On Saturday we cheered J Smooth on at his flag football game. I think his team won (there is no scoreboard, and I am not a football aficionado so honestly, it is anyone's guess). He had a good time, that is really all that counts..
In other sports news, Bama won his doubles match that he played out of town this past weekend. And finally, my father in law Ernie competed in a marathon in Boston. I have such pride and admiration for this man. He is truly an inspiration. He is eighty three years of age, with a multitude of health problems (including Parkinson's, congestive heart failure, etc.) and continues to act like a clone of the energizer bunny. He is amazing!
Saturday evening we were to meet Big Daddy's family at Outback for our nephew Joe's birthday. My brother in law was to go early and get seats at 4:30, so by the time the remaining family arrived at 5, we thought we would be ok and not have to wait long. We arrived a few minuted before 5, with my mother in law and mother arriving closely behind. Missing, was my brother in law, who was no where to be found. He drug in after 5......and we were seated around 6:20. Our food took forever, we left at 8:30!! I like Outback, but what is the deal with the mass of people waiting to get in there? Isn't there a good steak to be found at other restaurants? Being a vegetarian, I do not know. What I do know is for my supper I ate Big Daddy's chopped blue cheese salad. YUM! It is just what is says, chopped lettuce, green onions, carrot and radish's with a very small sprinkling (I had 2 small pieces) of blue cheese served in a vinaigrette dressing. Oh, it was delicious, but not worth waiting over an hour to be seated. Don't get me wrong, I LOVE Outback too, but just do not understand why there is ALWAYS a wait. There are other good restaurants in the area. Hmmm? Pondering the thought....
When Big Daddy and I arrived I heard someone yell Big Daddy's name, it turns out it was a guy we went to highschool with, John. We haven't seen John in 20 years, thought we did talk to him on the phone about 6 years ago. I cannot think of laughing as much as I did last night. John is still the same ole prankster he always was. The guy is C-R-A-Z-Y!! At one point he convinced our waitress that he was a star from yesterday and told her that he would be happy to sign something for her. He said that he would be happy to send her some free promotional stuff if she wanted. The little girl looked on with much wonder. You would have to know John to know, that this is the prankster he is. Actually John is a happily married father of two, with no experience in any sort of entertainment industry, that is if you don't count his rock band, for which he is the drummer. It really was great to see this perpetual jokester who provided more than a few laughs for the evening.
We went back to our house to celebrate Joe's birthday with cake. His choice of cake was a Bob the Builder Cake, to which Joe proudly sang the theme song.
I had a chuckle at the cake. I questioned what it was that Bob was shoveling up. True. I have a warped sense of humor like that of my mother's side of the family (BD also shares it too). I never did get a straight answer....
I am really proud of myself. Yesterday I ran 3 miles on my treadmill, lifted weights and then added yet another dance to my dance repertoire': belly dancing. So now I am doing hip hop, salsa and belly during the week. It is really alot of fun! Belly dancing really works the waist line and opens up the hips. I used muscles I never knew I had! If you cannot find a belly dancing class, fit TV offers one on Sunday's and I think Tuesday's, and there are also some great instructional DVD's. I really despise to exercise and having the dance in my routine helps to break it up a bit. With this I am helping to feed my inner Shakira. Sure, right now my hips do lie, but I am hoping that with 6 weeks of it, they will not.
Lastly, don't forget that tonight is Dancing with the Stars on ABC at 7PM. If you live in the area, the Star Dome Comedy Club in Hoover is hosting a viewing party. The kitchen and bar are both open-and there are FREE dance lessons. Last week was alot of fun with Big Daddy, Fabian's brother, Freddy and my cousin, Gina. Be sure to tune in and see the wonderful thing that Fabian and Marlee got to do for some children in need. Where ever you should decide to watch, do indeed watch and even more important, VOTE (for Fabian). There are three ways to vote: online, text messaging and computer. If you use a computer I urge you to download the program at http://www.dialidol.com/ where it will vote for you hundreds of times vs the 5-16 voted you might get...but everything helps.
Thanks for your support of Fabian. I know for a fact that he really appreciates your support.
Finally, I thought this is worth mentioning. A teacher at one of my children's school is asking for help. He husband, Jeff is suffering from Spinocerebellar Ataxia, a rare genetic disorder. The disorder affects his fine motor skills and if not treated he will quickly lose the ability to walk, talk and see. There is no cure and no treatment available in the USA. However, China offers a breakthrough treatment for people with SCA. It has already helped many people regain their motor skills.
The family is trying to raise $40,000 to send Jeff Crowe to China for treatments. Jeff is 35 years old and a highschool science teacher at Bessemer Academy. His wife Leslie is a 4th grade teacher at Helena Intermediate. The couple have two children. The family needs to raise 40,000 by April 11th. If you feel led to help, you can send checks made to:
"Jeff Crowe Assistance Fund"
c/o Helena Intermediate School.
3500 Highway 52
Helena, Alabama 35080
Telephone: 205/682-5520 Fax: 205/682-5525
Have a wonderful week. We'll chat soon (perhaps even today...) Hope you survive the pollen!