had a very indulgent Thanksgiving. full of love, full of cream of mushroom soup-laden casseroles, full of fun.
we spent the holiday with my family (left) then went to the lake on saturday and saw our neices. i hope we have kids that are as sweet as carly and kayla and brooke someday. brooke can sit up and is a little butterball. she has huge hazel eyes and dimples and entertains herself with happy sounds and a scratchy Demi Moore laugh. i really want to eat her up with a spoon.
it's weird that the second you hit the wash button on the dishwasher for Thanksgiving that it all of a sudden needs to be Christmas, right away. I'm listening to the 24 hour holiday mix on Lite FM until I can't stand it (usually about 12/15). I like all the sappy songs like O Holy Night, and Where are You Christmas?, Christmas Shoes, Do They Know It's Christmas?, Celebrate Me Home.... Have you ever thought about the words to Do They Know It's Christmas? It's actually pretty morbid. Ah, the 80's...
I went to my new favorite store, hobby lobby and got some decorations 50% off yesterday: cool holly berrys, plastic pears and apples, etc. gonna get our tree and make some Christmas cookies this weekend. lots of domesticity. I've never made mom's Santa's thumbprints and candy cane cookies, but I am going to try to get out my mixer and go crazy.
This Advent, I want to take time to refocus. It's cold and windy and "midwest-like" outside. I'll take that as a sign to start today.
Wednesday, November 22, 2006
No. 17 Marquette upsets Duke to win CBE Classic
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) -- Tom Crean has guided Marquette to consecutive wins over teams coached by Bob Knight and Mike Krzyzewski the past two nights.
Think the Golden Eagles -- and their coach -- belong among college basketball's elite?
Dominic James scored a season-high 25 points and led a late surge to help No. 13 Marquette beat No. 9 Duke 73-62 on Tuesday night in the championship game of the CBE Classic.
The Golden Eagles turned 19 Duke turnovers into 25 points, one night after scoring 27 points off turnovers in an 87-72 victory over Texas Tech.
"Beating Bobby Knight and Mike Krzyzewski -- to win validates our hard work," said Crean, who has averaged 20 wins in seven seasons at Marquette, including a Final Four berth in 2003. "To play against great coaches and great programs, to cut down the nets and be able to raise this championship banner at our arena will bring memories that will last forever."
They probably wouldn't have been possible if not for James, Marquette's gritty sophomore guard.
With the game tied at 56 and 6:23 to go, he scored 10 points in a span of less than 2½ minutes. James was fouled connecting on a fall-away jumper with 3:57 left, and after he made the free throw Marquette (6-0) led 67-58.
The Blue Devils (4-1) could not mount a rally over the final couple of minutes, giving Crean his seventh win in 18 games against teams ranked in the top 10.
"Our whole mentality was we couldn't take a possession off against these teams at all," Crean said.
James, who was selected tournament MVP and joined backcourt mate Jerel McNeal on the all-tournament team, also had seven assists and flustered Greg Paulus all night.
The Duke guard, who has been hampered by a foot injury, had only seven points and committed six turnovers before fouling out late in the game.
"We committed 19 turnovers to their nine. With that turnover differential, you're not going to win," Krzyzewski said. "They had 25 points off our turnovers. You can't do that. They scored off our turnovers. Our defense was pretty good."
Josh McRoberts led the Blue Devils with 15 points. DeMarcus Nelson added 13 but scored only two over the final 34 minutes as Duke cooled off to a 33 percent clip from the field in the second half.
"We quit giving him open shots, for one thing," Crean said. "We adjusted. We kept him in front of us and didn't give him the looks he had early. He was a huge part of our game plan."
A large Marquette contingent held its collective breath with 2:04 to go when James got tangled with Nelson and fell to the floor holding his right ankle. James was helped to the bench but was hopping around on his feet a moment later, imploring Crean to let him back in the game.
James returned with 50.8 seconds to go and the outcome already decided.
"That kid James is a really good player," Krzyzewski said. "Strong, stocky, quick and a really good will. He reminds me of Jason Williams. He's not as tall, but because of his strength."
Nelson, also chosen for the all-tournament team, got off to an electrifying start, scoring 11 of Duke's first 15 points on three 3-pointers and a dunk. By the time he hit McRoberts for an ally-oop reverse jam, the Blue Devils had a 21-16 lead midway through the first half.
But after Brian Zoubek scored in the post a couple of minutes later to make it 23-18, the Blue Devils went nearly seven minutes without a field goal, allowing Marquette to take a 28-26 lead with 2:38 to go in the half.
McRoberts tied the game at 32 with 31 seconds left, but James curled in a jumper a few seconds later to give Marquette a 34-32 lead at the break.
The title game of the CBE Classic, formerly the Guardians Classic, was the final one at venerable Municipal Auditorium, which has hosted more Final Fours (nine) than any other building. The last two rounds move next year to the Sprint Center, now under construction in downtown Kansas City.
In the third-place game, Air Force beat Texas Tech 67-53.
Wednesday, November 15, 2006
Hi hi hi... sorry for not dropping in sooner.
Been running about... feeling a bit of fall en nui... And am finally over a record 2 week grump fest. it started when we watched 'the omen.' for a bit i feared i was posessed. seriously. really, i've just been busy with no time for musing. Sleepy, hungry, sneezy and snotty all visited me in the past 5 days, but I was a goob and ran my 3rd half marathon race Sunday anyway. The Motive Bison Stampede- the hardest race in town. I've been training a bit, but with a cold, it was hellish. It has 5-6 miles of this to my left. I wanted to DIE. But, by some miracle of God, I finished only 1 minute over my time from last year. 2:04
My mom has a boyfriend and they are talking about getting married! His name is Art and I like him very much. It is strange, though, as it's only been about 2 months since they've been dating. I met his daughter at PF Changs last week and she and her husband are super cool. Kim drinks red wine and owns a boutique and will be my step-sister. Weird. And I will have a step brother, too? Weird.... but I am glad my mom is happy. I guess when you are old, you can make these rash decisions.
I am ready for Bird-day. We are spending the holiday with my family here. My cousins are coming down from Chicago and Mike (and Art) will be joining us for my mom's phenomenal feast.
Monday, November 06, 2006
Okay, just because I like you, I am going to post this super secret family recipe. When my parents were first married my dad worked at WFRV in Green Bay, WI, Someone up there had the recipe or they had it at some restaurant. I'm not sure of the story, but somehow, they started making this chili. If you ever go to Marquette University in Milwaukee, you might dine late night at a place called Real Chili. My family eats ours much the same way: over pasta, with ketchup and soda crackers and we like it that way.
Editors note: This is how they make chili in some places in the Midwest. You eat it with a fork over spaghetti noodles. It is delicious and perfect for a brisk fall day.
Chili John's Chili
from: Mom and Dad
3 lbs ground chuck roast
dollop suet (whatever that is) or Crisco
1 large onion- diced
1T ground mustard mixed with 4T vinegar
1 crushed bay leaf
1/2 cup chili powder
1/2 tsp. cumin
1/2 tsp. coriander powder
2 cloves garlic
salt and pepper
optional: 1 can kidney beans- rinsed
serve with: ketchup, oyster crackers over a bed of spaghetti
Melt suet/crisco and brown onion and meat. Add mustard w/ vinegar, salt, pepper and bay leaf. Cook 1.5 hours. Add a splash of water if it gets dry (should be moist). Add chili powder, cumin powder and coriander. Add crushed garlic and slow cook 2.5 hours. If you like beans in your chili, add the kidney beans 10 min before serving. I like A LOT of ketchup on mine. It has that sweet and salty thing going on. MMmmm!
Friday, November 03, 2006
A shout out to my sweet and wonderful husband... Sunday marks two years exactly since our first date and Monday is our 6 mo. anniversary! Time flies when you're having fun.
We are going to the lake tomorrow afternoon to celebrate. We are making chili and a fire, reading books and planning for the future. Ahhhh....
Thursday, November 02, 2006
It's finally getting cold here in Austin. Forecast today is a high of 64. Yesterday I wore my first turtleneck of the season; my favorite snuggly, soft, grey "cashmere" one from Express I cherish. I also bought flannel sheets and made white chili. My cool friend Katy gave me this recipe and it's quite good for a chilly fall eve.
1C chopped onion
1T olive oil
2 cans (4oz.) green chiles
1T dried cumin
1 tsp dried or fresh cilantro
½ tsp cayenne pepper
3 cans white beans (15 oz. each)
3 cans chicken stock (14 oz)
3 chicken breast halves (cooked and diced)
½ lb jack cheese
Sour cream and salsa garnish
Step one: chop your onion and try not to cry. Step two: in soup pot, sauté onion in oil. Step three: stir in chilis, cumin, cilantro, oregano and cayenne. Step four: add beans and stock and simmer 30 min. Step five: add chicken and cheese, gently heat to just boiling, put into bowls and garnish with a pretty dollop o' sour cream and salsa. Editors note: Not sure of the actual # of servings, but this makes a BIG ol' pot of chili. If you're cooking for two, freeze an extra serving or two for another chili/chilly night. Also, a second bowl of this always sounds like a good idea to me, but there's really no room in your tummy.