In Addition To Watching Baseball, We Have Watched Some Baseball

Listen. I don’t know much, but I know that ESPN’s comprehensive coverage of the NCAA Baseball Tournament has felt a little bit like a big ole summertime gift this weekend. I mean, granted, our beloved Mississippi State Bulldogs have been playing in a regional in Lafayette, Louisiana, so that’s given us a vested interest in what’s going on, but I’ve found myself watching schools I’ve never barely even heard of before. Plus, there’s been a little bit of a rivalry angle – Kentucky and Louisville are playing right now, as are the Aggies and the Longhorns – and I love games with some behind-the-scenes history.

And really, I think that more than anything else all the college baseball has been my sign that I get to take a mental break. I spent most of the weekend sitting in Panera and trying to get words to turn into sentences which might perchance turn into paragraphs which might eventually help me finish this new book. Fortunately it was a really peaceful weekend in my local Panera; since school is out, there weren’t 14 soccer teams coming in for lunch at the same time, and that change alone eliminated about 85% of my people watching. That made it so much easier to write some sentences. Go figure.

Anyway, when I got home Friday, Saturday, and today, I turned on the TV and turned on the computer and pretty much zoned out with some baseball while I cooked supper. And then there was more zoning out after we finished supper. And after we settled in for some family time. It has been delightful.

Saturday also happened to be our 17th wedding anniversary, and it was filled with all the pomp and circumstance you’d expect from David and me. D spent the day painting Alex’s bathroom and the half bath. I stayed at Panera until 5, then came home and made beef stroganoff. It was pretty much exactly like one of those helicopter dates you see on The Bachelorette. And make no mistake: as far as I was concerned, it was perfect. The bathrooms look great, and D was happy that I made some good forward progress with the writing (listen – I keep things light and breezy on the bloggy end of things, but my people at home would tell you in ALL CAPS that the book stuff tends to preoccupy me on a WHOLE ‘NOTHER LEVEL).

Anyway, we had a super low-key anniversary, and that suited me just fine. Who needs a fancy night out when you can watch college baseball in yoga pants? (D would probably appreciate it if I clarified that he did not in fact wear yoga pants – that was all me.) And to top it all off, D said one of my favorite things ever after we finished our Saturday night supper.


And that’s real life, you know?

So now it’s the end of the weekend, and I’m still watching baseball. State is trying to rally in the 8th (it’s not looking good – but there’s always the 9th, I guess), my fellas are asleep, and tomorrow afternoon I’ll no doubt be at Panera again. It’s an oddly comforting pattern for these early days of summer.

(I’d be a whole lot more comforted if the ‘Dogs could score 9 runs in the top of the 9th.)

(But maybe I’d better take this calm however it comes.)

(Hope y’all had a great weekend!)

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  1. So glad to hear another book will be headed our way soon. Again, I so appreciated the book plates for Mother’s Day- made for a perfect gift.
    My hubs likes to make that joke- he heard Bobby Bowden make that joke once- “we’ve been happily married 48 years, married 50 in all”.
    Good times.

  2. Happy anniversary, Sophie and David.Weathering the rough patches in marriage makes it just that much stronger and sweeter.

    Alas, I’ve watched no baseball since the Gators made their number 2 seed look ridiculous and went out early. However, I have watched the Women’s Softball World Series and had a serious conflict of interest when Florida played Baylor to open the series and then again this afternoon. I’ve been a Gator all my life but both my kids are Baylor grads ( in other words, I sent a ton of money to Waco). Hard to root against either team. And after Baylor’s stunning come from behind win Saturday night, my heart leaned slightly towards them. But the mighty Gators have prevailed and will play for the championship. Against Alabama. The SEC is alive and well in more than just football! GO GATORS!

  3. Tomorrow…we’ll get them tomorrow! Happy Anniversary, my friend! Hail State!

  4. Oh, Happy Anniversary! Y’all are just too funny together!

  5. Rebecca says:

    I love the truth D spoke. My parents went to be with Jesus last fall~ 18 days apart and were married 69 years. Every year of my memory Daddy would stand in the bathroom on their anniversary shaving and singing “– yrs with the wrong woman!” (insert however many years it was!) This year on May 27th I looked at my husband and said “Daddy would have been singing 70 years with the wrong woman this morning! ” : ) What a heritage and you guys are setting that example for your son. Bless you all!

  6. Happy Anniversary! We are coming up on 10 years in June and hoping to keep it low-key too!

  7. CAN NOT WAIT (in all caps) for your new book!!!! write on, girl!!!!
    your anniversary celebration sounds like a big ball of fun to me! anytime I can celebrate anything wearing yoga pants it is a total win! amen & amen!

  8. Happy Anniversary! Tis the season…mine is today – 30 years! We usually do pretty low key celebrating too. We talked around taking a little trip in honor of our 30th. We may later in the summer. Maybe. Ish. Looking forward to the new book!

  9. Our 7th anniversary is in July (on the 7th). We have BIG plans to take our neighbors and best friends to the Brazilian Grill Buffet. Because nothing says eternal love like vast quantities of meat on skewers. I will probably be wearing yoga pants because nothing else will fit!

  10. Jeanie says:

    Happy anniversary to you!

  11. Happy anniversary, Boomama and D!!!!! So looking forward to your new book!!

  12. So happy you’re writing another book! You have a gift, Sophie. Thank you for sharing it with all of us. :)