danced – The Hooters – because I miss the 80s.

Loveshack – B52s – HUGE B52s fan.  They let me air my crazy side.

Beautiful, Dirty, Rich – Lady Gaga – It’s on my workout mix…but I’m all random today so it came up.

Hey Soul Sister – Train – It’s catchy and has a great beat.

Basin Street Blues – Preservation Hall Jazz Band – I love the Preservation Hall Jazz Band – always have, since my Mom took me to my first concert when I was about 8 – I fell in love with that Band the same year I fell in love with Philly sports.

Heart of Glass – Blondie.  Because.  It’s Blondie.

Boom Boom Pow – Black Eyed Peas – makes me wanna dance.  And dance and dance and dance.

Me and Julio Down By The Schoolyard – Paul Simon – Reminds me of growing up on Brewster Drive back in DE – all hail the Brewster Buzzards!

So yeah – what’s on your pod?

Childhood Rememberings

I was having a discussion with Bluz at work today over the email and we were talking about some of the cartoons we enjoyed but didn’t totally “get” as children.  It brought back memories of Saturdays as a kid waking up at the butt crack of dawn to park myself infront of the boob tube.

Some of my favorites:

Captain Noah and his Magical Ark – this was a show that was exclusive to the Philadelphia Area but it was on early in the morning on Saturdays.  I used to love to sing a rainbow with Captain Noah.

Chief Halftown was also a Philly Staple – he came on either before or after Captain Noah.  Loved him.  Was very sad when he passed away.

The Banana Splits – I don’t even remember what that freaking show was about, but I remember the theme song to this day.

Wacky Races – Dick Dastardly and Muttley were my favorites.  I will never forget when Muttley laughed.  When I get a bad cold and start coughing, I sound just like him.  Seriously.

Of course, Merry Melodies.  I loved Speedy Gonzales and Foghorn Leghorn.  I’m a chicken hawk, and I like chickens!

Rocky and Bullwinkle – Hey Rocky, wanna see me pull a rabbit out of my hat?

And my all time favorite…

The showed that introduced me to my obsession with horrible b-rated horror flicks such as Children Shouldn’t Play With Dead Things, The  Blob, and the ever popular, The StuffCreature Double Feature!  A Saturday staple in my house!  My sister and I might have fought over everything else, but we bonded over Creature Double Feature!  MWAHAHAHAHAH!

Go IGGLES!!

Oh Kindle…Why Did I Wait So Long?

I love me some books.  LOVE LOVE LOVE.  I frequent the library.  And it’s not just reading – it’s the look and feel of the book.  It’s the smell of the paper.  It’s flipping back, and making notes, and highlighting and reading over and over again until it falls apart.

I love ago cured myself of buying books (with the exception of cookbooks and Harry Potter) and go to the library instead, as our house is tiny and we have no storage.  I have donated dozens of books to the library or goodwill.  A few I’ve kept – I have two or three copies of To Kill A Mockingbird, a Barbie book my sister gave me that I’ll never part with, and of course, as stated earlier, cookbooks and the Harry Potter series.  I also retained the textbooks I couldn’t sell back, some reference books, and a few children’s books for when my grandbabies visit.  But I no longer purchase actual books.

It is for my love of the look, feel and smell of a book that I resisted the Kindle for so long, but when Mr. G asked me what I wanted for Christmas and I researched it, and found that hundreds of great works of literature are available for FREE on a kindle, that I finally said yes.

And now, I’m hooked.

It’s so light weight, and easy to carry!  And the screen is easy to read.  And it holds 3,500 books!!!  Holy-a-lot-of-books Batman!  I love it!

I’m currently reading the most interest biography – Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl – and they have pioneer diaries and all of Jane Austin (!) and Lord of the Rings! 

My only complaint – NO HARRY POTTER.  Grr.

But other than that, I’m in love with my Kindle.  I can’t recommend it enough.

I will, however, resist the iPad and iPhone – because yeah, I’m cheap.

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