Blogging: Good For The Nerves

I’m been watching the State / Ole Miss baseball game tonight on the SEC Network, but right now Ole Miss has two men on base with only one out, and the whole situation makes me so nervous that I had to turn the game off for a little bit. I’ll follow on Twitter, of course, because knowledge is power and all that, but I needed a quick break from the stats and the tension between pitches and the possibility of a perfectly hit ball.

Okay. Twitter tells me that the inning is over without any runs.

I can breathe and also watch the game again.

Also, I realize this behavior is not at all normal.


We’ve been soaking up this last stretch of springtime here in Birmingham. Sister and Barry came to visit last weekend, which means they got to attend their very first lacrosse game. Sister and I made the rounds to our favorite stores – Steinmart, Home Goods, Nordstrom Rack – and then we got to watch State beat LSU Saturday night (State won Friday night, too, but we only saw the very end of that game). I spoke at the mother/daughter luncheon for my school’s senior girls (to my credit, I didn’t just stand in front of everybody and weep openly for 20 minutes, but there were a couple of times when I thought I might), and then Sunday afternoon we got to just hang out here at the house and gear up for a busy week.

Last night was the final lacrosse game of the season for Alex’s team, and I have to say that we all enjoyed the fire out of his first season. He learned a lot, the families were so fun, and the kids had a blast. So yay, lacrosse. We are fans.

All righty. There are three things I wanted to be sure to pass along today. Wait. There are actually five. So five things. Yes. Here they are.

1) I think I mentioned on the most recent podcast that I tripped and skinned my knee when I was in Starkville weekend before last. And let me tell you: I was not kidding. I really did a number on it, and it was super sore last Sunday and Monday. WELL. Sunday night I remembered that the girls who own Made on Acorn Hill had sent me a box full of homemade soaps and salves (y’all know how I love me an herbal-scented salve), and I remembered from the note they sent that one of their products was actually a first aid salve. It’s called Mama’s Kiss, and y’all, I cannot say enough good things about it. I have faithfully used it on my knee twice – sometimes three times – a day, and it has worked wonders. It’s moisturizing, it’s soothing, it smells fantastic, and it’s all natural. HIGHLY RECOMMEND. My knee is so much better, and the salve was so great at taking the sting out during those first few days. Just FYI if you’re stocking up for summertime boo-boos.

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2) Wright Thompson’s feature story about Tiger Woods is outstanding: deep, thought-provoking, and beautifully written. It’s not really about golf at all; it’s much more about the dynamics between a father and his son – and how that son deals with grief after his father passes away.

3) I first heard Psalm Songs, Vol. 1 a couple of months ago, and I liked it so much that I gave away my CD (seriously – someone commented on it, and I told them to take the CD since I had the songs downloaded on my computer). This is music that begs to be shared; it’s an assortment of Psalms set to music of all styles, and you will sing along and sway and clap. It’s for all ages – really fun for young kids as well as grown-ups – and perfect if you like great music with an even greater purpose. If you’ve ever listened to Act of Congress, you’ll recognize Adam Wright’s vocals and arrangements (he is crazy talented). Really beautiful music.

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4) And finally, here are two delicious gluten-free, low-ish calorie snacks for your enjoyment:

BOOMCHICKAPOP. Kettle Corn (not too salty, not too sweet)

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5) Whisps (which I just discovered at Costco)


Enjoy, y’all – and have a great Wednesday!

p.s. The Dogs won 2-0. I’d like to thank this blog post for getting my nerves through the game. :-)

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  1. dear me…those Cello Whisps DANGEROUS I tell ya, just dangerous!!! :-)

  2. I read the Wright Thompson story the other day and was just transfixed! His writing was so engaging and revealing! It’s one of those stories that I want to read more than once: First time, for the content; second time, for the style; third time, for the words.


  3. Melissa says:

    I love BoomChickaPop! Delicious! Glad you enjoy it, too! Have a blessed day!

  4. If your behavior watching baseball isn’t normal – then I’m not normal either! I’m a born & raised MSU fan but living in Virginia I don’t get to watch MSU baseball games too often…however, I had to quit watching my Washington Nationals last night for a couple innings because things just got too tense. Of course – like you said – Twitter keeps me updated, ha-ha!

  5. I have to tell you that my husband and I often save our beloved Sooner football games for our children’s naptimes (look, we need to focus), so we go on “media blackout” until we can start watching. But I cheat EVERY time and peek at Twitter because MY EMOTIONS CANNOT COPE. I just have to know what to expect! I must prepare myself! AHH! He has no idea I do this.

  6. We love these Parmesan Crisps with soups and salads. They’re so easy!

  7. So glad the Mama’s Kiss helped! -Mandy & Ashley

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